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Counting your blessings during the holidays

by Minden Press-Herald

As we go through the Christmas holidays, I love to look back and see how blessed I really am.  We all go through things in life and it is hard at times.  

However, you don’t have a tough life, you have tough days. It is all how you look at it.  

Walking my health journey and becoming a coach has taught me so much. I have learned that I am more than enough. I am a somebody. I choose my own path and no one else. In all reality, if your life stinks it is because of you. Only you can change what you don’t like.

I used to be afraid to do a lot of things because of what people would say. Even worse was that people said I couldn’t accomplish something. Why was I listening to someone else’s opinion?  Why do I even care?

I believe that what you do in life is between you and God. If you are striving to be your best self then that is all that should matter.  

I feel many people have not embraced their calling or did what they love because someone else in their life “knew what was best for them.” What?

I am still in awe that there are so many people that have a lot of opinions about what others should do but yet they don’t have their own life together.  

People, focus on your own self. Stay in your own lane and do what is good for you. 

If what someone else is doing is not going against God’s word, or hurting anyone, let them be.  There will be a lot less stress in life if people wouldn’t have an opinion about everyone else.

Not succeeding at something in life is not failure. It is a learning tool, and we should never stop learning.  

We all should be living above the line and not below. What does that mean? Living above the line means you stay in your own lane. You strive to make yourself better every day. You help others where help is needed. You stay positive in all situations.  

There will be days where you need do-over or you just want to quit. Life is a challenge. I say, stand strong and take that challenge head-on.  

Another thing is you also become like the five people you hang around. Think about that! You may have to change your circle of influence.  

If you get around positive people, you will start to see the positive in all situations. If you hang out with the negative people you will see the negative in all things.

So take some time out and look back over your life. I know some are having a rough time but stop and think about all the good times and concentrate on them. Then make today the day you are going to change things! You only have one life. It’s all up to you. Let’s make it a great one.

Crab Stuffed Mushroom Recipe

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are rich, cheesy, and insanely addictive. You’ll want to eat the filling all by itself but it’s even BETTER when it’s hot and bubbly!


4 ounces cream cheese softened

½ cup sour cream

1 small clove garlic minced

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 ounces imitation crab meat finely chopped

2 scallions green parts only, sliced

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 pound baby Portobello or white button mushrooms stems removed


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Stir in crab meat, scallions, and mozzarella cheese.

Divide filling evenly among mushroom caps. Place on the baking sheet 1 inch apart.

Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until filling is hot and bubbly.

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