5 Makeup Tips for Women over 50 – Not

5 Makeup Tips for Women over 50.  6 Techniques Guaranteed to Please Women.  7 Fashion Mistakes Seniors Make.  8 Ways to Increase Your Social Rating.

These catchy hints don’t reflect real life.

I’d love to see the following headlines replace the above: 5 Make-up Tips to Reconnect a Broken Relationship.  6 Techniques Guaranteed to Empower Women. 7 Fashion Statements Confident Seniors Make. 8 Ways to Increase Your Social Communication.

I know – helpful articles are out there. But seldom in the headlines. Ads are sold with headlines touting to be at top of your game, never attract derision, and excel at playing the social game. Above all; be young, enticing, and smart.

No one can be all of that. Those who appear this way struggle to keep the facade propped up. It’s a scam designed to sell products, exchange reality for unrealistic expectations, and stir up intense judgement of one another. And it doesn’t work. Instead, it creates depression, exhaustion, wasted finances, and has even led to suicide.

You can step off the frenetic train to create your own reality. 

Who do you want to be? What do you actually believe in? What are you doing that feels off or wrong, and how can you correct it? Are your friends supportive of the real you, or do they only know the facade you have created to fit in? Whose life is this, anyway? If it’s your life – and it is – are you living it for your own integrity and dreams, or striving to match unrealistic expectations presented by society, marketing, and media?

The bottom line is: What empowers you?

It’s your right to determine your own life.

On the surface, what you wear and how you present yourself to the world is a choice and it can help you feel better. Deep within, how you think, feel, and respond to life creates your true beauty and charm. An honest dealing with life’s circumstances, recognition of your own strengths, seeking the possibilities in each day’s events, and a willingness to learn as you journey along, all go a long way toward self-empowerment.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it. 

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Life’s Inconsistency Holds Promise

My writing isn’t consistent. I’m okay with that. Life isn’t consistent either.

I’ve learned to follow the flow of opportunities and options that my days set out before me. This is not antithetical to having purpose and intention. Life has taught me that it doesn’t unfold in a direct line toward my visions. Life prefers to meander along, tossing up surprises, sending me on detours around unexpected obstacles, and teaching insights along the way.

Each time I’ve faced an unpleasant, irritating, confusing interruption on my journey, it’s brought insights to enrich me. When I reach my intended destination, these new understandings enrich it immensely.

What obstacles and distractions are in your life today? Consider a new way of looking at it to find a new understanding about yourself, your habits, beliefs, or conditioned reactions. Sometimes it’s a new way of perceiving events. Other times it can be a renewed confidence that you have courage and strength deep within.

There are no unnecessary experiences in life – these are opportunities to learn and expand understanding. Become more. Become the person that you know, deep within, you are meant to be.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it. 

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5 Warning Signs That I Should Avoid a Barista Career

I almost did it again … pour ground coffee into the brew basket without a filter.

If there is anyone out there who never messed up using today’s convenient, fool-proof coffee makers, you deserve a medal. I’ve realized I need to keep my coffee-making skills at home, in my private kitchen where I can cover up mistakes before anyone walks in.

5 Warning Signs of Barista Failure

1. Purchase pre-ground store-brand coffee from the clearance shelf.

There is a reason this coffee is on clearance. You don’t need to know why – just trust me on this.

2. When you run out of coffee filters, substitute a scented dryer sheet.

I’ve not tried this myself, but the tendency might be in my genes. My dad once filtered homemade wine through 3 layers of perfumed tissues, resulting in an apricot-scented red grape wine. Mom dabbed it behind her ears and a little on her wrist as she sipped away. Confusing, to say the least.

3. Carefully measure freshly ground coffee into non-bleached filter in brew basket, measure filtered spring water into carafe, set carafe on warming plate, hit ON switch, then return an hour later to pour a lukewarm cup of filtered water.

This is only one of a variety of possibilities I’ve experiment with. There is forgetting you filled the water reservoir the night before and pouring in another carafe-full of water the next morning. Or you can forget adding coffee and just run through a fresh brew of hot water. Or set everything up perfectly and forget to hit the ON switch. Blah, blah, blah. Coffee makers are cleverly designed to keep me humble.

4. Brew 2 quarts of coffee on Monday morning, refrigerate left-overs, conveniently reheat on demand throughout the following week.

