The Other Side of Fear

Hey guys! I am excited to share this super simple chia pudding recipe with you! It was my first time making it last night and it turned out great. I was so nervous to attempt making this! I bought chia seeds almost a month ago to make this but every time I thought about doing it, I stopped myself. I'm not sure what exactly about making chia pudding was so intimidating. Sometimes we make small things into huge deals!

 

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

This was so easy! I have to admit I was nervous to make my own chia pudding. It seemed so complicated to me. But last night I decided to go for it, and it turned out great! This pudding took me about five minutes to prepare and then I let it sit overnight! Why did I think this was so hard? I searched recipes on the internet and then created my own version of this (although I'm sure many others have made it the exact same way as me). My mom always taught me to take a recipe and then make it my own! I love doing this because I can adjust recipes to my needs or taste.

What you need:

1 ripe banana

4 tbsp of chia seeds

1 1/4 cup of almond milk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp of Agave (a little more if you require a sweeter tast)

Steps:

1.  Mash up the banana

2. Stir in the chia seeds

3. Add almond milk

4. Stir together until consistency is smooth

5. Add in vanilla and agave

6. Cover and place in the refrigerator wait at least two hours or leave them over night!

 

Sometimes things that seem complicated or intimidating are quite the opposite. I have experienced this in multiple forms within the past few days and it keeps reminding me to step up and move forward. It may seem silly but I was nervous to make this, I had been putting it off for days, and now I'm not really sure why. Yesterday when I was in Yoga I had a similar experience with a handstand. Although I am a dancer and I have a good amount of strength and body awareness, going upside down or inverting has always scared me; it has scared me to the point that I completely avoid it. When the Yoga instructor yesterday directed us to bring our mats to the walls for a handstand series, I felt my heart drop. Not only am I fearful of inverting but my ego was also kicking in. What would the other people think of me? When I got to the wall I just sat there. The rest of the class was following instruction and hanging out upside down but I was still. I felt like I had a ton of bricks on my shoulders and in my stomach, I physically could not get myself to even try! This feeling was overwhelming and upsetting, I don't like it when I hold myself back. The teacher came over and after I expressed to her my fear she seemed uninterested. It wasn't in a mean way, it was like she didn't want to feed into whatever story I was creating in my mind. She said, "Are you ready to try? I'm here I won't let you fall." Of course I was still terrified but I realized she wasn't going anywhere until i did this. And then, bam! I was upside down. So easy, so simple, I didn't fall on my head, and the world didn't end. As I was suspended upside down I felt a great sense of satisfaction. It's not something I can express easily with words because it was a very deeply felt moment. I love moments like that. When I go to a place I never thought I could. It was just a handstand in Yoga class but tomorrow who knows what it will be. It's so important to face fears, because once you are on the other side of fear, it's usually not so scary.

Thanks for reading!

 

Stay Balanced,

Natalie xo