There’s a bit of Julia Child inside all of us…

Julia Child The movie Julie & Julia has made an impact my life. It left me with feelings of inspiration and put a spring back in my step. This movie re-ignited a passion in me that was dimmed for some time but Julia Child reached out and saved me.

Through the years, as I flick through TV stations, I would sometimes watch Julie Child’s cooking shows. Not so much because I enjoyed cooking but because she was entertaining and her passion for flavorful food and cooking leaped out from the screen. Her enthusiasm made it easy for me to want to stick around to see what mouthwatering fattening dish she was whisking up.

Life Saving Gifts

Life Saving Gifts I wish to share a true and personal story that a friend’s mother recently wrote. She is an organ recipient. My mission in posting this message is to bring awareness to the importance of organ donations. As delicate as this topic is – it is a necessary discussion that we should have with our “mature” family members.

My personal connection with organ donation is – if it weren’t for a donor, my husband’s grandson, Sean would not be with us today. A young man’s sudden and unexpected passing saved five lives. We are forever grateful to his family for passing on the gifts of life.

Making a difference by being present

Making a difference by being present A few months ago a woman in my community rang in her 90th birthday by leaping out of an airplane. Three generations of her family also took the plunge with her that day. It was her intention to do two things to celebrate her birthday. To create a memory that her family will never forget and to also raise awareness for a cause that she is passionate about. In the weeks leading up to the big day, Olive raised $2,500.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Out of touch with a modern love

modern musicI’v been Blogging for just over a year now and I think its time that I come clean about something. I’ve been hiding a deep dark secret that’s been weighing on me and I think its time that I purge it. I suffer from a prejudice and it really affects how I interact and socialize with a certain group of people.

This narrow-mindedness that I’ve been covering up is “my lost of interest towards modern music”. There I said it!!! Now I can start the healing…

When I’m playing designated driver – chauffeuring my 15-year-old niece and her friends around town – I cringe every time because I know the time has come to “tolerate” something that I despise more than anything – having to listen to their music. Blah!!!

Its time for a PEP talk

Its time for a PEP talk Every morning I start my day with a “PEP talk”. The conversations I have with myself are full of Passion, Enthusiasm and Perseverance.
These daily “self-talk” are important because they keep me grounded and focused on the important things in my Life. Giving thanks for all that is good; they keep my thoughts in line – defending me against the negatives that try to tackle me; and they tell me to to keep striving – to make the necessary changes within so I will always be a winner in the game of Life.
Most days, I manage to plow my way through with feelings of peppiness but there are some days when I feel completely defeated and at a loss.

Keeping Life in Perspective

Keeping Life in Perspective A few weeks ago I was hit with some devastating news that really took the wind out of my sails. In that moment it felt as if my life came to a screeching halt. The initial shock and anger overwhelmed me as I roamed through the house with my head in the clouds – dazed and in a trance-like-state, wondering how I was going to get through this. I just kept reviewing the scenario over and over in my mind, asking myself, “What went wrong? Why did this happen? Where do I go from here?

Letting go of Expectations

Letting go of Expectations There used to be mornings when I’d wake up filled with expectations but in a matter of hours I would quickly feel anxiety, frustration, worry and angry because things didn’t go according to my plans.

It was always easy to get upset and frustrated when my expectations didn’t roll out the way I intended them to – only to end up feeling miserable and letting my misery fall on those around me.
Expectations I put on myself was always a struggle, constantly fighting to find a healthy balance. There’s now a strong need to search for some sort of a middle ground.

Memory Making Opportunities

Memory Making Opportunities Last month I spontaneously made a trip to visit my dad who lives 1500 miles away. One morning I was talking to him on the phone – that afternoon I booked my flight and two days later I was sitting in his living room. It was easy to make excuses as to why I shouldn’t go..life is busy, it costs too much..blah, blah, blah.
As I get older I’m realizing more and more that there is never a perfect time to make time for those we love. I’m also learning that spontaneity often open doors to creating the most magical memories.

Say YES to the small stuff

Say YES to the small stuff I recently watched the movie “Yes Man” starring Jim Carey. He plays a character that lives in his own little world – just existing and habitually saying the word NO to everything. He refuses all invites and isn’t willing to step outside his dull routine – finding himself feeling bored and lonely as he sits home night after night watching TV. His life changes after he attends a “Say YES To Everything” motivational conference. Going to the extreme, he says YES to absolutely everything and everyone who crosses his path. Of course he gets himself into some very funny predicaments but in the end he figured out how to find a healthy balance, which set him on a course to living a richer more fulfilling life.

We can all use a little help

We can all use a little help Fridays are my my usual day for volunteering at the local nursing home, so I welcomed the nice change in having a day out on the town. It was an afternoon of taking some of the residents on a scenic drive with a stop for an old fashioned home cooked meal at an old school diner that was 20 miles away.

We had a bit of trouble getting one of the new residents to join us but with a little additional coaxing we won her over. She’s very nervous about leaving the safety of her surroundings – understandably, considering that she’s 93 years old, in a wheelchair and is 90% blind. We soon won her trust after reassuring her she was in good hands and she would be well cared for every step of the way. After everyone is secured in their seats on the van, I sit beside my new friend and immediately got her lost in talking about her family. It was obvious that she was starting to feel at ease and ready to enjoy her outing.