My plan was to wake myself up no later than 8 this morning so I could get the ball rolling. Workout, homework, blog, clean, etc. Sunday Stuff. I bet you’re like Lee, when’s the last time you slept past 7? I stopped twiddling my fingers and got out of bed round 6. A girl can only dream.
So, yesterday I did a lot of self reflection. Why am I the person I am today? What shaped me? Am I vulnerable? What is vulnerability? Is it good? Who was I when I was 5? What kind of messages were sent to me growing up? What kind of messages are sent to me today? Do I really make a difference?
I am part of a program called the Tom Burnett Advanced Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota and we had our first meeting/retreat all day yesterday. The TBLP is a program created for a limited amount of second semester seniors (you have to be nominated, interviewed, and all that jazz) and focuses on developing leadership skills. WhaaaaA? Okay, it’s basically a program that brings together young leaders and students heavily involved on and off campus so we can reflect on our experiences and learn how to be better leaders. I think I just made 15 new bffs
Yesterday’s retreat was centered around reflection and team building. We started off our retreat with one of the most powerful TED Talks I’ve ever seen. It’s called The Power of Vulnerability, by Brene Brown. You should really watch it! Brene is super witty and a great public speaker!
One of Brene’s main points is that in order to love others, you have to love yourself. She also talks about the word “vulnerability” in a way that made me rethink the meaning as a whole. Before watching this TED Talk, I had always associated negativity with the word vulnerable. I was convinced that I, Lee, was in no way, shape, or form, vulnerable. That was the old Lee. I am no longer that girl who wants to fit in. Who wears pink on Wednesdays. Who drinks because it’s cool. I am Lee, an individual. A whole-hearted person with morals, and goals, and a family, and ambition. I am not vulnerable.
However, she describes vulnerability as the way of life. Everyone is vulnerable. Risk taking is vulnerable. Relationship is vulnerable. Letting yourself be wanted and loved is vulnerable. You need vulnerability in order to live. Even eating Coconut Peanut Butter Balls is vulnerable…Wow, I really know how to ruin the mood.
I didn’t mean to get all sappy on you guys, I just thought i’d do a little self-reflecting. It always helps to write it down, so thanks for listening Anyways, here are the recipes from yesterday’s post! One thing: I misplaced the recipe for the Protein Brownie Oat Bake. Arrrrrr. I guess that just means I’ll have to make another one. *tear*
Coconut Peanut Butter Balls
- 1C quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1/2C all-natural peanut butter, preferably drippy
- 1/2C honey
- 3 packets of stevia
- 3 + 2 Tablespoons of shredded, non-sweetened coconut
1. In a small food processor, process oats for 15-20 seconds. You don’t want to turn your oats in to oat flour, rather coarsely chop them up.
2. Add peanut butter, honey, stevia, and 3 tablespoons of coconut and process for about a minute, or until it becomes doughy. (You may need to add a squirt more of honey if it is still too dry.)
4. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and role between your palms.
5. Roll balls in remaining coconut.
Homemade Pistachio Nut Butter
- 1.5C pistachio nuts (de-shelled)
- 3-4 packets of stevia, to taste (or any other all-natural sweetener)Method
In a small food processor, whirl together pistachios and stevia. You may have to stop and scrape the sides a few times. Mine took a little under 5 minutes to become drippy goodness!
What words do you live by? Give me an inspirational quote!Are you are TED Talk watcher? What’s your favorite one?