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Expectations—Learning about Less Part 2

“All You Need Is Less” is my mantra of the year.

Yes, “Less Self-Imposed Expectations” was a hard, hard lesson to learn, but I was able to do it in part by finding out I’m not alone on the island. Many people get caught up in the same spiral of trying to do it all, all of the time.  I reached out to many other people, asking why they hold themselves up against unrealistic self-imposed expectations.  Three interesting responses I got were:

 “When I say I’m going to do something, if I said I’d do it, I have to follow through and do it. Period.”

“It’s all stuff that has to be done, and no one else is going to do it, so I have to.”

“It just happens. I don’t know how I get myself so overextended with everything.  I don’t mean to take on so much, but it all piles up and then I struggle with getting anything done at all.”

All perfectly understandable explanations. And the last thing we want to do is have to look those commitments straight on and admit we’re in over our heads!

So I broke things down a little and took a closer look.

Following through.  Of course it’s important and responsible to follow through.  It demonstrates dependability.  Others feel comfortable counting on you.  It’s a foundation block of good character and maturity and being trustable.  But “I have to, Period”?  Sometimes, saying yes proves to be more than you’ve bargained for.  Being good for one’s word is a noble enough effort, but come on now, sometimes things come up that can’t be helped.  Maybe it wasn’t clear at first that saying yes would be a mistake—but coming clean with it the moment you do know is the right thing to do.  It’s ok to admit you’ve made a mistake!

The trouble is, if we don’t pay attention to what we actually agree to, eventually we’re caught up in a pile of commitments we’ve got no business being involved in, but come hell or high water by golly we’re gonna get um all done! Of course you don’t want to go back on your word.  Certainly we don’t want to make it a habit! But not allowing an occasional “change of mind” or admittance “I was wrong, I can’t make this happen by the deadline”  is inflexible, unhealthy and perhaps more critical to consider for yourself than the guilt of letting someone down.  In the bigger picture, the core problem stems from the inability to set a reasonable limit as to what we say we are willing to do in the first place.  And that’s a totally fixable problem.

Always rising to the occasion, whether it’s your occasion or not.  Oh, yes.  Ever the do-er, the matriarch, the head of the “whatever”, saving the day, the family, the department, the world…. “I’ll get it done” because all eyes turned to you, and well, someone has to! Also an admirable load to bear, but the truth is, always being “the one” is selfish.  Remember as a kid, your parents (hopefully) teaching you to share?  It wasn’t just about things, it was also about sharing responsibilities — ‘taking turns’ is an important life skill to have.  Not letting others step up and share the load is a pretty arrogant behavior.  Besides possibly enabling others to not learn to do their part, it can cause serious stress and health issues for you, the do-er.  Maybe that’s when it’s time to dial back and realize it’s not always about you.

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”. Sometimes it’s okay to let someone else take the lead.  You’re not the only brain in the room.  It’ okay to step away from “center stage”, running the show, and even to let the “chips fall as they may” when you finally decide it’s someone else’s turn to help.  Perhaps doing so will uncover something important for you.  Perhaps doing so will allow others to grow and learn something.  In the bigger picture, the core problem likely stems from the inability to trust and let go of control.  By believing we have to be the one to do it all, eventually we drown in an overwhelming struggle to doing too much; frustrated and resentful that we’re ‘alone on the island’ –we’ve trained others that they don’t have to step up because we always will.

And then there’s saying yes. And yes. And yes, and yes. We just can’t say no, and we just don’t pay attention to how much yes we give out.  Awwwe.  What a nice person! We want to help.  We want to be liked.  We want to be accepted and appreciated.  Be wanted.  Be needed.  Feel valued.  All normal desires and a part of being the amazing human beings that we are.  But the reality is, those feelings shouldn’t have to be dependent on fulfilling the needs and wants of everything and everybody else.  We are valuable, worthy and essential on this planet whether we are constantly overloaded with doing things….or not.  We are not defined by how much we do for others, but for who we are.

But somehow, we mistakenly convince ourselves that we ARE defined by how much we “do”, which is a faulty rationalization.  Without knowing and owning self-value in our hearts, we keep offering, helping, and doing until we are backed-logged with dozens of projects and commitments, and no time to breathe, let alone focus on getting any one thing done for anyone.  Overworked and overwhelmed, eventually we end up missing deadlines, doing inferior work, disappointing people and feeling like a failure.

