discipline   Up for a cup of tea?

I am sitting enjoying a really good soy peppermint latte introduced to me by my cousin Indira.  I am chatting with my daughter about self discipline.

We all have goals we want to accomplish, but sometimes we do things in stops and starts.  I have started trying to incorporate additional exercise into my morning routine, like sit-ups while waiting for the kettle to boil, squats as I brush my teeth, little things to start a routine.  What are your wishes? I am working with my daughter on trying to keep the discipline of regularly picking up her things left around the house , putting them away immediately.  Harping on the basics like making the bed in the morning,   Some days are better than others, but repetition makes a routine, so we will keep it going.

It’s not just about you this year, think of something that can make someone else’s day better.  Perhaps,  an unexpected compliment,  a small act of kindness.  Every year I vow to send my grandmother in England a letter at least once a month, in addition weekly calls, but it didn’t happen last year.  This year I  was honest with myself and made it attainable, now it’s every couple of months.  My grandma never forgets an occasion to send a card, admirable in this day when all we do is email.  Anyway, think about how you can contribute to your own joy through daily routines,  as well as  making the lives of those around you better.

As some of your  resolutions start to fade, I encourage you to incorporate the little things, feel accomplished.  Make a commitment.


vision-board   Up for a cup of tea?

I am enjoying a cup of chai tea with my friend and we are chatting about our wishes for the new year.  Calling it resolutions always seems so stressful.   Gillian and I always talk about what our plans and what we aspire for in the new year.  We are also discussing what we choose for our newly minted vision boards.

Gillian and I attended a vision board party a week ago.  A friend of Gillian’s was hosting a party and she invited me along,  so not really knowing what the party would be about and  not minding surprises , I readily agreed.  As we got closer to the date, I became a little anxious as to what this party entailed with a bunch of women I didn’t know.  Anyway, it was wonderful.  It ended up being  a lovely social gathering of about 20 women, with food and wine.  The host talked about what a “Vision Board Party” was all about and relieved our fears.

Over the next 3 hours, we passed the time chatting, flipping through magazines and talking about our aspirations, hopes and wishes for the year ahead.  As I sat cutting articles and words out, I actually became inspired to be more thoughtful about what I really wanted for the year ahead.  It was a marvelous experience.

Fast forward, I am home admiring my vision board which is almost complete,  but I am missing a couple of key things that I need additional  pictures for.   In order to complete this and to share this moment, I decided to host my own vision board party for my 11 year old daughter and 6 of her friends and their mothers.  I believe that this is an invaluable experience for our girls to start setting goals and thinking about what they want from life and how they can control getting there.

So what is this Vision Board stuff all about anyway?  The premise behind this is based on the “Law of Attraction” .  That  our own positive energy can impact the direction of our life.  Positive thoughts can have life alternating impact.   This is not a recent phenomenon, although it feels like it based on all the hype a couple of years ago with the book, “The Secret”.  Every successful guru in business tells us that this is the basis for their success.

Anyway, it is never too late to get your Vision Board started.  It’s January,  so JUMP IN!


Good luck! 



vitaminsUp for a cup of tea?

I am sitting enjoying a cup of green tea chatting or rather debating with my brother on whether or not we really need vitamins.  He hasn’t taken them in years, but I still do and hence decided to do some research to make an informed decision.

As another great year starts, we make all those resolutions, one is often to take better care of ourselves and that includes taking vitamins.  Well, have you given thought to all the chatter around whether vitamins work?   I am an avid vitamin taker but recently stopped as I wanted to do some research to make sure that the ones I am taking actually have the vitamins they say they do.  The vitamin market is a billion dollar business but not all vitamins are created equal.  I recently read an article that sited dangerous levels of chemicals found in some brands of vitamins which can be detrimental to us. This gave me a reason to pause.  First, am I able to get the vitamins I need from food?  Do I really need supplements?   Some of us periodically may turn to  extra vitamin C when fighting a cold.

Supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as food, not as drugs.    The primary issue with vitamins is that while it is regulated by the FDA,  we are reliant on the manufacturer to list the ingredients in the container.  This is where the problem lies.  In random testing, it has been discovered that other dangerous substances have also been found mixed in with the listed ingredients.   There is no formal testing process by the FDA to guarantee what the manufacturers lists is accurate.

Do your research and make sure that you are taking supplements from a reputable source.  The most expensive does not guarantee the best.   Check in with your physician , especially if you are taking prescribed medications, it could save your life.  All things in moderation.  First,  plan on getting your vitamins from your food source and then truly supplement with vitamins if really needed.

Some of the sources are listed below.

Vitamin            Support Function                                                      Sample Food Sources
A Vision, Immune System & Reproduction Fish (Salmon), Green Leafy Vegetables, Yellow Fruits e.g apricots, Cantaloup
Calcium Supports Bone Health Dairy (Milk, Yoghurt, Cheese) , Leafy Vegetables, Sardines
D Helps the body absorb Calcium / Muscle movement Fatty fish, Fish oils
C & E Protects cells from damage caused by Free Radicals Vegetable oils – wheat germ , sunflower, soybean / Nuts
Folic Acid Supports Cell Growth and the Nervous System Beans, lentils, oranges, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach.
B12 Health of Nerve and Blood Cells Clams, Beef Liver.  Fish, meat, poultry, milk and dairy.  Fortified breakfast cereals



It’s a new year and I plan to ensure that my vitamins come from my food choices.


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Theodore Roosevelt