Feeling Guilt About Unemployment?

Me too!

I was furloughed from my airline way back in March. I have tried a few times to look for work but nothing has really panned out. I don’t get calls back and recently in a pretty emotional conversation with my therapist I realized it was mostly rooted in GUILT!

Interesting right?

The thing is – I am not struggling, I am just not getting ahead. For many years I have put aside my creative mind to work jobs that I haven’t entirely been happy with because I needed the money. And because of that I haven’t had the time to pursue my passion projects.

So instead of looking for a job I realized that I could spend my time working on my creative endeavours and still sit comfortably in the situation I am in.

I realized I could have a gym routine.

I could try and have a healthy eating routine.

I could switch to mostly decaf.

I could spend time taking photos and making videos.

But when I do all of that I have a nagging guilt that I should be doing more. I should be contributing more to society. I should, I should, I should …

But at the end of the day I need to look out for me and my wants and needs.

Are you furloughed and struggling too?

Why can’t we just be okay with what we want to do? Why do we care what other people think of the choices we make?

I am a sensitive bitch and I care what people think – but actually I think I care too much.

I am learning a lot about myself during this master mess of a year. I am learning that I do a lot of things that other people like and have yet to really figure out what it is that I like.

I am learning that I am allowed to want different things at a different age. I am learning that my wants and needs have changed. I am learning to say no. I am learning to tell people when they are being shitty. I am learning to stand up for myself and my needs.

And, you should too!

There is nothing more empowering than being confident in your decision to do whatever makes you happy.

Because of many years in a bad financial situation I never took the time to develop my own hobbies and interests. And I never took the time to really work on the things that I thought were interesting. I would see people online doing stuff and really understand the privilege that they didn’t see.

I am not suggesting that you should be using this year to build a social media presence or build a brand and build a business – but I am suggesting that if you are at home and not working and have no idea what to do … it might be a good time to look within and figure out things you are passionate about OR work on some of the passion projects guilt free.

Today I sat down with you on YouTube and ate some nachos and really talked about all my scattered thoughts.

I talked about changes in aviation. I talked about wanting to use my travel benefits before they ran out. I talked about wanting to buy an adventure vehicle (and the cost). I talk about my dream to overland to Patagonia. I talked about depression and all sorts of stuff – really I laid into you about all the things I think about with all this free time.

And now I am here trying to figure out how to turn my dreams into a reality. Wouldn’t it be great to just have one massive dream come true?

You can watch it here (don’t forget to hit the subscribe button)

So if you are just out there feeling like I am feeling all guilty and shit – guilty for having free time that you earned after busting your butt for years to get here – I get you, I feel you and I am here for you.

You are allowed to do what you need to do to make you happy. If that means staying home and working on your YouTube or Blog or Sewing or whatever; I am here to say …

I GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO GET IT DONE AND JUST BE.

Setting My Own Rules for The 75 Hard Challenge & Making a Commitment

One of  the many things that I struggle with it is weight loss.  I have SO many cookbooks and books – do this and do that – conflicting information at the best of times. The diet industry is one of the more profitable industries in the world. But even after all that reading and all the knowledge, I still struggle to lose weight. 

So much so that this year I considered the option of a bariatric surgery in Mexico. I feel desperate in my need to lose the weight, but I know what I really must do it heal my brain, heal my bad patterns, heal my emotional eating, heal myself.

I am tired of not feeling like I am beautiful. I am tired of being insecure because of my weight. I am tired of thinking that people are not interested in friendships and relationships because I am now a chubby gal. I am tired of treating myself like shit because I feel insecure about letting myself go. 

Everyone wants to lose weight, but no one wants to put in the work. 

Myself included.

Diet Coke is too delicious. Cake and potato chips are amazing. How can I say no to the cheesy pasta – I am the same way. 

SAME. SAME. SAME.

It is also true that I have an under active thyroid and crippling anxiety – coupled with 2020 depression that I am now medicated for AND seasonal depression quickly approaching. 

This year I am over  the life failures and I am not going to let that shit win …  with 75 days left in 2020 – I want to make a difference for myself. And to do that I must challenge myself.

