What Am I Meant For?

I watched the documentary on Tony Robbins called I Am Not Your Guru last night on Netflix. Wow. Watch it. That’s all I can say.

I didn’t really know much about Tony Robbins, except that he was this high energy motivational speaker. As much as I am obsessed with the self development genre, I haven’t ever read a Tony Robbins book.

Watching the documentary gives us a glimpse into what it is like to attend his intense conference for personal transformation. Just watching the documentary made me want to reflect on my life and what I am doing with it.

This morning I meditated and I imagined that Tony Robbins was talking to me. What would he say? If he picked me out of the audience and had an intervention on my life, what would he say? continue…

What Causes Us to Be Overwhelmed?

I’m constantly obsessing about how I can get everything done so I can be on top of stuff and spend more time doing what I want to do, even if that’s getting the proper amount of sleep at night. At the beginning of December, I wrote a post about taking time off from blogging so I could focus on getting things done and relaunching my blog in the new year. Then I deleted it because it didn’t feel right, but still have felt kind of off track with my blog and everything else.

This morning I gave myself some much overdue 750words.com time, which is where I write out my thoughts just for myself. It felt so good to allow myself the time to write for no specific reason other than to clear my mind.

I was writing about my longtime dream of getting my life together to the point that I get to spend my time doing what I want and was trying to figure out why I’m not further along with my goals. Then I thought about one of Julie Morgenstern’s books. continue…

The KonMari Method of Tidying Books

I love books. My favorite job ever was a student job working in the library at the University of Rhode Island (probably because I never worked a shift more than a few hours long), and my favorite task was taking a cart of books to be filed on the peaceful upper floors.

I still love going to bookstores and libraries, even though I usually get books online now. The library has seriously come a long way in a few short years in their ebook and audiobook offerings.

Still, it’s nice to keep a small collection of books that were purchased during the years of reading books not on electronic devices. I am not a huge re-reader of books, so the bookcase is more for decoration and the happy feeling it gives me to look over at it than functional. continue…

My To-Do List Is a Junk Pile

For YEARS my to-do list has been my Everest. I just cannot let it go.

I have read productivity books like Getting Things Done by David Allen and Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern, and experimented with all different kinds of planners from Franklin Covey to The Hipster.

So far, I have come very close to my vision of getting this thing cleared off by the end of the day, or at the latest, the end of the week. I know it is possible, no matter what anyone says. Which is always some version of that doesn’t sound very realistic whenever I tell people about my dream of a beautiful, emptied to-do list on a regular basis.

I know there will always be things to do. That isn’t my problem. My point is having a list that doesn’t contain things that were due yesterday, or from 2 months ago.

I want to wake up in the morning, knowing that I will have the time I need to do all the things I want to do that day, AND get done whatever else needs to get done. Not working until 7 p.m., not skipping out on my walk because I’m too busy. Not sleeping less than 7 hours (I realize whenever I have a baby that last one might be negotiable, but you get the point).

My To-Do List Is Cluttering My Life

It dawned on my yesterday that my to-do list of unfinished, overdue tasks is creating clutter in my life. Not only is having this list of unfinished stuff like having junk piles all over my house, but by taking up time that I could spend dealing with physical clutter, it is literally contributing to the clutter in my life and my days. continue…

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Pancakes. What’s not to love? Mostly the carbs. Until now.

I previously posted a similar recipe with the instructions for making waffles. Since then, we have experimented more with the pancake version. These pancakes are so good! Once you get the technique down, you won’t miss the other versions of pancakes out there. And you will feel so good about the ingredients – I know I do!

This recipe has been slightly modified since I posted the waffle recipe.

Serves: 2 (makes 4 pancakes)

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put skillet on medium heat (I use two skillets for two people – one pancake at a time per skillet).
  2. Separate eggs (reserve the yolks).
  3. Whip egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form.
  4. Add remaining ingredients (including yolks) to the mixing bowl and combine by hand. Be careful not to over mix (you want to minimize the loss of all those air bubbles you created in the egg whites).
  5. Spoon a dollop of the mixture onto the skillet and spread it to the desired thickness using the back of the spoon. Flip when the cooked side is to the desired color by checking with the spatula from time to time (there won’t be bubbles on the top to tell you doneness like with regular pancakes). Hopefully, the face up side is still wet. If you find the face up side is solid by the time the cooked side gets to the desired color, increase the temperature of the skillet.
Topping options:
  • Blueberry compote: thaw frozen blueberries or mixed berries in microwave for about 40 seconds. Add a small amount of stevia. Macerate a bit. Serve.

I made these this morning. They are always a nice weekend treat when there is more time to play in the kitchen. Even though I messed up the mixing process a little bit, I was able to recover and they turned out great.

Today I realized that I am able to bounce back from cooking experiments gone wrong better than I have in the past. If you mess these up, don’t be too hard on yourself. Give it another try. But you probably won’t!

Recipes like this sometimes seem out of reach to make on a regular basis because they have ingredients that aren’t standard staples. Or techniques that are different than what most people grew up with. How weird is it to make a pancake that doesn’t produce little bubbles indicating that it’s time to flip?

I’m always excited when I find a recipe like this that tastes as good as, if not better than, something that is traditionally considered an indulgent treat. If you try them, please let me know what you thought!