30 Minute Thursday: Craving Simple

by LCCotter on April 11, 2012

In the midst of a hustle bustle day, week, or month, I crave one thing.

SIMPLICITY

In fact, I crave it so much I’ve been begging the hubs to take me back to New Zealand. Ahh, yes. The simple life.

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But in reality, I must focus on simplifying my actions, my choices, and my LIFE HERE, my LIFE NOW. You get me, right?

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Keep it simple? How does one do that?

I say we start with playtime.

Play, laugh, and keep it simple. Like singing nursery rhymes over and over with your niece.

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I’ve got twinkle twinkle little star in my head now for days!

Keep it simple by cooking simple. Am I right? You betcha.

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Sprouted Quinoa Salmon Scramble

Sprouted quinoa cooked with coconut butter. Then mix in steamed spinach, grape tomatoes, scrambled egg, orange peel, garlic, and black pepper. Place a 5oz can of wild salmon on top. Make this now. Takes about 20 minutes total.

It’s SOOOO SIMPLE!

And although I am not running, I am still creating simple programs. Like this one. It’s simple, and anyone (novice or pro) can customize it.

Thirty (or Forty) Minute Thursday

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Takes about 38-40 minutes depending on your cool down.

Simple Enough?

I think so.

How

do

You

SIMPLIFY?

Cheers,

LC

{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather (Where's the Beach) April 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

Love this so much b/c I think we could all simplify our lives and enjoy so much more because of simplicity. When you’re not bogged down with the extraneous, you can enjoy the little moments so much better.

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 7:58 am

agreed! now lets simplify together and retreat to wine country.

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kalli April 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

i want to come! i agree with heather and you. we must learn to make simplicty a priority. we don’t have tv so we can be quiet and peaceful in our home. we don’t have a lot of stuff so we are no bogged down with junk. we plan our weekends around things we want to do. and everyday i take time to run, or yoga , or walk even when my day is crazy.
love you guys!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

you just said my very thought. Love that you can read my mind kalli, love you!

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jobo April 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

I CRAVE simplicity, especially when life gets hectic (as it is getting right now!). Sometimes you just need to step back, breathe and reset yourself and appreciate the busy and the hectic for what it is…because it is almost always good busy and hectic right?! (though I prefer simplicity and NZ too!)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 7:58 am

it must be spring? the change in season and activities. but like you said, it’s all good, right?

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

love that there’s orange peel in there!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 7:57 am

best addition ever!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 12, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m LOVING this new header!! Did you design it?

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

nope, it was the famous PB an Jenny! Love her!! she is amazing. Hey, hows being home with kiddos?

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Miz April 12, 2012 at 8:05 am

by UNPLUGGING.

xoxo

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

well said!

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Katie April 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

Aren’t nieces the greatest?!? I have two – one is 14 and one is 6 months. Super fun, each, in their own ways. I will make a 5 hour drive just to visit them anytime!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

wait 14 years or months? cause that would be a huge difference in age. Either way, fun times!

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Brittany April 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

Oh my goodness, is that your niece? If we meet up, please bring her!!! :)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

oh i wish i could! she would probably run all over the place and we’d both be chasing her. she’s a little monkey. haha

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teabagginit April 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

i love this because i am always trying to simplify my thoughts – to slow down and make deliberate actions instead of unproductive REactions. breathing, meditative thinking, and then acting. … oh so hard and i’m still trying! :)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

thoughts racing make up for 100% of our stress, and yet we still do it. UGH. simplify thoughts, actions, words, and we are calm. WE CAN SURRENDER THEM!

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Jess April 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

Ah simplicity. That’s exactly what I LOVE about our unplugged weekends, it gives us a reprieve from the chaos of the weeks that pile on up. It’s also what I dig about maine and the lakehouse. Time literally stops when we’re there. It’s amazing. You and the hubs ought to come up to visit us there this summer, i do believe :)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

um YES!! Can we pleeeeeease come!!!?

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Lisa April 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

Oh boy, I need to simplify my life up! I have to simplify my thoughts that is for sure, they are always racing around like crazy! Your niece is adorable!! Have a great and simple Thursday! :)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

thoughts are the hardest to simplify. agreed, but worth it!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

Oh my goodness, your niece is soooo cute. Her eyes are beautiful!
I am going to keep that salmon scrammble on hand because it looks GOOD! Cheers to taking time and living simply.. or at least trying to :) it looks like you’re doing a good job girl!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

definitely just trying to these days. darn it, it’s hard!

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Nichole April 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

Why reinvent the wheel?

I think being in nature helps me simplify and slow down. If I could only get my mind to slow down with my body!

Your niece is too cute!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

agreed! nature and yoga, soothing for the mind and soul.

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Tara April 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

Your niece is adorable!! Simplicity is definitely a necessity for me. If I make things too complex, I just get confused or overwhelmed!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

i agree friend. overwhelmed is NOT a good place to be, so we must learn, or at least try. right?

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Laura @ LauraLivesLife April 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

I need to simplify and I want to – I think as I get closer and closer to graduation, I’m doing just that. I’m checking things OFF my list without adding something new in it’s place!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

you can and you will simplify when you want to, i feel it. just one day at a time. right friend?