Say Hello to Inspiration: Andie Frisella   

 And the Podcast

I am sure you have heard of at least the challenge – it is kind of a fitness craze these days – the 75 hard challenge. 

I am just going to break down the rules for you:

  • Follow a diet for 75 days … no cheating – if you cheat you start again
  • Workout 2x/day (one outside)
  • Drink a gallon of water a day
  • Read 10 pages of a nonfiction entrepreneurial book
  • Take progress pictures every day

It is the last 75 days of 2020 and I am in it to win it. I promised myself that if I ever have to put my uniform on again it is going to be to big. 100% if I tried that now it would be HELLA tight. I need to take back control of the kitchen. Take back control of my life. I decided that I can make rules for my own challenge and do things that take care of me and my needs. 

With my birthday and the holiday season coming up – I need to make sure I allow myself some celebration time and treats but teach myself to not go overboard. 

So friends, I am digging out all the stops. I am diving in the literature and programs and I am implementing it all. I have learned over the years that the only way you can achieve your goals is to make the tangible. What exactly am I going to do to make it work?

THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP: CHANGE YOUR MINDSET TO ‘YOU CAN’ AND ‘YOU WILL’

Then lets follow the rest of these steps: 

Follow a diet for 75 days. No cheating. No cakes or cookies or chocolate. No soft drinks
  • I have been a vegetarian for a long time. Most of my life. On and off vegan for some time. For this challenge I will be fully vegan. A whole foods vegan. I give myself permission to eat up anything remaining in my fridge (fake meats and cheeses but then it is done)
  • I will be using up my protein shake cupboard and my greens powders, pre and probiotic powders, skin elixirs and fizz sticks, detox teas and anything I need to use up 
  • I can drink sparkling water but no diet coke
2 workouts a day 
  • The kickboxing gym is open 6 days a week so Monday to Saturday I will kickbox
  • Beachbody on Demand I am current doing piyo so I will continue to follow that workout schedule until it is done. That is also 6 days a week.
  • Walking – great to get outside and explore.
  • There are always online workouts on BOD or on Youtube
Read every day. Read whatever you want. Just read for 20mins/day. Get back into fiction.
I will drink ½ my body weight in OZ of water/day. 
Journal your food & Journal how to you feel every day. Journal how you feel about your food choice. Use one of you MANY food journals and just do it. Just track your progress. 
Take progress photos once a week. 
Weigh in on Mondays

And that is it – this is Carol time – this is time to do this for you, for your body, for your mind. I want to finish 2020 strong and in control and feeling like even though everything else is out of control that I have control of making me a better me. 

If you want to join me on your own challenge drop a comment and we can be accountability buddies. I would love to have you and love to compare our personal 75 hard lists. 

Come Hang Out with me on Youtube

75 days – LETS DO THIS!

Setting Boundaries

If there is one thing that I find incredibly difficult it is setting boundaries with people.

Second to that is properly expressing my feelings when they are hurt.

I am a HIGHLY sensitive human.

Sensitive to the point that something that happened months ago can boil up and hurt me at an unsuspecting time. I have over the years known this about myself and mostly learned to deal with it. But on occasion it creeps in out of nowhere and I lose control.

2020 has thrown me a mind fuck of a time – I honestly didn’t really vision me being unemployed for this long. I didn’t vision me wondering what to do with my life. I also didn’t plan on setting my bar high and going after some long term dreams.

But here I am … just doing that.

In the last few weeks I have really started to feel like connecting with other humans has become increasingly difficult. I don’t know if it is the people that I have chosen as friends, my fear of making new friends, or just an overall feeling of complete social isolation … but some sort of shit is happening and it is powerful.

I have realized that I, for the most part, have been (in the past) a pretty chill human being. I am flexible wth plans and flexible with changes … or at least I thought. I guess until now. I think that because I want to have social/friend time I become too flexible to other peoples schedules and then forget about myself in the process.

2020 has made me realize that I need to be more selfish. I need to be better at sticking to my guns and doing what I want and following the lead of others and making sure I take care of myself first.

Setting this type of boundary has definitely shaken up a lot of my friendships and relationships.

When you set boundaries you change your role in friendships and relationships – you change you position and it changes the dynamic.

