Thursday, March 29, 2007

What do you want?

I am awestruck at the fact that most people talk about what they don’t want! Why do we do that? Why not just speak exclusively about what we want?

I don’t want my husband/wife to…..
I don’t like it when my kids….
I can’t stand it when I’m cut off in traffic….

What if we flipped our choice of thoughts?

I love it when my husband/wife…..
I appreciate it when my kids….
I love that other drivers are as courteous as I am….

When we focus on something, it gets bigger. That said, I’m going to challenge myself to focus on what I want, exclusively, for 24 hours. Can I do it? Stay tuned…

As for my current Avalanche of Appreciation:

I have a supportive family.
I have friends that are amazing.
I have wonderful, multiple streams of income.
My chiropractor.
I was blessed to receive a gift card in the mail.
Adam has a new job.
I ran into an old friend yesterday.
I have rubber stamps. (and I know how to use them)
I have a rich spiritual life.
I am reading a novel that is hard to put down.
My cats are cuddle bugs.
My Jacuzzi.
Exercise equipment – and a room to hold it all.
I can tap dance.
I am a voracious reader, and I am armed with a library card.
My backyard is the host of wildlife: deer, rabbits, owls, frogs, etc.
Spring is in the air.
I practice EFT, Sedona Method, PSYCH-K, and a multitude of other techniques.
I have the original version of The Secret.
I just spent a weekend at a spa.
Both Adam, and myself are excellent cooks.

The list goes on… but that’s enough for my blog, for now.

Peace & Blessings!

PS: I just read this - and it struck me. I *think* it's from the book In A Pit With A Lion - but I'm not positive. (I haven't read this book)
Lion Chaser's Manifesto:
"Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshipping what's right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don't try to be who you're not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away. Chase the lion."

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Calling All Girlfriends

I just spent the weekend at a spa! I’ve never done a spa weekend before, just a spa day. Let me tell you: I want to live at a spa!

There’s nothing quite like walking around in a fluffy robe and slippers, getting a facial, lounging in the pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, and doing it with great people!

Walking around the spa in a robe and slippers was a new experience for me, and frankly, it was decadent. I can’t recommend spa weekends enough now. I’m resolving to do this again in the next 12 months.

I was with 3 other girlfriends, and we laughed, and giggled, and shared, and played, and… and… and…. It was just too much fun!

So, that all said, I’m CALLING ALL GIRLFRIENDS! I would love to gather together 10+ of us, and do spa weekend together. What I’m envisioning is a core group of us, and we have to bring a friend that may not know anyone else. This way we can connect with new, like minded women, and re-connect with old friends. Build a community of women friends centered on taking luxurious care of ourselves. How yummy is that?

Any thoughts?

Peace & Blessings!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Kitchen Experiments with a Juicer

As you know, I have a juicer.
Last night, we did some experiments in the kitchen.

Veggies - color, initial impression, overall taste (according to Adam and myself)

Carrots – bright orange, sweet, and tastes like carrots
Celery – bright green, VERY salty, and tastes like celery
Spinach with Mixed Greens – pond scum, VERY bitter, and tastes like, well, pond scum
Beets – purple-red, sweet yet earthy, tastes like sugar was added to beets
Ginger – tan, pungent ginger smell, tastes: neither Adam, nor myself were brave enough to taste straight ginger juice.

Ginger Carrot – LOVE IT!
Carrot Celery – not too bad as long as we didn’t add too much celery
Carrot Celery Spinach/Greens – that’s just nasty
Carrot Celery Spinach/Greens Beets Ginger – Ok. Not great, not vile. I wouldn’t go out of my way to make that combination again though. Adding the sweetness of the beets, and heat of the ginger made this palatable; compared to the previous combination.

Tonight, I was making up some veggie juice, and stated “We need a pig”. Adam looked at me like there was an alien standing in his kitchen.

You see, there is a huge amount of pulp waste from juicing. Thankfully I compost, so I’m not just throwing it away. The pulp compost will be added to my vegetable gardens this summer; at least my soil will be well fortified with vitamins.

My mother grew up on a farm, and kitchen scraps went to the chickens, pigs, etc. Hence my comment: We need a pig.

Adam later responded with, “So, the pig… would be like a garbage disposal?”


Peace & Blessings!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I have a juicer.

When I signed up for Freecycle, I immediately posted that I wanted a juicer. I’ve wanted to try veggie juicing for a couple of years, just never wanted to drop $250 on a high quality juicer….. and after a week, never use it again.

Yesterday, a fellow freecycler e-mailed me – she had a juicer taking up space in her cabinet, and was happy to give it to me.

As of today, I have a juicer.

This has been an interesting example of the Law of Attraction:
I stated my intention: I want a juicer.
I then let the intention go.
I didn’t fuss over not having a juicer.
I didn’t complain about not having a juicer.
I didn’t say 100 affirmations a day: “I have a juicer”
I didn’t notice that I didn’t have a juicer, just that it would be nice to have one.
I just stated my intention, let it go, and in under 48 hours, I got my juicer.

Interesting….. very interesting.

Now; can I learn to apply the same principle to my “wants” list that is emotionally charged?

I’ll keep you updated.

And finally, on a completely random note:
I was thinking today “If God had a blog, what would God blog about?”
(Send me a comment; I’d love to hear your ideas…. I may even post them!)

Peace & Blessings!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Reflections on Israel

Pastor Buddy of Northway Church just spent a week in Israel. I've been following the trip on his blog. The videos are great, and I've laughed a lot this week.

However, this video takes the cake in just how hilarious it is! I howled with laughter! Enjoy!


My dear friend Pam told me about Freecycle today.

You know the *stuff* you have in your house, that you really can’t be bothered to sell, but you don’t want to just throw it away either? That’s what Freecycle is for. You can post your stuff, and your trash is another person’s treasure. The deal is, everything is free. Please go to their website, the homepage explains everything!

I just love the idea of this whole concept! I know I have a few things around that I don’t want/need anymore, and really can’t be bothered with hauling it somewhere, or whatever. So, what if….. What if I list something and it turns out someone in the greater Saratoga Springs area really needs it. They come and pick it up, and I’ve opened up space in my life! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Peace & Blessings

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Fabulous! Simply Fabulous!

Check out my PURSuE Your Art Purse! It is still a work in progress; however I think it is just too much fun not to share!

This is the flap that goes over the top opening of the purse.

A great place to store business cards!

I thought about doing a theme. I still haven't settled on that - but it's so easy to change out the artwork, for my first go-round; this works great!

I can't say enough about the gals over at PURSuE Your Art. They were very responsive when I had questions, and I got this super fast! Seriously, if you're a stamper - this is a MUST HAVE! Happy Creating!

Peace & Blessings!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Fire Poi Performance

I love how my energy system feels after I practice poi. I don't do fire poi; but how cool is this video?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Toot, Toot.... I'm tooting my own horn!

Today I got my copy of Oxygen Magazine (May 2007 edition) in the mail. I was flipping through, and squealed! On page 42, upper left hand corner, the “Reader cooking tip” is ME! I e-mailed into Oxygen a couple of months ago and they published it! I’m so excited!

Blessings & Happy Squeals!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Watch Larry King Tonight!

Larry King is doing another show in the "Beyond Positive Thinking" series tonight. Enjoy!

Peace & Blessings

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Business Showcase - Final Results

As you know, I participated in a business showcase over the weekend. I only had my palm pilot with me to take the photos, so I apologize for the poor photo quality, but you get the idea of what I did:

Peace & Blessings

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Friday, March 2, 2007

Name Tag

How cute is my name tag I made for the showcase?

Peace & Blessings