SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: Every experience, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel – cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. ~ Orison Swett Marden
Journal: Everything we encounter has the capacity to shape us for the better … IF, and only if, we allow it to. Our families are some of our most powerful life-shapers. How have you allowed your time with your family this past week to shape you? How did you resist it? Consider in your journal the things you felt most shaped by this past week. Are you disabling that chisel from doing its best work? [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Day 56 of the 100 Day Challenge! Box Squats can be done weighted as demonstrated in the video below, but feel free to scale! From Dr. Franson’s full barbell, to using simply your body weight, there’s a perfect box squat out there for you! [Click here for additional Workouts]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: Simple Savory Lamb Stew. If you don’t like lamb (or don’t have any available), no problem – this recipe works perfect with beef as well. Also, don’t think you have to brown the meat and cook this on the stove in a stock pot – you could just as easily throw all the ingredients into a Crockpot and it will turn out perfect. [Click here for additional Recipes]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: Life has become a maelstrom in which speed and accomplishment, consumption and productivity have come the most valued human commodities. In the trance of overwork, we take everything for granted. We consume things, people and information. We do not make the time for savor this life, nor care deeply and gently for others… ~ Wayne Mueller
Journal: Whom did you spend quality time with this past week? Unrushed, agenda-less, hearing and being heard time? Without intentionality, we become consumers who rarely stop to make time or ‘savor this life’ as Mueller urges us to do. Jot down in your journal the name of one or two people who you know that when time is spent with them, life slows and can be tasted. Make time with one of them in the coming week… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: Check your moral courage. What do you stand for? Does your bank account show it? Write down in your journal the last 7 things you spent money on. Next to each of them – jot down the life-value that expense represents. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: Time to hit the deck and fire up your grill! And there’s no better recipe to kick off the Spring weather than Bonfire’s Lamb Shish Kabobs. The simple marinade sets in overnight and before you know it, you’ve got a new family favorite![Click here for additional Recipes]
Journal: You get to thrive – but you don’t have to. You were wired to survive – and you will. But thriving doesn’t come without a little intentionality. What does a thriving you look like? What does a day well-seized consist of? Envision in your journal a day you have completely taken by the reins ( either one in the past or one you’ve yet to live) - then go carpe the heck out of today. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]Spark photo credit: http://pinterest.com/pin/63120832247556697/
Journal: Often times we focus so much on our failures and disappointments that we forget to celebrate our victories. Where have you had a notable victory in the last two weeks? Has it been in Fuel, Air, Spark? All three? Write out your most significant victory in detail, then make plans to celebrate with someone who can appreciate your progress with you! [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: Whether you throw this recipe in the crockpot, or tend to it over the stove, today’s Simple Savory Lamb Stew will knock your socks off! Chock full of protein and enhanced with natural herbs and spices, this supper will be the perfect ending to a full day! [Click here for additional Recipes]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. ~ Barbara Johnson Essential Element: It’s important to differentiate that Unconditional Love does not imply unconditional approval. We should reserve the right to disapprove of another’s (and our own) behavior, yet, without judgment, accept them and love them unconditionally. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love'] Journal: You know where you struggle? That thing you most dislike about yourself? The area you constantly seek to improve in– but always seem to come up short? What might it look like to love yourself here? Without ‘approving’ of your actions, habits, or attitudes needing improvement – write in your journal three personal affirmations of who you are right now – three parts of yourself that remain intact, even through out this growth process. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients – this is very easy and delicious.
1 lb. ground lamb and 1 lb. ground beef
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 large cans (28 oz.) organic stewed tomatoes
4 medium to large fresh, organic tomatoes (or a second 28 oz. can diced tomatoes)
2 large carrots, shredded
2 medium zucchini or summer squash, shredded
1 medium crown broccoli, chopped
1/4 cabbage, chopped
8 oz. fresh spinach, chopped
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup of red wine (optional)
1 teaspoon curry (optional – if used, skip rosemary)
1 Tablespoon dried rosemary or 2 Tablespoons fresh (don’t add if curry is used)
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-2 teaspoons sea salt and black pepper to taste
Using a large stock pot on low-medium heat, add oil then garlic, stirring for 30 seconds.
Add the chopped onion and celery – stir until the onion becomes translucent.
Add the meat and stir until browned.
Add the tomatoes and all spices.
Add red wine (optional).
Simmer on low for 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Can be turned off after 45 minutes, then reheated to finish last steps.