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Promise Yourself

Came across this poem today and thought I should share. Its good to keep positive thoughts in your life, even when life throws you challenges! Promise yourself that you will read this and take it to heart, its good advice.

 

“Promise Yourself…

To be so strong that nothing

can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity

to every person you meet.

 

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them

to look at the sunny side of everything

and make your optimism come true.

 

To think only the best, to work only for the best,

and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others

as you are about your own.

 

To forget the mistakes of the past

and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times

and give every living creature you meet a smile.

 

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself

that you have not time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for

fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

 

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the

world, not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side

so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

 

CHRISTIAN D. LARSON

 

 

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Posted in Health & Wellness | February 10 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Strengthen You

“Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet – to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become.”

 

— Unknown

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | February 8 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Skills Every Child Should Master

Came across this article today on Mom.me, and with 4 kids at home, it caught my eye. I feel that today’s kids are growing up with a great sense of entitlement, and manners are not always as good as they could be. This article focusses on skills every child should master before college. I think they should be taught and practiced as a toddler! These skill set the tone to make any child be a good person with a sense of level headedness and self-control. Here is the article again, courtesy of Mom.me:

 

OWN UP TO MISTAKES

No matter what age we are, perfectionism can deter our capacity for learning and enjoyment. Not admitting when we do make mistakes can be just as disruptive to our lives.

The preschooler who drew a crayon collage all over a bedroom wall should be able to admit to their mistake and—if we’re open to miracles—help their parent clean it up. The college student who didn’t read an assignment in its entirety, leaving out important details in their work, should be able to admit to this mistake and—if we’re open to burgeoning adulthood—accept a lower grade.

BE OK WITH “NO”

College professors aren’t always amenable to extra credit, grade changes or due date extensions. Parents aren’t always amenable to extra dessert, rule changes or bedtime extensions. No one likes to hear the word “no,” but everyone should be able to hear it without throwing a tantrum (or storming out of the classroom).

SAY ‘PLEASE’ AND ‘THANK YOU’

The demanding, ungrateful preschooler who keeps shouting for a “Cookie! NOW!” often doesn’t get what they want. The demanding college student who acts as if it’s their God-given right to a 50-point extra credit assignment often doesn’t get what they want either.

A simple “please” rarely results in any sort of extravagant gift. But for me it has, on occasion, yielded some additional flexibility and (yes) a small extra-credit assignment for the entire class.

FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE WITH RULES YOU DON’T LIKE

Few preschoolers adore bedtime. Most actively hate their parents’ expectations about not drawing on the walls. (You can see that I have some experience with this one.) Similarly, few college students adore attendance requirements or homework expectations.

But college students who don’t show up to class or complete their assignments won’t pass the class. Preschoolers who don’t go to bed on time won’t pass life. (Or at least that’s how it can feel to their parents.)

ASK QUESTIONS

This is a fun skill—and one that small children often master without any guidance. But somewhere along the way, many of us become self-conscious about asking questions.

I might not want each one of my students to ask as many questions as a toddler does each and every day. (I think the last running total I heard was somewhere close to 400 in 24 hours.) But I do want each one of them to rediscover the comfort that toddlers and preschoolers have when it comes to asking questions. It helps everyone learn more, expands minds and open the asker up to all of the wonderful possibilities that come with an education.

LOOK FOR SOMETHING ON THEIR OWN BEFORE ASKING FOR HELP

Once, 15 whole weeks into the semester, a student asked me where they could find the course readings. These readings were on the course syllabus. They were on our online course calendar. And I had just written the readings on the board during the previous class.

I told the student as much and sent them back searching.

It reminded me of the time when my preschool-aged son scream-whined for me to help him find his favorite stuffed animal. Which happened to be next to him. Half-draped over his leg. Right in front of his face.

I kindly asked him to take a moment to look for the beloved toy himself before requesting my help again.

 

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | February 3 rd , 2016 | 0 Comments

Kids Corner-Empathy

It’s been awhile since I’ve done Kids Corner-Empathy, but I came across this beautiful uplifting poem that I thought needed to be shared.
 

