I can’t be alone in saying I have a propensity to segment – divvying my days up into what I loving refer to as work-life and life-life. Hours spent at my desk, in meetings, hanging out with my camera, versus moments with my Poe and Andrew, moments on my yoga mat, gathering, hiking, traveling, being. As much as this divvying serves me well, allowing for a more present and mindful me in each scenario, it also lends itself to a questioning of my reality (if I’m not life-life’ing during work-life, then am I really living?), and to the actual question of what it is about my life-life that makes it so much more real and valuable. Is it at all possible to sneak those essences into my 9-5; is it possible to make all life, life?
This past weekend we brought these questions to the forefront at our seventh The Wandering – a morning dedicated to workshopping and celebrating workweek wellness. Focusing on strategies for incorporating self-care into our Monday through Friday routines, from the how-to’s of meal prepping to the fundamentals of desk yoga, the hope was to not only reduce our stress, but up our magic.
Beginning with a demonstration and open forum on desk-lunch- the how’s and what’s of building your perfect bowl– we sought to make healthful, vibrant, and delicious meals as accessible as possible through an easy to follow guide. Allowing for the ebb and flow of palate, seasonality, locale, and time and monetary budgets, takeaways included a strong focus on advanced bowl-component prepping, ingredient versatility, making the most of every ingredient, and bulk section utilization (read: the how’s of getting the most bang for your buck). From our gathering to your lunchbox:
Winding down with a communal table, we brought these practices to life with a workweek ready meal – serving make-ahead friendly Brown Rice Porridge Pots with Roasted Squash, olive and sun dried tomato shakshuka, seasonal crudite, and an array of roasted and steamed vegetable dips, including my Golden Hummus. Simple, nourishing, and delicious dishes meant to brighten, inspire, and elevate.