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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Forget the sugar rush and go for a brisk walk. Research shows that putting one foot in front of the other for 10 minutes provides you with a good head of steam for up to 2 hours. However, the burst you get from eating a candy bar fades after an hour and may leave you feeling more tired (not to mention guilty).

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SVELTINGTON 3/11/2010 1:55PM

    I use abdominal breathing for a boost of energy. This works for me when I can not get away from the desk.

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LLLAWSON 3/11/2010 11:33AM

    Absolutely true. Even just 10 minutes make a huge difference.

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RUBY926 3/11/2010 8:13AM

    Oh that makes so much more sense than the candy bar! Why do I have such trouble putting each foot in front of the other towards the front door for that walk? Good for you that you are able to choose the right way to get that rush and feel so good. I wait for the day that my mind clicks in the right direction and path. I keep getting up each day with a new attitude and hope that it all works towards improving myself. Thanks for inspiring me this morning.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Organization can make a tangible difference in the quality of your life. Liberating and empowering. It reduces stress and frees up time to enjoy the people and things that are important to you. If a major spring cleaning sounds daunting, try breaking it up into these 5 steps.

1. Pick your first organizing task. Choose something small and achievable, such as decluttering a junk drawer, bookshelf, medicine cabinet, jewelry box, glove compartment, or wallet.

2. Plan a time within the next 24 hours to complete the task.

3. Schedule it in your calendar, decide how long you’ll spend, and tell someone else your plan so you can report back to them when it’s done.

4. When your scheduled appointment time comes, do the task.

5. Once you’re done, report your success, give yourself a nice reward, and schedule 3 more small tasks to do in the next week.

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DAISES2 3/10/2010 9:50PM

    this is something i really need to do.i've got big jobs and small jobs that need doing.thanks for the advice

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SVELTINGTON 3/10/2010 5:34PM

    And a label maker is your friend! I am an overly organized person. emoticon

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***DEBRA*** 3/10/2010 5:03PM

    I tackled an intimidating pile of mail on the coffee table today.


Everyday I try to make a To-Do-List with big goals and small goals.

As I get things accomplished it makes me feel good to mark them off with a big "DONE!"


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MAMAFISH1 3/10/2010 4:49PM

    OMG, I am such an organizing freak. I drive my husband nuts. I am so ready to clean our garage. I know there will be a fight. I start preparing him about 2 weeks in advance. He just knows I am going to throw something away. I just can't stand clutter (in my house, I don't mind it in other homes). Also I have relaxed somewhat in my older age.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Take time to WORK; it is the price of success.

Take time to THINK; it is the source of power.

Take time to PLAY; it is the secret of perpetual youth.

Take time to READ; it is the foundation of wisdom

Take time to BE FRIENDLY; it is the road to happiness.

Take time to DREAM; it is hitching your wagon to a star.

Take time to LOVE and be loved; it is the privilege of the gods.

Take time to LOOK AROUND; it is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to LAUGH; it is the music of the soul.

-Old Irish Prayer

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JUDITHANNIE 3/10/2010 9:47AM

    love your irish prayer, we have something very similar hanging on our wall I read it often

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SVELTINGTON 3/9/2010 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAISES2 3/9/2010 1:07PM

    love love it ,i needed this this morning.i've stuffed my face all day.i don't feel guilty,just bloated.tomirrow is another day

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LLLAWSON 3/9/2010 8:18AM

    Love it. Thanks for some morning inspiration. Have a great day.

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KKKAREN 3/9/2010 7:36AM

    very inspiring

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Most health issues can’t be resolved with a single pill or solution-and problems of a spiritual nature tend to be even more complicated. Fortunately there are steps we can take each day to address the things that weight us down. To help soothe your soul and heal your life, here are “doctor’s orders” for total well-being.

Prescription 1: Rethink Your Attitude
Studies show that optimists live longer, healthier lives than pessimists, even when the pessimists’ view of life is more accurate. As Karl Menninger, M.D., put it, “Attitudes are more important than facts.” If our self-talk gives us hope and a positive outlook, we will live very different lives that if we await trouble. Your attitude determines what you see, so try seeing throught the eyes of an optimist today and observe what direction your life takes.

Prescription 2: Have No Regrets
Examine your life. Think about some risks you have been unwilling to take-perhaps changing careers, following a dream, or opening your heart to another person. You can do nothing to change the choices you made in the past, but the future holds many opportunities to make life-enhancing decisions. Let there be no “if only’s” or “I wish I had’s” from this day forward.

Prescription 3: Wash Away Worries
When you’re feeling troubled, it always helps to go down to the water. Visit the beach at low tide (or imagine yourself doing so) and write your worries in the sand. After you have written every one down, visualize all the things on your list until the tide starts to come in. When it does, let each worry go as it is washed away by the sea. Just as the tide never stops coming and going, you have the ability to continue to cleanse and heal.

Prescription 4: Live in Appreciation
How do you know what’s important in life? Too often the realization comes at a significant price-as the result of a tragedy or the loss of someone you love. Suddenly what used to seem important isn’t. Instead, what matters are the people you love and who love you. To better appreciate your blessings, learn to start seeing everything as if for the first time. Imagine yourself as an extraterrestrial and see the world as if it were your first day on earth. Try it yourself and revel in the beauty and variety before you.

Prescription 5: Carry What You Can
When the problems confronting you seem overwhelming, break down your tasks and problems until you have a piece that seems light enough to carry, and begin there. Then tackle each segment-one by one, day by day-until what once seemed unbearable is manageable and completed. You will have a sense of accomplishment and realize just how much you CAN handle.

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DONNETTASUE 3/8/2010 8:56PM

  nicely written. thanks for all your comments on my Spark page. emoticon

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LLLAWSON 3/8/2010 1:13PM

    Wow. I love this. Espically #3. Thanks for sharing.

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DAISES2 3/8/2010 12:15PM

    your blogs are amazing

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STARRPARENT 3/8/2010 11:26AM

    Needed this today! Thanks.

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ITSABOUTME2407 3/8/2010 10:21AM

    loved your blog thanks so much 4 sharing emoticon emoticontrisha

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JAE_HENNINGTON 3/8/2010 9:36AM

  beautifully stated....thank you

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Color can boost brain-power, but the most helpful hue depends on the task at hand, according to University of British Columbia researchers Juliet Zhu and Ravi Mehta. The two tracked more than 600 volunteers performing jobs that involved either detailed thinking or creativity. They found that for rote work, a red screen background improved performance by as much as 31% over blue. But for taskes such as brainstorming, blue inspired twice as many innovations. Zhu attributes the phenomenon to our cultural conditioning from stop signs, fire engines and the like. She believes that red sparks a subconscious reaction that keeps the brain alert. On the other hand, blue’s association with sky and water sends a free-floating message conducive to creativity. So the next time a task requires accuracy, try working in a red room or using a red computer background. And when it’s time to dream up something new, switch to blue.

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LLLAWSON 3/7/2010 5:54PM

    Wow that is very intersting. Will have to pass this one on to my daughter who struggles when it comes to alot of memorization. Thanks.

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SVELTINGTON 3/7/2010 1:13PM

    Wow! emoticon

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PJSTIME 3/7/2010 9:04AM

    Very interesting. PJ

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