Whaddap, September! Can’t say I’m too surprised to see you. August practically zoomed by and I don’t remember June or July ever happening. But, I’ll admit, with you come a lot of fall’s goodies; jeans + hoodies, warm drinks + scarves, apple picking + baking, colourful leaves + brisk morning walks, etc. This is the first year I can honestly say I’m embracing fall – no, I’m welcoming it with open arms.
In the past, any sign of change – from colourful leaves to the first snowfall, filled me anxiety. Straight up ‘don’t know if i’m gonna make it, guys!’ –type anxiety. I imagine it stemmed from a sweet mixture of my dislike for cold weather and the lack of control I have over the changing seasons. I know, right…silly. Nevertheless, there I stood, in bits knowing what was coming. (Insert Game of Thrones quote here*)
I suppose this anxiety could have emanated from childhood (where most of our f*&ked-up’ness originates from, right?), when the changing seasons meant an end had arrived; an end to summer, and end to fun, an end to freedom (that had children coast to coast rolling their eyes at the thought of ‘back-to-school’), a summer romance, a summer job, you name it. Every beginning (in this case fall), meant the end of something. (*blasts Semisonic – Closing Time while writes this post*) And as a child, that never sat well with me.
I wrote an intimate post a year and a bit ago that spoke of personal shifts, and how we are in a perpetual state of flux. Things continually change around us; time clicks forward, the moon pushes up the sun, winds pull in winter, and, yet, we tend to forget that we are in the middle of all these changes; that with them, we change, too.
I thinks it’s easy to become stagnant in certain areas of our lives, both big and small. We can become stagnant in our jobs, our relationships, in our workout routines, or the foods we eat. There’s a fine line between being comfortable and avoiding discomfort; resisting change.
Envisioning the interview process for our dream job can be so terrifying that we settle and stay with our current employer. Lovers parting ways or the thought of ‘being alone’ can sometimes be too overwhelming, that staying in a relationship feels right. Pushing ourselves harder at the gym ain’t easy, so we talk ourselves into lightening the load or omitting an entire set of reps. Or maybe we eat the same damn thing for lunch and dinner, day-in-day-out, because it’s easy.
Or… perhaps it’s a fear of trying something new, feeling insecure standing outside of our comfortable box, or lacking confidence in ourselves (…slash our cooking skills 😉 )
We’re all facing something. We all have an area that’s holding us back, and maybe it’s because it involves change. That maybe, deep down, we know things won’t be the same afterwards. More often than not, we chose the path of least resistance. Why climb a hill when you can just walk around?
This isn’t a preachy post where I’m going to paint you in motivational one-liners, and sprinkle a few ‘I learned this and I grew from that’. Instead, it’s a message of positivity to welcome change. Who you are today is not who you will be in 30 days, 300 days, or 3 years from now, or who you were 6 months ago. Just as I am not the girl who wrote that post a year ago. Because change happened. Because life happens – big or small – it changes us. It expands our minds, deepens our compassion and fuels our personal drives. Whether we sought out these life events or they came without notice, they shift something in us, one way or another. Why not embrace that? Why don’t we welcome it with open arms?
Change is uncomfortable, but it’s necessary for growth, for maturity, for clarity. It’s needed to appreciate the present, learn from our past and to embrace the future. It simultaneously fills our hearts with fear and excitement. And it allows us to reflect and appreciate how far we’ve come.
There’s no right or wrong choice here, it’s just forward. Let’s push ourselves to be better, push ourselves to want better, push ourselves to love better, listen better, dance better, cook better, flirt better, connect better, argue better, cuddle better, write better, everything better! Let’s push ourselves out of the comfortable molds in which we live each day and strive for something better, bigger, brighter than who we are today. Let’s hold the door for somebody, or close it on a relationship that no longer serves us. Let’s chase our dreams and welcome every fear awaiting us on our doorstep. Let’s try a new recipe, let’s taste a new food. Let’s startup a conversation with a stranger and feel that rush. Let’s lift that extra 15 lbs at the gym or run that extra mile.
Okay, maybe I’m starting to sound a little too ‘Tony Robbins’ now. Listen, all I’m saying is let’s embrace change. Let’s stretch out our comfort zone a little further today. Baby steps. Let’s flirt with the possibility of trying something new. Let’s play with our precious time on earth. Whether it’s baking a pie from scratch or bungee jumping off a cliff , let’s take a step in a direction that will change the way we think, feel and see the world. We have to push ourselves forward, folks. Resist stagnation, resist easy, resist just okay.
Store these crackers in an airtight container for 7-10 days. I kept mine in the fridge. I had tons of leftovers so, naturally, I smashed avocado all over it and topped it with a pasture-raised organic egg. Game changers, folks. Giddy up!
- 1/3 cup whole flaxseed
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup chia seed
- 1/4 cup sesame seed
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seed
- 1/2 cp hemp hearts
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 chili powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tbsp dried basil
- 1.5 cups filtered water (you may need a little more if you find the consistency too thick to stir)
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 lemon, juice
- 1-2 medium sized beet(s), cooked
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3-4 tbsp water (desired consistency)
- Place oven to lowest temperature. (Mine was 200C)
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine all seeds and spices. Mix well
- Add water to bowl and stir until evenly mixed
- Transfer mixture to baking sheet. Spread out evenly
- Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes
- Carefully sliced crackers into desired shape/size
- Place baking sheet in oven and let cook until firm to touch. We want the crackers to release all it's moisture.
- Gently flip the crackers. Place sheet back in oven and continue to cool until crackers are firm to touch.
- Remove and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender, blend until smooth. Add water until desired consistency has been reached. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- The idea is to slowly cook the moisture out of the crackers so they become firm. By keeping the heat low, we preserve the beneficial enzymes in the seeds. It takes longer, but nutritionally these crackers will have more bang for their buck. It took my batch 2 hours to cook but this will vary from oven to oven. Keep a watchful eye once you hit the 1 hour mark. Regularly check in to see how they're doing.