5 Ways to Be Less Wasteful Over the Holidays

homemade gift wrapTIME Magazine has chosen 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate crisis activist, as person of the year. Greta became famous when she gave an impassioned speech about the lack of action from world leaders regarding climate change. It is a good reminder that one person can make a difference, whether it be large or small. Greta started with a hand-painted sign and now has millions of supporters.

With this in mind, this blog is dedicated to the small things we can do over the holidays to be less wasteful. This time of year produces more waste than any other time of year. Continue reading “5 Ways to Be Less Wasteful Over the Holidays”

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Emotional Intelligence: A Mental/Emotional Muscle Worth Strengthening

emotional-intelligenceAccording to Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and more, emotional intelligence is a trait not measured by IQ tests – it’s instead a set of skills, including control of one’s impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships. He suggests that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success in life than family, socioeconomic status and IQ.

So what does this mean and how can we use this information to help us personally and professionally?
Continue reading “Emotional Intelligence: A Mental/Emotional Muscle Worth Strengthening”

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The (Very) Simplified Science of Changing Your Thoughts to Change Your Life

thinkingChange isn’t easy, and that holds true for even the changes we may be so eager to see. So, what holds us back? What prevents change even when we’re working hard to make it happen? The answer has a lot to do with our “programming.” It’s a subject that fascinates me and one of the people who explains it so well is Joe Dispenza. Dr. Joe, who wrote Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself (among other great books), explains how to change your brain in order to change your life.

First, it’s important to know the parts at work here. We have our physical brain, which is the physical and tangible organ housed within your head. Continue reading “The (Very) Simplified Science of Changing Your Thoughts to Change Your Life”

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A Helpful Strategy: The One More Principle

one-more-principleSo often we set goals for ourselves and look forward to the feeling of success when those goals are achieved. We set the bar high and look forward to the day we can celebrate our accomplishment and for achieving a new level of personal or professional success. Maybe our goal is to lose 20 pounds, regain our health, improve our business, our financial status or reconnect with loved ones. Regardless of the goal we set, here’s what often happens.

While these goals can inspire us to be, do and have more, we’re often left with a keen sense of disappointment if we fail to achieve them. We feel frustrated, upset and angry with ourselves as we identify a failure to reach the goal we set as somehow failing ourselves. We may assume that failing to achieve the goal means we’re not capable of change. So often, we also respond to these setbacks by giving in, giving up and staying exactly where we are.

So, here’s a thought. Continue reading “A Helpful Strategy: The One More Principle”

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Yoga Keeps Your Mind Sharp

yoga-classDownward dogs and child pose may not just help you relax and keep you limber, but may also help with mild cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Researchers from UCLA and Australia’s University of Adelaide compared yoga and meditation against memory training, which has often been considered the best way to manage mild cognitive impairment.

Participants had all shown signs of mild cognitive impairment, reporting problems with their memory such as easily misplacing things, or forgetting names, faces or appointments. Participants were divided into two groups. One group performed daily memory exercises and the other practiced yoga and meditation. Continue reading “Yoga Keeps Your Mind Sharp”

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