setting goals and sweating goals

Do you ever wake up and tell yourself, “this is going to be a great day!” ? Oh, me too, but sometimes life gets in the way and there’s an immediate limit placed on your goal setting.

Maybe that’s why I am awake at 4 am writing…  Sometimes I feel there are so many things I want to do with my time, hardly anything seems to get accomplished. Yes, I am that list maker who makes lists about lists.

Carrying on, I made the commitment to myself that I will run at least 3 times a week since my husband and I have planned more half marathons next year beginning in February and I enjoy running. Monday morning goes by…I sleep past my alarm and no running happened. If you are a runner, you know that feeling.

I thought, ok Tuesday, I’ve got this. It comes…and goes without running. I also do yoga, so finding that balance between both can be cumbersome. I was happy I at least practiced yoga on Monday and Tuesday. I shared a mantra on Instagram that helped me during my run and encourage you to use it when you feel like quitting before you’re finished.


Finally, Wednesday morning I give myself a little “kick in the ass” and wake up earlier than usual to get in a run. I did it! Even though it was ‘only a 5k’, it was my fastest 5k in a while! It gave me great energy and I was happy that day ONE of my goal was complete; or at least started.  🙂

Thursday was more yoga; yay for stretching out those tight hamstrings!

Friday morning comes, I had set my alarm for a little earlier, and BAM! I wake up and get in another 5k! It was almost as fast, but I sure sweat just as hard. My smile was just as big as I knew I could check off day TWO. A great yoga teacher once said, “The best things in life make you sweat.” And…all the thoughts come in!  You’re welcome.

I once read that it takes 20 days to start a new habit. I already feel like I have a habit starting getting up a little earlier for exercise. According to the WHO, 1 in 4 adults around the globe aren’t active enough. Read more facts HERE, its a great read and will most likely give you incentive to exercise if you aren’t currently active. If anything, I am exercising to reduce my risk of disease and just feel good!  🙂

Happy Saturday friends! I am sending positive, active vibes your way for a great weekend! We are all given the same amount of time everyday; its what we decide to do with it that counts.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. -unk.

photo taken at Bedford High School in PA

Still searching for a protein powder?…

Hi everyone! If you’re like me, you have been on a search for a good quality, tasty protein powder that isn’t full of junk! Well…I am here to tell you my search is OVER! The experts at Garden of Life have created Raw Protein & Greens in 3 flavors and it tastes amazing just mixed with almond milk!




Head on over to their website to read more about this amazing new protein! Raw Protein & Greens

Each serving is FULL of organic spinach, kale, broccoli, and alfalfa juice, but you CAN’T taste it! And…a whopping 20g of Protein!!! Win!

Sweetened with stevia – there are no artificial sweeteners, which is in most other popular protein powders. I am so happy to share this review with you!! Please do your body a favor and buy some today!

1 scoop is all you need!









Comment below if you try it and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your responses!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!!


when it’s cold outside…

Some may say I am a chocoholic and I would agree with that.

I walked outside today because the sun was shining so bright it was calling me; and I wanted some natural Vitamin D. Well, I got smacked in the face by the cold air! Maybe I’ll try again later…

Too cold for this!


So…I walked back inside to make some healthy baked treats!

I was sent a lovely shipment by the angels at Garden of Life and of course the first thing I think of is…”how can I incorporate this amazing protein powder into baking?” Haha!


Have I mentioned I love this company??? Raw, vegan, organic protein that tastes so so good!! I’m super excited they have a new greens formula!









So…I’m sharing with you my yummy Black Bean Brownies!








I got creative and used a silicone snowflake baking mold, but you don’t have to. I just like making pretty shapes!




I wonder how close I can get to show you the yummy ingredients…you’d never guess black beans were in these!



One last thing- if you need these pantry ingredients check out Vitacost and shop away with your $10 off $30 coupon!! I order from them monthly!


OK, OK, OK….here’s the recipe!!!


Black Bean Brownies

1/2 cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 Tbs almond flour
2 Tbs coconut flour
1 Tbs flaxseed meal
2 Tbs Garden of Life Protein and Greens Chocolate
1 egg
1/4 cup eggwhites (or 3 eggs)
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce)
1/2 cup natural cacao powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tsp natural vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut sugar (agave or maple syrup can be used)
2 Tbsp maple syrup (I used 2 packets stevia)
1 1/2 Tsp instant or regular coffee grounds (unused)
1 Tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper …if you want a little kick!  😉
1/4 Enjoy Life chocolate chips (or more if you’d like)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
2. Place all black bean brownie ingredients into your food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
3. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with a healthy, non-stick cooking spray.
4. Evenly spread batter into baking dish or silicone mold
5. Place in the oven and bake for 25 min. (oven times may vary – use toothpick and check when it comes out clean they are done!)
6. Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes.
7. Cut brownies, serve, enjoy, and share with a friend!
8. Store cooled brownies in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freeze in freezer safe container.

Let me know if you make them and tag me on Instagram or leave a comment below!

Happy Tuesday friends!!

A first look…

Hi everyone,

As this being my first blog post, it would make sense to introduce myself to you.

I’ll make this short and sweet because I know you are busy doing amazing things in this world! 😉

*I will preface this post and future ones by claiming I am not a professional writer or counselor; just someone who has a love for helping people through my experiences hoping to make an impact in at least one person’s life.*

OK…so my name is Amy and I am a nurse who has a passion for spreading positivity wherever I go. I am obsessed with God’s love, my AMAZING husband, family, whole foods, fitness, good books, art, smiling, dark chocolate–oh chocolate!!, and Young Living essential oils. There’s a lot more to me than these few things, but this is enough to start!

  • I want to be known for helping people by sharing my life experiences. So…allow me to use this first blog post as the beginning of this sometimes crazy journey of life through my eyes.
  • Within this blog, my hope is that you will find something that speaks to you to make a positive change in your life or someone else’s life.

My Favorite Quote of ALL TIME—->>>>

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


~Today, I chose to live positively and make wise decisions so my late mother would be proud of the woman I have become.~