I love these new, salted vanilla lattes from Caribou. The combination of frothy milk, sweet vanilla and energizing coffee makes my mouth water. They’re divine. And every time I drink one? I feel amaaaaaazing. They make me SO happy!
That’s because they're loaded with sugar and caffeine. Obviously.
As delectable as my latte lover is, I know it’s not really that good for me.It’s got very little nutritional value. And I usually crash and burn once the initial high wears off.
Plus, if I drink one too late in the day? I know it’s going to make it harder to fall asleep. Not good.
It’s okay to indulge every once in awhile. Moderation is key, right? But they’re definitely not something I want to drink every day.
Now I’m also obsessed with kale salads. I love to toss olive oil massaged kale with goji berries, roasted pumpkin seeds and rotisserie chicken. I top it all off with a homemade tahini dressing inspired by my friend Jaina.
This salad is the freaking b-o-m-b. Seriously. Every bite is a little different. But each one is delicious.
Kale salads leave you feeling energized, light and I’ll say it… downright sexy.
That’s because it’s made up of amazing, nutritious ingredients. The salad genuinely leaves me better than it found me.
If I could eat this salad every day? I would (and I probably should)!
Relationships are a lot like food.
You get to choose what you put in your mouth. And you get to choose who you spend your time with.
Some people are kind of like sugary coffee drinks. They’re fun and exciting… once in awhile. You can handle them in small doses. But beyond that? They become toxic. Mostly because they leave you feeling exhausted and worn down.
It’s not that they’re inherently bad people. They’re just not good… for you. Usually it’s because your values simply aren't aligned. You’re focused on different life goals. It's not a vibrational match.
Then there are people in your life who resemble a kale salad. They’re positive and energizing from beginning to end. They light up your world. And when you part ways? You feel inspired, uplifted and content.
Only you know how someone actually affects you---energetically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s subjective. And it’s easy to miss if you don’t pay attention.
This analogy extends beyond relationships. You can apply it to your career, business offerings, social media, reading materials and, well, food.
One of my fav yoga teachers says, “How you spend your time is how you spend your life.”
Where are you spending your time? Where are you spending your life?
I encourage you to slow down. Pause before saying “yes” or “no” to opportunities as they arise. Make decisions with the awareness of how you’ll feel before, during and after an interaction.
If you’ve been living on sugary lattes for too many days in a row, know that you might be missing out on a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.
And if you’re sick of kale salads? Maybe it’s time to indulge in a latte.
It’s all a balancing act. Mindfulness is key.
Are you involved in a relationship, job or business partnership that resembles a sugary latte? Is it energizing at first, but leaves you high and dry?
Are you spending too much time on social media, comparing yourself to others?
Do you feel guilty for binge watching too many episodes of House of Cards?
Make a list.
Write down 5 things (people or activities) that are fun at first but leave you feeling crappy.
Next to that list, jot down 5 things that almost always leave you feeling confident and satisfied.
Notice if you’re spending more time on one list than the other. Don’t judge or criticize. This is about building awareness.
Take a look at your calendar. Can you input more “kale salad activities” and take out “sugary latte engagements”?
I’ll say it again:
"How you spend your time is how you spend your life."
Make every minute count.