For a long time I tried to hang on to the ways that much of our culture seems to enjoy the fall and welcome the holiday season. I tried to bake the cinnamon rolls and drink the pumpkin spiced latte and fit myself into someone else’s perfect scene. Except, that way just doesn’t work for me.
I don’t thrive when I bake traditional goodies too often, drink cups of sugary warm drinks, or restrict or put labels on how I eat. Hey, I’m different, and isn’t that just great.
And maybe I am really not all that different from the rest of our culture; maybe more sensitive to my body’s cues. But what I do know, that when I forget about what works for everyone else and tune into what I need to feel good, I experience a more empowered and knowledgeable existence.
Knowledge is power when it comes to so much, but especially when it comes to our bodies. When we can pay attention more, when we learn what works for us, we learn how to thrive. And when we take the next steps that are crucial for our own growth and forget what others beginning, middles, and ends look like; we embrace our own, unique journey and its own, unique needs. And that is powerful indeed. I mean, what would you do with more energy, more clarify, and less guilt + judgement in your life?
I have come to embrace that I love certain feelings about this time of year. I love the colors, the light, the pumpkin spice, the cuddles, and the warm drinks in mugs. But much of what I love, I put my own spin on. The spin that works for me.
For example, I know for myself (and undoubtably you are different and alike in various ways) that Halloween candy doesn’t bring me a whole lot of joy. It just doesn’t taste great to me anymore or leave my feeling well. BUT, I still yearn to celebrate this time of year with seasonal delights. I still yearn to celebrate the changes in times of year, and make special treats, and have fun while still supporting my well-being.
I wanted to bring to the table two different ideas because maybe, they will resonate and work for you in some way. One is a pumpkin breakfast cookie recipe. I wanted to give it to you a couple days before Halloween so you could gather the ingredients and bake on or before the day, to feel like you are imbibing in the festivities in a different way, that hopefully leaves you feeling good in your body.
Second, I have some journaling questions for you to answer in your favorite journal while you enjoy these cookies with a cup of coffee, tea, superfood hot cocoa, turmeric milk, or another. To spend time not only celebrating this season, but celebrating your inner wisdom. Because, you have a ton. And your inner wisdom is guiding you to be a little different from everyone else. And its important to listen. Because for no other better explanation than … its your superpower.
Pumpkin + Spice Breakfast Cookies
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 cup pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut sugar, optional
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 pumpkin seeds for cycle days 1-13 or sunflower seeds for cycle days 14-18
1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place all ingredients in the food processor and pulse until well combined, about 5-10 times. Stir in the chocolate chips if using.
Roll cookies into ping pong sized balls and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Press the dough to slightly flatten. Top with a sprinkle of pumpkin or sesame seeds.
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Enjoy these treats cuddled up in your favorite fall sweater and answer the journal questions below.
Journaling Questions for Discovery
What do I practice in my life that seems to work for others, but I know intuitively does not serve my highest good?
What do I crave more of in my life? (Let the guilt, the shoulds, and the ego fall to the side, write this list from your soul)
What lights me up and gives me energy?
What depletes me?
Is there something I practice in my life that I feel is a bit different from the normal? How can I celebrate that aspect of myself?
I invite you to share the ways that you celebrate the seasons a bit differently in the comments below. Something that may not look like what everyone else is doing, but that works for you. Your thoughts and ideas are so inspirational. Happy beautiful October!
We still have a few spot open for our Winter Solstice Women’s Dinner + Intention Setting Workshop and we would love to have you. Learn more here about our lovely evening celebrating the seasons, community, and our inner wisdom.