Inspiration

General inspiration

Your Needs Matter

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I want to invite you to share in a challenge I have set for myself, being as it is the week of Thanksgiving and the third month of seminar!

{This month’s step is on learning the rules of validation, which in essence is learning to have clear boundaries!}

The two-part challenge is this:

First, validate your own needs by pouring on the self-care! 

This is the time we need it most, during the holidays when we have more to do and it’s easier than ever to say, “I don’t have time for that!”

And I’m talking about really simple things! It might look like this…

When you are going out in the cold, wear proper clothing. The temperature outside may call for a coat and or a scarf, gloves, hat and maybe boots. Take care of yourself and wear them.

If or when you begin to feel exhaustion hit, take a break. Put your feet up. Make a warm cup of peppermint tea. Read a chapter in your book. Roll your shoulders. Stretch.

Take a few minutes when you can to disengage your mind from what is pressing you. Read your scriptural text. Meditate. Focus on your breathing.

Plug in the activity you need to give those stress hormones the boot! Go for a brisk walk, keep going to your exercise class, turn on some fun music and move!

Guard your sleep as much as possible for the stage of life you’re in. Unplug your brain from screen time at least an hour before bed, drink some Sleepytime tea in the evening, consider a magnesium supplement if you’re having a hard time relaxing.

These are boundaries. You may struggle with them as I have, but keep working! Our progress is real and our focused efforts can yield greater health and strength!

The second part of the challenge is this: practice gratitude daily. Expressing gratitude is one of the most energy giving, perspective shifting activities I know. Practice, practice, practice! Give thanks for the small, almost insignificant blessings you enjoy, along with gratitude for the challenging experiences that have made your growth possible and able to appreciate the goodness in your life–we need the contrast don’t we?

I’m sending you my love and best wishes for a wonderful holiday!

Love,
Jacque

P.S. We know it, but sometimes we forget: our daughters {and everyone we know} are watching how we are treating ourselves. The treatment we give ourselves will inform others how we expect to be treated. A little food for thought. Be well!

 

 

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