Crazy ideas and meatloaf with a twist.



What do I do with all my crazy ideas?  And the perfect wholesome fall meal of the week-meatloaf with a twist.

 

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I love October.  I mean LOVE like there will never be another October that will come again, so I must soak up all of it's goodness RIGHT NOW.
A few things that bring a little more joy to October . . . my favorite wreath of autumn leaves hung on my mantle, hot cider, mini-gatherings, and a month of color brilliance and shifting seasons that always gets me in the mood for possibility.
So, I can't talk about the love of October without acknowledging that I miss the slowness of summer, and I don't miss the busyness of September.  I can only love it because it comes at the perfect time every year, just when I need it.
We love a night by the fire, all things cinnamon, and a recent tradition that I started last year . . . I take long weekends away from work for the entire month!  And there are a few reasons for that.
One main reason--shifting in to possibility.  I grow weary of busyness, and I start to feel like I am going to lose myself in all the tasks of being a parent, leader, wife, and everything else.  I have to get my bearings, find some love and create space for possibility.  The long weekends are intentionally designed to soak up the season and give me space to dream, write and create again.   To allow myself to get lost in the beauty of the present mixed with the dreams of the future.
And I start to get crazy ideas!  I have so many I write down . . . to launch something, share a new product, take a leap of faith, move across the country.  You name it, I start to think about it!
This might surprise you a bit.  Or it might not.  If you've ever had a conversation with me, you may hear me talk about a "wild" idea or dreams, the latest project, the joy of living . . . I am all about your dreams, and your fullest life.  I love not only taking time for my own possibility, but it brings me so much joy to hear YOUR possibility.  I want to hear YOUR crazy ideas!  Because the thing is, there really aren't crazy ideas.  They only feel crazy if you have boxed yourself into what we consider "normal."  And I like normal.  I like stable, and calm, and peaceful and all that, too.  I just don't mind shaking things up a bit here and there.  Because on the other side of it is sweet adventure and fully living.
So, I am going to share a few of my crazy ideas with you!
        1.  What if I moved across the country?  What if we just decided no more high school and normal school and whatever is normal, and we moved across the country, and home-schooled and adventured with our kids for the next year?  We just figure it out!
        2.  What if I started a leadership revolution?  One where we just decide enough is enough with the "professional" jargon and image-driven craziness, and we show up with love every day?  Coming together to solve problems, and share life, and celebrate if someone does something super cool at work, but even more if they do something outside of work that makes them feel alive?  Can we help people fuel their dreams when they are off the clock?
        3.  What if I set a goal to sell $1000 a month in Trades of Hope--and know that I know, that I know I am making a difference for another woman across the world--and dream about meeting her one day?  Sharing a meal with her, watching her work, making it real!
        4.   What if I sang my heart out on Sunday morning and didn't care what people at work thought about me on Monday morning?
        5.    What if I said something controversial in an email or a blog post or on my social media?  Something I believe but I am afraid to say out loud?
        6.    What if I said I want to help 100 women say their crazy ideas out loud?

My journal is getting full again.  Do you have crazy ideas that you think sometimes?  Do you have a safe place to talk about it?  Did you know that crazy ideas are the birthplace of revolution?  When I coach, we coach around the ideal self.  And let me tell you--it is what some think of as "crazy talk."  But our imagination is where we exercise the muscle of possibility.  And I know this for sure.  No matter what kind of crazy conversation I have had, ideas are born in those conversations, and they lead to something.  They ALWAYS lead to something.

I would love to hear one or two of your crazy ideas!  Even it is a a secret.  Or you're afraid I will judge you or you'll have tears come to your eyes when you want to talk about it, and you don't want anyone to see your tears.  You have my word.  Your secret is safe with me.  And I promise you this . . . your crazy idea has something to it.  I have no doubt of it.
 
Creative thinking inspires ideas.
Ideas inspire change.

                                                             -Barbara Januszkiewicz
If you have an idea that you want to talk about and you need a safe place to share it, I'd love to hear from you.  Email me at jena@jenaleads.com to get the conversation started.  Also, if you know a woman that would be inspired by this email, pass it along!  These idea conversations are completely FREE because, you read it above-- I want to help 100 women open up to possibility and share their ideas!
 
 

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Meatloaf with a twist.
We gathered at her table, laughed, talked, and cooked together.  It was an afternoon to remember as we opened up to the possibility of one of us entertaining a dream!  And, the meatloaf was healthy and delicious.  I'm so thankful my friend Jenny is willing to share her meatloaf recipe with YOU--a family classic but with a twist!  And since @lovehowsheleads is all about sharing simple recipes, this one is a winner!
 
3 lbs ground turkey (this recipe can be halved or reduced on any of the ingredients, according to the person's taste or preferences)
1/4 cup flaxmeal
2 onions, chopped
2 carrots, chopped fine
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped (or only florets cut off)
1 cup quinoa or rice (optional - to extend the portions)
1 Tablespoon sage
1 Tablespoon oregano
1 Tablespoon rosemary
1 Tablespoon thyme
salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients into large casserole dish (or smaller dish if reducing the recipe)
Bake at 350 for 1 hour
 
Do you have a favorite simple dinner recipe you'd like to share?  Send me the info at jena@jenalopez.com!