Saturday, 16 January 2021

What I've Been Reading Lately (Other than Books)

If you know me at all or have been following this blog for a few years, you may notice that books are a huge part of my everyday life. I would read a book every chance I get. They help me relax, they wake me up, they widen my horizon and they keep me entertained. In fact, just three weeks ago I posted my Top 10 Books of 2020. However, books aren't the only things I enjoy reading. There are numerous publications—both online and offline—that will give me the same satisfaction as reading books. They give me knowledge, perspective and can often be enjoyed in smaller pieces. I love to read them in between tasks or during commute or, even, when I'm in the loo. Small bursts of inspiration, you know. They also aren't included in Goodreads database—with good reason. Here are a few such publications that I've enjoyed flipping or scrolling through lately.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Rolling with the Punches

While 2020 is objectively very challenging for us all—with the giant curve ball it threw at us and smaller ones it kept pelting—I must say, it actually somehow turned out to be one of the best years of my recent life. There are three amazing milestones that I managed to surpass this year—one of them being a HUGE one—and I couldn't be prouder of it. Although I do this kind of recaps every year, this year it feels different somehow. It feels much more profound, a lot more low key and incredibly fulfilling. It may not seem like it to everyone else, but I feel really grateful for everything that's happened this year—on a small, personal scale and, to a degree, on a much grander scale. Yes, 2020 was a bitch. But it forced us to rethink the way we've been living life and, unfortunately, our old ways is no longer acceptable. As usual, there are things I thought would never change for me in 2019, but I was wrong. Everything changed—most importantly, my own mindset.

January

Saturday, 26 December 2020

The Best Books I Read in 2020

I think we can all agree that 2020 wasn't particularly easy. For me, personally though, this year rocked—mostly because I got through hurdles I didn't expect to overcome. This year I had to do my thesis project, which was pretty time- and energy-consuming, so I was quite doubtful I could reach my reading goals at all. However, it turns out, that the project has actually allowed me to venture into topics I had never explored before—and ended up giving me time to read more books in the process. Since last year, I had vowed to myself to focus more on quality than quantity, in terms of reading—last year fell short somewhat, in my opinion, but this year was incredible. For starters, there is no book lower than 3 stars for me this year—and it started off with 5-star exemplars. Both for fictions and non-fictions, I'm so satisfied with my choices this year..and I'd love to share the best ones with you. Please read on to find out these worthy-of-a-flip-through titles.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Come As You Are

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Sorghum Cookies

Remember this post where I talked about eating locally-grown food? Well, it's actually been a while since I got incredibly intrigued by sorghum, in particular. When I spotted one in a local bulk grocery store—both in flour and grain form—I felt challenged to use it in a recipe. It wasn't instant, of course, as I scoured the nooks and crannies of Pinterest for months before I actually picked up the whisk and created this magic. I've been excited to try sorghum the whole time, however. You know, sorghum has so many amazing benefits: it's gluten-free, low in sugar level (which makes it diabetes-friendly) and requires very little water to grow—perhaps even cook? I'll have to test this, though. Not only that, sorghum can also be processed in numerous ways, including cooked (like rice), baked (like wheat) and even boiled (like porridge). I love that it can be baked without eggs, yet still come out either really nice and moist, or sturdy and crunchy. This recipe, in particular, is incredibly easy to make and I definitely see myself making it more regularly. It's also highly customisable to suit your individual tastes. Without further ado, enjoy!