Thank you Maya Angelou xo

Life has been so busy lately between keeping up with life responsibilities, working on a cookbook with my girls and marketing for my book, Grow Yourself Beautiful, it’s left little time for writing my blog. However, I’m inspired to sit down and write for a bit to honor one of my greatest inspirations, Maya Angelou. She passed on this day back in 2014. I always want to help keep her memory alive for our newer generations to know her and also as a compass for me. She has greatly influenced my life both as a human being and a writer.

Maya Angelou was not only an inspirational poet, she was a perfect balance of a soft but strong woman. She was a beautiful writer about life and a powerful civil rights activist. What I love most was her authenticity, honesty and compassion. She had substance. She wrote about things that mattered. She was brilliant at putting life and feelings into words. I don’t believe anyone who sets out to be an “inspirational writer” can be truly authentic at it. I believe Inspirational writing has to come from people that think and feel deeply about themselves, others and life and then think it and feel it out loud onto paper. She was a master at that. I can always tell when someone is trying to be an inspiration rather than just authentically communicating thoughts and feelings that matter. As I keep growing as a writer and person, she will continue to be a compass. Maya wrote about things that inspire me to grow. I want to keep that in my heart. That’s my favorite way to write. I love writing about real things that inspire all of us to keep growing stronger and more beautiful for ourselves and each other. Thank you Maya for your beautiful words and gifts.

She truly had the best quotes and that’s how I will honor her today. These are my favorite and I feel them so deeply:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

If you don’t like something, change it.

If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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Matcha smoothies with Sharon and Kendall

Happy Tuesday Tea with Sharon and Kendall! Incase you’re just joining us, my daughter (the wisest and cutest dietitian I know) and I are exploring teas and health benefits every Tuesday this month. We hope to provide you with some fun inspiration for health & joy! Today, we’re exploring Matcha! Instead of sipping tea, we’re going to share our Matcha smoothie recipe we’ve developed for our cookbook we’re working on! (Yes! It’s a sneak peek recipe🤗) It’s energizing, yet calming—much like how a walk in nature can make us feel.

Matcha Energy & Calming Smoothie:
1/2 cup greek yogurt
½ cup cashew milk or milk of choice
1 cup of fresh spinach
¼ avocado
1.5 tsp of matcha
½ tsp of honey
½ cup of ice

Matcha is a very fine green powder made from green tea leaves. Since the whole leaves are consumed when drinking matcha, the antioxidant content is higher than other teas. Antioxidants help protect our body against free radicals. Matcha is also a rich source of L-theanine, which is an amino acid that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. This is why matcha is often known for being able to provide you with a relaxed energy.

Avocado is rich in fiber and potassium.

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin k, vitamin a, vitamin c, folate just to name a few.

Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein.

Adding a little protein (greek yogurt) and fat (avocado) to your smoothie can help promote satiety and help you feel fuller for longer, making this smoothie a great breakfast or snack option. Adding protein and fat to your smoothie will also help to keep your blood sugar from spiking.

There you go! Tea really is magical and a friend to anyone who is making their mental and physical health a priority. Tea reminds us to take a little break and just breathe. 💚💚

Tea Time with Sharon and Kendall

If it’s Tuesday, then it must be time for Sharon and Kendall to dish the tea on some more of our favorite teas. We both love our teas and I’ve asked my daughter the dietitian to help us navigate some of the many health benefit claims made on a lot of tea boxes. It’s not to say the info isn’t true, but we should take note there just isn’t a whole lot of research yet. However, the scientific research has been growing and that’s exciting!

Today’s favorite is Chamomile with Lavender. My favorite brand for this flavor is #traditionalmedicinals. The smell and taste of this tea makes us feel like we’re at a spa. It’s kind, relaxing and delightfully aromatic to us.

Kendall’s “teasearch” shows us Chamomile has been used as an herbal medication since ancient times and contains phytochemicals that may be able to provide therapeutic effects such as improving cardiovascular conditions, stimulating the immune system, and promoting relaxation. Also, that some human studies support lavender’s effectiveness in aiding to combat different neurological and psychological disorders. No wonder we love smelling it and drinking it while we work!

Tea is definitely one of life’s simple pleasures and so is my bamboo tea bag box you can see on the counter. I always think I might hear music when I open it up to choose a daily tea. Haha It’s funny how simple things can really bring us small little joys every day.

