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Costa Women Promotion in Fuengirola FI
  Thought you might like to see Taina’s article in Finnish from Fuengirola Fi about the Costa Women group.  Many thanks Taina!  Hope this is the first article of many in your Costa career!
Black Monday who says ?
  As I logged on this morning, I was pleasantly informed today was ‘Black Monday’, oh joy of all joys, what a great way to start the day, with a positive mental attitude and all that ???   So I thought well, I’m going to prove them wrong.  Often we are all guilty of focusing on the negative, sure we’ve all got challenges, and somedays they do get on top of us, and we wish we were someplace else, or somebody else, but do we ever take stock and have a look at what we have got ? Don’t get me wrong I’m not some highly charged P.M.A Rhino, and I’ve had my fair share of momentary lapses in life, but today NOT today, today is a good day. Looking over my land to the Montes of Malaga, the mountain has become alive, with growing flourishing nature. Plants and trees have been fed plentiful waters from the rain, and daytime temperatures have been lovely and warn allowing them to stretch and warm the faces in the sunshine.  Almond blossom buds, are bursting open, and filling the air with soft sweet perfume, which fills minds and hearts with memories and thoughts of the soon coming spring. With sun shining and faultless skies, the campo becomes a hive of activity,Olives being harvested, lands being ploughed. For me preparation of the vegetable garden for the La Rosilla kitchen, and the resurrection of LA Rosilla ‘Peckingham Palace” home for happy hens. Our previous hen house has laid dormant for a year or so, after Mr Fox, decided to pay a visit, hopefully now it is Fox and dog proof, and we can enjoy lovely fresh organic free range eggs once more for all our homemade recipes. I’ve planted out, many varieties of lettuce, and fennel, and peas for their shoots, terribly trendy at the moment, but look totally fab in salads. When we arrived at La Rosilla 6 years ago, I said I would walk to the end of my land, and sit,wonder, savour and breathe, each day…how life gets in the way.  Well yesterday I did,  making my way the shrubbery and overgrown mountain side, scrambling over rocks, and winding through olive trees, accompanied by my ever loyal Spaniel ‘Spencer’ , as my legs brushed the wild lavenders and rosemary the scent was amazing, like pure essential oils, orchids were bathing in the sun, and eagles were flying high in the thermals. I reached my pondering rock, feeling like miles from anyway, on top of the world…that’s when I thought, Yes this is why I’m here… Click here keep up with my blogs at La Rosilla
My Bounty !
Everyone loves to receive a gift, an offering, I am no exception, and if it comes in the guise of food even better.  My bounty this week was huge bag of Avocados, scrumped ! no picked by a local for me. The perfect avocado season, but like when all fruits and vegetables are at their prime, glut always springs to mind,  so I set myself up on a challenge...gosh my New Year is full of these..and decided to investigate the not so humble, but luxuriously rich Avocado. An average avocado tree produces about1200 avocados annually. The avocado is a climatericfruit (the bananais another), which means that it matures on the tree but ripens offthe tree Once picked, avocados ripen in a few days at room temperature (faster if stored with other fruits such as apples orbananas). A ripe avocado yields to gentle pressure when held in the palmof the hand and squeezed. The flesh is prone to turning brown quickly after exposure to air. Toprevent this, lemon juice canbe added to avocados after they are peeled and if you keep the stone from the avocado with the pulp in a dish this help too. Thought this was a funny anecdote; oh how much more we know about food now !! In the UK, the avocado became widely available in the 1960s when itwas introduced by M & S  under the name ‘avocado pear’. However, manycustomers tried to use it as a dessert ingredient like other pears(e.g. with custard), and complained to the store that it wasinedible. As a result, Marks and Spencer dropped the word ‘pear’ and labelled it simply ‘avocado’. The healthy part : Avocados are high in valuable fats and appear to have a beneficialeffect on blood serum levels. For a typical avocado: About 75% of an avocado’s calories come from fat, most of which is good fat, which can significantly lower cholesterol monounsaturated fat. Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in vitamins B, E & K. So forget the calories…these little babies are good for you. The yummy part Obviously there many dishes we all know using avocados, Guacamole, Avocado and prawns, salsas to name a few but I have come across an unusual Avocado and Lime soup, hopefully you may enjoy . Avocado Lime Soup Ingredients 1 Cup Onion, finely chopped 2 sticks  Cup Celery, finely chopped 1  Leek (white only), finely chopped 1 clove of Garlic, finely chopped 25g Unsalted butter ¼ Cup Flour 2 Pints Chicken stock 3 – 4 ripe Avocados, pureed Juice of 1 lime. Handful of fresh coriander , chopped Salt and freshly ground white pepper – to taste Creme fraiche or sour cream – as needed for garnish Roasted pimiento or red  pepper, julienned – as needed for garnish Instructions Sauté the onion, celery, leek and garlic in butter untiltranslucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour; cook over low heat,stirring constantly 3 or 4 minutes. Whisk in the stock; simmer untilvegetables are very soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in the avocado;simmer for 10 minutes. Finally, stir in the lime juice, coriander,salt and pepper. To serve chilled or hot, garnish 1-1/2 cup soup with a dollop ofcrème fraiche / or natural yog and a few strips of pimiento.and some nachos or baked tortillas or perhaps add chopped toms and red onions.. The fun part You can also quite easily grow your own avocado tree, a great fun thing for kids to do, you can find instructions for this on my sitemini chefs. The ME part So as I’ve ventured on my new healthy eating plan,thanks to www.familyinspain.com I’ll enjoy the goodness of these lush fruit, what  with these and my other new detox recipes, my body will believe its a temple, next thing you’ll know is that I’ve started chanting 😉   Cauliflower and Potato Curry Recipe   Butternut and Ginger Soup Recipe   .    
With all good Intentions
D-Day is fast approaching, that is the day when, my will power needs to be at its strongest, and I have to put my good intentions to the test. Many will have already started their new regime, their ‘New Year, New You’ campaign, well mine’s looming…Why so late late I hear many of you cry ?  Well here in Spain the festivities go on well into January, with the long awaited arrival of the 3 Kings, so larders, and fridges are all moaning with goodies. So as I chomp my way through, shortbread, scones, every type of cheese imaginable, boxs of biscuits, crackers, and even the coffee flavoured chocs , and quaff drinks cupboard stores, of the beverages we have to have at festive times !!! Well its no good having temptation lie in your path…. I Know I have to get my mind and body in order. So out with the old and in with the new…time for fresh vegetables, less carbs, fruit in every form, early nights, positive thinking, more exercise,new hobbies, new ventures ,gosh I’m feeling exhausted already. Changing your mind thoughts and vocabulary is often one of the most effective ways of succeeding, So I promise not to mention the word DIET, and I promise not to say, I’ll be good All week, and then BAD at the week-end.  I’ll promise not to long for that TGIF feeling, I promise that I’ll keep a food diary, and thought pad, to jot down all my minds moments…. Well I promise to TRY 😉 and its useless starting before Monday, so just a few more days of indulgence, well it is raining and cold, and my Mum & Dad have just returned home, so I need cheering up, and what better way then to have a little comfort food. Enjoy your Sunday x Love Lynsey from La Rosilla
Closing Cycles/Cerrando Circulos
from Paulo Coelho One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through. Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished. Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden? You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened. You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that. But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister. Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill. Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place. Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else. Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.” Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need. This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important. Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are. HAPPY NEW YEAR! ¡FELIZ AÑO NUEVO 2011! Siempre es preciso saber cuándo se acaba una etapa de la vida. Si insistes en permanecer en ella más allá del tiempo necesario, pierdes laalegría y el sentido del resto. Cerrando círculos, o cerrando puertas, o cerrando capítulos, como quieras llamarlo. Lo importante es poder cerrarlos, y dejar ir momentos de la vida que se van clausurando. ¿Terminó tu trabajo?, ¿Se acabó tu relación?, ¿Ya no vives más en esa casa?, ¿Debes irte de viaje?, ¿La relación se acabó? Puedes pasarte mucho tiempo de tu presente “revolcándote” en los porqués, en devolver el cassette y tratar de entender por qué sucedió tal o cual hecho. El desgaste ya a ser infinito, porque en la vida, tú, yo, tu amigo, tus hijos, tus hermanos, todos y todas estamos encaminados hacia ir cerrando capítulos, ir dando vuelta a la hoja, a terminar con etapas, o con momentos de la vida y seguir adelante. No podemos estar en el presente añorando el pasado. Ni siquiera preguntándonos porqué. Lo que sucedió, sucedió, y hay que soltarlo, hay que desprenderse. No podemos ser niños eternos, ni adolescentes tardíos, ni empleados de empresas inexistentes.