T.G.I.M – Don’t wait too late to do what makes YOU happy!

Too many people let their lives fly by without doing what they really wanted to do. Don’t let the clutter in your life block your vision. All of those things you want to do .. make plans to do them. Make a list, a bucket list, and slowly check each one off throughout your life. Enjoy your life. See all of the beautiful things the world has to offer and embrace the warmth, the happiness.

Here are a few things I want to do in my lifetime:

  1. Inspire someone to change
  2. skydive
  3. visit a country I have never been to before
  4. compete in a fitness competition
  5. have my very own fitness spread in a magazine
  6. have a chance to educate kids about health and wellness

Your list can be literally anything!

Don’t wait too late to do things you have always wanted to do.

Start today!

-mk

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T.G.I.M: Don’t wait too late to apply these helpful life lessons!

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I found these very helpful life lessons on another blog/website called reginabrett.com. These were written and created by Regina Brett the night before her 45th birthday and after she found out that she had breast cancer. These are some important lessons that we can apply to our lives today!

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  36. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Ready, Set, REST! – 10 Benefits of Resting!

Top 10 benefits of rest!

I know we usually get less than enough rest throughout the week and the stress just accumulates.

rest-timeIf you were wondering how rest could benefit you, check this out! These are some benefits of getting an adequate amount of rest!

Ready, set, rest!

  1. Optimal physical performance
  2. Feeling Relaxed
  3. Improve memory
  4. Beautiful skin
  5. Lowers Stress
  6. Higher level of energy
  7. Protects your heart
  8. Keeps you safe from depression
  9. Sharpens your creative abilities
  10. Improves decision making skills
  1. Optimal physical performance

Rest is required in order to maintain a physically fit and healthy body. Not only is rest important in the recovery process of your muscles but it also promotes a healthy immune system. In order to avoid getting sick pay attention to your body. If you have been going balls to the wall in the gym day in and day out and you’re feeling run down … maybe it’s time to take a day or two of rest AWAY from the gym.

  1. Relaxation

Rest is key in achieving feelings of relaxation. Some people might get rest or relaxation confused with other hobbies like hiking or walking. The truth of the matter is, in order to truly rest and relax you have to be still and quiet your mind. Try lying down, watching a movie, or head to the pool to soak in some vitamin D! These are also a great way to boost those feel good hormones also known as endorphins!

  1. Improve memory!

Our schedules can get a little chaotic at times and remembering everything we have to do can be damn near impossible. What if I told you that rest actually helps improve your memory! Studies show that participants who read a story and took a resting break remember more of the details than the people who did not take a rest. They also remembered the information up to a week later! So, the next time you have a lot on your mind to remember … get some rest!

  1. Beautiful Skin

We have all noticed it, the morning after a terrible nights’ sleep. You have sagging bags under your eyes and the glow your skin used to hold … well, it’s lacking its luster. “Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles,” says dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. Your skin and your whole body go into repair mode while you sleep improving the look of your skin dramatically!

  1. Lowers Stress

Resting promotes a relaxing atmosphere which in turn will help lower your stress levels. By keeping still and quieting your mind you can let go of all of the negativity in your life that may be clouding your mind.

  1. Higher energy level

We all know how it feels to wake up after a terrible nights’ sleep and have that overwhelming feeling of being rundown, groggy, and sluggish, it’s horrible! Resting helps your body recover from your busy day-to-day activities and will allow your body to return to a healthy and refreshed state.

  1. Protects your heart

A lack of rest or sleep does not necessarily CAUSE heart disease or high blood pressure but it certainly increases the risk. Studies have shown that people who get less than 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night are at an increased risk of high blood pressure. Need a reason to have lazy day and rest? Protect your heart!

  1. Keeps you safe from depression

Simply put rest promotes a relaxing atmosphere. When you are relaxed you’re happy which then results in a boost of endorphins, the feel good hormone. Being happy and feeling good prevents depression and feelings of sadness! So go ahead, get a massage or watch a comedy while lounging in your pajamas.

  1. Sharpens your creative abilities

If you are a writer, like myself, you probably are aware of just how important stepping away for taking a break from your work. This goes for anyone who relies on their “creative juices” to complete a task. Writers experience what is called “writers block”. This is where we pretty much just hit a wall. We lose any ideas or thoughts that can propel us forward in completing a blog post or book. When this happens we literally HAVE to stop and put our work aside for a certain amount of time.

