Burning it down

My most recent MOPS meeting had a residual theme of burning it down. I know… I know… that seems a tad extreme, but when you fully grasp the concept of what it means you will applaud it just as I did. The concept of burning it down pertains to burning down whatever it is that is holding you back… or keeping you in hiding from living your authentic passion or fire. For me (like so many others) this would include burning down my insecurities. Those pesky and desperate feelings of that one is never enough or doing enough.

The time has come to burn down those insecurities, or feelings of doubt, or maybe even the feeling that you need to impress people? How are these toxic feelings even truly serving you?

Fire gives way to life as much as destruction. We were not built to be creatures of fear but yet creatures of faith. In that faith is where we will find our fire. In those times to where we collectively feel like why were we picked for this task…. or that we are just not good enough for the task. It is vital to remember that there is no such thing as coincidence in this world & God choose every one of us for a particular reason & season. So burn it down….burn down the insecurities, the false opinions, the negative energy convincing you that you are somehow not enough. Burn those feelings down to give birth to the you that lives authentically & soars.

Apple Gin Moscow Mule

Apple Gin Moscow Mule

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 jigger of Good Gin
  • Sparking Cider
  • Dash of fresh ginger
  • Apple slice for garnish

Directions

While you are mixing your cocktail up, it is vital to get some ice in your Moscow mule to be able to set to the side & let chill. Mix all ingredients up in a cocktail shaker. Make sure to have a towel wrapped around your cocktail shaker & do not shake to vigirously (perhaps, just a swirl really) in the shaker. For since the sparkling cider is fizzy, you could end up making yourself one heck of a mess. Pour into the chilled mule & garnish with an apple slice.

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MOPS

I recently joined a group, MOPS International. This beautiful network of women encourages and equips mothers of young children to realize their potential not only as mothers, women and leaders in their community, but in their relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with their local church as well. This network of women is about uniting in our motherhood and everyday struggles to support, discover and to inspire each other in every way possible. Finding our Fire is the theme of this year. Have you ever given much thought to what your fire is? Where your passions lie? Especially as mothers, we are so consumed with living and serving our families that we often forget to remember who we are and what we stand for as individual women. We forget our fire.

Meeting with these women and listening to these wise speakers a couple of things that struck out at me were; Firstly, Truly enjoying your littles. We all have heard the “enjoy it while you can, bc it goes by in a blink of an eye”. Not only have we heard this but we all understand it (to an extend), yet the reality is it’s a very difficult concept to apply in everyday life at times. Especially when our babies are so small. We are all so so tired and most often than not in survival robot mode. It’s about making sure everyone is fed, clothed, on a decent sleeping schedule that we forget ourselves and who we are. Raising children is so hard that we don’t realize what pure joy & a treat it truly is to have these pint size little comedians in our every day-to-day life. Have your children ever told a joke or did something that made you laugh or giggle so much that you realized that this very moment of joy would not only linger in your soul forever, but would utterly transform you. That is what enjoying your children is all about. Listing to them playing their make-believe games when they don’t realize you are watching, or seeing them dance with so much enthusiasm. There is so much wisdom to be learned from the little ones about enjoying the innocence and joys in life, join them in letting yourself enjoy the beautiful world around us. Join them in their perception of the world.

Secondly, a profound change in perception will in fact transform you. Think about it… when your children are a mess and you respond in miserable way, they too will feel that energy. Then in return they will give yet an even worse reaction. Thus a vicious cycle of toxic and miserable energy emerges between you and your child. Leaving you feeling more than likely guilty and like a crappy momma at the end of the day. Now I’m not suggesting not disciplining your child, children need structure to thrive in personal opinion. I’m just also a believer in they need a positive environment as well for success for both them and for your piece of mind as the amazing momma you are.

Lastly, Yes the cliché of the old ‘one day the things driving you crazy today, you will surly miss tomorrow’…. Today you perhaps would give anything to get them to stop talking for two seconds, but yet when they are a couple of years older its important to remember how much you will give for them to include and talk with you again just like when they were little. You truly are living the special moments of your life, do not let them pass you by unnoticed.

Seeing people through Gods eyes, not your own. That’s what is so important to keep in mind. You never ever know what a person is going through. Even someone you may classify as a bubbly air head or a cold and distant bitch, is still a human being worthy of love and understanding. You have no clue if they go home at the end of the day feeling not good enough. That’s what MOPS stands for….. supporting and propping your fellow mom up… let them know you see them! and they are not only enough, they are hitting it out of the damn park!

If you are a mom or know a mom, please check out/direct them to the MOPS organization here MOPS. Especially in this day and age where there are so many mom’s out there who are struggling daily, who are lonely, starved for adult conversation, get zero to little sleep, and especially those suffering from even trickier obstacles such as depression and anxiety. We need to come together, we need to love & support one another, we need to talk to one another.

New Moon in Virgo & Me

We have a fortunate new moon in Virgo occurring. Personally I am ready to declare some serious new moon intentions. Virgo is an extremely detail oriented and focused sign. I can not imagine a better type of energy you would want behind and driving your fresh intentions for the month.

I have found myself shedding so many ego issues with the recent Neptune activity as well. I find myself sharper and just a little bit more prepared for the next chapter than say I was about a couple of weeks ago. That’s the way it works though… In July & August we were undergoing so many seriously transformative eclipses, with the sole purpose of shaking us all up energetically.

Communication was hindered as well with the mercury retrograde and shadow periods. So finally at this time, for the first time in months we can shed the cocoon of the summers eclipse and retrograde seasons and not only finally declare but fully focus on where desire to go next. Another aspect of note with this new moon in particular is with the opposition to Neptune-the planet of confusion, deception, and fear. This new moon is about uncovering some major fears to achieve the essential confidence we need for success and to forage on.

Moving During Mercury Retrograde

We all know what Mercury retrograde is. Or at least have some sort of idea, because people with in the astrology community & social media spectrum sure do blab enough about it. It has this reputation of being a dreaded astrological event of where the planet Mercury appears to be retrograding or going backwards, so there for all this chaotic energy will rain down in our lives. Mercury is known has the planet of communication, so it is true and no surprise really that during this time communication of all forms is enabled.

Stressful times are typically a result of the numerous communication breakdowns during this time, misunderstandings, emotional outburst are typical. Thats the main reason it is highly recommended to NOT sign contracts or make big business decisions during this time period. However mercury goes retrograde 3 to 4 times a year and its just not practical or probable to be able to put a hold on important life decisions. Well I am a perfect example of that!

This current mercury retrograde My husband and I underwent selling our home and buying our new home…. It’s a been a shit storm at times but overall not to the end of the world. From getting lowballed on our house one day & then a hail Mary offer the minute we were about to fold. Countless surprises about repairs needed on both houses. Being told people wouldn’t fix things & then that they would. That’s pretty much mercury retrograde personified. A roller coaster plain and simple, which is what makes it the worst time for business. It’s going to be difficult & pressing at times. However at the end you will be refined & greater than before. Success even in business matters are possible during this time, you just need to be in the right mind set & prepared.

That’s the whole point of planet retrogrades…to refine and evolve energy…not to reign havoc. Ride that drama like a pro surfer-bc its inevitable, re read everything like 4 times over, be ready for the unexpected & relax when you can. Keep calm and Mercury retrograde on.

Super New Moon in Leo

Another month another new moon. Ahhhh but this is not just any new moon you see…. this is a super new moon. There is a partial solar eclipse occurring around the same time as our new moon in Leo commences. Which tends to amplify and overall send new moon energies into overdrive. Traditional new moon time is about setting your intentions, sewing the seeds of what you wish for from the universe. So think of this new moon as that kind of energy but with some super fertilizer. Take some time to meditate and truly concentrate on what you want to achieve and why you wish to achieve said goals. For now is a time like no other to truly marinate and manifest some serious energy. Especially with the sun conjunct the moon absolutely all possibilities are on the table. Be careful what you wish for during this time because you absolutely might just get it! Namaste!

Cream of Zucchini Soup

Cream of Zucchini Soup

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Ingredients

  • 3 chopped up Zucchini
  • 1 sweet Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 C Chicken broth
  • 1 C half & half
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Over medium heat, melt butter and sauté onions for about 3 minutes in a large dutch oven pot. Sprinkle the flour in and whisk into butter, little by little and let cook for a minute. Add broth and braise (scrape the brown bits) the bottom of the pan. Add the zucchini and water, cook for about 10 minutes. Ladle the zucchini mixture int a food processor or blender and pulsify soup. Add the puree soup back to the pot and add the cream. Salt & pepper to taste, then simmer for about 5 more minutes. Garnish with toasted crostini.

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