Release Expectations

If there is one thing I have learned in my *hiccup* years is to not set expectations.  When you set expectations that something is going to happen a certain way, and then it does not, you open yourself up to sadness, anger, frustration and pain.  You lose your joy, cause yourself stress and forget to focus on what is important.  It all goes back to releasing the attachment to the outcome.  That does not mean releasing the attachment to a person, a dream or a goal.  It just means that you release the expectation that things will happen a certain way.  If you set a goal or put forth the intention for something you want to manifest in your life you have to allow for all possibilities.  By attaching to a particular outcome you are limiting what the universe brings to you.  Dream the dream, set the goal, put forth clear intentions, then release it to the universe and allow it to happen in the manner that fulfills your heart’s desire.

Once you release the attachment and allow for all possibilities you will experience a new level of freedom and peace because you know that everything will happen as it is intended and when the time is right.  By trying to force something to happen a certain way and in a certain time, you are manipulating the outcome and may come up short of the wondrous possibilities that await you.  So dream bigger, set the most glorious goals, release the attachment, then sit back and watch things unfold in the most magical of ways.

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One Day at a Time

Reposting from 2010 as I needed this reminder today. Sometimes I get so caught up in trying to fix everything – myself, my work, my passion, my mission, that I forget the importance of living in the moment and being grateful for all that I have and all that I have accomplished. So today I allow myself to just BE and not beat myself up for not DOING something.

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Just for today I allow myself to be ME.  I do not have to improve myself.  I do not have to beat myself up for not being all that I know I can be.  I do not have to force myself to live up to some expectation I, or others, have of me.  Just for today I give myself permission to just be who I am.  Right now.  In this moment.  Not to worry about who I should be, could be, would be.  I accept myself as I am now – with all my flaws, all my imperfections, all my doubts, worries, fears, and issues.  Today I will savor each moment of my life as it is right now without worrying about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow.  It is good to be ME.

Allowing and accepting yourself is part of the healing process.  It is impossible to…

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Following Your Passion

I have heard these sayings all my life, “do what you love and the money will follow”, “follow your passion:, “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”. I am sure you have heard these things as well. From parents, teachers, well meaning friends, counselors. Have you ever thought that it was impossible? You may have been unable to figure out what your passion is, or you may have been living with the negative thought pattern that there is no way to make a living doing what you love. We all get caught up in the rat race, work hard, make a living, raise a family, going though the motions every day but without joy, without passion. Not necessarily unhappy or depressed, but never really living in joy.

The first step in following your passion is to understand what your passion is.  Some of you may already know, the burning desire may have been with you your entire life.  Some of you may not realize that the things you enjoy doing more than anything else, the things that light you up and make you lose track of time are your passion.  It is about what makes you so joyful and fulfilled when you are doing them that you would do it forever without getting paid if you thought you could get away with it.  Once you know what that passion is, that activity or cause that makes your soul sing, then you need to discover how to turn that into a career, or at least a side business.  You don’t have to quit your day job just yet.  You can start exploring opportunities that will utilize the skill set you enjoy or that will put you in situations where you can provide services to things you care about, whether that is helping children, the homeless, or animals.

So do some soul searching and when you discover what it is that sets your soul on fire – GO FOR IT!  Find a way to turn your passion into the future you envision for yourself!  If you can dream it you can achieve it.  If you can imagine it you can bring it into being!  If you need any guidance figuring out what your passion is or how to turn that into a career I am available for one on one coaching.  Feel free to email me or leave a comment below.  I want everyone to live a life of joy!

 

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Delicious Plant Based Food

I get asked frequently “what do you eat?”  Because I am trying to lose a significant amount of weight, I don’t eat a lot, mostly raw veggies and fruits, with a small amount of nuts.  I have lost 22 pounds, reduced my blood pressure by at least 20 points and my cholesterol by at least 40 points in less than 3 months.  I do eat some cooked foods, generally for dinner.  Here are some of my favorites and I also save a lot of recipes on Pinterest.  There are plant based alternatives for anything and everything you would want, replacements for all your favorite foods including burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, etc.  So I thought I would share some of my favorites as well as some that my vegan friends rate very highly.  Plant based, whole foods are just as delicious, or more so, than the traditional American diet while saving the planet, the animals, and your health.  I encourage you to give a plant based diet a try, even if just one day a week, or better yet for one full week.

One of my favorite brands of meat alternatives is Gardein.  Here are some of their products that I keep in my freezer. I love their sliders, burgers and strips.

More yummy products here: Gardein foods

One of my go to dinners that is quick, easy, fast and so yummy is to slice zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes and onions, stack in a baking dish, season with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, salt and pepper and top with a good vegan cheese.  Yummy!

Zucchini squash casserole

Another favorite brand for me is Amy’s Kitchen.  I love their vegan options such as black bean enchiladas, black bean tamale, and black eyed pea bowl.

More great Amy’s Kitchen choices here.

This is a drop in the bucket as far as vegan options out there.  It is one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry, both in grocery stores and restaurants.  More and more people are discovering the health benefits of a plant based diet thanks in part to movies like PlantPure Nation and Forks Over Knives.  Those two got me started on this path.  The more I learned about the importance of plant based foods for health, for the planet, and for the animals it became crystal clear to me that this is something worth fighting for.

