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Easy Road

Why the Easy Road is not the Best | Challenge Yourself

Taking the easy road tempts me from time to time because, well, it’s easy! I know that easy never helped me grow, though.

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Pleasing Others Leads to Discontent

To focus on pleasing others typically means you’ve placed what’s important to you on the back burner. It’s vital to you that others admire your work.

Outside the Comfort Zone

The comfort zone is a place that paralyzes many. It drains the energy needed to sustain the long legs of a purposeful journey.

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My 5 Favorite Foods

My 5 favorite foods of all time are ones I would be very sad if I couldn’t eat anymore. My thought on favorite foods: I live once, so I enjoy them. Secret - 10 Day You Challenge

A second random thought: I am so happy to be alive in a time when I don’t have to hide behind trees and hunt my dinner or crawl around forests in search of my afternoon snack. I’m all about earning my treats, but that has more to do with healthy weight tactics than survival!

Favorite Foods – one word: YUMBO!

What else can make out mouths water, lighten a mood, nourish our bodies, fuel our energy, and turn a gathering into a celebration like favorite foods can? They are like friends to us. They share life’s most important events with us. They give our life ZEST!

Favorite foods bring us together in a way little else can.

Food is the social connector that brings our parties and important events to life. Some of my fondest memories have been created around scrumptious spreads. One of my favorites is the time my good friend, Pat, asked me to cook his last Thanksgiving Day dinner. He was dying of cancer 4 years ago and knew this would be the last Thanksgiving for him and his family. I wanted it to be special. I cooked for two days perfecting this grandiose meal. The conversation, laughter, and miraculous return of his appetite as we sat down to indulge in dishes I’d created from scratch, caused my heart to balloon to a size its never been again.

Food has a magical way of bringing families and friends together in a way that little else can.

So, in the spirit of its delicious and social gifts to life, and in continuing on my 10 day ‘you’ challenge, I want to share with you my five favorite foods.

 

1. Colombian Arepa

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2. Calamari

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3. Steamed Clams

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4. chocolate in any form

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5. Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra.

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Do we have any similar ones? What are your 5 favorite foods?

Wishing you the best always,

Suzie Carr

 

Places

6 Top Travel Destinations

My 6 top travel destinations are ones in my dreams. I’ve yet to witness their beauty or smell their intoxicating charm. I don’t travel often. Which is why I would ask:

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I’ve heard of it, but it’s been so long since this lady has packed a bag and traveled.

I have dreams of places I want to venture off to. I crave to fly off into the blue skies, float with the clouds, and then land in beautiful places where tranquil seas reach out beyond a point my naked eye can see.

Travel and the Senses

Ask anyone who has ever traveled, and she’ll tell you that travel has tickled her senses. I want my senses tickled too! I want to taste exotic fruits, dance to the beat of a new sound, and experience life outside my comfort zone.

Travel and Write

As a writer, I would imagine how excited I’d be to sit with someone from the other side of the world and have a chat about daily life, ideals, triumphs, challenges, and the commonality of the  human spirit. The conversations would surely ignite my creativity and cause me to go nights without sleeping, as I would be frantically typing out the inner secrets of new characters. Just the thought of this gives me a jolt.

One day I will travel. And when I do, I will do so with deep respect and appreciation.

Here are the 6 places I want to travel:

 

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Ever since watching Eat, Pray, Love, I’ve had a fascination with traveling as a pathway to self-discovery. Even though I love what I do in daily life, a part of me can’t help but to think there is something much grander and life-affirming past the borders of my home state.

Don’t get me wrong, having a home base is good for the spirit. I feel nourished when I am in the comfort of my home. But a part of my soul is itching to venture away from it for a while to see what else this magnificent world holds.

I will travel when the time is right. I will pack my bags and discover the greatness of this beautiful planet.

For now, I am content to be home with my fur babies, Sunshine and Bumblebee, enjoying them in the here and now.

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If I could figure out a way to travel comfortably with them, we’d be in Hawaii in a heartbeat 🙂

Wishing you the best,

Suzie Carr

P.S. What places to you want to travel?

 

 

Fulfillment

Why You Need to Dream Big

We all want things in life. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel greedy in wanting things. I guess this stems from a past of telling myself that I should be grateful for what I have today, and that to want more negates this gratitude.

That’s not a healthy way of viewing life.

‘I want’ to change this.

