Health

“Health” Journey?

Let’s talk about the “health” journey…

I swear, everyone is on a health journey these days.

Maybe it’s because we are all so unhealthy, with our steady diet of fast food, TV, and sedentary lifestyles, that we feel the need to seek our health at every opportunity.

Instead of finding information easy to understand and implement, we are inundated with buy this, try this, and do that.

I think we’re over complicating things…

We eat like crap, so start eating better.

We sit all day, so try walking after work.

We watch too much TV, so start reading something positive every night.

This might sound silly or too easy, but why are we trying to complicate are already over complicated lives?

Let’s just start with the simple and build from there.

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The 10X Effect

I’m re-listening to Grant Cardone’s book “The 10X Rule” and I absolutely love it!

I first listened to this book last year and it was such an inspiration. In order to live to 100% potential you must give 10X or 100X of what you think is necessary. If you think a project will take X amount of time, energy or money then you first need to prepare yourself mentally that it will take 10X that and then be prepared to give 10X the effort you thought was necessary.

This is such a truth. Everything takes much longer and much more work than we expect. Most people will give up right before they make it, simply because they give up too soon. Mentally, they didn’t prepare for this long or tough of a haul.

If I could encourage you to do one thing today, it would be to take a 10X approach to your life.

Health

February 4

I work in healthcare and this verse really hits home. God wants His people and to be happy and healthy, I firmly believe my purpose here on earth is to help His people.

I must always remember that everyone He puts before me needs to be helped and if I can do so, I will. I can’t help everyone all of the time but it’s my purpose to do what is within my power.

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February 1

This week has definitely had a theme for me. I talked about being fast paced in my last post and now to hear “be still”, I’m almost speechless. Clearly, God has a message for me to be still, slow way down and enjoy this life He has given me. He is God and will be exalted. Wow. How profound. So often we use the words “might be”, “hope to”, etc… what about will be? That drips of omniscience- knowing that you will be exalted amongst all the nations. He has a plan for us and we need to change the dialogue in our heads to “will be”. His will be done.

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Microworkers

Today I discovered a very interesting website, microworkers.

On microworkers, people sign up to like, share, tweet and other things to help people gain a following. They get paid a small amount for each task they complete. Each task pays a different amount.

While it may not seem like much, for those of us who are fiscally conscious this is a great way to get paid for something you do anyways! How many times do you like a post or picture each day? If you have an affinity for social websites I would highly suggest signing up. It’s easy and free to do.

At first, I got a great laugh, the name is hilarious and the concept almost seems ludicrous. Who pays for likes and shares? But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. People may need to know about a great product that is being developed but won’t find out until it becomes “popular”.

Not entirely sure how I feel about paid for likes and shares, but it seems like a good way to make some spare cash and help someone get started in business.

What are your thoughts?

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January 31

This makes my day!

I remember growing up in my church, we had the best pianist/organist! She was absolutely amazing and played like heaven was coming through her fingertips. She always had a flare and could spice up even the most simple of hymns. One of the hymns I’d be singing for days on end was “today is the day” – I would love to record her playing this song and listen to it over and over. It always warms my heart and makes me giddy for the surprises that the Lord has in store for us.

Funny isn’t it? How a song about today being the day and rejoicing, reminds me of the wonderful pianist whose playing was something to rejoice in .

Today is the day, Let us rejoice!

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January 30

What a concept. How often I have wondered if God hears my prayers or is working in a way I can’t see (for a long time). In this fast paced, digital world of instant gratification, it is so easy to expect things to come quickly. Even if I pride myself on not wanting instant results, God knows my heart and may find me wanting. I work fast, I talk fast, I do everything FAST, so when I decide I want to change something in my life, I do it and fast. But then I want the intended outcome to come…fast. I think sometimes God wants me to slow down, way down and realize that I can’t control everything and there is a time for everything and everyone. Such a hard lesson to learn. Lately I have given it much thought and have found that He has a plan and if I stop to wait for it, I may realize that my prayers are about to be answered, maybe a little later than I’d like but in His perfect timing.

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The compound effect

Staying with the theme of self improvement and personal development, I want to share a book I’ve been listening to on my way to the office. It’s called “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. I started listening to this book back in June and for some reason got away from listening to personal development (pd) all together.

Last year, I listened to every book by Grant Cardone, a few by Brian Tracy, and etc… I was a personal development junkie for a long time. And ya know what? My life was actually pretty great, listening to this positivity and keeping me focused on the tasks at hand. Even after listening to Mr. Hardy for the past few days, I am writing this post because I am committed to the compound effect. I’m making small changes in my life because it is the small changes that make the difference. They add up to the big changes. It is important to keep a schedule, stick to it, and gain MO(momentum) as he calls it. It really does work!

