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What is Your Imagination Telling You?

When we’re kids, we use our imagination all the time.  We dream of fairies and giants living in fields of green or trucks with jet engines that go really fast.  We read books and allow ourselves to be taken to other worlds.  But as we age, our imagination goes away.  We don’t use it as much.  Lately I’ve been asking why.

As a kid, our parents and teachers ask “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Some answer policeman or fireman, astronaut or scientist, or even dancer or circus performer.  Some of those answers may seem outlandish and as a result our parents and teachers may encourage us.  But as we get older, that same encouragement may turn a corner.

As teenagers, we get asked what college we’re going to apply to or what job we want to do [for the rest of our life].  At this stage, dreaming and imagination may still implanted in us.  But the reality is, those wild dreams we have may be shunned and we’re set out on a path toward education and work.

As adults, using our imagination or dreaming big can be frowned upon because it is instilled in us that we have to work.  We have to work in order to support our families, buy a house, have 2.5 kids and pay off that massive mountain of college debt.  Why?  Why is imagination left out in the adult stage?  For some it’s still within us, but for most it’s non-existent.  It’s almost sad.

When I started to really dream and use my imagination, my husband thought I was crazy.  Flash forward a few years later and he’s totally into it.  But it took him time.  We both grew up in the time where we were told we had to go to school, get a job, find a partner, have kids and live out our lives in this routine forever.  Because of my imagination, we’re changing that mindset and recreating the mold for our lives.

I challenge you to think about recreating the mold for you life and making it a life that you design.  Dream big, like Empire State building big, and make your dreams a reality.  Share your biggest dream below and lets make it happen!

Fear Is…

What exactly is fear?  To some it’s a road block.  To others it’s a hurdle.  To me, it’s something that scares me but I push through it anyway.  Sometimes I feel the fear and it takes over completely.  It pushes me back and while sometimes it might delay me, I’ve realized that I cannot let it hold me back.

Fear used to make me afraid.  Afraid of a lot of things – to make new friends, to talk to strangers, to go places alone, to workout in the gym by myself, to fail, etc.  There’s a lot on the list.  Over time, that list has gotten smaller.  How?  Lots and lots of work.

To get past the fear, I’ve had to look inward and take a really good look at myself.  I’ve read a lot of personal development books (about 8 last year), listened to tons of podcasts and journaled every week.  These small actions helped me realize what I wanted and helped me find out what my dreams really were.  The biggest things I learned are that fear is false evidence appearing real and that regret is a hard thing to live with.  My mantra to help me get through scary situations is to feel the fear and do it (whatever it is) anyway.

Back to that question…what exactly is fear?  For each person it’s different.  And each person has to figure out how to conquer it on their own terms.  But when you do figure out what fear means to you and how to kick it out of your house, it’s an amazing feeling.

Operation: Closet Clean Out!!

A few months ago, I did a pantry clean out and it worked wonders for our nutrition, time management…and for my husband’s snacking habit.  I thought since it went so well, I could do another organization post…

This type of clean out is ALWAYS fun for me!  I get to see what’s been hiding and donate a decent amount of clothes (and sometimes shoes).  I even get to make more room for new items.  So how do I do it?  I start with the easiest task and work up to the harder ones.  Below is my action plan.  Take it, use it and let it help you find some sanity in your life.

Step 1:  Remove everything from the closet.

Yes, I mean everything.  All the clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.  Anything you have in the closet, take it out.  I leave everything on hangers and lay it all on the bed.  Stacked up.  The piles are usually pretty big and makes me realize just how many clothes I have.  The reason I want you to do this is because once everything is removed, you get a clear sense of the space you have available to you.  You’ll be able to get clarity on what you have to work with.  And you might decide you want to modify the layout.

Step 2:  Touch each piece.

Once everything is out of the closet, you’re going to look at the piles of clothes and you might be in shock.  I know I was the first time I did this.  Once I got past that, you can start to decide what pieces you want to keep.  Go slow.  Seriously.  If you go too fast in this step, you’re going to put things back too quickly and this whole process will be for nothing.  The reason you’re touching each piece is so you can feel it.  Feel how soft or stiff the garment is, feel how worn out or new the piece is and most importantly, feel what emotions come up for you when you hold the item.  When you do this, you allow yourself to determine if the item brings you joy or not.  Once you make those determinations then, and only then, you can move on step three.

