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Self Sabotage & a Summertime Soup

Would you find me lazy and thoughtless if I posted a recipe without any measurements?

What if the photo of said recipe was taken with my old iphone on top of a wood table and not a marble countertop? 

Consider the possibility that I took the photos quickly and in not a good light. Mostly because I was hungry. (Hunger plays a role in most of my decision making). 

Would you still like me?

Would you still want to eat my soup?

The thing is, I really wanted to share this recipe. There are many recipes, tips, thoughts and bits of information that I'd like to share, but other things seem to get in the way. Things like perfectionism, self doubt, procrastination and Handmaids Tale.

This is something that has come up for healing for me in this past year as I have transitioned my life from Los Angeles to Boston. I have been given the gift and curse of questioning everything when it comes to my business.

I am not a food blogger. I have fewer followers on Instagram than your grandmother, and I am SO BAD at self-promotion, not because I don't like bringing attention to myself but because I'm surprisingly un-photogenic and can't seem to take a damn photograph that doesn't make me question why my husband married me (vain, I know). That and the fact that I really only show up for my marketing when I feel like it, a strategy we all know does not lead to success.

I also know a lot about nutrition, and am qualified to give nutritional advice. I am even more qualified to teach people how to move better, something which I guarantee is life changing. Resistance training is like medicine to the body-trust me when I say that you need it in your life.

A dedicated practitioner of the beginner's mind in all facets of life, I am obsessive passionate when it comes to staying up to date on the latest health and fitness research, trends and products. My idea of a good time is experimenting with this information in my own life in order to better relate to my clients. Thankfully I have like-minded friends and a mother that also work in the industry, with whom I can have endless thought provoking discussions.

Ultimately, my main objective is to improve the lives of others, while continuing to improve my own. I want my clients to feel: confident / comfortable in their bodies / strong / flexible / powerful / able / vulnerable / empowered / knowledgeable and whatever else it is that they want to feel. I love to teach them about their bodies and what kind of movement will benefit them. I love to support them in feeling connected to the big picture and how exercise and nutrition are connected and affect/are affected by other parts of life. I know in my bones that I have the ability to do this, as I've done it before and will do it again.

But what good are skills, knowledge, empathy, etc, if I'm not reaching you?

I will leave you with this. You, too, are something special. YOU have something unique to offer the world, and failing to do the uncomfortable work of getting yourself out there is actually a DISSERVICE to the rest of us. I would tell you not to let your self doubt get in the way, but who am I to talk?

Let's both take action right now. More specifically, imperfect action. One small step, together, toward our goals.

Mine is posting this insanely delicious, gorgeous, easy on the tummy, farm-to-table soup without any measurements. What's yours?


Local Summertime Carrot Soup


Ingredients: 

  • Bone Broth
  • Carrots
  • Kimchi  
  • Ghee
  • Micro Greens 
  • Salt/Pepper

 

Directions: 

Chop or grate carrots and heat up in a pot with the bone broth at about a 1:1 ratio. Once the carrots are cooked through, pour them in a blender with the carrots and kimchi. Blend to your desired consistency. Transfer back to the pot and stir in ghee and add salt & pepper to taste

Note: I bought every ingredient from the Boston Public Market. Feel free to substitute for anything that is local to you. If you prefer not to use animal products you could replace the bone broth with mushroom and the ghee with coconut or avocado oil. 

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A Few Words About Me

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A Few Words About Me

Hello, friends! 

I can't tell you how delighted I am to be writing my first blog post in over a year. My old blog, Things Georgia Says, is no longer in existence. This is fine with me as that blog has already served its purpose. What started as an outlet for me to discuss my affinity for cooking, exercise and all things healthy living lead to a life changing career transition - one that took me out of the exhausting, all encompassing entertainment industry and into the world of health and fitness.

Early on in my blogging days

Early on in my blogging days

While this transition offered its challenges, I have ultimately been provided more than I could possibly ask for in a career. I am able to make my own schedule and decide when and how much I would like to work. As a creative person who requires a good amount of downtime and leisure (no shame in admitting that!), this is such a gift. 

More importantly I have met too many wonderful people to count. Lifelong friends, clients who've become family, and my beloved husband, David, whom I met on the very first day of my first personal training job. 

David & I

David & I

In addition to these treasured relationships I have learned to love and care for myself in ways I never dreamed possible. It was my steadfast belief in the idea that knowledge is power which first prompted me to investigate the influence that my lifestyle might have on other aspects of my life. This started as daily trips to Gold's Gym where I would lift heavy weights with my guy friends before going home and banging out whatever Film Scoring homework I had hanging over my head. It was the first time in my life when I truly felt on top of the world. 

My lovely client, friend & soul sister, Edina

My lovely client, friend & soul sister, Edina

Now, almost 10 years later, the picture has grown more nuanced. It still involves the heavy weights and the protein powder (plant based, of course), but it would not be sustainable without the addition of mindfulness, self-acceptance and kindness. Some days it looks like 10,000 steps and yoga or HIIT training, and others it looks like a full day of reading murder mysteries in my pajamas. I will never claim to be a perfect picture of health and happiness. Every day is different, and I, just like everyone else, sometimes wish this weren't true.

I have happily moved away from calorie counting and into the colorful, creative and beautiful world that is intuitive eating. As my ethical and environment impact is of great interest to me, I enjoy local, seasonal product and the delicious experience of picking it out at my local farm stand each week.  

Finally, this line of work has taught me to appreciate my struggles. If it weren't for my own hardships involving my health, body image and mood, I would be less able to empathize with others and probably would not have become a personal trainer in the first place. I am thankful for every difficult moment in my life as it motivates me to continue evolving. I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you, hopefully providing support and inspiration along the way. 

Take care, and thank you so much for reading!

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