Louisiana Eats!

The sun rises on a new year

Greetings and welcome to 2012!  If you want this year to bring you good health, happiness and prosperity you CAN make it happen, you just have to want it badly enough. Take your time…ease into it…enjoy the process.

I’m not a big fan of all the hullabaloo that swirls around the Christmas and New Year holidays.  It is an incredibly difficult time of year for a LOT of folks I know, and I decided years ago I wasn’t going to get caught up in it all. I have learned how to wield the power of the word no, in a nice way, and it has made things much easier for me.  Remember, it’s YOUR life.  Live it the way YOU choose to.

The pressure that comes with a new year turning over is burdensome to many.   It is a reminder of all the things we said we would do last year and didn’t, and an opportunity to set ourselves up for a bit of the same again.  Stop.  Just stop it.  Break away from the pack and set yourself up for SUCCESS.  Be more gentle on yourself.  Be REALISTIC about what you can do.  If you want any change in your life to come and STAY….

  • Chunk your life (goals) out in smaller manageable pieces.  How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.  (Dreadful analogy, but effective imagery.)  Who doesn’t like to succeed?  I would much rather pat myself on the back every day for achieving a small goal, than beating myself up for not living up to the unrealistic expectations I put in front of myself.  And, a bunch of small goals add up to bigger ones.   If you want to eat more healthfully, start slowly.  Commit to a smoothie every day, or a salad for lunch.  Or maybe give up dairy, or start with meatless Mondays. Once you have achieved one goal, you’ll be inspired and proud of yourself and can entertain the idea of achieving another.
  • All or nothing is a recipe for disaster. I’m going to tell you right now, if you think you are going to go from eating the standard American diet (S.A.D) to being vegan overnight, you are setting yourself up for a huge disappointment.  Unless you are motivated by  some sort of health crisis, it won’t happen.    Be realistic.
  • Remember, you are human. No one likes to feel like a failure, but some days you just don’t have it and THAT is okay.  If you don’t adhere to what you had hoped to do on a particular day, it’s OKAY.  It doesn’t mean you CAN’T do it, it means you are human.  Pass and get back to it the next day, or the day after.  Do NOT throw the baby out with the bath water.  Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and get back on the playing field.

Change takes time, and EFFORT.  Sorry to be the kill joy here but if you want something good to happen in your life, you are going to have to DO something about it.  The lottery mentality we have here in the U.S. is for losers.  If you wait around for something good to happen, there is a high likelihood you will be disappointed.  If you want something, go get it.  Have a plan that is realistic and stick to it, and I guarantee you, you will succeed at anything you want to achieve.  Give it time, but be persistent.  Then write me and tell me about the awesome things you achieved.  I love to hear a good success story.

I started this blog and my business in the spring of last year.  You can ask anyone who knows me, there were many days when I wanted to throw in the towel.  Self-employment is hard work.  Now, I am amazed when I look back at how much has happened in such a short window of time.  If I can do it, so can you.  You deserve to have the life you want, but you are going to have to do something in order to achieve it.

My new year started with a BANG, thanks to chef and radio host, Poppy Tooker.  Here is the link to my 10 minute radio interview with her on her show, Louisiana Eats.  Thanks Poppy!

Peace, y’all.



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