The R-Word

This week I’ve changed my schedule at the hotel life as we are training a new manager. My assistant and I are sharing the training schedule. I am very grateful to be able to have a flexible schedule and with my extra time in the mornings, I planned to sit down and get some writing done. I thought I would start a blog post to get my fingers tapping on the keyboard. I thought about my recent post about resistance and I’m interested in Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. I was sloth like to get to the page this morning, but once I started I felt better. Before that resistance was whispering ways to avoid doing any writing before I headed to the hotel life. When resistance is whispering in my ear so is my true self, the part of me that knows my passion is to be right here on the page. My little cheerleader is calling out to me as I am calling out to creativity.

Look in your heart. Unless I’m crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. You know it. ~ Steven Pressfield

Do you hear your still voice? Does it call out to you as it calls out to me? I imagine what my voice looks like in this scenario. I see a hand reaching out from the darkness, and a voice crying out, like the princess from The Never Ending Story;  Marion Ann, don’t stop, keep writing, plllllllllllease keep writing… Sometimes I get shivers up and down my neck as I know this is true. My true self is desperately calling out and becoming louder and louder over the voice of resistance.

I will continue to reread The War of Art to remember that resistance is sneaky and it can slip in without any notice. I am truly grateful to be aware of the nagging feeling that something is missing. Thank goodness creativity never went away thought resistance was certain it had. See, that R-word can blind us with self-doubt and I’m here to let you know I’m onto the ego and resistance and they don’t’ stand a chance!

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

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Barely Surviving The A to Z Blogging Challenge

 

It has been almost a week since the thirty-day A to Z Blogging Challenge, blogging my way through the alphabet. I have participated in the writing challenge for three years and this time I felt I was not at my best even though I loved my theme: When I’m not writing, I’m cooking! I am passionate about cooking as I am about writing. As I wrote each blog I had real intention to show my love of food and preparing great meals, share memories as a child and learn about foods I haven’t cooked with. Like writing, cooking is a creative journey that I love to share.

I have been trying to get a cover designed for my first hospitality memoir: Behind The Kitchen Doors – A Hotel Memoir and I “thought” it would be a relatively simple process. I should never assume. The designer and I are have been back and forth many times on the cover and even though I thought I had the vision of what I wanted in my head, it hasn’t quite come together. I think I have given a good description of what I would like for the cover, but it has taken me a few times to get the right words to share what I am looking for. I am still working with the designer because I have been working at my full-time job and I really should be focused on what matters. So then why is this taking me so long? Why is the ego slipping into old behavior’s “thinking” the project will just happen without any action? I know that work is required and I’m ready to get the work done. So get to it! I tell myself as I putter around the house looking for something to distract me. I am very aware of my procrastination and it is time to kick the ego to the curb and get some work done!

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

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Nuts On The Brain

Did you know that nuts are a great source of healthy fats in any diet? Nuts provide protein and minerals even brain power. Why do you think the walnut looks like a mini brain? The omega-3 in a walnut is great for memory and focus, they also help boost moods and aid to digestion. They also make a great pie crust when mixed with dates and other raw ingredients.

I am allergic to peanuts which are part of the legume family and not part of the tree nut family. You can be allergic to peanuts but not tree nuts and vise versa and/or both. When I developed my peanut allergy I missed the peanut butter cup the most, but now I can make my own with almond butter – yum!

As my husband and I venture into the plant-based meals, we have a variety of cookbooks that have helped us with some great tasting vegan recipes. One recipe book that was given to me before we started our journey of plant-based meals, was Oh She Glows and Angela has made vegan/raw food that much easier to prepare and enjoy. I hope you enjoy these Raw Almost Butter Cups as much as we do!

Until tomorrow, Keep on Typing…

 

 

When You’ve Got Lemons ~ Bake a Pie!

I am grateful for how many wonderful ways this little yellow citrus fruit has so many benefits. I start every morning with a cup of hot water and lemon as I write my morning pages. The hot water and lemon help with many different ailments:

  1. Aids to digestion
  2. Flushes out toxins
  3. Boots immune system
  4. Clears skin
  5. Hydrates Your Lymph System
  6. And so many more benefits!

Though the lemon is great for our health there is one other great use of a lemon. Making pies! I would have to say that lemon pie is my top three favorite pies (Blueberry and strawberry/rhubarb right up there as well).

My mother would make lemon pie and I just wanted the lemon filling and pie crust. I would take the meringue off (beaten eggs on top, no thank-you!) I am sure this pie recipe was a staple in most households in North American: Shirriff’s Lemon Pie, the blue box with the slice of lemon on front. I have a box of it in my cupboard now just in case we need to contribute to a potluck. If you haven’t had this pie before, I highly recommend you treat yourself. Enjoy!

What is your favorite lemon recipe? How do you use lemons during your day-to-day routines?

Until tomorrow, Keep on Typing…

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

I’m a little late to the party, but that’s me!

I will be participating in the 2018 A to Z Challenge this year – what is the challenge? It’s a month-long blogging challenge starting April 1st with the premise of every day (except Sunday’s) to post a blog starting with the first letter of the alphabet. Ingenious! Well, so I thought until I got to the letter X at the end of the month during my first experience with the challenge.

