My Thanksgiving Day!

group of friends making toast
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I know I am late writing about my Thanksgiving day, but I felt stuffed from all the food I ate.

No, that is not a picture of my family. Although, it could be. My family is a melting pot of integration, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is Italian, white, Hispanic, black, native American, and Portuguese. I love all nationalities of my family. I selected the picture because I wanted to give you a visual to remind you and me of what it is like to gather together for Thanksgiving.

I cooked for Thanksgiving like I do every year. I cooked a turkey, ham, dressing, mixed vegetables, gravy, and a cake. My grandson had brought over an apple pie, and I had purchased vanilla and chocolate ice cream and a pecan pie. I also had egg nog and wine.

I planned to spend the day alone with my food, reading a good romance, and watching Christmas movies. My grandson and his girlfriend asked me to go with them to her parents for Thanksgiving dinner. It took some talking to get him to realize I wanted to be alone.

You would think after all these years, my children would know, understand, and accept that I need alone time occasionally. Ever since I was eight or nine, I have taken care of someone. So, I grab at any alone time I can get.

I intended to take pictures of the food, but unexpected guests interrupted me, and all thoughts of pictures went out the window. I enjoyed my company. My baby son has two girlfriends. They know about each other, and because my son could not be there, they got together and came to keep me company.

In case you are wondering how this works for them, let me explain. The ladies know he is not good relationship material, and I guess he is a friend with benefits, and they do not seem to mind him splitting his time between them.

They didn’t want me to be alone, and I guess they didn’t want to be alone either, so they came by and spent the afternoon and evening with me. Good thing! It cut down on the amount of food I had leftover.

I missed the alone time, but I had fun with the girls. They were good company, and we had a wonderful time enjoying the food.

The only thing missing was potato salad, macaroni, and cheese, and collard greens. I didn’t cook rolls because I am cutting down on white bread. No cornbread because I had cornbread dressing. I left the other items off the menu because it would only be me eating, and even for me, that would have been a little too much.

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I sure hope you did too. Although I missed the alone time to read and watch my Christmas stories without conversation, it was still a lovely day, and I am glad I cooked. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite times to cook because it is my way of showing my family how much I love them and just how much they mean to me even when they are not home.

It brings back memories of getting up early before everyone wakes up, putting the turkey in the oven, and preparing breakfast for everyone. I won’t tell you about Christmas until Christmas time. For Thanksgiving, it was pancakes, bacon, eggs, and cocoa for the kids.

After breakfast, the kids would watch cartoons until they heard their friends playing outside, then they would beg to go out. My husband always used holidays to sleep in late except for Christmas.

When he got up, the house smelled of turkey and Thanksgiving. At dinner time, which was usually about two or three in the afternoon, because we couldn’t wait any longer, we would say what we were thankful for and say a prayer, then it was off to the races to enjoy dinner.

I miss those times, but I have my memories, and I can see in my mind’s eye very vividly those events and smell the food as if I were there at that time. I am grateful I have my memories.

Build memories with your families, and enjoy your time together. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

My family, when the boys were still, along with my husband and myself.

The Power of Meditation

Today’s world, thankfully, is changing. People are incorporating more holistic practices and mindful practices into their daily lives. From children to elders, meditation is one of those practices.

We all know someone who takes on the practice of meditation. For some people, it’s a daily practice, while for others, it’s just for emergencies. What are some of those emergencies? It’s those moments where you feel like your life is spinning out of control. It’s for times when you can’t seem to get out of your way.

Can you become one of the masses and take on the practice of meditation, as well? Does it sound like it’s too time-consuming and not worth the trouble? If you think this way, you’ll be in for a delightful surprise. Not only is meditation most certainly worth the time and effort, but the rewards will speak for themselves.

There are so many benefits to meditation that will delight and surprise you. First of all, let’s get into the subject of what meditation is. Some people think you have to be a highly spiritual person or an expert in meditation with a certification to your name.

It is not the case. Meditation is available for everyone, and why not? It has a multitude of benefits.

What is Meditation?

The practice of meditation has been around for centuries. People have used it for religious purposes and cultural reasons. There are as many forms of meditation as there are practices.

The art and practice of meditation have one goal in mind – to slow down the mind. Especially in today’s culture, we all have such busy lifestyles and even busier minds. Stress levels are up, blood pressure is up, and relaxation is down. This is where meditation comes into play.

The art and practice of meditation is one where you allow yourself and, most importantly, your mind to relax, rest, and rejuvenate itself. You take time to practice the art of breathing, slowing down your mind, and coming back to the center.

What is the center? Center is the place where your deepest desires live and breathe. It’s the place where you can move forward and get back on track. The true history of meditation is the practice of getting into a thought consciousness of total awareness and not letting the mind wander.

However, this is something that takes time and practice. The history and background of meditations are to serve one higher purpose. That purpose is to be in and experience present-moment living.

What is the Power of Meditation?

While some people might view meditation as some woo practice that doesn’t really work, the truth is that there is power behind meditation. When a person meditates, your brain waves change. Meditation can change your mind, or at least your mindset.

When someone meditates, their brain waves can slow down. With proper breathing techniques, beta waves in the brain are reduced. When the beta waves calm down and slow down, there’s a sense of overall calm and well-being as an after effect.

Meditation affects the brain and its brain waves. Each part of the brain, according to scientific studies and research, is affected by meditation. Incoming information slows down when meditating:

  • Emotions are not as strong
  • Sensory input slows down
  • Over-thinking ceases
  • Information overload slows down

Several parts of the brain are positively impacted by meditation:

  • Frontal lobe
  • Parietal lobe
  • Thalamus

Imagine being able to control your brain to some degree and relax, focus, and have more clarity. All this can come from meditation.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Challenges

It has been a challenging year, but also rewarding. I stepped outside my comfort zone, and have enjoyed myself. I am grateful for the challenges, both large and small. I have learned things about myself and that gives me great joy.

