Saturday, October 19, 2013

Writer's Block

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Today's post will be one of my shortest posts. I have been trying to think of what I want to write about in my posts and I keep drawing straws.

Don't you just hate when you are experiencing writer's block? I do..... So, i will see you on the other side of Sunday. Hopefully, i will have a worthwhile post to share by then.

Happy Sunday Lion-HEARTS!!!!!  


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In the Blink of an Eye........

I have been think how much life can change in an instant. After all, It only takes one minute for your whole world to turn upside down or for your world to just bloom like a sunflower on a beautiful day.



Monday, October 14, 2013

The Honey of our Lives


Honey will enrich and add subtle flavour to dishes such as casseroles, sauces and dressings. Honey can be used as a natural substitute for sugar in most recipes but as it is sweeter than sugar, less is needed. Similarly, as almost one fifth of honey is water, the liquid content of a recipe should be reduced by the same amount.

Honey with meat:-

Honey-cured ham or baked gammon coated with honey and mustard date back from medieval times.
Marinades containing honey and vinegar make meat more tender and succulent.
In a barbecue sauce, golden honey gives a distinct flavour as it caramelises.
Honey gives a delicious crispy coating on roast chicken.
Honey with vegetables:-

Just adding a small amount of honey can do surprising things for everyday vegetables such as honey glazed carrots.
Orange blossom honey is perfect when added to a spicy vegetable stir fry as the sweetness of honey counteracts the spiciness of chillies, peppers, garlic and spices.
Honey in salad dressings:-

Adding honey to salad dressings and sauces can enhance the flavour and give extra body.
Honey in desserts and cakes:-

Honey is great for keeping cakes and biscuits fresh and moist. It's also sweeter than sugar, so much less is needed to achieve the same results.
Today, honey is appreciated as an unadulterated, natural product, less processed than any other sweetening agent, and with fewer calories.



HOMEMADE HONEY BEAUTY RECIPES


Honey Cleansing Scrub


Mix 1 Tablespoon of honey with 2 Tablespoons finely ground almonds and ½ teaspoon
lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.


Firming Face Mask


Whisk together 1 Tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug
and beauty stores) and enough flour to form a paste (approximately ¼ cup). Smooth
over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


Smoothing Skin Lotion


Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and ¼ teaspoon lemon juice. Rub
into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off
with water.


Skin Softening Bath


Add ¼ cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.


Hair Shine


Stir 1 teaspoon honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water. Blondes may wish to add a
squeeze of lemon. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do not rinse out. Dry
as normal.



Resource Sites:
http://www.painease.com/honey_in_beauty.htm
http://www.honeyassociation.com/index.asp?pid=11

Sunday, October 13, 2013

DAY 21- Is it the End of the Road?

The 21 day challenge was the catalyst for me to start blogging again. As I have posted before, I had lost my voice. I was a ship on the waters with no direction. I was lost. I did not know it. I did not realize that I was lost until I started the challenge.

The 21 Day Challenge was a spiritual fast. It was not about abstaining from food. It was about abstaining from things that we place too much importance on.  So, for three weeks I have not watched my television. When I started the challenge, I honestly did not know if I would be able to not watch television for three weeks. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to watch my TV.  My television was my source of solace, my best friend so to speak. But, I was able to do without television for three weeks without even being tempted.  I had have not been on Whatsapp or face book (except for work related posts), no reading of the newspaper, no radio, no gossiping, and no negativity. I know it sounds crazy but I did it for three weeks.

In short, I tried not to do anything that would cause me not to focus on my aim. My aim was to focus on the word of God. I read my bible every day, I meditated on the word of God, I prayed, I read blog posts that were spiritually edifying, I went to church every chance I got (before this I had not been to church in about six years or more).  Basically, for the last three weeks I made God the centre of my life.

As a result of this, I started feeling lighter. I wanted to get out of bed in the morning. I did not dread going to work (my work environment is highly stressful). I did not argue or complain as much as I use to. I allowed God to do what he always does, move mountains. In the midst of all of this, I gained a sense of peace. So that, every day I woke up I wanted to do my best.

Lessons Learnt

In short, I guess I am saying that I have learnt that for far too long I have been majoring in the minor. I have been focused on the things in life that are not important. I have been vastly neglecting my spiritual life. I have been focusing on the external aspects of my life and totally disregarding my inner self. I have been so busy trying to be politically correct, trying not to offend, and trying not to be judged for my beliefs that I have swept them under the carpet. I have been trying to keep up to the pace of this 21st century fast food society that I forgot that everything will happen in the right time. I have been trying to fit into what I am expected to do and be that I forgot to be myself. I have been trying to have the American dream in Jamaica instead of asking myself what is my true purpose. So at the end of my 21 days, I can honestly say I get it now. I have realized that although the 21 day challenge is over. The journey does not end. It is not the end of the road. The road is just beginning.



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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finding Your Voice- Day 20

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I literally just woke up from a nap. When I went to sleep I had no idea I would write a post today. However, I woke up with this post on my heart. So, here goes. I was at church today and I was flipping through a folder that I had purchased a year ago. I had written random poems in this folder and I found a poem I had written entitled, 'I Think I Lost My Voice along the Way'. In the poem, I reflect on the lost of my voice.

I wrote: “I think I lost my voice along the way/ I allowed the voices of the maddening crowd/ to drown out my honey soaked, love filled/ molasses, sugar sweet/ melodious sounds.”

I had completely forgotten I wrote the poem and to be honest I do not remember writing the poem. However, for a while I felt like I had lost my voice. When I refer to my voice, I am not speaking about the sounds that leave my mouth in the form of speech. I am talking about that power inside that is mixed with the essence of who I am. I am referring to the power that has enabled me to touch lives positively, the power that God has given me to fulfill my purpose. This is the voice I am referring to.

During the period I am talking about above. I had stopped blogging. For some reason or another, I could not get a chance to sit down long enough to write a blog post. I had work, I had a business I was starting, I had my daughter to take care of and I had to move. I had soooo many things going on at that time that caused me not to focus on me. Looking back I realized that these were some of the things that caused me to lose my voice. How many of us just lose ourselves, our voices by the virtue of just trying to do everything and be everything for everyone else.  How often do we try to be the best mom, best wife, and the best at everything we do? Often, in the process of trying to be the best, we completely lose us.

I have said this several times in various posts, when I first starting blogging I did not think about gaining followers or paid reviewed offers. I did not even know I would be any good at blogging. After all, I was one of the worst spellers in high school. My grammar was horrible. My friends did not get the whole idea of blogging and they discouraged me (that is a whole other blog post unto itself).So in short, the only thing I thought I had going for me was the fact that I love the written word.  I did not think I could inspire, but I just started writing anyway. When I started blogging, I wrote from a place of pain and truth. I wrote for me. It was my therapy. It was something I did because I felt compelled to write (Ironically, I hated writing when I started). In the process of writing; slowly but surely, my voice was being brushed off and polished. It was being aired and used. I found that my voice was touching people. What started has my therapy become a blessing for others. Through that process, I also became blessed.

So my friends, finding your voice is always about finding yourself. If your voice is the essence of you (your you-ness), then it is not about how loudly you can talk or how eloquent you are. It is about discovering who you are as a person and loving yourself for your strengths and also your weakness. It is about allowing your weakness not to overpower you but instead allowing them to be a beacon for someone else by your act of overcoming them.  Finding your voice is not about being prefect or being the best. It is about knowing who you are and spending time learning about yourself. It is about learning to be comfortable in your skin. So my friends, if you have not began your journey to finding your voice, there is no better time to start than now.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Who Says You Are a Victim?- Positive Wednesdays

Who says you are a victim? No seriously, who told you that you are a victim? Yes, I am talking to you. I know that often it might seem like your life is totally falling apart but are you really a victim because of this. Oftentimes, the negative things that are happening in our lives are several learning curves. These are often the lessons we need to learn but we are too pigheaded to acknowledge them. So, does this mean you are a victim? No, you are only a victim when you declare that you are.  Yes, I said it. You are the one who is victimizing your own self. You’re the one who is speaking negativity and hopelessness in your own life.

I am dead tired but this post has been in my heart because this is something that I have been doing without even thinking about it. It is day 17 of my 21 day challenge and it has been a serious learning curve. I was in church on Sunday and right after communion and I was praying, out of nowhere, I was stung by a wasp. I kid you not. Immediately, I started saying to myself, why me. I went on, how can this happen? I was about to start pulling out the victim card when it clicked into focus. Why should I cry, worry or be the victim, when I can pray. So, I prayed and I forgot about the fact that I was stung. Do you know that my face was not swollen (this is unusual for me) and by that afternoon the pain was gone.

My experience just highlighted for me that we often claim and speak the wrong things into our lives. I know I have. If you think back, how many times have you spoken sadness and hopelessness into your own life by the nature of your own words? Therefore, it is like I said, you are victimizing your own life. So I will end like how I began, who told you that you are a victim?  Who did? Who really did?


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Be Worthy

Be Worthy of Imitation

They say imitation is the greatest compliment, but are your actions worthy of imitation? We are all in some setting of leadership. Whether it be as a parent, boss, or friend we should constantly examine the example we are setting for those around us. Are you being a positive role model? Are you treating others in a dignified way? Be a cheerful and diligent worker, parent, and boss to those around you. Children, especially, are like sponges taking in your every action and word--they naturally want to be just like you. So be mindful of your word and deed, you never know who might be watching and silently learning what you are demonstrating. 

You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.

- Robert E. Lee, Civil War General

                                                                         from Spark People-Daily Reflection

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Baking Soda Secrets

As long as I can remember, my mom had a box of baking soda in our home. However, I have never thought about using baking soda until a friend of mine mentioned how it helped to exfoliate her skin. She kept telling me about her morning skin care routine. Yet, my interest was not piqued until I saw her skin looking absolutely radiant. I was in awe. So, the next day I bought my first box of baking soda. 



Here is a list of ways you can use baking soda:

Scrub
You can pour a teaspoon of baking soda unto a damp rag and gently exfoliate your skin. You will find that it leaves your skin nice and smooth. I was amazed at how smooth my skin felt.

Deodorizer
You can pour four teaspoons of baking soda in an open container and place it in your fridge. Over time you will realize that your fridge will remain noticeably free of various odours that accompany various foods.

Brighten colours
You can add a handful of baking soda to your laundry and it will help to brighten the colour of your clothes.

Toilet cleaner
You can also sprinkle baking soda in your toilet and let it sit for one hour before flushing; it will remove the stains and odour from your toilet. You can scrub your toilet if necessary.




Friday, October 4, 2013

DAY 12- Just Breathe

Days 7-11 have been highly stressful at the end of these six days, I am exhausted and my child is not well. As I type this post I am in the midst of washing, cleaning and everything else so that I can take my child to the doctor as soon as she wakes. 

Through it all, I have learnt that in live there will always be confusion. There will always be that one person in our lives who deliberately choose to create chaos in our lives and there will also be circumstances beyond our control that will help to create.  The important thing to do in these situations is to breathe. Breathing often helps us to focus not on chaos but on what you really need to do. So in short, focus on what is important. 

When you start doing this, you will realize that if you focus on the chaos around you, often miss the bigger picture or the answer to your problem that is staring you in the face. Case in point, I was at work and I needed to print a document ASAP. Out of nowhere, my computer stopped picking up wireless and so I would not be able to email the document. As the minutes rolled by, I began to become frantic. Then, I started asking my co- workers to lend me a thumb drive. When no one did, I was at my breaking point, the tension was killing me. Then out of nowhere, a co-worker simply suggested that I could plug the internet manually to my laptop. The answer was right there smiling at me. However, I allowed myself to get catch in all the confusion and panic that I totally did not see the solution to my problem. 

So, my friends......just breathe       


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