The 7-Layer Salad for Work

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He then left them, got back in the boat, and headed for the other side. But the disciples forgot to pack a lunch. Except for a single loaf of bread, there wasn’t a crumb in the boat. MSG Mark 8:13-15 

Lunch in the workplace is an opportunity to eat something healthy. Yes, you heard me right. You don’t have to eat out for lunch everyday. Use the opportunity to bring something healthy!

I recently started doing some work for an organization and am at their main office for part of my week, usually over lunch time. I haven’t had to pack lunches for awhile, so with this new opportunity, I’ve started to try to incorporate more salads into my week. I’ve some up with a way to pack a salad with a lot of healthy items, using a 7-layer method. You may recall the “7-Layer Smoothies” I use as my first breakfast most days of the week…well, this is a similar concept.

Here are my layer guidelines for building a healthy and tasty salad:

Layer 1 (bottom of container): this layer acts as the dressing, so it is something moist. I use cottage cheese or hummus drizzled with olive oil and add some spice in place of an actual dressing, but you could use a bottled dressing (watch the sugar, fat and processing chemical content) or homemade one (i.e. one made with tahini.)

Layer 2: cut up fruit, i.e. apples, grapes, or peaches. You’ll generally want a firmer fruit, not something like a banana.

Layer 3: protein – cooked chicken, steak, tofu, sandwich meats without nitrates, salmon, tuna, boiled egg, cubed cheese. This also adds a protective layer from the moist dressing and fruit.

Layer 4: cut or shredded accompaniment veggies (not the greens yet) like lentils, broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions, cut up small or shredded

Layer 5: seeds and nuts (which form another dry layer) and grains (i.e. quinoa or grain mix.)

Layer 6: mixed greens, towel dried and chopped

Layer 7: crunchy toppings such as Ezekiel bread croutons or granola, or if you want to indulge, some type of crushed chips or crackers (try to find less processed ones), and sprinkle of whatever spices you like.

Keep in their layers until lunch and then mix well for a filling and healthy meal!

Additional notes:

I prefer my food chopped or shredded small so all the textures and flavors mix but you could do it as you like!

I typically bring a small additional container of olive oil (a flavored one would be great) to add additional moisture

I often have some other side like a healthy dessert, or maybe some type of multigrain cracker, just because I like to eat more than one item with my meals.

I suggest drinking water or perhaps a pressed juice with this meal and avoid soda. Also avoid covering it with unhealthy, calorie-laden dressings!

Your turn: what healthy lunch items do you bring or keep at work?

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Coffee Break Bible Study: Hebrews 6-10 #bgbg2

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Read Hebrews 6.

How can verse 7 apply to your life?

 

What is encouraging about verse 10?

 

Read Hebrews 7.

How does Christ help us?

 

What do you learn from verse 19?

 

Read Hebrews 8.

What do you learn about a new covenant God has with people?

 

What are some blessings of this new covenant?

 

Read Hebrews 9.

What was offered for our redemption?

 

According to verse 28, why did Christ come?

 

Read Hebrews 10.

What is the purpose of the law?

 

Consider verse 24. What do you think that means in your life today?

 

 

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Teamwork in Action: A Real-Life Example

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Some time ago, I had the heartwarming experience of seeing teamwork in action on the church staff for which I had worked part time. It jazzed me to see things come together in such a seamless way. Here’s the situation:

A local ministry had requested to use the facility for a training session on helping the less fortunate. Our staff had already gone through this training several weeks before. I was the point person for this new event, as the church has a wise policy of having a “champion” for various events in case of questions and issues.

There weren’t a lot of details to handle, but there were a few logistics such as requesting coffee service, etc. I submitted the initial paperwork, and then the week before, something changed.

I had the opportunity to go on a mini-vacation, but it would necessitate me not being there for the event. One of my co-workers graciously agreed to my request to be the point person instead. I went around to the various departments (sound, food) to make sure all was in place for that Tuesday morning, and went on my getaway.

When I got back, I got the following email…”Please pass along our gratitude to all the staff who made our time at the church so easy. Having the coffee, water, and microphone ready was wonderful. When we realized that we had forgotten pens, all we had to do was ask and voila, they appeared.”

You can’t see my face, but can you tell I was delighted? THIS is what teamwork is about.

The following components came together:

Planning ahead: the event was on the calendar for some time

Confirming details: some email exchanges occurred closer to the event between us and the workshop leader. These confirmed details (such as the desire to have a microphone available) with enough time to make adjustments

Personal contact: sometimes face-to-face contact to remind or ask other staff members about their part in an event is a good idea rather than just relying on email or paperwork that could get buried. This happened within the week before the event.

Communication: when a backup plan was put in place, I clearly communicated this to the event organizer with copies to the affected staff.

Backup: maintaining peaceful and pleasant relationships on an ongoing basis with coworkers makes it easy to ask for help when you need it

Trust: I had to let go of control and enjoy my getaway

Celebration: I copied the entire staff when responding to the “thank you” we received. This was on purpose so that everyone could be part of celebrating teamwork.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of othersPhilippians 2:4

How about you? In what ways have you seen teamwork in action in your workplace?

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Coffee Break Bible Study: Hebrews 1-5 #bgbg2

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Read Hebrews 1.

What is said about Jesus here?

What makes Jesus special?

Read Hebrews 2.

What great advice in verse 1 can apply to a situation in your life today?

Write out the first four words on verse 9 and ponder them.

Read Hebrews 3.

According to verse 13, we are to encourage one another. Who needs encouragement in your sphere of influence today?

How can you avoid hardening your heart?

Read Hebrews 4.

Why is it important to rest?

