Vegan and Gluten Free Pancake

FullSizeRender 2.jpgThere is something about a fluffy stack pancakes covered in syrup with blueberries and strawberries that makes getting up just a little bit early easier. Pancakes have always been of my favourite food  or breakfast, if it was up to me I’d have pancake everyday. But let’s be honest spending 5-10 minutes every morning dedicated to making pancake is impossible when you have work, and school. But given the chance to do it, I usually take the opportunity to make myself a fluffy stack of pancakes for breakfast. 

While I am not gluten intolerance, I do enjoy making gluten free goods and experiment with different gluten free products. That being said, I took the opportunity today to make a fluffy stack of vegan/gluten free pancake with one of my favourite toppings, strawberry. While my previous experiment with pancake usually turns into a disaster, this was not one of those cases. The pancake turned just how I wanted it to be fluffy and just perfect. 

Finding gluten free pancake mix is not hard to find these days, you can enter into any wholes food store or even your local Walmart and you will find a gluten free pancake mix. For this recipe I used President Choice Gluten-Free Original Pancake Mix. To make the pancake vegan friendly I’ve used almond milk and flax seeds egg. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup PC gluten-free pancake mix 
  • 1 tbsp ground flax (How to make flax egg) or ( 1 egg)
  •  1 1/2 cups of almond milk 

Steps

  1. Preheat  non-stick frying pan to medium-high, or nonstick electric griddle to 400°F (200 °C)
  2. In a mixing bowl add all ingredients and whisk until well combined, or until the lumps disappear. Let it stand 1-2 minutes to thicken
  3. Pour less than 1/4 batter for each pancake onto hot, lightly greased pan/griddle. Turn pancakes when bubbles appear on surface, bottom are golden brown and the pancakes feels firms when slightly pressed with spatula. 
  4. Serve immediately with syrup and fruit topping. 

 

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First Half-Marathon

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This weekend I did something I never thought I’d cross off my bucket list, or be able to do, which is to do a half-marathon. As some of you know I regularly run marathons during the summer, but mostly 5k. I’ve ran about five 5k, and last year I ran  my first  10k. The 10k was an absolute success and my timing was just perfect, so this year I thought I’d challenge myself and run a half-marathon. By far this has been the most challenging and rewarding race I’ve done. 

It wasn’t what I expected; it was so much more, and there were so much emotions experienced. This is something I think you can’t describe, but only feel. Perhaps it’s what people call a runner’s high or perhaps it’s the realization that you’ve just ran 20 miles and you have less than 2 miles left. Perhaps it’s the sense of vulnerability that you experience, the sense of knowing that in that very moment you are in your most vulnerable state; anything is possible and anything could happen. In that very moment you’re body could just give up, and that will be the end of it, the end of the long training, and preparation. Nonetheless, it was an amazing experience. 

Looking back I think there are many things I wish I did different, going into the race I’ve had enough training, but not enough. First thing I would’ve put more effort into training outside, and in different temperature. Most of training’s done indoor, in controlled temperature with no sun. This  had a significant impact on me on the day of the marathon. Apart from having to run the marathon early in the morning, my body was forced to run in hot an humid temperature which I’ve never done before. This led to me having to walk more than I would’ve liked. The other thing was my failure to  pace myself while running. There are many things that I can outlined that I wish I would’ve done to improve my time and my overall experience. But like life, you can’t go back and fix thing. The one thing you can do is look forward to the future and figure a way to make things better next time. The past is the past, what matter, is here right now. 

Nonetheless, in doing this marathon I was able to learn key lessons that I will keep in mind while training for the next marathon: 

1. Train before running: 

You know the saying ‘practice makes perfect’, well the same concept applies to running a half-marathon. If you’re planning on running a half marathon, or full marathon make sure you train. In order to achieve the goal you set yourself, you have to train your body. There is no way of succeed without training. 

2. Set a goal: 

Regardless if it’s your first time running marathon, or you’ve done this many times I strongly recommend setting yourself a goal. Goal setting is something everyone does in their life because it gives you a long-term vision and short term motivation. Having an idea of the BIG PICTURE is a strong motivation. My motivation for this marathon was to run just under three hours given that this is my first time, and I was able to achieve such goal. This was a strong motivation for me that kept me moving when I felt physically tired and just wanted to stop. 

