Simply as the title states. A Big whopping dose of inspirational quotes to ponder over and some absolutely stunning pictures of life and Earth 🙂
I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Lots of love to you all.
Simply as the title states. A Big whopping dose of inspirational quotes to ponder over and some absolutely stunning pictures of life and Earth 🙂
I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Lots of love to you all.
Hi everybody I hope you are all well. So this is my first time doing a recipe blog but I thought I’d do so for this brownie as it turned out so well and so light and fluffy and delicious.
I have made a few alterations to the original recipe and that’s what I’m giving you below.
The recipe is taken from The Vegan diet Recipe Book by Tony Weston and Yvonne Bishop.It is all Vegan and endorsed by the Vegan Society.
250 g wholemeal flour
300 ml almond milk
50ml coconut oil
4 tablespoons coca powder
250 g caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
50 g ready to eat prunes, stoned
50g dates, stoned
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon flaked almonds
1. Line baking tin with baking paper/parchment and oil lightly. Preheat oven to 180 oC, Gas mark 4
2. Place 2 heaped tablespoons of the flour in a saucepan and mix in 250 ml of the almond milk. Cook, stirring constantly on a medium heat until thick. Then set aside to completely cool.
3. Combine the last 50g almond milk, oil and cocoa powder in a bowl and stir until smooth.
4. Transfer the cooled flour mixture to a food processor or liquidizer, add the sugar, salt, vanilla, prunes and dates and blend until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture and blend again.
5. Mix the remaining flour with the baking powder and the almonds, then add the prune mixture and blend again. Pour the mixture in the prepared tin and bake for 25-35 minutes, until firm to the touch.
6. Cut into slices and eat hot or cold.
It has been brought to my attention that there are some private secret groups on Facebook who are trying to make my life problematic within the running community. I just wanted this blog to get out around there and passed on to them that you have the wrong details. I hope that these people will eventually see that I’m a decent , honest person with my integrity full in tact. I have no joy in cheating and don’t see any point in doing so at all.
I was signed up to a Go Beyond event recently – Thames Trot 50 miles. As it turned out a few months before I didn’t think it was achievable to do that event with injuries for overdoing it… as I always do cus I aim too high. (no harm in that).
I asked Go Beyond if I could defer my place and this was denied.
I had a ticket going which I couldn’t use and a friend of mine wanted to take part in the event. At the time this friend didn’t have the funds to buy a ticket and get over there and back. So I gave him my ticket for FREE. It never even occured to me that people would think I was cheating for UTMB (ultra marathon de Mont Blanc) points when I know that I do not even have any intention of doing it for many years yet. This is a prestigious event you need to do other ultras and gain points over certain period (I think 2 years) to be able to apply and qualify for entry.
I have since just contacted GoBEYOND and asked them to remove my name off the board. As can be seen here.
So there we have it. I will not let this get me down. I can understand how people can get angry sometimes when they believe that someone is cheating at something they have worked so hard on for so many years. I can completely understand how I’d feel if others had done the same. I understand that you made a simple error and I am not angry with anyone.
On a side note. In future I shall make certain that my intentions are clear and true to event organizers, regardless of what the outcome may be.
Much peace and love
I am very old now. I am beginning to approach my hundredth birthday. I feel myself becoming more and more peaceful with every single breath that I take. I feel no pain, no worry or fear. I know that I am close to passing over. I know my time in this physical body is coming to a close and that a new chapter is to begin for me. I’m sat here on my swinging chair outside my glorious home within the tropics. In front of me I see a smorgasbord of trees carrying juicy fresh organic oranges, lemons, limes, nectarines, bananas and figs and more beyond that. I see a sprawling ground full of exotic vegetables just waiting to be picked and eaten over the coming days. Beyond these I see the sun coming down over the horizon as it makes it’s way to meet the end of the oceans. The sky turns orange just as it has done 36, 250 times and more since I came into this wonderful world. I’m thinking about the amazing life in which I have had.
