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Friday Vibes 09.22.2017

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. Motivate: “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." - Chuck Close Media: Don’t miss The Hustle Show with Christian Arriola on how it took me seven years to become "an overnight success." Listen to all the fun details on the Podcast.  Munch: Stuffed butternut squash with quinoa, cranberries, and kale. Say that five times fast. The Well Plated blog has your recipe.  Make: If you follow my Instagram story (@comemakewithme) you know that I’ve been making all the cheese. Here’s a great beginner recipe if you want to give it a try.  Major: Did you stop eating coconut oil because you read an article saying it's “an unhealthy fat?” Here’s Melissa Hartwig’s (Whole30) official response to #coconutgate2017. Spoiler alert - it’s not bad for you.  

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Friday Vibes 09.22.2017

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

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Taking Care of Our Minds

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain One critical aspect of happiness is taking good care of our minds and bodies. We can’t be truly happy if we’re not respecting and nurturing our essential selves. We, among all the species on earth, have brilliant minds. How do we use them? What do we do with the overwhelming amount of information that we have? How do we use it well in our personal lives? How do we use it to teach and nurture our children? Are we using the media only for entertainment and not for information? There is so much entertainment! It’s important that we, and our children, don’t drown in it. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn We need to stay informed. We are among the most blessed people on earth to live in a democracy where we are not governed by ruthless dictators, where our lives and the lives of our children are not in constant danger. Do we contribute to our democracy? Are we civic citizens? Do we help to keep our schools, our communities, our government, and our leaders accountable? Do we pay attention to the issues of the day? Do we pay attention to our environment and the small, besieged planet we live on? As humans, we “love, learn and leave a legacy”. What is your legacy? Are you focusing beyond yourself? Helping others or working for a cause is one of the actions that contribute to a satisfying life. Volunteering and giving back to the community is a huge way to make sure that you are thinking outside just your life and issues. Both of my companies, Best Day Ever and Bramble Berry, donate a portion of our profits and I donate my time serving on various non-profit boards to give back and also recognize that there is a greater purpose and calling in life than just my small world sphere. Another action is the time-honored ritual of “gratitude.” Gratitude represents an attitude toward life in general. Over many centuries, gratitude has been recognized as a way to elevate the human spirit. Keep a gratitude journal and write down the things you are grateful for every day. Or, before you go to sleep at night, think of the things you are grateful for. Brother David Steindl-Rast, founder of the non-profit agency www.gratefulness.org, says, “Gratefulness is the key to a happy life… because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have, we will not be happy – because we will always want to have something else or something more.” Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the wonderful book Simple Abundance tells us, “Your life will not blossom and flourish without gratitude. With gratitude, we discover we are much richer than we think…you simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life.” Things you can do to increase your contentment and happiness quotient: Volunteer Turn off the TV Read a nonfiction book Take a class Learn another language “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” — Francesca Reigler

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Taking Care of Our Minds

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones...

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Friday Vibes 09.15.2017

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. Motivate: Your mind will believe everything you tell it. Remember that. Major: Join me in supporting those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, however you can. I posted this note earlier in the week on Instagram but it's definitely worth another share. Donate here.  Maven: I’m currently reading White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte and loving it! “Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path - from one seeker to another.”  Munch: It’s almost soup season. Warm up with this slow cooker sweet potato chicken chili recipe. It’s lighter than regular chili and bean free (wink). The Paleo Running Momma has the recipe.   

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Friday Vibes 09.15.2017

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Time: Our Precious Resource

“The starting point of time management is for you to determine your goals, and then to organize your goals by priority and value.” – Brian Tracy Business seems to be a plague of our current society. Despite modern conveniences and technology, once thought to be the key to a more leisurely lifestyle, time seems to be in shorter and shorter supply and we think we have to keep moving faster (I know I certainly do!). People (myself included) seem to boast about being busy, as if having 112 e-mails to answer, or only getting six hours of sleep, was a sign of success. Time is a precious resource and we need to reflect on how we use it. Do we manage our time wisely? There are many time management models, but over the years, I’ve always loved Stephen Covey’s model of time management, described in his books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First. He talks about the difference between “urgent” and “important.” We respond to urgent matters all day long and keep up an urgent time schedule, and are driven by urgency, but we don’t do the things that are important – that are, in fact, vital to our happiness. According to Covey, the important things that we typically don’t allow ourselves time to do include: improving our communication with the people in our lives, taking better care of ourselves, personal development and personal empowerment, seizing new opportunities, and better planning and organizing. For example, when we don’t focus on our communication – with a spouse, children, family, friends, fellow workers, etc. – there’s a string of negative consequences, and there’s a BIG, if sometimes not immediately obvious, effect on happiness. Like chemical abuse, says Covey, urgency is an addiction. It’s like taking a painkiller and then using it in excess. Then what happens is that we don’t make choices and decisions; urgency makes those choices and decisions for us. Which means we need to get off the urgency treadmill. We need to think carefully about what is truly important that we’re not doing and who is truly important that we’re not spending time with. Shandel Slaten from True Life Coaching has a great call-in class (Life 101) that can help you identify what your values are and what is truly important to you. We have to say “no” to the urgency and “yes” to the vital, meaningful, life-giving things that make us truly happy. And there may be other things we may need to say “no” to besides urgency. Our time is a precious and a limited resource. “No” is an important part of our vocabulary, and essential for self-care. Jack Canfield in The Success Principles recommends a “Just Say No” list. I have one of those lists and while it doesn’t make everything all perfect and easy for me to whittle down my to-do list, it certainly helps. We have the slow food movement; now we need the slow time movement. What slows time for you? Some people meditate or join meditation groups to slow themselves down and cultivate awareness. Some people do yoga. Some people walk in the forest or by the ocean to get back in touch with the rhythm of the universe. Trying to add “slow time” to my life, I’ve added yoga and meditation time in my morning routine. I get up 15 minutes earlier and do a quick set of five “Sun Salutations” (don’t know what a sun salutation is? Click here for a quick YouTube video explanation) and then focus on my goals for the year ending with an easy daily meditation reading. This morning time seems to help me focus on my day and reviewing why I do what I do before the day really starts. It is a great motivator and reminder. Whatever you do to add more quality time in your day, feel good knowing that quality time pursuing activities that mirror your life values increase the level of happiness you feel on a daily basis. “Opportunities are around you all the time. There is never a boat that you must catch. There is always another boarding.” – Michael Argyle

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Time: Our Precious Resource

“The starting point of time management is for you to determine your goals, and then to organize y...

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Friday Vibes 09.08.2017

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. Motivate: If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit. - Banksy Make: Handmade is always best made. It’s never too early to start your DIY fall decorations (and stay on a budget).  Munch: You had me at curry. The Bewitchin' Kitchen blog has your coconut curry chicken meatball recipe. Drool.  Major: Have you always wanted to try one of the Best Day Ever 42-day challenges? Grab the e-book and start the challenge when the timing works best for you. 

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Friday Vibes 09.08.2017

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