“Seasons for Change”

As we enter into a new season, celebrate the SEASONS OF YOUR LIFE!

Seasons for Change

by: Kevin M.R. Mayre.

The Season of our lives
Full of thoughts, actions and people
That rearrange our days
Into memories.

They begin with our dreams,
Each as numerous as

Are season for change.
They are passages of time,

The autumn leaves that
Remind us of the changes
That life hold in store for us.

And as winter’s snow
Changes the world around us,
So too, do our perceptions
Of ourselves and the paths
We seek to follow.
It is a time of thought,
A time of self,
A time to reflect on where
We are going and who
We will become.

Soon, these answers become clear,
As the world around us
Springs forth with
Challenges and change.
Never constant,
We are a reflection of
The world in which we live,
A world where our todays
Prepare us for
The tomorrows to come.

Summer then beckons us
To leave this place
We have come to call home.
And as we end one dream,
We begin another.
For the season of our lives
Are seasons for change.

Discover your own ‘Series of Red Carpets’

As noted in the Introduction to my memoir, A Red Carpet Ministry was as mysterious to me as it was to you while going into publication. Over the past several months, however, the direction of my project has been evolving. The three-fold mission that inspired my writing; namely to teach others to love themselves more freely, live more fully and know God more deeply, remains clears and is now manifested in three new workshops. Now you can not only read about my Red Carpet series, you can discover the tools on how to journey toward and along your own.

I am excited to launch my workshops where you will encounter strategies for inner healing that will free your mind and heart to plunge forward into your destiny. By unleashing a courageous new you, the possibilities for steady growth, healthier interactions and emotional freedom will allow you to soar to heights you once imagined. Learn how to turn obstacles into blessings and embrace the life you were meant to live. And finally, develop a loving and trusting relationship with your heavenly Father who created and designed you for His greater purpose with my simple lessons. Break free from the rut you’re in and experience the Red Carpets awaiting you!

Sign up today for your 1 hour personalized session with me at my introductory rate of only $29 (until 8/15/16). Sessions are available in person, by telephone or via Skype/Facetime from anywhere around the globe. Book your own book club (locally or via Skype/Facetime) and receive an extra 10% off that price when seven or more guests attend. They will each need their own book. Don’t put off your Red Carpet journey any longer… Contact me to discuss!

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Theresa at DNDS Sunday Sept. 11th

Author Theresa Diaz shares her near-death experience and signs copies of her captivating memoir.

SUNDAY, SEPT 11th @ 1:30pm
@ Greenwood Village City Hall
6060 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80111

Come, listen & take part in the Q&A held by the Denver Near Death Studies group. Image courtesy of DNDS.

Debugging in Cambodia

I was fortunate to have spent my 40s back-packing mostly solo in 5 continents… Dive into this funny excerpt taken from my memoir where I motorcycled alone through Cambodia. Enjoy the brief escape!

I continued south along the highway for a while to solidify my experience and allow my eyes to absorb the soothing greenery. The tent villages seemed deserted so I stopped to sneak a peek at the simple dwellings before driving around the area some more. When the daylight began to fade, I decided it …was time to head north.

Within 30 minutes, I was bombarded with insects hitting my face and neck; some even landed underneath my shirt. My attempt to drive one-handed and manage the infestation failed, so I pulled over once again. A small, middle-aged man in flip-flops who appeared eager to make a sale yelled, “Gas-o-line?!” Repeatedly as he and his family approached me.

“No, bugs! Bugs! I replied with an intensity that matched his. The family watched until they understood what was happening, then return back to their home. After debugging myself I replaced my helmet and clenched the clutch. Just before I started the engine, however, the man returned with a flashlight. He removed the gas cap and shined his light into my bone dry tank. Suddenly I remembered that I had been warned about the broken fuel gauge, but I had forgotten that detail given the excitement of my full day.

“Gas-o-line!” he reinforced with delight.

“Yes, gasoline,” I confirmed with a chuckle before paying the happy man and venturing into the night. I soon realized that there were only a few remaining houses before a ten-mile stretch of complete desolation without streetlights or houses. As I rode back into Chau Duc, I wondered who was more grateful; me for the hidden blessings of the bugs and the friendly, little man or him for making a sale and helping me out.