The inspirational quote on my teabag tag today is a fun one too. “Earth laughs in flowers”-Ralph Waldo Emerson. Perfect to visualize while I smell the lavender in the tea. I hope you have time today to enjoy some tea and visualize some beautiful flowers coming soon with Spring, while you drink it. 🌸🌺🌼🌻

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Let’s spill the Tea on Tuesdays!

When I was writing my first book, I really got into making a cup of tea every afternoon for a break. I found that just the right teas can be a caffeine-free, enthusiastic lift and also be very calming. A cup of tea in the middle of the day is such a beautiful way to quietly spend a few minutes with ourselves, unplugged.

 I don’t know if you can call it a hobby, but I now love trying different teas and learning about them. I especially love the impact that tea can have on our overall health and wellness. So much so, I’ve asked my daughter, Kendall, (the cutest and best dietitian) to team up with me! For the next month on Tuesdays, we’re going to dish the tea! Let’s call it, “Tuesday Tea with Sharon and Kendall”.

Today, we’re drinking “Organic Rosehip and Hibiscus Herbal Tea”. It’s a little bit floral, fruity and perfectly tart. It’s also a beautiful color of red. Did you know rose hips are that round portion of the rose flower just underneath the petals? I had no idea! Herbal teas, like this one, are known for having calming properties. Studies have also shown that hibiscus tea may be helpful in lowering blood pressure, which is important for heart health. We love that!

We also love the little treasures of inspiring quotes some brands put on their tea bag tags. They are great to ponder while you drink your tea. Today’s pearl of wisdom: “From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. -Aeschyluameros”.  We love that too! Let’s all take one small step today that will grow into something we really want to happen.

Hope you’ll join us for some tea! Cheers!

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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20 Reasons We May Want to Have Gratitude for 2020…

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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STYLE. How to Develop Yours!

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“IF SOMETHING GENUINELY APPEALS TO US, MAKES US COMFORTABLE, HELPS US FEEL ATTRACTIVE, AND UNDERSTOOD, THEN IT’S FOR US! “

Article by Sharon Caldwell Peddie

Photography by Ashley Taylor

Originally published in Boca Style Lifestyle

Our personal style is so much more than our clothes. It’s our hygiene. It’s the way we interact with people. It’s how we treat our family and friends. It’s how we decorate our home, as well as the way we take care of it. It’s the car we drive and how it looks inside. We show our style even through the way we wrap a present.

Of course we don’t take all of those things around with us; but our clothes make us a walking billboard. They’re an expression and message to ourselves and others. It’s important we’re communicating what we want to say to all of us. Our fashion and personal style should always feel “authentic” to us. Otherwise, it makes us feel awkward, phony, and uncomfortable. Our goal with our style and clothing should be to make us feel beautiful and comfortable.

Our personal style evolves as we do; and thank goodness, because if you’re like me, we’ve fallen prey to some pretty silly trends. There are always new ones and it’s fun to explore them through designers, magazines, Pinterest, bloggers, and influencers. At any age, it’s a great way to keep yourself current. However, it’s really important we view them through our personal lens. They may get you excited but unless it fits your personality, lifestyle, body shape, and comfort level, it will be working against your self confidence. We want our clothes to work with us in building confidence. I’ve always loved the sentiment “confidence is our greatest accessory”!

I truly believe if something genuinely appeals to us, makes us comfortable, helps us feel attractive, and understood, then it’s for us! So let that criteria help you while you shop and develop your style. It might be the latest trend, but it also might just be something in “your color”. If it fits you and your vibe just right, that is when you will rock the look! People admire the style of people who know who they are and dress like it. That’s your true fashion trend to follow.

Starting a board on Pinterest is a great way to start exploring your personal style. You can put categories in the search bar such as “jeans” or “yellow tops” and pin the ones that feel like you. Pretty soon you’ll have a whole board of fashion inspiration!

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is a new, Inspirational Writer and Author of  “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1599062525&sr=8-3

Peddie grew up in South Florida and now lives in Oregon. She’s a proud UF Gator Journalism Grad and currently working on Book 2. Check out her social media for ways to grow you and your life even more beautiful!

