A flashback to March 2010 when LA Friday Coffee visited the Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
A flashback to March 2010 when LA Friday Coffee visited the Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
I was invited out to speak to the career group, Tuesdays with Transitioners, in what has become an annual presentation. This year I present “A Year of Self Preservation.” You can watch the entire presentation below in this YouTube video.
It is a fact of nature that we often spend many hours of each day focused on someone else. We focus on our boss, our job, our family, our projects — but one person is usually left out of this focus — you! We can easily lose ourselves in the clamor for our attention. This year, though, I call for “A Year of Self Preservation”. A year of returning the focus to ourselves and our own lives, so that we can continue to help others.
It is my firm belief that we can only, truly, help others when we ourselves are in a good position. If we try to do too much, without the support of friends, family or a stable income, we risk placing our own life, work and income in jeopardy. This isn’t selfishness. Self preservation is about establishing a firm foundation where you can stand so you can offer a helping hand to others.
The tenets of A Year of Self Preservation are:
- Taking care of yourself first — not last
- Learning when and how to say — No
- Distancing yourself from negativity and avoiding the downward cycle
“Valuable information, superbly presented. Time well spent.”
“Very good subject and some great insight on the topic. I enjoyed it.”
“Today’s meetup was very thought provoking. Douglas’s presentation was wonderful and very timely. We must constantly be reminded of this “self preservation” and the importance it plays in our happiness throughout life.”
f you subscribe to my Pinterest page, my @douglaswelch Twitter account or my Google+ feed, you know that I am always finding recipes I want to try. This series, New Food, will highlight some of those finds as we make them for the first time in our own kitchen. Then, I’ll report back to you on the results — for better or worse! — Douglas
Make your own sparkling fruit juice at home using just juice and yeast.
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Previously on New Food:
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you’re probably looking for something sweet to shower your sweetie with. Whether your Valentine is your husband/wife, child or even that sweet neighbor down the street… you can’t go wrong with cupcakes. These bite-sized, frosting-filled, mini cakes are the perfect gift to let your Valentine know… they make your heart go pitter patter.
If you’ve ever tried to make cupcakes at home… frosting them can be a pain if you’re trying to make them look like they do in the fancy cupcakeries. Fear not.. we got you covered.
On this week’s KitchenParty, we’re chatting with one of our favorite cupcake bakers – Annette Startbuck. Annette took her passion for baking cupcakes and turned it into a business — launching her own cupcake shop called ‘Goodie Girls: a petite treat affair‘ in Glendale California and soon after won Cupcake Wars on The Food Network. We met Annette when she was a baker at Cupcake Camp LA, a charity baking event we produce every year.
Annette will will be sharing cupcake decorating tips and insight on what it was like winning Cupcake Wars. If you love cupcakes, interested in making your cupcakes look better or simply can’t imagine spending your Thursdays without Kitchenparty — join us! Watch the show here or go RSVP on our google+ account or youtube pages.
WANT TO PARTICIPATE? JOIN OUR WEEKLY COMMUNITY COOKBOOK! Upload your favorite cupcake recipe and be part of our community cookbook we publish after every show. Simply go here: Cupcake recipes Submission Page and add your favorite cupcake recipe. Each week we publish a new cookbook from recipes submitted by our guests, hosts and audience members like you!
HOW TO WATCH THE SHOW: At 8pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific on Thursday, February 7th, join us here and click on the video that will be added to this page about 20 minutes before the show starts. Follow the conversation on twitter by using #kitchenparty or head over toYoutube.com/bakespacetv page. Can’t wait until this party starts! Once the show starts, please click on the video to start the video feed. The google hangout does not start automatically.
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Miss an episode of #KitchenParty, where we talk to all our foodie friends?
Watch the recorded edition of each show via YouTube. Here are our shows for January 2013.
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Here is a review list of all the videos I produced in January 2013.
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This week on Kitchen Party… 1-2-3-New Year Reset…. with juicing recipes! Join us as we meet with Tess Masters, blogger at Healthyblenderrecipes.com and cookbook author atCookbookCafe.com will share her favorite juicing recipe and tips for resetting health in 2013 through juicing.
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Visit Tess’ Website: http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/
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Slow cookers are fashionably in…. again! Join us as we meet with Rachel Rappaport, author of Everything Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook as she dishes her favorite recipes and shares tips.
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This week we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with +Think with Google and +PSFK during +International CES in Las Vegas for a series of Hangouts about innovation, creativity and insights for a forward-thinking tech world. On Thursday at 2PM PT/5PM ET we’re heading into the studio for a special Hangout that will help answer questions from where to take your clients out to dinner at #2013CES to whether you really need that talking fridge.
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The calendar year has cycled around again and so does the Career Opportunities podcast. While I celebrate the official anniversary of the podcast each September 24th, it seems appropriate to highlight the first episode of the 2013 Season. I am in my 8th year of this podcast show and column and look forward to another year of “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” — Douglas
As I have done for the past several years, 2013 starts with a word or phrase that I will focus on throughout the year. It is always my hope that you will find this focus just as useful. For 2013, I am declaring A Year of Self Preservation. A year of taking care of yourself so that you can help take care of others.
When we had our son nearly 15 years ago, our pediatrician passed on an important piece of advice — one that I share with almost everyone I meet at some point. “Rested Parents are Good Parents!” It is so easy, as a new parent to dedicate yourself so completely to your child that everything else in your life suffers. Your sleep suffers, of course, but also your relationship with your spouse and family, your relationship with friends and even your relationship with yourself. Your work and career can suffer, as well.
We took his advice to heart as much as possible. We slept when the baby slept. We found babysitters and family members who could give us a night out every so often. We actively thought about — and engaged in — self preservation. We knew that if we allowed ourselves to become too tired (both mentally and physically) we wouldn’t be the type of parents we wanted to be.
Fast forward to 15 years later and I find myself offering this “rule” of self preservation for a host of new reasons. I meet people who have been unemployed for months or years. I have friends who are acting as caregivers to elderly or extremely ill family members. I have fellow parents who are making their way through the teenage years with all the stress and confilct that can generate. To all of them I whisper “self preservation” in their ears as often as I can.
It is my belief that you can only truly help others when you are in a good position yourself. This good position might be monetary. It might be a good mental position. It might be the position of having available time. Whatever your particular situation, you must look to your own stability first before you can truly help others.
This isn’t a call to selfishness, though. I am not telling you to ignore others and their calls for help. Rather, I am asking you think about your own self preservation and not sacrifice your own stability, your own income, your own happiness to help others. If you do, you will soon find yourself in the same situation as those you are trying to help. You will quickly expend all your good intentions, most of your income and disturb your stability if you don’t think deeply about your own situation first.
Of course, this self preservation will mean that sometimes you have to say, “No.” There will be times you can’t help. People you can’t help. Actions you cannot take. This is simply the nature of life. Be aware though, if you try to help everyone at everything, all the time, you will quickly find yourself unable to assist anyone. You will use up all your energy and leave everyone worse off than when they started.
I urge you, in 2013, to think carefully about your own self preservation when asked to become involved with any endeavor. Here are a few questions to ask yourself on each occasion.
If you want to truly help others, you need to practice active self preservation. You need to take care of yourself first, so that you have the energy, time and income to help others. To do otherwise is dangerous to your own stability and well-being. This isn’t selfishness in any way. By thinking about self preservation, you are helping to insure that you will be there when people need help rather than being in need of help yourself.