Who is our high priest, and why is that important?

Read Hebrews 5.

How did Jesus receive His priestly status?

Where are you in your Christian growth?

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The 7 Minute Organizing Challenge

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Feeling overwhelmed by a messy home or office? Don’t know where to start to bring some order to the chaos? Try the Seven Minute Challenge.

1. Go to the area of the office, or room in the house, that is frustrating you the most. Bring an empty bag, box or other type of container with you.

2. Set a timer for 5 minutes.

3. From left to right, work your way around the area/room. DO NOT LEAVE THE AREA FOR FIVE MINUTES. As you find things that belong elsewhere, put them in the container.

4. Focus on doing a surface de-clutter, not a deep organization or even cleaning. If it takes less than five minutes to do the quick de-clutter, feel free to dust something or more deeply organize one very small thing.

5. When the timer goes off, set it again, for two minutes.

6. Spend the next two minutes putting everything in the container into the room(s)/area(s) where they belong, preferably in their assigned space, but at least in the room.

7. Take a breath and if you feel up to it, select another room/area of the house/office to attack, using the same system.

Keys:
1) You must stay in the room/area for the full five minutes, or spend up to two minutes making your deliveries.
2) You are not doing a deep cleaning…keep moving from left to right.
3) Only do as many seven-minute segments as energize and encourage you.

Let me know how it goes!

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1

Coffee Break Bible Study: 2 Timothy 4; Titus 1-3; Philemon #bgbg2

Titus 2

Read 2 Timothy 4.

What are some of the thing that Paul specifically said to Timothy that you can take to heart today?

What do you learn about some of the personal things Paul shared at the end of the chapter?

Read Titus 1.
Who was Titus?

Why did Paul leave Titus in Crete?

Read Titus 2.
What are some specific instructions regarding various age groups?

What are principles that “slaves” were to follow that could apply to employer/employee relationships today?

Read Titus 3.
How should we treat those in authority?

How does verse 7 bring focus to you today?

Read Philemon.
What is the overall focus of the short book?

What kind of person do you think Onesimus was?

 

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“Beth Doesn’t Like Sticky Notes”

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During an all-day speaking engagement some time ago I mentioned that I am not a big fan of sticky notes. It’s becoming a bit of a known quirk now that “Beth doesn’t like sticky notes.” I don’t mind them as a temporary tool, but they quickly become permanent fixtures on desks, monitors and other parts of the office and that becomes visual clutter. So I’ve found an alternative for the times when you need to do some doodling, quick figuring, or keep track of something for just a few minutes–a dry erase board and marker.

I keep small dry erase boards at my desks/portable office bag for jotting figures that don’t need a life beyond that day, or even that hour, at my work space.

Here are some other cool things you can do with dry erase equipment:

1) Use a dry erase marker to jot a reminder on your bathroom mirror (or a note to your loved one.)

2) Keep a dry erase menu on your refrigerator that you can easily erase and update daily, always having several days of meal ideas planned ahead.

3) Use a dry erase marker on certain types of lids to mark whose lunch is whose (test on a small area first).

Your turn: How could you use a dry erase board to unclutter your desk surfaces?

But all things should be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40 

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My special opportunity at the races

I’m excited to let you know that from Thursday through Sunday I’ll have a special opportunity to be the social media race reporter for the NASCAR race in Charlotte, NC. Thank you to Five Hour Energy and Michael Waltrip Racing for this prize which includes being part of the team cheering Clint Bowyer on to victory!

You can follow my adventure on my social media channels, particularly the one I use for tweeting about racing: Acheckeredflag

I’ll be posting to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout the weekend.

The race will be broadcast on ABC Saturday night. Watch the pit road area–you may get to see us!

 

#goclintgo

 

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Coffee Break Bible Study: 1 Timothy 5-6; 2 Timothy 1-3 #bgbg2

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Read 1 Timothy 5.

If you had to describe this chapter in one word, what would it be?

How should you treat the leadership in your church?

Read 1 Timothy 6.
How should you behave toward your employer?

What is something that can cause us a lot of problems if we fall in love with it?

Read 2 Timothy 1.
What type of legacy are you helping to leave for those who come behind you?

What stands out about Onesiphorus?

Read 2 Timothy 2.
Is God’s word hampered by trying circumstances?

Write out verse 15 in a way that personalizes it.

Read 2 Timothy 3:
What are some warnings about last days?

How can God’s word be used in life and work?

 

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Four Tips to Organize the Business Part of Your Purse

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Is your purse full of receipts, coins, cash and cards? Simplify your life with these ideas.

Consider using separate change purses or sections of a wallet as an “envelope system.”
Keep your most used cards in a handy part of the wallet and consolidate lesser used cards into another section or change purse. That way you don’t have to sort through a pile of membership/debit/credit/health/library cards to get to the ones you use most.

Have a set place to put your receipts, either in the wallet or in the same section of your purse. Empty that section regularly.
Enough said.

Empty your wallet when you get home.
Well, not all of it. Just take out the day’s receipts and coins and store accordingly. For example, I put receipts in my monthly receipt box and take loose change and put it in a container for myself or the household, depending on how the original cash was spent. (I keep the cash in separate pouches.)

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Mark 6:8

Refill your wallet as necessary.
I try to live guided by a budget so I have a certain amount of cash for spending each month. I choose not to carry the entire month’s cash at once, so I replenish as necessary when cleaning out my wallet.

If you get in the habit of cleaning out your purse regularly, before long it will be second nature.

 

*Note: I don’t recommend putting money in accessible pockets like the photo above. This image is just to suggest keeping things in set pockets for organizing purposes.

 

 

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