It’s Sunday again, yay. Let’s celebrate this with quality time for ourself, a big mug of steaming, spicy and delicious Cardamom Matcha Latte (vegan – recipe below) and of course cake! I know I know, bikini-season is only days away and we all want to look super tanned and toned on the beach… but to be honest, life is waaay to short to always ponder if one more slice will magically shrink your bathing suite of choice.
During the night it started raining which means that I will spend my day reading, writing and caring for my soul – aka sipping tea and snacking on whatever sweets I will find in my sweets-drawer (yes, that’s a thing). I’m still working on the details of my new blog layout, editing some things here and there, trying to figure out the best way to do this. To be honest, most of this is new to me so please be patient with me making mistakes along the way.
When I’m not fixing things here I try to read or listen to audiobooks. Recently I bought some new ones, including books from Brené Brown – an amazing woman and researcher who has been studying shame and vulnerability for more than a decade. I didn’t know how much of our problems and behavior stems from feelings of shame and vulnerability, but listening to these books made me see that a lot of my behavior stems from shame/vulnerability too.
At the moment I’m listening to “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)” – Brené Brown, 2010
I can’t tell you how often I thought that only I had certain problems, ranging from body image, relationships, career, parents and so on. But when I heard Brené Brown talk about her own life and tell the stories of various women, who were brave enough to share their difficulties, it made me realize that we are more alike than we may have thought. Somehow it is comforting to know that you’re not the only one – that we all have our fears and our demons. It’s also encouraging to know that other women have overcome these fears and even grown from the experiences.
If you ever wondered if you are the only one or just need some encouragement to face your demons, I can only recommend you read Brené Brown’s books. Here are some of which I read:
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) (2007)
The Gifts of Imperfection (2010)
Daring Greatly (2015)
I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday! Maybe this Cardamom Matcha Latte recipe will sooth your mind.
- 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon good quality Matcha
- 125 ml hot water (not warmer than 75° C)
- 125 ml soy milk (or whichever milk you like)
- a pinch of ground cardamom
- a bit of vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon coconut sugar (optional)
- Bamboo whisk
- Sieve the Matcha into a bowl (the size which you normally use for breakfast). Add the sugar, cardamom and vanilla, then add around 80 ml of hot water and mix with the bamboo whisk until foamy. Pour the Matcha mixture into a mug, add the rest of the hot water and soy milk. Enjoy!
- The Matcha and the spices will sink to the bottom of your mug after a while. Just stir it up before drinking, you don't need to whisk again.