Focus

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“Lucy went first, biting her lip and trying not to say all the things she thought of saying to Susan. But she forgot them when she fixed her eyes on Aslan.”

Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis

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Picture Your Life

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I had the opportunity to visit with a client as school was starting a few weeks ago. She wanted to clarify her goals and talk about a few trouble spots that were causing her some uncertainty and a little frustration. It was a great visit!

I admire that kind of “I-am-a-life-long-learner” attitude! How much can be gained by proactively asking for feedback, taking opportunities to think out loud and then claiming responsibility to move things forward.

Wherever you are, I hope that you feel that you are teaching and learning. There will never been a moment when we won’t need to learn something new! Or to learn something again. That is life.

I wish you health and happiness as you strengthen yourself and your family.

Be well.

Love,

Jacque

A Matter of Opinion

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How amazing it is to look back over a full day and see the blessings.

That even though there were set-backs, patience won out.

That even though frustration could have been the shared emotion, there was generosity and helpfulness.

That though hard work was required, the strength was there to move through to the finish.

Because it isn’t the stress or the problems or the circumstances in general that make a day good or bad.

It’s our opinion about ourselves and the events that counts.

We can re-frame a situation and call it learning instead of failure.

We can pick up the spilled thing and move on without wasting time and energy being angry.

Mostly, we can pray to be kind to ourselves and others in the process of our every day experiences.

May you be blessed with kindness!

Love,

Jacque

Light Dressing

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A few weeks ago, a dear friend shared a new dressing recipe with me that I thought you might like to try!

I’m going to call it Melissa’s Best Italian Dressing.

1/2 cup avocado oil
1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar
2 tsp honey
2 Tbs Parmesan (no need to grate it first, as it will be broken up in the blender)
few drops lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp basil (I used fresh and that was good)
1/8 tsp oregano
dash black pepper

Put all ingredients into a blender, pulse and voila! You have a creamy, delicious salad dressing or marinate. I used it to marinate these cucumbers and they were so good.

I hope you are getting a lot of fresh produce to enjoy! More recipes coming up next week for simple ways to use all kinds of squash easily…

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love,

Jacque

P.S. Thank you for the lovely dinner and the dressing recipe Melissa!!

P.P.S. A good idea was passed along to me on this recipe: someone added half an avocado! Doesn’t that sound creamy and nice? I also have been experimenting with adding fresh chives, garlic, apple cider vinegar and Pecorino Romano cheese in place of the Parmesan. So, so good!

Breathing Is The Ticket

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When you breathe deeply while stretching, your muscles can relax and release.

So if your body is uptight, do some simple stretches {no need to be on a private beach, but wouldn’t that be lovely!} wherever you are, while taking deep breaths. Immediately you will sense a lengthening and calming of your muscles.

This is such a profound and simple truth! I am amazed at how breathing effects stretching!

Did you already know this and you’re currently using this idea in your wellness regimen? If so, good for you! Your body will thank you, and so will your family, for taking good care of yourself so that you can be pleasantly available to care for them.

You’re wonderful!

Love,

Jacque