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Making A Difference In The World Around You

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

We all make a difference in the world. Each and every one of us impact countless others in various ways. If you speak with someone, drive a car, go through the drive-through, send an email, share a link on a social media sight, buy coffee, talk on the phone, or do anything else that has anything to do with other people, then you are making an impact on someone else in one way or another. The only question is, what kind of an impact are you making?

 

Being a positive presence in the world benefits both us and those around us in many ways. If you spend your interactions being positive and uplifting, then you will not only be more likely to make friends and to have people on your side, but you will also be more likely to be content and fulfilled with your relationships. You will also be more likely to receive kindness in return, in its varied and countless forms.

 

Of course, being a negative person has a negative effect on not only your life, but also on the lives of those around you. It is difficult to win friends or to influence others when we are always negative. Sure, it can feel great at first to tell the cashier how stupid she is, or to tell your gossiping friend how much you hate his guts… but are these things going to promote anything worthwhile? Are they going to make a positive difference in the world?

 

In the end, being negative is going to drag you and those around you all down. On the inside, you will feel miserable. You will feel lonely and isolated.

 

As you go about your day this week, attempt to be conscious of what affect you might be having on other people. Are you encouraging them, showing them kindness, and lifting them up? Or are you demeaning them, talking down to them, and beating them down?

 

Remember, being a positive person impacts you the most. It is in your best interest to be kind and to treat others with respect. This will gain you friends and will cause others to show you similar kindness, but it will also make you feel better about yourself. You will have made the world a little bit better for being a part of it, and that is a thought that should brighten anyone’s day!

Embracing simplification and its benefits for your mind, body, and spirit

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Simplification is an idea that differs from what we generally consider as ‘normal’ in a lot of different respects. Of course, to simplify your life does not mean that you need to get rid of everything or that you need to completely empty your life. It simply means to be aware of what you have and what you are doing with your time and money. It means to do things intentionally and with a purpose.

 

Being more intentional about what you are doing with your time and your money can help you to balance your life in all of its facets… spiritually, mentally, and physically. Spiritually, simplifying your life can be a refreshing experience. It can give you time to do more things that you enjoy, and can help you to de-clutter your life so that you can better enjoy what things you do have.

 

Mentally, simplification can help you to spend more quality time with friends. It can also help to make your life much easier. Having and maintaining one vehicle instead of two, for example, could potentially lower your bills and reduce the amount of stress involved with keeping them in working order.

 

Physically, simplifying can give you more time, effort, and energy to focus on things that are important to you. Whether it is your business, your hobbies, or your relationships, cutting down on waste and saying no to needless accumulation can set you free from a number of different limitations.

 

In the end, choosing to simplify life could mean different things to different people. For some, this might mean learning to say ‘no’ when they are asked to do things that they don’t want to do. This could mean cutting back on activities that you don’t enjoy so that you can do things that you do enjoy, or it could mean cleaning out your friend list to make more room for the positive people in your life. It could also mean cutting down on expenses so that you could spend more money on your business goals.

 

Whatever simplification means to you, make sure that you take it into consideration this spring. Try to identify needless waste in your life and eliminate it, regardless of what form it is taking.

4 Keys To Staying Motivated When You Would Rather Quit

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar

 

Staying motivated when you feel like quitting can be very difficult. In fact, it is so difficult that people often fail at it… but that doesn’t have to be the case with you. Believe it or not, success is a choice… and staying motivated for long enough to see your goals accomplished will undoubtedly cause you to have to get through some hard times.

 

But it is in the most difficult times that it is the most important to press onward… and here are some tips to help you do exactly that.

 

1… Keep your goals at the forefront of your vision

It can be easy to throw your goals to the side or to forget them during the tough times… though this is never a good idea.  Keeping your goals alive and within your sight are actually great ways to stay motivated when the going gets rough. Keep your eyes on the ‘ball’, because that is where you want to be.

 

2… Determine within yourself that you will never give up

When you decide for yourself that giving up is simply not going to be an option, than you almost completely rule out failure. Of course, you will still face setbacks, but these are essential to success. By choosing not to give up, you greatly increase your odds of accomplishing your goals and effectively rule out long-term failure.

 

3… Step away for a little bit

When you face a particularly difficult day, remember this… it is better to step away and to take the day off than to give up altogether. Take a break to do something fun. Go to a movie, hang out with friends, or take your spouse out to dinner. Get away from the source of your discouragement until you have had a chance to rest and recover. Then, when you are ready, come back and hit it again with a fresh mindset and a new perspective.

