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Permission Granted!

‘One must work and dare, if one really wants to live.’ Vincent Van Gogh

Cuando era niña quería ser artista, me sentí comprendida cuando leí sobre los amores profundos de Van Gogh y me inspiré en el estilo abstracto rebelde de Picasso.

(When I was a little girl I wanted to be an artist, I felt understood when I read about Van Goghs’ deep loves and was inspired by Picassos’ rebellious abstract style.)

In their storytelling through brush strokes and soft luscious paint, I found a safe haven.

My parents would find me painting in my makeshift studio near the laundry, whenever I was sad or worried or joyous. It became the litmus test…even now my mum encourages me to paint more..let it all out.

But life has a way of pushing down or waving away our deepest desires, because they don’t make money or it’s not the norm or no one would understand.

But I ask you isn’t our life, just that - OURS?

Becoming our authentic self and giving our self permission to imagine what we might look like, sound like, feel like if we actually were true to ourselves.

This inner truth can be as simple as painting again or taking up sailing again or remembering how much you loved to cook….all these things are not to make money or have others accept you, but for your own JOY and acceptance of who you really are and what really drives you, deep down.

In this special time in all our lives, surely we have the time now to see things differently.

Even if you only imagine this parallel version of you in your heart on a Sunday night at 11pm when everyone else is sleeping.

Will you dare see things differently? Will you dare imagine something wild and wonderful that makes your soul sing? Can you be mindful of allowing yourself to be happy right now with what you have? Not when you make a target income or buy that gigantic house.

You have permission right now…

"Hay pintores que transforman el sol en una mancha amarilla, pero hay otros que, con la ayuda de su arte y su inteligencia, transforman una mancha amarilla en un sol".Pablo Picasso

(“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into a sun”. Pablo Picasso)

Today’s recipe is one of imagination and joy! The creamiest most luscious home made blackberry ripple icecream. It’s the stuff of children’s dreams and sweet factories yet it so simple.

Four ingredients is all you need.

Simply start by beating your cream with an electric mixer until it begins to thicken, then add the vanilla essence and beat again until a light whipped cream forms…like little snow caps.

Next add the condensed milk and beat until it thickens. Add your Blackberries, I blitzed mine and strained to make it smooth. I like to swirl or paint it into the icecream then freeze until hard.

When its ready, serve with extra Blackberry sauce and enjoy it – being mindful to really take Joy in it, like when you were a kid. Icecream time was not to be rushed or embaressed by this was a party in your mouth, you had done something really good to earn it!!

Don't forget you can add and change from blackberry to coffee or rich chocolate...anything your heart desires.

So have you, you have let yourself be that 6 year old kid again, who loved wearing a super hero cape or a pink tutu all day! Today make time to be mindful of imagining something better, more wonderous and then let yourself believe it might just happen, because afterall, you are grown up now! You are what every kid dreams of becoming, so BECOME your best version.

“I do not seek. I find.” Pablo Picasso

Here is the recipe for my icecream of the week!

Condensed Milk Icecream

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk (395 Grams)

1 Cream (600 Millilitre)

A punnet of blackberries

Beat the cream with an electric mixer until it begins to thicken. Add the vanilla and beat until a light whipped cream forms. Gradually add the condensed milk and keep beating until it thickens and becomes a nice cream. Pour into a container and freeze until hard.

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