From small beginning of limitations set by others and set by myself I have come far. The memories of the abuse from family I suffered as a child. I remember always being told I would never be anyone and I would never go anywhere. My life was a waste of time I should never have been born, that I was an accident. I remember the fists in my face, being strangled my by collar while thrown out of rooms and being beaten in the chest by his foot while curled in a ball on the ground. I remember the memories of those who bullied me through school. I was a victim and played easy target to them. I remember the self-harm I can still see the cuts on my arms. I can sometimes still taste the metallic taste of medications in which I overdosed on. I’m also remembering my shaky start to adulthood. Oh how I have been ‘rich’ and been poor but always remained poor. Remember that being rich goes beyond what is in your wallet. I’m remembering the times of drug use as a means to escape. The times of smoking and drinking, feeding my body with poisons, perhaps because I didn’t feel that this body of mine deserved to be treated well. The times I allowed my thoughts to overtake my happiness. Yes the first quarter of my life was a difficult one. Though I’m not the only one. I remember all this but the pain is such a distant emotion. It’s just as though the printer has almost ran out of ink. Actually I think it might have. All I sense from my past is gratitude. For without all the trying times in my life I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t have grown how I have grown and I wouldn’t be able to help others the way I have. I’m thankful for all the experiences I have had in life both good and bad.
Since then on my life changed. Disbelief was taken away, limitations erased. I learned better coping mechanisms. I found the positive in the negative. I noticed steps back and decided not to dwell on them but move forward, I’d began to find my way and my achievements have been plentiful. One of the most important being my ability to live in balance with joy and happiness, regardless of any mental health issues I had when I was younger. I have learnt to be inspired, motivated and positive throughout my life. Even greater I have been able to pass this onto others as my full time mission.
I have mastered the Spanish language and am living in a Spanish speaking country. Here I have been working in harmony with nature and my surround with the food I eat and energy I use.
I have had a successful and inspiring running career. I have ran across vast distances. I have covered hundreds and thousands of miles across national trails throughout different lands. Always on a journey, inspiring myself, motivating myself moving my body, and most importantly, my mind forward with every single step that I took. I have continued to blog about this in some way or another through my life though the methods have changed somewhat since the ‘blogging’ days. I’m not quite sure what they call it now. This has just as importantly brought inspiration to others which has been my life’s work.
I have achieved almost everything I had hoped for. I think that achieving everything that we ever wanted in life is a fallacy. To have achieved everything is to stop being inspired, stop being motivated to stop learning more, to stop loving and creating and living. Love, joy, happiness, peace, fulfillment knows no boundaries and I will continue to build on all those things I already have a great deal of and feel a great deal of now. Right through these last days of my life. The world is a vast place with infinite things that we can do out there and learn out there, and within ourselves. I know for sure I won’t have completed all my goals when I pass. For one I have just started to rebuild on my knowledge of quantum physics and I do not expect to learn all that I’d hoped to within my last few days. I do it though because it fascinates me. So yes I know I will have goals that I have not achieved and I am happy with that so long as I am happy with WHO I currently am, and I am.
The first quarter of my life was difficult but my my my how I have made up for it with the rest of my life. All the earlier difficulties were there to help build my strength to have the amazing life which I have had.
Philip is my life and soul and he has been with me right up until this day. We have had trying times the two of us. We have not always enjoyed the same things. Sometimes we wondered if we were suited to each other we spoke about how we both imagined doing the things we loved most as individuals, together, laughing and smiling. Though there are many things that fascinate my husband which do not fascinate me. We spoke to each other about the things we do love and our dreams and we created dreams together and achieved those with support for one another and love. People believe love is lost when the spark has gone. Love isn’t a spark between two people that’s an infatuation which turns into something much deeper, something that was never achieved with anyone else I ever met. He has been my lover and he has been my best friend, and a little piece of his spirit will be with mine when I leave this world, just as it is now. We are both very old now and very happy. Living our final days together in peace.
