Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shani's Turkey/Chicken Muffins


Ingredients
1lb of Ground Turkey/Chicken Meat
2 Eggs
2 slices of Whole Wheat Bread
½ whole Tomato
¼ whole Onion
½ whole Bell Pepper
¼ cup of sliced Mushrooms
¼ cup of cubed Butternut Squash
1/8 cup of Ketchup or Barbeque sauce
1 tablespoon of Sea Salt
1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon of Pepper
*Season with Shani's Poultry Seasoning for great flavor!

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl add ground meat and eggs
Add bread slices to a food processor and process until they have turned into crumbs, add to bowl.
Add all veggies to a food processor and process until they are chopped fine.
Add ketchup/bbq sauce, salt, Italian seasoning, pepper and any other seasonings.
Using your hands or spatula, Mix all ingredients until mixed thoroughly.
Spray or lightly oil a muffin pan (1 dozen or 2 six)
Grab mix and form into 12 balls and place into the muffin pan(s)
Bake for 25-30 minutes

Makes 1 dozen

And...It Is What It Is!

Reorganize, Reorganize, Reorganize Until You Get it Right


Sometimes, I go through a change crisis; I feel like I need to re-organize my life. When it comes to work I can handle change without an issue, but when it comes to my life the change is a little harder when I am working with a tight timeline. Making sure I utilize every moment and get everything done that I need to can be difficult.

When I started back to school I thought I had everything planned out; I was so very very wrong. I have had the most difficult time getting it together with my normal routine. I thought I could make just a few minor adjustments and everything would be okay.

Most people do not have to worry about as much as I do; their lives are simpler than mines. On the other hand, you have people that have even more on their plate; those are the people I look at and admire; those are the people that keep me saying, “I can do this, let me figure out how.”

Every time I need to reorganize my life, I approach it the same way I would a client’s marketing plan. I have this process of creating a timeline; then I break down each component of the timeline for better understanding and preparation.

Example: Sunday – Prepare meals for the week
Breakfast – Egg Muffins (10)
Snack – Turkey Muffin (10)
Lunch – Grilled Chicken and Broccoli (5)
Snack – Roasted Veggies (1)
Dinner – Salmon and Spinach (5)

Breaking down my timeline helps me prepare for the items in the timeline. For instance, in the above example, I now know what my shopping list looks like; without this, my timeline and plan is useless. If I do not know what I need in order to put my plan in action, I cannot execute my plan. I hate to admit it, but this is exactly what I did not do and of course I am off track.

People around me do not understand how important it is for me to be able to do everything that is important to me. People look at my life and think I do not have room for more, but the past week, I was given an assignment to keep track of my every move in thirty minute increments for five days and I realized I have too much free time. This put so much in perspective for me.

I think this is a good project for anyone who needs to figure out what they want to do with their life and find time for more. Evaluate your life for a week; look at how much time you spend doing things like, watching TV, talking on the phone, sitting on the computer, and anything else that is not necessary. Cut back on more of this time and fill it with something constructive and productive.

And…It Is What It Is!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

On the Road to Success


“The Road to Success is Paved with Failure”

I learned years ago that while on the road to success there will be a lot of potholes, speed bumps, speed traps, detours, landslides and almost anything else possible to derail your journey. I find myself starting over or just pausing from time to time. I can touch on so much when I talk about my journey; there is my fitness journey, my journey to  reach my educational goals and my journey in business; but instead of me talking about myself and my many goals, today I want to focus on you and yours.

Whether it’s a journey of fitness or just improving your quality of life, you will encounter many loops, turns, and obstacles along the way. There will be those who will not believe in you, will not support you, and who will do everything to slow or stop you from reaching your goals. It will take everything inside of you to win. If you have set a New Year’s resolution, stick to it. Keep it to yourself if you have negative people around you. I know when we set a goal we get excited and find ourselves anxious to tell someone but sometimes sharing your goals is worse than anything. The reason for this is because when you share with certain people who do not support your goals their negativity tends to kill your own confidence and places doubt in your mind. Negativity from those around us plays a huge role on our psyche whether we know it or not.

I am a believer in throwing things into the universe. What you throw out is what you will get back. Tell yourself what you will do and what will happen, all in the positive. Stay away from phrases like “I want to”, “I hope”, I think I will”, those phrases carry doubt and uncertainty; you will confuse the universe.

Close your eyes and see yourself reaching your goals. See yourself as a healthier you, see yourself holding your degree, see yourself happy.

And…It is What It is!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 - My Reflections, My Confession, My Reality


As I sit back and reflect on 2014, I think about everything that has taken place in my life and how it has changed so much. This may be one of the most real and open blog posts I’ve posted since 2010.
2014 was a year I spent really reevaluating my life and getting to know myself all over again; I spent a lot of time alone in 2014. That time allowed me to really dig deeply into myself and make a lot of necessary changes. I found myself wanting more, more out of my life, more out of love; I never shared this but 2013 was a hell of a year, I won’t go into what I went through but just know it shaped 2014 for me.

I’ve always been stuck on only showing the best side of me; the best photos, the perfect look. In 2014 I decided that I would share my workout journey even more, I would focus on encouraging others by showing them me in action, even looking a hot sweaty mess. I would let them see me on days when I didn’t want to work out and I shared my bad habits and revealed my struggle with fitness. By doing so I have encouraged hundreds of people to continue or start their own health and fitness journey.

I made a few big changes in 2014; my first big change was deciding to leave my job. It was stressing me out and I was extremely unhappy and felt like there was no future for me to grow there so I made a decision to look for a better job. I was blessed to find a job that I feel meets my financial expectations as well as allows me the opportunity to grow, not so much grow within the company but with experience. I am a lot happier and stress free.
I decided to file for divorce from my then husband. This decision came after evaluating my situation and talking to my children. My divorced finalized in June of 2014. My ex-husband and I are on good terms now and I am content with my decision; I have found the peace that I did not have in 2013. I won’t go into detail about why I made this decision after being married for such a short period of time but I can honestly say that I have no regrets about getting married and I am grateful for the experience.
I went back to school. I have been wanting to go back to school since 2011, I originally planned to go back to school in 2012 but so much took place in my life that going back wasn’t that easy; when I made the decision to leave my job I decided that I wanted a degree to accompany my experience so that no one can come along one day and say “you aren’t qualified for this job because you don’t have a degree in this field, therefore we are demoting you” which I saw happen to people at my last job. I am happy that I didn’t go back to school in 2012 because my focus has changed. My original plan was to go back to school for a B.S. in Marketing Management. I decided that since I have been in the healthcare field since 1998 that it would be in my best interest to go back to school for both a B.S. in Business Management and B.S. in Marketing Management then finish with my MBA in Healthcare Management. I feel like this will best allow me to accomplish all of my educational and career goals. I have a long road ahead of me but I am more than prepared.

A few chapters were opened while others were closed, though 2014 has come to a close I am still writing my book and 2015 will have its own story to tell. I have met a lot of people this past year and not everyone made it, but I will say this; 2015 has already shown lots of promise and I am looking forward to seeing just how much. Who knows, maybe I will have something interesting to share but regardless of whether or not you find interest in my story, I hope it leaves you inspired.


And It Is What It Is....Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year, New Beginnings


As this year comes to an end and we prepare to move into the next, we must realize that some things and/or people are meant to be left in 2014 and not come with us into 2015 be prepared to leave some things and/or people behind.

And...It Is What It Is!

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Spirituality


I don’t care how many churches you go to or how many hallelujahs you sing, if your soul isn't right your spirit will be condemned. This vessel, my body is my temple, here is where I praise. I take care of my temple so that my spirit can be happy. When he takes my spirit, my body this my vessel will be returned back to the earth. (Get right within)

Some of you will not understand this; first I suggest you learn the difference between the soul and the spirit.

And...It Is What It Is!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas, My Interpretation


So at the breakfast table Christmas morning we spoke about Christmas. I explained that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, even though his true date of birth is a mystery, we still celebrate today. I told them that the reason they receive gifts is because the are the children of Christ and in return they are to give their lives to him. Gifts are not an entitlement, they are a blessing and they in return must give thanks by dedicating their lives to God.

This may not be your truth but its how I want mines to live.

And...It Is What It Is!