Five Pieces of Inspiration #1

There are so much interesting and inspirational stuff in the world, that I thought I’d start a series on things that inspire me to greater personal and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 

1. Paul Coelho on achieving your dreams

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

I start a new job tomorrow – a dream job actually – and I am a little afraid that I won’t have what it takes to succeed (despite a track record to the contrary). It is with Paulo’s words in mind that I will begin the new adventure.

2. Children’s books that rhyme

I recently bought Madeline for my 3-year-old niece. Set in picturesque Paris, it is a story of a brave little girl’s trip to the hospital. There are lots of things that make this one of my favorite children’s books – a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, and cheerful humor – but the rhythmic, rhyming text is what truly sets it apart.

3. Winter fun in the Methow

4. Lucky Chili

California caterer Nancyjo Riekse traditionally makes a pot of spicy beans for friends the first week of the New Year to bring them luck and prosperity. We like to make some anytime during the year we need a bit of luck, and it always seems to work! This is our recipe, adapted from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook:

Lucky Chili

2 cups freshly brewed coffee
2 cups vegetable broth
4 cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes,  crushed in a blender or food processor
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained, or 6 cups cooked black beans
1/4 cup date paste or brown sugar
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
3 to 4 whole cloves
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

For serving: Salsa and cubed avocado

Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, except the cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours. During the last hour, stir in the cilantro and season with salt to taste. Serve the chili in bowls with toppings.

5. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on female entrepreneurship


2 comments for “Five Pieces of Inspiration #1

  1. KAB
    January 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    NEW JOB ???? !!!


  2. Anne
    January 30, 2012 at 6:01 am

    In the spirit of inspiration, and a tenacious heroine, a rhyming encouragement for you, Carry!

    Congratulations are in order! Adventure truly now begins…
    with an eye on the prize, its your will that determines
    the scope of your success. Let no fear cause you to stumble.
    With your stick-to-it-tiveness, and a heart that is humble,
    Your next mountain to summit is not ice, nor rock, nor snow.
    This mysterious peak of Law will test all limits that you know.
    Going beyond those very limits, which exist only in your mind,
    you will suprise and impress us with the new vistas you will find.

    ~Anne Brown, 2012

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