I had great high hopes of finding some awesome computer genius that could re-vamp my blog for me and I would come back to it with refreshed dreams and high hopes of being a "real" blogger.
But, that failed. And I'm learning to be ok with that.
I missed blogging, but I didn't know if I would come back to it. Sure, I liked it. I love writing and trying new recipes, sharing them with friends and maybe even getting a little feedback but the part that made me want to stay away was the thought in my head that I just wasn't good enough.
I can't sew.
I can't take professional looking pictures.
I can't write that well.
I can't draw crappy comic strips to go along with hilarious stories.
I'm not a baby wearing, cloth diapering, all things crunchy guru.
I'm not the best at anything really and that fact was really starting to bum me out. It's not good to compare yourself all the time because most of the time you're going to end up feeling pretty mediocre.
I try my best as a Mother but I'm not the gentlest or most patient and I never will be. I apologize to my children daily. I'm not the best homeschooler. The best baker or cook or sister or friend. I'm not the best blogger with the hippest looking blog and sponsors, I don't even know how to make a link? Make a link, is that a thing? And I'm an even worse wife when I compare myself to others. I don't leave my husband love post-its on the fridge everyday. I usually have a messy house and I struggle with letting my husband be the head of our household when sometimes I think things should be done a different way, sorry about that babe.
But I'm learning to take a step back. What good does it do us to compare ourselves to others? What do we get out of it except for a bruised ego and the feeling of not being enough. What does that teach my children? That they should never try for fear that they may never be the best?
And oh, is that ever true. If you're constantly comparing yourself to someone else you'll never measure up. And if I truly believe that this world is but a vapor there's really no use in comparing anyways.
I shouldn't try and measure myself with this world's measuring stick when God doesn't require that of me. The knowledge I have through him is worth far more than any recognition, fame or money I can make in this life and that the Mother & Wife I want to be through God may not be the one the World thinks is the best. I want to take pride in my accomplishments, at how far I have come and not look even further ahead to that woman I envy who seems to have it all together. Who knows who she's comparing herself to? And maybe the secret to her success is that she's not.
Once I stop comparing myself, I might just give myself a little credit.
Came across this recipe the other day and was pretty stoked. I bought a Costco sized bag of Chia seeds and have been searching for ways to use them. This "pudding" sounded delicious since it's Mango season here and the island is starting to heat up!
No dairy. No soy. No gluten. Vegan.
Could also easily be made nut free by replacing the almond milk with rice milk.
Also, try different variations! I think next time Ill make this with chocolate almond milk, almonds & blueberries. Yum.
Mango Coconut Chia Pudding
1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 cup Lite Coconut Milk [the kind in the can]
4 tbs. Chia Seeds
2 tbs. Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1 mango, cut into cubes
2 tbs. Honey
1. In a bowl whisk together both milks, honey and chia seeds.
2. Stir in mango and coconut until throughly combined.
3. Cover and refrigerate over night!
4. Feel free to top with more fruit, honey, granola or whatever sounds good! I put hemp seeds on top of mine for even more nutritional value.