Barney Butter, Vegan Sandwiches, and I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOU!

This week has been rough work wise. Today is my first day off since last Tuesday and this past weekend was really hard on my coworkers and I. That being said, God has filled me with so much joy, I’m full and bursting with excitement about today and the future.

Let’s be honest, we all blog for ourselves first, but sometimes we want to feel like our content is helping others. Heck, I want my content to help myself. Writing helps me remember what is important in my own life. I go through periods where I question what I’m doing. After all, I’m not certified (yet….read on!) to give out any advice. I only know my own experience and try to write knowledgeably about that. This week though, I got a tiny bit of positive feedback that reminded me why I write.

I don’t want to write any lows this week or top foods (head to Kate’s blog for that) because my life this past week is full outside of those. Sure, I had loss, but to be honest, the highs outweighed those and I want to remember that so much more. My blog is a journey, my own story. This week was so tough physically and mentally at my job, so God (sweet Jesus I just wrote Gid…) blessed me in other ways. I want to share them with you.

Highlights Of My Week:

[EDIT: I have to share this video of my Strong Hearts Vegan Power team at Ragnar Cape Cod by The Vegan Zombie!]

1.) I am a Barney Butter Ambassador!


Along with a few other bloggers, In It 4 The Long Run, Emilie Eats, The Blissful Balance and others, we have been honored to represent the amazing Almond Butter Company that is Barney Butter! I will do a full post about this next week, but I am SO EXCITED!

2.) Getting emails from readers!

I got the kindest email from a young woman who lives near me in Syracuse, NY. She wrote some very beautiful things that just filled my soul and made me glow. I love hearing that! It makes me feel like the content I share makes a difference. Since she’s so close, we are making plans to meet up. I do first and foremost blog for me, and making a new friend is the ultimate win if I ever had one

3.) Selling vegan sandwiches!


I recently was able to convince one of our regular customers to get my favorite vegan sandwich from CTB. He knows I am vegan and we have a great relationship, but he always got a turkey sandwich. Finally, on Wednesday I suggested he get a different sandwich. He did and now it is his new favorite! He has gotten it twice since then (in two days!!!). It’s really cool to see my small vegan activism work!

4.) Guest posting on Emily’s blog!


A few months ago, Emily asked if I would write a guest post for her blog. I wrote about my struggles with caring too much about what other people think and how overcoming that helped me love myself and pursue my dreams. Take a read HERE!

5.) Start school work again!

This is what I’ve been waiting for. All the times I didn’t eat out to save money, shopping at discount stores, wearing clothes till they’re rags, working as much as possible. I can finally afford to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified health coach. I’m not sure if I want to start a health coaching business, but I a, sure I want to do something in that area. Whether it’s working with wellness companies or other blogs, I can do what I enjoy and maybe even make a difference. It’s been a long few years of saving, but if this is what gets me to my dreams, it’s been worth it!

6.) My Best Friend Stood Up For Herself

We all have people in our lives who just “get us”. This girl I am talking about is one of those people for me. We know everything about each other, yet live far apart. She has been struggling this past week with a few familial issues, and she made a step in the direction toward freedom. I am jealous of some of the relationship she has with her family. Her mom supports her and they are helping her pay for school. Yet, also they have been a crutch for her growth and stop her from living her own life.  This is just what I notice from what she tells me. I am trying to get her to guest post…hint hint 😉 Well, this week she stood up for something she believed in. She decided to put her self worth over the guilty feelings that come with not participating in a toxic family member’s desires. This was HuGe you guys because she (like us all) is a people pleaser. It’s hard for her not to do that. I am brimming with joy and very proud that she was able to prioritized self care over her sisters demands. Praise God for answered prayer!

7.) CTB Has A New High School Runner!

We call the young kids who work for us “runners”. We got a new one a few weeks ago and he is the cutest young boy I’ve met in a while! His mannerisms are adorable and he already feels comfortable with us. I look forward to the days he works because not only do I have less work to do, but he is great!

8.) Running with friends!

running group

Alright, enough about me, tell me about YOU!

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What is the best thing that happened to you this week? It can be work, food, fitness, family, relationships, to-do list, anything! 

Brag about yourself! I want to hear it and I’ll feature all the responses next week in a post!

31 thoughts on “Barney Butter, Vegan Sandwiches, and I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOU!”

  1. Oh my gosh there is so much goodness happening in your life! Congrats on becoming an ambassador. That’s mean free nut butter right? JEALOUSSSSS 😉

  2. Congratulations! I was wondering in your guest post about feeling uncomfortable going to your parents’ house because you felt they were judging your body and shaming it. Did you feel like they were shaming it when you were heavier or after you got skinny and they thought you should be as skinny? I struggle with this same issue so I was curious. Thanks!

