Day 2 of Finding Your Flow with Deepak and Oprah is entitled Finding Happiness. “I am the source of unlimited happiness.” Have you ever done a gratitude journal? It’s a great activity, but I like to do it with a friend. Actually, I’m doing it right now: This month a friend and I email each other at the end of the day and list at least 3 things from that day that we’re grateful for. It gets you looking at good things in everyday situations that you might otherwise not put much energy into. It shifts your focus. Today I’ve already been appreciating the birds outside my window, a video link that a friend sent me, and that I actually took time to sleep last night. I like emailing these because a) someone else is holding me accountable and b) I get to see the good things happening in my friend’s life. I try not to list food everyday, even though I am ever grateful for the food in my life.
And there are days when I don’t feel like stepping in the kitchen at all, there are days when I feel like chewing on a store-bought dessert and don’t even look at my baking pans or ingredients… but then I snap out of this mood and remind myself the baking, and cooking for that matter, is fun, is my passion, the one thing I have motivation and calling for. I mean, yes, baking can be that scary, complex and difficult to master thing, but luckily not every aspect of it comes with too many ingredients or far too complicated directions. And this fudgy chocolate loaf cake is precisely that – easy recipe that tastes amazing, definitely better and healthier than any store-bought dessert you can think of and so simple that even a child could master it. It’s the kind of recipe that you mix in one bowl and bake quickly then enjoy simple or with ice cream or with fruits or in a trifle or a pudding – it’s versatile so let your imagination go wild when it comes to toppings or garnishes!