2019 Time for a fresh new start

2019 A whole new start 

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!  Though I’ve been off meat and dairy for over 2 years, I still make the kids their traditional New Year’s meal of : Corn beef and cabbage  AND black eyed peas and sausage. The corn beef I’ve been making since the late 70s when I lived in the Midwest. It was considered good luck. Then in the mid 80s we moved to Florida and were advised that you are supposed to eat black eyed peas and sausage on New Year’s.

So rather than take our chances we started doing both. So here I am 4 decades later still making it for the kids. It’s like Thanksgiving, I still make the turkey even though I don’t eat it any more. I just enjoy the traditions.

Anyway I love more about New Years Day than the food. I love the idea that on January 1st you can have a whole new beginning.

In recent years I’ve begun taking this new start more seriously, perhaps because I know I have lived more years than I am going to live and time is more precious to me. In any case 2019 is  This is my third year ringing in the New Year with 21 days of Prayer.

If your life isn’t exactly the way you want it to be, and you’ve never started your new year this way, give it a shot. It starts your year off with a focus unlike anything I’ve tried before. You can give up things, such as you would in lent, some people go on the Daniel Diet (basically a vegan diet), or some give up their favorite food or beverage. Other things to consider are giving up ‘time-wasters’, maybe for you it’s spending hours on Facebook or other social media, or watching too much sports. For me it’s giving up television and movies. Whatever you choose it’s between you and God, you don’t have to share it with anyone. The idea is to use the time you would have been watching TV, or eating a certain food, or reading Facebook, and spend that time in prayer, or reading/listening to the Bible, or mediating on the word, or worship or talking/listening to God. Whatever you want to do…there’s no one judging.

Then take it up a notch if you are wanting to change your health and add some items, like walking 15 minutes a day, or getting on the re-bounder, or doing arm weights, again whatever it is you are wanting to improve and this time commit to it. Make the decision that for the next 21 days (don’t worry about the whole year) you’ll commit to doing xyz 3-5 times a week…whatever. And then do it. What I’ve found over the last few years, whatever I commit to when I’m working with the 21 days of prayer, I take seriously.

So i’m starting the year off with a plan…hope you are too. I can guarantee if you don’t start off with a plan, you’ll end up right where you are…

Happy New year!!! And the three bible apps I mentioned are:
The Bible Project
Through the Word TTW
Bible in one year (Gumbel) BIOY

Pick one or two that work for you, they have various length plans, and give it a go.

Until next time….bye bye


The year 2018 in Review

As we close out another year it’s nice to pause a few moments and ‘sit with it’ for a minute. 2018 overall was a good year for me. Nothing earth shattering, no Kardashian flash or Beyonce bling, but a nice year with family, friends, church and God. So here’s a video review.

On the health front: I’m heading toward 2 and a half years as a vegan, 1 year on my inversion table, 6 months juicing regularly, 4 months drinking (consistently) distilled water, and a couple of months getting pretty regular with my rebounder and vibration machine, and one month or so lifting very light weights for some arm strength….it almost sounds like the 12 days of Christmas song.

On the spiritual front I’ve lapsed a little but back on track with reading the bible every day. I’ve been consistently in small groups at church, taking a class or two and in a book club for believers. So I’m working on building my relationship with God.

2019 I’m taking steps to go deeper on all fronts and when I do I can guarantee that 2019 will be the best year ever!

SSSVEDA Day 31 – Time for a new beginning…take a step…it’s up to you!

It’s done! SSSVEDA- Video every day for the month of August is officially over. BUT that doesn’t mean I’m stopping on my journey to better health and more joyful life. So hope you’re not stopping either.SSSVEDA-Day-31-Take-a-step-today.jpg

Take a step today in the direction you want to go. Join me in setting a plan for the next 90 days to cement good and healthy habits into your life so when January 1, 2019 hits we’ll be flying.

Thanks for sharing!

SSSVEDA Day 30 – Getting a headstart on 2019

With VEDA ending and September only a couple of days away, I think it’s a perfect time to set some more goals so that by year end I’ll SSSVEDA-Day-30-Get-ready-for-2019have some great new habits and hopefully see some results.

Things I’ll be doing to improve my physical well being for the next 90 days include:
Staying on a plant based diet
Juicing regularly
Rebounding a few times a week
Using the vibration machine a few times a week
Drinking distilled water
Fasting maybe once a week for a day or some kind of intermittent fasting
Coffee enema, maybe once week to help with detoxing
My teeter inversion table daily
My bathtub steam bath a few times a week

So let’s see what 90 days of good regularity will bring. What are you going to do for the next 90 days to make sure your 2019 gets a great kick start?

SSSVEDA Day 29 – Keep Your Promises

I almost forgot to do my daily video today, which would have been a shame as I’m at day 29 out of 31. No one is holding my feet SSSVEDA-Day-29-Keep-Your-Promisesto the fire but I committed (to myself ) that I would do a video every day for the month of august and that’s what I intend to do.

Often we are more apt to keep promises to others than promises we’ve made to ourselves…think about New Year’s Resolutions. It’s either because were weren’t serious when we made the promise OR we don’t put ourselves high on the priority list.

So message today is to remember to treat yourself as you would a friend. If you make a promise to yourself (and don’t make them likely) then keep it. You owe it to yourself to do what it is you promised yourself you’d do.

SSSVEDA Day 27 – VREMI Rocked my World

Come to find out that having the right tools can make a job a WHOLE light easier.

I had been struggling a bit in my efforts to juice SSSVEDA-Day-27-The-Right-Toolsregularly, in part because cutting some things, like a watermelon, or a celery root, or even a beet, was tough. I chalked it up to having weak arms. BUT…when one of my daughters sent us a gift…a set of knives as it turned out…things got a whole lot easier.

The set is from a company named VREMI and the set came in rainbow colors. They are not only functional but fun as well. I was curious as to how my ‘broke’ daughter who lives in NYC could afford to send her sister an expensive set of knives. Come to find out that the set was on sale on VREMI website for under $25! My last knife cost over $100!

So anyway I now can say that juicing just got a whole lot easier. So bring on the watermelon!!!

SSSVEDA Day 26 – Keeping a New Year’s Resolution

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to write out the New Testament in longhand.

Copying text book material was a technique I usedSSSVEDA-Day-26-handwriting-new-testament in College to learn the material. The combination of reading and writing helped me absorb the information. So I thought it would be a good way to learn more about the Bible.

Today was the last day…I wrote out Revelation Chapter 22 and finished my resolution. I think taking the time to write it out helped me focus more on the words, rthen skimming over sections, but even then I had to be aware of my mind wandering. Not as much as when I was reading it, but i did have to pull it back periodically.

In any case I considered this another time of ‘raking the leaves’ level of reading the Bible. it helped me put things in context and become more familiar with the book. Now I’m going to start over in the New Testament and begin digging a bit. Going into the word more and studying what’s behind the word.

I suggest if anyone is reading this and you’ve not read the Bible, that you make a commitment to read it. I’d start with New Testament, the Old Testament is tough, not necessarily in the reading of it, but in how harsh God seems some times. Starting with the New Testament was more understandable and helped me anyway put the Old Testament in perspective. Maybe it’s like reading the ending of a book first. Some people think it ruins the story, but for me it helps me handle the stress when the story gets tough.

So I did accomplish one of my New Year’s Resolutions. It’s important for me to keep promises to myself. Often we keep promises to others but then not to ourselves. That’s something I’m trying to change.