Hi guys! We’re back with the last episode of the wellness series in partnership with Under Armour Women.
I spent last weekend at a retreat in Santa Barbara working on personal and business goals at the Big Soul Retreat that Under Armour so graciously sponsored me for. I had been wanting to go on a soul searching type of retreat for quite some time and so when this one popped up on my radar, I knew it was time to do it. And it’s perfect because today we are talking about what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen.
First off, the retreat offered me exactly what I needed: a chance to explore my fears and wants, yoga daily, plant based meals, and a destination away from the chaos that is often my daily life.
Because the truth is, over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been overwhelmed with the level of stress in my life. It’s not something I talk about often, but it frequents my days and weeks like you wouldn’t believe. Where does the stress come, you might ask? Buying a house, getting married and running two businesses and the pressure I put on myself to always being DOING.
However the truth is, I should be less hard on myself. I really do have my dream job. I have a life that I’m really proud of. And more than anything I’m so incredibly grateful to have a community of people who make my recipes on a regular basis. I wish I could give you all a big hug.
Sometimes when you’re always on the go, you forget to say thank you to yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in along the way. You forget to tell yourself how proud you are and acknowledge what it took to get where you are. We’ve all got our own unique journeys and I’m SO incredibly blessed to be on mine.
While I really don’t know what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen, I’d like to think that a cookbook is on the radar and potentially going back to school for nutrition. We’ll see. All I know is that I can’t thank you enough for being here.
Watch the wellness episode here:
If you missed the other episodes, you can catch them here:
Episode 2: From an Eating Disorder to Finding Balance
Episode 3: My Fitness Journey & Relationship with Exercise
I hope you enjoyed this mini series! xo
Nice information. Thanks for sharing!
LOVE the idea of you opening up a shop in the future!
Wouldn’t it be fun??
LOVE this Monique! I can 100% relate. Constantly finding myself more stressed than usual. It is so hard to balance running your own businesses and actually living life – without constantly thinking about the business.
You have such a huge team of people cheering you on though!
Agreed – it’s hard to “turn off” sometimes! Thanks so much Ashley 🙂 Cheering you on, too!
I love the idea of going to school for nutrition! It is something I thought about briefly when in college and I am still interested in. I think we are all hard on ourselves sometimes and forget about how much we have accomplished. We should take more time out to be kinder to ourselves 🙂
Totally agree! And never too late to chase our dreams 🙂
You’re so inspirational OMG! And your idea for an Ambitious Kitchen restaurant is PHENOMENAL. I would, like, live there. <3
Aw thanks Nicole! It would be so, so fun! <3
Thank you so much for sharing this honest post! I have always wanted to attend a retreat. I bet yours was so much fun!
Of course! And you should definitely look into one. They are amazing!
Love love love your idea of a restaurant/shop! What a great resource that would be for people!
I think so too! A fun place for people to gather 🙂
Love the idea of a restaurant/shop area and workshops. Wish I knew you when I lived in the Chicago area. I try to visit from time to time though since my parents are still there.
Wouldn’t it be awesome? You’ll have to come back once I get it up and running 🙂
Can you open your shop in Portland? I’d be there every day 😂
Oh my gosh that would be amazing! Been meaning to make a trip out there 😉
I’ve been following you for yearsssss and will definitely continue following no matter where AK goes. 💜
<3 <3 <3