¡Los hechos pasan y hay que dejarlos ir! Por eso, a veces es tan importante destruir recuerdos, regalar presentes, cambiar de casa, romper papeles, tirar documentos, y vender o regalar libros. Dejar ir, soltar, desprenderse. En la vida nadie juega con las cartas marcadas, y hay que aprender a perder y a ganar. Hay que dejar ir, hay que dar vuelta a la hoja, hay que vivir sólo lo que tenemos en el presente… El pasado ya pasó. No esperes que te lo devuelvan, no esperes que te reconozcan, no esperes que alguna vez se den cuenta de quién eres tú… Suelta el resentimiento. El prender “tu televisor personal” para darle y darle al asunto, lo único que consigue es dañarte lentalmente, envenenarte y amargarte. La vida está para adelante, nunca para atrás. ¿Noviazgos o amistades que no clausuran?, ¿Posibilidades de regresar? (¿a qué?), ¿Necesidad de aclaraciones?, ¿Palabras que no se dijeron?, ¿Silencios que lo invadieron? Si puedes enfrentarlos ya y ahora, hazlo, si no, déjalos ir, cierra capítulos. Dite a ti mismo que no, que no vuelven. Pero no por orgullo ni soberbia, sino, porque tú ya no encajas allí en ese lugar, en ese corazón, en esa habitación, en esa casa, en esa oficina, en ese oficio. Tú ya no eres el mismo que fuiste hace dos días, hace tres meses, hace un año. Por lo tanto, no hay nada a qué volver. Cierra la puerta, da vuelta a la hoja, cierra el círculo.
Ready, Aim, GOAL!
It’s that time of year again when we look back over the past 12 months and think about what we want to achieve in 2011. Some of us use this time to write goals to put down a marker of what we want to happen during the coming year.  The following article gives advice as to how to make achievable goals using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym.   SMART Goals   Ever feel like your goals just don’t inspire you to take action? Is the one thing you remember when you reach your goal is how hard it was to get there? Then your goals may not be SMART!    SMART is an acronym for goals that are: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based.   A specific goal is simple and easy to describe. When you set goals for yourself, are they specific and precise? “I want to be happy” is not specific. “I want to live happily in Hawaii” is specific. Your personal power lies in clarity.      A measurable goal is one that has a specific outcome. How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? If someone were to videotape you reaching your goal would it be obvious whether you achieved your goal or not? For example, the goal of saving $10,000 in a year is measurable. On December 31st you have either reached the goal or not. It can be easily measured.    An attainable goal is one that allows you to stretch, but is not impossible. Let’s say you want to make a million dollars. Great goal. But, if you are currently out of work or are not saving money, this goal is currently not achievable. If financial prosperity is a goal, start by getting work or saving/investing and then move on to the next attainable goal as you work towards your vision.    A relevant goal is one that has meaning for you. It is not just a good idea or a “should”. It reflects who you are and what you value as a human being. Pick something that gives you joy. If you want to lose weight connect that desire to a larger intention. Living a healthy and fit life is the larger intention that makes the weight loss goal relevant. Choose things that are important to YOU and that make a difference in your life.    A time-based goal is one that has an end date. Even if you don’t know if you can accomplish your goal in the time you’ve set for yourself set a date anyway. The mind responds to specifics. Setting a date and creating a plan or path for the goal will notify your mind you mean business!    One of the reasons that goal setting has such a bad reputation is that we often confuse a goal with a task. If you don’t experience a resounding “yes” as you create goals for yourself, then you are creating tasks. You are creating another variation of a “to-do list”. Ask yourself: “Will I be relieved when it is done?” If the answer is yes to this question, you have a task, not a goal.    Ask yourself: What do you truly want? What is really important to you? Look at what you gravitate towards naturally. This is a great place to start making SMART goals. Remember, goals are part of the process that moves you toward your dreams. © 2010 Creating Strategies, Inc.  Image from http://www.jascoaching.com/
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