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How to Live More Mindfully

It’s quite easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of our daily lives. Keeping up with our full schedules, endless to-do lists, work deadlines, family obligations, and social commitments can reduce us from a “human being” to a “human doing.”  We often don’t even realize when this happens, and our minds can easily shift into an echo chamber of internal chatter flying on auto-pilot.  It’s not surprising that so many people struggle with stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and a wide range of physical and emotional issues.  The good news is that we do have the power to keep our minds in check and to live more presently and deliberately through mindfulness. So, what is mindfulness anyway?  You’ll find tons...

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HABITS - PART 2:  5 Tips for Breaking Bad Habits    

      One of my toughest challenges, and greatest successes, was when I quit smoking... for good.  I had smoked for nearly 15 years, and like many, had started in high school, because it was the cool thing to do.  However, when my 30s came, I took a long hard look at my state of health, and realized I had to make some drastic changes, and take control, before it was too late.   I had slowly implemented a lifestyle change which began with educating myself on nutrition, cleaning up my diet, and incorporating more nutritious food.  I also began to exercise on a regular basis.  After gradually adopting these lifestyle changes (and I mean gradually), I knew that the...

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HABITS – PART 1: 5 Tips For Developing Good Habits

What Are Habits? Habits are behaviors that we perform automatically and subconsciously. Habits include the repeated thinking we automatically do, and the self-beliefs that influence what we do.  The American Journal of Psychology defines a habit as “a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.” Research shows that 40% of our decisions are made as a direct result of our habits.  Let’s pause, and really think about this for a minute.  Almost half of the decisions we make are not conscious decisions. Knowing this, it is easy to see how establishing a strong foundation of good habits can help you take control of your life.  Here is another food...

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Finding The Time for YOU

The phrase “not enough time in the day” never felt truer, until I became a mom. A working mom at that. It’s funny, I can remember hearing mothers speak of how they never have time to do this or do that, and that going to the bathroom was where they could finally get a moment of peace. It seemed so strange; there are 24 hours in a day, you can for sure find an hour to yourself?? I now know exactly what they were talking about. And sometimes it’s not that you can’t find the time, it’s just that your priorities change and whatever you used to do with “free time” is now taken up by building forts, reading stories,...

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