In talking with these three people about their various situations, I discovered that on TOP of my own reasons, I, too have, from time to time, been guilty of each of their reasons as well! So back last year while I was trying to figure out my health issues, and was literally forced to do “less”, I developed a new plan of action to Ensure Less Unrealistic Expectations.  My plan of action isn’t rocket science.  It isn’t anything outrageously innovative or unique.  But it sure does work for me.  Stay tuned.  Next time I’ll unfold the plan of how I Ensure Less Unrealistic Expectations of myself.

 

Thank you for reading my post. Did it strike a chord for you or did it seem far and away from your own perspective?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can read about all sorts of ideas, opinions and feelings from the heart and soul of an outdoorswoman… there are lots of topics covered in my blog category, “Girl Outdoors”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

My 2018 Cleanse And Restore 30 Day Challenge Half Way Mark

As promised, I’m checking in with an update on the Cleanse and Restore Challenge I’ve embarked on. Wooo Who00, I’ve made it through Phase 1, and have completed the first half of the Challenge!  Sure has been an interesting 15 days!  Just as I had hoped I’m feeling better than I have in a very, very long time.

I must admit, I do have a slight advantage in seeing great results so far. Here’s just a little back story….

Last October I began taking the Life Long Vitality supplements, mostly because I felt so depleted from the previous year of physical issues. The 3 supplements, taken together, are amazing!   I noticed I had more energy and felt “lighter” within a couple weeks of incorporating them into my daily routine, even without changing anything else.  People that I hadn’t seen in several months would say things like “wow you look so great, what are you doing?”  and that was pretty much the only thing I was doing.  One of the main reasons I started taking LLV was to hopefully improve my bowel movements which had become “extremely not normal” over a year ago (LOL,  I know, T.M.I.!).  I have to say, things did improve some by about mid-November, and this was with only taking one of each of the three supplements daily (suggested quantity is 2 of each 2x a day).  Now with this cleanse challenge, I’ve been taking one of each with breakfast and with dinner.

In addition, there are several little changes I’ve made for the cleanse that are rather interesting:

  • Caffeine Freak here, I’d been drinking a pot of coffee a day for years; now I’m drinking ½ or less of a pot daily and don’t seem to miss it.
  • Guaranteed I’d be having a glass or two of wine with dinner each night since the beginning of time; now I enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner maybe every 3 nights, and I don’t seem to miss it.
  • Maybe I’d grab a bottle or two of water, or not, every day; now I absolutely drink 3 16 oz. containers of water with lemon oil or more, daily.

I thought it would be hard to follow this challenge, but it hasn’t been hard at all. My biggest shift has been with portion size, rather than foods.  I’m not a processed foods chick.  I eat pretty clean as it is.  The items that I’ve “given up” for the month apparently weren’t all that important to me, because it’s not a hardship to not have them.  Even the carb craze of pasta, potatoes, and pizza has been bearable.  I’ve made amazing dishes that fulfill me so I hardly notice the absence of carbs (but I also take comfort in knowing I’m half way home to getting me some noodles again….in moderation!).

So during Phase 1, (the first 10 days) I dropped a few pounds and felt even more alert and energized. Seems I slept better and woke up better, too.  By mid-afternoon I’d get crazy hungry, but I could instantly satisfy that with a couple almonds or a half of an avocado, which are some of my afternoon snack choices.  I peed and peed and peed all day and my bowel movements got remarkably “better”( I know, T.M.I . again!) There were only a few times I became a tad lightheaded (sugar or carb withdrawals).  When that happened, it wouldn’t be for very long.  Some deep cleansing breaths helped with a couple swigs of lemon water.  Days 2 – 8 an occasional burp would rise up out of nowhere.  Those burps were wonderfully fragrant tasting like flowers (LOL) and quite interesting to experience!  Actually, I’m rather missing them.

