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Life Isn’t Easy: Give Yourself Permission To Be Happy

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Life Isn’t Easy:  Give Yourself Permission To Be Happy

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Life isn’t easy, there’s no denying that. However, it gets a little less painful when you give yourself permission to be happy.

Try it…allow yourself to be happy just for today. Tell yourself you deserve happiness. You’re a beautiful, wonderful human being.

Even if you don’t recognize the grace you hold, it’s there, and someone has seen it…felt it. We are ALL beautiful creatures in our own unique way. Discover what sets you apart…discover the light in your heart.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Life is sooo very brief, in the scheme of things. Think about how you want to live yours…in limbo, waiting for happiness and love to show up on your doorstep? That’s just not going to happen, so think again.

Wake up! Stop sleep walking through your existence. Make choices, laugh, experience…love freely.

When you can love yourself and offer your love to another, THEN, you will receive pure love in return…and, happiness.

None of this is original thinking, or anything you haven’t heard before. No, I’m just here to germinate the seed already planted in your heart.

Let the seed grow. Nurture it. Feed it. Water it. Give it light. Feel it spring up within your very core…feel it set your soul on fire!

*“As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”*
― Pablo Neruda

Namaste
I bow to you in recognition of the soul within

Barb

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Have Women Really Given Up On Their Dreams?

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I heard on the radio that a recent study showed that women, in general, have given up on their dreams. That was it. Then, they went back to playing the next song. Just like that.

Immediately, I felt very distressed, hearing this. Then, I felt a little offended and maybe a tad outraged at the notion that women could be throwing in the towel after achieving so much over the last 50 to 100 years.
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Ultimately, I felt a bit agitated with the radio personality (which happened to have been a woman) due to the fact that there wasn’t enough info given. I mean, who are these women? I know it’s a generalization, but still, can we have an age group, perhaps? Also, what dreams are we talking about here: relationship, career, personal goals??? The more I thought about it, the more angry I felt at HER! You can’t just drop a bomb like that, without some back up stats. I mean, come on, woman! Do your job…throw us a bone…give some hope, a ray of sunshine to go with that dismal revelation. No wonder we’re giving up on our dreams! ha ha

Perhaps I’m over reacting? I’m just annoyed at how she could make a statement like that with no explanation. No details. Not even a mention with who actually conducted the study.

I heard this yesterday morning, it’s really stuck with me for some reason.
It has me wondering about my own dreams and the ones I may have given up on.

After doing a little research, I found that there actually was some work put into these results. The first ever Global Dreams Index Survey was conducted and found that half of the world’s female population feel that dreams are silly, unrealistic and not what grown ups do. Why??? Continue reading

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This Is Who I AM?

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This Is Who I AM?

I am 55.  This is who I am?

People say that age doesn’t matter and it’s just a number. And, I believe this to be true. Still, there is no denying the simple fact that I am 55.

I have gray hair, that you’ll likely never see;

I have too many freckles…and wrinkles, my gifts from years of worshiping the sun.

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December 8, 1989

I have stretch marks across my once perfect belly, the cost of motherhood and the blessings of a beautiful baby boy

I am lumpy in places that just isn’t natural. I have back fat and cellulite. My skin is giving in to the Earth’s gravitational pull…saggy and droopy where once nice and taught

Yes, age is just a number, but one I can’t completely put aside Continue reading

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Most Comfortable Women’s Walking Shoes: Find Your Sole Mate

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Most Comfortable Women’s Walking Shoes: Find Your Sole Mate

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Finally, nice weather is here, making it time to head outdoors for fresh air and exercise!  Just don’t let a bad shoe choice keep you from reaching your goals.  If you’ve never treated yourself the right pair of walking/running shoes after doing some research, it’s high time!  Choosing the right shoes will make all the difference in your performance, the distance you’re able to go and can even help prevent injury.  Whereas, the wrong pair of shoes can ruin your workout and maybe even your whole day.

