So a large percentage of my diet today was organic strawberries I bought yesterday at the market and not much else worthy of conversation. Why is it so hard to eat well and create delicious meals when flying solo? I work at meals that include others in a way I don’t usually do for myself. Thought of melding flavours and a balance of elements plus presentation. There is no presentation in my meals for one, I’m lucky if I use a plate some days. Tomorrow my partner will be home for dinner and I’m planning on cooking the scapes, organic new potatoes with fresh dill from the garden and barbecuing a nice piece of whitefish I also got at the market that was caught in Georgian Bay. Super yummy and nutritious. How do you cook your whitefish? One of my current obsessions is Heavenly Cream from the Sloane Tea Co. (which took up another significant percentage of my diet today). It is incredible. I have been a tea lover since I was young, black tea especially. I’ve made the transition from English Breakfast this year to Earl Grey and let me tell you, Heavenly Cream is the perfect blend of both. It has the sweet notes of Earl Grey with the hearty depth of English Breakfast. I serve it with steamed organic milk and a bit of sugar in almost a latte format. Delicious, absolutely one of the best comforts of my life, something I feel real pleasure and gratitude in. I mean really, how wonderful is it that we as human beings get to taste things that are delicious? Our food gets to taste good! What a gift. I hope you had something you savoured today and it brought you comfort or pleasure.
The other beautiful thing that I experienced today was stumbling upon wish flags. I was riding my bike home around midday, the sun was shining, a lovely breeze was blowing. It was the perfect summer moment. And there they were, strung up and fluttering in the breeze, with a sign on the fence below reading “Yarmouth Wish Flags”. I tried to read all of them but they were a bit high and as I mentioned, fluttering, so I wasn’t able to see them all but of what I read; sweet, sweet, sweet. I think they were all done by children but I can’t be certain. My two favourites were a drawing of a snail that had the word ‘acceptance’ arching over it’s shell and a simple blue flag that read “my wish is for health and happiness for all”. Such a loving creation and I feel blessed I stumbled upon it. Thank you to the residents of Yarmouth Gardens for spreading lovely goodness.
The other thing that added meaning to my day was watching this TED talk by Stacey Kramer. I am in really into TED talks. I probably watched 50 over the past year and a half. Some of my lowest days were bolstered by an inspiring talk about overcoming tragedy or a quirky, informative one on brain chemistry or ocean life or my repeat view, Brene Brown’s talk on The Power of Vulnerability. I will tell you that this talk changed my life. After watching it I bought her book Daring Greatly and devoured it. Then I spent hours googling her and reading about her. I wanted to know more! How I could meet Brene? My search led me to a therapist in Toronto who was certified in her work. I ended up participating in a 3 day workshop called The Daring Way with a group of amazing women. It was just weeks after I finished my treatments and it was the perfect gift to myself. What better way to begin the process of moving forward then focusing on self-love, acceptance and letting go of perfectionism? Please watch these two talks (the first is less than 4 minutes), they are warming to the soul and will give you a smile and a few tears but will certainly enrich your life.
love to you.