Back To Work

Back to working my online business, I wonder, what tools are you using to keep focused on your online business? I use the analogy of a garden.

Back To Work

Today I get back to working on my online business, and am finding that my mind is on all that is going on in the world. The news is full of how many new cases of Covid 19, and not much else. Easy to give way to fear, yet, that solves nothing, it often freezes me into inaction all together! Instead, I choose to see the blessings!

So I am Back to Work

Back to working my online business, as well as finding ways to help others and “be the support” people are looking for. In my line of work offline, I help seniors be able to stay in their homes, and not have to go into a care home facility. Sometimes I am the only one they see for two weeks at a time!

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Online as Well as Offline

My initial goal with Online Marketing 3 months ago was to bring sense to my online world. I have a lot of training “dibs and dabs” with online, yet nothing that brings it all together quite like Wealthy Affiliate does. And my recent days, now that I am under self imposed quarantine [since my day job has cancelled work for the foreseeable future], have been in assimilating what’s going on in my world.

Preparing a garden here in my yard, vegetables and the like. I love to garden, and it’s the busy season right now. Yet, I find I can get carried away with the offline stuff, and neglect the online. Back to the procrastination virus! Getting my mind settled, and focused, is a daily, ongoing chore. It’s not an overnight “fix”, as I have been an offline worker for at least 40 years!

And I am coming up to my 4th month at my main platform, and am more determined now to get things going online, just as I am getting my physical garden going. There can be a correlation, I think.

Preparing the Garden

Online Gardening

New raised beds going in today here in the yard, this in addition to the garden plots already established, ready to plant. So, new blog posts being prepared, in addition to the blogs already established.

New topsoil for the raised beds coming tomorrow, I think. This week at any rate. New site action this week.

Planting in the coming weeks, couple months at the most. Same online.

Weeding through the summer. H’mmm, how will that play out online? What will I “weed out”?

Harvesting will begin with peas and salad stuff as soon as May, I think, Same as online. May!

Helpful to Imagine

I find this type of analogy helpful for me to keep me on track, my imaginings do a lot, both offline and on. Imagine the success and it will follow. Imagine the healing of the virus, both physical Covid19, and the virus that I could catch “it’s not gonna work, again, online doesn’t work, you need a ‘job'”.

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What tools are you using to keep focused on your online business? Leave me a comment below.

Mind Health Is Critical

Learning how to let the Law of Attraction, which is always operating, work for me rather than against me.

I have had a bit of a set back with this blog, and I do apologize. I had a new concept brought forth to me. Actually, it is an old concept brought back to mind. I have been spending a bit of time wrapping my mind around it, to be honest. During this process, I let my blog “ride” for a week or so. Yet, now, I realize I could also blog about it, for others who struggle with their mind health. Gotta keep the mind sharp as we age, you know. And this teacher I discovered {or re-discovered} has a sharp mind!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about “brain health” here. Moreso I speak on changing our mind. Changing how we think about ourselves, and our world around us.

And so I began a journey this past month, and am experiencing growing pains, of a sort. Yet, its a good thing, I think. Change is good. I am learning about the Law of Attraction, for one thing. Learning how to let the Law of Attraction, which is always operating, work for me rather than against me.

So the videos I have been watching are on YouTube, and so far I have been utilizing the free material from Bob Proctor. His You Tube channel resonates with me due to his evidently putting the Higher Power as YeHoVaH God, which is what I like. And the language for these older ears is nice to listen to. His voice is soothing to me, as I meditate on His Word, while listening to Bob. And he is definitely NOT a baby boomer. Yet, he has aged gracefully, and experiences Life in the Grey Zone with affluence and style.

I encourage you to view some of his teachings on the mind. It could totally revolutionize yours!

Here’s a sample of what I have been devouring of late!

Chia Seed Chocolate Muffin

I ventured out tonight to make myself some chocolate dessert, using chia seed as the egg replacer. And I think it kinda worked well.

