[book review] Everything is definitely FIGURE-OUTABLE

4/27/2020

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This book has completely changed my way of thinking. 

The author, Marie Forleo, opens Everything is Figureoutable with a story about how her mother, a strong, stubborn Italian woman from New Jersey, who loved listening to her radio so much, decided one day that she would fix the radio when it stopped working. Even though she had never done anything like this before, her mother believed she could figure it out. 

Throughout the book, Marie shares the power of belief. That what we believe in our minds will most certainly manifest into our reality. If you believe you can run a marathon, you will. On the contrary, if you believe you couldn’t possibly run a marathon because you are out of shape or you are too old or because you aren’t a skilled runner, well, you won’t. What you believe to be true is true. And your beliefs affect your actions, habits, daily life, and all the possible outcomes that can result from them.

Two other topics Marie talks about that resonated with me were fear and excuses. We are all fearful of something. Sometimes that fear stops us from achieving what we really want to achieve, and stops us from getting what we really want out of life. She explains, “Write down the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen and what that would mean to you—mentally, emotionally, and financially. ... Then ask yourself, “Okay. Now, what’s the worst thing possible if that happened?” Keep going until you get to the absolute worst thing you can possibly imagine. Then, write the exact steps you could take to get back on your feet.” [p92; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable

The most useful tool I took away from this book is how to rephrase an excuse. Instead of saying something like, “I can’t work out today; I don’t have the  time.” rephrase that to, “I won’t work out today; I won’t take the time.” That completely reshapes the excuse, and challenges yourself. When you replace the word "can’t" with "won’t," you realize that you have the power within you to choose how you want to live your life. And perhaps we realize that there really is no external obstacle stopping us from doing something; that really we ourselves are making the decision to not do something. 

This book is practical and insightful. Marie shares real, practical and easily implementable tools. Marie doesn’t just say that “everything is figureoutable.” She helps us understand how, and does it with a firm, compassionate tone.

Excuses, oh excuses. I make them every day, and get so angry with myself because of it. After reading Marie’s suggestion to this problem, I feel like I have a newfound freedom. 

-Review by Danielle Liberatore

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[recipe] Everyday Cereal Recipe

4/8/2020

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Everyday Cereal

 

This recipe comes to you from Kate O' Donnell's first cookbook The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook. Everyday cereal is easy, healthy and fit for each season. Grains are extremely nutritional and help with digestion. This dish can be paired with different fruits and nuts, depending on the season. 

For the recipe you will need grain of choice, liquid of choice, pressure cooker, slow cooker or large pot, coconut oil or ghee, cinnamon or other spices of your choosing (try the sweet spice mix suggested below), nuts of your choosing, and dried or fresh fruit of your choosing. Using your pressure cooker, you will want to add all your ingredients, then select the porridge setting. Allow your cereal to cook for 5 min in a sauce pan or until it begins to steam. I typically like my cereal to be full of different textures, but if you desire a smoother consistency, you can use a hand blender to mix everything together

Here is Kripalu's recipe for a Sweet Spice Mix, or you can make your own variation:

Sweet Spice Mix

  • ¼ cup cinnamon powder
  • ¼ cup ginger powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom

Ingredient recommendation for Spring Cereal

  • 2 cups of amaranth or rye 
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp  raisins or chopped prunes and flax seeds
Ingredient recommendation for Summer Cereal
  • 2 cups of quinoa or barley  
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp of sliced peaches and/or blueberries
  • 1/2 a tsp of ground fennel seeds
Ingredient recommendation For Fall Cereal
  • 2 cups of oats or bulgar wheat 
  • 1 cup of Almond milk
  • 3 tbsp of grated apple or dried apricots and chopped almonds
  • 1 tbs of Ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of Sweet Spice Mix  

Ingredient recommendation For Winter Cereal

  • 2 cups of oats or bulgar wheat
  • 1 cup of cows milk 
  • 3 tbs of chopped apples and/or chopped dates
  • 1 tbs Ghee
  • 2 tsp of Sweet Spice Mix

[book list] april

4/1/2020

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Every month, borealis shares some of our favorite reads. Check out our April Book List.

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Thanks in advance. And enjoy discovering something new!

 

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Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

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Your Body and the Stars by Stephanie Marango

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To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue