Sunday, January 19, 2014

Today's Food Adventure

I hate to cook.  Now, I CAN cook, I just REALLY dislike it usually.  Blending.... now that's different!  I thought I would share my creations for today.  

Let me start first by showing you one of the new fruit I bought yesterday, it is called persimmon (shown above).  It looks like a tomato but tastes more like a thick-skinned peach. We were going to use it in today's smoothies but we liked it so much that my 6 year old and I couldn't save it and ate all I bought right away. I think we'll have to buy lots more next time!

Here is a link for some persimmon facts:

Today's smoothie... spinach, dragon fruit, apple, aloe vera, blue & blackberries, banana, hemp hearts, ground raw pumpkin seeds and steam distilled water.

Another new fruit we tried today was star fruit.  A little tart (should be bright yellow but my daughter (again) couldn't wait) 

For lunch I made some raw pumpkin seed butter (2 C raw pumpkin seeds and 1/2 C coconut oil) on multigrain bread. Tomorrow I'm going to try banana pancakes with just 1 banana, 2 eggs and maybe some ground seeds. Such as, flax or pumpkin.

It's very encouraging to see my 6 year old drinking and eating so many fruits and vegetables! How many parents can say that?? :-D

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A start to 2014 (part 2)

In my last post I was feeling like I was treading water in the decisions of my 2014 goals. 

A couple hours later I'm feeling a little better, more organized and less overwhelmed at least. 

I broke my life up into categories:  
Business (PH)
Artistic self

Next, what my goals are for 2014 in each category. 

The hardest part are my business goals. I've scaled back so much in 2013 that it's somewhat disheartening to think about. However, knowing that the other areas of my life took a backseat for years I just have to let go of my former ambitions. 

The most joyful of the categories to think about is family. I am very proud of the energy I have put into family after cutting back on business goals. I get to attend school trips now and help with homework. Such a blessing.

Another blessing is finding my artistic self. I used to scrapbook, years ago, before our daughter was born. After scaling back my business I started scrapbooking again, which was nice but the recent art journaling I began is a new passion. 

I found that resolutions seem to set a person up for failure but goals set a map for success. I hope that anyone who reads this feels more organized and prepared for the year ahead. A year full of love and passion. 

A start to 2014 (part 1)

Decisions, decisions. I am a planner and while I don't do 'resolutions' I have planned my yearly goals, for years. 

But, this year is different. I've closed my business for the Winter (more than 2 months now) and I still often feel like I'm treading water. 

Another difference this year is finding my creative self at the last of 2013. I love adding to my new art journal but to make it part of my yearly goals...? 

Am I looking for balance in 2014?? I am not so sure about that. Always struggling with balance, the 2.5 years I had my holistic health centre was a brutal struggle for balance. 

What do I know for sure? 2014 is going to be an interesting and creative year. 

"A life spent making mistakes is not only honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing" --George Bernard Shaw