People who happily have outstanding text messages and emails on their phone and computer inboxes baffle me. I refuse to believe that I am the only one who finds that little number that sits in the top right hand corner of the inbox symbol telling you that you have an unread message annoying.
I do not think that my intense irritation with that little number is irrational. What if I miss something accidentally? Even if the messages are spam or missed calls, what if I leave them all unopened so long that I miss when something important comes? Like a message from a friend, or free movie tickets that I have 24 hours to confirm otherwise I lose it (this has actually happened).
Admittedly, being a student who is currently only working part time, I don’t receive a ridiculous number of daily emails at the moment. To be honest, the majority of them are just subscriptions to health, food and lifestyle blogs, loyalty programs, magazines or news feeds. But I still go through every single one, entering into competitions and reading through blog articles and recipes that interest me. If I don’t want to read it (hello my unused Twitter account updates), I unsubscribe or delete it. And that little number disappears.
Call it OCD or FOMO (fear of missing out) – but would go mental if I had unread messages sitting in my inbox for too long.
Take this healthy salted caramel fudge recipe that I adapted from my Mindfood email (one of my favourites, and definitely one I would recommend). If I didn’t read my emails, I would never have experienced the amazingness of this raw, vegan, completely incredible treat.
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 2 tbls coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt flakes
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Taste and see if you want to add more salt.
- Press the mixture into a tin lined with cling wrap.
- Sprinkle with extra salt flakes and sesame seeds to decorate.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Cut and enjoy.
- I sprinkled sesame seeds on top, but feel free to adapt it how you wish.