Be on purpose from your heart…

 

prescott-children-and-pets-copyHere we are another new year and another chance to celebrate National Be On-Purpose Month.

Have you taken the time to reflect on the past year’s events or your life until this point? Perhaps you set some goals for the upcoming year based on these reflections. These goals all require changes to take place…decisions to guide you in living a life unleashed and being on purpose.

I know that people will only change when the behaviors that they have been using stops getting them the results that they want. The discomfort of the past, must be great enough for the person to want to change the future. When we set our goals for the future and aim to be more on purpose with who we want to be, we need to see and feel the past as uncomfortable.

Often, living on purpose leads to breaking your silence, unleashing from what is holding you back, being uncomfortable, and telling your truth. 

The world is changing around you every minute. Many things we accepted as “the truth” in the ’50’s is no longer deemed appropriate by the law, common sense and human decency. The children in the picture above grew up in small town America praying for the children of the world every day and regularly contributed their milk money to ransom Pagan Babies. 

The truth is that you can rewrite the stories and unleash your true purpose in this life. You can ransom the gift you are to the world. 

The seeds of “serving” and “seeing” each other are planted within us. And because of that instruction and inspiration, I see us all having the same dream. We are all citizens in action every day to make the world a better place for all of us regardless of race, creed, color, age or religion. 

We are all family…serving each other on purpose from the heart.

Inspirational role models…

Meurer girls

Meurer girls

November invites us to celebrate National Inspirational Role Models Month. 

Who inspires you? 

Inspiration comes to us in new ideas we are exposed to, the things we see in the media, concepts and plot twists from our favorite authors. Perhaps we are inspired when we watch larger than life heroines take on challenges and save the day. Or, when we worship…logic and life intersect when spirit and faith combine. And if we are lucky, the people who inspire us are also the people we love…our family.

They are our link to our past, our present, and our future. Our road map of how to be strong and compassionate.

Grandmothers who survived losing husbands and the deaths of children. Great Aunts who succeeded in carving out lives for themselves despite the fact society frowned on women invading men’s business sanctuary. Sisters and cousins who maintained a deep strong bond of not only kinship, but also friendship.

When I was growing up we lived with my Grandma Emma. She seldom travelled farther than the several hundred yards to the church for Mass and the backyard to hang up laundry. But she did venture out for one specific activity that I can picture so clearly, I can smell the bacon lingering in the air for the old-fashioned German Potato Salad she prepared for the occasion.

Grandma, her sisters (the Meurer girls in the picture above), their daughters (our mothers), and their daughters (my generation of cousins) got together for what they called Cousin’s Club. It was a ladies lunch with the best china, followed by card games with lots of lively conversation, ending up with carmel colored coffee and lovely sweet confections (did I mention these ladies loved to bake?…and bake they did!).

I attribute my affection for my cousins to the time we spent observing our elders having fun with each other.

Do you have an inspirational story? Care to share?

 

[Free Training] Use your passion as fuel

Mary E. Knippel's heart painting

Mary E. Knippel’s heart painting

Stop stressing about what to write about on your blog or social media. You already have all kinds of content to fuel your writing.

What are you passionate about? Answer that question and you’ll have plenty to write about. Think about what you honestly care about. Yes, your family and business are obvious subjects here. You know there is more…much more to you than the roles you play.

Just in case you still need a little support in identifying your passion, here are a few questions to get you started.

  1. Are you a supporter of the environment? Do you recycle and buy green?
  2. Are you an athlete? Are you training for a marathon or big competition?
  3. How do you express your creativity? Have you always enjoyed doing things with your hands and make things (such as cooking, gardening, painting, writing, jewelry, pottery, bookshelves, or clothing)?
  4. Have you overcome an illness and are now involved in finding a cure for your disease? Does someone you love live with a debilitating disease or chronic illness?
  5. Did you grow up in another culture and seek to educate the world about the similarities, not the differences we all share?

I am passionate about encouraging you to claim your writing voice. I get fired up when someone says, “I’m no writer.” I immediately start waving my hand in the air admonishing the speaker, to never repeat that phrase. Everyone is a writer, regardless of whether you will ever have a book for sale on Amazon. You compose thoughts in your head, notes in birthday cards, business reports, sales letters, promotional material, and tons of e-mails.

