Thursday, August 31, 2017


No recipes this week. I was talking to a friend of mine, trying to quiet my mind so I could hear what I was supposed to blog about. There have been days that my life has felt like a hot dish in a microwave, as I have tried to get through a rapidly increasing number of projects and tasks in a very short amount of time.  
Sometimes managing your life can look much simpler then it is. As a friend of mine said this morning, “I cannot explain how hard it is to get a hot bowl over of the microwave. One day, I swear, I’m going to drop one.” We all have those phases in our life when what should be a simple thing, tend to become complicated, because our “dish” has become overheated with demands.
Maybe that is why the Microwave Grip Set spoke to me this morning. To use them all you have to do is slip them over your fingertips and thumbs before you take a hot dish out of the microwave. The raised bumps and ridges give you a secure hold, and your hands stay safe from the heat. The grips are easy to wipe clean, or you can run them through the dishwasher
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Song of the Week

what would you do in your life today if you were brave? Would you step out in faith and follow your dreams? Take a risk? What is keeping you from being brave?


Do you have the four pillars of success in your life? Are you missing one? two? three? all of them? Are you working them?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Do you have a dream? If not you cannot achieve it? So dream it, then work on making your dream a reality! Dream it and then achieve it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017


There is a Buddhist story I love and would like to share with you this week. It is, as the title suggests, about a group of six blind men and an elephant. Whenever I think about practicing vision, this story reminds me how our vision is shaped by the perspective we are. It limits and shapes what we see and what we do not. I know I have shared this story before in the past, but some stories are worth sharing again. 
Long ago six old men lived in a village in India. Each was born blind. The other villagers loved the old men and kept them away from harm. Since the blind men could not see the world for themselves, they had to imagine many of its wonders. They listened carefully to the stories told by travelers to learn what they could about life outside the village.
The men were curious about many of the stories they heard, but they were most curious about elephants. They were told that elephants could trample forests, carry huge burdens, and frighten young and old with their loud trumpet calls. But they also knew that the Rajah's daughter rode an elephant when she traveled in her father's kingdom. Would the Rajah let his daughter get near such a dangerous creature?
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We do not always succeed in achieving the vision we have been given the first time we try, so we must get up and persevere to the end

Sunday, August 27, 2017


I am always amazed at how you give me clarity of vision. There are days that I can see the pieces, but not the whole picture and then you led me to a story about putting things together again by Suzy Holbeche
"I am reminded of the story of the teacher who tears to shreds a map of the world and, thinking it an impossible task, gives it to a recalcitrant student to put together. Within ten minutes the boy is back, the task completed. Astonished, the teacher asks him how he did it. The boy replies: When I turned the pieces over, I found a torn-up man. I put him together, and when I looked at the other side the world was whole again."
This wonderful story reminds me that the answer to the world's problems is people like me. Once I make myself whole, my world falls into place as it should be. When I fall apart, my world falls apart. When I am in tune with you then I am also in tune with myself. This story inspired me to write a poem about my relationship with you
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Regardless of whether you are afraid or not, live your vision anyway. Own your power and know it is more powerful then your fear.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Are you extending your present limited horizons of mind, heart and imagination, as well as expanding your social and religious boundaries?

Friday, August 25, 2017


Are you brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose? What is keeping you from doing so?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Song of the Week

this week's song of the week reminds us to wipe away from the rainstorms in our life which are obscuring our vision and see the amazing life before us


Are you extending your present limited horizons of mind, heart and imagination, as well as expanding your social and religious boundaries?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


