4 Easy Steps To Get The Life You Want

What really holds people back from achieving the life they want?

I think that answering this and getting what you want is a 4-step process.

1.) You have to identify what you want.

This is probably the hardest step.

What is it you truly want? Not what society thinks you want. Not what is expected of you. Not what makes the most money or has the most prestige.

What is it you really want? What is it you DO NOT want?

2.) You have to identify what is preventing you from getting what you want.

How are you spending your time?

How are you spending your money?

What hobbies are serving you, and what hobbies are not?

3.) You have to identify what steps you must take to get what you want.

Eliminate the barriers you identified.

Ask for help if you need it.


Organize your time in a way that will help you take the first step.

4.) Take the first step

The following is an example to help you understand how this process works:

Michael is a single guy working 40+ hours a week at a survival job. Michael has some college but wants to start his own business. His job is exhausting, but it pays the bills. Michael is content, but wants to be happier. How does he do this?

1.) What does Michael want?

Michael says he wants to be able to live an active life with enough money to pay for what he needs to survive, have life experiences (some vacations, time for hobbies, money for fun things). Michael would like to work mostly for himself and do freelance and have time off when he wants it. Michael is content being single, but if romance shows up and seems right, he is not opposed.

2.) What are the barriers for Michael to get what he wants?

The job Michael wants requires training. Training costs money.

3.) What steps must Michael take to get what he wants?

Michael must work his first job to make money for the training.

Michael must give up a few of his expensive hobbies for the time it takes him to complete the training.

Michael must plan his days to fit in both training and his current job.

4.) What is the first step Michael must take?

Enroll in the training (or save enough money for the training and then enroll).

Michael must also be aware that his life will be very full. There probably will not be time for vacation, eating out or spending extra money.

This is TEMPORARY and things will slow down.

A 5th step would be this:

Remember that this busy time of saving and working will pass. You will get the life you want.

Good things take time. 

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this!

What steps would you add? How have these steps played out in your life to get you where you are now?


Pumpkin Cornbread Scones [vegan, gluten-free]

Pumpkin and cornmeal combine to create these hearty, filling scones perfect for a chilly fall morning. Gluten-free and vegan, these scones will make even the most resistant to the season fall in love.

Pumpkin is back and shows no signs of stopping.

Granted, I love pumpkin as much as the next girl, but it’s the combination of that squash with other fall flavors that really gets me in the mood.


Pumpkin spice


And now…cornmeal?


Yes, I combined cornmeal with pumpkin for these scones and I am facepalming myself wondering why I didn’t do this sooner.

I got into cornmeal when I was marathon training because it is the staple dish in African running communities. Hey, if the faster people eat it, what do I have to lose?

After a while, I really got into it and looked for ways to eat cornmeal more often outside of the standard Ugali (cornmeal mush like oatmeal) or cornbread.

During the summer, I used it as a batter and fried it.

For fall, I’m combining it with some orange vegetables and making my favorite breakfast.

The cornmeal adds a certain homestyle flair that I really adore. It makes me think of apple cider, warm blankets and coming in from a cold morning spent outside working (on the farm when I was a kid) or running (like now).

These scones pack a big nutrient punch, but I’m sure you already knew that.


Pumpkin has all those good vitamins like magnesium (great for runners, we are usually low), manganese, zinc, vitamin A and beta carotenes.

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Cornmeal is a naturally gluten-free, high carbohydrate food that provides sustained energy for the long haul.

Get a mug of cider, pull out the slippers and enjoy this scone for your breakfast this week!


Pumpkin Cornbread Scones

From at

Prep: Cook: Yield: 2Total:

You'll Need...

  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda together in a bowl.
  3. Stir in mashed pumpkin until a batter consistency forms.
  4. Stir in butterscotch chips.
  5. Pour into prepared scone pan or small casserole dish. I use a 4x4 small casserole pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Do you like cornbread?

What is your favorite fall spice?

Running Links [09/11/2016]

Good morning, happy weekend, happy Sunday!