Now I’m half way through Phase 2 (the second 10 days)

My body feels somehow a little less “puffy”. I’m flattening out (well, not everywhere! ) and don’t feel bloated.  Even my fingers got “skinny”.  This seems so strange to me, as I’m consuming more liquids than I ever have. Still peeing like a racehorse, and I am downright proud of my #2’s. My eyes seem “brighter” than normal.  My skin feels softer and tighter.  And my hair—OH MY!  My hair!  People who know me know I’ve been worried about my hair for the last 5 years or so.  Believe it or not, I’ve lost 1/3 of my hair or more in that time—it’s been shedding by the handfuls (although you’d never think that by looking at me) and I’ve been terrified I’m going to lose it all.  But suddenly now I’m not experiencing  alarming hair loss anymore!  I’ve stopped shedding hair!  In fact the texture of my hair seems to be changing—seriously!  It’s softer, more manageable, and not as quick to tangle! This in itself is so very exciting for me!

I’ve had a little bit of tummy growls that are new. Must mean things are moving around.  My energy level remains high, I sleep well and wake up refreshed, and by golly I’ve now dropped 9 pounds since January 3rd—without trying–and I’m eating fantastic!  I’m excited to see what the next 15 days will bring.  So far, I couldn’t be more pleased with how my Cleanse and Restore 30 Day Challenge is going!

 

Thank you for reading my post. I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  Life is an adventure—good or bad, and it begins today!  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  If you are interested in learning more about doTerra and the Cleanse and Restore Challenge, please reach out for me! I would love nothing more than to help you achieve your healthiest self too!  I also offer essential oil wellness workshops for formal and informal groups.  As always, please feel free to share with others who may find meaning and value in exploring limitless possibilities with PR Brady AdVentures. Thanks again!

                                                                                                                                                       

Notable Quotable Thought Provoke-able 3

Welcome to week 3 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along.”  You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” 

—-Eleanor Roosevelt—–

 

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Buffalo Celery Stir Fry

There’s something about serving a hearty stir fry meal, hot out of the pan onto the plate that I can’t deny makes my day. I love the simplicity of highlighting one fresh crunchy veggie, and the nutritional value it brings.  Of course a traditional beef stir fry is pretty darn good, but I love to go wild and use bison instead.  While this recipe is a pretty straight forward no frills stir fry, it’s also an interesting change of pace where “east meats west”!

  1. 1lb bison rump steak—sliced into thin strips about 1” – 2” long
  2. 6 green onions, sliced thin
  3. 8 stalks celery, sliced into ½” strips
  4. 2T minced ginger root
  5. 2 cloves minced garlic
  6. 4T soy sauce
  7. 1T oyster sauce
  8. 2T dry sherry
  9. 1 ½ t white vinegar
  10. 1 egg white
  11. 3T EVOO
  12. 1 ½ c water
  13. ½ t salt
  14. 1T cornstarch
  15. Combine vinegar, egg white and 2T of the soy sauce into a bowl and beat until it becomes foamy white.
  16. Add the bison, mix to coat, cover and let sit for at least 1 hour (and up to 8 hours in the fridge), giving it an occasional stir.
  17. Place 1 cup of the water in a medium pan with salt and heat.
  18. Place celery into water and boil 3 minutes (do not over-cook so the celery becomes tender).
  19. Drain water from celery and set aside.
  20. Heat wok or large skillet with 2T oil.
  21. Remove meat from the marinade and place into the skillet, and stir fry for about 5 minutes until it’s no longer pink.
  22. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  23. Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat.
  24. Combine celery, onion, ginger root and garlic and place into the skillet, and stir fry 1 minute.
  25. Add the meat back in and mix well to heat through.
  26. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch into the remaining ½ cup of (cold) water until there are no lumps.
  27. Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir, then pour into the wok and cook, stirring, until sauce starts to boil and then thickens.

Serve with white rice.  Makes dinner for 4

 

Thank you for reading my post. Does this recipe sound yummy?  If you try it out let me know what you think! All comments are greatly appreciated.  Check out more great recipes under my Killer Cookin’ blog category, and if you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’. There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Expectations—Learning about Less

“All You Need Is Less” is my mantra of the year.

Yup.

All you need is less.

Less Self-Imposed Expectations for starters.

What makes some people take on too much? What makes us believe we have to “do it all”? I mean DO it all? And then, when it’s impossible to get it all done, beat ourselves up for not getting it done?

I’ve been that person most of my life. Go for the gusto, baby!

