We will never forget

I would like to take a moment to remember the tragic events of 18 years ago. It is a day no one alive at the time will ever forget and likely remembers what they were doing when they heard the news.

At the time, I was a corporate trainer for a local credit union. I was at the credit union headquarters doing some training with some new employees when the head teller came back and said a plane had flown into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. There was a television in the room I was in and she wanted to turn it on to watch the news. We turned on the television in time to see the second plane hit the second tower. It was at that moment we all knew it was no accident.

A group of us huddled around the small TV and watched for awhile, and were shocked when we saw the plane hit the Pentagon. At that moment, I knew only one thing, I had to get home to my family. My better half had the day off from work and was home watching my youngest son, who was about 11 months old at the time. My oldest son was 5 years old and at school in kindergarten. It was at home, watching the news with my better half, when we saw the news about the fourth plane, Flight 93, that crashed in Pennsylvania.

Those events changed the world, not just our country. As I reflect on the events of that tragic day, I pray for the victims’ families, in the hope that they found peace.

God bless! Until next time…Namaste my friends. ~ Tamara

President Trump and the new 2020 USDA Dietary guidelines

Hello everyone! I have an unusual Saturday post today. An instructor from Hawthorn U posted this article and I wanted to share it with all of you.

Basically, the committee establishes new dietary guidelines every 5 years. New guidelines are scheduled to be released next year.

The Trump administration has stepped in and restricted the topics and scientific research that can be used to backup the guidelines. Research can only be studies vetted by the officials involved. This means many key and likely important studies will not be used.

Many key issues are being left out, such as eating less processed meat, as well as the dangers of ultra processed food. These are 2 key issues which largely contribute to chronic disease in this country. Another area that is prohibited is the affect of food production on the environment.

These restrictions are potentially dangerous and could lead to further health problems in a country already in danger.

To read the whole article, follow the link below.

How the Trump Administration Limited the Scope if the 2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines.

How to Follow Negative News Without Getting Depressed

After a major life changing event 20+ years ago, I developed the personal life philosophy that “Everything happens for a reason”.  Integral to this philosophy is this: hidden within that reason is a life lesson to be learned.

Since accepting this philosophy into my life, I try to apply it to the challenges that inevitably creep into my life. I’m not always successful as this is sometimes easier said than done. That said,  simply saying “Everything happens for a reason. What is the reason for this challenge?” is therapeutic.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are” (5).png

Now, something you need to understand is that FINDING the reason isn’t the helpful aspect of this philosophy. To be honest, in many instances, you may never know the real reason. That isn’t saying the reason doesn’t exist, it’s just difficult to find sometimes. THE SEARCH FOR THE REASON is the therapy, ALWAYS. As the above quote states, happiness, after all, is the journey, it isn’t and never has been a destination. The lesson,  the search, the journey,  the experience, IS the reason and the lesson.

Until I read the following article this morning, it never occurred to me to apply these things to occurrences outside my personal life experience, like world events and reading the news. We all know the news, especially lately, is negative. Reading the news is definitely a depressing experience. I’ve tried avoiding the news, but I am always drawn back. I’m curious by nature and like to be informed. But, it is always depressing. In fact, looking for happy, “feel-good” news, is what led me to the article below. This article discusses one man’s “light bulb moment”, when he realized how he could read the  news, without getting depressed.

Take a look:


Spoiler alert: it is possible for spiritually-minded individuals to follow current events without feeling discouraged or depressed.

Source: How to Follow Negative News Without Getting Depressed