Empowering Others- A Moment of Self-Reflection

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Strong words.  True words.

I have fallen victim to the competitive thoughts.  I think we all have at one time or another.

The key is recognizing these reactions in ourselves and retraining our brain.

Why do we beat ourselves up by comparing ourselves to others?  Why do we have jealous tendencies when someone else is successful?  Why do we focus on being better than them, have better clothes than them, a better career, a fancier car, more friends, skinnier, healthier, better relationships, more followers, more ‘likes’, better, more, better, more….

What a vicious cycle that we have created.

We must stop.  And that all starts from within.

Let’s retrain our brains to be happy for others, celebrate others, be kind, motivate and empower.

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Every smile, every kind word, every acknowledgement and every interaction can completely change the course of someone else’s day.

Be genuine.

Empower

Empowering is a strong word.  Empowering makes the most impact.

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Empowering others is one of the most important acts of kindness.

Empowering others means not criticizing or judging but encouraging and praising.

Empowering others means celebrating others on their progress- no matter how small, no matter what.

Empowering others means praising the struggling student.

Empowering others means allowing the young child to falter in their steps.

Empowering others is encouraging that same young child to try, try again.

Empowering others means curbing your ego.

Empowering others is being genuine to them in person and behind their backs.

Empowering others means smiling.

Empowering others means being GENUINE when asking someone how they are.

Empowering others is listening to their struggles and accomplishments.

Empowering others also means knowing when to only listen and when to offer advice.

Empowering others means giving them the feeling that they are loved.

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Empowering others is contagious

Empowering others also empowers us.

Better For You Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients

  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 1 lb. 93% Lean Hamburger
  • Button Mushrooms
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 can corn
  • Reduced Fat Sun-dried Tomato Feta Crumbles
  • 24 oz. Roasted Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Sauce
  • Reduced Fat Provolone Slices

Slice peppers in half, clean out seeds and boil until peppers have softened.

 

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Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic for a few minutes, add hamburger and cook until nearly browned.  Add mushrooms and continue cooking until hamburger is no longer pink and mushrooms have softened.

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In a large pot combine black beans, corn and spaghetti sauce.  Place pot over medium-low heat.

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Combine hamburger mixture and feta cheese into bean, corn and red sauce.

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Fill each pepper (heartily) and finish by adding a provolone slice on top of each pepper.  Place in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is golden.

Let sit for a few minutes, and then dig in!

 

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Sometimes I add in cooked quinoa or rice into the mixture to add another layer of texture. 

 

Stuffed Peppers are versatile.  You can add in so many different ingredients to make it your own.

 

Do you have a favorite way to make stuffed peppers?

 

Healthy Apple Crisp

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Don’t mind the awful color to the pictures.  I am signed up for a Photoshop class this coming Saturday.  Also on the list is a ‘Sony DSLR for Dummies’ Class in the very near future.  I wonder where I can find one of those….

Better For You Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples- sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 4 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3 packets Stevia

Cut apples to bite size pieces.

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Mix all ingredients (minus apples) into a gallon size zip-lock bag.  Once liquids, sugar and spices are all mixed together, add apples and massage until fully coated.  Pour ingredients into a square baking dish, sprayed with a light coating of oil.

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Now for the crumbly topping.

Oatmeal Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal for food processor
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar Stevia (or 1/2 cup light brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

In a glass measuring cup, melt butter, set aside.  In a food processor, grind 1/2 cup oatmeal to consistency of flour.

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Mix ground oatmeal, 1/2 cup whole oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar into butter.  Drop by tablespoons on top of apple mixture.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Enjoy!!

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Why I Ride

 

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Freedom, self-determination, choice, inspiration, therapy, camaraderie, dad, LOVE, empowerment.
 
 

Freedom from my thoughts and worries. Nothing is more freeing than the feeling of the wind against my face, an open road and the sound of a Harley.

 

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Self-determination focus, strength of mind, control
 
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Choice Freedom of choice.  The choice to take the risk of riding two wheels. A risk that empowers me every time I roll that throttle.
 
 
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InspirationTo be inspired.  Riding clears the cobwebs and allows for new ideas and sense of purpose.  To inspire others.  Giving women a reason to go out there and do it for themselves.

 

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TherapyNo therapist can give you the kind of peace, serenity or clarity that comes with riding through the countryside, down tree lined roads, over rolling hills and riding into a sunset.
 
 
 
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CamaraderieNothing is better than a biker community. You find some of your best and longest lasting friendships among bikers.  They are Family.
 
 
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DadHarley Davidson was/is/and always will be my connection to my dad and is the one bond that will never be broken. Dad: Live to Ride~Ride to Live
 
 
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LOVE–  For love.  Love of riding.  Love of life.  Loving Me.  Love for us.
 
 
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Empowerment With freedom, clarity, focus and determination comes empowerment.  Two wheels and a few miles is sometimes all we need.
 
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Friday Faves

Happy Friday to you!  We have a weekend of traveling for a 60th wedding anniversary celebration and a family dinner.  I hoe you all have a fun weekend planned as well!

My Friday Faves

1) TurboKick.   I have mentioned before that I teach this class four times a week at the local YMCA.  My last class for the week is on Friday’s from 4:30-5:15pm.  It is always interesting to guess the attendance for the day.  Happy Hour is TOUGH competition, y’all.

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2. Starbucks.  I treat myself on Friday’s to a Caramel Frapp.  MY FAVE!!!  Sugar free syrup, non-fat milk, no whip, please.

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3. Too Faced Primed and Poreless.

I use this primer everyday underneath my foundation.  Lifesaver for those who tend to get oily as the day passes by.  By the end of the workday my foundation is still set in place with minimum shine since I started using this product.

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4. Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Along the same lines as the Primer, the Shadow Insurance is just for your eyes.  Do you get that ugly eyeshadow crease?  You won’t after you start using this product!  My eyeshadow looks great at the end of a 9 hour day, no joke.  And my eyeshadow used to always be creased and slimy looking by lunch time.  This product is magic to me!

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5. Scandal

I am COMPLETELY obsessed with this show.  The plot lines, the characters, the suspense, the emotion.  Totally invested in this series and right now I don’t want it to EVER end.

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What is your makeup must-have?

Do you have a TV show that you can’t get enough of?