For me it’s always been two fold. First, there is always just so much that I WANT to do, that I can’t help but try to go after all of it.  Second, once I get into that “do-ing” mode, I literally lose track of where I am with it all, and just keep doing and doing and adding on until I’m in the outer stratosphere of taking on too much-not even realizing that I’ve done it.

Well that’s all come to somewhat of a screeching halt as of August 2016 when I first experienced health issues.  Months of reassessing my world began with working through fear, disappointment, shame, and sadness.  At first, I couldn’t accept the idea of scaling back and not doing everything all the time. Oh, how I felt like a failure. The first time I had to say no I thought I’d die. Oh, how I couldn’t stand holding back and not going a mile a minute.  In the privacy of my own mind, I sent myself on a horrific trip of shame for every little thing I didn’t get done, could have done better, forgot, or didn’t get to at all.

Yet somehow, the world continued on without my endless efforts.

Huh.

You mean, all this time I’ve been knocking myself out everywhere for everyone and everything all the time, just to earn my worth and validation and place on this planet, the only one who really expected it all was me???

Why be this way?

“Less Self-Imposed Expectations” was a hard, hard lesson to learn, but has resulted in a new and positive direction for me that includes being happier, making wiser, healthy choices and actually being far more effective while incorporating “less”.

Sure, we all do have to uphold a certain level of expectation in order to have a productive personal and work life. But so many of us take on too much; whether it’s being a good employee, friend, or family member, running the kids around, social activities, volunteer work, community work,  just plain work, or a combination of it all and a list of other things too.  We don’t seem to put a “cap” on how much we can or should be doing and still maintain some level of quality of life.  I reached out to many other people as I was floundering, asking why they hold themselves up against unrealistic self-imposed expectations.  Here are three interesting responses I got (in no particular order):

 “When I say I’m going to do something, if I said I’d do it, I have to follow through and do it. Period.”

“It’s all stuff that has to be done, and no one else is going to do it, so I have to.”

“It just happens. I don’t know how I get myself so overextended with everything.  I don’t mean to take on so much, but it all piles up and then I struggle with getting anything done at all.”

Do any of these statements sound familiar to you? I pondered them for quite some time and came up with a thoughtful assessment that I’ll share next time.  Why wait?  Well…..because frankly, I’m trying to do “less” these days!

 

Thank you for reading my post. Did it strike a chord for you or did it seem far and away from your own perspective?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can read about all sorts of ideas, opinions and feelings from the heart and soul of an outdoorswoman… there are lots of topics covered in my blog category, “Girl Outdoors”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Notable Quotable Thought Provoke-able 2

“Be thankful for all those difficult people in your life.

They have shown you exactly

who you do not want to be.”    

—-Anonymous—

 

Welcome to week 2 of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts in the comments on my website in this post!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

 

The 2018 Cleanse And Restore 30 Day Challenge!

Finally! It’s time for a new adventure!  The doTERRA Cleanse and Restore Challenge begins today!  Time to re-set my body and get to my healthiest self yet!  Yessir, I’m up for the challenge–I’m in it to win it!

What do I win?

The results and satisfaction of completing a natural process that will improve my immune system, improve how my body functions internally and improve my overall health and wellness. I’m a firm believer that our environment can kill us.  Goodness knows, stress is a killer!  When I look back at my life, and the way I’ve run hard and fast, for sooooooo very long……years and years of stress and bad choices and putting my health last…I’ve not been  a good friend to myself.  Like many people, I’ve gotten so clogged up with the ‘gunk’ of day-to-day life on the go, that even though I do eat fairly good, my body simply can’t get all the nutritional benefit it should.  The last year of health issues really put it all into perspective for me. I’ve been running on empty long enough!

I’m done with that lifestyle. I’m putting myself first now.

I’ve already been doing that with my shift back to alternative medicine and essential oil use to ‘self heal’ from a year of dreadful physical issues.

Now the best thing I can do for myself is to Cleanse and Restore my poor abused self, and give myself a fresh, healthier start. I deserve it!  Our bodies are our temples, and it’s time to “clean house”.  Naturally reset my body for optimal wellness.  Following the Cleanse and Restore process will help condition me to continue making those same wise choices after the challenge is over, which in turn, will keep me on track with living a healthier lifestyle, and allow me to gently and naturally lose 25 pounds by Memorial Day.

How does it work?

