M is for Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of observing what is going on around you. While it can be attached with a meditation process, mindfulness, in its essence, is merely being present in the moment. Below, you’ll find four reasons why mindfulness is an excellent practice to implement into your life. Mindfulness Reduces Anxiety and Stress Mindfulness is all about focusing on what is happening around you in the moment. Feelings like shame, guilt, and regret focus on our pasts, while fear, anxiety, and...

L is for Living a Life of Gratitude

A blog about gratitude the week of Thanksgiving?  What a novel concept! But seriously, there are so many great reasons to actively practice gratitude that I think we should make it an integral part of our lives throughout the year. Gratitude is Good for Our Health Did you know that scientists have done brain imaging of people thinking of things they are grateful for?  The results were impressive – happy thoughts release serotonin and dopamine into our bloodstreams. We can refer to...

K is for Kicking Bad Habits

While it’s still a little early in the year to start thinking about my New Year’s resolutions, I have been thinking about some bad habits that I witness (and yes, exhibit) regularly. So here are three areas where you may want to evaluate—and kick—your bad habits. Kick Bad Social Habits So often, I have encountered groups whose entire social calendar revolves around bad habits like drinking, gossiping, or gorging on gluttonous foods. While the people involved might be lovely people, it...

J is for a Job You Love

There is a popular saying that says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think there is some truth to that, don’t you? So, do you love the job you’re at? If you can answer yes to that, then great! You can stop reading now. But if you answered no, then I have a few points for you to consider. A CAREER WITH PURPOSE You may be feeling restless in...

I is for Interview Tips

The idea of interviewing for a new position is understandably intimidating. But you don’t need to be nervous, as long as you follow these easy tips. A Good Interview Starts Days Before In the days leading up to your interview, there are a few things that you can do to set yourself up for success. First, re-read the job description and mentally link your experience with the skills the company is looking for. When you’re inevitably asked in the interview what...

H is for Hard Work

Have you ever thought about how you would define hard work?  I think we can all agree field workers that spend eight hours a day picking produce under the hot summer sun are performing hard work. Of course, that goes without being said. But is physical labor the only kind of hard work? According to a rather short-sighted article by Jason Fried, the answer is yes. But I disagree, and I’ll tell you why. WHAT IS HARD WORK Of course, chefs in...

G is for Godly Goals

I have a feeling that for many of my readers, the idea of Godly Goals might be a foreign concept. Goals are just goals, right? Well, not so fast. In a recent conversation with a dear friend, she told me that she was in a knitting competition with one of her acquaintances. At first, her competitiveness came roaring alive but for all the wrong reasons. The passive aggressiveness of her competitor got the better of her, and soon she found...

F is for Financial Freedom

You may hear “financial freedom” and think independently wealthy, and while that is one way to define it, it’s not the only way.  Being financially free means the ability to maintain your current lifestyle without the support of a regular paycheck. In this article, I’m not going to give you a five-step plan to be a millionaire by the time you retire. There are plenty of resources like that out there already. What I am going to provide you with,...

E is for Education

My all-time favorite saying is, “You don’t have to have a degree to have an education.” I’m not sure if I came up with the quote or if I heard it somewhere, but either way, it resonated deeply within me. It took me 17 years after high school graduation to earn my Bachelor’s degree. While I went to school on and off during those years, I was constantly learning. My informal education includes hundreds of books on health, natural healing...

D is for Don’t Wait

How many times have you said to yourself or someone else, “The time just isn’t quite right.” Or “I’ll start _____ when _____ happens.”  If you’re anything like me, the answer is “too many times.” Why Waiting for the Perfect Time is Ill-Advised The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect time. Sure, there’s an ideal time, but perfection is an unattainable goal. I want you to consider what you could achieve if you weren’t waiting for the...