I have found the diversity in the people I have met very interesting and rewarding. So many people don’t give themselves enough credit but luckily they can find it within themselves. It’s always been there, they just need to find it, accept that they deserve to feel that way and have those things and make the choice. People who have come to me for life coaching who thought their lives where in ruins have come out with some of the most inspiring and profound things I ever thought was possible. They were just simply beyond my wildest dreams. I have seen 100s of people and every single one of them enriched my life with my guidance to enrich theirs. We are capable of so much more than we know. The great riches in life are not just for a select few but can be achieved for anybody. This has enriched both my life and theirs and allowed me to better my service by sharing their wisdom along with mine to the next person. This has been pretty powerful stuff.
Another thing that’s interesting is how life just continues to go on and on. The hills and mountains continue to sit there almost never moving through their existence. The wind continues to blow through everything that is passes. The trees continue to grow as tall as buildings. The birds continue to chirp their beautiful songs. As I come towards the end of my life I see all new life around me coming into existence every day. I sit and I think of all the trivia that I allowed into my life once upon a time. All those silly things that I allowed to get on top of how I felt and thought about myself, other people and the rest of the world. I may be old and I may be wise, but overall I am only a tiny fragment of something much greater, the great cycle of life, and all that which is beyond the beyond of the universe and our minds. What an amazing world.
I had lost who I was when I was younger I think most people get lost at some point in their life. I think they do as they believe they should. They do what they are told to do and never question for many years why they are doing it. They never question whether it’s what they want to do. Even more scary many people know they are not happy every day and decide to not take action. Does it make them happy? Do they love what they do? Do they love who they are with? Then they find themselves lost. They look in the mirror and don’t see the true reflection of who they should be and want to be. They don’t see the reflection of who they are inside. They are the reflection of the person the system tells them to be. They are living by that system as ‘individuals’ and are also limiting themselves greatly by self-limitations and limitations imposed on them over the years by family and friends. I think the best thing anyone could ever do in life is to become lost for a length of time in which to go back to basics and discover who you really are inside. What makes YOU happy? What do YOU want? Sometimes when our lives have taken control of us, we are sad, depressed, lonely and lost and we don’t know what we want or what makes us happy. Sometimes we feel nothing makes us happy. Think as you did as a child what made you happy then? What did you dream? Through being lost and experiencing all those emotions that go with it we have a chance to find ourselves. It may take time but stay lost and you will find a way. Much like I did all those years ago.
Now I am much older and looking back on my life and I love the person I have become. I love the person I became a long time ago. I am proud of the work I have done and the world I have created around me. I am proud of the people I have helped. Through sheer stubbornness to not accept that “that is life get over it” I have managed to find who I am and what I want to do in life. I discovered how to make a living in doing what I love best. I have maintained good health through eating good nutritious healthy foods that I have mainly grown myself right here at home. I have eaten well and still been treated. Fruit are the best treats in life. I have taken up exercise most of my life and even now toward the end of my life I enjoy the occasional walk through the forest or to meditate on the beach. I have shown love and compassion to all those who have come into my life. Well the most of it anyway. Those that I have had disagreements or fights with in my younger life I have apologized to upon further contact and settled our differences. Some of those have become close friends to this day. Others we have agreed to disagree and wished each other all the luck and happiness in the world for the future, both separating with smiles, love and peace for one another.
I wouldn’t change a thing. I have set out to achieve all the things that I held most dear to my heart to help me to be successful and wealthy and have a rich life. I have done all I can to help other people to do the same. I have done all I can to help other animals and life around me. I have spared their lives by making the choice to not eat animals nor use any products in which they need, or to use them for my own entertainment for men to profit from. I have helped any animal I could help at that current time. I have become guardian for several animals over my life, in need of a home. I am very content with the way my life has gone.