Of course, I know better than this. That doesn’t keep me from considering it, though.

5. Make a special effort to steam almond milk, pour into a fresh cup of coffee, stir in organic cane sugar, sprinkle with nutmeg, taste its perfection with a small slurp, knock it over with your elbow.

This entails scrubbing the kitchen floor and possibly re-polishing lower cabinet doors. These things are normally ignored until company is coming. It is preferable to plan this type of forced labor for another time when you can fortify with chocolate and some good tunes.

No worries. I’ve found the perfect solution to my dilemma.

I run down to the corner gas station for a quick wake-up cappuccino before returning home to brew my own cup. This also works in a morning jog, something I can brag about when I get to work and hang out with half-awake complainers that constantly commiserate about morning lag. Not me. I’m on top of things.

No one ever said life was easy. But I got this.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it. 


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Let Your Intuition Decide!

Unsure about a decision you need to make? Here are two sure-fire ways to make the right choice.

1) Lean into a YES or NO.

Stand straight, feet beneath your shoulders. State one of your possible choices and then ask, “Is this the right choice?” If your body leans forward, the answer is YES. If your body leans backward, your answer is NO. Even a slight response indicates your answer. A dramatic response is a resounding YES or NO. If your body sways back and forth, the decision is not clear yet, or this is not the right time to decide. Try stating your question differently. If the answer remains unclear, set the decision aside to ask another time. Hint: You can use this technique first to learn if now is the right time to ask.

I use this technique to decide what to clear out of my life. “Should I keep this?” If the answer is NO I toss it or give it away. A YES confirms it’s still relevant in my life. Staring at my uninspiring winter wardrobe one autumn, I used this method to clear my closet. One huge black garbage bag later, I had a roomy closet, and every time I stepped into it I felt a huge relief. I use this when purchasing furniture, clothes, and even food. It’s proven itself to me countless times. Best of all, you can do it unobtrusively in public.

2) Expand or Contract

Sit or stand straight. State a possible choice, one at a time. With each statement, notice whether your body feel more open and uplifted (expanded) or if it feels more clinched and tight (contracted). Your breath will flow more freely when expanded, and more tightly when contracted. Expanded means YES. Contracted means NO.

This is my favorite technique when deciding whether to take on a project, accept an invitation, or make major life decisions. I recognize some of my most valuable lessons are gleaned during challenging circumstances, so I don’t want fear or dislike to keep me from facing an important life experience. This method has also prevented me from jumping into seemingly good opportunities that held no real value. Sometimes a YES leads me into a temporary difficult situation, yet it has always been the right choice in the long run, taking me to new heights.

The answer may not make sense.

I’ve learned to trust the results even if I don’t agree.

I once asked if I should keep a swimming suit that I hadn’t worn in two years. And answer was a clear NO. I ignored it because I loved that suit. A few months later we went water skiing with friends, with me wearing that suit. As I pulled up from the water on my skis, my suit’s top didn’t come up with me. The old elastic which held the top in place totally disintegrated from the water pressure. Everyone was thoroughly entertained! Me? I learned to listen to my intuition!

Why this works:

Our mind’s job is to stick it’s nose into every situation so it can assess, evaluate, logically explain, justify, and protect. This necessarily keeps our biological self safe. Our mind also holds memories and beliefs that we depend upon for protection, but in doing so, this imprisons us in a stale comfort zone, limits potential of new insights, and diminishes opportunities. We remain stuck in our history and fears.

Body intelligence and intuition carry our wisdom. This awareness bypasses the mind, allowing us to connect with something “beyond and greater”. Something more. Potential. Possibilities. Finding our heart’s content. Fulfillment.

To develop the skill and comfort of trusting this intuition, the best practice I know is the practice of silence and meditation.  I’ve meditated for over thirty years and the longer I have meditated, the deeper my body and intuitive awareness expands. Meditation deepens our connection with that Fulfillment we inherently seek.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it. 


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It’s 11:11, Again!

11:11. 12:12. 8:08. 1:00. Do you keep seeing the same numbers everywhere you look? License plates, clocks, billboards, restaurant menus, shampoo bottles, street signs?

You’re receiving guidance.