And it is hard.

REALLY HARD.

Very few people talk about what happens in your world when you set personal boundaries – it gets lonely.

It gets lonely because all the people that were taking advantage of you and not respecting you are now put into question.

It is really hard to stand up for yourself and see that you are worth it. Your schedule is worth it and that people that don’t respect you are not people worth having in your life.

Forging a new path, a new dream – it takes work and dedication. The same with deciding how to let people treat you. You set the bar for appropriate behaviour – you choose.

You are worth someones full attention.

You are worthy of being a priority.

You are worth you goals and dreams.

You are worth standing up for yourself and not taking any shit for anyone.

Setting boundaries and setting the pace for what I need, for me, is honestly some of the hardest things for me to do. Because when I set boundaries I feel like I lose out on things. And honestly that isn’t the truth.

When you set boundaries you don’t miss out on anything. You get everything that you need for you.

If someone doesn’t want to respect you or your boundaries – if they don’t want to treat you as human – they are not worth it.

2020 has been a great year for reflection and understanding. Setting new goals and aspirations and seeing the shifts that we are all making as we adapt to what is now the norm.

Today I challenge you to stand up for yourself and set one boundary that wasn’t there before. Loudly state something that you need that you aren’t getting because of an action you are allowing (from yourself or someone else) – see how that feels …. and grow from it.

Bigger or Better: Trading a Mint Condition Rolling Stone Grateful Dead Magazine.

Yesterday while scrolling endlessly through TikTok like the unemployed/furloughed bum I currently am I saw a girl trying to trade up a bobby pin for a house. She has gotten pretty far in her quest of items and I think it is totally rad.

This isn’t a new idea – this was originally accomplished by a Canadian man who eventually traded up for a house in Kipling, Saskatchewan.  2005 – One Red Paperclip, anyone?

Being that I am home and need to make use of my creative muscles I have decided on a quest of my own. I would like to trade my mint condition Grateful Dead Rolling Stones Magazine for a Sprinter van that I will convert to be my tiny home.

Ideally by the time next summer arrives but who knows really? This project might take some time.

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I decided to make a post on TikTok myself about it and will continue on in my quest until I am successful. So this is the magazine in its full glory. Crisp, clean and ready to be in someone else’s library of wicked finds. It originally cost me about $17 CAD. I am just looking to trade up for something a little bit bigger and a little bit better.

This project is a series of trade that will get me to my end goal on the dream van.

If you want to follow along I will be posting more about it on TikTok. The adventure vehicle is happening.  If you are interested in a trade please get at me. As long as it is bigger or better – and I can possible trade it. I will be taking all offers seriously.

If you think I am slightly crazy it is because I am – anything is possible if you have the right mind set! So come on an adventure with me while I get myself a tiny home by trading up bigger and better.

 

Acting The Part To Manifest Your Life

Some days I am just trucking along and it is like I see myself outside of my body doing things that I shouldn’t* be doing.

I tell myself I want to feel more comfortable in my skin, in my body, but I am also eating that extra bag of potato chips in my car because I was to lazy to make myself food. I stay in bed all day watching TikToks  – mindlessly scrolling through my life not caring about doing the things I could be doing to put myself into a better space.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the things that I want to do but not actually producing the things that I need to produce to do them.

Confidence. Motivation. Ambition. Drive.

Where did you go?

Is manifestation of personal greatness just an act or a role we play?

Do you ever see the vision of yourself and then all the sudden intrinsically understand why things are not working the way you want? Like you all the sudden one day understand how destructive your habits are to your sucess?

You can see yourself sitting in the fear, you can see yourself scared and not making a move? You can see yourself not the person you want to be because (although attainable) you just aren’t working for it? Like at all. Like never. Like you talk a big game about a goal but don’t actually pursue it – just talk about how you want it.

Are you scared you are going to fail?

I noticed this week that Sons of Anarchy was added into Netflix, and Friends, this is honestly one of my favourite TV shows. I have rewatched it SO MANY TIMES and as I was laying in my bed watching reruns the other night I took a pause and started to research some of the actors.

