Friday, July 31, 2015

Purpose Through Your Talents

Thanks to getting strep I've slowed down.  There has been lots of laying around and reading.  Okay and podcast listening too.  What's neat is, the things I've been listening to are directly correlating with the things I'm reading.  Call it a coincidence but I say it's Godincidence. 

I listened to Chalene's podcast today, How Does Success Feel and I thought, how do I define success?  How do you define it?  Is it money, fancy cars, raising good kids? 
To me success is fulfilling the purpose that God has for me.

 Now that's kind of vague because what is my purpose?  Just so happens day one in my new devotional was about writing your personal vision statement... your purpose.  I love the way this author breaks it down... so much I want to share it with you.  Answer these three questions, my answers are listed below. 

1. List two of your unique personal qualities. 
[creativity, gift of encouragement]

2.  List two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others.
[creating things/environments, words of affirmation and praise]

3.  Assume the world is perfect.  Describe it as you see it. 
[No jealousy, peace, and people know their worth]

Now when you put these together, you have your personal vision statement or purpose.  
My vision is to use my creativity and my gift of encouragement to create and give words of affirmation to people so they know their worth and find peace. 

I just love this little formula because God has given each person their very own special and unique talents so he or she can use them to make a difference in this world.  If I am fulfilling my purpose, then I'm successful because that is what life is about.  It's about loving on people and serving them with your talents.  
  This couldn't have come at a better time for me as I am starting my business.  This is my vision statement for my business.  If  my vision is being fulfilled through my business then I say it's a success.  My hope is that women will know their worth and find their confidence.  I think a lot of these mommy wars and the jealousy we see in the world of women comes from this.  When we feel self conscious it's easy to bring another person or group down to make us feel better.  I've learned that having confidence in who I am and the decisions I make has allowed me to see the beauty in others without questioning my own beauty, because I know my worth. 

So I'm curious... what is your personal vision statement? 

Until next time.  Toodles! 


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Favorite Fatty Treat

When I heard about  NUTS almond project I had to put my two cents in.  Even before my now healthier days, I've always loved almonds.  Now I know that almonds are a great source of protein, antioxidants and fiber for our family.  They are the healthy happy kind of fat you want to eat. 

So how do we do almonds in our house?  Well for one we eat them on a daily basis because we are always snacking on trail mix.  Trail mix is n easy enough snack to prep and I have learned to skip the chocolate because then the kids will only eat the chocolate chunks.

I also love to sneak almonds into meals.  It's a great pair for regular green salads but mostly for my chicken salad.  You can find the recipe HERE.  Stuff it in a pita pocket and you have a delicious nutty lunch. 


And when paired with 100 calorie whole wheat thin bread it makes a great sandwich!  

Almonds also give a great crunch and texture to breakfast.  Oatmeal is a favorite.  I add some almond chunks or slivered almonds to my overnight oats or regular bowl of oatmeal.  So yummy!

Pair the chicken salad and the oatmeal together and you have one of my hubbys favorite lunch combos. 

How do you like to eat your almonds?  Maybe covered in delicious chocolate like the ones at NUTS?  If you want to join in the fun, let me know and who knows, NUTS,com may feature your post!

Until next time.  Toodles! 


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Hormel Turkey Club... The Man Sandwich

If there is one thing my hubby loves it is a good wholesome sandwich.  Throw in some bacon and you have one happy man ready to tackle the rest of the day.  I always want to create something yummy and healthy for him and HORMEL®NATURAL CHOICE® Roasted Deli Turkey Club always knocked it out of the park.    He absolutely loves it!  I love that  HORMEL®NATURAL CHOICE® Roasted Deli Turkey has no preservatives, is nutritious, contains no nitrates or added hormones.  Once you've had this you'll want to make the naturalchoice too.


It's simple, fresh and guaranteed delicious.  How could it not be?  It also has  HORMEL®NATURAL CHOICE® Bacon. 

Ingredients
Bread of choice
HORMEL®NATURAL CHOICE® Roasted Deli Turkey Club
Tomatoes 
Mayo
Baby Lettuce 

Add mayo to the bread, stack the ingredients, cut in half and you have a man sandwich!  Loaded with meat and bacon, this will win his heart.  The perfect weekend sandwich. 

I love using HORMEL®NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats because they are convenient and so versatile.  I can make sandwiches to pack in his lunch and they also make a great snack. 

I also use the HORMEL®NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats and the bacon in the salads he brings to lunch. Sometimes I'll throw slices in there and this time I added some bacon.

HORMEL®NATURAL CHOICE® deli meats are delicious and with all the options there is something for everyone!  You can create a lunch that's a hit for moms and kids.  Hormel Natural Choice products are made with a recyclable box so you'll be able to recognize them right away in the grocery store.  It's easy to find and available right down the street at our local grocery store!  No need for me to head to any specialty store.  


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