December 2017 Intentions | Reflections & Goals

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Reflections:

  • I finalized my word/phrase for 2018 -- "Fearless Visibility" Shout out to Megan Minns because before I saw her post, I was going to use "Stop Hiding." This new phrase is so much better.
  • Even though I don't feel like I've had an active 2017 (as far as being on social and posting recipes), it was pretty dope to be featured in The New York Times on November 28th. 
  • I got a gig that has me out of the house five days a week. It's not bad at all!
  • It was amazing to smash my income goals for November! I'm still blown away by how a little bit of intention went a long way for my finances in November. 

Intentions for December 2017:

  • Exercise...even if for 20 minutes -- Even though I've been working on eating better, I know the 20 lbs will come off faster if I incorporate cardio and weight training. PLUS, the exercise will work wonders for my mental health.
  • Get clear about how I will make 2018 my year of "Fearless Visibility"

How I Did on Consistency Goals for November 2017:

*Upload at least ONE video on my main YouTube channel - NOPE. I have a confession to make. I've been away from YouTube for over four months, and every time I plan to go back, I get stuck in the "my content isn't good enough" nonsense. The YouTube bar has been set high, and I just don't think my videos fit in. *sigh* It's silly...I know. 

*Upload a weekly podcast episode (five for the month) - NOPE. I did two episodes. I refuse to beat myself up though. I started a new gig that took a lot of time. Plus, I'm excited to have several episodes ready for December. 

Consistency Goals for December 2017:

I decided not to set any this month. Instead, I will spend time reflecting and planning for the new year. 

 

Check out previous Intentions posts here.

What are your goals for the new month? Let me know :-)

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November 2017 Intentions | Reflections & Goals

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It's been a while since I wrote my last Intentions post. *sigh*

Even though I don't always complete my monthly goals, I will say writing these posts does give me a sense of accountability. 

Also, I want to be more transparent about my business experiences to track my growth and inspire others to chase their dreams.

Reflections:

*A Major Shift In Our Family -- If you don't already know, I have three sons - 16, 14 & 12. Being a mom of teenagers has been the hardest thing I've ever had to do. The level of stress over the last 1 1/2 has been unreal. One of the reasons life has been all over the place for me is because my older sons recently moved to Texas to live with their dad. This situation has been a hard transition for my family, but I know this change is best for the boys.

*I Still Don't Know What the Hell I'm Doing -- After all these years, I still haven't figured out what I can do to really serve people and make a consistent monthly income from my businesses. 

I'm actually quite embarrassed to admit this out loud, but hey, the first step is admitting there's a problem, right?

Intentions for November 2017:

*Set an income goal for the month -- I started tracking my income back in July.  Being intentional allows me to make more money. I got off track last month and saw that my income was the lowest that it has been in a while -- there's def a correlation, so I will start tracking again. 

*Finalize My "Word/Theme" for 2018 -- My word for 2017 is Execution. Even though there's so much more I want to do, I feel as though I took way more action this year. I released two products on Brown Vegan, two products on Biz Life, did a few speaking engagements, cooking demos (my first was this year!) and went on TV. 

*Continue to work on my weight loss journey -- One of my 2017 goals was to lose 20 lbs. Guess what happened tho? I gained ten mo' pounds! I'm now a whopping 172.4 lbs. 

I started over again and feel positive that I will reach this goal in 2018 -- What I plan to do more of? Manage stress, cut down on processed foods, work as an accountable partner with Eric (he wants to lose 20 lbs too). 

*Leave the damn house -- As someone who works from home, it's very easy for me not to leave the house very often. I will make sure to get out as least once a week -- even if it's just for a 30-minute walk or a dinner date with Eric.  I know leaving the house more will help with my anxiety and depression too. 

Consistency Goals for November:

I'm pretty nervous to set consistency goals because I don't usually follow through on everything I write.

So I will keep it short and sweet...

*Upload at least ONE video on my main YouTube channel - I can't believe it has been three months since my last video! I just decided to record and upload a BBQ tofu video. Wish me luck! 

*Upload a weekly podcast episode (five for the month) -- there's no excuse for not finishing this because I have all the interviews recorded!

Check out previous Intentions posts here 

What are your goals for the new month? Let me know :-)

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Vegan School Lunches

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With school starting for so many families, I want to share some tips and recipes to make the vegan shift as fun and long-term for your family as possible.

Check out videos and blog posts and tips below...

Videos:

3 Easy & Affordable Vegan School Lunches

How to Plan A Vegan School Lunch For Kids

Blog posts:

How to Make School Lunches Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Lunch Box Tip# 1: Fresh Fruit, Veggies, And Dips

Lunch Box Tip#2: 3 Reasons Water Bottles Are Better Than Juice Boxes

Try not to overthink vegan school lunches!

What are you already packing for your kids' school lunch? Work on replacing that meat, dairy, and eggs with healthier and more compassionate vegan options.

 

Quick examples:

  • Instead of a turkey sandwich with dairy cheese and mayo ---> Send sandwiches with vegan deli slices (Field Roast brand is good) and vegan cheese slices and mustard OR peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Instead of dairy milk ---> Send chocolate almond milk, juice or water
  • Instead of Cheez-It crackers (contains dairy) ---> Send popcorn, pretzels or Ritz crackers (it's vegan)

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Be Vegan...Even At the Cookout

With Labor Day coming up, I want to give you some tips (& recipes) on how to be a vegan at cookouts.

Check out the vegan tip of the week, where I share 3 tips on my Instagram...

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Since the time limit is only 1-minute for Instagram videos, here are a few more tips:

  • Don't feel like you have to bring up the fact that your dish is vegan. Just put your food with the rest of the dishes.
  • Eat after you leave - I'm the queen of hitting up Chipotle on the way home from any social event. You can also stash nuts, fruit, and seeds in your car to hold you over until you get home.
  • Don't preach! Just chat with those who want to know more (and people will) in the most loving way possible. Try not to get defensive when someone has a sly comment. It happens! *sigh*

Check out these recipes you can bring to the cookout:

 

Pasta Salad

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You can also take pre-made vegan hotdogs & hamburger patties with you to throw on the grill. Field Roast & Beyond Meat are brands with great options.

Also, I love this homemade vegan burger that's perfect for the grill.

I hope this is helpful!

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