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THE NOURISH LETTER The Power of Mental Purification DON’T CONFUSE THE UNIVERSE Earlier this winter, my daughter was experiencing anxiety about taking her NAVLE test — the veterinary equivalent of the Bar exam. This huge standardized test determines if Audriana gets to be a veterinarian after years of schooling and she was understandably stressed. But it reached the point where she kept getting worked up with negative thoughts, fearing she would fail. “Listen, kiddo,” I finally said. “What you need to do is spend five minutes before you go to bed at night focusing on good, positive thoughts. Think about getting that email that says you passed. Think about making that call to Mom and telling her you passed. Think about where you will be and how thrilled and accomplished you’ll feel. Make it real in your emotional center and you’ll find that not only are you calmer, but it sets the stage for the universe to make that your reality.” She thought about this for a moment and replied, “Dad, that’s some deep stuff.” When do kids stop being surprised that their parents have good advice? Audriana started spending more time focusing on positive thoughts and though she was still nervous, she felt a lot better during the days leading up to the test. What many people don’t realize is how much power we have over our reality through just our thoughts. Everything is connected on a quantum level. Life and consciousness in all things in the physical realm have a level of vibration and harmony. We are so loved by our creator and
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He has given us the agency to create our own realities and shape limitless possibilities, but we must first stop underestimating the power of our own thoughts. Great things can occur when we purify ourselves of the negative mental blocks that hold us back. Keep in mind that we can’t just think positive thoughts and expect the universe to hand- deliver our dreams. Our thoughts work in conjunction with our actions. It wouldn’t be enough for Audriana to just think about passing the test; she also had to work hard to pass the NAVLE by going to school and studying long hours. It’s okay to feel stressed or worried about the future, but it’s no good to let that fear consume us. Whatever you think about, the universe works hard to conspire and make it manifest in your life. When we focus on success and achievement, that’s what we see in life. But then we let ourselves focus on doubts and shortcomings, the universe gets confused and you end up with middling results. As we enter the new year, many people look at New Year’s resolutions as a way to clear bad habits from their lives. My focus in 2019 is to purify my thoughts. When we focus on positive and higher thoughts, we can look to the future with an open heart and an open mind. It’s going to be a great year and I’m excited for it.
“When we focus on positive and higher thoughts, we can look to the future with an open heart and an open mind.”
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Reuniting Brothers in Arms SGT. FIELDY COMES HOME
several more tours without him. While Fieldy continued to protect soldiers and civilians by tracking down IEDs, Caceres worked tirelessly to make sure he could bring Fieldy home when his service was over. Military working dogs can be adopted by former handlers, law enforcement or qualified civilians when they retire. After three years apart and a total of four tours served, Sgt. Fieldy was reunited with Caceres. In 2016, Fieldy received the K9 Medal of Courage Award and in 2018, he won the American Humane Hero Dog Award for his service. “These dogs are out there with us,” said Caceres when he and Fieldy accepted the Hero Dog Award. “The dangers we face, they face them too. They deserve to be recognized. We ask so much of them and all they want is to get petted or play with a toy. They’re amazing animals and Fieldy is just an amazing dog. I can’t begin to express the gratitude I have for him.” If you are interested in supporting our nation’s working dogs or would like to adopt a retired working dog yourself, you can learn more at MissionK9rescue.org.
There are around 2,500 military working dogs currently in service and their
efforts help save the lives of countless soldiers and civilians every
Last October, Lisa Nagengast spent time with her brother Greg Holeman in Nebraska. Greg, a 48-year-old Army veteran, had recently undergone a risky spinal-fusion surgery and Lisa looked after him. Greg was doing well when Lisa boarded the plane to return home, but when Lisa landed in Tampa, Florida, she discovered an alarming voicemail. Greg had called her during the flight. He was in terrible pain but couldn’t afford a cab ride to the hospital and wasn’t sure if his insurance covered an ambulance. Panicked, Lisa called her brother’s social worker and quickly explained the situation. She was passed to a manager who said he would see if one of their drivers could help. Fifteen minutes later, Lisa got a call from a young man named Zach Hillmer. Zach said he could give Greg a ride to the hospital, but he needed Greg’s address and phone number. Frustrated and worried about her brother, Lisa demanded to know why a social worker didn’t already have this information on file. Zach responded by saying, “Ma’am, you called Jimmy John’s.” day. One of these brave military dogs is Sgt. Fieldy, an 11-year-old black lab who was trained to locate the No. 1 threat in Afghanistan: IEDs. Sgt. Fieldy was deployed to Afghanistan with his handler, Cpl. Nicolas Caceres, in 2011. Early in their deployment, their vehicle struck a pressure plate while they were on patrol. Fieldy and Caceres were all right but one of the other Marines in their company was badly injured in the explosion. The injured Marine could not be evacuated by helicopter until the landing zone was secured. Fieldy found another IED in the area and alerted Caceres. The bomb was quickly disarmed and the injured soldier was taken to safety. This wasn’t the only IED Fieldy found. His sharp nose and dedication helped save thousands of lives. After his deployment, Caceres returned home but Sgt. Fieldy served
How a Wrong Number Led to a Selfless Rescue SPECIAL DELIVERY
In her panic, instead of calling Greg’s social
worker, Lisa had phoned the local branch of the chain sandwich restaurant. Lisa apologized for her mistake, but Zach, who was also a veteran, insisted she give
him Greg’s address so he could help. Zach got Greg to the hospital where he was treated for his back and later got a free cab ride home. This heartwarming story reached the founder and CEO of the restaurant chain, Jimmy John Liautaud. He flew from Chicago to Nebraska so he could thank Zach in person and give him a brand-new Ford Escape as a reward for making such a special delivery. Today, Greg is doing well and Lisa says she’s enormously grateful to the Jimmy John’s employees who went out of their way to help a stranger on the end of a very wrong number.
DID THE HOLIDAYS RUIN YOUR DIET?
casseroles behind the fruits and veggies. This way, you’re not as tempted to indulge every time you open the fridge.
Right away, we want to tell you not to start the new year by being mean to yourself. Did you drink too much on New Year’s Eve? Eat a whole pie on Thanksgiving? It’s okay! You can start eating better today. Here are a few tips to build better habits.
Try These Tips to Eat Better in the New Year!
Eat 2 Servings of Vegetables
Full of healthy vitamins, minerals and plenty of fiber to keep you full, good eating habits start with veggies. It’s easy too. Just snack on snap peas or have a serving of broccoli at dinner.
Avoid Detoxes or Crash Diets
You can’t make up for eating too many cookies on Christmas Eve by starving yourself today. These kinds of “cleanses” aren’t healthy. Though you may reach your weight loss goal faster, it’s not sustainable in the long run and you’ll only end up hurting your body.
Say No to the ‘What the Hell’ Effect
Have you ever had one bite of fudge that turned into the whole pan? This is the “what the hell” effect. It’s when you rationalize bad behavior by thinking, “I already messed up. I might as well double down.” This trouble cycle is easy to start and hard to quit. Yes, forgive yourself for mistakes, but vow to start doing better immediately. Don’t make yourself feel bad about enjoying the holidays. Instead, get excited about how you’re going to live healthier in 2019! At October Kitchen, our mission is to provide delicious, nourishing meals. In doing so, we hope to help our clients lead healthy and independent lives. Nothing fills our hearts more than knowing we’ve succeeded in our goal when we hear such kind words from our clients. TESTIMONIALS “I started this service after coming home from a long hospitalization. Their info was given to me by my home nursing service, so I called. I was very impressed with the prices, the variety offered and the lady on the phone. Their entrees are plentiful and tasty and do not forget the sandwich fixings. Oh and the yummy desserts! Long story short, order soon and often! You won’t regret it.” –Iz T. “Paul provides the highest quality dishes for your family and you that are not only good for you, but great tasting. He’s an excellent chef and his meals are well thought out and a no-brainer for anyone looking for healthy choices. Not only does he provide a convenient delivery service to your loved ones or you, he now has in-store pickup for those who want to grab something healthy and delicious on their way home too!” –Carol C.
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A GUIDE TO DOWNSIZING What to Keep, Gift, Donate and Throw Out
divvy up the goods. Some families engage in the process collaboratively, but there should always be some communication before anything is thrown out. Your kids may value certain items more than you ever realized. If you suspect a certain heirloom could be a source of contention, it’s best to hold on to it and make it part of your estate plan. Only Keep the Essentials After completing the first three steps, you should be left with only those items you actually use and those that have the most sentimental value to you. These are the objects worth bringing to your new home. Bonus Tip: Color Code Each Category Odds are that you’ll find junk and valuables stored right next to each other. If you don’t have time to physically separate them at the moment, use different colored Post-it notes to keep everything organized when it comes time to move.
touched in years. These will be the easiest to part with and will put you in the right downsizing mindset. Donate Unwanted Items The next category contains
Many homeowners reach a point in their lives when they’re ready to move from the house they raised their families in to something smaller and more manageable. While finding the right place can be a challenge, the hardest part of downsizing is often sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions. This process, called contents downsizing, is much easier when you follow this four-step system. Start With the Junk Beginning your downsizing with the hardest items will only lead to frustration and inaction. Instead, start by tackling areas of the house that are full of documents, knickknacks and boxes you haven’t
items that are no longer valuable to you or your family but may be useful to others. These items can be donated to one of many worthy organizations, such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army or St. Vincent de Paul. Donations are a way to give back to the less fortunate instead of simply giving or throwing things away. Give Gifts to Loved Ones If you have children, they will undoubtedly want to keep a few cherished mementos and precious possessions. Deciding who will keep what can be a sensitive subject, so you’ll need to devise an equitable way to
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