Monday, 12 December 2016

It's that time! Ramblings of new year thoughts, changes, recipes, and songs!

It's getting close to that time of year where we all begin thinking about the new year ahead.
We contemplate new ideas, new goals, changes we would like to make.
I came across this pic and thought it was a grand plan for me.

Besides unfollowing people on social media, I am going to be unplugging from Facebook on a more constant basis. In the beginning, I was convinced that it was a great platform for promotion of indie authors. Unfortunately, it is more like a platform for adults to regress back to high school in a race for popularity in the best cliques. Sadly, I tried for a bit. I also hate the way it has made me react on more than one occasion. I am ashamed of it as well.
That's not me.
It's not who I want to be.
Finally, I realize that I didn't fight for that in high school, why should I now?
I don't want to be part of the scheming antics, hate, and maliciousness that it has bred.
Heck, all of the 'promotion' that I do on there doesn't help sales anyway.
I will just continue to write my books because I enjoy it.
What may be, may be.
I'm not saying that I am leaving the site. No, I'm just logging out more and will only check it maybe once a day.  
However, I still love Instagram, lol.
I love scrolling through and seeing the inspiration and funnies posted there.
I will still be posting there for sure.

And don't worry! I will not bombard this blog with my book promotion, but I will probably announce when I am releasing a new book and events that I will be attending.

And, I want to take more care with these blogs of mine. I have let them lapse chasing the book dream.
This one needs nurturing.
It needs to be and stay positive...and eventually inspiring.
My other, more informative and just fun.

I have been reflecting on a career change as well, though what to exactly, I have no clue.
A couple of weeks ago, my computer was infected with ransomware. All of my files were encrypted, so they are still there, but useless until a decryption program is found/created.
I take responsibility for it all.
I had become complacent and not backed up in ages.

It's been stressful, my contract work has been nonstop, and I have been working 12 to 18 hour days.
Up until this past weekend, I worked 25 days straight with no breaks.
I cringe every time my phone pings with a new email.
I know, I am very lucky to have a job, much less one where I work from home.
In April, I will have been doing it, and with the same company, for 25 years.
I think I am just burnt out.
I don't enjoy my work, and haven't for years.

I am happiest in the gym or kitchen.
I love anatomy, physiology, and nutrition.
I am always tossing around the idea of getting my personal training certificate or a nutrition counseling one. I don't know.
Change is scary.
Yet, I'm in the pursuit of happiness, so I need to be brave, make decisions and take a plunge, whatever that may be.

I am back to experimenting in the kitchen too.
I am still in pursuit of making a good breakfast sandwich from ingredients I commonly eat.

It's getting better, but I think there's definite room for improvement.

For these, I took:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats ground in the coffee grinder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup liquid egg whites
Dash sea salt and pepper
Sprinkle of nutritional yeast

I mixed it up and put them in two silicone muffin cups.
I baked them in my toaster oven on 350 for about 20 minutes, but I kept checking on them.
I pulled them out when I touched the tops, and there was a little spring back in them.

I sliced them in half and split one large egg that I scrambled in my omlet pan.
I did spray a little I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray on each.

The flavor and consistency was more like a thick English muffin, but it helped my cravings out.

And to end on a happy note, this song just makes me smile...and dance.

So, here's to reflection, thinking about great changes ahead, happiness, gratitude, turning back into a normal and inspiring human, and acquiring Red Lips and Dat A$$!

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