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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DAY 3: THE ART OF DINING IN: S.M.O.O.T.H.I.E. SOLUTION FOR LIFE'S BUMPS IN THE ROAD

If life came with a blender we'd all experience strawberry banana smoothies every time challenges, obstacles and the undesirables of life presented themselves. 

It all came to me while I was making a strawberry, banana smoothie for breakfast.  As I was gathering the ingredients and just in my smoothie making zone, I realized much could be gleaned from making a smoothie when it comes to solving life's problems.  Don't believe me?  Just watch!  The next time you are dealing with a "personal growth opportunity," remember your S.M.O.O.T.H.I.E.


S top and ask yourself what am I doing? What would I like? What would bring me joy?  Sometimes the things that present as problems in our lives are check points to be sure our actions are in alignment with what we say we want. 

M editate.  You know, just quiet the mind.  Sometimes the things in our immediate environment including our minds just have too much going on with the constant chatter ALL OF THE TIME.  It pays to just calm down and listen to our own breath inhaling and exhaling.
 
O pen up and be honest with yourself.
O bserve your role in this obstacle.
T alk it out + tell the truth. 
 
The OOT really do go together. When we fail to be honest with others and even with ourselves, more problems just keep on presenting.  The Law of Integrity is powerful and can eliminate many late night tear soaked journal entries. Guys, don't front like you all don't go through the motions too!  THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE!   
 
H elp!  Seeking help from someone with more wisdom than what we have is key such as a mentor.  I have one and she is fabulous!  What benefit is there sharing your problem with someone who has the same amount of life experience as you or even less?  Think about it.  If you have a leaky faucet and both you and your friend lack faucet fixing wisdom but the plumber next door has made a living out of fixing these sorts of problems, then the choice is obvious.  Am I right?  Sure, our friends are great for listening but to see the growth opportunity in all 360 degrees requires someone with "eyes to see" and "ears to hear."  That's just another way of saying wisdom!
 
I mplement what the mentor or expert or the person with more wisdom than you said.  Being coachable is important.  It shows our listening skills, respect and trust.  I've also found that being coachable is a shortcut to success.  When someone else has directions to the place you are trying to get to and you listen and follow their directions exactly, you end up at your destination faster. 
 
E valuate + edit + exit.  Of course, I am not advocating blind allegiance.  After said implementation, we must evaluate the outcomes, edit or make changes if necessary and then exit or walk away from the problem knowing we gave all that we could.  Be confident in the decision you make.


Now, if all of that is just too deep, too much to take in or you were simply just trying to indulge in a delicious smoothie, I hear yah and I have the perfect solution for that too!
 
S ee what ingredients you have.
 
M mmm.  Make this sound with your mouth to get your taste buds ready for some excitement!
 
***FOOD SNOB ALERT***
O RGANIC INGREDIENTS
O NLY.  I don't care how much "extra" it costs for organic fruits and veggies.  Think of it as an investment in yourself.  Does Genetically Modified Organism or GMO even sound remotely tasty?!  Please don't get me started...!
 
T aste mid way to avoid any surprises.
 
H igh fives and/or hand claps for smoothie perfection! But never forget the first rule of Vegan Club: honey is for suckas!  Seriously, just add sweeter/more fruit until you reach the desired level of sweetness. 
 
I nstagram!  Hello?  Why do you think Instagram was created?  It was made so thee entire internet can see how you go about nourishing your body.  Duh!
 
E nough.  Know when you've had it otherwise repeat steps S through I and make some more!

Hope you enjoyed my S.M.O.O.T.H.I.E. Solution for life's problems.  How do you solve problems or deal with challenges?  Do you have your own system set up to "Olivia Pope" it?  (Just ignore Scandal reference if you are not a Gladiator.)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

DAY 2: THE ART OF DINING IN: A CROCKPOT RECIPE YIELDS SURPRISING REVELATION

For the worker bees amongst us, Saturdays are usually reserved for running errands, household chores and perhaps some family time and/or entertainment.  Not over here.  Not for me.  Not anymore that is... 

***FLASH BACK BLOGGING***

It was a Friday night.  Valentine's Day.  I just finished a commissioned painting and was meeting up with a friend for the drop off at the local Starbucks (2 pts for oxymoron).  Rather than be mopped around several times while trying to have a conversation about religion, race and politics we left and headed to what I like to call Starbucks after dark.  

This is B-town's (the city of Burien) hottest night club for entrepreneurs closing international deals, over caffeinated students cramming for exams, teens just trying to be trendy with a frappuccino and where last call is at 10:59PM.  Score!  With the pop music blasting and the hypnotic hissing sounds of the espresso machine, we continued our deep conversation.  It made me think about the Ten Commandments and how many I actually followed.   Stay tuned for a future confessional blog post...

Before you get all "judgy,"  I will have you know that I only missed 1.  That of course was the 4th Commandment: Remember the Sabbath, keep it holy.  Other than that, my record was cleaner than the floors at the first Starbucks we went to. 

***PRESENT DAY BLOGGING***


I have been honoring the Sabbath Day now for 7 weeks!  All I know is that, working/creating for 6 days straight and then allowing yourself one full day of rest is THEE BEST IDEA EVER!  

A full day from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, where I get to say, I can't be bothered with laundry, cooking, errands etc., is empowering and I am completely RECHARGED.

