All posts for the month February, 2014

How Far Do You Trust Your Intuition?

Published February 28, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

your_intuition-500x246Sometimes I am amazed at how my intuition guides me to success.  Yesterday, while I was at the office I decided to do some cleaning.  As I was cleaning I came across a report that was due to be mailed by the 28th of this month that our account told me to set aside until he called me.  It had been weeks and quite frankly I forgot about it and apparently so did he because I still hadn’t heard from him.  I found this report in just the nick of time to get it mailed on time.

It is completely amazing to me how, not only did my intuition push me to find this report but that I had the heightened sense of awareness to listen and follow.  I never used to trust in myself or my intuition and because of that I seemed to constantly make the wrong decisions and choices.  Since meditating for more than a year, I completely trust myself and my intuition.  And because of that these little intuitive moments happen more and more.

I cannot tell you how many times my intuition has saved the day.  It is true that if we are calm and keep our mind at peace, that we will know exactly what we need to know, when we need to know it.  It is such a beautiful way to live.  It takes the pressure off of all of life’s challenges.  When we believe that we will know what to do exactly when we need to do it, it lessens the stress.  We can count on the fact that we will know the answers to all of life’s questions as long as we don’t force them or try to influence them with our judgments.

I feel as though I am ready to step into another chapter of my life, that changes are about to occur, however I will not force it.  If it is meant to be it will be.  I am aware that whatever it is that I am supposed to do, or any changes that I am supposed to make will come easy to me.  They will come with a sense that God has handed whatever it is to me with grace and ease.

I surrender to what is.  After all, it is what it is, isn’t it?

I am off to enjoy my half day at the office.  It’s Friday!!  Woot Woot!!  This weekend I am going to stay in and redo my bathroom, from top to bottom.  It’s going to be one heck of a productive weekend.  Pictures to follow. ☺

How to make Turkey Sausage

Published February 26, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

This morning I thought I would share with all of you how to make your own turkey sausage.  Don’t be fooled by the turkey sausage that is pre-made in the frozen food cases or even in the meat cases in your local grocer.  These are pumped with extra fat and unnecessary ingredients that none of us need.  I got this simple recipe from my mom who got it from Rachel Ray.

Turkey Sausage

1 pound 93% lean ground Turkey

1 tsp. Coriander Seed

1 tsp. Fennel Seed

1 tsp. Sage

1/4 cup low sodium chicken or beef broth

Mix all your ingredients together, put in bowl with lid and refrigerate for at least 5 hours.  It’s then ready to be used.  I like to make mine and separate into individual servings and freeze.  I normally get about 6 servings of thin patties out of a batch.  This would make each patty around 80 calories.

It’s delicious and easy.  This morning I added a few sausage meatballs to my chili I made for my lunch.  ☺  I got a feeling it’s going to be good ♥

Have a delicious day my friends!

The Happiness Formula

Published February 25, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
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This morning upon waking my first thought was “the happiness formula”.  I believe I was being instructed to get up and take a look at how I was coming along as far as the happiness formula was concerned.  It’s been no secret that I have been a little unhappy lately.  I have been struggling to be positive, where before it seemed to come natural to me.

I mean I have struggled most of my life to be positive until last year when I made some minor changes that allowed me to have an entire year of nothing but happiness and positiveness.   So, this morning when I woke up with this thought rolling around in my mind, I knew right away that I had to re-evaluate this formula and how I rate at this moment in my life.

Below is the actual scientific formula for happiness that I picked up from Deepak Chopra’s book What Are You Hungry For?

Happiness is the goal of all other goals.  Everything we do in life is to achieve happiness.

The Happiness Formula; H = S + C + V

Happiness=Set point in the brain+Conditions of living+Voluntary choices

Set point in the brain which determines how naturally happy you are  is equal to 40%-50% of our overall happiness

Conditions of living which is how we live and what we have is equal only to 7%-12% of our overall happiness

Voluntary Choices refers to how we spend our time.  How we relate to others.  What kind of entertainment we choose, and out choices about exercise, nutrition and so on. is equal to 40%-50% of our overall happiness

If I am honest I can see, first of all, that my conditions of living are just fine.  Nothing there has changed, and if they have, they have only improved.  I am very happy with my home, my car, and all of my possessions for that matter.  Secondly, my set point in the brain is pretty good.  I am naturally a happy person.  So the problem must lie in the last portion of the formula, my voluntary choices.