What is your passion?

 

Photo credit:  MaryEKnippel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Family reunion time…

Family reunion 2016July is Family Reunion month, but we don’t have to wait for a special occasion to celebrate those cherished memories. Family photos are everywhere in my house. Boxes of prints and hundreds of slides reside in my drawers and closets. Now that I’ve graduated to digital, computer files populate my hard drive. Visions of us polished and positioned for special events – graduations, weddings, and baptisms family and friends return my gaze in my personal gallery along with lop-sided grins and bunny ears at family gatherings. Candid moments and orchestrated tableaus tell the stories of my life. How wonderful to be able to revisit what was then with the perspective of who we are now. 

I attended family gatherings this summer for both my family and for my husband’s side. It was such a treat to get reacquainted with folks we hadn’t seen in ages and to meet brand new family members. Wow! I’m a great-great aunt! 

Family reunions bring the past together with the present. The lower black and white picture was taken at our family farm and my brothers were thrilled because they got to include their cherished pets. The three women above the children are my mother, her youngest sister and myself. Birthdays…weddings…graduations…these are all cause for celebration. We often talk about the past while looking toward to the future. Take a minute to be in the present moment while you are wandering down memory lane. Be grateful for the friends and family who are in your life at this very minute. I realize this may be a stretch for some and for others it is just routine. Whatever the case may be, keep an open mind and give it a try.

You’ll be glad you did and they will appreciate you appreciating them. Happy travels…

photo credit:  BAOverland and LWels

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Here’s to pumpkin eaters

I don’t know about you, but all this talk about pumpkins has gotten me very hungry for my favorite kind of pumpkin treat…no, not pie. I love pumpkin bars. You know, the kind with thick cream cheese frosting. So, I went to my battered recipe file, pulled out the Here’s what’s cookin’ index card with my crisp 1973 secretarial handwriting, and looked over the list of ingredients to share the idea with you here.

When I look at my recipe box, it’s like a visit with family and friends. I cherish the pieces of paper with Grandma Emma’s handwritten instructions to make sure the bacon is crisp on her German potato salad. Or, to drain the doughnuts well before you sprinkle them with powdered sugar. I am grateful that I was able to learn so much about baking from her. She was so creative in the way she was always eager to try a new cake or bar recipe and then tweak it a little to make it her own. 

Pumpkin bars:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cream (half ‘n half)

Directions

  • In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well (as if you were making a cake). Pour into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  • For icing, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Add enough cream to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator. 

Enjoy!

Celebrate your role models…

Meurer girls

Meurer girls

November invites us to celebrate National Inspirational Role Models Month. 

Who inspires you? 

Inspiration comes to us in new ideas we are exposed to, the things we see in the media, concepts and plot twists from our favorite authors. Perhaps we are inspired when we watch larger than life heroines take on challenges and save the day. Or, when we worship…logic and life intersect when spirit and faith combine. And if we are lucky, the people who inspire us are also the people we love…our family.

They are our link to our past, our present, and our future. Our road map of how to be strong and compassionate.

Grandmothers who survived losing husbands and the deaths of children. Great Aunts who succeeded in carving out lives for themselves despite the fact society frowned on women invading men’s business sanctuary. Sisters and cousins who maintained a deep strong bond of not only kinship, but also friendship.

When I was growing up we lived with my Grandma Emma. She seldom travelled farther than the several hundred yards to the church for Mass and the backyard to hang up laundry. But she did venture out for one specific activity that I can picture so clearly, I can smell the bacon lingering in the air for the old-fashioned German Potato Salad she prepared for the occasion.

Grandma, her sisters (the Meurer girls in the picture above), their daughters (our mothers), and their daughters (my generation of cousins) got together for what they called Cousin’s Club. It was a ladies lunch with the best china, followed by card games with lots of lively conversation, ending up with carmel colored coffee and lovely sweet confections (did I mention these ladies loved to bake?…and bake they did!).

I attribute my affection for my cousins to the time we spent observing our elders having fun with each other.

Do you have an inspirational story? Care to share?

 

[Free Training] Passion fuels your writing…

Mary E. Knippel's heart painting

Mary E. Knippel’s heart painting

Stop stressing about what to write about on your blog or social media. You already have all kinds of content to fuel your writing.

