It’s been a while but I pray you are well and happy. As a writer, it’s rare for me to run out of topics to write about. I don’t experience writer’s block often. And I usually find inspiration all around me. But the past few months have been challenging and for the first time I have felt like I have nothing to say, well nothing to write. So I took this time to listen to God, pray, and focus on things that I’d been conveniently avoiding. I kept getting this message from random devotional emails, friends, newsfeed articles and public speakers that there is a season for everything and when things are still it could be a season of reaping. Since I tend to be super driven, I often feel like if I’m not doing “something” then I’m not being productive. But the past few months have shown me that this ins’t necessarily true. Sometimes when we are still and just sit back and receive, breakthrough happens.
This year I didn’t write a birthday post, which I like to do because I feel like it’s the perfect time to assess what’s going on and hear what God has in store for the coming year. I did learn quite a bit about what to expect for my 33rd year on earth, and I did experience the natural shift of people in my life – losses and gains. I’m grateful.
Something unexpected and exciting was the publication of a post titled #BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out . It happened to publish on my birthday and without the author realizing it, confirmed a question I had on my heart and that was if God was truly leading me to eat like Daniel. A plant based diet is no doubt a compassionate way to eat and I have been following this way of eating (on and off) for quite some time. Through the publication of that pretty impressive (and humbling) article, a TV producer found me and wanted to know if I wanted to be a part of a documentary she is currently filming. This documentary is about black culture and vegetarianism. When I received the email I was surprised because she sent me screenshots of women she had already interviewed and they were academic scholars and published vegan authors. But when opportunities appear like this with uncanny connections I know who they are from. So, I said “yes”.
As soon as I said yes, it became clear what I was supposed to talk about in my segment. It’s something that a handful of people close to me know about but I haven’t publicly written or talked about before. Over the next few weeks I look forward to sharing more with you in detail. I shoot my segment for the documentary next week. Oh, and if you want the recipe for those amazing Rose Cacao Figs above, check out the recipe below ;-). They really kick sugar cravings.
- 8-10 fresh figs, washed and dried
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 tsp rose water
- 1 tsp agave
Blend the cacao powder, coconut oil, rose water and agave together in a bowl. Dip figs into cacao mixture and set on parchment paper. Sprinkle cacao figs with toppings if desired (I used cinnamon, cacao nibs, lavender and sea salt). Place in fridge for 1 hour. Enjoy.