I turned twenty-five yesterday. Thats a whole quarter of a century. How can that be? I say this every year at the shock in which time seemingly slips through our fingers. I couldn’t quite believe it at 19, 21, 23, 24, but 25 seems to terribly mature; grown-up.
Throughout our lives, we make decisions often for unknown reasons, or reasons we won’t admit to ourselves at the time, or can’t. These decisions lead us down new paths, take us to new places, places where we meet new people and suddenly, our little world shifts again. Suddenly, what was going to happen can no longer happen and what will be slowly turns into what’s meant to be. One decision folds into the next, and our life lays out before us. Most days we are so caught up in day-to-day life that we don’t stop to think about how each decision leads us to the next opportunity – or away from it.
Not every year – and the decisions we make during it – matters as much as the next one. For me, 24 mattered, and 23 mattered even more. I may have not have realised it at the time, but looking back, being both 23 and 24 stood out as important years for entirely different reasons. I hope my 25th year will be one of both significant personal growth and exploration. One of pushing boundaries, personal transformation, and courage. In honour (and celebration) of the next 366
beautiful days, here are a few extracts of Oprah Winfrey’s book “What I Know For Sure”.
(Oh, and of course, cake.)
“When was the last time you laughed with a friend by your sides or dropped everything and went away for an entire weekend? More to the point, if your life ended tomorrow, what would you regret not doing? If this were the last day of your life, would you spend it the way you’re spending it today? I once passed a billboard that caught my attention. It read, “He who dies with the most is still dead.” Anyone who has ever come close to death can tell you that at the end of your life, you probably won’t be reminiscing about how many all-nighters you pulled at the office or how much your mutual fund is worth (
or how much you weighed). The thoughts that linger are the “if only” questions that ‘Who could I have become if I had finally done the things that I always wanted to?’ The gift of deciding to face your mortality without turning away or flinching is the gift of recognising that we all die, so we must live now. Wether you flounder or flourish its always in our hands – you are the single biggest influence in your life. Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.”
“My entire life is a miracle. And so is yours. That I know for sure. No matter how you came to be – wether you were wanted or “an accident”, your being here to read these words is awesome. I say this not knowing the details of your life. What I do know is that every person carries his or her story of hope and sorrow, victory and loss, reception, joy and light. Everyone has had his or her share of lessons, and how well you learn from them is up to you. When you choose to see the world as a classroom, you understand that all experiences are here to teach you something about yourself, and that your journey is about becoming more of who you are. The hardest experiences are often the ones that teach us the most. I know that every physical encounter has a metaphorical meaning. And Im open to seeing it all.”
“The true measure of courage is not wether you reach your goal – its wether you decide to get back on your feet no matter how many times you’ve failed. I know its not easy, but I also know for sure that having the courage to stand up and pursue your wildest dreams will give you life’s richest reward and life’s greatest adventure. And whats really wild? Right now, no matter where you are, you’re a single choice away from a new beginning.”
→ 1 cup medjool dates
→ 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
→ 1/2 cup almonds
→ 1/2 cup pistachios
→ 3 tablespoons coconut oil
→ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
→ pinch salt
→ 2 cups cashews (soaked overnight in water)
→ 1/4 cup coconut oil
→ 1 cup coconut cream
→ 1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
→ 2 limes, juiced
→ rind of 1 lemon
→ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
→ 1/4 coconut syrup
→ Crushed pistachios
→ Chopped lime
→ Grated lime rind
→ Coconut chips
- Line either a square cake tin with parchment paper, or grab a silicone cake mould.
- Blend all base ingredients, scoop out into baking tray and press down with your fingers then place in freezer.
- Blend all filling ingredients until creamy, pour onto base, smooth over with the back of a spoon and place in freezer for at least 4 hours or you can leave overnight.
- Take out of freezer and cut into squares or pop out of the silicone cake moulds. Top with your garnish and enjoy!!
- Can store in fridge or freezer – they will keep for up to a week.