In recent weeks I've been thrown a few curve balls that have caused me to throw my hands in the air and ask the big question...WHY?
Sometimes things happen and we eventually become fully aware of the reason. However, I've resigned myself to the fact that there are many other times when things happen and we will never know why. It's at these times, I believe, it's just better to simply accept the status quo and move forward.
There's no use trying to work out why something happened, or what I did to deserve it, or why I should feel sorry for myself. All of this expends a lot of energy for no positive return.
Instead, I pour my energies into loving my precious family and the life I have, treasuring each moment on this beautiful planet of ours, and of course, training for the awesome Marathon de Paris.
I still think I'm crazy, but I'm training to do a 42km marathon to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (for those of you who may not know), and I'm proud to say that last week I successfully completed a half marathon with these two gorgeous gals...
Now, you may be thinking, "wow, I bet Jen has lost heaps of weight doing all this marathon training!"
All I can say is, "I WISH! :)" I like my food way too much! I'm pleased to report though, that I have refrained from indulging in food items such as cupcakes and have even managed to steer clear of these delicious homemade churros (made by my clever hubby and daughter)...
But I've decided that every good marathon trainer deserves some sort of treat every now and then. So here's my choc chip cookie recipe, with some LSA thrown in for good measure (trying to make it as healthy as possible). Enjoy...
Choc chip cookies
Makes about 28
125g butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup organic raw sugar
2 free-range eggs
2 cups organic plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup dessicated coconut
185g dark choc chips
1 heaped tablespoon LSA
Preheat oven to 190°C. Place the butter, vanilla and sugar in a bowl and beat until creamy. Beat in the eggs. Stir through the flour, baking powder, coconut, choc chips and LSA.
Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls. Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
I'll leave you with a Bible verse that has managed to comfort me greatly over the last few weeks, when I've had to accept that for some things in life I may never know "WHY?"...
“But even if we don't feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything” 1 John 3:20
P.S. Please don't forget to book in for my exciting fundraising dinner on 3rd March at Agape Organic Restaurant Botany by 13th February! There are still some tickets available, but hurry so you don't miss out. And to all you gorgeous people who have already booked and received your invoices, please don't forget that payment is due 17th February. Thank you xx