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Perspective is Amazing

I was on facebook this morning and someone shared a link to an article about teachers becoming digital panhandlers because we have campaigns on sites like DonorsChoose or gofundme to get supplies for our classrooms.  The person who shared the link was offended by the article title.  He found it to be incredibly demeaning to his wife who is a teacher and to teachers as a whole.  That was his perspective.

I read the article, and my perspective is entirely different.  Yes, he did call teachers digital panhandlers, but the article was not offensive or derogatory.  Instead it laid the facts out very clearly, and drew attention to the lack of school funding.  If schools were adequately funded, teachers wouldn’t need to resort to this “digital panhandling” to fund their classrooms.

The gentleman and I went back and forth essentially agreeing to disagree, but it really got me thinking about perspective.  It’s amazing how people see things differently, and we would all do well to remember that our view isn’t the only view.

Another woman commented that she donates her stipend checks right back to the school.  Stipends are checks people get for doing extra things like coaching.  I commented to her that I thought that was great, but I had to use mine to live on.  She immediately thought I was attacking her and thinking that she was independently wealthy, and she quickly disabused me of that notion.  Again perspective, I was honestly complimenting her for being able to do that, but from her perspective, I was attacking or judging her.  I think most of you know that’s not my style.  I was just impressed that she could do that, and sharing my own donorschoose campaign for people to see.

How we see things is influenced by our past experiences.  How other people see things is influenced by their past experiences, and we would all do well to remember that.

 

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Profitable Business

 

How to Turn a Hobby into a Legitimate Business

Maria Cannon

For many, the idea of starting a small business holds a certain appeal, but the hurdles to actually doing it seem too much to overcome. One of the main hurdles is the question what would I even do? Well, it is possible to do something you enjoy and make money. Turning a hobby into a legitimate business could be just what you need. Here’s how to get yourself set up to succeed.

 

Decide if it’s feasible to even try

Yes, the first step may sound discouraging. But it’s not – it’s just smart. Do the math. Take a deep dive into your finances and see if it is feasible to start a new business from the ground up. If you need some help, then get some help. Do not forget to include your partner/significant other in these discussions. It’s not just you that will be affected by the work that comes with starting a new business.

 

Know what your business truly does for people

If you don’t know what your business does, nobody else will either. The first thing you have to do if you are serious about turning a hobby into a business is find its main focus. If you make something and sell it, what is that product exactly? Why should people want to buy it? If you are offering your services in some other way, then what are those services – specifically? Why are you more qualified to dole them out than someone else? I’m just going to sell stuff on the Internet isn’t focused. I’m going to be a life coach sounds nice, but what services are you really offering?

If you are unsure and lack focus, some tried-and-true business ideas include selling hot items such as wireless earphones, phone cases and backpacks for men and women.

 

Plan before action

Do you have a strategy for one week out? One month out? How about next year? Without a clear plan for business growth, you’re not really starting a business – you’re just charging people for something you do as a hobby. Ask yourself what you want to do, how you’re going to do it, and when you’re going to do it. Time is important. As a post on Forbes suggests, “to ensure your strategies are brought to life, there needs to be specific action plans … and the necessary steps to get you there in an agreed time frame.”

Write out a business plan. Really – write it out.

 

Think positively

While you can’t simply will success into being you can certainly increase its chances of occurring by harnessing the power of positive thinking. Research has shown that those with a positive outlook in business tend to have more energy, better problem solve, and better bounce back from hardships (resiliency). The good news is that positive thinking can be learned and trained. That positivity will show through to your future clients and customers.

Most importantly, treat your hobby like a real job. If you treat it like a side project, that is all it will ever be. Consult experts in your field. Grow an online presence. Set work hours each day and grind. You really can make money doing what you love, but it won’t come easy.

 

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4 Ways to Stay Strong and Positive in Times of Sickness

4 Ways to Stay Strong and Positive in Times of Sickness

In times of sickness, it can be hard to keep your morale high. Medical conditions can make it difficult to get on with your normal routine. No wonder people undergoing any sort of treatment have to look for ways to keep them busy in order to enjoy their time. A positive attitude and motivation are necessary to get on with your life and stay calm.

Even though stress and painful treatments might seem as though they are taking a toll on your life, keeping yourself occupied with anything that your physician allows can help you stay motivated and lessen the amount of stress. This can be anything from meditation and easy yoga poses to reading a long overdue book. Sickness has a deep impact on the psyche of a human being. The recovery greatly depends on how motivated you are to put a brave front in times of hardship, be it any ailment that time and again causes pain or any sudden deterioration of health.