  1. Improves your decision-making skills

When you are well rested you are less likely to make compulsive decisions and more likely to make intelligent decisions!

Now that you have a few reasons why you should rest, go ahead! Close your eyes, catch some zZzZ’s and relax.

-mk

9 Keys to Starting your Day in a Positive Way!

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Marcus Aurelius


Do you wake up immediately dreading the day ahead? Here are 9 ways you can start your day off right!

  • sleep(1)  –  Coffee, tea, or hot lemon water with honey – All three of these have their own nutrients that make them great for our bodies in the morning.
    • Coffee – Coffee contains powerful antioxidants that are known to fight inflammation and ward off free radicals. Also, coffee contains chlorogenic acid that is thought to prevent cardiovascular disease. Coffee also offers a short-term memory boost and is very healthy for your heart and liver. It can help curb depression and boost exercise performance along with revving your metabolism for the day. “Coffee stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine produces the euphoric and pleasant feelings that people often associate with their first cup of coffee in the morning” (Psychology Today).
    • Tea – There are so many different types of teas so I will only name a couple of the most popular: green tea, black tea, and white tea. Different types of tea produce different feelings ranging from energetic, calmness, relaxation, etc. The link below gives more information on tea and it’s health benefits.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538.php

  • Hot lemon water – There are many health benefits to drinking hot lemon water with honey. Drinking this miracle elixir helps with digestion, weight loss, and can improve your mood (key to have a positive start to your day!).

http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/why-drinking-water-early-in-the-morning-good-for-health-p214/

Starting your day off with something that not only tastes good but is good for your body can help motivate you and stimulate your mood.

  • (2)  –  Motivational Reading – I am a huge fan of self-help books. Whether you think you need the help or not these books contain amazing information that can be applied to your life. My favorite books are:
    • “Daily Love” by Mastin Kipp
    • “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
    • “The Essential Rumi” with translations by Coleman Barks
  • (3)  –  Quotes –If you have been keeping up with my blog and my previous posts you know by now how much I enjoy quotes. Pinterest is loaded with great motivation and inspirational quotes. Just type in the search bar what you are looking for and bam! Instant motivation. When you find what you like be sure to save them or write them down so you can refer back to it throughout your day

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  • (4)  –  Take a walk – Walking can be very relaxing and a great way to start your day. I never recommend walking alone as a woman for safety purposes so I suggest walking with a friend, family member, or significant other. Not only will the walk relax you for the day ahead but friendly conversation with another person or friend will also boost endorphins which in turn will promote positive vibes.

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  • (5)  –  Yoga & Meditation –When I first started participating in yoga it was very surreal. The thought that mainly stretching and breathing could put you in such a relaxed and steady state was amazing. For those of you who are constantly stressed and I mean those of you who wake up immediately thinking about the loads of work you have to do … yoga and meditation will work wonders for you! When I first started participating in yoga and meditation I was doing it every single morning as soon as I woke up. I made some hot tea, laid my mat out, pulled up my yoga app and got started. The mornings I did yoga were the best mornings and I started noticing how relaxed I was throughout the rest of my day. I was amazed! Now, I don’t participate in yoga as often as I used to, maybe once or twice a week, but I am still a huge advocate for it. It does wonders for your mood and promotes amazing positive vibes! The app I use is called Daily Yoga. Try it out!

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  • (6)  –  Enjoy Breakfast – I Know you have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I 100% agree! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I never start my day without it. So many people take on their day without eating breakfast and I have no idea how they do it! If I miss breakfast one day my energy levels are low and I feel like I am dragging the whole day. If you start your day by eating breakfast especially with family or your significant other, I guarantee your mood will shoot through the roof! Not only will it make you happy to have a full stomach but eating in the morning actually gives your metabolism a huge boost and revs it up for the day!

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  • (7)  –  Plan the night before- Make a small list of about 2-3 things you need to take care of the next day. The key here is limiting your list and making it short. It is easier to accomplish the things on your list if it is short. Less of chance to move on to easier tasks and procrastinate the important ones. Some people even like to time block their days. Simply think about what you have scheduled for the next day and block out those times. After you have blocked out those times it will be easier for you to visually see the free time you have left over to go grocery shopping or fit in the gym.