I will share more gratitudes tomorrow. You are welcome to share yours in the comment section. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Self-Discovery

Um-mm, I am relaxing now, and it feels so good.

It is the beginning of Thanksgiving week, and I decided to share something I am thankful for each day this week. I am so grateful to be part of this day. That is something I thank God for every day. Today, I am thankful for my family. I am thankful to have so many relatives in my life, but I am most grateful for my children, grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren.

Tomorrow, I will share something else I am thankful to have in my life. Please share in the comment section something you have to be grateful for this year.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Social Skills and Quotes

Below are several quotes I thought might give you something to think about. We are a social people and need the personal touch.

I noticed we tend to be more me oriented than caring about each other. I saw some change with COVID. Suddenly we started to realize how easily we could lose love ones. We started reaching out to family and friends via zoom. It was amazing how important our families became.

Let’s each reach out to family, friends, and even that stranger who appears lost for lack of friends. Smile and say something positive. Let’s regain our social skills when it was important to be gracious and courteous to each other.

Enjoy the quotes.

Quotes

  • More social skills are required to talk one-on-one than to an audience. You don’t have to be socially fluid to talk to two thousand people. – Jerry Seinfeld
  • We’re losing social skills, the human interaction skills, how to read a person’s mood, read their body language, and how to be patient. – Vincent Nichols
  • I believe you learn social skills by mixing with people. – Joe Morgan
  • People will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
  • Too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person. – Gloria Steinem
  • “For most of us, Facebook friends and Instagram followers are supplements to — not surrogates for — our social lives. As meaningful as the friendships we establish online can be, most of us are unsatisfied with virtual ties that never develop into face-to-face relationships. Building real connections requires a shared physical environment — a social infrastructure.”
  • ― Eric Klinenberg

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Embrace Your Life


Are you doing what you most desire?

If not, what’s holding you back?

Life’s experience is precious, so don’t waste it! Here’s how to live authentically and do what you love…

Begin by knowing what you want.

It sounds simple logic, but many people fail because they don’t know what they want.

Once you know, you can set a plan on how to achieve it.

Identify any thoughts, feelings, habits, or beliefs that are stopping you from living your dream.

Perhaps you feel you don’t have enough self-confidence. You feel inferior because of complex and unfair criticism. Maybe you don’t have enough self-belief.

There’s a saying: if you don’t like the program, change the channel.

You can start doing what you most desire by changing your thoughts. It’s easier than you probably think!

Your goal is to eliminate negative feelings and beliefs and replace them with positive affirmations.

When you believe, anything is possible.

So. be true to yourself. Be authentic.

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Be the change you desire by using Plus Kits or manifest what you want through self-suggestion.

You have everything you need to live your dreams.

So, embrace all life has to offer with courage and an ‘I Can!’ attitude and see your life change for the better.

Have a fantastic day!

‘It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.’ – Edmund Hillary

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Celebrate the Amazing You!

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could be someone else?

Are you in awe, perhaps slightly envious, of other people’s success, confidence, happiness, and wealth?

Aspiring to be like your favorite role model is fine, but what’s important is to recognize the incredible potential in you. Here’s how…

Stand in your light and believe in yourself.

Wishing you could be like someone else is such a waste of your true promise. You may not realize it, but you have so much to offer.

If you’re busy trying to copy your favorite celebrity or your cool best friend, you deny the expression of your beautiful, original self. It’s akin to putting weed killer on a rare and beautiful flower before it has a chance to bloom.

Grow into yourself. Discover your gifts. Recognize you are perfect as you are and fabulously unique.

If you’re struggling to see the amazing you, work on your self-esteem. Invest in yourself as an individual because you are worth it.

Change whatever thoughts or feelings aren’t supporting you, and you will change your life for the better.

Once you do this vital inner work, you’ll realize that you don’t want to be like anyone else because you’re happy being you.

So aspire to be you and celebrate the fact. You are such a precious gift. Remember! You are truly unique. Author Unknown

Remember to ‘Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.’ – Judy Garland

I ran across this article some emailed to me several years ago and felt it very appropriate for today’s world. We often try to be like the individuals we admire, then forget who we are. It is good to have role models in our lives, but only as examples, not becoming carbon copies. Celebrate the amazing you!

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

“WHAT MAKES YOUR IMPACT-DRIVEN BRAND COME ALIVE?

  and Attract the People You Most Care About?”

By Rich Kozak, CEO, RichBrands & IMPACT DRIVEN Publishing

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Following the Steps of the IMPACT, DRIVEN BRANDING process creates clarity and delivers alignment through powerful language and messaging.

Developing and launching an IMPACT DRIVEN BRAND is important work, and we are deeply passionate about its powerful affects:

your business thrives;

you create a business platform that enables you to step into your purpose;

you fulfill your calling;

people whose lives you touch are blessed with high-value impacts!

My name is Rich Kozak and I am the founder and CEO of RichBrands.        

I am a certified global branding consultant who teaches the branding process, coaches individuals, guides companies, leads brand teams, writes about many aspects of branding, publishes books, over the past 44 years, and today I speak regularly to audiences who care about growing IMPACT DRIVEN BRANDs.

I want my writing here to give you a gift and to accomplish four objectives:

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by Rich Kozak

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The link to “Cracking The Code” is https://tinyurl.com/2z9np53j, until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.