Positive Intelligence

Positive Intelligence

Despite having the gift of Faith, I do not possess the most positive of attitudes.  I came across this article on Forbes which summarized the book [Positive Intelligence] and why only 20% of teams and individuals achieve their true potential.  In a nutshell, it is the negative “self talk” that goes on in our heads most days that defeats us.  I took the [PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient) Quiz] and shared it with my team at AOL last week as a fun exercise.  My score was a 42.  That is no bueno.  For perspective, a good score is 75 or above.  What this tells me is that I have a lot of room for improvement in the area of positivity.  The good news is that I am really good at detecting when my negative “saboteurs” are at work in my head so that means I will have a much easier time silencing them in the future.  I’m committed to being more intentional about positive thoughts, we’ll see in 21 days if I have a better score.

Becoming Dauntless

UndauntedI attended the Women of Faith Conference in Anaheim this past weekend with my Family Ministry Team. I had not attended Women of Faith since before Luke was born, but remembered how impactful it was on my life at the time so I really wanted to share that experience with my team.  The theme of this year’s conference was “From Survival to Revival” and all of the speakers shared how God had brought them through so much pain into lives of such promise. It felt like God was using these women to speak directly to me. I have been wrestling with fear a lot this year and overcoming many of my fears in the process but there are still a few I am holding onto.  Lisa Bevere, author of [Girls with Swords], had this to say “He wants you to face what you fear so you can rise up fearless” and also “our children inherit one of two things from us- God’s promises or our fears”.  When I heard that I thought of how Luke was afraid to go in the elevator at Target one day and I realized that he was inheriting my fears.  I am determined to change that.

Patsy Clairmont at one time could not even get out of her bed, she was so agoraphobic, and she reminded us that “God has not given us the Spirit of Fear, but a Spirit of power, a Spirit of love and a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7

Christine Caine said “Do not fear dying.  Fear never having lived”.  And I do fear that, I think I fear never having lived more than I probably fear anything else.  My team gifted me Christine’s book, [Undaunted], and I caution you not to read this book unless you are really ready to have your world shaken because no one will shake you up quite like Christine Cain.  She is a survivor, a thriver in a world that didn’t want her.  She now rescues girls from human trafficking as her full time job. In reading this book, I am becoming dauntless. My prayer is that I will not be satisfied with the life I have planned for myself, but that I would be brave enough to embrace whatever life God intends for me.  I will remember that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom.

Women of Faith

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica PierWe extended our beach day in Santa Monica last weekend with a visit to the Santa Monica Pier.  It was the first time we ever took Luke to Pacific Park, so he was basically in heaven riding all the rides.  I highly recommend it as an affordable alternative to Disneyland.

Santa Monica Pier

Look at the rides!

{dude- look at the rides!}

Pacific ParkPacific Park

Airplane

Sea Serpent

{the Sea Serpent was the ultimate favorite}

Bumper Cars

Roller coaster

{Look Mom! No hands!}

Friends

Endless Summer

Boogy BoardingLiving in Southern California, its easy to take the beach for granted. I don’t know how it went so fast, but somehow we reached the end of Summer without even going to the beach. Last weekend we spontaneously decided to head to Santa Monica and it turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for Luke to learn to boogie board. My favorite part was watching Jeff teach Luke how to duck dive under the waves. By the end Luke was loving the surf and asking when we could come back.

Beach Day

{Arriving at the beach with great excitement}

Contemplating the Waves

{Contemplating the waves}

Boogy Boarding

{Getting ready}

Boogie Boarding

{Boogie Boarding like a boss}

Success

{Success}

Friends

{Friends}

Santa Monica Beach

Green Egg Salad Sandwich

Green Egg SaladEgg salad was my absolute favorite sandwich as a kid. The thought of it still evokes fond memories, but years ago Jennifer Aniston cited giving up mayonnaise as the key to what got her in such great shape and I basically haven’t eaten mayo since. That said, I created this recipe for my favorite sandwich using avocado instead of mayonnaise and it tastes just as great. I made it for lunch last week and it brought a kid’s smile to my face. Recipe is below the post.

Green Egg Salad

{Ingredients: two hard boiled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, handful of micro greens}

Avocado

{Put the Avocado into a bowl with a squeeze of lemon juice and mash}

Chopped Eggs

{Chop the hardboiled eggs}

Green Egg Salad

{Combine mashed avocado with chopped eggs, paprika, mustard, S&P}

Green Egg Salad Sandwich

{Spread egg mixture on toasted slices of whole grain bread & top with micro greens}

green egg salad

{Enjoy with a side of sweet potato chips}

Green Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients:

2 hard boiled eggs

1/2  ripe avocado

handful of micro-greens (broccoli, spinach, etc. Found at Trader Joe’s}

1 squirt of Mustard

sprinkle of salt & pepper

sprinkle of paprika

*1/2 teaspoon of chopped pepperoncini for extra kick (optional)

*1/2 teaspoon of dill pickle relish for tangy twist (optional)

 

Desert Casual

Vince Runched White T, Denim cutoffs, American Eagle, Sam Edelman Gladiator Sandals, Michael Kors Mirrored Aviators

Vince Runched White T, Denim cutoffs, American Eagle, Sam Edelman Gladiator Sandals, Michael Kors Mirrored Aviators

In 110° heat, the last thing you really want to think about is putting on clothes, so keeping it casual is the key to happiness. That means, leaving your jewelry at home and keeping lots of cotton blends on hand. Sunglasses and a hat are really the only accessories you need.  I spent most of the weekend in a bathing suit but threw my pool hair into a messy bun and kept it casual for the Luau with cutoffs and a runched t-shirt.

vince t-shirt & american eagle cutoffs

Desert Casual

Desert Casual

Desert Casual

Sam Edelman Sandals

Desert Casual

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Labor Day Highlights

Labor Day HighlightsI hope all of you had an excellent long Labor Day weekend! My husband was due for some relaxation time so we headed to the desert. Our favorite place to unwind and reconnect with each other is the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA. They are a great family friendly resort and have so many things going on for kids during Labor Day Weekend.  We basically spent the weekend laying like broccoli by the pool, which was not good for Jeff, who ended up with gnarly sunburn, but Luke had a blast.  Here are the highlights.

Westin Mission Hills

Scooter

{Scooter the Tortoise is a local on the property}

Luke's Hat

{Luke got a new hat}

Strawberry Shortcake

{I revisited my childhood with a Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar}

Luke's Pool time

{We splashed in the pool a lot}

Laughs

{Luke laughed with Uncle Dan}

Slide

{We spent lots of time on the slide}

View

{This was my view for most of the weekend}

Luke

{We snacked a lot}

Lying down

{I rested a bit}

Luke Sleeping

{Luke crashed at night}

Speak Life

Speak LifeWords have so much power. The power to build up, the power to tear down, the power to sustain and the power to propel forward. I believe in speaking life to people. By that I mean, speaking words that bring life. I practice this in the way I encourage my teams at both Hope Chapel and AOL. I pray first that God will show me something special about that person and then I tell them what I see. Sometimes it’s simple things like “Your smile lights up the room when you walk into it” to deeper things like “Your ability to lead will be a huge force for good in this world”. I don’t claim to have any special prophetic gift.  I simply take the time to try to see a person as God might see them and then take the extra step to tell them what I see. I have been amazed at how such a simple thing can empower people.  It can change relationships, it can help others take steps they may have been afraid to take for a long time.  If you have the chance to speak to anyone this week, I’d encourage you to speak life.