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My Healthy Journey: Putting Self-Care First

This piece was originally written for Health Alliance’s Blog and features information about Health Alliance’s products and services. Visit that site for more on my healthy journey and many more health and insurance subjects.

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to re-evaluate and set new healthy goals. For me, that always means trying to refocus on self-care.

As those of you following along know, I always have a hard time prioritizing the little things. So far, I have 3 big self-care goals that help with that for 2017.

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Planning in Writing

I always have a planner for scheduling our company’s social media because I like to have it in writing. But this year, I took it a step further and bought myself a Passion Planner.

If you haven’t heard of Passion Planner, it combines a lot of things, like keeping a bullet journal, setting goals, imagining your future, and reminders to take care of yourself. Here’s a peek at what that looks like:

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My Healthy Journey: Find Time for Meditation

This piece was originally written for Health Alliance’s Blog and features information about Health Alliance’s products and services. Visit that site for more on my healthy journey and many more health and insurance subjects.

Sometimes, it feels like life is 5 steps ahead of you. At this time of year, I always feel it the strongest, as we launch this year’s websites and plans for 2017 and the holidays rush toward me.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of work, a move to Indiana, going remote with this job, a family trip to Phoenix, and huge holiday plans (like a trip to Philly) on the horizon.

I take comfort in knowing that I’m not the only one who sometimes feels like life is barreling ahead of me. My brother and sister-in-law bought an old house around this time last year and have completely redone it, which has taken them all year. I don’t know how they’ve had the energy to do it all.

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Amore

So, I love to cook. I know, I don’t talk about it very often anymore, but besides watching horror, it is probably my single favorite thing to do.

Recently, in only about 20 minutes from start to finish, I made the best thing my kitchen creations have ever yielded: a homemade margherita pizza.

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Crock Pot Experiment

Before I moved, my mother very kindly gave me her old crock pot. My whole life my favorite meal has been cooked in this very crock pot, a rich heavy stew that will always be my favorite winter food. One day, I will share it too.

Today however, was an experiment. My friend had found a very simple chicken and sauce recipe you make in the crockpot to serve over pasta, and I took it and made it a little more me.

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Round Two: Stir Fry

One of my favorite things to make is stir fry, and as my mother recently gave me her wok, I couldn’t resist this being my second major kitchen endeavor.

As I am lazy, I always buy one of those handy seasoning packets to make my sauce, you just follow the directions on it to make it.

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My Very Own Kitchen’s First Result: Mac and Cheese

So, I’ve been living all over the country for the past few months, and have just finished moving into my new apartment in Chicago, which is BEAUTIFUL.

But for those of you who know me, my favorite thing in the world to do is cook and bake, and for the first time in my many homes, I have a kitchen full almost exclusively with my things. This means that cooking creations will be a much more common occurrence here. Lately, I have had a hankering for some really epic mac and cheese, even if it does still feel like spring out, even here.

I didn’t follow a recipe, I simple made a rue with a stick of butter and flour til I felt it was good. Then I added a container of cream and whisked til thick. I then poured it in a bowl to combine with most of a package of cheddar cheese and a package of 4 blend Italian cheeses (to be fair, I have enough sauce leftover for probably another half a box of pasta.)

Then I mixed with the  pound of rigatoni I’d already prepared, put it in a baking dish and topped with the remaining cheddar and breadcrumbs, then baked it til it was all golden and melty and bubbly. I meant to add my frozen peas into the mix before going in the oven, but totally forgot, so they were added to just my bowl. Soooo good. Next time I’m thinking peas and bacon?

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