Soul Goal: Laugh More

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“Thinking of goals with soul. What I really want in my life is more joy. More happiness. More laughter and fun. Today I have laughed several times, like really laughed. I want more of that laughter, where it consumes you. Infectious laughter. Laughter that feels like it will never end, and you dont want it to. Laughter that doubles you over. That brings you to your knees. That brings you to tears. Like an adult pause. You are not so serious. You don’t have to be in control. You don’t have to worry in this time lapse. You’re almost suspended in time, back to the effortless joy of childhood. Things I want more of in life. More laughter. More time with my family, especially my nephews. With my friends. More time letting go.” Me, Brittany Paulin on Facebook on January 7th, 2016

Laughing feels damn good. And I am not talking about obligated laughter. I am talking about the laughter I described in this Facebook post. All consuming laughter, that brings you to the present moment. Laughter that suspends time. Laughter that pushes back fear and worry and stress. Laughter that touches your soul. That lights you up. Have you ever laughed like this? When was the last time? I live for this. For these moments in life. Because besides feeling good, I feel completely alive. I feel electric. These are things I strive for in life. More moments of presence. More joy. More happiness. Feeling alive. Living.

Besides the obvious feeling good, laughter has some major benefits. But is that really a surprise? Shouldn’t it seem obvious without me and research pointing it out that we need more of this in our lives. Less stress (self-inflicted) and more fun? Gabbby Bernstein has a page in one of my books that says to base success on how much fun you are having. Pause. Ponder this. And then ponder these reasons to laugh more:

  • stress less
  • mood boost (duh)
  • more creative
  • take ourselves less seriously (YES!), I especially love to laugh at myself, I feel it allows others to feel comfortable around me and put them at ease
  • exercise for your face
  • relieve fear and anxiety
  • also laughing with others is great for bonding. A non-judgement free time lapse, bringing us together

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Sweet Potato Bacon Quiche

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So I had a fantastic Valentine’s weekend! I hope you did too. If anything it showed me that I am definitely loved, spoiled and pretty blessed. To me life is connection. Especially since I grew up really shy, I denied myself a lot of really good human connection. Stuff, things, they change. They always leave us wanting more. They upgrade. They do not bring us joy or happiness. They only bring fleeting, momentary pleasure. And then we move on and want something else. There is something more to connection and relationships. They fuel us. They can energize us. They are necessary. Something I have really learned the last year is that we really need each other. Post break-up my friends and family were there for me. For talks. For walks. For letting go. I leaned into them. And when they need me, they can lean into me. That is life. The ebb. The flow. The conversations. The give and take. The fragile balance. At all of our core is the desire to feel like we matter and that we are loved. Who doesn’t want to be loved? I do. Give love. Receive love.

This little not and gift I found in the window outside my door. It just made my heart smile. To have such creative people in my life. Who take the time to do something for me. That is what gets me, that’s my love language. Time. Time with people. Someone taking time to do something for me. To make something. To talk to me. To write something. Small, but heart-filing. This made my day. Add to this, that I walked into my apartment to prepare a brunch for a friend of mine. Good food, conversation, and a walk in the snow. These are the things I want and need in my life. They fuel me. They fill me with gratitude.

Not to mention, I am a tough critic for myself, but I loved this quiche. The sweet potato crust. The bacon and ham. The goat cheese. So tasty and eaten in good company to boot!

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The New + Kettlebell Arm Bar

“It’s only the new that awakens the mind. That fully engages us with the world. We become anthropologist in a new environment. We transcend the banality¬†and boredom and triviality of the everyday. But when we are engorged by a new experience, we become alive. We feel as children. We gawk. We are enraptured. When we say we want to be happy, what you mean is. I want to continue To explore. To learn. to discover novel lands. We can never stop learning. We can never stop seeking. Happiness lives in the space of novelties.” ~Jason Silva

I am a big fan of Jason Silva and I watched this video on repeat. He is so right on it!

Last week upon scrolling through my Instagram feed, I stopped on a video of a kettlebell move I had never seen! This is rare. I have studied kettlebells for over a decade now. But here it was. And then a day later, I had a friend post a video of the same move, the very day I had intended to try it. Clearly all signs were pointing towards me adding this. The move is a kettlebell arm bar. After watching and rewatching the video multiple times, my mom and I were ready to give it a go. The whole experience. The discovery. The learning. The practice and first attempts. The newness. It literally made me giddy (it doesn’t take much). And then I remembered this Jason Silva video. It is right on.

Think of the last time you did something for the first time. When did you switch up your routine? When did you change your look? When was the last time you decided to learn something new? Try a new skill? Start a new program? When was the last time you had an adventure? When did you forge a new and exciting friendship? When did you take a new route to work? New can be small. All I did was add a new kettlebell move and look what it did for me. Continue reading “The New + Kettlebell Arm Bar”

Sunbutter Cookie Cheesecake Jar

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Sunbutter can be one of my favorite nut butters to use. I like to make sunbutter cookies. Sometimes (most of the time) at home I just put things in a bowl and hope it turns out. Sometimes that doesn’t work and a batch of cookies turn out flat or crumbly. When this happens, I am just stubborn and hard-headed enough not to give up yet. I am going to make this work. Actually, fuck that, I am going to make something better! Clearly I am a strong-headed little thing.

So one day I was making a batch of my favorite sunbutter cookies. They were ugly (note to self, space better next time). I can’t present these to anyone. My brain races for a creative solution. Cheesecake. It is one of my favorite desserts to make. My granny made me cherry cheesecake growing up rather than cake on my birthday. I am into making cheesecake in jar form the last year. This time I opted for a mug. And I had 10 pounds of sunbutter, so I figured I could add some to the batter. I am told that this was absolutely delicious in spite of the muted color, the taste was on point. And it was easy to make!

Sunbutter Cookies

  • 2 cups sunbutter
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 local, pasture-raised eggs
  • 2¬†tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Cheesecake Filing

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup sunbutter
  • 1/4 cup local honey

Let’s Make it Happen: Preheat oven to 350. Stir all the cookie ingredients. Roll into balls. Press down. Bake until slightly browned like 8 or 10 minutes.

For the filling just process it all.

Once the cookies have cooled. Assemble. Crumble cookies into the bottom of a mug. Layer cheesecake. Crumble more cookies. Repeat until you’ve reached the top! Sprinkling a little more cookie on the top.