Well, I have been absent for a week or two on here, busy with setting up other blogs and getting through Hanukkah and Snow-Mageddon here in Victoria! I was actually out really early yesterday morning, shovelling snow before people were out walking their dogs. 

6 a.m. shovelled a path in the snow

So, now the snow’s gone, (relatively speaking), and all that exercise had me thinking of a new muffin to enjoy. Friend of mine has been singing the praises of her chia seed egg replacement spice cake, and it got me to thinking.

Now, granted, I do have a steady supply of farm fresh eggs to use while baking.  However, I have also heard of some health benefits to consuming chia seeds.

From one recent site I visited, Everyday Health, “…Chia seeds are…a great source of protein….[and]a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids…” 

So here’s the deal. They are good for you. Although, you need to watch the increased fibre, if done too quickly, could have *consequences*. I dislike chia pudding, I have tried many recipes, including this one from A Home With a Purpose, which uses sugar substitutes as well, for more healthy eating.

However, back to the friend of mine and her chia seed cake. She had a small portion as a trial, for breakfast. And enjoyed it so much that she had another small one for lunch. Well, you guessed it, the increase in fibre in such a short time period wreaked havoc on her digestive system the entire rest of the day!

So, I ventured out tonight to make myself some chocolate dessert, using chia seed as the egg replacer. And I think it kinda worked well. At least, it was good enough warm that I ate the entire “cake”.

One trick I did, when using chia as an egg replacer, was to grind 1 tablespoon chia in my little grinder. I then mixed in 3 tablespoons HOT water, and stir stir stirred. Turned out really delicious. And I think I may just make this chia seed chocolate muffin again soon. 

Chocolate Chia Seed Muffin

On Aging Gratefully

Grandparents need to stick around for babysitting, bedtime stories, tart-making, and other grandparent-y responsibilities.

As I sat in a play place one day a few weeks ago, watching my two young grandsons, I find I am content. They measure their age in halfs. I’m two and a 1/2, Granny.  I like construction vehicles and Mommie Bunny. And Blippi.

I’m 9 and a half Granny, almost 10. I like karate, and basketball. And putting puzzles together. And coding. And making YouTube videos.

So this article was in my social media news feed a while ago, and I thought it worth repeating here. Not that I am concerned with any aging-related diseases, like Alzheimers or Dementia just yet. Even though hubs just became a senior citizen.

Back to the article: which says in part: that Researchers found gene variants that protect against Alzheimer’s disease and a host of other aging-related diseases are present in humans, but not in other primates. Dr. Ajit Varki thinks those variants are an evolutionary result of grandparents needing to stick around for babysitting, bedtime stories, tart-making, and other grandparent-y “responsibilities. Or just to be in their grandchildren’s lives.

Grandkids May Make Us Live Longer, Study Says

So as I prepare my famous butter tarts, and teach my 2 oldest granddaughters how to make the perfect pastry, I am content. These girls have a heart for helping others. And learning “the old ways” to do things. And all things crafts.  And, they may be helping me to live longer!

Pastry Making in Progress

Hanukkah Over Christmas

Most Bible commentators agree Yeshua was not born at christmas. He was most probably divinely conceived during this time of year.

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I must admit to observing christmas for many years. Many, many years. As a child, a young mother, and a young-ish Granny, I observed this season with gusto.

What changed for me? My studying of Scriptures, actually. And so I put a couple of article links here. Based on my current research, I will continue to celebrate Yeshua, the Light of the World, coming into this world at this, the darkest time of year. Just not celebrating christmas anymore.

The first link is from over a year ago, I admit. What struck me is “…Bible commentators agree that [Yeshua] was not born at …christmas time when the world remembers His birth. He would most probably have been born around the month of September during the Feast of Tabernacles. However, this time of the year is most probably that time He was divinely conceived by the power of the of Holy Ghost…”

And the other link I have found interesting is from an Israeli perspective. “…the message of Hanukkah, Festival of Lights, is … The Divine Light overcomes even the darkest of darkness – and this is what we celebrate on both Hanukkah,  on the 25th of Kislev, and Christmas, on the 25th of December!…”

And this bonus article on Hanukkah itself, details more of the history, especially of the miracle of 8 days of oil.

