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Are you Winning the Fight on TOXINS?

GOOD HEALTH EQUALS GOOD LIFE

Did you know toxins are everywhere?!  How do you we protect ourselves and our loved ones, when the toxins are all around us, the air we breathe and food we eat are being sprayed and laden with pesticides.

Just recently there was riverton-smog-by-william-mahfoodthe Riverton Dump fire in Jamaica.  Lots of communities both near and far were affected.  Lots of school in the vicinity had to be closed.  Increased cases of asthma, “cardiac illnesses, infant mortality, low birth weight of babies, onset of childhood asthma, coughs, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, burning in eyes, nose and throat and the list continues.  Shocking isn’t it.  But guess what? This is not the only toxins that we absorb in our body.

body cleanse The most heavily sprayed foods are apples, strawberries, peaches,    grapes (especially the imported varieties) and the list goes on.  Do     you ever wonder what’s in your fruit smoothie?  Makes you wonder   huh?

An article by Harvard Medical states that “While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared with younger people, the elderly are far more likely to contract infectious diseases. Respiratory infections, influenza, and particularly pneumonia are a leading cause of death in people over 65 worldwide. No one knows for sure why this happens, but some scientists observe that this increased risk correlates with a decrease in T cells, possibly from the thymus atrophying with age and producing fewer T cells to fight off infection”

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Kids are also impacted by the presence of Toxins in the air and in our foods, its common to say that kids have their lives ahead of them to undo whatever unhealthy eating habits they may have.  However, some children do not get the chance to live long enough for that to happen.  The American Academy of Paediatrics note that “Children encounter pesticides daily and have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity, … there is evidence showing associations between pesticides and pediatric cancer and adverse neurodevelopment is “robust” and point to a role for insecticides in risk of brain tumors and acute lymphocytic leukemia.”


How can you protect yourself?

–  This means regular exercise – even if it is just 10 minutes a day.  I usually find the 10-minute workouts that I can do in front of my computer in the kitchen.

–  Ensure that your kids are fully vaccinated, (and YOU for that matter), – it is always important to ensure that kids are immunized against infectious diseases and viruses.

–  Step up on personal hygiene; washing hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or cough in your elbow instead of your hands

–  Eating right –   Lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grain, plenty of water you know the drill.

However, since we know most foods are heavily laden with pesticides and toxins, and the fact that our diets are lacking in a number of essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A, C etc … it is important to also supplement.

Be sure however to speak to your doctor before taking any supplement and ensure that you do not overdose on supplements, as some persons have a tendency to take more than the required dosage.   Make sure also to include supplements that are able to defend against bad bacteria and toxins.

supplementAs keeping our body healthy and protected is of utmost importance it is imperative that we take all the steps necessary to ensure our body is up to par and can handle anything that life throws at us. Are you doing everything possible to win the fight?!  Leave a comment on what it is that you do on a regular basis that has helped you to stay healthy?

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Where There is LIFE 
There is HOPE

Just a little Encouragement….

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Every day is an opportunity for a Fresh Start!

Reclaim Your Assertive Birthright!

Being Assertive –  is one of the most important skills you can learn today. It changes the way you communicate, deal with conflict, and your own relationship with yourself.

Being Assertive – can help with your self esteem, it means expressing yourself effectively and standing up for your views.  It does not mean being a pushover and trampling on other peoples rights as you go along.

Being Assertive – is a balance between being passive and aggressive.  If you are passive you tend to be shy and not able to speak up for your rights; if you are aggressive you come across as a bully.  You just need that balance which entails showing respect for others while bringing across your point.

You have the right to change your mind.

You have the right to say, “I don’t know.”

You have the right to make mistakes—and be responsible for them.

Put yourself first!

I could go on and on, every now and again we need a dose of assertiveness.  Sometimes we think we are hurting the other persons feelings, but if we can stand up for our rights and ideas while being respectful we should come away feeling good about ourselves.  And not regretting taking a stand.

So in the spirit of sharing here’s a great book you can read on Assertiveness courtesy of Bookboon.  This is an absolutely free service.  No hidden agenda.

“When we are no longer able to change

a situation

we are challenged to change

ourselves”

Viktor E. Frankl

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Everyday is an opportunity for a  FreshStart! 

Make Today your BEST Day Ever

Best Day Ever

TODAY

should always be

BETTER

than

YESTERDAY

So Make TODAY your BEST Day EVER

 

“Every Day is a Fresh Start”

 

A Prayer for the New Year

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Courtesy of Daysprings.com

A New Year’s Prayer

Lord,
As a new year begins, we come to You and ask for Your blessing.
We pray that you would give us joy to fill our days, peace to fill our hearts, and love to fill our lives.
Thank You for the plans You have for us in this new year.
We wait in anticipation to see all You will do!

