Thursday, April 28, 2016

Working hard and working well for your integrity’s sake not for recognition

Do you get more satisfaction when you receive recognition for a job well done?

Are you someone who works hard because you have a sense that it is the right thing to do to contribute to the greater good?

I find it more rewarding to work with a sense of urgency – like what I am doing is contributing to the big picture, like what I do matters, so it is important to do it well.  I get much more fulfillment out of the experience than if I was looking for recognition.  Don’t get me wrong, recognition is cool. It does feel good to be appreciated for my hard work.  But let’s face it - your work could very well go unnoticed and then what?  If I don’t get praise for a job well done I stop putting in effort?  Let me leave you with this thought…

Monday, April 25, 2016

Social Media - A Place To Make Your Light Shine

Opening up Facebook, Twitter or any social media platform and you just never know what you’re gonna see anymore. It could be a quote from the bible, a motivational post, (these are good, yes?) but someone spillin’ tea about someone else or someone just saying something generally negative? I don’t know about that. Why not allow this medium or other social media be a forum where you can let your light shine?

Personally, I use social media for business mostly so I have some skin in the game to make my timeline a positive place to visit. So for people who follow me, I make posts that add value and positivity to their lives. Frankly if anyone wants drama, they can watch The Young and the Restless.

Social media could be used as a tool for accountability, though. There are people in the public eye that are respected as role models that end up getting caught doing things that, if we knew about it, wouldn’t be our role models anymore. I get it. We can’t do things like we did in the old days. We can’t just do whatever we want. Paparrazzi shows this all the time by posting pics of people in compromising positions. YouTube is a common forum to show people getting caught up in all manner of wrong doing. I suppose there is some value in that on some level. But when people just post negativity for sake of entertainment, then it becomes unnecessary. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

At the end of the day there is only so much you can control right? So what do I do to “brighten up” my timeline? I carefully choose who I am friends with. For instance, if I get a friend request from someone that I am not familiar with, I carefully look over their profile before I accept their invitation. I make sure they don’t have anything in their timeline that I wouldn’t post. I don’t mean it has to identical to my timeline or even very similar to my content. But it does need to be generally positive in nature. If it is positive then I accept them as a friend. After all, they may be able to use what I have to offer and I may benefit from making them a friend. At the end of the day, I want to be able look at my timeline and have value added to my day and I hope to do the same for the friends and followers I’ve gained in my social media. That way we have both been served.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Friday! What's for lunch?

Chicken Bruschetta Salad Wrap


3 ounces chicken, cooked

1/2 ounce fresh mozzarella

1/2 cup mixed salad greens

1/4 cup tomato, chopped

1/2 ounce peppers, red, flame roasted

2 tablespoons basil, fresh, chopped

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 low carb flour tortilla, 6"

Dice chicken and cheese. Toss with next 7 ingredients. Place on tortilla. Wrap or fold and enjoy for lunch

Makes 1 serving.

Tip: For additional servings, just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you would like to make.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Eating Healthy is too expensive! Is this a myth? PART II

Now let’s talk about the next step…preparing meals with nutrients that are good for the body and keeps the body performing optimally. As you can probably guess, I do a lot of my own shopping and I tend to spend a lot of time around the periphery of the supermarket. For those of you who don’t know the periphery is usually where produce, dairy and fresh meats, which I lovingly refer to as “real food” live. So in produce, I get my greens, fruit and fresh seasonings like thyme, basil, garlic. Then I visit the section where I can find all things dairy like milk, eggs, cheese (not processed). Finally, there are fresh meats like beef, lamb, chicken and fish, all of which are fantastic sources of protein. Healthy eating is not only affordable but simply delicious!

Next time you are in the supermarket, ask yourself…Are you getting enough green stuff on your plate? Like broccoli, spinach, collard greens? Do you put a little extra lettuce on a sandwich? How about some complex carbs like sweet potatoes, zucchini and squash. If not, these are the types of veggies that should be in your shopping cart along with lean protein and dairy foods in moderation according your own ability to tolerate certain foods. (we all have our thing, right?)

Save time, save money.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Eating Healthy is too expensive! Is this a myth? PART I

Honestly, I don’t know how to answer this question anymore. Personally I think it is a common misconception. So, I will offer this-If you are someone that eats out of cans or other pre-packaged foods, then you MIGHT have a point. On the other hand, if you are someone who eats out 5-6 times a week at fast food joints and other “low cost” restaurants, not so much.

The thing about eating healthy is that half of that effort can be accomplished by cooking meals at home. You see, even if you are not cooking the “healthiest” meals at home, you are definitely doing better both in the pocket book and with what’s on your plate when you prepare your meals at home. You know the ingredients, you know how clean the environment is where the food was prepared and you know what you like to eat! In every way that counts, shopping for your food and cooking from home is definitely the way to save money and eat healthier.

If you have some time, watch the following video that demonstrates that you can prepare a meal at home in less than 30 minutes a day. If you don’t have time right now, put it on your calendar to watch later on. Stay tuned for Part II where I talk about shopping the “real food” sections of the supermarket and I share tips on how save time and save money.

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