Welcome back to my ‘Friday : Five Things’! I am so excited to share highlights of my week with you and in doing so we can each get to know each other a little more 🙂 The five things will be from five specific categories :

  1. Podcast
  2. Educational piece
  3. Purchase or wishlist item
  4. Recipe (usually plant based)
  5. Quote

1. Amy Porterfield, Ep. 295

How to Create Atomic Habits with James Clear.

Recently I shared a post on my top business books and featured Atomic Habits by James Clear as one of the most influential reads in my journey to running a business.  In this podcast episode Amy Porterfield (BOSS!) interviews James and finds out exactly how he approaches creating good habits that yield remarkable results. I highly enjoyed it and if you’re looking to get a highlight reel of the book this is a great listen.

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

In this episode, James shares his 1% approach to changing your habits, how your identity will either help you to succeed at achieving your goals or not, and on top of that they discuss how to stay the course, even when you’re not seeing immediate results. If you are in a bit of a creative slump and are desperate to find small manageable steps in creating a pathway to the life you deserve then this episode will provide you with valuable ways to improve your everyday habits so that you can play bigger in life and business!

2. Mark Manson Article

10 Lessons to Live By.

Perhaps this article isn’t sharing anything with shock value or life changing, but after reading it I was extremely comforted by the truth, we all forget daily, that none of us are alone. Each struggle you have experienced someone else has known it. Each broken heart you have endured there are others that can empathise. Each time you have found yourself in debt and cursed yourself for the inability to save, there are many out there that are just as broke ass! For every irresponsible decision you have made there are others you have or will make an exact replica.

This article is from answers Mark Manson received from his subscribers who shared what they learned from their 30s and what advice they would give to their 30 year old self. I am turning 31 in March and am going to do my best to live by these lessons.

My favourite lesson: it’s never too late to start again.

My least favourite lesson: start saving!

3. The Faux Snake Skin Boot

Digging this snakeskin boot trend and just weighing up which one I’m going to go for. Which is your choice?! Click on photos below to shop your fav 🙂

4. Jamie Oliver Veg

Bold Black Bean Soup.

So before Veganuary myself and Conor slowly started to cook more vegetarian dishes at home. This soup is a winner with its chunky texture and hearty flavours. Super easy and delicious this veggie (with plant based substitute) has been on our mid-week menu for the last few months.

Ingredients :

  • 2 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 400g black beans
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime
  • 20g feta / 2 tbsp Marigold Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 springs fresh coriander

Method :

  1. Finely chop onion, garlic, celery and chilli (save some chilli for garnish) and fry on medium heat in one tbsp olive oil and cumin seeds. Season.
  2. Cook for 15 mins, stirring regularly, and then tip in the black beans (juices and all) and 1 tin’s worth of water. Simmer for 15 mins until thickened. [Little trick I have learned from making this a trillion times : I only have a nutri bullet and no fancy blender so putting hot contents into the blender can be a little dangerous with a lot of explosive aftermaths! So what I do is whizz most of the beans cold with half the cooked ingredients and then reduce/simmer as instructed below. That way it’s no fuss and easier to blend if you are without a good quality food processor.]
  3. Ladle half the contents into a blender and whiz until smooth. Add back into main pot and reduce until thick.
  4. You’re done! Serve with avocado, feta/nutritional yeast, squeeze of lime juice, coriander and chopped chilli – hey presto!

5. Weekly Quote

One of the hardest lessons I have learned in life so far, mostly though CBT, has been the realisation that how we experience life is ultimately a choice. It has to be the hardest pill to swallow, especially when it seems like life throws you constant barriers and it’s your job to either struggle through it or CHOSE to let go of negative perceptions and see the light in all things. This quote sums that up so eloquently for me. This idea of you being in control of your own happiness is a hard reality to accept. Yes it is easier to blame the universe and give up. But you cannot deny that choosing to see the light is far more rewarding, fulfilling and brings ease rather than pain.

Thank you so much for reading and I really hope you find value in even one of these five things I’ve shared this week. Please do comment and share if you enjoyed this weekly addition to my website!

See you between now and next friday on @mollymckeeveryoga – M x

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