I did a little research for you and would love to share with you 5 of the most comfortable women’s walking shoes that I found.  I confirmed all my picks with what the expert testers at Runner’s World had to say about each. Continue reading

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My Nutrition Mission

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My Nutrition Mission

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The idea for my nutrition mission really began with just my own health and weight loss goals in mind.  However, after seeing my progress and what I’ve been been able to accomplish over the the last 18 mos, my friends and family…and even strangers…have been asking me what my secret is.  Mostly, they mean my weight loss and some have asked about my youthful skin and over all younger than-my-age appearance.  Their words, not mine.

Jokingly, while a friend and I were chatting about her weight loss goals, we came up with the slogan “nutrition mission” and how it should be my motto.  After we both laughed about it, we thought, “hey, that’s not a bad idea, really!”

So, with a little nudging from my friend, I started working on this article.  It’s nothing special, mostly common sense.  But, sometimes it takes hearing about, and seeing what someone else has done in order to get the motivational ball rolling.  My hope is that something, even one thing, that I share will resonate and work for you, too!  That is my real nutrition mission!

Weight loss can be a struggle for many people; however, during the time (2-5 yrs) before full blown menopause it can seem almost impossible.  First, you need to establish some ground rules to follow and live by.  It’s time to change your entire lifestyle and the view you have of yourself.  Here are some of the ways I altered my lifestyle in order to lose weight and become healthier than I’ve been in years…and, things for you to consider so that you can become your healthiest you, yet! Continue reading

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Life Lessons By Regina Brett

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Life Lessons By Regina Brett

I recommend you bookmark this page to refer back to from time to time. These life lessons were written by Regina Brett when she was 45 and just diagnosed with breast cancer. You need to know that because it changes the whole perspective, yet, all of these are applicable to anyone needing a little reminder of what’s important and what’s…not so much.

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Regina Brett today

I started to pick a choose just a few to share with you all, but I found them all way too good to leave any out: Continue reading

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Could What You Eat Really Prevent Alzheimer’s?

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Could What You Eat Really Prevent Alzheimer’s?

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According to an article in Prevention Magazine’s May edition, new research suggests it is possible!  There’s some really innovative studies going on at the Wake Forest School of Medicine , where Suzanne Craft (professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine) has been at it for 20 years.  Her case studies are having some astounding results with how the brain is affected by what we eat.  So, could what you eat really prevent Alzheimer’s ?  Let’s see if we can find out by taking a look at what Professor Craft has been up to. Continue reading

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Yoga Download: Website Review

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Yoga Download:  Website Review

Website: YogaDownload.com

Cost:  Join for $10/month with unlimited access to 1000’s+ downloads.

Instructors:  There are at least 100 different instructors that offer classes or video downloads

Owner:  Founded by Jamie Kent, 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Power Yoga instructor

 

How I found Yoga Download

I had a huge surprise the other day when I opened my Yoga Guru FREE app on my phone and found that the weight loss practice I had been doing 3 times a week was no longer available.  Even though I had it stored in my memory and could have practiced without it, I was saddened at this discovery; I had come love the instructor’s gentle voice and the soft music playing in the background. After the disappointment wore off, I started a search for a new program to try out…one that wouldn’t disappear on me. Continue reading

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10 Things I’d Like To Tell My Younger Self

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10 Things I’d Like To Tell My Younger Self

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Yea, yea, there’s something to be said for experiencing life on your own and learning from ALL those mistakes along the way.  I know I’ve said it hundreds of times, “I’ve learned something from all my mistakes and they have made me who I am today”.  But still, there’s a part of me that would love to have a conversation with my younger self that might send her off in a different trajectory.  And, it’s not all about the mistakes I’ve made; no, it’s mostly about having confidence, trusting in myself and living a spiritual life that I wish I had started practicing in a much earlier part of my life.  These are the things I’d like to tell my younger self.