The most important wisdom and advice I would like pass on to others at this stage in my life, would be to get lost and find yourself! It doesn’t matter how long it takes to find yourself but do so. When you do then live and breathe it with every inch of your being. You may need to make changes, you may need to let go of some of the things or even people in your life… and that’s ok. Everything will be ok.
When the heavens have come to me and it is my time.I shall close my eyes, I shall smile, I shall allow the light to enter my body and lift my soul, my spirit and the true essence of me from my body. I shall look forward to the amazing journey ahead of me to come.
Behind me I will leave my love for every single one of you.
To all my loved, loving and compassionate non vegan friends. Thank you for being the kind of person you are. So loving and caring. I know you would do all you could to help someone you saw who was hurt, starving or sad. It’s just who you are! I know sometimes it can be hard when a Vegan tells you what you are doing is wrong. Especially when deep down you know the kind of person you are. I come to you from love. I ask you please to spare just 7 minutes of your time to this video. Nobody wants to see cruel videos or pictures and so you will NOT find them here. To be honest I gave up spreading those a long time ago. I think its much easier to talk to people with love and understanding, rather than hate and condemnation. I know that you are a loving caring person and that you care for other people and other animals on our planet. I only ask that you take these few minutes to open up and listen to what this gentleman has to say. Who explains how he himself found out REALLY what a vegan is and why. No need for any response. Just an open heart.
Peace and love to all of you
Whether you are a runner, weight lifter, soccer player or even on a mission to write the worlds best book. You need this. Make this your morning watch ritual every day! Keep battling on keep pushing. Keep achieving. keep dreaming. Wow yourself. Wow the world.
One word. Watch!
“Rise and shine.
It’s 6am, and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it’s too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of a bed.
Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move
A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland, but you didn’t ask their opinion.
The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance.
A voice that’s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.
Welcome to The Grind!
For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way, 10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, Each one promising the path of least resistance.
Thing is, you’re headed upstream. And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and what’s safe and what some would call “common sense”, well that’s day 1. From there it only gets tougher.
So just make sure this is something you want. Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away, all you have to do is pick up your feet.
But you aren’t going to are you??
With each step comes the decision to take another
?You’re on your way now?
But this is no time to dwell on how far you’ve come. ?You’re in a fight against an opponent you can’t see?
Oh but you can feel him on your heels can’t you??
Feel him breathing down your neck
?You know what that is?? That’s you…?Your fears, your doubts and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky?
But don’t lose heart?
While they aren’t easily defeated, they are far from invincible?
Remember this is The Grind?
The Battle Royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder who’s telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you.?
Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat?
Burn away your self doubt with the fire that’s beneath you?
Remember what you’re fighting for?
And never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress, ?She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake.?
She is ever searching for that weak place in your armor?
That one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for?
So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains,”is that all you got?”, “are you sure?”?
And when the answer is “yes”. That you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for battle THEN it’s time to go forth and boldly face your enemy, the enemy within
?Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory?
You’re a lion in a field of lions
?All hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says VICTORY is the only thing that can keep you alive?
So believe that voice that says ” you CAN run a little faster ” and that ” you CAN throw a little harder ” and that ” you CAN dive a little deeper” and that, for you, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.
Luck is the last dying wish of those who wanna believe that winning can happen by accident, sweat on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice, so decide now because destiny waits for no man. And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you you’re not ready for it, listen instead for that lone voice in decent the one that says you are ready, you are prepared, it’s all up to you now. So rise and shine.”
Here’s a post of things that I think about when I think about my dream life. A life I am working toward building right now every day.
Home is where the Heart is…
La Gomera – The Canary Isles
I have traveled to the canary islands on a few occasions spending several seasons there. My favorite being Gran Canaria in the middle of the island where all the little villages spread along the mountains. We plan on visiting La Gomera in 2016 for a week or so to get a feel for what it has to really offer. One thing we both certainly know is that we will not live the rest of our lives in England. Could this be home?
