Power of a Positive Attitude

Repost from: Madison Blocker | https://www.boundblessings.com/home/powerofapositiveattitude.

You oversleep. You get a flat tire. You spill your coffee. You get a parking ticket. You lose your keys. Your list of to-dos is a mile long. You’re tired, frustrated, and a little bit hangry.

…I’ve been there.

There was a day when I woke up two hours late for my job… don’t ask me how I managed that. And when I was ONE turn away from work, I saw the lights behind me.

A copper.

So I pulled over and began to tear up as the officer came up and asked me where I was headed. I looked to my right and pointed towards work. I was so close. So, so close.

I almost let those emotions determine my day. I was frustrated and flustered at first, and I allowed my feelings to flood my mind. That day could have been horrible from that point on if I allowed it to be. I could’ve been moping and wallowing in frustration even longer as I explained to my boss what happened and continued to carry out all my tasks for the day.

But I didn’t.

Yes, those things happened, but they didn’t define me. My attitude allowed me to enjoy the day and smile and laugh and joke even more than usual.

Your attitude is what determines your day. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. The small things in life don’t need to be worried and stressed about so much. The alarm can be fixed. The tire can be replaced. The coffee can be refilled. The parking ticket can be paid. The keys can be found. The to-dos can get to-done. You can get sleep. You can get some food. Maybe a Snickers to satisfy.

Your life is great. You just have to allow it to be.

People don’t make you angry – you allow the anger to dwell within you. Circumstances don’t upset you – you allow yourself to get upset. You choose to worry, you choose to criticize, you choose to blame, and you choose to complain. No one else decides this for you.

You can’t be moving up if your thoughts are bringing you down.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your way of thinking about it. Redirect your attitude. Remember that life is a gift – don’t ruin the contents. Choosing positive thinking provides you with confidence, vibrant health, and true beauty.

Your last day could be tomorrow – choose to live to the fullest each day and live with the attitude you’d want to be remembered for. Remain fixed on the good. See your problems as opportunities. When you keep your face to the sunshine you can’t see the shadows.

Count your blessings

There are so many good things in your life. Look at the blue sky, watch the sunset, go for a good run, have some ice cream. Be thankful for your family. Be thankful for a home. Be thankful for food. There are people worse off than you.

See the good

Bring out the best in people. Bring out the best in situations. Don’t assume. Don’t judge. You can’t control people or circumstances, but you can control your attitude. You can think positively and be light to others.

View setbacks as stepping stones

Don’t get frustrated when things don’t go your way. God knows what He’s doing, and He’s placing the right things in your life. When something doesn’t go according to plan, trust that there’s a better one. You are being moved. Believe in that.

Pray

Pray for a positive attitude each day. Pray to recognize your blessings and see the good. Pray for others. Pray to have faith.

Smile

Such a simple thing. Smiles are contagious, so shine those pearly whites. Smile at strangers, smile at your friends, smile at your dog. It could make someone’s day.

Having the right attitude will fill you with energy and peace. Be a light to those around you.  Redirect your mind. Today is your day if you allow it to be.

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Welcome to MN, Super Bowlers.

Welcome to Minnesota. You probably have a lot of questions. We don’t blame you. It’s cold (it’s been colder, as someone already told you) and there are giant piles of snow and people keep talking about “Juicy Lucy” and you don’t even know a Lucy. Here’s what we can tell you.

-Please enjoy Nicollet Mall. It took us 12 years to finish the thing.

-Please enjoy US Bank Stadium. We built it on top of our old stadium. It would deflate when it snowed. It snowed a lot.

-Please enjoy the Mall of America. We built it on top of our other old stadium. That team went to a lot of Super Bowls! Don’t ask us any questions beyond this!

-Please enjoy First Avenue. It’s an old Greyhound bus station. Prince and some other local kids made it a church.

-The elevated sidewalks that connect downtown buildings are called skyways. One visitor called them “skybridges” and his body never was found.

-Tom Brady’s grandma is from Browerville. To get there, get on 94 and go west for a couple hours. Not on Fridays, though; it’s a total shitshow with a bunch of guys named Dale towing pontoons or snowmobiles.

-Take the Glenwood/Sauk Centre exit and go north on US 71. You’ll hit Browerville in about a half-hour. The Muni is probably open if you need a Heggie’s Pizza.

-On your way to Browerville, you’ll drive through Maple Grove. Sisqo lives there now. Yeah, “Thong Song” Sisqo. We don’t know what that’s all about, but there was a story about it in the paper. Just passing this along.

-Hotdish, not casserole. Casserole can go jump in a dang lake.

-When we almost collide in a doorway, we will say “Ope.” It’s pure instinct at this point. We don’t know why we say it. We’re sorry we ran into you. We said “Ope.” Let’s move on.

-Flannel, blaze orange, and camo are not seasonal fashions so much as foundational lifestyle choices.

