Immediate Tranquility

turtle-2323059_1920My desktop screen saver images at work are all of luscious beach landscapes and turtles swimming in the ocean.  To me this is the essence of peace and calm.  I catch a glimpse of these images on the my second screen as they alternate and immediately  feel the serenity.

Just a few milliseconds can change your entire mood and outlook.  Take advantage of that every chance you get and it will make a huge difference not only in your work day but in your overall mental well-being.

 

 

Wine On…

WhiteBase4I need to get one of these…not only for myself but for a few of my friends. And hey, they say drinking wine in moderation will help with cholesterol, stress, cancer prevention and a myriad of other ailments…so I MUST do it…FOR MY HEALTH…right?

Philanthropy

I wish I could do more. If i could quit my job and voluteer full time I would. But my mortgage company might obeject slightly. I struggle to find the time and money to give back in a way that I feel actually makes an impact. I always feel like it’s never enough. So sometimes I just don’t do anything at all.

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Knowing that wasn’t the answer, I created a non-profit in hopes that I could find more ways to give back. Not in huge ways, but in a lot of little ways. They say that every little bit helps, and I have to believe that’s true.

If you get a chance go check it out at the website. Maybe now that I’m back blogging I will be better about updating all of our current and latest projects.

Projects Helping Houston (PHH)

I Love to Cook

I’m still unsure of what defines a “foody” exactly…because don’t we all enjoy good food?! There are times though, when I think I might have an unhealthy obsession with it…and while I’ve never been terribly large, it keeps me from being my ideal healthy weight. But I don’t think this is unique to to me. I have to believe others struggle with the same problem.

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Cooking is something I do, and do well. It’s something I love to receive praises for. It’s something that draws me away from all of the insanity around me, even if for only an hour. Sometimes will go to a restaurant, find something I love, and then proceed to go home and attempt to recreate it. So let me tell you, NOTHING I cook resembles anything CLOSE to healthy. Because we all know the better it tastes, the worse it is for you. I use full fat EVERYthing. There are no “diet” ingredients in my kitchen. And the results do NOT disappoint!!!

BUT…and this is a BIG ‘but’…constantly worrying about my health because of the delicious food I make…and eat… is just one more thing that adds to the chaos in my life. All the yo-yoing my weight and cholesterol does takes a tremendous toll . High cholesterol runs in my family. My mom is tiny, but her cholesterol is through the roof.

So I guess it’s time I make a more permanent change…

I Ride the Bus…

They say your commute to and from work every day will take 5 years off of your life at a minimum. My commute is often times an hour or more each way.

I know riding the bus, even as plush and modernly equipped as it is, may not be what all the “cool kids” do. But can I PLEASE tell you how much more relaxing the beginning and end of my work days are now?!?!

I never even realized how much sitting in traffic affected my mental state…driving and traffic never really bothered me or stressed me out…or so I thought…

There are so many positives to having convenient access to public transportation and I’m lucky enough to be able to take advantage of something that takes even a little bit of stress out of the day!