I’ll be taking a series of specialized natural supplements at different times throughout the month designed to gently pull out the bad toxins and stuff out of my system, and replace it with good stuff:

  • A blend of digestive enzymes to aid in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
  • A combination of essential oils and caprylic acid to help cleanse and support the digestive system.
  • 6 BILLION CFU’s of 6 different strains of probiotics.
  • A botanical blend to support the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin.
  • A botanical blend to support the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances.
  • An essential oil blend to support cellular health, function and renewal.
  • A natural “cleanser” for the body and to aid in digestion.
  • And the bonus is I’m a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, and using all natural therapeutic grade essential oils to support much of the process!

Combine that with eating “clean” (which I, for the most part already do but could do better, especially with portion size) types of foods that support the body during the cleansing process, and continue to feed it the most nutrition to boost my metabolism and immune system, increase my strength, endurance and energy. I’ve designed a 30 day menu for myself that is somewhat Paleo, somewhat KETO, and much of what I already do.  I don’t feel like I’m giving up anything, because truthfully I’m not (well, I am sad to see the Beer Chips go…).  Because I love to cook, fine tuning my eating routine is actually fun!

Combine that with a steady commitment of meditation, yoga, aerobic and strength training. Having been pretty much incapacitated for over a year with health problems has left me feeling (and looking ) like a blob.  P.R., the human blob.  I’ve not felt like myself for so long!  The good news is I have already been working to get back to my physical and mental health routine and my health has been improving, but not to any great degree, mostly because my body just hasn’t been ready.

That. Changes. NOW. Thanks to diligence and changes I’ve been slowly making, I’m stronger and virtually pain free now.  I’m ready to create the best version of my healthiest self!

My faith in this program is so strong, I’m sharing my progress here over the next 30 days. Watch the magic unfold.  I’m so excited! This is going to be quite the adventure!

 

Thank you for reading my post. I’d love to hear your thoughts!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  Life is an adventure—good or bad, and it begins today!  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  If you are interested in learning more about doTerra and the Cleanse and Restore Challenge, please reach out for me! I would love nothing more than to help you achieve your healthiest self too!  I also offer essential oil wellness workshops for formal and informal groups.  As always, please feel free to share with others who may find meaning and value in exploring limitless possibilities with PR Brady AdVentures. Thanks again!

Notable Quotable Thought Provoke-able 1

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes.

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. 

Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.  What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. 

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”

—-Henry Miller—-

 

 

Welcome to the first of 52 weeks of quotes meant to give you something to think about……..please do share your thoughts!  The opportunities in 2018 can be endless!

 

 

Thank you for reading my post. What do you dream about seeing, doing, being?  Got a bucket list? A life plan?  Want to start one?  I’d love to help you get there, check out my services.  The first step to believing ‘opportunities are endless’ is sometimes not as hard if you grab some inspiration under my blog category, “Bucket of Limitless Possibilities”.  If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. All comments are greatly appreciated.  You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  There’s a place to do that right on my website homepage.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

 

 

Creamy Clam Chowder

Nothing compares to a great big bowl of dreamy creamy clam chowder on a chilly day….and we sure have a lot of those kinds of days in Minnesota! Clam chowder is so easy to make, too!  This simple recipe is quick, delicious, and great for sharing with a group.

1 – 51 ounce can of baby clams (save the clam water –should have approximately 4 cups) If the large can’s aren’t available in your area, get enough small cans to equal the same approximate amount

7 – 8 potatoes, chopped into very small cubes (about 8 cups)

1 large onion, chopped

4 or 5 large cloves of garlic, peeled and minced

3T butter

1t salt

½ t pepper

1 16oz can evaporated milk

2 c coconut milk

Place onion in a large pot, add butter and sauté until onions soften. Add garlic and clam juice and cook to a low boil.  Add potatoes and salt, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until the potatoes are just about done.  Add the clams, cook for 5 minutes on medium heat, then turn heat to low.  Stir in the milks and pepper and keep on lowest setting until ready to serve.  Feel free to adjust S&P amounts to suit your individual taste.

Makes enough for up to 8 – 10 people.

Thank you for reading my post. Does this recipe sound yummy?  If you try it out let me know what you think! All comments are greatly appreciated.  Check out more great recipes under my Killer Cookin’ blog category, and if you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’. There’s a place to do that right on my home page.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!