Integrity

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Definition of integrity

  1. 1:  firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values :incorruptibility

  2. 2:  an unimpaired condition :soundness

  3. 3:  the quality or state of being complete or undivided :completeness

    Source: Merriam-Webster

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“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone

“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” – Dennis Prager

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” – Zig Ziglar

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Vegan Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo

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Need:

12 ounces eggless fettuccine
2 cups unsweetened soy or almond milk
4 ounces soy cream cheese
3 tablespoons blanched sliced almonds
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped

Do:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil & cook the fettuccine according to package directions. Strain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Add the soy milk, soy cream cheese, almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper to a blender & process until smooth.

Heat the oil & garlic in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until the garlic just starts to sizzle & softens, about 1 minute. Add the soy milk mixture & 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, bring to a simmer & cook until thick & creamy, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the fettuccini & parsley and toss to combine. Thin out with a little more pasta water if needed.

Divide the pasta among four bowls & sprinkle each with some nutritional yeast and a few grinds of pepper.

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Skyscraper

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To say that this past week has rocked my world would be a vast understatement.

I received a phone call from someone I’ve adored, respected, & admired my entire life that turned into something I NEVER thought would happen. It was HELLACIOUS…to say the least.

At first, I was simply confused. But the more time I’ve had to sit here with this phone call repeating in my head, the worse things get. I see things clearer & clearer with every passing hour.

I was GREATLY disrespected. I was accused of falsehoods. I was belittled. I was laughed at. I was yelled at.

I had to speak to this person in a way I NEVER in a million years thought I’d ever do.

No one is responsible for my actions but myself. No one will yell at me like a child, NO ONE. I’m grown. No one will laugh at me while I’m in tears & think it’s okay.

And don’t EVER come at me thinking you’re gong to fight another person’s battle. All that came from that was me losing respect for both people involved & now, I don’t have a problem with just one person. I have problems with multiple people.

I won’t be broken down. I won’t be bullied. I’ll say goodbye forever before that happens.

There’s no coming back from the things I heard & the horrendous effects that situation took on my body.

Trust this though, it will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. You thought you could break me down but I’m rising like the skyscrapers.

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POBLANO & PORTOBELLO FAJITAS

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Need:

1 poblano pepper, seeds removed & thinly sliced
2 bell peppers, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeds removed & thinly sliced
1 yellow or white onion, cut into thin rounds
2 large or 4 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean & thinly sliced
2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1/2 lime
Sea salt, cumin & garlic powder
1 tsp A1 steak sauce (for mushrooms, optional)
6 small flour or corn tortillas
Optional: fresh red onion, hot sauce, cilantro, salsa

Do:

1. Heat a large skillet & a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add a dash of olive or coconut oil to the large skillet, then the onion & peppers. Season generously with salt, cumin & garlic powder.

2. Cook until softened & slightly caramelized, stirring often. Set aside & cover to keep warm.

3. At the same time, add a dash of oil to the medium pan, then add the mushrooms. Season with a bit of salt & once softened & brown (see photo), add a dash of A1 (vegan-friendly) for more flavor (optional). Remove from heat, set aside & cover.

4. Prepare guacamole by adding two avocados to a bowl then adding the juice of half a lime & a generous pinch of salt. Fresh cilantro & onion is optional.

5. Warm tortillas in the microwave or oven & you’re ready to go. Serve tortillas with peppers & onions, mushrooms, guacamole & any other toppings you desire such as salsa, hot sauce, & cheese or sour cream (for non-vegan).

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From My Front Porch

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I’ll always wonder about “what could have been.” I’m human.

I wonder what would’ve happened had I accepted that scholarship to the NY Film Academy. I wonder what things would be like if I’d moved to California.

But when I see where I’m at, here on my front porch, I wouldn’t change this for ANYTHING.

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Change Isn’t Easy

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Nothing in this world is easy.

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