We all have our own form of art. When we are able to light that fire, it’s amazing how soothing and even therapeutic it can be. The kitchen is where I have always felt like I was home, but it’s only recently that I have realized that is where I belong. Not as in the 1950’s apron wearing housewife necessarily, but in the way that it becomes the place where I can pass time without even knowing it. (All the dirty dishes are a completely different story, of course. I could definitely do without those!)
While I have mentioned recently that I have had a dark cloud following me around, I have also taken some time to see the positive. Not a lot of time, but enough to notice a few things. I have recognized that each and every day, I get to do what I love. They say, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” To be quite honest, I am spoiled in this department. Each of my “jobs” is more like play. Sure I work, but my work doesn’t feel mundane or like the same thing day in and day out. When I stop and refocus, I can see that I am pretty darn lucky.
It’s the discovery of what we are truly passionate about that can change our outlook on things. Our own personal “art,” whatever it may be, is what can be our lifeline in times of sadness and despair. It can be the thing that we live for when it feels like there’s not a whole lot going on for us in times of hardship. What is your art? What is it that you find yourself lost in? How do you find the time to bring your art to life each day? How does it bring life to you?
Your art doesn’t have to be the same thing at all times. It may change as you enter different phases of life. For instance, I was a teacher for almost ten years. I lived in my classroom. I was there 24/7 and maybe even longer. I worked with inner city students, and the challenges were incredible. But this was my passion. It was the challenges that I found to be what pushed me to do what I did each and every day. I knew I could get through, even if it was just to one child that day. During these years of my life, I could be lost for hours in my classroom creating new lessons and strategies to engage the un-engageable and to break the unbreakable. As time passed, my art started to fade. It was time for a change and I knew it.
From there I moved on and found yoga. Yoga continues to be another form of my own art that I live. It balances me. It consoles me. It teaches me. Those days where I go kicking and screaming to my mat because I don’t want to practice turn out to be the most eye opening experiences. The times I step to my mat and everything else just fades away, allow me to step away from my worries, anxieties, and my pain. There is nothing like it and I get to live this. I get to do this, each and every day. And I get to share it with others.
I bring this all up because in hard times, this is what we need. We need our art, our passion to be there to pick us back up. Since I have fallen on tough times, I have needed the escape into my kitchen and even onto my mat to reconnect myself to who I am. I am more than the heartaches and the loss. I am more than what I don’t have in my life. I was given a way to express who I am and when I tap into that, the world around me starts to feel okay. Things start to slowly make sense and my eyes start to look away from the dark cloud above my head and see a few rays of sunshine peak through.
So, what about you? How will you tap into your own passion and find a way to live it? Start living your art today!
This is the last of my series of overnight oats for now. Please don’t cry, I am sure there will be more! I was absolutely in love with the Cinnamon Pecan Overnight Oats, but honestly these may even be better! This new recipe, Blueberry, Coconut, Almond Overnight Oats are amazing and full of flavor.
A few notes on the recipe. This calls for coconut butter. Coconut butter is rather expensive but super easy to make if you have a food processor and about 20 minutes. I will do a recipe post on it soon, but all you have to do is process shredded coconut for about 15-30 seconds at a time every other minute or so. Eventually it becomes a butter. It hardens as well if the room becomes a certain temperature but can be softened easily by running the jar under hot water. If you don’t feel like using the coconut butter in this recipe, add an extra tablespoon of shredded coconut and you should be fine! You can also use frozen or fresh blueberries. They are not in season right now so I went with frozen. Enjoy!
Blueberry, Coconut, Almond Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled or steel cut oats, regular or gluten free (NOT quick oats)
- 2 tsp coconut butter
- 1 T sliced almonds
- 1 T shredded coconut
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- Dash of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients aside from the blueberries in small jar or bowl that can be sealed. Stir well.
- Refrigerate overnight. Before eating, add blueberries. You can put them in when you make these at night if you know you will be in a rush but I prefer putting them in right before I eat them. Serve heated or cold.
- I like to eat my warm and usually will add a splash more of milk before I heat them up or I feel the oats dry up a bit.