Friday, August 29, 2014

Love matters; status doesn’t...

Love matters; status doesn’t. Having a roof over our heads matters; having a mansion doesn’t. Peace matters so much that by comparison, literally nothing else does.
~Martha Beck

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Your dreams are for your joy...

The only reason you are alive is that far more has  gone right for you than has gone wrong. Your dreams are for your joy; even if they lie crushed on the ground, you need not make them responsible for misery. If you raise your eyes from the shards you’ll find more dreams all around, and many of them can come true. ~Martha Beck

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Age dabblers ,,,,

New Age dabblers insist that if they can just focus their mind on a huge house and a career as a movie star, they’ll “manifest” what they want. These methods try to force reality to cooperate with the small imagination of our personalities. It doesn’t work. A wayfinder’s Imagination doesn’t dominate reality. It feels into Oneness, falls in love with “what wants to happen,”  and gives itself to the vision created by that love.

Friday, August 22, 2014

False relationships...

When we force ourselves to connect against our heart's desires, we create false, resentful relationships; when we disconnect from the people who deplete us, we set them free to find their tribes while we find ours.
~Martha Beck

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daily Post: Write your life consciously...

If you opt to write your life consciously, you'll find that a tale acknowledging your hero's strength feels truer than one depicting you as a victim. You'll see that whatever your physical size, you really are a bigger person than any bully. You'll learn that the truth, no matter how hard, always strengthens you more than a lie, no matter how nice.
~Martha Beck

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


For those of you interested... It's very rewarding to update my state goal, down to only 16. Here are my remaining states: 1/2 in remaining 16 states: AK CT DE HI MA MD ME NC NH NJ NM OR RI SC UT WV.

Stay tuned for more runs to come. 
And thanks for all of your support, it means a lot!

Redefined, the newly defined.

I was chatting with a fellow yogi this morning, and she asked me how my extended vacation went.  I said, "It wasn't what I expected."  (I know never expect anything).  I stated, "I suppose the busy experience was more than I asked for, but maybe it was JUST what I needed."  Sometimes, we get exactly what we need, and not necessarily what we want or get."  It's all good!

10 best new restaurants in U.S.

Bon Appetit's top 10 best new restaurants in U.S.

1. Rose's Luxury Washington, D.C.
2. High Street on Market Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3. Estela New York, New York
4. Tosca San Francisco, California
5. Westward Seattle, Washington
6. Central Provisions Portland, Maine
7. Hot Joy San Antonio, Texas
8. Thai-Kun Food Truck Austin, Texas
9. Maurice Portland, Oregon
10. Grand Central Market Los Angeles, California

~Bon Appetit Magazine, 2014

My vow to participate in Action for Happiness's program...

Action for Happiness, assures me it is possible, whatever our circumstances, to feel that bit better.  It's all about perceptions and tools, we might not be able to change the often depressing world events around us, but we can control, to some extent, how we feel.

Action for Happiness's program has ten points in total, but I agree on doing 4. So, here we go. For seven whole days, I have to...

1. Write down 3 things every day that have made me feel happy and thankful.

2. Perform 30 minutes of physical exercise a day.

3. Respond constructively to other people, their ideas, plans and achievements.

4. Look for ways to perform acts of kindness for others.

Daily Post: Embrace non-permanence...

As any good Buddhist will tell you, the only way to find permanent joy is by embracing the fact that nothing is permanent.
~Martha Beck

Monday, August 18, 2014

Daily Tip: Live your life; celebrate...

Many of us have spent a lifetime trying to be what we're not, feeling lousy about ourselves when we fail and sometimes even when we succeed. We hide our differences when, by accepting and celebrating them, we could collaborate to make every effort more exciting, productive, enjoyable, and powerful.
~Martha Beck

Health Tip: Simplify your life...

"Simplify your life; you do not need all the clutter you are holding on to. Get rid of it now. Keep around you only the things that give you energy."
John Roger

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recipe for today: Okra, Crab and Corn Tacos

Our garden is filled with fresh and ripe Okra.  Ready to pick and cook up some homemade meals.  And since I've never made an Okra dish, I had to scavange the internet.  I found one, A Chef in the Field | Okra!!

Okra, Crab and Corn Tacos
Yield: 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 ears of corn, cleaned and corn removed from the cob
  • 1 pound okra (about 1 cup), sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound cooked crab, picked and cleaned
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • 4 lime wedges
Avocado Sauce*
Salt to taste
1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium to high heat. Add the onion, corn and okra. Salt liberally. Sauté until mixture begins to brown, adding more oil if necessary, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Add the crab and cilantro leaves to the okra mixture and toss.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat tortillas up over high heat. No oil is necessary.
4. To assemble, place two corn tortillas on each plate and spread on a layer of avocado sauce. Spoon the okra mixture onto the tacos and serve with one lime wedge per plate.
Avocado Sauce
  • 2 large, ripe avocados, pitted and removed from skins
  • (*Chef’s tip: have one extra avocado handy just in case the sauce isn’t thick enough)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed for mild sauce or intact for hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste

Avocado Sauce
1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients.
2. Pulse a few times and then blend on high speed until pureed. If the sauce is too thick, add more water. If the sauce is too thin, add more avocado.
3. Salt to taste.

