“Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”
― Paulo Coelho
, The Alchemist
I do not make New Years resolutions. Not that I have anything against it. I just do not think it suits me well. I could make a bunch of promises, but in truth, they would be nothing more than words on a page for me. I am a firm believer in eternal change. Every day I wake up, and I make a decision to do something different than the day before.
That change may be something very small. For example, today I want to try a new coffee shop down the street. By trying that new coffee shop, I will walk down a different path than I usually would, and my whole perspective of my neighborhood changes.
2014 has already ushered in major changes for me. I am now a new resident of California. Road tripping with my 8-month-old puppy and boyfriend for 3,000 miles was a mix of excitement and frustration. I can’t express how amazing it was; however, to see the U.S. in that way. The journey through the West is one that I will not soon forget and hope to make again.
During the trip, we listened to Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.” If it is not on your list, make it a must read in 2014. It was incredibly inspirational and filled with constant reminders to take chances and live in the present in order to realize your dreams. If I can offer a challenge to myself this year, it will be to do exactly that.
Happy New Year!
Tangerine Kale Smoothies:
- 2 tangerines: peeled and de-seeded
- 1 banana
- 5 strawberries
- 2 leafs of organic kale
- 2 tbsp. protein powder (optional)
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3-4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in high powered blender (I used a Ninja) and pulse two or three times to break up the ice. Blend for about 30 seconds and enjoy.