This week is it “F” for Freedom
As we close out summer we reflect on free time and how we use it. According to a new study released by the U.S. Department of Labor, Americans have more free time and less work time in 2013 than we did in 2003. Really? I was working more then? I have more free time NOW?
According to the study, we have 10 minutes more of sleep, 10 minutes more of TV watching or leisurely activities, 13 minutes less of work-related activity and 3 minutes less of exercise time or physical activities. This is astounding to me,
This week it is “I” for Intelligence
Intelligence is tricky, we think of ourselves as smart, we also want to be smarter but do we know if we are smart enough? We avoid things that will make us feel less smart therefore we gravitate to activities that make us feel smart, confident and accomplished. It is natural to not want the pains of learning something new & getting frustrated but learning to me is like exercise, we do it because we know it is good for us. It hurts doing it but in the end we are better off.
As far as intelligence goes,
Shirley Plant is the author of “Finally, Food I Can Eat” & she is a nutritional counselor at www.deliciousalternatives.com Shirley’s story is riveting on how she found her way from a life of pain and anguish to one of empowering those with allergies to eat well. This is one story I can relate to, Shirley and I share our mutual insights on this Ahead of the Curve interview.
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain – America’s favorite summer author.
Tuesday Tune Up | Mocktail Week
This week we are making summer mocktails with delicious berries.
Summer berries are not only tasty treats but they are a wonderful way to bring flavor to your cocktail or mocktail 🙂 These are family friendly & fun to make. Enjoy while summer is still here!
MOST Cherry Aide
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- Citrus handheld juicer
- Cocktail muddler
- Ice for shaker
- Festive glass and decorative straw to serve drink
- 6 Cherries in cocktail shaker, then muddle in the cocktail shaker
- 5-6 mint sprigs –
It’s “L” week | LIVING
Summer LIVING should be easy & fun 🙂 These refreshing drinks will definitely inspire you to get started, or they will add to your festivities!
Here we are in the garden of plenty with fruits, citrus and herbs all ready to pluck for our tasty summer delights. Summer is for enjoying life, enjoying family & having grand gatherings of friends and family.
Notch it up a bit & present your guests with wonderful fruit cocktails or “mocktails” (drinks without alcohol). This week as we are featuring the “L” in MOST LIFE –
This week it is “T” for Togetherness
Elephants have it and so do we; the desire to connect! Do you have a Shirley and Jenny reunion coming up? I have been looking for a way to get my favorite elephants in my newsletter.
TOGETHERNESS is the theme this week. We are on the “T” in MOST LIFE.
Elephants have a very social culture, they like to be in family packs of sometimes greater than 100 in their herd. Their size captivates me as I watch (thank you, YouTube) elephants connect with each other and other animals. They are gentle, caring and crave connection.
This week it’s “S” | Speaking
“Hello! Can you hear me?” we have all felt that from time to time. I have stood at counters at stores, feeling invisible. I have had to look down and check to see if I have entered an alternative universe. This may be a small irritation at a store, but in life when we need to show up and be visible, when we NEED to be heard, we must be heard!
For years I have helped my team learn some simple aspects to “SPEAKING”. We confuse talking with speaking and we often think of the words we say as our communication to others.
It is the big “O” week, Organization.
I had a question this week, “What does a person do who’s mind is just so cluttered with thoughts? I don’t know where to start?”
The good news, Organization starts in the head, then gets in the heart.
A great start to getting organized is to set goals. We must know where we are going and WHY.
A cluttered mind can be a big distraction and, let’s face it is a great excuse for inaction. We might find ourselves saying, “well, I just have so many ideas, I don’t know where to start.” That leads to not starting ANYTHING.