Sometimes our biggest success stories come out of our biggest failures. The times we fall on our face can really have such a significant impact on us even though the pain and the tears don’t seem to allow us to see it at the time. Imagine if Michael Jordan had thrown in the towel and given up when he was cut from the team. His defeat would have gotten the best of him and who knows where he would be right now. Walt Disney was fired from a job after being told he had no imagination or good ideas. As for Einstein? He didn’t speak until he was 4 or read until he was 7. His early teachers had little faith that he would become anything. Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 different publishers. Notice a pattern? Yes, it is our failures and challenges that can truly bring about our passion, our will and some of our biggest success stories. I have certainly had my own list of failures in life. The perfectionist in me does not always bring perfect results. And I have grown to understand that this is not always a bad thing as I have actually learned so much from the times I have stumbled or fallen hard. While my mistakes cannot always be erased, I have still been able to move on and even move upward. About 2 and a half years ago, I was trying to leave the school I was teaching at for a more positive environment. I interviewed at a school that seemed to be my way out and the perfect job. I was certain the job would be mine. 75 applicants and only 5 interviewed and I ended up in the final two. It had to be mine. I just had to get it. But I didn’t. And not only that, I got some painful and not so nice feedback as to why the job was not mine. I took quite a hit to the ego. I was an amazing teacher. How could they not see that? I was perfect for the job, but they thought I was not at all. How did I get so close only to be turned away in such a negative light? What I didn’t see at the time was that this failure was one of the best things that happened to me. Fast forward two and a half years and here I am. I am in a completely different career but am able to still use so many of my skills from teaching. I love what I get to do now and feel so blessed for the opportunities I have been given. Relationships that I have now would never be had I not been turned away. Without some of these people I would not have gotten through some of the toughest times in my life and that is no doubt. This blog alone would not exist had I not been told no. (What treats we would not be sharing!!) The list really does go on and on. It’s amazing to look back and see how one little failure set off a domino effect of beautiful experiences and relationships that would not have taken place without the fall. Picking up the pieces when our egos are hurt is not so easy, but if Einstein, Michel Jordan, Bill Gates and so many more would have let just one failure and sometimes multiple failures be the end of their journey, then we would be without a lot of success stories. So take the falls when they happen, push through them, and know that you can for certain create success out of any failure.
Funny I should talk about failure today as this recipe ties in perfectly with the theme. This Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Soufflé actually came out of a recipe fail. I was working on a pumpkin spiced pancake recipe and things did not go very well at all. I tried adding a touch of this or a tsp of that and yet, they were a complete flop. However, some quick thinking and a little curiosity turned these worthless pancakes into my latest favorite breakfast for fall! To be honest, this tastes just like dessert however there isn’t an ounce of any kind of sweetener, not even maple or honey! The bananas alone offer plenty of sweetness so you don’t need it. This means, you can eat it for dessert as well, but heck, it’s an amazing warm breakfast option so that’s what I went with! I used farm fresh eggs and did not try with flax eggs so if you are vegan and try it that way, let me know if it works. This soufflé is so simple and has only a few ingredients. You could pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes if you are low on time but I preferred the oven made version much better. It’s a chilly morning here in Ohio so I have quickly changed my tune to warm and cozy recipes now. So whether you are looking for a breakfast or dessert, you are sure to enjoy this pumpkin spiced success!
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 very ripe banana
- 3 T pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 T almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Dash of sea salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine all ingredients into a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into small 1-2 cup baking dishes greased with a light touch of coconut oil and fill a bit more than halfway.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges.
Let cool for about 5 -10 minutes before serving.
Feel free to add a touch of maple syrup or honey if you desire a bit more sweetness.