I’m writing to you while I eat a very creative, “make it work” kinda dinner. Dave is asleep on the couch, declaring, “I’m not too hungry,” which meant my craving for chicken parm would not be quelled. Instead I had to think of a chicken-free option so that I could save that for a night we eat together, and pulled out some fridge and pantry staples to make it happen… or make it work, I should say.
Sauteed mushrooms with bacon and pinto beans, over spinach
- 2 handfuls of sliced mushrooms (I buy them pre-sliced whenever possible. Less work = more chance I’ll use them before they go bad)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 a slice of turkey bacon (there for flavor more than sustenance, but don’t get me wrong, I could love on bacon alone)
- 1/3 can of pinto beans
- Salt, pep & oregano (a bunch, a bunch, and a dash)
- Monster handful of spinach
- Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
First I sauteed the mushrooms, garlic, bacon, and beans in a little bit of olive oil in a pan for about 8-10 minutes on medium heat. I added the spices while it was cooking. Then I poured it, with drippings, onto the plate of spinach & tomatoes. I love wilted spinach. When I sat down to eat it, I added a little more salt, and also a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I felt I did a good deed for myself
Speaking of doing good things for myself, I’m still in the process of re-reading “The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success”, by Deepak Chopra. I just finished chapter 3:
Most of you are familiar with karma; the basic principle that says what you put out into the world is what you get back. I’m a big karma believer. I’m going to tell you a story that I think illustates the power of it really, really well. At least for me. It’s the story of how I founded my startup, Fit Steady (we renamed it Fit Steady instead of Trainer Link, in case you missed that post).
I have a mentee that I just started talking to, and he was telling me about his struggles with entrepreneurship and figuring out what he should do; which dream to pursue. His interest was actually in helping entrepreneurs themselves, and figuring out how to build something around that. I, too, had the same issue of not being able to figure out how to manifest my passion into something real. I had that issue for years. It was only in retrospect that I was able to tell him how I came upon the answer for me. This blog had a lot to do with it. Below is an excerpt from an email I wrote to him:
“I think the #1 catalyst for me was my blog–focusing my passion in a public medium. My blog loosely chronicles my ebb & flow with health & fitness. I don’t write the blog because I love building an audience (though I love my readers), I write it because I love to write, and I have a never ending quest to be in good shape. Out of that, I decided to become a personal trainer so that I could be more credible in the fitness industry (in addition to my other job). So I went and got certified, only to realize… that I didn’t want to be a personal trainer.BUT..I blogged about wanting to do it. And about 10 weeks it took me to get certified. Therefore… people were asking me to train them.I told everyone (everyone. the whole freakin blog reading universe) about the details of getting certified.. told my friends, family, etc., and then didn’t follow through.I felt like a failure.For five months I wallowed in it. I thought to myself, “I have a blog, I AM a trainer, but it’s not clicking! AHH!! What can I do?” And I would think, “One day I’m going to look back on this time period and say to people, ‘Well, I went through a nebulous period, but then I figured it out!’” I would fantasize about having that epiphany moment. Five months of not having it pretty much drove me insane. But I kept thinking. Always. Hoping it would hit me. And then one day… it clicked. And it started as something completely different than what it is now. But. It started.The reason why I’m telling you all of this back story is two reasons. 1) It will come to you. The right idea. You won’t know when, and it might not start off the same way it ends, but it will come if you open your arms to it as often as possible. 2) Talk to as many entrepreneurs as you can (if that’s where your passion lies), and write things down. For me, this took the form of my blog. that was my inspiration. It opened up the fitness conversation with everyone I talked to innately, and I learned. I learned the key insight that started my company. By telling the world I was a fitness guru, the world told me everything right back.Tell the world you work with entrepreneurs. See what comes back to you.”