{Ephemera Almanac Volume 15} The Take a Big Bite Issue. ( Best Gluten-free cake inside!)

take a big bite

I’m all about taking big bites lately:

Start videos for the blog, learn to speak German fluently, learn calligraphy. Get married. Plan a wedding. Change work and career around to completely new model. Kondo the whole house.

What am I waiting for anyway? I’m chomping into things. It feels good.

Here’s some inspiration for taking your own big bites out of your goals. Dream big.

  • Possibly the best gluten-free cake I have ever had. Maybe the best cake ever, period. It’s worth the trip, I assure you.
  • It’s ok to try something and not be any good at it. I find removing the pressure helpful when diving into something new…
  • I have been on the Kondo train. This week it was books, but last week I cleaned my closet out for good. You can, too.
  • This Ted talk is my favorite kind: it cracked my heart open and made me hopeful at the end. Here’s how books helped a woman in Communist China keep her dreams alive. Inspiration in just 6:12! Trust me, just watch it.
  • I’ve been building up my meditation practice in this big bites phase and I was worried about my mind drifting. I love this article about why that doesn’t matter after all… I’m glad. I credit meditation with 98% of my remaining sanity.
  • And if you need permission to do something wild and wonderful. this is your permission. I was grateful to have it myself. It’s been said many times before but I’ll say it again. Don’t wait. Do that thing that’s calling you. It is worth giving it a shot.
  • If it doesn’t pan out, or if it does, there’s always pattycake cats.

or that gluten-free cake. I think we’ll go eat more tomorrow.

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  • lola - So you keep coming up with these brilliant places to go, and I just keep bookmarking them for when the stars align and I visit and/or move to the States…! Gluten-free cake, yum. Gluten-free anything normally gluten-y, tbh ; )

    My favourite part of meditation is that moment when the thoughts finally scale back from eight-lane-highway-at-rush-hour to back-lane-in-the-middle-of-nowehere, and then you sort of notice it, and think “huh, cool”, and go back to conscious-semi-nothingness. Takes a while to get into that mindset, instead of trying to rush it, or judging your ‘failures’, but when you do… yeah.

    Watching the cats now, saving the TED talk for later…ReplyCancel

    • caroline - Excellent… I will keep the GF updates coming, then. One that is easier for you at the moment is Helmut Newcake in Paris. It’s magic and so delicious. The religieuse and the tarte au citron are exquisite.

      Agreed on your description of meditation- my experience is much the same. Enjoy that TED talk. And the cats. They make me laugh every time.ReplyCancel

  • Dal - Fabulous as usual! I ‘m totally at ease at trying something new and allowing myself to be rubbish at it. Often, failing hilariously. Often succeeding beyond my expectations! Rock climbing, running, writing, photography, bike riding, business, the list is endless. And here here to do what calls you – life really is just tooooooo short, we gotta live live live whilst we can. xxReplyCancel