This Little Light of Mine

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I haven’t been writing much lately except for jotted ideas and feelings scribbled in my physical diary/notebook. Today I read an article I wrote with my Mom for Tallahassee Womens Magazine and this sparked my urge to write again. It’s something that just comes to me mellifluously. It’s because I write from my heart, and today I realized how truly happy that makes me feel. To share my truths with the world, gives my life purpose.

I remember impatiently telling my Mom that I wanted to blog what I had written before the issue would be published. This is because I just wanted to get something posted on my blog….I was impatient out of desperation. That tends to occur when my neurosis blocks the thoughts that flow from my higher self to my lower self, I get all worried and anxiety ridden (I wasn’t practicing yoga consistently that past couple weeks and it showed). It showed in my attitude, my posture and my speech.

When my Mom asked me to help her with some ideas for an article about inner beauty, I had no idea what an enjoyably grounding experience this would be. It was therapeutic and helped to settle my thoughts. (I’m imagining little anchors gently hanging from spider web spindles-sequestering the fleeting thoughts wizzing around in my head.)

Today reading my own words again solidified my faith in the power of the holy trinity that is mind, body and spirit. Each must be nurtured in union and balance with love and with God.

So with that said, here I share my contribution to the article with some newly added edits! 

Cultivating Beauty in Your Life

“I want everyone who is reading this to look in the mirror with a bare face, even naked. Stare at yourself intently and be the observer of your thoughts. What do you think and what do you feel? Whatever it may be, positive or negative, (take a deep breath) wipe your mind clear and  loudly affirm “I AM”. (You are everything and nothing at the same time and exactly where you need to be). Let’s take a moment to get real with the real you. Do you ever feel like no matter what, you aren’t enough? (Let me remind you) YOU WERE BORN ENOUGH.

Are you investing in yourself or hiding from yourself?

What are your best inner qualities? What would your friends and family say if asked this question about you?

(More importantly…)

What do YOU say about you?

True self love is falling in love with the intrinsic values that support spreading your light into the world. Here are some mindful tips (to keep your beautiful light shining bright!)

  1. Find beauty in nature. Spend (at least) a few minutes (every day) marveling at the sun, the sky, the trees and the grass.
  2. Trade in your morning coffee for a cold-pressed juice, hot tea or a smoothie. Don’t scroll through Instagram or Facebook –no TV, no distractions. Sit up tall, breathe deeply and take each sip with mindfulness- and with each sip, think of something you have done that you are proud of or something that brings you joy, or simply be present in the moment.
  3. Today, when you look at people, think about what you notice first. Are you judging their appearance, their hair, their skin, their teeth, their body?  Watch those thoughts, reflect and redirect them to a positive mental space. Today, make it your mission to find beauty in everyone (even those who may not find beauty in you).
  4. Ok, so social media is a daily thing, but let’s look at how it affects our inner thoughts and mood. Scroll through your Facebook, Instagram, etc. and pause at any unpleasant feelings. Are you genuinely happy for others? Do you ever feel discontent after peeking into the lives presented by others? Why? Meditate on that or even journal your feelings.
  5. Write yourself a beauty affirmation letter/or note in your planner or any place you will definitely see it. This affirmation is most helpful when shedding light on an insecurity. It can be as simple as , “My presence is appreciated.” “I am worthy.” “I am beautiful”. “

-Tavia Rahki

Full article below, Page 32-33

GF Pumpkin Spice Cookies w/ Honey Chai Drizzle 

 Cheers to a scrumptious fall treat that is soft, chewy, melts in your mouth, AND is allergy-friendly. These cookies are dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free! Yay!

(These bad boys take about 30 minutes to create)




Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes 

*This recipe can be made vegan using an egg replacement equivalent 



 Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cane sugar

1/2  cup Nutiva coconut oil (vegan butter      flavor) 

1 cup pumpkin pie mix (organic, canned)

1 organic free range egg (or replacer)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups Bobs Gluten free all purpose flour 

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 tsp all spice

1/4 tsp ginger
Drizzle:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tbs of raw honey 

1 tbs coconut oil

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

2 tbs cashew milk

1 tbs chai masala concentrate (Tazo)

Instructions

1.  Mix wet ingredients (pumpkin mix, oil,  brown sugar, cane sugar and vanilla in large bowl)

2. In medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & spices) 

3. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and continue mixing until you form dough 

photo after removing dough from fridge

4. Let dough cool in fridge for 5-10 minutes so it can settle together 

5. Preheat oven to 350 deg F while the dough is chilling 

6. Scoop tablespoon sized chunks and form into a puffy disc shape


7. Bake 12 minutes on parchment paper (TIP: do not oil cookie pans/paper or the bottom will burn)

8. Make drizzle while cookies are in the oven by whisking all drizzle ingredients together in a bowl

9. Remove cookies from oven, let sit for 5-10 minutes, drizzle 

10. ENJOY!!! 

How We Doin’?


