Sunday, March 16, 2014

Daily Post #22: Always rise above drama.

We are often asked, How long does it take executives to find their next job?There are too many individual variables to factor in, but you can be certain of one thing – it takes longer than you might think.

The truth is it always seems to take longer than one thinks. Members we talk to say the reasons are:

"Age is more of an issue than I imagined. Companies seem to want younger, cheaper talent."

"Getting interviews. I'm qualified, but I am not getting many chances to sit down for real interviews to tell my story and how I can help solve a company's problems."

"Job-specific criteria. Employers are unwilling to consider my highly transferrable skills."

"Networking my way to the decision-makers in companies where I don't know anyone has been a huge obstacle."

"A lack of communication from recruiters and hiring companies. No one feels the need to provide status updates or closure."

We find from experience that ending- up on the earlier part of the bell-curve is primarily about three things:
1. Having an action plan that is more active than waiting for and responding to job postings
2. Creating opportunity for yourself by "articulating and getting the word out" about what your value is
3. Being well prepared to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves

Go Get 'Em!

Source - ExecuNet

Recipe for today: Spinach Quiche

An outstanding quiche relies on a few simple elements: a creamy egg custard, buttery homemade crust, and flavorful cheese and vegetables like spinach. This savory spinach quiche doesn't disappoint. Check your fridge before shopping, since you probably already have most of the ingredients for a spinach quiche at home.

PREP: 20 MINS TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 30 MINS SERVINGS:10

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon butter
3 shallots, minced
3 bunches flat-leaf spinach, thick stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1 recipe Basic Pie Dough, fitted into two 9-inch pie plates
8 large eggs
3 cups half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS
STEP 1
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks set in upper and lower thirds. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium. Add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add as much spinach to skillet as will fit; season with salt and pepper, and toss, adding more spinach as room becomes available, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
STEP 2
  • Transfer spinach mixture to a colander. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Divide spinach mixture and cheese between prepared crusts. Place each crust on a separate rimmed baking sheet.
STEP 3
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Dividing evenly, pour egg mixture into crusts.
STEP 4
  • Arrange baking sheets on racks, and bake until center of each quiche is just set, 55 to 60 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom halfway through. Let quiches stand 15 minutes before serving.
Source: Everyday Food, March 2008

Daily Post #19: There are 3 "C's" In life.


There are 3 "C's" In life.  You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change.


Choice - Once you realize you deserve better, letting go will be the best decision ever.
Chance - What you can't say owns you.  What you hide controls you.  Take a chance!
Change - Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, "What the hell happened."  So, do something today that your future self will thank you for.

That is all...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Daily Post: #21 Keep it Deep and Simple

Often you think you are at the end of something, when in fact you are at the beginning of something else.~Fred Rogers.

Sometimes I think, are there any shows like Mr. Rogers anymore?  Fred Rogers, was always authentic!  he was always in the present and he believed love is the only way.

I can relate... I arrive in the yoga locker room, place my sweater on the hook.  This immediately reminds me of Fred Rogers, who would walk in the door, take off his suite coat and replace it with a comfy sweater.  The years I use to sit in front of the tv and watch him sing his introduction song, "It's such a good feeling to know you're alive, ..."

This is the start of my day.  I choose  a casual sweater, in the business world.

Some of the concepts Fred aspired include:
  • Keeping it simple.
  • Like people just the way they are!
  • Keep children safe.
  • Help kids express their feelings.
  • Lifelong friends!
Mr. Rogers believed that every second is an opportunity to make a choice.

Many things that represent Fred Rogers, whom I grew up with include:
  • Talk like you are talking with your mom and dad.
  • Start with silence, and know that a person has a right silence.
  • You will care so much, that you will and are willing to turn it down a notch.
  • I can't just give up on a creature like me. Sometimes I think maybe there are people in this world, who I can't communicate, I'll just give up.  
  • Let people have good intentions.
  • Allow people to show their sincere interests.
  • You know you aren't alone, because each and everyone one of us are dealing with the same thing in a different way
What is my key purpose?  Maybe it's my approach, it is "deep and simple are the way it is with me. " I think Mr. Rogers took this same approach!

Finally, Mr. Rogers main focus was:
BE KIND
BE KIND
AND BE KIND

Daily Post #23: Relationships in Today's world

I loved this, and thought it was worth reposting on my blog.  Here are 20 ways to have an incredibly happy relationship in today’s world.

1. Boast About Love.
2. Daily “Us” Time.
3. Keep The Change.
4. Stop The Social Stalking.
5. Be Vulnerable.
6. Space Out.
7. Exclusivity.
8. Forgive.
9. Back To Reality.
10. Just Listen.
11. Get Old-school.
12. Fight.
13. Cook Together.
14. Use Technology.
15. Enough’s Enough.
16. Spontaneity.
17. Public vs. Private.
18. Get Physical.
19. Send A Gift.
20. Learn Something Together.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Recipe for Today: Recipe to Celebrate Pi(e) Day

Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
*Easy-peasy, rich and silky peanut buttery goodness.

