Find your passion…

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I was having a conversation with a dear friend who leads the R.C.I.A (Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults) at our parish. In short, R.C.I.A is primarily intended for those who are unbaptised and preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

My friend is very passionate about her work and has been working at the parish for a number of years as an R.C.I.A Leader and is also the Sacramental Coordinator. She is great at what she does because she loves doing it – she has a passion for it. Our conversation regarding people who were undergoing this faith journey led to a discussion of showing your passion, enthusiasm and desire for something. My friend said she feels irresponsible if she can see that someone is not wholeheartedly on this faith journey. I said that when someone wants something – whether it be joining a faith, wanting to study or pursuing a hobby it is because there is a desire, a passion or love of what they are trying to achieve.

When speaking to my friend, I used an example from a children’s movie I just watched with my daughter, called Ballerina. In it, the main character says “ever since I can remember, I wanted to dance”. When she is asked “Why do you dance?” She is able to provide a multitude of reasons, including that it makes her feel alive. She has a passion for dance and it propels her to continue learning and achieving her goal of being a dancer at the Paris Opera.

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Finding your passion may give your life some purpose to help you to enjoy and appreciate the smaller things. Usually, we discover these small things turn out to be the most important in your life. Your passion could be something that others may think is ordinary or small but it may be what makes you EXTRAORDINARY! Your passion is unique to you and nobody can take that away from you.

My passions are my family and learning – ever since I was young, I have had to learn and keep learning. My mum was always learning something since having had to leave her home country due to war and resettle in a new country. I feel that has rubbed off on me. My mum was always trying some new food, recipe or volunteering somewhere new or finding employment in various occupations, making new friends, learning new skills and having to find her way to a new location. My choice of career is in adult learning and as a result, I am constantly learning something new and evolving. My family is my rock, my comfort and is usually at the centre of most decisions I make. If my family isn’t happy then I’m not happy.

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What is or are your passions? What makes you feel alive? I hope you find your passion to Laugh, Love, Live to the fullest and enjoy whatever that may be – great or small. Sometimes it may push you outside of your comfort zone but as I’ve said previously, without that we don’t grow. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith but follow your passion and enjoy – Peace and blessings!

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A Healthy start!

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but is often when we have the least amount of time ie. with work, school, study, etc. I savour weekends where I have more time to prepare a delicious, healthy breakfast. On one such occasion during the festive period, I prepared some gluten-free banana pancakes with blueberries and Greek yogurt for my family that went down a treat! We enjoyed them so much I thought I’d share them with you. They were inspired by watching Tia Mowry on the food network so I decided to make them by tweaking my own recipe to be gluten free.

Gluten free pancakes with blueberries and Greek yogurt.

Ingredients (makes approx. 10):

  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground to a fine flour – I did it by pulsing them in a blender (if you have a food processor then it will work too).
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • melted butter (approx. 150g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 large ripe banana,mashed (or 2 very small ones)
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk, then add extra if required
  • blueberries, blistered

Method:

Melt butter, then add sugar to the melted butter. Mix with beater until sugar has dissolved before adding the egg and mix well.

Stir in the vanilla extract then add the oat flour, baking powder and mix until smooth. Add the mashed banana and then the almond milk and mix until it is smooth and if required, add a little more almond milk so the consistency is runny but still thick so that it holds together when pouring into the pan.

Heat a frying pan with a little oil or melted butter on medium heat, then turn the heat down lower so that the pancakes don’t burn – I learnt that the hard way before I got the heat to the right temperature (as you can see from my photos). They still tasted awesome though!

Pour in the batter to required size and when the batter is brown on one side, turn them over to brown the other side. Place cooked pancakes onto a plate and continue until all pancakes are done. You could pop them into the oven to keep warm while you blister the blueberries.

In a clean frying pan, put in the blueberries on a low heat and continue shaking the  pan until the blueberries turn a dark blue/ purple colour and then pour onto the pancakes where the juices should run over the pancakes ( I didn’t leave mine in the pan long enough so the juice didn’t run over the pancakes but once you touched them, the juices oozed out!).

To serve, place a couple of pancakes on a plate with blueberries, add a dollop of Greek yogurt on the side and a splash of maple syrup – enjoy!

You could also replace the oat flour with coconut flour if you prefer something a little lighter but still gluten free. You can also use regular flour and milk if you have no food intolerance. As with all my recipes, the quantities are approximate and I encourage you to play around with the quantities to taste. Enjoy this healthy start to enable you to Laugh, Love, Live – Peace and blessings!

 

New Year…your choice.

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Happy New Year!!!!

