You’ll want to eat the entire batch of these Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Ooey, gooey Nutella oozes out of the center of each sweet, moist cookie.
Today, if you don’t mind, I’d like to talk about saying “no”.
Often times we get into phases of our life where things might be getting pretty hectic. Maybe we’re trying to build a business, trying to move up in the corporate latter, or planning for a big event. Whatever it is, we’re swamped. But although this might feel like a crazy, insane, overwhelming, stressful time – it’s usually all positive things.
I’m the type of person that needs to have a lot going on or else I’m incredibly unproductive and I feel like a couch potato. But once I do have a lot going on, I’m like: AHHH I HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON.
What I’ve learned over the last year to year and a half is how to say no. I provide this time frame because I have never been as busy in my life as I am right now. And being so busy requires you to make some difficult decisions. Through my job, and through my blog(s), I have learned how to make the right decision for what I want to achieve, for what I have going on, and essentially, how to assess situations and opportunities.
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The obvious situation here is this: at times I am offered what immediately sounds like a wonderful, fun, sometimes paid opportunity via The Blissful Balance. In the beginning, I was a yes woman. I was like Oprah, but with yes’s. YOU GET A YES! AND YOU GET A YES! EVERYBODY GETS A YES!!
But it proved the wrong way to work and the wrong way to grow. I was saying yes to things that wouldn’t take me in the direction I ultimately wanted to go. I wasn’t making the right decisions for my brand, for my audience, and for myself. I can easily look back and say “wow I was an idiot”, but truthfully, I think it’s good for people to go through that phase. It’s how you learn.
By the same token, I experience this at my job from time to time. I almost feel more like I have to say yes to everything at work, because “it’s my job” (and because I hate conflict), versus with my businesses. However, I have learned that saying “no” can be better, even in the workplace. In the past, if somebody presented an idea to me that I wasn’t in love with, I just went with it, even though it was my job to express my concerns or give input. I was scared. I didn’t have confidence. I felt like I would be shot down.
Now? I feel confident in my abilities, and if I don’t feel something is right for my position, or for the company depending on stages, phases, historical data, and simply my own personal experience and knowledge, I feel perfectly fine saying no. And that, my friends, makes me feel empowered. You should try it sometime!
So, because of the lessons I’ve learned, I have a new decision-making process in place. Actually, I recently had to really use this process to make a tough decision. My process is to think about:
- How much time will this take?
- How will I have to rearrange my schedule for this?
- What will I get out of this?
- Will this take me forward, or leave me stagnant, or even take me backward?
- Does this opportunity have anything to do with my purpose and/or goals?
I was given an opportunity to travel recently (paid travel, basically my dream come true). Andddd, I turned it down. Womp womp, right?
But funny enough, I felt amazing after denying that opportunity. I felt mature, self-aware, and like I’d finally, fully understood where I wanted to go. That opportunity was great, but it wasn’t coming at a good time, and it wasn’t going to lead me toward the success I strive for on a daily basis.
But do you know what I always say yes to? *abrupt subject change*
Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Yeah, because who the heck wouldn’t?!
This is actually a recipe repurpose of an oldie but a goodie – my Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies. I took my old recipe, adapted it, and instead of using the Nutella inside the dough, I stuffed each cookie with it. Trust me, it’s better this way. With each bite you experience Nutella oozing onto your tongue in between each sweet, soft, pillowy chocolate chip cookie. Lord have mercy Jesus take the wheel.
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- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs, or 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp Nutella
- Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a cookie sheet.
- Combine flour, baking soda, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix together.
- Add in coconut oil, vanilla extract, eggs, and almond milk. Mix by-hand or with an electric mixer until well-combined and dough forms. It will be a wetter dough.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Using an cookie scoop (ice cream scoop) scoop out balls of dough. Roll with your hands, flatten a bit, and place on the cookie sheet. Press gently with your thumb a little indent in the center of each. Place 12 pieces of dough on the sheet, sitting evenly about 1-1 1/2 inch from each other.
- Using a teaspoon, add a dollop of Nutella in the center of each cookie.
- Using the same method as step five, add dough on top of each nutella-stuffed piece. Instead of forming an indent, this time form each piece into a “dome”, covering each dollop of nutella. Press the edges of each cookie gently to ensure Nutella doesn’t seep out during baking.
- Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Have you ever felt empowered by rejecting an opportunity?
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