Thanking God for you and praying your new year is blessed in every way.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Where there is LIFE there is HOPE

Audria

My New Year Wish

From my Garden

From my Garden

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  With lots of joy, happiness and blessings.  Remember, everyday that you have life is a new day to create anew spirit within you; for new opportunities for new chances. Whatever it is, you have the capacity to make it happen. You have to believe in yourself and take it one step at a time  and with God’s help we will surely make through.

As always, Where there is LIFE there is HOPE

Audria

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How do you forgive yourself

This was a great read, and I thought it would be good to share as we all have trouble forgiving ourselves.  I have made some mistakes in my life that sometimes I still do beat myself up for.  But guess what I realize you cant change the past, you can only live for today.  Sarah Markley is an (in)courage writer on Daysprings.com.

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“I’m just so stupid!!” One of my daughters face-palms herself after a mistake she’s made. And I’ll admit, it’s a big one.

“No you aren’t. You just made a poor choice.” I go to her, gather her and do my best to infuse truth into her heart and somehow layer it over the lies that have begun to reside there.

I have never told her she is stupid or bad or unlovable. To the contrary. I try to combat those outside influences each day of their lives.

You know you’re amazing.

You are so smart.

You’ve done your best, that’s all you can do!

But even my girls are prime examples of just how hard we are on ourselves.

My 10 year old can run 3 good barrel runs but if she disqualifies on her fourth, she’s in tears. My 6 year old can stop the attempted goals for a whole soccer game but if she lets one sneak through as goalie, she can’t seem to forgive herself.

Why is it so hard? And why are we so hard on ourselves?

As adults we’ve seen so much more in our own lives worth forgiving then letting soccer goals squeak by or going off course in a barrel race. We’ve made big bad poor choices that really do affect our own hearts and the lives of others.

We’ve betrayed people and spouses and we’ve lied to people that didn’t deserve to be lied to. We’ve stolen and held anger close and we’ve been bitter. We’ve also simply made big, life-altering but unavoidable mistakes that have hurt and tripped others and ourselves.

As adults, we’ve done a lot of things over our lifetimes that truly deserve a face-palm.

Probably the most common question I hear when you tell me your stories is this one:

How did you learn to forgive yourself?

I’m not a step-by-step formula girl, but I’ve tried to drill it down to five steps, more or less, that have helped me come from a place of understanding the mistakes I’ve made to being able to forgive myself. {And I’ve made a few big ones in my time.}

1. Take responsibility for what is yours but not for what is not yours. Here’s what I mean. To begin to forgive ourselves we must realize that we actually did do something stupid or silly or wrong or unthoughtful. We have to take responsibility for our actions and behaviors that led us to the place. But we also shouldn’t take responsibility for the mistakes and wrongs of others. If my 1st grader gets in a tussle on the playground and screams angrily at another kid, she should take responsibility for what she has done wrong, but not for the actions of the other child. Those of us who are hard on ourselves often take too much blame and we take blame that is not ours.

2. Start speaking the truth. The truth is, you’ve already been forgiven. The truth is, your mistakes do not define you. The truth is, you are not alone. The truth is, the grace and forgiveness of God are bigger than all of us and our mistakes combined. The truth is, God has deemed us worthy of His forgiveness. When we begin to speak these things we also begin to believe them. And the truth is, your journey to forgiving yourself is one that God with travel with you each step of the way.

3. Embrace grace. Bask in it. Observe it in action. Watch for it. Become an expert in it so you can recognize it when you see it. Begin receiving it from others if you don’t. Those of us who are hard on ourselves are also hard recipients of grace. We don’t accept it from ourselves (it’s why we are on this journey) and often we don’t accept it from others.

4. Forgive others. One of the best ways I know how to begin doing something is to practice it. If we practice forgiving one another, the forgiving of our own mistakes comes all the quicker.

5. Let others speak the truth into your life when you forget it. Sometimes we need good, objective truth-speakers in our lives to help remind us that we have already been forgiven. Maybe it is a good friend, a mentor, a counselor or a fellow {in}courage community member. None of us can journey on our own, ever, so even in this it is good to have solid, strong people around us to tell us that we are worthy of forgiveness. And to tell us once in awhile that:

we are amazing,

we are smart,

and we’ve done the best we can.

Do you have trouble forgiving yourself? What things have helped you?

by Sarah Markley

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I especially love #4, remembering to forgive others will no doubt help you in forgiving yourself.

Remember, Where there is Life there is Hope.

Audria

My self-imposed Time-out

Hey guys, you may have noticed the lack of postings for a while now. Trust me its not for lack of wanting to do it; but school has been kicking my butt. Trying to juggle family, school, a 9 to 5 and a small biz has not been easy.  But, I am on my fresh start right now, so I hope you’ve been doing the same.

