The Joy of the Right Tool, In Its Assigned Place, Makes Your Work Fly — Daily Quote

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I thrive in organized and systematic environments. I consider efficiency, speed, and precision, the primary indicators of the ultimate success and satisfaction of every endeavor I undertake. Having the proper tool for the job is paramount. As a planner, my first step before launching a project is a well-conceived plan. I gather my supplies before I set to work. When everything is ready, the conductor steps to his podium raises his baton, and the music swells.

That is how I orchestrate my life under normal circumstances, but all bets are off with a house remodel that complicates my everyday routine. They pack my possessions into neatly labeled boxes and stacked row upon row, from the floor to the ceiling. I am displaced, living where nothing is in its familiar, assigned space. Kitchen gadgets, once taken for granted, are not accessible. Basic tasks that once required only muscle memory to accomplish now demand attention, though, and extra time. While I expected obstacles, I was unprepared for the difficulties associated with the simple stuff.

I take comfort in knowing the day approaches when I can sift through the cartons, return my tools to their homes, and resume practiced dances with my intimate friends.

How do you cope with unexpected challenges?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Endure, Overcome, and Create Your Dream Life Despite Daily Challenges — Daily Quote

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It happens. Wednesday morning brushing your teeth, you realize you don’t recognize the face reflected in the mirror. Questions pour through the opened floodgate. Who are you? How did I get here? What have I become? How is this my life? Some people perceive deep feelings of emptiness and a sense of surreal dissociation. Others experience debilitating depression, which threatens to consume the remains of a shattered soul. What do I do now? How do I fix this?

There are no simple answers. One size doesn’t fit everyone. I know we possess the unlimited capacity and remarkable creativity to identify the root issues and devise brilliant solutions. For me, conflict often arises from real-world necessities that feed our dreaded “should” lists. The word “should” has been responsible for condemning me to countless thoughts and actions which didn’t align with my core beliefs. It requires courage to examine the pile, choosing whether to keep or discard the attached command.

It is a time-consuming, soul-searching process, and deciding which principles matter doesn’t happen overnight. Karen Moning says, “The most confused we ever get is when we try to convince our heads of something that we know in our hearts is a lie.” We must press past fear, stop avoiding the tough questions, and answer them from our hearts. No matter how scared we are, moving forward means heeding our intuition, trusting we will recognize our truth.

How do you find your authentic self?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Acknowledge Your Mistakes, Let Go, and Begin Again — Daily Quote

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I have a ritual I invoke at the start of each month. I assess my progress, review my accomplishments, and congratulate myself on what worked. That’s the simple part. Next, I determine where I fell short and devise ways to fix underperforming areas. Then I sweep it away.

Turning the calendar means a clean slate and an opportunity to start again. But a do-over isn’t a free pass, and I hold myself accountable by rescheduling unfinished tasks. Learning from my failures, I let them guide me, and they have taught me valuable lessons. My mistakes point out miscalculations, errors, and places for improvement.

Dissecting my shortcomings allows me to make course corrections, adjust my workflow, and I get another chance to be better. The one thing I keep in mind as I establish my new schedule is my past performance is not an indicator of future outcomes. Instead, I do my best to set myself up to outperform last month’s wins.

How do you approach a new month?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

The More Coffee Morning Mantra to Kick-Start Your Day — Daily Quote 

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I only dream of my workday beginning at 11 am. Unfortunately, my weekday schedule starts early. I have people who count on me, and sleeping late is not an option. Each evening I set my alarm for the crack of a sparrow’s fart and set the contraption across the room. It is a trick I learned a long time ago to ensure that I can’t hit the snooze button and fall back asleep. It takes a while for the buzzing to seep around the sandman’s tenacious hold. I stumble and lurch with flaying arms. Somehow, I manage to silence the noisy thing. No matter what the clock says, I cannot spring from my bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as they say. No. Forced from my bed, my eyes open, and I fumble for the wake-up juice.

After my first cup, I feel capable of extricating my brain from the primordial goo. Downing cup number two, rudimentary speech returns. My third cup renders me semi-coherent, and the ability to hold a non-demanding conversation becomes possible. I don’t need coffee to start my day. But the process is easier on everyone else. I have scared small children and alienated family members when not properly caffeinated. They say I’m not a pleasant person without a swift kick to ease me into my functional humanoid disguise. They have learned their lessons, approaching with caution to press a steaming mug into my hand. They keep a safe distance until the “More Coffee” mantra fades.

What is your morning ritual?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

The Unexpected Wealth and Health in Your Favorite Comfort Food– Daily Quote

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The weather has turned. It is almost imperceptible, but the nighttime temperatures are near freezing, and fog and frost shroud the early morning hours. The sun struggles to bring us bright mornings under crystalline blue skies. Dawn arrives later, dusk descends earlier, and it encourages me to snuggle under my covers where it is warm. I try to resist since it leads to missing out on the sunlight, falling asleep past my regular bedtime, and perpetuates the desire to ignore my alarm.

My appetite has also changed with the season, and I yearn for comfort foods. Two large pots of chili materialized from my kitchen recently, but today my taste buds are demanding Borsch. I haven’t met a beet I didn’t love. Pickled with pearl onion, roasted and served with goat cheese and nuts, boiled, or steamed and tossed into salads, couscous, or quinoa, and even raw, beets are one of my favorite veggies. The bonus is folklore tells us they are a medicinal plant, and Brosch allows me to combine a lengthy list of superfoods into a single delectable bowl.

Besides the beetroot, I include the beet tops, onions, kale, or spinach, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, quinoa or white cannellini beans, and bay leaves into a steaming stockpot of aromatic homemade chicken stock. Brosch is a magical dish that lets me purge whatever is languishing in the fridge or pantry, and it always tastes fantastic. If there is a stray clove of garlic, it gets added to the pot. A little leftover tomato paste? I stir it in. And now science says these ingredients will help keep me healthy, ready to take on the world. I pass it on and serve a bowl of love.

What favorite food keeps you feeling well?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Creating Space to Do the Hard Work of Relaxing – Daily Quote 

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a busy week. Plenty of hustle, bustle, scheduling home health nursing, physical therapy, doctor visits, and playing short-order cook capped by holiday excitement all piled on top of my typical onslaught of daily tasks. It all leaves me a little – drained. Ragdoll, dead dog, tired. You’ve felt it. Your brain gets fuzzy, you can’t keep your eyes open, and no matter how much you try to stay awake, sleep threatens to overtake you.

I habitually over schedule during this time of the year, knowing I’ll require the help of a team of Santa’s elves to get it all done. Today I have designated my downtime day. My scheduled naptimes are non-negotiable. The only items on the list are the bare minimum must-dos, nothing superfluous. There are various yummy leftovers, suitable for reheat and eat casual all-day grazing. I will wear my fluffy slippers and flannel PJs, pick up a book from my long-neglected TBR pile, settle into my big leather chair with a glass of wine, and see what happens.

How do you relax?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Letting Music, Or A Good Book Wash Away Your Stress – Daily Quote

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Some weeks have an easy flow.  Everything goes as planned, events fall neatly into place, and the world turns on its axis, and the sun rises in the east. Then we experience periods that try our souls. We encounter roadblocks, red lights, and unexpected problems in quick succession. Saying our plans are a disaster is an understatement, especially when there is no obvious answer to the challenges confronting you. We must work, pulling apart the snarls, creating unique solutions, and smoothing the road ahead.

The process is stressful. It requires long hours and produces tension and anxiety. Music is an enjoyable way to relax, unwind, and gain the fortitude to move forward. You can’t hold stress while the music plays. Reading also works, especially as we watch our hero struggle, fight, and succeed in the journey. In music and reading, we find the courage to continue.

Does music ease your day?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Happy Thanksgiving – Daily Quote

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It would be easy to detail the unpleasant hardships, endless worries, unwanted challenges, scary thoughts, and human suffering this year heaped upon us. The list gets long, fast. While I acknowledge the negatives, I choose instead to place my focus and my energy on the positives. I concentrate on getting myself and my loved ones through the winter and plan how best to help those who are struggling as we wait, hopeful for better times.

That is what I am most thankful for — hope. I hope we can close this book and look toward a brighter tomorrow. A glimmer of hope provided the fuel needed to survive anything. It pushes out of bed and urges me to put one foot in front of another. I hold tight to past Thanksgivings and an uninterrupted tradition of creating fond memories, retelling family stories, and sharing our lives. Next Thanksgiving, I intend to forgo a time-honored holiday ritual. We won’t go around the table and ask everyone what they are thankful for. When we sit at that future feast, there won’t be a reason. We will already know.

What are you thankful for?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Your Kindness and Gratitude Preserve the Best Holiday of the Year – Daily Quote

What I love about Thanksgiving is that it's purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It's really for everybody, and it doesn't matter where you're from. Daniel Humma heading

I look forward to Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday because it offers something for everyone. I have always loved The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will let others indulge in the plethora of football games, turkey trots, and tv marathons. I wait with my basting spoon for the annual turkey pardoning, a tradition that tickles my funny bone. I am free from the worry of needing to buy presents for anyone. A warm house filled with delectable aromas, cherished friends, and loving family is a priceless gift.

But everything has changed because of Covid. They are still holding the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but will not follow the usual 2.5-mile route, and it won’t feature the expected high school or college marching bands. The organizers are taping some sections. In the “live” portions, the producers are filming in front of the 34th Street store, treating it like a movie set intended for television viewers only. Football lovers won’t be disappointed and can watch three different games. Dinner won’t take hours to fix, the decorations haven’t left their boxes, and I don’t expect any guests. I could mistake Thursday for any other day.

Tomorrow’s menu includes creamy mashed potatoes, a sliced turkey breast, and homemade cranberry sauce. It hardly seems worthwhile to prepare the stuffing, giblet gravy, or my other Thanksgiving favorites. I put my expectations in group Zoom calls and countless text messages. One thing which doesn’t change this year is my gratitude. I am thankful for the health and happiness of those I love, despite endless challenges. Circumstances have knocked us down, but our spirit and our wills are strong. Adversity often reveals our true nature, and the care and compassion exhibited by some who were only strangers amaze me. I now consider them my dearest friends.

I wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Start, Don’t Stop, Fail, Don’t Give Up, Get Better, Try Again, Find Success — Daily Quote

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Learning a new skill can be an exciting and terrifying experience. There are new skills to learn, a new lingo to speak, and enormous expectations to succeed. We can feel like a kid learning to ride a two-wheeler, fearing falls, scraped knees, and broken bones. Half the battle with learning to ride a bike is gaining the confidence you can defy gravity.

There are tricks to help us succeed. The first trick is to set ourselves up for success. Setting small attainable goals and building on a track record of success puts us in the right mindset to attempt more difficult challenges. Give yourself a set of training wheels, and then get on your bike and practice every day.

Have you set yourself up to succeed?

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Jo Hawk The Writer