Something Sweet for the Soul
I'd had a really nice dinner and was hankering for something sweet. I searched YouTube and came across the most amazing of things: a Mug Cake that you make in the microwave in 1 minute with the simplest of ingredients.
Emma Fontanella has invented quick, easy and delicious recipes for sweets that take no time at all.
This is the video I found. I made the chocolate chip cake.
I find her innovativeness to be remarkable.
Here's Emma's website. www.emmafontanella.com
I was delighted to learn that in Tallinn, Estonia there is a restaurant called Olde Hansa designed in the the Estonia medieval period. Everything is authentic middle ages, including the menu.
Also, discovered the middle ages were the golden ages in Estonia.
To create the covers from my books and guided meditations, I use the Affinity tools: Designer and Photo. To lay out my books and get them ready for publication, I use Publisher.
These are relatively new applications by Serif in the UK. They are inexpensive. Best of all, they are NOT on a subscription basis. Many Adobe users have switched to Affinity.
I love these programs. They are relatively easy to learn and use and very easy to use if you've already used any similar applications.
They all work together. If you're in one application, you can easily open the same project in another application. For example, if you're in Designer creating a cover and have an image that needs adjusting, you simply go to the Designer File Menu and open Photo. You adjust the image in Photo and then go back to Designer to continue your work.
When I started using Affinity products, I was fairly new to these sorts of applications. Then along came Affinity Revolution -- a husband and wife team, teachers, who created tutorials for all three Affinity applications. They are the best tutorials one could hope to have when learning a new program. I highly recommend them. They are inexpensive and ever so pleasant to watch and learn.
So, if you're looking for a great set of creative applications I highly recommend Affinity products and I highly recommend Affinity Revolution tutorials to quickly and painlessly learn how to use them.
I've been looking to change all my skin products to all natural and organic. Recently I tried Strawberry Hibiscus Face Mask for mature skin and I absolutely love it. It's made by Made Simple Skin Care.
100% natural and USDA certified organic; Raw, Vegan, Non-GMO, Cruelty-free using only food-grade ingredients
I love it for so many reasons:
I Love This Portlandia Relationship
Mooji said, protect your peace. He said, it's not selfish. That has stuck with me.
I think many of us believe we have to engage with people and situations, even when we don't really want to, even when they make us unhappy. We may have been brought up to tolerate a lot of pain, so we continue to take it when we no longer have to.
It is a big deal to begin to take care of ourselves by protecting our peace, by starting to look at people and situations from the perspective of peace: is this taking my peace away or adding to my peace? Yet, I believe it's essential that we do that.
Being disturbed, ungrounded, confused, unhappy does nothing for us, anyone else or the planet. It has no value in itself -- except to alert us to something we need to change.
I think it's worthwhile making the effort to choose peace and be vigilant of that which takes it away.
This goes right along with "do what makes you happy." Many of us are engaged in doing things we believe we have to do that don't bring anything of value to our lives. It just keeps us stuck on that same note of dissatisfaction which does nothing for us, anyone else or the planet.
I think it's worth making the effort to consider if what we are doing is making us happy and if we really have to do it. Maybe we don't. Maybe there is a better way. Maybe if we had a choice, and usually we do, we can do that which makes us happy.
Protecting our peace and well being helps us and helps the world. Doing what makes us happy is good for us and for the world.
Some of My Favorite Things
If you're a client you know I love to share. Below II share some of my favorite things, Most are not are not related to spiritual development. Nevertheless, I could not resist.
Best Salsa Dancing Shoes -- Celebrity
I started to dance salsa rather late in life. Without a doubt, it was one of the most surprising life experiences. I learned about body memory. Within one dance, my body the move I first didn't know how to do, I automatically did correctly, with no thought and no effort.
My focus with learning has been the mind, outside of intuitive, spiritual apprehensions, so I really had no idea that the body, all of its own had a separate intelligence that was simply beyond awesome. I have learned to let the body take the lead when I couldn't figure out what to do in situations that required physical dexterity.
So, in the years of dancing I have tried different dance shoes and settled on Celebrity for many reasons. First they are of great quality that lasts. Second, wonderful styles are available. Third, and best of all, they are made in America, in California.
Most of the time you have to order a pair. You choose the size, the width, the material, and heel type. There is lots to choose from.
You can order a pair from Step-n-Out, http://www.stepnout.com/
Here are the sandals I have in blue and hot pink . They are called Adrianna.
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A Great Christmas Present
I really do love technology and mTailor is one of those technological innovations I love.
It's an easy way to get custom-made clothes.
You download an app to your iPhone and take a picture of yourself and you get a tailor-made shirt, suit, pants, jacket, jeans and tees. Easy. Reasonably priced.
It makes a fantastic present at any time, and especially now at Christmas.
Take a look: www.mtailor.com