We all know the horrors of fruit cake. But what if there is a way for it to taste good? Impossible you say, or is it? There is only one way for you to find out. This recipe is the first fruit cake recipe that has ever made me rethink the way I saw fruit cake. While this cake is denser than a normal cake it has tons of citrus to help break up all the richness that comes with a normal fruit cake. Click on the link below for this recipe and more.
Have you ever seen a flower on the verge of blooming? Packed tightly into its bud, but waiting to experience the world in all of its vastness and beautifulness. You and I are just like that flower on the edge of blooming, of coming into and fully realizing our potential, but before we can discover it, we need to look inward and balance ourselves. Most often, the intentions we set are around health, finances, career, and relationships but there’s an overlooked part of our lives that once we discover it, changes everything.
In less than a week, I will be taking the stage as a comedian for the first time. My friends and family will probably tell you that it’s always been in me, but I never saw it. I was too busy playing things safe. Now others would tell you that jumping out of a plane, taking a 3-month solo trip to another country, writing a very vulnerable memoir, and delivering two TEDx talks isn’t exactly playing it safe – but to me, it was.
“Stephie, I can’t do this anymore,” my mother’s resigned voice sobbed into the phone. With tears in my eyes, I choked out a lame “I know, mom.”
My mother was in the late stages of her dementia. She was often agitated, unpredictable, emotionally labile, and profoundly confused. Her caregiver had just called me to beg for my assistance. Minutes prior, my mother had tried to elope (again) out the back door of her home of over 20 years. The caregiver had tried to block her escape, and, in her fearful state of mind, my mother wielded a wooden dowel like a baseball bat, threatening to club her caregiver if she did not get out of her way. The caregiver dialed me and handed the phone to my mother. My familiar voice did the trick: she came out of her rage and panic.
There is something exciting about beginnings, like entering into a new relationship, starting a different job, moving to an unfamiliar town, getting the key to a freshly purchased house, or where we are finding ourselves right now—the beginning of a new year. What is it about beginnings that excite us so much? I think we all heard the expression “life is a journey.” We recognize that it is an adventure full of twists and turns, ups and downs, ebbs and flows, change, transformation, and growth that all contribute to our evolution as individuals, and ultimately, as humankind collectively. For some, the marking of the beginning of this journey is when we are born into this world in a physical body, and it ends when that physical body dies. Others embrace a more expanded view that includes the belief that we are each a spiritual being in a corporeal form on a temporary passage that is part of an infinite and eternal journey.