Maple Walnut Chia Seed Pudding

Maple Walnut Chia Seed Pudding |

I’ve been told there are two types of people: problem causers and problem solvers. We can talk about the third type later.

Perhaps being a problem solver means recognizing what real problems are. And having the strength to squash the fake ones. Maybe it means accepting that real problems will always exist. There’s pain. There’s poverty, illness, helplessness, homelessness, devastation, natural disaster, events that leave us powerless, suns that explode and destroy solar systems. Yeah. How do we even begin to fix that?

Perhaps through acceptance. Through taking a birds-eye view.

And when we are fortunate enough to have the option to change a situation, the utter refusal to stand powerless goes a long way.

Suddenly, our intense need for affirmation from others gets jettisoned into perspective. We see the bigger mountains, and realize that our molehill sucks. We are so going to squash our molehill.

And in so doing, we can be our own solution.

And once we have dismantled our own molehills, we can be a solution for others as well. We can be problem solvers. We can solve real, mountainous problems. We rock.

Our perspective enables us to be thankful for what we have. Because no matter how little we have, we always have something.

We can spend our valuable time on what matters . . .

We can stop doubting ourselves. . .

Life is way to short to spend another day at war with yourself

We can love with intention . . .


be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

We can stop worrying about worrying . . .

We can cleanse ourselves of our most powerful toxin: fear.

We can heal ourselves of our addictions.

And in so doing, we will have the clarity to see what truly matters in life: giving love, empathy, and compassion to those who need it, and to those who may not really deserve it. We can help each other, because we will no longer be consumed by the molehill problems we used to lock inside of ourselves.

We have integrity; we find comfort in our integrity, because we can trust ourselves to make the right choices.

We can live a simple life, realize our needs are simple, and fulfill those needs gracefully. We can make badass maple walnut chia seed pudding, because that shit’s delicious. And it’s simple.

Maple Walnut Chia Seed Pudding - a healthy, vegan dessert that takes seconds to make! |

And squash some molehills while you’re at it.


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  1. Julie

    Well, I feel empowered! Like, let’s kick some butt and figure things out! I hope I’m a problem solver and not always the problem (although I’m guessing I’ve been that a time or two in my life). Got to make some chia pudding. I hear it’s like spinach to Popeye! I’m strong to the finish ’cause I eat my chia pudding. Hmmm…I think I need to work on that.

    1. Julia Post author

      Ha! We could get chia pets together and keep each other updated on our chia progress! Yup, the texture is similar to tapioca – only difference being the chia seeds are smaller than the tapioca balls (I call them tapioca balls because I have no clue what the actual term is for them..they’re pretty much a mythical creature in my book. Where does tapioca come from? Outter space as far as I’m concerned). 😉

  2. Monet

    So this looks gorgeous. Of course. And I can’t wait to try it. But girl, your words hit me so hard tonight! Thank you for inspiring me and encouraging me to embrace healing, hope, and compassion.

  3. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Thank you. I really needed to read this. Definitely just put a WHOLE lot in perspective for me…like seriously. But I’m not so sure I can be as easily persuaded by the whole chia pudding thing. It’s just so…so…weird! Haha!

  4. Lia Huber

    The principal at my daughter’s school has a sign on her door that says, “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” I’m a positive person to begin with, but I’ll tell you, whenever I see that sign it stops me short and makes me check in with my attitude. Little tweaks. Such a big difference. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Ardys

    Well said and very inspiring, but where’s the recipe for the kickass maple chia pudding? Haha, that is how I found your blog, looking for a recipe, but what you gave me was much more sustaining, thank you.


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