So, what are the things that you can indulge in during times of sickness to keep your motivation levels intact? Here are the activities that can cheer you up and help you cope with any situation:

1. Read a book or watch overdue series/movies

The more you keep yourself engaged, the better you can take your mind off the treatment. Being constantly reminded of your sickness because of your routine will make you feel isolated. So, let the doctors worry about your medicinal schedule while you can read a book or two with timely rest.

If the medical condition permits, movies are great to brighten the mood and stay connected with the outside world. Laughter is the best medicine and a comedy series or movie will only make you feel good.

2. Do not spend your time in isolation

While it is necessary that you take sufficient rest, do not avoid the company of your friends or family members. Do not hesitate to talk about your feelings. They know how difficult the phase is for you. Talk to them instead of feeling lonely. Your friends will make sure that, when they leave, you’ll have a smile on your face. They know you inside out, especially what makes you happy. You can rest assured that their company will brighten your mood and be just the distraction you need to keep your stress at bay.

It is the hardships that bring a family together and, with their support and encouragement, you are sure not to feel lonely.

3. Make your health your top priority

The only way you can recover fast is to make your health your number one priority. Your professional life and other commitments can take a back seat. This is the time to eat healthy foods. Even if you don’t feel much improvement in your overall health, it is necessary that you consult with your doctor and continue with a healthy diet. The important thing is to take rest and give your body time to recover.

4. Go out for walk and stay positive

You are either holed up in your room or are lying on your bed all day. Yes, you are sick but that does not mean that you will stop going out. Ask your doctor if you can go out for a walk. Even if it is hard to walk, see if you can go visit a park with the help of your loved ones. It will get out you out of sickness mode and help you relax amidst fresh environment.

Most importantly, you cannot let the situation get the better of you. It is just a phase that will eventually pass. You have to stay strong and positive to ensure your speedy recovery, even if that means reading motivational books or browsing through the Internet to read the experiences of other people who have gone through the same disease.

Motivation is all about mental toughness. How an individual can go through the entire medical procedure and still not lose hope is key to the respective person’s mental toughness. It is important to stay positive and indulge in something that helps to relax and get distracted. Be it reading a book or adopting a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to stay strong and positive and not lose your motivation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne Winchester

Suzanne is a chief editor at The General Post, and an independent healthcare industry analyst, speaker and entrepreneur, she is also a contributor writer for Bookyogaretreats.com.  Having hands-on experience in the health segment, she has answers to many health-related queries.

 

 

Visualize and it Will Materialize

Originally posted at Success.com

Visualize and it Will Materialize
by Steve Rizzo

Visualization is a common sense success strategy that can keep you motivated and focused to achieve your goals throughout the day. As I’ve often said, “Visualize and it will materialize.”

Visualization is the applying of your given gift of imagination to your faith and confidence. You can use it to discover ways to work through tough times, to rise above your problems and see the possibilities of a solution. It can also be used in the process of healing or to manifest a particular desire.

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Break the Cycle of Emotional Eating

I am an emotional eater.  I eat when I’m happy, I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m angry and I eat when I’m bored.  In case you’re not quite catching what I’m saying, I eat.  Now eating is not a bad thing, heck, we need to do it to survive, but eating your emotions, that’s not such a great thing.  But I’m putting a stop to all that.  I’ve tried things like Weight Watchers, Nutri System, Atkins and Keto.  They’re all great in teaching me how to eat, but nothing has helped me come to grips with why I eat.  Now, with help, I’m going to stop allowing my mind to bully my body! If you’re stuck in the same cycle I am, then I suggest you check out this amazing class offered by Karen Salmansohn,  that will help to retrain your brain.

In it, you’ll learn:

  • why you binge eat – the emotional root of your food issues

  • how to stop obsessive thoughts around food – in a lasting way

  • how to stop using food as a distraction or to deal with uncomfortable feelings like anger, stress, fear, grief and self-loathing.

  • how to enjoy a more loving relationship with food – and yourself – whether you’re trying to lose 10 pounds, 35 pounds, or over 100 pounds

If  you’re ready to make a change, check out this great program that will help you break the cycle of emotional eating.

Well Color Me A Bit Contemplative

CrossPosted from Well Color Me

I was watching a lame movie today and in it, one of the characters said, “I’m a man, and men don’t hurt the people they love.” If you take it a step further, I’d say I’m an adult and adults don’t hurt the people the love.  But they do, all the time.  Most of the time, it’s not on purpose, but some times it is.  And it got me thinking why people do that.  Why do they say or do things that they know are going to hurt someone they care about

It can be romantic relationship wise, sibling wise, or friend wise.  It doesn’t matter what the relationship is, what matters is that it happened.  I know I’ve done it, and I usually immediately regret it.  But I’ve known some people who have said incredibly hurtful things to people and have never regretted it.  Your actions speak volumes as well, and if you don’t walk your talk, what you say doesn’t matter.  Think before you speak and think before you act.

