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Reality Check: You Are Your #1 Client

31 Oct

If I had to choose one lesson out of the countless I’ve learned through my experience as a consultant and marketer, it would be emphatically this: You are your #1 client. Yes, it’s THAT crucial. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, you’ve got an abundance of clients, you’re working for a company or all-of-the-above, you have to start putting YOU first.

Now, I understand that might sound selfish, heck, I bet it might sound near impossible for many of you! However, my goal in this post is for you to see that this kind of “selfishness” is completely healthy and absolutely necessary. It is vital to your life and to the success you have truly living your life.

Take a look at where you are today. Yes, your to-do list is long. Yes, you may have endless hours of work and a pile of tasks in front of you. Clients need results and innovation. Kids need … everything. But can you innovate successfully or even think straight if you’re running on empty and barely keeping your house clean? Happy people, successful people, are those that make time to breathe, reflect and invest in themselves. Just ask someone really successful or rich. I guarantee they get up early and make time for themselves habitually.

Of course I’ve been there. I’ve worked the 80-hour weeks, the all-weekend events, the last-minute client presentations, the non-stop, crisis-mode, I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened craziness …

I know you have to make a living. I know you may have kids to take care of and of course you have a future to think about. That only builds on my point though doesn’t it? If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else successfully. You will burn out. It’s the goodness gracious truth. Let me ask you …

  • How are you treating your body?
  • Are you making time to eat healthy or are you eating out consistently to ‘save time’?
  • Are you smoking/drinking/coffeeing because of stress?
  • Are you just too busy to promote yourself and expand your network?
  • Do you make time to exercise regularly?
  • Have you been keeping up with checkups, eye appointments and dentist visits?

I’m not trying to make you feel guilty. I truly hope I’m not. I’m just speaking as someone who has been there and who has to constantly have checks and balances and reality checks to keep myself healthy, balanced and happy. It’s in that state that I can be the best for my family, my clients and the world around me. That is when I can truly innovate and THRIVE.

I encourage you to critically look at how you’re spending your time. Think like this is the only life you’re going to have because it is. What can you put on your ‘stop doing’ list? What can you delegate? How can you be creative to fit in some ‘me time’?

No one is going to make you make time for yourself. You have to do it. It’s an investment. It’s worth it.

~ Kate

5 Healthy (#Paleo) Meals Perfect for Fall!

24 Oct

Happy Wednesday!
Since it’s fall, I’ve been really diving into the whole “comfort food” thing trying to find soups, slow cooker recipes and dishes that just make me say mmmm. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far! These recipes are Paleo/Whole30 approved, delicious, simple and only use 8 ingredients or less. Enjoy!

  1. Easy Pulled Beef
    I baked a sweet potato and steamed some broccoli to accompany the beef. I also added mushrooms. YUM!

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe credit: PaleoOMG.

  2. Slow Cooker Carnitas

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe/Photo credit: Whole9Life

  3. “Creamy” Tomato Chicken Soup
    This was delicious! Notes: 1) Apparently it has a very “strong” smell (I didn’t notice but my coworkers did.) 2) I would add onions! I think the soup would be even better with more texture. 3) I’m not sure what the conversion would be if you used unfrozen chicken breasts, so if you know, please comment below.

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe credit: EveryDayPaleo

  4. Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Sauce

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe and photo credit: KateUpdates :)

  5. Almond Meal Breakfast Porridge
    This is one I haven’t tried yet, but I’m dying to! I’ve been wanting to experiment with Chai seeds. My mom also has a recipe for porridge that’s supposed to be a-m-a-z-i-n-g so I’ll have to nab that from her and post later!Let me know when you try these recipes or if you have others that are fab for fall!

    Click the pic for the recipe. Photo/Recipe credit: PreppyPaleo

     

    Yum!!

    ~ Kate

Meal Planning 101 + 43 Paleo and Low Carb Blogs

22 Oct

It’s Musical Monday! This week I want to suggest an album that is part of my fall playlist. I seriously cannot get enough of all Bon Iver’s stuff but this album is a cold weather classic as far as I’m concerned. I hope you love it even half as much as I do.

