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Faceless Self-Portrait

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I really need to complete this painting…maybe that’s my goal to meet by spring.

Self-portrait Acrylic Painting

This is a painting about me and my dog taking a walk in the metro parks. We used to walk there every weekend during the summer and into the autumn season. She is now 13 years old. Our walks are shorter but she still loves them.

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Caroline

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A Review of Meals this Week

My diet consists of gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune illness, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

On Monday, tuna, chicken BBQ and chicken burgers were prepared. Rice and roasted vegetables were also prepared.

An order from Whole Foods Market was made. They have the best gluten free and dairy free products, that I can not find anywhere else. Plus they deliver, so it’s easier to order there as my work schedule can be difficult to get to a grocery store.

I did not have a dessert every night. I finished the cinnamon muffins last night. The gluten free homemade biscuits were starting to loose it’s freshness so I had to toss those.

A spinach smoothie was made for Breakfast, along with eggs, avocado on toast and left over veggies were warmed up.

The refrigerator is now empty of this week’s meals.

This evening, I’ll make dinner. It will be a salad and a baked potato.

Tomorrow I work, so I have the chicken soup and tuna thawing. I will make those for dinner when I get home from a long day at work.

I’ll have to eat the grapes today for a snack. I also got out of the freezer the gluten free brownies I made the other day. And today I’m going to make blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins will be my breakfast for tomorrow along with fruit. I’ll post the gluten free blueberry muffins.

Meals

Happy Day

Caroline

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Friday Morning Cleaning at the Studio

This morning, the floors needed to be cleaned. I decided to get the floors finished before I get ready for work. Today I’ll be working from home. I love Friday’s for that reason.

There’s some areas of my house that needs dusting. I’ll try to do that in-between my sessions.

The candles in my family room and bathroom are turned on(I use hot plate warmer and plug in candle wax- I have cats!) Hoping the fragrance from the candles will energize my home and make it feel refreshing.

Photos of Fresh Snow

We had fresh snow last night. Maybe 2 inches of snow. It’s much warmer than it was the last three days. But there’s more cold and snow in the forecast next week.

On my walk early this morning, these photos were taken.

Preparing for Smoothies

On my counter there’s bananas that are becoming brown. I don’t care for them at that point, so I cut them up and put them in the freezer for future smoothies. Also can be used for banana bread. Great way to save money and be intentional about your diet.

This evening I’ll be knitting and resting. I work on Saturday, all day!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Morning Solitude

“The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment.”

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This morning is a solitude morning. Quiet again. It is below zero wind chill and the cold really does go through your clothes. The house constantly is heated. I had to put blankets at the bottom of my doors to keep the cold out and the heat in. The windows also have towels along the window sill for the same reason.

I started my morning with hot tea and breakfast. It appears today will be a slow quiet day. I am hoping it will be that way for the entire day, as I will have to go into the office later.

Meditative Thinking

These slow quiet days allow me to think about what I want and to dream about it. The one thing I really want is to have a small house in the country and be able to work from home. I have not decided if I want to work from home at this time, or if I will wait another few years and do it. I need to also decide if I want to stay in my field. Working as a counselor for over ten years has been rewarding, but it is intense and quit frankly I am getting a burn out from the codependent needs and anger that comes through the office.

Meditative Goals

I dream of a holistic business, selling lotions, fragrances, candles, art, yoga and meditation items. I dream of providing coaching to improve the overall health. I want people to see the beauty and magic life can bring them. I want beauty around me and soft fabrics and warm colors and simple pleasures at work and at my home. I dream of a business with love and respect. I dream of peace and not having to worry about money and needing to worry about liability issues. I dream of a change for me.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Quiet Day

It’s a quiet cold morning while the snow blankets every reminder of grass and spring time.

The birds are quite, the people in the city are quiet and my home is quite.

Things to do on a Quiet Day

  • Be creative
  • write
  • cook/bake
  • learn a new recipe
  • make crafts
  • take a walk
  • meditate
  • take a bath
  • read
  • watch a movie/documentary
  • rest
  • meet up with a friend for coffee
  • sit at a cafĂ© by yourself and have coffee

Smoothie

Spinach, blueberries, banana, protein powder, almond milk. Blend together

My breakfast was the spinach smoothie, warmed up gluten free biscuit with dairy free chive cream cheese from Kite Hill, and a mandarin orange.

This is a wonderful book. It is for those yoga fans out there. A must read.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Resisting Happiness

One of my goals this year is to read the list of books are in my possession.

Resisting Happiness

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly is next on the list.

Follow along as I include my thoughts about the exercises in this book. The chapters are short but provides a deep questioning of happiness.

Chapter one, when have I resisted happiness in the week?

Chapter 2, what is my score of happiness for the past 3 months? I would say it’s a 5.

And what are the three activities that increase my happiness? Those are art/stitching, being with my pets, walking/yoga.

To quote from the book, page 2, “make no mistake, resistance is your enemy. It will not quietly go away and leave you alone. You have to slay it like a dragon, and you have to slay it anew each day.”

Resisting Happiness is definitely something I will be more aware about. Never thought about how resistance is sabotaging my happiness.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Morning Thoughts

Devotionals

Reading the devotionals this morning. It is about peace.

I read from Joyce Meyer Trusting God day to day. It is a lovely book with anedotes she shares that puts the scripture in perspective.

“Pursuing peace means making an effort.”

I hear so many of my clients wanting peace. I agree we need to make an effort in it, but we need to seek God for the help.

I usually ask my clients what behaviors can bring you peace?

My Peace

  • Quiet house
  • Reading devotionals
  • Bible study
  • Beauty
  • Nature
  • Cross Stitch
  • Knitting
  • Art
  • Calmness around me
  • Positive people
  • Soft fabrics
  • Good food
  • Clean home

I think the list can go on.

Try thinking and writing down your peace. And ask yourself if you include God in it.

Breakfast

My breakfast, green tea, toast with avocado and fried egg with everything bagel seasoning, and tomatoes and cucumbers with lemon basil vinaigrette.

Of course my cat has to lick the plate.

I have a few minutes before I have to take my dog out one more time before I head to the office. I’m going to tidy up a little and knit a few rows of the scarf I’m making.

Happy Day

Caroline