Insightful Reflection

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“Life is like a river. With all its bends and rapid falls, one must follow the right path or you’ll lose your way to the sea.” – Albert Einstein

I have been through quite a bit of trauma in my life and have always viewed it as life’s tests. I choose to not believe that there is something bigger out there that causes harm, so instead, I view all troubles as a test of how you are going to handle it.

I have also always viewed rivers as beautiful, yet unpredictable. They can be calm and soothing. They can be fierce and intimidating. They can be still. They can be violent. They can love. They can hurt. So on and so forth. But, at the end of the day, the unpredictability follows the river’s path and ends in something that is much bigger than itself (ocean, lake, etc). The parts that do not follow the river’s path, end up stagnant, with nowhere to go.

Life is the same way. It can be beautiful, yet unpredictable. All of the same things apply. And the end result is the exact same. If we follow the path that we are intended to follow, we end up with something much bigger than ourselves, depending on the belief system. For me, this is enlightenment/awakening. Crossing over the bridge after death. Living an afterlife in paradise. For some, it could be heaven. For some it could be another life. The point is, we must follow on our true path of authenticity in order to find the sea at the end.

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Whole Grain Brown Rice and Quinoa with Avocado Orange Dressing

Whole Grain Brown Rice and Quinoa Salad with Avocado Orange Dressing

IngredientsFor dressing:
1 1/2 cups Orange Juice
1 Avocado
2 Jalapenos

Blend until well blended and smooth.

For Main Dish:
1 cup Whole Grain Rice
1 cup Tri-Colored Quinoa
3 Roma Tomatoes, diced
4 Green Onions, sliced
1 Large Jalapeno, diced
3 cups Spinach
1 1/2 cups Mushrooms, sliced
2 Eggs, hard boiled and halved
1 Head of Broccoli, chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Lime Juice

Directions
1. Cook rice and quinoa as instructed.
2. Coat pan with 2 tbsp olive oil. Saute mushrooms, jalapeno, and broccoli until fork tender. Stir in 2 tbsp lime juice.
3. Mix all ingredients together.
4. Top spinach with Brown Rice and Quinoa Salad.
5. Top salad with Avocado Orange Dressing, tomatoes, green onion, and hard boiled egg.
6. Enjoy!

Pan Seared Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Salsa

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I made a pan seared salmon with a sweet and spicy salsa. The meal was delicious! The salsa ended up being the star of the dish and would also do wonderfully as a part of a salad. I was so excited to make this meal and even more excited to try it after beginning to smell all of the ingredients together. My family loved this meal and it’s made its way into my family recipe book! The pictures shown are just for the salsa, since it was the ultimate star!

Pan Seared Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Salsa

Ingredients for Salsa
6 Campari tomatoes (diced)
1/2 red onion (diced)
1/2 bunch cilantro (chopped)
1 pound pineapple (chopped)
2 jalepenos (diced)
1 Tbsp lime juice
Pepper to taste

Other Ingredients
For Salmon
Wild caught salmon fillets
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

For Rice
Royal blend whole grain rice
2 tsp minced garlic

Directions:

1. Combine all salsa ingredients in large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
2. Coat salmon with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Place in heated pan over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.
3. Cook rice as instructed with 2 tsp minced garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Place salmon fillet atop rice. Top with salsa.
5. Enjoy!

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado

Ingredients for Chicken

1 Chicken Breast

1 Lemon – Quartered

Pepper (to taste)

Dried Thyme

Ingredients for Chicken Salad

Cooked Chicken Breast – Shredded

Arugula – Chopped

1 Avocado – Pitted (be sure to leave skin aside)

1 Roma Tomato – Diced

1 Jalapeno – Diced

Directions:

1. Squeeze juice from fresh lemon onto chicken. Place quartered pieces around chicken breast in pan. Top chicken breast with pepper and dried Thyme to your taste. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.

2. In a bowl, combine shredded chicken, arugula, avocado, tomato, and jalapeno. Mash together and stir until well mixed.

3. Stuff the shells with the salad.

4. Enjoy!

Mexican Salad with Avocado Dressing

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Mexican Salad with Avocado Dressing

FOR THE SALAD

Ingredients:
1 pound dry black beans
1/2 red onion
8 cups water
Spinach
Arugula
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 tomatoes
1/2 cucumber
6 green onions

1. Dice red onion and cook with black beans in 8 cups of water in pressure cooker. Use setting 08 (or whatever your setting for beans is) and change time to 55 minutes.
2. Saute squash and zucchini.
3. Dice tomatoes, cucumber, and green onion.

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FOR THE DRESSING

Ingredients:
2 medium avocados
1/4 cup olive oil
1 jalepeno
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup water

1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

FINAL SALAD

1. Layer spinach and arugula, beans, sauteed zucchini and squash, tomatoes, cucumber, and green onions.
2. Top with avocado dressing.
3. Enjoy!

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Impact and Empower, Creatively

The last month has been quite rough. I have so many goals that came to a screeching halt with a car accident that left me pretty banged up. Anyway, I was working on an exercise to build my mission statement. The second I had it created, intuitively, I fell in love. I have decided to create a program surrounding it at some point soon.

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I LOVE THIS!

