We’re at the end of February and even though Spring doesn’t technically start until March 20, the sun is shining and it’s almost 15°C so that almost counts as the beginning of Spring. I can’t help but feel like every change of season is a new beginning, the same way New Year is for most people. And especially spring. I mean, the snow starts disappearing, flowers start blooming, while the mornings are still cold but somehow warmer and more optimistic with the sun shining and morning dew on the grass.
Side note: while writing this I’m listening to the Mellow Workflow playlist on Spotify and it’s giving me major “relaxed but very productive and inspired Monday” vibes. Also, I’m snacking on a GF seed bread with hummus, goat cheese, and arugula which has been my obsession and go-to lately. So delicious.
I’m feeling especially positively charged, creative, inspired, and ready to start new things and move ahead with both my personal life and my business aka my blog. I’m so happy to say that because I’ve been in such a funk these past few weeks, I’ve been unproductive, and overall not in a good place. But hopefully, I’m able to turn things around and take control of my life again, basically.
Last night I was browsing the internet and reading through my favorite blogs when I stumbled across the Cashew Kitchen blog. It was 100% love at first read, if that’s a thing. Agnes has such great genuine writing style and you can read her personality and her message through her writing and her photography. That’s what inspired my need to find my visual voice and really transform my blog into a space that’s mine. A space that describes me, what I’m all about, my passions, and my message. They do say the best ideas happen at 1 am, right? Probably not but that’s how it works for me anyway. I came to the conclusion that last week, when I said there was something lacking on my blog but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was, it was the “me aspect” that was lacking. I’ve been too focused on creating recipes just for the sole purpose of producing content regularly, trying to please everyone with the stuff I create, caring too much about other people’s opinion. I’ve been focusing on promoting content, SEO, and other boring business stuff while what my posts really needed was a bit more personality. Because the truth it, you’ll never please everyone, it’s impossible. Whether that’s in your personal life or your business, not everyone will like the things you do and that’s just how life works. It’s when you stay true to you and stand up for what you believe in that you find your real tribe, friends, followers, or in general people who believe in you.
I’ve been too focused on creating recipes just for the sole purpose of producing content regularly, trying to please everyone with the stuff I create, caring too much about other people’s opinion. I’ve been focusing on promoting content, SEO, and other boring business stuff while what my posts really needed was a bit more personality. Because the truth it, you’ll never please everyone, it’s impossible. Whether that’s in your personal life or your business, not everyone will like the things you do and that’s just how life works. It’s when you stay true to you and stand up for what you believe in that you find your real tribe, friends, followers, or in general people who believe in you. When talking about blog specifically, the best ones are always those you can clearly distinguish from the rest. The best ones are those where you look at a photo and instantly know who took and edited it and who’s words you’re reading in a blog post. That’s what I’m striving for and that’s what the following to do list is for. And in case you have the same goals as me, I hope it inspires you and motivates you to work on those things too. :)
March To-Do List (blog and finding your voice related)
- Do this exercise
- Find a photo editing style I’m happy with (I’ve been spending hours editing and re-editing photos in lightroom lately totally indecisive about how I want them to look) ⇒ get a look that’s true to my brand
- Seach for camera lenses I’d possibly buy in the near future to change up the look and feel of my photos
- Write from the heart, be genuine, be yourself, tell a story, and talk about other things than how delicious a certain recipe is.
- Review my blog’s categories, organize them, create new ones if needed – all based on what I want my blog to be about and what message I want to portray
- Brainstorm new logo ideas (Maybe? – not sure if I want to do this yet but sometimes you have to make a big change when you’re feeling stuck, to feel creative again)
- Develop and test recipes (obviously)
- Brainstorm new blog post ideas I’m passionate about that aren’t recipes
- Be more organized and plan blog posts and all things related to my blog more in advance
- Get into video more (in case I still have time for it with all the other things)
Okay, those are all my thoughts on that topic, now let’s make some Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls! These are actually ridiculously easy, you won’t even believe it. I mean, you only need 3 INGREDIENTS?! How awesome is that? Dried apricots, brazil nuts, vanilla, and that’s about it! You also add sea salt but who doesn’t have salt, right. Oh and cinnamon but that’s totally optional.
I hope you enjoy these and if you do, let me know how they were, I’d love to know! :)
- 1½ cup brazil nuts
- ¼ tsp vanilla powder
- ¼-1/2 tsp cinnamon (depending on how much you like it, can be omitted completely)
- pinch sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
- ½ cup packed dried pitted apricots
- 3-4 Medjool dates (if needed, or sub more dried apricots)
- Place the brazil nuts, vanilla powder, cinnamon, and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times until you get coarse crumble (process them less to keep the energy balls crunchier with visible pieces of nuts or more to make them softer).
- Add the dried apricots and process until they all break-up and start forming a dough. If it's not sticking together well, add the dates or more apricots. Dates will make it sweeter.
- When try to form a ball and if it's good, scoop it all out and start forming small balls (I did about ½ tbsp each).
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container. They might be soft fo all the processing and rolling out but they will harden up in the fridge. They should keep for 1-2 weeks. Or store them in the freezer for 1-2 months and just defrost a few every time you want a snack.