Allow The People In Your Life To Be Who They Are..

Allow The People In Your Life To Be Who They Are..

Allow The People In Your Life To Be Who They Are.. Relationships are frustrating at times, we all can attest to that…. We sometimes want things to be different about our friends and loved ones and we live with the resentment that can bring on with each encounter we see them. Allow The People In Your Life To Be Who They Are.. Don’t wait until they change to enjoy them, you may not experience that in this lifetime and then miss out on experiencing the love they had to share with you in this time. Always keeping in mind that everyone of us is on their own personal  journey and sometimes a pretty rough one….. kindness to everyone is the highest path…..assuming the best about everyone. Enjoy them today….love them for what they are flaws and all, and be in this moment with whoever you share that moment in time with…………Gretta “Halloween Hat” 11×14 I was pretty happy with the end result of this painting, my latest work, and the theme was appropriate for the season…..I sometimes go back through old photos and suddenly the ones that jump out were that which I hardly noticed before. I love the quirkiness of the hat and the solemn look on Tatti’s face…..   Sweet Potato Mac And Cheese ….recipe found at One Green Planet…I made this and it was so yummy! I don’t know who the author is of this writing, but loved it and wanted to share… “She said sorry too often. She apologized for apologizing too much. She said sorry like it was a greeting. She apologized for everything that goes wrong, because she labelled...

The Art Of Making The Ordinary Extraordinary..

The Art Of Making The Ordinary Extraordinary.. Celebrate the beauty of each day, find something that delights and excites you and just go for it! The Art Of Making The Ordinary Extraordinary.. is about finding reason to sparkle and shine in the everyday simple things that make our heart dance…… All of our senses aware and open…all of our little moments that make up our day, the moments that take your breath away, when seeing a flower or a majestic mountainside….the moment a smile changed your energy, the feeling in your heart when a cool breeze slips across your face and you realize it’s Autumn…. These are the precious moments that make up your life. Celebrate them…celebrate you and everything you’ve accomplished. Celebrate your dreams, your friends and family, embrace each new morning as a wonderful new beginning…. live every moment in celebration of your blessed life.    ……Gretta This poor baby hit our kitchen window….. There was a thump on the window and when my husband and I looked out this little guy was lying unconscious on the ground. We stayed with him and he was coming in and out of consciousness. It took about 15 minutes and he finally flew off to a nearby tree. I put love and light around him……and yes, my heart sang as he recovered and went on with his little bird life…… For an extraordinary dinner……… I made this for dinner the other night…….all I can say is WOW! Now that it’s fall I definitely get more into cooking comfort foods that are vegan and delicious…. this went over really well and there was not one...
The Absolute Outstanding Power Of So What…..

The Absolute Outstanding Power Of So What…..

The Absolute Outstanding Power Of So What….. My Mom has this really great way she handles some situations with ease and grace. I have always admired the way she wouldn’t play into the drama that would rock the world of most. The Absolute Outstanding Power Of So What….. is about letting go of the worries tied in to others opinions. Once when my sister Susan was in first grade, her teacher asked my Mom to show up at playtime so her and my Mom could observe Susan through the classroom window. Susan played alone, not bothering with any of the other kids, “you see, said the teacher, I worry about her socially, she doesn’t bother with anyone, and is often in the corner all by herself.” My Mom looked at the teacher a little puzzled and said “so what!” She left the teacher standing there while she walked off confident that the teacher was making too much of Susan’s lack of socializing. One Christmas when my son Max was very young, he told his younger cousin that his parents bought him the presents and not Santa…. My sister, his Mom, was so upset as was I, since this was all happening on Christmas Eve. My Mom Asked whats going on and when we explained she once again defused the drama with a ……. Soooo what? and added how her five children all did similar stuff when we were that age. Once again our perception was making the problem way bigger than it needed to be. I sometimes have to take a deep breath and count to ten…..then remember to apply...
Take A Mindful Moment Before Eating……….

Take A Mindful Moment Before Eating……….

Take A Mindful Moment Before Eating………. Lack of awareness can cause negative outcomes, emotional eating without pausing to consider what is the healthy choice, will lead you feeling bad and packing on the pounds. Take A Mindful Moment Before Eating………. to stop the negative habits when your brain signals that you are hungry. First, pause and determine if you are really truly hungry. Sometimes you are actually feeling thirsty, or your in fact not hungry but craving something sweet or salty. To reduce emotional eating that comes from lack of awareness and just mindlessly putting anything in front of you in your mouth, you have to develop a new system that promotes being more in control of what you eat. Food cheers us up, fills us up and makes us feel temporarily happy, so it’s no wonder when something affects us negatively, we reach for chips, cookies ice cream and pizza……… To become a mindful eater, you must take that pause…that beat where you summon your more logical side and make that choice to eat clean. To choose a healthy meal or snack thats not full of empty calories with tons of sugar, GMO’s and processed ingredients. You have to be pro-active and have healthy food choices on hand at all times. Have cut up fruit handy in the fridge easily available. Have hummus and pre cut peppers, nut-butters, avocados, gluten-free crackers and coconut-yogurt with low sugar. Plan your meals ahead and pack a lunch to avoid the trap of just grabbing something unhealthy on the go. Carry homemade trail mix with a variety of nuts and dried fruit...
Being Present When Spending Time With Friends…

Being Present When Spending Time With Friends…

Being Present When Spending Time With Friends… It took me many years to realize about my habits when I’m socializing, how sometimes I think about what time I’ll leave the party shortly after I have arrived. Being Present When Spending Time With Friends… something I had to work on, Something I still work on when I feel myself not wanting to be where I willingly agreed to be, for as long as I said I would be there….the problem is not being in the now, how to solve it is to become aware that your doing it. A friend pointed out a few years back that I would never commit to the full plan in play. There was a birthday in Laguna and it was planned for the whole weekend. But I arrived full of thoughts of when I could run back to my comfy life. I became consumed with the best way to let everyone know that I would only be there Friday night and would have to bow out for night two. After all, I had two small kids who needed me and a husband and two dogs. How will they all survive without me? I drove home half pleased with myself that I had successfully “escaped” all the fun, massages, sushi, and other great plans, not to mention girlfriend bonding that the others were still enjoying back at the beach.The other half felt crappy I left and wished I hadn’t. When I arrived at home I was met with my sons fighting, a very messy house and a pile of laundry. As I picked up all...
Meditation….It’s Sunday, Stop And Slow Down

Meditation….It’s Sunday, Stop And Slow Down

Meditation….It’s Sunday, Stop And Slow Down Sunday’s are a blessing after the hectic running we do all week long….. embrace this day with all the things you dream of doing ….even if thats doing nothing…but whatever you do start with Meditation…. It’s Sunday, Stop And Slow Down …..Take twenty minutes to reconnect to let your mind get a break from the mental chatter. Believe me you need it, your stream of thoughts is running you and just to remove yourself from it for a few minutes a day will bring blessings you will benefit from greatly. You will only be away from the mental chatter for twenty minutes…..your schedule of the day or what your making for dinner and who you need to call will resume at the end of that. Can you imagine how attached you are to your own thoughts that the thought of being away from it causes you to feel uncomfortable? Something I do when I meditate is to say to myself shhhhh like I’m talking to someone else who is trying to talk to me. Let all those thoughts that keep coming up while your working on having “no mind” float off in a giant bubble for the universe to handle while your thinking about nothing! Create that space in your day to truly connect with the universe…. to allow yourself the freedom from your mental position on whatever on your mind…..and to give gratitude for all the blessings that you have. After the meditation, take a minute to set your intention for the day. This is really powerful as it will be fresh...