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Happy Thursday! (Or, whatever day you may be reading this.:)

Just wanted to share some sites I have found recently. Hope you enjoy them like I do!

I love garlic and I find that it makes its way into a lot of the dishes we make. Here is a short video: How to: Mince Garlic

Check out these Top 10 Favorite Healthy Soup Recipes. I have tried several of these recipes and they are good!

Speaking of food, I made these monster cookies the other day, and they are so delicious! I ate way too many of them, but I enjoyed every one of them.

Sometimes we just feel like we would like to get away. Even if you can’t go here physically, you can mentally visit. I enjoyed looking (and dreaming of!) these 15 super-remote cabin photos to take your mind away from, well, everything.

This is a terrific source for parents: Grown & Flown – parenting never ends. Wherever you are in the parenting stage, you are bound to find something here that will help. This is a great site with lots of resources.

If you have a few minutes (approx. 5) watch this video. It is very helpful. I think most of us desire more clarity and peace in our lives. We also want to feel more organized and less stress. I hope it resonates with you like it did with me. This is from part of the TODAY show: 30-day plan to clam the mind and control your life.

 

 

 

Be Careful What You Throw Out

I am a big fan of decluttering. It’s my constant goal to declutter and simplify my life, both mental and physical. But, I have to say that keeping some momentos is important.

Awhile back I found a container with cards and letters in it. I decided to declutter it. Once I started looking at what was inside, I was amazed that I had kept what I had. Some of the cards and letters went back 30 years or more. The memories that the cards, notes, and letters brought back was priceless.

I remembered things that I hadn’t thought about in years.. Memories came back that I don’t think would have had I not kept physical items. My best male friend from high school sent me letters while he was in the Navy. No matter where I moved to, he found the address and sent me a letter. I loved reading his letters. They told me where he was mentally and physically in his journey and his words reminded me where I was at the time in my journey.

I had tons of cards and notes from my grandma. She was, and always will be, one of my favorite people in the whole world. Reading her messages made me instantly happy. She also gave me an insight into her world at the time and place she was writing. She also illustrated her character. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and she always took the time to write a nice not, never just a quick signature.

I had letters from my younger brother when he was in the Marines. His letters were heartfelt and helped me once again understand where he was and what he was going through as well as remind me where I was at that time in my life.

I had letters from my dad that reminded me what he saw in me. Although I have memories in my mind of conversations we have had, there was something about having it in writing, especially with is distinct handwriting. It is so special to me to have his letters.

I found so many notes from my mom. She has always left me notes. She told me once that if she couldn’t be there when I got home at least she could be with me through a note. Even to this day, if I go to stay with her and she is in bed before I come in, she’ll leave a note. Or, if I get up later in the morning and she is already gone, there will be a note.

I also had letters and cards from my sisters and friends. I was just filled with love and emotion as I read through all my momentos. In a way it was like watching my life play out in a movie: each piece I picked up reminded me of a scene in my life.

I didn’t keep every note and card. I probably recycled at least half, if not more, of the container. But, I just couldn’t part with these treasures. Some day I will get out the box again and enjoy bits of my past from people I have been fortunate enough to know and love.

The last couple of years I have started a new practice to simplify and organize the letters and cards that come in. I have a big ziplock bag and label it the current year. When I receive a special note or card, I place it in there. A lot of what I receive I enjoy in the moment and then recycle it.  By the end of the year, I will have a nice, manageable pile to keep for that year.

I hope the new year is treating you kindly. I also hope you are being kind to yourself and others.

Have a wonderful week!!

Complaining and Getting Mad

*Photo/image from flickr by BK

It is so easy to complain. Sometimes it becomes such a habit, we don’t even realize we are doing it. I suppose it’s just human nature to complain.

My very wise grandma told me when I was younger that complaining never did anyone any good. (Don’t get me wrong. There is always a time and place to voice a constructive criticism that might yield a good result.) My grandma was one of the kindest, appreciative, cheery, and uncomplaining people I have ever known. If she complained, I didn’t witness it.

I realized lately I have been complaining about something I have been struggling with for a long time. My struggle is with time, or lack thereof. For as long as I can remember I have felt like I don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do. And, I’ll be darned if all the people who told me that time goes by quicker as you get older, aren’t right. At least it seems like it. I feel that the days are flying by and I find myself getting ready for bed again and wondering where the days are going.  Am I complaining? Ha, ha…. see what I mean?

So, what’s a girl (or guy!) to do? STOP COMPLAINING! My wise mom always told me that you get more of what you focus on. Well, I want more time, not less time. So, my goal is to stop complaining about my perceived lack of time, and start making the most of the present moment. I will probably start claiming I have more than enough time. A new mindset certainly can’t hurt.

Photo from flickr

Okay, so now on to anger or getting mad. Just like complaining, getting mad can become a habit that doesn’t serve us. Several times lately I have found myself feeling very angry over various things. Most often my anger is stemming from an injustice I am feeling. Lots of times it doesn’t even have anything to do with me.

The other day when I was feeling angry I realized that the act of me feeling angry wasn’t doing a bit of good. It was absolutely unproductive. It didn’t change the situation one bit. Furthermore, it wasn’t even about me. Once I realized this, the anger just melted away. I also was reminded that taking care of myself is a full time job and I really can’t afford to get mad over things I have no control over.

When my kids were little whenever there was a problem I always told them to start looking for a solution. I still tell them this. I also apply this principle to myself whenever I can.

If you think about it, we all have problems, big and little. If we complain or get mad about our problems we aren’t making things better. We are for sure not making anything better when the situation isn’t even about us.

So, I am going to do my best to not make a habit of complaining or getting angry needlessly.

I hope 2017 has been kind to you so far.  Remember the saying that if you love life, it will love you back!