Today’s Inspiration: Follow your heart, follow your dreams.
Be Fearless and Follow Your Dreams Despite All Obstacles
My dear friends, the last six (6) weeks has felt like the “End of Days” around here at Wicked Good Kitchen. LOL!
Seriously. I am not one to exaggerate but more the personality type that will see, in hindsight, the immense humor associated with problems and be grateful for the silver linings in life. In addition, if I am going to complain about something here on the blog, I refuse do so without offering up solutions to said problems. Bitching, moaning and ranting for the sake of it is just tiresome and not how I roll.
Life and Its Challenges
Did you ever experience several things going wrong at the same time, within a short timeframe, and every time you turned around there was yet another big problem headed straight at you? Have you felt that your world is crashing in around you as chaos begins to reign? And every plan you set in motion tied to your goals was somehow eclipsed by some wicked outside force? Of course you have.
All of this comes with the territory called life.
So, what should we do in these instances? I say this about each obstacle and problem:
Kick that brick wall down for you are much stronger and smarter than you think.
If you cannot kick the brick wall down, find a way to walk around it, dig a tunnel to the other side or climb over it. Find a way.
Well, the same crazy thing has happened to me over recent weeks (the reason why I have been MIA on the blog) and I want you to know that you are not alone in this imperfect world that seems to be running at the speed of light.
Today, I will share with you how I deal with problems. Basically, as The Big Lug teases me, I put on my paper hat, get out my wooden sword and begin to slay fierce dragons left and right. The thing is, even though I feel small or powerless by comparison to any given challenge, I move forward with every confidence and actually envision that I will be, in the end, the victor. Positivity begets positivity, right? It’s the whole “law of attraction” thing.
Visualization is a tool to definitely embrace. Envision yourself being victorious. It keeps you focused on winning the race! I swear by it.
When things go haywire and not according to plan, it really is best to immediately think positive and press onward. I know that sounds incredibly simplistic and cliché, but in the proverbial “heat of the moment” it really works. So does prayer. Never under estimate the power of prayer.
After blowing off some initial steam (you have to vent, right?), I try to look at problems as mere challenges that can be easily overcome. Truly, I am convinced that every problem has a solution. My eternal optimism always seems to come forth (against my will and temper sometimes to my amazement) to not only examine the problem head on, but to look at all the different angles—every single angle if at all possible. Then, I search and pray for solutions.
Amazingly and quite unbelievably, after doing some due diligence (working at the problem to include perhaps more research) and deep prayer, answers suddenly begin to cascade down from above. Call it heaven, call it the universe. Call it a blessing or a gift. Whatever works for you in your faith life.
When the answers come, you can laugh at yourself over the minor and utter hilarious problems shade thrown your way by the universe. For the more serious challenges, like the ones involving health and wellness, be grateful for the answers. In my faith life, whenever I give thanks to our Creator, even more blessings come my way. Embrace each and every one as a gift.
Beautiful Valentine’s Day Roses from The Big Lug – Red, Fuchsia Tipped & Pink Floyd.
As for my story, here are some snippets as to what happened to me leading into St. Valentine’s Day causing much frustration. I know you have similar stories and can relate!
- Started off great cruising along with recipe development, recipe testing and photography in January for February blog posts. In fact, I even attended a class on lighting for food photography. Loved it! Everything was smooth sailing.
- Couldn’t get my V-Day recipes posted on time due to getting locked out of my site due to a hacker. I wanted to cry!
- Our hot water heater crapped out on the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Frustrating! Had to do dishes by boiling pots of water. Not. Fun.
- Plumber didn’t arrive until Valentine’s Day (a Sunday) at 10:30 p.m.! Totally ruined our V-Day plans for “dinner in” by waiting for him. However, we already celebrated our V-Day “dinner out” the weekend prior (to avoid crowds) so we postponed our V-Day “dinner in”. LOL. In the end, had to get a brand new hot water heater installed.
- Since Valentine’s Day was OVER, decided to merely postpone all of my pretty pink, red and white V-Day recipe posts until I could catch up with the blog and be current. The work was already done. I have witnesses!
However, those problems are so tame (mere inconveniences) by comparison to the challenges that happened next.
For the guys out there reading, you may want to skip this section. The following information is more geared to help women.
- Problem No. 1: Experienced another blood clot in my leg where I have scar tissue (from an old clot that happened more than 10 years ago due to the side effect of the prescription drug, Bextra, pulled from the market by the FDA back in 2005). Recurrences can happen just as I experienced 2 years ago. I was pushing myself working on the blog and not taking proper breaks (from standing and/or sitting too long) and walking around. My fault.
- Problem No. 2: Took some of my husband’s Vitamin E to thin my blood, but forgot why I didn’t take Vitamin E anymore. Had a terrible allergic reaction due to the corn and soy oils in it. Being so concerned about the clot, I totally forgot! I was deathly ill.
- Problem No. 3: Took a few days off to research more about natural ways to cure blood clots and I am so glad I did! Good news is that I learned so much, but the bad news is that I lost time to work on blog posts.
