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Friday Vibes 02.17.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I attract only healthy and loving people into my life. Mood: When was the last time you stopped to really acknowledge the things you’re thankful for? Here are 10 reasons why gratitude is healthy. Media: Take a peek inside an extreme pool training workout followed by an extreme thermal cycling session with big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton.  Make: These fresh flowers are giving me all the spring vibes. 

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Friday Vibes 02.17.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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An ROI you can bank on: Invest in your relationship

“People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.”  – Zig Ziglar Business guru Zig Ziglar points out an important truth: We are better outside of the home when we have a solid foundation within the home. I’ve found that true in my life, which encourages me to keep working on my marriage with my husband Chris because the ROI is always high. Ultimately, marriage is always a work in progress. We make the choice daily to turn towards each other and be loving and kind – even when daily stressors may have us on edge. Dr. John Gottman, a clinical psychologist who has built a career studying relationships, says the “four horsemen” of a relationship apocalypse are when couples engage in criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling (withdrawing). Chris and I try to recognize if we’re wading into four horsemen territory and stop it in its tracks. In our day-to-day lives, it’s all about compromise and balance – but not keeping score. Chris and I have ridiculously full lives since we’re both entrepreneurs and our travel schedules are generally like threading the gauntlet. I’m usually on the road and on a plane once a month (at a minimum), and he is often in the Middle East for weeks at a time on sales trips. When he is home, Chris often does the bulk of the child care in the morning because my morning routine is longer. (I’m a girl, and I’m on camera a lot, so it’s not just a quick shower for me most days.) I do much of the evening routine, and 90% of the time I am the parent up in the middle of the night for nightmares, wet beds or soothing snuggles. We learned, and continue to learn, that it’s best not to keep score in these parenting duties. Instead, we give willingly and lovingly and believe that it does come back in spades with a happier family and a loving relationship. I’ll give Chris the credit for starting that practice of just giving and giving and never saying, “You’ve been out a lot, so I get to be out a lot.” He also empties the dishwasher and keeps the counters clean on the weekends, and that’s a huge help and goes a long way to making our household run more smoothly. Thank you, honey! A friend gave me some advice once; she said, “Anne-Marie, it doesn’t matter if you make millions. All that matters to your kids is if their Mom and Dad love each other when it’s all said and done.” That advice has stuck with me and I make the choice, every day, to be married and fully engaged with my husband. He tries to do the same. Yes, we fight, but we try hard to not fight dirty or use the Gottman Four Horsemen. It’s all worth it in the end. We have happy children, successful careers and the love of each other.

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An ROI you can bank on: Invest in your relationship

“People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.”  – Zig Ziglar...

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Friday Vibes 02.10.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: The purpose of life is to expand love. Munch: Twice baked sweet potatoes will start your day off right.  Mocktail: Love is in the air. Sip on a mocktail with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day! Just check the label on the apple cider to make sure there’s no added sugar.  Market: Are you making these common hygiene mistakes? Bustle has a list of all the products you need to help balance out the good bacteria (or flora) in your body. Tip -- ditch the antibacterial soap. Motivate: Need a little motivation to get to the gym? Sometimes a cute workout outfit does the trick. Athleta has all the trendy leggings. 

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Friday Vibes 02.10.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Are You Neglecting Your BFF?

I get it. You’re busy. You have kids. You work. You don’t have much time for friends. But neglecting your BFF may be to your detriment. Studies have shown friendships to improve our longevity, reduce stress and generally promote happiness. And they may even be prompting us to greatness. You may have heard the phrase “you are considered the sum of the five people you hang out with most.” This means that you need to choose your friendships wisely. Assuming you’ve done just that, those friendships are likely helping us to keep reaching for bigger challenges and a better life. Aristotle said it best: Friends “incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” Our friends can incite us to eat healthier, try new things and even encourage us to take chances that could have a big payoff down the line. Carlin Flora, author of “Friendfluence,” believes our friends can inspire us to be our best selves – exploring our creativity or spurring us on to innovation. Now that I’ve made a case for keeping your friends close, just how do you do that when you’re already feeling pulled in a million directions? Give it back. Friendships, once established can be maintained using social media or a simple text message. Here, it’s really the “thought that counts,” but one study does show friends who stay friends do so because they reciprocate each other’s efforts to reach out – even if it’s only a “Like” on a Facebook comment. Make a reason. Do you and a friend share a similar interest that you can turn into a standing date? Maybe it's meeting to discuss business challenges or discovering new hiking trails. Find a shared interest that can benefit you both in a tangible way, and you’re likely to make your weekly or monthly meeting a regular occurrence. Just do it. Go ahead and make plans to meet for a drink or go for a run, even if it means you must schedule a month in advance. Looking forward to the date will also boost your mood in the meantime. Sourceshttp://life.gaiam.com/article/7-secrets-living-long-happy-lifehttp://www.anapsid.org/cnd/gender/tendfend.htmlhttp://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationshipshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrea-bonior/carlin-flora_b_3388153.htmlhttp://phys.org/news/2008-04-physicists-friends.html  

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Are You Neglecting Your BFF?

I get it. You’re busy. You have kids. You work. You don’t have much time for friends. But neglect...

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Friday Vibes 02.03.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week.Mantra: I am fulfilled. I am fearless. Meditate: 9 empowering mantras to shift your mindset.  Munch: It’s Super Bowl weekend so you know there’s going to be a lot of snacks around. Bring something healthy and festive to the party like these sriracha deviled eggs from PaleOMG (love her). Market: It’s 2017. Time to treat yo self. Check out these 35 random but brilliant products to add to your Amazon wishlist. There’s a sweet desk, a spiralizer to make your favorite zoodles, a pink salt lamp (so want) and Exploding Kittens (skip to number 17 to see what I’m talking about).

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Friday Vibes 02.03.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. H...

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