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Gratitude – July 9, 2019

Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.

Thank you Natasha for being in tune and for being my friend.

Thank you Goddess of Harmony for peace in my house.

Thank you doTERRA for giving me a promising future. Thank you for your gifts of the Earth. Thank you for your research, your science, and your desire to help the world live healthier and happier.

Thank you health and wellness industry for upping people’s awareness.

Thank you Rhiannon and my other friends and co-workers. You make the job pleasurable.

Thank you Institute of Integrative Nutrition for helping me heal – and for helping me learn how to take better care of myself.

Thank you Universe for all of my blessings! Thank you Father Sky and Mother Earth! Thank you Mother Nature!

Thank you Goddesses!! Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.

 

Gratitude – July 5, 2019

Thank you Goddesses. Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you for me having enough. Enough food. Enough space. Enough of everything. I lack for nothing. Thank you Goddess of Abundance!

Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you for knowing I needed to get back to gratitude journaling. Thank you Goddess of Harmony for peace in my life, in my house, and in my community. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth for, well, teaching me to trust in the truth.

Thank you my online community. Thank you for giving me so much to learn! Thank you for opening a whole new world to me.

Thank you friends! Thank you for the joy and the hugs I got last night while walking around in my community.

Thank you cats for counting on me to show up for you every morning with some food. Thank you for holding me accountable and giving me a reason to develop discipline. Thank you chores. Haha, what?? Yes, I feel grateful for my morning chores – feeding the cats and emptying the expelled RO water bucket. <<I will tell you more about that in a blog post. Ritual and routine are very comforting these days.

Thank you for reading this!

Gratitude – July 2, 2019

Thank you Goddesses!

Thank you trees for making delicious shade on a hot day.

Thank you Charlie for sharing your home, and especially your kitchen, with me.

Thank you Julie the Yard Cat for bringing your kitten around.

Thank you friends for giving me people to talk to.

Thank you Goddess of Wisdom for teaching me that some issues that I have are perfectly fine. They don’t need fixing. Thank you for teaching me acceptance.

Thank you Goddess of Abundance for ridding me of worry and doubt.

Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.

Thank you Goddess of Harmony for peace in our house and in my life.

Thank you people that inspire me daily! I’m thinking about my political activists friends. Yall rock!!

Thank you for reading this. Thank you WordPress for making it so easy to make a blog post.

 

Gratitude – June 30, 2019

May I take a moment to explain myself?

I had a journaling practice based on Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way. Three pages first thing in the morning. It evolved into the last page always beginning with gratitude. Sometimes the whole page was filled with thanks, sometimes not, but it always started out that way.

My journaling practice – I want to say – evolved. When in reality my practice dissolved. That was just over a month ago.

Well, I’m back to it albeit in a different way. I’m focusing on gratitude. And I’m doing it online now. I loved the act of writing. I enjoyed holding the pen, the feel of the notebook, and my handwriting had improved. But, life is always evolving, and now I’m going online with it.

Thank you for reading this. I would love to hear your comments! Do you journal?


 

Thank you Goddess of Abundance! Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.

Thank you Mother Earth. You have one beautiful sky today! Thank you Father Sky! Thank you Sun. Thank you for being our constant source of energy and warmth.

Thank you Charlie for spending time with me. My diet is so much better when we share our meals. Cooking for two is my sweet spot.

Thank you Internet. Haha, that seems weird to say. But seriously, thank you Internet (and the people that made it happen.)

Thank you doTERRA and your essential oils!

Thank you the Institute of Integrative Nutrition for changing my life.

Thank you ancestors for passing down my cooking skills, my coping skills, and my determination.

Thank you Goddesses! Thank you Inner Goddesses. Thank you Spirit Guides.

 

Gratitude – June 27, 2019

Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth.

Thank you Mother Earth and Father Sky for this beautiful day. Thank you for the sunshine and the warmth.

Thank you Jes for choosing me as your mom. Happy Birthday tomorrow! We had a lot of laughs. Thank you!! I love you!!

