I haven’t felt like writing recently but with the New Year approaching, I felt like it was time to pick back up for a bit.
I use to be the kind of person that subscribed to the notion that New Year’s resolutions were the sort of thing that would help. The resetting of the calendar creates a time that seems perfect for starting anew. I would set goals of loosing weight, drinking less soda, not eating out as much, or saving money (the usual laundry list of traditional resolutions).
Then I realized that a.) that was stupid and b.) hardly anything stuck.
So instead, I started using this time to reassess the broader issues in life, mainly, am I happy and fulfilled? I told M yesterday that 2013 was the year of “no.” (and then I read this article which confirmed I was on the right path). I’ve realized that I’ve let many things go because I’ve been “too busy.” I miss reading, traveling, and spending time hiking. I’ve been infront of my computer nonstop for the past few months (starting a new business will do this too you, though- I just need better time management with this).
The bottom line to everything is: am I happy? Because if I’m not, what’s the point of doing something?
This past year has revolved around those two questions. I found that the career path I’ve been on isn’t the one I’m truly passionate about and I started making steps towards something new. I can’t express how grateful I am that through this little blog, I found the best business partner for which I could have asked. I think the business has far exceeded both our expectations. I’ve also been fortunate to pick up more and more freelance photography work, which makes my heart sing.
And then there’s M. We had our share of ups and downs but I believe we needed to go through it all to get where we are today. He’s truly my best friend and every day we strive to make each other a better (happier) person. He’s been behind me 100% with all the crazy and not-so-crazy ideas I’ve had. And of course, I’ve been behind (pushing) him to make quite possibly the craziest move he’s ever made by moving to California.
It all seems crazy but if wasn’t, life would be rather boring.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a new year. I’m looking forward to seeing how the business continues to grow, the move to California, and of course, the wedding in September. I also think this year is going to be full of reading, hiking, dancing, singing, traveling, exploring, snowboarding, and cooking.
It’s going to be a good (happy) year.
Sweet Potato Soup (and the New Year)
This soup is simple. I had an abundance of mashed sweet potatoes leftover from Christmas and I was quickly tiring of eating just leftovers. Of course, this is just as easy to make from a sweet potato too. For an extra flavor, try roasting the sweet potato first and then pureeing it with broth (you may need a little extra than what the recipe calls for.) I'll leave this soup a bit thicker and serve over rice- makes for a great, one-bowl meal.
- 2-3 medium sweet potatoes (1 1/2 cups puree)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2-3 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup cilantro, mined
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 teaspoons honey
- To make puree, peel sweet potatoes and cube. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook potatoes until tender. Drain and to a food processor. Add 1/4 cup of broth and puree.
- In a pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Dice onion and add to pot, cooking until tender, 6-7 minutes. Add in paprika, turmeric, salt, and pepper, cooking for 1 minute.
- Stir in 2 cups broth and sweet potato puree. Bring to boil, reduce to a simmer, and let cook for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Add more broth to reach desired consistency.
- Stir together greek yogurt, cilantro, honey, and lime juice. Pour soup into bowls and serve with a dollop of yogurt.
by Erin Alderson