Sunday, July 29, 2018

Beauty, Healing from Red Rocks of Sedona

Sedona red rock formations are breathtaking. One of the reasons this is so, is the rocks exhibit a vibrant red and orange glow at sunrise and sunset.  This place's natural majesty is easy to see and feel. All you need to do is show up and be present, any day or time during the year. 

How did the rocks get that way? Layers of sandstone and limestone were left in the area by a receding ocean. Over the span of millions of years, iron oxide coated the grains of sandstone, and eventually rust was formed.

Visitors to Sedona can enjoy endless hiking and mountain biking trails in and around the rocks, on 300+ miles of trails.

If exploring the terrain is your desire, purchase a Red Rock PassIt covers the cost of parking and trail use. 
Many who travel to Sedona have found they feel inspired, recharged, and uplifted by the special vortex energy here.

A vortex is a place where the earth seems especially alive with energy. Top on the list of strong vortex sites in Sedona are Bell Rock, Airport Mesa Vortex, Boynton Canyon, and Cathedral Rock.

Sedona is a mecca for energy healers, yogis, spiritual guides, Reiki masters, massage therapists, crystal healers, Shamans, artists, writers, those who seek help, and appreciate its beauty.

See more at Sedona Tourism Bureau.

My husband and I explored Sedona a little more than a week ago. It was a wonderful opportunity to disconnect from electronic devices and set aside the cares of the world.

It turned out to a boon for my outlook, as I mindfully took in the Red Rock grandeur.

My personal experience shows traveling to a new environment, seeing sights, and temporarily jumping off the treadmill of striving, refreshed my mind, body, and spirit. 

Being more active than I am when I'm writing, spending quality time with my loved one, and learning new things, made me feel happy and at peace.

Time away from work, home, and family responsibilities, is a simple way to improve physical and mental health. It sure proved to be that way for me.

Studies show that those who take time out to vacation, often report come back to their regular life, feeling more productive and effective, and this is a win-win.

One study that tested men who were already at risk for heart disease, highlights cardiovascular health benefits of taking a vacation

Even if you don't feel energized by the red rocks of Sedona, I'm sure you'll agree each rock formation is a magnificent natural wonder. 

At lunchtime, I enjoyed this delicious salad at a totally organic restaurant, Chocola Tree in West Sedona. The address is 1595 W. State Rte. 89A and phone is 928-282-2997. 

Notice those cases of handmade chocolates and desserts in the background. Yum, yum.

Right next door to Chocola Tree is a neat bookstore I want to share with you. 

The Literate Lizard Bookstore is an Independent Sedona Bookstore, located at 1575 W. State Rte. 89A (phone 928-325-2971). It's a cozy place to browse and shop for adult and children's titles, as well as local interest books, and journals including Colors of Joy. 

The Literate Lizard Bookstore in Sedona Carries Colors of Joy
Yearn to feel inspired, recharged, and uplifted, during your vacation or back at home? A simple way to do that is to pick up your copy of Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss.

Colors of Joy offers tips to reduce stress, boost vitality, and spark delight through color themed journal writing activities, affirmations, and ideas for enhanced self-care.

Enjoy Colors of Joy at your own pace, and observe how its reflective exercises heal you, support you, and enhance daily living.

Colors of Joy Features Journal Activities to Make You Feel Beautiful Inside and Out!

Purchase an Autographed Copy Here

Before you go, don't forget to comment. Have you been to Sedona or another place with red rocks? Please explain. 

Do you like to see and do new things on vacation?  Where's your favorite place to visit?

Certain natural wonders like mountains, boulders, forests, oceans, and fields have vortex energy. Do you believe this? 

Try to focus on colors in nature, and visualize them to restore and renew your spirit. 😁

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

How to Create an Inspiring Vision Board

A vision board is a dedicated place to display images, words, pictures, drawings, or symbols that represent whoever or whatever you want to be in your life.

This post shows you several easy ways you can create a vision board. 

Vision boards can be made of cardboard, cork board, paper, or even an online poster you design at your computer or tablet. 

There are no hard and fast rules about what it should look like. Add whatever you want, and make it any shape or size you like.

This post was updated 7/30/2021

What to Include:

Anything that inspires, empowers, and motivates you is an excellent thing to select. Find colors, textures, pictures, drawings, photographs, or magazine clippings of people, places, and things you admire and want in your life.

I joyfully create and maintain healthy habits easily and fluidly

Use those sayings, affirmations, quotes, paintings, songs, or writing from people and books that motivate or encourage you.

Think about those things that help you sense joy, love, health, peace, progress, gratitude, personal fulfillment, self-confidence, fun, plenty, and creativity. Include them. After all, emotions are vibrational energy that activates the  Law of Attraction.

Attach words, drawings, and souvenirs of things you love and enjoyed doing. Also feature representations of things you want to show up in your life more often.

Nan's Vision Board

Ask yourself what dreams, ambitions, or events do I want to manifest in my life? Include symbols of those too.

How to Use a Vision Board to Maximize its Power:

Relax and have fun working on it, as this instills gladness into the project.
Visualize the ideal life. What is your deepest longing? What colors convey that to you? Incorporate them.

