A New Year . . . Again! Where's Your Focus?

In just a blink of an eye the last quarter of 2017 rolled to its scheduled end, and the first weeks of 2018 are well under way. Last week I wrote about resolving to develop a “forward” mindset as we move into New Beginnings.

I looked up the definition of resolve. As a noun, it means firmness of purpose or intent; determination made as to follow some course of action. As a verb, it means to make up one’s mind – to resolve on a plan of action. A word closely related is resolute. An adjective meaning firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion.

A New Year . . . again! Where’s Your Focus?On what you are firmly/intently focused? What have you made up your mind to do this year? Have you written your plan of action? Do you desire improved over-all health and wellness? Do you want to save more money? Spend more/less time with extended family? Taking more time off? How about saying “no” more often?

Each new year gives us an opportunity to “begin again” or complete what we did not finish last year. What does that look like for you? January is the “season’s opener,” so to speak, so let’s use this time to clearly and intentionally set our minds on 2018.

Hubby and I have committed the first few minutes of each day to listening to a motivational talk. YouTube has several short but powerful motivational day starters. We are enjoying several from Denzel Washington and TD Jakes. There are many from which to choose!

Please help me as I provide information this year that you most enjoy and would recommend to others. What topics would you like to read and share that inspire, motivate, teach, support and encourage you? I’m eager to hear your suggestions! I’ve lined up some guest Bloggers, so please stay tuned.

Find your focus . . . be well and enjoy your journey. Happy New Year!

 


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Are You Out of Your Mind?

It’s a New Year and that means New Beginnings. What does that look like for you? Each January, I write out my goals/aspirations/wants/needs/desires and do my best to drill down to what each of those specifically look like. Then I set my intention and my words on positive outcomes.

Later this year, I will celebrate completing my 65th of a wonderful life. I’m working on a vision board to keep me aware of what I want this year to look like. If you’ve not created a vision board, it is an exceptional exercise in self-awareness! Some of my coaching friends host workshops in designing vision boards.

I’ve collected several articles from various coaching and mentoring organizations and instructors, and I am learning that the foundation for success begins in my mind. Here are some of the questions I’m answering for my New Beginnings in 2018:

  • What do I REALLY want to begin/complete this year?
  • What is my inner voice telling me?
  • How will achieving my goals/aspirations/wants/needs/desires “grow” me personally?

These beginning “thought-starters” help me become specific and focused on daily action steps I need to put on my calendar. They also help prevent me from overthinking what I need to do next. I ask these questions for several areas of my life: health, finances/career, family/relationships, personal growth.

Vision Board I’ve encouraged my wellness clients to create a wellness vision board to remind them of their health goals. When women choose pictures of their ideal health and wellness, then view those pictures daily, something powerful seems to happen for them. They stay committed to their goals and enjoy the results.

I’m the woman who has a great dislike for lists (except grocery lists), so I use this New Year – New Beginning exercise as a worksheet that I can write on, scribble or scratch out/delete so that I
create clarity and simplicity for moving forward with success and excellence.

While you’re working on your New Year – New Beginning worksheet, you may enjoy snacking on my Nutty Snack Mix recipe at http://Pinterest.com/ConniePshigoda. And remember, The Wise Woman’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide with Recipes for New Beginnings that Never Go Out of Season makes a great New Year’s gift for the woman who is ready for New Beginnings!

Here’s to New Beginnings!

 


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Welcoming the New Year

“And now we welcome the new year.
Full of things that have never been.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

2018

 


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Greetings for a Joyous and Blessed Holiday

Sending you Greetings
for a Joyous and Blessed Christmas . . .
enjoy this special season
with family and friends.

I’ll have new posts in the
New Year!

Comfort and Joy to you!

 

Joyous Holiday Season

 


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Have You Forgotten the Rest?

The “rest” of what, you may ask. In this final week before celebrating Christmas Eve and Day, which is usually hectic beyond description, are you making room for rest? You know, the rest we all long for, but never seem to catch up to. The rest that’s defined as: to cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself or recover strength or energy.

I’ve chimed in when others lament the fullness, busy-ness, and crazy-ness of this season; however, I’ve learned (finally, in my 6th decade) to include rest in my routine. On some days, it’s a matter of my health’s survival! Do you know what I’m talking about?

‘Tis the season for long lines, sold-out items, tired sales clerks, and ridiculous traffic. These moments make rest a necessity. How do you make a restful moment in the midst of the madness? Please share your success secrets so that we all may take a moment of rest in the fullness of this season.

