Hi everyone. I hope you are all well and having a wonderful February thus far. Last Sunday was a very exciting time for me, as I launched my new wellness program, Nourish 360, at the Seaside Yoga Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California. After months of hard work and dedication to creating a program that I believe will help women feel more vibrant and joyous, I was excited, fulfilled, optimistic... and nervous. After all the bulk of my hard work was finished, it was time to show up and give people access to the program that I have been so excited to share. Something I put so much of myself into. It was time for people to respond to what I had created.
Insert fear. A voice in my head appeared questioning my capabilities, questioning whether people would identify with my vision, questioning my own journey, questioning myself. I had put so much of myself into my program, and I started to worry that people wouldn't respond to it well, and thus... they wouldn't respond well to me. I was scared and uncomfortable. But I pushed through those feelings knowing that regardless of how people responded to what I was giving them, I was staying true to my vision. And sometimes your own vision, your own journey is scary, uncomfortable, and hard work. But you push forward because you know its what you are suppose to do.
When we put so much of ourselves into something, of course it is natural to get worried that it won't succeed how we expect it to or that it may take us to places that are unknown or that people may not fall in love with what you have presented them. And sometimes not knowing where you are going or where things in your life may take you is scary. But I am learning to embrace scary. Scary can be great. The secret is to put yourself out there, trust in your journey, follow your intuition, and you will be just fine. And what if you fall right on your face? You will dust yourself off and learn how you want to do things different. You will learn what works and what doesn't work for you. And you will own it. You are strong and powerful, after all. And what if you exceed your expectations? Did you ever think of that? If you let go of control and worry and you allow space for yourself to truly expand? You will do things beyond your dreams. You are capable of infinite possibilities and while that is scary, its pretty darn exciting.
So, my dear friend, you need to start putting yourself out there. Whether its eating healthier, or starting a new business, or asking your crush out for a coffee. Put the worry, and the outcome, and the control aside. Instead, put yourself out there. Yes, it can be downright scary, but you will do amazing. There is really nothing to fear. And the failures will come, no doubt, and then you will learn. Thats how you get to know yourself and thats how you grow. You will have many breakthroughs and you should stop, enjoy them, and pat yourself on the back. They are all wonderful. Truly. But it all starts with going for it. And its going to be a little uncomfortable, but you've got it.
Part of Nourish 360 is following a whole foods diet for 3 weeks in order to reset your body and mind. I am doing the program with my students and we are working together. AND, I have a major sweet tooth. Refined sugar is not a part of the whole foods program and this brings up a lot of discomfort for me. (But really, thats a whole other topic.) So, instead, I wanted to share my solution to my roadblock with you. Its in the form of a raw chocolate fudge and its downright delicious and super easy to make. Plus, with tons of antioxidants (not to mention mineral and vitamin rich) its healthful, amazing, and refined sugar free. I was faced with my first discomfort of this program and in my discomfort came this recipe. What success will come out of your willing to put yourself out there, be vulnerable, and blossom? I bet amazing things. :)
Enjoy this recipe. Follow your path. Even when it seems scary and uncomfortable. You are too amazing and have too much to offer not to.
Raw Chocolate & Walnut Fudge
by Stephanie Horning
Yields 12 pieces
A amazingly delicious and nutrient dense fudge.
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 2 hr
3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup smooth unsalted almond butter (cashew butter or peanut butter may be substituted)
1 cup raw cacao powder
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
¾ cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well, so there are no clumps to be seen. Line a loaf pan with wax or parchment paper by cutting one long strip so the paper hangs over the wide parts of the pan. Pour fudge mixture into the mold and place in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours. When set and firm to the touch, run a knife along the edges of the fudge and lift out with the parchment. To slice, place on a cutting board and dip a sharp knife in hot water to ensure a smooth cut. Enjoy this delicious fudge!
You may expedite the setting process by placing the fudge in the freezer.