Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dreaming and Purpose

Have you seen Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, Hugo?  It is about an orphaned boy who embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton clock and find a place he can call home. I was inspired by the deep message of the quest for purpose.
Hugo video clip // PURPOSE  Hugo: Everything has a purpose, even machines. Clocks tell the time, trains take you places. They do what they're meant to do, like Monsieur Labisse. Maybe that's why broken machines make me so sad, they can't do what they're meant to do. Maybe it's the same with people. If you lose your purpose, it's like you're broken.

[Hugo takes Isabelle to the back of the giant train station clock where they watch the beauty of Paris at night]
Hugo: Right after my father died, I would come up here a lot. I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.

In my line of work as a LifePlan™ Facilitator, people are inspired to come to me because they are at a period of life transition, life is out of balance in some way or they are searching for a greater sense of purpose and meaning.  I invite them to reflect and dream.
Dreams give us vitality.  The pursuit of dreams creates passion and energy.  At different points in our life journey, we get caught up in surviving versus thriving.  Purpose is living the life you were meant to live.  Dreaming starts the journey.

I invite you to dream and begin the journey of self-exploration at one of my upcoming workshops:

Monday, April 11, 1-2pm at Next Page Books & Nosh | Frisco, CO
Wednesday, April 13, 7-8pm at Next Page Books & Nosh | Frisco, CO
Tuesday, April 19, 12-1pm at Elevate CoSpace | Frisco, CO

Monday, December 17, 2012

Menu Planning

For some, it may seem perfectly logical.  For others, it may seem impossible.  Menu planning.  If it's your responsibility to feed the family or even just yourself, just a little planning can ease the stress of providing nutritious, wholesome food everyday.  I am inspired to keep this up when I know I'm cooking/eating a well-balanced meal and feel great doing it.  Since I started volunteering to provide Wellness Wednesdays (promoting healthy eating and active living for our children) at the Summit County Preschool, I have been inspired to follow the USDA  MyPlate guidelines for our family.  The MyPlate guidelines have essentially replaced the old food pyramid guidelines.  It illustrates the 5 food groups with 1/2 your plate consisting of fruits and vegetables, the other 1/2 consisting of grains and proteins, and a side of dairy.
I get excited when I have a plan in place and don't feel plagued each day on what I'm going to cook for dinner.  So, *most* weekends, I sit down and make a menu plan of 3-5 recipes for the week.  I use favorite recipes from family and friends and Damn Delicious to create my weekly menu. Then I make a grocery shopping list of ingredients I'll need.  My shopping is also that much more quick and efficient because I have my list and don't need to run out for last minute/forgotten items.  Now, I have a choice of what meal to cook throughout the week.  I know, this is such a Type A trait, but anyone can do it!  Why not try it and see if it saves a little stress from your daily routine?  So it's really simple...
  • Make a list of recipes
  • Make another list of ingredients you'll need
  • Go shopping
  • Choose from your menu and cook away!

Whiteboard hanging in our kitchen
Another fun idea inspired by a girlfriend and full-time working mom... she hosted a "soup exchange party".  We each made 4-6 batches of soup, put them in freezer bags, then exchanged them at a dinner party.  If you brought 4 bags of your soup, you went home with 4 different bags of soup.  What a great way to stock the freezer for the winter with quick 'go to' meals! 

Just try it... I'd love to hear how it goes for you!

*originally posted 12/17/12, updated 11/11/15 with Damn Delicious -- where I get easy, simple, delicious recipes!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Great Strides: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis

This weekend our family walked the Summit County Great Strides 5K (click the link to see the slideshow) in support of Mason Rogers.  Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event. Tens of thousands of co-workers, friends and family come together each year in different communities all over the U.S. for one cause... to find a cure for CF.

One of my former University of Washington football players Matt Rogers' son, Mason, is 4 years old and living with Cystic Fibrosis. Their family experience has raised my awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.  I am humbled and inspired by their strength, hope and perseverance!  They are a beautiful family that is living life to the fullest!  A great reminder to be mindful everyday and cherish the precious life of our little ones.  What an amazing gift of joy and inspiration they are.

TEAM ROGERS, nationwide, has exceeded their goal! Thanks for all your support for TEAM ROGERS - COLORADO!  It's not too late to donate! You can go to our page at

Teri, Matt, Brayden and Mason Rogers