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Attraction Action and effortless ease

Attraction Action isn’t about doing. It’s about being. It’s about focusing on joy, on happiness, on things that make us feel alive. All this talk of the Law of Attraction seems kind of silly in that we all inherently KNOW what makes us happy is what is supposed to be good. And if we find things that bring joy – that sense of vibrancy, we are called to pursue them. The Attraction Action is about inaction. Or inattention. For if we simply focus on what feels healthy and good and makes us smile then we are already focused on the Law of Attraction. Yes?

Attraction Action

Attraction Action: Effortless Ease can be real

Is not the Law of Attraction really about mind management? In my NLP training we focus on reprogramming the brain. We learned techniques to rewire the brain as if it was the great communications center that programs our being. Reframing beliefs means resetting. I’ve overcome much by doing just that. But the money thing? Somehow, it didn’t fall into the Laws. Why?

Other people told me things that I failed to recognize as ‘their blocks’ but that they weren’t mine. I took it on. When a job that I hated went away, instead of feeling excited about all the new opportunities, I heard the shaming and felt bad. That feeling bad led to FUD. Instead of using the Attraction Action plan, I used the FUD plan. I blocked my energy field with my own inner fight against believing their fears. Their fears became my own.

Focus on things that feel good and leave the rest out of the equation!!!!

I know when that stopped for me. So how does one block out the family patterns of negativity and return to what feels good?

They return to thoughts of happiness flowing such as dancing. Such as being. Such as just living life in ways that are filled with joy. It matters not that things aren’t what you want today. What matters is how you stay focused on the truth. The truth of who you are. The truth of what you want. The truth!

Things stop working for me when I let other people’s stinking thinking, negative “you can’ts, you aren’t good enoughs, or you aren’t qualifieds, or you just aren’t enoughs” or worse — ” you just aren’t welcome here” into my thoughts. And if one thought like that leads to blockage and then I hear over and over other people saying same things…I block up the flow.

If I understand the Law of Attraction correctly, it does not matter what has happened in the past. What matters is that I continue to focus on joy now. I continue to feed and nurture myself with thoughts of abundance now. I nurture the notion that there is gold dust everywhere for me and I am open to receive.

That’s the Attraction Action.
It does not mean inaction. It’s actually a lot of work. And the more I work on this, the better I feel The more you work on this the better you feel. The better you feel, the better life gets.
It does not mean do nothing and expect the world to be handed to you. It means do what you feel called to do and do it with mindfulness of spirit. Mindfulness of seeking, seeing, and receiving opportunities.

The Attraction Action is not just stupidly walking around being happy. It’s not empty words of encouragement to others. It’s finding that point of attraction magic where you are warm and you share your warmth with others. That is the Attraction Action — the warm light of hope, the warm light of happy confidence where you dance with life and feel vibrant and empowered. It does not come from hot air like over confidence. It comes from nurturing yourself into truly believing with unshakable love for yourself that you can, you will, you are!

Yes, we are in a transitory place. The economy is the economy. Our age is our age. We can’t fight that. What we can do is practice the Attraction Action.
And you know what? It’s not really about money at all.  It’s about true wealth.

A friend introduced me to an author and in the first few pages, I was glued. This work made the whole Law of Attraction both clear and unnecessary. I love listening to the work, but in Ms. Ponder’s writing came a different kind of clarity.

Good Vibrations – Attraction Good

Raising Your Vibe. Good Vibrations.

5 Great Ways to Raise Your Good Vibration

It’s not a new concept. Way back in the dark ages of the 70’s, my attorney cousin from LA talked about Vibes! Ellen was the happiest, kindest, and least likely to fall into the darkness of anyone I’ve ever met. She was just that happy lady who wanted to help people. She’s the first person whom I heard this from decades ago. I thought it was an LA thing.

The positivity movement has resurged. When people talk about Raising Your Vibration they are simply saying get those Good Vibrations humming along. It’s not just pollyanna positive, and not just a law of attraction theory. It’s the way to build happiness and attract good – lots of good. Some people masterfully raise their vibrations.. others use it to do harm and don’t even know it.

We all want to feel vibrant, happy, healthy, and positive.  Right? We know unconsciously that the way to do that is to combine several techniques.
I’m going to share the good, the bad, and the iffy. And I’m going to post links to some of the books that make a difference. There is a lot of whack out there. And I’ll reinforce the good and help you avoid the whack.

How do we ensure we are amping up our vibrations? How is easy. Why is the question? And when you learn these simple tricks, you can master your good vibrations.
Why do we even care?

you can change everything good vibrations to attract good

Energetic Boundaries by Cyndi Dale

Well, we care because we want to protect ourselves from negative energy. Failing to do so ultimately harms our internal boundaries – the ones that we don’t consciously think about. These are the ones that snag on little entrails of other people’s emotional claws. In the book Energetic Boundaries, the concept becomes clear. We must heal our energy boundaries in order to become free of the entanglements and unwanted hooks others put upon us — things that we accepted at some point are no longer working.

INVISIBLE POWER POSITIONS
We do this in 5  key ways. We make conscious what previously was an unconscious action. We learn to listen to our inner stillness. We come to know. We ask ourselves and listen for the answers. We know intuitively what to do if we turn in.

1: Foods – Eating for what you want – a high vibration, means eating foods that lighten and uplift you. Not diet foods, but foods that reach for the sky. Superfoods. Nutrient Dense, Colorful, high fiber, lower carb, and no sugar, no fake foods.  Sure we want to indulge, but when you do the 9010 program of eating, you naturally raise your body to a higher vibration. Eating better attracts all kinds of good. You know this. You know that when you clean up your diet, cut out the low fiber, no nutrient white foods, you feel lighter. You know that by simply cutting out heavy fatty foods you suddenly feel more energized. And you know that when you get rid of the sugary stuff, you have a steadier energy flow all day long.

A powerful book I picked up while in nutrition school crystallized my belief that food energy is not just the nutrients but how the food source was nurtured, raised, and processed. Steve Gagner goes into it deeply in his book, Food Energetics.

2: Activities – This one is simple. The more you move, the more energy you have. The more energy you feel, the more you do. This is step one in raising your vibrations. Good vibrations hum about you and other people feel it. You feel better. They feel good about you. That’s good vibrations.  And balancing this with calm is so important. I know. I can be absolutely energized to the point I walk in a room and heads turn. I’m not doing anything but feeling good and happy. What they feel is an energetic pull. It frightens some.  I eventually learned to find a balance. In part, seeking your tribe of movers helps with this one. It’s hard to maintain that high activity vibe when your friends want to sit and smoke and feast on crap food. So seek out your tribal dancers and get up offa that thang.  yeah, James Brown had it going on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_uNMy20qAI

3: Powerful Choices – Ok this is tricky. Choices make the difference. Do you feel down some days? Feel hopeless, unworthy, unloved? Do you dwell on the past? Do you find yourself remorseful? I wasted far too much time grieving for what was never to be. I wanted what I couldn’t have and it was out of my control. But I loved them so much, I kept trying to figure out what I did that was so wrong — and there was nothing! CHOICES — POWERFUL CHOICES are the turning points. And when you CHOOSE POWERFULLY — you infuse yourself with a higher vibrational tuning.

4: Attentions – what you resist persists. Please give yourself a break. If you are constantly fighting something that keeps showing up in your conscience, address it. Don’t hide.There is a message there. But don’t obsess either. What you pour your attention on is what you bring to you. For example, when you focus on what you want – a job, a man, a new car — everything you see is filtered by that want. So when you focus on what you don’t want, that also becomes what you see.  I’m all for attending to stuff, and not ignoring the stinking thinking. It comes from somewhere, so it’s good to root it out. If you kill the top flower of a week, the root keeps growing. So while tending the garden of you, you have to keep an eye on the results you want and be willing to get rid of what you don’t. When you pull out the roots, they no longer grow. That’s freedom!

5: Intentions – Be clear here. What you intend must be aligned with you. You must find the way to hold your intentions in your heart-center, and know that while some things take time, all things are available when we are aligned with our intentions. My intention right now is to reset, to restart, to find the answer to How Can I Retire and Make a LOT of Money with much less effort? That’s where I am. I’m intending to find solutions. The Intention Experiment is a juicy look into setting your intentions clearly. And many thanks to my friend, Mark Andersen for sending this to me. Such a nice gift from a good friend.

This morning, as I again revised a resume to pitch to another employer how great I think I am, I ran into an audio on Monster.com.  It’s not just another how to make money book pitch. It’s a lady who shares how she constantly struggled and then ultimately reclaimed her right to win and be bold.
Right there on Monster was a talk and an idea: Believe in your self. Be a Bad Ass. You are a Badass. So be one with it. And quickly, I picked up two books:

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Why is any of this important? Why can’t we just go through life, living it on life’s terms? Why does intentionally raising our vibration even matter? Well, it matters because if you become the one people dump their story on when they are down but they run away when you are down, you are somehow letting them steal your energy. It became essential to me to re-establish and heal energetic boundaries. And then I had to reclaim my intentions. If you are a sensitive, an empath, a healer or even a caregiver, you know some of this. You just do. Turn inward, tap in, and see if it resonates.

It’s not that I want to start completely over. If I did, I’d be throwing away what I hold near and dear. ME. The ME I worked so hard to cultivate. The ME that had to accept what is in order to create what would be the new me. Failure wasn’t the issue. Rejection by loved ones was. I had to fight back from nothing into something and that included restoring the real me. The challenge is to maintain good vibrations while I swim through the challenging upstream of relaunching. The hard part is the rocks and boulders I encounter, and the easy part is to keep focusing on raising my good vibrations so that I bump up against but don’t bruise me.

That’s why I know. I know how hard it can be. I know that when CS called me and said: “You just aren’t happy enough for me. I’m letting you go” It wasn’t about me. And it still hurt. I hadn’t hired her. I said something she took wrong. And she judged me.  Fine enough. For I know this was the same woman who cried rivers on my shoulder about her crappy family stuff. I knew too that there was some truth to it for life was giving me a lesson and I’d not found the solutions yet. Beware the trolls! They sneak up on you, say something, and you have to be strong enough to take what you like and leave the rest.  Or leave it all. 🙂

The IFFY STUFF:
And that’s where the iffy stuff comes in. You can raise your good vibrations on your own. You don’t need a guru. You can get those Good Vibrations in so many ways. There is so much on this planet for us. But we must watch out for self-proclaimed guru’s who take our money while building their dreams of false lies and misperceptions. It’s sometimes cult like attractions.
I just tested this out. I have a lot of knowledge and experience. But someone offered a cheap online coaching thing that sounded fun. Lady offered dirt cheap coaching in a group. I may have been seeking synergy and friends, but after 45 days of so called online coaching, I knew they were not of my tribe. The pattern was clear. On day 40 she stopped doing her daily stuff and was promoting gently her next class – which of course was 3 x the price. The promise is an intangible feel good storyline and the offer is I can help you blah blah blah. If you accept, you pay to play, she tells you what she thinks, and you either get what you came for or you don’t. The results don’t last long so the coach hopes you go back for more.

“I hurt – they say they have answers – I feel better for a minute – then they are asking for more and more money – I’m not so sure anymore – one more class — then another – then wtf am I doing here!@”

Yeah — be your own guru. And if you want some help learning to do that, of course, I can help you. I’m not a guru. I’m not a saint. And a lot of self-proclaimed guru’s get really angry at me when I dare to share what I know. I’m not a threat to them, but they feel something challenging about me. It must be because I teach my clients and myself to tap into their own inner wisdom.

 

Light Easy Summer Meals – call for a end of summer special coaching session

Light Easy Summer Meals?   Oh yeah, you can. Ban the donuts. Toss out that cereal. Skip the Oatmeal. I never thought to question the typical American breakfast until I was on a tour in Isreal. Every breakfast was cucumber, tomato, and cheese with maybe a little bread.  And why not? During these hot summer days, a fresh and flavorful breakfast needs to be cold, light and refreshing.

