I can’t remember where I saw it, but in a feed somewhere I read that this time in our history will be known as “The Great Awakening”… and this comforted me. Thinking that most of the collective uncertainty, disappointment, and disbelief many of us are feeling these days will ultimately lead us to important work and connection with each other beyond what we can imagine right now. I like this idea. I want to be an active participant in The Great Awakening. I don’t think it has to be a grand gesture, maybe more small ones stacking up—building a sturdy, layered, colorful foundation. Like listening when you want to talk, helping create more win-win situations, or bringing a delicious soup like this one to your friend or neighbor.
For many of the people closest to me (including moi), 2016 was a year of building. A year of lessons. And building. Did I mention building? 2017 is going to be all about more sharing. And more listening.
Here’s what I’m proud of from 2016:
I’ve deepened connections with talented, passionate women who inspire me beyond belief.
I wrote, designed, photographed, and illustrated a second (!!!) 320 book. (A process that requires a book in itself)
I completed a massive project that took me 1.5 years to create that I’ll be announcing any day now. (Gah!)
Here’s what I’ve learned:
Periods of discomfort usually lead to periods of “ah-ha!” and clarity—they need each other. Just be patient…
Feel it to heal it—don’t hide or distract yourself from sadness, overwhelm, fear—face it, look at it with open eyes, learn, make smarter decisions, and move forward.
Reach out when you need help. Most folks like to help even if you think they don’t.
Just because I can do it all doesn’t mean I should! I keep having to learn this one over and over, so here’s to putting more collaboration (maybe even adding team members) into practice in 2017!
In the spirit of sharing even more in 2017, I’m thrilled to tell you about a new cookbook from someone who I know worked her butt off in 2016. Ashley Melillo from Blissful Basil released her cookbook of the same name on December 29, and it’s a beauty she should be very proud of.
Ashley not only wrote and developed all of the recipes, but she took all the food photos herself too, which let me tell you, is no easy feat! You can tell she poured her love for plantiful ingredients and her soul into every colorful, drool-worthy page.
Ashley (and the publisher for YumUniverse, BenBella) is letting me share her Carrot & Coriander Bisque with YU and they’re also providing a copy of Blissful Basil for a Giveaway! Good stuff to kick off 2017, no?
What I love about Ashley’s approach is that she knows health isn’t just about more sweet potatoes and kale. It’s about mental health, too—doing your best to spend your energy on the things that areShe has a pretty inspiring campaign going for her cookbook launch that I think YU and I can get behind. So, to enter the giveaway, we’ll need some of your good mojo to add to The Great Awakening 🙂
To enter the giveaway:
1. Register here.
2. Tell us with a post comment below one important lesson you learned in 2016, and then share one thing that makes you feel blissful and hope to do more of in 2017.
3. If you want, spread the word, #honoryourbliss:
4. I’ll choose one winner at random by January 16, 2017, so good luck, friends!
Now, make some delicious bisque.
I didn’t have pomegranate, so I topped my version with a little toasted coconut, cilantro, and some Citrus Spice Cashews which lawdy lawd, was a delicious combination.
Now, I want to hear from YU. What’s something you learned from 2016, and something that makes you feel blissful that you’d like to do more of in 2017? Tell us with a comment below…