“…from the description in the First Maccabees, it is clear that the original celebration was about the military victory and the rededication of the Temple.  Even if the miracle of the oil did occur, First (and also Second) Maccabees doesn’t mention it at all. However, the focus of celebration has been switched over the centuries: instead of celebrating the military success of the Maccabees, the Festival of Hanukkah has become a celebration of the Divine Miracle and of the Divine Light. This is Hanukkah as we know it today—the Festival of Lights..”

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Strawberry Jam Made Easy

I picked our strawberry patch this past summer. Often. And make quick strawberry jam all year long!

Think you could turn these frozen strawberries into yummy Strawberry Jam in just 5 minutes? I can, and I did. And it’s soooooo easy and yummy!

I don’t use sugar as my sweetener, I used a mix of stevia and erythritol, [no xylitol here, we have a pooch who sometimes gets food crumbs] called “Gentle Sweet“. I purchase it, online, from Sweet and Sprouted here in Canada. [no affiliate link here, just a good shopping experience].

Back to the recipe. You see, I picked our strawberry patch this past summer. Often. And ate a lot of them fresh from the garden.

Strawberries

I also washed, and froze, a LOT of strawberries. Strawberry smoothies, strawberries in yogurt, strawberry muffins, strawberry shortcake. You get the idea, we ate a LOT of them. And I shared a lot of them with friends and family, too.

The frozen strawberries that I have left were getting freezer burn. My jam “stash” is depleted this wet December. So I took some time yesterday morning and whipped up a batch of jam. Jam set up beautifully. I love it, and it’s good for you!!

I used 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice to 4 cups frozen strawberries. I added a tablespoon of Baobab Boost powder, for a zingy shot of Vitamin C. And I began to cook the strawberries. While they were cooking, I bloomed about 2 tablespoons Gelatin and added it to the mix, along with 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Sweeten to taste [less than 1/4 cup for this small batch]. Mash with masher rather than using a blender, for I find a blender makes a foam I do not like. Cooking the strawberries for about 5 minutes before mashing is about all I do, for I like some chunks of strawberry in my jams.

I freeze my jams, so I don’t fuss with much else other than putting it into jars once I cooked them. I put 3/4 cup jam per small jar, put the lid on, and let it cool on the counter, then in the fridge overnight.

At first it looked like it would not “set”, but this morning, atop my home made bread turned into toast, it was divine! I use this bread recipe for my bread and I find it likes my waistline better than a glutenous loaf I bake for hubs. I can post my glutenous loaf bread recipe in one of my later posts. For now, enjoy my jam recipe.

Baby Boomer vs Millennial

Who really has more opportunities for a great life? Boomer or Millennial?

As the year draws to a close, and we think ahead to 2020, there are many “catch phrases” that come to mind, the most prevalent in my “neck of the woods” refers to 2020 vision. Perfect vision, 2020 promises to be one of perfect vision. But, for whom?

I came across this short clip from a young man who has helped many fledgling entrepreneurs see what they are missing, Josh Tolley. While listening to the clip, I was struck with the advice given, regarding Baby Boomer advice to millennials. My take-away was … Boomer advice to Millennials must change from the employee mindset. Making a living in this age of information, a decent living, one must be Entrepreneurial Minded.

Also in the video were a couple of ideas for entrepreneurs to catch the wave, so to speak, and make their own millions. See if you hear Josh’s recommendations.

Who really has more opportunity for a great life?

Impostor Syndrome

We all may know at least one person who feels they are inadequate, that they are impostors.

I came across this term recently, Impostor Syndrome. It affects up to 70% of people, this feeling like they are fakes. 

  • These people are the ones who cannot seem to own their successes. 
  • People who set high expectations for themselves, and feel like failures when they don’t achieve 100% of those expectations. 
  • People who feel they need to know every piece of information before they start a project. 
  • People who prefer to work alone, who feel that to ask for help equates to being a failure. 
  • People who feel stressed when not accomplishing something. 

