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    5 Tips for Creating a Life You Love

    When the alarm goes off in the morning, do you curse its existence? Is there any part of your day where you don’t feel unhappy or incomplete? There’s a point in everyone’s life where they realize they don’t love their current life path and crave some positive change.

    In most cases, you might think a complete overhaul is what you need. But you don’t have to make such a drastic change. Sometimes all you need to feel fulfilled is to make a few changes.

    The perfect life does not exist. But it’s possible to create a life you love.

    Here are some tips to help you:

    1. Determine what you’d like to change.

    The most important question you can ask yourself is, “What do I want to change?” If you don’t know your current values and goals, how can you ever expect to come up with a life worth living?

    • Instead of just changing one thing, it’s essential to determine why you want the change in the first place. You might want to strengthen your relationships or change your career path. Whatever the case may be, it’s essential to know your goal before working on your strategy.

    2. Be honest with yourself.

    As we grow up, our goals change. The things we desire change. That’s normal. One thing that shouldn’t change, however, is your integrity.

    • Never settle for a “good enough” life if you truly want something better. If you own a business and are unhappy with the way it runs, take the steps necessary to fix it rather than just working around the problems.
    • It’s easy to overlook your values and morals when you’re stuck in a rut or dealing with circumstances beyond your control. But remember, there’s a difference between compromising and settling.

    3. Assume the attitude of rolling with the punches.

    In the same vein as honesty, it’s also vital that you are open to change. Sometimes things happen that will throw a wrench in your plans. Sometimes circumstances beyond your control can make it challenging to achieve your goal. But nothing lasts forever.

    • You can achieve most goals and dreams if you keep trying despite the setbacks. You’ll inevitably face roadblocks. But you can still reach your ultimate destination if you’re willing to roll with the punches and never give up.

    4. Leave the past behind you.

    Sometimes the most challenging thing about creating a better life is letting go of the old one. You might have difficulty leaving behind friends or the life your parents gave you. But if those things are holding you back from what you want, you might want to leave them behind.

    • You can’t change the past. The only way to create a better future is to accept what has happened and move forward with your head held high. Far too often, people spend time in the past, trying to repair an irreparable situation. It’s important to avoid doing that.
    • Focus on what you can change – the present – and keep moving forward.

    5. Make happiness your rudder.

    A rudder is a steering device that directs the boat where it needs to go. You can’t steer a ship without a rudder. Likewise, happiness is the key to a good life and the most important goal you can set for yourself.

    • Life may not be cupcakes and rainbows. But if you strive for happiness every step of your life, you will find that every storm has a silver lining.
    • One important key to a successful life is living by your values. But too often, people get stuck in a rut or face circumstances beyond their control, and they compromise their values for the sake of survival.

    In most cases, it’s not necessary to make drastic changes to feel fulfilled. It can be as simple as making minor tweaks that lead you towards happiness and give your life meaning.

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    9 Ways in which Tackling Clutter Can Enhance Your Wellbeing

    As humans, we all have a habit of collecting and accumulating clutter. Often, our cupboards are full of gadgets and accessories we don’t use anymore. Have you considered having a rummage through your cupboards and your home and eliminating clutter from your spaces?

    Did you know that removing clutter from your workspace or your home can have significant benefits on your wellbeing? From bringing down your stress levels to helping you become more productive, a good clear-out can be wonderfully therapeutic.

    Consider these benefits:

    1. A tidy space leads to a tidy mind. When you start removing clutter from the places you spend your time, they immediately feel more spacious. You’ll start noticing you have more room to move and your space will be more enjoyable to be in.

    ● A tidy space is airier, roomier, and cozier. By decluttering your space, you’ll feel more relaxed, calmer, and able to focus your thoughts, simply because the space around you will feel calmer too.

    2. A tidy space is easier to clean. If clutter is successfully eliminated from an area, then everything in that space has a purpose. You’ll find decluttered spaces are easier to clean, too, because you don’t have to deal with a lot of items just being in your way. This one thing cuts down on frustration.

    ● In turn, a cleaner house will have a more relaxing feeling to it and will be a more pleasant place to unwind and spend time.

    3. Everything will be easier to find. When you eradicate clutter from your spaces, you only have everything you need on hand. You can spend less time looking for things and more time putting things in easier, convenient spaces. This means less time tidying, more time enjoying your valuable time.

    4. Free yourself from emotional baggage. Clutter can hold painful memories. Whether you’re holding on to clutter from a past relationship or you’re keeping hold of something you don’t want or need, taking the opportunity to declutter can make you feel more positive and in control.

    5. Own your space. Removing clutter can give you a sense of achievement. You can take ownership of your space by removing clutter. You can emotionally remove yourself from the past and start looking towards the future.

    6. Remove dust and dirt. Clutter can hold onto dust, dirt, and grime. By simply removing this clutter from your home, you may find your home feels fresher. Dust can cause allergies and an uncomfortable environment, so eliminating clutter could improve your breathing and general health.

    7. More space for entertaining and activities. Clutter can compromise valuable space that could be better served hosting dinner guests, entertaining, or even working on activities you enjoy. This can strengthen your well-being and bring entertainment to your life.

    8. Redecorate and reevaluate. When you declutter, you have the opportunity to reinvigorate your space. Create a space you enjoy being in. This will bring you more happiness and the health benefits that go along with greater happiness.

    9. Create your own new beginning. Decluttering allows you to say goodbye to old memories and look forward to a new start. With more space, less emotional baggage, and the chance to take ownership of your possessions, you can focus on looking to the future without the ties of the past.

    Decluttering is so much more than just getting rid of old belongings. You can move on from emotional connections to painful memories. There are health benefits to removing clutter and dust. You can find things more easily and will be able to enjoy a clean, stress-free space.

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    5 Ways to Break Free from Negative Patterns

    As humans, we form habits. In the process of developing our habits, we also create patterns. They are habits that we do continuously. Sometimes it’s good to have a habit because it helps us remember things or makes life easier.

    But some actions do more harm than good. Work to break free from these negative patterns as soon as possible. Why? These patterns can lead you down a destructive path and make life worse for yourself and your loved ones.

    How do you break free from negative patterns?

    These tips can help:

    1. Recognize your bad habits. The first step to take is to identify your negative patterns. Take a look at your life and ask yourself: Do I like everything about my life? What don’t I like about myself?

    ● Perhaps you’ve taken some action and regretted it afterward. Or you don’t like how your body looks in the mirror. Maybe you don’t like what others think of you. Try to find out the reason behind this feeling.

    ● Make a list of all these things, one by one, and then make a list of the good things about your life.

    ● The goal here is to find out what you don’t like and admit it to yourself, as well as what you do like.

    2. Take responsibility. After identifying your bad habits, the next thing is to stop blaming others for them. Many people find it easier to blame someone else for their problems. But what does that get you? Nothing!

    ● You can’t change anything if you keep blaming someone else. The best way to solve any kind of challenge is by taking responsibility for your actions or non-actions and making a plan of action that you can follow through.

    ● Becoming accountable for your actions gives you the power to change your destiny. Don’t settle for mediocrity!

    3. Manage your emotions. Emotions are the driving force behind any action. They can either be for you or against you. Choose the ones that give you success in your life.

    ● Begin to keep a diary of how you feel from day to day and why. Then ask yourself, “How can I improve my life?” If your emotions are not favorable, then do something about it–anything! Take a walk, watch a movie with a happy ending, or call someone you love.

    4. Dig for the lessons in any situation. After you’ve identified an issue, ask yourself what you did wrong. Maybe you acted hastily to take advantage of the moment or took a shortcut that caused more harm than good.

    ● Perhaps you failed to think things through and ended up looking like a fool in the end. The point is that we learn from our own mistakes and do better in the future.

    ● As humans, we usually advance when we understand our negative patterns. And once we have taken the first step to identify our bad habits, it’s easier to find the hidden lessons.

    5. Take a different path. When you feel the urge to do something, ask yourself if it’s for the best or worst. You don’t need to do everything that comes along in order to be happy.

    ● Attend as many things as you like but know that there are also other things you can do and enjoy too. Try new things. But also recognize what is essential in your life and act accordingly.

    Making a change is not an easy process–you will have to start with yourself. But once you do, you will be surprised at your ability to make positive changes in your life, including how you feel and how others perceive you.

    Don’t be afraid to take a break from your negative patterns. You’ll be glad you did!

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    How to Achieve Closure and Take Back Control of Your Life

    Are you searching for closure? It’s natural to want some explanation when a relationship ends, or you experience a similar loss. Social psychologists describe it as gaining the resolution necessary to take back control and move on.

    It’s also becoming more elusive in recent years. The same technology that helps you find romance online makes it easier to break someone’s heart. Your dreamboat may say goodbye with a text or change their relationship status to single on Facebook without any warning.

    Hopefully, your relationships will run more smoothly, but even cordial breakups can be upsetting. Find out more about closure, and how to achieve it.

    Asking Others for Closure:

    1. Clarify your motives. Be honest with yourself. Are you trying to end your relationship constructively or hoping that you’ll get back together? Having realistic expectations could protect you from additional distress.

    2. Keep it simple. Dwelling on the past interferes with your future happiness. Cover the most important issues and then shift your attention to enjoying the rest of your life.

    3. Take responsibility. You might be tempted to blame your ex for your situation, but you’re still in charge of how you react. Acknowledge your own shortcomings and apologize if appropriate.

    4. Stay positive. What do you like about your ex and the time you spent together? Let them know if you’re thankful for their kindness. Try to forgive each other for any disappointments.

    5. Write a letter. Pouring your feelings out in writing may help, especially if you reflect on what you can learn from the experience. Reread the letter when you’re calm, so you can decide whether to send it or burn it.

    6. Meet for coffee. If you feel strong enough, you may prefer to talk face-to-face. Arrange a coffee date or a lunchtime walk, so you can make a quick exit without any awkwardness.

