What warms you up better than a cup of hot tea, a cozy blanket and a book on an extremely cold winter Sunday? (It’s actually an infusion of ginger, turmeric, camomile, cardamom and lemon – intensely flavourful, vibrantly colourful and undoubtedly beneficial for the health 🤓)
As I continue to reduce my carb intake, I made this simple, messy, rough around the edges... adorable lemon blueberry #galette. The crust is made with coconut and almond flour. I used blueberries for the feeling since berries are lower in sugar and higher in fibre than other fruits. I like the fact that a galette is rustic and freeform. It is probably the best part about this pastry, don’t you think? #HappyWeekend!
Chia seeds are awesome, aren’t they? #chiaseedpudding 👌🏻 (cutting back on carbohydrates with this overnight chia pudding made with unsweetened almond milk, natural cocoa, a few vanilla stevia drops and nuts)
In addition to “listen more and talk less” or “shoot film more often with my Pentax 35mm film camera”, I wrote as my number one New Year’s goal – “read more books” I promised myself to stop false excuses of I don’t have enough time and trade wasted time on my phone for flipping book’s pages... because everything changes when we read. Reading well/critically matters, especially in today’s world. After Christmas, I visited the tiny bookshop @novelspotbooks in our neighbourhood and bought Tara Westover’s Educated. I had this book on my reading list for a long time. For some reason, I just always put off reading it, until I decided “Educated” to be the firs book I would read in 2019. Last three nights, I buried my face into the memoir. I just couldn’t put it down. And now, I am having a hard time putting into words my emotions and thoughts. Who would think children in the western world in the 21st century wouldn't be allowed “to get a decent education” (as Tara wrote in her journal)??The book made me cringe, made me angry and heartbroken, overwhelmed my heart with admiration, empathy and gratitude, and my mind with questions, aspirations... Educated is an amazing, thought-provoking story and I am grateful that such story is published. I am fascinated by Tara’s perseverance in her self-acceptance and self-study. She reads rigorously and has natural capacity to comprehend text. She reminds us that we don’t read books to learn what to think, but how to think for ourselves. Her revelation about her years of self-education and study is profoundly powerful and inspiring: “Everything I had work for had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths that those given me by my father, and to use truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of vies, was at the heart of what it means to self-create.” 📙📚 #educatedbook And somehow, my mind (of a photographer) is going back to one of my all time favorite quotes of one of the most influential photographers Ansel Adams, who was a technical genius, but who also believed that 👉🏻 swipe to read
Happy New Year, you darling souls. I am grateful to all of you who are still with me on this platform which I am not using to promote myself and my work but, rather, preserve the beautiful moments that happen in my life. Your kindness and generosity of spirit are utterly inspiring! When we look for the good in people, we recognize that the good we see in others is also in us. Cheers to many more days filled with beautiful moments and shared kindness 💫✨🥂
Let's slow it alllll down, do less and feel more, practice compassion to all living beings and gratitude for all the things we have... I love this magical, unhurried, warm and cozy time between Christmas Day and New Year. ✨💫 They say “it’s in the rushing that we miss the magic”.
After all, the most joyful moments are often the simplest #MerryChristmas