There's certainly been a lot going on for me and I know that's true for all of you, too. The last few weeks I've been fortunate enough to be invited to some pretty stellar events, each one inspiring and vital in its own way. And at the end of the day, they are all essentially about PEOPLE and their healing, transformative paths, and how those people can help us all in a variety of ways.
Through important new books they have written (sharing more of those with you all soon!), Functional Medicine Forums to educate and change the healthcare system, along with incredibly well-orchestrated summits lead by incredibly gifted practitioners...and, last but not least, a dear client and friend that presented some personal storytelling with a group of other writers in a showcase. To speak our truths, to be seen and heard helps others to not feel so alone in the world is an incredibly powerful thing to be a part of. I have been moved by all of these things AND have been fortunate enough to witness equally powerful healing and transformation within my clients and loved ones. Plus -- I'm doing some major behind the scenes work on my business (stay tuned on that), and fully soaking up my love of summer. What a mix!
A few months ago, I decided to take a leap and apply for a program that I felt called towards (The phrase, "Why wait?" circulates in my mind during times like these). This kind of application was certainly not something that I normally do nor that I have done for over 20 years! I knew this was a process I needed to go through -- This is how we grow right? So I put my heart and soul into the whole thing, knowing all along that it was a good practice for me and that I also needed to employ HELP along the way. I wanted to learn and I wanted support with my writing and even to create a video (so uncomfortable for me!).
And, so it was. I did it ALL. Talk about stepping into my fears! Whoosh! And then....I didn't get accepted.
How could they not want me after all I put into that!? BUT -- Instead of MAKING UP A STORY about (fill in the blank), "I'm not good enough, my writing wasn't good enough, I didn't look right on the video, I chose the wrong things to write about, I'm too old...." NOPE. I didn't make up a story. Instead, I thought about it as a practice for me to delve into like that, and who knows what else is possible from those kinds of efforts we make? Plus, I am will have to put myself out there again, that's the way it goes when you are a creative force in the world right? Right.
I intend to keep transforming that process into something that can foster growth, and create more and better ways to serve others, as well. No one ever said that by doing all the things we are afraid of that it always feels amazing while we are doing it. Change and growth are often UNCOMFORTABLE (and messy) and God knows we don't like to be 'uncomfortable'....But the good news is, that if you can make it through that time, on the other side of it, things will ease up. Things shift. Things get lighter. Like seasons coming each year.... it inevitably happens.
How are YOU wanting to transform? What if you decided to see your life like a piece of artwork that you are crafting every single day....What if! What if we stopped WAITING for things and just stepped into the stuff that makes us a little (or a lot) 'uncomfortable'. You don't have to do it all alone!
What kinds of stories do you tell yourself about WAITING?
New Recipe! Summer is a time for berries!
1 lb Fresh Blueberries (defrosted if frozen)
2 Tbs Arrowroot Powder
1-2 Tbs Raw honey or Maple (if desired)
1 c Blanched Almond Flour
½ Tbs Cinnamon
1 Tbs raw honey or maple (if desired)
1-2 Tbs Coconut Oil
Pre-heat oven to 350f. Mix together blueberries, arrowroot powder and sweetener (if you choose, some people like this one without it). Spread evenly into medium casserole dish. Prepare topping by mixing together almond flour, cinnamon, honey or maple and 1 tbs coconut oil. Topping should come together in a nice crumb, if more moisture is needed, add remaining tbs coconut oil (I usually like it with 2Tbs) Sprinkle topping over blueberry mix and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until topping is golden brown and crisp.
- Serves 4-6
Simple, Fast, Easy and delish!
(I sometimes like to add a dollop of vanilla coconut cream and some people prefer yogurt or ice cream)