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Take Time To Play–It’s The Secret To Perpetual Youth

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Something about those words that just sit easily with me–take time to play it is the secret to perpetual youth–that is the truest statement I know.purpleperfectday

My life is always lusting for play. Play is ease and joy and fun and light. Not enough people take the time to do it though. Most people seem like they’re rushing from one chore to the next. I’m glad I know the feeling of play and ease!

Sometimes, even though I’m working, it just doesn’t feel like it.

I’ve taken on the attitude of play so often that it is injecting itself into my work time.  Because my work is multi- faceted and all over the place, all the stops I make from one piece of work to the next are mixed in and then it really feels like all play.

Find the element of play in everything you do!

There are so many people that don’t know what it feels like to slow down and just enjoy.  Always something to rush to, somewhere to get to, and not too much time for quiet and presence.

Some people think I’m somewhat foolish–they wonder why I’m not working my ass off!  If I truly want financial freedom and abundance, why aren’t I busting my buns to get it?IMG_0717

I believe there is a fine line in working too much and not enough.  If we’re not feeling good, how will we attract all the experiences that will make us feel good.

When one can find play and ease in what they do, more of the gifts we’ve been wanting can flow into our lives in the same way, with ease.

Life is brief and fleeting.

It’s up to you if you want to make the most of your time or if you want to struggle with most of your time.

I choose PLAY!

Take Time To Play–It Is The Secret To Perpetual Youth!

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Pumpkin/Flax/Chia/Coconut Muffins (Wheat Free/Vegan)

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Back in the day, I was a strict Vegan.   I’m actually thinking about being that  strict again, I enjoy these muffins!!!2012-12-27 12.51.53

Dry Ingredients in 1 bowl

2 1/2 C Brown Rice Flour

1/4 C Chia meal

1/2 C Flax meal

1 1/2tsp Cinnamon

1 1/2 Baking Soda (please use the healthy version processed without aluminum–Bob’s Redmill works)

1 tsp Baking Powder

Mix all the dry ingredients together well.  If desired, you can add whole seeds after all dry are blended, blend a 1/4 cup in for appearances

Wet Ingredients in 2nd bowl

1 1/2 C Bananas (about 3 ripe bananas)

1/3 C Agave Nectar

1/3 C Coconut Oil (in its liquid state)

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 TBL Lemon juice

1 C Coconut Milk

After you whisk together all the wet ingredients and whip em up good, start folding them into the dry ingredients being sure not to mix them in too much and too vigorously.  Then when you’re ready to to put them in the muffin tins–here’s an important Tip–oil the tins with an over abundance of coconut oil, really lube em up good!

Bake at a pre heated 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.  Use a regular spoon to scoop the batter in–don’t make the muffins too big or they will be too gooey when you take them out.  Once out of the oven, wait about 5 or 10 minutes, then take a rubber spatula to gently loosen the edges.  Scoop them out with ease (because of all the coconut oil) and let them cool top down on a plate (no cooling rack).

Just know that flax and chia and coconut oil are all so good for you, do not be afraid, Enjoy!!!2012-12-27 12.43.55

The thing to remember is you can always tweak them whatever way you see fit, play around with the process. The photo above is this recipe made with a 15oz can of organic pumpkin instead of the banana and added some cranberries, and an egg (so it’s no longer vegan).  It’s just fun playing around.  Enjoy the play!

18 And I Like It!

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A strange phenomenon has been happening for me–slowly, the more I am focusing on me with no male distractions, the more I seem to be reverting to my 18th year.

This feeling comes in glimpses and memories pop in sporadically…

The more time I spend ON MY OWN, the more I take on the me that I was as a  young lady at the age of 18. It’s true, most of the time when I look in the mirror, I see the me of this year but every now and then I see the me of yesteryear!  It’s more about how I feel pretty regularly these days. I feel like that girl–even if I no longer look like her on the outside, I look like her on the inside and I am enjoying her.