Step 3:  Put each piece away backwards.

Now you’re going to think I’m totally losing it but trust me here.  Check out how I have it in my closet right now.  I encourage you to put the hangers in the closet backwards not to cause you trouble in the morning when you’re trying to get dressed, but to cause you to evaluate as the year goes on.  Putting the hangers backwards on the racks will be a physical display of how often you wear things.  As you choose pieces to wear, after washing them, put them back in the closet as you would normally.  With the hangers facing the right way.  Every six months, evaluate what is still backwards.  If it’s still backwards, go through Steps 1 and 2 again with those pieces.

Now what do you do with all the pieces you chose not to put back?  You donate them!  Find a local charity, Salvation Army or family that needs some extra pieces.

It will not only help your home feel cleansed, but your heart will feel good too!  And I bet you’ll be surprised what pieces you decide to toss that used to bring you happiness.

Glyphosate is Everywhere!

Last night at an event, glyphosate came up.  Totally a hot topic that could be discussed at length…for hours.  Because there was so much interest, I thought it made sense to share a little bit about glyphosate.

If you don’t know anything about glyphosate, I’m glad you’re hear.  Ever seen commercials on television for weed killer or been shopping at your local hardware store and seen Round Up on the shelves?  Well, my friends, glyphosate is essentially Round Up.  And it is literally everywhere.  Round Up is owned by a company called Monsanto.  I bet you’ve heard of them.  They developed this herbicide to help farmers kill weeds and bugs that try to destroy their crops, but the problem with doing that is that herbicide gets into our food and spreads like wildfire.  Let me give you a little history lesson on this little germ killer.

Glyphosate was first introduced in 1997.  At the time, it was the 5th most active ingredient in pesticides and 36 million pounds were used.  That number seems high, right?  Wait…

In 2001, glyphosate moves to the #1 spot and is now the most widely used ingredient in pesticides.  Now we’re up to 90 million pounds.  But it gets better…

Just 10 years ago, glyphosate accounted for 182.5 million pounds used and is still the top ingredient in pesticides.  It even passes the second highest ingredient by 100 million pounds.  Are you still with me?  This was the last data sample from the EPA until May 2017.  Why?  There might be a good reason why.

When glyphosate first wanted to be introduced by Monsanto the EPA wanted more testing.  But Monsanto fought back.  The battle went on but Monsanto came out on top.  The won the fight.  No more testing.  And there hasn’t even been testing on humans…ever, from what I understand.  When the EPA finally decided to approve glyphosate, three people decided not to sign the approval for Round Up.  On a podcast I listed to, the interviewee said he asked one of these EPA employees why they chose not to sign.  In a nutshell, this employee said the EPA was making a mistake.

Here’s what I want you to take away from this article.  Yes, glyphosate is everywhere.  Including in organic food.  The problems are:

  1. There is no requirement in the US or Canada for labels to indicate if the food or product has GMOs in it.  There has been a law passed, but we’ll see where that goes…
  2. The World Health Organization has classified glyphosate as a possible carcinogen (YES – the big C-word) but the government has yet to do anything about it.
  3. Glyphosate is predominantly used on wheat, corn and soy crops.  This is clearly the majority of the foods most of us eat!

So what do we do?  There’s a lot more to this story so first and foremost, do some research yourself.  One place I’ve been able to get a lot of good information on is The Walk a Mile Project.  They are a non-profit organization that’s goal is to address one issue at a time and deliver the truth about what’s really going on.  They make documentaries to showcase the effects of GMOs.  I HIGHLY recommend you check them out.  And stay tuned in to what’s going on, what our government is approving and what is happening in our local communities.  You can help change the world by just taking one small action at a time.

The Voices in Your Head

Do you ever feel like you have voices in your head?  Like someone marching around with a megaphone saying things over and over again?  I do.  And no, I’m not crazy.  And neither are you!

I relate it to the angel and the devil on our shoulders.  The personalities living inside of our head that have a 3-way conversation with us about this or that, what decisions to make and what actions to decide on.  Whether you see it this way or as the person with the megaphone, you need to start listening.

These voices can either help us or hurt us.  They can cause us to make wild choices about which path to take or can make us live a life that’s stagnant.  But if we’re not listening, like really listening, we might not be taking their advice like we should.

