- I have had a few stressful encounters at work
- Job offer followed by job change
- Making the decision to slow down and focus on one job rather than two
- Being immersed in the world of essential oils. Learning and using them
- Making some goals around fitness and hitting them
I have also learned to be kinder to myself and my family. That was a hard one to realise. As I become grouchier and grouchier, the realisation that I have not been taking time to re charge dawn on me. The decision to leave one job and focus on one was not an easy one. In the midst of trying to weigh up the pros and cons, thinking about how to make it work while still focusing on doing “my job right” ultimately lead to the biggest sacrifice.
The symptoms were there. Snappy. Unable to be present focused. Feeling like I’m always in a rush. Feeling unappreciated. Forgetting things.
So here we go again. Is there ever such thing as lesson learnt? While those indicators were there, it took me a while to realise what was going on. So to re focus I did
- Decided not to schedule any thing for a day or two of the month. I did that on the past Monday and boy, Asher and I had heaps of fun together
- There was a week when I had to swop work days. Instead of taking Asher out, I took a day out. I ran errands, met up with a friend for lunch and baked. No cleaning allowed.
- I spoke to hubby and he realised that perhaps he has been in the rush himself that he didn’t see the signs. So we made some changes there including scheduling some time to check in with each other.
- There were some afternoons where I napped with Asher. Rest somehow is quite liberating.
There could be a few more changes in the next few months. Winding down a job, increasing time in one. Adapting to my current job. Still, I’m writing this list to remind me that it is ok to not having it all “balanced” all at once
Of course, indulging in what I love. Playing with my favourite ingredient recently- Peanut butter. I absolutely love this raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Slice. It actually resembles snickers!
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 pitted medjool date soaked in warm water for 5 minutes
- Peanut Butter Caramel
- 3/4 cup dark roasted peanut butter (Mavyers) or use just peanut butter
- 4 pitted medjool date soaked
- 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of almond milk
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Chocolate Cream
- 3/4 cup cashews soaked in warm water
- 2-3 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup of almond milk
- 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
- Base- blitz it all till it comes together, adding splashes of water. Press onto prepared 9 by 9 tray.
- Salted peanut butter caramel- Same thing. Into the food processor till smooth. Resist urge to lick. Give in to temptation, justifying "do not waste" by licking spoon and bowl.
- Chocolate Cream- Process till smooth. Increase almond milk if required to make it smoother. Taste it and justify that by saying you got to make it just right. Spoon onto the top. Freeze for 1 hour.
- I keep most in the freezer to avoid temptation. They are a yummy post dinner treat.
- I did not add any sweetener to the chocolate as the caramel and base is sweet to me.