Thank you for my desk. Thank you for my kitchen. Thank you for my bathroom. Thank you for my home.

Thank you for my ambition. Thank you for my brain. Thank you for my intelligence.

Thank you for my courage.

Thank you Inner Goddesses! Thank you Goddesses – the known and the unknown.

 

Gratitude – June 26, 2019

Thank you Goddesses.

Thank you Goddess of Abundance. Thank you Goddess of Harmony. Thank you Goddess of Trust and Truth. Thank you Goddess of Wisdom.

Thank you Charlie for living peacefully with me. Thank you for giving me a roof over my head.

Thank you for the kitchen so I can cook food that nourishes me and helps my body to thrive.

Thank you for the internet so I can keep in touch with friends and family. Also so I can keep learning and keep sharing what I have learned.

Thank you for the beautiful weather!!

Thank you for my beautiful desk and all of my colored pens! Thank you for my beautiful space to be creative.

Thank you for my diffuser and my essential oils. Thank you for coming into my life. I’m a definitely healthier – physically and mentally – thanks to the oils.

Thank you Mother Earth and Father Sky.

Thank you Mother Nature and all of your beautiful beings.

Thank you for reading this.

I cheated on Grandma

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I cheated on Grandma with black bean brownies.

My Grandma was an excellent cook. She did a lot of it, with having six kids and all the grand kids coming to visit. My favorite was her butter beans. That was back in the day when most of us ate locally. Food was locally grown and locally consumed. So maybe it didn’t take a lot to be a good cook back then. Perhaps the ingredients were so good that all one had to be was competent and the food tasted delicious every time.

I think she cooked some stuff from a box – maybe a cake now and then, but I also remember her making most of her desserts from scratch. She made it look so easy. I had no idea…. As a kid, I guess most of us don’t have any idea.

I grew up with a lot of activity in the kitchen, and still to this day the kitchen is my favorite room in the house. I like cooking, but I’m getting off topic. Sorry about that, but those butter beans.

Forward to the year 2018 and our food supply is very different. Our food travels on average 1500 miles before reaching our plates. Wheat used to grow eight feet tall. Now it’s around four feet tall and the varieties are minimal. It is a little off topic but did you know that it is now common practice to spray wheat crops with a chemical that makes it brown faster so the big farmers can harvest it sooner thereby getting to plant the next crop sooner? And that wheat goes into our brownies – chemicals and all.

Thank goodness for good innovative cooks because they are experimenting and finding new ways to use food that hasn’t been debilitated to the point of causing dis-ease.

Enter black bean brownies. As you can see in the recipe, there is no flour.  Experimental cooks – or food innovators – have discovered alternatives.

So. I made these. I actually doubled the ingredients because one can of beans just didn’t look like it was going to make many brownies. I’m used to have a pan of brownies for a couple of days – not something that I’m going to eat it all at one sitting. So I doubled the recipe. And of course the cooking time was about 10 minutes longer. No biggie. I just kept checking it by inserting a butter knife into the center. When it came out clean, the brownies were done.

 

I added extra chocolate chips – dark chocolate. Next time I will add them after blending.

 

These look a bit dry don’t they? But they aren’t. They would be if this was made from flour but fully cooked beans aren’t dry, so neither were the brownies.

And since I’m complete obsessed with essential oils, I did this.
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After all, it’s in the recipe. And I got this particular recipe from our doTERRA team. Chocolate and orange? Yes!! I only got hints of the orange flavor and it was very pleasant. I don’t believe it was necessary, but there was an added flavor dimension. That’s always nice.

Ok, so this was not only the first time I made black bean brownies, it was the first time I ever ate them. Now this recipe is “healthy” so it used honey instead of sugar. While I was putting the ingredients together, I thought there was a lot of honey in it since I doubled the recipe, so I  didn’t put as much as was called for. I did put about a cup in there though.

My first few bites weren’t sweet enough so I drizzled a little honey over it. Ok, so check – sweetness is there. And the chocolate fix is definitely there. (Have you tried dark chocolate yet? You should!)

