“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
– Ellen Goodman –
I’ve been thinking….
Hello everyone and welcome to 2021. Never did I imagine last March that in January of this year I would still be zooming from home, running a new operating system in almost every aspect of my life, and talking to so many of you experiencing change, stress and what we are now so reluctant to refer to as the new “normal”. What a year we just lived through.
As I write this today on the inauguration of a new president of our country, no matter what our personal politics are, I believe that we can all agree on the fact that there is a need for change. The need is not just political, although we can probably agree on that – the need is so deeply personal. Depression, mental health and suicide rates are skyrocketing especially among women. The need is to reach out and help one another is powerful.
Not only are we facing another year of great change, we are still adjusting and for all intensive purposes our lives have been changed forever. Most of us have gotten used to our computers, to zoom or google hangouts, and to being at home, to shopping from home and to wearing masks whenever we go out.
In the “old days” I would have spent some time in early January evaluating the past year in simple categories: health, business, family, fulfillment….although these are all still so important things have changed dramatically. I have had to adjust physically to different workout schedules, lots more at-home dining (which means I can control what goes in my body), movement (which can be challenging) and family (also challenging for many of us with out of town/state children and relatives.
Still, January is a time for assessment. What else can we do to improve our new lifestyle? And, perhaps most important, how can we help others, and who can we help most?
As some of you know, I am offering Healing Technique Workshops in which we use the tools of Yoga Therapy (Breathing, Visualization and Meditation) to create CALM and HEALING. Tried and true, these methods really work. If this resonates at all with you, please let’s schedule a complementary call at www.tinyurl.com/callwithlynette to see if it is a fit for you or anyone you know. I love working with brilliant, mature women to help them achieve as much as they are capable of.
Our next workshop begins February 12.
As always I am here to serve. Enjoy the rest of this thought provoking month and cheers to a new year!
Recipe of the Month
Asian Turkey Meatballs
These meatballs were not only delicious, but super easy to make! A great complimentary side was brown fried rice with assorted veggies. The sauce for the meatballs was amazing as well and went great with the rice. Filling and satisfying, this meal is sure to become a family favorite.
1 pound ground turkey
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 cloves garlic minced
1 whole green onion both green and white parts, chopped
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
green onions for serving if desired
sesame seeds for serving if desired
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, green onions, egg, sesame oil and soy sauce. Mix with your hands until combined.
Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside until meatballs are done cooking.
Grease a baking sheet with oil.
Portion out 12 meatballs. (Working with slightly wet hands helps)
Place meatballs on the oiled baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until fully cooked, flipping halfway through.
Take out of the oven and toss with the Asian sauce.
Serve immediately and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Note: If you are freezing the meatballs do not toss with sauce until ready to serve.
Yoga Pose of the Month:
Picture source: https://www.pocketyoga.com/pose/sphinx
Lower onto your belly and slide the forearms forward so your elbows align under the shoulders. Lengthen your lower back by drawing the tailbone toward your heels.
As you press the forearms firmly onto the floor, relax your shoulders away from your ears, keep your chin parallel to the floor, and reach actively through your toes. Finally, draw the space below your navel away from the floor and towards your lower back. Take 5 to 8 breaths.
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
– Aristotle –
To learn more about the healing workshops and schedule a complimentary consultation to see if this is a fit for you, click here: www.tinyurl.com/callwithlynette