Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Many of you know I relocated to the US in November to be closer to my family. It was a hard decision because I left my son to finish his last semester of high school in Hong Kong. I am so grateful for social media. Sometimes it does have its perks:)
Here are some tips that helped me making this quick, life changing decision.
- Pray – this seems obvious but sometimes when we are in the midst of a situation that puts us out of our comfort zone or routine we forget to pray. It’s imperative to stop trying to micromanage the situation and begin praying.
- Listen – Be open to listening to guidance from people (friends, family or complete strangers). This helped me so much. I have a hard time weeding through my thoughts when I am in a crisis. My family and close friends were instrumental in guiding me and keeping me focused. Christian music helps me and speaks to me too. I love WAY-FM, http://www.wayfm.com/ and K-Love, http://www.klove.com/ radio stations
- Act – Don’t be afraid to act once you have made a decision! Make it and move forward! I find if I waver back and forth it causes me anxiety. Just go for it and trust God will get you through the changes.
- Transition – This one can be almost as hard as the decision itself. When I first moved I went to my mom’s church and the Pastor asked me if I was ok with being in this transition for the next 5 months. I eagerly said yes. Thinking about it later I was like hmmm, maybe I was too eager. I am taking one day at a time being grateful for who and what God is doing in my life. I have met a lot of people walking my two dogs:) God (dog spelled backwards) surely has a creative plan and I am looking forward to new relationships.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” –Deuteronomy 31:6
Quick Mushroom Soup
It is frigid here in Virginia. The high’s have only been in the teens the last few days, we have lots of snow for this area, and this soup hit the spot after church this morning. It doesn’t have any cream:)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 Cups mushrooms ( I used shiitake, but any will work), sliced
1/2 Piece of celery, chopped
1 Garlic clove, smashed
1 Small carrot, cut in two pieces (this will be discarded later)
1 sprig of thyme, dry or fresh
A few parsley leaves (garnish)
1 radish sliced in thin sticks (garnish)
A drizzle of good quality Sherry
- Heat saucepan to medium high
- Add oil, mushrooms, celery, garlic and carrot and cook until mushrooms have sweated and wilt some, about 10-15 min
- Add 3 cups of water, cover and bring to a boil. I needed lunch fast so I kept a pretty hard boil for about 15 min
- Remove and carefully pour into a Vitamix blender, put on soup mode and hit start.
- Pour into bowls and garnish with parsley, radish and sherry.
**If you don’t have a Vitamix just puree in a blender or immersion blender