Monday, March 13, 2017

Day 1 of 5 

5 Actions 


1.  Learn something new (any subject)
      Curiosity about life unleashes our potential

Read The Art of Decanting  by Sandra Jordan.
One of the things I learned  in reading this book was why at the turn of the 20th century the  name of the wineries and vintage of the wine was printed on  the cork.

2. Exercise my body for 30 minutes
     Caring for the Temple of God

Exercised twice today for about 15 minute  each time.  
   Note to self:  Exercise at the beginning of the day so you won't end the day 
   disappointed that you forgot to do it.  

3. Plant a seed  (Act) of kindness 
     Expressions of  Gods love brings healing

Entertained Family at our Home....  This is weak but ok

4. Clean a shelf or a drawer in my home
     Symbolic for purging, cleaning, and prioritizing 

OOPS - forgot this one.  Does cleaning the kitchen and doing laundry count.  Answer: Nope

5. Write a thank you note to someone and MAIL it! 
     Thank someone for the gift you still use and appreciate.
     Thank someone for being a good friend.  

OOPS - sent a TEXT Thank you...  This is ok, but not  really the best way to say Thank you.


Tomorrow will be a great day! 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Go Coach Yourself or Five it



Making a commitment in writing.... powerful tool of self coaching (especially when it is in a blog)

For the next 5 days I will blog each day about the following five actions I have committed to do.  

Five Days
Five Actions



1.  Learn something new (any subject)
      Curiosity about life unleashes our potential

2. Exercise my body for 30 minutes
     Caring for the Temple of God

3. Plant a seed  (Act) of kindness 
     Expressions of  Gods love brings healing

4. Clean a shelf or a drawer in my home
     Symbolic for purging, cleaning, and prioritizing 

5. Write a thank you note to someone and MAIL it! 
     Thank someone for the gift you still use and appreciate.
     Thank someone for being a good friend.  

That is it... 


Why am I doing this?  
Well, (transparent) I lost sight of taking care of me ... I am not being true to myself .  I am disappointed in myself and need to get back on track. Putting it to paper (blogging)  is like a voice that floats above my head.

Ciao



     




Friday, March 10, 2017

Radiant Health or A Talk to myself

We spend time and money seeking out just the right beauty product to keep us looking youthful and radiant.                                                                                         

Yesterday a ran into a Beauty boutique and noticed some crazy expensive Supplements ($80 for a month supply).  STOP THE TRAIN!  Good grief.  It wasn't a daily vitamin
it was a  Supplement for beauty
It was an reminder that slapped me in the head....what choices am I making when it comes to what I'm ingesting.  ahhh  not only food  but my thoughts, attitudes... anxiety, fears ... la la la... all of this contributes to our beauty and health. 

No, I didn't buy the supplements.  Instead I had a little talk with myself (those who know me well are not surprised that I talk to myself often). 


This mornings Scripture verse had the words Radiant Health (proverbs 4:22)
Wow, the same reference used by Dr Perricone in his  advertising quote "True Beauty is Radiant Health".   


Who I am is Who I choose to be....

A Victim of myself

OR 

.... A Victor in Him

1 Corinthians 6:20


For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.



Proverbs 4
20 Listen, son of mine, to what I say. Listen carefully. 21 Keep these thoughts ever in mind; let them penetrate deep within your heart, 22 for they will mean real life for you and radiant health.
23 Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life.


Reminder.. Beauty the result of  Radiant Health 

FEED the Body Healthy Thoughts by Guarding my Heart ( provers 4:23)
FEED the  Spirit the Word of God which is a life giving spring of Hope, Joy, Peace
FEED the  Body live fresh healthy food. (Drink water too!!!)
FEED the Body with Exercise (oxygen )

We reap what we sow.... so wake up sleepy head and get it together! 



 

We are
a product of ourselves (our decision... Choices).  
Stop the blame game.
 It's not genetics or environment that ultimately  determines   who we are.  

It is our walk (relationship) with the Lord.. the God of the Universe who created us and has a plan for our lives.  

We are created in His Image! 
Get out the instruction manual and start maintaining what he created!

ok... pep talk over

CIAO.... 

 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Getting Dressed for the Day - Putting on Humility



Humility takes self awareness.  Stop, have a cup of coffee and reflect on your character
virtues... WHO ARE YOU? 







     





Today's Devotion spoke about Humility

Here you go... Read on



1 Peter 5:
......‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the lowly.’ 
Humble yourselves, then, under God’s powerful hand, 
so that he may lift you up at the right time 
Throw all your care upon him, because he cares about you

Knowing who created you
Why you were created
Understanding your Purpose

.....this is the door to  real Peace, Joy, Love and Hope

Have a Good Day! 

      Wear your humility and  enjoy


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book a Day keeps the Cobwebs Away or Don't be a Wooden Head





Side Note to this Blog : The University of Coimbra Library - Portugal


I had the priviledge to visit the Biblioteca Joanina Libray in 2016.
At Biblioteca Joanina and  the Mafra Palace Library, both, curiously, located in Portugal, and both built in the 18th century, small bats, about an inch long, act as guards against book-eating insects. The Globe reports on the bat-friendly places:
In an email, Campbell explained that the bats, which are less than inch long, roost during the day behind “elaborate rococo bookcases” and come out at night to hunt insects which otherwise would feast on the libraries’ books. The price of this natural insect control is paid in scat: The bats, Campbell writes, “leave a thin layer of droppings over everything. So each morning the floors have to be thoroughly cleaned…and the furniture has to be covered at night.”
Facts about Bats in the Library



Recently.....

The signs  have all point to .... READING !  Several reminders in the past few weeks have gently nudged me to think about the need for me to read.  Newly retired I have "time on my hands" and find myself when wanting to relax from cleaning, gardening and re-organzing my home... gravitating to TV while surfing the internet ( I have a need to multi task)  It really is Oh so BORING and STUPID.  So, I have come to recognize this is brain numbing. 

Ok,  on to the part about Reading...
My guilt  is now speaking ... Years ago I tried.... I really did  try... to surround my children with books.

Every night they were to read!
They were to pick out a book to take  it to bed. My Son's bedroom closet had boxes with childrens books.  Oh,  but my strong willed Italian/Sicilian children were oh so clever that I WOULD  end up reading to them!  They would all snuggle up on the bunk beds in his room for Mom to read.  It was a special time... however, they got away with not reading!

Nostaligic moment in my blog...
              I would read this very book that belonged to their Dad when he was a child.


Now... I have Grandchildren.... I have encouraged my daughter to have her kids READ books. Get  them off the iPhones...   The Truth Is... that I myself over the years have taken my Grandkids  to the book store as well I have brought them books.  I again have tried.

Now, in all honestly this comes from "me" who seldom reads. 
Oh, I may just surprise myself if I ever made a list of the books I have read over the year.  But it's "Over the years".  I find it difficult to read anything other then educational  and informative books. The last book I purchased several months ago (read only 1/2 of the book so far) was Dovekeepers by  Alice Hoffman.   So....

Today I make a committment to READ each day.  The Goal is to read a book a week.
Practice what I preach

Putting committment to paper (ok, committing in my blog)  I believe is the first step.

This weeks book is:
Goodreads



Just my thinking (why I need to read this book)

 I am the last 30 of my life. (Hoping to hit at least 90).

As I contiplate the next 30.... I want to stay Mentally Strong. So, I am starting with this book .  the Laugh is I purchased this book 2014 when at Canyon Ranch.  Oh me the procrastinator...

 Intent is 10%, Action is 90%.  Time For Action

Here I go....