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January 1, 2014

January Newsletter – New Year Ideas and Exercises!

It’s Time to Reboot!

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!  Now, it is January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year.With that in mind, we have some New Year ideas and exercises for you!

Read Our Book: Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break is selling well and available on Amazon.com and in bookstores. It is a great guidebook to giving yourself the “gift of time” and is full of helpful ideas and stories of what others have done to focus their lives and bring more balance.

Attend a Retreat: Our next retreat is coming right up in Santa Fe January 10-12 and we have three others in 2014 scheduled for April, August, and October in Brooklyn, Sag Harbor, and Cape Cod, respectively. The retreats are a way to work within a small group setting, and with us one-on-one, to discover what it is that you really want to do, and make the plans actionable.

Try our Exercises: Then there are the exercises that really get you motivated.  We always encourage daily journaling and have published a Journal for Inspiration just for this purpose! The Circle Goals Exercise also one of our favorites – the four of us do this each year and share with each other. Unlike New Year’s Resolutions that often get forgotten after two weeks, Circle Goals help you to change your life and bring it back into harmony and balance by providing a focus on priorities, with actionable steps.

Circle Goals Exercise:
Get a cup of tea or a glass of wine, find a comfortable chair, build a fire or pick a beautiful view, grab a journal and pen, and get started!
Sample Circle Goals
  • Draw a circle and divide it into 6 even pie-like slices. The equal pie slices are to remind you to give equal weight to each aspect of your life, if not in time at least in mental thought.
  •  In each slice, write an area or category of your life that you want to focus on for the next year.  Examples might be: Financial, Health and Exercise, Creativity, Career, Friends and Family, Spirituality, Romantic Relationships, Renovating the House, Writing a Book, etc.
  • Write 5 measurable and obtainable goals you can accomplish under each category. Be specific and make sure you can see results at the end of the year.  For example, under Financial, you might write: Put all financial information online by June; or under Creativity, it might be: Take an art course from the local university this year…You get the picture!

It may take you a couple of hours, or you might want to go back to it within a few days tomake changes as the process gets you thinking.  When you are finished, go back and pickone goal that is most important to accomplish this year from each category and write that down and put it somewhere as a reminder, to look at occasionally.  After 6 months, pull out your Circle Goals again and review it, but make no changes, then look at it again at the end of the year and reflect on all you have changed in your life.  We never get everything in our Circle done, but we get so much more than we thought and we have given priority to those things that we say are important, but never seem to have the time to do.

One example from Cathy – for five years she put “Take an art class” in her goals, but because of a heavy travel schedule was never able to take a course. This year she finally figured out a way to accomplish the goal by asking an artist friend to give her private lessons, based on her schedule. She is wondering why it took her so long to think of this!We find that most people accomplish more of their goals just because they took time in writing them down.  You can also share your Circle Goals with people close to you – that will encourage you even more to fulfill them!  The process also makes you think about all aspects of your life and to try to keep them in balance.  The five goals in each category have a way of “making things happen” in many areas of your life – by spending mental, as well as physical, time on what we want from life, we are more in control of how we realize those goals.  We call it “being present and open” to what synchronicity comes your way!We wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

May 3, 2013

Retreat Recipes from Brooklyn Reunion 2013

We were thrilled to gather in Brooklyn with an enthusiastic group of former retreat participants!  Here are recipes for the delicious food we enjoyed…

VINEGAR BRAISED CHICKEN

We suggest seasoning the chicken with salt a day in advance. Makes 6 servings.

3 ¾ pounds bone-in chicken pieces, preferably dark meat

2 ½ tsp. kosher salt, divided

½ tsp. ground black pepper

1 ½ Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup finely chopped shallots

1 ½ cups red wine vinegar

1 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 cup canned whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained and quartered

6 cloves garlic

4 sprigs thyme

3 bay leaves

2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley

 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Season chicken with 2 tsp. salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven or wide, ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Arrange half the chicken in pot in a single layer and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining chicken.
  2. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar and cook until much of the acrid aroma has dissipated, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth and ½ cup water, bring to a vigorous simmer, and cook until slightly reduced, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in tomato paste and remaining ½ tsp. salt. Add tomatoes, then arrange chicken in pot, skin side up, pouring over any accumulated juices from plate. Tuck garlic, thyme, and bay leaves in liquid. Cover pot snugly with foil, then lid, and transfer to oven. Cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, until chicken is very tender.
  4. Let rest 30 minutes; discard thyme and bay leaves. Scatter parsley on top and serve.

 

VEGETABLE SALAD WITH SALSA VERDE 

Makes 6 servings

4 medium beets (about 1 pound)

Kosher salt

1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets (about 6 cups)

2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thickly sliced (about 3 cups)

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 Tbsp. brined capers, drained and roughly chopped

2 Tbsp. finely chopped cornichons (French gherkins)

1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

1 clove garlic, finely minced

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange beets in a baking dish and add water to reach a depth of ½ inch. Cover dish with foil and bake until beets are tender, and 1 ½ hours. When cooled, peel and slice into wedges.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower to a colander and rinse with cold water until cool. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Return water to a boil and repeat process with leeks.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together oil, parsley, capers, cornichons, zest, ¾ tsp. salt, pepper, and garlic to make a salsa verde.
  4. Arrange beets on a large serving platter and drizzle 3 Tbsp. salsa verde on top. Toss cauliflower and leeks with 6 Tbsp. salsa verde and scatter over beets, then drizzle remaining salsa verde over top. Serve at room temperature.

 

KALE WITH ONIONS AND PINE NUTS

 Makes 6 servings

1/3 cup pine nuts

1 ½ Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 yellow onions (about ¾ pound total), cut into thin wedges

2 bunches Tuscan kale (about 1 ½ pounds total), stems removed, leaves chopped

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

¾ tsp. kosher salt

 

  1. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes; set aside.
  2. In same skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brownand tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Add kale, lemon juice, and ¼ cup water and toss gently. Cover and cook until just wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add reserved pine nuts, red pepper flakes, and salt. Toss well and serve.

 

 

PARSLEY POTATOES

Makes 6 servings

Kosher salt

2 pounds small red potatoes

4 Tbsp. butter, cut into small cubes

2 Tbsp. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

 

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add potatoes, and return water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently until potatoes can be pierced with a fork but are not completely tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large plate.
  2. One at a time, cradle each hot potato in a clean towel in your hand and use a paring knife to gently peel, discarding skins.
  3. In a large skillet, bring ½ cup water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add potatoes. While gently swirling the skillet, add butter a few pieces at a time until completely incorporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Continue to cook, swirling skillet often and gently tossing potatoes, until sauce is thickened and potatoes are tender, about 2 minutes more.
  4. Remove from heat and toss with parsley, pepper, and salt to taste. Serve immediately.

(All recipes can be found in the April 2013 edition of O Magazine)

April 30, 2013

A Letter from a Recent Reboot Reunion Attendee!

Two short weeks ago we hosted a Reboot Reunion in Brooklyn, New York for former retreat attendees. Always such a wonderful experience to reconnect and reassess goals! Soon after we received this wonderful letter from an attendee at the reunion. We are so glad she had such a great experience! Here is an excerpt:

Sometimes it takes time to realize how much we’ve accomplished, and other times we know and are ready to celebrate.  Regardless of where we were on that continuum, 13 of us gathered in Brooklyn on April 14 for the Reboot Your Life Reunion, for some amazing food, drink, company, discussion and a Reboot refresher.  Do you have food this wonderful at every retreat and every reunion?!  Is it always so tasty and healthful?! 

While we came from a few different workshops over the past 4 years, the reunion, or I’m gonna call it “refresh”, was the same investigating, pushing, supportive atmosphere. What impresses me is not only the intimacy of the gathering (wonderful food, welcoming location, small group), but also how impressive each individual is – diverse skills, backgrounds, and life circumstances, from different industries, some entrepreneurs and innovators.  The participants were smart, ambitious, and warm and real – honestly wrestling with things and genuinely successful.  We’d experienced or were in the middle of recent adoptions, recent deaths, long marriages, and looking for the landing in the career redirect.  I know I was frustrated that I’d not accomplished what I had thought reasonable for a year’s time frame… but the workshop reunion, and the thinking afterwards reminded me of the power of having written those goals down last year, and how so much of it HAD come true.

  • I had literally dozens of planned and unexpected opportunities to reconnect with family and friends last year (one of my goals had in fact been to reconnect with family and friends),
  • I had taken the time in my sabbatical (and afterwards) to volunteer with several good causes around my new city, and to explore museums and gardens and other organizations, as well as regional weekend trips. Yesterday, someone said to me “Yes, the New York Botanical Garden is in the Bronx. Thank you for knowing that! Most think we got married in Brooklyn.” 
  • I had wanted to build buffers – emotional, spiritual, financial, of my time – call it a counter-balance to my entrepreneurial and non-profit-y sides – asking for help more readily… and I truly felt more centered and myself – the basics of regular exercise, sleep and interaction have helped. And my skinny jeans fit now, even after the dryer!

Both last year at the retreat and this year at the “refresh”, I spoke about how much my music and singing centered and energized me; I would pour myself into the song’s story or message, communicate and connect with people. No matter how I have felt before a rehearsal or concert, no matter the themes of the songs, afterwards, I have always felt cleansed and joyful.  Now, while I didn’t meet my musical goal of doing a show this year, I have attended a few open mikes, and have a group of Rebooters and refreshers who are ready to come listen when I do.  What clicked in talking about this hobby-passion at the reunion, was that my next career didn’t need to be based only on my skill sets, but had to also be something that engaged my heart and passion. I wrote my pages the last few mornings, took the time to notice what has occurred this last year, as well as re-commit to my circle goals, I am feeling refreshed.

So, a week after the Reboot reunion or refresher, I’ve realized it stirred up thoughts, hopes, “don’t worry about that-s”, and a mindset shift, that has proved a quiet, slow, but huge shot in my arm.  And an energy boost that has stayed with me through our week of alternating winter and spring weather. Thanks, Sabbatical Sisters and fellow Rebooters/Refreshers!