You’re my star – I set fire to our fiery rose Bouquet of stars – I hand to you –
We’re opposites, like poetry and prose
You came out of the blue, I’m left without a clue! It all came so soon – the package of surprises
All along, you were echoing your leave
Anybody out there to help me? Hello? I can’t hear your echo
Your echo is what keeps me on my feet I’m a believer…I’m getting discreet
Around and round and round, We’re going round in circles
We’re doing freestyle singing Swinging side by side…back and forth, Our fate keeps on swinging…
Who will fill in the gaps? I never saw the light in goodbye… I’m caving in my ruins…I’m caving in my ruins I admit it – I can’t live without you, Lingering around me like a fly, enchanted by the lightbulb What am I supposed to do with this work of art? I’ve stumbled upon you and fell in love with you
But, I’m lost in paradise – dropping levels – there’s mistakes we can’t undo
There’s no perfect peace with the world falling at the seams, kissing the debris, Screwing with my head…you won’t ever see a trace of tears on my face – I’m left to be All alone, all along…but without you, I’m stranded in the wilderness…
Giving me night-scares instead of dreams of reality I can’t hear your echo of empathy…I can hear chaos unraveling; I can hear the commotion of the ocean
Falling victim to bittersweet emotion I can’t hear your echo of empathy…I can barely make out any hope in store I miss living my dream! I keep tell you that! – and all you do is ignore I’m on edge and I get upset and cry my eyes out
No one can love this monster, but I won’t accept such foolishness I strayed from my heart’s passion and I got all the symptoms Of a guy with a solitary, silver soul….you stole my dignity
My pride, my surreal sensations, my innocence Don’t dismiss me as nonsense Echo your empathy… I’m brokenhearted, but I won’t reveal it to you – you never felt for me
So, don’t even bother to ask me why I’m crying? ’Cause I’ll never give you the full truth Almost all my life, I’ve been searching for the woman I love…and to find my heart’s tune
But, love didn’t seem like enough – good luck will shower upon me soon You and I will view the astounding full moon… Find your way out of the maze of bewilderment
I’m treading this rocky road with or without you – I can’t stand tall
You are playing games with me, nourishing my resentment
I’m swimming home – underneath the surface, feeling oh so blue
Feeling the rejection…the jaded corruption banging at my skull I heard you screaming out my name Are you echoing your praise to me? Are you covering up my shame? Are you echoing my empathy? Echo your empathy… my delightful dolphin in the sea I’m screaming at the top of my lungs
When I close my eyes, everything seems so fine Is my love good enough for you? I can hear you echo your empathy
My voice is fading and dying out, but you’re my baby… My darling angelic friend of mine Our friendship mixed with love is as succulent as wine
Listen to my echoes of my appreciation towards you I could make out your echo of empathy
Echo your empathy of ecstasy! Give me your all…whisper in my ears I’ve been lost for many-a-years Come out of your black hole and rescue from my demise
Echo your empathy upon me if can be so kind and wise Pursue our zealous goals and we’ll echo our triumph
I don’t wanna bleed without you I don’t wanna breathe without you I wanna see your face, glistening with grace
Gleaming with grace and I feel like I can beat this race I feel so alive for the first time in a lifetime For the first time in forever, you make me feel happy and oh so sublime
Our exaltation is beyond amazing… I can’t get yah out of my head You’re my lullaby – I set fire to the pitch-black sky and I ascend so wondrously
The fiery rose – I give it to you – it’s a gift that’s articulate and almost flawless You blossomed like a precious rose in the Garden of Glory
We’re opposites, like black and white, but you and I will never kiss the abyss
Echo your empathy…my munificent maid!
You’ve grown so much, miss! I can’t put my mind to bed…it’s racing with thoughts of you always and forever It’s racing with thoughts, blooming so true
Echo your words of wisdom and hide not in shadows anymore (your hope’s a blur) – Come out of your shell and stop being so insecure
Echo your empathy and you’ll be part of my crew
 

– J.W. Earnings


 

Posted in Health & Wellness | January 31 st , 2016 | 0 Comments

Keep The Faith

Some mid week motivation, to continue to keep the faith!

Oh, souls — let us try not to worry so much, OK? It’s so bad for our minds and our bodies and our spirits, and it’s so bad for everyone around us, too. And when we get all bent-up and broken-up and fragmented from worry, we make it SO DIFFICULT for the universe to help show us our destinies.

 

The universe is wanting to communicate something with you. It wants to take you somewhere very specific (to your ultimate destiny, which is PEACE and wisdom and wholeness) but your worrying is a kind of crazy emotional static that prevents you from hearing the messages.

 

Have some faith. Have some faith in yourself, and have faith in fate, as well.

 

What if you remembered this: Everything you have ever endured so far in life, you have survived.

 

And sometimes, to your own surprise, you even thrived.

 

Maybe the worst thing you ever endured was a crucible through which you became YOU.

 

Maybe you could not have become YOU through any other means except by going through that trial.

