POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 4:41am

We have talent

In today's world, when we are constantly bombarded by images telling us what we should look like and what we should be like, it's easy to lose contact with our inner self and become dissatisfied with ourselves, doubt our worth and even begin to hate ourselves for failing to achieve what we believe is the ideal. I think this is one of the reasons for our warped relationship with food and our bodies, for eating disorders, low self-esteem and the feeling of inability to cope or succeed.

This topic is meant to be of some help, forcing us all to reflect upon ourselves, find what our talents are (and we ALL have talents) and share them. Perhaps this will help us see ourselves more clearly, and maybe even help us realize we are actually very special and should feel good about ourselves.

The idea for this topic actually comes from our Vintage1944 and I hope it will be well-received and help us see ourselves more clearly and realize we are very much deserving of the best in food, as is everything else.

Who will start?
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POSTED: Sat, 07/31/2010 - 9:20pm

Hello everyone!

I have missed you all so much. School is so time consuming it is hard to find time for anything. I had to come visit before going off to bed and love this posting. I would like to contribute my talent for cooking and baking. It is a passion of mine and is actually going to be my specialty area when I become a nutritionist...I'm going to teach my clients to cook healthy real food. Ahhhhh to do what you love and get paid for it! Hugs all!


POSTED: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 7:50am

The best job of all

I'm so happy for you! It's the best thing in the world, having a job doing what you love. That is why I know I will teach. Not necessarily in schools, I know that can be very, *very* stressful, but I will teach, in some form or other, my whole life, I'm certain of that. Do you have a favourite dish to prepare?


POSTED: Sat, 08/07/2010 - 7:16pm

So many dishes

I have so many it really is hard to narrow to one. My passion lies in healthy baking. Cookies are ok but I really love to do muffins and breads and granola is a huge one for me. I think the stress is why I have burnt out so quickly. This is my 6th year teaching and already I have had enough. My location does not help either as it is filled with people who just do not value education and it really shows with the kids who pass through my door. It's hard to be a teacher when you are not high on the priority list. I know you will be a fantastic teacher...I see your sparkle shining.


POSTED: Sun, 08/08/2010 - 4:34am

Thank you!

But I understand what you mean - I couldn't for the life of me teach pupils uninterested in education. It would kill me. I only plan to apply to schools that meet my expectations, otherwise I'll stay in the language school I work at now. I'm a bit spoilt, obviously, but I know my limitations and I know I'm not nearly strong enough to deal with certain populations of pupils.

This might sound stupid, but how do you make granola? It's not something we know where I come from... As for muffins and breads, if you ever need a food tester... ;)


POSTED: Sun, 08/08/2010 - 12:13pm


I make it with oats and nuts usually pecans or walnuts or almonds but not all together. Maybe a blueberry pecan or a cranberry walnut and most definately a vanilla almond has to be there too. The oats and nuts are mixed with a liquid combination (every recipe is different) and baked in the oven until crisp and then mixed with the dried fruit and put in a container. I like it much better than store bought as I can control the sweetness. I love it with yogurt and am working on adding it to the Summers Harvest line of baked goods....I do need testers and I'm working on getting set up correctly.


POSTED: Sun, 08/08/2010 - 9:35am

Take a number

to be her taster.Me first!!LOL.

I am, as you know, not a teacher by career.'Tho it was my first choice when quite young.Yet I do fully understand how you both feel about teaching.Those who show up with no interest or another agenda make it too difficult.My sister Leslie,of the recent surgery,is a teacher and she is burned out.It is just too stressful and in her case dangerous.Yet teachers are among the most influential people in young lives.I still recall the teachers who "turned me on"and encouraged my curiosity and desire to learn.I also recall the less than caring one.Looking back at her now,she was a crazy bully,emphasis on crazy.A woman with serious problems,who probably gave rise in my young mind to the idea of being a Psych.Nurse.And who had no place in a classroom with eight year olds.Some people should not be Nurses either,but sadly there they are.So to you both ,who love teaching(yes you do Soul Sister.You are just taking a different path to share your knowledge)I want to say thank you for wanting to teach and caring enough to make it right.


POSTED: Sun, 08/08/2010 - 12:08pm

Thank you dearest soul sister

for your kind words. I do love to teach. It is so depressing when you have so much desire and drive and the kids just look at you like "do we have to do this" ugh!


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:34am


OK, I think I have to contribute, too, since I started the topic :) I have a talent for languages, which doesn't mean I speak a lot of them, but only that I find it easy to learn a new one. So the reason I don't speak at least 6 foreign languages is laziness, shame on me :)
Apart from that I think I am born to be a teacher, and have talent for that. I am very good at reading people, their wishes, fears and feelings and that helps.
I can't remember anything else - maybe i will get some ideas from your posts and find a new hobby, or even a new talent ;)


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 10:01am

Credit where credit is due

You have the insight to create this idea and thread.But thanks and I'll give it a go...I draw and love art.Being a Nurse has taken up a lot of my creative energy,so my artistic side is expressed in my love of art and my taste.I love music;my talent lies in appreciation of most music forms.And I know I have a great sense of humour.Have been told more than once that,I should do Stand-Up Comedy.My main talent lies in recognizing this as an insane isea.LOL.There's more but I have had only one cup of coffee.May I come back?


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:12am

I'd love to be able to draw!

I love art, too, and appreciate those that can draw, paint, or create in any other way, even though (or perhaps because) I can't. And the a sense of humour is probably the best talent of all. There is a saying where I'm from that goes something like: Laughter is one half of health. I am looking forward to your coming back after you wake up properly :) Can I ask what you like to draw best? Do you have any preferences?


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 10:40am


Hello, everyone, Nya good subject and Jean, I didn't know about your love of music, art, and comedy. How beautiful. For me I think I would have to say that it is simply feminine beauty/energy and masculine energy. I keep realizing this more and more and will post some more under the union topic with work... Since I have actively started on this path last December I feel such joy in my feminine self, and I can "handle" masculine energy now. "Handle" meaning masucline energy is intense, strong and I now know how to stay a woman in this energy. And love staying a woman. I love beauty (I would guess all of us do) so things/people/actions of beauty speak to me...


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:17am


...is an art I am trying to learn very hard. Perhaps it's because I come from a former communist country (sort of:)) and in my opinion communism had de-femminized women a lot, even though it brought a lot of good in other areas. Very feminine women are not as numerous here, I think, and I really admire those that are.
As you said, the biggest challenge is navigating between feminine and masculine aspects of our personalities and is really an art!


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 10:57am


How good to see you posting.That is so lovely what you say about your talent.Being a woman is an art and you are achieving it.I might hazard that you are also quite artistic...what you do is a very spiritual,healthy,and womanly way to express that.Well done.


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 12:37pm


I too, like Jean, love art and music and try and interprete this into my life. I used to draw but work and family life pushed this to the side. In my retirement it is something that I hope to return to this coming winter. I love making my home and garden attractive and welcoming, perhaps this is a talent. I love beauty in all aspects of life, not personal beauty the the beauty of life and friendships (as we have here). You all have the talent of frienship. More thoughts later.


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 1:14pm

My little garden, if this works

[IMG]http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz29/MAZL_1947/Garden%202010/IMG_0617.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz29/MAZL_1947/Garden%202010/IMG_0623.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz29/MAZL_1947/Garden%202010/IMG_0620.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz29/MAZL_1947/Garden%202010/IMG_0616.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz29/MAZL_1947/Garden%202010/IMG_0625.jpg[/IMG]


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:27am

Sorry, I can't see the pictures

I too tried to copy-paste links into my browser, but only the third link worked, I'm sorry. Gardening and home-keeping are talents, of course, very feminine ones and I hope they will come back into favour. I hope you would try posting pictures again, because I am very interested - I love interior design and gardens!


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:34am


Try Ava's links below. It worked for me.


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:36am


Now I can see and it's a beautiful garden! That truly is a gift. Do you have breakfast out on the patio? It couldn't get more French than that! :)

And so green... The grass over here is the colour of straw by now and I really miss green.


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:21am

Marilyn, hope this helps...


You don't need the [IMG] before http:// or [/IMG] after .jpg



POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 5:24am


That did help. I had just copied & pasted from photobucket the same as I did for the other forum, obviously I needed a further adjustment. Thank you. I am not particularly computer literate, it is still a learning curve!!


POSTED: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 6:15am

Hi Marilyn,

No problem :-) It's a lovely looking garden and I think everyone should be able to see it! Ava


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 2:53pm


I just noticed that you used square brackets "[", "]" for the image tags, try replacing them with "<", ">". Maybe it helps :)


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 1:16pm

It didn't

I was able to put the photos on another website through photobucket but it would not work on here, sorry.


POSTED: Sun, 07/25/2010 - 2:47pm


Your garden is a delight! I can just image feeling at peace while sipping some tea at your patio set! (I "copy-and-paste"d the URLs into my webbrowser, so those who want to see them can do that :) )

“Dînatoire ”


French women love to laugh.


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