Things are changing around here, I can feel it.
I’m paying more attention to the things I say yes to, knowing that when I say yes, I say no to something else. (Thanks to my friend Kristin for teaching me that.)
I’m listening to my heart and filling my day with the things that fill me up. I’m running, lifting, and doing yoga. I’m also helping in the school, organizing, and cooking. I’m trying to watch out for my literal & figurative neighbors and I’m connecting with new people. I’m taking time to think and feel and discover my center – that part of you can’t really touch. And I’m constantly trying to spend good amounts of time with my children, making sure every day they know how much I love them and want to listen to them.
Our home gym is getting a makeover - which I’ll be revealing here on Carrot Bowl this week.
Soups are starting to take over the weekly menu, thanks to the changing seasons.
Tyler and I are gearing up to have the “no Santa” talk with our oldest. He has brought it up several times now, but with the other kids around, and he says that no one else believes it (to which I’m assuming his friends) and “how can their really be magic reindeer, anyway.” A part of my heart feels like it has a hole ripped out even considering this. It seems like we just got to this magical time with all the kids and then it was over so fast! This isn’t fair! But at the same time, I’m trying to think of the positive, how he can help with the magic for his siblings. He’s a good boy and he will be excited about “helping,” but even so, I’m trying not to feel sad.
I want to be doing more things rather than collecting more things. I want this coming holiday season to be about the experiences we’ll be having, getting, or giving, rather than more things to shelve or stack or put away. I want to help my kids understand that these memories are way more valuable. That said, I do love legos. So there’s a contradiction for you. Ha!
For Carrot Bowl, I have some awesome people lined up for Dynamo and can’t wait to share their stories with you. I’m also looking forward to incorporating more fitness/workouts here, just to keep things interesting.
With all this though, I really think it’s about being positive. Some days are really long and some are even longer. Then some days can’t last long enough. With it all, with work schedules, school, soccer, homework, cleaning, cooking, etc, etc, etc, I think for me, it’s finding the happy in it. It sounds totally cliche, but then my heart is light and sees good. It makes me kinder than is necessary. Is this a change for around here, no, but it’s something I’m always thinking about.
And with this change and constant thinking, sometimes I get in food ruts. Sometimes I don’t feel creative or inspired. But that’s okay.
Today I have a change in your regular salad and you’re going to love it! It’s time to build your own salad.
The extra bonus with this salad is that kids will eat it. Y o u r k i d s w i l l l i k e t h i s s a l a d ! ! Yes. Why? Because they get to make their own. Ownership over what they make make them more excited to eat it. And for parents, you know whatever they choose, they’re getting what they need.
I start with a large bowl of greens, beans, corn, and wild rice.
To make the next part super-fun, I put a variety of veggies, nuts, and seeds in bowls for everyone to top as wanted. This is fun for kids and adults and would make for a great dinner party dish. And you can feel good that whatever is chosen, everyone is getting greens, protein, and fiber.
To top off what is already good, a simple lemon garlic dressing adds some freshness and picks up the mood of the whole salad. My kids love putting this on themselves, I serve it in a bowl with a ladle and a little goes a long way.
You’re going to love this salad. It’s great when the rice has just been cooked and added to the salad and it’s good having sat in the fridge for leftovers the next day (just don’t put the dressing on it).
I hope today you enjoy the changes in your life, embrace your salad, and have a happy day.
This was one of those awesome times that I accidentally had the perfect shirt find. Don’t you love those?! This shirt is the perfect combo of fun, food, and a little sass. I love that my little guy knows what it says and tells lots of people whenever he wears it. Every time, people think it’s clever and I agree.
Graphic food shirts, yes please. I really think I need to get myself one. In case you are pining for this one, I found it at Crazy 8 and they still have some left.
I want this “Lettuce be Happy” shirt in an adult size.
This “Hangry” shirt should probably be in all our closets. And when kids are hangry…watch out. Do your kids get crazy hangry like mine? It’s scary.
Because it’s totally random, this “Duck, Duck, Goose” shirt is kinda cool.
And because kale is so the thing right now…I know it annoys some people, but come-on, it’s way better than liver being the thing…“Thyme to raise some kale” shirt is looking pretty good.
Or these Kale shirts.
Or maybe these ones.
And still, maybe this one that I’ve had my eye on for a while.
We must like to eat because there sure are a lot of food shirts out there. Aahhh, choices. Happy food shirt day everyone!
THE BACK STORY:
I have friends who have secrets. They look all regular yet their hidden skills, when known, add so much depth and personality to them. It’s one of my favorite things to get to know these types of inner workings. We are layered beings, where the longer we mesh and the longer we trust each other, the more the layers are peeled back and we find out how to love, admire, appreciate, and accept each other. If we get to this point, we probably know what could hurt each other too. As friends we protect each other’s vulnerabilities and forgive our shortcomings. As a whole package deal, we become privileged to each other’s privacy and heart-thoughts.
Sierra is one of those friends for me.
When I found out about Sierra’s swim coaching, I was intrigued. As I talked with her, she took me to coaching, to mothering, to loving your body, and moving forward from where you are right now. She is real, she is a mother, she’s a swim coach, and she’s the friend you want to have.
Sierra’s story is part of Dynamo, a series of posts dedicated to showing real people, real power-houses, who inspire me and the people around them in their healthy living. They might not always think they do, but I believe that we each influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and themselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that this and stories to follow can change our outlook, our dedication, and our perception of the people around us. Up next in the Dynamo community, I introduce Dynamo: Sierra.
Who are you?
I think in life and in general we are many things. We aren’t just one thing. With stereotypes we get categorized as one thing but we are so much more than that. I always think about when I was in high school and college and I was into soccer a lot, the only people who asked me out were people who I played soccer with. And I was like, “did they ask me out because I’m good at soccer, is that the only reason? I’m so much more than just a soccer player!” Now I think, like everyone else, there’s so many things that we all do and we’re so much more than just one thing.
You’re a swim coach right now, have you been a swim coach before?
I coached in college. Right after high school I moved to Logan, UT and I started coaching for the summer for a club, the Bronze team. I coached all through college. I also coached a year of high school swim team as the head coach after I got home from my mission.
Who has influenced your active lifestyle?
There were lots of people along the way. My dad worked for the forest service and we always went on hikes and were outside and went camping. I remember starting to swim and my sister-in-law taught lessons to me. I was 4.
I think I’ve had some amazing women mentors in my life. Which is actually kinda rare in coaching, you just see more men in general in a lot of things. My sister-in-law Shari Skabelund coached me from the time that I knew her, my brother and her were married before I was born, so she’s been coaching forever. And at a higher level too.
And Yoland Bates who I went to coach with in Logan after high school, she coached club for a long long time and has been very successful. Her and my sister-in-law swam together at BYU and she is actually from Mexico. She was on the Mexico National Swim Team. She now coaches at BYU.
Having and seeing those people in those positions, it’s something that I took for granted. Looking through my eyes now, that’s actually a rarity in having those two very strong women that were close to me to observe….