He talks about not going full force into something, making unsustainable commitments or promises just to break them in 30 to 60 days. Instead, make goals that you can stick to long term. If you want to work out, commit to working out 30 min a day , 4 days a week, or a schedule that you know you can stick to.

Also how small habit can make or break you. For instance my 2pm Starbucks run was not good for my wallet or my health. I’m going to calculate all of the money I spent on Starbucks this year and then cry when I realize how completely unnecessary that was. Unfortunately I can’t rewind the clock and I knew better but sometimes you get lonely and want a break from the office so you make yourself feel better with some Starbucks. Maybe it’s a bit of a shopping addiction like a small little drizzle of spending that keeps you happy with that dose of dopamine.

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The biggest secret in cleaning

Most of my friends know that I am a clean Freak. I love to walk into my apartment and see everything nice and tidy. I also love that feeling I get after a great deep cleaning. Some people use sage to clear out the unwanted spirits, I use my steam cleaner.

This summer (2017), my friend Xavier told me about this steam cleaner and my life has never been the same (or cleaner) since. I told him I use a steamer for my clothes, instead of an iron. ‘ A steamer?’ he said, and then suggested that I purchase a McCulloch (no endorsements) steam cleaner.  He swore by this product as the end all, be all of cleaners. He bragged about the many attachments and how he used it on everything in his house.

Well what was a neat freak to do? I hopped on Amazon and bought myself a Mcculloch steam cleaner. It arrived in a few days and away I went.

This is AMAZING!

Seriously! amazing…it’s super easy to use and even comes with it’s own cute little funnel. I bought some distilled water (as recommended) and went to work.

I have faux hard word floors in 90% of my apartment and this thing makes them shine. I also have a glass shower with the nasty water marks that accumulate over time. A his and her sink and a guest bath.  All of this would’ve normally required many different cleaning solutions, mops, sponges, etc… No more! I use the different attachments depending on what I’m cleaning and the results are remarkable.

Most importantly, I love not using cleaning products. I have been using essential oils more and more to avoid the harsh chemicals. I save on not using all of the cleaning products. #savingmoney . I’m a frugal person, so it was a big investment, but at the end of the day, I’ve been super happy with this purchase. I’d have to sit down and calculate how much I’ll save in the course of the mcculloch’s life.

Draw-backs

Some of the attachments produce this ear piercing sound. I pull out my noise cancelling headphones and move on with my cleaning.

Positive- points

Unlike swiffers in which you have to buy and buy the cleaning cloths, the Mcculloch cleaner comes with pads that you can wash in the washing machine.

The attachments are easy to use and easy to store.

It’s small and easy to store.

Very easy to use and effective.

The leftover water can be poured down the drain and I don’t feel guilty about polluting the water.

Overall, the Mcculloch steam cleaner is a great product and I love using it.  In fact, I used it today (hence the post) and am reveling in the cleanliness of my home.

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Update on the apple watch

My apple watch sold!

This was my first time selling on eBay and I would say, so far so good. I listed my watch for $150 and it sold for $250. I paid about $420 (including tax) and was wearing the watch maybe 4 days a week. Overall, it wasn’t a bad product, it just wasn’t for me.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I usually am pretty conscious about the purchases I make and intend to keep things for the long term. However, after giving more thought to the idea of de-cluttering and ridding myself of useless items, I decided this had to go. Now, it may seem like I took a loss on the watch and I guess in some way I did. But when I look in things in total, it was the right move for me.

I put the watch on eBay for a 3 day selling period and shipped it on Saturday morning. I even wrapped it up like a present, so that whoever gets might get some joy from unwrapping something ‘new’.

I had kept all of the original boxes and instructions, so hopefully that will help this person to use the item.

The money was deposited right away into my paypal, but since I am a first time seller, I will have to wait until February 8th to receive payment. I can see the money in my paypal account, but it is ‘on hold’. Hopefully, everything works out as it should and I will receive the funds and the buyer will be happy.

According to the usps tracking information, it should arrive today sometime.

Next item, a beach cruiser bike that an ex bought for me. It also has its own bike rack meant for a suv I no longer have. Where to sell that? Craigslist, perhaps?

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January 29

The last week of verses have really given me hope and encouragement in a time when I need it most.

These past few months have been wrought with strife and struggle. Not all struggles are bad and can in fact teach us lessons that we need to learn immediately.

The quicker we learn, the faster we come through the hard times.

It is important to remember this when life seems like an uphill battle. It can be smooth like butter and other times feels like moving through molasses.

When we keep in mind that our hearts are to stay focused on God and working towards our purpose we can feel comfortable and safe in Him.