Springing Foward

Last week spring showed up.

It was so refreshing that I caught myself smiling every time I went outside and found myself amongst the sunshine and flowers.

There’s something so magical about transition seasons.

It reminds me that life continues on.

We deal with the mundane and the ordinary every day.

Get caught up in routines and unnecessary details that tend to bog us down .

Then all of a sudden you look up and the trees are in bloom, and you stop short at its beauty.

Its nice to take a break and appreciate the wonders that are occurring around us all the time. Wandering through the woods is oddly calming.Its almost like time stands still… and peace abounds.It’s nice to stop and smell the roses. (or Bradford Pears-sidenote:Bradford Pears, while they look pretty do NOT smell pretty.)Either way, it’s important to slow down and connect with who you are.For me this can come in the form of nature walks…lake driving…and getting lost in a good book or movie.Another thing spring reminds me of is newness.

When the forest comes alive and the ground bursts with color, I become motivated to come out of “winternation” and go out, explore, and try new things.

I’ve been taking ballet classes for a little bit now and I’m in love with it! The first class was scary, not to mention difficult, but now I look forward to class every week-and my turnout is improving!

I’ve been trying and proceeding rather slowly with learning French, all while researching this trip to Europe…

and just last week I purchased my plane tickets for our Backpacking Europe Trip!

It’s incredibly scary and exciting, but that’s the point isn’t it?

Life begins when you step outside of your comfort zone.

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Vegan Thai Chili Pizza

Hello all! Sorry it’s been so long since I posted- life ya know?

Anywho! I’ve gotten so many requests for this pizza, so I thought I’d spill my super easy secret recipe! This pizza is bursting with flavor and can be adapted in anyway you wish-that’s the beauty of pizza, and how I came up with this amazing recipe! It’s a snap to whip up and is a go to in my healthy recipe repertoire!

Ingredients:

  • Pizza crust
  • Thai chili sauce (I make my own, but Kikkomans makes a really good Thai chili sauce if you’re in a pinch)
  • Zucchini
  • Greens (spinach, baby greens, kale-whatever you please)
  • Mushrooms (baby bellas work well)
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries-HEAR ME OUT. Much like penicillin, these little gems were discovered by accident and were a product of me being out of pineapple one of the first times I made this pizza. Never the less! These were the most wonderful discovery, and I use them intentionally now!
  • Chili Flakes
  • Hemp Seeds and/or Chia Seeds

First things first!

Preheat your oven to 425°

Prep your ingredients.

Smother your crust with your thai chili sauce.

Use a mandolin or knife to slice your zucchini into thin slices and place on pizza.

Add greens.

Then mushrooms and avocado.

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Bake for 8 minutes and take this piping hot goodness out to enjoy!

Notice how the blueberries get all plump and juicy? Be prepared to be amazed!

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This pairs perfectly with a crisp wine like a Riesling or a Rosé. Feel free to improvise, often this pizza changes based on what I have in my crisper. If you aren’t feelin the blueberries, sliced pineapple or chopped dates make a great addition to the spiciness of the sauce.

I’ve found that rollin with the punches is the key to life-and good pizza.

Hope you all enjoy and have a happy Sunday!

Scorched Earth

Monday Musings:

Oftentimes it seems like you have to go through something to emerge a better person. There are so many “walk through the fire” analogies in literature and it is most likely because this holds true. What remains of our disaster is often the fuel needed to germinate our new way of looking at things.

It’s almost like we are so stubborn that we have to endure hard times to learn a lesson fully & appreciate our very existence in this world-its not ideal, but there you have it. The best people often have a murky past and it is because they have overcome so much that they became the person we know and admire.

Spent this Sunday roaming around the lake and thinking about all the times in my life I’ve gone through a traumatic change that made me the person I am today. Sure, those weren’t fun times, but when I think about the way they had impacted my personal growth and development as a person, I realize I would trade them for anything. Much like a Phoenix, we have to sometimes lose everything and rise from the ashes of our inferno before we can spread our wings.

It’s always easy to be overwhelmed in the situation and think you’ll never get out of it, but I always find that if I look back on my previous triumphs over hardships, I feel much more calm and prepared to handle anything that is thrown at me.

Keep that in mind for your current/future struggles. You are amazing. You are resilient. You have risen from the flames before, and you will do it again.

Lake Lover

I spent the morning at the doctors.

