Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk: Your elusive creative genius

Sara Toole Miller - Fiction & Non-Fiction Writer

For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, TED talks are delivered at a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.  Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, and Bill Gates, to name a few.

I love this talk on nurturing creativity delivered by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love in 2009.  Enjoy and happy writing with your elusive creative genius.

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Six things I gained from a daily yoga practice

I’ve had a healthy curiosity about yoga for some time now but have always been intimidated by the creeking and cracking of my middle-aged joints. But today I am inspired! Read on…

When I first met yoga it was through a teacher at a local bar. It was in the middle of a tumultuous time of my 20something experience, though, who am I kidding, there are many more of those to come. We engaged in the typical “what do you do for work?” conversation and when he said he taught yoga I damn near scoffed. “You do what?!” He told me that I should try it (scoff again) and we left it at that. It’s safe to say that the only yoga I was interested in trying was lifting a glass of beer and putting it back down again. He was persistent, though. Every week he’d remind me that he was going to DJ a class on New Year’s Eve and that it’d be right up my alley; black lights, glow-in-the-dark body paint, and awesome music. How did he know?! After waffling…

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Becky says things about … failed exercise attempts

LOL! This is hilarious! Don’t get me wrong, the pursuit of health and fitness is a VERY serious thing (smirk, wink) but this tongue and cheek post from “Becky Says Things” is a riot. Read on…

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Hello, valued Listener. You look lovely today. That colour suits you.

Now. Exercise.

I know, it makes me feel a bit perturbed as well.

But I like exercise. I go through phases of doing it fairly regularly. I like an endorphin as much as the next man, and I enjoy the feeling of smugness that accompanies sweatily getting into a shower after a 30 minute run.

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But for every 30 minute run, there is the Failed Exercise Attempt. You know what I’m talking about, dearest, static Listener. Those planned exercise sessions, that picture of your ideal body pinned to your wardrobe, the delicate fillet of lemon sole in your fridge, all geared towards transforming you into the Most Awesomely Stunning Example of Physical and Aesthetic Perfection in the World. All going up in smoke like a wet tea towel left on a burning hob.

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I have identified four types of Failed…

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smell sweet with this DIY natural deodorant…

Ok so I have been using Arrid XXtraDry for as long as I can remember but I cant wait to try this (off course within the safety of my own home first…So as not to offend (Grin))… Very cool this is…

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Would you like to give up chemical-laden deodorants but are afraid of potentially stinky pits?  Well, this stuff REALLY works and is easy and cheap to make with 100% natural ingredients.

I gave up using deodorant a couple of years ago after reading so much about the negative health impact of chemicals in commercial products.  I had been using a rock crystal but found this recipe on the internet and hey presto, sweet smelling pits all day long.

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Raw sea salt caramel soft serve

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Today’s Day 3 of my #fullyraw April detox. Had a really physically exhausting day at work…but there’s nothing that a bowl of raw soft serve and  episode of The Office can’t fix!

Another lucuma powder recipe because its become my go-to ingredient for desserts!Here’s an easy one that can be whipped up in only 5 mins. raw sea salt caramel ice cream

Raw sea salt caramel soft serve

What you’ll need
2 frozen bananas
1 tsp lucuma powder
1 tbs cacao nibs
1 tbs raw cashew butter
Dash of sea salt
1 tsp cacao nibs and some pecan nuts for garnishing

Here’s how
Food process all the ingredients until everything binds together and becomes an “ice-cream” texture. Its that easy=))

Happy mid week!!

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Homemade Classic Almond Milk

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I’ve been making almond milk for the longest time. Partly because I’m mildly lactose intolerant …but mostly because its SO easy to make and delicious!2013-04-08 21.32.05

Almonds are highly nutritious and a great source of calcium, iron, fibre, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin E. They are also considered the most nutritionally dense nut, meaning they offer the most nutrients per calorie and per ounce. I love to use almond milk in smoothies and overnight oats.

Here’s my favourite go to Almond Milk recipe =)

Homemade Classic Almond Milk
Raw, Vegan, Gluten free

What you’ll need

2 cups raw almonds
3 cups distilled water
11/2 pitted medjool dates
Pinch of sea salt (works as a preservative as well)
2-3 drops of pure vanilla essence

Here’s how
1) Soak almonds in water water for at least 4 hours or overnight
2) Blend almonds with the 3 cups of distilled water, medjool dates, salt and vanilla essence
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Raw chocolate truffles

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IMG_20130414_102925I’m normally left with a alot of almond pulp after making my homemade almond milk, and its really wasteful to throw it away. Especially since raw food ingredients are pretty pricey in Singapore. Was inspired by Mr & Mrs Vegan to try out this raw chocolate truffle recipe. I adapted the recipe slightly and added in lucuma powder and coated it in a few different ways.

Its delicious and it only consists of FIVE ingredients! Guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth =)

RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

INGREDIENTS

For the truffles:
1 1/2 cups almond pulp
12 medjool dates (unpitted)
5 tsp of cacao powder
2 tsp of lucuma powder (you can substitute this with cacao too)
Pinch of salt

For coating
Cacao powder
Desiccated coconut
Crushed nuts

Raw choco truffles

HERE’S HOW
– Process all the ingredients together. The mixture should be moist and sticky
– Roll them into small balls and leave them in the freezer…

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The Raw Hummus that changed everything

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I LOVE dips! When i eat out, I always make sure I ask for some kind of dip or sauce – chilli/ barbecue/soy sauce/ wasabi you name it. How very Singaporean of me haha..

Anyway, one of my favourite dips is Hummus. Can’t express how much i love this little dip except that I constantly have a jar in my fridge! It all started when I chanced upon Oh She Glow’s recipe for “The Hummus that Changed Everything”. And no, she wasn’t kidding because I’ve been hooked on homemade hummus ever since. Its simple, fuss free and best of all healthy!

I’ve tried making raw hummus using zucchini before, but this time I decided to try using leftover almond pulp. The result? — “The Raw Hummus that Changed Everything”! This hummus is alot more dry than the zucchini one which is more liquidy…but i just love the taste and thickness more. Just add lots of…

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