While stirring and contemplating the soup I’m making (recipe below), I thought “I need more potatoes.” I reached down into a sack without looking and grabbed one – a small one. Perfect, I thought, a small potato. That must be where the expression came from “oh that’s just small potatoes.” One dictionary definition defines small potatoes as “someone or something of little significance or value, especially a small amount of money.”
But the small potato was perfect for my soup – sometimes it’s just that little bit extra, the small potato, the pinch of salt (or sugar), that rounds out the dish (life) perfectly.
In a bigger-is-better culture, the small potato might not seem worth much. But in my soup, it’s perfect!
Last step – Eat it! Just in time for the cooler weather!
OOPS – just remembered I wanted to use up some mushrooms so I sautéed them (to help them catch up to the rest of the soup) and stirred them in. It’s a tantalizing brothy stew and smells terrific!
While I’m waiting for the mushrooms to integrate, I’m eating a small dish of peaches I froze during peach harvest this year. A sweet, juicy appetizer that’s for sure.
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When I’m really grateful as I am tonight, I mentally go over all the things I’m grateful for. Tonight on this cool summer evening, I’m grateful for Toby. He’s fun to walk.
If you want to be more grateful, here are a handful of examples to prime the gratitude pump.
Things you can be grateful for …
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Last Wednesday we launched the 8-week program Unleash the Magic (live in Lawrence) and the first topic was Time. So this week I was thinking about time and how I use it. I woke up Saturday morning feeling overwhelmed by the many things I had to do and the lack of interest and energy I had for starting on my mental list. Ugh was my total body feeling. My arms even hung limp at my sides like that of a teenager who has been asked to clean the kitty litter.
Turning to my journal for inspiration, I got excited and started sweeping my deck, then clipping the spent roses from my knockout bush (100 or so), cleaning the gutters, putting in two window air conditioners, brushing my shedding dog, clipping his toe nails, taking us on a walk, cleaning under the kitchen sink (oh man it was needing it), mopping the kitchen floor, and that’s just for starters. I went like that for two days like a house afire.
As I cleaned and moved through my list, I thought about why my energy and enthusiasm was working so well for me….after it had felt so heavy and unappealing when I woke up Saturday morning.
Now this is what I want to share……In the midst of my struggle, I went to my journal for clarity and inspiration—for help. When I took the first step to take action, I was rewarded by a feeling of relief that I actually could trust myself to take care of business, to do what I said I was going to do, to manage the affairs of my life. I felt better and better about myself as the weekend progressed.
What I also noticed is that I said only positive things to myself about myself and about my tasks. I looked just at what I was working on instead of wringing my hands over all that I had to do. It was magical really and not something I always do – that’s why I paid so much attention to what was working and why. I wanted to repeat my success and share it with you. Positive self talk, taking action (baby steps when that’s all you can do), and writing in your journal – that’s a combo that will help to unleash the magic that’s already in you….and in me.
What do you do for inspiration when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stuck? Share at the comment link below.
If you live in Lawrence, KS and this program sounds of interest to you, it’s not too late to join the series. This coming Wednesday we start session 2 with discussion, journaling, EFT, and energy healing around MONEY. Don’t you love to talk about money! Here a link for more information.one comment | Print This Post
LIVE IN LAWRENCE, KANSAS!
UNLEASH THE MAGIC IN YOUR LIFE
June 1 – July 20, 2011
8 Consecutive Wednesdays
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Unity Church of Lawrence (sanctuary)
900 Madeline, Lawrence
A Transformational Workshop
Are you ready to discard old stories about who you are, what you do, and what you believe in? Find out how you can replace old, worn out ideas, beliefs, and habits through magical, mini transformations.
Unleash the Magic is an interactive workshop led by Cheryl Miller, Wellness Strategist, Life Coach & Mayor of CherylMillerVille (a thriving, online community of 6,000 subscribers).
Using Cheryl’s unique “LIFE in your LAP” Active Journaling Process, you will be guided through a series of self-reflective, inner exercises to help you Unleash the Magic in these 8 areas of your life:
6. Space (car, home, office)
7. Personal Growth
Learn how to design your own magical life and experience opportunities for removing blocks through music, dreams, belief exploration, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), energy healing, guided meditation and visualization, Haiku, and more!
PLUS! Special guests will lend their magical gifts to our journey every week
· Carla Mumma, EFT practitioner
· Vi Hamilton, Energy Healer
To learn more about this unique program and to register, visit: www.CherylMillerVille.com/magic
We hope you’ll join us!
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Most of us support some kind of cause and the organizations that champion our cause whether it’s the Humane Society, Save the Earth, Cancer Society, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, GRACE Factory Farm Project, NAACP, Not For Sale and the list goes on and on.
Join me this Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm Central Time to talk about activism.
**What spurs you on to support a cause–big or small?
**Where does your passion come from?
**What if anything gets in the way of supporting your cause while maintaining good mental and physical health, compassion for all slides of the issue, and while seeing the future as a positive place?
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE FREE TELE-SERIES
This series occurs twice a month – the first and third Tuesdays at 7pm CT.
Visit this link for more information and to sign up (if you haven’t already):
You will receive an email confirmation with the phone number to call. I will also give you a link to an inspirational video with David Batstone.
Note: If you’re not sure you’ve signed up yet, go ahead and sign up again. You’ll get only one subscription if you use the same email, so don’t worry.
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Just finished the first tele-conversation in the Let’s Talk About Healthy, Happy Living series (1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month). Our topic was having fun. Here are some great quotes about fun and highlights of our conversation.
" He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day…needs to reorganize his life"
-George Matthew Adams
"If I were a toy, I would say ‘Press my Play button’."
Julie De Koven
"The human race has only one effective weapon –and that is laughter."
"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"Happiness is not having what you want. It’s wanting what you have."
"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted in Joy by Beverly Elaine Eanes
Notes from the Conversation….
Things people shared that were fun for them:
What can keep us from having more fun – perceived obstacles
How we can build more fun into our lives
A few takeaways from the call: not as lacking in fun as we thought but need reminders to build fun in. Also, we can be more in control of our lives than we sometimes think – even if we have a challenging life.
If you missed this conversation and would like to sign up for the series (it’s FREE!), visit this link: http://www.cherylmillerville.com/letstalkabout/one comment | Print This Post
I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a bit serious about life—I could use more fun in my life. But what? How? We’re kicking off our Let’s Talk About Healthy, Happy living series talking about fun.
Here’s who needs to come to the call, Tue. Feb 15:
• You, if you’re good at having fun (we need to hear your secrets)
• You, if you seldom have fun (we want to inspire and expand your world)
• You, if you are in the middle like me (we want to tip you onto the fun end of the spectrum)
Come to the first call in the series this Tuesday, February 15 and share your take on fun (Do you know how to have fun? Are you fun-deficient? Do you have suggestions for having more fun?)
More info about the series and signup:
When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with the call-in details. If you’re not sure whether you have signed up for this series yet, go ahead and sign up. You’ll get just one notice (unless you use a different email).Leave a comment | Print This Post
You’re invited to join me for a free conversation series (twice a month) about health and wellness topics ranging from getting good sleep, to healthy snacking, to personal development, to eating organic, to decluttering, to healthy aging and more. All you need is a phone.
Here’s how to join in the conversation:
First and Third Tuesdays every month
5-6pm PST | 6-7pm MST | 7-8pm CST | 8-9 EST
We’ll have folks from all over joining in on the discussion—from all walks of life and full of varying perspectives. Imagine the energy and wisdom!
Everyone is invited to join in or just listen. All you need is a telephone to participate.
If you’re longing for lively, engaging conversation about health and well-being, visit this link to find out more:
You can participate in any or all calls, and you can opt out of the series at any time.
Don’t miss it!
Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to participate:
This is more than just a teleclass. You’ll learn how to think bigger about who you are and how you can design your life around your most cherished dream for 2011. If you don’t have a dream yet, you can borrow one of mine – I’ll give tons of examples. Your dream will become your theme. And your theme will replace your New Year’s Resolution, because it’s so much more powerful.
Why have a New Year’s Theme? Theme parks have a theme, special parties have themes, cruises use themes. Why? Because themes are exciting and they inspire us to join in the fun. They bring out our playful, creative sides. A theme is like a clarion call – it attracts our vision and our energy. You can create a theme that will forecast what you want in your life in 2011.
I’m going to take you through the process that I personally use every year to develop a theme that guides me throughout the year, not just until I forget about it! You’ll also learn my strategies for keeping it top of mind.
We’ll explore four kinds of themes:
By the end of the call, you will have a theme for 2011 or be well on your way to having one. And you’ll understand how your theme can pull you forward toward your dream throughout the year.
Date: Thursday, January 13
Time: 5-6pm PT | 6-7pm MT | 7-8pm CT | 8-9pm ET:
There is no charge for this teleclass. It’s my New Year’s gift to you. You’ll just be responsible for any long distance charges that apply.
All you need is a phone and a couple of sheets of paper. You can participate from home, the office, or wherever you are. If you’ve never taken a teleclass and want to know more about how they work, get a brief summary here.
I am looking forward to helping you choose your theme for 2011.
To your healthy, happy life and Heaven in 11!Leave a comment | Print This Post
Who doesn’t like a great quote? Visit this site to hit the jackpot of inspiring quotes from insightful people about how to succeed in the workplace and as a human being.
Here’s a sample: “Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.” Josh BillingsLeave a comment | Print This Post