Before rambling on a bit in this post, I want to take a moment to remember that fateful day 15 years ago when terrorism came into mainstream American consciousness. I want to ask you to stop, be still and say a prayer for those who were lost, the loved ones they left behind and all the future people we have and will lose to terrorism.

I still remember exactly where I was when those planes hit the Twin Towers. 9/11 will forever be emblazoned in my mind as a horrific event, but also planted a sense of hope and community as well. Americans came together, cried together and rebuilt together. I have faith that someday we will not be plagued with this threats of violence, but live in a peaceful era of happiness and togetherness.

To say that this week has been full would be an understatement. I did not have classes at IIN this week, so I thought I would have some time to go back through and rewatch a few lectures, plan future blogs and even relax. Of course this never happens!

I ended up with a 6 day work week, a good old cry on Friday and finally sitting right now (at 6PM on Saturday) to breathe. On Friday, I found out I had to work Saturday which through my “plans” into a dither. I wanted to begin to work on other projects and also do some school work today, not work at CTB. The stress hit me and I lost it. I cried. I cried at work. I felt helpless, small and like I was never going to get anything done.

It really sucked to feel those feelings.

But you know what? My coworkers were awesome and gave me space and time. My sister was wonderful because she texted me through it. I prayed a whole hell of a lot, and God relaxed me. I realized a few things:

1.) My job at CTB pays my bills. This is important.

2.) The plans I have for the blog have no time constraint. I can work on them whenever.

3.) I had no school this week, which is a blessing. I am not behind.

4.) I am not a food blog so therefore I do not need to have elaborate photo shoots if I do not have time.

5.) It will all get done.

Whew, I feel better!

This morning (Saturday) I also did something on my run that is a rite of passage. I pooped in the woods! Yes, I was scared to do it. Yes, I was afraid of getting messy. However, I still have some leaky gut from a few weeks ago, so a bathroom is a necessity during my jogs.

Deserted road + trees and bushes + Ellie’s gotta go = POOPING IN THE WOODS!

I feel like a real trail runner now (even though my run was on pavement…)

Running Links

Speaking of running, I’ve got some links for you! The first one is a bit old, but so important I could not share. Of course, the other links are good too so I encourage you to pin this post so refer back. If you aren’t already, I pin tons of articles not just about running, but about nutrition, motivation, blogging, recipes and funny things to make you laugh over on Pinterest. Check me out!

Enjoy the links and have a great day!

#MoreThanMean – Women in sports ‘face’ harassment via Not Just Sports

Assisted Strength Training (videos included!!!) via Tina Muir

So What If I Love Cardio? via Clean, Lean and Brie

Why You Should Embrace Hard Runs via This Runner’s Recipes

When Self Acceptance Prevents You From Living Your Life

I do accept myself.

I have worked hard to cultivate a love for my body and spirit and I truly believe I have that. It ebbs and flows and I do not always feel 100%, but that does not stop me from taking care of myself.

However, this self acceptance has been limiting my life in the past year and in full transparency, it’s time to change that.


When you work closely with a few people like I do at work, you get to know them really well. At my job, I am the one people usually ask random questions about running, vegetables (not food, just vegetables) or reasons why they feel sick.

I am not a doctor, so I give my best guess and usually they can feel better if they move a little more, and eat a few more plants. I think we all could benefit from that.

Regardless of what I say and even if they agree with me, change is slow to come. I believe this is for a few reasons.

1.) They don’t know exactly how to change.

2.) They aren’t ready to give up something that is preventing change.

3.) They accept the way they are, even if it means living a lackluster life.

Today, let’s discuss number 3, because this is the biggest reason some parts of my life are stale, and others are not.

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What a beautiful thing, isn’t it? I accept myself the way I am.


Way to go!


Reality: I don’t want/am not ready/it’s hard to change, so it’s easier to say this.


1st Time:

Coworker: “I feel really tired and hungover”

Me: “Go to bed earlier.”

Coworker: “I was trying to beat this level on PlayStation while drinking beer and it was fun.”

