Happy New Year! First of the Next 31 Days of Eats!

Good-morning!

Today I am sharing my FIRST day of the 31 Days of Eats Challenge I’m doing this January.

I’m doing this challenge for myself as a simple effort to share more daily eats with you. These posts are my *most* requested and the *most* missed when I don’t share them. And when I’m going through my own blog, they’re some of my favorites to re-read because they document life (that’s what I love most!).

Before we dive in, I want to remind us all that these posts are not for comparison. Rather, these posts are here to provide you with inspiration for food ideas and they’re here to give YOU the freedom and permission to listen to YOUR BODY as I listen to mine, apart from food rules or dieting.

Thank you so much for being here and I hope you enjoy! Leave a comment when you finish reading – I love knowing if you enjoy these posts.

Day One

Monday, New Years day started with a 7:00 AM wake-up and walk to coffee. I woke up and decided that it sounded most fun to start my workweek/month/year from a coffee shop. So I went to Scout here in SLO and worked for a couple of hours.

I even got dressed before I went – ha! This is a constant goal of mine, to get dressed according to how I want to feel. My regular routine is to stay in my pajama’s for the first couple of hours of the day (which I love). I usually spend quiet time in my PJ’s, cook breakfast, and do my first bit of work like this.

When I’m done with that first bit of work I change into regular clothes (I often shower at night). If I’m not intentional, I’ll almost always slip into workout clothes which is OKAY but then I rarely end up wearing my own clothes, which I love! When I do get ready, I’m always grateful. It makes me feel better all day.

My general rule of thumb is this: dress according to how you want to feel (and normally, when I’m working, I feel best when I’m in actual clothes).

How about you?

On my walk home I found a corner covered in confetti and felt it necessary to stop and take a photo, which I shared on Instagram with all of you @paigeschmidt. Isn’t this pretty? I think they should leave it!

When I got home I was a little bit hungry but not ready for a meal, so I grabbed a GoMacro bar to enjoy with the rest of my coffee while I worked (I’m a slow drinker when I’m having black coffee and it’s my favorite with a GoMacro bar).

I didn’t feel hungry until about 11:30 when I sat down for lunch. I’m just getting over a cold, so my appetite has been a bit off.

For lunch I had leftover palak paneer, channa masala, basmati rice, and garlic naan bread. Mmm! So good. I would have added some avocado if we had some at home (added to the grocery list for today!).

After lunch I got back to work and wrote this post recapping 2017 and sharing what I’d like to continue on and improve on in 2018. I was so glad to hear that you loved this post and that it resonated with many of you – thank you!

While I was working a client sent me this photo of her desk. She had set a goal at our last session to create a special space that was *just for her.*

She wanted this space to be a quiet, clean, inspirational space that was separate from other places in her home that often involve “to-do’s” like cooking, cleaning, paying bills, doing laundry, taking care of the kids, etc… and look at what she created!

This sweet, beautiful, calming space just for her. She got a new chair and a new adult coloring book on mindfulness to add to the space as well. What would you do with the same sort of space?

Getting messages from my clients like this is ONE reason I love coaching so much.

I wrapped up work around 4:30 PM, closed up shop (would you all like to hear what this looks like?), planned my next day, and sat down for some R&R. When I got off work I found Marco asleep on the couch (he’s a napper) so I took advantage of the peace and quiet and just read for a bit in the living room.

When my hunger hit I got up and threw together a really simple dinner for us: vegetarian chili (from Trader Joe’s) topped with green onions and cilantro. On his I added cheese and sour cream (I wasn’t feeling like the extra cheese, so I skipped it). We also had the last of the potato skins I made last Wednesday.

You guys. Potato skins take FOREVER to make. Have you ever made them? I’m going to stick to getting my $5 delicious happy hour potato skins at our favorite bar downtown. Haha! No joke, I spent about 2.5 hours on them.

After dinner we cleaned up, I showered and Marco and I watched a movie together.

I’ve been loving ginger tea with… you guys are going to think this is so weird… 1/4 a teaspoon of chicken seasoning in it. Haha! I know… so weird! But when I was sick I was craving the broth of chicken ramen and this Yogi ginger tea has always reminded me of that so I just tried it – I added a teeny-bit of Wildtree chicken seasoning to it and I LOVE IT.

If you don’t like the flavor of chicken ramen, don’t try it. If you do, and you want to get a little adventurous, you might try it! It’s like a savory tea. If you can’t get on board, that’s okay – haha! Marco and my friend Kayla have all let me know how gross this sounds already (lol).

A little bit into our movie I wanted something sweet and chewy so I grabbed a little bowl of dried mangos and persimmons. The dried persimmons are good, but honestly a bit too sweet for me. Next time I’ll stick to the mangos which are more tart – my jam.

I will be sharing 31 days of eats with you this month. I won’t be posting everyday, but you can expect me to show up here at least 3x per week, most likely on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, if I get the itch to post more often, like today, I will. Most posts will have several days in one.

Thank you for being here! Did you enjoy this post? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Paige
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