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Part 4 of 4: What Key Things Did I Learn to Get Me Where I Am Today

Part 4 of 4: What Key Things Did I Learn to Get Me Where I Am Today

This is a continuation of the series on 4 key lessons I learned to help me grow into the person I am today…

The fourth lesson is I learn from everyone and everything.

Every second holds the opportunity to grow and become happier with who you are. If someone has experienced something similar to what I am going through at the time I listen intently and learn from their mistakes and their outcomes. That is why I continue to read or go to seminars, or talk to people openly about life.

I figure if I can at least learn one thing from each source it was worth my time and energy. I feel strongly that life will continue to present situations to you until you learn the lesson. Three years ago, I had taken on a LOT of responsibility. It felt like I was […]

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You Are Not Alone – Allow Others to See the Real You

You Are Not Alone – Allow Others to See the Real You

Do you ever stare at yourself in the mirror.. for a long period of time.. and think, “Who Am I?” or “Where Am I Going?” or “Who Do I Want to Be?”…

You are not alone.

We all want to be special. We all want to be remembered and recognized and loved. But what does it take to get that response from others?

I think it takes a consistency of showing up in the right way for YOU. Being honest and having the good intention to leave a mark. The others will see once you are true to you.

I smile thinking of all the times my mom said, “Leave the campground better than you found it.” Man, I took that to heart and applied it to every area of life I could think of. I’d pick up other people’s waste at a baseball game, make someone smile in a sea of sadness […]

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Neale Donald Walsh and His “I Believe God Wants You to Know” Series

Neale Donald Walsh and His “I Believe God Wants You to Know” Series

Neale Donald Walsh is a very famous author and speaker worldwide. His best-seller and most well-known book, “Conversations With God” has been published in 34 languages and turned Neale into the spiritual messenger that millions have come to know. Many have said Neale and his life’s work is a giant scam to make money. A shame I’ll tell ya.

Neale is a family friend and has the classic rags to riches story. He was homeless – a movie was made about his life, maybe worth checking out sometime – and questioning life. One day he sat down with pen and paper and he says God spoke through him. Ok, that’s when I get a little iffy about it too, but I listen on – *everyone* has value and a message to share. The book, which turned into a series, asks dozens and dozens of questions and then provides the […]

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The Gift of Forgiveness and the Power to Move On From Past Hurts

The Gift of Forgiveness and the Power to Move On From Past Hurts

We have all been a part of a situation in the past that to this day, makes us sad or empty inside. Someone said unspeakable things to you, a relationship ended in cheating and lying, a friend/coworker/boss didn’t understand boundaries. And when these events occur, we take blame – even if it was 110% NOT our fault. The memory comes up time and time again. You say you’re over it and you don’t care, but you do.

If this is sounding familiar, you have a hole in your past that must be filled. That hole eats away at us and we find ways to relate it to present and future instances too. Then, it will come the time to forgive… and that hole starts to be filled. All of a sudden, you’ll find yourself remembering it less and less, it won’t have that hold on you anymore, and it becomes just […]

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Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Must Hear Advice From the 90’s

Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Must Hear Advice From the 90’s

Today’s lesson comes to use from the 90’s by a man name Baz Luhrmann. I don’t even have much of an intro for this post, except I ask for your trust. Take 5 minutes for me and watch the music video below. Listen to the words, let them sink in deep down into your soul and see what comes out at the other end. Just trust me.

