Friday, 12 August 2011

The Velocity of Our Times Demands Authenticity

My big brother, Colin bought me my most cherished book for Christmas last year: Soul Pancake by Rainn Wilson. This is my bible. It asks Life's Big Questions, make you think, inspires you, and fuel your creativity.

Before the book, there was the webpage SoulPancake :) (Click this link, and join, explore, post, and love.)

One day, I came across a post from a member, and it has stuck with me for a long time now. Whenever I feel that I need a pick me up, some encouragement or just to know that the path I am choosing to follow is ok with me, I open this text I have saved on my computer desktop.

I feel proud to be the ever struggling, right-brained person I am :)



"Today’s graduate, just like the rest of us, faces an uncharted world. Creativity, not conformity, is the new security. Back in the days of “snail mail,” horse and covered buggies and Ford Pintos, we were advised to stick with one career path, work hard, and aim “sky high” for the promise of predictability and a gold watch. Those days are gone. Today, there is no external job security. Yet there is a stable and intensely satisfying way to make it in the world. It’s called following your passion.

I’m grateful the world no longer supports the status quo. I want more for today’s graduates or anyone who may be graduating into a different period of learning in their lives. You deserve more than a gold watch. You deserve to experience a golden time.

Typical career advice focuses on vocational assessments, resume writing, and networking skills, along with studying the hot fields and companies in the available job market. But real career success, at any age, involves staying true to your talents, putting your nose to the ground and tracking your destiny, following the genius that you alone possess. It involves studying yourself, more than the job market. Because today’s world isn’t about “fitting in” to finite opportunities. It’s about waking up to new capacities and needs, stirring the pot, and revealing, creating, designing and divining the infinite opportunities available.

Business guru Daniel Pink says, in A Whole New Mind, that we are moving away from the information age to the conceptual age and that “right-brainers will rule the future.” He explains, “The keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society’s richest rewards.” Pink emphasizes that in the imminent future an MFA degree will serve you more than an MBA, because global business and industry now require creative, emotionally intelligent, out-of-the-box, intuitive thinking to meet the divergent and evolving climate of business and life. 

I’ve been a career coach for over twenty years now, and I’ve seen the fall-out of old career thinking, both in the lives of my clients, and in my own professional life. For me, traditional, now archaic, career advice garnered me a way to make a living, but not a way to discover and express my soul. Sure, I was “successful,” on the surface, at a major law firm, having graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. But, I could not sustain that kind of success. I was born to be a writer, and the truth will always out. Inevitably, the soul’s desire to express is stronger than the ego’s desire to maintain equilibrium. The Universe or nature gave us our desires for a reason. They are seeds that are meant to turn into orchards of good in our lives. And if those energy sources are denied, then those seeds become time bombs designed to destroy limitation. The infinite within us will always prevail.

In coaching, I’ve seen a pattern I find strangely encouraging. I’ll put it this way. The velocity of our times demands authenticity. Our fast-paced world is a 24/7 kind of marathon. So if you’re not doing work that comes from your soul, you will have to work too hard to keep it up. And you will always have to wrestle too hard to keep your true passions at bay. We used to have more of a buffer to keep our secrets, even from ourselves. But increased demand requires an efficient use of our energy. And living your calling is the most efficient, practical, joyous, and generous thing you can do with your life."

-Tama Kieves

To-Die-For Vegan GF Blueberry Teff Pancakes

I have had a bag of Teff flour in my cupboard for over a month now. I was waiting for the perfect recipe, and the perfect mood to decide what I would make with it.

It was a beautiful sunny morning :)

After baking all last night (non-gluten free, non-vegan) for my boyfriend, I woke up this morning with the smell of the "Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever" still lingering in the kitchen. The smell was mouth watering, ok it's my time for a yummy treat!

I have been eating the EXACT same thing for breakfast for over a year now (I know, not good), but it is healthy, stays with me, and make me feel good. I have been afraid to veer to far away from my comfort breakfast, but today was the day.

As I began to research Teff (Tef, Te'ef) I realized how nutritious this teeny, tiny North African grain is. The grain is so small (1 wheat grain = 150 teff grains) that it is impossible to separate the germ and bran, and therefore, is loses none of its fiber or nutrients when processed. With high levels of protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, and thiamin this grain is a powerhouse of nutrients.

And... it's gluten-free! It gives a wonderful nutty, chocolatey flavor and has a great texture. Its high iron content was also alluring as I try to get my anemia under control.

Now, on to the good stuff, the pancakes!

I found a few recipes, which I am eager to try later, for bread, muffins and porridge using teff flour, but when I stumbled on a few pancake recipes - instant salivation....

After combining a few a came up with this masterpiece, which I will name:

To-Die-For Vegan GF Blueberry Pancakes

Serves 2

1/2 cup Teff Flour
1/8 cup Tapioca Starch
2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup blueberries

1 Tbsp of oil to cook pancake in (I used olive oil)

Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl (Teff flour, tapioca startch, flax seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda).
Once mixed, add vanilla, applesauce and water. I used a fork to stir with and achieved the perfect consistency.

Warm a skillet on medium heat with oil in it. Place approx. 1/4 cup of batter on skillet and level out with the back of a spoon.

Place blueberries onto pancakes. Wait for bubbles to appear and flip pancakes to other side. Cook for another minute of two on this side.

I served mine with a thin layer of almond butter and sliced bananas on top :)

Would also be delicious with pure maple syrup, or I think I might try with pumpkin butter next time!

Apart from this being one of the best breakfasts I have had in a long, long time it was different, and filling without feeling sluggish afterwards. I think I even want to go for a run now :)

Happy Friday Pancake Day!


GF Carrot Pumpkin Spice Hot Cereal

Tonight I was sifting through all the marvelous recipes on and found a common, delicious theme: pumpkin!

Now, I am a sucker for pumpkin and anything with pumpkin spice in it :) Instantly, I had a craving for yummy pumpkin spiced warmth in my tummy. I scrounged through my very empty-cupboards and made a concoction only to be described as: hit-the-spot bowl of goodness.

I found, and thus created:
1 cup of water
1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal
1 medium carrot (shredded)
Agave nectar (sweeten to taste)
Pumpkin Pie Spice (1 part cinnamon, 1/4 part ginger, 1/4 part nutmeg)
1 tsp ground flaxseed
5 raw almonds (chopped)
1 medium prune (diced)

1. Heat water in small skillet, bring to a boil.
2. Add hot cereal and shredded carrot to water, fully mix in, and reduce heat to low.
3. Add spice in and let simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
4. Add almonds, prunes, flax seeds and drizzle agave to taste, cover again, and let sit over minimal heat for 5 more minutes.
5. Brew a warming cup of herbal tea (I made David's Loose Tea - Glow), and ENJOY:)

Mine didn't look this neatly shredded.

Best Gluten-Free Hot Cereal I have had thus far. Easy on the tummy and so yummy!

I know this recipe needs tweaking, but this was a spur of the moment NEED and so I created.