DROP THE GUILT

Hello, sweet friends! I’m still here in the Big Easy enjoying my December sabbatical + I have had all sorts of a-ha! moments that I’ll get around to sharing with you guys in the near future. But today I have something close to my heart that I need to speak with you about.

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you set your own hours + love your location independent business? I’ve got both hands raised over here. So, we’re all feeling great, building our businesses, hustling our little tails off (from the comfort of the couch wearing yoga pants), but out of the blue our spouse, a friend, or a family member bursts our little entrepreneurial bubble with the statement, “Well, I actually have to go to work everyday.” This of course implies that you are not working everyday because you don’t put on a suit, make the morning commute, and sit at a desk under nightmarish fluorescent lights all day.

Who’s with me on this? In my experience, my heart immediately sinks to the floor. As an entrepreneur, I put in far more hours than the person working a 9 – 5 job, but somehow my hard work + dedication aren’t enough simply because I have flexibility in my job. I have the freedom to choose where I work (my desk, my couch, my bed, by the pool, the coffee shop, even the beach), when I work (i wanted a month long sabbatical this december so I took it), and what I wear to work (hello yoga pants + big cozy sweatshirts). 

Here is what I want all of you to take away from this: YOU did something most people do not do. You took a risk. You stepped out into the unknown. You gambled. And it worked out in your favor. Yes, you have a dreamy little life that most people just dream about, but you know what? You worked your BUNS off to get it. You put in 60-80 hours week. You sacrificed sleep and eating and going out with friends. YOU built something from nothing. YOU are incredible. And YOU can run your business as you damn well please.

So, please sweet friends. Don’t let the jealous and ignorance of people around you make you feel guilty for living the life you IMAGINED, DESIGNED, + HUSTLED to bring to life. You don’t owe anyone an explanation why it is noon and you are cozied up with your laptop, cuppa tea, and still in your PJs. I’ve built my little empire in PJs and turns out it’s actually worked really well for me, thank you very much. 

So own those yoga pants. Take that sabbatical. Build a business that is aligned with YOUR heart, not the expectations of nay-sayers.

I support you. I adore you. I’ve got your back.

Namaste,

 

 

 

P.S. Here are some color combo inspo photos I’ve been taking of houses here in the French Quarter during my sabbatical. Enjoy!

THE ART OF PLEASURE

Hello, sweet friends. Today marks the first full day of my sabbatical in New Orleans. I packed my bags, my dog, and a Christmas tree + made my way down to my French Quarter apartment in the Big Easy. I decided the best way to unwind after a whirlwind year of business was to immerse myself in the rich culture of this one-of-a-kind city. I feel blessed beyond measure to earn a living from using my creativity all day, but it’s important that I take time to unplug and allow my creative cup to be filled again. What better city to do that in than New Orleans?

The art and music scene here is unparalleled. Even tonight as I took my pup for her evening walk, I came across a woman playing a violin on Royal Street whose song made my heart physically ache. The ability to play an instrument in such a way that it brings a stranger to tears is a gift beyond measure. There’s inspiration everywhere around me. Even in the apartment, I draw the drapes, open the 220 year old french doors leading to the balcony, and am inspired by the gentle trickling of the fountain in the courtyard and church bells from the cathedral. 

My only prerogative this month is to learn the Art of Pleasure. Elizabeth Gilbert once wrote that “Americans lack the ability to relax into sheer pleasure.” We struggle with doing nothing. We simply don’t know how. I don’t want to live my life that way. I want to sink into the sheer pleasure of nothingness. I spent this morning on the riverfront with my pup, a cup of hot coco, and the most incredible sunrise. I grabbed a seat on the abandoned pier and just allowed the wind to whip through my hair and all around me. I could feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the sound of the seagulls chattering on the sandbar. I could feel myself sinking deeper into the joy of the present moment.

I spent the afternoon walking with Dolly Parton, my Goldendoodle, through the French Quarter taking photographs of the diverse architecture that only New Orleans can offer. I felt the most incredible surge of pure joy as I admired the textures, patterns, and colors of the eclectic mix of homes. I took Dolly Parton to the dog park and sat with her in the grass, just enjoying her light-heartedness and the warmth of the sun on this chilly December day. 

This American girl is nestling down into the culture of the Big Easy on a mission to master the art of nothingness and finding it wildly pleasurable. I have butterflies in my belly for the first time in a long time over absolutely nothing other than the sheer joy of being alive…in this city…surrounded by this culture of creativity.

Sweet dreams + Lots of love…

VEGETARIAN SPINACH QUICHE

Hello, sweet friends! This morning I was craving some nourishing comfort food to compliment this amazing autumn weather we’re experiencing in the South at the moment. The first dish that popped into my head was my mother’s quiche recipe. She’s an incredible health-conscious cook, who can put her healthy spin on any dish and make it better than the original. #majorlytalented

I whipped up her Vegetarian Spinach Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust and then thought, “I think my readers would love this, too.” So here you go, friends – a healthy and absolutely delicious meal that’s perfect for this chilly autumn weather.

 

 

 

 

VEGETARIAN // DAIRY FREE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 3 Handfuls Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 7 – 8 oz. GO VEGGIE® Cheddar OR Mozzarella Cheese
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease pie dish with Coconut Oil
  3. Peel the Sweet Potato. Loosely wrap Sweet Potato in paper towel. Microwave for 2 minutes, then flip over and microwave for additional 3 minutes.
  4. Mash Sweet Potato to fill bottom of pie dish.
  5. Fill pie dish with a large handful of Baby Spinach.
  6. In large bowl, mix together Eggs, Red Onion, Almond Milk, GO VEGGIE® Cheese, and Salt + Pepper.
  7. Pour bowl mixture into pie dish.
  8. Place quiche in oven. Cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  9. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!