It was over a bowl of crunchy cashew banana oats, that I officially began my New Years Resolution.
Each new year, I like to plan out what my important goals will be. Sometimes I fall flat on my face and realize that I did nothing to achieve my resolutions. Other years I’m overwhelmed by all that was accomplished.
This year, I decided that I wanted to make my goals entirely achievable. Which explains why “travel to Paris” isn’t on the list. Maybe next year.
What was on the list, was the goal of reading one book a month for the entire year of 2011. Today, I finished January’s book: Brooklyn.
At first I didn’t much like the book. It was—what’s the word?—simple. Almost too simple. But then I realized that it was simple because Elise was simple. She was a young girl who knew nothing outside of her hometown in Ireland. She thought nothing would ever change. That her sister Rose and her mother would always be right there. That life would continue on, just as is.
And then things change. The book becomes more complex. Elise travels to America to find work, and the book has an undertone of fear. Fear of the unknown. And then, when she meets a young Italian man in America, the book become becomes light. Frivolous, even. Exciting.
The book keeps changing, as each part of the book holds a new tone. It’s rare to find a book that can change a character—change the entire tone—while still holding true to the personality of the original character. The book is raw. Simple. Complex. Sad but real. Honest.
I loved it!
I think the key for pulling through with New Years Resolutions and goals for me, is to break them down month by month. It holds me accountable, and I absolutely love the fresh start that each new month (each new DAY, for that matter) brings.
Crunchy Cashew Banana Oats
I’ve been eating this standard breakfast for the past week or so. I love the sweetness of cashew butter and bananas, and I love the crunch that granola brings to the table. It’s a wonderful, winning combination.
You could make this stovetop, of course, but preparing the mix the night before and microwaving it the following morning produces very similar results. Letting the oats sit in the liquid for a nights course softens them right up; you will have a deliciously creamy bowl of oatmeal in 3-5 minutes flat. Enjoy this warm treat on even the busiest of mornings.
- 1/2 c. oatmeal
- 1 c. milk + 1/4 c. water
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 Tbsp. crushed flax seed
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp. Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
- 2 Tbsp. cashew butter
- In a large, microwaveable bowl, place oatmeal, milk, water, banana, flax seed and spices in a bowl. Stir, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning, uncover the bowl and microwave for 3-5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with granola and cashew butter and enjoy with your favorite book.
Question: Do you make daily/monthly/yearly goals for yourself? How do you make them achievable?