Re-Evaluate Your Priorities

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What have you noticed lately that may be slipping from your grasp?  Have you been so busy you’ve spent less time with your kids, friends, family than you are comfortable with?  Are you working on a deadline and you’ve been cooped up in your office for weeks, with no free time?

It may not be that extreme, but chances are, there’s something out of line in your priorities that you’ve been hoping to change.  What is that?

I tend to procrastinate which causes chaos and leaves me feeling out of control.  I am working hard to find ways to organize and reduce the feeling of overwhelm that I endear because of it.  There are many online apps that can be used for this.  What is yours?

Now, about you.  Let’s just start with that first thing that popped into your mind.  The very first thing you thought of when you read this post.

How can you begin motion on changing that, starting tomorrow?

It doesn’t have to be some huge overhaul, which can feel very overwhelming.  But what can you start to do to make some changes that will last?

 

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Don’t Wait Until Spring

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Somewhere along the way, the need to spring clean was ingrained in us.  After the hibernation of a frigid winter, we start fresh with a deep cleaning of our living space.  Hopefully going deeper than that, also an adjustment of our routines, attitudes, schedule, relationships and more.

But I think to start that now before spring officially arrives has its benefits.  We just started a new year, which inevitably brings new resolutions and new ideas of what you want your life to look like.

How is that going for you so far?  What needs tweaking?  Start with that, and you’ll be on a spree by the time spring arrives, where you can tackle the rest of your list it full force.

If we arrive in the spring with our failed resolutions still in tow, we will likely put off the spring cleaning as well.  It doesn’t have to be that way, though, and your growing to-do list doesn’t have to feel like a failure.  Start with jump-starting those resolutions you may have neglected from January and start a fresh track with one or two of those.  Your confidence will compound, and you’ll be ready to tackle more in the coming weeks with that momentum.

What’s the first thing you want to change in your life?

 

 

Ways To Boost Metabolism

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Metabolism — we all want to have a strong and quick one, but it takes some work to achieve a healthy metabolism.  It’s affected by what we eat, how we sleep, our hormones, exercise, and many other aspects of our overall well being.

In fact, some specific foods can help boost your metabolism.

Keep the following foods on your plate: avocado, spinach, green tea, coconut oil, and almonds.  These only name a few, but the options listed here are versatile foods that can easily be added to almost any meal.

If you’re in need of a new workout routine, do some research on HIIT workouts that may fit your desires.  These exercises can be done just about anywhere, making them incredibly feasible for fitting into anyone’s schedule.

There are a slew of things you can do to boost your metabolism, but starting with these small changes can start you down a long-term path to a healthy metabolism.

What HIIT workout is your favorite?  I have just begun to explore these workouts and am looking forward to starting.

 

Forget The Recipes

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I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve dreadingly prolonged going to the grocery store because I didn’t want to look up recipes, make a shopping list, cook things I’d never cooked before, and therefore didn’t feel confident cooking.

That’s the perfect recipe for take-out, right?

Until I finally learned my lesson, and it’s been easy sailing since…

Instead of focusing on recipes, I focus on foods. What foods would you like to eat in the coming days?

Think about what’s in season, readily available and fresh.

Make a list of a handful of vegetables you’d like to eat in the coming week, along with a few fruits that are making your mouth water thinking about.

Go from there and create recipes with your ingredients, instead of the other way around.  Eating healthy can (and is, in my house) absolutely simple.  Recipe free, even.

Do you get caught up on recipes, too, like I did?

How do you navigate this each week?

 

 

How Can You Add More Joy?

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I think we can all agree that the world needs more kindness in it, and that’s a daily practice we must keep in the forefront of our minds.  Such simple acts of kindness can create such a ripple effect of influence, it’s astonishing.  How we choose to approach each instance, each person, each moment of our day matters.

So, how can you add more joy to your day, and to others?

Here are a few fun, joyful acts you can choose to commit today…

– Write someone you appreciate a card telling them why you appreciate them

– Find a charity you admire and choose a way to help them within the next week, whether it be with your time or monetarily.

– Watch, listen to or read something that inspires you.

– Put your phone away for at least one hour, being entirely present with yourself or those around you.

Which of the simple things in life make you happy?

I like to pay it forward and will do so at the grocery store.  I know what it is like to not have enough money to pay for items and when I see people putting removing things from their shopping order, I try and pay the difference.  I also will pay for the person’s coffee behind me on occasion, in hopes that they will also pay it forward too.

 

 

Give Yourself Permission

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Life can be wonderful — full of absolute joy and laughter.  There are some seasons of life that feel too good to be true, but as with anything in life, things ebb and flow.  Naturally, we all have some “down” days, and aside from that natural occurrence, we all go through some rough patches in our lives.  There are some bumps in the road, inevitably, and we need to be kind to ourselves in those instances.

Many times, we feel like we have to keep our head held high and forcibly keep smiling — does that work for you?  Perhaps it does.  Maybe forcing happiness turns into real happiness, sometimes that can absolutely happen.

But, if that’s not the case, I have to tell you this.

If nobody has told you lately, I want you to give yourself complete permission to feel whatever feelings you’re sorting through.  It’s not bad or wrong to explore the darker, more sad feelings — it just gets troublesome when we get stuck there.

So give yourself the space and permission to sift through your feelings, sort them out, and hang them up to dry.

 

 

What Will You Do First?

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If you’ve been thinking about ditching all of your household & bathroom items to replace them with healthier, greener options but have been putting it off because you’re incredibly overwhelmed… start small.

It IS overwhelming to overhaul anything, so you aren’t alone there.  But generally, when we feel overwhelmed, our response is to make no moves at all.  We aren’t quite sure what move to make first, so we stand frozen.  It happens all the time, to me too!

So let’s start small.

Take baby steps.

What would you like to change first?  Let’s focus on one area.

Personally, I chose to change my bath products first.

What you put on your skin goes right into your bloodstream, so choosing natural products is imperative to me.

With our skin being the largest organ in the body, we must take care of it!  I am sure that all of my face wash, make up and shampoos are free of parabens, sulfates, DEA, phthalates, synthetic fragrances & more.  If you are looking for a great skin regimen look here http://www.willingbeauty.com/divinereflections

What’s is your first focus going to be?