How to Journal: Personality and Character

journal and penLast week we reviewed key life experiences that led us to this present day. Today we will take stock of our personality type and character traits that make us unique.

I believe that God not only gives us a purpose in life, but He fully equips us with the skills and talents to meet that purpose.

In return, I am to cultivate and develop those skills to become the best me I can be. Not to become the best…. just to become the best ME.

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Totoro Family Recipes: Tarella

tarella-4My husband is 100% Italian. As far as I know, I’m 100% Texan. He has a great ethnic heritage; I am more of a mutt.

In my family, we followed recipes – usually cut from local newspapers or found in tried-and-true cookbooks. In his family, recipes were passed down from generation to generation, rarely written down, requiring  more of a hands-on apprenticeship.

So when we married, I began training.


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How to Journal: Stepping Stones

journal and penSo far this journaling series has focused on Spiritual Journaling and Emotional Journaling. The next few weeks we are going to focus on Legacy Journaling.

I am passionate about writing our stories for future generations. The good, the bad, and all the times in between. I believe we should document our core values, our beliefs, our temperaments, our experiences and then show how they all weave together to create the tapestry of life.

Today we will focus on journaling life experiences.

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Totoro Family Recipes: Snickerdoodle Muffins

joy of cookingThere is an interesting journey to this particular family recipe.

The year we married, there was a local Saturday morning talk show which had a cooking segment. One episode Marie made muffins and I copied the recipe. It was a very basic recipe, but easy and versatile.

Several years later I was looking through the classic cookbook, Joy of Cooking and came across a basic muffin recipe: the same one as Marie’s!

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How to Journal: Life is a Verb

life is a verbI have been a fan of Patti Digh’s book, Life is Verb, since 2010. In fact, I so enjoyed the book the first time I read it, I began a weekly blog meme: Life is a Verb Thursdays.

For those who might be unfamiliar with this work, here is the back cover blurb:

The death of her stepfather just 37 days after being diagnosed with cancer woke Patti Digh up, scared her, and made her examine her own life. She realized that living your best life doesn’t mean ditching your job and sailing around the world – it means living each individual, glorious, simple day with more intention. (emphasis my own)

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