All I ask is at the end of this video, scroll to the bottom of the page and make a comment to tell me the key thing you got out of watching this video. Thank you in advance.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97
Wear Sunscreen…

… If I could offer you only one tip for the future,
sunscreen would be it.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists,
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my […]

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Part 1 of 2: The Scary, Slippery Slope of Stress and Which Outlets Can Help You Stay Healthy

Part 1 of 2: The Scary, Slippery Slope of Stress and Which Outlets Can Help You Stay Healthy

Stress is a funny little thing that we all have blinders on about. We don’t even realize all the little ways that we get stressed out everyday. Someone cuts you off in traffic, you stub your toe, you daughter throws a fit, your girlfriend breaks up with you, your tire blows out on the freeway, you’re late for work, you spill coffee on your white blouse, sitting in rush hour traffic, a client lets out their frustration on you, a kid calls you a name in school, you get humiliated in front of a group of people, your bank account is lower than you’d like, you’re late paying your taxes, your credit card is maxed out, the divorce is final, the guy you like isn’t calling you back… and those are only 16 of a billion ways you could feel a rise in your stress levels.

Ok, you say, maybe I […]

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Part 2 of 2: The Scary, Slippery Slope of Stress and Which Outlets Can Help You Stay Healthy

Part 2 of 2: The Scary, Slippery Slope of Stress and Which Outlets Can Help You Stay Healthy

On our last post I revealed the 3 major times in my life that stress caused major health problems. I did this only with hopes that you could recognize patterns of stress in your own life. Today I want to share with you

Looking at the root of your stress
Healthy outlets for reducing or eliminating stress
Looking ahead

 

Looking at the root of your stress

My dad was a very wise man when he told me, “I like to go straight to the source and fix the issue there instead of covering up the pain”. Ok, he was telling me this one day when I was complaining about my wrist hurting from clicking my mouse a million times that day. I was a little worried about early signs of carpel tunnel which he had. I was saying, “what should I take for this pain to get the swelling to go down?”

His point being, instead […]

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Setting Goals to Improve Your Self-Confidence & Get More Out of Life

Setting Goals to Improve Your Self-Confidence & Get More Out of Life

No one is born knowing how to set goals or how to achieve the things they desire in life. Like with anything else, goal setting is an art that must be learned and mastered.

If you played sports at any point in your life, you have a great foundation for goal setting. You’ve learned how to be a team player, strategies to win the game and you experienced the celebration after the win. Some of you set goals to get an A on a test, or to get into a particular college, or to land your dream job – this is all great!

On the other hand, there are many people who have not been raised in that environment and as a result, don’t know or understand the power of goal setting. I am here to hopefully open your eyes about this concept – it can truly change your life in a […]

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Q&A: Bad Relationships, Our Need to Feel Appreciated and How to Overcame Those Obstacles

Q&A: Bad Relationships, Our Need to Feel Appreciated and How to Overcame Those Obstacles

I received a question from a reader named Amanda. I wrote back a long response to her question but found her email address to not be a working address. So, I open this up to all of you in hopes that Amanda finds the answer she was looking for…

Amanda’s Question:
“I toppled across your website this afternoon and started reading your blogs; they are truly inspirational. I was curious.. in one of your blogs you talked about how sometimes our need to fill appreciated can keep us in bad relationships far too long. I wanted to see if you had a blog talking about your bad relationships and how you overcame those obstacles. Thanks!”

My Response:
Good morning Amanda! Thank you for the kind words – this is why I keep going and do what I do. I always said if it impacted even one person – it was all worth it. 🙂

I […]

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How I Stay Healthy + Small Exercises at Home To Feel Better About Yourself

How I Stay Healthy + Small Exercises at Home To Feel Better About Yourself

Do you ever feel sluggish or just not quite yourself? Maybe it’s been weeks or months (or years?) since your last serious workout? Maybe it’s time for a change?

We all get to a point eventually where we internally say, “Enough!!!” Or, your body will say “Enough!” and you won’t have a choice but to make your health a priority.

Below I hate a list of things I do to stay healthy plus a few ideas for exercises you can do at home to feel better about yourself.

How I Stay Healthy

 

I made the choice to eat well. I eat a big salad about four times a week, in addition to my regular sized dinner. This is like a super salad of organic veggies and it tastes amazing. I’ll add in lots of lettuce (greens are essential to health!), shredded carrots, avocado, celery, dried cranberries, snow peas, orange bell pepper, broccoli and cucumber. […]

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