-Choppers are big golden/yellow mittens. You can get them at Fleet Farm. They have a silo in the parking lot.

-The three preceding sentences could be the most Upper Midwestern sentences in existence.

-Black ice is not an energy drink. Avoid unless you like tow trucks and auto body repair.

-The snow/dirt/ice/salt/sand mixture on the bottom of our cars? Snow boogers, or just gunk if you prefer.

-You call them parking garages. We call them parking ramps. Honestly not married to this one, so if you want us to start calling them garages, we’ll work with you.

-You call it soda. We call it pop. We don’t get it either that one’s not changing.

-You’ll engage in a conversation about the weather with a native Minnesotan. We literally cannot help it. It’s a compulsion. We got a ton of snow last week, but it was nothing like the Halloween Blizzard of 1991. See? We’re already doing it.

-People who have very strong opinions about the aforementioned Juicy Lucy. It’s basically a reverse cheeseburger (beef on outside, cheese on inside) that has a creation myth still being fought over to this day. Friendships have ended over the Matt’s Bar/5-8 Club dispute. We recommend the Surly Burger at our Destination Brewery so as not to trouble the waters.

-Be ready to experience first-class passive aggression. If someone says your old school Ron Jaworski Eagles jersey is “interesting,” they are not a fan. If someone says, “I’m not mad,” they are, in fact, mad.

-If you get to a 4-way stop at roughly the same time as another driver(s), your best bet is to just abandon the car, get out, and walk to your destination, as who gets to go first will never be resolved by conventional means.

-Our parks, trails, and museums are pretty goddamn great. We don’t brag often, but when we do, we mean it.

-RE: The “Fargo” accent. unless you get outside of the metro area, you won’t hear it. Once you get to the suburbs, you’ll hear traces. Once you get outstate, it’s like being in the movie.
If you find that accent, you’ll find a meat raffle. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Credit to Surly Brewing Company

Health(ier) Pumpkin Muffins

REPOST from True Riches. Can’t wait to try these fall treats!

I had a ton of fun today. Why?

A. I got to bake, so, DUH.

B. I actually found a healthier option for baking up some fall season. CAN I GET A WITNESS.

This is the part Ry always gives me a hard time about, and rightfully so. I try, and try, and try again to find healthier alternatives to the pastry goodies I love. It’s not a super great relationship, me and baked goods – my tummy yells at them, I yell at my tummy for being so damn sensitive (I’m a super great person, promise), and it just goes round and round.

In a very practical, and he-loves-butter-and-sugar-baked-goods way, Ryan tells me I should leave the health out of baking. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. Although I have failed quite a few…no, quite A LOT of times in this arena.

Y’all, get yoself a partner who will take a bite of your experiments.

So, today was fun because today was a VICTORY.

Now, I say healthIER because when it comes to baking, you’re not eating carrots and hummus people. Don’t take my word as this post telling you that these muffins should become a staple part of your diet…..although they may have just become part of mine….sooooooo, moving on.

Also, this is my first post like this, so, grace please. Really it’s being done for consolidation purposes because, strategic, right?

Alright, alright. Here we are, friends – recipe below! Don’t get intimidated, I couldn’t be more furreal when I say, THEY’RE SUPS EASY.

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INGREDIENTS
Serves 12

2 1/2 cups Whole Rolled Oats

1 cup Pumpkin

1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt

1/4-1/2 cup Honey (depending on your desired sweetness level)

1/4 t each of Ginger and Nutmeg

1/2 t Cloves

OR

1 t Pumpkin Pie Spice (I played around with spices, I added the top combo + 1/4 t of the pumpkin pie spice because I always find myself wanting more flavor – up to you!)

1-2 t Baking Soda (depending on how much lift you want; I baked a half batch for starters and accidentally used 1 t and it turned out real great and fluffy sooooo)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400

Blend oats in a magic bullet, nutribullet, ninja, etc/whatever you’ve got, until they form a flour-looking consistency. Set aside.

Whisk the pumpkin, Greek yogurt and honey together in a separate medium-sized bowl.

Whisk spices and baking soda in with above mixture

Begin whisking in flour about a 1/4 cup at a time. Once whisk isn’t doing the job because the batter is too think, mix the rest together with a spatula.

Spray your muffin tin – liners not recommended

Fill each about 3/4 full with batter

Bake for 12-15 mins to start. Stick a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean, you’re good! If not, bake in 2 minute increments, doing the toothpick test, until done.

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Didn’t plan ahead for extra baking pics. So here’s some muffin-is-my-eye gold for you to show you friends when it comes to that topic of weird stuff you found on the internet.

Finally, play around with the add-ins! The first time I baked these I did half plain and half with choco chips (See that piccy above? yeah, YUM). You could try walnuts, cacao nibs, blueberries, etc!

Bake-on, my friends!

True Riches

GUYS. I had a ton of fun today. Why?

A. I got to bake, so, DUH.

B. I actually found a healthier option for baking up some fall season. CAN I GET A WITNESS.

This is the part Ry always gives me a hard time about, and rightfully so. I try, and try, and try again to find healthier alternatives to the pastry goodies I love. It’s not a super great relationship, me and baked goods – my tummy yells at them, I yell at my tummy for being so damn sensitive (I’m a super great person, promise), and it just goes round and round.

In a very practical, and he-loves-butter-and-sugar-baked-goods way, Ryan tells me I should leave the health out of baking. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. Although I have failed quite a few…no, quite A LOT of times in this arena.

Y’all, get yoself a partner who will…

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Keep Moving Forward

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

This summer has been a whirlwind of a busy work life and an even busier personal life. With plans almost every weekend, a great relationship that is flourishing and two weddings right around the corner–it’s been quite an adjustment with my workload getting shifted around. This weekend I will be in Wisconsin Dells for one of my friends wedding festivities prior to her big day in a few weeks, and I fly out for a business trip Monday morning.

With staff changes in our office, this quote made my morning–reminding me what a great opportunity of growth I have experienced lately in the workplace. Keep your head held high, opportunities are given to you for a reason, let those opportunities help you grow. Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Perfect Chocolate Lovers Cake

Blackout Chocolate Cake | the best chocolate cake with a chocolate chip exterior just to be a little OMG. pinchofyum.com

Last week I made this delicious chocolate cake for my boyfriends birthday, and it was AMAZING. If you don’t love and I mean love chocolate, this cake isn’t the one for you.
Not only was this cake easy to make, it was SO moist. I hate when cakes are dry. This one held its moisture for 4 days without getting even a tad on the dry side. If you don’t want a tall cake, keep it at two layers. I made three layers and it looked marvelous.

For the chocolate cake:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (we use DeLallo) **I did not use any in mine 
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt (we use Chobani whole milk yogurt)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 cups of chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Divide evenly between the three cake pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until the cakes are set. Let the cakes cool for a while.
  2. Frosting: Cream the ingredients (except chocolate chips) until smooth.
  3. Assembly: Stack the cakes up, frosting between each layer, around the outside, and on top. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Chocolate Chipping: Cover the cake with chocolate chips wherever desired. *My chocolate chips ended up melting beforehand and I instead added some thin mint Girl Scout cookies crumbled on top and some full thin mint cookies displayed in a circle on top, which turned out delicious too.

Happy Baking!

Work Week Meal Prep

Sundays are my favorite day to meal prep for the week, and after last weekend–it was needed! I love any form of eggs (egg muffins, scrambled, hard boiled), but this week I decided on egg muffins, one of my favorites.

The reason why I am so drawn to egg muffins and hard boiled eggs is because they are the perfect compliment to my morning shakes. They give you nutrition and the satisfaction of something to eat.

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Egg Muffins: Feel free to use/swap whatever ingredients you like–mushrooms, spinach, etc.
-5 eggs
-1/4-1/2 cup bell peppers (whatever color desired)
-1/4-1/2 cup diced ham
-1/4-1/2 cup turkey sausage crumbles
-1/4 cup shredded cheese
-1/4 tsp desired seasoning (I used pepper)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of the muffin cups with nonstick spray or butter. Mix your eggs in a bowl, add seasoning if desired. Dice and chop whatever ingredients you desire to have in your muffins. Fill the bottom of the muffin cups with your ingredients, evenly distributing between the cups. Fill the cups about 3/4 full with the egg mixture. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top if desired.

Bake the muffins at 350 degrees until they were firm and golden brown. Let them cool and remove from the tins and into a container or plastic bags. They are great warmed up and will last all week.

Lunch: 
For lunch this week, I prepped chicken and rice, enough for the week.

Baked Chicken:
-2 lbs fresh chicken breasts (trim the fat)
-1/2 tsp pepper or your choice of seasoning

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Trim excess fat from the fresh chicken breasts. Line a pan with aluminum foil (not necessary). Spray the foil or pan with nonstick spray. Lay the chicken on the pan and sprinkle with pepper or your desired seasoning. Bake until chicken is fully cooked throughout. Let cool before placing in fridge.

Brown Rice:
-2 cups jasmine brown rice
-Rice cooker

Directions: Pour your desired amount of rice (I did about 2 cups) into the rice cooker. Fill the cooker with water so the water level is a half finger tip high over the top of the rice. Place cover on rice, cook until soft. If the rice isn’t cooked all the way through, you can add a bit more water and continue to cook. Let the rice cool before placing in the fridge.

As for my shake recipe, this is the recipe I have been making lately for breakfast to go with my egg muffin.
Morning Protein Shake:
-1 scoop protein powder (Chocolate Whey)
-1 tbsp PB2
-3 ice cubes
– 2 cups skim milk

Blend together and enjoy!