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My Last Daily Blog

At least for awhile. After 10 months of writing a daily blog I am going to change my routine. Being the last day of year it felt like the appropriate date to make a change. I think I will write once a week. This gives me more time to work on my next sets of affirmation cards. I am about to produce a set of “Grieving” cards. I got my bar code two weeks ago. Need to get it to my graphic artist to complete cards and send to printer. Then I will work on finishing a set of “Forgiveness” cards. I another set in development as well.

I am…changing. What change are you going to make in 2013?

Quotes on change:

•“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

•“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

•“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

•“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl

 

I let go of Need to Impress Others

I let go of need to impress others. That’s Today’s Positive Thought. Doesn’t that sound like life just got easier. Relax. Take a deep breath and just be myself.

Quotes on impressing others:

•“Believe in yourself and stop trying to convince others” – James De La Vega

•“Never try to impress a woman, because if you do she’ll expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life.” – W.C. Fields

•“I’ve reached a point in life where it’s no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s too bad.” – Corazon Aquino

•“The most common trouble with advertising is that it tries too hard to impress people.” – James Randolph Adams

•“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Smith

 

Let’s think for a moment about thinking

I am…thinking

It is something we all do. Today I was thinking about all the food I will be preparing for holiday dinner. Which lead me to think over a list of items I need to prepare stuffing, candied yams and what cheese and crackers to get for snacking?

What are you thinking about?

Quotes on thinking:

•“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

•“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar

•“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

•“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” – Donald Trump

•“There is nothing either good for bad but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare

Today is Flossing Day

I am…flossing

Flossing Day encourages the regular use of dental floss to promote healthy teeth and gums. Interesting focus for the day after Thanksgiving which most of us eating and eating some more.  I for one enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner I attended everything from homemade dishes starting with appetizers ending with New York cheesecake for dessert.

I found Flossing Day at www.daysoftheyear.com.

Quotes on flossing:

•“Flossing is so important. Brushing does not get in between your teeth but flossing will.” – Linda Harkins

•“It’s like the business equivalent of flossing. You don’t have to like it? You just have to do it.” – Peter Horan

•“Never floss with a stranger.” – Joan Rivers

•“There is only one goal. That’s to keep working and keep flossing.” – Red Buttons

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Today is Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. It is a day when I usually sleep in, take a walk, watch the Macy’s Holiday Day parade, visit family and friends, eat lots of food, watch some football and some years go to the movies. This year I won’t be doing any cooking.

During the dinner meal is when we get to share what we are grateful for. I am grateful for the wonderful meal that is being prepared for me. The hostess posted in Facebook a video of her making the Italian Rice and Sausage Stuffing we will be enjoying. Since my dinner is being taken care of by someone else I went to Safeway and participated in their Hunger Bag program by making a purchase to support local food banks.

Today Thanksgiving would be a great day to start a gratitude journal. On a daily basis, tell someone how grateful you are for something. Tell fellow employees, friends, family, and even perfect strangers! Let’s help make this a world of grateful, thankful giving and receiving people.

How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Whether you practice a traditional Thanksgiving celebration or are making new traditions and memories, I wish you a very happy and healthy holiday!

Quotes on Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” – E.P. Powell

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” – Robert Caspar Lintner

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” – Edward Sandford Martin

 

 

 

Baking

I am…baking

Today we are having a Healing and the Arts Holiday Festival after church and I am baking my grandmother’s Spanish coffee cake recipe. It has been a family favorite. When my sons were growing up they didn’t care much for dessert but whenever I made Spanish coffee cake they wanted some. And not a little piece. Do you have a family favorite recipe?

Coming up on the holidays reminds me of my childhood when we would bake cookies. It was fun to use cookie cutter and then decorate the cookies with different color sugar and sprinkles before baking and the work in making candy cane cookies. This involved twisting red and white dough shaping into a candy cane and then sprinkling with peppermint before baking.

