January 2015 archive

Vision Boards

 

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I love to create vision boards! It’s therapeutic, it’s a great visual for what you want to accomplish, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it so it can’t be messed up. They only have to make sense to you and no one else.

This is the first year that I decided to host a vision board workshop. I thought it would be nice for women to come together and create something independently within a group. It was powerful and inspirational.

There’s a few things to do in order to prepare for your vision board experience:

  1. Set the mood. You can burn a candle, diffuse your favorite oil, play calming music, wear something comfortable, make a chai latte or whatever your beverage of choice and just relax.
  2. Take some time to think of your overall vision for the year. What is one word that sums up your desires and dreams? A theme for the year? You might want to take some time to pray about it or reflect on your thoughts and feelings.
  3. Gather all the supplies you will need.  Most likely you will want poster board, magazines, scissors, glue, markers, ribbon, and craft paper. My supplies:vision board
  4. In order to know what things you will need, here are some things to think about when planning for your vision board:
  • Design (words, pictures, color, layout)
  • Static or moveable
  • Areas of focus (personal, family, work, community, friends, mind/body/spirit)
  • Quotes, scriptures, sayings
  • Visibility
  • Accountability

The next part is the fun part~creation!vision board 2

  1. Start with the background (if you want a background)
  2. Add all your creative pieces! I typed out my 4 major goals for the year with a little about each one. Then I found words in magazines that represent other desires for me. I want to memorize more scripture this year, so I have moveable chalkboard labels that are clipped with mini clothes pins. Design yours to represent you!
  3. I like to keep a blank space to add to my board if there’s any delayed inspiration or growth that comes out of another vision.

How will you keep yourself accountable to your resolutions?

Will you tell a friend? Post your board in a visible place as a reminder? Have a special time each week or month that you take the time to reflect on your visions? Take a picture of it and use it as the wallpaper on your phone or computer?

Make sure you have your action plan in place to hold yourself accountable along with motivational quotes or verses to keep you going. You know tough days will come but you will get through it as you have many times before. Keep in mind that goals and visions are about the growth process not always the end result.

Happy vision boarding!

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Potato Soup

 

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This is a hearty, easy to make soup that you can enjoy on those cold winter evenings. Caution: This is not a low calorie soup! You can always substitute the half and half for skim milk and skip the butter…but it won’t taste as yummy!

Ingredients:
4 Russet potatoes
½ stick butter
1 cup half and half
2 garlic cloves grated
1 tbs. parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

potato soup 2

Optional ingredients:
Shredded cheese
Green onion
Bacon bits

potato soup 3

Directions:

Peel and cut up 4 potatoes and put in pot. Add enough water so that the potatoes are covered. Boil potatoes until soft. Mash the potatoes a bit with a hand masher. Don’t mash completely, just enough to thicken the soup. You still want to have some potato chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer on low for 15 minutes. Add your optional ingredients to your desired taste and enjoy!

Yields approximately 6 servings

Motivational Quotes for 2015

 

CS lewis quote The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. ~Confucius

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ~Confucius

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas A. Edison

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~Og Mandino

Either I will find a way, or I will make one. ~Philip Sidney

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. ~Albert Einstein

If you can dream it, you can do it. ~Walt Disney

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life, the evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with a prophetic ray. ~Lord Byron

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. ~ Pope John XXIII

Hope is the dream of a soul awake. ~French Proverb

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever. ~Neil Gaiman

2015 Resolutions

 

NY 2015Well, it’s that time of year again! I have made several resolutions for 2015, but I wanted to share my top four with you today. These are goals that I will strive for throughout the year to make me a healthier, happier individual. I put some things in place to ensure that I won’t forget about them once February rolls around. I will include them on my vision board for 2015, remind myself of them weekly during my reflection time, and tell a friend who can hold me accountable to them. Plus I am putting them on here for you all to see, so please check up on me! They are not easy tasks. I know I won’t magically be able to implement them in my life tomorrow, but I will work on them a little each day knowing how beneficial they are to my overall health and wellbeing.

No expectations. My entire life I have had high expectations. I always thought it was a good thing. In some respects, it is; however, a lot of my expectations only set me up for heartache and don’t allow me to enjoy the moment…what IS. I’m too busy getting upset about what didn’t occur that I’m totally missing out on what is happening. That current moment could be the best part of my day! So, I’m letting go of all expectations to fully live and enjoy all the little moments that life has to offer. And in the case that I accidentally sneak in an expectation or two, I can always control how I respond. I will do my best to accept reality and enjoy it!

Intentionality. How many times do I absentmindedly go about my day doing things to check them off my list without really taking time to be present? I have a lot of great ideas and reason behind my actions, but am I really living intentionally? This year, I want to be more aware and mindful of what I’m doing. When I have my quiet time or work out, I want to be fully present, savoring every minute. Having intentional relationships is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I desire to experience them fully. So often, I book my calendar full and fit coffee dates in an hour window between appointments. This year is a new start for me to be a more intentional, purposeful person, and I’m looking forward it!

Transparency. I’ve felt called to be more transparent and broken before others in my life. In our social media hyped world all we see is perfection. It begs to ask the question, Why…Why do we do that? We are human; therefore, our lives are never perfect. We know this; yet, we continue to flaunt our flawless selves. If you think about it though, who wants to befriend a perfect person? How deep can that relationship go, and how much of an impact can you have if you never reveal your battle scars? A large part of the healing process comes through sharing your hurt. It’s time we get real with each other and bear one another’s burdens.

Letting go. I am a control freak. Yep, I admit it. I like to be in control of every situation that I possibly can in my life and that is so incredibly stressful, not to mention extremely unhealthy. As a believer, I have dedicated my life to God, but, truth is, I don’t live like that on a daily basis. Instead of allowing God to have control of all my thoughts and actions, I hold it so tight that He has little wiggle room at all, if any. So this year, I’m letting go and letting God take over to allow for more freedom and opportunity in my life.

What are your resolutions for 2015 and how will you hold yourself accountable?