An Ode To My Mother

Caring you are,

Thoughtful, you are

Protective, you are

Prayerful, you are

Patient, you are… sometimes (laugh)

Fearless, you are NOT, because your desire to protect us from the difficulties of life creates fear

Giving, you are

Comforting, you are

Stronger than you think, you are

Misunderstood, you are

Great example, you are

Role model, you are

A wife, you are

A mother, you are

A friend, you are

Happy Birthday! If I never say it enough, your love and acceptance is so appreciated.

Guyana, Sabbath morning
Spa Day 2019

OneLiner Wednesday

I am in a phase of my life, where I am waiting. Daily, I am waiting for decisions to be made and plans to finalize. If I look too far into the future, I can easily become overwhelmed. So, Ive decided to live in the present, one day at a time. Just a friendly reminder to my JAARA friends.

Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and try it out yourself!

5 Things No One Tells You, But They Should

Hello Jaara Family.

After a nice long break from daily posting and a super hectic work schedule, I have missed you all so terribly. Part of my goals for this new year is being intentional which means paying attention to my body, thoughts and, actions. This growth process is necessary but difficult because you realize things about yourself that you dislike and desire to change.

Heres 5 things Im learning to embrace in life;

1. Change is difficult-It is easy to praise the results, but we find it difficult to work through the process. I believe we all strive for excellence. Each day we wake up, we think about how we can do better, make small adjustments in our life to get to our end goals. CHANGE is difficult.  Without changing our mindset, we cannot achieve great goals. 

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
― Rumi

2. Finding your purpose in life, is an ever-changing process- Who I was in my 20s and who I am in my 30s, is almost completely different. As we mature, experience life, read, travel, play, our passion for life changes. As you go through those changes, adapt to them. Check-in with yourself, fix what you need to make better, and continue to prosper

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
― Buddha

3. Its okay to leave old “friends” in the past- I remember in High School, a group of friends and I made a pack to remain friends forever. Over the years, most of those friendships have dissolved, not out of hurt, but simply time. I moved away, went to college, and started life, and so did they. 

Some friendships survive the changes of time. They are so flexible that they bend and bounce back as nothing has changed. Time makes it better! But, other friendships you outgrow and that’s okay. 

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler

4. You can impact others without being famous– So much pressure to being Instagram famous, a social media guru, marketing genius, all in the name of acquiring fame and popularity. But, the biggest impact you can have on someone’s life is showing kindness in one-on-one interactions. It is the moments of deep conversation and reflection that allow us to impact each other. The exchange of ideas and world-views will leave a lifelong impact.

So, forget about becoming popular, and focus on becoming impactful.

“Ordinary people pursue money, simple people pursue power, average people pursue fame, but extraordinary people pursue ideas.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

5. Most people don’t do what they love/ are passionate about in life– You graduate from high school, go off to college, choose a career path and then you live and work in that field for most of your life. At the beginning of it all, you had big dreams of starting a business, establishing a foundation.

But over time, you become more concerned about living each day, paying your bills on time, and investing in your retirement. The 9-5 job becomes standard, and with time you believe it is the only option.

I have heard this story many times! If you are living in your truth and love what you do, count yourself blessed, for many do not have that choice anymore.

“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela

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Comment and life

Traveling on Keto

Im currently working away from home on the weekends and it makes its difficult to maintain healthy eating habits. As my frequency of travel increase, Ive decided to do weekly meal preps. It has helped me tremendously thus far. Here’s a sneak peek of my weekend lunch.

Oven roasted broccoli, cauliflower with salmon and a lamb, drizzle with aioli!

Finding Pleasure

Pleasure is a feeling of happy satisfaction or enjoyment. Often, when we think of the word pleasure, we envisioned doing something fun, or being praised or rewarded. Pleasure, connotes the highest level of happiness, yet I would not liken it unto JOY.

Have you ever consider finding pleasure in service to others. The bible talks of many instances were we are called to serve. To serve the sick, homeless, helpless, lost. How often do we really practice the act of service?

As a medical professional, I consider my career to be one of service. However I want to go beyond work. One of my passion is to serve my community, Dreams Deferred. I envision a great mission trip, with plenty of resource and helpful hands given back to the poor, homeless and sick. The day will come, I am sure. But for now, I want to encourage each of you reading today’s post to consider one act of a giving that provides pleasure to you and to God.

Time may not always be available to go to homeless shelter, or start a volunteer program, but tasks and needs are present right in front of us where we can help other. It may simply be plowing the snow for an elderly neighbor, or watering their plants.

To those new to JAARABlog, I often post a christian base post on Saturdays and a prayer for the next week. If you are not a religious person, I hope my words are simply inspiration. Stay awhile.

Best Regards,

Jaara

Prayer of the week

Moody Food

I returned from my medical conference yesterday! After spending five days away, I really wanted to come home and sleep in my own bed. But, also I wanted to eat some comfort food. Sausage, peppers and onion- Yum, with a twist.

Ingredients

  • Half red bell pepper
  • 2 bulbs of green onions
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • olive oil
  • 1 bag Brussels sprout
  • Sausage- I used the Beyond Meat Hot Italian Sausage
  • 2 eggs (fried to your desire-optional)
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  • disced garlic
  1. Assemble ingredients. Cut sausage links into desire size and set aside
  2. Slice red pepper lengthwise, dice onions

3. Clean and cut brussel sprouts into halves

4. In a pot, add 2 tbsp olive oil and allow to get hot. Add cut brussel sprouts to pot and allow to cook until tender.

5. Sprinkle in salt, black pepper, minced garlic and crushed red pepper

6. Once cooked to desires tenderness, remove from pot and place in a dish

Finished Brussels Spout

7. Into the same pot, add an additional 1-2 TBSP olive oil. Place your sausage into the pot and allow to cook. Turn over for even brown and cooking on both sides.

8. Once cooked evenly, add sliced peppers and onions to pot.

9. Sprinkle salt, black pepper and Italian season for flavoring. Allow vegetables to get tender, but firm. Remove from stovetop

Optional– I added two fried eggs

finished product

Key Points

  1. The Beyond sausage was delicious. I am not a pork eater and I find most sausages, have a mixture of porn and beef, so this was a safe option for me, Use any sausage of your desire
  2. This meal would be Keto approved. Net Carbs 4.5 per cup of Brussels spout sprout and 4 nets carbs/ sausage link. Be mindful about serving size.