Ok, are you still with me?  Let’s talk about how you can tune in and start paying attention to these voices.  Let me given you a few examples of how this whole thing should work.

Example 1:. It’s Friday night and your friends really want you to go out after work.  Part of you wants to but the other part of you wants to go home because you’ve got the early morning yoga class.  One voice [the angel] says to go home, get some rest and be ready for yoga in the morning.  The other voice [the devil] says you need to go out for a few drinks with your friends.  What do you do?

Example 2:  You’re on your commute to work and listening to your favorite radio station, a podcast or meditation mantra.  While that’s playing in the background, you suddenly get this urge to travel to a place you’ve never been.  You start to have this internal conversation.  You have no idea why you feel drawn to this place, but in your mind you go back and forth – do I stay or do I go.  Do you listen to the voice and figure out what it means or do you ignore it?

These are just a few examples that I’ve experienced and it took me awhile before I really started to listen.  How did I get there?  Meditation, self-care and mindful practices.  I just took 10 minutes a day to start and it has been a life changing!  I set aside just 10 minutes to be with me, myself and I.  I sat quietly, listened to music or day dreamed and things just came to me.  It even happens while I’m working out sometimes.  Only you can find the right place for you for those 10 minutes a day.

These voices can help lead you down a path that you never knew was open to you.  It definitely did for me.  I challenge you to start opening your mind more and paying attention to those little voices.  I’d love to hear what comes out for you!  

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Social Media Break!

Wow!  It’s the New Year.  It’s 2018!  Anyone else feel refreshed?  I know I do.  And it’s because I took a social media break over the holidays.

You’re probably thinking it isn’t possible to take a break from social media because it’s accessible EVERYWHERE!  And you’re right, it is accessible everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you have to access it.  I bet it’s a totally foreign concept.  At least for some of you reading this.  It was for me.  I check my social media every single day and it’s addicting.  But that was the problem.  I found myself grabbing my phone every time I heard the “ding” go off telling me there was a new notification.  I knew I had to take a break.

The holidays were coming up and I knew it would be a time where I was super busy with events, family stuff, shopping for presents and cooking.  I also knew, I would be really tired at the end of the day from running around so much.  I had always planned on “unplugging” for a bit and this was the perfect time to do so.  My husband thought I was totally nuts because I check my phone about 30 times a day for the notifications, the emails, the contacts from clients and business partners.  He didn’t think I could do it, but I did, and it felt so darn good!  Here’s how my day without social media went.


First, I scheduled the time I’d be disconnecting.  I set the days and the hours.  I decided to start on a weekend I knew we’d be busy with shopping and running around town getting ready for Christmas.  When I first got up, I checked my emails for the important stuff and then shut off the sound on my phone.  I knew, throughout the day I wouldn’t be able to hear the new notifications and it would make it easier.  I tossed my phone in my bag and forgot about it.

When we got home, I immediately brought my phone upstairs to our bedroom, plugged it in and left it.  I walked out of the room without my phone and got busy with other things.  I had to clean the house, do laundry…I knew I’d be busy.  And busy I stayed.  I kept myself occupied so I wasn’t thinking about it too much.

At the end of day, I went right to bed without even picking up my phone.  I had the BEST night’s sleep that night and I’d like to think it’s because my mind wasn’t running like a ticker tape with notifications, things to do, events to remember, etc.  It was peaceful.


When I woke up the next day, I didn’t immediately reach for my phone and I noticed that.  The experiment made me realize just how attached I was to my electronics and what’s going on on social media.  And I bet a lot of you are too.  But why?  Part of me says it’s because we all just want to be connected with each other in some way.  But the other part of me says it’s just because life has progressed that way.

Either way, it was a great experiment and something I plan to do again in the future.  I encourage you to schedule a day on your calendar and unplug.  When you do, report back and tell me how your experience went.

Top 10 Gifts for Asthmatics

Are you still trying to get those last minute gifts for the holidays?  It’s ok, I’m right there with you.  You might have people in your life that are super hard to buy for too.  Yup, me too.  You might even have some health conscious people in your life that want to improve their health.  Maybe even an asthmatic or two.  If you do, don’t worry.  I’ve got you covered!  Below I’ll give you my Top 10 gifts for the friends and family in your life that have asthma and are on a path to reduce their symptoms.

