“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
– Roy T. Bennett
I’ve been thinking….
….that here we are just re-emerging from COVID, and here we are in Pride month, and here we all are just doing our best to re-integrate ourselves back into some semblance of normalcy. So, what does all that mean? It means sometimes things are confusing, and sometimes things are harder than we think they should be, and sometimes being “normal” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And that’s all fine. But we are still left with the question: “Now what?”
For many of us, the past year has re-introduced us to our home lives, to our families, our pets, and a curiously simpler life that we have learned to appreciate and love. More togetherness. We may not even WANT to go back to the “office” because we have fully embraced the changes, the gifts, that COVID brought about. Isn’t it interesting to think that a year of fear and change has given many of us that which we most desire: simplicity, happiness, contentment, and an easier path.
These are indeed things to celebrate.
Yet, with all this change, whether you are returning to your ‘previous’ life or embracing the new one, it’s important to recognize that change is easier with support. Who is your support? What are you doing about taking care of yourself during this re-emergence?
And, what does all this have to do with Pride Month? Because we are all in a time of “firsts”, and we are in it together. Let’s celebrate that! Although our experiences may not in any way be the same, lots of us are entering into “firsts” – first decision to stay home and work, first time to keep kids home while working, first time to express your sexuality differently, first time …… on and on and on.
Not the same……. yet the same.
On that note, we are introducing a new series of podcasts to chat on a variety of subjects. My daughter Maddie and I together will be casually discussing many of these topics in an open forum. PLEASE if you have an interesting subject, send it our way! We would love to include any ideas. Our first topic will be on this very subject of supporting yourself as you enter into change. How are you changing? Who is your support system? Why are you making the change and how are you managing it? Is it just about career or is it family and personal life too? Let’s talk!
In private sessions with my clients we always discuss support systems. It is so important to surround yourself with others who not only share the same beliefs as you do, but who BELIEVE IN YOU. This quote from Renee Trudeau really embodies that: “Pay attention to what you want, not what you don’t want.” If this resonates with you, I’d love to chat. Let’s schedule a complementary session to see about your own support systems and how we may support you. www.tinyurl.com/callwithlynette
We are hoping to get our first podcast out the week of July 1 and we will keep you posted! Please message us at email@example.com with any ideas/information. To schedule a complimentary call with us, click here: www.tinyurl.com/callwithlynette
As always we look forward to hearing from you!
Recipe of the Month:
- 1/3 of a jalapeno, sliced (optional)
- 1 tablespoon shallot, plus more for garnish ( or sub 1 green onion)
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1 large English cucumber (12 ounces) sliced (or sub-Turkish cucumbers, or any thin-skinned cucumbers)
- 1/4– 1/2 cup cilantro (or sub fresh dill, Italian parsley or even basil)
- 1–2 tablespoons lime juice (or lemon)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- poached shrimp ( optional) drizzled with lime, olive oil, salt
- 1/2 cup cucumber- very finely diced
- 1 –2 tablespoons shallots- very finely diced
- 2 scallions ( or chives) – thinly sliced at a diagonal
- cilantro, finely chopped
- Lime zest
- Microgreens or edible flowers (coriander flowers, borage, nasturtiums)
- 3 tablespoons sour cream, thinned with 1 tablespoon water
- Place the first 12 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- To serve: divide chilled soup among bowls and garnish beautifully.
- Refrigerate until serving. You can make this a day ahead. Taste and adjust salt, spice level, and acid to your liking.
- Prep any garnishes you are using, finely dicing cucumber and shallot, slicing scallions, etc.
- Mix sour cream and water in a small bowl (if making the swirl).
Link for recipe: https://www.feastingathome.com/cucumber-soup/
Yoga Pose of the Month:
Legs Up the Wall – Viparita Karani
Legs up the wall are the king of all restoration poses. The results are felt from deep within to the outer body. To practice this pose, lie down on your back and scoot your bum all the way up to the wall. Then put your legs up the wall to form a 90 degree angle. A pillow or folded blanket underneath the bum can be used to help support your body. Breathe in this position for 5-10 minutes.
Link for picture: https://www.activekids.com/parenting-and-family/articles/5-yoga-poses-for-better-sleep/slide-4
Link for yoga pose: https://www.samasati.com/healing-yoga-poses/
“The purpose of life is to be happy.”
– Dalai Lama