Anyway, I am working on adding more services. Personal Coaching, Business Coaching, Oracle and Tarot Readings, Toe Reading, Aromatherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coaching, etc. Tons and tons of plans for 2018. There are 2 new groups created on Facebook: Holistic Healing Through Soulful Creativity and Nutrition and Mindful Eating for Long Term Health and Weight Release. Feel free to join both! We are just starting out but the more the merrier!

I think that I have also decided to add my journey to my blog as well. I will have separate folders for each post for easier searching, but I think that this is what is best for me and this journey. It makes me hold myself accountable and create better habits to make this blog an everyday thing. Plus, I’m sure that people would like to know who they’re talking to!

Haha. Anyway. That is all for tonight. Join the groups! Share them! They’ll be AMAZING!

New Beginning Belief System

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My powerful words for 2018 are empowerment and intentional. 2018 is going to be a year of self discovery and spiritual awakening. I plan to document everything and at the end of the day I hope to empower people all over to be the very best that they can be, in all aspects of life. I am taking back my power and my life. I am taking back my control. And everything that I do will be done consciously and on purpose.

Now, this isn’t to say that I won’t make mistakes. I’m sure that I will make plenty of them. What this does mean is that I will not mistakenly hand over my power, confidence, or control to anyone for any reason. I am going to live my life the best way that I can, for me and as I see fit.

Tonight, my husband and I were talking (more like I was talking and he was pretending to listen) and the topic of beliefs had gotten brought up. I told him that just because we were taught to believe one thing when we were growing up, does NOT mean that it is the right thing or the only way. We must evaluate our beliefs, as adults, and change what needs to be changed in order to better serve ourselves and live our lives with intent.

More often than not, as adults, we do things because we don’t know any other way of doing it. Parenting our children comes from the way we were raised and parented. Choices we make are based on what we were taught to believe. We were pretty much programmed into the life that we live. And the reason for this is simple…

…our parents did the exact same thing that their parents did. Skate through life on belief systems that someone else taught us and told us was right. And we are now doing the same thing.

Again…

…we are skating through life on belief systems that someone else taught us and told us was right.

So just because someone said something was right makes it truth?

Hold on.

Back up.

No. No. No. No. No.

What happened to US? What happened to individuality? What happened to being our own person and living our own life and thinking for ourselves? Why do our parents values (or lack thereof) have to become ours? What if we wanted to be productive and organized but our parents completely sucked at it and felt that life should be lived by flying by the seat of our pants? What if we want to be truth seekers but our parents follow whatever the “norm” is at the time? What if we want to be spiritual but our parents view spirituality as a hoax or a sin? What if we want to be authors but our parents looked at that as merely a dream? What if we want to be our own person but our parents are living their life vicariously through us?

Bet ya never thought of that, eh? Nope. Why not? Because we were programmed to believe that these things just are. That we are the way we are because it’s in the blood. That we are not allowed to do or believe certain things because they aren’t right.

I’m sure we can all think of things that fit in each of those categories.

Well, I can tell ya right now that if I lived my life by what was in my blood line, I’d probably be either in prison on in a casket. I choose better for myself.

We have 10 days before the new year starts. I invite everyone to build their own belief system before 2018 begins. Since there are 10 days left, I’m going to choose 10 areas of life that deserve its very own belief system. Each day, we will write out what we were raised to believe on the front of one page and then what we want to believe on the back of that page. Good, bad, or indifferent. This activity takes a lot of digging and a lot of honesty, but I promise that in the end, you will truly thank yourself. I’ll even do it with you!

Day 1 – Marriage (as a whole)
Day 2 – Husband
Day 3 – Wife
Day 4 – Mother
Day 5 – Father
Day 6 – Employee
Day 7 – Employer
Day 8 – Friend
Day 9 – Member of Society
Day 10 – Yourself (as an individual)

Remember, some days have the opposite role. That is ok. Write out what you were shown as a child to believe and what you want to believe as an adult. If you are a wife, you still need a belief system on what a husband is and what a husband is not. And vice versa.

I will post mine each day and then on January 1, I will reveal what the next step is in changing your mindset and walking your own truth.

Love & Light

 

Whole Food Plant Based Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

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Looking for a great WFPB compliant honey mustard salad dressing? Look no further! This dressing will go a long way so be sure to use sparingly until you determine how much fits your tastes!

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup Just Mayo
2. 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
3. 1/2 tbsp Organic Mustard
4. 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
5. 4 tbsp Honey
6. 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
7. Pepper to Taste

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended. Refrigerate.

Whole Food, Vegan Ramen

Vegan Ramen

This recipe is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a great source of whole foods and is dairy free! This meal is very filling, wholesome, and comforting. This dish is sure to become a family favorite for years to come.

Ingredients:
4 cups Vegetable Broth
4 cups Water
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
1 pound Mushrooms, whole or sliced
1 Head of Broccoli, cut
1 pound Carrots, sliced
4 Celery Stalks, sliced
6 Scallions, sliced
1 pound Rice Noodles
Handful Kale
1/2 tsp Turmeric
Pinch Onion Powder
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:
1. Combine vegetable broth, water, soy sauce, carrots, celery, all seasonings, in pot and bring to boil. Boil until carrots are tender. Approximately 20 minutes.
2. While broth is boiling, saute mushrooms in soy sauce and garlic salt until tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
3. Add mushrooms, broccoli, and rice noodles to pot once all vegetables are tender and cook until broccoli and rice noodles are tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
4. Add a handful of kale to pot and cook until wilted.
5. Add scallion, serve and enjoy!