1. Winter Hat, Gloves & Scarf – $10-$25

You might be thinking this is so unoriginal, but trust me, an asthmatic will totally thank you!  During the winter, it can get very cold, depending on your location, and bundling up is one way an asthmatic can ward off colds and other illnesses.  You can get them for any asthmatic in your life – your brother in-law, your niece or even your son.  These three can be found on Amazon.com but you can go to your favorite store and find a set that fits your recipient.  One word of caution, many asthmatics have issues with certain materials so you may want to check on material preference before purchasing or just get a gift receipt.

 

2. Himalayan Salt Lamp – $20 and up

The Himalayan Salt Lamp is one of my favorite things in the house.  For one, it’s beautiful.  Two, it puts off a really nice soft glow that lights up the room perfectly.  And the best reason, it helps balance the air around it.  That reason may not sound like so much of a big deal, but balance the ions in the air is key for an asthmatic.  When heated, the lamp will emit negative ions that fight against radiation.  The air then helps you sleep better at night and lets you breathe easier.  This one I found on Amazon.com for less than $20.00 and even has Prime shipping so you can get it before Christmas.

 

3. Breathable Pillow Protector – $10-$25

Now hear me out.  Yes, a pillow case may not seem like the most wonderful gift, but for an asthmatic it is.  This is a zippered pillow case that blocks out bed bugs, dust mites and helps control allergies which in turn cuts down on respiratory issues.  This one happens to be made of super tight breathable cotton which makes for the perfect allergen barrier.  I have one underneath my regular pillow case and it truly does help me have a better night’s sleep.  Again, this one can be found on Amazon.com for less than $10.00 and has Prime shipping too!

 

4. An Indoor Plant – Varies

This one is for the asthmatic green thumb in your family.  Indoor plants can be a wonderful gift because they add beauty to the home and they help reduce symptoms.  The trick is choosing the right one.  The plants I recommend are the Peace Lily, Marginata and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.  The Peace Lily and Marginata are easy to take care of because they doesn’t need too much water or light but still grow well.  The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, also known as the Snake Plant, is my personal favorite because it’s the most efficient at removing toxins from the air.  But like the Peace Lily, it can be toxic when ingested so make sure the furry friends and children steer clear.  There are more to choose from so check out your local home goods or hardware store’s garden department.

 

5. Essential Oils – $10 and up

Essential oils are the up and coming trend, but they are amazing and have such wonderful powers.  Some asthmatics can also be very sensitive so you’ll have to do your homework first.  If it your recipient doesn’t have any issues, these will be a nice surprise.  My go-to oils are eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint.  The eucalyptus oil helps clear sinus passage and helps cleanse the body of toxins.  The lavender oil has calming properties and aids with sleep.  The peppermint oil also has a calming sensation but brings about energy and has a cooling sensation.  These oils can be added to lava stone jewelry or used in a diffuser.

 

6. Air Purifier – over $50

An air purifier is a more expensive gift but oh, so worth it!  These little machines can range in price and size but help to remove 99% of the dust and allergens from the air.  This one from Amazon.com removes the dust and allergens as small as 0.3 microns and even reduces common household odors.  For an asthmatic, breathing clean air is a wonderful thing to have and this would be a great addition to the home.

 

7. Asthma-Free Naturally – $12.10 (paperback) / $3.99 (Kindle)

As a health coach, and an asthmatic, I’m always encouraging natural remedies over medication.  Asthma-Free Naturally is a book that teaches the reader how to take control of their asthma safely and effectively.  The author discusses the Buteyko Breathing Method and provides guidance on diet, sleep, exercise and other changes that can be made to reduce or eliminate symptoms.  I can attest to the fact that making small changes will help you and I highly recommend this book.  You can find it on Amazon.com.

 

8. Inhaler Case – $5 and up

   

One thing I never leave the house without is my inhaler.  I’m sure the asthmatics in your life feel exactly the same.  So a carrying case might be the perfect gift.  After a quick Google search, I landed on Etsy.com and found TONS!  The version on Etsy range from simple to intricate and even have specialty ones.  I love this idea for a gift because it can be clipped onto a backpack, your key ring or even your belt loop and the recipient will always have it close by.  There are other businesses that sell them but when you can, I recommend shopping small.