- Problem No. 4: Took a new enzyme to help with the blood clot. It is amazing, but it induced the worst menstrual cycle I have ever endured. With the thinning of my blood, and the breakdown of fibrin (in short, it is a protein that holds blood clots together but is also found in fibroids, endometrial tissue and even cancer cells), I was bleeding like a sieve and in excruciating pain. My poor husband! Truly, I thought I was going to DIE.
- Problem No. 5: Last week, I suffered the worst allergic reaction ever. It was horrific! I reacted to Red Dye No. 40. I was a complete dork and actually taste-tested one of my Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies that I was testing! I still cannot believe I did that. My throat killed (like when you’re first catching a cold but 100 times worse) and closed up to the point I had trouble breathing, had swollen tearing eyes (I looked like a frog, LOL!) and a fierce sneezing and coughing fit as well as a major breakout of hives that I am still healing from. It all happened within 10 to 15 minutes of ingesting the cookie and scared me half to death! Thank the Lord above for all-natural Quercetin in helping to balance histamine.
Now, since I am not a whiner and complainer, below are the all-natural solutions I found—just in case you face the same troubles!
- Solution No. 1: For blood clots, one word: Nattokinase. (Natto-K for short.) It’s an enzyme (derived from soy, but isolated from it) that breaks down fibrin and is just as effective as warfarin but without the wicked side effects. I was so happy that I learned about this incredible enzyme and that I could find a hypoallergenic brand (Healthy Origins). It is truly amazing. It only took 2 to 3 days for the swelling, redness and pain/tenderness to subside. Ahhh.
- Solution No. 2: Found an excellent hypoallergenic (corn and soy free) brand of Vitamin E (Healthy Origins). I’m so happy.
- Solution No. 3: By taking time off to do more research, I also learned all about Berberine. What a miracle for humankind and so many ailments we face in life. Also, decided to keep working on catching up with the blog with new posts with the program I have set forth for the year and that I would go ahead and post ALL of the recipes—even though Valentine’s Day is over. My blog specializes in holiday recipes anyway, right? Caring not what others think is both empowering and freeing.
- Solution No. 4: The natto-k is working! The silver lining is that other problems in addition to the clot are being resolved, like the fibroid (hereditary as my mother had them) and endometrial tissue being broken down. Honestly, I would go thru all the pain again (with the menstrual cycle) because the clot symptoms have vanished. I plan to take natto-k regularly to keep clots at bay and hope that it will break up the residual clot (scar tissue) in my leg over time. This solution is all-natural and would be so much better than the risky and expensive surgical procedure proposed by my hematologist years ago. Hooray!
- Solution No. 5: Continued to work on the all-natural way to color Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies (and how to adapt the leavening for both great color and rise). The recipe was tested more than a dozen times! This was due to the variations (natural color and synthetic as well as gluten free option). I enjoy baking challenges and these cookies are SO DAMN GOOD! 🙂 Without any hesitation, I can call them “the best ever”. Mission accomplished.
In hindsight, I can clearly see the silver linings relating to my problems thrown down into my path. For instance, had I not been derailed from working on the blog, I simply would not have taken the time to research ways to heal naturally and perhaps even saved my life.
Blood clots are serious business. They can travel to the brain, heart or lungs and cause pulmonary embolisms that can be fatal. The same goes for severe allergic reactions. They can be fatal, too. So scary!
On Being Fearless
Now, something fun and inspiring to share with you about facing fears and challenges like tackling large projects in the kitchen.
Just about two weeks ago, I received a trackback notice in WordPress for my holiday turkey recipe, Brandy and Tangerine Glazed Roasted Turkey. The blogger over at Life is Fed by Food (I’m sorry, I don’t know her name or where she blogs from), blogged candidly about her experience with my recipe. It was her very first time roasting a turkey for the Thanksgiving holiday and her post was filled with both warmth and humor over the challenges she faced and how she persevered.
Link on over and treat yourself by reading her post as well as my comments and her reply at the bottom. I hope you enjoy the read!
Despite the obstacles, be fearless and forge ahead to blaze your own trail and don’t look back. This goes for all the negative people and critics in your life, too. Just leave them in your wake—the path or track you leave behind. You know your dream and vision.
On Following Your Heart
My friends, follow your heart that is your passion and follow your dreams that are your goals and wishes. One day you just might wake up living your dream.
Here is my favorite inspirational quote by the late and beloved Steve Jobs:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs
When You Are Down and Blue
If you get down in the dumps or the “pit of despair”, do what I do and listen to the music of Bruce Springsteen or watch the film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Seriously. I cannot get enough of Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord these days! Hmmm. What does this say about me? LOL!
On this St. Patrick’s Day, I will leave you with an Old Irish Proverb about following your heart:
“Your feet will take you where your heart is.” So. True.
My friends, in closing, here is a little something from me that I like to say when encouraging others:
Shoot for the stars for you just might land on the moon!
Pass it on. 🙂
P.S. My quote was inspired by this one by Norman Vincent Peale: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Love. It.