Do Something that Scares the Tuna Salad Out of You

Do Something that Scares the Tuna Salad Out of You

We were in Kauai awhile back with a group of friends and we decided to do a day trip of zip lining, swimming, and picnicking. We had guides showing us the way; we started small (or short in the case of the ziplines) and met the challenge of longer, higher lines as the day went on. I remember feeling nauseated a bit when stepping up to do the first zip line, and then quickly realized that my irrational fear was squelched by a quick ride that I found enjoyable.

I was excited to see what else was to come. While I greeted all future zip lines with determination, my anxiety got the best of me when we stopped for lunch and a swim. You see, I can handle a nice clean pool where you can see to the bottom, know how deep the water is, and can swim to the edge to hop out or in easily.

This pool, however, was anything but my inviting description. It was a natural water hole; the water looked black and the only way to get in was to hike up the side of a cliff with the rest of my friends and jump off.I followed my husband and group of friends up the small cliff; I was second-to-last. My stomach was a mess, my head full of fear,and my legs were weak. This was not my idea of fun. Everyone else jumped, and after stepping up for my turn, I froze. Our friend was behind me, cheering me on with his never-ending positive smile. All the friends already in the water were hooting and holler-ing for me to hop on in, telling me that it’d be okay.

But the fear, that damn fear, filled my body. I felt my heart racing, my breath shallow, and thought of the creatures that might be living in the blackwater. I think I’ve watched too many shows on water snakes and other lovely creatures with my animal-loving children. This education wasn’t coming in handy! After many minutes, which felt like an eternity to me, I jumped…and guess what? I survived! I actually did it!

My challenge to you today is to also do something that scares the tuna salad right out of you. You may feel sick, weak in the knees,and ready to crap your pants, but in the end you’ll feel like you can handle anything that comes your way…even the greatest of fears!

What would you like to do in the next few months to overcome a great fear? Maybe it’s singing in the church choir, talking to your boss about a work situation, or running your first 5K race… whatever it is for you, I want you to think big, and write out a plan to take action. You may feel sick to your stomach and weak in the knees when it comes time to execute; just remember that you will overcome. Even if the worst-case scenario happens, you’ll feel accomplished and free as a result of conquering a fear that has held you back in one way or another!

Many blessings to you as we all embark on new beginnings and challenges in 2020!

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8 large onions, thinly sliced
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp dried thyme
3 bay leaves
¼ cup organic beef or vegetable broth base
3 quarts of water
2 cups of your favorite red wine
Sea salt and pepper to taste


Heat stock pot over medium low heat. Melt butter and add onion; stir occasionally and cook until onions are a dark golden caramel color. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Simmer until the soup begins to boil, then immediately upon boil turn the heat off. You may serve as is, or spoon soup into an oven safe bowl, top with croutons and thinly sliced gruyere cheese and place under the broiler until cheese bubbles. For individuals who prefer goat cheese, you may replace the gruyere cheese with Manchego cheese. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe compliments Angela Gaffney “The Daily Essentials Cookbook Collection Lunch”

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