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Stories... we all have one, or possibly several. Our stories may tell where we came from, how we got here, who we are, what we do, how we do things, why we do SOME things, how we choose to move through life. Our stories can have a lot to do with who we are, but they do not need to define us, we don't need to be locked into our stores. We have the freedom to choose how we will live our lives, and how much our story or stories are going to affect that.

Some of us drag our stories around like a weight, weighing us down so that it is difficult to grow and evolve. Let your story contribute to who you choose to be with it, but not ALL that you are. There are beautiful, twisted, hard, dysfunctional, quirky, messed up, funny. engaging, loving stories, we all can learn from them, create from them, move on from them. Our lives and who we are in them, is our choice, we will live with our stories but our lives don't have to be about our stories. Living with your story, some make careers with their stories or write about their stories, it is your story to do with what you wish. Use your story, don't let your story use you!!

Our connections to who we were, and who we are can make for a beautiful life, just be sure that it is a life you have built, not a life your stories have built. We need to embrace all that we are and all that we have been, and bring them together to this present life we are living. Again, we all have stories, there really is no exception to this, share stories if you choose but don't compare stories. There is no room for comparing yourself to anyone or anything, this is your life with your story/stories. Share what you know and who you are for yourself, and how this has made you the incredible person you are. Use your story/stories to enrich your life, to learn and grow from them, make new stories that you will want to read over and over again!

Lentil Tortilla Soup. (yes it is that time of year again, soup time)


½ yellow onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

4 cups vegetable broth

1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes

½ cup salsa of choice

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

¾ cup dried red lentils

½ tsp cjili powder

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp ground cumin

¼ tsp cayenne

½ cup chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Slow Cooker

Chop, rinse and measure all your ingredients and add them to the slow cooker/crock pot.

Toss it all together.

Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. The dried lentils should be cooked through, once done add the cilantro on top.

Spoon into serving bowls and add your desired toppings, avocados, tortilla chips, chopped onion, more cilantro...

Lentil Tortilla Soup

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