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Travel by Book this Summer! Boca Style Magazine Article-CityLifestyle.com

Boca Style is a beautiful magazine and I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to their July Issue! Don Schnurr-Publisher and Marti Schnurr-Editor, are right on point with their idea for this article to help inspire us to stay hopeful and positive until the world opens up to us again. Books are the perfect way to help us have adventures and travels without ever leaving our home. In my article, I recommend 3 books that I hope will inspire you in many unexpected ways to grow you and your life more beautiful! Thank you Don, Marti and Boca Style for this fun opportunity.

Grab a sneak peek of the magazine piece below. Articles can be found later this month at Citylifestyle.com and a complete copy of the monthly magazine at Lifestylepubs.com.

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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There’s a Storm but the Sky isn’t Falling

There is a tumultuous storm named Coronavirus (Covid-19) pounding and drenching the world right now. It’s frightening for many reasons but for most of us, the sky is NOT falling. Many weren’t fortunate to have warning. Their tragedy began striking before they knew what was even happening.

We’re hearing a lot of screaming around us. The Chicken Little crowd is loud and wants to always force us to see only doom and gloom. However, if we’re wisely adhering to precautions, it can be just a very dark storm and the sun will shine again soon.

I don’t want to discount the big disappointments for all of us. There will be financial repercussions for most. There are many beautiful plans being cancelled left and right. It seems every day we’re forced to give up something a bit more from our “normal” life as we know it.

Things are very weird and chaotic and yes, it feels scary and unsure. Let’s feel our feelings and validate them. Let’s validate other people’s feelings about it too.

These feelings associated with this pandemic have been piled on top of what we were already facing.

This will challenge our character.

Our flexibility, creativity, and resilience are being dared by the minute.

Whenever life knocks me down, I try to get back up as soon as possible. Standing up quickly makes me feel powerful and in control, regardless of the situation. Part of getting up is quickly looking for positive perspective.

We’re all feeling the same way. How often is the whole world on the same team? How often do we all wake up with same problem to solve? We’ve all been sucker punched by Coronavirus. But if we don’t have it, let’s stand back up as quickly as we can. Let’s not let Coronavirus make us feel like we’re sick patients if we’re not. Let’s punch back at it and see how many beautiful and healthy things it actually may bring.

There isn’t a lot we can control in life. We can only control our perspective and they way we receive the things that happen to us.  We gain a sense of control when we build ourselves to have a beautiful perspective. We do have control of the beauty happening inside our minds and hearts.

If we’re following safety protocol, we will have more time on our hands than we’ve had in a long time. I don’t want this virus to make us act sick if we’re not. Let’s find the beauty and all of the silver linings right in front of us. Let’s create them. Let’s be brave and brilliant, not bored. Let’s use this unusual time to pray, meditate, value and thank.  Let’s exercise, rest, sleep and rejuvenate. Let’s dream, imagine, think, solve and create. Let’s read, learn, strategize and plan. Let’s love, be present, listen, connect and help. Let’s cook and sing! Let’s build. Let’s evolve and excel. Let’s make beautiful contributions to ourselves and others.

The sky isn’t falling unless we let it.

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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Pacific Book Review –

Grow Yourself Beautiful

Title: Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy
Author: Sharon Caldwell Peddie
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781532057342
Pages: 154
Genre: Young adult non-fiction
Reviewed by: Lisa Brown-Gilbert

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Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy is an impassioned narrative written by a lovingly concerned mother looking not only to encourage and influence her own daughters’ positive growth, but also seeks to encourage all young ladies through the hectic maze of this largely depthless, one-dimensional world, where society gives sanction to unreasonable standards of beauty and behavior for women. Author Sharon Caldwell Peddie’s debut narrative Grow Yourself Beautiful works. Powered not only by the experiences of being a mother to three daughters, but also her over twenty years of experience of working with young women through multiple arenas including leadership development, community service, as well as cultural awareness.

Instantly, author Peddie solidifies a heartwarming connecting with readers with her encouraging poem entitled the same as the book, Grow Yourself Beautiful. Both reassuring and inspirational this poem addresses the considerable angst that young ladies will encounter in today’s world and very much set the tone for the whole narrative which is one of practical guidance and supportive encouragement.

Moreover, the book is comprised like an acrostic poem, with each of the letters in the word-beautiful broken down letter by letter into chapters which artfully expands on developing inner fortitude and growing the beauty inside instead of focusing on the superficial exterior. Each chapter focuses on pertinent conventional notions that are simple but highly effective when duly employed; such as kindness, gratitude, thankfulness, education, being authentic, resilience and more. My personal favorite is chapter four; U is for Unplugging where she encourages leaving the electronics alone and taking an introspective journey into yourself in order to get to know yourself and foment the most important relationship you will ever experience in life – and that is with yourself. In particular, this is very important advice for this technologically submerged world, and not only do young females need to do this, as well, there are many adults that should heed this advice as well, as society would be a lot better off.

