Very inspiring.

Thank you, Shaun from the blog prayingforoneday for this acknowledgement through the interwebs in bestowing to me the “Very Inspiring Blogger” award. It’s really nice to hear this from someone other then friends and family (who I suspect have to tell me I’m inspiring just because they love me and I never stop talking about my blog… i.e. “Omg, here comes Steph and she’s referencing her Word Press site again *eye roll.* )

Bloggers like Shaun and many others in the Word Press community have really inspired me through their writings and very honest sharing of life stories and struggles. Blogging and writing can be a very personal and very difficult endeavor. I’m grateful to have this humble lil’ avenue to speak my mind and heart and to connect with others. And it’s nice to know – just once in a while maybe – that you can inspire someone! Lord knows I have found much inspiration here!


The rules of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award: 

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven things about me…

1. Jesus is my King, my love, the song in my heart… the most graceful, loving kindness.

2. I love going to church and having church. I love talking about religions and spirituality. Who says you can’t talk about religion and politics among a group? Put a pot of tea on, pull up a chair and lets get talking. I’ll make a snack! Or, we could just talk about the weather or sports. Booooring.

3. I just signed up to run a seven-mile race in August to raise money for adults with autism and brain injury research and treatment (stay tuned for future blog posts on this.) Umm, I’ve never even completed a 5k succesfully. We’ll see how this goes…

4. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. (Umm, refer to number 3!)

5. I have a 12-year-old cat named after the biblical prophet Elijah. He is the most socially aggressive cat ever. Yesterday he head-bumped my beer bottle into my teeth in an attempt at a cuddle. He also drools like a dog.

6. One of my favorite movies is “Waking Life.”

7. I’ve lived in Madrid, Costa Rica and five small towns in Pennsylvania before moving to Cape Cod. I love it here.

My nominations for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” are…

1. Sethsnap Join 11,000 + followers for some pretty inspiring photography and travels here. Sethsnap was also one of the first bloggers to frequent my site. Yes, I noticed. And I thank you 🙂

2. Bucket List Publications Travel, Adventure and New Experiences

3. A Devoted Life Practical, daily devotionals for the real world. (So real and so good!)

4. Broken Light, A Photography Collection – very artistic photographs taken from people who are managing or struggling with a mental illness. So many of the posts here really encapsulate what mental illness can be like. Great understanding in this site for anyone working to erase stigma in mental healthcare.

5. The War in My Brain – A very brave and honest blog about living with an OCD diagnosis and managing the symptoms.

6. Full of Roses Inspirationals – Christian inspirational photography and poetry

7. ShrinksAren’tCheap – Very creative, very playful, dark, fantastical work. This blog title is one of the best I’ve seen. What is better therapy than writing, after all? I mean, if you’re a writer.

8. Words of Balance – Great inspiration and clear-cut simple tips and tools for life.

9. The Better Man Projects – Very inspiring. Enough said.

10. OneBraveSurvivorHealing – I am of the firm conviction these days that healing does take courage. So this blog is very inspiring and I nominate it with gusto.

11. CHRISTian Poetry by Deborah Ann – Very inspiring and beautiful words, stanzas and verses here.

12. Shift – because the only thing constant is change – And this blog constantly inspires, too. That hasn’t really changed.

13. Seeker of Truth – A fabulous literary blogger who also loves to talk about Jesus. A gal after my own heart.

14. True Warriors of God – Ephesians Chapter 6 🙂 and many other lovely thoughts.

15. Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Great nature photos and wildlife information here. One of a few wildlife blogs I subscribe to thanks to the influence of my biologist hubby. Have you hugged a tree today?

That is my list of the 15 nominations for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I frequent these sites at least once a week. There are so many more great blogs out there, but this is a little view into what I’ve been reading and what has most recently inspired me. Check them out. Very inspiring, indeed!

Wisdom and Folly.
January 24, 2013, 4:29 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Brain, Food, Mind, Motivation, Poetry, Spirit, Uncategorized, Writing | Tags: , , ,

Wisdom has built her house;

she has hewn out its seven pillars.

She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;

she has also set her table.

She has sent out her maids, and she calls

from the highest point of the city.

“Let all who are simple come in here!”

she says to those who lack judgment.

“Come, eat my food

and drink the wine I have mixed

Leave your simple ways and you will live;

walk in the way of understanding.”


Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;

whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.

Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;

Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;

teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

For through me your days will be many,

and years will be added to your life.

If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;

if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.


The woman Folly is loud;

she is undisciplined and without knowledge.

She sits at the door of her house,

on a seat at the highest point of the city,

calling out to those who pass by,

who go straight on their way.

“Let all who are simple come in here!”

she says to those who lack judgement.

