Recipes

Recipe: Pumpkin Turkey Chili

As Resolution #1 states, I’m on a quest to explore new recipes more often. When fall comes around, one of my favorite things to make is chili. Of course, the standard chili is something along the lines of beef, tomatoes, and beans. Last year, I stayed true to this with this recipe from my friend Linda at Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps. In an effort to find creative ways to spice things up, I found a Thanksgiving-esque spin to basic chili.

In the spirit of all things fall, this recipe is basically the motherload of all recipes. If you’re like Kate and me, you’ve been counting down the days to Thanksgiving for weeks now. Well fortunately, this recipes includes turkey and pumpkin pie spice; and it’s perfect for a gathering. It was gobbled up this weekend before any pictures could be taken (as always… making it very difficult to food blog), but the blog it’s inspired from has some #foodporn worthy snapshots.

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Make It Meaningful

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve been trying to change my mindset to “becoming better.” So far, I’ve only had one super successful day, which was a few weeks ago. I went to the gym for the first time in 6 months, slept well, woke up at a decent hour, made a cup of warm lemon water, caught up on “news” (aka Twitter), and actually got dressed for work. When I got to work, everyone I saw commented on how “nice” I looked… to the point where it was more embarrassing than flattering. It put in perspective for me that I must not look very nice on most days.

It’s these easy and simple things that really create a completely different perspective. If I just took a couple more minutes each day to make every action more meaningful, it could go a long way in the way that I perceive things and how I am perceived. There already aren’t enough hours in a day, and this mentality will make each moment that much more valuable.

Since then I have yet to go back to the gym or continue waking up early, but I now know that I can. These few months leading up to the new year are for working on overcoming the overwhelming sense of laziness. Must. Power. Through.

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My Resolutions: Victoria

After spending a few years in the business world, I’ve learned a thing or two about making goals. Starting with the fact that one should always strive to make S.M.A.R.T. goals. Each goal should have all of the following traits: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. With this method, I came up with a list of six resolutions I’d like to make for the upcoming year. Find out what they are and why I chose them after the jump.

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Breaking Habits

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As I welcome October, I realize that we are officially in the last quarter of the year. This got me reflecting on the majority of 2013 that has already passed. Personally, this year has probably been my best out of the last five years because I’ve begun pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

Even though I’ve had such a great year I think to myself, Did I accomplish everything I wanted to? I couldn’t even remember where I had written down my resolutions from the previous year. It was then that I decided to make my first resolution for 2014: remember the resolutions you make. My roommate, Chloe, had suggested that documenting them online would be easiest and a good source of accountability. Thus, this blog was born. It’s a community of friends supporting each other to become better versions of themselves.

But everyone’s problem with resolutions is that they’re impossible to keep; we struggle to break the bad habit cycle. And by the 3rd week of January, we’re practically waving the white flag. Some say it takes 21 days to break a habit; others say 40 days. The list of theories goes on. So my friends and I decided to get a head start now – 3 months in advance just to make sure – so by the time 2014 rolls around, we will have gone through a couple rounds of trial and error. Then we’ll be well on our way to accomplishing our goals next year.

Find what our 2014 resolutions are on our respective About pages. Stay tuned to see how we do.

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