Author Sharon Caldwell Peddie’s passion for the development of healthy young women shines through her work in this book. Entirely an enjoyable and beneficial read, I found this book to be an invaluable guide, both empowering and encouraging for female readers of all ages. Also, as a mother of four girls myself, I could easily relate to the necessity for a book like this in a world full of sexist paradigms that barrage young ladies and discourage female independence while battering self-esteem. Our daughters need to know that they are great and have phenomenal potential, of which Grow Yourself Beautiful accomplishes with an endearing quality and comes across as more than just a guide to growing up female, it is a lovingly earnest tribute to all daughters and the devoted mother-daughter bond. An additional perk to the book is the inclusion of ten journaling pages and links to websites with more information.

Falling in Love with Change

For many years of my life, I was terrified of change. The fear of the unknown. The loss that might come from it. Would I have the ability to handle it?

However, I’ve always been someone who bores easily with robotic routine. I love the comfort of my normal routines but having new experiences out of my comfort zone feeds my soul. I like the security to keep repeating what I’m good at but I crave learning something new. It electrifies me and recharges my life. While I hold on tight to my oldest and dearest friends, I also love the magic in meeting new people and making new friends. I feel grounding roots in revisiting my favorite places, but experiencing a new piece of earth invigorates and excitingly educates me. This is why I have learned to love and embrace change rather than be afraid of it.

Change is really the only “constant” we have in life. Unless we learn to embrace it, we will always feel unsettled. Resisting it causes us anxiety and exhaustion. Embracing it brings inner peace and tremendous growth. The difference between resisting or embracing is either a negative life or a positive one.

Right now, my life is full of change. I wanted to write about my philosophy of positively embracing change as a therapeutic reminder to myself and to also help anyone else needing it too. I have a lot of personal change just with myself as individual–but also with my family unit who has been the center of my life. My oldest daughter moved out on her own. My middle is graduating college and she will live where she finds her job. My youngest is graduating high school and she’ll leave for college in less than 4 months. My husband and I will soon be empty nesters asking ourselves what we want the rest of our lives to look like. My step-dad for 41 years just passed away this week. All of this on top of each other could have made a younger me buckle, but change has shown me it’s all a sign of a full, well-loved, well-lived life!

Reasons to Fall in Love with Change:

  • Change closes the doors to bad situations and black spots in life. Change causes it to finally end. It moves us forward.
  • Change opens new exciting chapters to our story. It provides a chance for fresh new words and pages!
  • Change keeps life from being boring. The same routines make us feel stale and like sleepy robots.
  • Change adds mystery to our life. When we aren’t sure what lies ahead in the dark, we are forced to be more alert. It causes us to be more open, seeing and hearing things like we didn’t before.
  • Change opens new doors. There are new people to love and to love us. There are new opportunities to make our life more exciting!
  • Change brings valuable lessons and better perspective. Every time we go through a change, we learn so much about life and ourselves. It makes us look at everything through a fresher, sharper, wiser lens. 
  • Change makes us more loving and more compassionate. With every new change comes an experience that helps us see what walking in someone else’s shoes feels like. 
  • Change makes us more flexible. There are many things every single day we can’t control. When we learn flexibility, we get to have inner peace when things don’t go as we planned. When we learn how to be flexible, we become less afraid we’ll break.
  • Change builds strength and resilience. I devoted a whole chapter to resilience in my book because I believe resilience is our most important life skill. Resilience is like a muscle. The more we use it, the stronger it gets. Every time we go through a tough or challenging change, it builds our resilience. It shows us, we will be ok. We will be just fine.

Spring is the perfect time to plant our intentions to grow a more positive mindset about change. There are so many signs in Spring from God, the Universe and Nature that assure us change brings us faith, light, hope, joy and love. Change helps us grow stronger and more beautiful.

Sharon is the author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful”. For more information on her book, visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com,sharonpeddieblog.com

I took the cover photo of this blog post at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. It’s one of my favorite places to celebrate Spring and the changes of my year. https://www.woodenshoe.com