I saw a recent -ish picture of Ryan Hurst (in his Sikh turban) and Charlie Hunnam (all British and clean cut) and they were doing Kundalini yoga. It was so interesting and strange. I am binge watching them on a show where they are constantly drinking and smoking and being badass criminals – getting to know them as a character and to see them as people – in a normal life is an entirely different act. In this moment I really started thinking about how life is just an act. And you – you can create any character you want.

Can we as humans just decided we want to be something different and create it by acting the part?

Life is sometimes all about acting – How do you decide who you want to be?

In the plethora of self help book I have read they talk about the same things – creating your life and doing the things. Get up early, do the yoga, train your mind, train your body, create a path for yourself, follow through, don’t stop. Just never stop trying to achieve the dream. It is hard work, lonely work but you are worth it.

The problem with online creators and actors is that we just see the final product of one particular role. We never really see the work it takes to get to the final product and that is what my weekly epiphany was about; the behind the scenes of getting everything done – the hours of Jiujitsu to give you the body you want, the strict diets and the hard work. The discipline for success.

This week I am questioning my behind the scenes work ethic and if I am in fact doing the things I need to do to get it done.

Am I creating the part for myself where I am the leading character in my own life?

Are you?

You are the star of your show! How does the leading character act? Are you inline with that? Are you creating the ultimate dream role or are you the runner up, supporting role in your own drama?

 

 

 


* When I say I ‘shouldn’t’ be doing something it is a standard that I have set for myself. Obviously this is relative to you as a person and your own moral code and ethics.

How to Rule Your World? #grounded: 3 months later …

It’s been 3 months since I stopped working.

I have just been home, in Calgary, wondering what is next.

Today I got a company wide email that was a list of all the employees (flight attendants to be specific) and the number in which they will get called back to work. I am on the bottom rung. I will be the last of the Flight Attendants to get recalled. I have realized that will likely be 12-18 months away from now if – and only if – a miracle happens and we start flying at a regular full schedule sometime soon. In order for that to happen basically I will need Ms Corona to have disappeared or a vaccine to be introduced.

I don’t really fancy being on unemployment for an extended period of time. So now comes the hard part – figuring out what exactly I am going to do with my time. Inevitably – I am going to need to find a job.

I have no idea what that looks like.

Currently there is no wavering in my income – if I spend to much I just have less. There is no variation. There is no making more. There is no overtime.

I am the captain of my life and sometimes it is hard for me to really decide what direction I want to go in or what I actually want. It feels like I am here just existing in time.

Waiting for something.

Waiting but also …

Slightly lost. Slightly bored and slightly uncertain.

It is like I am experiencing burn out from doing nothing. Motivation is low – going out is sketchy and I am once again faced with the decision of what the heck I want to do.

While I have been off I have haphazardly started a whole bunch of projects. None of them I have completed. I have lost my focus and stopped caring about myself. I have become an all day snacker and I just can’t be asked to even try anymore.

Depressing really.

So I decided I need to step up to bat and rule my world & this is how it is done:

  1. Most important: Stop being a scaredy pants – push past fear!
  2. Realize that unless I make things happen for myself they are likely not going to happen.
  3. Stop listening to other peoples advice
  4. Just start. Get up and do something.
  5. Get off the unproductive internet YouTube binge watching (or insert phone scrolling, Netflix binge watching or whatever unproductive behaviour)
  6. Pick one of the many projects and work on that till it is done, then start the next project.
  7. Clean out your work space – create a workspace – find a work coffee shop. Just do something that says “hey this is my creative working space”.
  8. Don’t stop. Keep working on your dream.

It is very true that you often regret the adventurous things that you never end up doing.

So what are you waiting for?

Who knows what the next couple of months have in store for me – but stay tuned as I adventure through the rest of 2020.

Meatless Monday: Red Curry Pizza

If you love a red curry and you love pizza – you are gonna love this mash up. Basically I take all the goodness of a red curry and make it into a pizza.  This is going to take you a hot minute to make because fresh dough – but it is so worth it.

Also, if you happen to have left overs – it tastes great cold. It is loaded with veggies and light -ish on the fats and it makes pizza sort of taste healthier than it should and I love that about this.