Now that I’m 50-something, I feel like I see things so much more clearly than I did when I was 20 or even 30.  There’s much to be said for being a  50 year old woman.  With age comes wisdom, and so, we’ve all been told.   Just in case, some day, we have the know how to travel back in time, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 things I’d like to tell my younger self…maybe start her off knowing she is loved.  And, who knows, maybe some sweet 20 year old girl will read  this and it will change her path just enough to get her to 50 a little less broken. Continue reading

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How Stress Effects The Body

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How Stress Effects The Body

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Understanding the mechanics of stress gives you the advantage of being more aware of and sensitive to your own level of stress and knowing when and how to take proactive steps. This increased awareness also helps you to better care for your family, friends and colleagues. Here are a few stress facts that many people are unaware of:

Stress Facts

Fact #1:Your body doesn’t care if it’s a big stress or a little one.

The human body doesn’t discriminate between a BIG stress or a little one. Regardless of the significance, stress affects the body in predictable ways. A typical stress reaction, which most of us experience dozens of times each day, begins with a cascade of 1,400 biochemical events in your body. If these reactions are left unchecked we age prematurely, our cognitive function is impaired, our energy is drained, and we are robbed of our effectiveness and clarity. Continue reading

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How To Improve Your Health And Wellness

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How To Improve Your Health And Wellness

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Over the last couple months I’ve had a surprisingly large number of people ask me what my secret is.  Asking me things like…are you a vampire?  Have you discovered the fountain of youth?  Are you lying about your age? …and the biggy…how did you lose weight?  So now, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what works for me in how to improve your health and wellness!

Obviously, those people have not been following my website!  Ha!  Ha!  But, seriously, I am flattered and a little embarrassed, but I guess this is the whole reason I started this website in the first place.  That is to help others realize their full potential by honoring their minds, bodies and spirits by living full and healthy lives. Continue reading

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Chocolate Is Good For Your Health

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Chocolate Is Good For Your Health

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Many of us chocolate lovers have heard that chocolate has a reputation of being bad and unhealthy. Over the last few years, however, new research has shown that chocolate is GOOD for your health.  Don’t know about you, but I am beyond happy!  And, I’m pretty certain I already knew that…I mean, how could something sooo delicious and natural be bad for you?

Did you know that the earliest use of chocolate dates back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica?  That would be from from c. 1200 BCE to c. 400 BCE.  Centered in the Gulf of Mexico, their influence and trade activity spread from 1200 BCE, even reaching as far south as present-day Nicaragua. Among the many trades was chocolate  which would be passed on to all those who followed this first great Mesoamerican civilization. Continue reading

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Menopause Brain Fog Treatment: Free E-Book Brain Health Protocol

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Menopause Brain Fog Treatment:  Free E-book Brain Health Protocol

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Ever have a day (or a week or even a month)  where you just didn’t feel fully awake and a little fuzzy?  Maybe you’ve  had trouble remembering simple daily tasks like putting the clothes in the dryer or forgot essential items at the market and had to make a second (or third) trip.  Or, maybe you’ve had difficulty with concentration and unable to form a clear thought to put into words.   If you’re going through menopause or already through it, chances are you’ve experienced one or all of these symptoms.

Did you know that there’s actually a thing called “menopause brain fog”?  Some researchers suggest that the fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels, which are the primary cause of most menopause symptoms, can be linked to menopause brain fog.  Most common signs include poorer memory and cognitive decline (problems with thinking).  Now, you’re wondering about a menopause brain fog treatment right?

First, let’s take a look at what exactly menopause brain fog is all about…

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Does SeroVital-HGH Really Work?

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Does SeroVital-HGH Really Work?

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You may have seen recent commercials or magazine headlines promoting SeroVital-HGH, with claims that it can make you look younger by reducing the appearance of wrinkles; to make you stronger & increase lean muscle mass; reduced body fat; increase energy; improve mood; and heightened sex drive.  The ads claim that  SeroVital-HGH can make you look DECADES, not years, younger!  Any one of those benefits could make the biggest doubter go out and buy it right away!  But, does SeroVital hgh really work?   Continue reading

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