Want to know something ironic?
Yesterday was the day after I wrote this post, which encourages you to pursue your passions and hobbies, but not have false expectations that you’ll be able to instantly make a living from them.
And yesterday was the day I got laid off.
Are the two related? No. I saw this coming and was somewhat prepared. I worked for a very small startup social-mobile app company as an Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager. We all sacrificed a lot for the company and gave it our best shot, but as most small startups do, they ran low on funding and let half the company go. My boss, graciously, offered to continue to pay me as his personal assistant, while working from home. I’m extremely thankful and will help him with whatever he needs, whenever he needs it; but will also set aside some time for writing and hopefully freelancing. I’ve never actually worked from home, and I know it is only temporary, but it’ll take a little getting used to.
I know one thing: I do NOT want to just sleep in, lounge around in sweats, hang out on Facebook, eat all day and finally realize at 4pm that I haven’t showered or brushed my teeth.
So, this morning I woke up at 8am, took a shower, yes brushed my teeth, got dressed for the day, made a great breakfast, responded to some emails, checked the news and got working.
I must admit though, it is nice to be working from the screened-in-back-porch. And I’ve only distracted myself one time with a weenie-photo-shoot! haha. that sounds so wrong!
What?? Sorry! Wally asked to try on the glasses.
I’m trying to remain as positive as I can through all of this and I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that my family moved across the country for a purpose and I know something great will come of this.
That’s not to say that after cleaning out my desk and slumping home yesterday, I wasn’t tempted to drink an entire bottle of wine, watch crappy reality shows and take a nap.
But, I did not! I knew I’d immediately regret it. Well, maybe not immediately, but definitely a few hours later.
I am determined to stick with my ”No Meat, No Alcohol” detox. It has been one week today and I feel great!
So, instead of napping with a giant bottle of wine yesterday, I immediately started setting up my home office in the den. I found an old, dirty beat up looking desk in the basement, turned my music up loud and started cleaning, painting and restoring it (pics to come later). After about 2 hours of therapeutic painting I set out for a run and ran like crazy. My first mile was 7 minutes! I never run that fast unless I’m racing. But, that’s why I love running: I can just let my thoughts go. I must have looked crazy though covered in paint and sweat.
Then, I set out to make a delicious vegetarian dinner. I was really craving buffalo wings, so I decided to make a version of this recipe found on Pinterest. It was super easy and delicious!
Check out my adaptation and recipe below. It’s a great, healthy way to curb a buffalo wing craving. Let me know what you think or if you have other serving suggestions.