Friday, February 19, 2010

Talk is Still Cheap: INITATIVE

In light of some recent events, I felt compelled to state my plea! We need more positive role models/mentors for our younger generation, especially for our young men.

A lot of the time we see things or certain situations, that we know are just NOT RIGHT, and we are AMAZED & DISTURBED. We may cry, get angry, or even LAUGH at what we see, and then.....we go on about our day.

"Be the Change you wish to see!"

What good is knowledge if we retain it and keep it to ourselves? Does it still take a village to raise a child? Are we just as much responsible, for the things we see in the wrong, if we don't attempt to correct "wrong" when we see it?

Have you ever stopped to think about how you can use your knowledge to make a difference in someone's life, better yet make a difference in the world?

We all know in just seconds alone we can make a lasting impression, if just by a kind gesture, a compliment, a hug, or even a smile. Mentorship is rewarding to the individual giving love, the individual receiving love, and the society reaping the benefits of that love.

"We do better, when we know better."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

go to SLEEP!!!

Do you often find yourself.....
1.Hungry (have the munchies)
2.Flustered (indecisive)
3.Ill (cold, headache, flu, stomach ache, weary)
4.Clumsy ( slow reaction time, impaired reflex)
5.Emotional (easily angered, annoyed, sensitive)

These are five signs that you may NOT be getting enough sleep each day, sleep deprived. I notice that some people brag about not going to sleep at all in a days time. Granted, sometimes we cant help it, we have deadlines to reach and emergencies to tend to, or demanding jobs. Other than that, why don't we get enough sleep? Adequate sleep is essential to good health, and we, I, need you HEALTHY.

When we are sleep deprived it is not uncommon to be overwhelmed with simple decisions, due to our inability to distinguish between important and irrelevant information. We are often hungry because sleep loss disrupts blood sugar levels and we produce less leptin, which is a hormone that curbs appetite. Also, we are more likely to grab fatty less filling foods when sleepy. Without sleep we are more vulnerable to infection. Tired brains store negative memories more effectively than positive or neutral ones, which leads us to be emotionally unstable. A lack of focus can cause slower and less precise motor skills and impaired reflexes, making us become more of a klutz.

After a long day of physically and mentally taxing work, your body requires rest. When you sleep, your body and mind relax and get ready for another day's work. How can you expect to put your best foot forward in your work & in your life when you're stumbling, emotional, overwhelmed, sick, and have the munchies? As an adult 8 hours is the recommend daily amount of sleep, reducing to 6 when you become a senior citizen.

You know how it feels when you've been so busy and you finally get that one day where you don't have any obligations?!? Well, imagine giving that opportunity to your mind and body EVERYDAY!! ITS POSSIBLE! I encourage you to schedule time to sleep, you'll be more productive and you & your work will be more POLISHED!

TRY IT!! tell me how it goes! After all, I rather you get some hours of sleep now, than some unlimited sleep later & too soon (if you know what I mean). Pass this info along to your hard headed friends and relatives that like to act like zombies, and let'em know its because you care.

*5 Signs You're Sleep Deprived" topic from Health


"Take care of your body. Its the only place you have to live." Jim Rohn

Im currently reading a book entitled "The Pennington Plan: 5 Simple Steps for Achieving Vibrant Health, Emotional Well-Being and Spiritual Growth" by Andrea Pennington, M.D. C.A.C with Abigail Pennington, M.D.

The book focuses on achieving "Wellness". The authors' key point is that we are all, from birth, at a state of wellness, where as we are in a "joyful state in which spirit, mind, and body are vibrant and active." Any illness or sickness that we encounter that changes or state of wellness is from some negative energy/habit that we have inherently learned. The authors speak about common sufferings of depression, disorders,and illness, and attempts to teach the reader how to overcome the three to ultimately achive WELLNESS in life and all that we do!

It makes sense to me. A balance of mental, physical, and spiritual sounds like enough to keep one floating through life on a natural cloud. So far its a good read. The author calls for the keeping of a journal as you read, to capture your thoughts, inspirations, dreams, and desires (You know I'm a fan of that) With our everyday lives, we can get so busy going through the motions we can forget about what our ultimate desire or purpose in life is. I think its a good idea to stop and analyze your situation, and often. I am a big believer in setting a plan, so when we get off track we have something to steer back to.

Do you have a plan? If not, I encourage you to make one TODAY!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Turn it UP Tuesdays: Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum is a country group from Nashville, Tennessee. It consists of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals). The group released its first album in 2007 and had some hits. However, it is their second album "Need You Now" (which is also the title of the first single from this album), that has won them critical acclaim. It sold 480, 922 copies in the first week.

The name of this featured track is "Things that People Say". The track is about recalling your dreams and your visions, within your life. A lot of times we go through life saying what we are going to do, and how we are going to do it, and sometimes we loose sight of those things....and they become "Things the People Say", sometime for good and sometime for bad.

You probably are familiar with their current #1 single "Need you Now". Either way take a listen to something new. Press the Play button.

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