It’s your own intuition trying to get your attention. You can call this an airy-fairy message from angels, an energetic wake up from the quantum field, or just plain old verification from your subconscious. It all adds up to this: When we perceive a repetitive signal from outside our mind, one that “feels” significant, it is. Our higher wisdom knows non-physical cosmic information that our conscious mind filters out because it isn’t considered essential to physical well-being. Yet on the most subtle of levels, such information is vital.

Every day we make decisions that create our future. Sometimes we aren’t certain if our choices are the right ones so we replay the factors in our mind and use logic to guide our life. It’s what we are conditioned to do.

We gotta quit doing that! Our intuition and “gut feelings” are the true and wise guide. Yet it’s difficult to get in touch with the very “quiet whisper” of the sense of things, when we’ve been conditioned to justify decisions based on logic.

Find Intuitive Guidance from Signs

Note any numbers you see repeatedly.

Numbers hold a vibrational frequency. You can search online to look up what specific numbers mean. Angel Numbers is one helpful reference. Almost everyone I know sees numerical patterns. Some people have seen the same numbers for years.  1:11 and 11:11 are common these days because that message is prevalent in many of our lives. According to Doreen Virtue, these numbers mean “keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts are manifesting instantly into form. Focus only upon your desires and not upon your fears.”  This message is essential to survive gracefully in our current chaotic world.

Follow the number’s guidance.

For example: The number 120 tells you to let go of old habits of thinking – to let go of the old so there is room for the new. In this case, examine what is not working in your life. Is there a relationship that is no longer healthy? This number tells you it is time to say good-bye so new people can enter. Are you in a toxic job? It’s time to look for another one. For your life to move forward, you are to take this action.

Another example: If a number suggests that you build community with others, it’s time to find others you can connect with who are like-minded. Invite friends to join you at an event or for a movie. Start a Facebook group for a special interest of yours and invite friends to join. Find a Meetup group with similar interests in your area. It is your responsibility to take action. Life won’t change until you do.

Don’t blindly follow the numbers.

Numbers that show up are not in control of your destiny. You are. Repetitive numbers  give you feedback, confirmation, or clarity on what you already know but have been hesitant to see. If a number seems significant but doesn’t resonate, let it go. It’s a mismatch. You’ll receive guidance in another form.

Recognize your personalized signs.

Each person has unique subconscious image connections. Seeing significant numbers, animals, or other omens is a reflection of your own subconscious, seeking to get your attention. It is never an outside source that is in control.

My personal journey has included a variety of omen signals.

Driving to work on a cloudy, rainy day, filled with fear from financial woes, seeing no possible way out of my money morass, a blue crane arose from a mud puddle in the midst of an ugly construction zone, and flew directly across the hood of my car. Omen? New life construction can arise from the mud. Hope arises in the midst of the muck of life. Recognizing the omen, my heart lifted up along with the crane. Solutions showed up and life moved on.

I began to see 555 constantly. I walked into a room and the clock said 5:55. Suddenly I noticed 55-mph speed limit signs that usually blended into my surroundings. I saw a billboard advertising 555 down payment on a used car. Pulling up to stop signs, 555 kept showing up on car tags. I looked it up. It meant to prepare myself for a radical, major change. This was perfect, because at that time I was involved with a career situation that was deteriorating and I needed courage to make the change. I steeled myself and considered my financial resources. Within a few weeks the situation came to a crises and I removed myself. This shifted my life in an entirely new direction which proved far better.

Mom taught me the universe has a grand sense of humor. This next omen is hilarious. When I finally shared this omen with a friend, she blurted out, “That happened to me once, too!”. One day I began to find nearly empty toilet paper rolls each time I went into a restroom. No exceptions. At work, I constantly had to replace an empty roll. Grocery store. Movie theater. Restaurant. Either there was a global toilet roll conspiracy, or I was seeing an entirely new brand of omen. Yet I immediately recognized its message: I was almost finished with my current career and it was time to make a change. Time for a fresh start. The craziness of it caught my attention and it worked.

What do you want or need to change in life?

Intuitive guidance is reflected in events and signs all around you. Take heed and listen. It may be the proverbial hummingbird is hovering around your head, eager to lead you in a new direction.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it. 


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Time for Transformation; Time for Silence

It’s time to hit the life refresh button. Is life exhausting, fearful, painful, confusing, or sluggish? Do you sense something better out there that you can’t seem to grab hold of, or to reach?

