Going Steady With Commitment
Funny how a single agreed upon date on the calendar can collectively move millions of people to decide to be, do and feel better. What is so magical about January 1 energy?
At the beginning of every new year, people traditionally have looked themselves in the mirror and taken stock of their lives. And then resolve to create their best life this new year. A flurry of vision boarding, affirmation statements, exercising, self-help book reading, detoxing, meditating, and dieting begins.
This is the year I will try harder and stick with it no matter what!
And then slowly, as the excitement and brightness of the start of the new year fades into the everyday reality of living life, our resuscitated resolutions start to fade as well.
Forgot to pick up veggies to juice. Such a hard day at work cannot think about exercising. Oops, ate that bagel/chocolate bar/muffin/pizza slice. Lost it with the kids. Forgot to sit and meditate again. Cannot ever seem to remember to take those vitamins. I earned that glass of wine today.
Life can be busy, stressful and rushed. So often we feel pulled in ten different directions at once. And dumped on. A slip up or two seems to erase all of those good intentions we had going just a few weeks ago.
And when we slip up, we tell ourselves it’s just too hard. I’m not strong enough. I don’t care anyhow. Well, I tried. I just can’t seem to. I don’t have the time.
And we fall back into our old, comfortable, self-sabotaging habits.
Decided: this year will be different for me.
I am breaking up with “resolutions” and going steady with “commitment.”
Daily commitment. Hourly commitment. Commitment in this very moment.
Going steady with commitment means that I truly, deeply, soulfully want this for myself. And it allows me to be human. I know what my heart wants to accomplish this year. I’ve vision boarded it. I’ve written my goals and deadlines down on paper. I’ve told people about it – spoken it out loud. Now I get to choose to commit to it. And I am committed to it No Matter What!
My commitment to manifesting my desires is so strong that when I slip up it’s okay. I recommit in the very next breath and Go On! Some days are so smooth that I stand strong and I do all the necessary things to support what I’ve committed to and I glide toward my goals Other days are messier and I may waver a couple of times when I needed to make wiser choices and then I stumble toward my goals.
But it’s all good because I keep moving forward and toward!
Happy, “Committed” 2014!
May all of your goals be reached one day, one hour, one moment at a time.
Live Long And Prosper Raw Veggie Noodles
Raw Coconut Aminos are a soy-free seasoning sauce and is slightly sweeter and milder than soy sauce. It’s made from the ‘sap’ of the nutrient-dense coconut and has 17 naturally occurring amino acids. It has a low glycemic level plus minerals, Vitamin C, B Vitamins and a nearly neutral pH level. So yum! If you cannot find it (please try – even Amazon carries it!)
In Chinese culture, noodles represent longevity since they are usually served in long strands. Cabbage represents prosperity and luck. Soba (buckwheat) noodles are traditionally eaten on New Years Eve in Japan.
Wishing you a long, prosperous and healthy life! Happy New Year!
1 package (6.5 ounces) rice stick (maifun) noodles, soba noodles or brown rice spaghetti noodles
½ of a medium-sized cabbage, thinly shredded
¼ cup shredded basil leaves
3 small golden beets, shredded
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
6 scallions, thinly sliced
Spiced Noodle Dressing:
¼ cup olive oil
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon s’chug (middle eastern red pepper spice paste) or 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
5 tablespoons raw coconut amino acids (if substituting with Bragg’s or soy sauce, please add to taste)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet until just fragrant and golden
A handful of shredded basil leaves
How To Make Live Long And Prosper Raw Veggie Noodles:
Cook noodles until al dente or according to package directions. If using rice stick noodles, they just need to be soaked in warm water. Rinse noodles with cold water and drain. Set aside in a large bowl.
Add the prepared cabbage, basil leaves, beets, red pepper and scallions to the noodles and toss to combine.
Make the dressing by combining all of the dressing ingredients into a mixing bowl, whisking well to incorporate.
Pour the dressing over the noodle-vegetable mixture. Toss well to ensure dressing is thoroughly integrated. Taste and season with salt if desired.
Transfer to a lovely serving bowl. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and the additional shredded basil.
Makes 6 – 8 slippery, satisfying, delightfully spiced, crunchy servings!