Try not to get stuck in the rut. Keep pushing through, you can do anything you set your mind to.

Remember you can have a FRESH START any day, as long as you are determined and up for the challenge, its never too late. As Charles Darwin says only the fittest of the fit will survive. You just have to be willing to adapt in order to keep moving in this fluid environment.

Things are always changing, we just have to ensure that we move along with the change.

“Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.”– Annie Besant

Here’s to life and making the best of it in whatever you do!

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Where there is LIFE there is HOPE.

Audria

Most Men Really Really Dont Understand ….

Should men help out around the house or should they absorb some responsibility.  Zig Ziglar thinks “…there is a significant difference in taking responsibility and offering to help”. 

With Mothers’ Day just around the corner, it was refreshing to see this article written by a man, as it struck a chord with me as I’m sure with most women.  Often times I feel so unappreciated, as a woman’s work in the house never ends, especially if there are kids in the picture.  So I decided to share Zig’s article with you.

Most Men Don’t Understand

By Zig Ziglar

“It’s true.  The typical husband and father doesn’t have a clue as to what the housewife—whether she be full-time or part-time—does to maintain the home.  Ruth Hampton expressed it this way: “The most influential position in the nation today is held by a woman.  She enforces law, practices medicine and teaches without degree, certificate of competence or required training.  She handles the nation’s food, administers its drugs and practices emergency first aid.  She cares for all the physical and mental ills of the family; a man literally places his life and the lives of his children in the hands of this woman–his wife.”

It is, of course, true that many men—and, fortunately, this is increasing, though it’s still far from equal—do help with things around the house.  However, there is a tremendous difference in helping vs. being responsible for.  Typically, the husband asks “What can I do?” when the wife can clearly see what needs to be done.  The husband too often assumes that it’s “no big deal,” that his wife really doesn’t need any help, and besides, he needs to relax after a tough day.  Example: On Monday night, even though she might be a football fan as much as her husband, she’s the one who puts the laundry into the washer, moves it to the dryer during the commercial break and folds and places the clothes where they belong at half-time.  When the game is over, if she’s had any interest in it, she probably takes the dishes out of the dishwasher.  In the meantime, the husband doesn’t have a clue as to what’s going on.  There is a significant difference in taking responsibility and offering to help.

Now, husbands, before you get too upset with me, remember, if the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it.  However, studies reveal that what I’ve said is largely true.  Good luck to all of you.  Husbands, help your wives and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP! “

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator.   He is the author of 30 books .  Check out his latest book, Born to Win.

Remember your expectations for any given situation will greatly influence the end result. I know some men, think the work in the house is a woman’s job.  But I think there should be some sort of partnership.  A partnership can only help to enhance your relationship.  As it can get real stressful, worse if the woman also works 9 to 5, because after all of that your expected to find quality time for your husband.  Tell me, what is your take on this issue?

Here’s to a Fresh Start at home!

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The best way to make your spouse and children feel secure is not with big deposits in bank accounts, but with little deposits of thoughtfulness and affection in the “love account.”  ~Zig Ziglar

Love is spelled T-I-M-E for a Child

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To all my fellow parents, I thought you might like this.

As I read this article by Zig Ziglar on spending quality time with kids, I realized my morning started out real badly with my son, with him crying and me threatening to withhold games and toys.

Zig says “The way you start and end your child’s day is extremely important because if the day is started and ended properly, the time in between will go much better”. This made a lot of sense, because when I reflected on the other times that I’m gentle and would kiss him and we giggle together in the mornings, things flow sooo much easier.

We tend to make a lot of deals together.  It would go like this..“You know if you go to the bathroom do what you have to do, then I give you a bath, have your breakfast and get dressed without fussing you can take your leapfrog with you to the car”.. stuff like that.  And it usually works most of the time.  There’s still a little fuss, and I’ll remind him of the deal and what he has to lose.  He would then say “mommy was I good, see mommy I making a deal” 🙂 which makes me soo proud.

I mean, I understand, with all the stress that we go through, we tend to get a little course with them.  We take out our frustrations on them, we rush them, we get impatient.

But here’s Zig Ziglar’s suggestion, which I absolutely agree with, and hope that you will try from now on.

He says “At bedtime, take your child by the hand, lead them back to the bed, tuck them in, then chat with them for a while.  For a child, love is spelled T – I – M – E, and your child is more likely to open up and reveal his/her heart just before they go to sleep than at any other time of the day.  Ten to fifteen minutes can make a big difference in the bonding process with your child by giving them that precious assurance that they are deeply loved, that you have time for them and they are more important than ten more minutes of television.  Try this approach and I’ll SEE YOU—and your child—AT THE TOP!”

All the best to you in your continued bonding process, and remember with kindness as your guide you will never lose your way.

Audria

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