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Motherhood & Family

How to get out of a slump.

by Corinne on January 18, 2013

Sometimes when I face the reality of something, whether it’s a financial hurdle, a relationship challenge, or a job-related issue, it’s just plain depressing. It’s rare, but occasionally there’s this period of time when I go to a place so deep inside myself that all I feel is stuck, frustrated and hopeless. That’s when I know I need to take a step forward, speak up, call someone or start writing my thoughts on paper.

For me, that dark place inside doesn’t really hold much truth. It’s filled with voices that have been saying the same old negative things for decades. It’s close-minded, one-tracked and quite simply–a dead end. So, when I found myself sitting in the shadows once again, I knew I needed my friends, my family, the people I trust not to judge or criticize me. I needed them to be my sounding board. My reality check. And within 24 hours everything started to turn around.

One of my most trusted and loved friends reminded me to practice gratitude, which frankly I hadn’t been focusing on much in the past couple days. She reminded me of the riches present in my life. And as we talked more, that dark place inside me began to fill with light. My surroundings, in the present moment, seemed to come into focus. And I started to feel like everything was going to be okay.

The best part about practicing gratitude is the power that lies in a tiny moment. Here are the small moments that brought me back to the present this week. I’m eternally grateful to each one and especially to my friend who always shows me the way back home.

Curling up on the couch with my kiddo.

Baking peanut butter cookies on a whim.

Making green juice for my family.

Reading Daring Greatly during my lunch break.

Cooking with Audrey on a Saturday night. 

I hope that this might help you if you find yourself somewhere dim and need a little light.

❤,
Corinne

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My simple intentions for 2013

by Corinne on December 31, 2012

1. Remember what Sweet Pea taught me.

2. Rise early.

3. Cherish my family.

4. Embrace yoga in all its forms–not just the physical.

5. Be grateful each day.

6. Be patient.

7. Eat (and drink!) foods that fuel me and allow space in my belly.

8. Always lead with love (even when you don’t want to) because people will probably follow your example.

9. Let go.

10. Cook.

❤,
Corinne

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You can have it all…well, sorta

by Corinne on November 21, 2012

I’ve really been struggling lately to nurture one of my biggest commitments.

Family and health come first, but how do you prioritize the rest of the stuff? Writing is at the root of my passions. Luckily, my job is one of these passions. At work, I get to write all day long, interact with inspiring people who challenge me everyday, and focus on a mission that resonates in my heart–helping others achieve inner and outer health. I am truly grateful for that.

But there’s another part of me that loves writing fiction. And over the past year, through new motherhood, a new job and a lot of traveling, it hasn’t received the attention I used to be able to give it. And that didn’t feel right. I started to doubt myself. Can I do this? Am I being naive? Is this what I have to accept–that I have to let go of some dreams? Frankly, it was making me feel pretty blue.

Then, I saw Marie Forleo’s interview with Steven Pressfield about his book, Turning Pro. And it’s changed my life in a BIG way. Steven and Marie talk about the difference between pros and amateurs. A pro doesn’t hit the snooze button in the morning when they need to get up and write. A pro takes care of herself because she needs to be in tip-top shape to get her work done. A pro succeeds because she doesn’t give up. Amateurs give up. And I’m not an amateur.

The next morning, I got up at 5AM and wrote for two hours before Audrey woke up. And I’ve done the same ever since, including weekends (I get up at 6AM on Saturday/Sunday). Here’s what this small change has done for me:

I’m taking better care of myself: I start the day with lemon & warm water. I’m only drinking one cup of coffee per day. I’m going to bed earlier. I’m turning off my computer a couple hours before bed because I’ve already done my fiction and freelance writing in the morning. More sleep, more peace, more space for creativity.

I’m more in the moment with my family: I’m not distracted in the evenings because I know I have that sacred morning time to get my writing done. I’m not tuning out with the TV at night. Instead, I’m tuning in with my family at the dinner table, reading stories with Audrey or enjoying a glass of wine with my husband.

I feel passion for my fiction again: Now that I’m investing daily effort into my novel–the love, the drive, and the excitement are all coming back. And that feels really good in my core. Those feelings seep into every other part of my life. Making me a better wife, friend, mom, employee…you get the picture. When you feed your needs, especially the biggies, you have more energy and joy to give everything else you love.

I believe that you can have “it all,” depending on the things that fall into that category. For me, having it all means two simple things:

❤ Trying my best each day to love and care for my family, friends and myself.

❤ Working with people and on projects that are aligned with my beliefs and my passions.

I encourage you to watch Marie’s conversation with Steven and put a new habit into practice that will feed your dreams. Try to stick to it and watch how it transforms your life.

❤,
Corinne

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This book has forever changed my life…

by Corinne on October 31, 2012

When I started collecting photos for this post, I remembered why I love blogging so much. It forces me to pause, to look back at small moments and recognize each one for its greatness. Lately, I find a lot of these precious moments in the kitchen.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Cooking meals for my family has become a touchstone. A safe haven. A time for recharging and letting go of stress and worry. It’s a way to take care of myself by giving my brain a rest, while also taking care of my family by preparing nourishing meals for them. Working on Crazy Sexy Kitchen gave me the confidence, skills and ridiculously delicious recipes I needed to finally LOVE cooking. It’s a gift. It’s something that will enrich the rest of my life. And I hope it does the same for everyone who buys a copy.

Date Night

While preparing for Hurricane Sandy, Crazy Sexy Kitchen came in quite handy. The cooking marathon began Friday and didn’t stop until the storm hit. I had planned on saving all of the meals for the storm, but we couldn’t resist and ended up having an unexpected dinner date by candlelight on Friday. Why not? I’d cooked up enough food for a family of ten already! We found some candle sticks and a couple beer bottles and voila! Homemade candelabras. The kiddo was asleep upstairs. Simon & Garfunkel played. It was a good night.