It will probably take 40 mins to throw together with all the chopping and prepping. It makes one medium sized pizza. 

I promise you  – it’s worth it.  

Lets make pizza – things you will need:

The no-yeast Pizza Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups of flour (white, whole wheat or combo of both)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 flax egg (I tablespoon of ground flax + 2.5 tablespoons of water)
  • ¼ cup light flavoured oil (do not use coconut oil)
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp dried ginger 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

Red Curry Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  •  I tablespoon brown sugar

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup frozen corn & jalapeno mix
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 yellow peppers, cut into strips
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • Green onion & Cilantro 

Dipping Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon of Braggs Liquid Aminos

 

Preheat over to 425F. Lightly spray pizza pan with a cooking spray.  In a large bowl make the flax egg (the flax egg needs about 10 minutes to thicken up – chop some veggies while you wait). Then into the flax egg add oil and almond milk. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and other spices. Mix until dough forms. Put dough onto pizza pan/sheet and work it into a thin layer covering the entire baking sheet. This is a bit of a process – you need to work the dough into the sheet. Cook in oven for 10 mins. 

While the crust is baking you need to make the sauce for the pizza: mix together the coconut milk, brown sugar and  red curry paste.

Once the first 10 minutes is up take pizza crust out of  the oven add red curry sauce and toppings (except the green onion and cilantro) then baking for another 12-15 mins.

Once the pizza is out of the oven – mix up the powdered peanut butter, Braggs and water to make a dipping sauce. Then top the pizza with green onions and cilantro. 

That is it, Friends – Red Curry Pizza!

Recipe Notes:

The toppings can vary – I have made this with spinach and also with bean sprouts. Use what you have that you think would fit into a red curry flavour profile. 

You need to use the full fat coconut milk because it is thick and creamy and this is the sauce for the pizza. 

You could also add some vegan cheese to the top. I would stick to a classic “white cheese” type of vegan cheese. That being said you don’t really need it.

You could also probably add a vegan chicken or soy curls to bump up the protein.

The dipping sauce could be made with almond butter or regular peanut butter – I just find the powdered peanut butter makes it really saucy (and cuts down on some of the calories)


 

I really hope you love this one as much as I do! 

Follow along here for more Meatless Monday tips – and other Monday plant based lifestyle chats. 

 

How to Plan a Successful Month

Have you ever noticed how easy it is for a day to pass and you have no idea what you actually accomplished? Or in this COVID time a whole month or two? 

1It happens to the best of us. I have learned over the years that in order to get stuff done you must plan it out. In this time of absolute craziness I have been spending my time trying to get more consistent with blogging and writing. It keeps me distracted and busy and focusing on what I want to focus on. 

For me – I am not very good under pressure so the best way I can get around this is by planning my month ahead of time. Planning out my writing days. Planning out my creativity. 

Let me show you how to plan your month so that you see progress and success. 

My biggest and best planning tools come in a few parts:

Step one is always the list of things that need to get accomplished in a month. This might be a big list but get it all down on paper so you know what you are working with. I list out everything on the to-do list. Things I want to focus on and things I would like to ideally finish. Creative projects, writing projects, exercise and weight loss goals, relationships, work, travel, fun. Whatever you want to focus on or what needs to get done for the month this is where it needs to go. 

The bullet Journal is where I start (think of this as 1A). The format is flexible. I can write as many things as I want. It is a tool that I have been using for years. I like this as a place to make my progress charts and my overall monthly things.  I always do a monthly budget spread and hone in on bill payments and what money needs to go where (which is how I paid off 40k worth of debt so far). I like to come up with monthly exercise plans as well including how many days I want to hit the gym (since my new primary focus is weightloss success) – really it is my goals and dreams list and how to make them happen.

The brain dump book (think of this as 1B) which is technically also a bullet journal – this is separate for me from my more organized bullet journal. This is where I scribble all my writing ideas and blog post ideas. It is a place where I can be messy and just think up things. Larger pages and more space to really detail out how I want to write posts. Sometimes at the most random times I have a thought about something I want to write and I need to jot down the key points to remember it later. This is “that” book.