I will be posting more recipes, meal plans and suggested products to help everyone have a delicious experience with plant based, whole foods eating.  If you have any questions or would like suggestions please ask in the comments below.  And if you have some favorite vegan meals you would like to share please do!  I would be happy to answer any questions or provide any help and support you need to adopt a lifestyle that helps the animals and the planet while promoting improved health and longevity!

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Positive Advocacy

In my ongoing quest for knowledge and information that will enable me to help people, animals and the planet, I have run across a very good term that describes perfectly what my mission in life is. I have learned that staying positive and putting forth a positive message is the best way to both help people and gain their trust and attention. By putting forth a negative message you push people away before they can hear your message and you also reduce your own strength by emanating out to the universe negative thoughts. I found this great site that is a perfect explanation of positive advocacy as it applies to trying to facilitate positive change in the world.

Positive Advocacy 101
“Positive Advocacy is the application of positive psychology and the psychology of self-change to the field of animal advocacy. Unlike positive thinking, positive psychology is a well-researched field, based on the scientific study of the strengths and qualities that enable us to flourish. It rests on the hypothesis that we have a deep need to live a meaningful and rewarding existence, to nurture our humanity and to experience our daily activities to the fullest (love, work, play, and of course… animal advocacy).”

The more I learn about the industries, policies and laws (or lack thereof) throughout history regarding the foods we eat, where they come from, how they are produced and how uninformed the majority of consumers are, the more my mission in life becomes crystal clear.  I fully intend to research, learn, study and read everything I can on how this entire system of injustices and atrocities has been allowed to develop to where it is at today and how it affects all lives, including the workers in these industries as well as the health of our nation.  I plan to be a positive advocate of change, working to educate people through community outreach, online presence, personal appearances, as well as attending festivals and other events where our message can be promoted.  I do not intend to tell anyone how they should live their lives or what they should or should not eat.  My goal is to inform and educate so that everyone can make the right choice for themselves in terms of their health, what is right for society, what is right for all living beings.  I hope you join me in becoming educated about where the food on your plate comes from and how it is produced.  I know you all want only what is best for yourself, your family and everyone on planet earth.

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Keeping it Positive

Sometimes I need to take my own advice and remind myself the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and always being grateful and thankful for all the good things in my life.

Descending into the vegan world and allowing myself to read about and view stories of the atrocities and horrors of the way humans treat sentient beings was starting to affect my ability to maintain my positive thoughts and my joy.  I have to step back and remind myself that I will not be able to help anyone or make positive changes if I don’t stay positive myself.  If I allow myself to sink into depression I am not benefiting anyone, including the animals.  I have to remember to start and end each day with my mantras and affirmations.  It is important that we spend time each day centering and grounding, meditating or at least de-stressing.  Maintaining a positive attitude has so many benefits.  Not only does it help us to experience all the joy life has to provide but it also helps us help others.  By being grateful, thankful, and joyful we can inspire others and help pull them out of their dark places.

From Raccoon Poop to Pansies From my first book, From Raccoon Poop to Pansies, “Think of it this way, the more positive energy you add to the mix, the more positive the world’s energy level becomes.  Another way to pay it forward, the more you send out positive thought waves, the more other people feel good being around you, and the more they want to learn your “secret” for being so happy and positive all the time.  By teaching others these simple, yet powerful, principles, you can help them to turn their lives around and move closer to their dreams.”  

No matter what life throws at you or how helpless you feel, always know that you can do anything you put your mind to by maintaining a positive attitude, believing in yourself and never, ever giving up!

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Melding passions

For most of my life I have heard “follow your passion” and “do what you love”.  Yet I have spent the past almost 40 years in the high tech industry, and being very good at it.  But the passion was not there.  I started writing in 2007 but never took that step to publish my work until last year.  I released From Raccoon Poop to Pansies last August.  That gave me the confidence to continue to pursue my passion of inspiring and helping others through my writing and I released The Power of Thankfulness and Claim Victory, Not Victim within the next few months.  I have had people tell me that my books have helped them escape major depression or helped motivate them to turn their lives around.  That is what passion is for me – helping others live a joy filled life and learn to choose happiness regardless of their life circumstances.

Then enter my transformation to veganism.  I have always been an animal lover and have always felt guilt and darkness in my soul when eating animal products but never went past being a vegetarian, or pescatarian.  And I would slip back into the “fast food” habit.  But something changed in me recently.  I started a plant based diet for health reasons but soon started learning more about the atrocities of the meat and dairy industries and am now fully committed to strict veganism.  No animal products of any kind and no products that aren’t cruelty free.  Not only for myself but I am now passionate about being a voice for the animals and intend to devote the rest of my life to doing whatever I can to open eyes and change minds.  Supporting organizations like Vegan Outreach and American Vegan Society and donating to farm animal sanctuaries like The Gentle Barn and Farm Sanctuary are a few ways that I can help end animal violence.

At first I thought my passions were changing but what I am doing is combining my love of helping people live a joy filled life with my passion for animals.

From the site Positive Advocacy 101 : “Positive Advocacy is the application of positive psychology and the psychology of self-change to the field of animal advocacy. “

After all, the animals also deserve a joy filled life, right?  I am so thrilled and excited about writing and speaking at events to help people and all living creatures have the life of their dreams!

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