There is something about a margarita that feels both casual and elevated at the same time. Assuming it is not made with some corn syrup laden pre mix (ew- gross), it is actually quite the artisnal libation often made with fresh ingredients including herbs, fruit, and vegetables. Just the other night I went out to Tru Foods Kitchen in Santa Monica and had a ginger margarita that was so refreshingly sweet, and tangy that it sizzled and popped with every sip. Rest assured, I have every intention of recreating it for the blog, so stay tuned for that. Until then- this margarita is the drink I made to round out my Cinco de Mayo week on the blog (yes week, because tacos, gucamole and margaritas deserve to be celebrated for at least week) and purposely posted it on a Friday, to celebrate the end of a really good week that was the product of a function called: communication.
Communicating sounds easy enough, right? You tell another person what you need to say. Except that it can be really difficult to actually just speak up. Other people can’t read our minds, but that doesn’t stop us from getting wrapped up inside our own, spinning our wheels and making a situation more dramatic then it really is. We struggle with finding the courage to confront someone or we are scared about how it will turn out, and what the other persons reaction will be.
I know personally how hard it can be to speak up when something is bothering me and over time the frustation only builds. Like when a friend hurts your feelings and instead of confronting her, you don’t respond to her texts or calls. Its so easy to complain about what is going on to our friends, family, any one who will listen really, but taking action and speaking up about how we are feeling and the changes we want to see with the person or people involved- thats the hard part. But it is the key to the kingdom.
Tony Robbins has a straightfoward and perfectly laconic quote that I repeat to myself whenever I am holding back from talking to someone: “The quality of your life is the quality of your communication.”
I’ll repeat that again for emphasis “The quality of your life is the quality of your communication.”
(and the quality of your food, duh).
How well you communicate with others your feelings, your ideas, your needs is directly realted to the quality of your relationships and your life. This also means asking for what we want, either from people or the universe. You do not get what you do not ask for and although I believe its wonderful to be free from wants, I think its truly magical to freely let yourself want, and to dream a little bigger. After all you deserve an amazing abundant life. Yes, you.
Communication is key to understanding where others are coming from and what its like to walk in their shoes. It helps break down barriers and allows you to find a common ground. We are all human, and go through similar experiences and ride the same roller coaster of emotions. More often than not, being real with people will strengthen your bond, or at the very least the respect you have for one another. Communicating your ideas creates the space for them to come alive. And the world needs more people who have come alive.
So if you are resisting a conversation with someone, invite them over and make a couple of these margaritas. I am sure it will help lighten the mood and get ya talking. Just kidding.
Ok I am not kidding at all, make a margarita.
This cocktail is refreshing, sweet, sour, spicy and fun.
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the cucumber. Depending on how spicy you like things, you can remove the seeds from the jalapeno or not.
Put all ingredients in a pitcher or large jar and let sit for 1-2 hours for the flavors to meld. Serve over ice.
If you want to serve right away, muddle the cucumber and jalapeno in the bottom of a drink shaker, add the liquids, give it a good shake and then serve over ice. This is enough for two drinks. ENJOY! Drink responsibly.