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For both of these books I use the classic bullet journal the leuchtturm1917 brand that you can find here. But you can also buy them from Chapters. I like the dot grid because it means I can be creative with how I write and schedule things. But honestly you can use whatever you have. You don’t NEED this particular book. But I find writing it out on paper is what I need. 

Step two is to add everything onto my master calendar. This is where I start to get really precise. Now that I know what I want to write about I like to post what blog post I want to have published on what day. I fill in meetings, birthdays, bill payments, paydays, any and all events … anything to get a huge overview of the month.  This is the moment when the month looks like it has nothing going on to having everything happening. 

The big arse wall calendar helps with this because I can add multiple things to each day. If you are scheduling for more than one person you can even color code this. You can easily move things around and visually look at the month at a glance.

Step three: The day book (mini calendar) – this is a typical day book broken down by the hour. I want to write in my particulars by the day. I try to make sure it is filled out the night before for optimum productivity. Or it is also great to plan out your day in the morning with a cup of coffee. Since all the COVID stuff has started I really have enjoyed being a bit more lax with my days and have found this has been working better for me. 

I bought both of these from Staples. 

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Because I am home all the time I have been slacking on my digital calendar – but when I was full time flying I would then fill in my digital calendar (step four) so that I could also be on top of what stuff I needed to get done on the road. 

Productivity happens when you plan.

For all those people trying to launch their at home business this is ley. Spending a couple hours each week getting organized will get you way ahead of the game. I think it is truthful in anything in life the better you plan the better success you have in achieving the goals. 

What is your June looking like – do you have your month all sorted yet?

Struggling with getting organized in general – try this get organized bootcamp!

 

Meatless Monday: Quick & Easy Plant Based Food Ideas

Vegan fast food is a trending topic but so is health and proper nutrition. So how do you combine the two of them?? There are so many ways to get in your vegan “fast foods” with out packing in the calories. This week on meatless Monday I want to talk about easy ways to get food in your belly without having to spend hours in the kitchen making scrumptious vegan food or taking a rip through a drive though and packing in some bad calories.

Plant based/vegan foods are everywhere – you don’t need to over think it. Here are things I keep stocked in my house for easy vegan eats and snacking:

Vegan Dips and Sauce

This is by far the easier group to reach for because it is likely that people eating omnivore diets don’t even realize that some of basic life goodness is already plant based. Fruits and veggies and a quick dip make vegan snacking so easy. It can be as simple as a banana and some peanut butter. Veggies and hummus. Or Veggies and other beans dips. I make a white bean spinach and artichoke dip that covers all my bases. It has protein and iron and is great on bread, crackers, toast and veggies. Now a days you can get already cut up veggies in the grocery store and SO MANY vegan dips have come on the market it is hard to keep up.  Keeping a stock of fresh fruit and veggies in the fridge and a few cracker in the cupboards is a great way to keep the snacks quick and healthy and plant based.

The Fake Meats

If I am being truthful – I was a vegetarian for 10 years before I even entered the world of fake meats. Mostly I thought they were gross. However in 2020 – you can’t go wrong. There are so many options for simulated meat products it is insane. I love to throw them in a salad to ramp up my protein and to get in another texture. Slicing up a Fieldroast sausage and adding it into salad = yum. A little ground round to make a taco salad = delicious. Combine meat alternatives and some lentils with your salad and its high protein goodness keeping you full for hours. Your options for variety here are pretty endless AND it makes for a quick meal. Heat up the veggie meat while you prep the salad. For nights when you are to tired to create an epic vegan dish this is a great alternative. In summer time  – this is when this shines for me. No long cooking or meal prep – just straight up deliciousness. (Just keep in mind these are not always the healthiest and might not be the best food choices – so enjoy them in moderation)

Protein Shakes

There are lots of nutrient dense vegan protein powders on the market. Vega is one of the most popular (I am a huge fan of the vanilla protein and greens). But even some of the MLMs like Beachbody and Arbonne have leaned into vegan shakes (Arbonne Marble Cake Vegan Protein is the bomb). I like to make my smoothies with unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, nut butter, half of a frozen banana and then what ever other fruit and veg. Smoothies can be super filling if they are crafted properly – I personally need the protein with a fat and the veg and fruit. It keeps me fuller longer and makes the smoothie worth having. All these things fast, easy and vegan.