Here are a few rest rewards that work well for my over-filled days:

  • Instrumental music always playing in my home or car. My mind doesn’t have to decipher any words. I’m loving the Christmas carols now, but also enjoy resting with soft jazz or piano music.
  • Lying on my slant-board (feet up) for about 10-minutes during my lunch time.
  • Planning (to the best of my time allowances) to shop for groceries or Christmas gifts in the mid-morning hours. I prefer less crowded stores.
  • Using my Bemer medical device to improve circulation, which is amazingly calming and energizing!
  • Sipping hot tea or hot grapefruit juice (recipe at: https://www.pinterest.com/conniepshigoda/winter-seasonal-health/ on my Winter Board) before bedtime.
  • Reading a book (not a device). This doesn’t happen often enough for me, but it is relaxing when I do sit and read, even for a few minutes.

I wish you comfort and joy during this beautiful season. Enjoy making memories and sharing traditions with your family and friends. Also, remember to make time for yourself and rest.

 


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Colorado Authors Hall of Fame Day

Dear Friends,

It’s gift buying season, and what better gift to give – and receive – than a book by a Colorado author?

Barnes & Noble book fest

Please enjoy a day of shopping, reading and selecting gifts on your list at:

Barnes & Noble
960 S. Colorado Blvd. Glendale, CO 80246
9:00 am until 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I’ll be signing my book, The Wise Woman’s Almanac from 4:00-5:00pm.

Please share this invite with your book lovin’ friends!
Ten Colorado authors will be signing their books throughout the day.

I hope to see you there.

Jingle on!

Pondering the Priorities and Finishing the Process

WOW! From the many responses I received, last week’s Blog post was the highest rated post I’ve written. I guess, as women, we can all relate to unfinished business or projects. I’m touched that my message (and personal experience) resonated with so many of you. Thanks for sharing.

December is passing quickly. Some days are more chaotic than others, and I’ve decided I appreciate the calm days more. Maybe it’s a generational thing. I’m enjoying my current season of life and the time it affords me to observe and ponder. I like that word, “ponder.” It’s a verb that means to think about something carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion. I like that I don’t always have to know the answer, have a solution, or be in charge. It’s a relief to observe, contemplate, review, reflect on and enjoy the process!

As I was putting up the Christmas decorations in our home, I did much of the above. I had brought some of my mom’s Christmas decorations to pass along to my daughters and granddaughters. I delight in the decorating and remembering of Christmases past and reflecting on the “now” Christmas. It amazes me, still, that I’ve lived and loved through so many. They’ve all been so uniquely different. Because of relocating to a new town or home, many times during the Christmas season, I’ve had to adapt and readjust frequently.

I believe that’s why I treasure the traditions my family has kept throughout those many Christmases. The external part of my life may be chaotic, but my spirit can be calmed by keeping my traditions. Do you share “handed down” holiday traditions or rituals? Have you begun new ones with your family or friends?

I recently read a blog post by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. He laments that “Unfortunately, many of these traditions and celebrations are no longer observed throughout the culture. What a shame it is that the Christmases that used to be popularly honored are far less common today. I also regret the speed with which our culture moves today. Unless we resist this breathless pace of living, it will lead us to ignore the meaning of Christmas and miss its uniqueness in human experience.”

Argosy University published a blog titled, The Psychology and Science of Tradition & Ritual. The article traced traditions throughout history to report that in early times, families and communities kept close ties for protection, provision and prosperity. Their traditions kept the unit strong. In more modern times, the benefits of traditions and rituals still have value.

Whether traditions or rituals take place around the family dinner table or on a road trip, or include a favorite holiday recipe or activity, there’s something about keeping these traditions and rituals alive and well for the benefit of everyone who participates. Children, especially, benefit from positive emotional development along with improved coping abilities. Traditions and rituals also help lay a foundation of trust and stability that supports them through difficult times in their lives.

Science and psychology aside, for me, I like having the expectation followed by the experience. It makes for completion in my often scattered life. What about you? How do the traditions you’ve kept bring comfort and joy to your experience? Please take time to ponder in this joyful season; I hope you’ll share your experiences.

Comfort and Joy to you!

Combine two holiday favorites – sweet potatoes and apples – for this comforting and delicious treat. Click the image for the recipe.

 

 

 

 


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Are You Leaving This Year Unfinished?

On a recent visit to my family’s farmhouse, now sadly empty without inhabitants, yet full with the things that embellished their lives, I sensed a fullness that comes from 60+ years of farm living. That sensation of fullness was countered with the discovery of many unfinished projects.

Are You Leaving This Year Unfinished?As I cleared away years of accumulated items from drawers, cupboards and closets, I came across a couple of sewing projects my mom had optimistically begun. Most of her days as a farm wife were long and full. I marveled that she attempted to plan time to begin a “fun” project. Then a twinge of sadness crept in as I realized that I, too, had often optimistically started a project or hobby only to have life get in the way and move the project to the bottom of the list.

