Burnout. That’s a word that none of us want to experience when we are talking about our work life. To combat burnout we recommend taking a trip and seeing some new scenery. It is widely known that vacations can help bring renewal to our souls. Here are some thoughts about how to take that trip, and bring true refresh to your busy life. Continue reading
We are a site all about change, transformation and growth. But does this apply to people of all ages? They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but is this a true statement? Humans are creatures of habit. A person can become very comfortable in a specific routine which can become a habit. As we grow older we tend to stay with what we know, and what makes us comfortable. But, does this mean that an older person cannot change their habits or ways, or attitudes or their views? We will discuss that very thing as it relates to senior citizens and older people.
Think about why we choose to do things a certain way. Why do we comb our hair a certain way, or eat our food, the way that we drive, or the route that we take to get to work? We fall into a routine because it is, at least at the time, the most convenient or most comfortable way to do something. We can however, change those routines when it becomes necessary, such as when your hairstyle is no longer in style. Does style then dictate when a routine needs to change? I would argue that it is a person’s desire to keep up with that which is in style that dictates the change, not the fact that the style has changed. A person chooses to change their routine to attain the new style. In the case of hair style, generally younger people are more concerned with maintaining a modern look than older people. This does not however, indicate that an older person cannot change their hair routine, if they chose to do so.
Older people often are very reluctant to change where they live. Many seniors live in the same home for years but then find that they need to find new housing that is suitable to them. Sometimes it is moving in with children, or entering a nursing facility. Those changes are often very hard to swallow. Again, creatures of habit don’t like to make the changes even when they are necessary.
Hair style is a very simple example of changing ways and habits. What about something a bit more complicated? What about the general attitude of older people. Attitude is usually what the younger generation is referring too when they say that old people never change. Older people like to have their things left alone. They know where they left them, and expect them to be there when they return. Older people have very strong opinions about religion, politics and how things should be done. They’ve had all their lives to think about these things. Mental routines that led to their beliefs have been in place for a long time. Can they change those attitudes and beliefs? If they were presented with a reason to change, then yes they could change.
The question presented now is not, can older people change, but can someone give them a good reason to rethink their habits, ways and attitudes? In the case of smoking, a good argument can be made to stop the habit. But, in other things, such as their general requirement for respect, there is no argument that could negate that attitude. Can old people change, or learn new tricks, of course they can, but you need to give them a good reason. Our discussion here is likely one for the ages as the real answer to growth, transformation and change lies within each individual person and not a particular age group.
One of the most effective ways to combat emotional spending is to take stock of your personal income and expenses. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “budget”.
Feeling down? Have a case of the blues? Need some positive change in your life? We all do from time to time. However, not all of us have friends or family to pick us up when we need it. In these cases a motivational book or video is just what the doctor ordered. Sometimes reading some emotional words, or watching someone else in a video describe what they are going through in their life, makes a connection to our own life. Sharing human emotions is truly one of the best ways to get to the bottom of your feelings.
Many people react when they connect with another human. We inherently want to experience life through the lives of others. We watch as people describe good times, bad times, and times in their life of growth and change (exactly what our site preaches). Here is one such video that we think you will like and get some inspiration from:
Pretty cool huh? When we have discussed this video with friends, family or co-workers it seems to resonate, seems to connect with them as well. The power of video, of seeing the man in a man’s words, is extremely powerful and uplifting. There are several other motivational videos we can recommend like this one and this one. Stories of lives affected by life…. Let that sink in for a moment… Stories of lives that were affected by something drastic happening along their life’s journey. Isn’t that what shapes us as strong human beings? We think so.
What about books? Can they be as powerful as video? Absolutely! Perhaps our favorite is one called: Achieve Anything In Just One Year. How is that for a title? It is a good read and we recommend you pick it up at your local book store. If you truly believe and desire to change your life then nothing can stop you. Imagine where you will be in one year. Do you imagine the place you are today or somewhere different? If you imagine yourself in a different place today then the question is: What will you do to make that dream a reality? The power of change lies with you!
The best way to get going on positive life change is to challenge yourself. Challenge the person you are today and strive to become the person you want to be tomorrow. Also, don’t just “think” about where you want to be. Take ACTION to get you where you are going. Change doesn’t occur without massive action. Take big action and your life will see big changes. This, this is the key to successfully changing your lot in life.
The interesting thing about life change is that it can’t be done for us. Our parents, friends, or spouses can’t bring change in our lives. Certainly they can influence change but they can’t make it for us. The power of change lies only with one person and that person is you. It’s the person who desires that change in their life. Pretty important to understand that your success or failure depends on just that one person – you.
The decor and furniture you use in your home will ultimately determine the overall mood and how you feel in the space. Of course, an overuse of darker shades can naturally make the home feel gloomy, while using brighter shades with a mix of neutral tones will offer a happier space that is full of more light.
Add Bright Curtains
Curtains are one of the main focal points of any room, working to determine the overall mood of the room with the pattern or color on the fabric. Choose bright yellow curtains to enhance a nursery, while white sheer curtains can be used in a living room to allow plenty of light in.
Use Cheerful Pillows
It can feel overwhelming and too flashy to have bright furniture throughout the home, but by using neutral shades on furniture with bright accents, it will work to create an inviting and happy home. Opt for gray, white, or beige furniture, while adding a cluster of pillows that each have their own pattern or shade. Don’t be afraid to mismatch, which will create plenty of dimension and detail to the room. Pillows can also be used on chairs to match.