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christine @ oatmeal bowl April 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

i want simplicity, too. just to sit back and garden, take a walk. Texas is pretty kick back… sounds like NZ was more… I like your thinking. ;)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

i think you need to venture with us back to NZ, then we can stop in Hawaii on the way for a while. simple, right?

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@PavementRunner April 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Focussing on running, I’m able to simplify by just heading out for a run. Pick a distance and run. Grab my watch and run. Take the dog out and run. It’s what I need and is an automatic reset button. Great share.

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

totally! it’s a forward motion. from point A to B! and that’s simple, yet satisfying.

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Casey (The Hippie Health Nut) April 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Loving simple workouts these days- Sweating without putting much thought into it!

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

yep, the simpler the better sometimes, ya know?

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Lisa @ RunWiki April 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

The simplest moments have brought me the most joy.. like a beautiful sunrise or birds nesting in my kitchen window. Those things make me slow down and realize that a bird giving life or God giving us a new day are far greater than achieving a new PR, having the biggest blog, etc, etc. all of my “things” become background noise and I see the miracle of being right here.

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

oh me too. i love those slow morning when you can make time stay still with the sun. yes? :)

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Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run April 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Ah simplicity…I’m living for simplicity these days. My last month was way too crazy for me! Haha.

And your niece? WOWZA those are some beautiful eyes! She’s adorable. <3 And Twinkle, Twinkle is my youngest's favorite. ;)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

let’s make april SIMPLY amazing and SIMPLY simple, yes? and my niece, she’s a looker. i know!

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Lou April 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Never tried sprouted quinoa… sounds awesome. Love a good (tofu) scramble… a mish mash of delcious glory :) I like simple.

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

ohh it would be great with tofu! shall i send it to you next time. ??

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Bre April 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

A Confucious quote for you…”Life is rather simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ahh simplicity…but I think if you lived in NZ all the time, that simplicity would be hard there too. You know, the grass is always greener…it definitely is up to us and our choices. So hard, but so worth it. I love following your “simple life” friend! :)

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

you are my quote goddess. you make everything sound so much more profound and meaningful. So thank YOU!

p.s.
Obsessed with my wine towel. Send me your address again. Is it still your sisters?

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Sarah April 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I couldn’t agree more. I love everything simple, less stress for me and less stress for those around me. I guess I keep it simple by trying to remember the bigger picture in life and to not get to bent out of shape if something doesn’t go the way we planned. It is easier said then done but just taking a deep breath and stepping back is what really helps me.

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

my dad likes to tell me not to sweat the small stuff, so pair that with looking at the big picture and you got yourself made!

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Hey lindsay! Love your new header. That quinoa dish looks great. Just wondering how do you sprout quinoa? I really want to make this! Hope your well lovely

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

i bought it sprouted. It’s so good Sarah! you’d love it. I wonder if Austrailia has this brand.

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sarah April 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

YES to simplicity! Pairing back on life and ridding myself of excesses leaves me feeling liberated:).

That meal looks fantastic to me. Salmon and quinoa are total favourites, and the addition of coconut oil and orange peel would step this up even further. I definitely want to make this.

P.S your neice is TOO CUTE, look at those little cheeks!
Xxx

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LCCotter April 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

oh you nailed it, ridding ourselves of excesses. and God knows we have a ton to rid of!!

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Pure2raw twins April 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

i like your thinking :) keep it simple is totally my new motto, haha, but how come it is not as easy sometimes?

that scramble sounds wonderful!!

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LCCotter April 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

good question. wish it was easy, simple means easy, right? HAHA, wrong.

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health April 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Sometimes I crave simplicity! And I just have to remind myself that I can make things simpler if I want to. That meal sounds fabulous. I would gobble it right up…and of course enjoy a glass of that wine you pictured ;)

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LCCotter April 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

totally our choice, agreed!

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Ashley @ Freckles & Spice April 13, 2012 at 6:42 am

I have all the ingredients for that salmon dish – I’m thinking lunch!

One of my favorite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt “A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.”

I’ve been trying to live my life more simply for months now. Sometimes it is easy to forget and you just have to take a step back, breath deeply and stand in the sun and feel happy to be alive.

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LCCotter April 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

it does take effort, but i think once we put our minds around it, it’s easy. yes?! Hope you get the bites this weekend!!

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Jess April 13, 2012 at 7:22 am

I need more simple in my life!

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LCCotter April 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

maybe we can escape to the simple island life, yes?

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Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

Simple is so, so good! Now that the weather is finally getting better I feel a motivation to go out and start a little walking and running program again, just as the one you’ve described (but probably not as long, for the beginning). Thank you for reminding me! :)

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LCCotter April 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

oh yea!!! keep me posted on how it goes kath. SIMPLE STEPS!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers April 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

Simple = Good (usually)

Simple foods/recipes are often the best too.

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LCCotter April 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

so agree there! hey how’s the hip? miss you.

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Jess @ Blonde Ponytail April 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Yes and yes. Keeping your NZ mindset and approach is key. Do you try to unplug on the weekends still with the hubby? I’m thinking you still try to do this. I need to be better about being present and you always remind me to do so. Run to Become–love this title and workout!

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LCCotter April 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

yes, i try. just to let time take its course sans computer and phone. it feels good!

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