Are You Leaving This Year Unfinished?With 2017 coming quickly to a close, I’m taking a different approach to my “annual inventory” list. Several webinars and seminars I’ve attended have strongly suggested that we “finish the year strong, without taking unfinished business into the new year.”

Now that sounds like a noble intention, but as I pondered that idea more deeply, I confess, it doesn’t always work for me. As much as I dislike “unfinished business,” my reality is that sometimes that’s just life. Certainly, I strive to complete what I start, but when that’s not possible, I choose to rethink the situation, project or hobby to determine its value on my priority scale.

I’ve had a few unfinished writing projects for quite some time now. Will it diminish my new year if I begin again and make another attempt to complete them in the new year? I think not. Perhaps my discipline or creativity will be more developed in the new year. Maybe I’ll hire a writing coach. Maybe. . .

With each year I learn more about who I am and what I am about. I appreciate and am grateful for my accomplishments. I appreciate and am grateful for my flaws and failures; they are great teachers. I encourage you to ponder you as this year comes to a close and the new year promises new beginnings. Take inventory of what you’ve begun and finished. Count what is unfinished and ponder its place in your life. Perhaps it takes a strong decision and discipline to let go and move on from some projects, plans, ideas, dreams or goals.

I brought piles of “stuff” I cleared from my childhood farmhouse. My donation and for sale list gets longer each day. I have much to share and pass on. Maybe there’s a quilter or knitter who will be delighted to finish my mother’s previous projects.

Meanwhile, I’m assessing what I intend to complete and what I need to let go. Seasons come, seasons go and I want to live fully – uncluttered and completed – in each one! Won’t you join me?

Be sure to try my Pumpkin Power Cookie – this energizing cookie will get you through all your Holiday preparations.

 


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It's a New Season - Have You Made Seasonal Dietary Adjustments?

Harvest Baked Apples

Can you believe it? It’s count-down time for the final days of this year. With all the season’s activities on your calendar, you may not want one more thing to think about, however, these simple dietary suggestions may give you the energy and stamina to get through these hectic last days of the year with joyful vitality!

The cold, dry season of Winter is only a few short weeks away. Our dietary choices can improve our overall comfort as well as our health and immunity. Summer’s freshly picked vine-ripened produce has come to an end and it’s time to shift our food choices. Many of these suggestions have roots in Ayurvedic health practices and have held true for centuries. I hope you’ll find value, comfort and “feel-good-all-over” energy when you include these principles into your Winter Wellness plan:

  • Enjoy 10-15 minutes of direct midday sunshine before the gray days of Winter arrive. There’s nothing like the natural warmth of the sun to heal and energize!
  • Eliminate iced beverages and cold foods (raw fruits and vegetables, salads, ice-cream). Your body needs foods that are warm, salty, sour, sweet, oily, moist and heavy. This includes soups and stews, gravy, roasted root vegetables, steamed fruits and vegetables and herbal teas.
  • Include more protein and fat in your diet. Add avocado, olive or sesame oil to your soups or cooked grains. Nuts, cheese and butter add flavor and nutrients to your Winter recipes.
  • Use mildly warming spices in your Winter recipes to boost flavor and support healthy digestion. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves and garlic are great flavor additions.
  • Include soluble fiber in the form of mucilaginous herbs/foods (oatmeal, flax or chia seeds, psyllium, figs, okra, aloe vera) to support healthy elimination.

Just as Nature is drying out (leaves losing their moisture), our body becomes drier in this season. Our outer skin covering may become dry and itchy, which is as annoying as it is uncomfortable. When the dryness reaches the intestinal lining and respiratory tracts, the potential problems become more severe.

That’s why it’s so important to adjust our dietary habits with the seasons, so that Nature’s foods can protect and strengthen our inner vital organs. The warm, moist, steamed foods provide the
gut with exactly what it needs in this season – soothing, warming, moisturizing and lubricating foods.

One of my favorite Winter recipes is Baked Apples. This is a simple Winter dish that warms and comforts my body! I fill the apple with chopped walnuts, cranberries or cherries and of course cinnamon. There are numerous recipes on Pinterest and Food Network.

Winter is coming . . . Stay warm and always Savor the Season!

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

 


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Have Another Piece of Pie

As I’m gathering my Thanksgiving recipes, I laugh at fond memories of Thanksgivings past. In my single mom days, my daughters and I lived too far from family to make the annual holiday visit. To make our holidays seem not-so-alone, we created numerous new traditions each year. Some of those traditions were favorites and still enjoyed today, and we are passing them along to my grand-daughters.

Kaluha Pumpkin PieI’ve kept a recipe booklet from Kahlua since 1986. In the margin of the recipe pages, I wrote the years that I prepared a particular recipe. I began in 1993. The pumpkin pie recipe became a family favorite even today. I’m happy to share it with you. Enjoy . . . and have another piece of pie!

Kahlua Pumpkin Pie

 


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