3. It’s about the journey and not the destination

I think one the thing you should always remind yourself when running is that it’s not about the destination, but rather the journey. The journey is far more amazing than destination itself. Let me start by saying that running marathon or even just 5k is amazing, it’s amazing because for those few minutes you and a  thousands group of people come together from different region of the world with the one goal of running this marathon. In those few hours you are one with each other, and your differences are insignificant. What matter is that you’re all trying to finish this marathon. This sense of unity, and community created by this  marathon makes the destination a secondary reward. 

4. Their friends and partners, not competition

Marathon runners are known for offering encouragement and helping others given the chance. I think because they understanding that its less about winning or losing, but the experience itself and finishing the race together. As a result the entire race was filled with encouragement from bystanders to other runners. This was able to experience this first hand, every time i stopped to walk I always had someone asked me if I am okay, and had another runner who made sure I didn’t stop to walk. Every time I started to walk he would encourage to start running. This is why I love running these marathon, this sense of unity and community that’s established by runners makes me think that the world would be a better place if we competed less with each other and encourage each other. 

5. Find your motivation and keep going

While running it’s normal to struggle to finish, as you run more distance you become tried and lose all motivation. The desperation to find inner strength becomes difficult the more distance you run. But remember that you alone can finish this marathon, regardless of how many people cheer you on, at the end of the day it is up to you to finish the race. The same lesson applies to life decision, you’re friends and family will always support, but regardless of how many friends and families you support you, you will have to face important life decision by yourself and carry your own weight. It is it up to you to either give up, or keep going. 

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Rolled Oat with Almond Butter

IMG_1860.JPGAs a lot of you know based on my previous blog post when it comes to breakfast I tend to be the most boring person ever. When I find something I like I stick with it and try as much as possible not to change it. As a result of this mundane outlook my breakfast has been the same for the last two to threes years with little departure every now and then

Given my love and strong obsession with oatmeal as a fuel to start the day I found a way to make it less dull and tasteless by adding my favorite fruits. This has resulted in the most amazing breakfast. I read somewhere that one way to make yourself wake up early was to have to plan an awesome breakfast that you could have the next morning. This allows you to have something to look forward to the next day but also acts a good motivation to get up either 5am or 6 am. This awesome breakfast has been my motivation for those days when I had work 6 am and I had to wake up by 5 am.

This almond butter oatmeal is full of nutritious you need to start the day, starting with fig which is a great source of fiber and full of vitamins and mineral. For those who have sweet tooth fig is not only a healthy and versatile ingredient but it can add a burst of sweetness. To top it with walnut which is known to be a great source of antioxidants and an excellent brain food.

Ingredients

  • 1/2  cup rolled oats (Option: gluten free, or ancient grain organic oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2 tablespoon Almond butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sub coconut sugar, organic brown sugar, or stevia to taste)

Toppings

  • Fig, mango, pepitas seeds, dried cherries, and walnut 
  • Granola

 Steps 

  1. Stovetop: Bring the water, add the rolled oats, reduce heat, and cook 10-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Cover and remove from heat and let stand a few minutes. 
  2. Microwave: In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1/1 cup of unsweetened almond milk. Microwave for one minute and 30 seconds. Stir oats and microwave another 30 seconds. Cover and let stand 3 minutes.
  3.  Sprinkle honey and decorate with your choice of toppings. 

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Herbal Yellow Smoothie

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There is an old saying that when you have a cold you should have a bowl of hot soup, while this saying is legitimate and there is something comforting about having a hot bowl of soup when you’re sick; I think the new soup should be smoothie. One thing I always go to when I have a cold or sore throat is no longer a bowl of hot noodle soup, but a delicious herbal smoothie with all natural products that can help with the healing process. This mystical yellow herbal smoothie is everything you need to kick a cod on its track. This is my go to smoothie every time I find myself under the weather. Of course this is not to say that I don’t take other medicine  to help with the healing process because I think natural healing can only help with certain illness, but not all illness. In other words, drinking only smoothie when you’re feeling under the weather will not cure you. But you can use other natural healing herbs to help with the healing the process so you don’t over medicate yourself. 

I enjoy using natural herbs and other natural remedies when I have a cold or other minor condition is because they can be as effective as conventional treatment, and often without the prevalent negative side effects that we always encounter when we undertake traditional treatment.

