Nurture, one of Savor Your Soul's favorite words, the other being "Nourish". Today I am going to focus on Nurture, caring for yourself and others, encouraging growth and development. We can all be good at taking care of our children, significant others, parents, friends...but the one most important person we neglect is ourselves. Giving ourselves time and attention, checking in with ourselves to see how we feel, what we need emotionally and physically. Most of us would say that we are on the bottom of the nurture list in our lives, this needs to change, you need to slowly move yourself to the top of that list!!! Making yourself the priority, if you don't, who will???
Nurturing happens from the inside out, connecting to your heart, your soul, knowing what makes you who you are, in turn knowing what you need in order to feel comfortable and complete. Comfort in your own skin, comfort with choices you make, comfort with who you choose to spend your time with, not wasting your time or energy on things or people that no longer serve you. Keeping yourself clear and cleansed of all the negative energy around you, avoiding those things or people that weigh on you, take too much from you, people or things that do not support you and your choices.
Nurturing does involve finding the things that make you happy, doing the things that make you happy, the things and people that feed your soul, encouraging your own personal growth and development. YOU, need to feed your soul, don't wait for someone else to do it for you. Taking care of yourself can feel selfish and that is okay. Be a little selfish, making sure you have what it is that you need in order to be whole and complete. This makes it easier to give to others, or a job, a sport, a fitness routine, being present for your family, whatever is important to you and your world.
Steamed Clams with White Wine and Garlic
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small-medium shallot, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups white wine
2 pounds littleneck clams cleaned and scrubbed
Juice of 1 lemon
Small bunch of fresh parsley leaves roughly chopped
Begin by heating a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter and olive oil. Cook until the butter is almost fully melted.
Add the chopped shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes, until shallots just change color. Add in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring everything together.
Pour in white wine and add in the clams. Give them one good stir and cover skillet with a lid. Cook clams until they all open, about 7-9 minutes. Sometimes it might take a little longer for them all to open up.
Once done, turn off heat and add lemon juice and fresh herbs. Give everything one more good stir and serve.