Alright, so it’s been a while since I shared a food-filled post and that’s mostly due to my lack of meal planning lately. I would literally spend hours in the kitchen daily when I first started eating Paleo and doing the Whole30 but the past couple weeks I haven’t been as organized. Last week I wasn’t really feeling well so I hardly cooked at all. This week I decided to get back in the groove and get hardcore about meal planning.

OK so I am so excited!! I planned my meals for the week, went grocery shopping, pre-made my breakfast and lunch for the week AND cleaned up my kitchen in just 2.5 hours!!  As I’ve said before, when it comes to me and cooking I have three criteria that must be met:

  1. It has to be delicious
  2. It must be easy to make (if I can drop everything in a crock pot, bonus points.)
  3. The recipe must have 8 ingredients or less.

The first key to this week’s meal prep success? Two words: Slow Cooker.

I’m going to try to make a lot more meals in my crock pot because it is seriously an amazing time-saver. I even found out how to convert traditional recipes into slow cooker recipes! Click here for slow cooker tips.

Here are the steps I took that resulted in meal planning b-l-i-s-s:

  1. Use this site to quickly pick your meals. Each recipe has a picture and you can pick from the Whole30 approved meals if you’re doing that or you can pick any of the others since they are Paleo. This site is the BOMB. You create a log-in and then add recipes to your “grocery cart.” Once there, the site will make a grocery list for you and adjust the serving size for you based on your family size. Also, check out this list of 43 Paleo and Low-Carb Blogs for more recipe ideas (Guess who made the list?)
  2. Make a list. This can be a list, calendar or schedule to ensure that your meals are accounted for throughout the week. NOTE: Make sure you account for leftovers. These can easily carry over into lunches or a quick snacks or even another dinner. Plan on 1-2 servings of protein per person and 2-3 veggies.
  3. Grab your grocery list and get shopping. Did you ever watch the show, Super Market Sweep? I loved that show! I try to think of it when I’m shopping and I usually buzz around the store to see how fast I can get out of there. I come up with a game plan before I start too. Last week I went shopping with Daniel and we raced to see who could finish their list and get to the check-out line first (I won of course.) It was fun and it made shopping a snap.
  4. Get your slow cooker out. Tip: Often your slow cooker comes with a little recipe book full of recipes that you can easily Paleo-ify.
  5. Time yourself. This idea came from the Well Fed Paleo cookbook where Melissa does a weekly cook up and times herself. She basically uses every inch of space in her kitchen and crams her cooking into an hour. I’m not quite there yet … She gets way more done in that amount of time then I do but she also has a grill outside her door that she uses. I did cook my Quiche for the week in my oven and bake bacon in my broiler at the same time. I also started one of my slow cooker recipes and prepped the food I was going to throw in it in the AM for dinner.

So what did I make?

Breakfast: Quiche with Bacon – I used my Quiche recipe as a base. The veggies I used were: Baby Bella mushrooms, red peppers, onions and mixed ground beef. The only seasoning I used was Mrs. Dash Garlic seasoning, although I would definitely add salt and pepper in the future.

Lunch: “Creamy” Tomato Chicken Soup for my lunches …

Dinner: Easy-peasy. I spent 10 minutes prepping for dinner by throwing everything in my slow cooker. When I get home, I’ll toss a sweet potato and a baked potato (for D) in the oven and saute some veggies. I’ll share pictures as I go so you can see what glorious creations I cook up in my trusty crock pot!

Two new recipes that I’m going to try this week are Easy Shredded Beef with sweet potatoes for dinner tomorrow (I’ll start it in the crock pot tomorrow AM) and I Crock-pot Carnitas.
~ Kate

P.S. I’m also going for a run after work today as part of the 30 Days of Fitness (#GetFit30). I was totally encouraged by all the Columbus Marathon runners that ran by my house yesterday! Great job everyone!! Here’s a pic of my view: