I was very fortunate to hear Mat Boggs and Jason Miller speak last Sunday at church. Mat and Jason are two bachelors that decided to crisscross America and interview 300 couples married for over 40 years. Mat and Jason wanted to know what made a happy life long marriage. Their presentation was amazing. I would highly recommend if you get a chance to see them you take it. I also am trying to get Mat and Jason on the radio show, I’ll let you know how that works out.
One of the things Mat and Jason presented was the question – “If you were accused in a court of law of loving someone would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Mat and Jason have a book and video based on their Project Everlasting. Also check out their website, lots of great information.
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As you know I believe one of the best ways to try something new is to go to the grocery store. Well I found a new fruit, well new to me! It is the Pluot. Yummo! It is sweet and tender and the outside skin looks like a Leopard (or at least I think it does). According to Fruit Patch:
“With pluots, as with other new varieties flavor is number one. The objective of cross-pollinating fruits is to increase the flavor and eating quality. So you ask “what is a pluot”? Here is a break down of how the pluot was created by Floyd Zaiger. A cross between a plum and an apricot is called a plumcot, and the resulting hybrid is 50% plum and 50% apricot. Cross the plumcot with yet another plum and the result is a pluot: 75% plum, 25% apricot. If you cross a plumcot with an apricot the result is an aprium, which is 75% apricot and 25% plum, also created by Floyd Zaiger. The exterior of a pluot resembles a plum fairly closely; shiny smooth skin, round shape. However the skin isn’t as bitter as that of a true plum. A pluot tends to taste and look more like a plum, while a plumcot favors the apricot. Pluots have gone from obscurity with their first introduction in 1989 to gaining a premium image in the U.S. tree fruit market.”
One of the best ways to keep life fun and interesting is to try new things and one of the easiest ways to do that is to go to the produce section of your favorite grocery store. I can’t think of a tastier way to explore.
Let the Adventure begin!
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I totally believe that we are what we eat and our moods are totally affected by what we ingest. There is a great book that will help you with your moods by Julia Ross called “The Mood Cure.” In her book she provides ways that you can:
Lift the dark cloud of depression
Blast the blahs
Cool anxiety and stress
Comfort oversensitive feelings
Let go of emotional eating
Recover from addictions
Find reliable alternatives to anti-depressants
On her website there is a Four Part Mood-Type Questionnaire that you can take.
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I just had to let you know that today is National Tooth Fairy Day. I swear I didn’t make it up, I read it on this mornings issue of Hungry Girl (one of my favorite e-zines).
I will have to say that I did a tad bit of research, I checked the sight Holiday Insights, and there is some conflict with National Tooth Fairy Day! It seems that there is a dispute over if it is really August 22 or February 28th. Not to mention there is some question over if it is really a “National” Holiday as it does not appear to be registered anywhere. My, even the tooth fairy is controversial!
The Tooth Fairy Day reminded me of a story my sister told me about my nephew and the tooth fairy. When he was little and loosing his teeth he would put them under his pillow at night and the tooth fairy would give him two dollars. (I only got 50 cents for my teeth but I guess even the tooth fairy gets hit by inflation). One evening after he had put a couple teeth under his pillow my sister went into his room and put a couple dollars under his pillow. The next morning my nephew came running into the kitchen so excited because the tooth fairy had left him $10! My sister was shocked! By mistake she had picked up two fives instead of two ones! My nephew was convinced he got a bonus because he had lost more than one tooth at a time!
I was in a Networking group for awhile and one of the gals in the group shared that a dentist she knew would end his introduction with “Only floss the teeth you want to keep.” Ha!
So happy Tooth Fairy Day.
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Recently I was introduced to “The Work” by Byron Katie. Katie is the author of “Loving what is, Four Questions that can change your life.” I recently went through this four question process and it was most amazing. I must say I had a shift right in the moment. You can find out more about the questions and the process on Katie’s website. I would highly encourage you to try this process and use it anytime you are having a challenge in your life that is holding you back.
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I am always talking about the concept that if you don’t have a lot of time take a little. It all has to do with Compound Action. Each little action builds on the next to create a big result. (I wrote a Day about this not too long ago). One little action might not make a difference overnight but it will over time.
Karen VanCleve the publisher of The Spark newsletter did a little research and discovered a list of things one can do in just ten minutes.
According to Karen “You may be skeptical that 10 minutes is enough to really make a difference. I did a little research on what you can do in 10 minutes (besides nap!)”
Get an oil change for your car
Burn 100 calories dancing enthusiastically
Set up a Google news alert for your favorite topic or goal so you’re up-to-date without any effort (http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en&t;=1)
Set up automatic bill pay online to save yourself time in the future
Do pilates (www.youtube.com/watch? v=_WwK9lWwxnw)
Make breakfast burritosto get your day off to a good start (http://lifestyle.msn.com/foodandentertaining/recipes/r ecipe_detailbhg.aspx? st=k&q;=breakfast&rid;=2581&pn;=0&ps;=10)
Explore the world via travel podcasts (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/podcasts/ or http://travelin10.libsyn.com/)
Give your body a good stretch
Call a friend or write an old-fashioned snail-mail note to say hello
Practice an art (playing an instrument, singing, etc) with complete focus and attention
Learn a new sentence or a couple of words of a foreign language
Speed-skim one magazine in your stack, remove only the articles you care to read and recycle the rest
Or read one of those articles you “skimmed out” last time you had 10 minutes
Read a few pages of an investment or personal financial management book
Run a mile (or a little more or a little less!)
Pull something from your “fun file” to make you laugh. Here’s something from mine: http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=xmeq2gzqt1
Watch a play on the Internet (www.10-minute- plays.com)
Eat 47 cheese sandwiches (Joey Chestnut, winner of the International Federation of Competitive Eating contest in June 2006, ate 47 sandwiches in 10 minutes!)
“Using the Power of Ten, you could do each thing on this list in 3 hours (I don’t really recommend the cheese sandwich challenge, though!). Put differently, using the Power of Ten daily, you could do everything on this list in just over 2 weeks.”
To Karen’s list I would add taking a nice bubble bath and loading and unloading the dishwasher (I have timed myself on that one). The whole point is you don’t have to have a lot of time, actually no one has time they make time. If you want to begin to change your life and include more activities that you love, take a little time, ten minutes a day, and soon you will be creating time for what you want.
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Wow, ever think you have had a difficult life? After reading the life story of Liz Murray I see all things in life are possible. I talk a lot about being responsible for your life, but Liz lives it. She went from homeless to Harvard! Read her story at one of my favorite websites The Foundation for a Better Life.
Well maybe not up in lights but my wonderful photographer Tricia Turpenoff has featured one of my head shots on her fabulous new website. Check it out.
In the Day that was published on August 8, 2007, I told the story of Anne Marie Hochhalter, one of the survivors of the Columbine High School shooting that happened in 1999. I don’t personally know Anne Marie although I live in the area. I was simply touched by her story and how she is doing now. Oddly enough I was introduced to Anne Marie in my health insurance magazine. An article about her appeared in this months issue. To find out more about Anne Marie simply put her name into good and you will come up with a lot of information. One of the best articles I found was one published in the Rocky Mountain News.
What I love about Anne Marie’s story is that she made a decision to live her life. She didn’t choose to have this happen to her, but she did make the choice of how she would handle it and move on with her life. She is a true inspiration.
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The Day today was about enjoying the pleasures of the season. I know for so many years I was so busy I missed a lot of seasons. Now I make the time to enjoy each and every one. My fur children help because they force me to go outside and walk them. Today Buddy decided he wanted to take time to investigate something very importan
t under a shade tree. While he was busy sniffing out him messages I took my shoes off and enjoyed the cool damp grass. As I was wiggling my toes in the grass it made me think of the pleasures of the season and and how long it had been since I took my shoes off and enjoyed going barefoot. It was really great.
When was the last time you went barefoot in the grass?
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