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    5 Steps To A More Meaningful Life

    Living a life with some kind of meaning and fulfillment is a goal we all want to attain. It is something that has challenged scientists, philosophers and the like throughout the ages. But, maybe it’s not as difficult as it seems.

    With my analytical mind, I am always trying to find ways to “hack” my happiness as if it is some kind of science experiment. There has to be that “thing” to help me, us, wake up every morning excited to start our day... right? I quickly realize there isn’t one single answer, but I do believe there are 5 things we can do right now to live a more meaningful life:

    Being Present


    We are so caught up with the stresses of our day, frustrations of the past and anxieties of the future, we often forget to be present in the moment and enjoy what life has to offer.

    To start your day, find a quiet place to sit for 5 minutes and just breathe. Close your eyes, Feel the ground beneath you, allow the sounds to travel through your ear canal, feel your chest expand and fall with every breathe.

    Not the sitting type? Go on a walk. I will often take Monty for a walk and enjoy the sunset, the breeze, the birds singing. On these walks, I will often ask myself the following questions: Am I a loyal friend? Am I a compassionate partner? Do I bring value to the world?

    When I find I answers, I act immediately and consistently with them.

    We are who we want to be. By acting consistently, we are creating habits in becoming the person who we want to be, thus, becoming that person.


    Contribute


    The biggest asset we have is our time. One of the greatest ways to bring more meaning to your life is helping others in need. Volunteering at your nearest homeless shelter or humane society, helping your friend move, building a house with habitat for humanity, making your spouse a cup of coffee, the list goes on and on.

    When you volunteer your time to help the world become a better place, it gives you an immense meaning to your life. You helped the world become a little better, that’s pretty awesome!


    Declutter


    We need to get rid of our excess “stuff” to make room for the things that actually bring us value. We have become a society that recognizes people for the amount of stuff they have, not by how much value they bring to the world. A lot of our stuff is like an anchor; it weighs us down. At the end of the day, it’s just stuff.

    The easiest way to start decluttering is to, well, start. Start by picking one room in the house, the smallest room, and eliminate anything that does not bring you value. Drawers, closets, cabinets, everything needs to be cleaned out. Then move on to the next room. Before you know it, you will have a clutter free home! When you can declutter your home, you can declutter your mind.

    Create

     

    Create something you are proud of. Find a hobby or start a new business. Having a passion will not only give us meaning, but it gives us purpose. It allows us to cultivate a skill. Just because you have a passion, doesn’t mean you have to make money from it. Finding a way to use your passion to help the world will give you tremendous meaning.

    I love to write, specifically poetry. I write almost everyday. It brings me so much joy when I read my work to Josy. What’s your passion?


    Kindness


    Kindness can bring warmth to life and can connect us all. Doing random acts of kindness will not only give your life more meaning, but can make the world a better place! One random act of kindness can trigger a domino effect and impact countless amounts of people.

    So make an effort to at least do one random act of kindness today; lend a helping hand, give someone a compliment, buy someone a coffee, pay for someone’s groceries.

    The beauty about this list is you can take one idea and run with it. Once you implement it, the results are almost instant. Give it a try! Pick one idea, take action and let me know how you feel. :)

    What do you do to live a more meaningful life?

    Paleo Pumpkin Banana Dog Treats

    Anyone who meets Bryan and I knows how obsessed we are with Monty. He's more than just a dog to us. He is our companion. Our little buddy that comes to work with us, that snuggles and keeps our legs warm at night and that constantly throws parties any time we enter a room. Yes, you can say it. We are crazy obsessed with Monty.

    We are crazy with just about everything with Monty, including his food. When we first got him I spent hours on dogfoodavisor.com
    researching and analyzing the little graph they have showing the protein to carb and fat ratio until I finally found a clean food that
    I was completely comfortable with. His current food is made up of protein, fruits and veggies. There are no other additives or ingredients. Like a true paleo dog!(In case you're wondering, it's from Primalpetfoods.com)  


    And like a true paleo dog he needs paleo treats when he's being a good boy! So, like
    a true Paleo baking dog mom, I made Montys treats from scratch. (I mean, I bake for a living, so I figured our dog should enjoy some of my baking skills too!) I also figured Monty shouldn't be the only dog enjoying these goodies, so I present to you Pumpkin Banana Paleo Dog treats!



