STUCK happens : What is the #1 Obstacle?

stuck-happensEveryday I witness STUCK. People STUCK. Complacent. Venturing nowhere. So I was thinking about how often STUCK happens. I started asking myself what is the biggest barriers people have in life?

What came to mind was the BELIEF that they cannot change. The belief that their fate is sealed. That at a certain age your personality, your mode of operation, your way of doing things, the category in life that you are slotted into is STATIC.

I was trying to figure out the WHY behind doing what I do. What is it that drives me? Why am I so passionate about what I do?

It came down to this. I believe in PEOPLE. I believe that each one of us has the capacity to CHANGE, to really truly and honestly change.

WHY?

1st because I have witnessed it in me. Through my time in prayer and my growth in my faith I have witness CHANGE in me, in my attitude, in my confidence, in my mode of operation and consequently the environment and relationships surrounding me.

2nd I have witnessed it in the person closest to me. My wife Jen. How she has battled to arrive in a new place and stand on new victorious ground in her life.

Thirdly – In my travels all over the place I have met amazing people with amazing stories of victory. Of lives changed and new mindsets gained.

I have spent many hours heck DAYS, MONTHS, YEARS, SEASONS letting my grasp loosen on the hope that things can be different.

Strengthening my grip on hope has been a result of allowing the battle to be my training ground. The failures, the missteps, the backwards slides – I can either be honest about them (not in a self shaming way) or let them serve as proof that change is not possible.

I have been working on choosing a higher level of self awareness. I often ask myself this question

“How is that working for you Ira?“

In the face of frustration I ask myself “Are you going to keep being frustrated banging your head against the wall trying to do the same thing yet somehow believe you can achieve a different result?“

OR “Are you going to exercise your capacity to do things differently?“

I have resolved to stop waiting around STUCK. Stop waiting around for other people to CHANGE or my environment or circumstances to change. I remind myself daily of my verse from 2 corinthians a reminder that “At all times I have all that I need to abound in every good work.“ I have the verse hung right above my desk so I can re-read it everyday.

There are still days I give into complacency. You know, a bowl of crap food (that I really don`t want) scrolling through endless and mindless social media feeds (that I really don’t care for) BUT there is a difference. I have shaped a NEW belief. That we as people have been gifted the capacity to choose, to change, to chart a new course, to arrive in a different place.

The choice is ours.

Do I sit in shame around my perceived failures?

OR

Do I take a seat in a chair with an elevated perspective over them? Constantly learning and claiming ownership over my failures because I have a firm grasp on the HOPE that I can actually change?

It is only your BELIEF that holds you back. You want and desire change? START there, with whether you BELIEVE it is possible or not.

Class Playlist Summer 2016

SUMMER

I have recieved many subtle and not so subtle hints and suggestions to hook you up with some more of the tunes that drive my classes all week long. So here is a SUMMER edition of my current playlist.  Enjoy!  Would also love to hear your SUMMER playlist favorites!!!!! Hook me up!

NOTE: I love the tune by Brandi Carlile she was actually the opener for a Train concert I went to many years ago and I was so floored by her talent.  I could not find the recorded version of the single I own I have therefore included the link to the live version of “The Story”

Fireproof – Coleman Hell

The Story – Brandi Carlile

Party Train – Redfoo

Take – U – There – Skrillex and Diplo

Me Too – Meghan Trainor

Lone Digger – Caravan Palace

Handclap – Fitz & Tantrums

Cleopatra - The Lumineers

Towards the Sun – Rihanna

Good Grief – Bastille

Good Girls – Elle King

That is it for now.  Enjoy!!!!! Don’t forget to fill me in on your favorites.

Cheers, Ira

 

Crockpot Freezer Meals

crockpot freezer meals

Well with baby #4 on it’s way in our house saving time and still cooking healthy homemade meals is HIGH on our priority list.  So this past weekend we set aside sometime to freeze down some quick snacks and whole meals.  Here is 2 really easy meals to prep ahead of time and pull out of the freezer for a crockpot meal when you need it. Basically add all the ingredients to the zip lock bag, shake and mix together, seal and freeze.  When you are ready throw the bag on the counter for an hour to defrost and then empty into the crockpot, VOILA! Easy meal on those not so easy days of juggling life with kids!!!

Cilantro Lime Chicken:
4 chicken breasts
1 small red onion diced
1/3 C Cilantro
juice of 1 lime & freeze.
Throw in crockpot on HIGH for 5-6hrs.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
4 chicken breasts
2 Cups BBQ sauce
2 C pineapple chunks
4 cloves garlic black pepper & freeze!
Throw in crockpot 4-6hrs on high.

Serve over cauli-rice, rice, quinoa, or in a wrap.

POUND for FORT MAC!!

Rock Your Socks OFFThe lost that Fort McMurray has suffered as a result of wildfire is devastating. As a community that has deep ties with Fort McMurray we cannot just sit around and watch.  The least we can do is raise money to help those who have been misplaced, and need to rebuild and start over.  Join us for a POUND Charity Class where all the proceeds will be donated to the needs of the people of Fort McMurray.

MAY 27th 6:00pm

Where: The HOUSE Arts Venue  #1-240 Lougheed Rd. Kelowna

We anticipate this event selling out.  Tickets will be sold in advanced.  If there are tickets left over they will be sold at the door for $20.

Cost per ticket: $15 (cash donations above and beyond the admission rate will gladly be collected at the door)

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS EVENT.  WE RAISED $700 WHICH IS BEING DONATED DIRECTLY TO TWO FAMILIES THAT LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE FIRES.  STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES!!!!!

 

CROCKPOT – Rotisserie Chicken & Gravy

Looking for a budget friendly easy meal.  Here is one we use in our house.

It will take you 5 minutes to make with only 3 ingredients.

Included as well is a super easy and way healthier gravy recipe. 

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN & GRAVY

3-4 LB whole Chicken, washed

2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp pepper

1/2 onion, chopped

3-4 potatoes, diced

6-7 medium carrots, peeled & sliced in half length wise

2-3 garlic cloves

1 Cup chicken broth

DIRECTIONS:

Place the washed, whole chicken in crockpot, and add onions, and salt.
Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hrs or on HIGH for 8 hrs.

2-3 hrs prior to the chicken being done, throw in all the chopped up vegetables.

Now comes the gravy…

Once the vegetables are cooked through, place all the dripping from the chicken in a high speed blender (or vitamix), 1/2 Cup – 3/4 Cup of vegetables (the starch from the potatoes will help thicken the gravy), and 1 cup of chicken broth, blend until pureed.

Pour into a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add salt & pepper if desired, and reduce to simmer until slightly thickened.
That’s it!

*If you find that the gravy is too thin, it means that you need to add a couple more potatoes to the blender to thicken it, or you can use arrowroot powder (gluten free thickener) to thicken it. We haven’t had this issue yet though!

On another note…this is a GREAT opportunity to make bone broth. At the end of dinner, throw the leftover bones etc BACK into the crockpot, fill with water and whatever spices or veggies you want. Cover & set it on low for 18 hrs, as the longer you cook it for, the MORE health benefits to it.

Use it for a batch of Chicken soup the next day OR throw it into the freezer for another time!

ENJOY!!!