Best Life!

Ya know what we don’t do enough? Play out our best case scenarios. An old colleague of mine would make me do this every time she noticed that I was getting bogged down in the details of a decision that I needed to make. I’d start with something like, “But what if my presentation goes really bad and people walk out while I’m still talking?” then she’d respond with something really positive like, “But what if a book editor is in the audience and offers you a book deal because your presentation topic is so great?” She got me in the habit of not just looking on the bright side, but really planning and expecting it. So here’s your chance: take some time to think about all the good things that could happen if you made that tough decision that you’ve been sleeping on. Start with that first action step, but follow that thought through based only on the good things that could happen. Let your mind wander and go to the extremes of positivity. I’ll give you an example:

Best Life: You decide to go back to culinary school full-time. This requires you to cut back on the hours you put in at your 9-5, but that also gives you more time to tend to household duties and errands. Since you have more free time on your hands, you decide to make a store-run to pick up the ingredients for a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try. While on the produce aisle at the grocery store, you meet a very successful executive that produces a cooking show. You tell the producer about the recipe that you’re planning to make tonight and you get offered a 30-minute slot on the next episode. Your segment airs and your phone never stops ringing from all the opportunities people are willing to offer you! Your best life has just begun!

Get it? Now it’s your turn! Best life…

Accountablity Challenge

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Repeat after me, “I created this life for myself.” Now say it again. And again. And again. Until it sinks in; say it until it hurts. Every decision that you’ve made or chosen to not make is what got you to this point. God’s instructions are very clear, your parents have shared their opinions, your teachers gave you guidance. But you’ve done things differently and that is why you are in this position. Do you like where you are? If not, decide today that you’re going to go back to the drawing board and recreate your plan for your life. Even if you do like where you are, use this as a reminder that you can keep adding on to your vision. Whatever you do, just know that your happiness depends solely on the decisions that you go on to make from this moment forward.

Avoiding the Plague: Cold & Flu Master Tonic

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I said recently that I love this time of year but what I failed to mention is that I hate the sneezing and sniffling that comes with weather changes. And thanks to this random cold front in Texas, I’ve been having to take extra precaution against anything that would keep me from my desk. The second I started feeling yucky, I decided to whip up a cup of this magic potion that I’ve been hearing about. The master tonic includes garlic, onion, vinegar, ginger, horseradish, and lemon. According to a few sources this drink is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic. Dr. Richard Schultz (the dude that made this stuff popular) claims that, “The fresh juices of organic horseradish root drive this formula to your head, sinus, throat and lungs, where you need it. The organic garlic juice and its next of kin, organic onion juice, are the two best herbs to flush micro-organisms from your body. The organic yellow ginger root juice and Habanero pepper stimulate your blood and lymphatic flow like no other herbs to get your immune cells to the bad guys, as fast as possible.” I never follow recipes exactly, so here’s what I did:

The Recipe: 

First, I used my power juicer to mix:

  • 3 inch piece of ginger root
  • 3-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 large organic lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Other recipes call for Habanero pepper, white onion and horseradish but…no. I just, no.

Then I poured the mixture into about 2 cups of warm water (to weaken the acidity). I know that none of these things sound appealing enough to drink, but there’s an explanation for the original ingredients.

The Reason: 

  • Pepper
    • Fights inflammation, clears mucus membranes, detoxifies, stimulates blood flow, protects and nourishes the heart; stimulates every organ quickly
  • Garlic Bulb
    • Kills bad bacteria, fungi and parasites, anti-carcinogenic
  • Onion
    • Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, supports digestion
  • Ginger
    • Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, improves digestion
  • Horseradish Root
    • Anti-biotic, dissolves thick mucus, heats the body, brings blood to the brain

The Result: 

I’m from Louisiana so naturally I added more cayenne pepper than I needed to so the drink ended up being more spicy than soothing. At any rate, it actually worked. I’ve come across a few different variations of it, but most are fundamentally the same. If you decide to try it out, share a comment and let me know how you tweaked the recipe and how it worked for you!