Our holiday wish for you this year? That you would…
INCUBATE. Give yourself the time to sit and be still. Listen and wait to hear.
NOTICE the intents and dreams that have been residing in your heart and mind. Give them honest consideration rather than rush to disregard.
TRUST yourself. Trust the words of encouragement and wisdom from the important people in your life.
EXPRESS those hopes and dreams. Be brave enough to write them down, share them, speak life into them.
NURTURE those hopes and dreams. It’s going to require time. It’s going to mean saying no to other good things to make space and time for something great. A little sunshine. A little water. A lot of time.
TAKE ACTION when it’s time to move. You have to be watching and you have to be ready for when that moment arrives and maybe that moment is right now. What is more worthwhile than taking a risk on something important to you?
So take a moment to sit.
Don’t worry about the whole process at once.
Start with time to incubate.
Wishing you all the best and a season of growth in the new year!
By: Meghan S. Phillips
Gratefulness and thankfulness are both positive feelings and important factors when it comes to raising happy, responsible and authentic kids. When we think positively we attract more positive, which leads to attracting more abundance. And who doesn’t want a little of that?
Getting in the space of feeling grateful can help develop the habit of naturally seeing the silver lining, despite what you are going through. Surprisingly, it didn’t dawn on me until recently to start talking to my kids about the practice of gratitude. Continue reading
Erin Spitzberg, MS, RDN, CDE, VIP Nutrition Coach and Author
If you’ve lost weight and gained it back, you’re one of the 95% of people who struggle with weight maintenance. Losing weight, although a challenge, is easy compared to weight maintenance. It has been proven so often, this statistic has become fact. What was your trigger for regaining the weight? Was there an injury so exercising became more of a challenge? Did life get so busy you began eating out more and planning less, or did stress allow emotions to take over? Whatever the reason, take comfort in knowing that setbacks are normal and to be expected. Here are 5 strategies to help you navigate your way around a setback.
By Nancy Nichols
Be honest, do you go out with a man a couple of times and you imagine (or hope) that he is your next boyfriend or husband?
You’re daydreaming about a meaningful, long-term relationship with your new guy. He wants to date around, hang out with his buddies and drink beer. When a man senses a woman is eager for a committed relationship, he will pull away to protect his freedom.
Women, who are hard-wired to get married, look at every man they date as possibly “The One.” When they are smitten on a guy, they fantasize and romanticize of a possible relationship. They’re too nice, too accommodating and too available. They over-analyze and obsess over his intentions and when a romantic connection doesn’t happen, they feel disheartened and rejected.
Men, on the other hand, take dating in stride. They assume little about a woman, the outcome of the evening or the future of a relationship. They continue to date other women and they focus on their friends, work and hobbies.
While women irrationally fixate on one man (typically the wrong man) and they get their hearts broken, men (who are dating casually) put their needs first, they think things through and they are slow to commit.
Want to date like a man and gain a man’s respect and serious pursuit? Here’s how: Continue reading
Do they really need another silk tie? Or a generic gift card?
As you are doing your holiday shopping, we are excited to help include intent in your gift giving! Whether it be something for you or those you love, these mindful gifts are something we’d be proud to place under the tree.
If you’re wanting something pretty and personal:
My Intent creates original jewelry featuring personalized words of intent.
Joy? Gratitude? You choose. We’re also happy to share our Intent discount code ‘INTENT20′ to receive 20% off your purchase!
Champion and Cultivate the Ultimate Lifestyle of Health & Happiness.
The most beautiful and precious byproduct of the power of Positive Passion™ is that it guilds a deep golden path of gratitude in our lives. Journeying on this voyage a person is able to dive into the infinite gentle, nurturing pond of self love and self care, empowering the regulating dance of the happy joyous gene expression, inviting balanced health into one’s life on a cellular DNA level.
Some of the essential indispensable ingredients of manifesting the ultimate lifestyle of health and happiness are having an organic aptitude for gratitude, appreciation, pleasure, joy and working towards our dreams.
Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand. The more gratitude you have the more everything you want you will have. The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning “favor” and gratis, meaning “pleasing”. At times it also means three “G’s” grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Continue reading
by Helen Staines
For many people, prescribed painkillers can be a lifeline. They allow patients to manage the chronic pain associated with ailments such as dental pain, migraine and post injury/surgery pain thereby giving them the opportunity to go about their daily life relatively normally. However for others, taking these painkillers for a prolonged period of time or misusing them in any way can cause a whole range of other physical and psychological problems.
Although it is hard to determine the exact figures, studies estimate that approximate 8 and a half million Americans are addicted to prescription drugs – primarily narcotic painkillers. Like other addictions, this can have a hugely detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing. If you or someone you know is taking prescribed medication then here are some things you should ask yourself.
Why are painkillers so addictive? Continue reading
By Brigitte Cutshall
“You always look happy.” One of my neighbors said this to me once while out walking my dogs. Guess I was caught smiling again.
A smile can make a positive impact in any situation. It’s contagious. This is something we need to remember now that the holidays are here. You can enjoy those holiday parties and meals more by simply smiling.
The holidays are an opportunity to help reinforce the values and beliefs that are important to us. Yet many people feel overwhelmed and complain that they just want to survive the holidays. That’s a red-flag that values are taken for granted and you should adjust the traditions that have been set.
Even if you don’t feel “it” or aren’t in the moment, the simple act of smiling can change that perspective. Who cares if your Aunt Betty brings a casserole dish over for Christmas dinner that you won’t eat and find kind of gross? Focus on the good things happening. It’s best to just smile and be thankful for the moment to be there together. Continue reading
By Doug Noll
Unless you are living in an isolated cave, social conflict is inevitable. Our needs, interests, and desires collide with each other, getting in the way of our happiness. Conflict is not inherently bad, however. We need conflict to teach us, entertain us, and help us grow. We can probably do without Jerry Springer’s craziness, but a certain amount of conflict is healthy. On the other hand, we have also experience unhealthy conflict. When the conflict becomes chronic and repetitive, it is toxic.
Worse, emerging research shows that toxic conflict kills just as surely as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Recent studies reveal that frequent arguments with partners, relatives, friends or neighbors are associated with a doubling to tripling in the risk of death from any cause. We are social beings and toxic conflict apparently creates stressors that shorten our lives.
Knowing the difference between healthy, good conflict and unhealthy, toxic conflict is important information.
Here are some signs that indicate toxic conflict: Continue reading
By Peter Sacco
It is that time of the year again, the season of nostalgia, romance and longing to be with a ‘special someone’. Actually, when you think about it, when isn’t it that time for many? Okay, I am being a little facetious with the latter remark, but in all actuality, people, yes both men and women begin to yearn to have someone ‘special’ in their lives once the Holiday season rolls around, and if that isn’t enough, the new year brings even more hope, as you know what is right around the corner shortly thereafter… I will type it in a whisper, Valentine’s Day.
Society, which I use as a generic, trite term seems so hell-bent on people needing to be in relationships all of their adult lives in order to be ‘happy’. When you get into the whole notion of relationships and happiness, oh boy–that folks is a whole other can of worms, or book (complete with drama, melodrama and anti-climatic moments)! Relationships are awesome, and yes, should be the goal of most people.
Starting a relationship, or staying in one should be done for all of the right reasons. Too often, people stay in them for the wrong reasons, namely they do not want to be alone. Interestingly, people who stay in dysfunctional relationships, the bad ones because they do not want to be alone, often feel lonely. Talk about an oxymoron! Continue reading