For the past couple of weeks I have not been relating well others because my mind-set has been busy trying to force myself to be something I am not.  I have been under great pressure to be perfect, meaning I was trying to eat perfect which only caused me to fail.  My choices on nutrition were good but only sporadically.  I would do wonderfully for a few days and then binge for a day.

I had zero entertainment.  Where in the past I loved to learn new things, this past couple of weeks all of my attention was on what I was eating and what I was doing wrong.  I was still exercising, but my attitude while doing so stunk.  I pissed and moaned through the entire thing, silently of course.  My attitude about everything I once loved turned sour.  I guess that is what being self-aware is all about.  We fall so we can learn.

These last couple of weeks has taught me a great deal about myself.  From now on if I am put in a situation that doesn’t work for me, I am going to nip it in the bud right away.  I am no longer going to try to conform with what someone else tells me I should be.  I am me.  I am unique.  There is only one Michele, and she can only be what she knows in her heart to be.  For so many years I tried to live the life I thought others wanted for me.  I cannot do that anymore.  It is like living a lie, and I am not willing to live a lie any longer.

I am ready to live my daily life, not to lose weight and be thin, but to be fulfilled in every aspect.  I am going to eat right because it supports my happiness, I am going to workout because it supports my happiness, and I am going to learn because it supports my happiness.

End of story.  It’s all about what moves us toward happiness.  Remember happiness is not a destination, it’s a journey.  🙂

Standing Up for Myself

Published February 24, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

So, after my melt down at work on Friday I knew I had to figure out what was going on with me.  I came home Friday and spent the rest of the day in bed.  On Saturday morning I got up and began looking back at the past couple of weeks to try to figure out what changed.  What could have made me go from up and happy to down and sad?  The only change is that dreaded weigh and measure that took place on the 8th of this month.

Now I know that most people will not understand this, but I cannot be weighed and measured.  I spent most of my life trying to lose weight, tracking my results through the scales and or the measuring tape and one thing was always certain, I would fail.  The minute I weighed or measured my mind-set would change and I would go off the deep end.  It didn’t matter if the numbers were good or bad.  I have a problems with this, so last year on the first of January I gave away my scales and decided that I would gauge my success by how I felt on a daily basis.  That I would eat and exercise to enhance my life, not to lose weight, and the results were remarkable.  I went from a tight size 24 to a comfortable size 16.

I never claimed to be like everyone else.  I am me and the scales did not work for me.  I had to go for fulfillment rather than grading, so to speak.  I don’t need a number on a scale or measuring tape to tell me if I am living my best life.  I know that from the inside out.  So this morning I am going to call my Curves coach and find out if I have to be weighed and measured and if I do I simply will no longer go.  If it is a requirement that I must fulfill to be a part of the gym then I will chalk up my $40 a month membership fee as a lesson and move on.

I have a Jillian class this morning at 6:15, so I’ll call before I go.  I have to get this out-of-the-way today so I can move on with my life.  I miss me.  I want me back.  This depressed girl that I have been dealing with for the past couple of weeks is annoying and I am done with her.  Unfortunately, she is extremely stubborn, and if she doesn’t get what she needs she is a serious pain in the ass.  🙂

So I shall go blow dry my hair and get ready to make that call.  I will not waver.  It is either I will be exempt from the weigh and measure aspect of the gym or I will exempt myself from going.

Chow for now 🙂

My Pep Talk to Myself

Published February 21, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

doodle-diet-appreciate-believeWell I am off to Curves here in a few minutes.  I am ready to go there and kick this workout’s ass.  I am going to give it my all, come home, get ready for work and just BE with the day.  I have every intention of enjoying each and every moment as it passes through me.  I am going to enjoy my weekend with the strength and determination needed to eat well and within the amount necessary to promote the most energy for my body.  I intend on keeping busy and doing any and all inside projects that will go by the wayside as soon as the nice weather hits.  It is time to pay attention the interior of my home so that when summer comes I can pay attention the outside.

Life is amazing.  I am amazing.  I can do this.  I have no doubt at all.  I am certain that I can enjoy my weekends off without taking away from all of the good I have achieved throughout the week.  I am a beast.  I have self-control.  Productivity is my greatest ally.  Lets get’er done!!

