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Easy Oatmeal and Life Lately

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I’ve been eating some really great oatmeal lately… began the dullest blog post of all time.

No seriously though, it is quite excellent. I don’t know if it’s that I haven’t eaten oatmeal in a long time or if it’s that I just don’t have any other food around after moving and have thus convinced myself that what I have is what is great. (The latter is a good mind trick for most of life’s circumstances, by the way.)

I was thinking about it this morning and I think you could probably write The Definitive Guide to Human Beings Categorized by Breakfast Choice where a person’s morning meal accurately describes exactly who they are. Oatmeal would be: You are a rule follower and an overachiever. You like routine, order and occasionally going wild with a green smoothie because you know more about health than anyone else. You’re dependable and consistent like the slow burn of oatmeal in your digestive tract. You are warm and good-natured but boring as hell. You are often told you act “more mature” than your age, and you can really appreciate a good cardigan and a bar with no live music. You like your life like you like your breakfast: predictable, healthy, easy, and good for your heart. Your friends are Smoothie, Omelet and Shredded Wheat people. Your ideal romantic partner is a Toast person. You hate Egg McMuffin people.

2-Minute Awesome Oatmeal

This has been making my life and keeping me full for extended periods of time the last two days.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • coconut flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (required)
  • agave (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mash banana in a bowl and mix in oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and optional chia seeds and maple extract
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes
  3. Top with optional coconut flakes, raisins and nut butter

Today was a rather jam packed day so some arguably boring but filling oatmeal was a plus. I’m in the midst of a lot of excitement and a lot of transition and so naturally my mind focuses on the fact that there is a lot of room for error. My safe zone is to default to doubt and negativity ALL THE TIME so my thoughts are currently on what should go wrong, which is not a great way to make things go right.

Driving in a rush from one meeting to the next and feeling like I am going to drop all these balls that are currently in the air at any minute, I came around a corner and–HELLO–Charlotte was dripping with the most unbelievably stunning sunset I think I have ever seen. One of those sunsets so breathtaking I decided not to even take a picture. (Not to mention I was driving.) One of my friends snapped a shot though for reference:

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HOLY SHIT, RIGHT? And you know what was on the radio the very second I saw that sunset? The lyrics “let faith arise.”

So that’s where I am now. Getting out of my own way and leading with hope not fear.

Life lately has been lots of movement on the consulting front–new clients, old clients, big events. I’m planning Charlotte Yogafest, which takes place on Saturday and I’m really excited about how it has come together. Tonight I had a meeting with our all-star instructor lineup.

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After that I had to do a quick wardrobe change before running to a PlateShare meeting. PlateShare made it to the finals in Shape Charlotte, an innovative business competition created for, and by, the next generation of leaders under 35. The World Economic Forum tasked business leaders in different cities with identifying local business that will make a global impact, and PlateShare is on Charlotte’s team this year.

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And finally, this week I moved into a new apartment that I love in a neighborhood that I love with a view that I love. Later this week Tilly and I will also be moving into a new office I’m renting to accommodate growing business needs and my growing desire to separate my work and personal lives. Tilly is my new CFO, naturally. (The “business” is a total front for the fact that I just rented an office for my cat. Truth.)

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That’s all from my world right now.  Except this recommended reading: Women Supporting Women from my friend Jen. And this recommended new-to-you blog from my friend that I hope is a delightful new find for you: Lauren Schwaiger.

And one more cool Charlotte shot. Can’t get enough.

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Let me know what you eat for breakfast and I’ll let you know who you are.

16 Comments

  1. Kacy Kacy

    Plain Greek yogurt with toasted coconut almonds. Or a protein shake. Please say it means ill be a millionaire…

  2. A bowl of Trader Joe’s bran flakes with almond milk. Also, this is the most boring comment I have ever left on a blog.

  3. This morning? Quinoa, cinnamon, ginger with maple syrup & soy milk.

  4. Aaron Aaron

    Ok, I’ll bite…

    Runny scrambled eggs, 3 pieces of nitrate-free bacon, and a coconut milk smoothie with 3 fruits and kale.

  5. Toast with butter and salt, sliced tomato (sometimes on the toast), and either green tea or soymilk with instant espresso powder.
    Also, good luck!

    • this sounds excellent.

  6. What am I if I eat vegan chocolate chip banana bread for breakfast (besides in heaven, obviously)? Also- I will be venturing into a non-profit business start up soon, I would love to email and ask you some questions if you have time!

  7. I go through phases. Smoothies for months. Then eggs & toast for weeks at a time. Then when it gets cold, oatmeal or quinoa. Or, on any given day, if I have extra time, pancakes or waffles. So what does that say?

  8. jen jen

    thanks so much for the link. so proud of and inspired by everything you are doing.

  9. Alisa Alisa

    I think your theory is amazing. Going to start analyzing my friends’ and co-workers’ breakfasts now.

  10. I’m obsessed with baked oatmeal right now, which has both butter and flax seeds in it. Do those things cancel each other out?

    Good luck with all the new ventures! I moved to Durham 3 months ago and I miss the Charlotte yoga community SO much.

  11. karen karen

    I eat oatmeal with coconut oil, dates walnuts and sometimes apple or banana. YUM!

  12. houdekj houdekj

    We can’t get enough of this oatmeal combo. It is a weekly staple in our house. We prepare a big batch and it holds well in fridge for 5 days. Thanks!

    • Awesome! I love it too.

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