So here is a smoothie full amazing superhealers you’ll want to add to all-natural section of your medicine cabinet and add to you’re smoothie. 

Ingredients:

  • Half of fresh pineapple or 1 heaping cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 mango 
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana 
  • 1/2 tbs turmeric 
  • 2 tbs nin jiom herbal syrup 
  • 1 tbs packed fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 tbs vega one nutritional shake 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on the highest speed until super smooth.

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Almond Milk Millet with Strawberry

FullSizeRender 11.jpgContinuing with the breakfast theme for this month, exploring different types of breakfast aside from plain old oatmeal. With the cold season hot grainy breakfast is the perfect morning meal.  So this week I am experimenting with millet seeds. This grainy seeds is more than just an interesting alternative to the more common grains, or bird food. Millet is a delicious grain that can accompany many types of food and bean excellent source for breakfast. On its own, millet is a little mundane and it’s a little nutty, but easily takes on the flavor of whatever you decided to top it with. The topping can make a significant difference. The topping is full of sweetness to enhance the millet and you’re left with a sweet and hearty breakfast.

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup dry millet 
  • 1 cup of chia seeds 
  • ½ cupof light brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoon of cinnamon 
  • ½ tablespoon of lemon juice 
  • ½ tablespoon of fresh lemon zest 
  • ½ cup of almond or soymilk 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey, and additional for serving 
  • 1-2 strawberry – chopped

Additional Topping: 

  • Fruits Coconut Milk 
  • Cherry Compote 
  • Coconut flakes 
  • Linseeds 
  • Pistachios 

Steps

  1. Rinse millet in a small strainer until water runs clear. In a medium pot place millet and add 1 cups of water. Set the millet to medium high heat and when it starts boiling turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. 
  2. After 10-15 minute all the water should be absorbed and the millet will be cooked
  3. Meanwhile chop strawberry and set it aside 
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Vegan French Toast

FullSizeRender 3.jpgI’ve recently had a conversation with a friend, which then turned into a conversation about breakfast, I don’t know how, but  reflecting on the conversation later I realize how dull my daily breakfast is. When I find something I like I tend to stick with it, hence my breakfasts have been very simple and I’ve been having the same things for the last years without ever changing it. The usual breakfasts are, yogurt with different topping such as, granola, fruits, and chia seeds sided with a green smoothie, and tea or lemon or water. My other go to breakfast is simple oatmeal; I can eat oatmeal for the rest of my life and be completely content. But then again I am creature of habit, I have strict routine that I follow and have difficulty with challenging them. Following my conversation with my friend I thought perhaps I should change things up a little and try something new. So today I’ve decided to make my favourite breakfast, which I haven’t had in years now, French toast. As I am trying to keep everything that I eat dairy free as much as possible I’ve decided to make my own variation of the classical French toast by making vegan.

This recipe is a very simple and healthy that doesn’t take a lot of time, with little cinnamon and vanilla, topped with my favourite fruits and maple syrup. As a substitute for eggs I’ve used flaxseeds, which is a great substitution for eggs and has similar nutrition value. Above all, it’s a great source of protein and with just 37 calories – (How to make Flax eggs). I like making my breakfast as a technology free zone, or more correctly social media free zone. So, instead of checking up on social media (twitter, Facebook, instagram, etc..) I like reading my favourite magazine, or a book. This month on the reading list is Kinfolk Issue Eighteen:  The Design Issue and the Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen. On the days I don’t have the time to read I like listening to either my favourite podcast or radio, yes the radio I know.

Ingredient:

  • 4 slices day seedy kamut bread or ciabatta bread 
  • 1 cup Almond milk (Silk Almond Milk)
  • 1-tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for serving 
  • 2- tablespoon whole-wheat flour 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla 
  • 2 tablespoon flax seeds (ground raw flaxseeds)
  • 2 1/3 tablespoon water 
  • Pinch of salt

Topping: 

  • Maple Syrup 
  • Chia Seeds
  • Fresh fruits (banana, kiwi)

Steps

  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together flaxseeds meal and water. Set it aside for 5-10 minutes to thicken. 
  2. In a shallow dish mix the almond milk, flaxseeds eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, flour and nutmeg. 
  3. Place the break in a shallow dish, makes sure that it holds the entire bread. Pour the mixture over the break, and then flip the break over to make sure both sides are evenly coated.
  4. Using a large skillet, drizzle coconut oil over medium heat. Add the bread slices and cook for few minutes per side until golden brown on both sides
  5. Top with desired toppings; I went with banana, kiwi, chia seeds and maple syrup

