Purchased the large containers of fruit and split it yourself in smaller containers. This was quick & easy plus I saved money.
Archives for February 2014
Take 5 minutes to pray before you go to bed. I reached back and got my childhood favorite.
This week do a different challenge each day for a week. At the end of the week pick your favorite challenge and do it for and entire week.
Take the 5 Minute Challenge and change your life.
This year Shelia and I both decided not to make some grandiose declaration for the New Year, but rather live our Values. Why do values matter? Values will allow you to gain tremendous clarity and focus. Our values have become our north star that directs Dr. SheLution. You may have just discovered us, however we have been around for years.
Each year through self-evaluation we ask ourselves:
- What is really true?
- What is most important to us?
- How do we want to communicate that to others?
These are some simple questions, however they lead to great results. For an example, my personal value is Truth, for Sheila it is Encouragement. Dr. SheLution has become the platform for us to deliver our message to the world. Although we both work full-time jobs, we have discovered that our job is what we do, however Dr. SheLution is who we are. This has become our legacy to the world.
Our challenge to you is, live your Values, understand what is important, and make it the declaration that drives your year.
Happy New Year…Welcome 2014
Embracing 2014 requires that we let go of 2013. Find ways to grow, reinvent, and let go of unhealthy behaviors, people or situations that keep you stuck. Reflect, on the past, live in the present. What you did yesterday is over. Plant seeds for the future with positive thinking and daily affirmations.
This New Year, ask yourself:
- What has served its purpose?
- What am I holding on to?
- What do I need to release in order to move forward?
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Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them
At an early age we remember spending all night picking out Valentine’s cards for school mates. Back in the day this was a fun day at school. Teachers made heart shape cookies and we ate plenty of chocolate hearts and assorted candies. We never seemed to outgrow our love for all things Valentine’s. We still share cards, exchange gifts and every imaginable token of love we can create.
The day is symbolic for love. For so many it’s the day when promises of love and marriage are in the air including giving and receiving the iconic engagement ring. We plan and prepare surprises for our loved ones. We pick out the perfect outfit, wait patiently for our bouquet of flowers and finish off the day with a romantic dinner.
Although; these are honored traditions, it is also okay to give yourself the perfect Valentine’s gift. In addition to loving others love and take time for you this year. Let this be a guilt free non-judgmental day. Make or buy your own card. Buy yourself some flowers and chocolate. Takeyourself out, order takeout or prepare a home cooked meal. The sky is the limit. Finish off the day with a love letter to yourself. When you take the time to love and care for you then you will have what you need to love and care for others.
The Christmas Holiday is a time to recognize the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Christians from around the globe have grown up with the biblical story of the baby Jesus born in a stable to the Virgin Mary. It has been a symbol of hope throughout the ages. Jesus enters the world despite attempts to thwart his life. His birthplace in a stable was secured through kindness and out of necessity. Shepherds are drawn to the occasion. Wise men bring him gifts. All fulfilling a prophecy that hope had come at last, love had entered the world, and redemption was thought to be imminent.
President Ulysses S Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in the United States on June 24, 1870. This holiday is celebrated by billions every year. In the days of old when things were simpler we would gather with family. Meals were prepared. Gifts exchanged. Businesses would close for the day.
Today commercialization and mass marketing has changed this time for us. It is not positive that you will get off or businesses will close or that you will spend time with family and friends. Stress levels and obligations seem to be off the charts, so much to do, so little time to do it. We would like you to remember the spirit of the season which is the spreading of love and joy, an abundance of peace and happiness, hope and prosperity, goodwill and well-being to one another.
The story of Jesus birth embodies this spirit. It reminds us that we are loved and protected and will be cared for no matter what our situation or circumstance might be. Much like the biblical Jesus we all have a destiny to fulfill though symbolically we might enter the stables of our life not understanding what, when, how or why concerning the many situations and circumstances we face. Have faith for we can hold onto the hope that our needs will be met, we will be safe and secure, we will be guided on our journey and help will be strategically dispatched to help us when needed.
In the words of Joel Osteen know that “as long as you have breath in your body somebody needs you” and we add that you need others. Embrace the spirit of the season. Meditate on it. Let it shape you. You become the light that Jesus represents in the story.
How many more eating events till the New Year? Have you stayed within your allotted flex weight?
The main key to eating and enjoying the holiday for yourself, your family and others is to educate, plan and prepare. Remember; your focus, goal and priority may not be the same as others. You are responsible for you.
When attending gatherings, do your homework, find out what will be served, plan and prepare for success. Education is key, if you know what will be there you can plan accordingly. Opt to eat a more nutritious meal prior to the event and choose very small portions or eliminate certain items altogether.
Hopefully your relationship with the host will allow you to share your goal so that they are not offended or will not sabotage your efforts. Should you have one bad day keep it in check, do not just give up and give in, refocus and start the next day anew.
There will always be that favorite candy, the irresistible desserts, the favorite side dish, a loved one’s specialty and a succulent main dish. So set your boundaries and know your limits. When given these items as gifts, freeze and/or share with others.
When it gets hard, have an exit strategy. Become the resident photographer, storyteller, or entertain the children, anything to get your mind and mouth off of the food.
If all else fails and we eat more than planned, start the New Year off with exercising an extra day per week. Ideally, that’s 3 days a week moving to 4, but for some that is moving from no exercising to 1 day and that’s a start.
This is a fun time as well as a stressful time of the year. It is important to establish your boundaries. Release yourself from the need to be all things to all people during this season.
Our time off and vacation time is often limited. It can be a struggle just to spend time with your immediate family. This struggle can increase depending upon the extracurricular activities of each family member.
Compound this with extended family dinners, reunions, spiritual and religious gatherings as well as holiday and work parties. OMG it is madness at its best.
Simplify your life by utilizing your social networks to update everyone. Get creative and share some real quality moments with a video, photo book, or newsletter. Starting a new, more reasonable, tradition that works with your lifestyle. Do not let the threat of holiday blues create in you a cranky, irritable monster.
For those traveling for the holidays, remember you cannot visit everyone that you have not seen all year. Make your visits, quality visits not quantity visits, or you and your family will be the ones to suffer.
Remember the true reasons for all of our holiday traditions are to generate times of love, gratitude, and peace. Keep the main thing, the main thing.