“Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around… You work at a smile and you go for a ride.”
– Daniel Powter
Or maybe you’re more of a…
“Pour me, pour me, pour me, pour me another shot of whiskey. Bartender hit me one more time.”
– Trick Pony
Either way, start by watching this TedTalk on vulnerability. It gets really good around 10 minutes.
Now, find some inspiring quotes. Write down the words that will inspire you and make you happy, every time you read them. Words that will help you get out of bed, eat breakfast, get dressed, and maybe even go outside. Google them, look up hashtags (#onapositivenote) on instagram and twitter, wherever you go to. Write them down on post it notes, and put them all over the house: the bathroom mirror, the front door, the fridge, and microwave. Cute animal pictures are highly recommended as well.
And finally, watch this video (Instructions for a bad day). Its absolutely amazing and will drastically change your mentality. The narrator’s voice alone is empowering.
“In laughter yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.” – Dr. Madan Kataria
This weekend, I had the opportunity to enjoy a conversation with an amazing cardiac surgeon in my hometown. This isn’t just any doctor though. This doctor is special because he believes in the power of alternative, natural methods of healing, most specifically: laughter.
The physician I speak of, is an incredibly wise man, nearing retirement and still works full time while maintaining a regular schedule of laughter yoga sessions and dressing up as a clown to entertain children.
His advice? When you are down, or upset about something, this life is too short to be sad for long. Look at yourself in the mirror and start laughing. What makes him believe it works? His own experience.
“If you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone. Carry on. May your past be the sound, of your feet upon the ground. Carry on.”
Direction helps us wake up every day. If you have a direction, it’s much easier to take the first step.
A simple side… spiced up just the right amount
Rice makes a great side. It’s easy on the stomach, not too filling, and the taste goes with almost anything. Plus, it’s always on hand and doesn’t require much prep time. But do you ever get sick of just having plain old rice? Here’s a tasty simple trick to spice up your rice that will wow your guests!
GF, DF, SF, Vegan
- 2 cups cooked rice (1 bag of Success boil in a bag)
- 3-5 Tblsp olive oil or coconut oil, to taste
- 1 lime
- salt to taste
Life throws us twists, turns, and speed bumps all along the journey. These waves of challenge offer us the opportunity to roll with the punches and show our true strength. They also often create trying times with tears and heartbreak.
Up and down, in and out,
moving with such force,
they ripple through time.
Visitors stare off, gazes suspended,
enjoying the turbulence from afar;
others run, jump, and play within.
The colors dark blue,
fade lighter as they reach the shore,
bouts of white surface, reaching the end.
Swoosh, one moment,
then silence the next:
nature’s patterns unscripted.
Get too far in, you’ll find the waves massive,
but take a step back,
they won’t look so bad.
The roots on a tree
grow deep and stretch far,
reaching out for support
forming who they are.
A saguaro cactus
towering over the back wall:
It’s roots near the surface
extending long as they are tall. Continue reading
Family Recipes, adapted for this lifestyle
This is an old family favorite, that used to be made with rice-a-roni. I recently adapted to be gluten free, sugar free, and much more healthy without using the rice-a-roni but still having that great flavor! So yummy. Such a great comfort meal.
GF, SF, Vegetarian (without chicken)
- 2 C uncooked/ 4 C cooked rice (I use boil in a bag= 2 bags) or sautee
- 2 C cooked chicken breast (boiled)
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk (*for dairy free see below)
- 1 C (gluten free) chicken broth
- 1/2 C onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 12-15 baby carrots
- 2 large eggs
- 1-2 Tbslp cilantro
- 1-2 Tblsp parsley
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1 1/2 Tblsp lemon juice (I use real lemon)
- 1 Tblsp salt
- 1 tsp tumeric
- 1 tsp black pepper
“Heroes don’t look like they used to. They look like you do.”
– The Alternate Routes
I have too many heroes in my life to begin to even try and pick one.
I think we should all have a goal: to be own our hero. Be the person you look up to and strive to be!
The Type of Hero I want to be.