It was one of those super frustrating things where you wait for over an hour to finally see the doctor and they have a 5 minute discussion with you, and then send you on your way with more questions than when you came in.

I understand that doctors have to be super cautious, and warn you of every little thing that could go wrong, but sometimes their enigmatic demeanor  and cryptic diagnoses can leave me with more stress than if I had skipped the doctor in the first place.

That’s neither here nor there, my opinion of the medical model notwithstanding, I needed an escape. And instead of drowning my frustration in empty calories, I decided to take a drive around the lake and take a walk by the water.

I don’t know what it is about large bodies of water, but they’re just so soothing. Maybe it has to do with our spending 9 months in the comforting waters sloshing about in our mother’s womb, or the fact that I’m part mermaid, but I have always found solace in being near water.

So I did just that. I walked around the lake for a bit, taking in the sunshine and counting my blessings. And though life can sometimes throw you curveballs, it’s nice to take stock in what you already have in your life and put things into perspective.

Here’s to counting blessings and silver linings.

Happy Wednesday all.

It’s the little things. 

This weekend was glorious.

It marked the end of the stagnancy of winter and brought with it sunshine, and much needed warm weather.

I celebrated by not wearing 15 layers.

I also spent a good amount of time outside doing various things and driving around the lake with my windows down blaring music. It was a pretty simple weekend but it was absolutely perfect.


Lake Driving

Exploring new places with old friends.

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Westport Café & Bar

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Get out and enjoy the little things that come with the imminent arrival of spring!

Hello world!

My name is Natosha Rose, but I also respond to Tosh, Tosha, T-Money, or Emmanuel if I’m feeling fancy (or wearing a hat). Welcome to my blog! Here I will give you a sneak peak into the caverns of my mind-enter at your own risk.

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About me:

I am a recent graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. I am currently working at the Psychology lab at my alma mater as a research assistant and as a salon manager at the most fantastic salon in the Kansas City area. Eventually I hope to have my own counselling practice working with children, or perhaps be able to work in the academic field in some capacity, but to do so I have to obtain my doctorate in Psychology first. So that’s the current journey I’m on.

For years my sister Makayla and I have talked about starting a blog. We wanted to do a sister’s blog, a foodie blog, a travel blog, a beauty blog, and about a million other types of blogs. Eventually we decided to branch out and do our own thing as our ideas have changed and matured over the years, so this is basically going to be a smorgasbord of all of my interests and life experiences. I guess you could say this is my attempt at baring my soul to the world. Here goes!

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Interests: First of all I am a coffee addict, anyone who knows me, knows I always have coffee in hand. Day or night. It’s a problem. I know. I’m working on it. I am a connoisseur of Wes Anderson films, a bookshop junkie, a crazy cat lady and an all around weirdo. I love all animals and am passionate about green living; over the past year I have transitioned into being a full time vegetarian/aspiring vegan and have never felt better! I also love all things academic- I read till the wee hours of the morning because consuming words is my passion-I’m not picky about genre either, I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. I love working with kids and used to be a nanny for about 4 years, it was an incredibly rewarding time in my life and inspired my current career aspirations. I am a huge family person and spend an exorbitant about of time with my sister-she’s my person. Currently we are in the early stages of planning a backpacking trip through Europe and in the mean time I am attempting to teach myself French (posts to come on this mad idea). I guess you could say I like to keep busy…

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Despite endless editing, this whole post feels a bit like word vomit, so I’ll wrap it up. Thank you for taking the time to read this, in doing this blog I hope to connect with like-minded people and share my journey-for what is life if you don’t have stories to tell at the end of the day? *A word about the name of this blog– Spoiler Alert: I have a rare blood disorder that often causes me to have jaundice in my eyes. It is something I keep private and have accepted and come to terms with a long time ago-but that wasn’t always the case. When I was young I was ridiculed endlessly for my “yellow eyes”- I felt self loathing in a way that was all consuming. Eventually I grew to accept who I am and the fact that I can’t change some things. But I spent many wasted years isolating myself and seeing my illness as a curse. That all changed about 10 years ago; I began to know myself, accept and eventually  love who I am. Since then, every day I remind myself to keep my chin up and find beauty in all things. I came to find that the world is a beautiful place full of beautiful people when you’ve got your eyes to the heavens. I began to see the bad as good-I began to see the yellow in my eyes as sunshine. If you were to take away only one thing from this blog, I hope it would be this-always keep your chin up and look for the beauty in all things-for what is life without sunshine in your eyes?