Monday Motivation – #GOALS

Through every stage of life, it is important to set goals – both big and small. Dreaming and achieving are two very different things, however. So how do we reach these marks we set for ourselves?

  1. Make your goals realistic
  2. Map out what steps you need to take to succeed
  3. Manage your time wisely
  4. Understand that you may need to adjust

“Be stubborn in your goals and flexible in your methods”

For me, my life is a never ending series of lists and goals and to-dos. It’s the way I propel myself forward and stay on task. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I would spend 24 hours a day napping and watching documentaries. Oh, and all the snacking… *sigh* Usually I can organize and motivate myself well enough to succeed with ease. But there are some instances in which the task at hand gets, well, out of hand. Take this blog, for example. This year I laid out the perfect posting schedule and content. I decided on a new direction and bought new stationary (a must for any venture). What I didn’t properly take into consideration was the amount of time I would need to set aside in addition to full time schooling and work and studying and volunteering and maintaining my relationships. You get the picture. And so I fall behind. But that isn’t a reason to throw my hands up and quit. It’s time for reassessment.

So I hope you take this quote to heart, in closing.

“It’s only failure if you stop trying.”

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Bloom by Estee Lalonde

Let me preface this review by saying that Estee Lalonde is one of my favourite people ever. I’ve been watching her channel from Day 1 and completely adore her. Alright, so here comes the praise!

Bloom is the book we all wish we had at 16-20 years old. Estee imparts on the reader a wellspring of advice and compassion. In that way, Bloom is not just a book, but a companion. A life raft. I myself am 24, and lucky enough to be past the most difficult stages of self-discovery. But like the excerpt states, “Bloom is also for women who might recognize their younger selves in parts of my journey.” (9).  I truly believe women of all ages can benefit from this read.

Estee writes with candour no matter what section of the vibrantly coloured pages you flip to. From beauty, travel, and home decor, to depression, anxiety, and living your most happy and fulfilling life – the narrative is impassioned and provides a voice of understanding.

A must read, must own, for everyone.

Every Day Smoothies #VEGAN

Smoothies are an essential part of my morning, and I’ve found so many wonderfully delicious combinations that I thought I would share them with you beautiful people!!! It’s important to note that if you’re replacing a solid meal with a smoothie, you need to make sure you’re packing in as much energy and nutrients as you can. My two top tips are: 1)Don’t skimp on the bananas, and 2) Don’t rely on protein powders. All these recipes make a full large blender, but I don’t recommend sharing 😉

Let’s get started!!!

 

Brandi’s Great Banana Date

We’re kicking things off with the cream of the crop. This recipe is extra special because it was created and perfected by one of the most inspiring ladies I know. Check this Vegan babe out on Instagram @brandi.lea for everything fitness and nutrition!!!

20 dates

10 bananas

1 cup of almond milk

1 cup of coconut milk

1/2 cup of coconut water

a dash of cinnamon

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Classic Strawberry Banana

4 sliced bananas

2 cups frozen strawberries – I use the organic sliced ones from Costco)

2-3 cups of coconut water or juice – I prefer the Coconut Mango water from Sun Rype, it really adds something special to it. Otherwise orange juice is perfectly acceptable.

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Raspberry Romance

4 sliced bananas

1 large carton of fresh raspberries – probably equivalent to 3 cups

1 cup ice

3 cups almond or soy milk – I actually use cashew milk as I find it has the most neutral flavour. Just use what you love ❤

MODIFICATIONS:

For an extra tasty treat, substitute regular soy milk for chocolate!

 

Tropical Twist

4 sliced bananas

2 cups frozen mango

3 cups coconut mango water

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Creamy Avocado Strawberry

2 ripened avocados

3 cups frozen strawberries

3 cups milk alternative of your choice

1 tsp vanilla

coconut sugar or sugar/sweetener of your choice to taste – I usually use appx 1/4 cup

You want to be sure to mix extra thoroughly for this one. It should come out mostly pink, with a thick and creamy consistency. When sweetened accordingly, it’s quite similar to strawberry ice cream!

 

Perfect Perk Me Up

I’ll preface this one by clarifying that if you’re eating enough plant-based whole foods, you really shouldn’t need to rely on stimulants like caffeine to get through your day. However, I know a lot of people enjoy a boost in the morning and I’m here to please. Just please don’t use tea and coffee to suppress your appetite for fruits sake!!!

3 sliced bananas

2 cups kale or spinach

1 cup green tea/ Maca powder

2 cups coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup ice

 

Easy Breezy Blueberry

4 sliced bananas

3 cups frozen blueberries

3 cups milk alternative of your choice

1 tsp vanilla

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Monkey’s Lunch (yes I named this after a shot, pipe down)

4 sliced bananas

1/2 block banana tofu

3 cups chocolate soy milk

1 tsp cinnamon

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