I have a serious sweet tooth, friends. Along with that, I have a serious problem… My job is making me gain weight. It’s true. I sit in one place for hours at a time and it’s taking a serious toll on me. The weight gain is just the tip of the iceberg. As in, that’s the part you can see. But being holed up behind a desk all day with no natural light, no reason to move, nobody to talk to… It’s taking a toll on me.
To use the word again, I’m in a serious time of transition. I’m learning how to extract more from life. How to make it more meaningful and satisfying. Sitting behind a desk all day is not what I’m gonna do the rest of my life. I refuse. Right now I appreciate it because it buys me time to figure things out. I have a great boss and flexible schedule… It’s actually the perfect job. But there’s something nagging at me.
I’m on the search for something that fills me with joy. Something that allows me to be home with my kids. That isn’t too much to ask, right? I want to be home with my kids, I want to be happy and excited to work, and I want to be compensated for it.
I know this will happen for me if I stick my mind to it. I know it because I’ve seen it happen for plenty of others. Mostly, I’ve seen it happen to all of the underground hip-hop folks we listen to. They wanted to be rappers! By golly, if that’s not absurd I don’t know what is. But they’re making it… because they believed they would. Because he’s my favorite, I’m thinking of The Grouch especially…
This song inspires me so much. For a long time I just listened…
It wasn’t until the past couple of years, really just the past year, that I realized this type of thinking could apply to me too! I too can make my life whatever I want it to be. And I too aspire to something less conventional..
This blog is part of that experiment. I’m putting all of this out there because I want to hold myself accountable, but also because maybe you can join me? Maybe somehow we can create new opportunities together that we didn’t realize existed until we made them… Are you down? Are you brave enough to follow your dreams?
Think about it while you make this bomb little batch of cookies.
Gather yo shit!
Recruit small hands.
Paleo, Vegan, Egg/Grain & Dairy free Snickerdoodles
adapted from The Urban Poser
2 cups blanched, fine ground almond flour such as Honeyville
scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw coconut sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, honey and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly.
Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of the mixture and roll them into a ball in the palm of your hand. Roll the ball in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place the balls of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet and lightly flatten them with your hand.
Bake for 8-9 minutes. Leave cookies on the sheet while cooling. They will firm up as they cool.
PS – It isn’t lost on me that I talk about gaining weight and then share a cookie recipe. I’m full of contradictions…