Impostor Syndrome affects both men and women. 

“…Some experts believe it has to do with personality traits—like anxiety or neuroticism—while others focus on family or behavioral causes, Ervin explains. Sometimes childhood memories, such as feeling that your grades were never good enough for your parents or that your siblings outshone you in certain areas, can leave a lasting impact…” more info here:

https://time.com/5312483/how-to-deal-with-impostor-syndrome

Dr. Valerie Young, the internationally recognized expert on Impostor Syndrome. https://impostorsyndrome.com/10-steps-overcome-impostor/, in this article, gives 10 steps to overcoming the Imposter Syndrome, including:

  • separating fact from feeling [just because you feel stupid, it doesn’t mean you are stupid].
  • Visualize Your Success. [like professional athletes]
  • Fake it ’til you make it. [You don’t have to believe it at first.]
  • Give yourself a pat on the back! [You did well].

Thinking your way out of Imposter Syndrome. 

We all may know at least one person who feels they are inadequate, that they are impostors. These people need tools to break the cycle of Imposter Syndrome. 

Break The Cycle

How often have I thought “I will NOT parent the same way I was parented”, when recalling my childhood. Along with the proverbial “my parents did it that way, doesn’t mean I have to, too” {Only to find yourself in your mothering, doing something the same way!}. 

As a child growing up in the 60’s, I was no stranger to getting spanked on the bottom with a leather strap as part of my discipline. Or watching my older siblings getting the strap. Or taking the strap simply because I “looked guilty”.

As one of 8 children, in a post-depression time, it was, it seems, all that my parents knew. I survived. Yet, I had made a decision as a young adult, that when I had kids, I would not do that. There had to be a better way to discipline. To break the cycle.

Fast forward to me as a young mom, 3 children under 5, husband out providing for the family, and no extended family around to see me “burn out” – and often.

I found myself, at times, at the end of my rope, so to speak. At those times, I took myself on a day long “time out” to rest and have “me time”. Left Dad in charge of the children [they did love the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches Dad made, fond memories for both they and I]. And I came back feeling better able to parent. 

And now, as Granny and one of the chief care-givers to our youngest grandson, a [currently] two year old only child, I see it. I see the “Terrific Twos” and wonder how people do it in this day and age. How to break the cycle even more, when discipline is necessary.

Our son [DadDad to said grandson] told me the other day “we only discipline with “time outs”. And I thought – wow, the cycle seems is broken. 

My mind went to the oft quoted Scripture “spare the rod and spoil the child” – it was part of what I was taught. When I looked closer at the Hebrew translation for “child” used here, I found this site. And more specifically, this [currently] free download, Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me.

According to my understanding, the “child” referenced in Scripture could be translated better, depending on the age of said child! Infant, toddler, tween, teen…different ages and stages of discipline. Our son, is using Bible based discipline, on his son. And I couldn’t be more pleased.

Here’s to Breaking the Cycle. And using Time Outs effectively.

Mommie Bunnie in Time Out Chair
Time Out Chair

Every Day Is Thanksgiving

Sitting down at my diary this morning, I realized just how bombarded I have been with Black Friday adverts [mostly US influenced television.] Wait a minute, I thought. Psalm 107:1 comes to mind. Yes, we are, for the most part, a consumer driven society, yet, why not put a bit of a study together about Thanksgiving? Just a few links, nothing biggie nor major. 

What is American Thanksgiving, according to Wiki? 

What was the first Thanksgiving Proclamation?

What is the Thanksgiving celebrated today?

And so there you are. Black Friday may be on its way. Cyber Monday soon to follow. Not a lot of shopping days left until the end of the year celebration [on that, check back for my opinion, controversial, I am sure.] 

Yet, today, in the US at least, it is Thanksgiving Day.

Let. every. day. be a day of thanksgiving. 

תהילים 107: 1

הֹדוּ לַיְהֹוָה כִּי-טוֹב כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ׃