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Happy Baby Bowl

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Hi There,

I’ve been having to eat very mindfully lately. Breastfeeding a 3 month old (She’s getting so big!) little girl has me constantly thinking about what I am putting into my body.

I find myself eating the same things over and over again because I know these certain foods don’t make her fuzzy. Hopefully we will get into a nice routine soon where I can experiment with more ingredients, but for now this Happy Baby Bowl is officially my magic potion.

Luckily, it taste freaking amazing so feel free to make it even if you aren’t a breastfeeding mama like me. 🙂

Happy Baby Bowl

  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • ground flaxseeds

Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

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Respect Yourself

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Respect has been on my mind lately.

Growing up, respect was a big thing around my house. I was brought up to always respect my elders, strangers and peers and I took this very seriously, as all my siblings did.

However lately, the respect I show myself has been an interesting thing to look at. If you know me then you know I’m a bit of a people pleaser. I would easily run myself into the ground if it meant helping someone else. I like to make people happy and helping them to get there brings me great joy.

But what I do for myself, or the way I treat myself or what I expect from myself seems to be a different story. I came to this realization after not being able to sleep the other night. My mind was going a mile a minute with an issue that has come up in my life and I had completely let my thoughts take over. I literally couldn’t sleep, even after realizing that my thought process wasn’t healthy or even accurate for that matter.

The mind, as we know,  has a way of playing tricks on us and in this situation it had done just that. Through my thoughts I had convinced myself that I must be wrong or have done something wrong and that I had to fix this pressing problem. My mind brought me to believe as it had so many times before that I must make sure that others know how much I respect THEM, forgetting that I too must respect myself.

As I laid wide eyed in bed I thought, where is my respect for myself? I had been awake for 2 hours, worrying about doing right by others and I had completely forgot that I was a part of this. My happiest meant something too.

And that’s when it hit me. Respect must be even. I can’t or should I say we can’t keep giving respect if we are also not giving ourselves respect as well. I’m not talking about others giving us respect, we have no control over that, nor should we waste our time trying to demand such things. What I’m talking about is making sure to give ourselves the same respect that we give others. To remember that the way we treat ourselves matters just as much as the way we treat our elders, strangers and peers.

Giving back to you a bit, taking some pressure off of yourself and believing that you are doing your best and deserve to be happy can be that relief you seek. So grab a hold of some respect for yourself and keep it with you. You matter and you are worth it. 🙂

 

Spice Of Life Bowl

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Life can really get away from us sometimes.

We get caught up in our routines and the safety they hold for us and we forget sometimes to try new things or take a few risks. This week, my husband and I are packing to move into a new apartment so we can have an extra bedroom for our soon to be little girl.

The apartment that we are moving out of was our first apartment we lived in together alone. We have been here for 5 years. We have transitioned from a relationship, to engaged, to married all within these walls.

We have honestly grown into adults here too and have learned how to be the best parts of ourselves for each other. We have argued, loved, screamed, cuddled, cried and danced here. We have built the family we are about to become within this small NYC space right here and it’s has made us better people.

This part of our lives has served it’s purpose, this apartment has held us and supported us and now it’s time to move forward to a new chapter and let this new part of our lives build.

It’s funny how much a space can hold a part of your heart but no matter how much I want to stay in my comfort zone, I know it is time to once again move forward.

So here we go. Boxes packed, tears wiped, goodbyes said. To the next step and to believing enough to take it on whole heartedly.

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For my last recipe post here I wanted a lot of spice because spice is risk taking, so be warned this is hot! 🙂

Spice Of Life Bowl

Serves 1
  • 1 cup of brown rice, cooked
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (Keep seed in for more heat, remove for less)
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix brown rice, tomato, jalapeño and avocado together in a small bowl. Top with the juice of one lime and olive oil. To spicy? Add some hummus to cool down the heat. xo

 

The Version Of You That Matters

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We can all get caught up in emotions from time to time.

Sometimes those emotions will fuel and guide our decisions, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worst.

Emotional ups and downs are to be expected. No matter how hard we may try to suppress them, they will in time surface.

But it is not our emotions that we should steer clear from, but instead letting them get the best of us. Feeling emotions is a necessity, letting them drive us is not.

Being mindful to why we are feeling an emotion is the key to navigating it towards the best scenario. I’ve met many people whom are very good at handling their emotions and I have met people who are completely unaware of how much their emotions run their lives.

The difference?

People who are emotionally aware can see the big picture, they can step away from themselves or their situation and approach it as an outsider looking in, rather then letting the moment control them.

People who are emotionally unaware react immediately or let their emotions build into even bigger things in their minds until they reach the point of believing something that is completely untrue.

So how do we deal? How do we become better at being aware and how do we handle people who are unaware?

The answer, or at least one answer, is accepting you are not in control of those who are unaware and deciding to consciously work on your awareness.

You are in control of you. How you choose to move forward, how you choose to treat people, how you choose to treat yourself, it’s all your decision. Be extremely aware of that as much as you can.

The version of you that matters is the one who see’s the clearest.

Put yourself in other people shoes, walk a block in them, then make a decision.

Walk a block in your shoes, see the bigger picture, move forward from there.

Stay conscious. Stay considerate. Stay kind.

3 Ways to Embrace Change & Love Yourself this New Year

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As we grow older we evolve and change rapidly.

Some changes are welcome with open arms as others are met with kicking and screaming.

But no matter our reaction, the conclusion is always the same, whether we like it or not things will always continue to change.

And it won’t be the change itself that will impact our lives the most, but how we choose to react to it.

If we can learn to embrace the natural occurrences of change as a constant flux and a continuous flow that can rise and fall, then we can let go of the expectations and enjoy the ride while it is happening instead.

Without this acceptance and freedom to feel what is changing around you and within you, there will be a lack of balance and self love.

When you fully love yourself for who you are and for who you are not, then you can gently float through the waves of emotions that come up with calmness and level-headedness rather then with anger and upset-ment.

Here are 3 ways to embrace change and love yourself in the New Year:

Find Your Own Answers. You might be a heavy reader, a podcast junkie or a documentary buff, all of which will provide you with endless knowledge to what you should eat, how you should live, what kind of education you should follow or how you should set yourself up for retirement. But all of these stories are just someone else’s answers. Don’t be afraid to find your own answers, that’s half the adventure.

Know Your Worth. It is sometimes very difficult for us to have a good relationship with our worth. Often, when our worth is challenged whether in the office or at home we tend to either shutoff and retract or become defensive and react. However, we can avoid these two extremes by becoming more aware of ourselves and connecting with what we want, where we are and who we are on a regular basis. Meditation is a great way to tune in with how you feel and as I mentioned above, change is rapid and there for so is our worth within that movement. Try to connect in daily with how you are feeling and where your worth is best used.

Accept You’re Perfect. Perfection is a funny thing. It is quite often a trigger for anxiety, stress and tension but what we often fail to realize is that there is no perfect, no one way of doing things or of being, there is only being you and you are perfect at that.

Perfection’s definition is;

a perfect embodiment or example of something.
When you figure out you, what makes you happy and what makes the people around you happy that is your perfect. Don’t spend your time following someone else’s idea of perfect; use your time doing the thing you can do best, which is being perfectly you.

The happiest of New Years to all of you.

xoxo

Anna

Practice being YOU

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We all know the saying “Practice makes perfect”.  This saying has been ingrained in us from a young age and was used anywhere from making us better at hitting a baseball to making us more intelligent students in the classroom.

But what would happen if we applied this practice to our overall selves? What if we practiced being us, focusing and listening to what makes us happy and practicing doing more of that?

We all know when we are happy, it’s an overwhelming feeling that is undeniable. Becoming more aware of your state of mind during good and bad times can really help you understand your needs and help you know how to navigate them better.

Having a fulfilling life isn’t about traveling, eating healthy, exercising or making a lot of money. Fulfillment comes from the inside, it’s a state of being. Practice being, find what makes you have to smile and go towards that.

You are filled with possibilities, all you have to do is open your eyes to them. 🙂

#30DayFearlessHeartChallenge Follow me on Instagram @akgannon for the month of December for heart inspiration everyday!

 

December’s #30DayFearlessHeartChallenge

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Hi Friends,

I am super excited to announce that tomorrow kicks off the #30DayFearlessHeartChallenge that I am co-hosting along with some other amazing women: @amandagyuran @breakfastcriminals @glowmaven  @kaleandchocolate @katiedalebout @sashayogawellness @thedivinefriend @wildgoods.

This challenges is all about finding acceptance, kindness and compassion for yourself and for the people that surround you.

Everyday has a special topic that will focus on ways to help you nourish your body and mind with things that make you FEEL good and allow you to live a more expansive, understanding and aware life.

Throughout these 30 days my fellow co-host and I will share inspiration and ideas to help all of us tap into what makes us feel truly happy and balanced in all aspects of our lives.

Want to join us?

All you have to do is look for all of us on Instagram and get ready, tomorrow kicks off day 1!!