What Turns You On?

Motivation, Light Switch, Inspiration

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What turns you on? Now, don’t get freaky with me and think the thing I am referring to is that of a sexual or lustful nature, but to each his own if you do. As I speak with many people who do what they do or believe what they believe, I often wonder what makes them tick, what stimulates them…what turns them on. What motivates you, makes your juices flow and gets you excited?

What turns us on, I believe is the precursor to what we do, how we think and what we become. Our environmental influences can either be the predecessors that entrap us into complacency or encourage us to change for the greater good…exuding our best.

As I ask myself, what really turns me on, to make me become a well-oiled machine and create in me a frequency that will make the world around me better, I have to examine those things or people which influence me and helps me with my decision-making process. Trust me, it is an ongoing, ever-evolving development with many moving parts that switch me from off to on! So tell me, what turns you on?

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Word of the Day: Dictionary

Dictionary, Dictionary Day, Words, Word Finder

Ok, for all of you who remember that mammoth reference book containing alphabetically arranged words, pronunciations, derivations and definitions…raise your hands! For those who have no idea what I am talking about, that book is the dictionary. Today is National Dictionary Day, the unofficial holiday that celebrates the birth anniversary of American lexicographer, Noah Webster (October 16, 1758). In the writing community, we know how valuable this writing tool is in improving our vocabulary, perfecting our spelling skills, and is a leading source for unveiling how much words truly matter in our profession.

In 1806, Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807, he began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary that took twenty-seven years to complete called An American Dictionary of the English Language.

Dictionary Day, Diction, Word Finder

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A few years ago, there was a movement by some parents to ban dictionaries from schools and libraries because they contained language they felt was too racy for kids to read. I, on the other hand, felt this presented parents with a teachable opportunity to engage in a healthy dialogue with their children about words they may run across and not understand. Depending on the child’s age, I think being aware of the language of words, whether they are allowed to use it in their household or not is an educational enhancer. Who knows, they may be a contestant on Jeopardy one day! 

If you’re writing on the go, there are also dictionary mobile apps available for your convenience. So get your WORD groove on today and celebrate National Dictionary Day!

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups Celebrating National Cookie Month

National Cookie Month, Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups, Desserts

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Ahhh….cookies. What’s your favorite? The classic chocolate chip? Oatmeal raisin? Shortbread? Spiced chocolate molasses buttons? S’mores sandwich cookies? Peanut butter cookies? Classic sugar cookies?

We think about the GirlScouts selling them, about Cookie Monster on Sesame Street obsessed with them, and we think about those decadent smells coming from the oven baking during the holidays. I came across a cute, artistic and decadent Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups recipe from The Gunny Sack. This dessert is made with sugar cookie dough filled with hot chocolate ganache, has a pretzel handle and mini marshmallows on top!

Below are the instructions, but you can click here for more in-depth tips and recommendations on preparing this adorable cookie.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
34 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients
1 package Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
12 mini pretzels
1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits
*optional – granulated sugar

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
*Put 1 tablespoon of the sugar cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins.
*Update – an optional step would be to roll the sugar cookie dough balls in granulated sugar before putting them into the mini muffin tins to help prevent sticking.
*Bake for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.
*Make the chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil.
*Stir in the hot cocoa mix.
*Pour the hot cream over the semi-sweet chocolate chips and let it sit for 3 minutes. Then, stir until the chocolate chips are melted and the ganache is smooth.
*Break off the loops on some mini pretzels to use as handles.
*Melt the white chocolate and use it to attach the pretzel handles to the cookie cups.
*Spoon the chocolate ganache into the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows.
For best results, store the hot chocolate cookie cups in the refrigerator.

Happy National Cookie Month on #FoodPornFriday

Are You Good Enough?

Self-Awareness, Confidence, Self-Image

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At some point in everyone’s life, you may ask yourself the question, “Am I Good Enough?” All too often we are whisked away into the great vortex of ”Should.” Who we SHOULD be, how we SHOULD look, what we SHOULD have, how we SHOULD think, what we SHOULD do, or whatever superficial SHOULD falls under society’s definition, entraps our spirit and sends us into some very dark places of inadequacy.

I am cheerfully reminded of the fictional character, Stuart Smalley from the television show Saturday Night Live that was created and performed by comedian, satirist and now U.S. Senator, Al Franken. His mock self-help show called “Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley” spawned the affirmational anthem “I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!” 

Unknowingly, we beat ourselves up trying desperately to turn the dreams of someone else into an unachievable reality for ourselves. Unfortunately, if they are not your true, authentic dreams and aspirations you are literally fighting an uphill battle that could leave you feeling defeated. This in no way negates self-improvement, it just reminds us to make our goals conducive to our life and not that of someone else.

Take a look in the mirror…a good look. What is unique about your features and overall persona? How can you positively transform yourself without trying to become someone else? “Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am good enough, imperfections and all.”

Affirmations, Kym Gordon Moore, Self-Awareness

You Are Getting Sleeeeeeppppppy!

Health, Sleeping, Sleep Deprivation

Can’t think? Can’t sleep? Can’t remember?

Do you suffer from mood swings, disorientation, impaired performance, paranoia, clumsiness, hallucinations or somatic pain? Did you know that sleep deprivation can impair alertness when driving and is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of a controlled substance?

Although I’ve written about this topic a few times before, now, more than ever, we are seeing and reading about so many cases where the lack of proper sleep is becoming more problematic. Sleep deprivation affects your Circadian rhythm, decays the body and mind, causes depression, and could very well shave years off of your life.  Get to the root of your sleeping problem and solve it, because losing sleep could very well be a matter of life and death.

Hope: Something To Hold On To

Hope, Expectation, Desire, Possibility, Optimism

Sometimes to get through the day, we need to hold on to a little bit of hope. 

Hope, Expectation, Desire, Possibility, Optimism

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Hope, Optimism, Expectation, Desire, Faith

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Hope, Faith, Expectation, Encouragement

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Hope, Faith, Charity, Desire

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)