Posted in Goal Setting, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem

The Journey to Success

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I was sitting here having a cup of java and started thinking about how people define success for themselves. It is a subjective word when you think about it because you are the one who defines what is success for yourself.  Success to one may be creating a work of art, cooking an amazing meal, winning a race, getting a good grade in a class, losing weight, starting a new business, getting a new car and so on.  Of course, there are so many people or things that influence one’s definition of success including family, society and the media. Sometimes, a person’s definition of success has been defined for them and at some point in time, they realize the value in defining the meaning for themself.

On the journey to success, most people think that it is as simple as achieving a goal that they wanted.  The dilemma that arises for many is if they do not achieve their goal they see it as a failure. Feelings of self-doubt, fear and second guessing creeps in and at that critical point, a person may give up on their goal.  Oftentimes, the problem in that way of thinking is that you end up giving up on yourself and never learn that failure is a part of the process on your journey to success.

Now you may be thinking, “what….failure is part of the process???” Yes, that is what I am saying and trust me, I have failed at many a things on the road to something I wanted to achieve or I had defined in my mind as “success” but what I learned from those “failures” was key to dusting myself off and getting back on the horse (for lack of a better expression…lol).

The question then is how do you learn from your failures, charge forward in order to achieve your goal or become successful?

First, redefine the word failure for yourself. Instead of seeing it as a be all end all for something, learn to see each failure as a stepping-stone. The old phrase of one step forward and two steps back comes to mind as I write. The key is to then get back up, dust yourself off and start walking forward again. If you learn to see “failure” as part if the process on your journey to success, it will help you stay focused and move forward.

Second, create a vision board that includes your goals, dreams and your definition of success to you. Then in those moments when things aren’t going quite as you planned, take a look at your vision board and use it as a tool to motivate you to take the next step forward.

Third, surround yourself with positive, supportive people who will be encouraging to you in those moments of frustration. Having a positive person in your corner will help you and energize you to keep pursuing your dreams.

Lastly, make sure that you learn to think positively and catch yourself if you start to think negative. Remember, stinkin’ thinkin’ will only bring you down and cause self-doubt. So, learn to take any negative self-talk and learn to make it positive.

So, I hope that this motivates you to pursue your goals, your dreams and helps you move forward in achieving complete wellness!!!!

Posted in Inspiring Quotes, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem, Spiritual Wellness

The Beauty of Morning

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“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”

~Miles Davis

I simply love the mornings and the joy in knowing that God has blessed me with another day. Each day is a new adventure and an amazing chance to be creative and help people. If you think about it, each day is a new canvas to paint or a fresh skein of yarn to crochet. It is an opportunity to wake up and think, “who can I help today” or show kindness to. New doors open with the start of a new day and the world is full of so many possibities. The trick is in seeing all the potential that each day offers you and seizing each and every moment.

So, today, seize the moment – be creative, help someone in need and see how amazing it feels!!!!

Posted in Goal Setting, Inspiring Quotes, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem

Food for Thought – Teamwork

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One word that is commonly used is the word teamwork. Most people hear that word and think about sports or working on a team. The key to teamwork for me is letting people know that you not only care about their needs but that you will be there to coach and help them every step of the way. There is a part of you that needs to be selfless when you are building relationships and a team. Creating a team takes time, dedication, effort and genuine caring. Think about the impact that you can have on someone’s life by helping them achieve their goals. Sometimes it is so rewarding to help someone else and the more people you help, the more satisfying and fulfilling your life will be.

Posted in Crafting and Cooking, My Recipes, Relaxation

Baking Italian Pizzelles

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One of my favorite things to bake are Italian Pizelles.  The are a light, crisp cookie with a hint of anise.  Now some people use vanilla, almond or lemon extract in their pizzelles but I prefer using anise seeds and anise extract.   Now in the fall and over the holidays, I love to make chocolate pizzelles as well as pumpkin pizzelles.  I find that pizelles are great to take to parties or any social gathering because it seems to be one of those cookies that people tend not to make.

To make pizzelles, you do need a pizzelle iron to make them but they are inexpensive and can be found in at your local store for kitchen supplies.  I have had my Pizzelle Iron for a very long time and it works great!

