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How To Turn A Bad Day Into A Good Day

How To Turn A Bad Day Into A Good Day

Tips on how to turn a bad day into a good day.

Everyone experiences having a bad day now and then. Everyone handles these days differently, some people throw themselves into a pity party and some people makes everyone’s life around them miserable so they won’t be in this rut of a day by themselves. Then there are those that can take a bad day and turn it into a good day. This is what we are going to focus on in this article, some steps that you can take to make your worse day be your best day.

Step 1 – Control your response.

We need to be able to accept the circumstances that we are in at the time. Many of us focus on the negative thing that is making our day terrible and we tend to walk around moping and complaining about how bad our situation is. We need to learn to accept what has been handed to us and change how we respond to the situation and take control of it instead of it taking control of us and our emotions. We can control how our day is going by implementing a positive response no matter what is thrown our way.

Step 2 – Contact a friend.

Sometimes we do not have that internal strength to change our mood from bad to good. We may need the encouragement of a friend to give us that pep talk that we are needing to transform our day. We may even just need a friend to vent too. When I am having a bad day I will drop my wife a text message saying to please call me when she can so I can vent to her. When I am done venting she will offer me some encouraging advice in order to take my sour attitude and turn it into a positive attitude for the rest of the day.

Step 3 – Journal or write.

We need a place to release the negative in our lives. Writing or journaling can be a great tool for releasing these dark emotions. Some people will write out all the bad in their lives on a piece of paper and then burn or tear up this piece of paper. This gives them the emotional feeling of releasing these negative feelings. For others writing your thoughts in a journal or diary is a great way to release your feelings and lock them away in your journal.

Step 4 – Take a break from social media.

Spending too much time on social media can ruin your day. Negativity can run rampant on social media sites. From bullying to politics to negative talk can be found on these sites. We need to clear our thoughts and heads from all the bad found on these sites by walking away and taking a break from social media.

Step 5 – Just say NO!

Most bad days will usually start in the morning or early parts of the day. Many times you have something on your schedule for that day that you are dreading and this negative activity is eating away at your positive demeanor. If this activity is something that can be rescheduled or canceled, do it. It would be better to say no to something than to have this one activity ruin your whole day.

Step 6 – Laugh more.

When my day is heading down the path of being totally negative I will close the door to my office and look for things that will either bring a smile to my face or make me laugh. Laughter can turn a negative day into a more pleasant day. YouTube videos of comedy will usually do the trick.

Step 7 – Listen to positive music.

In my case I have a 45 min. ride home from the office. If my day is bad or has been bad this is the time I spend listening to positive music. Today for example, my day started off at the office with a confrontation with an employee, after that I was being hit from all directions with negative confrontations. I decided to meet my wife for lunch and I had made a mental note that I was not going to bring all this negative vibes to lunch with me. My drive at noon was about 30 min. to meet her so I cranked the positive tunes on the radio and this set me in a much better positive mindset.

Step 8 – All things happen for a reason.

There is always lessons that we learn from the trials and tribulations that we go through in life. If your day never turned around and became positive look for a lesson that you can learn from

 

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Another Category 5 Hurricane In The Atlantic

Another Category 5 Hurricane In The Atlantic

Category 5 Hurricane Maria Powers Up for Another Blow to the Caribbean

Maria blew up from a tropical storm into a major Category 5 hurricane in barely more than a day, bearing down on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands that are still bailing out from Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane warnings were in effect for Puerto Rico, its satellite islands of Culebra and Vieques, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday. At 8 p.m. ET, according to the National Hurricane Center, Maria was producing maximum sustained winds of 160 mph as it moved within 15 miles of Dominica, an island of 72,000 people in the Lesser Antilles.

Maria was expected to hit the U.S. Virgin Islands by Tuesday afternoon and Puerto Rico late Tuesday into early Wednesday, the hurricane center said. With conditions appearing favorable for “additional rapid strengthening for the next 24 hours and possibly longer,” the agency said.

President Donald Trump on Monday declared states of emergency in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Gov. Kenneth Mapp suspended all Irma recovery efforts to shift the focus to preparing for Maria. The Coast Guard said it was moving personnel, cutters and aircraft in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to protect them from Maria and to position them for quick search-and-rescue missions.

The French government declared a red cyclone alert Monday for of Martinique, telling residents to seek shelter and stay put. All flights at Pointe-à-Pitre airport were suspended through Tuesday afternoon at the earliest, it said.

The British government, meanwhile, advised against all travel to the British Virgin Islands, saying it was extending the deployment of more than 1,300 military personnel already in the region to help with recovery from Irma.

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Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Surviving Hurricane Irma

Surviving Hurricane Irma

Hello everyone, it has been a few rough weeks here in Central Florida. As most of the world knows by now we have been hit with a devastating hurricane named Irma. Many people don’t realize what it takes to prepare for hurricane and what it is like to go through a natural disaster. Well in this article I am going to share with you some of what goes into preparing and riding out the storm.

Now I know it has been a few short weeks since I have posted anything new on this blog and the reason is all my time has been taken up doing preparation work for this storm. I had all my essentials ready for my family to make it through the storm and the many days after while we had no electricity. But in order to ride out a storm like this it takes days to get mentally prepared.

I have lived in the mid-western part of the country where I have been in tornadoes and bad thunderstorms, but a hurricane is much worse to deal with. I will try to explain some of what I am talking about in the next few paragraphs.

First when a hurricane is out in the Atlantic like now there are three between Africa and the United States the little hairs on the back of your neck start to rise and you start watching the weather channel every-day to see where the meteorologist are guessing the storm may go. Once the storm is about 3 to 4 days away from the States then you really start paying attention where the spaghetti models are saying where the storm may make landfall, but still at this point it is still a guess by the scientist. Now with this hurricane Irma the first place the meteorologist were saying it was going to skirt up the east coast of Florida so there was not to worry about for us on the gulf side of the state. Then as the storm was coming out of Cuba the meteorologist changed their predictions and said that the storm was going to hit Miami and go up the east coastal communities of the state. As the day went along which was Friday before the storm hit the United States more changes took place.

After Friday and into Saturday all eyes are glued to the different television stations watching to see where the storm was going to make landfall. At this point the grocery stores, hardware stores, the big box stores, and the gas stations were being inundated with people that were not stocked up with supplies. The grocery stores were mad houses with people purchasing anything they could, the lumber yards were being stormed with people purchasing anything that looked like wood to board up their homes, the gas stations were running out of fuel, and there were no generators to be found at any of the stores. People were in a panic.

Saturday and into Sunday we pretty much knew where the storm was going to hit land and where the track of the storm was going to go. All the roads leading out of Florida were a disaster by themselves. The highways heading north were bottlenecked, the county roads heading north were packed with cars, and the gas stations along all routes heading out of the state were either out of gas or running very low. There were lines of cars trying to get into the gas stations, people were screaming at each other in the lines; at some stations there were fist fights that were breaking out. Highway State Troopers and Sheriff Departments were called into keep order at the gas stations along the state highways. Panic was sure setting in and half the people in Florida evacuated and headed out of state.

By this time our little town was in the projected narrow path or track of Irma. The storm came on land and slid up the Gulf side of Florida and by Sunday evening we were feeling the outer bands of the storm. By 8:00pm we lost power and the rain was coming down in sheets. We still did not have much wind but the rain was heavy. Now living in the mid-west I was use to heavy flooding rains, but rain from a hurricane is nothing in comparison. Around 10pm is when the winds started to pick up and for the next 6 to 8 hours we experienced category 1 and 2 hurricane winds and rain. On Monday we still had rain bands and high winds and wind gust that were still 70 plus mph. The sheriff’s department had setup curfews, so there was no one heading out on the roads on Monday, there was no place to go anyways since no one had power.

Tuesday people were starting to venture out to start the clean up around their homes. The sheriff’s department had lifted the curfew but there still was no place to go since the power was still off for most of the people in Florida. To this day there are still people that do not their power back on, but the power companies have been working non-stop to get the power restored for these people. At our home our electricity was restored this past Friday, 5 days we ended up with no electric, running water, cell phone service, internet, television, or air conditioning. Just remember this is Florida in September when temperatures are still in the mid to upper 90’s, it is not comfortable in a home with no A/C. Thank God our family was mentally and physically prepared for times like this.

Conclusion

I cannot say this enough; families need to be prepared for any disaster man made or natural. One never knows when a disaster is going to hit, you do not want to be the one that does not have their family prepared. I am grateful that we had plenty of food, gasoline, and water in order to take care of my family and my neighbors that were not prepared. Things are getting back to normal for most people in my part of Florida, there are still many that have a long and tough road ahead of them. For many it will be a long time before their lives will be back to normal. Natural disasters like Irma, or Harvey that hit Texas a few months back affects millions of people and here in the United States, the one thing I have learnt from this experience is how spoiled people really are, it is amazing and how un-prepared most people are to any sort of disruption in their day to day lives.

Right now Florida is keeping an eye on another category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic, and it is on the same path as Irma was. The meteorologist are predicting it is going to go East of Florida, but they said the same thing about Irma and they were wrong, we will have to wait and see about this one. I hope and pray that people will learn and get prepared for disasters; I have personally lived through to many in my lifetime not to be prepared. I have lived through tornados, major snow storms where cities were shut down for weeks at a time, lived through 5 hurricanes and witnessed the devastation of earthquakes in foreign countries.

 


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle

What Are MRE’s And There Alternative

Many people have no clue about MRE’s  / Meals Ready to Eat. MRE’s are specially prepared meals that the military have been using for years and was introduced to the general public several years ago.  Each meal is developed to provide all the nutrients needed to survive but also be easy to transport while on the move. This is why the military still use these meals today for the military personal that out away on maneuvers.

MRE for backpacking or for survival food

MRE’s or other prepackaged meals come pretty much ready to eat, this makes very easy and ideal for many different uses. My family and I use these meals while we are out camping or backpacking out in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. These meals can be eaten cold right out of the package or they can be warmed over a camp fire or be heated by the MRE heater.

I was really introduced the MRE’s about ten plus years ago when Florida was hit with several hurricanes back to back and we had lost electric for over a two weeks. With the different varieties of meal options that MRE’s have one does not get sick of eating the same thing over and over again.

History of MRE’s

A little history on the MRE meals.  In 1963 the Department of Defense (DOD) knew that they needed to come out with a meal for soldiers that was better packaged and had more nutritional value then what the soldiers were carrying during World War II. So this was the beginning phases of experimenting with MRE’s. Then in 1966 the DOD came out with a dehydrated meal plan called LRP or Long Range Patrol Meals, this did not work out to well. In 1975 more work went into developing a dehydrated meal that was stored in plastic retort pouches which went into standard use in 1986 for the military.

Backpacking Meals

Now for me being an outdoor enthusiast I spend many days in the wilderness in the Boundary Water Canoe Area every year. I love the serenity of the outdoors

These options for food are great for backpacking and hiking expeditions.

and love being out in nature. I have found that the ready-made backpacking meals give me the nutrition and energy I need to make it through the days. Being that the food is

dehydrated the packets weigh very little and there is no cooking involved. Just heat some water on the campfire until it is boiling and add the water to the open packet. The meals that I prefer and all natural and contain no MSG Mono Sodium Glutamate which is a preservative that many people are allergic too.

 

Ideas For Food That Are Not Pre-Packaged

A lot of people that I come across while backpacking purchase food from the grocery store that is less expensive and can be lightweight and compact. Here are a few ideas of foods that are lightweight and compact that you may be interested in.

  • Instant oatmeal, comes in many varieties and just need to add hot water and mix to get a great tasting breakfast meal that can be ate at any time of the day.
  • Rice, can be a little heavy but it is easy to make and tasty
  • Pancakes, another meal that just needs hot water and cook over an open fire or camp stove.
  • Pasta, again just need boiling water. Instant spaghetti sauce is easy to make and taste great.
  • Dry soup mixes, a lot of varieties to choose from and just add hot boiling water.
  • Granola bars are easy to carry and gives you the protein to make it through the day on the trail.
  • Coffee packets, must have for the morning. Boil water and add coffee packet for a delicious morning pick me up.
  • Flavored water packets, when you are tired of drinking lake or river water these little packets come in handy for adding a little change in taste.

These are some ideas of food that you can store for when we run into a food shortage or for when a major storm hits and you cannot make it to the grocery store for a week or two. For my family we have about a months worth of food stored. Living in Florida you never know when mother nature may strike and we lose electricity or the roads are blocked and we cannot make it to the store. It has happened to me more than once and ‘I do not like being unprepared.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle, Off The Grid, Urban Homesteader
How To Decide What To Blog About

How To Decide What To Blog About

What to blog about when you have multiple things you love?

Many of us are passionate about many things, it can be hard to pinpoint a few ideas to write about. And it can be worse even if you have not even started a blog yet. You will be beating your head against the desk trying to figure out where to start.

Have no fear, we are going to go through some ideas and look at some topics that you will love to write about.

How to pick a blog topic you can profit from?

Many of us have hobbies and interest that we all love to do, some of us we have to many hobbies. If you are like most beginning bloggers you want to write about them all. I am sure that you have read how important it is to choose a niche at stick to it in order to monetize your blog and start making money.

The question still is how do I pick that one niche market to blog about that will make me a profit?

It can feel impossible, you can do research, study other blogs, read books on writing, and talk to friends or family but the jest of it is you just need to start writing. Just Do It!!!! When I started this blog, I first started to write about budgeting and finances and it did not take long before I realized that my focus was more on small business ownership and marketing. Now if I did not start writing and blogging then I would not have narrowed down my niche. The time and effort that I had already put in on my previous post was not a waste of time. Every business needs to start somewhere and there is no better way to learn than by doing.

I feel that the time I spent working and creating by blogs was time well spent. It takes time to figure out the in’s and out’s and techy stuff to set-up a blog. A large majority of blogs use WordPress as their base, creating and crafting WordPress is not something you learn over-night. WordPress has many variable called plugins and it takes time and practice to design and create a professional looking blog.

I am not a computer or blogging nerd. I have been involved with computers since the key punch card days of COBOL programming but I am not a nerd. Over the years I have written several blogs, some self-hosted and others on Google Blogger, these were my learning blogs.

How to decide which topic will fit your blog?

First find a relevant topic to talk about. Google some phrases and topics and see if they are relevant today. Then the key is to write your blog post that are related to the topic that you choose.

For Example.

Let’s pick cooking for an example. You can post about recipes, cookware, kitchen gadgets, food groups, slow cooker recipes, bar-b-que ideas or recipes, dieting, kitchen organization and anything else that has to do with cooking. As you can see this all has to do with cooking. Then you monetarize your blog with cooking advertisements.

Do not make the cardinal sin of picking a topic that you cannot write about daily.

You need to have a topic that you can come up with 500 to 1000 words every couple of day that is relevant to the main topic of your blog. Usually you will have a passion for your main topic so coming up with articles to write about should not be a problem. For me it is business and an entrepreneurial mind. One of my current blogs is about computers and computer repair. Computers change every day, so there is always fresh new content that I can write about daily. I have had that blog up and running for about 3 years now.

When you are deciding what to write a blog about, you need to think about long term. When I was contemplating about writing about computer repair I knew that this would be one subject that I could write about for many years.

Please keep this in mind when you are asking yourself if this is really what I want to do or what I have a passion for.

Posted by Tom in Business, Lifestyle
Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eating healthy for your brain

Is it true that Alzheimer’s and dementia could be linked to what we eat? If it is true then I am in serious trouble as I put a piece of pizza in my mouth. As I am approaching the age of being in my mid 50’s I am becoming more aware of what I eat and how much stress I am under. You see my father and uncle both had early onset Alzheimer’s when I was only 15 years old and they were in their mid-fifties when they were diagnosed. Back then there was not much known about the disease so we had nothing really to contribute to why my father and his brother came down with this terrible disease.

While doing some research on another article I came across several articles about this new fad diet called “The MIND diet”. Seeing these articles peaked my interest since I am constantly thinking about what are my chances of getting Alzheimer’s since it can be passed down through the jeans. Research has shown that dieting, exercise, keeping the mind active, getting plenty of rest, and stop smoking or using anything with nicotine in it will help significantly reduce the odds of developing Alzheimer’s or other dementia diseases.  As I was reading these articles I found that the one diet they all talked about was “The Mediterranean Diet” or a combination of this diet along with “The Dash Diet”. The combination diet called “The Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” diet or (MIND) diet relies on banning five unhealthy food groups; red meat, butter or margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and of course everyone’s favorite food which is fried and fast food.

This past week some new research was released during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference which took place in London that older adults that followed a eating plan of plant based diet like the Mediterranean or MIND diet lowered the risk of dementia by a third.

What is the MIND or Mediterranean diet?

First off the Mediterranean diet is not a typical traditional form of Western eating. Say goodbye to red meat, pork, butter, refined sugar, flour and fats. The true diet is very simple, the majority of the meal is fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil.

People that follow the MIND do not reject everything that the people reject in the Mediterranean diet but they stay pretty close to Mediterranean diet but add in a few other key ingredients. The MIND diet consist of six servings a week of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards broccoli and other green vegetables that are packed with vitamins A and C. This along with other forms of vegetables made a difference in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. The MIND diet also recommends at least five servings a week of whole grains and nuts is a must. Nuts contain healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants which help to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Along with this they add in at least three servings of beans, two servings of berries, two servings of chicken or turkey and at least one serving of fish per week. Too top things off the MIND diet also includes one glass of wine per day. Wine is considered part of the top 10 brain healthy food groups that works in conjunction with the foods above to help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.

With the MIND diet you do not cut out all red meat but they limit the consumption to no more than four servings per week. Butter and stick margarine is limited to only a tablespoon per day and use extra virgin olive oil in place of butter. When it comes to cheese, if you want to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s than only eat cheese once a week. Sweets and pastries not only are  bad for the waistline but they are terrible for the brain. The MIND diet says to limit your consumption to no more than five treats per week.

Conclusion

It has been noted and published that people that consistently eat by the MIND diet will be healthier and reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Even if you slip up on the diet once in a while researchers still say it can still be beneficial to you and will continue to reduce your risk of developing this terrible disease.

Three great articles about dieting and dementia:

The MIND diet

CNN – Mediterranean style diet to prevent dementia

Dementia News


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Keep Striving For Financial Independence and Freedom

Keep Striving For Financial Independence and Freedom

Financial Independence Is A Achievable Goal

Dare to achieve financial independence. Cross the threshold to personal freedom. Make the commitment for your financial success. Remember, the secret to achieving financial independence and real wealth is to establish the mindset of wealth.

In order to earn more money, improve your marketable skills in an area of demand. Focus on personal development to increase your value in the market by becoming better at what you do or by doing something that is more in demand. Look for opportunities to do what you love most in a way that provides service to others on a massive scale.

Pay yourself part of everything you earn. Saving leads to wealth.

Learn to invest your money wisely. It’s true that a fool and his money are soon parted but a wise person and his money will enjoy constantly increasing levels of abundance. Get expert help in your investments, but make your own decisions.

Focus on achieving the levels of wealth in their order of importance. First comes protection, followed by independence. If your investment income covers your essential needs without having to work, you are already financially independent. If not, make this your first major objective after you have a protection fund in place. And once you have achieved financial independence, you opened the door to ultimate freedom. Whatever you want can be yours.

Achieving more wealth will empower you to expand your service to others and, in the process, become more than you get.

Keep money in perspective. It is only a means to an end and not an end in itself. Do not let money control your life. Be the master of your money, not its servant.

Be grateful for what you have, always count your blessings even when you do not think you have any. Gratitude will open the doors to abundance for you.

Follow these exercises to achieve your goal of financial independence.

  • Accept the dare: Resolve to become financially independent.
  • Determine how much income-producing wealth you need to accumulate in order to live in reasonable comfort without having to work the rest of your life.
  • Implement a strategy for wealth-building:
  • Increase your earning power. Determine how you can increase your value in the marketplace and initiate a step-by-step program to do so.
  • Reduce or otherwise control expenses.
  • Pay yourself first. Save part of everything you earn.
  • Establish a Financial Protection Fund: Build a reserve of funds sufficient to live on for one or two years.
  • Start an investment program. Study and practice to become an intelligent investor. Capitalize on the benefits of compounding earnings and “value investing.”
  • List five ways you can contribute to a better world when you become financially independent.

