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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Michael Modzelewski Author and Adventurer

 

Michael Modzelewski is the author of Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles and Kwakiutl Indians; North Through Paradise; Angeles Crest: A Memoir; and Wild Life: The Miss-Adventures of a Cosmo Bachelor. When not writing books, hosting adventure-travel TV shows or giving motivational speeches, Michael enjoys exploring the Alaskan fjords and leading walking safaris in Tanzania, Africa.

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Spring it on!!

It is my most favorite time of year when everything seems possible, the weeds are still at bay, and my tongue jumps at the thought of all the lovely deliciousness my bounty will enjoy.  But let’s keep it real!  This is like the early days of a new relationship when the socks in the middle of the floor make you smile while you blissfully float in a bubble of gooey love.  Come July this particular relationship will be fraught with ups and downs, and pleasure will not seem nearly worth half the pain.  I digress…

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My 21 Day Journey to Self

When I started my journey a year ago I began the process with a 21 Day Consciousness Cleanse from DailyOm.  It was three weeks of learning, growth and, often, tears.  I had to acknowledge some hard truths about myself with the willingness to accept blame when it was due AND to release blame that was not mine to claim.  In the end there were three main things that kept coming up ~ self-forgiveness, releasing the past and learning to thank myself,

Self-forgiveness is one of those things that is hard for a lot of us.  How can we forgive ourselves if we are not willing to look at what we’re forgiving ourselves for?  We have a hard time looking into the past or too deeply at ourselves because the introspection often leads to feeling guilt and shame.  Why?  We did it (or didn’t do it), it’s in the past and it’s done.  We cannot change the past, but we have the opportunity to change the future.  If we do not not forgive ourselves for our mistakes and missteps we can’t use the past as an opportunity to learn how to create a better future. 

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Breathing in Nature

I recall being asked some time in my early 20s where I found religion.  My immediate response was ‘in nature and I call it spirituality’.  Nature, the earth, gives me all that I have to be thankful for ~ food, clothes, medicine ~ how could I not view it as some sort of temple or sacred place.  The Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku asks that you experience nature with all of your senses and leave the rest of the world behind.DSC_0440

Have you ever felt cooped up in your life with no real way to escape?  I know I have.  Life, work, children and all your other responsibilities make it impossible for you to see a way out, but maybe what you really need is a way in.  We often think that we need to ‘just get away from it all’.  Sure a vacation or road trip sounds nice, but that takes planning, money and time.  Some time with yourself in nature can be the only prescription you need.

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