Have you guys ever thought about what wine can do for you? Besides, give you that lovely light headed feeling. Think about this, the FRENCH are the biggest wine consumers in the world. The French whose diet typically consists of cheese, bread, butter, and thick gooey sauces all over everything. Yet, these people are not keeling over dead from heart attacks. (ponder it, you know you are) The reason? They are also consuming moderate amounts of wine on a regular basis. Interesting isn’t it? [Read more…]
When I first saw this recipe, I thought OHHHH MYYYYY. I have a weird addiction to black beans. Maybe it is my immersion into the cuban culture down here in South Florida. Or it could just be because they are so darn yummy, easy and versitile. Either way, this recipe should be on your must try for your meatless adventures. I don’t recall where we first saw it but we have modified it to suit our tastes. [Read more…]
It wasn’t long ago that I found it really difficult to speak to strangers. I was shy. I had zero self esteem and there was no way that I thought I could offer anyone anything.
It wasn’t until after I met my husband that I began to feel like I had enough good inside of me to share with other people. So I began reaching out to others. In small ways at first. I would hold open doors and say hello to people. I would smile at someone I passed in a store. It wasn’t much but it was enough that I started noticing how good doing those things made ME feel. [Read more…]
Around this time of year, I find that I spend a bit of time evaluating. I look over the past year and try to find ways to improve myself. I find the things that I should do more of as well as consider the things that I should release. Not everything is in our best interest for growth. Somethings, we need to change. And somethings we need to get better at.
2016 seemed to be the year that I found contentment and learned how to begin saying “No”.
It was a much needed practice for me because I tend to over commit myself. I hate disappointing people so for me, always saying yes seemed to be the best way to keep that from happening. Only, I found out at the beginning of the year that I was putting my own health in jeopardy by doing so. I was burnt out. My bod was rebelling and let’s not even get into my stress levels.
This year I cut back my teaching schedule and really focused on bringing quality classes and workshops to my clients. I took on a few more private clients in effort to still offer a very personalized service to them and in the end, I feel that I am teaching even better than I was when I had more time on the teaching floor.
I am still struggling with well meaning people who think that I need to bring more classes or have more opportunities however, I have learned to graciously explain that I love my current schedule and am really seeking out quality opportunities. Offering better bits of myself in the process. We don’t always have to do A LOT to feel valued. For me, I just needed deep connections with the clients that I have.
Yes, I still take on new clients. Yes, I still entertain opportunities. But I also feel pretty comfy referring others to my colleagues, knowing in the end, that their health is more important to me than the few dollar signs that would be added to my paycheck.
This year, while slower paced, has been one of huge amounts of growth for me. I have found my groove learning to balance my classes. I have more energy to write, interact and chase new dreams. Today as I ponder this past year, I find it interesting that in order to grow, I had to slow down.
Have you had a year that you weren’t expecting? Has it been a good shift or adjustment? More importantly, how are you feeling now, as you look back?