 

9. Medical ID Bracelet – $3-over $300

As with the inhaler cases, there are variety of places to get these.  I purchased mine from American Medical ID and I even chose one that was a little more girly (see above) so it blended in with my other bracelets.  This is a great gift for anyone with a chronic illness because they can be customized with a name, telephone number, illness or something else.  Because these require engraving, they might not arrive for Christmas but are still a very special gift because it shows you care for the recipient.

 

10. Journal – $5-$20

A journal is not something for everyone, but it’s something I highly recommend.  A journal can be used for so many things, including recording good symptom days, bad symptom days and what the triggers are on those bad symptoms days.  Part of helping to reduce the symptoms of asthma is to know what the triggers are and for each person, it’s individual.  Recording the symptoms on a regular basis will help the recipient know what to stay away from to avoid attacks.  Journals can be found in so many stores and online and I love that you can make it personal.  Think of the person you’re buying for and make it special.

 

While these gifts are perfect for asthmatics, they really can be great for any recipient in your life that’s working toward living a healthier life.  Gift giving is a language of love so when choosing the gift, think of the person you’re giving to and make it special for them.  Enjoy your gift giving and love up your family and friends this holiday season! <3 🙂

Holiday Stress

We’re in the midst of the holidays and I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel it.  What am I talking about? Stress.  Anxiety.  Pressure.  It happens for a lot of us during the holidays.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, you might be feeling it too.  As we get closer to the end of the year, there are more parties to go to, celebrations with family and friends, shopping for the perfect gift and the cooking.  Oh, the food.  Everything seems to be more decadent during the holidays, doesn’t it?  So how do we get through it?  We all have our ways, but I thought it might help to share some of the ways I get through it.

My first step is to Schedule your Time.  When you schedule your time, you can look ahead and see what events or activities you have coming.  Scheduling also helps you to avoid overbooking yourself.  For me, I try to do only one or two things on each weekend day.  By doing this, I still have time for me and things around my house, like cleaning, laundry and food prep.  I use a few different means to keep my schedule.  At home and for work, I use the Day Designer.  It’s an old school way of keeping your schedule withe pen and paper, but I love this planner because it now only gives me a month view and a daily view, but it also gives me space to write a daily gratitude.  I also use my iPhone calendar so I have everything at my finger tips.  Try a few different ways and find a method that’s right for you.

My second tip is to Create a Habit.  I’m not talking about just any habit, but a habit that will help you stay in check this holiday season.  It can be anything you desire, but try to find something that will help you maintain calm and keep a balance.  For me, Monday through Friday, I take about 10 minutes to practice a guided meditation.  I practice this as soon as I sit on the train to go to work.  It helps me focus and get in the right mindset for the day.  Another habit that I’ve created to help me stay in my own version of normal is to make sure I hit at least 4 workouts a week.  Exercise keeps me healthy and helps me balance out all the extra calories that might hit my plate during the holiday parties.  I keep it short so I’m not spending a ton of time, but I’m getting in something good for my body.  What a simple habit you can create today?

The last tip I have to give you is about something I carry with me.  Have you ever heard about the power of crystals?  I carry or wear crystals with me almost every day and each crystal or stone I have has a different power. Carrying Crystals with you is something you can do without too many people knowing, if you’re worried about questions, and an easy practice to put in play.  One of my favorite stones to carry is quartz.  It helps break negativity, clear your mind and focus to stay calm.  Quartz amplifies positive intentions too!  Crystals have different powers so you’ll have to do some research to find out which is the right stone for you.  To help you get started, go to Energy Muse’s quiz to see what you’re searching for help with.  When I took the quiz, I got exactly what I was looking for.

Hopefully, one, if not all, of these tips will help you.  And if they don’t seem like a good fit, come up with one of your own.  If you already have a tip that you use to cope through the holidays, share it in a comment.  You just might be helping someone else! 🙂

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So What’s With Inflammation?

What is up with inflammation?  I feel like it’s a new buzz word that everyone is using lately.  Now, it might sound like I’m upset about that, but trust me, I’m not.