“Stolen water is sweet;

food eaten in secret is delicious!”

But little do they know that the dead are there,

that her guests are in the depths of the grave.

Proverbs 9 1-18

Lunch all week for $30 (And breakfast, too.)
November 29, 2011, 3:09 am
Filed under: Behavior, Budget, Food, Organization

Success! It’s before 10 p.m. and I just made lunch for the entire week in thirty minutes for about thirty dollars. (That was my grocery bill amount at Giant tonight, which includes accompanying snacks and a seperate breakfast every day.)

This may sound like an easy task for a single girl. In fact, maybe it is. If you’re planning for a family this Web site will generate your local store sales and your family’s tastes into a shopping list and recipe ideas. If you’re not a culinary type the key is to educate yourself. A little research and planning can save you money and promote your health.


Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with cucumbers, red onions, olive oil and the most amazing garlic vinegar in the world. It’s made at Rolling Hills Farm, an organic farm in Saylorsburg, PA. This dish took seven minutes to toss together. It’s fresh, healthy and contains organic and locally made ingredients. Hello, garlic vinegar! I’ll need my gum tomorrow. Sorry kids and co-workers. It’s just too amazing. You can contact the Rolling Hills Farm at You can also order some here. It’s great for meats, veggies, stir-fries, salads, basically everything. When I love something, I really love it! Garlic vinegar, I’m dedicated.

Tortilla Española: You peel and slice several small golden yukon potatoes and cook them with sliced sweet onions. Stir the cooked potatoes and onions into a bowlful of whisked eggs and then pour the mixture into an oiled pan on medium temperature. Cover. When the sides are looking done, slide a plate over the pan and flip the tortilla onto the plate. Slide the tortilla raw side down back into the pan to cook its underside. I make this all the time (I know eggs have a bad reputation) but it’s cheap and fast. I can eat it cold or hot. I can eat it any time of the day!

Tonight’s cooking spree, you are cheap, easy and so delicious. Yes, I’ll be eating these things every day this week, which may seem boring or repetitive to many, but it’s a small sacrifice for saving time and money. You can always switch things up by adding a different snack or drink to the meal. I will not have to make lunch or breakfast at all this week! Oh, it’s the little things in life.

Any versatile, cheap and healthy menu offerings out there?

“An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” – Bonnie Friedman

Rice and Beans!
June 26, 2011, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Body, Food

Rice and beans is delicious, nutritious and good for your wallet. You can spice it up in the morning with chopped onion, garlic and cilantro. Mix it all together and place a fried egg on top. It’s even more exciting with some fried sweet plantains on the side. Hello heaven in the a.m.!

Rice and beans is the ultimate combination. You can serve it as a side or a main dish (throw in chunks of baked chicken, salsa, fresh grilled veggies and slice avocado for the side.) You could literally eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you wanted to. I did it for a year and it is still a part of my diet several times a week. All over the world rice and beans is a constant, simple, diet staple because it is cheap, easy and filling.

It doesn’t have to be fattening and starchy with white rice. Try brown rice or mix it up and search for different varieties or rice. I almost always choose black beans and haven’t tired of them yet. But there are a plethora of beans to choose from. I am seriously obsessed with rice and beans because they are such a budget saver. You can throw rice and beans in tacos and wraps. The variety is definitely there. Below is a photo of me with my “gallo pinto,” a mixture of black beans and white rice stirred up with sauteed onions, garlic, and cilantro. This breakfast definitely gets you through the day without mindlessly snacking or getting too hungry before lunch. Awesome food for runners, too.

Easy omelettes and other edibles.
June 26, 2011, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Body, Food, Organization

To have a simple, easy omelette you have to be prepared. Save your leftovers from dinners in the fridge and search for ingredients at the grocery store that you can simply toss in without a whole lot of work.

This time I spooned out leftover broccoli and fresh salsa right into the beaten two-egg mixture sitting in the small pan. Fresh salsa is found in the produce section and is also an amazing side for tortilla chips, a topper for crackers with hummus (sticks so beautifully to the creamy spread,) or an add-in to a zesty summer salad dressing. Once the omelette’s firm on one side, flip it, add a slice of cheese and fold it over. Today I sliced up some fresh french bread (left over from last night’s dinner) and drizzled olive oil with herbs over the pieces as a side. Sooo yum.

The trick to prepping your ingredients is doing it as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Pre-chop your veggies (and fruits) and store them in tupperware containers so they’ll be ready to toss into omelettes, stir-fries, salads, wraps or just a plastic baggy as a side for your lunch. Spending half an hour doing this on a Sunday (or whenever you shop) saves lots of time during the week, meaning more time to do the things you want and need to do!

What’s your favorite omelette combo? 

Valerie Rumfelt

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