A Post of Truth: Being Spiritually Bankrupt

I can honestly say this weekend was the first time in my entire life I’ve stopped, taken a full, deep breath and truly reflected.

Sure I’ve taken yoga classes and attempted meditation in an effort to decrease stress and relax, but it’s always had an end point. I leave those sessions and immediately return to my fast-paced life  hardly even looking in the rearview mirror to process my experience.

This past weekend I attended the Nantucket Yoga Festival. I’m sure some of you saw my tweets or Insta posts and thought, ‘Well, isn’t she so centered and leading a balanced life.’ 

Actually, this is exactly the reason I felt I needed to go.

As of late I have been experiencing some darkness in my life. Not being one to air on the side of pessimism, I’ve had a hard time dealing with these emotions. I am the first to admit I do not deal with stress well.

I shut people out. I want to be alone. I basically become a cobweb of negativity that can not be untangled or separated from itself. Bottom line: I can’t get out of my own way.

To say this retreat taught me things is an understatement. With speakers like Gabrielle Bernstein and the wise Tao Porchon-Lynch, I felt I could completely immerse myself in the spirit of the weekend  no judgements.

Berstein spoke about being ‘spiritually bankrupt’ … a feeling that has been all too present in my life lately. Whether you’ve been distance from your faith or passions, this palpable emotion rears its ugly head.

For me, I know I haven’t been quenching my thirst for my passions: Feeling healthy, helping others become their best self and practicing what I preach  finding time for fitness. I’ve been consumed with work and other obligations, not taking a certain word into account … Balance.

It’s time for me to get out of this state. Rebuild after being in submerged in this passion-filled debt. I must work on finding that balance in my life and practice maintaining it.

This is the bank of me and I refuse to drown in dues.

Have you ever felt spiritually bankrupt? How do you take strides to get better yourself? 
-TTT

Blue Diamond Rosemary & Pepper Chicken Breast {RECIPE}

A few weeks ago I received an awesome gift from my friends over at Blue Diamond. Since I am a part of a fabulous group called the Blue Diamond Tastemakers, I decided to put on my recipe cap and see if I could be creative with these delicious little nuts.

Well, I certainly don’t categorize myself as a recipe blogger, but sometime I come up with genius ideas. And this was one of them.

Rosemary, Pepper & Almond Crusted Chicken

Serves: 2 
Cooking time: 25 minutes (depending)
Ingredients
2 Boneless, skinless, organic chicken breasts 
1/2 Canister of Blue Diamond Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds
2 Eggs, whites only
Extra pepper to taste
Directions: 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

In a blender or food processor pulse the 1/2 canister of almonds until it becomes almond meal (or a fine powder). 
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Remove and place in a shallow bowl. 
In an additional shallow bowl, crack 2 eggs and discard the yolks. Take your chicken breasts and dip them first in the egg whites. Shake gently and then coat with almond meal. Repeat with second chicken breast. 
Place chicken on a baking dish and sprinkle with additional pepper if desired. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through and juices run clear.
Enjoy!!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, all opinions and commentary are my own.

-TTT