I have always had a special attachment to our Nourish and Share bowls for so many reasons. One is that they are a reminder to me that the Pampered Chef mission of bringing people together to share a meal is not a reality for everyone. Our Round-Up from the Heart® Nourish & Share Bowl Set helps those in need. For each bowl set purchased, Pampered Chef contributes $2, the equivalent of 22 meals*, to Feeding America® to help fight hunger. Includes a copy of a Season's Best® (Fall/Winter 2016)!
*$1 helps provide 11 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. That means that every set ordered provides for 22 meals for those who are in need of food. Pampered Chef® guarantees a minimum donation of $250,000 through the purchase of select Pampered Chef® products and other fundraising activities associated with the Round-Up from the Heart® campaign from Sept. 1, 2016–Aug. 31, 2017. That means that Pampered chef contribute to the provision of 2,750,000 meals each year. For me that is mind boggling.
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Are you living more in the attitude of interrogation than of exclamation. Why? What is keeping you from living an attitude of exclamation

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What is your vision?

What is your vision of a better world?


Has the Great Mystery spoken to you yet in a way that is unique, powerful, unimaginable, and truly sacred? Would you have even heard it?

Monday, August 21, 2017


Change the world, start at home. This saying from HGTV applies to so many things. Is your vision for the world in your own home yet?

Sunday, August 20, 2017


What is your vision? Have you shared it? If not why? What is your new vision for this world? Take a leap of faith and share it

Saturday, August 19, 2017


First you must have a vision, then you must be intentional about working to make your vision a reality. So what is your vision?

Friday, August 18, 2017


The vision of peace on earth requires each of us to participate in making it a reality. What are you willing to do to make this happen

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Song of the Week

I had a dream when I was young,
A dream of sweet illusion,
A glimpse of hope and unity,
And visions of one sweet union
Let us work together to have one vision of a world where all of humanity is treated with love, dignity and respect.


Let your imagination set you free. Reclaim the wonder and openness you had as a child and allow yourself to see things you can no longer see

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


This past weekend I had to spend the day at the Animal Hospital Emergency Room as one of our cats developed a urinary tract infection. Sitting there talking with and listening to the love people had for their furbabies, just like me. One of our babies, Mr Mittens, has a sensitive stomach and some possible food allergies, so we have been trying to find foods that will calm his stomach and that will make him feel better. While there are quite a few organic foods out there, I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes I have gathered that are for cats using my Pampered Chef products. So today, I thought I would share a few recipes for those of you who are cat parents (or slaves to your cats) and those who are dog parents.
They are as much members of our families as our human members. So here are a few ways to create mealtime memories with and for your furbabies. Hope you enjoy making some of them and your babies enjoy eating some of them.
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Having vision does not require one to be sighted. Vision is about being open and listening with all your senses. Open your mind so you see

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Which way are you living in this world? Are you all about the visions or about the ideas? Is your view limited or limitless?

Monday, August 14, 2017


Working on some spiritual practices in our lives is easier then others. It is easy to think about how to practice kindness, gratitude, joy, kindness, or even play. However thinking about practicing vision requires us to think outside the box. So I was excited when I found the writing of Angeles Arrien, in The Four-Fold Way Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary. She offers some concrete steps and things we can do to practice developing our inner visionary. So I thought this week I would share her ideas with you.
"Processes and Reminders: Important Practices to Develop the Inner Visionary
"1. Spend at least fifteen minutes each day in walking meditation. Record your experience in your journal or create a special meditation log.
"Walking Meditation
Accessing the Inner Creator
Accessing the Quality of Creativity
"The purpose of walking meditation is to honor sacred time. This is a time set aside for introspection, contemplation, discovery, and honoring the sacred or divine.
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If you can see the ends then you have not yet learned to see. When you know there are always new areas to explore you see the possibilities.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


May we open ourselves up to the good, benevolent, deep and luminous visions so they may touch us, guide us and transform us.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Are you open to allowing the good, benevolent, deep & luminous visions become a part of your journey or are you limiting your opportunities

