Everything I Want I Already Have

The other day, I read an article in Self magazine (July 2010) that quoted this Latin phrase: omnia quae cupio iam habeo. It means: everything I want I already have. Once I finished reading the story, I started to think about my life, both past and present.

If you’re a long-time reader of Carrots ‘N’ Cake, you may remember my life this time last year. I was miserable. Absolutely miserable. Basically, everything I wanted I didn’t have. Stress overwhelmed my life. I was depressed and cranky and I bickered with my husband almost everyday. Life actually sucked. But, instead of sitting back and suffering through it, I vowed to change my life. Of course, it didn’t happen overnight and it was not a piece of cake. (You can read all about it here.)

I worked very hard to create the life that I always wanted, and now everything I want I already have— including the most adorable pug ever! This is Murphy’s doggie Glamour Shots portrait! 😉

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A lot has changed in the past year, and I’ve learned that if I’m not happy with something in my life, I need to DO something about it. I can’t just sit back and watch. Plus, I had nothing to lose! I’m just glad to be in a different place in my life right now.

Breakfast

Mmm! I took Overnight Oats in a Jar (OOIAJ) to a whole new level this morning! Well, technically, it wasn’t OOIAJ at all. I used bulgur and oat bran instead, so I guess it was OB&OBIAJ?

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In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup bulgur
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 3/4 cup Almond Breeze
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • Dried cranberries

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The combination of bulgur and oat bran was fantastic– soft and smooth + firm and chewy. Bulgur usually takes awhile to cook, but letting it soak overnight made it nice and chewy. No cooking required!

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Feel Great Weight

In honor of my second wedding anniversary, I wrote about The Husband Diet for this week’s Feel Great Weight post: The Husband Diet: 4 Ways to Keep Your Marriage From Making You Fat.

Buffalo Tofu

The Buffalo Tofu mystery has been solved! The recipe I was searching for was a combination of Cynthia’s Buffalo Chicken Salad and Christie’s Buffalo Tofu Wings. I remember seeing both of these recipes and thinking they sounded delicious. And, thanks to everyone’s helpful comments on yesterday’s lunch post, I found a number of new Buffalo Tofu (and Tempeh) recipes to try out!

Chia Seed Coupon

I apologize for the confusion on yesterday’s chia seed coupon. If you still want to purchase them, the deal is on a 1-pound package of chia seeds. You save 18% when you enter the coupon code ChiaTastic at checkout.

Question of the Day

It’s sort of a deep question for this morning, but I’m curious to hear what everyone has to say. Feel free to weigh in!

Are you living the life that you always wanted? If not, what would you change?

162 Comments

  1. That’s awesome that you recognized that you didn’t have the ideal life and set out to make it better. A lot of people just stay in one place and try to make it work, which ends up making it worse. I think you’re great for searching for the life that you’ve always wanted, one that makes you the happiest. I’m only 20 years old and I still have a lot of life ahead of me but sometimes I feel like I CAN’T do the things that make me happy. I’m in school and I’ll be stuck in it for another 2 or 3 years but I am waiting anxiously for the day when I will graduate and then I can do whatever I want with my life. I feel like I don’t have the freedom that I really want. I want to do so many thing like travel, live in another city, work, open up a restaurant, start a blog and much much more. It doesn’t even seem to be in the cards for me until I graduate so now I just feel stuck and there’s not much I can do about it. I love being in college and having time to still be a kid (sort of) but I feel like I’m just waiting until life REALLY starts. I really have a GREAT life with so many people I love but somehow I feel restricted.

  2. loved loved loved this post. i couldn’t agree more. I love my life right now…all I need is the ring and I’ll stop getting stares from others when I tell them I live WITH my bf. I believe everyone has a chance for a great life…no one needs to suffer, it’s YOUR life, it’s YOUR body, change it!

  3. I am not living the life I want yet, but I’m in the process of getting there. This time next year, I’ll be living in the same town as my boyfriend and preparing to go to law school, if everything lines up the way I’m planning. 😀

  4. Ohhh I am totally miserable in my current job…..I’ve accepted a new position with my company. 2 week and 2 days till I’m offically done with my current job…..approximately 96 hours, but who’s counting?!?! 🙂 New job or not, I still don’t think my current field is my dream job, but I blog like a crazy person to hopefully have the opportunity to change that sometime in the future!

  5. Great question! I guess you could say I’m on my way. Last year, I was incredibly unhappy with my job (teaching junior high math) and despite having committed a year to a masters program and having taught for 3 years, I decided to quit and go back to school for accounting. I also work part time at a bakery. Sometimes is gets pretty stressful, but it helps to remind myself that I’m working toward my goal and that even now I’m so much happier than I was a year ago (despite being crazy busy and having little money!). Thanks for sharing your story – I’ve been reading for a bit but this is my first comment. I may have lucked into a ticket for the HLS in August, though, so maybe I’ll see you there (fingers crossed!)

  6. You’re an inspiration – we all seem to feel that. I’m trying really hard to get to a place where I’m happier with my life – I’ve found that a huge part of that is being happy with *me*, so my last few years have been spent trying to convince myself that I’m not worthless. I’m about to start a PhD, and I really don’t know if it’s the right move… but sometimes it’s hard to say no when everyone aroudn me is telling me it’s what I’m “meant” to be doing…. Also, I’d like a boy in my life, but my city seems a bti of a wasteland sometimes!! 😛

  7. Thanks for this post! Recently a lot has changed in my life! (passed my driving test, got a car, got a new full time job) and while it is everything i want, i’m a little scared and nervous all the time because it’s not what i’m used to. However, it is what i want and i just need to keep reminding myself of that! x

  8. I am definitely on my way to living the life i have always wanted. I have everything i need, and the wonderful things I do have i definitely take for granted. Taking one day at a time and learning how to appreciate the good things in life is so so important and im learning how to do just that everyday through fitness 🙂

  9. I can say that I am happier with myself as a whole and with my marriage now. However, I don’t feel settled or completely satisfied professionally. I was lucky to find a great position after being laid off last year, but I don’t feel like I have it all yet. I’m working on it. I do have everything I NEED and for that I’m very grateful.

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