Use Gold Accents
Gold or brass accents are one of the latest trends with home decor, working to add a cozy and chic touch to any space that enhances the mood in a positive way. Add a gold tray to a coffee table to break up the color in the room, as well as a few gold frames throughout the home. Gold lamps with bright shades can be used on wood tables for a look that complements the furniture.
Incorporate Silk Flowers
Using silk flowers throughout the home is a great way to make it feel cozy and inviting without spending hundreds of dollars on fresh flowers throughout the year. Opt for lush, pink peonies on a side table, as well as a bouquet of beautiful sunflowers in the kitchen for a look that is cheery and uplifting. Silk flowers should be used in the bathroom, bedroom, and even in an entryway for a gorgeous addition that is affordable and adds to the overall decor.
Use Neutral Bedding
Many people opt for dark bedding, which immediately sets the tone of a bedroom and can detract from the mood. Choose a lightweight white or beige down comforter for an easy way to furnish it with bright decorative pillows for a room that doesn’t feel too heavy.
The notion of changing occupations can provoke convoluted, fearful thoughts among those interested in pursuing a new career in a completely different industry or field. One may mistakenly believe his/her age is a limitation and, as a result, is too old to receive the proper training for a desired discipline. Others view themselves as incompetent for not possessing the appropriate skills or resources and remain stagnant in an uninspiring profession. Fortunately, with short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals, motivated individuals can utilize efficient approaches while progressively working toward obtaining their dream career.
Compiling a list of advantages and disadvantages concerning one’s current job should be a short-term goal maintaining priority on one’s checklist. This productive activity enables professionals to identify the source of their unhappiness in their current work situation. Individuals are also advised to consider ideal characteristics of the perfect working environment to assist in narrowing possible career choices. In addition, assessment tests such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and Campbell Interest and Skill Survey should be employed to help professionals gain insight of their strengths and weaknesses. Essentially, an in-depth honest evaluation of oneself will cultivate an awareness of potential occupational interests.
Once an individual obtains probable career options, one is encouraged to research the selections by interviewing working professionals, volunteering in prospective fields, seeking career coaches and mentors, searching the internet for related information, and interning at prospective companies. All of these interactive activities serve as intermediate goals and promote an accurate insight and understanding in regards to the pros and cons of the interested industries. Similarly, additional education should be pursued if one’s current training does not adhere to the job requirements. When these goals are successfully accomplishment, the acquisition of one’s dream career is imminent.
Finally, the last phase in the effective transitioning of careers is to pursue ones long-term goals involving attaining the ideal occupation. During this stage, individuals should revise their resume with new, highlighted experiences, create an enticing cover letter, and, apply to desired jobs. With ample practice and patience, professionals will be prepared for their interview and eager to pursue a career of a lifetime.
Changing careers is challenging, but is definitely attainable for goal-minded individuals. Furthermore, positive thinking, motivational books and tapes, and supportive friends and family all work together to facilitate a smooth and easy transition. After one’s dream career has been attained, he/she can help others who are also dissatisfied in their mundane career.
Oh, here we go again…it’s that time of the year again. Between the candy overdose of Halloween to the decadent desserts of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, starting a diet this time of the year is pure chaos – on ones emotions and waistlines!
How do you accomplish the feat of changing your eating habits during this hectic and tempting time of the year? One meal at a time.
Allow me to indulge myself and tell you about how I am working on bettering my health one meal at a time: for so long, I devoured unhealthy treats – from fast food meals to epic, large mugs of soda to sugary pastries. And what was the result? 320 pounds on a 6 foot frame. My eating was habit; it wasn’t as though I craved those foods, I ate them because they were quick and filled a desire for grease or sweets. To make matters worse, I was single so I had no one to reel me in when those cravings hit.
Enter my girlfriend.
While she accepted me in the state I was in and didn’t want to change me to fit an image of what a healthy person should look like, she wanted me to be healthier, no matter how large I was. And that’s the key, right? To be healthy and happy?
Here is what we implemented: I could eat whatever I wanted for one week; it didn’t matter if it was fat-laced burgers or caramel stuff cakes – if I wanted it, I ate it. The twist was I had to write down exactly what I ate, no matter the quantity, and count the calories of my choices. At the end of the week I looked at the average daily calories I consumed: a staggering 3,800 a day!
Something had to change. We decided to exchange one meal a day, from fast food to salad. Typically this was my lunch: veggie soaked with a tad of fat free dressing. It was rough, but it resulted in the loss of seven pounds that week!
The second week was much of the same. The lunches remained salads, but the breakfasts changed from fried eggs and hashbrown potatoes to stone cut oats and hard boiled eggs. As a treat, though, I was permitted a single candy bar as a mid-day pick me up. The result of second week was a drop of an additional nine pounds.
My dinners remained the same; I ate whatever I wanted, but quickly realized that once my palate got accustomed to eating the healthier meals, I no longer craved the calorie enriched fast foods. In all, after two months of eating in this manner I have dropped thirty-five pounds and welcoming the holidays!
While the results are not typical for everyone, the simple idea of slowly implementing the idea of healthy eating one meal at a time is for everyone.