Friday, August 11, 2017


As I have been thinking about the visions in my life, I began to think about one evening when we had a local author, Mary Grace, here to talk about her book Communion of Saints: Talking with God and Grandma. One of the things she talked about was asking for a sign from those who have transcended. I remember asking for a sign of my mother’s presence as she is one of the people I miss most in my life.
What happened the next 24 hours was nothing short of the presence of the Divine. I was looking at the front cover of the book and all I could see were my mother’s rugelach where the candles were. That night I woke up several times during the night smelling cinnamon coming out of the oven. I would wake up and walk down the hallway thinking I had left the oven on, but it was off.  I checked all my candle warmers thinking I had put cinnamon melts in my warmers, but I had not. So I came to the realization it was you sending something I would recognize as my mom letting me know she was with me. So thank you.
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Every step of the journey is important and provides you with what you need for the next step. So don't be in a rush to get to the end

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Song of the Week

this week's song of the week reminds us that we can achieve anything when we believe in the vision we have been given. So believe.


re you wiling to leap into the unknown or are you only willing to walk the path of certainty. Are you trusting your vision or ignoring it
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017


I have been thinking a lot about change, in part because the theme this month at Inspiritual is vision. It is also the change in seasons with Pampered Chef. We have over 70 products being retired and/or coming back restyled. There are those products whose time has come and there are products whose time is just beginning.
This change is not unlike our lives. There are things, people and opportunities which come into our lives for a season and then their time comes to an end. There are times we need to let something go because it has served its purpose, it no longer fits in with the vision we have been given for our lives, or some other reason. The same is true for Pampered Chef. As the vision for the company changes, as the food trends in this country change, so do our products.
Vision requires us to call on our values and our imagination. The spiritual practice of vision encompasses the discovery of fresh insights about the way things are and the cultivation of different outlooks on what can be. You might have heard about people creating vision boards. This is one way of practicing vision. Practicing vision helps you tap into your inner wisdom and be in tune with Spirit. Practicing vision requires you to draw on all your gifts and skills. As numerous teachers have taught me, “if you cannot see it, you cannot achieve it.”
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In what directions to you look for wisdom, guidance and direction? Are you looking inwards, outwards, upwards, or in all directions.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


What reminds you to be open to different viewpoints?


When I honestly look inside, I see the next self improvement project for me to work on. When I listen to my heart I see the possibilities

Monday, August 7, 2017


It never ceases to fascinate and inspire me to read the wisdom of those on different, but similar paths to mine. Huston Smith, in his book A Seat at the Table, shared this wisdom from a Hopi Elder. These questions challenge us to critically reflect on our lives and our vision for the world. May we each reflect on these questions this week.
"You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
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If you can see the end, then you cannot see. When you know that the possibilities are endless, then you are able to see. How well do you see

Sunday, August 6, 2017


How good is your vision? Are you like the eagle constantly seeking the deepest blue of the sky or are you content sitting in the palest blue

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Looking is not seeing. Looking does not mean you see and seeing does not mean you are even physically looking at anything.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Thank you for always reminding me that I am the author of my story. I can edit and revise it anytime I wish to. I remember watching a video with Kyle Cease where he had these people have a conversation with him a year from now after having made the decision to follow their dreams, so I was thinking, what if I wrote you notes as if it were a year from now, five years from now, and maybe 10 years from now telling you how amazing my life is. So today I am going to begin the journey by telling you what my vision for the next 10 years looks like. If this is indeed where you are guiding me, I know we will be there.

August 4, 2018
Dear God,
Life is so good. I am taking a break from all the sessions and activities at my first Pampered Chef conference. It has been amazing to have met so many people and to have been able to cross stage as an Advanced Director with so many of my team members in the audience. It is awesome that this summer, for the first time in decades I am not worrying about how I am going to make it through the summer financially. I am finally done writing my book and have it all ready to go to the publisher. So, thank you for an awesome year.  It was not always easy, but I know that everyone joined in their own time and you put everything in place where it was supposed to be. I am grateful for reminding me to claim pre-designated writing times and so going in the other room really helped me. It also helped to start a spiritual writing group that met here monthly to talk about tour progress.
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