When I thought about what I wanted to share on this blog, one of the things I promised myself was that I would always write about and post things that make me happy. As important as it is in the blogging world to "niche" yourself, I find that as a person with a million passions and hobbies, that is near impossible.
I struggled for a long time trying to only write about one thing. To become a master of this one particular message. However, something felt off. What happened when I did this was I felt too limited, to confined by rules that the call to write just, stopped. One of the very things I love most in life started to feel like a chore.
Over the last several months as I was suck in a crummy state of massive writers block because of the limitations I had created, I felt like a part of me had gone missing. Writing and sharing has been such an integral part of me coming into a deeper understanding of myself and of the world, that when I tried to stay confined to the box I had put myself in, I was met with a whole lot of nothing.
I decided to say fuck the rules, I'm doing this my way.
Moving forward I gave myself only one rule, share what you feel called to share.
Sometimes I write about a lesson I've learned throughout my journey like my previous post. Other times it may be a project I've finished, a recipe I created or a local favorite I've discovered. But most importantly, I vow to always post what feels genuine and true. I vow to never should on myself when it comes to writing and sharing.
And as much as I write because my soul NEEDS to, I have to be honest, I write because it is my hope that something I share inspires others to dig deep and push past their own self-imposed limitations and live life to the fullest. Call me selfish, call me a dreamer, call me what you will, but I really want you to live an awesome and fulfilled life because the world needs more people living from that place.
I want to see more smiles on faces of strangers and I want to hear more giggles from grown women and men frolicking in the ocean. I want to see others engaging in REAL conversation instead of people glued to their phones. I want to see that sparkle in your eye because you are living from the most genuine and authentic place possible, your heart.
So I'm going to ask you this; what would truly fulfill you? What does you heart want that you aren't allowing into you life?
Now start doing more of that. No more excuses.
One of the things that deeply fulfills me is food. As someone who struggled with my relationship with food and my body for years, finding freedom in the kitchen and a newfound playful relationship with what I cook and eat has been one of the most healing and fulfilling things I've ever done. Releasing all labels and listening to what my body needs has allowed me to love myself in a way I never thought possible. When you are so consumed with what you put in your body and how your vessel looks, you have very little time to enjoy your life. Now I listen to what my body needs. I follow my cravings, energy level, moods and eat according to that.
Yes, there are things I can't eat because of allergies like potatoes and gluten and there are those things I choose not to eat often like dairy and refined sugar it makes me feel tired and lethargic. However, it's out of love and respect for my vessel and no longer vanity that I don't eat these things.
Every time I play in the kitchen I feel like the best version of myself. I blare music, lately it's been the Duke Ellington Pandora station, sip on wine (if its dinner time of course...okay, sometimes in the middle of the day too) and barely notice the hours slip by because I'm lost in my creation. And that is really what it's all about. Loving the things you do day in and day out that you get lost in time and space.
I know I needn't remind you of this but....LIFE. IS. SHORT.
Life is so very short my darling.
So what are you waiting for? Tomorrow will come and go and your todo list will still be there. Your responsibilities will stare back at you like a rabid pup ready to strike no matter how hard you try to run from them. However, they will be easier to embrace if you start balancing your life out with more fun, more play, more of the stuff you really love to do.
So my friend, if you aren't already, start living today. Say f&#k off to the rules and just do what makes your heart fulfilled and happy. And stop staying things like, "oh yeah, it's easy for you to say that, you don't have x, y or z." We all have our own stuff. Believe me, there are days where I feel like hiding away in my introverted cave scared to take any sort of leap. But I know I have to. I have to keep moving forward because there is a whole world of adventure and freedom to be discovered. Because I know that with each new day and each decision I make, it will lead me closer to or further away from a reality I could be living.
No matter how perfect someone's life looks from the outside, we all have our stuff and we all get to choose how we live with it. Do we find grace and humor in even the struggle or, do we limit ourselves because it all feels too hard?
We all have the choice to create more space in our lives for the good stuff and worry less about the stuff we have created rules around. Sure, we can't avoid things like paying our bills, going to the doctor, and working, etc but as that age old quote goes:
"Life is too short to miss out on beautiful things like double cheeseburgers." - Channing Tatum
Or something like that...
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY TRUFFLEs
Ingredients for truffles:
2 cups strawberries
2 cup raw coconut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter
Ingredients for chocolate:
1 cup bittersweet chocolate
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
How to assemble:
1. In a food processor, combine strawberries and coconut butter. Mix until smooth and creamy. Because of the water content of strawberries, if you don't add in enough coconut butter the mixture will be too grainy. You want it super smooth and creamy.
2. Once strawberries and coconut butter are combined, mix in peanut butter by pulsing several times. I like it when there are bits of peanut butter chunks when it hardens. If you don't, just keep mixing longer until it's well combined.
3. Pour mixture into a freezer safe bowl and set in the freezer to harden for about 10-15 minutes.
4. Using a melon scoop, dropping each ball on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and set in refrigerator to stay hard while you make the chocolate dipping sauce.
1. In a double broiler melt your chocolate and coconut oil. Turn heat to low or off once completely melted.
2. Take only a few of the truffles out of the fridge at a time and one-by-one, dip them in the chocolate sauce and place back on parchment paper in fridge to harden up.
3. Once all truffles are dipped, ENJOY!