Saturday Best Of

I know, I know, I’ve changed my blog theme again (cue eye roll). I have no rationale, except…I feel like things are shifting and changing in my life, and things that felt comfortable before don’t fit all of a sudden. Hands up who thinks the energy of this year has been a little strange? All stop-start-reverse- meditate-zen-wtf is going on here? Astrologically, it has been one retrograde after another, as well as planets resting in signs where they don’t feel comfortable (like Mars in Libra – think Rocky taking tea with Gandhi. Yes, they will both learn something, but boy is it uncomfortable). And now, finally – we are free, all systems go. Do you feel it?

Anyway, I had an idea for a Saturday morning post, starting…today! Ta Dah 🙂

Inspired by a five day positivity challenge on Facebook, every Saturday, I am going to share my ‘Best Of’ for the week. This may include some or all of the following: best article or blog, best music, best graphic or art, best book, best thing I cooked or ate, best thing I watched, best yoga or meditation posture or technique, best new thing I’ve tried, best prose or quote and whatever else inspires me through the week. Cool huh?

My only rule for myself is that I have to limit myself to only one example of each. Are you ready?

My Favourite…

Blog: Damn, I want to break my own rule already! I read so many excellent articles this week 🙂 But, there can be only one, so I choose Life is looking everywhere for you. Get on the radar from Danielle La Porte.  Do you follow her? Oh, you should, she is at the height of her awesomeness right now. It’s short, sweet and very tasty – and starts like this:

Life is looking for you. Cosmic brigades are scanning the horizon to see who is lighting up. They are looking for hungry hearts, unbridled passion, audacity, courage, RADIANCE — glimmers of sincerity and daring.

This is how it works: You need to show up to get found.

Watching: The very best thing I watched this week was The Period Poem, written and performed by Dominique Christina, Women of the World Slam Poetry Champion:  Women – made of moonlight, magical and macabre. Menstruation, feminist politics and anatomy: a potent mixture indeed. I had GOOSEBUMPS watching this.

Song: This is another stupidly impossible task…but there is one song that is sticking its head up above the others…pick me! Pick me! I’m linking to the YouTube clip, because the video for this song is something pretty special too: Alanis Morrisette: Thank U

Awesome moment: Okay, so this is a good one. I’m scrolling down my feed on Facebook, when something catches my eye. I’m a sucker for a good graphic, and I’m a sucker for Momastery as well, so I stop and read it:

A reader named Sara wrote this on the blog yesterday and we loved it so much that we made this. Here's to allowing parenthood to be a catalyst to self discovery instead of a deterrent.
A reader named Sara wrote this on the blog yesterday and we loved it so much that we made this. Here’s to allowing parenthood to be a catalyst to self discovery instead of a deterrent.

Hang on, woooaahhh back up. They are MY words…and that’s my name! Oh, look: 4338 likes. Faint dead away (with excitement) 🙂

Cooking Moment: My daughter, the Warrior Princess, requested a carrot cake for the holidays, smothered in cream cheese icing, please 🙂 So I kept this one really simple – no walnuts, pineapple or other fancy stuff. We had friends over for lunch and they loved it:

4 eggs

200g sugar (I used organic rapadura sugar)

2 tsp ground cinnamon

400g carrots, grated (about 4 carrots)

1/2 cup olive oil (this would also be yum with coconut oil)

300g plain flour (I used organic wholemeal Spelt flour)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarb soda

Whisk eggs together with the sugar and cinnamon until creamy. Add carrots and olive oil, mix well. Add sifted flour and rising ingredients, and pour into a greased cake tin. Bake at 180ºC for about an hour. Meanwhile, prepare the icing:

180g butter, softened and cut into chunks

180g cream cheese, softened and cut into chunks

200g icing sugar

Blitz in the food processor until smooth and creamy. Set aside. When cake is cooked, pull out of the oven and cool. When the cake is completely cool, smother with icing and serve 🙂

2nd carrot cake MAIN PIC

Piece of prose:

…There was no darkness in the world, but only warm, mysterious shadows; and all the leaves and spikes were edged and lined with iridescent jewels of dew. The night was warmer than any night had ever been, the heavens by some miracle at once vaster and nearer, and spite of the great ivory-tinted moon that ruled the world, the sky was full of stars….

– HG Wells

swoon 🙂

Book: My Year Without Matches – escaping the city in search of the wild by Claire Dunn.

 I mentioned this book a couple of weeks ago when I wrote this blog about my weekend away at the Bellingen Writers Festival. Well, I’ve read it now, and oh my. I saw Claire Dunn speak while I was at the festival and was immediately captivated by her story. This book is about her year in the wilderness (without matches). It was exquisitely written, honest, and enthralling. Her journey from burnt out environmental crusader, the modern woman who defines herself by what she accomplishes and how much she can squeeze into a day to a woman in touch with her heart, spirit and land was mesmerising. To me, it resonated so much with my own journey, even though I haven’t spent a year in the wild nor do I want to, that I felt it was a universal story. This book is a treasure, and I can already think of at least 5 people who I want to give it to!

New thing (for me): Now, I am fully cognisant of the fact that I am not on the cutting edge of anything, so many of you will already know about this. But for others who are like me, and I know you’re out there…this week I discovered Spotify. Yeah, I had heard of it, I just didn’t pay much attention to it until I was directed there through a Danielle La Porte blog for a particular play list she had put together. If you love music, check Spotify out, seriously. Right now, I’m listening to Women of Jazz. So good.

Graphic: This made me smile, and for that reason I’ve chosen it to be in my best of the week:

By SMBC Comics
By SMBC Comics

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved putting it together! Have a beautiful weekend everyone xo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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