I'm a feelings junkie. As a pisces, I absorb a lot of energies and have become intentional about developing emotional management skills to avoid getting overwhelmed. This largely involves communicating my needs, which sounds simple enough, but is a common challenge for most people and takes a lot of practice.
That being said, it's no surprise that one of my favorite shows is This Is Us - arguably the most tear-inducing piece of content to ever grace NBC. At least I think so. Season 3, Episodes 11 and 12 in particular really affected me as I had been processing the ways in which families harbor secrets in order to protect their loved ones. Of course, this usually backfires when the truths begin to unfold.
Shows like This Is Us, as cliche as it may sound, aid in our healing process because they reflect back to us what we wish we could communicate or express without fear, judgement or rejection. Our parents may not have had the tools to unpack their traumas, identify their triggers, and convey their emotions, but we now have an incredible opportunity in this golden time of information to create a different reality for ourselves--one that benefits our relationships and promotes personal growth in all facets of our lives.
The writing has a way of tapping into the subconscious to reveal what we're often unwilling or unprepared to see. What shows have helped the way you understand communication and interaction dynamics between friends/family in your life? Yes, I know it's fiction, but I challenge you to look deeper, read between the lines and identify connections.
As 2018 comes to a close, most of us are using this time to not only reflect on insights we've gained through various obstacles and victories, but also to create new goals, habits, and adventures for our evolved selves. We want to manifest money, career, relationships, family, and trips around the world! Planning is now exciting as we step into the future with a greater sense of confidence and clarity. We have dug deep into our emotions and experiences in order to heal past wounds so that we may now emerge onto our fully realized and actualized paths. Although it's been an emotionally heavy year for us, we are stronger and better for it.
Here are some helpful activities/self-care rituals to help rid some of that remaining old energy:
1. Take an herbal bath. Light candles. Play some Sade (my personal favorite).
2. Meditate. Focus on deep breathing. Jason Stephenson has really peaceful, soothing sounds.
3. Take nature walks. In L.A., we have amazing art gardens and hiking trails. Or just walk around your neighborhood in gratitude.
4. Make gratitude lists. I use an app called Bliss that reminds me daily.
5. Set up lunch dates with friends you've been meaning to connect with. People underestimate the power of connection with another human being now that we are so digital. #positivevibesonly
6. Have a beach day! Grab a good book or journal and lie out on the sand while you listen to the waves. Breathe. Release and renew.
7. Declutter a room or area in your home. Have a glass of wine (or cup of tea) on deck.
8. LAUGH! Out loud with friends, at a movie or comedy show. At everything. At yourself. Seriously. Just laugh.
9. DANCE! Even if you're bad at it. Do it anyway.
10. Edit your social media feeds! You really don't need to be triggered by everything as you scroll. Give yourself a break by unfollowing or deleting what doesn't serve you on your journey so that you may clear up your headspace for the things you're actually passionate about. #eliminatedistractions
Wishing you peace and love,
You see that sexy ass Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake? Not only is it gluten-free, but it left my kitchen smelling absolutely divine this week. I baked it for a few clients along with some of my other treats. If you live in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area, you can now place your order with me directly by following my Instagram page @bbakes4u <-- Check it out!
Now, here's the scoop..
For the batter, you'll need:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 stick of softened butter
4 tbsp of raw honey
2 1/4 cup almond flour
2 1/2 top baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup almond milk (eyeball it so texture isn't too runny; it should be nice & smooth)
For the crust topping, you'll need:
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp cold butter pieces
1/3 cup brown sugar (or maple syrup)
2 tbsp oat flour (or flour of choice)
1 cup of blueberries
Mix these ingredients with your fork until thick (or crumbly if using cold butter).
Adjust measurements as desired.
Once you pour the batter into your pan - I used a 9 inch spring - smoothen it out, top it with blueberries and cover it with your cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45min - 1 hour. Keep an eye on it as it becomes golden brown and develops the shiny crust. You'll know it's ready when a toothpick comes out clean.
Of course, feel free to tweak this recipe or any others to your liking.
It's perfect for anyone looking for a gluten-free, low sugar option to fit their health needs.
It's so moist, crumbly and goes perfectly well with a cup of coffee or latte.
Voila! I hope you try it and enjoy.
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