    Please note that you should only give 2-3 treats a day to you dog. We allowed Monty to dig his face into the dog treat jar for the photos and let's just say he used the bathroom more than once during his nightly walk (the pumpkin is a great source of fiber) You have been warned.

    Ingredients
    1 1/2 cups coconut flour
    3 eggs
    1 can pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie purée)
    1 banana
    1/4 tsp cinnamon

    Instructions
    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Peel banana and mash with fork inside a big bowl until smooth
    3. Place all ingredients in the mashed banana bowl and mix until a ball of dough forms
    4. Wrap your dough in cellophane paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
    5. Remove dough from the refrigerator and with a rolling pin roll the dough between two sheets on parchment paper until you have the desired cookie thickness. We like our treats thin.
    5. With cookie cutter of choice cut your cookies.
    6. Place treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
    7. Bake treats for 10 minutes. Once 10 minutes are up flip each cookie and bake for another 5 minutes or until the treats are nice and crispy!
    8. Let cool and let your pup enjoy! (Not gonna lie, I try these sometimes too)

    5 Tips To A Successful Relationship

     

      I am constantly asked about how Josy and I have been able to work together while having a successful marriage. Now this has been an 11 year process of ups and downs. I don’t claim to be some kind of “relationship expert” nor do I play one on T.V. I am not here to tell you these tips are going to be the answer to all your relationship problems. These are the 5 tips that have helped Josy and I have such a successful marriage and working relationship.


    1. She is my best friend first - Before Paleo Bakehouse, Josy was my best friend, then girlfriend, then fiance, now wife. Notice I didn’t even include the words “business partner”. Why? Because I work with my best friend, not my business partner. We have a clear understanding that if PBH came between us, I would simply walk away. I value my marriage much more than a dollar.

    1. Split up the chores - When it comes to our personal life, we split up our chores. She cooks, I clean. I do the laundry and take out the garbage, She bathes Monty. We play on each others strengths. We clean our apartment together (with Bruno Mars blaring in the background). You get the point. We are a team, so we accomplish everything together.

    1. Over communicate - We will have a “monthly meeting” and discuss things like finances, expectations, work, our relationship and how we can make everything better. Sometimes these conversations are not easy, but they are worth it. Setting your expectations upfront will help you know what your partner expects from the relationship (both receiving and delivering). Sometimes, when we disagree, we give each other space. It’s ok to get away from each other, cool down, and talk with a level head.

    1. Appreciation - I show Josy everyday how much I appreciate her by doing little things she enjoys. You don’t have to buy flowers everyday to show someone how much you care about them. Things like making her coffee in the morning, random hugs in the bakery, telling her how much I love her and telling everyone how much I love Josy in front of her are just a couple small ways I show her how much she means to me.

    1. Date - You are never too old to date your spouse. Take them somewhere new for dinner. Experience new things together. Go on a trip somewhere special. Take her dancing. This keeps the “flame” in the relationship alive. Even if your funds are low, it doesn’t take much time and money to go on a walk or cook dinner together.

        Bonus. Grow With Each Other - I have a clear understanding Josy is not the same person she was when she was 16 years old and she will not be the same person tomorrow. She and I are constantly growing as people. What she may passionate about today may not be the same thing she is passionate about tomorrow. As her husband, my job is to adapt to the Josy of tomorrow, next month, year, decade. We will change, but the one thing that will always be constant is our love for each other.

       I hope this post helped you get some insight on our relationship and give you some ideas on how you can better your relationship. Just like in business, things change, people change, goals change, and you always have to work at it. Relationships are not easy, but nothing good comes easy.


