Adventures, Friends and Epic Pancakes- Day 155: Radical Self Love Project

Today our awesome friends took us on a little brunch adventure.

Since it was CB’s birthday this week it was a birthday celebratory brunch. They wanted to take us to their favourite breakfast joint. So we decided to bust out the adventure vibes and try something new.

WOW. So happy that happened!!!

They took us to this quaint little organic and love filled cafe called Ethical Kitchen.

ImageEthicalKitchenThe vibe was homey, warm and my fav- the natural vibe. Organic, healthy food joints have a distinct smell to them, a smell I absolutely love because I know it means high vibing, amazing tasting, love prepared eats.

I can say with complete certainty I had the best pancakes of my life this morning, and for it I am so very grateful. Sourdough pancakes, with wild boar bacon, eggs and a life altering maple butter syrup.

radical self love kelsey grantWhat I loved about this place even more than the incredible food was their commitment to contribution. For every mealshare item purchased they donate a meal to someone in need. Incredible.

I love discovering local gems like this and I’m so grateful for our amazing friends who introduced us to such an amazing local company doing what they can to make this world a little better ๐Ÿ™‚

Radical Self Love to the MAX!!!

Kels

Love Made Simple- Day 106: 365 Radical Self Love Project

Today I redeemed myself.

I made a successful batch of gluten free banana chocolate chip pancakes.

The last attempt of making pancakes didn’t really go so well and today I totally got back in the flow of awesomeness.

Inspired yesterday by a conversation with my monthly workshop co-pilot, in which she shared with me a amazing recipe one of our fellow RSL members made for her on their brunch date.

The pancakes had 3 ingredients: Bananas, eggs and cinnamon. They looked amazing and based on Kristin’s raving reviews I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch this morning.

I added my own KG flair and the results were incredible. I honestly don’t ever see the need to make traditional pancakes ever again. These were so simple, fast and delicious. Because of the natural sweetness of the bananas they really don’t need any syrup or sweeter which is AWESOME!!

Here is what I did:

kelsey grant radical self loveI cracked 4 eggs into the blender, pealed 4 bananas and put them in the blender, added a sprinkled of pumpkin pie spice, a splash of vanilla and blended until smooth.

I heated my pan with a little bit of olive oil (medium heat) scooped a ladle of the mixture into the pan and sprinkled each pancake with a few organic dark chocolate chips.

While the pancakes were cooking I quickly made some whip cream in the blender and sliced some strawberries. The end result perfection.

Love made simple

To me cooking is an illustration of love and one of the ways I show/give love to my friends and family. I know this is partly why I was so upset the last time I made pancakes and they were a disaster. While there was a great lesson and honestly now it’s a pretty funny joke to tell, inside I felt I had failed to effectively demonstrate love.

Kelsey Grant Radical Self Love

radical self love kelsey grantIt’s so important to know the ways in which we give love as well as receive love (The 5 Love Languages book is a great read for anyone unclear about what I mean). Understanding that one of the main reasons I felt so upset when I made a crap batch of pancakes, was linked to my belief around how I give love, is incredibly empowering. It helps to remove the negative charge/sting of messing up. It allows me to be gentle and forgiving towards myself for being so darn hard on myself. Knowing this I can then communicate to the people around me what it meansย to me to demonstrate my love in this way.

When things don’t work out trust there is always a reason, whether it’s a batch of pancakes gone awry or a relationship that ends suddenly or a massive change in any other area of your life- the challenge offers you a space to expand into. It offers you the opportunity to get to know yourself better and by doing so increases your capacity to really “show up”, be present and be real with other people and ultimately within your life.

Simple is always best.

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Making these pancakes has really illustrated this to me big time today. The best things in life are the simplest. Humans love to complicate the shit out of ourselves and our lives. Let today be the day where you look to where you can simplify. Stop overcomplicating things, get to the source of what is true for you aka find out your love languages and go forward sharing this brilliant information with others in your life. Letting people know how you want to be loved and how they can expect you to give love THEN getting to know how they like to give love and how they would like to receive love, is one of the best ways we can make our relationships more simple, enjoyable and free flowin!

Love yourself enough to get curious about who you are and then access the courage, that I know is in you and share these delicious nuggets of information with people you meet. This is how we will change relationships for the better and see a world where more partnerships embody two people who love and respect each other. This dear friends is a direct result of us learning to love, accept and respect ourselves a little more ๐Ÿ˜‰

Radical Self Love to the MAX!!!

Kels

What a Batch of Disaster Pancakes Taught Me About Having a Sense of Humor Day 71: 365 Radical Self Love Project

20120707-093652Well this morning things didn’t exactly go as planned.

I had my heart set on making pancakes this morning and so my man and I had a nice leisurely wakeup, made some coffee and I set up to make an epic batch of pancakes.

I’ve been making pancakes since I was a child and I’d like to think of myself as some what of a pancake pro. This morning something went terribly offside. They were awful. Today it would seem that my pancake skills went on a temporary vacation.

Now upon reflecting on the facts of the situation there isn’t much that is truly upsetting. However my ego would beg to differ. One of the main ways my ego acquires the feelings of validation and acceptance is through the ever awesome compliments on my cooking.

photoMy man was so loving and kind gently encouraging me with things like “oh they are just falling apart- I’m sure they will still taste amazing” “everything you make is so good don’t worry” and even when he was trying to eat them he was still managing to be kind.

Then as we were both struggling to finish our plates we looked at each other with giggles in our eyes and spoke the truth- they were gross as we burst out laughing.

What this mornings events taught me:

1. Chill out on the self imposed expectations. Sometimes life goes a little offside and while we can always course correct (in this case make a new breakfast) imposing really heavy expectations on myself and of upholding a false sense of perfection is exhausting.

2. Laugh at the hilariousness of a mistake– I could wonder all day what went wrong with the making of the pancakes, however that is a serious misuse of my day and energy. AlI know is they turned out the way they turned out and it was an opportunity for the both of us to have a good laugh and keep that experience in our memory bank for future giggles.

3. When offside things happen we can turn them into whatever we desire through our perception. Ya at first I was pissed at myself for making a terrible breakfast, annoyed with myself for being pissed at my self, upset because my 100% perfection streak had been broken- but then I snapped out of it. I saw this was an opportunity for presence going forward. I’m usually really present when I cook, this morning I really wasn’t paying attention. It made me really wonder how not being present really does influence attracting things I don’t really want. So the lesson is simple shift the perception I was viewing the situation from, learn a valuable lesson and trust the next batch I make will be perfect just the way they are ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Radical Self Love to the MAX!!!!

Kels