The thing that got me at first was the texture. It’s pretty hard to describe but these obviously weren’t my Grandma’s brownies, or even my mom’s…. But since they are healthy – hello black beans – I ate a second one. My brain had gone through the necessary adjustment and it was sweet enough without adding more honey. And this gritty-ish texture was more acceptable.

I wanted to write this blog because we have to change our ways of being/doing/thinking. As much as I love traditional brownies, I deprive myself of them because the processing, the big AG, capitalism, my thighs…..

As I ate the first one, my brain wanted to completely reject the whole experience because it wasn’t anything I am used to. But, I persisted and they became better and better. I still have about half a pan left and my chocolate fix will be satisfied for a few days.

I had to let my mind go through some hops to accept this new way of eating. And it worked. I would ask that you allow your mind to accept new ideas, new ways of being/doing/thinking. Our world is changing. We can change with it – and thrive. Or not.

Are you willing to give black bean brownies a try? Leave a comment.

Check out my.doterra.com/suzannehorrocks for everything about essential oils. Thanks!

This is supposed to be about you, but…..

Be authentic. But don’t do that. Do this instead.

Find a pain point and give a solution.

Write like your talking to your best friend.

Oy, so much advice! At what point does it all become chatter? White noise? Frankly, bullshit. At what point does it all become bullshit? Ha!

I don’t know. I have no idea. I really don’t. Do you?

The life of an entrepreneur is a wonderful thing. Wonderful like walking a tightrope with no balance bar, much less a net. I call myself an entrepreneur anyway. That’s the normal name we are called. And by we, I mean people that are answering the call to break out of their usual box.

Never in my 50 something years did I ever want to create my own success. I was perfectly contented to go to a job and put in my eight knowing the paycheck was going to be deposited at regular intervals. (I’m still doing that too, btw.)

Have you heard anything about a shift happening? Or needing to happen? A paradigm shift? Well, I shifted.

It didn’t happen overnight. On the other hand, it sometimes feels like it did. But it didn’t really.

Has life ever handed you a whole fucking bushel of lemons? Oh ya, I hear you sister.

What my bushel of lemons taught me was to feel the feels. All the feels. Good and bad. I’ve learned too that I can feel bad – and –  I have the power to change it.

– I. Have. The. Power. To Change.

And – So. Do. You.

You don’t have to know a single thing either. Not consciously anyway. Did you know that we are only conscious of 3% of our brain activity? The other 97% does things like grow our hair, modulate body temperature, digest food, breathe.

The other 97% of our brain activity knows how to keep us alive. If we can get out skimpy little 3% (which is our ego, btw) to be quiet for a time, then our bodies can take over.

So, you don’t have to know a single thing. All you have to do is be quiet and listen to what’s going on inside. Not in your head though. When your mind/head/thoughts/ego wants to take back control, go back to listening to your body.

Some people call this meditating. That’s what I call it, but it’s your trip. Do what feels right for you.

That’s all the deep thoughts (haha, right….) I have for now.

Thanks for reading. I would love to hear your thoughts if you wanna leave a comment.

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Do you start in the middle?

Do you have trouble starting something? Whether it be a new practice, a new blog post, a new project?

The most important step is to just start. Start anywhere. But start!

It doesn’t matter if it’s messy. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfect. It doesn’t matter that you may not know the ending, or that you can’t remember the beginning.

Sometimes there is no beginning and ending. Think about a circle. How would you ever find the starting point? What you may find is a good starting point for you, but it may be in an entirely different place for me. So just start anywhere.

Think about your favorite hike or even a walk around your neighborhood. What is the beginning for you is probably not going to be the beginning for me. But you start where you are and I start where I am.

I am starting here. Haha, with a blog post about starting. How appropriate.

I’ve been putting off writing my blog because I didn’t know where to start. It’s funny now because that became my topic. See how that works?

What are you putting off starting? Tell me in the comments. What do you want to start?

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