Being Inspired by Tony Robbins

Published February 21, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

I just happened upon this short video of Tony Robbins describing the difference between winners and losers.  I like the idea of it.  I use affirmations on a daily basis, but what Tony talks about is using incantations.  These are much like affirmations but are done with great emotion.  I am going to start this today.  I am going to find my place of certainty within myself and do my affirmations with strong, powerful emotions.

I just did my incantations in the way that Tony demonstrated and I feel amazing.  I feel as though I could conquer the world.  I am going to do this several times a day and see where it gets me.

2013 in review

Published February 19, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Another Writer’s Therapy

Published February 19, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

It’s morning once again.  I am sitting here and still not feeling my blissful self.  It’s been such a long time since I have felt it.  I don’t know what is happening.  All I can conclude is that it’s the long harsh winter coupled with PMS, at this point.  All I know is I don’t like it.  I don’t know how to get through it.  I am trying to be positive but while I sleep my brain is affirming negative thoughts.  I wake slightly to hear them being recited in my mind.

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Where are you God?  Where are you Gabriel?  I need you both, but I don’t feel your presence.  I need guidance.  I haven’t felt this bad and this alone since before, when I was so unhealthy and so large I was unable to move.  I am sure this will pass because I know that old adage “this to shall pass” to be true.  In fact I saw this very quote on a friends Facebook page, yesterday.  Maybe, just maybe, this was a message from one of you.  One of my spirit guides or perhaps, God.

It makes my days so long.  I want to be no where but locked up in my room.  I want to talk to no one.  I am hanging on, I want to feel my moment in the sun.  I am hanging on for that moment that I once again feel bliss well up from my solar plexus as it has so many times before.  It is so unpleasant to feel this way.  Not only is it hurtful to myself but it is also hurtful to those that love me.  They have to deal with me in this state, and it is not fair.  I feel like a burden.  I feel as though it is better to lock myself away, to spare their feelings.  However, I also feel like locking myself away spares nothing for them and everything for me, hence the selfishness.

I am depressed.  I can see it now.  It is now my mission to figure out how to break free of it.  I have been depressed before, many times.  I never tried to break free, I only allowed it to carry me away.  Often times I would simply go with it until it got so bad that I was shocked to awaken from it.  I am no longer that weak little girl who allows her emotions to rule her.  I am stronger now.  I have learned that my thoughts do not control me, that I control my thoughts.  It is time now to step away from the negativity and move toward the positive.

I have the self-awareness now to take responsibility for my own happiness.  I can no longer allow this to go on.  Today is the day I make the change.  I am not going to feed into my depression.  I am stronger than that.  I saw a post yesterday that said “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.  Well it’s time to get over myself and start reacting in a more constructive way.  It’s time I take back my own power.  It’s time be conscious.  It’s time to stand up and be present in my own life.

Here’s to a turning point.  I will claw my way back to the top.  I will make it.  I will succeed.

20 Reasons to be Happy ☺

Published February 18, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
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This is inspired by my good friend Kim from the WordPress community.  Sometimes we all need to state the reasons we are happy and today is my turn.  So here we go, here are twenty reasons why I am happy today.

  1. I am breathing
  2. I have a nice running car that is all warmed up to take me to Curves
  3. I have a wonderful loving husband
  4. I have three wonderful kids who love and respect their parents
  5. I have a warm home to shelter us from the bitter cold
  6. I have a job that allows me the freedom I need to take care of my family as well as a peaceful warm office
  7. I have two beautiful loving kitties that are the loves of my life
  8. I am able to pay my bills and take care of my family better than I ever have before
  9. I have the healthiest lifestyle I have ever had in my life
  10. I have a wonderful relationship with God that is full of trust, understanding, and support
  11. I have the sweetest mother in the world, she has been there for all of us more than anyone could ever know
  12. I have a new-found love and passion for cooking healthy meals
  13. I have found a love for meditation
  14. I have energy and a zest for life that I never had before
  15. I have learned how to keep a positive attitude even in the midst of tough times
  16. For the hot coffee in my cup
  17. For my morning quiet time
  18. The love of my family
  19. My ear buds and Bee Gees on Pandora
  20. Finally that I am self-sufficient

There it is.  Believe it or not that took some thought.  That is a lot of reasons to be happy right there.  🙂  I feel blessed to have such kind and caring people in our little blogospere.  I hope everyone out there takes the time to realize all the reasons they have to be happy in their life as well.  It’s hard to be depressed when you have so many reasons to be grateful.

Nameste’  ♥

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