Ah, yes. We are finally here, friends! Spring has begun, which means it's time to open those windows, let out the bad energy, and thrive! For me, March has always represented the light at the end of the winter tunnel. There is something about it that says, "Girl, you made it." The days get longer, the sun starts to show its beautiful face a bit more, and that smile you thought you lost during that winter slump has begun to emerge once again. I have a question, and for some it will be more tough to answer than for others; but it's an important one. What do you feel at this stage in your life brings you joy or peace? I know, it's a tough question, and for a lot of us we struggle with that everyday. The groundhogs day mentality is over, ya'll. Raise those shades and take a deep breath, there are ways to take advantage of these seasonal new beginnings!
Setting small goals help to ensure we are making consistent positive changes.
Spending time in nature unclouds the mind, fresh air is good for the soul, and it allows you to be present in the moment. For me, I enjoy taking a 45 minute walk on my lunch. It gives me a chance to shake out that lazy feeling I get from sitting at a desk for four hours. The walk heightens my senses, enlightens my thought process, and allows me to re-focus from a more positive and organized perspective.
Discover a new healthy hobby! I decided this season I was going to become a gardener. I started my seedlings from scratch and have been growing them in my front window until they are ready to be transplanted to a raised garden bed. I sing and talk to my seedlings in the mornings when I raise the shades. Doing this simple morning ritual genuinely brings me joy and gives me something to look forward to. Hobbies can give you a sense of pride and passion. Perhaps getting into yoga would be something you'd enjoy, taking a dance class, try out a new recipe (scroll for dill pickle soup recipe), or tinker around with wood working to create something new. The options are endless, yet they all have several things in common; building, creating, time spent, & creating space for putting yourself and your interests first. That space that you've carved out from something that you enjoy has the potential to do wonders for your self esteem and overall happiness.
Lastly, its time to purge the old and create space for the new! I mean this in a literal sense and a figurative sense. Bring out the dust mops, and get rid of those old jeans you swear you are going to wear but never do, and donate that pile of books you've read a thousand times. Use this new season to allow space for new memories by donating the items that no longer give you joy or purpose to your life. By doing so, you will create an entire new arena for inspiration, positive thinking, and growth.
These tiny changes and big efforts that are made to put yourself first will allow you to enjoy more and think less. We all want joy and peace, but nothing comes without effort. Put the effort into your own happiness and don't just enjoy one or two seasons out of the year. Set yourself up to find joy in them all.
"Don't Be Dilly"- Dill Pickle Soup
Heat EVOO in a large pot over medium heat. Add your onion, celery, and carrot, cook until they are about to soften (7ish minutes). Stir in your roughly chopped dill pickles and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove veggies from eat and add to a separate bowl.
In the same pot, bring your vegetable broth to a rolling boil and add the potato's. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the diced potato's for 10 -12 minutes.
While your potato's are cooking, grab a small bowl. In that small bowl whisk together the dairy free milk, organic flour, 1/4 cup of dill pickle juice ( add little more if you are feeling spunky).
Back to the pot of potato's. Check them to make sure they are tender, then add the sautéed carrots and onions, salt & pepper. Now, it is time to add the liquid mixture of flour and pickle juice. Allow everything to absorb that flavor for about 5-7 minutes.
Lastly, add 3 tbsp. of fresh dill & let circulate for a minute or two
2 tbsp. of evoo
1 medium white onion (diced)
2 stalks of organic celery
1 large carrot (most likely from the mister section at the grocery store, those are usually the largest)
1 heaping cup of diced chunks of dill pickles (check the ingredients before purchasing, we don't want additives)
5 cups of organic vegetable broth (I added a little more than 5 cups, but I was concerned the taters would soak up some of the juice, you could always wait until the end to assess the juice situation)
3 medium potato's (cut up about a 1/2'' thick, cubes)
4 1/2 tbsp. of dairy free milk (I didn't have oat milk so I used unsweetened original almond milk)
1 1/2 tbsp. of organic flour (I went by texture as I was winging it, it worked great this way)
at least a 1/4 cup of dill pickle juice
1/4 tsp. of pepper
3 tbsp. of fresh dill, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (optional, it felt necessary)
If you don't prefer dairy free, you could always use regular cow milk or coconut milk
I added celery because I had it on hand, you could leave this out. I also thought about diced tomato, but I didn't have any.
I added garlic powder at the end because it felt weird not adding any, totally optional
If you don't use oil, you could always use a dash of vegetable broth instead to sauté the veggies.
The perks about pickles:
Large amounts of Vitamin C & K and loads of potassium, also supports nerve function.
Create good intentions for yourself & remember to breathe deep, you are worthy.
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