What are you passionate about? Answer that question and you’ll have plenty to write about. Think about what you honestly care about. Yes, your family and business are obvious subjects here. You know there is more…much more to you than the roles you play.

Just in case you still need a little support in identifying your passion, here are a few questions to get you started.

  1. Are you a supporter of the environment? Do you recycle and buy green?
  2. Are you an athlete? Are you training for a marathon, or big competition?
  3. How do you express your creativity? Have you always enjoyed doing things with your hands and make things (such as cooking, gardening, painting, writing, jewelry, pottery, bookshelves, or clothing)?
  4. Have you overcome an illness and are now involved in finding a cure for your disease? Does someone you love live with a debilitating disease or chronic illness?
  5. Did you grow up in another culture and seek to educate the world about the similarities not the differences we all share?

I am passionate about encouraging you to claim your writing voice. I get fired up when someone says, “I’m no writer.” I immediately start waving my hand in the air admonishing whomever the speaker was, to never repeat that phrase. Everyone is a writer, regardless of whether you will ever have a book for sale on Amazon. You compose thoughts in your head, notes in birthday cards, business reports, sales letters, promotional material, and tons of e-mails.

 As a journalist for over 35 years, I have a system to make creating your content fun…schedule your free Unleash Consultation today and stop agonizing about having something to write about! 

What are you passionate about?

 

Photo credit:  MaryEKnippel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be on purpose, unleash, and serve from your heart…

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It’s the start of a new year and National Be On Purpose Month.

Have you taken the time to reflect on the past year’s events or your life until this point? Perhaps you set some goals for the upcoming year based on these reflections.  These goals all require changes to take place…decisions to guide you in living a life unleashed and being on purpose.

I know that people will only change when the behaviors that they have been using stops getting them the results that they want.  The discomfort of the past, must be great enough for the person for them to want to change the future.  When we set our goals for the future and aim to be more on purpose with who we want to be, we need to see and feel the past as uncomfortable.

Often, living on purpose leads to breaking your silence, unleashing from what is holding you back, being uncomfortable, and telling your truth. 

The world is changing around you every minute. Many things we accepted as “the truth” in the ’50’s is no longer deemed appropriate by the law, common sense and human decency. These little children in the picture grew up in small town America and never saw an African American until they were adults. But they grew up praying for the children of the world every day and regularly contributed their milk money to ransom Pagan Babies.

The seeds of “serving” and “seeing” each other are planted within many of us in that manner. And because of that instruction and inspiration, I see us all having the same dream. We are all citizens in action every day to make the world a better place for all of us regardless of race, creed, color, age or religion.

We are all family…serving each other on purpose from the heart

Wander through family pictures…

Prescott girls

Prescott Girls

July is Family Reunion month, but we don’t have to wait for a special occasion to celebrate those cherished memories. Family photos are everywhere in my house. Boxes of prints and hundreds of slides reside in my drawers and closets. Now that I’ve graduated to digital, computer files populate my hard drive. Polished and posed for special events – graduations, weddings, and baptisms family and friends return my gaze in my personal gallery along with lop sided grins and bunny ears at family gatherings. Candid moments and orchestrated tableaus tell the stories of my life. How wonderful to be able to revisit what was then with the perspective of who we are now.

 

This picture was taken at our family farm when we gathered for our parents 25th wedding anniversary. Can you tell we’re sisters :-)? Birthdays…weddings…graduations…these are all cause for celebration where we often talk about the past while looking toward the future. Take a minute to be in the present moment while you are wandering down memory lane. Be grateful for the friends and family who are in your life at this very minute. I realize this may be a stretch for some and for others it is just routine. Whatever the case may be, keep an open mind and give it a try.

You’ll be glad you did and they will appreciate you appreciating them. Happy travels…

Celebrate who inspires you…

Meurer girls

Meurer girls

November invites us to celebrate National Inspirational Role Models Month. 

Who inspires you? 

Inspiration comes to us in new ideas we are exposed to, the things we see in the media, concepts and plot twists from our favorite authors. Perhaps we are inspired when we watch larger than life heroines take on challenges and save the day. Or, when we worship…logic and life intersect when spirit and faith combine. And if we are lucky, the people who inspire us are also the people we love…our family.

They are our link to our past, our present, and our future.

