30 Intentions For My 30s

For my 30th birthday blog post, I started a few different lists, including 30 lessons I've learned, and 30 reasons I'm glad to be 30. But I realized I don't want to look back on what I've learned and how I've changed, I want to look forward. I want to ask, what else is possible?

I feel as if I have been waiting my whole life to enter this decade. I have idealized my thirties as a time when I will know I have arrived in adulthood. Of course now that I'm here, I realize I've been in "it" for years.

This decade of my life in this body is unwritten. My hope is that these intentions serve as the architecture for what is to come:

1. I go to bed at a decent hour.

2. I share my thoughts in personal and public ways.

3. I write and read everyday.

4. I make new friends and keep the old.

5. I practice patience and equinimity.

6. I see more of the world.

7. I submit and publish my stories, essays and poetry.

8. I enjoy the life I have built and the person I discovered in me in my twenties.

9. I speak nicely to my husband and children.

10. I choose love.

11. I moderate my internet and social media usage.

12. I move my body daily and I eat organic, whole, tasty foods.

13. I balance consumption with creation.

14. I feel my feelings without trying to numb them.

15. I am confident in my talents and abilities.

16. I value my worth.

17. I give freely and I receive freely.

18. I believe in the beauty of my dreams.

19. I do not worry what others think of me or say about me.

20. I stay true to myself and my values.

21. I measure time in inspiration rather than productivity.

22. I believe in miracles.

23. I notice synchronicities, and I let them guide me.

24. I listen to my intuition and I follow my heart.

25. I read to my children.

26. I date my husband.

27. I stay connected with my loved ones.

28. I practice non-attachment.

29. I relax into the present moment.

30. I allow the universe to show up for me in exciting ways.

Writing this list felt good. A wave of well-being moves through my heart each time I read it.

Thank you for being here, and please feel free to add your own intention for the next decade of your life in the comments below.

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Happy First Birthday, Skyla + Date Carrot Cake Recipe

My baby is one. She taught me how to love all over again. She completes me in ways I didn't know I was incomplete. She inspires me every day to be better than before. Read the story of Skyla's home water birth here, see the photos here.

I didn't quite have the time to bake a healthy cake from scratch for Skyla, but since I did this for Giovanna's first birthday and similar iterations (albeit with more sugar) for all of her subsequent birthdays, I scraped together stolen minutes and made something wholesome. Which meant the cupcakes were not even close to being in the oven when our first party guest arrived. Alas, the creation was worthy of the chaos. Even if she did smear and smash it more than she ate it.

Here is my recipe, inspired from a few different sources.

Date & Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

For the cake:

1 cup whole wheat white pastry flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or combination of nutmeg & ginger) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt coconut sugar (I just sprinkled this in, probably 1/4 cup, but 1/2 cup may have been better) 3 eggs 1 stick melted butter zest of one orange (I probably zested less than half of the orange because I was short on time!)

Pulse in food processor-- approx 3/4 cup pitted dates 3 chopped carrots

Combine all ingredients, spoon into 12 muffin tins and bake 20-25 minutes at 350.

For frosting:

8 oz cream cheese 1 stick of butter maple syrup to taste

Combine in mixer and use a frosting spatula to frost cooled cupcakes. For best results, add sprinkles.

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