    Creating Closure for Yourself:

    1. Slow down. Sometimes the desire for closure is so strong that you might jump to hasty conclusions about your ex and yourself. Give yourself time to sort through your memories and discover their meaning.

    2. Avoid contact. Maybe you’ll wind up being friends, but most couples need to distance when they first break up. Resist the urge to call your ex and stay off their social media pages. Put away photographs and other reminders lying around your home and office.

    3. Practice self-care. Protecting your physical and mental wellbeing will help you to make sound decisions. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Spend time each day hanging out with family and friends and doing activities you love.

    4. Start a journal. Recording your daily thoughts and activities can help you deal with stress too. You’ll be able to spot recurring patterns and see where you’re making progress. To stay on track, try writing at the same time each day, like first thing in the morning or before bed.

    5. Be flexible. Life is full of sudden changes. Learning to adapt increases your chances for success. Set new goals and let go of regrets. Cultivate your curiosity.

    6. Consider counseling. Talking with a therapist could help if you’ve tried to recover from your breakup, but you’re still struggling. A caring professional can help you see your options more objectively and support you while you navigate through a difficult time.

    Remember that you are worthy of love and respect. It may take time and effort to heal from a past relationship, but you can attain closure with or without cooperation from your ex. The sooner you resolve your feelings, the sooner you’ll be ready to move on.

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    Water Waste: Low Consumption Shower Systems

    Finding solutions to reduce water consumption is essential. More and more eco-friendly innovations are coming to the surface and this shower is definitely one we had to share. With 7 billion people on earth, we can no longer maintain the consumption of water the way we do. We know that water can be rare in certain area and the problem could amplify. This is why I wanted to share this new system called the Showerloop.

    This shower is revolutionary in the sense that it consumes the same amount of water wether you spend 5 minutes or 30 minutes under the shower. How? The water is recycled as you shower. The system collect the water used and bring it through a recycling process before being used again… A video is worth a thousand lame ways to attend at explaining. Just watch it! 😉

    I’ve also come across this system created in California that doesn’t recycle the water, but reduce the amount of water needed. It’s pretty interesting and I hope that soon this type of format will become the new norm.

    I’m curious to read about your thoughts on this. Have you used a water saving type of shower like this? If you haven’t, would you switch?

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    Why I’m Shifting Towards A Greener Life

    Why am I doing this…

    I have had to ask myself this many times before beginning this very public and personal journey. The more I ponder the reasons why we are doing this the more questions I end up having about the state of our society and the mental and physical health of our species. Moreover the state of my mental and physical health. Healthcare is a very serious and real subject at the moment. We have gone through many changes as a society when it comes to how we deal with our health. When I was in college I had a professor that told me 2008 would be a rough year for the U.S. because all the baby boomers would be retiring and healthcare would be the number one subject of debate. He was right. After years of this subject bouncing around in my head I have realized something very significant. The state of earth and the state of our health as human beings are interwoven. I remember standing in the kitchen one day and asking myself:

    “Does it really matters if I live by example? Will it make a difference?” Am I wasting my time with thoughts of underachievement when it comes to sustainable and mindful living?

    I thought to myself about my past learnings of my own energy and how it connects to the earth as well as many other things. It was then I realized that by making an effort to protect the earth I would be inadvertently grounding myself. As selfish as this may sound it made me realize some of the issues that people have with making a concerted effort to change the way they live. They don’t see something in it for themselves. We as a society are arguably the least grounded in history. We have no physical connection with the earth or the earth’s ways of sustaining life. We understand it in theory but we don’t understand it in practice.

    I have heard of few choice things about our connection to the earth in recent years. My favorite being that “light pollution”(the process of light emitting from cities at night blocking out the stars) is a major cause of our losing touch with our spiritual nature. Since we do not look up at the sky and we fail to see the vastness we are disconnected with how small we really are. We are disconnected from the understanding that we are part of something so much bigger than we are. That there is purpose and meaning to our existence. This is easily lost on us because we are fed and entertained by machines. Yes human beings are at the helm of these machines but we cannot see them or talk to them. We are very disconnected and as a result we are very unhealthy. As much as I have my own opinion on the healthcare issue I believe wholeheartedly that our health is the issue, not healthcare. Healthcare wouldn’t be such an issue if we were healthy. I too have had my run in’s with health, including cancer. I have had much time to think about the disease of cancer and other autoimmune diseases. I don’t know where I heard this but someone once told me that we may have a high instance of cancer in our society because we are a cancer ourselves.

    We consume without thinking about the nature of our host(earth). We grow without realizing that if we grow too much and give off too much waste. We will kill our host. Much like cancer has killed so many. All of this has brought me to a place where I would like to do my best to change. For the betterment of society and the betterment of myself. This project is my way of keeping myself accountable and keeping myself interested. I want to learn as much as possible and would like to share with you my path and what I have learnt along the way to make sure the grass is greener on both side of the fence. 

    Interested in a meditation or yoga class or energetic grounding and healing or if you have a particular case you want to work on with me, feel free to visit my husband and I’s new home website you can easily book a session there.

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