Have you ever heard the saying “Nothing good ever comes from being in your comfort zone.” I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. 2015 has been a whole year of stepping out of my comfort zone, I have really seen the incredible results of what can happen when you find the courage to take steps of faith towards a goal. I have also consequently experienced the stretch and the “discomfort” that comes with it. It all sounds very inspiring and romantic to “Step out of the boat” and “Chase your dreams” and I believe in this with all of my heart, but you cannot deny that a lot of hard work and sacrifice often comes with it. Discomfort. Hence stepping OUT of the comfort zone. Outside of the comfort zone is actually not a bad place to be. In life we have positive stress and negative stress… Positive stress is the kind that generates results. Like when you exercise, you put your body under a stress to strengthen and build it. You are in control of the stress. Negative stress is when it starts to overcome and overwhelm you, producing no positive outcome.
When we are stepping out of the comfort zones I believe it is important to be aware of our stress levels and be wise with how we are feeling and managing things… remembering that positive stress is a good thing, we just have to able to identify the difference between the two and be honest with ourselves with how our minds and bodies are dealing with what we are taking on. Stretching is a wonderful form of exercise and relaxation… it is also a form of torture.
In amongst the business of everyday life, make sure you find time to just breathe, remember to tell the people closest to you that you love them and you appreciate them. Remember to do what you need to do to be the best version of you that you can be, remember to take care of yourself. This way you will be stronger and healthier and will be able to take on the challenges that come everyday.
This little gingery treats are really quick to make. Take 15 minutes out of your day and make yourself a little treat to enjoy with your afternoon tea or as a little dessert.
Ginger Bites Makes 10 - 12
You will need:
I think I say say this every week but this is really straight forward. Throw all the ingredients into the food processor and blend together till it forms a doughy ball… It should all stick together. You may need to add in a little bit of water. I like to mix my chia seeds with water and let them sprout for 10 minutes then add them to the mixture but You can just throw them all in together.
Place the mixture into a bowl then create the size and shape you want for your bites. I like little squares for these ones. Then put them in the freezer for an hour or so, just so they really settle.
After they have set, take your favourite chocolate, (for this one I used a 92% Cacao, 8% Cacao butter, keeping it all plant based) and put it in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling hot water so it melts. This doesn’t take too long. Then pour the chocolate over the bites, you can cover them fully or just give it a bit of a drizzle, or leave some jun as ginger… have a whole range.
Then put them back in the freezer to set and they are ready to go. Such a delicious treat and the ginger makes them feel nice and festive too. You can store these in the fridge once they are set. I just like the whole process to go faster.
I hope you find time this week to enjoy these and just remember to take a moment to place value on you…. so that you can really live your life to your full potential. Learn to listen to your body and be able to discern between Positive stress and negative stress.
Happy Monday xxx