The world is supposed to end in 2012, right? Or the world as we know it. Some people think it will be some sort of catastrophic disaster. Others believe humanity will enter into a higher level of consciousness. And many believe it's all hogwash. With all of the political shifts and Occupy movements, I think it's easy to feel a sense of excitement. That there's change in the air. I certainly feel it.
But then again, it's November. I feel a shift with every season. And I wonder if every generation feels that something big is coming. I'd like to believe this movement in our internal psyches is happening right now, that the collective unconscious is undergoing a subtle grinding of gears that will leave us facing the world with a new understanding.
On a personal level, this past year has been a tumultuous upheaval of all I know and I have on occasional felt literally pushed into my present. In the last two years, I started a tradition of making a vision board in January. Everything I want in that year, I put smack dab in the middle of that board. I tack it to my wall. I stare at that board, during yoga or meditation, and focus on a word. This year, the words that have popped out at me the most have been "let go," "release," and "expand." And in the crazy way that only comes from a place of deepest desire and simultaneous fear, I have seen my vision boards come to life. Yesterday, I took out my 2010 vision board and stuck it on the wall next to my 2011 board. Side by side, it's like seeing a metaphorical storyboard of the last two years of my life. Well, the triumphant parts at least. What is missing is all the heartache that sits in the valleys when you try to climb mountains. But it's there, and I feel it as deeply as I feel the joy.
This is simply to say, whatever happens in 2012, I'm rooting for the shift in consciousness. Call me an optimist, a dreamer, or a romantic, but I feel the movement. I'm ready. And I have a feeling you are too.
What's coming for me this year?
- Brittany and I officially signed our cookbook contract with Triumph Dining yesterday. Triumph Dining is the publisher of my favorite gluten-free dining out guides (see the link on my sidebar?), so being a part of their "Essential Gluten-Free" series is beyond exciting. By the end of December, I'll be done with this project that has taken on a life of its own this year, and I could not be more proud of anything I've done in my life. (So far...?)
- I'll be following my passion and going back to my first love soon by taking on private weight-loss clients. I'm waiting until the cookbook is finished and sent off to the printers, but then I'll be pumped to start the new year doing what I love: helping women get back to the place they're meant to be; feeling awesome and loving themselves and their bodies. Why not take on 2012 from a fabulous place of peace and happiness!
- In January, I'll be starting classes at Bastyr again, this time around taking it slow and not worrying about rushing through classes. Instead of graduating in 2012, I'll be finishing in 2013, which gives me time to pursue my other loves: this lovely little blog, weight loss counseling, and a few other projects I've got up my sleeves.
This chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie is for the shifter in all of us. It's a nutrient-dense breakfast that leaves you feeling light...which is exactly what you need to be present and ready for whatever comes.
Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie (Print-Friendly Option)
1 1/2 tablespoons raw hemp seeds
1 cup ice cold water
1 cup pureed sweet potato
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa*
1 tablespoon coconut oil (room temperature)
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1/2 cup packed fresh kale (or spinach)
10 drops liquid stevia
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus extra for sprinkling on top
unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish (optional)
- Blend the hemp seeds and water first, until they look like milk (about 30 seconds). Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Sprinkle cinnamon and coconut flakes on top if desired.