As you are reading this I am in DC and this post is written on Saturday so I can’t tell you how I am doing, but I hope that everything is good and I am having a good time. Good but busy. And I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! Summer sunshine is a wonderful thing and I hope you got to spend some time in it! I have some good news to share as well. Next week I will be opening Power Monday up as a link-up! Anyone can link up their Monday post as long as it is a powerful message and gives everyone a boost into the week. Something inspiring, thoughtful, or even a good sweaty workout! We will see how it goes from there, but I am excited to finally get you all involved more with these posts!
Today I want to talk about failure. Pretty upbeat right? Don’t worry, it will be, I promise! Two weekends ago I made some pancakes. Well, yea, I do that every weekend. But I tried a new version, like always, which included coconut flour and hemp protein. The pancakes came out great and I savored every bite. Then on Sunday I decided to use the same recipe for waffles. Well everything was going fine, I poured the good mixture on the hot iron, waited for the light to indicate they were done, opened the iron, and feasted my eyes on defeat. Failure. Coconut flour is a tricky thing it cook with to begin with, especially when using it in a vegan recipe. Plus waffles are less forgiving than pancakes as you have no say in the process until that little light tells you it’s done.
I took this failure and accepted it however. I dolefully scraped my “waffle” off the iron and piled it on my plate. I didn’t feel like getting all my ingredients out and making it again, so I just poured some chocolate sauce on the pile of crispy dough and prayed it might still taste decent. And guess what?! They did. They actually tasted fantastic, just like the pancakes, they were just presented in a different form. Heck, I liked my “waffles” this way! It was fun to eat and I felt no shame. Just because you perceive something as a failure, doesn’t always mean that it is one. I actually wish I could recreate this “fail” or somehow get you all to try it and “fail” too just so you can have a unique waffle-mess breakfast.
So that brings me to what I really wanted you to get from this Power Monday post. Failure does not mean it is the end of the world or that you have failed as a person. You might have made a slip-up or gotten something wrong, but you will always learn from that failure. I learned that that pancakes recipe does not work as a waffle recipe. Your failure also might end up as a success depending on if you are willing to see it that way. My waffles ended up being my favorite breakfast all week.
Do not let a “failure” dictate the rest of your day, the rest of your week, or even the rest of your life. Embrace that failure and make it a damn positive one. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that a failure is the end. That there is no good that can come from it. The only way you will ever truly fail is if you let yourself accept defeat and give-up. Some people might day I’m a failure. I have been struggling with a major relapse of my Trich since November. It has lasted all these months. No eyebrows or eyelashes at all. And after last summer when I was able to stop and grow them in again. Well I am not a failure just because I relapsed all year. Why? Well it has been 2 weeks now of me going strong and slowly re-growing my eyebrows again. I am not giving up even though I find it so hard. I am not a failure. I am not giving up
Failure is an option, not a fact. It is something you choose, it does not choose you. You may not win or the failure may not give you something good, but you will always learn and always grow. You will always have a chance to be better as long as you don’t give up! Take all you failures and make yourself stronger, wiser, and happier in the end! Now how about I share that recipe with you all. I don’t think it’s a failure. It works perfect as pancakes and perfect as a waffle mess!
Hemp Protein Pancakes
+ 2 TB Hemp Protein Powder
+ 1 TB Coconut Flour
+ 2 TB Gluten-Free All Purpose
+ 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
+ 1/2 Tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
+ 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
+ 1/4 Cup Fruit Puree (I used banana apple baby food!)
+ 1/3 Cup Water
+ 3 to 5 Drops Vanilla Stevia (optional)
+ In a bowl combine all dry ingredients and give it a mix. Then add your puree, water, and stevia. Stir until you get your perfect batter.
+ While it sits, heat a pan wiped with coconut oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot pour 1/2 or 1/3 of the batter on the pan and smooth to a circle. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, flip and cook an additional 3 minutes. Repeat for the rest of the batter.
+ To serve top them with whatever you’d like! I used a hemp protein chocolate sauce. 1 TB hemp protein + 2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder + 5 drops vanilla stevia + 3-4 TB water!
Failure? I think not! Enjoy you failures, success, and everything in between! That is life and you make your own success. You can choose to be successful or you can choose to give-up! I choose success!
So tell me:
+ Have you had a recent failure that turned out to be a success?
+ Has anyone ever called you a failure? Have you called yourself a failure?
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