.:Meditation:.

More often than not we all get caught up in our worries about the future–whether it’s about our children, finances, or upcoming projects due in the office.  And I think too, we get lost in our regrets of the past– things we didn’t do, forgot to do, or simply things we did wrong. 

That’s why meditation is such a critical component to life.  The reflective parts of our life– is very similar to prayer. It really facilitates awareness in the “here and now” moments.  Enabling us to feel free and relaxed.  And actually (just a side note) meditation is probably more important in this day and age, because of our exposure to technology.  We are multi-tasking now more than ever before and it’s hindering our brains from fully processing and focusing.  Basically our attention spans are down right shitty.  Don’t you think? Mine sure is. 

 

There are numerous values I want McKinley and Cora to learn, but the truth is– I need to practice and refresh my own meditative state on many of these values in order to teach them properly.  So, I’m going to dedicate each day for the next 6 weeks to a particular value or moral idea and meditate about them. I will be writing about my process and reflective states– if you would like to join along please do!  And make sure to comment below on your own journey.

And, If you haven’t already, please check out my mediation cards (made to order) in my etsy shop for your own personal deck of meditation cards by clicking here ThingsByG 

   

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Where do you get inspiration? 

I get my inspiration from my 3-year-old. I dedicated a wall to McKinley’s art work. It’s been a slow coming master piece. 

 
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Illustrations 

In my opinion illustrations and media formats are the most important part of any book or story.  And maybe it’s because having dyslexia makes it harder for me to put the words together fast enough to understand the content.  Regardless, it’s where I go to understand the emotional point of the message.   For children I believe they act in the same way.   So today I’m working tediously on formatting my illustrations for Going Through A Maze #publishingprocess

 
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Publishing. 

So, I’m finally gearing up to publish the children’s story I wrote & illustrated two years ago. 

 Going Through a Maze.  

 

When I was writing this story my father was diagnosed with cancer. And actually, it wasn’t a story it was a poem.   My father even had the opportunity to read that poem.  I turned it into a story after he passed away.  And every Wednesday when my mother in-law would watch McKinley I tirelessly sketched and colored my heart out. 

Unfortunately, I’ve sent it out and It’s not a story publishing company’s want to publish.  Mostly, because it’s a children’s story about Cancer and subsequently death.  Shocker.  But, it also happens to be a story about preserverence, love, friendship, and family. You know, like important shit?

Anyways, I wanted to read my daughter something to help explain what our family was going through at the time, and there just wasn’t anything on the market.  It’s important that there are story’s for children about cancer and death because many families experience this and death is simply inevitable– no matter how invincible you want to be. 

So,  I continue my journey and will be now be self-publishing!  I’ll be sure to let my readers know when it’s ready to purchase. I also plan to donate a portion of the proceeds to help fund lung cancer research.

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Collard Green & Potato Hash Wraps

Whether you are starting the New Year with weight loss goals or healthier meal choices  this is the recipe for you and your family. These wraps are a healthy kid friendly meal! The hash is adapted from Nourishing Meals and the black bean salsa from my sister-in-law! Together they make for a powerful palette 🙂

*Gluten Free & Dairy Free *

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

Hash:

  • 3 cups Yukon gold or little yellow Potatoes (anything will work) diced into small chunks
  • 2 cans black beans (drain well and cook separate to begin)
  • 1 head a collard greens (peel off and cut off ends)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Chipotle chilli powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1/2 dozen eggs (cooked separate – scrambled eggs)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper

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  •  1 avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 lime (squeeze the juices!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo

Black bean Salsa: 

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave

Directions:

1. An hour before you are ready to cook dinner, put all the black bean salsa ingredients into a bowl and mix together.  Then let it sit in the fridge.   (When cutting up cilantro for salsa chop up extra ahead of time for the hash and leave aside)

2. Heat up onions for the Hash in a sauce pan and sautee for 5 minutes. Add in potatoes, oregano, and chipotle chilli powder. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

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4. Meanwhile, put all the guacamole ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

5. Heat up eggs in a skillet and scramble them.

6. Once everything is cooked, take a Wet a paper towel and place it on a microwave safe plate. Place big pieces of collard greens (4 at a time) on plate. Then top them with another wet paper towel.  Microwave for 1 minute.

7. Put ingredients into the collard green: Potato Hash, Scrambled egg, guacamole, and salsa- then wrap up!

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