 

Maybe a trial will happen again. Maybe a trial is happening right now. And maybe, once again, you will survive it. (All signs point to YES. After all, you have done it before.) Maybe you will come through these troubles re-formed, re-forged. re-born. Maybe you will insist upon that. Maybe that’s the strange invitation at the bottom of all this anxiety.

 

You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your own golden wings. Why do you worry?

 

What if your story is unfolding just as it was always planned?

 

Be brave, have faith. You can do this.

 

~Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | January 20 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Faith For All Moments

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from loyalty; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious belief. Have faith for all moments.

 

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

~Norman Vincent Peale

 

If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.

~Paul Bryant

 

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

~Bruce Lee

 

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breath, trust, let go and see what happens.

~Mandy Hale

 

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

~D. Elton Trueblood

 

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.

~Augustine Of Hippo

 

Faith is the only thing I know of that is stronger than fear.

~Joyce Meyer

 

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

~David Viscott

 

Believe in yourself and have faith in God…that’s all you need to be a good human & prove that your existence was worth it. Keep smiling.

~Vinit Parmar

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | January 19 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Water On The Brain

Have you ever had a day when you just feel off, feel tired or not able to concentrate as much? What is your go to remedy or cause? Is your first thought water? I mean water as, how much have you consumed for the day? Could you be dehydrated? Could you use more water to boost you out of that slump? When I have to start considering this as a cause, I term it water on the brain. In order to keep the amount of water I consume daily at the recommended levels, I have to make a conscience effort to track and consume what I need. Do you know what the recommended daily intake of water is? I believe there are many theories on this, so lets break down why water is so important to begin with.

 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, water recommendations are based on sex, age, and health status. In the United States, the recommended daily intake (RDI) for total water intake is 3.7 liters per day (L/day) for human males older than 18, and 2.7 L/day for human females older than 18 which includes drinking water, water in beverages, and water contained in food. However, the specific recommendations vary based on the amount of water that you lose on a daily basis through urination, metabolism or perspiration. As well, these recommendations will be higher for people who live in a hot climate or exercise or are physically active, resulting in more perspiration.

 

 

The following are USDA Recommendations for water intake states that everyone needs from under one liter to nearly 4 liters based on sex, age, and health status. Here are some specifics:

 

Newborns and Infants: 0.7 to 0.8 L daily from breast milk or formula

 

Toddlers: 1.3 L daily

 

Young Children up to 8 years old: 1.7 L daily

 

Boys age 9-13: 2.4 L daily

 

Teenaged boys and adult men: 2.7 L daily

 

Girls age 9-13: 2.1 L daily

 

Teenaged girls: 2.3 L daily

 

Adult women: 2.7 L daily

 

Pregnant women: at least 3 L daily

 

Lactating women: 3.8 L daily

 

 

These recommendations are made because the body is made up of 80% water, muscles are made primarily of protein and water. Your body needs water for digestion, perspiration, rebuilding cells and to keep your blood pumping through the body. Drinking enough water ensures your body can relieve the body of toxins, through urination and perspiration. These reasons back up why depending on your age, sex, health status and climate play a role in the amount of water you will need to consume to stay hydrated. You consume water in beverages, and foods you eat. Examples of foods that contain water are: apples, oranges, melons, celery, and cucumbers.

 

Like always, make sure you eat a balanced diet and drink your RDI of water to feel your best. Everything we eat or drink affects the way our body performs. Lets make a conscience effort to keep the body performing at its best!

 

 

 

Posted in Food, Health & Wellness | January 18 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Oil Pulling

Ever wondered what oil pulling is? What is it for? Why do people do it? It’s probably not what you think it is. Let’s explore and learn a little about the health benefits and uses for the coconut oil you may have in your kitchen right now.

 

When you Google what oil pulling is, you will see that Wikipedia defines it as: ‘Oil pulling or oil swishing is a folk remedy where oil is “swished” (kavala graha) or “held” (snigda gandoosha) in the mouth. The phrase “oil pulling” and usage in its current form was popularized in the early 1990s by one of the early adopters, Tummala Koteswara Rao in Bangalore, South India. Rao actively evangelized oil pulling as an ancient Ayurvedic practice.’ So again, what is this practice? How do I do it?

 

Now the other information you will see is the debate raised as to whether or not its folklore, or a true medicinal remedy. According to a few sites, there is not research or evidence that supports the use of oil pulling as a Ayurvedic medicinal remedy. Some dentist remain skeptical that edible oils can have such strong oral health benefits.

