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Simple & Holy

Simplify. What a beautiful, absolutely refreshing concept it is that this word implies. Rather than meaning mundane, plain, or boring, as some might think, to me this word fully encompasses what a renewed life should, and can, look like. In the New Year we simplify and set goals for the next 12 months, during spring cleaning we organize our homes, rooms, and closets and simplify them. When one is baptized into the Kingdom of G-d they choose to simplify their heart and make room for what is now most important. We do undertake this idea of simplifying periodically, but it is not enough. Piles upon piles of junk accumulate anyway, in our thoughts, words, bedrooms, minds, lives, etc. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my heart & soul could really use a breath of fresh air to cleanse myself from this clutter daily

To dig even deeper into this idea of simplicity, though, let’s build a connection between it and the word Holiness. I have been learning a lot about both of these terms recently, and how curiously similar they really are. To be simple can also mean to be holy. Any everyday occurrence, such as putting on your shoes or making the bed, can become a meaningful way to elevate ourselves to G-d. Just by purposely thinking about how thankful I am to have multiple pairs of shoes that I get to choose from each day, or praising G-d for blessing me with a comfortable bed and a house to sleep in every night during the process of these things, I can work towards achieving this state of elevation. It is all about having a positive, grateful mindset.

Think about the moment of baby Jesus’ birth. There was nothing absolutely extraordinary about it from first glance. I mean, yes, legions of angels appeared in the sky and sang praises to a baby whose birth was witnessed by farm animals, but still, for the most part it was a simple night, with simple people. But it was also the holiest of all holy nights. This occasion in history, as well as all the other stories that are written in the Bible for us to read at any time, sets a perfect example of marrying these two concepts, simplicity and holiness, and receiving a breathtaking life full of His blessing in return.

xoxo,

Ashton

Smoothie- Simple&Sweet

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alrighty friends. today we are talking smoothies(one of my all-time favorite things). honestly, I’m not one to measure out every little ingredient or even follow a recipe- especially when it comes to smoothies. most of the time i just throw together whatever we have and hope it ends up tasting good! but hey, then you can know you are drinking a one-of-a-kind smoothie that will probably never be made again and feel super cool right? whatever the case, i kind of have a certain recipe that i always tend to lean towards & that is what i’ll be sharing with you today!

INGREDIENTS: (like i said, this is never exact but for the blog post’ sake here are some general measurements)

–2 cups frozen berry mix–2 cups frozen strawberries–1 cup coconut milk

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first choose your fruit, i used a frozen berry mix from costco as well as frozen strawberries. using frozen fruit is great because there is no need to add ice, which can water down your smoothie ((no bueno)). once you’ve poured in your fruit you need a liquid, otherwise, well it might be difficult to blend. i love using coconut milk because it adds a nice texture and more to the taste rather than just berries. i actually did not have coconut milk while making this smoothie but i did have coconut cream(basically the same thing just thicker) so i just mixed equal parts of that with water and tada! coconut milk.

then we turn on the blender and mix that baby up. once it’s to the texture you want, pour your creation into a cup, pop in a colorful straw & sip away!!

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i hope you try this recipe because it’s legit life-changing, sooo simple to make, super healthy and you can’t forget how incredibly tasty it is! if you do give it a go, send me a picture somehow or someway through one of the many social media apps we have now, haha. thanks for reading!

-Ashton