Five Steps to Living Your BEST Life

 If you had the ultimate choice on making a decision for yourself and what you truly want in life what would it be?

Who would be in it?

What would you keep?

What would you change? Would you change anything?

Do you have goals, ambitions; a thought of the best place to live out your days? What would you do to fulfill those days?

Here are some simple guidelines to start living your best life.

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  1. The first is to ALWAYS chose YOU.  See yourself in your true light and love what you see in the mirror everyday.
  2. Be a servant of love. God created you in your authentic self, to be a servant to spread love in the world.  Use your gifts.
  3. KEEP your GRATITUDE, YOUR FAITH, YOUR ABUNDANCE and journal daily on it.
  4. Be a teacher of love. When you chose this; love will follow you. Replace the thoughts of negative behavior in your mind, chose again and replace it with positive affirmations.
  5. Let go of your fears and ego and be still in your day. Set aside 5 or 10 minutes to sit in silence; to meditate or just be still.  You will be surprised at how this can greatly affect your thoughts and how you feel in your day.

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Please share your answers, your thoughts or questions with me and always Make YOU #1.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Sunday Reflections

I woke up this morning feeling tired and dragging, so had my morning cup of coffee to wake myself up.  Walked my pooch and came back and decided to watch Super Soul Sunday with Oprah.  I used to watch faithfully every Sunday, always getting a sign or message from whoever she had on as her guest. So I decided to look at some of the episodes I had taped. Today her guest was Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, author and scholar,  who talked about the true source of lasting joy. (season 8, episode 13)  He grew up in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to the United States to become a monk. Today he is 91 years old.  There are several things he talked about; happiness, joy, gratitude and seeing them in the everyday.  He said this statement which really stuck with me.  “Trust in life, it may just surprise you”.

I think we all go through times in our lives where we question our life, our path, our goals and ambitions. What we have done and the decisions we have made in the past which sometimes keep us stuck in that past and not able to move on into today or the future.  So today give yourself credit for your past, knowing that your life has a purpose and those decisions made in the past are what brought you to today.  Honor that, see that there is always a reason for what our life is about.  Trust in your heart and soul and intuition because you are being guided by a higher power than yourself.  Thats where your path leads you when you listen.

After watching the show I decided to take a bike ride to the beach.  My little scruffy loves to ride in the basket and watch life unfold in her eyes.

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I rode to the Wedge to watch the body surfers and reflected on life.  With gratitude in my heart I listened to the sounds the waves make when they crash on the shore.  I watched and felt the joy  when someone hits the perfect wave at the right time and rides it in.  Watching the way the water moves as it heightens into a wave and crashes back down changing colors as the sun reflects off of it.
20180819_115600.jpg We have so many blessings in our lives if we want to see them.  Hope your Sunday is filled with sunshine, reflections, joy and happiness in your heart.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Let Freedom Ring

Well hello and Happy 4th of July!!!  I have been back from my fabulous trip for a few weeks now but still my heart longs to be back in Tuscany.  I am a different person than I was before this trip.  I have new goals and ambitions.  I have more love in my heart.  I want to share my visions with others and help those that want to be more or do better for this ever changing world we live in.  So as I sat this morning wondering what I would write about my mind drifted to my freedom and what does it stand for to me.  Freedom is more than just the world I live in, it is a new found freedom I have found in myself.  Its the positive feeling I have when I wake up each morning that I am thankful and grateful.  That I have abundance and love in my life.  That I am FREE to be ME.  The choices I make are mine and mine alone to be a better person, to live my life to the fullest, to love with all that I am and all that I will be, and to always be honest to myself with love and respect and dignity.  What does freedom mean to you?  Please read the lyrics below, really read them and let me know what “Let Freedom Ring” means to you.
Much love and light,
Jeanine on the Scene
Lyrics
Deep within the heart has always known that there was freedom
Somehow breathed into the very soul of life
The prisoner, the powerless, the slave have always known it
There’s something that keeps reaching for the sky
And even life begins because a baby fights for freedom
And songs we love to sing have freedom’s theme
Some have walked through fire and flood to find a place of freedom
And some faced hell itself for freedom’s dream
Let freedom ring wherever minds know what it means to be in chains
Let freedom ring wherever hearts know pain
Let freedom echo through the lonely streets where prisons have no key
We can be free and we can sing, let freedom ring
God built freedom into every fiber of creation
And He meant for us to all be free and whole
When my Lord bought freedom with the blood of His redemption
His cross stamped pardon on my very soul
I’ll sing it out with every breath, I’ll let the whole world hear it
This hallelujah anthem of the free
That iron bars and heavy chains can never hold us captive
The Son has made us free and free indeed
Let freedom ring down through the ages from a hill called Calvary
Let freedom ring wherever hearts know pain
Let freedom echo through the lonely streets where prisons have no key
You can be free and you can sing let freedom ring
Let freedom echo through the lonely streets where prisons have no key
You can be free and you can sing let freedom ring
You can be free and you can sing, let freedom ring, let freedom ring

Adventures in the Pugliese Kitchen

Day 15:

Last full day of this absolutely incredible vacation. Today we venture even further south, to Gallipoli. Gallipoli is a coastal town in Apulia, southern Italy. The historic center, on an island off the mainland, shelters churches like St. Agatha’s Cathedral, with its ornate facade. Nearby, the Church of St. Mary of Purity has a maiolica tiled floor. Gallipoli Castle includes the Rivellino tower, standing apart from the main building. Across the bridge, on the mainland, is the Greek Fountain, dating from the Renaissance.

We meet for a day of cooking with Anna Maria.

We go to the market to select the ingredients for our class and then proceed straight to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. I’m in heaven. Here our new friend shares the secrets for preparing some of Puglia’s most beloved dishes.

We prepare a dessert with custard which is a traditional salento cake. This has to sit and chill before going into the oven.

We cut up zucchini and cherry tomatoes for our antipasto. The zucchini sautes in a pan of garlic and olive oil.

Natalie loves fresh zucchini.

The calamari and tomatoes for our appetizer.

We mix semolina flour and water together and roll our dough into a ball where it will rest

Once rested we roll and cut into orecchiette.

Dessert out of the oven.

Now that the meal is prepared it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Fresh pasta with cherry tomatoes and olive oil.

We sit together to enjoy our beautiful meal and some outstanding local wines to accompany our lunch. Buon Appetito!!!

Love and light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Sea Caves of Polignano a Mare

Day 9

This morning we are headed to the striking cliff top town of Polignano a Mare which hosts the annual Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship. This event will be LIVE on September 23 at 12:30 PM CEST (10:30 AM GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com. The birthplace of Domenico Modugno, writer and interpreter of the world famous song “Volare” (flying), is part of the province of Bari, Puglia, and inhabits just a little more than 16,000.

A modern skiff (boat) takes us into the spellbinding sea caves where many a smugglers traveled. The beauty of mother nature of water and wind that have created these caves. We experience the colors and light that play off the water.

The smell of the ocean water and breeze that blows into these caves settles into my mind and heart and great gratitude of being able to see this magical spot. I thank God for allowing me to see this and many other special places I have visited on this trip.

We are able to stop and dive into the beautiful Adriatic sea and cool off before boarding the boat for a glass of Prosecco and some snacks.

We return to explore this quaint town and eat more pizza and pasta. Wow its all so good.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene