Today I have a guest writer. She is a wife, mother, survivor, servant of The Lord, friend, and a overcomer. I know you will enjoy reading about how she took her pain and made something beautiful.
Growing up in South Jersey with a single mom and two other sisters, all we had to live on was welfare money. All my days growing up I never knew of a job that my mom had. My mom struggled with drug and alcohol issues. And so our Christmases were very simple. It wasn’t a big event and many of our Christmases just went by, then there were times when it was drowned in booze or other stuff. We learned how to deal with whatever the season brought us. All that mattered was that I had my sisters with me.
Don’t know if this will be a good thing or a wise thing, but here goes. I usually forget my grocery lists, and I like to shop at a few different specialty type stores. These stores are not close to my home. So going to these stores and coming home without items that I “can’t live without” or can’t get anywhere else, brings me much pain.
So I have developed a small system of master lists that I keep on my phone. I keep them in my notes section on my iPhone, but you could use a lists app, like Any.do or Task. You can even make a google doc and keep it on your sheets app. Wherever you want to store it, make sure it is with you when you go shopping.
These lists are not exhaustive lists. They are lists of things that I always buy at these stores. They are items that are great deals, or items that I cannot get elsewhere. Here are my lists to give you an example of what I am talking about.
*Tuscan Pane bread
*French liquid soap
*Blondie brownie mix
*canned cream of mushroom or chicken
*maple cookies (seasonal)
*baking items ie; flour, sugar, oil, baking soda, salt, spices
*cheeses, eggs, milk & butter (stock up items)
*bar soap & body wash
*toothbrushes & floss
*over the counter generic medicines
I keep adding more items to these lists as I discover more goodies. So if you have something you think I should add to the list please share it with me. Happy Shopping.
Thought I would share a bit about what I do when I am not squeezing out a blog post here and there. I am a certified Life/Business Coach. I bet you have heard of one but you don’t really know what they do. I must say that more info can be found on my website at Brentwood Life Coach. But here is what a life coach can do for you.
Life Coach you will uncover hidden mindsets that are keeping you running fast but getting nowhere, identify the energy drainers that are weighing you down, be inspired and motivated to move into the beauty of balanced living. One thing is for sure is that everyone needs help along the path of life. Tiger Woods, at the top of his game, still seeks his coach to help him improve his skills and stay on his game. A similar bond exist between the life coach and the client. Statistics show that you get more results if you hire a personal trainer than trying it on your own.
The same goes for hiring a LIFE COACH, you will make huge strides towards your goal with the accountability of a Life Coach.
Here are some stats on what coaching can do for you.
- A higher level of self-awareness: 67.6%
- Smarter goal-setting: 62.4%
- A more balanced life: 60.5%
- Lower stress levels: 57.1%
- Self-discovery: 52.9%
- More self-confidence: 52.4%
- Improvement in quality of life: 43.3%
- Enhanced communication skills: 39.5%
- Project completion: 35.7%
- Health or fitness improvement: 33.8%
- Better relationships with boss or co-workers: 33.3%
- Better family relationships: 33.3%
- Increased energy: 31.9%
- More fun: 31.9%
- More income: 25.7%
- Stopped a bad habit: 25.7%
- Change in career: 24.3%
- More free time: 22.9%
- Increased profitability of business: 17.1%
- Started new business: 12.9%
- Empowered employees: 11.0%
One more stat. 96% of people who have hired a coach are satisfied and would repeat the process.
The the other day I made the most amazing brussels sprouts ever! I coated them with a bit of maple syrup and then some salt and pepper. Then I threw the whole stalk on the grill and they were delish. They looked a bit charred but it was sweet and savory slap to momma good. Soooo yummy. Here is the before and the uber good after.