I spent the majority of the last few days slogging through the hours trying to stay awake as I battled some serious jet lag. Leave it to a significant time difference and 24 hours of traveling to extend me a warm welcome back to reality!
Hawaii was, in a word, bliss. I’ve come home bronzed from the tropical sun, high on vitamin D, and with plenty of wonderful family memories tucked away to pull out whenever I want a taste of the island spirit. What’s even more valuable, though, is the mental clarity and sense of peace I’ve taken away from the trip.
Several days before leaving, I wrote about my soul searching process and just how difficult it could be to press on through challenges. On the long trip out to Hawaii, I determined that I would use the time wisely to recharge, refresh, and refocus my attentions. When you find yourself in the midst of what I call an “emotional flux,” sometimes the best thing to do is step back and let things lie as they are for a while. Detaching myself from my struggles in Hawaii was the best thing I could have done.
I’ve returned home with a new vigor for my vocational path, stronger belief in myself and achieving my goals, and brand new aspirations to work towards in the coming months. Something about the salty air and warm breezes of Maui also seemed to loosen me up a bit, infusing a bit of the relaxed island vibe into my spirit. I feel more at ease and content with where I’m at right now in life. It’s a good place to be.
One day in Hawaii, I read a quote that went something like this: “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” I don’t remember who said it or where I read it, so I may be paraphrasing here, but it stuck with me nevertheless.
Before the trip, I was over-thinking details of my life that I had no business worrying about. I struggled with comparing myself to others on almost a daily basis, only growing more anxious by the day in fear of not measuring up or setting a high enough standard. Over the past few weeks, though, I’ve realized what I always knew to be true in my heart: the only person I should be comparing myself to is me. I’m my worst enemy.
But on the flip side, there’s a silver lining. Because if I can be my worst enemy, then can’t I also be my greatest friend? My biggest cheerleader? My fairest judge? My go-to source for positive encouragement?
Hawaii helped me recognize and tear down the negative lens I was viewing my life through. I’m seeing things in a far brighter light now than I have in quite a while.
Negativity stifles, but positivity stimulates.
And the places we can go from that stimulation are as limitless as we want them to be.
I don’t have a smooth and eloquent transition into today’s recipe. Food is such an integral part of my life that no matter what I’m going through emotionally, I’m always cooking. It’s both a stress reliever and a creative outlet. Even when I’m on vacation, I cook and I eat. And I love it!
I’ve been enjoying these sausage patties for months as a high-protein breakfast option with steamed kale and carrots, or over a bed of greens for lunch. After baking them off, I let them cool and then freeze them between sheets of waxed paper. A quick steam on the stove reheats the frozen patties in a flash.
Poultry seasoning gives them that comforting sausage flavor. If you prefer a sweeter sausage, try adding a tablespoon or two of Grade B maple syrup to the patties before baking.
Herbed Chicken Sausage Patties
Makes 8-10 patties
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients with your hands. Shape the mixture into 8-10 patties of equal size. Place them on the baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked through.
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