 

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leek and Sweet Pea Soup

FullSizeRender 4.jpgThere is nothing like a hot soup on a rainy or snowy day. A simple bright soup can make a significant difference in one’s mood. As the weather changes from sunny  and chilly having a soup seems like a logical answer to everything. One of my favorite thing during the winter is coming home and having a hot soup. I love making soups because I personally believe that it is the one thing that anyone can cook, there is little to no chance of messing up a simple soup, but also you can personalize it as much as possible to meet your personality or what you love. In other words there is no way of going wrong when making a simple soup. This soup recipe is from one of my favorite blogger and now author Sara Forte. This is my own take of her version of Herby Leek Pea Soup. As always my modification is made in a way to make it not only healthy, but also vegan friendly. But if you prefer the original recipe you could either get it from her site (sproutedkitchen.com) or from the book: The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon: Simple and Inspired Wholes Food Recipe to Savor and Share

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Leek, clean, dark green part removed (Use the green part in a salad or another soup stew)
  • 1 can or 2 cups of shelled sweet peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of curry powder
  • ½ tablespoon of hot curry Powder
  • ½ Tablespoon of grounded cumin
  • ½ tablespoon of coriander
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of cardamom
  • ½ tablespoon of Chinese 5 spices
  • ½ tablespoon of cloves
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

Topping:

  • Parsley
  • Grated vegan Cheese (buy from local Wholes Food) 

Steps

  1. In a large cooking pot heat olive oil over medium heat, and sliced leek and Let it saute for 5 minutes until translucent.  Once it is tender add all spices (Curry, cumin, coriander, cardamom, Chinese 5 spices, cloves,salt and pepper). Mix the spice and add vegetable broth. Once you’ve added the vegetable broth let the leek and broth bring it to boil and let it cook for another 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes turn the heat off, let the soup to cool off a little before blending it.
  3. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender. Let it blend until it reache the perfect texture or consistency. Return soup into the pot, season again with either salt and pepper, or other spices as desired. Bring to simmer, thinning soup with more broth if necessary.
  4. Ladle soup into bowl, sprinkly with parsley, grated cheese and croutons.

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Linguine with Caramelized Onions, Spinach and Brussels Sprouts

FullSizeRender 10.jpgThere is something about reading a GOOD book and having to think and analyze certain points or even a simple quote in the book. I am currently on my way to finishing John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and this morning I was once again awed by the beauty of his writing. The First book I read of Steinbeck was Of Mice and Men, while it was five or six years ago I can still remember certain quotes in the book and still find myself awed at his writing. While I was writing this morning I was embraced by this beautiful quote which I think a lot of us forget sometimes, the fact that we always have a choice; the notion of free choice over evil, a symbolic of optimism that is central to the human condition that we overlook by rendering ourselves as being powerless or lacking a choice.

“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel ‘thou mayest – that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open …….I have no bent toward gods. But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed – because ‘thou mayest.”’

This quote made my morning and probably my day; we always have a choice regardless of where you are in life you always have a choice, the choice to do evil or to do good. As Hannah Arendt once wrote no one is completely powerless, which is another central aspect of the human condition, we are never powerless regardless of how powerless or out of control we sometimes feel. 

Getting off that Steinbeck cloud I had a chance today after work to make this quick pasta recipe that only took 45 minutes. This is a simple and quick recipe that anyone can make, the ingredients are simple and health, above all you can either make it vegan or not given the simplicity and flexibility of the recipe 

Ingredients

  • 8 oz fresh Linguine
  • 2 handful of baby Spinach
  • 2 cups of Brussels Sprouts 
  • 1/2 cup parmasean cheese + additional for serving
  • 2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon of rosemary 
  • salt and pepper 
  • Red wine 