Last but not least, share what you have. Nothing builds character more than helping others. Whatever you do to help others will be returned to you tenfold and more. Achieving financial independence can easily be more than just a dream, you have everything you need to reach your goals right now.

  • Move forward and achieve the level of wealth you desire.
  • You can do it. Try it.
  • I dare you!



 

 

Posted by Tom in Budgeting, Lifestyle
Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

We all have been taught from an early age to be grateful for what you have in life. Most of us go from day to day surviving and we do not take the time to be grateful. Even I find myself not appreciating the things in life that God has allowed me to have. As I am around people I find that not many people have a gracious and warm heart anymore. It seems like we are always in a hurry, we have to work more hours to earn more money, we expect more out of our children, and we don’t relax anymore.

Gratitude is found in our hearts, gratitude does not come naturally. We must make a conscience decision to have a grateful heart and we must practice showing acts of kindness. What does gratitude do for us? Gratitude will help us to be less anxious, have a calmer spirit, reduce our blood pressure, make us happier, and if we practice daily being grateful it will cause us to be more confident in ourselves.

There are many ways to bring happiness into our lives, we just need to make a conscience decision to have a grateful heart and start ignoring the negative that attempts to invade our lives.

Arise every morning thanking God for breath of life, this should be the first thing we do each and every morning. Many of us wake dragging ourselves out of bed and the first thought that enters our head is usually something negative. We need to wake being thankful that we have another day on this earth to be a positive example to someone that down and out.  We need to set our minds to be thankful and positive throughout the day, even when our co-workers and others around us are focusing on being negative.

How can we stay positive and bring a life of gratitude to others?

When negativity starts to bring us down, we need to stop and take a deep breath and focus on the blessings that we have been given. This can be difficult but the more you practice it the easier it will become a habit. Showing acts of kindness to co-workers, strangers and your spouse are some good habits to show gratitude to others. I practice opening the car door for my wife whenever we are together, she appreciates each and every time.

Practice starting each day with a grateful heart. Gratitude does change everything.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Helpful Ideas To Find Your Passion

Helpful Ideas To Find Your Passion

Do you know what your passion is?

We all have dreams and desires, we want everything perfect. We want the perfect house, the perfect job, the perfect children, and the perfect lifestyle. Many of us that in reality we are just living from day to day to make ends meet and do not have any close to a perfect life or living to fulfill our passion in life. Most of us have the Sunday blues because we start dreading about going back to work on Monday. Many of us are forced to work six days a week now in order to try and live a lifestyle that we dream of having one day, but to be truthful we are just becoming workaholics. Then one day reality sets in and you wake up and you are in your middle 50’s, you realize that you have wasted 50 plus years of your life and you have accomplished nothing meaningful.

How can we change and find our passion?

Each and every one of us need to dig deep into our soul and find out what our passion’s are. Many of us a need to put some hard thought into this, we may need to figure out what we really want out of our time here on earth. Let’s take a look at some ideas that may help us figure out what our passion really is.

Make a visionary board

First purchase a large bulletin board, not a marker board but a large cork board to hang pictures on. Thumb through magazines, print off pictures from Google, go through vacation pictures, take all the pictures that bring a twinkle to your eye and hang them on the bulletin board. This is a tacit that sales professionals use to motivate them to go out and sell.

Keep motivated.

Hang encouraging thoughts, sayings, and pictures around the house to help motivate you to find your passion. Motivation is what will keep you searching for your passion.

Make a Pinterest account.

I love Pinterest for making boards of all my favorite things in life. I also have a board for making my bucket list ideas and for ideas that make me happy. I can reflect on these pins and boards to find out what my true passions are.

Reflect back on history.

I love to look back on history and look at old pictures from when I was a child growing up. My two passions from when I was young was to fish and hunt in Wisconsin. Then as I got older things changed in my life, but my dreams and thoughts still go back to the days in Wisconsin growing up as a kid. Then as I grew older my likes changed some and I loved to work on cars. I still have thoughts today about working on old cars and restoring them.

