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Life Happens To Everyone

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Todd Burrier of

I realize that because I blog on topics related to living a better life, and with a positive perspective, that I could easily be seen as someone who is either wearing rose-colored glasses all the time or just doesn’t have to deal with anything difficult.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I admit that my glasses are rose-colored more often than not…but that is a choice. And one that ANYONE can choose. There is a positive and negative to everything, why not choose to look at the positive? It is generally a healthy way to view things and it sure feels a lot better! As I have related in past blogs, written in my books, speak about in my seminars, and share with everyone I coach and mentor…it has taken me years to grow from someone who could always point out the negatives and why things are bad for me, to someone who sees the world the opposite way.

Life Happens to me just like it happens to you. I don’t ignore the challenges and adversities in life…THAT would be unhealthy. I do however, focus on how to overcome. It is true that it is not what happens to us that matters, it is what we do about it, and with it, that really matters. I was just overseas on an amazing trip. One in which I received a major award, saw tremendous fruits from my efforts and spent time with incredible people. I left home on a great note as well. While I was away, there was a major “life happens” event in our family. It was handled incredibly well by my wife and my sister, but it is not something that will go away any time soon. It will require adjustments. This is what you do…when things happen, you deal, and then you adjust. You don’t spend time wallowing or wishing it wasn’t so…this is how things get worse, not better.

As I write this, I am using my wife’s computer. Mine crashed the morning after I got back. This cost me many hours of productivity yesterday and will over the next several days. I have to admit…I was a little…upset…yesterday for a few minutes…but after I realized the situation, I have no choice but to work around it. Life Happens.

The key to dealing with “life Happens”, is mental outlook and living a balanced and productive life. When you feed your mind positively you are more up to the task when something confronts you. Balanced productivity means that you are never in neglect in the important areas, so a temporary interference won’t cause you too much issue. These are bigger topics and not for today’s blog.


Happy Endings

Last night, I accomplished one of goals for this year.  I finished up teaching my little group of fourth graders, and I have to say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had in quite awhile.  I miss them already.

There were certainly some characters in my class, and throughout the year their personalities were evident.  Every one of them got me laughing at some time during our eight months together.  Last night, it seemed like half of them wanted to tell me a joke.  Fourth grade jokes run the gambit.  Some were quite funny and clean as could be, others pretty racy and not the best.

Gardening Inspiration

Create Your Own Little Eden

It’s hard to believe the first blooms of spring are gone.  Sure, there might be a few late-blooming tulips still looking good, but for the most part, we’re moving into our second wave of spring.

There’s no doubt that it takes a lot of time, effort and money to turn a garden into your own little Eden.


Happy Mother’s Day

🙂 Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

Not all of us are lucky enough to still have our moms with us. If you do, today’s a day to thank her for all that she has done for you.  But, you already know that.

How about using today as a starting point for a deeper, richer relationship with your mom?  Look beyond her weaknesses and human frailties, and accept her just as she is.  Maybe she can do the same for you, and together you can take create a wonderful new chapter in the story of your lives.

Main Course Soup On Saturday Soups and Stews Vegan Vegetarian

Colleen’s 17 Bean & Barley Soup

I recently had the chance to visit the beautiful new home of one of my friends.  After a tour, we sat down for bowls of this delicious and filling soup.  Colleen took the basic recipe found on the bean and barley package and enhanced it by adding her own ingredients.  The results were terrific, and we kept going back for more. I bet you’ll do the same.

Colleen’s 17 Bean & Barley Soup

Serves 8

1 bag Trader Joe’s 17 Bean and Barley Mix (16 oz.)

2 32 oz Trader Joe’s low sodium vegetable broth

1 cup onion, chopped

1 cup celery, thickly cut

1 cup carrot, thickly cut

1 cup bell pepper, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

¾ cup southwest style frozen vegetables

1 clove garlic, crushed

4 tsp olive oil

1 tb paprika

1 tb steak seasoning

1 tb Italian seasoning

3 bay leaves

1 14.5 oz crushed tomatoes

1 14.5 oz diced tomatoes

¾ cup dry red wine

3 bay leaves

salt and pepper to taste

In large saucepan, cover dried beans with triple their volume in cold water.  Bring to a boil; then lower heat and cook uncovered beans over moderate heat for two minutes. Remove pan from heat and soak beans for one hour.

As beans are soaking, heat olive oil on medium heart in sauté pan. Add onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, mushrooms and sauté until soft.  Add garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.  Add frozen vegetable mix and heat through.

Rinse soaked beans and place in large soup pot. Add vegetable mixture, broth, along with remaining ingredients (except salt and pepper) and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered for one hour.  Remove bay leaves, and add salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy 🙂

Inspiration Personal Development Prayer

Ready To Seize The Day?

The past couple of days have been tough.  Lots going on, and some of it not so good. I decided earlier this morning that I needed a re-charge, and even though it was a bit cold, I sat on my patio for a while.

I just wanted to sit there, coffee in hand, and think.  Despite it being early, there was lots going on in my backyard.  It looked like every type of bird was busy picking up nesting materials.  They are a determined bunch, and I’m sure I’ll hear lots of baby birds in the very near future.

As the sun rose higher, my thoughts turned to prayer.  Even though there seems to be a lot of negative things going on, there is also cause for rejoicing.

Inspiration Prayer Spirit

Prayer Should Be Simple

Why do we have to make things so complicated?  Sometimes, I think we’re our own worst enemy, and that can be applied to just about everything, including our relationship with God.

We start with the best intentions, desiring to be focused and consistent in our prayer.  We use our prayer aids, which can be very helpful, but we also have to be careful that the tools not become more important than the prayer itself.

Fitness Inspiration Nutrition Personal Development

Don’t Let Temporary Setbacks Keep You Down

It happens to everyone.  We’re going along fine, achieving our goals, fulfilling our commitments, and life is good.  But then, an unexpected expense, an illness, a major disappointment, or some type of loss occurs, and we may get the impression that we’re right back to square one.   And if we are, so what?

Catholic Church Inspiration Papacy

Blessed John Paul II

For the past ten years, Roman Catholics have been celebrating the 2nd Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.  It is a day to be reminded of the infinite mercy of God, and the grace available to all those who turn to Him and accept that mercy.

This Divine Mercy Sunday, a special event has just occurred in Rome.  Pope John Paul II has been beatified, which is the Church’s official recognition of his saintly life, and another step towards being declared a saint.