Inflammation is something that all of us have and it comes out in different forms.  Some of us experience inflammation in the form of acne.  Some of us in the of sinus issues.  Some of us stomach bloating and even gas. For me, it mostly comes out as nasal congestion, acne, bloating and there are a few others.  And these signs I’ve started to pay more attention to.  Mainly because over the past few years, I’ve realized that a lot of what I put into my body is causing these issues.

Yes, I’m talking about the food we eat.  America is such a fast-paced society that we’re aways on the go.  Because of that, a lot of our food comes from fast food joints and quicker versions of the “real thing” because we don’t have time to cook anymore.  I’m in this boat, so don’t feel like I’m casting a shadow on those of you reading this that feel like you have to stop at those restaurants.  Trust me, I get it.

What I’ve realized over the past few years, though, is that prepping goes a very long way.  That means prepping meals and snacks for the week so you’re not left stranded looking for food throughout your day.   Prepping can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be that way.  But where do you start?  I say, start small.

If you’re out of the house only for the lunch meal, start there.  Prep meals for 2-3 days in advance to get you through a few lunches during the week.  Think of something easy that you can do a lot at the same time – chicken and vegetables, turkey burgers and a salad, greek yogurt and some berries.  Try to have a protein, a good carbohydrate and a healthy fat.  And don’t forget, you can use leftovers to prep too.  We do that in our house regularly.  Whatever is for dinner one night can be lunch the next.  Make it easy on yourself.

Now that you know how to prep, what types of food do you prep?  I just mentioned protein, a good carbohydrate and a healthy fat.  These are your targets.  You take it from there.  Just try to avoid a few things like fried foods, overly processed foods and foods with ingredients that you don’t even know what they are.  Here is a list of the Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to help you get started.

Educating yourself is the best way to learn about how to heal yourself and ease things like inflammation.  But starting is the most important part.  You just might get rid of that inflammation and ease some of those aches and pains you have.  🙂

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Breakfast with Buddha

I just finished reading a book and it had a very strong reminder for me.  The book is Breakfast with Buddha.  If you’ve read it, I want to hear your thoughts so make sure you comment below.  The book is about a man named Otto who’s parents died suddenly.  Otto has to travel halfway across the country to settle the estate and his sister asks him to bring a monk along for the ride.  Now, Otto has never met this monk and in the beginning, doesn’t necessarily believe in everything the monk stands for.  Along the journey, Otto tries to show the monk a little bit of the American lifestyle – tourist spots, the beautiful scenery and of course, food.  A lot of this book is how tasty food is or can be.  On the other side, the monk also tries to show Otto a bit about his practices.  They have to stop along the route at speaking engagements and while Otto resists learning, he comes around.  In the end, Otto learns a lot and realizes he needs to look at life differently.  Very differently.

The book had a very strong message for me.  And no, it wasn’t about practicing religion or becoming a buddhist.  The message for me was about gratitude.  That word is pretty big.  And most people, including myself, don’t take time to actually think about being grateful.  Think of the food you ate today.  Was it good?  Did it have flavor?  Do you even remember what you ate?  Were you grateful for the meal?  I remember what I ate, but. I definitely can’t say I took the time to be grateful for being able to buy breakfast and lunch and be fed.  Let’s think of it another way.

Most of us have cell phones.  Smart phones, at that.  We use them throughout the day, off and on, and some of us use them more than others.  When they stop working, we freak out!  The volume doesn’t work, the screen is cracked and your favorite app doesn’t open.  Ok, here’s the deal.  Why do we freak out?  This is a material thing and in all honesty, it’s not a priority.  Think of our parents or grandparents.  They didn’t have cell phones and they got by just fine.  I like to call this “First World Problems”…you may have heard of this phrase.  Do you use it?  I use it jokingly but it’s true.  This is a true problem.

Instead of thinking of all the bad or negative things that happen, let’s try to think of it differently.  With your food, savor every bite.  Experience all the flavors by eating slow and enjoying it.  But not too much.  With your modern day life, be grateful that you can have a smart phone.  Some people can’t even afford such a luxury.  With your friends and family, be present and live in the moment.  Enjoy your time with them.  Laugh a little.

My challenge to you is to start thinking of at least one thing to be grateful for each day and increase over time.  Start paying attention to the world around you – the colors, the smells, the senses on your skin.  And say thank you…a lot!  Start tonight!  Comment below with a moment of gratitude from today.  I’ll start…

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