Guys…I seriously don’t know why I can’t blog weekly like I used to. I mean. I did it for a full year! What happened to me? Oh wait…work got busy. But that’s a good thing, right? But here’s the struggle. I love to write and I love to create and share recipes. But I just can’t seem to find the time to do this weekly anymore. Time to find a good balance! Balance is HARD! I preach it all the time. I guess I need to practice what I preach. But balance IS key. I’m really really good at food balance….LOL! But life balance I still struggle with. So, I’m thinking maybe every other week? Well, maybe I ask you? Do you want to see me blogging more again? Or am I writing to no one ?. Actually…I don’t really care if I’m writing to no one because I honestly just love to write and share. It’s really kind of therapeutic for me. So, here I am again because I really wanted to share my Holiday smoothie bowl with all of you!
But before we get to that….Is anyone as excited as I am for the holidays? Christmas is my favorite…the decorations, the lights, the music, the movies, the gatherings. It all just puts a big smile on my face. My house feels so “warm”. The Music is a constant for a month. We started decorating the day before Thanksgiving, which is a few days earlier than usual. But, I couldn’t help myself. I needed Christmas in my life. So, we got the house already fully decorated and the tree is up. It’s holly jolly here. Of course, until the day after Christmas. Then I need it all to go away. Lol!! Yes…I do love it. But I love it for this month, then it’s time to go ?
So, I know in my past blogs I’ve always shared some personal stuff that goes on in my life. Trust me…life isn’t all food and posting on social media. One of my biggest struggles in life is that I’m realizing I have empath qualities. I seem to take on others peoples emotions very easily. And lately it’s been almost exaggerated….and exhausting. When someone else is sad or upset, I take that on and it consumes me. Especially in situations with my kids. I’m sure parents can relate. It’s tough when your see you kids hurt and sometimes you can end up being even more emotional about it than they are. I don’t let my kids see that, but it happens.
But aside from that, I find I take on emotions about situations that are out of my control. I want to control them and I want to make them better but the bottom line is, I can’t have control over everything. And I can’t save everyone/everything. But a lot of times I have a really hard time with this. This happens with friends. It happens with family. Sometimes I see situations with friends or feel something is “off” with someone and I want to fix it. And I either can’t or they don’t want me to. And I let that really bother me…too much. It even happens with people I don’t even know. And now…animals. Since Zoe and Jasper came into my life, my outlook on animals changed. I love them so much…especially dogs! I want them all and want to save the unfortunate ones. Recently, I fell into a situation that was so close to home, so it made it that much more difficult to deal with. But this particular situation has been consuming me for months. Someday I hope to tell you all the whole story. But…it’s just not time yet.
Why am I telling you this? Because none of us are perfect. We all have faults. We all have struggles that we deal with…and others may have no idea. And I think sometimes it helps to know others go through the same things. Some people have told me I’m too sensitive. They’ve told me I should not get involved in situations I have no control over. But guess what? This is ME. This is how I am. I’ll never apologize to anyone for having too much soul, being too emotional, or having too much love to offer. It’s not an easy thing to deal with, but at the same time, it’s a blessing to be able to feel things so deeply.
So, here’s the thing. We are all starting to think about New Years resolutions, right? Things we want to change or be better at? Well, on the top of my list for 2018 is energy management. Possibly some meditation? It’s something I’ve been wanting to learn to practice for a while now and it always comes down to the same thing. Finding the time to do it! But, I think we can all benefit from taking at least 10-15 minutes a day to just BE. Taking the time to center ourselves. Control our energy. You can drive yourself crazy trying to control a situation that isn’t yours to control. Sometimes we must just let go and free ourselves. We must allow our mind and energy to focus on something positive. And I think finding the time to do some energy management or meditation will help with this. Because when I allow negative energy to surround me, I can’t focus. And when I can’t focus, I get nothing done during the day. I can go from a high to low instantly. We can’t let our emotions distract us from doing what needs to get done. And I know I need to control my emotions before they control me.
So, tell me…anyone have any meditation techniques they want to share with me? Any apps you love? Send them along! I’d love to hear what you do to keep you energy in check.
So, there you go. A little something something about me you didn’t know, right?? But, let’s get off the serious topic and get into the fun. You’ve all been wanting the recipe for my Super Duper Superfood Holiday Smoothie Bowl, right? Whoa…that’s a mouthful. But, I couldn’t call it anything else because it’s packed with so much goodness. What the secret to getting this beautiful green bowl? Spirulina! Spirulina has so many amazing benefits including being anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants, and it’s a great source of protein, iron and calcium. It’s also known to detoxify heavy metals, help eliminate candida, boost energy and help lower blood pressure. The list goes on! That paired with other superfoods and the Juice Plus Complete protein powder makes this smoothie bowl have serious super powers. Oh…and it tastes amazing, too. Best part? When you drizzle the coconut butter and nut butter on top, the smoothie is so cold, it hardens the drizzle like those “shell” syrups I used to put on my ice cream. Remember those? I used to love Cherry the best. Lol! So, consider this a healthy version of an ice cream topped with that awesome “shell”. Enjoy this one…and make it often. Can be made for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert. How versatile!! HAHA!
PS. I make this in my vitamix and have to use my tamper “magic wand” to mix it up. If you don’t have a powerful blender where you can do this, you may want to make this in your food processor.