So, with no cooking going on, I still had to eat.  As you know, I am working hard to kick my cereal habit as I start my new cookingship.  

This is where thee best idea for an invention called the crockpot makes its entrance.  Crockpots need ingredients and I forgot to go shopping before sundown so I made the most of what I had on hand.
Recipe for Sabbath Soup Crockpot Recipe

  • 1 potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped set aside some for garnish)
  • 1 cube of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice,
  • 1/2 cup of jasmine rice
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato basil marinara
  • 1 pouch of taco seasonings
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tbs garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste
  • 8 cups of water
  • time (not thyme but just time to rest, duh! are you paying attention?)

Throw all of this into the crockpot before Friday sundown.  Set the dial on low and when you wake up you have a tasty pot of Sabbath Soup!  Actually, it thickens up so it is more like a stew.  Pair with your favorite crackers and you are set.

As I sat and enjoyed my day of rest, I realized that I become a crockpot of sorts when the sun goes down.  Whatever thoughts, lessons, revelations, etc., I have taken in for the week that is what marinates in the crockpot of my soul.   If turn my internal settings to low and look at things for what they are, the bitterness of self judgment "cooks out."  As the lessons simmer, by Saturday sundown I emerge with a new recipe for self reflection which makes for an even more delicious individual! 

How do you spend your Saturdays?  Do you ever allow yourself time to rest?  What's the last thing you made in your crockpot?  Tell me in the comments.  Here are 77 more crockpot recipes to try on your next day of rest.  If you have any recipes to share, please do! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

DAY 1: THE ART OF DINING IN: REKINDLING AN OLD FLAME

Ever since things ended with us, I often think about the times we shared.  We used to have so much fun together meal planning and grocery shopping.  Now, it just seems like a chore begrudgingly done out of necessity for nourishment.  If I am really honest with myself,  when things got too hard, I bailed and settled for something easy.  Oh the guilt I feel every time I walk into the kitchen, our special place where magic was created on a daily basis.  I have completely settled for something less than majestic. 

Chopping and dicing all of those colorful organic ingredients used to send me into a creative culinary tizzy.  Now, it's more of a maelstrom of "meh." 

Cereal is the only thing getting me through our break up.  For someone who loves experimenting in the kitchen and just cooking in general, cereal should never be considered a meal.  It's blasphemy in a bowl!

I thought about hiring a chef but the thought of someone else having all the fun in the kitchen just didn't seem appropriate.  I mean, I truly receive platefuls of joy when I cook.  I want to get back together now!  I am ready to start cooking again! 

But if we get back together I have some conditions if this "cookingship" is going to work.
  • The meals can't take too long. (Remember what happens when I'm hungry and the meal takes its sweet time to simmer...???  Right!  The cereal affair starts right back up again!)  I'm talking 30 minutes or less in the kitchen for something delicious!
  • I can't be bothered with meal planning and grocery shopping.  It's 2014 and everything is outsourced.  Surely, this can be too.
  • Keep it spicy.  I want variety in this "cookingship."  If that means seeking outside inspiration from other chefs, I'm cool with that.  Really.  I am.
I just found out about Plated.com!  It sounds like thee perfect solution to enjoying The Art of Dining In and starting this "cookingship" off right!  Plated is making their pitch on Shark Tank tonight 9pm EST and they are offering a discount code: SharkPlated30!  Happy dining!

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NO LAUGHING MATTER...

The funny thing is, I still feel like a power surge is needed.  In fact, I know one is needed and that's no laughing matter.  Too many of us are drained, on "e," frustrated with how things are going, compromising way too much, using language like sacrifice in every day talk when the ultimate sacrifice already happened and does not need to happen again, feeling stuck, not recognizing our true worth, not standing tall, playing small, acting as if we were not created in pure greatness, running around from this and to that still getting nowhere...

This all screams POWER SURGE!  It is not enough to say it though.  It's not even enough to recognize it.  We are at the point in 2013 A.D., that power must be physically, emotionally, mentally and SPIRITUALLY RECLAIMED. 
SHENERGY is one event. One platform.  One movement to ring the alarms when it is time for a wake up call. 

It is something that requires ALL WOMEN OF POWER TO RESPOND TO.  It's that critical that if one is left behind then we all remain...

LIFE, LIMBS AND A LESSON LEARNED.

If you follow me on social media you know that I am risking life and limb by typing on the very laptop that almost blew up on me last week.  But the lessons I have learned are too powerful to err on the side of caution and safety...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A TRUE STORY: CREATING AS I SEE FIT AND THE POWER OF CREATING OUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES!

You know, I have been saying the following mantra to myself:

I AM A VISIONARY WITH UNLIMITED PERMISSION SLIPS, CREATING AS I SEE FIT.

This mantra has been the fuel that has allowed me to create my own opportunities in my life.  Take my art life for example,

Monday, July 29, 2013

2 FRIENDS CONNECT WITH ART--AND AFRICA


2 friends connect with art — and Africa

In the beginning of the month, my artist friend, Shurvon Haynes and I were interviewed by Jerry Large of the Seattle Times.  During that interview I realized the role law played in my art.  It really is amazing how every experience we have shapes us into who we are at any given moment.  

"Jolyn Gardner Campbell and Shurvon Haynes are artists who share an interest in community that drew them to a project called Artists 2 Africa, which uses art to make connections between Africans and Americans."  Continue reading on the Seattle Times website here.