Bring on 2017, this year will be what you make of it so make a choice on how you’d like it to be. Of course there will be things that will be outside of your control but it is how you choose to respond and deal with them that makes the difference. My second youngest sister sent me a message the other day and she was all upset because she had read her Chinese Horoscope for 2017 – the year of the Rooster, which is her birth year. She said that she thought 2016 was bad and that 2017 is going to be worse still. She added that she thought your birth year was supposed to be lucky. She said it’s all doom and gloom and she was so upset she could cry.

To which I responded “Oh please, the year will be what you make it…it’s up to you. And anyway, we’re Vietnamese…not Chinese :)”

My sister’s mood perked up and she responded “You’re always the voice of reason. Thank you xoxo” to which I added “You make the year how you want it… you have things to look forward to – new home, new role, new year!”

There is a Buddhist quote that resonated with me which I have shared below. My daughter also summed it up best when a friend at school wasn’t being nice to her and some other friends –  “What you say is what you are”. I think we forget that what we would like in our lives, we have to make a conscious decision to choose it – if we want love, happiness and all things positive then we must choose that mindset and give out the same energy. I’ve spoken about karma previously and have observed it in my own life. I won’t say it is easy but if you choose to cultivate a positive mindset, I feel it helps keep you resilient to what life throws at you.

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So, please be mindful to choose how you’d like to respond to things this year. Choose your mindset and watch it flow back to you in spades. Each one of us deserves a good life – whatever form that takes as it will be different for each individual. Continue to Laugh, Love, Live – enjoy life, be thankful and love what you have because when you do, you’ll realise that you have more than enough! Live your life as only you can. Hope this year is filled with fun, laughter, friendship, love and an abundance of good health  – Peace and blessings!

 

 

Best wishes…

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Whether you celebrate Christmas, it is a time of year for spending with special people – family, friends and loved ones. Some may even prefer to spend it alone – get away from it all to reflect and that is also fine. However you choose to spend this time of year, I wish everyone a safe and happy time filled with much love and friendship. May the New Year bring more of the same, along with an abundance of good health! Continue to Laugh, Love, Live – Peace and many blessings! silly_smiley_face_emoji_custom_sticker Thanks for your encouragement by reading my blog – see you all in the New Year!

Three day quote challenge!

I would like to thank Quill and Parchment for nominating me for the three day quote challenge.

The rules are:

  • Three quotes for three days.
  • Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Inform the nominees.

I’m going to bend the rules as I don’t have the luxury of time to complete this challenge each day for the next three days so here are all three quotes and my three nominees. My three nominees are:

https://yassy66.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/my-quintessence/

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/about/

https://thaipecknewchapter.wordpress.com/about/

I hope you enjoy these quotes and take up the challenge as well even if you were not nominated. Enjoy the coming week as it gets nearer to Christmas – Laugh, Love, Live with family and friends. Peace and blessings!

Quote 1:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West.

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Quote 2:

“Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace” Dalai Lama

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Quote 3:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,  it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

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The end of the year is nigh!

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So, here it is again folks! The last month of the year and it seems that we are facing it again with surprise – where did the year go? At times, this year felt like it was never going to end and now that we’ve almost reached the end, at times it is hard to believe that it is nearly over! This year has been interesting to say the least and 2017 will bring with it new challenges and opportunities. The year ahead will bring as much love, joy, happiness, peace and good health that is radiated outwards. Let’s hope that the good karma is magnified to overcome the adverse accoutrements that are hanging around! May you Laugh, Love, Live until the end of the year and beyond – Peace and blessings!

Life’s too short to eat bad chocolate!

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Haigh’s Chocolates – Dark Chocolate Speckles

I am a self-confessed chocolate lover and eat some every day – in moderation, of course! My favourite are in the image above, their description on the Haigh’s website states: Buttons of premium dark chocolate topped with natural multi-coloured sugar nonpareils. Now, I think that description describes them perfectly; simple and a touch sweet – just like the speckles themselves! Haigh’s Chocolates are an Australian chocolate company that is based in Adelaide, South Australia. You can read about their history by visiting their website (link provided below):

http://www.haighschocolates.com.au/about-us/our-history/

While you’re there, you could also peruse their delectable selection available online and in-store. I appreciate that not everyone likes chocolate or even dark chocolate as it is sometimes bitter and not as luscious as it’s cousin – milk chocolate but for me, it is also a metaphor for life. Life’s too short not to enjoy – it is a gift many of us take for granted and sometimes we’re too busy surviving to actually LIVE!

We are all guilty of just surviving at times and not really living our lives to the full. This post is a gentle reminder to eat the good chocolate – live your life! Be aware of the gift that you have – spread the love and enjoy! I have shared a quote below that has been attributed to Richard Gere which resonates with me. What could you do to Laugh, Love, Live just that bit more? Peace and blessings!

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