 

4… Find a mentor

Finding a successful mentor who has already been through what you are going through and succeeded is incredibly important. A mentor can encourage you, provide advice, and be an understanding ear to listen when you need to vent frustration.

Tasty Tuesday Treats: Refreshing Drinks

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Spring is here and before you know it, warmer temperatures follow just behind. Here are a few paleo friendly drink recipes to relax outside with J From our friends at Elana’s Pantry, Ancestral Chef, and Paleo Cupboard.

Iced Ginger Chai By: Elana’s Pantry

2 quarts water • ½ cup finely chopped fresh ginger (I leave the skin on) • 10 pods cardamom • 5 whole cloves • 10 whole peppercorns • ½ teaspoon fennel seed • ¼ cup organic loose rooibos tea

    Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil. Reduce and leave pot on stove with mixture at a rolling simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off heat; allow mixture to remain in pot overnight to continue steeping without heat. Strain mixture into a 1 quart mason jar –you will have between 3-4 cups of chai concentrate. Fill a glass with ice, 1 cup chai concentrate and ¼ cup almond milk (or milk of your choice). Add stevia (or agave nectar or honey) to taste (optional).

Refreshing Cucumber Celery Lime Smoothie By: Ancestral Chef

    4 stalks of celery heart, chopped into large chunks • 1 small cucumber, peeled, chopped, and the seeds removed • juice from 1/2 lime • 1/2 cup water • 1/2 cup ice • a shot of hard liquor (optional!)

    Place everything into a good blender and blend well. (If you want it to be a juice, then just strain the smoothie.)

Paleo Strawberry Lemonade By: Paleo Cupboard

1 1/2 cups lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons) • 8 cups water • 3/4  - 1 1/4 cup raw honey (depending on how sweet you like your lemonade) • 1 pint strawberries, washed and stems removed

Squeeze the lemon juice and prepare the strawberries. Puree the strawberries in a food processor until smooth. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine lemon juice, 1 cup of water, the raw honey and the strawberries. Bring just to a boil, stirring to make sure it is well combined. Pour the remaining 7 cups of water into a pitcher. Add the lemon-strawberry mixture and stir to combine. Taste the lemonade to see if it needs any modifications. If too sweet, add a little more water and lemon juice. If too sour add a little more water and raw honey. If too plain add more lemon and honey. Refrigerate for a few hours until chilled. Serve over ice.

Monday Morning Mojo-3 Ways to Overcome Low Self Esteem

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

 

 

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” –Buddha

 

Self-esteem problems can affect every facet of your life. Maybe you feel like you are not attractive. Maybe you feel like you are not intelligent. Maybe you feel like everyone around you is better, or feel like you are not good at anything. Maybe you feel like you fail at everything you set your mind to, or maybe you feel like you are unlovable.

 

Self-esteem problems can come from a number of different thought processes, but it is important not to let them get the best of you. The truth is that you have real and undeniable value simply in being who you are… though that is sometimes a difficult thing to see when all that is visible to you are your apparent shortcomings.

 

With that thought in mind, here are 3 methods for overcoming this problem. Adopting one or more of these methods may very well lead you to a place where you can kiss that low self-esteem goodbye and embrace more positive feelings for yourself!

 

1… Remember that everyone is a critic

 

If your self-esteem stems from what other people say, then remember that everyone is different… but that other people can tend to be very critical when the problem isn’t theirs! People enjoy belittling one-another for many different reasons, but the truth is that none of us are perfect. All of us are valuable, however, in our own ways... and that is what you need to keep in mind when people put you down with their words.

 

2… Work towards overcoming the reason for your low self-esteem

 

Why do you have a low opinion of yourself? If you can answer this question, then you will be another step closer to solving your problem. Once you identify what is making you insecure, you can then take steps to overcome it. Are you insecure about your weight? Start exercising and go on a diet! Do you feel like people don’t respect you? Read a book about earning respect and try to apply it to your life. Taking small steps toward resolving the problem can make a big difference in the long run.

 

3… Don’t be too hard on yourself

 

Remember that, at the end of the day, you are who you are and that there is no reason to be down on yourself. Everyone is trying to make themselves better, so you are not alone in your insecurities. Just live one day at a time, and try to give yourself some credit for the many good qualities that you possess.

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