Hi friends! How is your Monday going so far?
I have been working on some blog-related items this morning as I wait to hear on a training schedule for my new seasonal job at….
Yes! I am so excited to join the yoga-based athletic wear company because it sincerely resonates as more than just a brand to me. I find myself able to fully connect with their intent of elevating the world from mediocrity to greatness, finding a way to sweat everyday, and the importance of cultivating strong ties to their communities.
Up until Thanksgiving, I had worked for a local staffing agency as their Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator. I had been with the company for 2+ years, beginning when I was a fresh college grad and not quite knowing what the heck to do with my life. Here we are now 2+ years later and, well… I still don’t know.
In my heart, I began to realize that staffing was not the industry for me. I truly believe that we were all put on this earth to share our gift with others, and for me, I knew my gift was not being shared. As the days, weeks, and months passed, I slowly felt myself slipping away from who I am as a person.
I was getting so caught up in the rat race of trying to advance my career and going through what felt like robotic motions, when at the end of the day I was left wondering, is this even what I want?
I found reassurance in knowing that there are millions of other twenty-somethings out there going through similar struggles. I’ve officially embraced the fact that it is OK to not have it all together.
If you ever find yourself feeling feeling similar emotions, just remember… 🙂
“While it can feel like banging your head against a cold office desk most of the time, there’s actually nothing to worry about because life takes on a whole new level of meaning and beauty after the storm is over.” – Jonathan Allen
Reflecting back on the past two years, I am so thankful for gaining the experience that I did, and knowing that those skills will be transferable to wherever my journey takes me next.
Cinnamon Swirl Baked Oatmeal
Amidst the quarter life career crisis I’ve got going on here, I wanted to share with you an awesome baked oatmeal recipe that is perfect for those up and coming chilly winter mornings!
This recipe could easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc. if you wanted to prep ahead a larger batch to have for breakfasts throughout the week.
Ingredients for Baked Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup oats (I had quick oats on hand so opted to use those. Old fashioned oats would work great too!)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 packets stevia or 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons egg whites or 1 whole egg
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon chips (regular chocolate chips also work well!)
Ingredients for Protein Icing
- 1/2 scoop of vanilla or cinnamon protein powder
- Almond milk to thin out
- Cinnamon to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- In one bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt and stevia. In a separate bowl, combine yogurt, milk, and egg whites.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until well mixed. Mix in cinnamon chips.
- Spray a small oven-safe dish with cooking spray.
- Pour mixture into dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
- While the oatmeal is baking, whisk together the protein powder, almond milk and cinnamon until it turns into a glaze-like mixture.
- Remove oatmeal from oven when top is golden brown. (I baked mine for 20 minutes to keep the middle a soft, gooey texture.)
- Drizzle the protein icing on top of the oatmeal and enjoy!
And there ya have it, friends! I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Have you ever found yourself in a quarter-life crisis? What were some ways that helped you through it?