So, Super Sweet Husband (Ty) and I just finished binge-watching the second season of Ozark. First of all – it is bananas. You should definitely watch this show. Secondly, BOY does the storyline give me some perspective. This year, has been the hardest year of my life.

At 32 years old, I’ve found myself with some of the most difficult problems I’ve ever faced:

  • Should I stay on my current career path?
  • Family. Amiright? I’m sure we all have some stories to tell on this subject.
  • Do I have time to focus on a side-hustle?
  • Am I living a healthy lifestyle? Do I need to lose weight, get leaner, get stronger?
  • Are Super Sweet Husband (Ty) and I able to start a family of our own?
  • Is Austin the place for us, or should we move somewhere new?
  • Friends: who are the real ones, and who are fair-weather?
  • What am I going to have for dinner? This is probably the most important one, since it seems to plague me all day, every day.

Life is simple, really. It’s all about hard work. Honesty. Family. Words have meaning and actions have consequences. — Jacob Snell, Ozark

The theme of Ozark’s season 2 is that Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers presented by their partnerships with the power-hungry Snells, the cartel and their new deputy, Ruth Langmore, whose father Cade has been released from prison. The stakes are even higher than before and The Byrdes soon realize they have to go all in before they can get out.

I, too, feel that I’m struggling to balance my family interests with distractions – even though, let’s be clear, my distractions are 100% less complex than the Byrde’s. It’s hard to work full time, have a life, get good work outs in, eat healthy, drink a gallon of water per day, plan a family (or a vacation, or a night out, even), PLUS deal with any big problems in your life. I think my next lesson is to figure out how to prioritize and focus on what’s of main importance to me and my family, so we can find our very own Gold Coast.

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Here’s my favorite recipe from meal prep this week. I’ve been eating these for a late morning snack with my second (ok, maybe third…)cup of coffee.

Overnight Oats

3/4 scoop Bluebonnet Whey Protein

3/4-1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1/2 cup Plain 0% Fat Greek Yogurt

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

1 tbsp PB2

1/2 of a medium organic Banana

1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and let set in fridge overnight. It will thicken up on it’s own. I usually prepare several servings at a time and store them in individual sized mason jars. In the morning, it’s ready to grab and go, and is meant to be eaten cold.

Do yourself a favor and start meal prepping. These little meals will be total lifesavers when you’re traveling, when you need to grab something quick post-workout, or when you’re stuck in traffic on your way to work!

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Thanks for reading! Xo.

 

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