Instructions for Life….

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  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone everyday.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

-Dalai Lama

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Does Your Job Title Matter?

Does Your Job Title Matter? This became the talk in my circle after I sent out the article “Does Your Job Title Matter? I like to think of myself as a humble person, but full confession, I worked my ass off to get here. I will not be discounted when it comes to a position, benefits, and pay. Hell, as a woman, and one of color; I already know I am not making much as my male counterparts. Yes, I believe my title matters. In a professional setting among my peers, I prefer to be called a therapist rather than a counselor. Yes, these titles are often interchangeable, and reference the same type of mental health professional. Albeit, a therapist is defined as someone who is a licensed (going through extensive training, passed state board exams) and has obtained a master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field. I also find that behind my name I included my slew of acronyms. The reason is that in the world we live in status matters, and the higher your title is the more change you can often make.

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Cilantro meets Rice

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Sometimes my best dinner ideas come from what I like to call “operation save insert food item.”  Returning from the framers market today, it was operation save cilantro. I had mistakenly bought a fresh bunch, not realizing we hadn’t finished the last one. Not one to waste food, I present you with a delicious cilantro dish. Bon Appetit!

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Half bunch scallions
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (use the whole can if you have it, I was using a frozen block)
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 3 limes and zest of 2 limes (hold back juice of 1 lime for garnish)
  • 1 half bunch fresh cilantro

Preparation: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss the garlic and onions in a food processor and gently pulse. Toss into…

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