On multipotentialism.

Do you ever feel like you will never get anywhere in life because you are ALWAYS CHANGING YOUR MIND?

I have always hated how gung-ho I get about things in the beginning – when everything is fresh and new and exciting – but how in the past I have gotten bored with things in time, and my interest waned. I don’t want to be the person who is perceived as unreliable or flightly because my interests are constantly changing or a business failure because I seem to dabble in almost everything.

I love this idea of “multipotentialism,” a term coined by Emilie Wapnick over at PuttyLike (if any of these sentiments sound familiar, you must visit her site!). The first time I heard her Ted Talk I was practically jumping up and down in agreement that it is perfectly acceptable not to have a single true calling.

In the past this has frustrated me, but now I see opportunity to grow and allow myself to pursue excellence in whatever interests me in the moment. The goal isn’t to commit to one thing now and forever; the goal is to commit to excellence in whatever you do.

It’s OK if you are devoted to one thing for life or if your interests are constantly changing; the goal is that you execute with excellence, serve with care, and live with integrity, in everything that you do. If that means you move on to the next thing, great!

Have you experienced this frustration? Are you living it right now? Join me in the Level Up Mamas Facebook community and tell us what you’re pursuing now and whether you feel validated by the idea of multipotentialism!

My favorite homemade protein shake

This year, my fitness goal is to be STRONG and harder to kill. Kind of like this guy:

weightlifter

Well, maybe not exactly like this guy. But I do have tattoos.

My goals will involve joining a crossfit gym and lots and lots of hiking along with eating well (with the occasional cheat meal! Can’t be perfect 100% of the time, am I right?). I want to share my current obsession, a homemade chocolate-banana-almond butter protein concoction that you’d be crazy not to like.

I’ve always been a little wary of the protein powder craze. I hadn’t had good experiences with these meals-in-powder-form in the past… a lot of the time they were super gross and I couldn’t bring myself to drink them a second time. But the formulas have gotten MUCH better, and paired with carefully selected whole ingredients, tastes better than any sugary chocolate shake you’d normally categorize in your splurge repertoire.

There are plenty of protein powders out there that meet my criteria for building strength and supplying extra protein, although I do have my favorites. As long as your system can tolerate whey and you aren’t a vegan, this is the go-to for protein supplementation in our house.

My whey non-negotiables are that it comes from cows that are grass-fed, that it is undenatured (meaning it is made from non-pasteurized, raw milk… mmmmm*), is sugar-free, and preservative-free. Organic is a bonus, but not a requirement. Why? In my research I have found that due to the rigorous and expensive organic labeling certification process, some companies choose not to go that route. However, if they put as much care into the creation of their product that meets all of the above criteria, I feel that a label won’t mean much when it comes to the benefits I experience as the end user.

With that in mind, this type of whey, when not flavored, will be hard to mix when you aren’t using a blender. Fortunately, my recipe (and I use that term loosely because I eyeball everything, and so can you to taste) calls for one, and you will swear you are drinking dessert instead of helping your body recover and build muscle!


Ingredients:**

2 scoops of NAKED WHEY
1 ripe banana
Heaping tablespoon of Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter
1 tablespoon Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder
Sprinkle of Simply Organic Cinnamon
Couple tablespoons of Certified organic honey (raw, unprocessed, unpasteurized is best!)
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk (you can also use raw cow’s milk, chia milk, or coconut milk as the liquid base… can’t go wrong with any of them)
Ice


(Sometimes I’ll add in some greens like spinach – you can’t even taste it when you add it into smoothies… makes the color a little weird though.)


Throw in a blender -we love our Ninja’s single servers! Mix and enjoy! And feel free to experiment… if it’s not sweet enough, add some Stevia or more honey; if you like dark chocolate, double the amount.


What’s your favorite after-workout treat? I’m expanding my recipe horizons and would love to hear some ideas! Link ’em up or share below!

*If you haven’t tried raw milk yet, you are missing out. I’ve never tasted milk so delicious in my life. I was totally scared to try it at first, but then I did, and it is a splurge I am willing to make from time to time.

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What’s your theme for 2016?

Welcome to my new site! I’m so excited you are here and I hope you will join me on this evolutionary journey through 2016 and beyond.

This past year was a transformative one for me in more ways than I can count. More on all that later.

There will be many stories to share, ways to connect, and opportunities for growth that I want to invite YOU to take part. One thing I am sure of is that this will change and evolve along the path I walk this year, but if 2015 proved anything, it’s that life is exactly that way!

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The theme I choose for this year is PROACTIVE.

With this, I am proclaiming to be:

Strong
Healthy
Whole
Positive
Influential

Half the battle toward change is declaring the change that you want, first to yourself, and then publicly.

The public part is the scary part, am I right? Suddenly there’s this element of accountability there… and if you’re being honest,  you don’t want actual accountability, do you? You may want an easy out when you feel lazy; you don’t want to risk humiliation if you fall on your face.

It’s normal to feel this way. I feel this way, RIGHT NOW. But I am at a place now where the desire to make the life I dream of a reality is stronger than the fears that have held me back.

The truth is, I’ve lived too long in a perpetual visionary state. What I mean by that is I constantly live in the future, in my mind, but I am have not been doing anything today that will make that future a reality.

Mindset is everything. Maybe you can relate?

I am happy to say that a lot of things I envisioned in the past have become reality. I hope that by sharing my experiences here that you will grow and make desired changes too.

What is your theme for 2016? What do you declare within that theme? Share your intention in the comments!