Steps 

  1. In a large pot add water, oil and salt. Bring it to boil, add pasta. Cook until pasta is al dente. 20-25 minutes. 
  2. In a skillet over medium hear warm 1 tbs olive oil, addd onions, and garlic powder, let it cook for 20 minutes. Stir onion evert now and then for, add little of red wine and water. Let it cook until blonde in colour. Set it aside. 
  3. In another skillet over medium heat add 1 tbs olive oil, add Brussels Sprouts season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic powder. Let it cook for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown. Once done set it aside. 
  4. In another skillet, add olive oil, when hot add baby spinach, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Sauté spinach until wilted, about 6 minutes. 
  5.  Add the cooked past, Caramelized onion and Brussels Sprout with the baby spinach. Add parmesan cheese until cheese is melted ad the sauce coats the pasta and spinach 

Serve with either white or red wine

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Curry Lentil Cauliflower Soup

FullSizeRender 5.jpgWhat are the fundamental or essential things in your life that reminds you of home? For many travelers or nomads the essential of their live are comfort home food.  The further they travel the more these comfort food absences become apparent. While I am not much of traveler or consider myself a nomad among the many essential in my life or comfort food that remains me of where I was born and raised for the early years of my childhood is lentil. Strange as it maybe, these essential food or comfort food have stories and deeper meaning; they are a part of who we are. Lentil brings me back to third grade in North Sudan; my holder cousin who is a year older than me waiting in line during lunchtime for both of us. While in class I can smell the lentil soup, its always-green lentil. Now, every time I have lentil or cook lentil it brings me back to that early childhood of being 8 years old, in all catholic middle school with my dark blue and white uniform; with my cousin always finishing class before me and waiting in line for both us during lunch time. The essential of our lives are never the big things, many time s they are the simple things, things that we don’t really look at as being potent. However, these essential of fundamental become potent when they are no longer accessible. But as far as we travel we can always remake the essential. What are the essential in your life?

Here is a take on my essential; this is a modification of Angela Liddon The Oh she Gloss Cookbook Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients

  • 1-tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons hot curry powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked red lentils  – rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium cauliflower, chopped into bite-size florets
  • 2 mediums size white potato, peeled and diced
  • 2-handful spinach
  • Pepitas seeds 

Steps 

  1. In a large cooking pot hear the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, ginger and potato. Salute for 10 minutes until translucent
  2.  Add curry, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Saute for another 5 minutes.
  3.  Add both broth and lentil. Bring the mixture to low boil and let it cook for another 20 minutes
  4. Stir in the cauliflower, cover and reduce heat to low medium and let it simmer for another 15 minutes.
  5. Add more spices as desired.
  6. Add spinach and let it cook for another 5 minutes on low heat.
  7.   Serve the soup in a bowl and top with pepitas seeds 

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Creating home practice space

FullSizeRender.jpgAmong the many things I love about yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere. It can be practiced independently at the comfort of you home, out in nature or in a traditional yoga studio with with yogis.

While I enjoy practicing in a studio with others, my current schedule doesn’t allow me the ability to drop in a class anytime I want, particularly the classes I do want to attend. But also, yoga can be very expansive let’s be honest, and going to a studio everyday can be highly costly, which is something a lot of us can’t afford. So, home practice provides the opportunity to continue doing what you love without going completely broke.

Home practice can be very rewarding and a beautiful opportunity for further developing your practice; after all as Pattabhi Jois said “Yoga is 99%, 1% theory.” While home practice can be terrifying and foreign at first it can be very liberating, there is great potential for freedom in one’s journey. While it can be challenging at first, developing the perfect home space for practice can be difficult, finding the perfect spot, or not knowing what to do is natural. But over time one can overcome these obstacles. It is possible to come to lover home practice, which is something I’ve developed to love over time. It allows me to create a flow that meets my needs. 

Committing to home practice can also be challenging, so to commit to a daily practice the first thing you should do is make a date with your mat, set a specific time that you intend to practice and honor that time. Whether it is 20 minutes or an hour, make sure you commit to it. Second have an idea of your practice, create a plan of your practice such as sequence of poses that you would like to work on; as well as having a beginning and an end. Lastly, have fun with it, home practice does not have to be restrictive it can be a time to just have with your practice and try all the poses you’ve been wanting to try, but too shy to try in an actual class. 

However, home practice shouldn’t stop you from going to a studio, studio practice can be very rewarding and it’s a beautiful space to not only further your practice in theory, and get deeper knowledge of the practice of yoga, but also it’s a great opportunity to connect with other yogis and feed off the positive energy that radiates from practicing with others.  

So my new space is still work in progress, I am still missing few things to completely finish the space, in the mean time this is enough for my daily practice. 