I always tell myself I want to be someone my younger self would think is awesome.

I was an inquisitive kid, I eavesdropped on adult conversations and asked questions so much that my Mom paid me to be quiet on more than one occasion. I remember wondering what made people the way they are.

Sometimes I have conversations with the idea of my younger self (1st/2nd grade) and I ask her questions about staying true to myself…How are we doing? Are you happy with who we are becoming?

This could just be the crazy in me but I do really thinks it’s a powerful exercise and it’s shaped my life in many ways. It keeps me in tune with my inner child, with adventure, curiosity, vulnerability and honesty.

Kids are wise in ways we only hope to never forget. What better kid to consult with than yourself?

The kid who knows all your deepest wildest dreams. The kid who knows the snotty side of you that the world frowns upon. The kid that wasn’t afraid of judgement until the world taught them to be. The kid that has your back. The kid that can help you find your freedom.

Twisty Time 

I want to take better care of my hair and learn more ways to style it naturally. What better way to learn than to record the process? Here’s my first hair tutorial video (maybe my last), but it was fun to create and I’m one step closer to mastering my mane. Yay for healthy hair and loving the journey! 

Link to video tutorial below! 

Three Strand Twists

learn & love

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Live in divine purpose, love the journey, and seek the light of truth. Know that each and every one of us carries a unique light with the potential to illuminate the shadows of existence, unveiling the beauty of all that is yet to be discovered and understood. My expanse into this portal of revelation is through immersion in art, yoga and science; the intimidation of the unknown dancing with the thirst of curiosity. In my search to find where these phenomena collide, I met a true appreciation for the quenching awesomeness of knowledge, the essence of wonder; a path to freedom.

Namaste,

Tavia Rahki

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Dear fellow Human,

No one can do you quite like you. I think exploring that universe is one of the finest adventures life has to offer.

Namaste,

Tavia Rahki

Message to Self 

I got this butterfly in Peru 2012 and I’ve had it on my wall ever since as a reminder that we are all evolving and changing.

You don’t have to explain everything to everyone. Your life is yours alone to understand. Like abstract art, it’s simply there… it speaks a story without saying anything at all. People may have different interpretations of your life that are far from your own, some may make assumptions about what you do or why.  Sometimes these judgements come from the ones we care deeply about; friends, family, peers etc. 

 That’s okay. That’s expected. That’s a part of life. 

What matters is your genuine honesty with all that is you!

 Stand tall on your two feet and walk the walk. It’s your journey…the only person who needs to grasp the impact and purpose of each step is you. 

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles

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(soy -free & dairy-free with vegan option)

(This recipe can be made vegan by leaving out the egg or using an egg replacer)

INGREDIENTS

WET

1 cup unsweetened cashew milk

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tsp apples cider vinegar

1/4 cup of organic coconut oil (butter flavored)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup organic pumpkin pie mix

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg (organic cage free)

DRY

2 tsp organic cane sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of ginger

Pinch of nutmeg

Pinch of allspice

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup gluten free Oats (blended to flour or whole)

2 cups Bobs all purpose gluten free flour blend

 

Construction:
(I say construction here instead of instruction because this is your creation, tweak little things here and there to suite your needs/wants lol)
– Mix apple cider vinegar and milk and let stand for several minutes. (Good time to get the rest of the wet ingredients together)

– Thoroughly mix wet ingredients.

– In a separate bowl mixed dry ingredients.

– Gradually combine flour into the wet ingredients (stir while adding little by little.)

– Start Pre-heating your waffle maker

– Mix batter until smooth and medium thickness (a slow thick pour, not runny or chunky)

This is an example of what NOT to do…this batter is too thick and too chunky.

– Taste the batter and see if you want more spice or sweetness (start with less and you can always add more )

– Proceed to use your waffle maker at its optimal settings for golden waffle production

Eat and enjoy!

(I added edible flowers because I was overly excited about using them to make something pretty. tee hee hee)

Please share your review, tips , complaints etc. with me so I can improve my cooking experiments. Also, feel free to ask any questions or just say hi lol 🙂


Namaste,

Tavia Rahki 



Berry Kale Bliss Smoothie


This smoothie is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, B- complex vitamins and important phytochemicals like anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. 

This smoothie is light with a yummy tang and pairs well with balancing morning carbs like oatmeal, toast, etc. 

I drank mine after a workout, paired with one Kashi gluten free cinnamon waffle (topped with banana). 

It’s also super easy to make!

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh kale 

1 raspberry coconut yogurt (So Delicious brand)

1/2 cup coconut water

1 large handful of frozen dark cherries

1 handful of frozen blueberries

1 handful of frozen raspberries

1 palmful of chia seeds 

Blend well and enjoy!
Namaste,

Tavia Rahki