Weekly Top 5, Vol. 30 – Small Steps

Good morning! Another week is here! The first thing I’m happy about this week: how did I get to 30 of these? Lately I’ve been really hung up on the power of one small step, then another, and another. When I started this part of the blog, I was scared I’d never be able to fill in a list week after week. Now I’ve done it 30 times!

Other things I’m happy about: my coffee, fall coming (a little dampened because that means summer is ending: net neutral), and the centering effect of my gratitude journal. There are so many things to smile about! Here are five other things making me happy…

  1. Hootie all Grown Up…My cousin shared Darius Rucker’s It Won’t Be Like This for Long and while I’m not normally a country music fan, this song nails it. Especially with the milestone of back to school, try to get through it without crying (I can’t).
  2. Just Right…Since switching to natural products, I have tried something like 6 moisturizers across 3 different brands. Too watery. Too heavy. Too smelly. Too sticky. I have finally found one that keeps my skin happy, feels light without being watery, and a pleasant fragrance that I can tolerate all day.
  3. Dressed Up Chickpeas…After going plant-based, the #1 question I hear: where do you get your protein? There are multiple sources, but chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) have been one of my favorites. Like anything, if I eat too much of it, I eventually need to dress it up. Enter: Crispy Chickpeas. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas. Heat olive oil over high heat in a frying pan. Add chickpeas, salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until brown and crispy. Voila. Instant yum plus protein, fiber, folate, iron and phosphorus. I used mine to top a salad, but they are so good they could be eaten on their own!

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    The final product: Crispy Chickpeas!

  4. Somewhere in Between…Finally! A category for generation bubble babies like me.
  5. Beauty in Our Own Way…”Those who judge will never understand, and those who understand will never judge.” — Wilson Kanadi

That’s it. I hope you have a great week as we head into Labor Day. But before I go, one place I’m offering thoughts and prayers: friends and colleagues in Houston and surrounding areas.

xo,

LVC

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