Joy ~ Money ~ Flow

“Despite our differences, most of us want a balanced life full of work that brings happiness and prosperity. As much as possible, we want to do something we enjoy. We want to put our skills to good use. And ideally, we don’t want to face a false choice between love or money—we’d like to do what we love and be well compensated for it.

Put simply, here’s what we’re looking for:
Something that makes us happy (joy)
Something that’s financially viable (money)
Something that maximizes our unique skills (flow)”

~Chris Guillebeau from Born for This

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Your Written Manifesto

We must go further. Beyond evaluating our current life experience and becoming clear as to whether or not our days’ efforts are meaningful to us, we must set a new and more productive course for our lives.

What will our mission be from this moment forward?

What will be our plan of action?

What steps must be taken?

These questions are not a philosophical suggestion. We should sit down now with pen in hand and write out the focus and direction of our lives from now forward. Lacking our own declarations and directives in life – written down, reviewed, updated, lived from – we can only fall into the herd. We end up where “they” take us, where they want us, wherever the wind blows us, regardless of our hopes and intent. Such a life is not one we want.

~Brendon Burchard from The Motivation Manifesto

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Are You Drinking Enough Water Daily?

Water makes up about two-thirds of your body weight and a person cannot survive without water more than a few days. Every cell, organ and tissue in the body depends on water. It plays very important roles:

  • It helps maintain the balance of body fluids.
  • It regulates and maintains body temperature.
  • It lubricates your joints and eyes.
  • It protects your tissues, spinal cord and joints.
  • It helps your body remove waste products and toxins.
  • It aids digestion.
  • It helps control calorie intake.
  • It helps keep your skin looking good and youthful.

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Resource: http://herbalhouse365.com/2016/02/05/10-warning-signs-that-your-body-is-lacking-water/

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Brighten Someone’s Day

  1. Leave inspirational notes in random places.
  2. Thank someone.
  3. Be curious about someone.
  4. Do something for yourself.
  5. Make a playlist for someone.
  6. Take it to social media.
  7. Surprise someone with a gift.
  8. Send a handwritten note.
  9. Call someone on the phone.
  10. Invite someone to take a walk in the park with you.

Be creative ~ share what you would do to make someone’s day.

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Fall and Winter SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons – Fall and Winter SAD symptoms usually start in the fall and continue into the spring, with January and February the most difficult months. Some people may experience symptoms specific to summer-onset, referred to as Spring and Summer SAD. Symptoms may include:

  • irritability
  • tiredness or low energy
  • problems getting along with other people
  • hypersensitivity to rejection
  • heavy, leaden” feeling in the arms or legs
  • oversleeping
  • appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • weight gain.

Treatment includes:

  • light therapy
  • psychotherapy
  • medications
  • make your environment sunnier and brighter
  • get outside – take a walk
  • exercise regularly
  • supplements – St John’s wort, SAMe, Melatonin, Omega-3 fatty acids
  • mind-body therapies – acupuncture, yoga, meditation, guided imagery, massage therapy

Coping and support:

  • stick to your treatment plan (structure/routine)
  • take care of yourself
  • practice stress management
  • socialize
  • take a trip

Additional information can be found at http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/arm-yourself-against-sad-0921155

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047

 

 

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How Far Can You Go?

The first year that I engaged in intentional personal growth, I discovered that it was going to be a lifetime process. During that year, the question in my mind changed from “how long will this take?” to “How far can I go?” That is the question you should be asking yourself right now — not that you will be able to answer it. I started this growth journey forty years ago, and I still haven’t answered it. But it will help you set the direction, if not the distance.

Where do you want to go in life?
What direction do you want to go?
What’s the furthest you can imagine going?

Answering those questions all get you started on the personal-growoth journey. The best you can hope to do in life is to make the most out of whatever you’ve been given. You can do that by investing in yourself, making yourself the best you can be. The more you’ve got to work with the greater your potential — and the farther you should try to go. As my dad used to say to me repeatedly when I was a kid, “To whomever much is given — much shall be required.” Give growing your best so you can become your best”

~John C Maxwell from The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

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Happy New Year

2016 – The new year is a time for celebration and also for reflection, as we look back at 2015 and look ahead to the future. We acknowledge our achievements and our disappointments. We name our hopes and dream, our goals and intentions and sometimes, with trepidation, our resolutions.

Often, the reflecting time prompts me to ask questions about change. I think about the resolutions I have made in the past,many of which I have not been able to sustain, and I ask whether meaningful change is really possible.

My answer to my own question is “YES.” Change is possible. It is also very difficult. In my experience, it takes a whole host of factors to make meaningful change:

  • a community of support and encouragement
  • bold dreams and manageable first steps
  • gentle honesty with myself about the things that get in the way
  • patience and perseverance
  • remembering to seek strength from beyond myself
  • finding a way to make the hard work joyful

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Source: http://www.openspiritcenter.org/a-new-years-reflection-on-change-by-debbie-clark-interfaith-coordinator/

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Gifts That Don’t Cost A Cent

  1. The gift of LISTENING … you must really listen. No interrupting, no day-dreaming, no planning your response. Just listen.
  2. The gift of a CHEERFUL DISTRIBUTION … help yourself and everyone around you feel good with smiles and kind words.
  3. The gift of SOLITUDE … sometimes people need to be alone. Be sensitive and give this gift to others.
  4. The gift of a FAVOR … everyday go out of your way to do something kind.
  5. The gift of a COMPLIMENT … a simple and sincere “You did a super job.” or “That was a great meal.” or “I enjoy the time we spend together.”
  6. The gift of a WRITTEN NOTE … just a simple “Thanks for your help” note, a poem, or an inspirational saying.
  7. The gift of LAUGHTER … clip cartoons. Share funny stories. This girl will say “I love to laugh with you.”
  8. The gift of AFFECTION … be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handhelds. Let family and friends know that you care.
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Gratitude = Healthier You

The mind-body connection is quickly coming of age. We’ve moved from the early stage when researchers were challenged to prove that our thoughts affect our bodies. The next stage was focused on how toxic mental patterns can harm us. Now a new phase has dawned, where “positive psychology” is the main focus. Gratitude is the prefect example of positive psychology.

In one 2003 study, a group of subjects kept a personal journal for 10 weeks, in which they rated their mood, physical health, and other factors that contribute to being happy. They were told either to describe five things they were grateful for that had occurred in the past week (the gratitude condition), or they did the opposite and described five daily hassles (the hassles condition) that they were displeased about.

Those in the gratitude condition reported fewer health complaints and even spent more time exercising than control participants did. Similar studies have shown improved emotions when someone who has a chronic illness focuses on an “attitude of gratitude” instead of feeling negative. Similarly, gratitude leads to lower levels of stress hormones.

Now that we know gratitude is good for you, it joins the list of things, including love and empathy that create a biochemical shift in the body. Since gratitude is a mental activity, it’s a powerful finding to show how something totally non-physical can alter the physical activity of the brain. The general lesson here is that the brain responds to positive input and sends life-enhancing messages to every cell in the body.

How can you activate the power of gratitude in your own life?

Source: Deepak Chopra MD

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Wondrous Delights

The beauty of nature
The miracle of a newborn
The joy of discovery
The awesomeness of God
The thrill of accomplishment
The passion of love
The power of music
The deliciousness of food
The appreciation of life
The surprise of a gift

Source: Dr Steve Stephens ~ Psychologist and Seminar Speaker

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