Current energy on planet Earth is prompting transformation. Personal metamorphosis is sweeping across the realm. You can either choose to take the leap into your next level of awareness, or you can hold on to the discomfort of where you are and wait for life to push you into the new.

It’s your choice. This is what free will is all about.

Choosing to transform takes courage. You won’t find your support from chaotic outer circumstances – those are the very thing driving your pain and fear in the first place. Strength comes from within.

To find inner strength, it’s essential to take time to nourish your soul. Find Silence.

A full mind has no room to receive. A chattering mind cannot hear wisdom. A whirling mind does not recognize guidance. A critical mind offers no empowerment. A worried mind holds no hope. A logical mind rejects insight. Only with a quiet mind can wisdom and clarity arise.

Here is a secret: Insight can slip through even the tiniest of openings. Wisdom knows how to finesse its way into your awareness provided you offer only a tiny, momentary relaxation of the over-guarding mind. Your highest and best understandings are waiting for the chance to be heard.  It’s up to you to be silent so you can listen.

Silence, meditation, prayer, contemplation, a walk in nature, solitude, sleep, walking hand in hand with someone you trust … When we dive deep into our inner resources, we return to daily life with renewed strength, courage, and clarity.

Yes, you can do this. It’s what you came to do. Something amazing is waiting for you.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it. 


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Peace Through Silence

Practicing silence “sounds” difficult but results are worth it.  Have you ever known someone who, when they speak, people listen? Such people speak only when necessary, and their thoughts are well-measured.

Steps to Silence

Go Placidly amidst noise, Ehrmann, ellie hadsall cosmic gathering

Go Placidly, Be in Silence

1) Begin by speaking only when it’s absolutely essential.

You’ll quickly realize that much conversation consists of blurting out random thoughts and opinions.

2) Choose one or two hours during the evening or weekend to be in silence.

You can be active, but forgo talking, singing, listening to music, watching a movie, smart phone, text messaging, using the computer, and other interactive media. Some activities don’t require talk, but they still include listening to other people’s opinions and emoting. Read, take a walk, catch up with a hobby, wash the dishes, run a load of laundry or another activity that doesn’t require mental distractions.

3) Intentionally focus on natural sounds.

Without artificial input, you can hear wind blowing through tree branches, spring songbirds, a distant train whistle, squirrels chattering, spiders drumming – they do, but I just threw that in to be sure you are paying attention 🙂 These sounds are soothing and healing, but seldom noticed.

4) Make it fun. Invite family and friends to participate.

Try going to dinner with friends or colleagues who all agree to not talk. Results will be hilarious and challenging for your server, but insightful.  When walking or hiking with friends, people often chat constantly, missing a majestic sky, delightful wildflowers, and critters scurrying out of their path.

5) Talk is necessary, and music is delightful, but they can be distracting.

Consistent practice of silence opens the mind to new insights. It’s possible that long suppressed emotions surface because typical outer distractions no longer hold them back. This is good! Suppressed emotions need processing so that they don’t cause long-term distress and dis-ease.

6) The practice of silence improves meditation.

As you practice silence, your mind learns to control ceaseless chatter.  The mind’s natural tendency to express thoughts begins to subside, making meditation easier.

With continued practice of silence, and daily meditation, you can find peace and composure amid the noise and haste of life.

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When the Mundane Becomes a Miracle

Can the mundane become a miracle? Absolutely! Life has insisted I learn this.

My favorite definition of a miracle: A shift in perception

When I heard this years ago, it hit me right between the eyes – in that area known as the “third eye”, or the “cosmic eye”. Actually – it’s the area of the pineal gland, which connects with insight. Got that? Okay, now let’s proceed.

illusion, vase or faces

A vase? Two faces? A shift in perception introduces an entirely new viewpoint.

At the time I heard this definition of a miracle, I was in the midst of a traumatic, life-shifting, “Oh-My-God-How-Do-I-Make-It-Through-This?” event. I needed a miracle as fast as a divine creator could manifest one, and if I didn’t get it, I was going to quit existing. In hindsight, this is a bit over-dramatic, but in that moment of not being able to cognize a continuing existence, it seemed pretty clear.

When we experience a trauma, we intently focus upon what happened.

We constantly replay a mental tape of the event from start to finish. We dig into every little nuance, sending showers of needles into our mind and heart. We have every right to do this. It’s how we process. I told myself “I’ll experience this pain over and over until I desensitize to it.” While that might have merit in the long run, in the short run it was freezing me into a mental and emotional victim.

