Friday, January 31, 2014

1 Down! 11 More to Go!



Time to check in! How are you progressing on your New Year’s resolutions so far? It’s 30 days later. What have you accomplished? How do you ensure you stay committed to your resolutions/goals?

I realized that I need visual reminders. I have my overall life goals, and I pray every day to stay in God’s will and plan for me. Plus, I'm tried something different this year—developing a monthly plan. Each month I’m going to develop smaller objectives that will lead to the successful manifestation of my bigger goals. I also have a book of the month to complete that will enrich my spiritual, personal and professional development.

Wow! What a difference! I’m more excited, inspired, engaged, and feeling accomplished. I really didn’t set any resolutions. Just promised myself to keep making healthy and positive choices while seeking God’s guidance in all that I do. 

So how am I doing so far? According to my doctor's visit a couple of weeks ago, I'm still dropping pounds and inches thankfully.  I've working on some professional development courses, and I'm completing my study of My Money Grows on Trees by Zari Banks

Sound off!  How is 2014 going for you?


Saturday, January 25, 2014

My My! You're Looking Good!


Believe it or not, yesterday was National Compliment Someone Day. According to what I’ve read, the idea is to say something nice about at least 5 people. You can find more information here 

A compliment is a simple way to bring a bit of happy to someone else. However, when you lift someone’s spirit, you’re enriching your spirit as well. Who knows? You may be the one positive voice that makes a difference in a friend's, family member's, coworker's or stranger's day!  



Why should it be a one-day event? Let's uplift and encourage purposely the whole weekend! Don’t stop at 5!  

Feel free to share your experience. I’ll be sure to post about my “compliment spree” as well. 

*Update* 
It was a great weekend and a wonderful week of spreading encouragement! You really do feel little warm fuzzies as you see a smile spread across someone's face or witness a spark of confidence. 

When I was in grad school, I remember hearing a quote--"Be the person you wish you knew as a child." These words helped change my perspective and influenced the type of counselor I wanted to be--one who encouraged and empowered people to reach their full potential. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Food Nirvana


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“I get way too much happiness from good food." ~ Elizabeth Olsen

Lizzie Olsen, you’re preaching to the choir. Friends, from my pictures, you can see that obviously I had plenty of moments where I was downright ecstatic about food! LOL Laughing now, but please know I’ve learned my lesson. 

I still get way too much happiness from good food. I’m a foodie. Yes, I know some people have an aversion to that term, but it’s redefined my experience with food. I’m constantly exploring different cooking styles, how to use fresh herbs and diverse ingredients in food prep. Who knew delicious chicken didn’t have to swim in hot grease? Matter of fact, I very rarely fry anything (can’t think of the last time…hmm). And ground turkey in tacos? Yum! 

Was someone thinking kitchen gadgets? Glad you thought of it! Confess. You know gadgets make cooking fun. What’s your favorite? I love my garlic press, handheld grater, and kitchen shears. My next purchase may be a butcher's block table. 

The moral of the story: In the past, I got way too much happiness from what I thought was good food, and I still indulge from time to time. I’m a W-I-P. Today, I get way too much happiness from eating good-for-me food and discovering new and healthy ways to expand my palette.



Would love to hear from my other foodies and gadget lovers out there!  Share your story about how you've changed your "relationship" with food.

Friday, January 10, 2014

When I Grow Up...


It’s amazing how our dreams change as we grow older. Of course, life experiences shape them. Our exposure to our immediate environment, social outlets, and personal values inform our dreams and fluctuate over time. For most of us, in our youth, our circle of influence was small—family, church, school, and community.

My parents were avid readers. Therefore, I realized early that books opened the door to a reality outside my circle. And yes I visited it quite often! Loved libraries and I still do! So, my dreams included being the first female football coach, driving a semi, and becoming an archaeologist, a doctor, or engineer. I know my family is LOL about the football coach dream! A touchdown and a field goal are the only two things I’m sure about in football. LOL *side note* I still wouldn’t mind going on an archaeological dig one day. 




But my oh my, how the world has changed! Now, children’s circle of influence includes access to the WORLD.  Thanks to social media and the rampant popularity of reality TV, fortunately and sometimes unfortunately, today's youth realize many opportunities are available. Even happiness has a brand new meaning. It’s now a  main factor in career decisions--such a paradigm shift from how people in my Mother's and grandparents' generations made career choices.

Well I "googled" and "binged" and came across these articles about children’s career dreams. You may find them quite interesting:

What Children REALLY Want To Be When They Grow Up

Studies Show That Children Just Want to Be Famous


Parents, what do your children want to be when they grow up? Did their choices surprise you? 

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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

Peace & Blessings!

Trinka


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