“Seasons of Beauty”

The most important relationship we will ever have is with ourselves. As we cultivate our lives, our beauty becomes as much about what we are creating and doing as it is about our appearance…

Seasons of Beauty

by Madisyn Taylor
We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages – from full leafy green in the summer to its naked skeleton during winter and everything in between – human beings are beautiful throughout their life spans.

The early years of our lives tend to be about learning and experiencing as much as we possibly can. We move through the world like sponges, absorbing the ideas of other people and the world. Like a tree in spring, we are waking up to the world. In this youthful phase of life, our physical strength, youth and beauty help open doors and attract attention. Gradually, we begin to use the information we have gathered to form ideas and opinions of our own. As we cultivate our philosophy about life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are saying, doing and creating as it is about our appearance. Like a tree in summer, we become full, expressive, beautiful and productive.

When we move into the middle part of life, we are like a tree in autumn dropping leaves as we release our past attachments and prepare for a new phase of growth. The children move on and careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the stretch marks and the gray hairs are beautiful testaments to the fullness of our experience.

In the winter of our lives, we become stripped down to our essence like a tree. We may become more radiant than ever at this stage because our inner light shines brighter through our eyes as time passes. Beauty at this age comes from the very core of our being – our essence. This essence is a reminder that there is nothing to fear in growing older and that there is a kind of beauty that comes only after one has spent many years on earth.

The Evolution of S’mores

Happy National S’mores Day everyone!

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For nearly a century, Americans have been indulging in this more-than-just-a-snack phenomenon. Loretta Scott Crew of the Girl Scouts was the first to publicize this yummy recipe for “some mores” in 1927 in the Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts publication. She was also notorious for making them for the Girls Scouts and perhaps for contributing to making them a household name. And we know that nothing goes better with summer and camping than good ole S’mores. But have you noticed the changes coming down the pike regarding this gooey campfire delicacy?

While recently perusing the aisles at Walmart, I mindlessly reached for a bag of marshmallows then paused as my eye caught a glimpse of something strange. There on the shelf were more than the minis, standards and jumbos to choose from. I now had the option of buying S’mores style marshmallows (square and flat to fit on a graham cracker) and S’more style with chocolate in the middle. “Brilliant! Why didn’t someone invented these years ago?” coursed through my noggin. It was a no-brainer to put the original version of fluffy delights back on the shelf and toss a S’more style bag into my cart since I had just built a fire pit and was hosting a book club that night. I had my doubts about the chocolate-in-the-middle ones, but decided it would be a nice conversation piece to add to the evening. So in they went… along with graham crackers and a pack of Hershey bars.

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As I built the fire that night, I wondered if anyone else knew of these gems given I was usually the last to know of such things. My excitement penetrated the clueless group as they opened the bag and started poking the S’moremallows with long skewers. Our S’more experience was certainly taken up a notch with our new-found secret. As I surmised, most passed on the chocolate striped ones though we all agreed that the Hershey bars met no substitute. Besides, who doesn’t want to use chocolate from a town where the streetlights are shaped like Hershey’s kisses?

The next day, I learned on Google that there were many variations. Some used Reese’s peanut butter cups, peanut butter or fruit spread for the base. Others added nuts, put the chocolate above the marshmallow or made a S’mores pie. Being a traditional kind of girl, the only variation I ever came up with was to leave the lid off to avoid the messy oozing of the innards while biting down. I preferred having my treat in my mouth and not on the ground. And with leftover ingredients hovering in my cabinet on a rainy day, I discovered the best way to microwave them. At first, I placed the graham cracker topped with chocolate and the S’moremallow on a plate & pressed “high” for 20 seconds, but the marshmallow blew up and ran over the sides of the base; not ideal. The next time, I used the defrost setting, but the chocolate was still firm by the time the marshmallow was to my liking. “Hmmmm… I got it! I’ll heat the chocolate first then reheat the base a little more with the pillow on top.” It worked! Down the hatch it went with a giggle over the attention to detail placed on such a simple snack.

 

So I ask you… How do you like YOUR S’mores… straight up old-fashioned or with a twist? Did you know about the S’moremallows? And have you ever prepared them indoors? Please share your S’more thoughts and experiences with us… and Happy S’moring!

Finding Hidden Time to Love Yourself

There are 1,440 minutes in a 24 hour period. And if roughly 480 of them are spent sleeping, that leaves 960 minutes awake. Have you ever given thought to how little you spend them on you? If you’re like most people, the majority of your day is focused on others, household chores, meals, driving, watching tv, checking social media and preparing for the next day’s or week’s events.

Let’s begin with how you start your day. Some people tend to wake up before they need to get up while others wake and immediately arise and get moving. If you tend to be the former, try to take 1-2 minutes before your mind and body commence the daily checklists and routines to invite loving and nurturing thoughts into your head. Develop and repeat fun and simple phrases like, “I am love” or “I am worthy of love” or a favorite verse on love to charge your battery for the day. You may add a visualization such as a warm sun or ocean waves to enhance your experience. Use those same phrases over time (if you like) until new ones want to surface. Take at least 3 slow, deep breaths as you bring God’s love for you front and center before planting your feet on the floor. If you’re the latter, choose either the shower or the time while brushing your teeth or blow drying your hair to do the same.

While we would like to believe that such a ‘self-love session’ will carry us through our day, the reality is that by the time you get to your car, much of it is probably lost. There’s still hope! Use as many red lights or traffic jams on your way to work to take a deep breath, invite peace and a sense of calming in as you release the tension in your neck and shoulders. Remember to revisit this practice on your way back home. Shift your awareness back to the warmth in your heart.

Throughout your day, use your trips to the bathroom to keep the self-love momentum flowing. The act of flushing can become so much more than a simple, mindless task when you consciously send away any negative thoughts that are lurking or brewing in your head. Follow that with a quick, positive affirmation while looking in the mirror and washing your hands.

Let the act of removing your clothes at bedtime also double as a time for stripping the negative emotions brought on by your day. Have your pillow come to the top of your shoulders to support your neck (not just under your head). Allow the slight weight of the sheets to remind you of God’s loving arms wrapped around you. Take 3 slow breaths and let the entire back or side of your body melt into the mattress. Invite loving thoughts in…

As you practice these, feel free to substitute any of my ideas for your own. The purpose is to make it comfortable so that it becomes a habit and you find the love for your “self” more easily and more often.

You will be pleasantly surprised at how loving yourself more throughout your day will change your life! How do you find time to recognize, celebrate and love yourself?

5 Reasons to Renew the Doodler in You!

As a former occupational therapist, I witnessed first-hand the healing powers of coloring. I had a patient who suffered from chronic back pain and initially declined coloring with me during a treatment session despite her background as an artist. Several visits later, I re-introduced the idea and she sat still as I began to doodle on one end of the large tablet while making small talk. Before long, she picked up a pastel crayon and began to draw. When she finished, she shared with me that her red circular design (see photo) represented her pain. A smile came over her face at the mere satisfaction of creating something artful again. She later reported that her pain had diminished and that it felt good to get her bottled-up frustrations out. Without hesitation, she picked up another crayon and continued.

It’s hard not to notice that coloring is making a comeback. And with the many benefits to putting crayon, pencil or marker to paper, it’s no wonder why. So the next time you’re out, pick up a tablet and box of Crayola and get doodling!!!

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If you still need them, here are your 5 reasons.

  1. Repetitive actions such as coloring sooth the mind and relieve stress and can lower heart rate and blood pressure which add longevity to your life.
  2. Coloring is a quick, easy and inexpensive distraction from everyday situations. Taking time out to clear the mind can help you see solutions more clearly to alleviate becoming unnecessarily overwhelmed and anxious.
  3. Bringing out the child in you is a great way to avoid taking life, people and yourself so seriously. Seeing through the eyes of a child is refreshing and good for the soul.
  4. Expressing one’s self is important to healing and feeling validated in a safe environment free of criticism or unsolicited advice. Self-expression can reduce physical and emotional pain and possibly the need for medication.
  5. Coloring is creative and provides a more productive way to pass the time and stimulate the brain than sitting in front of a television.

Do you have memories of coloring… When was the last time you colored? What benefit did you get out of it? Do you prefer crayons, pencils or markers? Thanks for sharing… and Happy Doodling!!!