I needed a miracle.

It occurred to me that if a fact could not be changed, but was too painful to endure, what if I perceived it differently? What if the situation I had just experienced could be viewed in a new light? What might that look like? This could be like Ebeneezer Scrooge’s Christmas eve night in “A Christmas Carol” where he journeyed with an angel to review his life events from a higher perspective.

So I considered what a 180 degree turn would look like. If I had no fear, no sense of powerlessness, but instead was a strong woman, how would I respond? If I went to a Wise Woman on the mountain top who, from her high, light-filled perch, saw all and knew all, what would she advise? If I practiced the virtues I had sought to live, such as compassion (in all circumstances) and harmlessness, and non-judgement, how would they apply in this situation?

I had a shift in perception.

I saw the miracle.  I could continue living life from a human, victim perspective of “I have to constantly protect myself, and make people pay the price if they hurt me“, or I could step over a line to live from a soul perspective of “I set my boundaries, I stand in my own truth, and I radiate intuitive wisdom in all circumstances, including this one”. I literally drew an imaginary line on my laundry room floor and stood looking at it. To remain where I was, in the “I’ve been wronged by life” position, was to be immersed in constant pain, anger, judgement, righteousness, victimization, and misery. All of which felt absolutely toxic. To step over the line, to shift my perception, was to step into a light that radiated a powerful energy through me, out into my future. To step over the line was to release the “me” that had to make things happen, so I could step into a higher flow that would take over and guide me. Something greater was available for me to be. Something greater I could tap in to that could transform where I had been in life, to where I could go next.

I stepped over the line.

It wasn’t easy. Some days the mundane overwhelmed me. Then I would remember stepping over the line, and immediately make choices from my new, chosen perspective.  When my mind wanted to replay the trauma-drama tape, I purposefully moved it to focus instead on how I could help someone else, or what I was grateful for. When I wanted to complain to others, I realized they couldn’t change my situation either. I clarified boundaries of what behavior I would and would not accept from others, and stood by them, sometimes shaking inside, because this was new territory that I wasn’t skilled with yet. When I felt like crying, I let the sobs roll, with comforting self-talk. When I felt anger, I jogged faster or drove my car to deserted country roads with windows down, ranting and raving to release angst so I wouldn’t store it in my cells. If I slid back into old habits of self-protection, I redrew that line in my mind and stepped over it again. When I felt stupid or unappreciated, I reviewed the many people who had reached out to encourage me in my life, and I gave special attention to look my best, not allowing myself to move into victim mode. Before going to bed and upon arising, I reviewed a written list of my strengths, and my vision of a happy future. My life became a miracle. The more I dwelt in this new realm of being a strong victor in my mind, the faster answers came, amazing solutions showed up, and in time the situation resolved beautifully, leading me into a totally new way of being.

The final miracle?

The other people involved in my traumatic situation came along with me. Each adjusted at their own rate, in their own way, yet they shifted too! I still don’t know the nuts and bolts of how that happened. I didn’t make it happen.

The miracle unfolded because I worked harder on myself than I worked on the circumstances.

When I share this awakening experience with others, they ask, “What happened?”

That is not relevant. Choose a difficult situation into this story. Consider what a shift in perception might offer you, and take the leap. So, why don’t I share the details, really? Because when I stepped over the line I promised the universe that the event would no longer be traumatic. Instead it would become an amazing, miraculous lesson to lead me into my higher nature. I’ve held myself to that.

Now, every day of my life, I see evidence of the mundane becoming a miracle.

Mullen weeds in bloom

A nuisance mullein weed growing in a yard . . .

Wild honey bee on a mullen weed blossom

or a beautiful miracle of nature?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still working on shifting into miracles. My life has broken through to new levels multiple times. This is what I was born to learn. It’s why living this life is a great adventure. I’m sure glad I signed up for it. Thanks for walking this journey with me.

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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This fantasy adventure explores existence in an unfamiliar life, facing an onslaught of crises, and out of desperation applying spiritual principles offered from multiple traditions. Are they merely wishful thinking, or do they actually work if trusted and applied? Unlike some spiritually focused books, this is not a “preachy” book, but a moving story interwoven with a wealth of inspiring life events to lead us through a rich and fulfilling life.

