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My Favourite Journal Prompts for Gratitude

As I mentioned in my previous post, being “temporarily” laid off has actually been a positive – or at least I’m choosing to look at it that way. I’ve always been the type of person who was busy doing something. I worked full time in retail, while I was studying full time completing my undergraduate degree, I was singing on the side, trying to have a semblance of a social life, stay connected with friends and family, think about building my future, etc etc etc. There’s not a moment where I thought all of it would stop. And yet, now it has. I’m still obviously thinking about my future, but I’m living each day now kind of excited to do things. I’m excited to have my morning coffee and write in my journal. I’m excited that I’m trying out intermittent fasting. I’m excited that I get to walk the dogs when it feels like a good time to walk them. I’m excited about creating content like this. Of course there’s still grief, worry and anxiety during this uncertain time… but it seems like priorities have immediately shifted, and I’m choosing to see the positive in this.

When I think back, I was happiest when life was simpler (wasn’t everyone?). Creating vlogs before vlogs were a thing, re-designing my room every September because I loved the feeling of a fresh start, researching because I was curious about the world and not because it was assigned to me. Simple. This pandemic and what’s happening in the world is terrible, frightening and worrying. But when reflecting on what brings me joy (courtesy of Rachel Hollis’ #Next90Challenge), I realized that when things are a bit slower paced and I am able to really connect with myself, my family and nature, that I am much more fulfilled. I think a big part of this realization though was facilitated by finding and writing down gratitude in the little things. I know that there are plenty of resources on gratitude practices (heck, I’m following one right now), but I figured it could be helpful to share some questions to ask yourself to find gratitude in your day, even if it’s small. So if you’re writing down things you’re grateful for (and if you aren’t, you should) and you need a bit more guidance than just “things you’re grateful for” prompt, then take a look at some questions I find helpful below.

1. What inspired you today?

Ask yourself this question: What inspired your today? Did something bring you joy? Maybe instead of asking what you’re grateful for, you can ask what inspired you. Did you see something on social media? A hilarious meme? An encouraging message?

2. Who did you connect with today?

Just because we’re social distancing right now, doesn’t mean that we can’t connect. Did you reach out to virtually network? Did you have an amazing team meeting? Who did you chat with that brought you joy?

3. What had a positive impact on you today?

Think about an action, task, comment — literally anything that had a positive impact today. Did you try a new at home work out? Did you make a delicious and healthy breakfast? Did someone pay you a compliment? Did you journal or practice some self-care?

4. What is something small that happened that brought you joy?

It can be as small as having a clean kitchen, to watching the sun rise. Ask yourself: what is something small that happened that brought a smile to your face? I must say, having a clean kitchen and tidy space had brought me a lot of joy during this period.

5. What action did you take today?

Maybe you made coffee this morning with your favourite creamer. Perhaps you went for a long walk. What is something that you personally did – for yourself or others – that made you feel gratitude.

These are some of the prompts I ask myself when writing 5 things that I’m grateful for each morning. It’s easy to say “having a roof over my head” and sometimes, yes, given these uncertain periods, it’s absolutely something to be grateful for. But I think you can dig deeper and find the little hidden gems in your daily life. Sometimes rephrasing the question and looking at it through a different lens is what you need to truly see the good that’s in your day.

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What are some things you’ve been grateful for during these crazy times?

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Baking Inspiration Lifestyle

Getting Back Into Writing + Blueberry Scones

First things first. I am not a professional baker but I love to bake and I figured during my temporary unemployment, this would be a great time to start sharing some things that I love on this platform again. Plus, I have to keep my writing up to snuff during this time, or I’ll literally spend majority of my time binge-watching HGTV.

For those of you who may find yourself in a similar situation, I hope that you’re also doing something to keep you inspired. It’s hard right now. So if some days you feel like couch surfing all day, then do it. I know that I’ve had my mix of feelings since this pandemic started – fear, sadness, anxiety, worry. But I figured this was finally the time to start things back up that I’ve been passionate about — I’ve wished for more time and now I have it. Maybe not quite the way I wanted it, but it’s all about shifting perspective.

So with that being said expect more content on here and I hope that it brings you some joy and inspiration during this hectic time in our world.

Recipe Review – Fraiche Food Full Hearts

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Inspired by my lack of baked goods readily available, and determined to become a decent cook by the end of this isolation period, I decided to try out the Vanilla Cherry Scones recipe from Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer’s cookbook, Fraiche Food Full Hearts. I’ve actually made a few of their recipes during this social distancing period and I can say that I’m pretty impressed, and I really love the plant-based, dairy-free options.

I’m a cherry fanatic. I love them. Some of my fondest memories of my summers at my Grandparents house is sitting with a bowl of cherries with my grandfather. However, frozen cherries (since they aren’t currently in season) aren’t great in my opinion. My husband also happens to dislike cherries, so I figured it would be a good idea to swap them out for frozen blueberries this time around.

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Overall, the recipe is quite easy and calls for few ingredients. The only part I struggled with was shaping the dough. This was my first time making scones, so I learned the hard way that flour on your hands is a good idea. Also, the least amount of handling, the better as the blueberries were starting to burst and melt as I continued shaping the disk.

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They aren’t overly sweet, but I do wish there was a glaze or topping recipe for this. Luckily, my best friend, Lindsay over at The Lekker Kitchen, is a formally trained cook and gave me some insider tips to make this recipe even better. AKA lemon glaze. Yes. So much yes. Check out her latest amazing creations over on her site!

Regardless of the topping you choose (or don’t choose) I would definitely recommend trying out this recipe – even if you’re new to baking! Makes for a yummy breakfast or snack option. And it’s probably worth doubling up if you have more than just two people in your household. 😉

I’d love to know — are you doing anything new or picking up an old hobby during this time?

Stay healthy friends!
xo