    Happy Valentine’s Day,

    Bryan

    What I learned in 2016

    2016 has been a rollercoaster for Josy and I, a thrill ride of emotions. This year really tested our entrepreneurial backbone. We always hear about the success stories in the magazines but I think it is important to shed light on the hardships to really appreciate how a company became successful. January 2016, I had recently sold my gym business of 3 years to focus on Paleo Bakehouse with Josy full time. At that time, Paleo Bakehouse was barely making money to cover the rent let alone, pay ourselves. Though I was confident we were going to succeed, we both couldn't help but to feel a little anxiety, worry and fear walking into PBH every single day. What kept us going was the fact that we knew we had something special, we had our audience and most importantly, we had each other.

    We dabbled in everything: Farmers markets, wholesale, online, catering, you name it, we tried it. Being presented with so many opportunities may seem great at first, but we were never really focused on a common goal, which created huge problems for the company. When you half ass everything, you are left with a half assed business. One day, defeated after 8 hours working a farmers market, Josy and I sat down and had "the talk" to discuss the future of Paleo Bakehouse.

    We wanted to be in charge of our own destiny, we wanted to control the customer experience, we wanted to be in charge of what products we can release, and when. On April 18th, 2016 Josy and I did just that and decided to launch the Paleo Bakehouse Box. The premise was simple: Every single month Josy and I would freshly bake a box of delicious treats for our subscribers and allow them to purchase more with a special discount code. If this didn't work, we would have to shut the bakery doors. It had to work. This was our baby of 5 years. We sent out the initial interest email and boy, did we have interest!

    The response was astounding! Hundreds of people are now subscribed to the PBH box and it is only growing! We grew our 2 person operation to a 6 person team! We are so thankful to have Sam, Dominique, Melanie and Chris on our team! 

    We released over 30 new products, developed different packages and released limited edition items as well. We are a completely different company with the same values:

    Passion for our customers

    Bold with our products

    Honest with out ingredients

    2017 is going to an even bigger year for PBH! Here is a list of plans we have for 2017:

    • Grow our subscriber capacity to 600 (100 more from 2016)
    • Create a "Custom Box" option for those who want to create their own PBH Box and make it a truly personal experience.
    • We are going to create special subscriptions for Families and Offices who love PBH.
    • Faster communication with our customers to ensure all questions, comments and concerns are addressed as quickly as possible.
    • Faster shipping of products to ensure you don't have to wait a week for your goodies. 
    • Free Shipping: Just another way to reinvest in our customers. As I type this, we are figuring out the fairest way to offer free shipping.
    • Limited releases and collaborations with the brightest minds and personalities in the Paleo-sphere.

     

     

    Thank you to all of our family and friends who sacrificed your weekends and nights to help Josy and I build orders. 2016 wouldn't have been the same without you! Thank you to all our customers for allowing Josy and I the opportunity to get up every morning and do what we love. Finally, I want to thank the love of my life and business partner Josy for always being my wife first and boss second. :)

     

    Watch out 2017, here we come!

     

    Bryan

    4 ingredients paleo cookies and milk popsicle!

    4 ingredients paleo cookies and milk popsicle!

    I'm not going to lie, this dairy free, paleo cookie stuffed popsicle is going to blow your minds. It is basically like eating cookies and milk, but in a frozen popsicle.

    You will never buy another store bought popsicle after you give our recipe a try. We may or may not have eaten all of them. Enjoy and let us know how yours turns out!

    Ingredients

    1 can coconut milk

    1 tsp honey

    2 power brownies

    1 freckled almond

     

    Instructions

    Pour one can of coconut milk in bowl or cup, mix 1 tsp of honey in coconut milk. Add two power brownies in milk mixture and whisk until combined. Set aside.

    Put 1/4 of the paleo freckled almond cookie in each of the popsicle molds.

    Pour milk mixture into the mold.

    Place in freezer and freeze until set. We used theh kozu popsicle maker for instant gratification. =)