Crust
1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie wafer crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
Filling
2 cups Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
Garnish
2 (1.5-ounce)  peanut butter cup candy bars, chopped
 Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream, whipped

Heat oven to 350ºF.

Combine all crust ingredients in bowl.  Press onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until set.

Beat 2 cups whipping cream in bowl until stiff peaks form; set aside.

Combine milk, peanut butter and pudding mix in bowl; beat with whisk until smooth. Gently stir whipped cream into peanut butter mixture.

Pour mixture into crust. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or until filling is set.

Sprinkle chopped candy bars over pie; garnish with whipped cream.

Calories: 540Fat: 42gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 36gDietary Fiber: 2gProtein: 9g

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Health Tip: Deter Insects the natural way...

A natural way to deter insects in closet and storage areas is to hang dried herbs such as mint, rosemary, lavender, sage, citronella and lemongrass.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Health Tip: Create an all-purpose cleaner...

Combine 1 cup distilled water, 1 cup distilled white vinegar and 15 drops basil essential oil in a spray bottle to create an all-purpose cleaner.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Daily Post #18: Yoga is... Compassion, love and honor.

A Yogi since 2009, with 7 U.S. marathons and 65 half marathons under her belt, Kim Groshek is one serious athlete.  Those numbers pale in comparison to Kim's dedication to yoga, she brings an equal amount of passion and enthusiasm to her yoga!   Arriving at the studio 6 a.m. every morning, she is dedicated to taking care of her body.  The healing aspect of yoga, she says, gives her balance.

She never really saw herself as a yogi, in fact, the way she saw it, everyone else who practiced yoga were strong, balance and at peace.  She considered herself, as she says,  "A clutz and not well balanced."   When she first started yoga, she would position her mat in the farthest back corner of the room, she compared herself to less than a beginner with the other yogi's in the room.  She felt like it was a struggle to do each move.  "Half the time I was holding my breath and trying so hard, that I couldn't enjoy it."  With the compassionate lessons from each teacher, Kim's yoga practice grew into a more soothing experience.  The meditative quality of yoga and kind, softhearted teachers, at the yoga studio, drew her to continue.  Eventually, with daily practice, the focus on breath, meditation and strength, yoga came easier to her.  She started lifting her thoughts about "whether other people were looking at her" or "if she was doing it right," to focusing solely on breath.  She quickly realized that not every yoga practice is going to be the same.  It got easier.  She knows now, that each day she practices yoga, it will be different and that's okay.

Kim arrives at yoga with a fresh set of eyes, honors her body, loves herself without judgment or control and brings compassion and love to her Yoga practice each day.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Health Tip: Guidelines for High Blood Pressure...


Dietary guidelines for people with high blood pressure and older adults recommend that people consume no more than 1500 mg of sodium per day and consume approximately 4700 mg of potassium daily.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Health Tip: Moderate intensity activity daily...

To reduce your risk of chronic diseases and maintain a healthy weight, incorporate 30 to 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Health Tip: Increase fitness levels...


Research shows that increased levels of fitness can boost longevity and reduce mortality rates from all causes of death.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Recipe for today: Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp on Cauliflower Rice - Paleo


Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 lb of uncooked med or large shrimp
  • 1 can of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-2 scallions
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 head of cauliflower (or 1 bag of frozen)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp curry
  • sea salt to taste
Once your shrimp are peeled and deveined, set aside. Next, chop your onion and garlic. Bring your coconut oil up to med heat. Saute onions and garlic until soft. Next, add your shrimp and cook for a few minuted until pink. Add coconut milk and all dry spices and get all the scrapings from the bottom of the pan. Simmer all ingredients for 3-5 on very low heat.
For the cauliflower rice:
In another pan, boil water and add your cauliflower florets. Cook until nice and soft, roughly 5-7 minutes. Once softened, remove from heat, drain and put in Cuisinart. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and pulse until the consistency of rice. Salt, pepper and season to taste with additional curry powder. Pulse again.
Serve shrimp on a bed of cauliflower rice and drizzle plenty of sauce over entire dish. Garnish with chopped green onion.
If you really like heat like we do, add additional cayenne pepper. I’ve said this many times before, but remember, the more seasoning you utilize in your meals, the less salt you need. Most of us don’t realize just how much sodium we are taking in unless we are preparing most of our own meals. Prepared and frozen foods as well as restaurants load our foods up with sodium and it’s super unhealthy. Benefit from keeping it in house when possible.

Health tip: Physical activity essential...

Moderate intensity physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.