If it wasn’t already, it became undeniably apparent this Thursday, that I didn’t inherit my mothers sense of directions. It is, that I’m slightly… Directionally challenged shall we say? Plop me in a forest and I can find my way back, but stick me behind a wheel or god forbid, put a map in my hand and who knows where well end up. One things for sure, it’s bound to be an adventure. If you’re looking for a rekindling of your faith in humanity (as everywhere, of the many places I stopped for directions, people went graciously out of their way to help me) or looking for a scenic tour of the province, hop on in as my passenger and give me the directions!
Thursdays 1.5 hour drive found me backtracking & lost amid the labyrinth of the one way streets of Hamilton concluding with a 3.5 hour journey to my destination. Hamilton now being the brunt of all jokes and the Bermuda Triangle of my adventures.
I did, however scenic, arrive at my destination and settle in with my aunt to talk business over a smoothie fix from Fiddleheads. Perhaps the best smoothies I have ever had as I have admittingly day dreamed about them since the very day I took my first sip. I was almost as excited for the smoothies as I was for the summit I was about to attend. My heart is truly edible.
I had to recreate my own version of this delicious smoothie for you, of course, so keep reading!
But first, before satisfying the taste buds, lets satisfy the soul with a few sips of my top lessons learned from the summit:
Top empowering messages from women to women (or women to man, this applies to you too!):
- The three P’s
- Passion: follow your passion, know what you love, surround yourself with it, keep clear visions and you will never lose your way (so long as I’m not driving you there)
- Perseverance: keep moving forward (eventually you will find your way out of Hamilton)
- Persistence: create your own doors when you find a wall, be flexible in life and take it in stride, persist to connect and share your passion. Our speaker spoke at We Day by persisting after being turned down numerous times. Turns out no-one had actually read her story. She was told that she didn’t have a chance, the speakers had been chosen, but she could meet with them for a half hour and in that time she had sold her story and the space was opened for her to share her passion in front of a stadium of enthusiastic listeners.
- We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are leaders of today! Life is too short to work in a profession you don’t like.
- Amen! Keep your vision and work for it, love it, live for it. Create your life, your work, from the heart.
- If it is to be, it is up to me.
- You take control of your own success/ failure and embrace self improvement. Learn how to fall and get up quick with a smile on your face and always keep your vision. Trust in the magic, greatness is squared.
- Inspire someone everyday.
- In how you live, in the way you utterly support another’s dreams, inspiration multiples.
~ A bite for the Road ~
Quick and easy road trip approved snacks:
- My aunt supplied me with raw almonds and walnuts at her office to suffice until the smoothies as my stomach sounded as though I has been traveling 3 and a half days instead of hours
- At the venue, the food ended up being platters of cookies the size of my hand and fudge squares, so I kept to the water until we happened upon the herbal tea! Blackberry raspberry tea to be exact.
- And for the long trek home through the dark as my directions slipped down the side of the seat (you thought I was lost with directions…) and it took another 2 hours, I packed a fresh, juicy apple to enjoy.
With uplifting imagine Dragons through the stereo, I finally found my way home by 1am and collapsed into a warm and cozy bed, no directions needed.
So perhaps the greatest lesson I took from this road trip:
May we all be with the intention to get a little lost, lose our path a little ways, learn to enjoy the rocky road and reach out to others until we find our path once again. All roads will eventually lead you to where you need to be but our greatest lessons may come from veering off the map. My lesson this time: investing in a map, having emergency supplies of rationed food, and Imagine Dragons is always a good idea.
Without further ado, here is my take on the smoothie I indulged in from fiddlesticks.
The Rocky Road Shake
A rich, decadent chocolate smoothie cut with the sweetness of fresh, juicy strawberries and a slightly rocky edge of raw cacao nibs.
- 1 Frozen banana
- 3/4 C fresh, organic strawberries
- 1/4 C Unsweetened coconut/almond milk
- 1/2 C Spinach
- 1/2 tsp Chlorella
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract (alcohol free)
- 1/4 Cinnamon
- 2 TBSP Carob powder
- 1 TBSP Raw cacao powder
- 1 TBSP raw cacao nibs
- Blend all ingredients apart from raw cacao nibs. Add milk to desired consistency.
- Add the raw cacao nibs and blend a few seconds to grind them up until they are small chunks.
With a delicious smoothie in hand, I am off to get lost in the forest for an afternoon of fresh air, sunshine and hopefully some deer sightings along the way.
To the rocky roads through our own Hamilton’s,