This week we're starting a new conversation called Pancake Talk Tuesdays. Every Tuesday we will choose a random topic and have a heart to heart over pancakes. Each week I'll share a fun recipe and perhaps you can share it, make it or eat it. Who doesn't like a good pancake. They make you happy. The best conversations always start over a good meal. So rather if you choose to eat pancakes for breakfast or dinner, they always seem to hit a warm spot in our hearts.
Index No. 1: Perfection
The desire to excel is usually a good thing, but when it spills over into perfectionism it can also cause a lot of trouble, burn you out, and waste a lot of time. The key is finding the balance.
This is something I talk to my girl/guy friends and all the time. How to cure the pressure of always getting it right. I'm constantly pressuring myself to do better, and its never good enough. This has been a process that I have struggled with, my entire life. In some aspects I feel it has held me back, till one day I said no more. I decided to love my flaws, allow myself an opportunity for second chances, and recognize it's easier to make a mistake and learn from it rather than beat yourself up about it.
Blogger Becky Nobach of Nobach Notes, Explains her take on being a perfectionist, "If you are like me, you struggle with perfectionism. I used to think that every detail and aspect had to be perfect to be successful or for me to be happy--yikes, right? It wasn't until last year that I fully began embracing grace and imperfection. I used to think that in my perfection others would see Christ working in me. But I began to notice that the way I see Christ in others is through their imperfections. It is when they say 'I can't do it on my own' or 'I'm struggling with this.' That's when I see Jesus at work and now that's what I hope to show those around me. I don't have it together in the slightest. I need you and my friends and family for support and most importantly I need Jesus to save me, restore me, and guide me.
So I'm a recovering-perfectionist. Sometimes, well a lot of times, I fail, but I'm not perfect and that's okay. I encourage you today to start right where you are and do the things you want to do even when every detail isn't perfect. Invite others into your imperfect life because, well, it's the only life we have." This is a good point, I can only hope we can all allow ourselves to make mistakes, and except the lessons we're learning.
It's my hope you all just give your selfs a break and simply live, enjoy each moment, and keep it moving!
If you’re struggling with perfectionism, you probably have honed the skill of spotting mistakes in even the best works of others and of yourself. You may just naturally look for it, and notice it above all other things. While this habit may be difficult to just stop, you can soften your tendency to notice the bad by making a conscious effort to notice all that is good with your work and the achievements of others. If you notice something you don’t like about yourself or your work, for example, look for five other qualities that you do like. This will balance out your critical focus and become a positive new habit.
Fluffiest Pancakes Ever
225 grms plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tbs sugar
pinch of salt
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
30 gms butter, melted and cooled
butter for frying
Add the first seven ingredients to a blender and mix until the all ingredients are incorporated. Transfer batter to a jug (this makes it much easier to pour). Add a small knob of butter to a frying pan and pour a small amount of batter. Fry on one side until bubbles start to form on the top side. Flip over and cook the reverse side for less than thirty seconds. Serve with maple syrup.
Note: This recipe yielded 12 pancakes. You may need to add extra milk once the batter is sitting for a while as it may become slightly thick. Just add enough to get the same consistency as you started off with.