Coaching Kitchen #127 Doing What Is Special For You

It’s good to be back with you after taking a few weeks off to visit family, host parties for friends, and to do the things that make holidays special, and keep life fulfilling.

I’ve talked about the enjoyment I get from relationships of all kinds, so one thing that is very special to me is sending and receiving holiday cards, notes, and pictures to stay in touch. Knowing how folks are doing, what they•re doing, and catching a glimpse of them every so often keeps the relationships alive and keeps us connected. I especially enjoy receiving some news or a picture, to help me follow the lives of those I care about.

There are certain things I like to experience each year around the holidays that help me to get in the spirit and feel that I’ve truly experienced the season•watching it snow, doing a little shopping for special gifts, listening to the music of Handel’s •Messiah• as well as to carols and singing along, baking a few goodies, exchanging gifts with family, friends, and neighbors, putting up the tree and decorating the house, then sitting back and taking it all in. It’s a great start to winter and takes my mind off the cold long months ahead.

I am sure that there are activities that you enjoy as this time of year unfolds, whether they are ice-skating, sledding, or holiday making. Or perhaps for those of you in other parts of the world, you are celebrating warmer weather activities. Whatever the season for you, I encourage you to make time for the things that are meaningful and help you to enjoy the essence of this time of year. It can all pass quickly without the fun and meaning, if we let it go by without engaging it.

Fitting meaningful activities into our lives may require letting go of others. Years are different from each other depending on ages of children, current commitments, and other life demands. However, I believe that we each need to feed our soul with what makes us personally happy. So, squeezing in a couple of activities that are personally fulfilling deserves attention and time.

I am also compelled to focus some time and resources to those who are in need. In Ohio, the food banks are very low as well as the blood banks. We•ve been getting regular calls from the Red Cross to donate blood, and many mailers from homeless shelters in need of resources. If you are aware of needs that you can help to shore up, that is another activity that can bring great meaning and satisfaction to life.

There is such a celebration of food this time of year that I hardly know what to focus on for the recipe this week. However, it was apparent to me during a party we recently hosted, that more people are looking for healthy dishes and snacks, and the salad we served was the first bowl to be emptied. So that is the recipe I’ll share here with you.

Holiday Greens and Fruit Salad•it looks very pretty in the bowl besides being delicious

2 or 3 ripe firm pears, cored and sliced thinly lengthwise
2 oranges, peeled and sliced in thin wedges
1 head of butterhead lettuce, torn in pieces
3 to 5 cups of mixed greens (depending on what size of salad you need for your group)
• cup of toasted slivered almonds or toasted coarsely chopped walnuts
• cup of crumbled feta or blue cheese

Put lettuce and greens in large bowl, followed by fruit, nuts, and cheese. Prepare dressing and pour some on top, tossing to see how much is needed (depending on how many greens you used and how much dressing you like).

1/4 cup balsamic or white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
• cup orange juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• teaspoon minced garlic
Dash of salt
Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
• cup and maybe a little more olive oil (vegetable oil can be substituted)
Shake, whisk, or blend dressing ingredients except for oil. Gradually add oil, mixing as you go.

Coaching Inquiries: If you were to pick one or two things that are fun and meaningful to you this time of year, what would they be? How long has it been since you•ve done them? What do they add to your life and to the lives of those around you? Is there someone you want to reach out to in a special way this month or next?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.Kate Kriynovich (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH
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