You know the feeling that grabs you when you’re standing on one leg upside down in your favorite yoga class and you dare to close your eyes only to find that you topple over?
My life feels like that split moment right now. I’m trying, trying to balance; to stand on one foot and trust myself to not fall down. But oh, is it easy to doubt myself in the critical moment where all I really need is some faith.
It’s a give-and-take with this balancing stuff in so many ways. Sometimes it feels easy and I don’t get worried, but then the inevitable moment comes where everything feels out of sorts. I know that it absolutely helps to be conscious of attitude and perspective through choosing positivity over pessimism and to just let go of the expectation that all aspects of my life should or can be in balance at once.
Right now, in this specific chapter, I am trying to figure out my career path and seeking employment, although these two things may very well turn out to be mutually exclusive. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the life spectrum, I am two months into living in the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived with someone whom I both adore and love living with. I have also had so much free time to be outside and in the kitchen and pay close attention to myself. I’m really beginning to miss my family and friends and cats across the country but I’m so grateful for the internet/phone/Skype that keeps us connected.
I say all of this to explain what’s swirling around my mind right now and my attempts to balance out how I feel about everything. I also say it to remind myself to focus on all the goodness I’m lucky to have in my life and how quickly things change. And it’s funny because as much as I want certain things to change, there is so much that I want to stay the same…
Though I may be struggling a bit with balancing life things, I feel pretty good about the balance in my eats and activities. I’m looking forward to a wine and cheese night with good friends, and I just had a deliciously nutritious lunch to preemptively balance it out.
Following the theme of many recent meals, I utilized whatever needed eating in the fridge to create a big yummy salad. Today that included kale (from a Trader Joe’s organic lacinto bag), a chopped carrot, red onion slivers, an Indian-spiced veggie burger (also from Trader Joe’s), a blob of hummus, fresh mozzarella, and a super simple vinaigrette that’s worth sharing:
- a big splash of balsamic (~3 tbsp)
- a big splash of olive oil (~2 tbsp)
- a couple squirts of stone-ground mustard (~1 tbsp)
- nutritional yeast (~2 tbsp)
- a squirt of honey (~2 tsp)
- a few shakes of dried basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, S&P
Whisked together in a large bowl and tossed with greens and veggies, then topped with hummus and the veggie burger. Easy and delicious!
Back to the kitchen! I have some fall baking to do…
**Side note: I do not measure ingredients as I find it easier to taste as I go. It’s hard to mess up salad dressing!