Monday, January 18, 2010

Self Improvement - Personal Change Part 1

Self improvement advice comes from many sources. I choose to get mine directly from the Wonderful Counselor, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth for this very reason: to help those of us that need it. He did not come to condemn us and point out our weaknesses. He came first and foremost, to redeem us in the eyes of God, and redeemed, we are!

With that being said the best improvement advice I can give you is this:

  • Stop picking on yourself. Lose the negative self speak and retrain your brain.

  • No matter what your circumstances are, or what you may have done in the past, allow yourself to be happy! Allow yourself? Absolutely, you can choose to be happy.

  • Live forgiven and forgive yourself. Stop trying to earn redemption and rest.

You might be asking yourself, "Where do I start? I do desire improvement in my life but how can I change?" These are questions that I have asked myself many times. I am working on this series for Personal Change to show you that the only person that can change you is YOU. No change will ever take place unless you allow it. Sometimes, we do need help in finding out how to change our minds and our lives.

Our minds are such a powerful tool that whatever you keep in it will affect your whole life experience. If you believe that you cannot change then you are very correct. But, if you believe that you've got unlimited potential available to you, then you are probably even more right.

There are many types of personal change work that may help us improve our lives. In the following days I will be revealing what I believe we can do to change ourselves and our lives. Remember life can be wonderful and fascinating. We can expand our awareness, understanding and abilities. Removing limits on ourselves can change into freedom, weakness can become power and drudgery can turn to joy.

I hope that you will take this journey of change with me. Together we can attain great and wonderful things.

Recipe for today:

Kickin Crab and Corn Chowder (Serves 8)

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 large stalk celery, minced

Cajun Seasoning to taste (I use Slap Ya Mama)

1 cup chicken broth

1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels

2 cups milk

2 cups heavy cream

1 pound lump crap meat

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; then gradually whisk in the flour. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, whisking constantly, until a golden roux forms; set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a Dutch Oven over medium heat. Combine the onion, garlic and celery, cook 1 minute. Add the Cajun Seasoning to taste, the more you add the more the kick! Stir in the broth and the corn. Bring to a simmer, then pour in the milk and the cream. When the mixture begins to simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer 7 minutes. Stir in the roux, 1 tablespoon at a time, blending thoroughly. Continue to cook, on low heat, whisking until mixture thickens. Stir in the crab meat and simmer 6 to 8 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy and have a very blessed day.

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