Quotes on baking:

•“The Second Law of Pies: they must be baked, not fried (or boiled, or steamed).” – Janet Clarkson

•“Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen. It’s fun whether it’s baking bread or cookies. With baking, you have to be exact when it comes to ingredients.” – Sandra Lee

•[But when, at age 20, she broached the idea of baking cookies for a living, her parents and husband balked.] They said it was a stupid idea, it will never work, it will absolutely fail,…They said you have no money, no job experience and no formal education. – Debbie Fields

•“Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.” – Patricia Briggs

What’s Cooking?

I am…cooking.

Are you cooking for the holidays? I got my turkey this week. My children love their grandfathers stuffing that he made with SF French bread. He would cut a loaf of French bread, put it in an open paper bag and let it dry for the stuffing. I use his recipe too. I think it is the tang from the french bread that gives it a special flavor.

I tend to more of cooking in winter. I get out the crock pot and make soups, chili, meatballs and more to enjoy. Every year for Super Bowl Sunday I would make chili in the crock pot. My boys look forward to coming over and eating my chili. Their other favorite is Great Grandma’s Spanish coffee cake. They were never much for dessert but if I make this coffee cake they are right there to eat it.

What do you enjoy cooking?

Quotes on cooking:

•“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” – Julia Child

•“I love cooking. It’s one of my favorite things to do. To share my parents’ recipes that I grew up with is just something very special to me.” – Lance Bass

•“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne

•”Cooking may be as much a means of self-expression as any of the arts.” – Fannie Farmer

•“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation– experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way” – Paul Theroux

Walking meditation

I am…walking on a labyrinth.

As a form of meditation. I slowly walk into the center, stand there for awhile and then walk out.  Due to the path in a labyrinth I meander back and forth, turning 180 degrees each time I enter a different circuit. Walking and changing directions shifts ones awareness from right brain to the left brain.

The labyrinth is said to encourage healing, clarity, and peacefulness. I find a feeling of peacefulness when I finish walking a labyrinth. Stillheart Institute has one of my favorite labyrinths (see picture in blog). I usually walk it in my bare feet. Though the first time it had just rained and was a little too cold to walk in my bare feet.

Labyrinths have become so popular that there is a Labyrinth Society, based in Connecticut with a national network of labyrinth users. There are an estimated 1,000 labyrinths created across America, including Grace Cathedral Labyrinth Project in San Francisco. The labyrinth at Grace Cathedral is the first one I ever walked.

I helped create one at a workshop. It was outside in a back yard. We used flour as it was temporary labyrinth. We put my “I am” affirmation cards in the center to pick during our walk.

Quotes on labyrinth:

“Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way.” – Francis Bacon, Sr.

“A labyrinth is a symbolic journey . . . but it is a map we can really walk on, blurring the difference between map and world.” – Rebecca Solnit

What are you doing to reduce stress?

I am…meditating.

The primary benefit of meditation is stress relief. When stress is reduced in the nervous system during meditation, benefits like better sleep and clearer thinking also naturally develop.

It is a nice way to start and or end the day. Slow down my thoughts, silence the monkey mind. I find walks in nature relaxing and meditative as well. Are you meditating?

Quotes on meditation:

“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

“I mean the whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself, and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way.” – Gillian Anderson

“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.” – Ringo Starr

“Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate.”- Swami Sivananda

“I have realized at last the true nature of prayer and meditation. They are simply your own play as longing and as aspiration.” – Ramprasad

Creative Mojo

I am participating in an 8 week class called Creative Mojo. It is lead by Robin Clark. She is an amazing creative spirit. We connect weekly on the phone for an hour. The class as described by Robin is designed to give you the BOOST you may need to kick your creative participation with life into high gear.

I am so enjoying this class. We have had 6 calls so far. I like that we start each class with a meditation.

A couple of weeks ago I was feeling sluggish. This is a great indication of resistance to moving forward. Resistance is fear. In this case fear of moving forward. Whatever is in the way is the key to my success. I guess you would say I am taking time to find the Mojo or magic in what I do. This feels like a appropriate use of my time.

Quote on Mojo:

I just saw David Lee Roth on Leno last night. He was doing old Van Halen songs though with a Country feel … he has DEFINITELY his mojo!! By Peter T.