Saturday, September 20, 2014

Our Deepest Fear

The following was a revelation to me many years ago when I first heard it spoken on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Although it was quoted by Nelson Mandela, it was originally written by Marianne Williamson.  It was the first time I also heard the words spoken by another empowered woman and totally changed the way I saw the world.  It's been repeated all over the world since then, but I'd like to share it here as it remains relevant and bears repeating today...


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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it is in everyone. 
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
our presence automatically liberates others.
Actually, who are you not to be? 


You are a child of God. 
Your playing small does not serve the world.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
And as we let our own light shine,
As we are liberated from our own fear, 

- Marianne Williamson.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

75 Most Empowering, Inspirational Quotes for Sassy, Kickass Women


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For the kickass women of the world

Those that are, and those that are growing up to be.

The daughters. The mothers. The sisters.

The fribblings – friends like siblings.

The wives. The girlfriends.

The aunts. The nieces.

The grand-somethings.

The young uns. The teens.

The women in your life.

Who love, lose, cry.

Laugh, heal, thrive.

Nurture. Create.

You.Are.Amazing.

As. you. are.
Stronger than you know.
More beautiful than you think.
Worthier than you believe.
More loved than you can ever imagine.
Passionate about making a difference.
Fiery when protecting those you love.
Learning. Growing. Not alone.
Warm. Giving. Generous.
Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart.
Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave.
And so, so, so.much.more.


Be Strong. Be Confident. Be You. ~ Copyright: Tia Sparkles Singh, 2011
Your Life YOUR Way




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Brinley Announcement


Dear Lydia,

Remember this smiling face?
Brinley smiling in close-up

You met Brinley earlier this year as she learned to walk with assistance on the treadmill. She still needed her therapist's help to put one foot in front of the other.

In May, Brinley had surgery to untether her spinal cord (unlike most people, Brinley was born with her spinal cord attached, or tethered, to her spinal column). The doctors believed that this surgery would help Brinley's mobility.

Boy, were they right!

After a few weeks of post-op rest, Brinley returned to physical therapy and that week Brinley took her first unassisted steps with her walker!

Brinley using her walker on the driveway

Therapy is a 24/7 job…it's hard work! But her whole family helped out. Her siblings sat at the end of their long driveway and cheered Brinley on as she walked the length of it using the walker on loan from Easter Seals.

That hard work paid off and now Brinley's walker is not just a therapy tool, it's helping her get around independently!

Brinley is so motivated. She's even tackling stairs!

Seeing just how far Brinley has come, her mom is hopeful and excited. "Before the surgery, I thought that Brinley walking at four or five years old was a realistic goal. Now, I think two and half is realistic." That's in only six months!

I know I can't wait to see what Brinley does next. And I have to thank you. Her journey wouldn't be possible without support like yours!

So thank you, and stay tuned!

Sincerely,
Cameron Robbins
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

No Bake Eclair Cake

This recipe for the Eclair Cake is so simple to make, needs no baking...And it's TASTY!  :)




INGREDIENTS
2 (3.4 oz) packages Vanilla Instant Pudding mix, dry
3½ cups whole milk
12 oz. cool whip
2 (14.4) oz packages graham crackers

- FROSTING -
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. milk
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 cup powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend milk and vanilla pudding packets for about 2 minutes. Fold in Cool Whip.
  2. In a 9x13 pan, Layer graham crackers to cover entire bottom of pan. You may need to cut and shape the crackers to fit nicely.
  3. Pour half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  4. Put another layer of graham crackers to cover entire surface. Cut and shape crackers accordingly.
  5. Put the second half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  6. Put the final layer of graham crackers on top with bumpy side down. This will help the top look more smooth when you go to put the frosting on top. Once again, cut and shape crackers accordingly to avoid pits and cracks.
  7. FOR THE FROSTING: Microwave butter and milk just enough so that they are melted together. You do not need to boil it. Add cocoa and powdered sugar and blend together. This will be a runnier frosting/glaze. Pour over top of graham crackers and smooth out nicely. (**I usually double the frosting recipe)
  8. Refrigerate overnight and Dig in!


For more tasty treats:  Eclair Cake | Chef in Training




Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014

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