Wise Words Wednesday – Completely Capable

G’day mates and happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a less hectic day than me!

So with that being said, let’s get to the main (short but sweet) event.

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Today’s Wise Words are just your daily reminder that you can do pretty amazing things. Never sell yourself short because even things you think you could never do, you might look back at in the future and think, “why didn’t I try this earlier?”

Also, I would like to point out that you need to find your own definition of ‘amazing.’ Your definition and someone else’s definition could be totally different, in fact, they definitely are. So don’t compare your ‘amazing’ against anyone else’s.

Do you think you’re capable of doing amazing things? Are you also doing amazing things right now?

If your answer is anything other than “F**k yes I am!!” then I suggest you reread this post. 🙂

Until next time my amazing readers,

C. Brooks

Food for Thought – Blueberry Doughnut Holes with Blueberry Glaze

This morning, I woke up and only thought one thing: it’s time to make the donuts.

I saw a recipe for these and was so excited to give them a try. Baking new things means finding new favorites and I’m all for new favorites.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!
IMG_1669Blueberry Doughnut Holes w/ Blueberry Glaze

2 cups of flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup buttermilk (fun fact: if you don’t have butter milk, use 1/2 cup milk stirred with 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice and let it sit for 5 minutes)

2 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon melted butter

3/4 cup blueberries

For blueberry glaze:

3/4 cup blueberries

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons melted butter

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, vanilla Greek yogurt, eggs and vanilla.
  • Pour both mixes together and beat with a hand mixer.
  • Gently fold in blueberries.IMG_1659
  • Pour into greased doughnut hole or doughnut pan about 3/4 of the way to the top of each indentation.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes
  • For the glaze, blend together blueberries and powdered sugar in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into small mixing bowl, add lemon juice and butter and then use a hand mixer until glaze is thick and smoothIMG_1660

Once the doughnut holes are out and cooled, dump each doughnut hole into the glaze and set out to let dry.

This mixture makes about 40 doughnut holes, but you can always halve –or double!– the recipe if need be.

Enjoy the treats and until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Getting Started Is the Hardest Part

Guess what day it is???? Guess. What. Day. It. Is.

If you said, “Hump Day,” I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. It’s Wise Words Wednesday, folks!

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Today, I want to focus on goals for the long term.

Right now, I’m joining the millions of people out there trying to get into shape. When I was training for my first half marathon, I was in such great shape and loved being able to go on a five mile run and not have to really think anything about it. Now, however, if I want to run five miles, it’s a walk/jog that is just as painful to do as it probably is to watch.

I had an injury that still causes me pain, but for the most part, I’m  just so out of shape.

Every week, I think “tomorrow, I’ll get up early and work out.” But as we all know by now, “tomorrow” never really comes.

Starting from square one for a second time has been so frustrating because if I wouldn’t have gotten injured, I wouldn’t have had to start again from the beginning. It’s hard to wake up early and push your body in new trying ways, all the while knowing that you’re going to end up sore (even though it’s a good kind of sore) for the rest of the day.

Just as with any goal you have in mind, starting is hard. Once you’re in a routine, it’s great, but getting yourself to change one habit into another is probably one of the hardest personal challenges you’ll face.

Have the courage to start. No lie, it’s going to suck at times, but know that you’re going to get ahead eventually. Stick with it because you’re stronger than you give yourself credit for.

When you put hard work into starting the goal, the end goal is that much better.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Favorite Things – Kayla Itsines BBG

This morning was an odd morning because I actually got up early.

I turned over to see my alarm clock and, sure enough, it was 5:45 am and I actually wanted to get up.

Now, I’m anything but a morning person, however, I’ve just started Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and I absolutely love it!

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Beast mode, right here. (picture from Kayla Itsines’ Instagram)

While I think the title of the guide could be a bit less cliché and Suzanne Somers via the 1980s, the exercises she has you do feel so good.

Okay, so obvs they don’t feel good while you’re doing them, because when you’re on your second circuit, you almost want to roll over, curl up and give up, but after you’re done, you feel that good burn.

The kind of burn that lets you know that you -capital W- Worked out your muscles and is giving you toned arms, killer abs and a Kim K bootayyyy.

I’ve only been doing these workouts for the past week, so I don’t have major results yet, but I do love how I’m feeling.

Her guides are a bit pricey, but if you follow her on Instagram, she sometimes does mini workout vids like the one below or if you go to her website, you can get a free 7-day workout guide.

I know you’ll want to go grab this guide ASAP though; she’s awesome and you’re going to love the extra boost you get after you’ve got a good sweat going.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – It’s Better That Way

Good Wednesday morning!!

Today’s Wise Words will be short because I feel like they’re pretty self-descriptive, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less important.

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Sometimes I get so caught up in my mind that when I’m working on a project, whether it be at work or in my personal life, and it doesn’t come out the way I had planned, I freak out.

I’m horrified of the unplanned.

But most times I’ll just need a simple reminder to take a step back from the situation and look at the bigger picture and see that it turned out exactly how it was supposed to, or sometimes, even better.

So don’t freak out if you think you come to the end of a plan and it isn’t how you turned out. If you’re still freaking out, it’s not the end. You always have time to change things around and make them better than what you had planned from the beginning.

Until next time,

C. Brooks