Making the most of what we have

Change is going to come.  You better welcome it. ~Anonymous

The past couple of weeks have been crazy, joyful, nerve wracking, frightening, exciting and so much more.  I’m sure the same can be said for everyone else out there if you take the time to analyze the emotions that run through your heads from moment to moment.

As I’ve shared in past posts this year is one of transition for me.  I’ve been working on myself, my home and my future all at once and it has not been constant smooth sailing.  Today I’d like to share where my journey has taken me thus far.

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Michael Tamez on Transformative Nutrition


As a certified integrative health coach and award winning wellness author, Michael’s passion for healthy living was born from his own 13 year journey and health transformation experience. During this adventure, he lost 105 pounds, reversed severe sleep apnea, and also cured advanced gum disease and high blood pressure – all without medications or surgery. Today he shares with us the tremendous amount of wisdom he has gained along the way.

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From the mouth of babes

The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.  ~Alan Watts

So, first let me apologize for the long silence.  The last month has been trying, to say the least, and my personal goals have been put on the back burner while I help my children navigate this new land of loss.  Yet, like the phoenix from the ashes, new and interesting opportunities have magically come my way.

My oldest turned twelve the week before her grandmother died and though she didn’t ask for much she requested two things…a vacation with her best friend and that I rent her a private dance studio for a week.  The first, though still not scheduled, was a no brainer.  We had already decided to do some camping this summer so now I guess we will have a +1.  She’s already in our house all the time so no biggie.  The dance studio on the other hand was causing me a bit of a conundrum.

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Terry Lancaster Talks About Self Help For the Rest of Us


BETTER! Self Help For The Rest Of Us is about putting aside our relentless pursuit of perfection and just being exactly who we are…only BETTER! One minor adjustment at a time. It’s about focus and flow. And it’s about the science of habit formation. It’s also a little bit about naked yoga and bird poop.

The dirty little secret of the self help business is this:

No book is going to change your life. Only you can do that. But BETTER! Self Help For The Rest Of Us can give you a roadmap and the tools you need to build a better life one minor adjustment at a time.

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For the Living Life Goes On

A few weeks ago a very good friend lost her mother after a long illness.  Though death had seemed a possibility the actuality of it was not something that had truly been prepared for.  At the time I remember feeling gratitude for my own aging parents and others who have contributed to my life along the way.  Little did I realize that in a breath’s width of time my own reality would be altered in ways that had you asked would have never seemed possible.

As I write this I sit in the dark of my dining room listening to my oldest in her room above attempt to wipe away her own pain with episodes of Dance Moms.  Earlier she asked me if she would ever be the same, and as much as I wanted to say ‘yes, baby, it will all be okay’ the realist in me knew that I was not allowed to promise my daughter, my love, ANYTHING!

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The Great Purge

You only lose what you cling to.  ~ Buddha

Often in life we find ourselves holding on to things that no longer have value – objects, people, relationship and so much more.  It is hard to let go when the clinging has become not only a habit, but, possibly, a bit of a pleasure.  We tell ourselves that we are strong for being able to ‘stick with it’, or that we are the better person for ‘not letting go’.  Well guess what?  You’re not and the only person taking pride in your pain is YOU.

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Elizabeth Upton on Exuberant Women


Elizabeth Upton is a former nun, counselor and probation officer; she just published an inspiring self-development book,Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time to Waste,which shares the power to better yourself and find the hidden meaning in life.  These practical applications will help readers find the inner soul-spirit power no other counselor, therapist or affirmation can bring.

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Shrimp BLT Alfredo and Spinach Ravioli

The other night while shuffling through my mental rolodex – yeah, rolodex for those who remember the telephone – of dinner recipes I nodded off like a sleepy toddler.  Bored to tears with my usual offerings I decided to channel my inner romantic and craft a meal of new love inspiration.  I don’t know about you, but new love is like the viking’s siren to my inner chef.  In the early days I plied my beau with such an array delicacies that we had to wind it back big time in avoidance of a new and much larger waisted wardrobe.  That being said I still, every now and then, want to wow his taste buds in memory of the days of yore.  Unfortunately it was late and I was feeling lazy so I had to make due with what I had on hand.

Having perused the contents of the fridge I realized I was going to have to dig  whole lot deeper and open the freezer.  Now I’m not one for buying pre-made items, but every now and then I see something that catches my eye so I purchase and pop it in the freezer for a later date.  There in the icy depths I found shrimp, some lovely artisanal ravioli and leftover bacon from my twice yearly attempt to make breakfast for the family… that is a whole other post since no one likes to eat the same thing in the morning which drives me crazy.  Awesome!  I knew exactly what to make and it’d be quick and easy.  Here’s the basics.

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