To get started, I’m making a list of all the positives that come from wanting more in life:

To want is to:

  • dream
  • pursue goals
  • enlighten the spirit with positive focus
  • be grateful for those things in life we can achieve with a little patience and determination
  • offer hope
  • enjoy the dynamic nature of our human spirit

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And, to further cement my good vibe on want and desires…

and in the spirit of my ten day challenge…

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I am going to have some fun in sharing 7 things I want.

I Want:

1. To travel the world in search of stories.
2. To have balance every day.
3. To be healthy until the day I die.
4. A winter home in the tropics and a summer home in the mountains.
5. For one of my books to become a full length movie.
6. To be in a position to philanthropically invest in other’s dreams.
7. To sit in the audience of The Ellen Show.

What about you? What do you want?

Wishing you the best,

Suzie Carr

 

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Start Living by Facing Fear

“See here’s the thing about fear. The more I allow it in, the stronger it becomes. It takes on its own power and becomes my leader. I’m not okay with following that. I’m not okay with bowing my head to it in reverence, as if it were a mightier force than me and had any rights to my freedom.” – Becca, The Journey Somewhere

If anyone understood the complexity of fear it’s Becca James from Tangerine Twist and The Journey Somewhere.  Imagine a musician with stage fright?

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Fear is Real – as real as we make it, that is.

I think as long as a person views fear as an opportunity to grow, it can serve a healthy purpose.

As part of my ten day “you” challenge… I’m going to reveal my 8 Fears.

I Fear:

1. Getting old.
2. Becoming irrelevant to those important to me.
3. Crowds.
4. Regrets.
5. Negative book reviews.
6. Disappointing people.
7. Losing touch with what’s important.
8. Missed opportunities.

Anyone who knows me, understands I can’t leave you with a negative feeling about such a powerhouse feeling as fear.

How I View Fear

Looking at my list, I see a lot of growth opportunity in each item. I can choose how I handle fear. I can allow these 8 fears to cage me or to release me. I choose release – ALWAYS.

How? Well, with each one I can turn the emotion around from negative to positive by simply asking myself the question: How can I grow from this fear?

My answer will always be something positive, because I asked an affirmative question.

What are your deepest fears, and what affirmative question can you ask yourself to turn them around and serve you positively?

Wishing you the very best,

Suzie Carr

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Top Things to Love

When I think of my top things to love, I could go on for a long time. When love exists, even a gray, rainy day can feel like the most blissful gift in the world.

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Today is day nine of my ten day “you” challenge…and guess what’s on topic?

Yup, Love.

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Here are my top 9 loves:

1. I love my family.
2. Walking my dogs in the still of the morning.
3. Writing.
4. I love to listen to birds chirping. It’s the sweetest sound at 3 am.
5. The smell of the ocean.
6. Working out. To do Insanity and Turbofire at 4 am, I have to love exercise.
7. I love singing “I’m Yours” and “Alleluia” when I’m cooking.
8. Of course anyone who has read my books knows how much I love sangria!
9. The movies The Shawshank Redemption and Good Will Hunting are my favorites, and the only two I can watch over and over again.

Let’s hear your top 9 loves.

Feel free to post here or start your own ten day ‘you’ challenge on your blog and share your blog in the comments.

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Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr

Above all else, love.

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Here are 10 Secrets to Share

My friend, Tami Marie, blogged the other day, and WOW, did her 10 Secrets Post, part of her Ten Day ‘You’ Challenge, ever pique my interest.

The concept – 10 ‘themes’ in 10 days.

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Day 1 – 10 Secrets

Tami was kind enough to encourage me to post the Ten Day You Challenge on my blog as well. So…. here goes.

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My 10 secrets. Oye!

Here I go….

1. The most blissful sound to me is hearing my dog Sunshine snore.
2. I read a random page from The Secret every morning.
3. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the miracle of healing through the skilled hands of a Reiki Master.
4. I’m afraid of getting old.
5. Whenever I hear familiar church music, I tear up.
6. I majored in public speaking in college because I feared it. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I ended up loving it and graduated in the top 5% of my class.
7. My guilty pleasure is watching American Idol.
8. Most all of my accomplishments in life have been the result of someone telling me they doubted I could achieve them.
9. I believe with all of my heart that I came face to face with my guardian angel.
10. I fear crowds because I was almost crushed at a concert when I was twenty.

Any surprises there? Fellow bloggers, I challenge you to participate as well by posting your ten day challenge on your blog. I’d love to see them, so be sure to leave your url in a comment below!

Come on, let’s see your 10 Secrets!

Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr