This is such a special time for me, not only is it my birthday month but its also Holistic Foodie’s birthday! So I had to create a special recipe and this dairy free matcha cheesecake is a perfect celebratory dessert. I cannot believe I launched this website one year ago today and about two years prior I launched the business which really was just my Instagram account haha. It’s crazy to think how much has changed since I began this site and I have surely had my fair share of stress with it but also the best moments as well. This site (and launching my biz) has been beyond scary for someone like me who considers herself more of an introvert but I am really proud that I decided to take this leap of faith. I am also super proud of this dairy free matcha cheesecake as well!
When I think of how much I have accomplished over this past year with Holistic Foodie, I really couldn’t be more proud and although I still get stuck in the comparison game with other bigger sites and more prominent nutritionists, I have to remember all that I have done. I know I have spoken about this comparison trap before, but I think it bears repeating once again since I think so many people can relate to it. The fact that I actually put this website up and put myself out there is HUGE and it not easy for anyone to do. Constantly creating new content and worrying about what people will think are huge issues that I still think about, but I also have to remember the end goal of all of this and that is simply to not only have a voice, but to share it with as many people as I can. Sharing recipes like this dairy free matcha cheesecake is one of the ways I can share my voice.
It’s easy to get caught up comparing yourself to others and then start feeling bad about where you are, which is also why it is important to remember (and celebrate) how much you have accomplished. It’s a constant internal struggle that I know so many people face no matter what career they have. The best thing you can do is learn to just focus on you and be happy with what you are doing, as long as you believe you are doing your best then who cares about anything else?
For the past eight years, I have also worked in a bureaucratic office trying to climb the corporate ladder but feeling as if something wasn’t quite right almost the entire time. I ignored my intuition before I ever started working there when I had a gut feeling it wasn’t right for me, but after almost six years of schooling and debt, I ignored that feeling. Day after day, month after month and year after year, I told myself it would get better when I reached a new level in the organization, but it never did. There was always a voice whispering to me “this isn’t what you were meant to do” until finally at some point, I had a breakdown. I remember coming home from work and just sobbing uncontrollably on the couch, thinking “is this it, is this my life now?” and feeling guilty that I had these feelings at all because I had what so many people wanted, a secure government job with benefits, a retirement package waiting for me when I turned 55, but still it wasn’t right. You can read more about my journey to holistic nutrition here.
Coming full circle!
At this point, I had been on a plant based diet for about 4-5 months and the most devoted reader of several food blogs, mainly Oh She Glows (who isn’t though?!). I kept wondering to myself, if she could do it, why couldn’t I? I picked a WordPress blog (a free one) and came up with a domain name and said to myself I am going to be a food blogger. This would be a passion project, something I could work on, on the side and would keep me happy. I never published one blog post… I got scared and said “no one cares what I have to say…” and ended it right then and there. But I still felt unfulfilled and woke up dreading every day I had to go into work and the best part of my day was deciding what to make for dinner, no joke! I stumbled upon Meghan Telpner’s website and instantly fell in love with her. After browsing through her site/aka obsessing over it all, I saw that she went to the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and decided to give that a look.
A leap of faith!
From that moment, I knew what I had to do. It’s also no coincidence that after losing my mom to cancer three years prior that this created an unwavering urge to help people. I had a strong belief that food was the most powerful tool you can use to live a healthy life and wanted to be a spokesperson for this. At my core, I have always wanted to help people and I never felt that I accomplished that in my day job, I was too disconnected from everything, I felt I had no purpose. I truly don’t think there is a worse feeling to have, it eats away at you and can make you miserable. From the moment I started nutrition school I can honestly say that my purpose has never wavered and is now stronger than ever. I love sharing recipes like this dairy free matcha cheesecake and nutrition info with you.
You do you!
If you are feeling lost, hopeless or just plain stuck, remember that you don’t have to feel that way. You just have to find what works for you, give it everything you have and keep going even when you feel like giving up. Maybe its the Capricorn in me, but I have a strong ambition to succeed and work as hard as I can, but I believe in you too. The world needs to see what your talents and passion are, we are waiting. I want to see your version of a dairy free matcha cheesecake, whatever that may be.
Dairy Free Matcha Cheesecake
I firmly believe that a birthday is not complete without a cake. Although this is not a traditional cake, this dairy free matcha cheesecake is soooo creamy and delicious, you need to make them!
I hope you enjoy this dairy free matcha cheesecake as much as I did and if you want to make it into one big cake, by all means you can do that as well.
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Please let me know if you make these mini dairy free matcha cheesecakes, I love hearing from you!