The World According To Suzi is here for me to share my songs, poems and stories. I'll also be sharing food and drink recipes, links and calendars of live music and other happenings in and around the Florida Keys, along with reviews on local restaurants, and tips on things to do. In Suzi's World there is always music, so I'll also be sharing play lists and my recommendations on music-new and old. So, please take a look around, click the links, leave a comment and let me know what you think, share your thoughts and give me a glimpse into your world!

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Rewire Your Brain For Happiness

Sometimes it seems like we are surrounded by negativity.  It’s all around us.  We turn on the TV and hear politicians insulting each other; open up social media and see hateful posts and comments; drive down the road and deal with hostile drivers; it seems even magazine covers are designed to upset and inflame us more than entertain.  The world can seemingly be a more and more negative place, and every day we are affected by that negativity whether we realize it or not.  The power of negative thought can influence our mood, our relationships and our health.  Negative thoughts like fear and worry, guilt and regret, jealousy, and sadness cause stress and stress can wreak havoc on both our physical and mental health.

But this trend can be reversed.  The only thing more powerful than the power of negative thought is the power of positivity, the power of happiness.  
Studies show that people who are generally happier and more optimistic tend to be healthier and more successful.  

Based on many psychological tests, happy people seem to have a special quality that enables them to live a better life than the average.  Can you guess what it is?  It is the quality of optimism and positive thinking!  The best news about optimism is that it is a learnable quality. You can learn to be a more confident and optimistic person and have a more positive attitude by thinking the way optimists do. 

By the law of cause and effect, if you do and say what other healthy, happy people do and say, you will soon feel the same way, get the same results, and enjoy the same positive attitude and experiences that they do.

Think about what you want

Can you guess what the most successful and happy people think about all day long? The answer is simple.  Healthy, happy people think about what they want, and how to get it, most of the time. The power of positive thinking and developing a positive attitude are two of the most important qualities a person can have to change their life.

When you think and talk about what you want and how to get it, you feel happier and in greater control of your life.  When you are thinking about something that makes you happy, your brain actually releases endorphins, which give you a generalized feeling of well-being.  As a result, you develop a positive attitude.  

Be kind

Happy and positive people are kind to others. Kindness to others is good for your health. Studies show that even "micro-moments" of connection with others, like sharing a smile or expressing concern, improve emotional resilience, boost the immune system, and reduce susceptibility to depression and anxiety.  Moments of uplifting positive emotions function like nutrients for creativity, growth and health.

Stop the negativity

We all talk to ourselves without realizing it. There’s a little voice inside our head which runs an ongoing commentary on everything we’re doing. It becomes the backing tape to our lives. But, if you’re constantly saying negative things to yourself, guess what? You’ll feel bad.

So change the tape to something more helpful. Be your own best friend, inner coach and guru by saying the kind of positive encouraging things you would say to a very good friend. This will help you think positive, feel positive and act positive.

Be grateful

Begin each day by making a list of three things that you are thankful for, or three specific good things that happened the day before and reflect on what caused them to happen. The good things could be anything — bumping into an old friend, a positive remark from someone at work, a pretty sunset.  Celebrating small wins also has a proven effect of powering motivation and igniting joy. As you record your good things daily, you will begin to feel happier and more positive every day.

In the end, it seems it’s all about perception. Like life, it depends on how you choose to view it. If you start making positive changes to your daily habit and personal ‘system’ for living well, you will soon notice a definite upturn in your happiness and wellbeing. Repetition is the key to success, forming new neural pathways and patterns of response in the brain.

It’s good to know science now seems to confirm, you can quite literally ‘rewire your brain for optimum happiness.’

I am making this a personal challenge.  
For the month of November, I will start each day by listing three things I am thankful for.  
Won't you join me?  

We have the power to change our minds and change the world.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fat Flush Soup

It's time for me to get back "on the program" and I'm starting with this wonderfully nutritious fat burning soup.

The superfoods in this soup are packed with antioxidants and fiber and aid with flushing toxins and, subsequently, fat from the body.

(click here)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Featured TV Series: Outlander

I read the "Outlander" series of books by Diana Gabaldon over a decade ago.  They are some of my favorite books and characters.  Long before the story was televised, I would find myself thinking about the characters sometimes - out of the blue I would just think, "Wonder what Claire and Jamie are doing?"

In the books, the romance was epic, the hero bigger than life... and the show does not disappoint.  I was skeptical that any living man could live up to my image of Jamie Fraser.  With a little stretching of my ideal imagination, I have accepted Sam Heughan.  
He really does a great job portraying the character of Jamie.  

And Caitriona Balfe is Claire.  The casting there was superb, right down to her hair.  And the villian, Black Jack Randall, is played masterfully by Tobias Menzies.  

The story follows Claire Randall, a combat nurse in 1945 recently returned from the battlefields of World War 2.  On holiday with her husband in Scotland, she is mysteriously transported through time to 1743. She immediately becomes involved with a group of highlanders, ends up married to one of them and embroiled in the Jacobite rebellion.  Life is hard, dangerous and primitive, her life is constantly in danger, but she must learn to adapt.  In the beginning she is focused on finding a way to get back to her own time and her husband, but soon realizes she has fallen in love with her strapping Scottish husband, Jamie Fraser.  The love and romance between the two of them grows deeper and her heart is torn.

I am thrilled with this show!  Having loved the books so much, I'm so happy they are doing them justice. The genius of the books was in the fact that they were such a unique combination of romance, adventure and historical fact.  Starz has brought all that to life so well.  Not only is the romance and sex believable, so is the darkness, rape and torture.  

Do yourself a favor and watch "Outlander" on Starz.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Featured Restaurant/Bar/Resort: Florida Keys Brewing Company

Living The Island Life...Drinking The Local Beer

Florida Keys Brewing Company in Islamorada is the only brewing company in the Florida Keys.  

If you walk down Morada Way on most days, you can smell the hops and other wonderful aromatic odors coming out of a true brewing operation.

And the beer is really good!

Craig and Cheryl McBay own and run FKBC.  

They founded the brewing company on these principles:

Brewing as an art,
enjoying great beer,
and living the island life.

Located at 200 Morada Way in Islamorada, Craig and Cheryl started the company with the hopes of bringing great beer to our chain of islands and meeting the thirsty needs of its inhabitants. They have succeeded.

All of the island themed beers are brewed with top quality ingredients to make the best beer possible, including:
Hogfish Amber, Run Aground Brown, Man O War Wheat, and Sunsessional IPA (my favorite!)

Their tasting room is a beautiful work of art...the inside walls are tiled with bottle caps, and local artists like Pasta Pantaleo and Wyland have left their mark on the walls inside and out.

And their colorful Key-sey logo is art as well.

Stop by the Florida Keys Brewing Company, check out the brewing process, and then relax in the tasting room and enjoy these locally brewed craft beers.  
They even have flights available if you want to try them all!  And, be sure and buy your very own growler so you can take home some of your favorite.

PHONE: 305-916-5206
200 Morada Way, Islamorada
Mile Marker 81.6  Oceanside  
(300 Yards From US 1)
Open 1pm - 9pm DAILY

Live Music on Tuesday Nights!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Suzi's Music: Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem

I saw this interview with one of my favorite bands on No Depression this week and thought I would share.
It's an interesting read.

Playful and profound are perfect words to describe Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem.

I was first introduced to them right at 5 years ago.  I remember listening to them one evening and then being haunted by them for days afterwards.  If memory serves, I immediately downloaded 2 of their cd's and played them over and over.

Some songs are playful to the point of favorite being their version of "Singing in the Bathtub."