 

But I think it is worth a try, so here is what you do: To start you need to pick an oil, I think the most common is coconut oil due to its strong antibacterial properties. You then take a tablespoon of it and swish it round in your mouth for 20 minutes. That seems like a really long time to me! But if you can withstand the time consuming swishing practice, its reported that you will have whiter teeth, reduced cavities and gingivitis, better smelling breathe, reduced jaw pain if you are a sufferer of TMJ, improved skin reduction of acne and psoriasis) and here is a kicker…some report it alleviates headaches and can diminish a hangover!

 

Once you have swished for 20 minutes, the amount you have in your mouth ill seem to double. DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL. The increase in volume is reported to include the toxins the oil is pulling from your body. You will defeat the procedure if you swallow the oil.  You will want to spit it out in the trash so it doesn’t harden and make a plumbing issue. Now brush and floss as you normally do.

 

While there is little clinical data, many swear this procedure works. If you can handle the swishing and the thought of having all those toxins removed from the body, you will most likely reap the benefits many report. Is it real results or a placebo effect? Well the true test could be in the whitening of the teeth. In my times of doing an oil pull, it has in fact removed coffee stains from my teeth and left my mouth feeling clean. A headache is sometimes felt, but I really think this is the detoxification process. As when I get a massage, you have to drink plenty of water to flush your body fully of these toxins.

 

We still don’t know if oil pulling is as good and effective as some people claim it is, but it is still practiced, so I think there has to be some truth to the results. At the very least, we know cleaning our mouths with coconut oil can’t hurt us, especially with all of the added benefits like the fat soluble vitamins like A,D,E, and K. These vitamins can help improve your skin at the very least. It has antibacterial properties that I find help cleanse my mouth, along with the stain removing. I think it may be time for some clinical research and trials to be done. We need some concrete evidence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Food, Health & Wellness | January 8 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Happiness

Happiness comes from with in, and you share it with everyone you meet. I find my happiest times are shared with my family and friends. So grateful to have amazing people in my life!

 

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstances but by our disposition.

 

~Martha Washington

 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

 

~Denis Waitley

 

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.

 

~William E Gladstone

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | January 7 th , 2016 | 0 Comments

Make Those Resolutions Stick

Many choose to make new year resolutions, and many have a hard time keeping them. There are  few things that contribute to that lack of follow through. Here are a few ways to make those resolutions stick and see it through to the end, or the beginning of a new you!

 

 

will2
wil/
noun
  1. the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.
    “she has an iron will”
    synonyms: determination, willpower, strength of character, resolution, resolve,resoluteness, single-mindedness, purposefulness, drive, commitment,dedication, doggedness, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power

    “the will to succeed”
    • control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses.
      noun: will power
      “a stupendous effort of will”

     

I am learning that the most important factor to making a change, and making it really count is to have the willpower to start and finish the task! We all want to exercise more, eat less, avoid drugs and alcohol, save for a trip or to buy a home. But it may not always be as easy as we wish. Thats because we all need to have the self-control to make that follow through happen. According to the American Psychological Association, willpower is the number one thing to derail keeping those resolutions.

 

How can we improve the chances of keeping our resolutions? Lets start by looking at how we can resolve to follow through. I think you first have to have an attainable and clearly set goal. You have to have deep motivation to reach that goal. Then you need to look at what habits you have that might derail you attaining that goal. How do you really feel about the goal you have set? How much do you want it? These factors will all make achieving your goal, combined with that sheer willpower and self-control.

 

So much easier said than done right? I know for me that if you don’t keep those long term goals in focus, you can let short term temptations derail things. You have to be able to resist temptations, impulsivity and keep things in check. The gratification you get from short term behavior do not outlast the gratification of attaining that long term goal. remember that! You have to keep a mindful focus on what you REALLY want, not what seems good at the moment. It takes practice, and persistence. I also think that it takes patience and forgiveness. If you make a mistake, fall short of a goal, or get off track…pick yourself up, shake it off and refocus. NO ONE is perfect, and EVERY person struggled at some point in life. They met defeat, frustration and temptation. They also probably met people along their journey that scolded or shamed them for falling short, but they also took that judgement as motivation to see things through to the end. You will also meet people who support you, encourage you and believe in you.  Cherish them, show them gratitude, and listen and learn from them. It will take hard work to attain a goal and maintain it. Keep your emotions in check and maintain behaviors you feel are moving you towards your goal. That is the self control and willpower that will get you to the end.

 

You can’t change what’s going on around you, until you change what’s going on inside you. As Winston Churchill once said:

 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

 

Now exercise that stupendous effort of will, and make those resolutions stick!

 

Posted in Health & Wellness | January 2 nd , 2016 | 0 Comments



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