Marianne's Vision Board

Once the vision board is complete, position it where you’ll see it every day. Reflect about the items you selected, and notice ways your body, mind, and spirit respond to visual, positive ideas.

Commend yourself for progress, as many times as you observe it.

Share your vision board with a close friend, family member, or mentor. Then, discuss steps you can take to make your dreams materialize. 

When you affirm abundance in your life, you may recognize richness has been there along the way. 

Focus on gratitude for what you have. This step encourages more blessings.

Each time you look or think of your vision board, affirm what you seek is a reality now.

When you envision your ideal next stage of life, it helps you set and achieve new goals.

At times, I lose faith and my spirit feels deflated. After much trial and error, I've discovered how to use my vision board, when I need a "healthy pick me up."



Look at your vision board, when you’re having a rough patch, including those periods when you feel irritable, sad, confused, or disheartened.

Bank on the inspiration and motivation you used to create the vision board originally.

Kindle those warm, cozy feelings you had then to carry you through these challenging sensations and move on.


Please comment below. 

Do you have a vision board? How do you use it? 

What suggestions do you think will help you create one of your own?

Want to supply motivational and self-care tips to help my readers or me? I welcome your input and thank you for the visit today.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Vegan Coleslaw Quick Healthy Tasty

Looking for a quick, healthy, and tasty recipe for vegan coleslaw? This one is colorful, whole food plant-based, gluten free, and doesn't include fattening mayonnaise.

Post updated 3/30/2023

This fun-food recipe features two proud members of the cruciferous vegetable family, green and red cabbage

Cruciferous vegetables contain a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals that work synergistically to help boost immunity and prevent cancer.

Red cabbage is rich in vitamin A, C, and K, and contains the minerals potassium and manganese. One cup of chopped raw red cabbage is 27 calories with 0 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, and 24 mg of sodium. 

Green cabbage is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It’s a good source of thiamine, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, and is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, K, B6, folate, and manganese.

Additional ingredients in the slaw include carrots, celery, garlic, onion, and parsley. 

Garlic and onion are both in the Allium family, and contain Sulfur compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.

Parsley is a gentle plant-based body cleansing and detox agent. Used primarily for flavoring or to freshen breath, parsley has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits including pain relief and strengthening the immune system. It also provides relief from gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion, stomach cramps, and bloating.

Note: I shop organic when it's available, because it's important that food comes from a source that hasn't been genetically modified. 

Research indicates organic food has higher nutrient value and tastes better too. A local health food store and farmers’ market are good places to find organic fruits and veggies.

Vegan coleslaw is a versatile dish, one that goes great at a picnic, potluck, or barbecue. Just as good, serve it anytime during the year. Savor its flavor at lunch or dinner with a bean and rice dish, sandwich, or alongside a hummus wrap for an economical, energizing meal.

Now on to the recipe...

Vegan Coleslaw Quick, Healthy, Tasty


4 cups green cabbage 
2 cups red cabbage
4 large carrots
3 large stalks celery
1/2 large or 1 small red or yellow onion
2 large or 3 small cloves garlic minced
small bunch fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons extra virgin first cold pressed olive oil
4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Optional: 1 packet or approx. 1 teaspoon Stevia (this sweetener is my personal preference. Choose whatever kind of sweetener you like or leave it out)
Pinch of salt and pepper
Optional: additional herbs and spices you enjoy

What to do:

1. Wash, but don't peel carrots-scrub the skin instead. Nutrients are at highest concentration close to the surface of the carrot. Just cut off ends of these and then wash the celery and cut off ends. Peel the onion.

2. Wash and cut green and red cabbage into chunks. Put chunks through the shredding attachment of your food processor. If you prefer, use a mandoline or knife. Then shred the carrots (can also use a shredder attachment of a spiralizer, if that works better for you) Put all three ingredients in a large serving bowl.

3. With the chopping blade of your food processor, chop the parsley until it's finely chopped. Next chop onion and garlic fine. Chop celery fine too. Place all into serving bowl.

4. In a separate small mixing bowl, pour in lemon juice, rice wine vinegar (or other vinegar you choose), stevia, salt, pepper, and other optional herbs and spices. When I made this dish I used dried oregano and basil too. Whisk everything together and drizzle onto the cabbage mixture. Mix well. 

5. Marinate for a few hours before serving to meld the flavors together or serve immediately for a fresh light taste. This recipe will serve 6-8 people. Leftover coleslaw should be refrigerated and kept no more than about 4-5 days.

Coleslaw goes well with veggie chili 

Eat Hummus Collard Wrap with Vegan Coleslaw and Pickle

Do you serve coleslaw often? Some fast food places serve coleslaw that has between 20-28 grams of fat per serving. Do you want to eat that many fat calories just to save time?

When you make coleslaw without the mayo, one serving is a healthy substitute for a portion of vegetables or salad. 

Do you have a special recipe for coleslaw? Please let me know about it by commenting below.

Did you know that cabbage is so healthy and do you use it in other recipes? Please comment below.

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