Live the #LovePowerLife
I don't really celebrate the traditional holidays of the season, however I do make it a point to spend time with family. It would literally brake my grandmother's heart if she didn't see me on Christmas (or Thanksgiving) if I live in the same city so I make sure to visit. No longer bearing material gifts, per se, but gifts of love in the form of good vibes, laughter and my contributions to the special family dinner. Since she's been in her mid 80's, my grandma has stopped preparing this special dinner herself, but is now Chef de Cuisine to her faithful Sous Chefs in my Uncle Jamie, Aunt Pam and sometimes my sister Teyonna. She's got to thoroughly supervise, making sure you've added the perfect amount of sage to the dressing and that the sweet potato pie filling is the perfect consistency and flavor and then browned just right. She used to cook for a living and it is my belief that she cooked for a loving.
Every meal my grandmother made was prepared perfectly with love and major flavor. Most of her eight children (the ones who chose to cook) all cooked very well. The two standouts were my mom and Uncle Jamie, which whom I'd enjoyed eating their dishes on a regular basis because they cooked the most. With every bite you tasted the love. Preparing food with love carried over to me. Anyone that really knows me can tell you I can't stand no nasty food and I surely don't want to feed you something that I don't think is up to par. Now don't get me wrong, there is a distinct difference between good tasting and just good for you. LOL! But even still, I'm gonna try my hardest to make the latter delicious.
Cooking for someone, to me is a major service. Beyond the nourishment aspect, energetically it can affect a person which is why I avoid most fast food, partly why I'm vegetarian and why I don't cook when I'm angry or annoyed. I want you to be loved by what I cook for you. I want you to fall in love with the flavors like I did, enjoy the color and presentation and my personal favorite; talk about it for years to come. It warms my heart when someone reminds me that I made something for them and they swoon as they recall the details. Now that's some love for ya. I gave it and they felt it. That's all I want in anything I do for someone. Feel the love. Remember how I loved you.
For 2016 my mantra is: More love. More Service. I have been blessed this past year with finally feeling and doing better dealing with my health issues and I want to do more of what makes me happy. And what makes me happy is being more of a service to others. I have a few service projects in the works and I can't wait to get them started. Unfortunately, I want to do everything but I know it is important to do one thing well. Maybe that doesn't apply to service, but I plan to try as many things as possible to find that one or two things that I'm passionate about. I know that random acts of kindness is a big deal for me and every time I do something for a complete stranger I feel amazing, so I'll start off with much more of that. I plan to spread lovepower all over this city and beyond in 2016. I'm so excited and hope to encourage others to live a #lovepowerlive and embrace my mantra in 2016.
What is your mantra for 2016? If you don't have one, have you had one or a key word or statement for the years past to help you reach a goal for personal or professional achievement? Leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you:)
Spread Love. Be Love. Live a #LovePowerLife
Ever since I was young, I wanted to make a difference in the world. As an activist at heart and a flower child of sorts, my mom would constantly ask me "where did you come from?"-haha! Now that I'm older I have a clear understanding and I'm confident to say that I come from LOVE.