Highlights of the Week: Aruba, Xmas, Santa, Food
Happy Day After Christmas! What are you up to today? Please don’t tell me you’re going to stand in any lines to return gifts! Or worse yet, that you got hit with a snowsnow. Well, guess it’s ok if you like snow, but I like it hot-hot-hot! We had a great, low-key Christmas Day.
We Skylar opened gifts
And we spent time just hanging out as a family
Thanks for everyone who wrote in to tell me that my family pictures were beautiful! You really warmed me heart; I mean that! Anytime one puts candid shots of yourself on the internet, without a drop of makeup after just waking up and in your “house clothes”, i.e PJ’s, it’s nice to hear people think you look beautiful! I love you all! muah!!!!!!!!!!! And I’m glad my prose about being a mother, a parent, reliving the holiday through your child’s eyes, hit the right spot for you, too. And I’m following up with a few deeper thoughts at the end today, too.
But onto This Week’s Recap
Sunday Diana of Soap & Chocolate Shared her Raw Vegan Peppermint Patties recipe. If you missed that one, check it out!
Monday I Made Salads
Kale & Veggie Salad with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
And Posted some Aruba Beach Pictures
And Talked Advent Calenders & Religion (I know, on a Food Blog!)
And also Talked about the Winter Solstice and 108 Sun Salutations in Yoga (I know, on a Food Blog!)
Thank You for Sharing Your Amazing Cookie Recipes!!!!
And there was a Holiday Scene at the Hotel
And there was overpriced Chicken Parm and Ziti that we carried in for Scott’s Birthday
Never. Get. Sick. Of. This. Meal.
Smooth, and the perfect barely sweet with a little bitterness. Nice.
There were some peeks at their sweeter mail-order goodies like Raw Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
And Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Coconut Frosting
And I Received an Award
And Revealed Lots of Little Facts about Myself
And Nominated The Entire Blogosphere to Take the Award, too! (and gave honorable mention to some friends I adore)
And Asked for your Help & Votes in the Raw Awards I was Nominated For. Click Here to Vote for me on pages 6, 12, & 14!
And Showed You Some Breakfast Eats like Fresh Mango & Grapefruit
Muesli Bread & Rolls Up Close.
Seeds, raisins, oats, flax seeds, nuts…good stuff!
Pop it in the freezer for fudgy decadence. Not Kidding! Sooooo good!!!!!!!!
And this little girl Loves it All
And I posted about Christmas Morning
And Gave my Recipe for a Quick and Easy Vegan Stir Fry
And Ate More Kale Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing
Which was a dinner I loved feasting on!
And walked through a few hotels
And then raced home to play with Christmas Presents!
Yoga Today is Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose)
I love this pose because when I find the Sweet Spot where I can balance effortlessly, and there’s no work involved, that’s the beauty of yoga: finding the perfect balance between strength and surrender.
Tip of the Day: In life, many times we force ourselves to do things we’d rather not, but I think it’s important to reclaim our choices, our power, our autonomy, our free will so to speak, whenever possible.
For instance, attending an event that is not our cup of tea, eating food that is not right for our constitution or dietary’s requirements, going to the dentist for a root canal, partaking in mindless smalltalk with an acquaintance are things that we do, but perhaps we need to find ways to both “do what need’s to be done” while still honoring and respecting our own needs.
Sure, sometimes it’s necessary to “suck it up” and Just Do It; sometimes your health is at stake, and sure, being socially gracious is important, but many times I think it’s better to say, “Hey Wait A Minute, I Don’t Want to Do This, so I’m Not Going To!”
A Few Items I have worked on already using the “Hey Wait A Minute, I Don’t Want to Do This, so I’m Not Going To!”Mentality include:
Saying No when I mean it and when Saying Yes would just be too stressful for me
Not comparing myself to others’ and what they have or I don’t have
Allowing myself the freedom to eat the diet that I know works for me and my food intolerances and let people’s comments or criticisms fall off me
Parenting and raising my child the way I see fit and not bending over backwards to accommodate what other’s think. They had their chance with their kid, it’s my turn now!
Things I want to work on more:
Not forcing workouts if I am just not into them that day or week
Being on my computer less
Building more unstructured time into my days where I have time to just let things unfold organically & naturally
Not over-scheduling myself
Donating more time/resources to those who need help
Sleeping more than 5-6 hours a night
As you set your New Year’s Intentions (not Resolutions, see This Post about Why), I hope you are able to be mindful of finding that Sweet Spot in life between strength and surrender, and not forcing yourself to do things, or not do things, that don’t suit you. What do you think about this? Is it easy for you to find balance in life? Is finding the Sweet Spot something that comes naturally for you, or have you had to consciously work to achieve it? Or is it a work in progress? What do you intend to work on this year? Or this lifetime?
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