So, I am going to start by giving you a couple tips for prepping followed by my favorite basic pizzelle recipe:

  1. Many pizzelle recipes can be made ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator.  If you decide to do that, just take your batter out 30 minutes before baking.
  2. Make sure you plug-in your pizzelle iron before starting so it is warm and use a small amount of vegetable oil or melted shortening with a pastry brush and lightly put it on your press so your pizzelles don’t stick to the iron.  I only need to do this before baking them.
  3. Make sure you follow the instructions on using your Pizzelle Iron.

Classic Italian Pizzelles Recipe

  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of anise extract (or almond, vanilla or lemon extract depending on what you like)
  • Anise seeds (about a 1/4 cup – I eye this when I am making my batter)
  1. Pre-heat your Pizzelle Iron
  2. Mix your flour and baking powder in a small bowl and stir.
  3. Mix your eggs and sugar using a mixer for about 1 minute until thickened.
  4. On low-speed, add the melted butter and anise extract and mix until combined (about 20 seconds).
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix until combine (about 15 seconds – be sure not to over mix).
  6. Then using a spoon, drop approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of the batter and drop in the center of one of your patterned cookie grills on your Pizzelle Iron.  Close the lid and lock.  With most irons, there is a little light that is red and then turns green when the cookie is done.  Just check the instructions on your particular Pizzelle Iron for the specifics for your press.
  7. Remove the pizzelle from the iron and place on a cookie rack to cook.  Completely cook the pizzelles and then dust them with a little powdered sugar before serving.

If you love pizzelles, trust me, they are simple to bake and take very little time.  The great thing about them is that they taste amazing and will make your family and friends very happy.  At some point, I will post my recipe for making chocolate and pumpkin pizzelle so that you have the recipes for the fall and the holiday season.

Happy Baking!! 🙂

Posted in Crafting and Cooking, Personal Wellness, Self-Esteem

Getting in Touch with Your Creative Side

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!! Today, as we were our in our garden, I started wondering how much I enjoy doing things that are creative.  One area of wellness that some people forget about is Creative Wellness.  So many people being are afraid to let their creativity shine for one reason or another (usually it is that thing called FEAR that is stopping them once again).  Others feel that they do not have time to be creative.

So, my question today is, how do you express your creativity?

There are so many ways that creativity can be expressed.  Take a moment to sit down and make a list of all the things that you do in a day that is creative.  Some of my personal favorites include: cooking, gardening, reading, blogging :), taking pictures, making jewelry and crocheting (to name a few……lol).  Now I do not claim to be an “artist” or a world famous chef, but I do enjoy the process of doing things that are creative.  I feel that I am a blessed person that I am able to have the time, the ability and the desire to do things that are creative.

So, what about you?

My personal feeling is that everyone has a creative side.  Whether is is painting, woodworking, cooking, crafting, etc., there is a little bit of creativity inside of you.  Now some of you may be thinking “I have always wanted to learn how to cook using different seasonings but…….”  or “I have always wanted to learn how to do ___________ but…”   You see the “but” is what stops so many people.  Whether is fear, lack of having the time to do something you want to do or learn something that you want to learn, the “but” is what stops so many people.

So, today, think about your creative side.  Are you spending time during the day to express your creativity or do you have a “but” that is stopping you?  Take a few minutes to come up with a plan how to incorporate a little creativity into your life!!!! I promise, you won’t regret it!!! 🙂

Posted in Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem

A Little Bit of Gratitude 

 

I was thinking about how many times you hear someone say something negative to themselves.  From telling themselves that they “can’t do” something to putting themself down, negative thinking sometimes happens automatically. 

In previous posts, I have written about how negative thinking impacts a person’s self esteem along with a few ways to begin to think more positively. In that same vain, I want to provide you with another way to change some of that Stinkin’ Thinkin’.

  1. First, grab a pen and a journal or some paper. 
  2. Find a place where you can take a moment to reflect on your day.  
  3. I want you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for in your life. 
  4. Before you go to sleep at night, read you list over a couple times before you drift off. 
  5. Repeat this exercise every day for one month and see how you feel. 

Here’s to an amazing Thursday and being on your journey to positive thinking!!!