Have you ever thought about how to make breakfast light, refreshing, and colorful? It’s been pretty hot here in the Pacific Northwest. So hot that I’m more likely to skip breakfast if there’s nothing refreshing. Oatmeal on a hot day just does not appeal.

Chopped Mediterranean Salad is filled with color, texture, and a light crunch.There’s just something about eating a bowlful of color and texture with a light snap on those hot days.
Add some crunch or add some protein, and you have a great start to a hot, sizzling day. And if like me, you make enough extra that you get to enjoy it for dinner too.

I showed one on my facebook page: @ramblinlambwellness
Here’s the original: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/food/1.698731

My twist on this Mediterranean Salad:
Chop up in similar sized bite-sized chunks:
Cucumber
Tomato
Red Pepper
Red onion
Some Parsley
Basil
Add Feta Crumbles
sliced or chopped Calamata Olives
Options:
Chopped Avocado
Gabanzo or Pinto Bean
Can use Black Olives instead of Calamatas

Dress with
Lemon Juice
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

It’s so good. And the colorful bowl makes for a happy, high vibration day.

Want more? There is so much to play with to create light easy summer meals. Thinking out of the box is great. Consider eating for fuel. Think about light easy ways to adopt your favorite meals. Save time by cooking once and cooking enough to create several meals. Roast a chicken or two, and prepackage some light combinations of vegetables. You’ll have a nice selection of homemade and prepackaged light easy meals at the ready.  It’s how we roll at the BeWellBistro. Keeping a stock of light easy meals starts with a bit of forethought. Check out our health coaching programs.  http://www.ramblinlambwellness.com

Have you ever just eaten something that made you smile? Felt a bit of a buzz? I mean the good kind of buzz when you just have a happy vibe and feel a bit of pep?
Have you ever noticed the colors and textures in your foods?
I was in a coaching circle where the coach claimed that her program would help people raise their vibration. The only thing that was not purely wish craft was the simplicity of cleaning up your diet. But she gave no tips, offered no real nutritional thought other than Clean Your Diet and do my meditations.

It’s so funny how easy it is. One simple little thing can tip your balance to a better food profile. For me, it’s often starting with plenty of fresh produce in the morning.
I don’t even mean a juice or smoothie anymore. I mean eat a bowl of vegetables or fruit. No one said you have to eat bread or cereal for breakfast. Pancakes? Haven’t had them in years. It’s a total misnomer.
Breakfast can be anything.

We no longer live in a world where we have to carb load for a full day’s energy like the hunters and farmers did. It is rare that anyone needs to eat like they are burning off thousands of calories before lunch.

 

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This Circle of Life is a guide to balancing your life. A renewed you starts with a glance at what is before moving towards what will be.  Call for coaching sessions. I make it a fun exploration into possibilities. It starts with a simple conversation that can change your life. Coach Nancy 425-246-8685

 

Roasted Beet, Garlic Scape, and Kale Salad

Asian Rice Mix

Asian 8 Grain Rice

Raw Carrot and Beets cubed, drizzled with EVO and tossed in Lemon Juice

Carrot and Beet Raw Salad with Lemon and EVO

Kale, Roasted Beets, Feta. and Sunflower shoots

Freshly Done

Anasazi Beans

Beans Beans Beans

What else to do with Kale and Roasted Beets

Kale, Beet, Feta and Sunflower Shoots

Roasted Beet, Garlic Scape and

Beans are Anti Inflammatory

Bean, Avocado, Garlic Scape Salad

Kale Salad — an all-new recipe that looks delish!

 In order to make this Roasted Beet, Garlic Scapes and Kale Salad, I had some ‘mis-en-plac’ to do. Cook once, eat twice is what they teach in school.  I take that a bit farther. I’ll make the basics in larger quantities and that leaves me with a lot of ways to use the same things. My challenge is making the right amount and getting a flavor filled variety. No one wants to get bored.

I love salads but I’m not always eager to put one together at the last minute. It’s summer. And that means farmer’s markets are bountiful.   We’ve experimented a lot of late – it beats paying restaurant prices and as a decent home chef, I can make it work.

Beans?  Man, I’ve never liked them.  But I’ve got to make some changes. Beans are high fiber, higher protein, cleansing, and economical. I’ve got to try. Again.

I got up this morning to a freshly soaked pot of beans.  I don’t have a clue why people love them, but once again, I am going to try.

First up was to cook my Anasazi Beans on a slow simmer.

But while at it, I  made not 1 but 3 salads. In 35 minutes!

I happen to love raw beets and carrots with a drizzle of EVO and lemon juice.  (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). I got busy peeling and chopping.  Three Salads in the time it takes to cook beans: 35 minutes exactly

Cook the beans in a large pot covered with 3 x the water as beans. Peel and chop your beets and carrots while this starts simmering. Set oven to roast at 400, spread beets on a cooking pan and drizzle with a little EVO and salt. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. While this cooks:

  1. Raw Beet and Carrot Salad: Chopped Beets and sliced carrots tossed in a bit of lemon juice and EVO, sprinkled with salt and pepper, add some pine nuts, add some of whatever you want. Or savor this and add to other green salads
  2. Then I rinsed my cooked beans and tossed a cup into a salad bowl along with several delightfully fresh chopped ingredients: Tomato, Avocado, Scapes and more lemon juice and EVO.  I added some 9-grain rice.   And there it is. A bland yet healthy light salad with just enough flavor that it’s more exciting than boring.  And you can add whatever other texture or flavor, color or texture you want.
  3.  The Main Event: An inspired salad of Roasted Beets, Garlic Scapes, and Kale.  I made some 9-grain rice to add. Tossed in some Feta for flavor. Made a quick dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic, garlic, and salt.  I’ll put the dressing on the salad just before we eat it.

That, friends, is how I created 3 great salads in 35 minutes including cooking the beans and the rice, roasting the beets, and enjoying a savory breakfast right afterward.  It’s taken the rest of the day to get the photos, do some research, print some Anti-Inflammation documents, and get my photo printer to cooperate.

Why is that important?
I get to play with menus on Thursday. I might do some photos and videos, but we’ll spend the morning creating new things and finding fun ways to incorporate this Anti-Inflammation plan into already healthy recipes. I’m spending time with my friend Teri, and we are going to have fun in the kitchen.  And I’m bringing her a packet of information that I compiled for this Anti-Inflammation madness.

Know Thy Foods

Know Thy Foods

Know thy Fats
Learn What’s in It

What is really in that delish avocado and bacon recipe you just saw on your Facebook page? When you know thy foods, you gain power and control. When you let others tell you something is healthy and you do no research, you give your power away. Simple: Know thy foods.
While you salivate over an imagined tasty delight, you might want to slow down and think a little. Know what you put in your awesome body. The more you give to you, the better you get.

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Peace – The Greatest Gift of All

Peace! The Greatest Gift of ALL

Peace. Seek Peace. Be the stillness. Be at Peace. Calm the waters of your mind. Find peace and then visualize.

Years back when my soul journey began in earnest, there was a popular song titled The Greatest Love of All.  I challenge you now — to revise that old line to The Greatest Gift of All — for it is in Peace that we find everything we need. EVERYTHING. I’ve asked myself for years now: What is really in the way of getting results. Whether it is finding a job, lining up enough clients, monetizing my website, getting help for my hubby, selling, buying, staying sane, having fun, keeping any momentum on anything….the ONE KEY to it all is PEACE.

Peace on Mt. Erie - a magical morning

Peace brings a calm clarity leading to effective action.  This is a magical Sunrise at Mt. Erie, WA

It is obvious to me that the last 9 years of caregiving have made Peace rather elusive and results even less stellar.  So many big things. You know that list of high stressors? That list of the biggest stressors in life? When you have nearly all of them on your plate and the world seems to be saying “Let’s just see how much you can take, little lady”, all you can do is keep going and keep juggling. Until instead of dropping a ball, you just sit down and bawl. Still, there must be a solution… Read More→

365 Days of Self-Nurturing

Self-Nurturing – 365 Days

Self-Nurturing is My Journey back! 

Self-Nurturing is listening

The message lies within

A Journey Back to Self is 365 Days of Self-Nurturing, Self-Loving, Self-Awareness. It’s just time. This is the beginning. It’s the time of year when people make resolutions and buy little daily guides. 365 days of Self-Nurturing is my attempt to help caregivers journey with me. In self-help groups across the land, people have little daily readers that serve as their serenity guides. In self-help groups, we learn to self-nurture. In other words, we don’t rely on others outside of us to do what is only ours to do. I’ve found that caregiver’s needs something a bit different. This is the twist as 365 Days of Self-Nurturing is one older woman’s quest for relighting a flame that serves as guide and mentor. This is the key to nurturing. A Daily program from self-caring — for if we don’t do for ourselves, it’s not going to get done.  I’m all I’ve got when it comes to taking care of me. This is for me. And for all caregiver’s. It is my hope that anyone who thinks they have reached the end of their life rope that they find my words helpful to just keep going.

Self-Nurturing is not Selfishness — it is a healthy self-centered way to give to others. 

This is my 2016 Project – to restore, renew, reawaken. To rebuild. To become again

“the Me that I want to be”  Read More→

A Balanced Menu

A Balanced Menu

Even on a Fat Fueled Holiday

Thanksgiving is the day people go over the edge – the diet goes out the window. It’s all about the food! It makes me crazy. I figure I can find balance in this fat fueled holiday. Mom’s words ring in my ears: It can be healthful and taste good too. Thanksgiving can be easy, tasty and memorable. 

Do we have to have 4 pies?  That’s about one half pie per person in my house. And it makes no sense.  

Who is directing this show anyway? If I’m doing most of the work, I get to plan the menu. Right?  

I grew up with a health focused Mom who preached often about a balanced menu – balanced meal – balanced diet…. In Mom’s mind, the meal was incomplete if you didn’t have a protein, two vegetables, and maybe a little rice.  Maybe she pushed a bit too hard because some 40 years after I moved out, I still cook like Mom.

As I started to delegate the menu helps, I realized that I was quickly losing control of this festival. The husband asked his daughter to bring PIES. When I heard the list I was amazed.  This healthy girl is going crazy and it’s still two weeks away. Why do we need Pumpkin, Pecan, Chocolate and a surprise dessert as well? And the other guests prefer apple. So.. I had to think fast. 

If I want to find a balanced and healthy meal within this madness, I have to take charge of that which I like. If I want vegetables, it’s up to me to make them the way I’m going to like them. 

First up — yams. Sometimes Simple is the best.  This year it’s back to basics, baby.  Just peal em, halve em, drizzle a little butter and brown sugar and bake them about 35 – 40 minutes.  Figure at most 1 1/2 yam per person. Done. 

Green Beans, Garlic and Almonds — If I get really lazy, I’ll buy frozen french cut or a pre made deli item from my favorite store. But — nothing is better than fresh.  So — lightly steamed Haricot Green Beans cut long, then lightly sauteed in butter, fresh chopped garlic, toasted almond bits, and maybe a little lemon.  YUM!  And you can make this a couple days before, store in serving platter and just lightly heat.  Simple, easy, healthy, and balanced menu. 

Brussels — well, there are two ways to go. The easiest and balanced menu add is oven roasted with a drizzle of oil, salt, pepper, and a kick.  Roast for 12 minutes on 450.  
But the annual favorite is always a winner while the oven roasted are questionable.  So get out your wok, heat up some oil, and wok fry quartered Brussels, then add some chopped bacon, and finally some onion.  Saute until tender.  You’ll get to try whatever seasonings you like. Try coconut oil instead of olive oil. It adds a great flavor.  To keep this a balanced menu, use less bacon or less oil. Somethings you just can’t fight. Another add is to include a little orange zest. It gives it some pop and seems to cut through the bacon fat. 

Stuffing? What? You thought I forgot? Nope – but I don’t like bread stuffing except for the rich butter, so this year, it’s a rice stuffing based on what the Puget Consumers Coop deli favorite Maple Cranberry Wild Rice recipe found in store.  I haven’t made it yet. But here is the recipe: 
I’ll be using my favorite Mogami Asian rice blend of many whole grains instead of the wild rice.  Thanks to a good friend, I’m stocked up on butternut squash too. I think I have everything I need.  Try it. It’s really tasty. That apple cider vinegar makes a huge difference. 

Oh, that rice blend?  It’s an all natural blend of non-GMO made in USA Whole Grain blend of 8 grains actually.  The label says Mogami. And it’s loaded with good stuff.  It’s rich in fiber, essential oils, numerous nutrients — but mainly — it tastes great.  

Cranberries — the good thing about cooking your own fresh berries is control. Using orange juice, oranges, and maybe apple juice, you get to cut out a ton of sugar. I’ll dig up the recipe and post it later. 

Turkey is on the menu too.  No – I wouldn’t forget it.  It’s already planned out. Smoking the bird the day before, and reheating the day of seems to make a lot more sense.  Then if we need a backup plan, we can do a normal oven roast.  

Let’s hope we don’t lose power.  

Happy Thanksgiving. 

The Story on your Bookshelf: Transitions

Just wrote and submitted this article. It may be self healing, but I think it is more self-revealing of where I need to go. It’s about the messages on your bookshelf. I just packed up four boxes of books. Books that led and taught me well, but no longer hold deep meaning. Books are telling my story — as yours will tell yours. What is boxed is categorized:  Business and Project Management, Technical, Religious, Accounting and Finance, and a few odds and ends.  What is left is a story all of it’s own. The shelving looks clean and tidy. The books I’ll keep are clearly marked, but I haven’t re-read them. I think I will, but I probably won’t.  

The Story on your Bookshelf: Transitions tells about how to read the past, find the story and link the golden thread of past to a new now. 

These books tell of my travels – maybe my travesties too. For I was one that started out with a clear focus. It was great at first. I thrived on the concept of growing up in corporate offices where surely my diligent effort, ambition, and business acumen would carry me far.  What I learned over the first 15 years was not what I planned on learning. What I learned over the next 20 was more revealing. As we mature, we come to own – to know who we really are. For some – it’s easy. For me, I must have spent the first segments of life trying on many hats because none really fit. It was like those brand new saddle shoes that Mom made me wear. They were never comfortable until they were old and worn out — and then I had to buy new ones.  Trying to figure out who you are is not easy when constantly trying to fit another woman’s shoes.  

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Books On Your Shelf

BooksontheShelf  is a little article – a quick read that inspires and ignites your personal journey message. For me – it was a long journey that only I could take. No one could steer as they had not walked this road. Your path/ It’s all yours.  But I can guide you based on how I guided myself. 

The message is clear. The path not so much. But bushwacking takes far too much energy.  At transition points along our pathways, we must look at the map. Sometimes that map takes us backwards at first. If we look at where we started, we can see more clearly than if we just meander about at various stopgaps. 

But when we listen to the message, when we really listen carefully, we hear our own songs. 

What’s your message telling you? 

Listen closely. Your soul wants to have a word with your heart. Your mind wants to stop working so hard and let your soul guide you for a change. 

I grew up hearing ‘plan your work and work your plan’ but no one taught me what to do when the universe had plans greater than mine. No one taught me to listen to my heart. You can’t teach what you don’t know.  I learned. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t profitable either. But I had to learn. It was my life lesson. 

What is calling to you now? What is it you are trying so hard to ignore, but it keeps showing up in your face?  
Each of us has our own uniquely beautiful answer. What is yours? 

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The Laughter Doctor: Bernie Siegel, MD

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Laughter truly is the best medicine. Second is Acceptance, followed by Love. THEN one can start the rebirthing process. Sometimes, you have to let go of everything you know.

I was fortunate to sit in on a lecture by the famed laughing doctor, Bernie Siegel, MD. I only wish he still practiced, but he was quite helpful about exploring solutions for the husband. Long before we had a diagnosis, we had an altering hopeful / despair game going on in our heads. As I listened to the man who introduced laughter to medicine and warmed the hearts of many, I remembered. Read More→