    1. Whew that’s a tough question. Honestly, I was a chubby child, so I was shamed for that growing up. I was the “right size” for about two years, so my mom picked apart other parts of my life (like my boyfriend or what I chose to wear). Then I lost weight and she tore me apart for that. I definitely suffered from learned helplessness. Nothing I did was ever “right”. It took getting out of that toxic environment and then working on myself for a while before I learned how to be ok with who I am as Ellie, no matter what size or what I wear or who I date. That’s why it’s hard for me to go to their house, it brings back all the toxic feelings I’ve worked so hard to deal with and fight.

      1. Thank you very much for the detailed and personal reply. I often feel like my size is constantly scrutinized by my mother. I have also decided to spend my time with friends. I am on okay terms with the family but we don’t see each other often and i dont feel good after seeing them. My friends are great. Family can be in all forms as i know you realize and have mentioned before????

        1. I love the family I have created for myself. That does not mean I don’t continue to work on my blood family relationships, however I know hot toxic they can be. I don’t think a part of me would be missing if they weren’t a part of my life. That was a powerful mindshift for me and gave me some self-confidence and self-respect. If they don’t treat me right, I kick them out for a while.

  3. I am so happy that you get to be a nut butter ambassador, and this week looks like an amazing week full of new mercies from God. That’s neat that you were able to see your friend grow and take on a new challenge. I love seeing the pictures of you running with your friends. It kind of makes me wish we had a running club here, but it’s a bit rural. And isn’t getting emails from readers astounding in a good way? It’s just incredible!

    I can’t wait to hear about being a Barney Butter ambassador. Lots of almond butter recipes, eh?

    1. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be creating, but you know I’ll be eating tons of it for sure! I am still transfixed by your blueberry pie butter!!!

  4. Becoming a health coach is definitely something I’ve always thought about going back to school for, I’ll be interested to read about your experience. What’s on the vegan sandwich? I am a meat lover, but want to try one vegan meal a week and need some good recipe inspiration.

    1. On the sandwich is hummus, avocado, seitan (vegan meat), lettuce, tomato and Dijon mustard. I used sourdough bread, but it’s also really good in a burrito 🙂

  5. Congrats Ellie! I’m so proud of you and all your accomplishments! I love how blogging has given me a community of people who I feel like I can connect with, and it’s awesome when you get some sort of affirmation that your work is positively impacting someone. I’ve been meaning to send you an email because I feel like I have a bunch of questions about veganism and how I can integrate some more vegan meals into my life (accomplished this at lunch today!). Going to try to remember to do that now!

  6. Yay! Congrats on becoming an ambassador for Barney Butter–that’s so awesome! 😀

    Getting emails from readers makes me really happy too! :]

  7. Sounds like an awesome week- looking forward to see what kind of barney butter recipes you come up with! I need to meet some vegan runners in real life- so jealous of your running group!

    1. I love having a team behind me. Honestly it is one of the things that helps keep my head on straight when I have low moments. I’m not sure where you live, but I try to meet people on vegan FB groups or on Meet-up. Strong Hearts was very random and almost too coincidental, I must now say it was fate. Good luck!

  8. Hi Ellie! (Random sidenote, but I love your name…and blog!) I just wanted to say congrats on your savings milestone and your mindset, dedication, and efforts behind it. Refreshing to see and hear. I love your happiness in this post. It really is a choice (and can coexist with less happy parts of life), and you show that! ! A bunch of words to say I admire you, and you rock. 🙂

    1. Thank you Melissa! I appreciate your words, they make me feel fabulous! I am happy to be doing this and can’t wait to share my journey on this little blog. I hope you keep reading, I like to get to know my readers 🙂

  9. Great week and thanks for sharing the video! I love all The Vegan Zombie videos from the vegan vacation at sea last year. Sweet about becoming and ambassador, congrats and great guest post! The best thing for me is getting through this crazy week at work and heat! 🙂

  10. Ellie, even though I don’t know you very well yet, I am so excited at the prospect of you returning to school for wellness studies! I know you would do so well 🙂 Definitely keep us updated about that. I love hearing about people pursuing health studies, maybe because I’m so passionate about wellness, but it makes my heart so very happy. I’ll be praying for you on your journey.

    God’s goodness is amazing. It’s wonderful that even during the low points, He is there strengthening our hearts and building endurance while continually blessing us. I’m so happy He filled in the hard parts of your week with joy.

  11. omigosh- so exciting about being an ambassador!! I love barney butter 🙂 Awesome your friend stood up for herself too- I love hearing stories like that!

    1. Isn’t supporting other people awesome! I love rooting for the underdog and it feels so good when they take a stand 🙂 My friend would benefit from a friend like you Lyss <3

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