I’m going to try to be a better person and think before I speak and before I act.  More importantly I’m going to work to not hurt the people that I love, and to just be a better person all around.

The Good Morning Goddess Ritual of Self-Love

The Good Morning Goddess Ritual of Self-Love

Self-love, the Saint-Graal of our modern society. Everyday, we get hammered by advertising messages asking us to take care of ourselves, to follow our dreams, to take that holiday, or leave that job. They ask us to do it, but it is always through the acquisition of a thing.

I say that it all starts with self-love. Loving the person we are, as we are, is the basis of a healthy and balanced life. How can you pursue your dreams, love others, build a life you absolutely love, if you don’t love the person you will be doing this with: yourself?

The yoga practice is a beautiful way to cultivate self-love, through small actions. It is you reminding yourself to breathe during that challenging pose. It is knowing when to stop before you hurt. It is allowing your body to feel the way it feels, every day. It is accepting that one day you are flying in Bakasana (Crow pose) and the following day, you are collapsing in that same pose.

In addition to the practice on the mat, I have created a ritual to include self-love in my daily life. As for meditation, and yoga, think of self-love as a muscle that needs to be constantly trained. It is a life practice.

I developed this routine when in Bali, where I spent 2 months to reconnect to myself, and work on personal development, including self-love.

Reconnection to your feminine side

For me, it all started with reconnecting to my femininity.

As a Yogipreneur, Vinyasa teacher and writer, hustling is part of my daily life. I have to go for my dreams, otherwise no one will serve them to me on a silver platter.

Being in Bali, which is such a smooth and sensual land, I realised I had let my masculine side take over my overall energy. Everything I did in the sphere of work was moved from a place of power, strength, pushing and pushing. My perception of power and the way I conceived it was to be like men.

Bali, and an extensive practice of Kundalini Yoga, showed me otherwise. Being a woman and denying my femininity caused an imbalance in my capacity to love myself for what I was.

The more I reconnected with my feminine side, through practices like dancing, drawing, singing, the more I felt comfortable with myself. I felt good with my body, and I started to let it express itself authentically – wearing no bra was the best discovery!

Practices that cultivate creativity, whatever the medium, are excellent ways to reconnect with our feminine side. Kundalini, through its kriyas, is also an amazing practice to tap into our inner force, which is feminine – the snake coiled at the base of our spine is a she!

We are all Goddesses

The kundalini practice, as well as long discussions with inspiring women, led me to the conclusion that shifted the paradigm I previously lived with: every woman is a Goddess.

We are all Goddesses, both Shakti and Kali, we are powerful and without us, the World would technically be nothing. Yes, this is being feminist. No, this does not mean we, women, are here to despise men.

Being a Goddess means that we know our value, we know that we are beautiful divine creatures. We know that there is enough power in us to take care of our faith and be the heroes of our lives.

Following this principle, I decided to meet my inner Goddess. It started with sporadic acts like smiling to myself in the mirror, and looking at my body from a place of love instead of the good old judgement we tend to have. I wore clothes that made me feel flowy and sensual.

I then decided to formalise it into a morning ritual.

“Good morning Goddess”

 

 

 

 

 

Each morning, I wake-up to my Goddess ritual.

I open my eyes, I put some music on. No checking messages, yet! As soon as the music is on, I start touching the skin of my entire body, starting with my legs. It is, for me, a way to greet myself into a new day, and acknowledge the beauty of this divine body of mine. I touch my feet, my legs, my tummy, my chest, my shoulders, my arms, I let my hands softly greet my entire body. I finish with my face, my hair.

Then, I step into my bathroom, and when I look into the mirror, I greet the Goddess by a “Good morning, Goddess” and a smile.

This might seem simple, so simple. And it truly is. But it has changed so much in my relationship to myself.

They say, the way you start your day defines the rest of it.

Starting the day with the positive feeling of greeting your inner Goddess, that is some powerful start.

And, yes, in the beginning, it will probably seem weird, and you will probably have to fake it. The first days, I found it so difficult to linger in bed, touching my skin. And, how hard was it to look at myself in the mirror without my gaze going straight to my muffin top and judgemental thoughts arising! But it came, slowly and steadily, as it does with any practice.

Today, I cannot start a day without my self-love morning routine. I feel amazing after doing it. And the best thing is that it starts to span over my day – I notice that the way I look at myself in the mirror during the day is starting to be filled with the same benevolence and self-love it has in the morning.

