- La Dolce Vita with LeAnn
- I would say that I am curious, vivacious, gregarious, sometimes funny, intelligent, easy going, very passionate about the things I love, caring, thoughtful, and kind. Maybe that is a little over the top, but I think you can count on me to be very honest. LOL
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Here is the advice I hope you follow as you continue your road to success:
Hang around people smarter than you. At the end of the day, you’re going to pick up some things, learn some things, and hopefully be a better person yourself.
It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.
Be the person other’s want to hang out with!
Saturday, May 7, 2016
8 HABITS OF UNHAPPY PEOPLE & HOW TO AVOID ACQUIRING THEM
From David Wolfe
When things are going great and everything is perfectly balanced in our lives, it’s easy to be happy. The true test of happiness comes when things aren’t going the way we’d like them to. When life seems a little hectic, we often have to make a conscious decision to be happy and refuse to let chaos bring us down. Remember, the only person who can truly control your happiness is you. Here are eight habits of chronically unhappy people. If you identify with any of these points, it might be time to start focusing on the positives.
1. Holding GrudgesHolding a grudge is like carrying around a weight. It’s always there, even if you’ve pushed it to the back of your mind. Carrying a grudge won’t allow you to be truly happy. While it can be extremely difficult to move on when someone hurts or betrays you, try not to let your bad experience affect your future. Let go of the grudge you’ve been holding. You’ll feel lighter and happier.
2. Being CriticalTrue self-love can take years to develop, but without it, we can’t be truly happy. Realizing your self-worth contributes greatly to your happiness. It allows you to be more confident and comfortable in your own skin. That confidence radiates to others. In the same way, being overly critical of others says more about you than it does about them. Someone who is constantly criticizing others isn’t truly happy with themselves. It’s important to respect that everyone is different, and that’s perfectly OK.
3. AddictionUnhappy people often look for an outlet to help them forget about their anger or sorrows. Depending on alcohol, drugs, gambling or other vices to cover up how you’re really feeling will only bring you down further. Try to instead find a positive outlet. Painting, writing, music… find a way to express yourself that won’t cause you any harm.
4. Constant ComplainingHappy people know that complaining won’t do them any good. If they want things to change, they need to act, not complain about it. People who are constantly complaining give off a negative energy that affects everyone around them. Instead of focusing on how unfair or awful a situation is, think of a way to turn it around.
5. Being Filled With RegretResearch shows that repetitive negative thoughts about decisions made in the past can lead to chronic stress and depression. We all wish we had done or said something different from time to time, but the past is the past. Obsessing over a mistake won’t change what happened, it will only hinder your future. Learn from your mistakes, decide what you would do in the future if the situation occurred again, and let it go.
6. GossipingSomeone who gossips exudes insecurity and unhappiness. When someone isn’t satisfied with their own life, they instead focus on the lives of others, trying to find the most negative things to say about people, to make themselves feel better. A happy and confident person has no use for gossip. If you are truly happy, you’re focusing on all of the positive things in your own life, instead of trying to bring others down.
7. Worrying About the FutureSaving money or having goals and plans for the future is one thing, but a life full of constant worry about what may or may not happen can only hold you back from being happy. The future can be scary, but have enough faith in yourself to know that you can handle a situation when it arises. Work hard, be kind, aim high, and the rest will follow.
8. Making Problems BiggerWhen a not-so-great situation arises, an unhappy person will almost always make it worse. They tend to overreact,blow things out of proportion and see things negatively instead of finding a way to fix what went wrong. We all encounter things we’d rather not deal with. The difference between a happy person and an unhappy person is how they handle a tough situation. Take a step back and a deep breath, and search for a solution!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
I’ve fully struggled with this transition to hockey life. I didn’t have any plans of having a hockey breathing, eating, loving kid but he has had other plans and surely, now we are all along for the ride.
He worked hard, he fell down a bunch but he loved it. Loved it. The highlight of every day of the week is going to the ice sheet – and not just skating – but putting on the gear and playing hockey - and he is so determined.
Just a few weeks into lessons he was skating circles around kids twice his age. He did it. Now he is part of the family and what is a mom to do – but go along for the ride….And be Proud as all get out!
he smiles the biggest smile when he hangs with these friends…or when he puts on his gear because he can do it.
And maybe this will be a one year thing and we'll move on to the next thing. And maybe we won't. Either way, I'm proud of Big K. For trying something new, for working hard – beyond hard - for being determined to do it and not let anything get him down. He isn't out there comparing himself, he's out there working his little tail off – and I’m telling you – he can do it!
Yes, now I'm a hockey mom and I'm the first to tell you, I had no plans of being one. And next season when the Mustangs come to town – he asked if we could please be a host family….OMG – My Kid – he will turn me, twist me, and get me in the end! He melts my heart!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Yes, I've been to all of the Western States - I've been to Narnia - I've been to Tuscany - I've been in The Shack - by the Seaside - and countless other places. This month I again went for a visit to a wonderful B & B in Ireland. The visit took me to Stone House, the old home of the three beautiful Sheedy sisters, Beatrice, Jessica, and Miss Queenie. I just love a cozy B & B.
Stone House is in Stoneybridge, a small village on the coast of Ireland, a place fled in short order by Geraldine “Chicky” Ryan in order to follow a charismatic man to America, much to the great embarrassment of her relatives. The man wanders off after a short while, and Chicky is thrown onto her own devices (“she’s got guts altogether,” one character says of her), working and saving money, and gradually being forgiven by her family back home (she can’t bear how smug they’d be at learning the truth; she tells them he died in a tragic accident). Funny how no one ever learns the truth!
During a visit to Stoneybridge, Chicky is approached by the sole surviving Sheedy sister, Miss Queenie (“Two of the old Miss Sheedys had been carried away by pneumonia in the winter...I felt the pain of pneumonia also this winter! “The old person’s friend, it was called; it ended life peacefully for those who couldn’t catch their breath”. The idea born for Chicky’s savings to turn Stone House into an inn and advertising it as a peaceful destination for a week’s vacation by the sea.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The healing that love brings might not always look like you think it should, but as you assign value to your experience, it will prove to be exactly what you need for your good and God's glory.
Start with Forgiveness-
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper, Crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
- 1/2 pound smoked sausage
- 1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 3 large handfuls baby spinach leaves
- Don’t forget the mushrooms! Generous Handful
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 8 ounces pasta or your choice, uncooked
- Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and spinach leaves; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in Italian seasoning and red and black pepper.
- Cut sausage in half lengthwise, then in 1/2-inch slices. Add sausage and shrimp to skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until shrimp begin to turn pink. Add chicken broth. Bring to boil.
- Break pasta in half – we used penna so it doesn’t have to be broken; add to skillet. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until pasta is just tender, stirring occasionally.
- Pine- Nuts from Sacco’s ….just what this dish needed!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
~ So this evening I will snuggle up, with a throw over me, make a cup of hot cocoa, and list the many things that I actually love about this precious season.
1. On a sunless day, the grays merge to form a somber and peaceful landscape. Although I love the beautiful trees of summer the silhouette of a leafless tree
still leaves their beauty intact. Something waiting beneath to spring forth.
2. For me, winter often serves up a wellspring of precious childhood memories packed with hours of fox and geese in my backyard and big mugs of marshmallow- and whipped-cream-topped hot chocolate.
3. It is a time of idle hours to reflect on sentimental journeys from days gone by...hours in front of the fire place ~ golden moments.
4. Of Course ~ Christmas is one of the delightful memories of winter.