Me: “Ok, was it worth it?”

Coworker: “Yes.”

Me: “Ok then.”

2nd-7th time:

Coworker: “This job suck is, I feel like crap because I’m tired.”

Me: “Why?”

Coworker: “Same as last time.”

Me: “Was it worth it?”

Coworker: “No, I hate feeling like this at work, beer is expensive and I don’t even win the level that I stayed up for.”

Me: “So stop.”

Coworker: “It’s what I always do and my buddies expect me to be there.”

Me: “So?”

Coworker: “It’s just what I do (it’s a habit, routine, it’s comfortable)”

Me: face palm, but I get it.

I get it.

I recently read an article from Psych Central coming from the thoughts of therapists on self acceptance.

What really resonated with me was number 9:

Realize that acceptance is not resignation.

Accepting things for how they are is not allowing them to continue, but a jumping off point toward making change.

In my personal life, I have used the wall of self acceptance to hide behind when I am afraid of putting myself out there.

“Oh, she’s the runner, she doesn’t stay out late.”

“Oh she’s so frugal, she doesn’t spend money or go out for dinner.”

Things I’ve “accepted” about myself have really prevented me from forming relationships or having experiences.

The times I do branch out, I usually have an amazing time. Ragnar was a huge jumping off point as I knew no one and changed everything about my routines.

However, there is still a small voice in the back of my head creating doubt about the positive experiences these things may provide.

“What if I pay money for this and it sucks?”

“What if I get no sleep and am a zombie tomorrow?”

What if, what if, what if???

The part of me that has accepted the sentences above is trying to keep me safe, but also is keeping me from living.

I have decided to change.

Here is how:

1.) Visualization

I will visualize what leaving my comfort zone will feel like, both the potential positives and negatives and implement coping methods to deal with them.

2.) Begin Easy

The first time I spend money out to eat, it won’t be extravagant, but simple. That way it wont feel like so much of a loss if it was bad.

3.) Repeat

I will make reoccurring dates with others and myself to get out of this zone. Again, starting easy with once a month, and building up as my stamina increases.

In a way, this is like running (you knew I would go here right?)

Visualize yourself running, start slow, repeat.

It gets easier doesn’t it?

Has self-acceptance stopped you from doing something characteristically “not you”?

What can you do in the next month to step out of that zone?


The Easiest Vegan Waffle For One

This easy, gluten-free and vegan waffle recipe is so easy and customizable to whatever you are craving. Whole food ingredients, no artificial sugars or preservatives, and plant based. Take breakfast to the next level with these waffles and look for more coming in the future!

I don’t remember when I started making these waffles, nor do I remember how I came up with this. You could probably find dozens of other recipes on Pinterest, and they are all delicious.

Easy Green Waffle

This recipe is my own tried, true and tested version of waffles and it has never failed me.

Easy Waffle Sandwich

I think this recipe came out of an abundance of bananas and needing to switch it up from my banana bowls. I do love them, but sometimes, you’ve got more time in the morning and want to get fancy.

After I made these the first time, I realized that it was really easy to make these and I didn’t need so much extra time. Now, according to my WIAWs as of late, I eat waffles for multiple meals a day (sometimes).

Essentially, you add some milk to the microwave banana bowl and pop it in the waffle iron.

Woah, that is fancy!

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Rather than babble on, I’ll just give you the three ingredient recipe and let the results speak for themselves.

Easy Vegan Waffle

Easy Vegan Waffles For One

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Prep: Cook: Yield: serves 1Total:

You'll Need...

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup GF flour or oats**
  • 1/4-1/3 cup milk depending on banana size


  1. Mash banana and mix in milk. Add in the flour and stir till a batter consistency is achieved. Pour into a sprayed hot waffle iron and cook for 7 minutes.
  2. ** If you use oats, you will need a small blender. Just blend all the ingredients together and follow directions after that.


Are you a syrup fan?

What is your favorite butter? I enjoy Earth Balance, but coconut butter is stealing my heart 🙂