Grandmothers who survived losing husbands and the deaths of children. Great Aunts who succeeded in carving out lives for themselves despite the fact society frowned on women invading men’s business sanctuary. Sisters and cousins who maintained a deep strong bond of not only kinship, but also friendship.

When I was growing up we lived with my Grandma Emma. She seldom travelled farther than the several hundred yards to the church for Mass and the backyard to hang up laundry. But she did venture out for one specific activity that I can picture so clearly, I can smell the bacon lingering in the air for the old-fashioned German Potato Salad she prepared for the occasion.

Grandma, her sisters, their daughters, and their daughters got together for what they called Cousin’s Club. It was a ladies lunch with the best china, followed by card games with lots of lively conversation, ending up with carmel colored coffee and lovely sweet confections (did I mention these ladies loved to bake?…and bake they did!).

I attribute my affection for my cousins to the time we spent observing our elders having fun with each other.

Do you have an inspirational story? Care to share?

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip] Are you a pumpkin eater?

 

I don’t know about you, but all this talk about pumpkins has gotten me very hungry for my favorite kind of pumpkin treat…no, not pie. I love pumpkin bars. You know, the kind with thick cream cheese frosting. So, I went to my battered recipe file, pulled out the Here’s what’s cookin’ index card with my crisp 1973 secretarial handwriting, and looked over the list of ingredients to share the idea with you here.

When I look at my recipe box, it’s like a visit with family and friends. I cherish the pieces of paper with Grandma Emma’s handwritten instructions to make sure the bacon is crisp on her German potato salad. Or, to drain the doughnuts well before you sprinkle them with powdered sugar. I am grateful that I was able to learn so much about baking from her. She was so creative in the way she was always eager to try a new cake or bar recipe and then tweak it a little to make it her own. 

Pumpkin bars:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cream (half ‘n half)

Directions

  • In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well (as if you were making a cake). Pour into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. 
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  • For icing, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Add enough cream to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator. 

Enjoy!

I was just wondering…

Do you ever feel invisible, ignored, and unappreciated? 

Yes, you are an intricate part of daily life in your household as the one who: buys the groceries, makes the lunches, schedules doctor appointments, and drives the car pool. You do all those things, and much more, not because it is your grand passion to spend your time making peanut butter sandwiches and talking to the on-call nurse, but that is what you do to take care of the family you love and adore.

Do you ever feel as though you are invisible because family members just expect the refrigerator is stocked, clean clothes and fresh towels magically appear, and birthday gifts bought well before the special date?

We know how to show everyone in our lives that we love them by doing things to make their life easier. By making it seem so effortless on our part, our loved ones are not aware of the juggling act we have perfected. I know it is perceived as a badge of honor to tick off all the tasks we normally accomplish between school pick-ups and drop-offs, or lunch breaks, or in our “free time.”

We deserve some of that love to lavish on ourselves, however, it often takes a health crisis before we allow ourselves to speak on our own behalf.

 It took my second breast cancer experience for me to learn to ask for help and to say “no” once in a while.

We don’t question the instruction to put our oxygen mask on first when the flight attendant tells us what to do in case of an emergency on the airplane. Why do we feel it is selfish to think of ourselves first in our daily life?

We can love ourselves by speaking up. Let’s show others that we love, honor and respect ourselves with nurturing and loving gestures on our own behalf. Take yourself out for lunch at a nice restaurant. Go get a mani-pedi. What about a massage? Or, just take a walk in the sunshine and enjoy a walking meditation. It’s important to model for our loved ones the way we deserve to be treated by lavishing ourselves with love and respect.

The Unleashed Homemakertm   knows that many things could be accomplished, or obtained without having to do it all ourselves. Reasonably sure this could be the scenario anyway. Of course, not in the exact way you or I would execute them. But the end result would be the same. Does it matter who picks up the milk or the dry cleaning, buys the birthday cards, or does the laundry? No. Just as long as it gets done and thank whomever does the job! Sounds like a viable plan for to ask for a little team work.

Let’s start being visible and vocal on our own behalf in our lives and ask for recognition, help, or collaboration on the tasks.

Never be invisible again!

The Unleashed Homemakertm

 

Mary E. Knippel

 

P. S. Oh, and one more thing. Add a new item on your To Do List: Me Time!

 

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