I love New Year's. I love the feeling of a fresh start!
Don't get me wrong, you can create a fresh start whenever needed, but there is just something magical of the crisp January 1st that you can look onto. It's a vast horizon of hope for me.
Even though I see New Year's Day as that great big beautiful tomorrow, in the past I have been pretty lackadaisical about coming up with good resolutions that I can stick to. This year I was a little more excited and prepared because I had just ordered a Passion Planner (insert smiley face emoji with waving hands.) If you don't know what a Passion Planner is, please, please click on the link and discover it for yourself.
GET YOURSELF A PLANNER... or even a piece of paper!
The Passion Planner is a bewitching book of balance for you personal and work life. It is a way to get organized and twrite down your ideas to be able to see the big and little picture. It was exactly what I needed to lay out my goals. The Passion Planner honestly opened up my mind and made the vastness and anxiety of setting goals go away. Literally a miracle mind map for how to set Lifetime, Long Term and Short Term Goals. If you don't feel like purchasing a planner I urge you to at least take a pen (or pencil) to paper and jot down your goals and ideas. It is more definitive when on paper and is a way to unload all of the thoughts you have in your mind. Take a second paper to then organize those thoughts a little more and so on. It really is a beautiful thing.
While eagerly awaiting my planner to arrive I had time to look back on 2017 (this is also a huge part of why I love New Year's, I love to reminisce and review the year.)
2017: A Quick Review
I applied to jobs that scared me
I accepted a job and a move that terrified me and elated me at the same time
I therefore moved to Washington DC
I became a vegetarian
I started this blog
I lost my Grandmother
I celebrated 1 year around the sun with my human who does not live in DC
I explored more FX makeup
I've rekindled friendships, kept old friendships alive and created new ones
I stared speaking my mind
I began to live the vegan lifestyle
I got another tattoo
I have learned not to say sorry for the person I am
Something struck me before the bright shining horizon that is 2018.
Maybe it was the realization that I would be turning 25 this year. Maybe it was the realization that I would be turning 25 this year without it even being a full month into the year and that I would be working one of my hardest work weeks on my birthday and that my sister would be out of town on my birthday... my 25th birthday (I have always traveled or done rather extravagant things for my birthday.) Somehow 25 was coming full speed ahead and I had just let everything go, I forgot I had a birthday with all of the hustle and bustle, forgot to ask off, adulthood pretty much just hit me like a brick wall. And that’s when I said fuck it. It’s going to be a dry(ish) January and TADAH! The birth of one of my many New Years resolutions! If you don’t understand how my mind jumps from “woe is me I have to work on my birthday” to the fiercely aggressiveness of having a dry(ish) January, well welcome to the club, I have no idea how I get there either! I think with adulthood coming on so strong and the discovery of my Passion Planner my mind was ignited and here we are!
Key general factors when setting goals:
So let's start with the big picture: LIFETIME GOALS
My Lifetime Goals include:
Looking at those Life Time Goals helped me figure out what my Long Term Goals were.
A Long Term Goal as defined by the world wide web is: A goal that takes roughly 5 years to complete.
WOW 5 YEARS. That's a little aggressive for me. I am keeping my Long Term goals to a 1 to 3 year-ish time frame for now.
My Long Term Goals:
Short Term Goal as widely defined on the internet is: A goal that will be achieved in a year or less.
Most folks short term goals are usually set to be 3 to 6 months out.
Why are short term goals so great!?
Setting yourself with a short time period to achieve said goal increases the likely hood that you will in fact achieve it! Short term goals are also meant to be more realistic and more attainable.
The way I tend to use Short Term Goals: As a break down and map to how I will achieve my long term and eventually lifetime goals. BOOM YOU JUST GOT INCEPTIONED. Kind of.
My Short Term Goals:
I know that was a lot to take in. Deep Breath.
This all may look like heaps of information and goals but they all lead to achieving my Lifetime goal of living a balanced life full of enrichment. I hope putting myself out there helps you create your road map to achieving your own goals!
I would love to hear what your New Years Resolutions/Goals are or if you have any questions on setting goals! I am all ears Honey Bunny.
Here is literally the shortest recipe you will ever see for the quickest best tasting vegan queso EVER.
The intro to this amazing queso will be longer than the actual recipe.
My sister came home from a girls night get together the other day with this queso. It all started with a text from her saying "I have vegan goodies for you, stay up." Naturally I sat patiently awaiting my sisters arrival. When she arrived she revealed this vegan queso and a cashew butter cup (dessert, that recipe is coming next.) I dove into the queso because I am always down to eat. SO GOOD. It was cold and a little greenish looking but my taste buds were not disappointed! The next day our friend who had made this queso sent out the recipe and I obviously have to share it for the entire would because everyone needs a queso substitute because dairy is scary and this queso doesn't make you feel like crap after eating the entire bowl. (woah total run on sentence srry) WINS ALL AROUND.
Ok, I think I have built this up enough, here you go!
Actually while looking at the recipe she e-mailed out I just realized that I didn't follow it correctly. SHOCKING? No. SAD? Yes. It's literally two ingredients and I uh would like to say I unintentionally substituted one of them.
The OG recipe calls for raw almonds. I used raw cashews. Whateves, still good!
1 and 1/4 cups of Raw Cashews
8 oz. Tomatillo Salsa Verde (I used Medium Heat)
1) Soak 1 and 1/4 cups of raw cashews in water for at least 30 minutes
2) In a blender or food processor, blend the soaked (do not include the water) cashews with about 8oz of any Tomatillo Salsa Verde, again, I used medium heat.
3) If you so choose - I heated mine up in a bowl after for 30 seconds, stirred, 30 seconds more, stirred and then 45 seconds. Boom, done!
You may say 30 minutes isn't quick but if you plan ahead and throw in those bad boys while you work out or do laundry or literally do anything in the world then the actually mixing of the two ingredients is super quick. It'll take you longer to clean your blender.
Side note, after I made this I thought of adding Nutritional Yeast to it to make it even more cheesy tasting. I am going to do this next time and edit if needed if it makes it extra good. Stand by for that.
Please see pretty pictures below of the quick process:
Crack open a beer or a nice white wine and you're all set! Or sparkling water which is what I did, yay Dry January!
Hi, I'm Rachel, CoolGirlConclusion, honestly, whatever you want to call me (as long as it is nice.) CoolGirlConclusion is my way of life. I believe in expressing yourself and putting good vibes out into the world. I believe that all creatures on this planet are earthlings and that we are all here to love and do some creating. These posts are the random thoughts & passion points in my life. Welcome to my head and my (non-animal tested & ethically responsible) obsessions.
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