4.07.2021

"Your Year of Yes" Weekly Wisdom

 

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What is your yes to no answer ratio?

10 years ago, my yes to no ratio was complete crap. I never said yes to anything. I would "have to think about it" and then never bring it up hoping I would never be asked about it again. I struggled with decision making, always looking at both sides and never figuring out what side I fell on. It even trickled into making decisions on where to go eat, which we all know is beyond exhausting. I still do this from time to time and I really have to work on it. 

If this past year has taught us anything, it has taught us to say no. We have had to say no to traveling, dining out, engaging in social events, going to church, hugging our humans. We have had to say no to almost every little thing we have been so accustomed to saying yes to. And saying no over the past year was a little easier than in times past for the most part because our "no" was the right thing to do. I learned I like saying no and also learned what I need to say no to more often. And just the word "no" is an answer that doesn't need further explanation. 

As the next chapter of the pandemic and my 45th year of life is occurring, I am exciting to say "hell yeah" to more things. Things that give my life meaning, bring me overwhelming joy and make me want to skip with giddiness. This week, I have said "hell yeah" to a road trip with one of my heartbeats and I cannot wait to experience an "adult" family vacation. 10 years ago, it would have been a hard no. 

After a year of strengthening your no, I wish you a year of making your "hell yeah" bolder than ever!

#embracethehellyeah

~AE

3.31.2021

"Don't Make it a Thing" Weekly Wisdom

 

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Do you make things a bigger deal than they are?

I do, but a lot less than I used to. I use to get something in my head and let it manifest into a crazy, sad and dark place. Maybe that lends to being in my 20s and 30s when I was experiencing a lot of adulting firsts and not really knowing how to handle major life things. They were nothing like the pimple I got on my chin before the Homecoming dance or getting a C+ on my calculus test. 

I am getting better about really processing thoughts before they head to that dark place or to a place of complete thought consumption. However, I have my moments when I get a little derailed. The other night, I was looking at my midsection and thinking to myself, I should get a tummy tuck. I shared it later with my friend and he was like "sure, if you want to do that but why are you making it a thing - YOU are the one making it a thing, otherwise it really isn't a thing." 

I let that sink in for a moment and realized, I AM the one making it a thing. He, nor anyone else would look at me and think "oh she should probably get a tummy tuck." Now I am not saying you or anyone else should not do what makes you feel better or good about yourself, I always support anything people want to do for themselves. However, I really let what he said to me sink in. So much of what we personally focus on about ourselves always seem to be flaws in our looks. Not flaws in our character, views or ideals. We make more of a thing about those physical flaws than looking the other flaws that probably do need some fixing. 

The next time I get hung up on the flaws in my hair, my skin, my cellulite or my tummy - I am going to deflect, not make it a thing and look at something else a little more deeper I could be working on. I think that's the kind of work that will more more impressive and long term than sculpting a flat tummy. 

#embracethehellyeah

~AE

3.24.2021

"Cooking as An Adult" Weekly Wisdom

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Did you have an Easy Bake Oven as a kid? 

I am pretty sure I have discussed my longing for an Easy Bake Oven (EBO for short) on the blog before. But just to recap, I am pretty sure it was on my list of "wants" for many years of my childhood. I totally understand NOW why Santa never got me one, I mean we had a real oven and that pretty much did the same thing right? My parents even fashioned their own version of Easy Bake Oven cakes for me by cutting an aluminum coffee can to make the cake pan, baked homemade cakes and frosted them for me and put them into this tiny Tupperware brand tiny cake dome and cake cutter. Looking back, why would I ever really want one?

Fast forward to adult life and I am totally right back into EBO mode with an air fryer obsession. The air fryer is truly the adult version of the EBO. As I have been doing research and scrolling through list of which one is the best, my friend has been teasing me and saying "is your oven broke?"  "You could just cook that veggie in your, oh I don't know...oven?" I know all of this, but in my mind the air fryer is going to make it more delicious and amazing, just like I thought my EBO would. 

I did end up buying one, I have been using it all the time. There is something about the instant heat, the quick cooking and the way it makes my vegetables and proteins, is right up my alley. When it comes to cooking, I think it is important to find what makes you comfortable and want to cook. Instead of avoiding it, like I was starting to do more and more. 

Now the air fryer will not be the end-all-be-all for me when it comes to cooking. I know I will use my oven for other things especially tiny cute chocolate cakes and big cheesy pizzas. The only thing I wish is that my oven or my air fryer came in a snazzy pink color. 

#embracethehellyeah

~AE