If one could guess, the color pink inspired me to do something cute, pretty and sweet. This 1970's dress is as pink as the beautiful blooms in nature, and as pink as a strawberry smoothie. But instead of just any regular smoothie, I decided to take it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to the flavoring.
The beauty of the wildflowers that bloom in Seattle inspire the soul to be as free as a bird. Freedom is something that everyone has a different idea of definition of, but I see freedom as being healthy, vibrant and alive.
My father always said, "There is nothing more important than your health. Without your health, you don't have anything."
"Always look on the pink side of life."
Being healthy is seen differently by so many people, but in reality the higher consumption of Whole Foods often equates to better health and a more robust immune system. One easy way to consume fruit during the summer months is through a smoothie.
Since the fruit is broken down, it is easier for the digestion tract to breakdown and absorb the nutrients. Anytime a food is broken down from its whole state, it will lose some nutrients. But for those who need gut healing (or just give your stomach a break) smoothies can be a part of that healing process.
This smoothie contains pineapple (and optional mango) which is known to aide in stomach digestion. Many tropical fruits, like papaya, are like nature's TUMS.
In this process, let the energy, vibration and healing qualities of the color pink to inspire you with a bit of a tropical twist.
This vintage 1970's dress and other vintage items are available on my Etsy shop, The Elizabethan Closet.
Tropical Strawberry Smoothie
1 heaping cup strawberries
1/2 cup fresh pineapple (or frozen)
optional: 1 mango
1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk from the can
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (dairy free)
Wash and cut the fruit, or remove the fruit from the peel. Add all ingredients to the blender, starting with 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Blend until smooth, and if still chunky, add the additional 1/4 cup of coconut milk.
Let's Connect! Enjoy some of my other smoothie recipes posted below!
Mindset is everything. Psychologists say that the "link is what you think," which gives precedence to how the mind affects our bodies and wellbeing in a positive or negative way.
We all go through ebbs and flows in life. Some time periods are good and flow with ease, where others are difficult and feel like one can't see the light of day. Whatever you're going through, just know that it is important to process the emotions, but not get stuck in a negative mindset.
Here are various mindset tips to help you navigate through difficult times.
Every Experience is Temporary
All time periods are temporary and those feelings and emotions will eventually diminish with time, healing and life experience. Even now during Coronavirus, this time period will end and things will go back to the life we know (hopefully).
Whatever negative or difficult cycle you are in, just know that this too shall pass. If trying for something better, know that life eventually works out in the right timing, and that persistence leads us to a better place.
Difficult Times are For Your Higher Good
Difficult times are not easy. Whether you've lost a job, had a bad dating experience or grieving a death, just know that every experience is for your greatest good.
Every person, situation or event that happens to you is there to make you grow, heal, purge wounds or make you reflect. Most people see hard times as something that is happening TO them, not FOR them. Some opportunities in life are also tests to see if you'll go back to old ways, or walk forward and away from the difficult people, job or situations that bring you down.
At the time none of it makes sense, but our souls are here to grow. We are put through difficult times in order for our souls to learn, grow and evolve. There is a lesson in everything, and for some going through hardship, the lesson is to learn gratitude, humility or appreciation for the things you once had.
Know You'll Have a Great Life
During tough times it is important to stay positive. Part of manifestation is knowing what was stated above, and that no matter what is happening around you in the world, you'll have a great life if you stay focused.
Blocking out social media and hardcore opinions is not easy. It is important to be aware, but not get sucked down the rabbit hole of negativity. Aim that arrow of focus to the things that serve you the most, which maybe healing, refocusing business pursuits, or getting your finances back in order.
So much of our lives we waste watching television or arguing on social media, that we are no longer focused or productive on the things that serve you in life, or can help you get to the next step.
Focus on Your Circle of Influence + Concern
A Circle of Concern encompasses the wide range of concerns we have, such as our health, our children, problems at work, the amount of government borrowing, or the threat of war. A Circle of Influence encompasses those concerns that we can do something about.
You cannot control other people, but you can control your thoughts, actions and behaviors. For those in activism, they can get lost in a world of negativity because they want to police everyone's opinions, or actions, but know that the awareness you raise helps, but there is a boundary to what you can control.
Focus on the positivity that your work or awareness does for the community. It is important not to get lost in the complex webs of the circle of influence or control especially during difficult times.
We have been bred to want to change the world, but only a select few souls will actually do that. The point is don't lose control of what you can't control. This will make difficult times a bit easier by having the awareness of what you can control, or what you let influence or control you.
Find Gratitude in What You Have
When going through a difficult time, it is easy to focus on all the things that are going wrong in your life. This is a time to practice gratitude and give light to the good or positive things or people in your life.
Write a list of what is going well. Did someone buy your coffee? Are your parents supportive of you? Do you have a reliable car? Do you have a pet that loves you unconditionally?
One of the most important parts of success is knowing how to recognize the negative, but not allow the mind to ruminate. One must recognize the negative, but also focus on the positive.
In summation, life is a series of peaks and valleys. Life is like the stock market. We are on a trajectory in life but go through highs and lows. When we are realistic in life, and understand that life is not always positive we can better mentally set ourselves up to navigate hard times by knowing it's a temporary experience that won't get the best of us.
How do you mentally navigate hard times?
Summer is the season of red white and blue. I have this 1950's cookbook that was made in Seattle named, Table Talk. Inside are hundreds of recipes that are easy to follow and make dairy-free. In fact, many recipes were naturally dairy-free.
I found this retro 1960/70's dress last year and have been waiting for the perfect time to recreate something from the past and make it something new. Inspired by the red and blue, it only seemed symbolic to reach for the stars this Fourth of July season.
The original recipe had only 4 ingredients: pie dough, strawberries, corn starch and sugar. Since the inspiration from this dress is as blue as the ocean, I decided to mix blueberries and strawberries together.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com