Do you volunteer some of your time? Whether it’s helping kids, homeless, hungry, church, or family, it’s likely that you have a few commitments meant to help the world in one way or another. I have always volunteered. My mom used to tell me, “Do something for your family, do something for your church, and do something for your community.” I’ve attempted to follow that. Sometimes I might be an over achiever when it comes wanting to do it all! I insist that you refer to my post “All Plates are NOT Created Equal.”
Be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
I think the approaching fall is a great time to examine how you want to commit yourself for the rest of the year. Somehow the fade of summer allows me to take a look at what’s ahead. It gives me a chance to breathe in the goodness from the past and breathe out what’s not working anymore. I exhale a long goodbye. Continue reading →
In all of my wanderings throughout life, kindness has been such an important part of my journey. I have had examples of kindness throughout my life. From teachers to family members, kindness is always remembered. Not necessarily remembered by what they said but in how they made me feel. I can go back almost 50 years and feel the warmth created by those who made me feel like I was worth their time. Of course I can say the opposite about the neighbor lady who was never kind and always made me feel inferior to her children. We’ve all felt that way. Some like me, as children and some of you, even now. Continue reading →
This is a SIMPLE Italian veggie soup that I always have the ingredients in stock. I haven’t met a person yet who didn’t rave about it!
2 cans white beans, such as Great Northern or cannellini
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus extra for serving
1/4 pound large diced pancetta or smoked bacon (optional)
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
1 1/2 cup chopped carrots (5 carrots)
A defining moment can come at any time. My moment came in the early morning hours while a gentle snow fell from a dark sky. Oversized Chair. Warm Fire. Cozy Blanket. Bold Coffee. And Max Lucado’s book, Come Thirsty.
Oh Yes! It’s winter and we love to eat something hearty that provides some leftovers for lunches.
1 medium zucchini,chopped2 medium onions, chopped1 medium green pepper, chopped1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped1/4 cup olive oil4 garlic cloves, minced2 cups frozen corn2 cans (28 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes, cut up 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15-ounce) white (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained
There’s something very palpable about a person who loves them self. There’s an energy that is real and is felt by those around. Their love is unconditional, their ego is set aside, and their thoughts and actions focus on others.`
“You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha
Loving yourself is the first step toward loving the world and all that it offers. It’s a prerequisite to fully living your life. If you have doubt about your worth, baby steps are needed. Let me reassure you, we all want the same thing: To Love and To Be Loved. Continue reading →