It’s been a while and I have some thoughts

I am not even sure when I last posted here. I do know that so much about the world has changed.

I am certain we all thought this year, 2020, would go so much different; so much better. Needless to say, we could not have been more wrong. However, I’d like to focus on the positive if I may.

I started the year off doing something I did not think I would be able to do but also knew that if I did not do it, I would never gain any ground with my mental health recovery. I deleted ALL my social media accounts January 1st. This was super hard given I was mostly active on my business accounts so I was scared no one would be able to find me for my services. Lo’ and behold, I have been found! I have been working for a little over a year at our local health food store and so many of my clients have found me there! I have had the opportunity to help so many more people through “one on one” mini-consults at the store and I have not regretted for one second missing all the “stuff” on social media.

I was able to celebrate my 40th birthday with my entire family and even though it was not in Greece like I had planned, due to travel restrictions, I loved being with my whole family. We rented a home with a gorgeous outdoor space and pool. My husband and kids lavished me with attention, drinks and wonderful food the whole weekend!

I was able to provide my family with a weekend away to the coast for us all to get a break from the reality of COVID. We stayed in our condo or on our own spot at the beach so we felt pretty safe. We even dined out the few times we were able to secure outdoor seating. It was a really hot climate but we enjoyed many cold drinks.

My point…I’m choosing to focus on the positive and I encourage you too as well. I’ve cried, mourned, been angry, been depressed and definitely been anxious. Those are all valid reactions. Move through them as you need and take all the time you need. In the end though, focus on the positive.

My Go-to Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (I like coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup of Chia Seeds (if you’d like it less thick, use less)
  • 2 TSP of maple syrup (use more if you like it sweeter). You can also use honey or stevia if you prefer
  • 1 TBSP of Cacao powder – this is where you can make it your own. Add other flavors like a nut butter or fruit
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • You can add a scoop collagen but it’s optonal

Put all the ingredients in a standard mason jar and stir. Place the lid on tightly and shake! Place it in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours to set. I like to leave mine overnight but it’s not necessary. Enjoy!!!

Easy One Pan Dinner


We came home from a very hot and grueling camping trip and honestly the last thing I wanted to do was cook a dinner but we were famished so this is what I threw together and y’all it is too good not to share!

Easy One Pan Dinner
Prep Time: 15 minutes 
Total Time: 1hr 15m
Servings: 4

One dozen Baby Creamer Potatoes halved
2-3 cups fresh (snipped) or frozen green beans (I used fresh)
6 (2 lbs) boneless chicken thighs
1/3 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped baby portabella mushrooms
1/2 cup olive oil - split
1 TBS Coconut Aminos
3 tsp garlic powder - split
3 tsp paprika - split
Salt & pepper to liking

Preheat your oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with edges with 
parchment paper. In a large bowl add your chicken, olive oil, 
coconut aminos, 1 tsp garlic powder, paprika and salt & pepper.  Let it sit while you work on the rest of the ingredients.  In a 
medium bowl mix your potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, paprika and salt & pepper.  In another medium bowl mix your green beans, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

Spend the potatoes on one side, chicken in the middle and green beans on the other side.  Cover with foil and place into the oven for 1 hour.  When done (make sure your chicken is at least 165º 
internal) remove the foil and enjoy!

When you make this recipe please tag me @nourishingabilities in your social media posts so I can see it and share it with the rest of our tribe!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you!

Camping in the Texas Heat

First off, it has been a hot minute since I have blogged but here I am.  I am excited to tell y’all about my camping adventure in the Texas heat.

Now when I say Texas heat I mean 102ºF-103ºF, so yeah.  We arrived at our campsite in Lake Brownwood State Park Thursday afternoon at probably the peak temperature of the day.  We are great planners like that lol.  Now I had done my research on this camping trip bc I am very analytical so I do like to plan and prepare.  All the pictures I looked at had TREES.  We were assigned to a camping spot and told it had a tree for shade right over the tent site so I was happy to get to the shade and not have to put everything together in the direct sun.  We finished check in and got to our assigned site only to discover that the supposed “trees” were mesquite BUSHES.  These beautiful plants were far from trees.  Just because a bush is taller than a human doesn’t make it a tree, just saying.  Plus, if you are unfamiliar with a mesquite bush, they are very scarce in their foliage so they don’t provide much shade even if they are tall. Thankfully we found a different site that did have an Oak tree and true shade.

A Mesquite “Tree”

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My Take on Social Media

43517e467b67d78f284c459ff0d9c898Obviously you can find me on social media, so I am not 1000% against it  **Update, as of January 2020 I am no longer on any social media**.  With that said, I do wish it were not a necessary evil in the business world today.  If I could go back to the days before social media and I knew what I know now, I would never touch any of the social media outlets.

You have to understand my anxiety a little in order to fully comprehend that statement.  When I make myself available on social media I feel like it is the same thing as standing in a room full of people.  I may know most of these people but that doesn’t matter.  I am convinced they are judging me and analyzing everything I dare to “put out there”.  On the flip side, especially for business, I have to realize that when I put content out there for everyone to consume, it will be necessary for me to interact with each person that “likes”, “shares” or comments on the post.  This is time consuming and again it is like I am forced to have to face an extremely anxiety ridden situation.

Gosh, I know after reading that back to myself that seems very whiny and almost like one would ask why I even have a career like this if that is how I feel about interacting with people over social media.  I can understand that but for me, when I am making the choice to interact and engage, it’s my choice and on my time.  I know when I’m ready to make that phone call or when I have set an appointment with a client.  I am prepared.  There is no preparing for what people say, do or require when on social media.  It is the largest aquarium in the world and if you run a business you are required to swim.

I do manage my time on social media to an extent.  I really try to give myself “windows” of being on any one outlet but I, like many others, get sucked in and it can be an hour later and I am still on the dang app.  My problem is, I over consume most of the time and it leads to burnout.  Burnout is not a viable option when running a business.  I have to stay engaged because my clients or a potential client might need me.

Here is how I am trying to reframe this situation to make it more positive and less stressful.  I decided to put this blog post out so my audience would have the chance to understand why I go “quiet” sometimes.  I have started to use a scheduling service in which I can create all my content in one day, usually Sunday, and not have to worry too much about it during the week.  I’ve decided to only create content Monday – Friday since my business is not open on the weekends anyway.  I will make a conscious effort to use the “stories” feature at least five times a day during the week.  I will go “quiet” every weekend and probably for a whole week once a quarter.  I will reframe interaction with my audience in a way that is positive and encouraging.  I will not stress about it and create negative energy where there isn’t any.  I welcome comments, questions, shares, and likes as they help me understand what content my audience enjoys and wants more of.  You will see my life but not my whole life.  I am always going to be real and raw at times.

I feel like I have come soooo far in my journey and my anxiety is much better than it was when I first started blogging.  I thank you for taking the time to read this post all the way through.  It was a little ranty and probably more of a “dear diary” entry than anything but thats okay.  Feel free to leave comments (seriously, I WANT you to, I really do).  Let me know if you have any social media anxiety or if you struggle with it like I do.  I know I can’t be the only one.