Inspiration

General inspiration

Singing in S P A C E

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Isn’t it amazing how wonderful it is to see empty space in drawers, cupboards, closets, counter tops and storage areas?

Empty space is like room to breathe.

Like a resting spot for our eyes.

A calmness in our minds.

Room in our souls.

More space is more life! More creativity and more possibility!

Think of the people your no-longer-needed things will bless.

{That thought helps me to let things go.}

I’m wishing you progress, decisiveness, movement and then energy to spare!

Love,
Jacque

Simple and Smooth

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Ladies! A simple, healthy idea for you sent with much love and best wishes on this weekday morning…

First, the back story. I made Swiss Oats one evening to eat for breakfast the next day, but then found I wasn’t too thrilled to eat them the next morning…so I spooned them into an ice cube tray, put them in the freezer until they were solid, then transferred them to a zipping freezer bag. Since then I’ve experimented with putting two or three of them in my smoothies and I’m so pleased with the outcome!

I like the combination for a few reasons. One, they add stay-power. You feel fuller longer if your smoothie is your whole breakfast. Two, they add a subtle sour and cinnamon flavor that it really nice. And three, adding nice healthy bacteria to our food is good too!

The idea for Swiss oats is to let oatmeal sit overnight in yogurt, where the bacteria breaks them down a bit and they become more easily digestible.

They are simple to make, just 1 cup of yogurt + 1 cup of water will cover 2 cups of oatmeal + spices you like {1 tsp is good; I like cinnamon and nutmeg myself}. I then let mine sit on the counter overnight, but you could put it in the fridge if you want to. If you’re eating them as is, you can add a banana or applesauce or peaches and nuts or whatever you like for a nice breakfast.

Or, when you make your smoothie, you can add the fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds then!

Here is a smoothie I make often:

1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1 cup frozen spinach
1/2 cup frozen bananas1/2 cup frozen peaches or blueberries or cherries
1 Tbs flax seeds
1/4 cup almonds
1/8 cup natural peanut butter
1 Tbs cocoa
1 tsp plain gelatin
2-3 cubes of frozen Swiss oats

As my little granddaughter would say, “I hope you wike it!”

Have a wonderful day my friend! I wish you a day of health, both mind and body! Be well!

Love,
Jacque

Decisions, Decisions

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Our month of Step 2 is coming to a close! {I’m referring to the Lioness 7 Steps to Family Wellness seminar that is in progress!}

Did you decide to join us in clearing out the clutter of our homes and schedules?

I am amazed again at the peace that comes when we put things to rest, or in other words when they are put away, finished, straightened or organized. So much less emotional noise!

Sometimes it takes awhile to get there, and that’s ok.

I’ve had projects in my house that have been in process all this year. Thankfully, several of them are now finished and at rest. Aaaaah.

For this month’s challenge, I have worked on closets and cupboards and it feels amazing to open the doors on those spaces and see calm.

I’m also amazed at what little time it takes to tweak things once they have been set to right the first time.

I wish you the peace that comes when decisions are made!

I also challenge you to finish the projects you outlined for this month by Saturday, when our seminar group will be accounting to one another for the exciting things they’ve done this month!

Be well!

Love,
Jacque

 

German Potato Salad

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Oh my, this dish was delicious so I thought I’d share! You can serve this warm or cold, and for those of you who aren’t crazy about mayonnaise, this recipe is particularly for you!

Wash, cut and dice three large potatoes and cook in salted water until they are tender when pierced with a fork.

While the potatoes are boiling, cook 3 pieces of bacon in a skillet and set aside. In the bacon grease, saute a small onion, then add 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 Tablespoons honey or sucanat, 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Then add 2 or 3 Tablespoons sour cream and 1/2 Tablespoon prepared mustard. Stir together then add the cooked potatoes, and a bunch of cut, fresh dill and the bacon crumbled. {Next time I think I’ll try a spicy brown mustard and rosemary!}

I hope you enjoy this flavorful salad idea!

Love to you today!

Jacque

A Woman of Vision

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Hello! Just wanted to share a few thoughts from a book I’m reading for our Ladies Literary Club this month called, Martha Washington, by Patricia Brady.

First, here is a quote from Martha that could have been written two centuries later by a positive psychologist:

“Martha had a naturally calm and optimistic outlook on life, but she also worked at maintaining that attitude. As she later wrote, ‘I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions and not upon our circumstances; we carry the seeds of the one, or the other about with us, in our minds, wherever we go.'”

I like the way she expresses that truth.

Also, a paragraph jumped out at me about how Martha supported George as he was in a demanding and extremely important role as the military leader of an emerging nation:

“As usual, her first concern was her husband’s comfort, allowing him freedom from domestic details to concentrate on his military responsibilities…she reorganized household affairs so that they ran more smoothly. His emotional comfort, however, was her primary care. Her deep devotion to her children and other family members paled before the burning intensity of her love for George Washington. He accepted her adoration without much thought. It was the atmosphere in which he breathed and lived, where he was most himself. She was at his side on his side, sympathizing and supporting him through depression, failure, disloyalty, and anxiety about the future. With her, he needn’t pretend to be perfect.”

At his side and on his side. To me, these are the profound thoughts and actions of a strong and capable woman who chose to use her nurturing influence to support her husband, and in the process, change our history. Do you believe this idea of creating places of “emotional comfort”  can have such powerful and far reaching consequences for a marriage, a family and in some cases, a country?

I wonder, what legacy are you and I leaving for our families and all those who will come after us? Something to think about…

All my best to you!

Love,
Jacque

P.S. Are you ever tempted to think that the small nurturing acts you perform day in and day out may never amount to much? Those seemingly small things will make all the difference in the long run! We have to remember that the small things are the big things! Who is in your sphere of influence right now? As Mother Teresa reminded us, we can do small things, in our seemingly small circle, with great love and that is what changes the world. You’re doing it! And you’re doing it well. Thank you!