4 Ways to Find Inspiration Daily

223e2a68d99cafe186c67b03e6bc2c3cAs a writer and yoga teacher, I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration. I love watching people in creative yoga poses, passionate discussions with friends (using apps like the new Conversation Starters by Danielle Laporte) and sitting at cafes with large floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view and people watch for the afternoon.

Inspiration is something I always need as I never want my well to run dry, so I’ve created a quick list of places we can find inspiration in a pinch.

 1. Pinterest. My favorite place to draw in inspiration would be Pinterest! It is such a creative hub full of everything you could need. In the past few months I have used it to style my newly PINK and blonde hair, create a few fun vegetarian dishes for our family and grab fun quotes for my Facebook pages. I have also used it to create a bit more style in my life. As I LIVE and breathe in yoga pants, it’s nice to have a few “days off” outfits.

But here’s the trick my boho friends – some days you need to re-inspire yourself. This is when you need to look at your own pins. What inspired you weeks ago, or yesterday? Instead of constantly searching for the new, see if you can find some inspiration from a few days past. The same goes for old notebooks, blog posts or emails – check it all out and see what inspired you in the first place.

 2. Get outside! In nature. In the city. By the ocean. People watch. Listen to others stories. Sit in an urban garden. Watch the stars. Hear the stillness of the lake or the crunch of the leaves underfoot. Tune in and be present to the world around you. Step away from your computer. Go LIVE, connect and breathe into each moment. Or as Emerson says in my favorite quote: “Live in the sunshine, Swim in the sea and Drink the wild air”

10632365_1535952673301109_401587611_n3. Write a bucket list. This is one of my favorite things to do! I LOVE writing lists and do so for everything: to-do lists, Core Desired Feelings, a themed word for my year ahead, seasonal goals and intentions etc. I am constantly finding inspiration by plotting out what it is I want to do and how I want to create a life I love. By digging deep every few weeks or months, I am able to connect to how I want to feel and what it is I truly want in life.

The biggest key here is visibility. I always use a beautiful card each year and create a list of fun goals, intentions, to-dos and wishes. I place this card on my desk at work, or my meditation altar in order to see it all the time! This is why I choose a beautiful card; it’s something I want to view often to connect with my own inspiration and intentions.

 4. Go on a date. You can go on a date by yourself or with a loved one. If you’re alone, bring your notebook. Record musings of your day, conversations you’ve overheard and drops of the chai tea you let loose over your thoughts. If you’re with a friend get creative: think outside the box, bring along that same notebook and make some BIG plans. Instagram your delicious lattes and promise one another that you have #bigthingsbrewing. Dream big and then talk about those dreams OUT LOUD. If you’re out with your honey, do something unique. Go pumpkin picking. Explore Six Flags in the fall. Drink lattes after a late night movie. Watch the stars as you hold hands and fall back in love.

Your life is truly yours to live. You get to choose whether you want to snuggle in with a delicious mug of chai and use Pinterest for hours on end, or if you’d like to explore the world as you watch it spin around you. Get out there boho babe and CREATE inspiration by being you. Live life out loud, have FUN, connect, breathe and play.

1157699_383157768473367_247012539_n-199x300-150x150-150x150Jenny Ravikumar is a yoga teacher, blogger and studio owner of Barefoot Yoga Shala. As a teacher and self-proclaimed boho mermaid, Jenny has been bringing her yoga lifestyle knowledge to the online world for years through her blog, jennyravikumar.com. She specializes in helping women dig deeply into self-love & care, while also explaining yoga philosophy and love on her blog and through her courses/private online groups. You can catch her teaching 6 days a week in Massachusetts or pouring love all over the internet 24 hours a day.

How To Reach Your Fitness Goals, the Kind Way

ftLX2OaEXBM-twGkOqFThV4RL3q3kPVSRSSTi3cYrXk,I2WxsuhUFEA9jkWpQn78Qp3nfmubBVWGoOLwMAPfoco,9OmZXGbPdYo0cw_v0gVjNIXgs1kRbBcuuyhqrZwkMXoA super way to ignite your inner Boho while trying to get or stay fit is by doing an outside-without walls-no equipment needed-workout. You would rarely do something that doesn’t bring you joy, why would you ever put your free spirited self in a closed-in gym?  

