Monday, January 3, 2011

The Power of Action

Looking for something inspiring?

Take a little gander at this:

My 2011 Inspiration Board

Thanks to Gina over at The Fitnessista, I busted out my mod podge, craft supplies + old magazines yesterday and got to snippin'.

It turned out to be quite the endeavor, but I'm pretty stoked about the end result.

I've broken it up into corners, see:

The acting corner

The workout corner

The food corner

I'm a bit hesitant to post my complete list of 11 resolutions for all the world wide web to see (believe it or not, I'm a fairly private person), but I'll no doubt be mentioning a few as the year unfolds.

[Hey, maybe I'll be ballsy enough by the end of 2011 to post a progress report with the complete list. We shall see...]

In addition to a grown up frame of mind, I've also deemed this year one of action.

Yesterday between movie watching, arts and crafts + mourning the gloomy weather, I was feeling pret-ty down in the dumps. Not sure what it was exactly, but I had to literally force myself to scour the old magazines in search of inspiring thoughts for my board-in-progress.

Thinking it was just part of the caffeine thing, I pushed on... when I couldn't take it anymore, I turned to Alex and complained of my vapid state of being.

"Go for a run," he suggested. "You've probably just got a ton of energy that needs to be released. "

And so I did.

Despite the cold, wet bite of winter rain, I suited up and got outside.

Granted I ran a block and a half and back (I'll pass on catching a cold, thank you very much), but my goodness did that decision to simply ACT on an impulse make all the difference in the world.

I returned home with a pep in my step, eager and ready to finish the task at hand.

With that idea in mind, I've decided to start ACTING whenever my mood gets down.

I've found that usually moving my body (running, walking, working out) or switching my focus to a different activity can completely turn a slump around.

Which is exactly why I'm so grateful to have found these yesterday:

An old stockpile of Vegetarian Times magazines given to me by a dear friend.

Not only did I get some killer photos for my board, but I also found them packed full of season-appropriate recipes (a possible cure to my winter slump in the kitchen?)

It's time I give some new meals a try. Since I usually find great satisfaction in fueling by way of hearty grain-filled salads, protein smoothies, and cookies breakfast foods of all sorts, I'm having a tough time vegetarian-ing it through the winter months.

Sometimes I just want something hot. And meaty.

I'm particularly glad seitan has come into my life but I'm not the biggest fan of meat substitutes since most of the brands sold in stores tend to be rather processed.

So please take note: I am in search of any sort of vegetarian recipe for a warm, hearty, preferably protein-based winter meal. Any suggestions?

I'm off to Whole Foods before acting class to scour the aisles for more inspiration.

What do you do when you find yourself down in the dumps? Any special tricks you'd like to share?


  1. For a vegetarian recipe, my favourite one for winter is chilli! I use loads of beans and I add squash and tomato paste to get the red sauce. I don't have an exact recipe but you just add whatever vegetables you have. And at the end, if you take out some of the chilli, blend it, and put it back you'll get it really thick and yummy! Oh, and before eating it, I drizzle balsamic vinegar on top - SO GOOD! :)

  2. Love your board!!! My fav winter recipe is anything involving sweet potatoes-recently sweet potato chili!

  3. bean stews are great for winter but my preferred protein-packed winter meals involve TEMPEH because i just love that stuff so much. here is a good recipe:
    a basic split pea soup from scratch (literally just split peas, water, carrots, onions, celery, bell pepper, salt + pepper) is also super comforting and filling.

    when i'm down in the dumps, calling a friend always helps. getting some fresh air (even a 10 min walk) or a hot shower!!!! it's taken me a long time to learn how to self-soothe... still working on it!! (surprisingly it is difficult for perfectionists to really truly relax and know when to do something just for the sake of feeling better!)

  4. Great inspiration board---it's obvious you put a lot of work into it! I haven't made one yet, but I'm hoping that viewing everyone else's will inspire me :)

    I'm with you---a little hesitant to post all of my goals for 2011. Some things are just a little more private or up the vulnerability factor a little bit---virtual friends are great and seem really non-judgmental, so I guess it's all about balance and comfort level!

    My fave winter food lately is spaghetti squash with red sauce or pesto!


  5. I LOVE your inspiration board!! My fav winter meals have been grain bowls! Greens for base, grains on top of that and then tons of veggies/beans/leftovers and sprouts on top! I could eat them everyday!

  6. Great post doll!

    The #1 thing to remember is you can not feel crappy and happy at the same time. If you turn your dumpy thoughts to gratitude, or something that makes you happy you will feel better!


  7. Great inspiration board sweetie! I wish we had Whole Foods over here in the UK :-( There are 2 stores in London and that's it! x x x

  8. I think Im going to do an inspiration board now :). You inspired me! xoxo