Vegan Pizza

Everyones favourite = pizza. It is quick and easy and believe it or not you can make them pretty darn healthy if you want to. I guess this is the time to really say  – anything you can make  … I can make vegan. I have a no-rise flatbread recipe that whips up in no time – and with a little sauce and random veg you got yourself a pizza in about 30 mins. If you use a pre-made store bought crust – you can have it ready in 10mins. I like to make sure I have some fresh pineapple or mango to throw on the top, extra sauce on the crust and a nice dipping sauce – I don’t even bother with the fake cheese. So yum.

The Good Old Fashioned Sandwich or Wrap

This is the basics but seriously you can put together a vegan sandwiches  in minutes – toast it up or throw some things in a wrap or lettuce wrap. You don’t need to be boring. You can go the route of hummus and guac loaded with veggies. But you can use other bean dips – like spinach and artichoke bean dip. How about layer in some smoked tofu? Add in that protein and a smoke flavour. Use all the best veggie topping – to spice it up try adding in some fresh herbs. Cilantro or dill are wonderful on a sandwich. You can have savoury nut butter sandwiches by adding some ginger and garlic to your almond butter then loading it with veg. Chickpea salads, lentil salads are also delicious and keep well in the fridge for a couple of days. The options are really endless.

 

I know vegan can seem pretty daunting at times but once you really dive in you can really see that there are so many things already in your fridge that are perfect as they are. In 2020 it is pretty popular to have vegan eats accessible at your favourite restaurants, and the drive thru, on Door Dash or Uber Eats … you can make big pots of chili and stews and freeze then so your meal prep doesn’t get boring. It is possible to make quick satisfying eats from your regular variety.

I hope this helps you with some inspiration for plant based from your already stocked kitchen. I would love to se picture of what you are making. Please tag me.

 

 

25 Things I Miss About Being A Flight Attendant

Flying is exhausting and hard work. It can be draining and challenging and push all your buttons. It can also be super fun. I miss the lifestyle of whizzing around and being a social butterfly. There are so many amazing things about being a flight attendant – here are some of the things I miss the most.

25 Things I Miss About Flying:

  • Always going places – the constant act of getting on a plane and being in different cities and sleeping in different beds. Motion. Always going.
  • Airplane cookies. Biscoff cookies. It is both embarrassing and staggering the amount of times I have eaten cookies and pretzels for breakfast. It has been months since I indulged in such behaviour.
  • Putting on high heels and the uniform and feeling suited up and acting the part.
  • Making new road friends every few days.
  • Sunsets in Mexico.
  • Hawaii. Just all of it – beaches and sunrises and humidity and Maitai’s
  • Getting all the fun stuff from all the places: Rumcream in Halifax. Coconut granola in Hawaii. All the American vegan foods pretty much anywhere in the USA. Colliding Tides in PEI – it is so amazing to pick up all my special treats on the road and bring them home I miss all those things.
  • Hot men in uniform. There are lots of men in lots of uniforms trolling the airports. It some nice eye candy.
  • Redeye flights and working all night.
  • Hypoxic giggles from flying to many hours in such a short amount of time.
  • The passengers. The good and the bad – but always interesting.
  • The drama.
  • Getting home from Mexico and cleaning sand out of my suitcase in the middle of the winter
  • St John’s, Newfoundland. I miss you.
  • Room Parties.
  • Paydays. Actually working my butt off for a huge payday and being rewarded with all that money to freely spend how I want.
  • Hotel room coffee in bed.
  • Awesome places to take badass photos.
  • Visiting my network of friends in random cities.
  • Day drinking in the afternoon in warm places without an care in the world.
  • Exploring new places.
  • Adventures.
  • The galley of confessions. Getting to talk about real stuff with real strangers and really opening up.
  • Feeling like the world is my oyster and that I can go anywhere.
  • Feeling alive.

 

I am sure there are more things to miss about flight attendant life – I just am feeling nostalgic and missing all the things that such a fun career can bring.

Are you a furloughed flight attendant? What are you missing the most?