What makes exercise enjoyable to you — the freedom to do what you like when you like — may also be your downfall as you fight to follow some kind of routine. Here are some helpful hints to help reach your goals while staying aligned with your true north.
  • Go for a hike or to the beach with a friend instead of going out to lunch. Save money while being in nature and soaking up some rays.
  • Give yourself inspiring reasons to exercise. Not every workout can be epic, so remind yourself that being consistent, even if things get a little boring, will help you have more fun later. If you keep your body strong and fit, you’ll be ready for those fun + unexpected activities like cliff jumping, dancing + skiing.
  • Keep having fun. If things get dull, think of what you could do to spice things up — maybe taking a scuba diving course or a pole-dancing class. As a fun-lover, your friends may look to you to come up with new ideas for being active and having fun. Use that aspect of your personality and your confidence to constantly push your boundaries.
  • Remember that the majority of what shows on the outside is what’s happening on the inside. Most important is making sure you are truly happy and doing things that bring you joy. Stay on your path of truth and remind yourself daily of your intentions.
Most of your “fitness” happens in the kitchen, so be sure to keep Philosophie Superfoods in your travel bag so you can sprinkle some on your food while you’re on the run. Make sure you eat as many colors in the day as possible and keep trying new foods so you don’t get in a rut! The fresher, the better. Keep it simple while continuing to challenge yourself to stay out of any box. Use your inner compass to navigate what to eat when, tuning in to get the answer not falling into trend traps.

bday 30th flower childSophie Jaffe is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef. She’s a member of the Yoga Alliance as an advanced teacher, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. After managing a raw foods store in Hollywood which specialized in creating group cleanses, she became dissatisfied with the “one size fits all” model of detox regimens and branched off to create her own company, Philosophie.

What’s in Your Lunchbox? My Top 10 Favorite Packables for a Happy Belly and Heart.

1653722_449776738459427_961101199_nBrown bagging your lunch might seem old school, but it’s an awesome thing to get into the habit of doing. It will save on money and time, and it will benefit your radiate, beautiful, sparkly health.

When I was little, my dad packed my lunch for me every single day before school. He also drew pictures and wrote my name on the brown bag in vibrant Crayola colors. There was a new picture and design every day.

There was never confusion about which lunch was mine at lunch time, that’s for certain.

You can decide how you want to carry your lunch, and I’ll give you ideas about what to put in it, deal?

Here are my top 10, go-to items to make any lunch just as satisfying and yummy as giving your order to someone (and way healthier, to boot).

1_spiced-avocado1. Avocado With Spice Mix

This takes hardly any effort at all and it’s one of the tastiest things, maybe ever.

Here’s how to do it:

Place the following spices in a small container that has a lid:

2 teaspoons garlic granules (8g)

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon coriander powder (2g)

1/2 teaspoon white pepper powder (2g)

1/2 teaspoon salt (4g)

1 teaspoon onion powder (4g)

  • Place the lid on the container and shake, so that all of the ingredients get combined.

  • Pack the spice container in your lunch, along with an avocado, a knife and a spoon.

  • When you’re ready to munch, cut open the avocado, sprinkle the spice mix over it and dig in.

Even people who don’t generally like avocados will nom this up.

2_granola2. Granola

You know those times during the day when you’re not starving, but you need something in your mouth, preferably sweet? Granola is the perfect thing to snack on when you need a little somin’ somin’ sweet. There are loads of good granola recipes out there and if you haven’t made your own yet, I highly recommend it. It’s super easy to make, plus it’s cheaper and better for you. PLUS, your house will smell like a small piece of heaven while it’s baking, and the smell will woft out your windows and down your street. Let’s all make granola at the same time and sweeten up the world.

Here’s a solid granola recipe for you to try.

3. Tahini Sandwich With Banana And Sunflower Seeds

It’s a new take on the classic PB&J. This is one of my faves to throw in my pack when I go hiking.

Lightly toast two pieces of sprouted bread and then spread liberal amounts of tahini on both pieces.

Sprinkle a generous amount of sunflower seeds over the tahini and then pile on the banana slices.

Close it up and you have a tahini-licious sandwich for later.

3_curry_kale_salad4. Spiced Curry Kale Salad

This is a fantastic recipe that is nutrient dense, easy to put together and great to add to any lunch on the go.

Here’s how to do it:

Make the dressing by placing all of the following ingredients into a blender:

2 tablespoons tahini (35g)

1 tablespoon lemon juice (15ml)

1/2 teaspoon curry powder (1g)

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 teaspoon peeled and grated ginger (3g)

3 dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup water (59ml)

pinch of cayenne

  • Blend until the dressing is creamy and smooth and set aside for now.

  • Wash, de-stem and chop 1 bunch of kale (any variety will do, my fave is green curly for this recipe).

  • Place kale in a large bowl, pour the dressing over it and massage into the kale with your hands until the dressing has been distributed.

This will make a big batch so you can pack what you like and then nosh on the rest later.

4_chickpea_mash5. Chickpea Mash

This is a little concoction I came up with for people who are super short on time and who would rather starve  than to go through a drive-thru. You can whip this up in 10 minutes, put it on some bread as a sandwich or spread it on a kale leaf. Whatever way you do it, you can add some red bell peppers almond slices for added texture.

Here’s how to do it:

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (430g)

1/4 cup red onion, diced (35g)

1/4 cup grated carrot (30g)

2 teaspoons yellow mustard (15g)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

5 turns fresh black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • Place the garbanzo beans in a medium-sized bowl and mash them with a fork. You don’t have to mash them completely. If some garbanzo beans are left whole, it’s A-okay.

  • Add the red onion, carrot, yellow mustard, lemon juice, oregano, black pepper and sea salt.

  • Stir until all of the ingredients are combined.

5_apple_and_almond_butter6.  Apple with Almond Butter

I don’t know about you, but I will never grow out of this snack. It’s easy, quick, packable, tasty and it will leave your cells doing a jig. Best to pack the apple and the almond butter separately, and then cut the apple and spread the almond butter when you’re ready to eat it. This will allow for maximum freshness and yumminess.

7. Hummus, Romaine, Sauerkraut and Avocado Wrapped in a Blanched Collard Leaf

This is a doozy – check it out.

If you lightly blanch a big collard leaf or two, it makes the perfect vessel to wrap other delicious ingredients in. It’s just as good as a tortilla, only WAY more healthy and exciting to eat. It also makes the perfect thing to add to your sack lunch.

Before you blanch the collards, trim the stem down so it’s flush with the collard leaf. After you take it out of the hot water, place it in cold water (throw some ice in your water to cool it better) to stop the cooking (like you would with pasta).

Dry the collards thoroughly and then wrap, baby, wrap!

You can blanch your collards a day in advance and keep them in the fridge for when you’re ready to use them. You can fill them with whatever you want – I usually fill them with the combination above.

As a side note, these are also crazy good when you wrap a mean veggie burger in them and top it with lots of goodies. Just think of the blanched collard as the bun.

8.  Veggie Pate in Romaine Leaves Topped with Hemp Seeds

There are lots of different veggie pates that are easy to make and super nutritious.

Carrot Cashew Pate is my all time favorite veg pate. After you make the pate, spread a generous amount  in romaine leaves and sprinkle with hemp seeds. These little wraps pack a serious punch and will have you super excited about lunch.

8_white_bean_tuna9. White Bean Tuna Salad In Avocados

This will soon be one of your go-to packable lunch items. Simple, sexy and infinitely sustainable.

Here’s how you make the White Bean Tuna:

3 cups cooked white beans (300g)

2 celery stalks, diced

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (65g)

2 teaspoons dulse powder (4g)

1 teaspoon dried dill

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (4g)

3/4 cup vegan mayo (150g)

1 tablespoon olive oil (15ml)

  • Place the white beans in a bowl or food processor and either mash, or process until semi-smooth. If there are some chunks of white bean, that is just fine.

  • Place the beans along with the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine.

Pack some White Bean Tuna and an avocado, and when you’re ready for lunch, slice open the avocado and scoop the White Bean Tuna into the avo. You could also make this into a sandwich, or wrap it in a blanched collard (see #6 above). Any way you do it, it’s an awesome packable.

9_frittata10.  Rosemary Vegan Frittata

Make this for dinner and then pack some for your lunch the next day. It’s really good eaten warm or cold, so you don’t even have to heat it up if you don’t have time or if you’re not around a kitchen. Easy, peasy, yum.

Heres how to do it:

1 cup chickpea flour (130g)

2 cups water (475ml)

1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped (2g)

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp. olive oil (15ml)

1/2 cup red onion, diced (65g)

1 cup mushrooms, diced (80g)

1 tsp. sea salt (6g)

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced (70g)

1 heaping cup chard, chopped (55g)

5 turns fresh black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit (175°C)

  • Put the chickpea flour and the water in a large mixing bowl and whisk until all of the lumps are gone. Add the rosemary and lemon juice, and set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a skillet and saute the onions for 2 minutes in medium heat.

  • Add the mushrooms and the sea salt and saute for 2 additional minutes.

  • Add the red peppers and cook for 1 minute.

  • Add the chard and turn off the heat.

  • Transfer the veggies to the chickpea flour/water bowl and stir until the ingredients are combined.

  • Add the black pepper and pour in a lightly oiled 9-inch round baking dish.

  • Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Who knew brown bagging it could be so yum? If you’re inspired to try some of these, tell us in the comments below, or tell us your favorite things to pack in your lunch.

Peace, love and yummy, clean food. Always.

Molly is a clean food guru. She helps people feel better by teaching them exactly what to eat so they can stop guessing (in a non-preachy and fun way). When she’s not in her kitchen you will find her in a yoga class, on her meditation pillow or behind her camera.

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