Posted in Crafting and Cooking, Inspiring Quotes, My Recipes, Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem, Spiritual Wellness

Welcoming Fall!

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There is a little crisp feeling in the air today and I thought to myself….”ahh, the beginning of  fall.”  I absolutely love the fall and all the feelings that the start of a new season brings.  I immediately start thinking about fall recipes, pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes, crocheting scarves, the leaves changing colors and so on.  I start putting up the fall decorations, search my recipe file for my favorite soup recipes and pumpkin recipes.  It is such an amazing feeling!!!

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I also sit and think about how amazing God is and how he has created everything the surrounds us.  So today, just take a moment to take in all that the beginnings of fall brings.  Go outside, take a deep breath and thank God for all that he provides for us.  Start a gratitude journal today and write down three things that you are grateful for and see how your positive thinking will increase.

So, here is to the joy that beginning of fall brings……..now go out their and enjoy it!!!

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 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, Goal Setting, Health, Personal Wellness

Stepping Stones of Your Life

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So, how do you get to Point A to Point B?  Is it easier to take the elevator up or is it better to take the steps?  Every day we are presented with options or choices and it is those little decisions that we make on a daily basis that impact our  lives.  The basic question today centers around, what steps are you taking to reach whatever goal it is that you want to achieve?

Now, all of us have goals and some of them are short-term ones or long-term ones.  The problem with goal setting is that having a goal is great….but writing down the steps that you need to do on a daily basis is sometimes the challenge.  When we are juggling so many things in a day, it can be hard to focus on something that you really want for your life. I have written in previous posts about the importance of mapping out your week in order to manage your time better and incorporate the things that you want to achieve into your weekly schedule.  Now, here are a few tips to help you not only set your goal but ways to work on it on a daily basis.

As an example, let’s say that your goal is weight loss.

  1. First, carve out 5-10 minutes each day to focus on your goal.  Dedicating the time to reflect on the day and map out the steps that you are going to take that day is important.  Pull out your calendar too in case you want down things on it about the day ahead.
  2. The next thing to do is break that long-term goal down and be more specific.  Instead of saying that you want to lose weight, let’s say that the long-term goal is to lose 20 pounds in the next 3 months.
  3. Then write down what steps you are going to do on a daily basis to achieve your goal.  Be sure to write them down!! Some steps may include: drinking 64 ounces of water every day, journal what you eat at every meal, plan your meals in advance, measure what you eat in order to maintain appropriate portion control, eat more vegetables, incorporate more fiber into your diet, take a multivitamin with a high absorption rate and so on.  You may want to put these steps into a daily check list so you can actually see how you are doing each day.
  4. Then write down anything else that you want to do that day to help you work on your goal.  If you have 30 – 60 minutes to walk or exercise that day, write it down.
  5. At the end of each day, review your list for the day and see how you did.
  6. Do these steps consistently for one month and watch how much you have achieved your goal.

The biggest thing about goal setting is writing down your steps and sticking with them.  I know that life can be hectic but if you write down mini-goals for yourself to help your achieve the larger goal, you will see positive results.

So, here is to the first step to achieving complete wellness!!

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!!!