The Four “P”s

The Four “P”s

There are four concepts that will make your life better, and they all begin with the letter “P”. Patience, Persistence, Praise, and…Pie!

Patience is a concept that everyone knows, but seldom practices. I know that I am still working on being more patient. Sometimes it is difficult; compromising positions arise all the time. The kids are all crying at once, now you have to choose whom you help first. You had a long, hard day at work and your spouse bombards you with chores. Your teenager received detention for the fifth time for the same thing. Patience is definitely a virtue and should be used daily. Incorporating patience into our daily lives will be able to make us reassess our situations and force us to view them in a new light.

Persistence is a word I sometimes associate with career goals. This is another word for dedication or passion. Persistence is what drives people to continue when they feel like they cannot. Hard work and dedication are great qualities for any person to have. It will help you succeed and work toward goals. It could be losing weight, changing jobs, enrolling in school, becoming a better listener, learning to accept those who are different; the possibilities are endless. So keep at it, try again, and do not give up. Whatever you are striving for in your life, continue to push until you reach your personal goal.

Praise can have several meanings. It can be religious based: praising God for all He has done. It can be a motivational tool: giving employees praise for doing a great job. Praise is a powerful. All of those definitions are great, but I have another use for praise. Take the time to praise yourself. So many times, we look to others for justification that we are succeeding in our lives, but it is our life. Celebrate the small feats in life. Getting all the chores done, making it to all your meetings on time, avoiding traffic, etc. Give yourself credit when you do something. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small. Praising yourself will allow you to boost your self-esteem and give you a positive outlook on your actions. Each day you will be inspired to make the most of your life, and be proud of it!

The last “P” is for pie. Because, well, pie is awesome. I am posting a recipe for sweet potato pie. I made the filling from scratch, but not the crust. Since it is fall, sweet potato season is in full swing and they are inexpensive and readily available. Take advantage of this easy recipe to surprise your family! Read below for the recipe, I also posted pictures of the process! There is enough time to practice before Thanksgiving! 🙂


Easy Sweet Potato Pie


  • 1 pound of sweet potato (about 2-3 large potatoes)
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • ½ c. white granulated sugar
  • ½ c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 unbaked pie crust


  1. Wash, peel, and roughly chop the sweet potatoes.
  2. Put in pot and cover with water. Boil until tender.
  3. Mix butter, sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  4. When potatoes are soft, drain water and place in a bowl.
  5. Use a potato masher, fork, or mixer to mash the potatoes.
  6. Slowly mix in the liquid mixture into the potato mixture. Mix well. The batter will be a little lumpy.
  7. Pour mixture into pie crusts.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 45 minutes or until fork inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool and serve!

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