Friday, August 15, 2014

5 key lessons from Robin Williams

After hearing the sad and tragic passing of Robin Williams, I have been reflecting on all of the movies I watched him in character.  There are so many.  Some well-known, others, quietly make notice on hidden shelves.  Each of his movies were pivotal and taught me life-lessons.  

These are my top 5 movies of Williams with life-altering performances:

  • There is a powerful voice inside each of us. (Dead Poets Society)
  • Be willing to take big risks. (Good Will Hunting)
  • Do what you love. (Patch Adams)
  • Don't forget to dance. (The birdcage)
  • Stand up for what you believe is important. (Good Morning Vietnam)

  • 6 + 3 = 9 but so does 5 + 4 The way you do things is not always the only way to do them. Respect other people's way of thinking. (~The mind unleashed) 

    Don't you think It's time stand in a new way and look at life with a different perspective?

    Universal truth...

    This is a universal truth: We invariably experience more of any thought or feeling we try to avoid. 

    Why? Because when our brains hear the instruction to shun a certain topic, they respond by seeking any thoughts related to that topic, in order to escape them.

    ~Martha Beck

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    What did you do for fun as a child?

    What did you do for fun as a child? Our fun preferences appear very early in our lives and tend to remain extremely stable over time. What was fun for you at age 2 will probably be the most fun you can have at 92.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Your life, lived...

    When your life is over, how do you want the world to be different—in large ways or small—because you have lived?

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Daily Post: Unsatisfactory Status quo..

    The effect of emotional venting is to sustain an unsatisfactory status quo. Most people think the opposite, that complaining is part of an effort to change an unsatisfying situation. Nope. Complaining lets off pressure so that we neither explode with frustration nor feel compelled to take the often risky steps of openly opposing a difficult person or situation. Keeping emotional pressure tolerably low doesn't change problematic circumstances but rather perpetuates them.
    ~Martha Beck

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Daily Post: Secrets...

    Secrets are like stars: They’re hot, volatile concentrations of energy, and they have two ways of dying. Over time, small stars simply burn out and cool off, becoming what astronomers call white
    dwarfs. Massive stars collapse in on themselves, growing so dense that they create an immense gravitational vortex from which even light can’t escape. They become black holes.
    ~Martha Beck

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

    Recipe for today: Breakfast Pizza

    Tomatoes make this recipe fresh and delicious, and they also are packed with cancer-fighting lycopene.

    PREP TIME: 10 minutes

    TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes
    5 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
    4 oz packed spinach (4 c)
    2 (6-inch) whole-grain pitas, halved horizontally
    2 lg plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
    4 lg eggs
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
    2 oz reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled (⅓ cup)
    1. HEAT the oven to 450°F.
    2. HEAT 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add spinach, in batches if necessary, and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
    3. BRUSH inside of each pita round with 1 teaspoon oil. Place pita rounds, oiled side up, on a large baking sheet and bake until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
    4. DIVIDE tomatoes and spinach evenly among pita halves, leaving an empty space in the center of each for an egg. Crack 1 egg into the center of each pita. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, return to the oven, and bake until yolks are lightly set, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until cheese has softened, about 2 minutes more. Serve warm.
    NUTRITION (per serving) 250 cal, 13 g pro, 21 g carb, 3 g fiber, 13 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 500 mg sodium

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    Recipe for Today: Awesome A Mushroom Stroganoff (Noodles & Co. Knockoff version)

    I modified this recipe that I found as a noodles & co. knock off,  Awesome A Mushroom Stroganoff.

    • 1 tsp butter (or substitute canola oil)
    • 16 oz fresh Portabello Mushrooms (sliced)
    • 2-3 shallots
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3 tsp Orrington Farms beef broth base (powder)
    • 1 oz cooking sherry
    • 2-3 garlic cloves (minced)
    • 2 tbs dijon mustard
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • Saute butter and shallots for 5-6 minutes on medium heat
    • Add mushrooms and soy sauce
    • Whisk together wine, beef broth and hot water, add to vegetables, simmer for 5 minutes
    • Mix in minced garlic and mustard, allow to thicken
    • Remove from heat and stir in sour cream

    Serving Size: Makes about 4 one cup servings
    Number of Servings: 4

    Daily Post: Try doing more of nothing...

    This month, especially if you have a lot to do, try doing more of nothing. If you don’t meditate at all, try 10 minutes a day. If you do meditate, double your time. Then notice the velocity at which things get done. If you don’t notice an improvement in a week, quit. But give it an honest try!

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Daily Tip: Offer kindness and understanding...

    If you think there is no action that you can perform in your current circumstances that will increase the supply of love in the world, you are believing a lie. At the very least, you always have the option to offer yourself kindness and understanding. That alone can increase the supply of love in the world.