Here are few links to kick start you to establish your home practice space: 

Yoga Journal – http://bit.ly/1zaYs9F

The Journey Junkie – http://bit.ly/1BSjlpu

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New season, new beginning and new adventure

IMG_9296.JPGAt any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end, or how the story is going to continue. A new day, month or season seems like another ordinary day, but that’s not true. A new day or even a month has many unlock potential. It is a time to decide whether you want things to continue as they are, or to stop narrating the story, and say I am going to end here or change how this narrative will be read in the future. It’s easy to feel like you are not in control of things, but you’d be surprise by how much you are in control, each us constructs and lives a narrative wrote the British Neurologist Oliver Sacks, this narrative is us. The self is constantly or perpetually written story and in the end we become the autobiographical narrative by which we tell about our lives (Jerome Bruner).  As humans we are powerful in that sense, we have control over our lives and how the narrative about us is told, we can deny it but ultimately it is us who constructs the narratives that comes to define each of us. We are all storytellers and we are the stories we all tell. We are constantly inventing and reinventing ourselves, to present the best characters or worst character to the audience. We are the central character of this narrative we are constructing, the protagonist of this autobiography. Given such great power we have the power to decide at any moment the fate of this character we call “self” we can decide to let it live the life it is currently living (miserable, lonely, unhappy, and hated), or we can decide to reinvent it into the next Atticus Finch. Regardless of where you are in live, you can decide at any moment to start over, there may not be re-start button that says press here if you want a blank start you can still restart. It is never too late, regardless of how powerless you feel remember that no one is absolutely powerless. You have the power to restart, if not to rewrite the whole narrative of this autobiography the least you can do is decide how the narrative will continue. Whether it is a new day, new month or new season each presents a potential and chance to start over again. A chance to let go of past and start over again. Tomorrow is too late; yesterday is over and now is exactly the right moment.

Be unapologetic, slow down and let go

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I find bumblebees to be fascinating insects because they always seem to be busy, doing something if not bothering and terrifying people they are doing something else. Among the many things I like about them is the fact that they are hardworking, and highly organized insects. It is this sense of discipline, teamwork and cooperation that draws me to them. It is easy for me to identify with their sense of discipline and perception of constantly being busy or working. Like many I enjoy being busy and buzzing around, the notion of taking a day off to just relax seems so simple to many, yet so foreign to me.
I think many of us are satisfied with this bumblebee life, and there is nothing wrong with it because it is within this state of constantly being busy that we thrive and find ourselves most contented. Where the sun shines and the birds chirp. But sooner or later our bodies will send us the signal to say slow down. This is the state I found myself in today being occupied all week with work and the weekend with other events I didn’t realized how exhausted I was until I sat down today and tried to simply read. My physical body was there, but my mind was somewhere else. Even as I write this post I am aware that my body is telling me it’s time to slow down.

We are so focused on being busy and occupied with many things that we forget to just slow down, take a breath and realize that the world is not going anywhere, and an apocalypse will not happen if you just slow down. You’ve got all day or your whole life. It is important to slow down, and it is okay to have an off day, a day to just be lazy and do nothing. It’s okay to have a stop doing list that’s bigger than to do list, do not apologize because you spent your whole day watching Netflix or reading your favorite book instead of doing your laundry, or your research. We’ve got one life and one body make sure to enjoy both do not sacrifice one for the sake of the other, living life does not mean being constantly busy, that is not life. Life is not a race, so slow down. Life can be a beautiful ride if you just slow down and take everything in. The beauty of life cannot be captured in a fast pace moment, you have to slow down to truly grasp the beauty which is called life. Listen to your internal body and the signals it is sending you. It is okay to be like a bumblebee, but even a bumblebee knows when to slow down. Learn to slow down, and take everything in, take a moment to appreciate and thank your body. Slow down, breathe and let go.

“And starts moving his fingers beneath the words, not always noticing what is written, sometimes skipping whole sentences, sometimes skipping whole lines…

…because his fingers are moving fast and I wanna tell him, „Slow down, Quentin.

You can see it all if your finger whispers on one word.

Slow down and hold what you see just a little bit longer.”

For in a world of fast faces, I’m looking for God everywhere, trying to figure out a little better this little thing he made called a man.”

Anis Mojgani – For Those Who Can Still Ride in Airplanes

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