Grow Your Own –
We both love the idea of growing all or most of our own food right on the land we live on. Because we want to live in an exotic hotter climate we believe as vegans we could live nicely on our own grown exotic fruits and vegetables. Also grow our own plants that have natural healing powers. I have already been studying the medicinal properties of plants and continue to do so in preparation for some amazing life changing coming my way 😉
The Canary Islands are hot, sunny and often windy. In fact if you look at a map of the Canary Islands just off the coast west from Northern Africa, you will see it’s much more sandy along the east of the isles. This is where the La Calima comes in, which is a sand storm swept in from the Sahara Desert of Africa. Every few years this also brings the locusts too :O Anyway due to these 2 factors it’s a perfect location for both solar energy and wind energy and dependent upon need we would be willing to have both and get rid of normal electricity from fossil fuels.
What about work?
My dream has always been to work in a field in which I may be able to bring other people joy and happiness or help them to find it within themselves. This is something I’m working on at the moment. But my idea would be how wonderful it would be to be able to create a getaway retreat where people can come and relax away from their busy lives and center their energy and restore balance. Then hopefully they can leave with new insights and new happiness that can spread through to their friends and family and all they come into contact with.
and for fun?
Well as you all know my main love in life is running. La Gomera is not a huge island but it certainly has some amazing mountainous trails to be treaded through. I will be checking those out next year.
Also I would like to spend more time doing meditation and yoga. I live in the city and even though I’m behind closed doors the energy is always busy within the city. Sometimes it’s hard to find true peace that I have found in a quiet serene environment.
If we have the space I would also like to liaise with any local animal sanctuary type places. This would be so that if any animal should need a place to live or their lives would be at stake then I hope they could contact us. It would be nice to be able to give them a retreat too so they can get better and hopefully be let back into the wild.
I would also be keen on continuing to blog about the things I learn in life. Sharing these with my friends even if they are mainly online friends I trust they will be friends for life now.
I would like to learn the lands of the island. Learn what can be foraged from the wild to be eaten or used as medicine and take as needed but leave what is not needed.
I would like to continue using and building on the Spanish language I have been learning on and off for the last 7 years. Spanish is such a beautiful language that melts my heart every time I hear it spoken 🙂
I will become a regular ultra runner. I am not sure how much I will get to travel from my new home but I will from time to time. Beyond that I will run often around my home. In the meantime I wish to run Pennine Way, Thames Path, South West Coast Path, Grand Union Canal and would like to run the entire perimeter of the England, Scotland and Wales mainland covering over 5 000 miles.
I am creating my future now so it can become a reality. This blog was mostly for me to be creating but if you happen to be reading this then you saw the whole thing. So thanks for reading.
All my love
OK so this ones a speech from the famous British Born Philosopher Alan Watts. I thought I’d share it with you on here today. I know some of you will have already heard this before but it’s a very important message we must remember from time to time. I have copied the speech dialogue here for you to read. Absorb it well.
All my love
So I always ask the question:
What would you like to do if money were no object?
How would you really enjoy spending your life?
Well it’s so amazing as the result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say “Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers” but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way.
Another person says “Well I’d like to live an out-of-door’s life and ride horses.” I said “You wanna teach in a riding school?”
Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?
When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do I will say to him…
“You do that! And forget the money!”
Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing you will spend your life completely wasting your time! You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living – that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing! Which is stupid!
Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing then a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all, if you do really like what you are doing – it doesn’t really matter what it is – you can eventually become a master of it.
The only way of becoming the master of something, to be really with it. And then you will be able to get a good fee for whatever it is.
So don’t worry too much, somebody is interested in everything. Anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others who are.
But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach your children to follow in the same track.
See, what we are doing is we are bringing up children and educating them to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing.
So it’s all retch and no vomit – it never gets there!
And so therefore it’s so important to consider this question:
“What do I desire?”
– Alan Watts