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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

31 DAYS OF ART: THE ART OF DINING IN: S.M.O.O.T.H.I.E. SOLUTION FOR LIFE'S BUMPS IN THE ROAD

If life came with a blender we'd all experience strawberry banana smoothies every time challenges, obstacles and the undesirables of life presented themselves. 

It all came to me while I was making a strawberry, banana smoothie for breakfast.  As I was gathering the ingredients and just in my smoothie making zone, I realized much could be gleaned from making a smoothie when it comes to solving life's problems.  Don't believe me?  Just watch!  The next time you are dealing with a "personal growth opportunity," remember your S.M.O.O.T.H.I.E.


S top and ask yourself what am I doing? What would I like? What would bring me joy?  Sometimes the things that present as problems in our lives are check points to be sure our actions are in alignment with what we say we want. 

M editate.  You know, just quiet the mind.  Sometimes the things in our immediate environment including our minds just have too much going on with the constant chatter ALL OF THE TIME.  It pays to just calm down and listen to our own breath inhaling and exhaling.
O pen up and be honest with yourself.
O bserve your role in this obstacle.
T alk it out + tell the truth. 
The OOT really do go together. When we fail to be honest with others and even with ourselves, more problems just keep on presenting.  The Law of Integrity is powerful and can eliminate many late night tear soaked journal entries. Guys, don't front like you all don't go through the motions too!  THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE!   
H elp!  Seeking help from someone with more wisdom than what we have is key such as a mentor.  I have one and she is fabulous!  What benefit is there sharing your problem with someone who has the same amount of life experience as you or even less?  Think about it.  If you have a leaky faucet and both you and your friend lack faucet fixing wisdom but the plumber next door has made a living out of fixing these sorts of problems, then the choice is obvious.  Am I right?  Sure, our friends are great for listening but to see the growth opportunity in all 360 degrees requires someone with "eyes to see" and "ears to hear."  That's just another way of saying wisdom!
I mplement what the mentor or expert or the person with more wisdom than you said.  Being coachable is important.  It shows our listening skills, respect and trust.  I've also found that being coachable is a shortcut to success.  When someone else has directions to the place you are trying to get to and you listen and follow their directions exactly, you end up at your destination faster. 
E valuate + edit + exit.  Of course, I am not advocating blind allegiance.  After said implementation, we must evaluate the outcomes, edit or make changes if necessary and then exit or walk away from the problem knowing we gave all that we could.  Be confident in the decision you make.


Now, if all of that is just too deep, too much to take in or you were simply just trying to indulge in a delicious smoothie, I hear yah and I have the perfect solution for that too!

S ee what ingredients you have.
M mmm.  Make this sound with your mouth to get your taste buds ready for some excitement!
***FOOD SNOB ALERT***
O RGANIC INGREDIENTS
O NLY.  I don't care how much "extra" it costs for organic fruits and veggies.  Think of it as an investment in yourself.  Does Genetically Modified Organism or GMO even sound remotely tasty?!  Please don't get me started...!
T aste mid way to avoid any surprises.
H igh fives and/or hand claps for smoothie perfection! But never forget the first rule of Vegan Club: honey is for suckas!  Seriously, just add sweeter/more fruit until you reach the desired level of sweetness. 
I nstagram!  Hello?  Why do you think Instagram was created?  It was made so thee entire internet can see how you go about nourishing your body.  Duh!
E nough.  Know when you've had it otherwise repeat steps S through I and make some more!

Hope you enjoyed my S.M.O.O.T.H.I.E. Solution for life's problems.  How do you solve problems or deal with challenges?  Do you have your own system set up to "Olivia Pope" it?  (Just ignore Scandal reference if you are not a Gladiator.)

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