Blessings… {Food for Thought}

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“For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”

~Irish Blessings

We all have a lot to be thankful for…

Have you done a personal inventory lately?

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Making Good Choices {Food for Thought}

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Every day we wake up and have to make choices.

Some choices are easy while some require thought and planning.

Regardless of the type of choice that you need to make, you always have the opportunity to make good choices.

Good choices improve you.

Good choices improve the important people in your life.

Good choices benefit the community.

It is not always easy. Life has a lot of distractors..people…things…nonsense.

However, at end of the day, we are ultimately accountable for our choices that either keep us on the right path or veer us off in the wrong direction.

Life is not perfect. People make mistakes. Learn from them and leave them behind you.

Go forward in life making quality decisions, leading a quality lifestyle and leaving a mark of quality as your legacy.

Make it a habit!

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Food for Thought: Coffee Time!

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“A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.” ~Unknown

Some of my favorite conversations are sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee with my husband, family or friends.   I just love the camaraderie and the stories (the sillier the better). 

It’s great to take time to unwind and just “be myself” around people who mean the world to me.  

“Some people make you laugh a little louder, your smile a little brighter, and your life a little better.” ~ Unknown.

My opinion -> Coffee breaks with loved ones ….priceless…

How about you?

P.S. Check Out My Recipe for Sexy Spiced Coffee

{Food for Thought} Dream…Plan…Achieve…

”Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” ~Oprah

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As a working mother of two boys, there are days where I am “time challenged”.

It can sometimes feel like a lot…

Like most moms, I keep a “to do” list. I review my list everyday to make sure that I am targeting all of my priority items (personal, family and career).

Keeping a “to do” list and sticking to it has taken a big weight off of my shoulders.

Putting things on a “to do” list helps you separate the “have to do’s” from “like to do’s”. It also brings attention to the nonsense things on your list that do not line up with your goals (and need to come off the “to do” list).

By keeping a “to do” list, I realized that there are days when only my “have to do’s” get done and some days when I have to say “no” to people. This is okay. There is always tomorrow.

How do you manage through days that are “time challenged”?

…Denise

Food for Thought Friday - Challenging Times...Choose Your Path

Food for Thought Friday – Challenging Times…Choose Your Path

Food for Thought Friday - Challenging Times...Choose Your Path

"The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective."~Al Neuharth

Challenging times can be quite stressful…both for you and those around you.

How do you handle Challenging Times?

Do you hide and make pretend that it is not happening? This sometimes works…but only for a little while. Eventually, you are going to have to face the challenge and deal with what is happening. Denial is only a temporary band-aid.

Do you charge ahead and battle? For some personalities, this may be the initial reaction. The key word here is “reaction”. Being reactive is not usually the best path. It typically has a friend called “emotion” tagging along. Portraying emotion while being reactive clouds the message you are saying/sending….and you will have to resend your message again later (hopefully without too much damage control).

There are some ways to manage through challenging times without shying away or hiding in a cave.

You can “shift your paradigm” and find your “silver lining” and “go with the flow”. Not so easy if there are fundamental differences that you just can not accept. But, it is a choice and under the right circumstances it may be the best choice. As the saying goes, “choose your battles”.

Another approach is to take time to “Think“. Then, dissect the challenge into manageable pieces and develop a plan around what you can. You may not be able to address all of it. That is okay. Prioritize what is important to you and move forward.

Hopefully, at end of this journey, you can look back and realize that you gave it your all…that you learned something…that you didn’t let challenge overwhelm your life.

Once you remove the emotion, add objectivity and get some clarity…that challenge which seemed like a mountain at the onset may actually be a molehill.

Food For Thought Friday... Think!

Food For Thought Friday… Think!

Food For Thought Friday... Think!

Are you a creative thinker? Do you like to solve puzzles?  I love to think.  

Sounds very simple….it’s not.   Life is full of distractions.  So many people rush…just so they can call out “Done!” first.

Why?

There are benefits to taking time to think.   Are you looking to get to the next step quickly?  Or are you looking to get to the right step?    It’s a choice.

Not taking time to think about a particular concept or problem usually results in an idea that is simply”just okay”.  It might work out for a little while. However, most likely it will need a redo…and you will need to take time to think some more….

Try to look at things from a bird’s eye view.   As the saying goes, “think outside the box”!  Then you can brainstorm solutions, develop options, evaluate and pick the best solution….

I took this picture of the Pelicans on a fishing pier several years ago. They always seem to be thinking (while they wait for food). Lately, there is one Pelican that has become very friendly and now walks from fisherman to fisherman begging for food. He seems to have developed a solution that works for him…

When do you think best?