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October is my favorite month of the year. I grew up in New England, so I have been fortunate to witness some of the most beautiful Octobers. Seriously! Is there any other time that the colors orange, yellow, and brown get so much love?
Then, with Fall, there are also pumpkins, the most celebrated of all the gourds. You either fall into one of two categories when it comes to pumpkin: Those who love it and celebrate it, and those who mock those of us who do. If you belong to the latter category, this post is not for you.
You’ve been warned!
Making your own pumpkin puree is so easy! All you need are pie pumpkins (1 pumpkin makes about 1.5 cups of puree), a bit of coconut oil.
Simply wash your pumpkins and LIGHTLY coat with coconut oil (too much will make your kitchen really smokey and make a mess of your oven…just take my word on this).
Place pumpkins whole on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 min. Let them cool.
Once pumpkins have cooled, simply peel off the skin, and easily remove seeds. Place the flesh in a food processor, and blend until smooth.
I stored my pumpkin in freezer bags and stored in the freezer for the next time I decide to pumpkin everything.
Okay, now for the pizza recipe. Yes, it is delicious!
1 whole wheat pizza crust (store bought or homemade)
1-1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
3/4 tsp curry powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp low sodium organic vegetable or chicken broth
2 cups baby kale
1 ½ cooked boneless skinless chicken breast cut
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1. Place crust on circular pizza pan
2. In a bowl mix puree, curry, Italian seasoning, and broth
3. Spread pumpkin mix on crust, add kale, add chicken, add cheese
4. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 min
Have you tried this recipe? Comment below what you thought?
Whether in a small space or a large one, most of us have that space that we just can’t make sense of– that den that becomes the “catch-all” room, the play area overrun with toys, the office spilling over with clutter, or that storage are that we pretend doesn’t exist. Can you relate to any, most, or all of the above? No worries! There is a solution to get your home functional again.
I am going to break organizing your home down to 3 simple steps. Are you ready?
Step 1: Choose your space
What I mean is you have to start somewhere. Choose to start, and choose where to start. Starting to feel overwhelmed? Here are two things to consider when choosing where to start organizing
1. Start small. Find the room that needs the least amount of work and start there. This will help you conquer overwhelm, give you a small win, and help you build momentum to tackle the next project.
2. Start with the high priority area. This is the area where you spend a lot of time, sees a lot of traffic, and needs to be functional. If your high priority area is particularly large, break it up into smaller tasks (ie, organize the kitchen pantry, then the counters, etc).
Step 2: Define your space x 2
You are going to want to define your space in two ways. The first way is to ask yourself a series of questions that will help you figure out the purpose of the room overall.
Who uses the space?
What activities take place in the space?
Is the space formal or casual?
What do the functions of the space need to be?
What do you want to feel when you walk into the space?
The second way that you need to define the space is according to function. Each area in the space will serve a particular purpose. Once you have defined the purpose, you now want to arrange the space to serve that purpose by creating stations.
Creating stations may be something you already do without even realizing it. Stations may include: a reading nook, a play area, a coffee station, a prep area for cooking, a craft area, etc. Give each part of the room a purpose.
Step 3. Refine your space
Once you have been able to define the space and find its overall purpose, as well as the smaller stations within the space, it is time to refine. Now you can find places for your items and give them all a home in the area where they will best serve their purpose, and toss out or donate what you don’t need.
Here you have it! Three steps to getting organized. Now go, make your home your favorite place to be again!
So Why is it important to go live on Facebook?
First, it gives your audience a chance to get to know you, hear your voice, see your mannerisms, and interact with you. It makes you tangible and approachable to those who want to learn from you. It also helps build trust between you and your audience.
Second, Facebook’s algorithm favors live video. If you want to get your page seen by more people, do more live videos. It’s that simple.
Finally, creating live videos, using the rules I’m about to give you, allows you to create reusable content. This content can be used to write blog posts, create checklists and resources, as well as create courses.
Follow these simple rules for going live on Facebook:
1. Keep it short and grab attention immediately
People have a very short attention span, especially if they are scrolling through Facebook. Use an attention grabbing headline that will make people want to check it out. Share your live everywhere, and ask your audience to share.
Keep your live short, no longer than 10 minutes, ideally between 5-6 minutes.
2. Introduce and Interact
Use the first minute to calm your nerves, introduce yourself , your company, and your topic. Interact with those who are jumping on to see you. Perhaps even have an icebreaker with the audience to get them participating. You want your audience to participate and interact on your lives. More interaction means more views.
Allow your audience to ask questions, and try to answer them, perhaps at the end of your segment. Always go over the comments after and respond to everyone.
3. Keep it simple
Your audience wants information that they can digest quickly. Focus on one topic with 3-5 straightforward bullet points. If your topic is a bit more technical, consider breaking it up into pieces and doing a series.
4. Direct your audience to a call to action
You always want to direct your audience to something you have to offer. It could be your web site, a freebie, a course, or event. Your Facebook live is a part of your funnel. How do you plan to use it to move people down your funnel? Post the link the comment section.
5. Realize that the first few times may be awkward, but it does get better.
It’s normal to be nervous. I promise with practice, it does get easier. You will stumble over your words less, and you will feel more relaxed. If you mess up your words, own it, and keep going. You will be a pro in no time!
6. Recycle your content!
Consider creating captioned snapshots of your video to use again. Upload them to Youtube. Turn these live videos into blog posts and resources for your audience on other platforms. Vice versa- do you have blog posts that you can turn into a live topic?
Going live on Facebook, or any other social platform can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these simple rules will prepare you to deliver amazing live content to your audience.
As believers in the business arena, we strive first to please God. Honoring God with our work comes before success, financial gain, or recognition. We also know that we can depend on Him through the highs and lows that are entrepreneurship. It would be good to be reminded of Who we have in our corner.
1. “The LORD is trustworthy and faithful in all he does.” -Psalm 145:13
2. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures.” – Proverbs 19:21
3. “Sometimes we stand to learn the most about God from the situations we understand the least.” – Beth Moore
4. “The struggle is always part of the story.”
5. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” – Hebrews 10:35-36
6. “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” – Psalm 27:14
7. “Those who know Your name trust in You. For You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.” – Psalm 9:10
8. “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8
9. “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”
10. “When you fix your thoughts on God, God fixes your thoughts.” – Buddy Owen
11. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.” – Psalm 118:6
12. “Make a choice to be here now. With life raging all around, be still and be present and aware of God in the middle of it all.”
13. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
14. “When the time is right, I, the LORD, will make it happen.” – Isaiah 60:22
15. “If God is all you have, you have all you need.”
16. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
17. “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear a path.”
18. “God isn’t asking you to figure it out. He’s asking you to trust that He already has.”
19. “Sometimes we need to let go of really good things that are working to create space for the really great things God has yet to reveal.” – Christine Caine
20. “When you are unsure of your calling, turn to the One who called you in the first place.”
21. “The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me.” – Psalm 138:8
22. “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” – John 6:27
23. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
24. “God is using your present circumstances to make you more useful for later roles in his unfolding story.” – Louis Giglio
25. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
If you found encouragement in this post, please share and encourage others.