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Easy Einkorn Yellow Cake

I love baking with einkorn flour. It’s low in gluten, its gluten is easier to digest than regular wheat flour, and its flavor is subtly nutty. I substitute it for regular wheat flour in every cake and cookie recipe in my recipe box.  It’s a bit different to work with, but not overly complicated. Learn about baking with einkorn flour

The hardest part is finding the einkorn flour. It’s not offered locally yet – I’m working on that! You’ll likely need to order it online. I’ll include my favorite source at the end of this post. If you are curious about how einkorn measures up to standard gluten-filled, inflammation-promoting wheat flour found on most grocery shelves, this is a good recipe to try.

One-Bowl Einkorn Yellow Cake

slice of einkorn yellow cake with chocolate mocha frosting

A hearty, scrumptious slice of einkorn yellow cake!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups einkorn flour
  • 3 rounded Tablespoons finely ground *flax meal
  • 1 + 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder (yep – tablespoon!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk  (you can substitute a nut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8″ x 8″ pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, flax meal, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add in butter, milk and vanilla and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, occasionally scraping sides of bowl.
  4. Add eggs and beat for 2 more minutes.
  5. Let batter stand for 5 minutes so the einkorn flour has time to absorb the moisture.
  6. Stir batter again and pour into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center pulls out clean. (Note: einkorn tends to appear done before it is thorough baked in the center, so always I check with a toothpick.)
  8. Cool in the pan on a wire rack and frost with your choice of !frosting.

Speaking of frosting, the cake pictured here is frosted with a mocha buttercream frosting. I melted 1/4 cup of butter, stirred in a square of baking chocolate (cocoa powder works, too) until it melted together, then stirred in a teaspoon of instant decaf coffee. After it all mixed well together, I poured in some powdered sugar and cashew milk until it reached the consistency I wanted, then beat it thoroughly. Yummy! If you have a granddaughter like I do, be sure to set some frosting aside to make graham cracker sandwiches. Add some peanut butter to the frosting first if you want it to be protein rich and guilt free (sort of…).

A few reminders:

Einkorn doesn’t absorb moisture as readily as standard wheat flour, so allow it to rest a few minutes before baking to assure a more moist cake.

Flax meal on left is too coarse to blend well. Meal on the right is finely textured and will quickly release its binding qualities into the batter.

Flax meal serves as a thickener/binder to replace the missing gluten. You can purchase it in varying refinements, but it’s essential to have it finely ground. I include a photo to show the difference. If your flax meal is too coarse, you can  grind it in your blender until it resembles soft powder.

I’ve not seen anyone else bake einkorn using flax meal, but I swear by its value. It’s made a world of difference to my low-gluten baking! My family doesn’t like the “slimy” quality when xanthan gum is used as a binder, so I also use flax meal to bind my Gluten-Free recipes, too. Rule of the thumb is 1-2 rounded Tablespoon of finely ground flax meal for each cup of “flour” used.

I purchase Jovial’s einkorn flour, along with their einkorn pastas. Jovial’s website offers proven recipes and plenty of helpful info to get you started. Delivery is fast, and quality is always excellent.

More of my einkorn recipes:

Wacky Vegan Chocolate Cake with Einkorn Flour

Easy Einkorn Soda Bread

Vegan Einkorn-Oatmeal Breadmaker Bread

Let me know how your Yellow Cake recipe turns out!

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it!

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This fantasy adventure explores existence in an unfamiliar life, facing an onslaught of crises, and out of desperation applying spiritual principles offered from multiple traditions. Are they merely wishful thinking, or do they actually work if trusted and applied? Unlike some spiritually focused books, this is not a “preachy” book, but a moving story interwoven with a wealth of inspiring life events to lead us through a rich and fulfilling life.

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Let’s Celebrate Failure!

Fear of failure holding you back? Maybe it’s time to celebrate your failures.

Let’s do the math. Which one of the following two formulas describes your life?

  1. Failure + Blame + Self Recrimination = Failure x 2
  2. Failure + Assessment + Self Improvement = Success

If you chose #1, you are in the mainstream. We mess up, blame ourselves or others for stupidity, and learn nothing. This perspective doesn’t understand the purpose and value of failing. Failure is not in your life to diminish your value; it’s in your life to increase your value by learning what does and does not work.

