Monthly Archives: January 2011

The life you want by being present in the life you have.

We just started reading The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo and so far, we’re loving it! I love the sub title oh so very much- “Having the life you want by being present to the life you have.” I’m hoping Nepo’s journal entry style excerpts will instill this simple, yet extremely hard to do in actual life mantra. It’s just beautiful. If you’re feeling like you need a little inspiration, I totally recommend grabbing a copy and reading an excerpt a night- they’re just a few pages each. So lets all try living the life we want by being present in the life we have, deal?

Monday Motivation: For New Moms

You haven’t slept more than an hour straight in the past 8 days. You haven’t had time for a bubble bath, to fix your hair, put makeup on, or have a conversation with your spouse. Your too busy soothing, comforting, cleaning, worrying, and feeling like your not doing it right. News flash- You are doing it right and every single new mom is going through the exact same thing! Take a deep breath, kiss your baby, and remember, you were made to do this and you are doing an AMAZING job. You are giving YOUR baby what he needs and your doing the best that you know how, and that my friend, is the best that anyone can do.

Monday Motivation: connecting with the women in your life.

photo credit: friendship church richmond
This morning I woke up ready and willing to start this week! I was set for a coffee date with my best friend and later, brunch with my mother and grandmother. Is it just me or is there really something powerful about conversation with the women in your life? I love talking with my husband and all of the other men in my life but rarely do I leave those conversations feeling rejuvenated the same way I do as when I’m with my women. I’ve found that if I go 1-2 weeks without meaningful woman to woman conversations, there is a part of me that feels empty. So what it is? Through conversations with the gals in my life, we’ve come to this conclusion- No matter how close your relationship may be with the opposite sex, women understand each other. We think with our hearts (generally) we nurture, and we long for connection with one another- It’s in our DNA! Put simply, we need each other for strength, courage, wisdom, love, support and laughter. Do you all feel the same way about women to women relationships?

Get Healthy.

I found this incredibly delicious granola bar recipe on The Daily Green and just had to share. Most people plan on getting healthy when a new year begins. I say, get healthy when a new day begins. If the first meal of each day forces you to make a health conscious decision, likely, the food choices you make the rest of the day will reflect your morning decision.

Makes approximately 18 1-oz bars

1 tsp. butter
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups brown rice crisp cereal
3/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
pinch ginger

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spread the almonds and pecans on a cookie sheet and toast them in the oven for 6–8 minutes, or until they start to brown a bit.

2. In the meantime, grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with the butter and set aside. Now, mix the oats, rice cereal, cranberries and toasted almonds and pecans in a big bowl.

3. In a small saucepan, heat the syrups, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and vanilla extract over medium-high heat, stirring to avoid burning. Once the syrups come to a light boil, continue to cook for an additional 3–5 minutes until the syrup begins to thicken, then pour it over the oats and nuts. Mix everything together so that the syrup evenly coats everything in the bowl.

4. While it’s still warm, pour the contents of the bowl into your prepared baking dish. Using a rubber spatula, pat everything down so it’s nice and compacted. I like to place some parchment or aluminum paper over the top and really press down so that the bars don’t break apart when you eat them.

5. Let cool to room temperature. You can also put them in the fridge for a bit since this’ll make cutting easier. Cut them into square or rectangles as you please.

In 2011….It’s time for you.

It’s that time of year, where we’re all amped up and excited about the resolutions and goals we’ve set for ourselves in the coming year. In approximately 1 month, those ambitions will take a backseat to the normal hustle and bustle of life. We all say that won’t be the case this year but lets face it- it probably will be. Here’s what I have to say about it. Take the time to make yourself an inspiration board to display in your office, bedroom, kitchen or anywhere else you look every single day. An inspiration board are images, words, phrases or anything else that inspires you. It will be a constant reminder to reach our goals and continue on the path we’ve set our for ourselves. Start a blog. Seriously. Even if you don’t think you have much to say, you do. To me, blogging is the modern day version of journaling. It’s YOUR blog and you can say whatever you want. You can vent, motivate, document, inform, and in return you might just be inspiring someone else. u. Take time out of each day for just for you. Stop being a mom, wife, teacher, accountant, or whatever it is that you “are” to just be YOU. Whether it be making a pot of coffee, reading a chapter from a book, sitting in a room all by yourself or taking a walk, the importance of you time is invaluable.
Inspiration Board: via. second wind interior design.

We are so optimistic and excited for what this next year has in store. I truly do think it’s going to be something wonderful. Wishing everyone so much happiness, health and love.