That, for me, is the most beautiful gift to myself. With this, I feel empowered to face life and realise my visions and dreams. Because I know I am at peace with my co-pilot: myself.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

 

Oumnia El Khazzani

Oumnia El Khazzani is a Yoga teacher and a writer. When she is not teaching flowy vinyasa classes, she writes novels, as well as blog posts, for herself or for others as a freelancer. She is also a contributor writer for www.bookyogaretreats.com.

I’m Slacking Again

I’m slacking again on blog posts – which is odd because technically, I’m on summer vacation.  I’m still dealing with the drama of the deer running into my car.  It’s really broken, but I’m not, so that’s good.  I’m also taking a class this summer which for some reason, is kicking my ass.  Plus it’s summer and I’m feeling lazy, lol.  All these things are combining to make it so I can’t get out of my own way and get anything done.  And because of that, the blog posts are slacking off.  No excuses, it is what it is.  I’m slacking again and it’s just the way it is lol.

But as I sit here and think and type, I realize that not only am I slacking again on blog posts, I’m slacking on life.  There are lots of things I should be doing, and I’m not.  Maybe it’s just going to be the summer of slacking. But here’s the positive spin to all of it.  I’m slacking and it’s okay.  I’m getting my school work done, and I’m getting my life responsibilities done.  I can’t be perfect, and that’s okay.

I’m going to try and be better.  I’ll share the quotes from this week so far, and hopefully next week will be better.  So I’ll get yesterday’s and today’s posts done, and I have a couple of guest posts to share with you all from some really great writers.  Hopefully I’ll go from I’m slacking again to I’m getting it done.

 

 

It was a Speed Bump of Epic Proportions

Tuesday

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.– William James

So I took a couple of unscheduled days off this week. I got hit with some crappy news, that threw me for a loop, and I needed time to regroup and it was a speedbump of epic proportionscome to terms with it.  It was a speed bump of epic proportions. What’s interesting is the quotes for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday ALL work with this post, so I’m going to use them all!

Wednesday

You have three choices in life: give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got! – Unknown

If I had done what certain people had wanted, I would have tucked my proverbial tail between my legs, packed my bags and moved on.  That’s what other people wanted, but it’s not what I wanted.  I decided to fight for what I wanted, and fight hard.  It’s going to be an uphill battle, but I’m going to give it all I’ve got.

Thursday

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. – Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s hard when you have a clear plan for what you want, where you’re going and how you’re going to get there, and life throws in one of those speed bumps or road blocks. When that happens, sometimes the best thing you can do is stop, take stock of the situation and formulate a new plan. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing during my little hiatus. I hit a speed bump of epic proportions and I had to figure out a new plan.

Friday

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Now here’s the thing, I encountered this speed bump of epic proportions, and yes, it threw me for a loop.  I stumbled, I even fell, but what I didn’t do was give up.  I fought back.  I looked at the person who put this speed bump in place and I gave her the figurative finger.  In doing so, I made an enemy out of someone I really couldn’t afford to have mad at me.  But I made a choice and with every choice there are positives and negatives.  That’s one of the negatives.

Saturday

Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it. ~ David Jordan

Did I make the right choice?  I don’t know.  I really don’t.  What I did do is make a decision, and I am going to do my best to meet the new challenges that I will face because of my decision.  I am going to have to prove myself over and over again, and I have people that will be waiting to pounce on the slightest mistake.  I’m okay with that thought.  Why?  Because I know that I will be putting forth my best effort, and when it comes right down to it, that’s all anybody can do. So I’m going to conquer that speed bump of epic proportions, and who knows, what’s on the other side may be even better.

The Pain of Anxiety

Who among us hasn’t felt anxious before.  But feeling anxious about something is a far different thing than dealing with ongoing anxiety.  If you’re in this boat, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of Karen Salmansohn, everything this woman writes really resonates with me.  She is an amazing author and speaker and she has so much to share, and some of what she has to share deals with the pain of anxiety.  Karen doesn’t want any of us to deal with this pain, and in fact, she’s created this really awesome course that helps people to deal with it.

Karen has made this amazing video series to help people deal with anxiety, and she offers 42 stress reducing tools that are all research backed.

The training happens in short bursts – only 3 to 10 minutes per video – and can be enjoyed on infinite devices – cellphones, iPads, computers, oh my!

Check out Karen’s Anxiety Cure and see if it’s right for you.  What’s really cool is Karen is making an awesome offer.  You can try out the Anxiety Cure and if you find that it’s not right for you, you can request a refund!  How sweet is that?  But if it works for you, that’s even better, and you’ll have an opportunity to make some huge improvements to your life.

 

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