Friday, January 24, 2014


I felt a hand on my shoulder and heard a faint question of why I wasn't in bed.  

It was Joel.

It was 2:30 am and I had fallen asleep meditating in the living room.
I had been there since 10:05 pm.  

Meditation brings peace, but lately it's been so relaxing that it's hard to stay awake. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

learning to let go

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” 

There's a long list of things that have kept me from doing what I want and need to do.  

It's frustrating, but I can either choose anger, or I can choose to let it go, because things like the weather, Joel's work and when the sun goes down- is not something I could ever control.  

And when I really think about it, if I had the choice- would I want that responsibility? 

I'm learning to let go. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Getting back into the routine of meal planning.

One of my goals is to have our home be a haven, and for me that means the heart of the house is the kitchen.  I keep it super clean and I spend half the day in there doing dishes and cooking for our family.

It's how I keep us healthy and how I save us money.
It's also the classroom where I teach Jack how to cook.
 You're welcome future daughter-in-law. 

I plan meals for a week or two and then buy all the ingredients in one big trip.  Lately, a weekly schedule has been most effective.

I take Jack with me and I try to get him involved as much as possible.  I tell him what we need and point to it and he'll put it in the cart, and we may or may not have ended up with two large all natural jars of peanut butter this last time around.

This keeps him engaged and hopefully able to navigate the store better when he's an adult.  (I remember when I first moved out, I had no idea there were so many brands of the same things.  I was completely overwhelmed!)

-egg white veggie omelets w/fruit, coffee & milk
-eggs for the boys w/cheese, fruit & occasionally bagels & cereal
(I'm kind of strict on the type of cereal)

-Lite Tuna Salad (batch will make enough for a couple days)
-Lean Cuisine
-Salad w/nuts
-Grilled Cheese/ other sandwiches & veggies

-Chicken Pot Pie- (I'm making five total so I can freeze three and give one away to family member who just had a baby.  They freeze well so it's my go to meal when we don't feel like cooking.  This is one of the best pieces of advice, always have backup freezer meals, you will get tired, you will get busy... this will help keep your budget and healthy eating on track.)
-BBQ chicken breasts, asparagus and corn
-Tacos w/ lots of veggies
-Whole Wheat Spaghetti w/ meatballs & salad

-fruit (our favorites are grapes, frozen grapes and bananas)
-mixed nuts
-dark chocolate
-veggies & dip (for a quick and cheap dip, mix one ranch packet with a tub of sour cream, the standard size)

Sunday, January 5, 2014


"Change before you have to." 
- Jack Welch

Friday, January 3, 2014

a new year

A clean slate.
A fresh start.
A new beginning.

The older I get the more I appreciate the new year.

I know what people say... why wait for a new year to change?

The new year makes you pause and reflect.  I can't remember the last time I slowed down enough to think about what I really wanted.

“Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.” 
- Benjamin Franklin

Those words scare me.  A regret of a wasted life is such a worthless regret.  If you're going to regret something in life it should be big and shocking... like letting the love of your life go, giving into temptation... those kinds of things.  Regret of a life wasted is the saddest excuse to me. 

I read somewhere that our daily habits make up our life.  So simple, so true and yet so powerful, because it's the key to changing your life. 

If you want things to change, you need to establish new habits. 
So here goes... 

1.) Positive Thinking
I read that without positive thinking you won't accomplish much. 
2.) Exercise.
Not only for my physical health, but just as much for my mental. 
3.) Mediate. 
I want to show up to my life. 
4.) Write.
I love words just as much as I love photographs.  Even if it's just a quote, my goal is to write daily (not here, but in my personal journal). 

I read once that if you do something thirty times in a row and it will become a habit.  Thirty is the magic number. 

Oh I almost forgot... 
5.) No television.

These are my personal goals for 2014, hopefully in the days to come I can share my other goals regarding family and business.  They will be interesting I'm sure. 

Happy New Year friends. 
Any new habits you're wanting to create?

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