A big lesson for me has been learning to slow down, think more than make decisions, otherwise known as staying in the moment and making informed decisions. This can be pretty rough when you're a brain is a little overactive and continuously stimulated by way too much caffeine. But I've been learning the tiny joys in little moments of sinking into what is happening instead of what I think I should be doing. Take this further and I could spend hours thinking about what should've happened in the past. All the different decisions I would've made, this happens daily when scrolling through old posts on this very blog, all the things I would've done differently, if I could go back in the past and be the person I am today. Just reliving every year redoing everything until I did it perfectly. (This sounds like some sort of mythical punishment. It probably is.) I think this very mental pattern is normal and something we all can't seem to help but do. But for some reason we only victimize ourselves to this, or at least that's my story. I know if I were looking at someone's work from 2 years ago and comparing it to their present work, I would see hope. I would see improvement, and dedication. I'd see the benefits in sticking it out, being patient, and giving yourself space to grow.
The truth is, on this blog and all of life, all the embarrassing mistakes, mishaps, and unrelenting potential re-dos, have brought me to this place of greater understanding for myself, for what others have had to go through, and for all the places I want to go next. They bring me a greater sense of community, and space to ask for and give compassion and understanding to others. And knowing that working towards things you care about be it yourself, a body of work, a relationship, or any other series of challenges life is just waiting to throw your way, will only make you relatable to the people you presently admire.
Despite the fact that this smoothie is purple. It is very much a watermelon smoothie. I don't think I've tried this particular combination before, but blueberries go very well with watermelon, and vanilla protein powder, for the record. I also chose to use flax milk, which I am presently pretty into, for a lot of reasons, but I've been reading more and more about the benefits, like how it boosts collagen. While I was in yoga teacher training we had a nutritionist visit on one day and explain the huge deficit between Omega-3 and Omega-6, and the fact that we're getting 15:1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3. It's definitely worth reading about.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 scoop of protein powder - I used Alive Vanilla
- 1/2 cup of flax milk
- 1/2 of a small watermelon or approximately 3 cups
- Blend all ingredients well