What will I be blogging about this year?

If I’m not writing, I’m cooking!

I love words and I love food – so why not put them together for a recipe of passion of the two creative modalities that bring me joy and peace.

 

 

I hope you will join me each day or you can wait until one day during the week to snuggle in your favorite chair with a cold beer or cup of tea and take part in the journey of a girl who loves to write, cook and share some adventures in the kitchen.

See you there!

 

 

What are your hobbies?

Hobby: An activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation

When you are not writing, what hobbies do you have? For me, it’s cooking and if I had a garden I would be gardening. I love getting into the dirt, planting and watching something grow and then use it in a recipe, that equals bliss for me.

Cooking has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. When we lived in Ontario and spent a lot of time on my grandparents farm, I fell in love with the kitchen, The kitchen was so big, well when I was nine it seemed big and then when I visited at the age of seventeen, it was still significantly large, compared to what I am used to in my homes over the years. My grandmother would always be in the kitchen, she would be puttering around, pots simmering seemed to be always on the stove top, aromas of pies in the oven, countertops messy with chopped veggies and ingredients to make another pie. My grandmother was an artist in the kitchen, she didn’t need recipes, she just knew what to do.

Side note: The kitchen window in my grandparent’s house overlooked a portion of a garden and the cold room where they kept many of their canned fruits and vegetables, also antique items that are a bit faded for me, but I recall that it was a room that I didn’t like to be in for very long, but you had to go through it to get to the back garden. I remember my pace would quicken every time I had to go through that room. That window and room inspired a chapter in my Hotel Murder Thriller that I am working on.

Today, I am in the kitchen if I am not writing. I love spending time puttering around the kitchen, chopping, preparing for the recipes I am going to prepare. I want to know what is going into our meals, I want to chop veggies and bake our own muffins, pies, casseroles, let’s face it, pretty much anything I can make on our own we will.  My hobby of cooking brings a weakness for kitchen stores, gadgets and kitchen books. Oh, how I love to open a cookbook and read over the details and go through step by step to prepare a new recipe and make it come to life. Writing is like cooking at times, if you take care of what is going into the recipe then the end result is something delicious, to eat or read. That image gives me shivers of joy.

What are your hobbies when you are not writing? What gets your heart racing when you are not on the page? My mother knits and she loves it, some of my friends make jewelry and some paint. A hobby is another outlet for creativity to show up and have fun!

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing. . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Choices

What best choices have you made in your life so far? This list is easier than other lists. I will go back and share some of my other lists later on, but this list plucked at my heartstrings a bit more for some reason.

  • Going to university.
  • Accepting the job at Bayside (a church camp that pushed me to what I had asked for)
  • Asking to be trained on the university radio and ending up having my own show.
  • Asking to write for the university newspaper – writing a few movie reviews.
  • Accepting the job at Lake Louise.
  • Staying two extra months after my first summer season at Lake Louise.
  • Going back to the Lake for the third summer and then deciding to stay to see where the hotel world would take me.
  • Leaving the Lake to move to Jasper to another sister hotel property to learn the ropes again.
  • Asking to have a meeting about the possibility of a Jasper radio station and ending up being on the writing team (dream come true!).
  • Moving onto Edmonton to another sister hotel property for a promotion.
  • Moving in with Adam after six months of dating – you just know when you know.
  • Moving to Tofino and once again asking to be part of the radio station and ending up with my own show.
  • Asking to be part of the writing group in Tofino and being part of a great writing group, putting together events that brought creative souls together.
  • Accepting the job at Ocean Resort to help open a meditation retreat center – another dream job of mine.
  • Joining the Arts Council of Campbell River and meeting my writing mentor – Thank you universe!
  • Leaving the Ocean Resort to write full-time and be part of a new online magazine (another dream job, thank you – thank you!)
  • Moving to Victoria for a hotel job.
  • Walking up to a group of romance writers to introduce myself and ask if I could join the group. (I was new to the city and needed to find a writing group)

This list continues with me moving onto another hotel job to get to the next level. I am so grateful for every opportunity that has been provided to get me where I am going. For example: though I loved being the resort manager of the meditation retreat center, something was not working for me and for creativity. The owner and I agreed that I would be laid off for the winter and then he wouldn’t need me if and when they re-opened the resort. I had asked to have the time to write and still have an income so I was able to pay rent and write.  The universe is listening.

Every choice I have made has been in complete faith. I trust and trusted that if the opportunity presented itself that I was to open the door and walk right through to see what would happen. I trust that I am being taken care of and I continue on blind faith – I have also made two choices where I didn’t accept a job to get where we are wanting to go. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions that you know are for the best, but there are times where I think ‘ what if?’ and then I realize I’m right where I’m supposed to be, here and now.

What best choices have you made in your life so far? What has brought you here? If you made a different choice would you be where you are now? I love these questions, it makes me think about the alternative universes and how I’m lining up with what the universe has in store for me.

Until Next time, keep on typing . . . .