How we feel is everything, it supersedes our sight.

I just heard a classic rock song that had helped me crawl out of a lopsided relationship when I was 18. I had been playing around with my first love since the age of 15. The falling in love was full of thrill and wonder but in time the relationship became sex only. We were young, this was a new physical thrill and we couldn’t seem to get enough of the sexual aspect of things.

The other aspects of a healthy relationship fell away.  I was stood up over and over and over again.  Lies, cheating,  and pretty much everything a relationship is not, I was in it. It happened over and over and over and over again!  For 3 to 4 years, this is how I lived my life and I just kept letting it happen!

Everytime I’d rehearse all the things I would say to him when he showed up at my door for the nighttime thrills, the words would disappear as soon as I’d see his face. I just wanted more of that feeling of connection and heat and love. That is no way to live though and it was hijacking all my thoughts most of the time. And, oh God, in those days there was no voicemail or answering machines–I spent so much time waiting by the phone! I tell you, it was bad and I had it bad!

Thank God for the song, “Your Time Is Gonna Come” by Led Zeppelin (his favorite band).

I hadn’t heard it before this day and if I did, I really didn’t hear it. We were driving along listening to this song and it gave me this immediate AHA Epiphany!   “Lyin, cheatin, hurtin, that’s all you seem to do. Messin around every guy in town, puttin me down for thinkin I’m someone new–always the same playin your games, drive me in-sane, trouble’s gonna come to you. One of these days and it won’t be long, you’ll look for me but baby, I’ll be gone…”.

In an instant, I was free!

I no longer had the need to stay in a relationship that was so part-time and neglectful.  This was such a big deal for me, someone who had never experienced an intimate physical love before and was clearly addicted to the love–then to finally be done with it.

The ill-fated relationship was finished for me, in an instant, and I felt true freedom at its best!

In time, I got back to being me, loving me–the authentic me and valuing my worth.

Music is powerful, memories are powerful, life is a continuous reflection and if we take the time to enjoy the reflecting we just may be able to tap into FEELING fabulous and it doesn’t matter what age you’re at now. We don’t have to stay stuck where we’ve landed, we can go anywhere we choose with our fabulous feelings!IMG_0943

And gosh, if you stay in those feelings for long, the way you’re vibrating starts to pull people who are vibrating in the same way into your life.  Yesterday, I went to help a friend walk the streets of Korea Town in Los Angeles putting up signs for his lost Chihuahua.  As I walked from my car to his house, a young man on a bike greeted me asking how my day was.  I told him what I was up to.  Since my friend was sick and needed to rest I was going to go hang signs and talk to people in the park.  Anyway, this young man decided to join me–which was great because I didn’t know where I was going.

Guess how old he was?  He was 18 and guess what he was interested in?

As a young man of 18, they’ve got one thing on their mind–even toward me a woman who is visibly MUCH older than him.  He wasn’t really seeing me though, he was feeling my vibration–clear, open, and alive!

Yes indeed, I’ve gone back to the me I was before and after all the distractions. It’s as if I’m stripping away this old paint that was stuck in me–you know the paint that keeps getting painted over in apartment buildings after one tenant leaves and the next one arrives.  I’m just more of the authentic ME before I found a way to pour love onto another.

By being true to the beauty that lies deep inside you–the beauty that was there before you allowed anything to mess it up and make it sticky, you can experience more of yourselves and  wake up and feel the freedom of knowing your worth.  You are worthy of all the love YOU can give yourself, then the love you deserve from another can arrive with the same perfect purity!

Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not suggesting that the love of my life is the 18-year-old guy interested in sex.  I am merely suggesting that because my energy has been cleared of all the gobbly gook of being in relationships and I am solely focused on being the best me I can be, the essence of me is emerging.  People aren’t necessarily seeing me, they are feeling me.  THAT is what life should be all about.  When we can feel one another instead of being misguided by the physical form, now we’re onto something!  How we feel is everything, it supersedes our sight!