Meet me in the Middle

If this blog post could play music, "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey would be playing, and I would be jamming out. The lyrics encompass a relationship; however, the premise of the song goes hand in hand with this excerpt. 


Within the past few years I have become very present to the ever changing stages of womanhood. I am fortunate to be surrounded by all types of women (single, married, with kids, without kids, divorced) given my personal training business, and each are on a different journey. Going from brand new in a career and trying to find one's way, to getting in a serious relationship, to diving head first in owning a business, to getting married and possibly having kids. With each milestone comes amazing stories and a new purpose, but also an unspoken judgement between each other. 

I am baffled at how being single (aka: no husband nor kids) seems to mean that you must accommodate to the ones who have these things. Why is it that my plans of hanging with friends, staying up late working, or simply wanting to lay by a pool or sit on a patio and enjoy a cocktail are considered second rate? It is my mission for women to be empowered and confident in whatever path they take, and I take it to heart when we feel the opposite. I would love to get a phone call and have a friend or family member want to meet me somewhere with their kiddo that is not 100% on their time frame and only ideal for them. Time is precious. I believe it is just as important to sacrifice single gal plans as it is to sacrifice kiddo nap time. To think opposite is not fair. Meet me in the middle. 

As women, I long for us to meet in the middle, to respect each other and our choices. Our lives are different and we are on our own journey. Ideas of fun may have shifted, and I believe it's important for both parties to understand we’re finding happiness in our own way. I am excited and ready to meet my partner-in-crime and connect with friends and family who are in that stage of life, but until then, I am going to walk in my single woman shoes and continue to embrace life with every bit of vigor, love, and gusto.

Sweet Potato Casserole

One of the dishes I make for Thanksgiving every year is sweet potato casserole. It's pictured below. I found a recipe that took a spin off the original sweet potato dish I had growing up. This one is way more nutritious and is not loaded with sugar all while tasting great. Even the most picky eaters in my family love it!

Sweet Potato Casserole

4 large sweet potatoes
4 eggs
dash of sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut milk (the thick kind in a can)
4 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup almond flour
1 1/2 cup walnuts
6 TB coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp cinnamon

Peel sweet potatoes and cook in a crockpot on high for 3.5 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine batter ingredients in a food processor and add sweet potatoes once finished cooking. I found it works best to add the sweet potatoes in the food processor because it makes the batter more smooth. Pour the batter into a greased glass 8x8 dish. I used coconut oil to grease the glass dish.

In a separate bowl, combine all the topping ingredients. If you are using coconut oil that is solid, you will want to melt it first. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, spread the topping over the sweet potato batter. Bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes.