Thank You

13 06 2012

 

I want to take a moment to thank you for allowing me to write this blog. I want to thank you for supporting my dreams. I started this blog at the beginning of 2009, not knowing where it would take me. Where did it take me you ask? Why to the moon dear soul. But seriously, I quit a corporate job that was sucking my soul and took a leap of faith towards a freelance writing gig that was more in line with my values, gifts, and dreams. Little did I know that would propel me into the exciting world of social media.

ImageI now spend my days helping business owners, who want to change the world, while finding and expressing their true voice on social media. I thank God for the opportunity to serve in a way that fills my heart with such joy. Together we can make a difference.
Never give up on a dream. Reach for the stars. Keep blogging, keep writing, keep listening to your inner guide. Be true to yourself. Be good to the world and the world will be good to you. Live a life in balance.

Namaste,

Amber Lee Scott (Mrs. Scott)

Social Media Specialist

True U Voice

http://trueuvoice.com/





Feeling Blessed: A BIG thank you

26 03 2010

Has it really  been a whole month since my last blog update? What a busy little beaver I have been lately! Please give me this moment to thank everyone who reads this blog, who comments on my facebook page, who makes me laugh on Twitter, and who encourages me to keep following my dream of Doing What I Love. It is proof that one small gesture can make a difference in the life of an individual. Be good to each other and yourselves. Have a wonderful weekend. Namaste.





Quick Chili: Perfect for Cold Winter Days

10 02 2010


Alexis and her awesome chili

Originally uploaded by santheo

Part of living a balanced life involves cooking and eating nutritious and filling food. People often find it hard to find the time to cook, leaving a trail of takeout and frozen food wrappers. Fortunately, there is hope. My family has been making a version of the following chili for a few years now. It is a little spicy, but not too spicy for our toddler. It is also easy, economical, and quick. See below the recipe for tips on how to make it a little healthier. We made it tonight. It went perfect with the blizzard.

This Recipe is originally from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 white onion, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 (15 ounce) can ranch-style beans
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Directions

In a large pot, cook beef over medium heat until brown. Stir in onion and cook until onion is translucent. Stir in tomato sauce, water, ranch-style beans, kidney beans, chiles, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 364 | Total Fat: 16.5g | Cholesterol: 57mg

For a healthier version: I usually buy at least 85% lean ground beef, but ground turkey would add less fat and calories to the meal. I usually leave the grease from the meat in the pot, however; you can drain the liquid after cooking the meat for less fat and calories. In addition, substitution of fresher ingredients along with organic ingredients, will increase the nutritional value of the meal.





All in the Name of Love

18 01 2010

I'VE GOT A LOVE THAT I CLING ON TO.. By Niffty on Flickr

Read at weddings and framed on walls, most people have heard a version of Corinthians 13:4-7 (Love is patient, Love is kind). Some people would say the passage is a little played out and annoying. Or is it?

I found an exercise that brings new meaning to the overly used Bible passage. I encourage you all to try it and share what you think. All you have to do is read the passage below, inserting your own name where there are blanks.

_____ is patient, _____is kind. _____ does not envy, _____ does not boast, _____ is not proud. 5 _____is not rude, ____ is not self-seeking, _____ is not easily angered, _____keeps no record of wrongs. 6 ______does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 ______always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Do you embody this passage fully? Has this exercise changed the way you see this passage and your life?

Making the passage so personal, gave me better insight into my own life. I am not always patient with my child, or kind to those who do me wrong. Envy, I am sad to say, can consume me. I often boast and am proud when something great happens to me. Let’s face it, I can be rude, especially when tired or annoyed. I can be self absorbed. And anger, well, let’s just say don’t push me too hard. I keep a mental list of all the things my husband has done (or not done) in order to win the next fight.

Even if you do not read the Bible or believe in it, you can not deny there is some great stuff in there. Sometimes we just need to look at it from a different angle or in a new way. May all your days be filled with Love, Hope, and Faith, but the greatest of these is Love. Namaste.





Guest Bloggers Coming Your Way Very Soon!

7 01 2010

Mrs. Scott is happy to announce that some very talented, sincere, and awesome friends have agreed to do some guest blogging gigs right here! I am so happy to have them aboard the Life in Balance- Do What You Love train! Stay tuned….the first one is scheduled to hit tonight! I will give you a sneak peak.

It seems that confessions are replacing baseball as our national past-time. Tiger Woods, Eliot Spitzer, Jim McGreevy, John Edwards, Mark Sanford and far too many others are clogging up the airwaves with their heartfelt, public confessions, loyal wives often at their sides, promising penitence and reform.

Ok, that is enough. Be sure to tune in. Same Mrs. Scott channel, same Mrs. Scott….well you get the picture.

Namaste!





Rekindle your Relationships, Not Just the Yuletide Fire

13 12 2009

I tried not to blog about it, I really did. But it has been everywhere lately and it can no longer be avoided. What am I talking about? First there was Tiger, then Bradgelina all over the super market isles, and now a scandal among friends. I ask myself, what do all these people have in common, besides a failing relationship and a cheating spouse?

Tiger and Bradgelina both have small children. And let’s face it, small children take up a large part of anyone’s time and energy. Who has energy left for your once significant other? But my friend did not have kids. She is; however, dealing with the death of a loved one. In all these instances, energies have been diverted other places. A plant can not grow and will soon whither and die without light, water, and warmth. In the same way, a relationship will fade when not given attention and love.

If you feel like life, in all it’s joys and sorrows, is pulling you away from anyone you love-take actions to ensure your relationship is nurtured. It might not even be a spouse, it could be a close friend, or a family member. Especially in the holiday season, our minds are lost in our To Do list. Here’s My New To Do List:

1.) Hold his hand and kiss him in public

2.) Give him a massage after a hard day

3.) Treat each date, like it was the first

4.) Show interest in what interests him

5.) Take care of and show LOVE for myself

What is on your To Do List today? Namaste.





Budget Savvy MD Style Crab Cake (without the crab)

15 11 2009

One of the hardest things about creating an ideal work/life balance is eating healthy. It is so much easier to pick up the phone or turn into a drive thru. In my search for  meals made from more simple and fresh ingredients (that do not put a dent in my pocketbook), I came across a recipe for cauliflower fritters. As I was making the recipe, I noticed the fritters were looking alot like a crab cake. Being a MD native, I love a good crab cake. So I altered the recipe and think I have a winner. Not only is it more economical than using crab, it is also better for the environment, as crabs are overfished and populations (especially in the chesapeake bay area) are dwindling. Let me know what you think.

Ingredient List:

  1. Large head of califlower (about 2 1/4 pounds) trimmed and chopped (or buy pre-chopped bags for convenience)
  2. At least 1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat flour)
  3. 1 large egg, beaten
  4. Old Bay seasoning (to taste), at least 1 Tablespoon
  5. 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)- I used more for a deep fried approach
  6. Horseradish and Ketchup (or store bought cocktail sauce)

Steam the califlower until tender. Mash and let cool. Stir in flour and egg (I added more flour than the recipe called for). Season with salt and pepper and Old Bay. Return to fridge for 15 minutes. Roll 1/4 cupfuls into balls and flatten into patties, it will make about 12. Heat EVOO over medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry the patties until-golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Serve with cocktail sauce and Old Bay on the side. To make your own cocktail sauce, simply mix equal parts ketchup to horseradish. This is pretty spicy, so you might want to add more ketchup.

Happy Cooking! Namaste.








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