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January 2015

Recipes

To Go Breakfast Bars

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday! I am SO excited to be writing you from the new (and continuing to be improved) graciousgracie! If you are anything like me mornings aren’t necessarily filled with a whole lot of time during the week & we all know that a lack of time (and planning) leads to us making decisions based upon convenience. For me, I try my absolute hardest to not allow what I nourish my body with to be a decision of convenience, but rather of thorough thought, because after all, my body really is the only place that I have to live. Having said that, I realized that the part of my day that was most affected by “convenience” was the morning– and I decided that I was going to change that. So, I bring to you- Homemade Vegan To Go Breakfast Bars, and might I mention, they are PACKED with protein so they are absolutely going to keep you satisfied until lunch. Continue Reading

Inspiration

Something Just For You

My gift to you: read to yourself, promise to yourself.

Today (or this weekend) I will do something just for the fun of it.
I will find something to do that’s just for me and I won’t worry about what I should be doing.
I will learn how to make myself feel good and enjoy life to the fullest.

what did you do with this one, beautiful life?
xo. gracie

Recipes

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday! I’m not sure about your part of the world- but, this morning in GA is absolutely perfect. If I didn’t know better, I wouldn’t think that Christmas was right around the corner- the sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky and the air has just a slight chill to it. I may be an old soul, but I think that the morning may be my favorite part of the day. I love waking up, brewing a cup of coffee and just taking in the day before it all begins. I know that research shows that eating breakfast is better for your metabolism and for your appetite over the course of the day, but for me- I just don’t know. Some mornings I wake up and I have no appetite at all- when this occurs, I usually blend up a quick Green Goddess smoothie or juice. Other mornings, I wake up and my appetite is raging- in this case, (thankful that I planned ahead) I will have a bowl of my Overnight Chia Seed Pudding. Life is crazy and a lot of the times it seems that mornings are hectic and we sacrifice breakfast/coffee/peace of mind for an additional 10 minutes of sleep. If that sounds like your life- I am here to help! This recipe is perfect for those who don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning, and for those like myself who never know if they will be hungry or not first thing in the morning. It’s so simple- and I am sure that you will love it. Let me know!

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Past Gracious Gracie Posts

Perfectionism & People Pleasing.

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I am really going to put my heart out there and bare my soul on this one. So, bare with me.
Oh my Gosh, what if we wake up some day, and we are 18, or 25….or 70 and we haven’t done things that our heart yearns to do because we spend all of our time comparing ourselves to others and feeling that we aren’t enough? I stumbled upon this photo earlier this morning and it really struck me. It literally screamed in my face. I am not sure if it struck me so deeply due to the fact that it is the week following the end of the holiday season and I, myself, am feeling a bit “jiggly”… but, for whatever reason, it struck me and when things strike me I want to share them with others, for the hopes that they will too, strike you.

Let’s be honest– as humans, all of us  have “things” about ourselves that we don’t necessarily love. We have body parts that are a little too “jiggly”, a little too “large”, a little too “this” and a little too “that.” We look at images of other people and we say to ourselves “if only I looked like her”, “if only I had that”  “if only my body looked like that” then I could be happy. (I am willing to bet you that all of those people in those “inspo” photos that you have saved for “motivation” would tell you that they too aren’t 100% pleased and comfortable with who they are and what they look like). The sad truth is this: happiness is totally and completely up to us- it has really nothing to do with our relationships, our weight, or how perfect we make ourselves appear on the outside..but, we as people fall into this trap of thinking that those are the things that make us “happy.” I hate to break it to you, but, it is none of those things-our happiness is up to us, and that in and of itself is the most comforting & terrifying realization to make in this lifetime. This means that we can’t blame anybody but ourselves for exactly what it is that we are feeling.

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Inspiration

Sunday//

sunday// a day for vegan buckwheat pancakes & business planning.

Sunday// a day for vegan buckwheat pancakes & business planning. I dare you to place a bowl of lemons on your table and not be happy.