Life's Opportunities

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As I prepare today's recipe, I'm thinking of all of the opportunities I've been afraid to take.  I wonder by making those choices, have I taken a detour in life and gone the long route to my ultimate destination. If I erased fear in those moments, and took a chance, perhaps it could have lead to new beginnings, new blessings and new opportunities. Instead, I digressed. I can only assume that my emotions took over and caved into,“I’m scared to grow bigger, and I just can’t make the leap right now. I’m going to walk away.” This is just not for me.  I know I'm not alone in this. I have since gained my strength and try to take as many chances as possible. Its a part on the new and improved, Next Best Me!

For me, I believe an open door is an opportunity given to us by God. Open doors give meaning and purpose to our lives. There are different ways which God uses to direct and guide believers to and through open doors of opportunity. 

Know that opportunities are right in front of your face. You just have to "adjust your eyes” to see them. You do this by shifting your vibe –your frequencies of thought and emotion –to one that’s capable of detecting opportunities.  

There are moments throughout our lives when we arrive at a doorway, a choice point. If we fail to see the moment for what it is, we may have to wait years to arrive at another opportunity. Be vigilant. Do not overlook the doorway of transformation when it arrives. And do not for fear of the risk, miss the chance to step through that door.

Anybody can achieve anything - do you believe that? I do. But there is a caveat that must be made. Those who succeed are those who walk through the door of opportunity when it swings open. That we know. But what is the secret to getting through the door of opportunity?

Life is full of opportunities. Some of them we take up. It could be the opportunity for a job, to visit some place in the world, to buy something at a bargain price, to meet someone of importance.

"When an opportunity presents itself that is very different in nature and scope from what you normally do, DON’T push it away. Say yes! Snap it up. Don’t prioritize what you’ve always done and your same old approach to life and work over something that’s new, fresh, exciting, scary and potentially life- and game-changing. Please don’t close the door.  Yes, another will most certainly open, but when? Why not grab the doorknob now and give it a push?  You are ready."  -Forbes

When I look back over my life, I can see where I’ve missed out on some great opportunities. Maybe you are saying the same thing. If so, I want to encourage you: Don’t live in regret. Don’t let lost opportunities make you feel disappointed and discouraged. There is always a way, and you still have the ability to get to where you need to go in life. Seize the opportunities.

There's always a door of hope around the corner, just be ready.

I hope my friend is a chocolate lover. Today I was in the mood for something a little different. Let's try a twist on the traditional pancake and syrup. More girl talk over pancakes, a little chocolate and perhaps a break through on some new opportunities. See you guys next Tuesday!

Live Your Life in Color
xoxo

The Next Best You

Today's Recipe
Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce, Strawberries and Bananas

Ingredients

Chocolate Sauce

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • butter for griddle, if needed
  • fresh strawberry and banana slices
  • 8 oz. chocolate chips (use what you prefer, milk chocolate, semi-sweet or bittersweet)
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat an electric griddle to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together granulated sugar and cocoa until well combined. Stir in light-brown sugar followed flour, baking soda and salt. Make a well in center of dry mixture and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together milk, buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk to blend (don't overmix, batter should still have some lumps). Butter griddle if necessary, pour batter onto preheated griddle 1/4 cup at a time and slightly spread batter in a circular form outward (so the centers aren't so much thicker than edges) and allow to cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface, about 1 minute. Then carefully flip to pancake to opposite side and cook until done. Serve warm topped with chocolate sauce, strawberries and bananas.

For the chocolate sauce:

Place chocolate chips in a medium heat proof bowl. Bring heavy cream just to a gentle boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and stir until chocolate has melted. Note that chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools, also if you want a thinner consistency you can add a few more tbsp hot cream. Reheat as needed in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Recipe Source: Cooking Classy Photo Pinterest