KaiZen (noun): To Be Better. I have been working on myself a lot in that last month and I am not much of a “New Year’s Resolution” type of person because I prefer to continuously have goals to always push and challenge myself. However, as I move into the new year I have committed to continue to push myself to be better. Ever since I have shifted my focus and mindset my mind has been craving change and growth. To hold myself accountable I have joined forces with an incredible group of people to follow the KaiZen mantra. KaiZen is Japanese for improvement. It is the understanding that improvement is progress, not perfection. We all move and grow in different ways and at different paces.
As I continue to push myself to better I need to remind myself that I can’t be perfect nor will I ever be perfect. All I can do is to be a better version of myself as I was the day before and motive and show others how they can do the same. Just like many people, I have my physical goals all set to go for 2017. A new goal that I am setting for myself (that I have never done before) is to set a mindset goal. My goal is to approach everyday with a clear and positive mindset. This isn’t going to be easy and there will be days that I fail. That’s okay because I am not looking for perfection. I am looking to continuously improve myself. As important as it is to be physically healthy, none of that hard work matters if our minds aren’t healthy. What are you going to do to continuously improve yourself? Set a goal, make a plan, envision reaching your goal and get after it!
These little wedges are bites of pure happiness. These would be the perfect appetizer to serve for New Year’s Eve while getting your champagne on!
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- ½ - 1 lb bacon
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp course sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix the spices and set aside. In a large bowl toss the sweet potato wedges with the coconut oil then add the spice mix and toss until all wedges are coated. Wrap each wedge with a piece of bacon using a toothpick to keep in place.
- Spread out on a baking sheet and cook for 35-40 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. Serve