#2 is a key life formula to learn and follow. Each time you assess how you responded that didn’t work well, and clarify how to improve on the next similar situation, you are wiser. Life improves. You regain a sense of personal power over outer circumstances. You feel back on top. You feel less as a victim and more in charge of life.

Each time you fail to assess how you responded that didn’t work well, you are inclined to repeat the same failure, thus exponentially increasing a personal belief that you are a failure. Once you buy into that self-image, you see “proof” everywhere you look. It’s a self-defeating perspective that digs you into a hole that is increasingly difficult to emerge from.

How would life change if you stopped blaming yourself and started assessing instead?

What if you chart new life experiences with the intention to fail so that you can learn? It’s been said that Thomas Edison had thousands of failed attempts to invent the light bulb. His friend Walter S. Mallory shared the following story:

“I said: ‘Isn’t it a shame that with the tremendous amount of work you have done you haven’t been able to get any results?’ Edison turned on me like a flash, and with a smile replied: ‘Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!‘”

We appreciate today that Edison was not stopped by his mistakes. Failure teaches us. We learn what does not work. We can adjust, decide what works better, and use this new approach next time. With each progressive step, we learn one more thing that will not work, or one more thing that will. Success is the step-by-step progressive realization of goals, not one big overnight, perfect, monumental achievement. Most “overnight” sensations in the writing or acting fields describe a litany of failed attempts before they finally earned recognition.

Little children aren’t afraid to fail, until they are conditioned to avoid it. Have you ever seen a baby learn to walk? They pull themselves up, take a few faltering steps, and fall. Yet they get up to try again and again. Soon they are running everywhere and we wonder if they will ever slow down! If toddlers acted as many adults, they would never make that first attempt to walk. Their minds would fill with thoughts such as “What if I fall? What will Mom and Dad think? What if I hurt my knee?” Instead, they keep their minds on the reward and not the effort. They focus on the joyful end result and are willing to experience temporary failure to reach their goal.

What do you want to do right now in your life that you are putting off for fear of failure? What is holding you back? To move forward through a perceived failure, try the following:

  1. Write down the mental and emotional barriers that appear to stand in your way. 

Many perceived barriers are a story we have created in our mind, and not based on facts. Also, notice how many of barriers are based on other people’s opinions of you. When we let other people’s opinions limit our choices, we are living their life, not our own. You are here to live your life, offering your unique gifts to this world. If you hold back, you diminish the possibilities for all of us. We need what you have to offer.

  1. List small action steps you can take to reach your goal.

If your mental and emotional barriers are strong, you might choose one of these as your first goal. Action steps can include counseling, talking it through with a trusted friend, reading a self-help book, or taking a class. Working with one area, you will naturally improve in others. All things are connected. You move forward when you take constructive action instead of defensive inaction. Sometimes you have to go out on a limb, because that’s where the fruit is. Are you worth the effort? You bet!

  1. In a journal, each day list at least one positive action step you took toward your goal.

Included among these might be a failure! What did you learn from it? What insight did you gain that will enable you to do it better the next time? That insight is a success to include on your list. Don’t allow yourself to go to bed without listing this action. If necessary, get out of bed to do something. Once, on a mission to clear out unnecessary clutter from my life but having done nothing that day, I made myself get out of bed at 2AM to clean out the refrigerator. After tossing out four dishes of uneaten left-overs, broccoli nursing its young, over-ripe cheese, and wiping months worth of dripped catsup, mustard, and unnameable smears off the shelving, I felt wonderful. When on a mission of success, consistent movement forward is self-inspiring!

Failure is only a word that describes a step that faltered. Look to your vision, take another step, and move onward toward your joy!

Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life. Lead it.

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Ellie Hadsall is an Author and director of Cosmic Gathering, dedicated to unconditional support for your transformational journey.

Looking for a fast paced, insightful book to inspire your life? The first novel in Ellie’s “Cave Time Chronicles”, PATHWALKER: A Soul’s Journey through Reincarnations, journey of a woman moving through parallel lives, is now available here on Amazon!

This fantasy adventure explores existence in an unfamiliar life, facing an onslaught of crises, and out of desperation applying spiritual principles offered from multiple traditions. Are they merely wishful thinking, or do they actually work if trusted and applied? Unlike some spiritually focused books, this is not a “preachy” book, but a moving story interwoven with a wealth of inspiring life events to lead us through a rich and fulfilling life.

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