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  • (8)  –  Prepare the night before – Pack you lunch the night before, get together the clothing you want to wear the next day, set up all of your morning supplements and vitamins, program your coffee maker to automatically start brewing at a specific time, etc. All of these things will help you wake up stress free and allow you to relax in the morning instead of rushing to get everything together for the day.

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  • (9)  –  Don’t rush – Rushing can immediately bring on anxiety and stress. I am famous for rushing. You know what else I am famous for as a result of rushing? Forgetting. I always, always forget something important when I rush. It is kind of like Murphy’s Law! Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. By taking on your day one step at a time, one task at a time, moving slowly allows you to remain stress free and at ease. It’s certainly better than being overwhelmed with everything at once!

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Living in the positive light is a learning process. Our happiness can only be found by changing our perception of the things around us. Our happiness and positive vibes get buried under all of the negative rubble the world hurls at us. It is up to us to slowly pick up and carry that rubble away to uncover our true happiness.

-mk


“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
Buddha

The Glorification of Busy: Slow down!

I recently came across a post on pinterest while searching “relaxation quotes”, it reads,

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“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished,” by Tao Tzu.

It reminded me how much of my day I spend rushing. From the moment I wake up to the moment I sleep I try to fit in as much as I can into my day. I think that is normal for everyone don’t you think? It’s no surprise stress and anxiety are at an all time high. We expect so much from ourselves to accomplish as much as we can in our day that we forget to “stop and smell the roses” (too cliché?), it’s true! Everything in nature is never rushed. Flowers bloom in the spring, trees lose their foliage in the fall, and animals hibernate in the winter. Everything is completed in a timely manner and is never rushed. Why should we rush? Why should we carelessly throw our mental health out the window just to meet a deadline? Why should we have to take anxiety medicine that masks the problem without treating the root of the problem?

The root of the problem is us. We don’t care enough to allow ourselves time to clear our mind and relax. Just like we make up excuses not to work out, we make up excuses as to why we can’t relax; “I’m too busy”, “I don’t have time”, “I have kids, do you know how hard it is to get even a minute of time to yourself?” the list goes on and on. Here’s the thing, it has become routine, like a habit. Have you ever tried to kick a habit? It’s really difficult! Once you realize you are not getting enough time to yourself to rejuvenate your mind you need to FIND and MAKE time in your day where you can relax if even for ten minutes. Stop the glorification of busy and learn to enjoy life again!

M.

Check out the following link for ideas on how to de-stress throughout your day.

55 gentle ways to take care of yourself when you’re busy busy busy

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A Book with Blank Pages

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Is it bad that I don’t have my life mapped out like others? I have such an array of interests that keeps me on the edge of this confusing leap of faith we call a “career”. Is it so terrible that I don’t want to be stuck behind a desk for 20 or 40 years listening to how terrible I am doing instead of how great of a job I’m doing? That is not what I want for myself.

I want to enjoy life.

I want to experience life.

I want to skydive, ride horses, hike mountains, swim in lakes, ride roller coasters, and pick beautiful wildflowers off of the side of the road as I travel across the country. I want to eat delicious food from Ireland and Italy. I want to eat desserts and drink vino (wine) from France. I want to know what it feels like to lose something and what it feels like to win. I want to feel the struggle, the persistence, and the dedication it takes to turn nothing into something. I want to love and be loved. I want to marry “the one”. I want to experience growing life from within and raising him/her in our beautiful mess of a world. I want to grow old with the love of my life and be able to talk about the many adventures life gave us.

Isnt that what life is all about?

I truly don’t see myself sitting behind a desk working like a dog for “the man”. I don’t see myself making my boss his money, I see myself making my own money. My own money that I can soon one day use to experience all of life’s amazing adventures and little treasures.

My true happiness? It’s not in creating a plan for my life and having it “all figured out”. It is taking one day at a time and seeing what each day has in store for me. It is feeling the warm sun on my skin and feeling the cool breeze through my hair.

 Only then do I know that my life is mine to live,

My own story to write and create,

A book with blank pages.