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Minimalist Monday: Finding Happiness

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

This blog post picked me. I kept coming across this same, reoccurring idea over and over this last week and as it turns out, it was something I needed to hear. (and I suspect we all do!)

When I started down this minimalist path I wanted to reduce stress so I could be more zen, but also so I could be happier. In one of my past memoir posts I shared this quote, which I find deeply profound:

Know that happiness is always available to you. The moment you see the truth of this, you can be happy right away. There's nothing that needs to happen first for you to be happy. You don't need to do anything else, go anywhere else, reform yourself, or become a different person. Happiness is very simple. It's only our tendency to complicate things that makes it difficult."

It reminds me of my current self-improvement project which is to complain less and find opportunity more. When one door closes... (I tell myself: complaining is not a conversation -- negativity begets negativity).

Anyway, I came across this this short video by Gary V about why he's 99.9% happy all the time -- basically he only cares focuses on the big picture. I love that idea, that happiness is not the absence of sadness but the ability to focus on the good in your live above all else.

How to be happy? Check... But what does that have to do with minimalism? 

A friend shared this on Google+ (from this article) and suddenly it all came together for me:

You need less than you think you do. All your life you've been led to believe that more is better and that whatever you have isn't enough. It's a prescription for disappointment. Instead, ask yourself this: How much of what you already have truly adds value in your life? What could you do without?

Less really is more. With less I have less stress and also more happiness. 

In sum, the pursuit of happiness can make us crazy. The truth is, happiness is about being receptive, about being in touch with the good that's in the present moment and being happy with what we have instead of wishing for what we didn't.

So I ask you, what is something in your life right now that make's you happy?

Foodie Friday: Pittsburgh, PA

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I'm finally back in St. Maarten after a two-week trip to the states. Here is a glimpse into some of the food I ate during my 2 stops in Pittsburgh, PA. (You can see my eats from Vegetarian Summerfest here). I regrettably didn't photo any of the food I ate while home in New York City. Oops! I was too excited and too busy socializing with friends I guess!

**as a warning, these photos were taken with my phone, sorry about the blurry quality!**

Tofu Mole at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh.

A really awesome tofu appetizer at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh.

Hot Wingz from Double Wide Grill in Pittsburgh. (These "wings" tasted exactly the way I remember hot wings tasting. They were really hot!)

Vegan Pulled Pork from Double Wide Grill in Pittsburgh.

 

Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream that's vegan. Need I say more? LOVE.

I was also excited to see so many healthy (and vegan!) snack choices in airports and at the movie theater! Good job America!

Not only is this snack pack a bargain -- three snacks plus water for only $7 -- all of the snacks are completely vegan (and really tasty!). Good job AMC! I found this snack pack at an AMC in New York City.

I found this snack pack in the Pittsburgh airport. All of the snacks were vegan (and gluten-free!) By the way, the bracelet I'm wearing was given to me by a fan who came by my photo shoot in New York City so I could sign a cookbook for him. So sweet of him!

Finally, words cannot describe how awesome it feels to walk into the B&N you've gone to for years and seeing your cookbook on display. No words.

Guest Blogger: Kristina B.

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

My family is Italian, so lasagna has always been a comfort food for us. It's also one of my standby dishes when we're having company over for dinner because everyone likes lasagna and it presents beautifully. 

The nice thing about my recipe for vegan lasagna is that it also tends to be a balanced meal: complex carbohydrates in the pasta, protein from the tofu ricotta and vegetables like spinach in the lasagna roll up, plus a side serving. 

Lasagna roll ups also whip up easily and makes enough for leftovers (that store beautifully in the freezer)! but don't just take my word for it! Introducing Kristina, this week's guest blogger and lover of HH's Lasagna Rolls:

HH: The lasagna rolls sure look tasty! 

Kristina: The lasagna rolls were fantastic tasting and so easy to prepare. It took no time at all. While I boiled the noodles I prepared the filling. 

HH: Did your family like the recipe?

Kristina: Yes! Even my non vegan husband willingly ate them! The recipe also made enough to share with a new mom and her husband.  

HH: Random story: I once made a double batch of the rolls for friends of mine when they became new parents! It was an easy meal for them, all they had to do was reheat. So sweet of you to share with your friends!

HH: Have you found other HH recipes just as easy?

Kristina: All of your recipes are extremely easy and quick to prepare. Once I bought a few ingredients, I was able to make every recipe in your cookbook.  The Happy Herbivore Cookbook has made vegan cooking easy and quick! What a breath of fresh air!

HH: Aww Thanks Kristina! You're so sweet! I'm thrilled you liked the lasagna rolls!

Have you made HH's lasagna rolls? Do you have a standby recipe for when guests come over for dinner?