The fact that we’re half way into August already is a little overwhelming! When I signed on and saw that I hadn’t posted on my blog since December 2017 it got me thinking about time; Does it feel like December was yesterday? Or like it’s been years? What have I accomplished in the past 7 months? Are things going well? How have I grown? How have things changed?
The bottom line is, the answers to all of these questions depend on my perspective. I was chatting with my good friend yesterday and she brought up the topic of astrology. She said it’s supposedly the best year for Scorpios, which she is, but she was still trying to decide if that felt true for her. She began running through what sounded like an inventory…
I’ve found out important information about my health and why I’m not feeling well… Check!
I’ve left a career opportunity no longer serving me… Check!
I’m in a fantastic loving relationship… Check!
I’m pursuing further education and training opportunities, which I hadn’t done in the past three years… Check!
As she went on through her list of what’s going right, it was hard to consider the alternative- 2018 not going well! So often when talking with friends I find us quickly going down the rabbit hole of everything going wrong… long hours at work, difficult bosses, finding time to exercise, and on, and on. How often do we sit and actually look for what’s going well?
As someone prone to anxiety and worries, one of the things I’ve focused on this first half of 2018 is looking for the good, and finding good things in the present moment, not in the past, and not in the future.
When walking to work I now focus on looking for things that I like- the dress someone’s wearing, flowers at a corner bodega, a cute couple holding hands, the blue sky, a charming restaurant… Sitting in a dragging meeting I’ll scan through the room and admire a picture hanging on the wall, someone’s pair of shoes peeking out from under the table, or even the pink pen I’ve unprofessionally chosen to use. When recently sitting on a long flight (by myself- a very anxiety provoking experience!) the minute I would start to feel my heart rate pick up or my mind start to wander to fear based thoughts I would quickly start my scan; a nice colored scarf, a friendly looking neighbor, and the heartwarming movie on my tv screen (Devil Wears Prada to be exact.)
I’ve found that finding something to admire in each moment takes my mind away from any unpleasant feelings or thoughts disrupting my day. These more positive observations tend to give me a grounded, secure feeling. So, when thinking about which recipe I wanted to post for my first blog after this unintentional hiatus from blogging, these sweet potatoes popped into my head. Thinking about (and eating) these sweet potato fries give me that exact same feeling of warmth and grounding I’ve been talking about.
Even though sweet potatoes tend to be thought of as a thanksgiving/winter timed side dish, I’ve been enjoying them more than ever this summer. These white colored sweet potatoes are sweet and creamy… with barely any work, the hardest part is cutting them up. I throw them in the oven with a little seasoning and in no time at all they’re ready to be savored and enjoyed. As they melt in my mouth I can’t help but truly enjoy being in the present moment.
Melting White Sweet Potato Fries
4 Japanese White Sweet Potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
sprinkle of sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 400′ F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes well.
- Cut in half to create a flat surface, and then slice horizontally to make the “fries.”
- Place on the baking sheet, coat with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and crispy.
P.S. I have made these with oil and without. In this recipe I included the oil, but feel free to omit!