Spice grinder

Tagine in the making

That evening, we savored the Chickpea & Root Veggie Tagine from Crazy Sexy Kitchen–one of my favorite recipes in the book. I had never tasted these flavors together before, but somehow they work–like magic. It’s so refreshing to discover dishes that are exciting and innovative while also accessible. I love the fresh herbs and whole spices used in this recipe (it’s so much fun grinding them in our coffee grinder, although I need to buy a new one just for spices!). I know I’ll be making this for my family for years to come.

Save the Tuna Wrap

I had some chickpeas left over from the Tagine, so I decided to make one of Steve’s favorites on Saturday–Save the Tuna Salad. This is a must-make for anyone transitioning to a plant-based diet…or anyone who wants a phenomenal sandwich. Audrey loves it too! And it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. I like wrapping it up with avocado, tomato and greens.

Split Pea in the makingSplit Pea + Toast

And finally, what would a chilly fall weekend be without a big pot of Split Pea Soup & Kale Soup from Crazy Sexy Kitchen? This is the BEST split pea soup I’ve ever tasted and my husband agrees. The pepper makes it a little too spicy for my kiddo, so I’d probably set aside a portion of un-peppered soup for her in the future.

What has working on this cookbook over the past year taught me? You don’t have to count calories, plan obsessively, deprive yourself or break the bank to experience outstanding food and vibrant health. The blueprint for happiness in the kitchen is simple. Enrich your life with nourishing, delicious food. Create more joy and memories at your dinner table. And make your kitchen a retreat. Crazy Sexy Kitchen has helped me do all of those things and so much more. I think it’ll do the same to you, if you’re ready to welcome its recipes and education into your life.

❤,
Corinne

P.S. Don’t miss the fantastic prizes we’ve put together for Crazy Sexy Kitchen readers! Also, if you haven’t seen it already, sit back and enjoy the mini-documentary book trailer. Hilarious and mouth-watering.

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October in Photos

by Corinne on October 16, 2012

October is turning out to be a marathon…in a good way. I’m starting to figure out the work-at-home mom thing (such a gift, but comes with its own challenges). I’m discovering where my creative side can stretch and grow again (hello crack-o-dawn writing sessions). I’m cleaning up the “what-ifs?” and “should-haves” that have been gathering dust in the back of my mind (less obsessing and worrying, more speaking my mind and letting go). And in the midst of that, there’s a lot of cooking, mama-ing, writing, and traveling going on.

October has been a tiring month so far, but a rewarding one. I’m grateful for all the delicious meals that have been coming out of my kitchen courtesy of Crazy Sexy Kitchen. I’m pressing pause on my to-do list to take walks with my daughter and read her books and soak in the ups and downs of her toddler-hood. I’m celebrating unexpected thrills like being mentioned in the latest issue of VegNews Magazine and holding a hardcover copy of Crazy Sexy Kitchen for the first time. And I’m reveling in the happy exhaustion that comes after a day well spent–when I’ve worked hard, tried to be the best mom and wife I can be, and taken care of myself as much as possible.

That’s all we can do and the rest can wait til tomorrow.

❤,
Corinne

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Crazy Sexy Kitchen Cook-a-thon

by Corinne on October 3, 2012

This weekend was packed with cooking, jack-o-lanterns, baby giggles and friends. Here’s a sampling of our Crazy Sexy Kitchen cook-a-thon:

Mango & Coconut Millet: Let’s start with breakfast, shall we? We’re all completely obsessed with this hearty, sweet, coconutty breakfast. Audrey enjoyed the leftovers for the next two mornings. Perfect for fall. (Tip: Millet can be temperamental, so just add more liquid and cook longer until you get the desired consistency.)

Save the Tuna Salad

Save-the-Tuna Salad: This salad made a spectacular sandwich, especially paired with some Vegenaise, romaine and avocado (Kris has taught me how to make the BEST sandwiches). My omni-hubby was in heaven.

Split Pea Soup with roasted taters and caesar salad

Split Pea Soup with Roasted Taters and Caesar Salad: This was dinner on Friday night and it was epic. I had some leftover potatoes and fresh herbs, so I made some rosemary and thyme roasted taters and threw them on top of the soup. Best. Idea. Ever. The Caesar Pleaser dressing never disappoints.

Asian Noodles with Black Vinagrette

Asian Noodles with Black Vinaigrette & Baked Tofu: I made this salad a meal by adding some marinated (CSK’s Basic Asian Dressing) and baked tofu into the mix. I learned how to bake tofu while editing CSK. It’s so easy, gives tofu the texture you always wished it had, and it packs a major flavor punch when marinated. The final product was phenomenal (and so pretty!). I know I’ll be making this recipe again and again.

Aztec Smoothie

Aztec Smoothie: This is my favorite CSK smoothie recipe. It’s sweet, spicy, chocolatey, and still packed with greens! I enjoyed this healthy treat a couple times over the weekend.

Audrey & JackAnd finally, the happy kiddo in half her cat costume; kicking back with her new friend, Jack. One of the best things about Crazy Sexy Kitchen is that Audrey gobbles up the recipes too! That means less work for me and more time to spend with this nut. What could be better?

Thanks, Kris and Chef Chad. Crazy Sexy Kitchen has brought so much happiness and deliciousness into my home. Working on it with you guys has made the kitchen my favorite room in the house!

❤,
Corinne

PS- Don’t miss the Crazy Sexy Kitchen mini-documentary book trailer!

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