November 2017 Intentions | Reflections & Goals

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~This post was also featured on my other site, This Biz Life.~

It's been a while since I wrote my last Intentions post. *sigh*

Even though I don't always complete my monthly goals, I will say writing these posts does give me a sense of accountability. 

Also, I want to be more transparent about my business experiences to track my growth and inspire others to chase their dreams.

Reflections:

*A Major Shift In Our Family -- If you don't already know, I have three sons - 16, 14 & 12. Being a mom of teenagers has been the hardest thing I've ever had to do. The level of stress over the last 1 1/2 has been unreal. One of the reasons life has been all over the place for me is because my older sons recently moved to Texas to live with their dad. This situation has been a hard transition for my family, but I know this change is best for the boys.

*I Still Don't Know What the Hell I'm Doing -- After all these years, I still haven't figured out what I can do to really serve people and make a consistent monthly income from my businesses. 

I'm actually quite embarrassed to admit this out loud, but hey, the first step is admitting there's a problem, right?

Intentions for November 2017:

*Set an income goal for the month -- I started tracking my income back in July and being intentional did allow me to make more money. I got off track last month and saw that my income was the lowest that it has been in a while -- there's def a correlation, so I will start tracking again. 

*Finalize My "Word/Theme" for 2018 -- My word for 2017 is Execution. Even though there's so much more I want to do, I feel as though I took way more action this year. I released two products on Brown Vegan, two products on Biz Life, did a few speaking engagements, cooking demos (my first was this year!) and went on TV. 

*Continue to work on my weight loss journey -- One of my 2017 goals was to lose 20 lbs. Guess what happened tho? I gained ten mo' pounds! I'm now a whopping 172.4 lbs. 

I started over again and feel positive that I will reach this goal in 2018 -- What I plan to do more of? Manage stress, cut down on processed foods, work as an accountable partner with Eric (he wants to lose 20 lbs too). 

*Leave the damn house -- As someone who works from home, it's very easy for me not to leave the house very often. I will make sure to get out as least once a week -- even if it's just for a 30-minute walk or a dinner date with Eric.  I know leaving the house more will help with my anxiety and depression too. 

Consistency Goals for February:

I'm pretty nervous to set consistency goals, because I don't usually follow through on everything I write.

So I will keep it short and sweet...

*Upload at least ONE video on my main YouTube channel - I can't believe it has been three months since my last video! I just decided to record and upload a BBQ tofu video. Wish me luck! 

*Upload a weekly podcast episode (five for the month) -- there's no excuse for not finishing this because I have all the interviews recorded!

Check out previous Intentions posts here 

What are your goals for the new month? Let me know :-)

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Vegan School Lunches

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With school starting for so many families, I want to share some tips and recipes to make the vegan shift as fun and long-term for your family as possible.

Check out videos and blog posts and tips below...

Videos:

3 Easy & Affordable Vegan School Lunches

How to Plan A Vegan School Lunch For Kids

Blog posts:

How to Make School Lunches Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Lunch Box Tip# 1: Fresh Fruit, Veggies, And Dips

Lunch Box Tip#2: 3 Reasons Water Bottles Are Better Than Juice Boxes

Try not to overthink vegan school lunches!

What are you already packing for your kids' school lunch? Work on replacing that meat, dairy, and eggs with healthier and more compassionate vegan options.

 

Quick examples:

  • Instead of a turkey sandwich with dairy cheese and mayo ---> Send sandwiches with vegan deli slices (Field Roast brand is good) and vegan cheese slices and mustard OR peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Instead of dairy milk ---> Send chocolate almond milk, juice or water
  • Instead of Cheez-It crackers (contains dairy) ---> Send popcorn, pretzels or Ritz crackers (it's vegan)

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Be Vegan...Even At the Cookout

With Labor Day coming up, I want to give you some tips (& recipes) on how to be a vegan at cookouts.

Check out the vegan tip of the week, where I share 3 tips on my Instagram...

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Since the time limit is only 1-minute for Instagram videos, here are a few more tips:

  • Don't feel like you have to bring up the fact that your dish is vegan. Just put your food with the rest of the dishes.
  • Eat after you leave - I'm the queen of hitting up Chipotle on the way home from any social event. You can also stash nuts, fruit, and seeds in your car to hold you over until you get home.
  • Don't preach! Just chat with those who want to know more (and people will) in the most loving way possible. Try not to get defensive when someone has a sly comment. It happens! *sigh*

Check out these recipes you can bring to the cookout:

 

Pasta Salad

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You can also take pre-made vegan hotdogs & hamburger patties with you to throw on the grill. Field Roast & Beyond Meat are brands with great options.

Also, I love this homemade vegan burger that's perfect for the grill.

I hope this is helpful!

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Why "What The Health?" Is Making Folks Go Vegan

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I spoke to one of my vegan friends about the What the Health documentary yesterday.

She asked me why I think the documentary has such mainstream appeal.

To be honest, I didn't even realize the documentary was doing so well until I noticed a massive influx of Instagram & YouTube followers and podcast downloads.

Last week on Instagram live, my new folks (heyyy, y'all!) said they found me while searching for vegans after watching the doc.

The impact has been incredible for sure!

The truth is, I think the title is why most folks hit that Netflix play button to watch. Peeps are browsing Netflix and thinking,"Yeah, I want to improve my health" and have no idea it's about going vegan.

Let's keep it real, the average person sees the word "vegan" as a cuss word. Just saying...I used to be one of those people. lol

Here's how I know most people are probably unaware about the topic before watching...

Back in 2010, I saw a paparazzi picture of Victoria Beckham holding a book called Skinny Bitch.

I thought it was a weight loss book and immediately bought it -- having no idea it was about veganism. I was blown away!

I had no desire to go vegan, but after reading it, I knew I needed to make a change!

Whatever it takes to get folks to:

  • See the cruelty of factory farming
  • Understand how our food choices affect other people (usually poor people) just as much as animals
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Protect our planet for future generations

...is all good with me!

It's all about planting the seed and helping folks start a simple and long-term vegan life! :-)

 

I know what it feels like to want to make a lifestyle change, but have no idea where to start.

I ate sunflower seeds and water for 2 weeks after reading Skinny Bitch because I had no idea what to eat!

You don't have to do this alone!

Zero to Vegan will give you the step-by-step guide on how to start your vegan journey in a delicious and practical way.

When you sign up you will receive:

  • Meal plans
  • Audio and video training with strategies on how to ditch dairy, how to eat out as a vegan, etc.
  • 30-page workbook
  • Private Facebook group for support

>>> Get the course here <<<

Let me know if you have any questions about the course!

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