Journal your dreams.

For some of us our dreams while we sleep can speak to us. Dreams are sometimes thoughts and feelings that are in our sub-conscience. For a few people dreams can be scary, but for me and probably many of you our dreams are movies that come from good and positive memory’s of the past. A good activity is to write your dreams out the next morning so you do not forget what your dreams are, record them on paper for future review.

Another activity that you can work on is to list happy fun time’s that you can remember from the past that you loved to do as a child and then later when you were a teenager and then as a young adult. Here are a couple helpful ideas to get you started. 

  • What do you like doing in your free time?
  • What excites you?
  • What kind of lifestyle do you want to accomplish?
  • What are you talents in life?

These are just a few to give you an idea of what to think about when writing down your thoughts and ideas.

Now let’s put the puzzle together.

Now that we have put together a visionary board, started a Pinterest account and have boards and pin’s saved, reflected back to what makes you happy and made a list of what you like to do. Take a look at the visionary board, what type of pictures did you hang on your board? Log into your Pinterest account and see what types of pins are you finding yourself saving, do they resemble the pictures that you have on your visionary board? Re-read your list of activities that you like to participate in, do they reflect anything that you have on your visionary board or pins on Pinterest?

From this you should be starting to see things coming together. Now it is time to take all these pieces and sit down and put together the puzzle of your life together. When the puzzle is done this is what your passion is.

Conclusion

For me my passion is to help others. One way I do this is by my writings and post that I share on this blog. I have a very diverse background and I have accomplished many things that are on my bucket list. I use my writing ability to share what I have done in life and offer advice on many different topics. By being able to do what I have a passion for this gives me ability to enjoy some of my other passions that I have such as fishing, enjoying the great outdoors, and etc.

These activities will not give you all the answers in life, this should help get you started on finding out what you really do desire and get you on the road to finding your true passion. For many of us this is not easy and it will take some hard work, don’t give up in the end it will be well worth the hard work.


 

 

 

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Live Your Life The Danish Hygge Way!

Live Your Life The Danish Hygge Way!

How To Live All The Time Experiencing A Life Of Hygge!

The new word that is being used around many circles of people is called “hygge”. The word is not knew and it derives from a 16 century Norwegian term “to create well being”. In 2016 the word “hygge” was on “The Oxford Dictionaries” word of the year shortlist. The word is pronounced as “hoo-ga” or “hoo-guh” and is a Danish term which is translated to a single meaning of feeling cozy or comfortable. This could be the reason why Denmark is named the “happiest place on earth”.

According to Wikipdeia Hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning well being and it refers to a form of everyday togetherness. Many of us here in America never have the opportunity to experience hygge in our lives. We are constantly struggling to outdo each other or live in a world of (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where we are caught in a cycle of obsession and compulsion which trigger negative reaction, depression and selfishness.

How can we bring hygge into our lives?

We all need to bring some hygge into our lives. When most people start talking about this term or researching the term the first thought that enters a person’s mind is the coziness of being wrapped up with your soulmate in a cozy blanket in front of a warm fireplace, sipping a glass of red wine on a cold winter night. Many of the Scandinavian countries are considered where a good portion of the year is considered winter. Maybe this is why we associate this Danish term to winter and warm fireplaces.

The noun “hygge” means being nice, cozy, safe and it refers to a psychological state and the antonym translates to being “scared”. We need to find ways for us to be content with what we have and change our lifestyle to be more like the Danes in Denmark and take on the culture of having a cozy simplistic lifestyle. With summer being here now how do we bring contentment and coziness to our own homes and keep this lifestyle running in our blood all year around?

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere.

Turn off the television, put down the cell phone and turn off the games and invite friends over for dinner and an old fashioned card game or board game. A sense of togetherness is a part of being hygge.

  • Food is comfort.

What speaks to the soul more than homemade food? Twenty years ago potlucks were a big hit for families, potlucks bring togetherness. Today many of us don’t get together for family birthdays or the holidays anymore. What happen to the days of the whole family sitting around the dining room table enjoying Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Nothing speaks more about hygge than comfort food, family, and friends on a Saturday evening sitting around a bonfire even in the middle of summer.

  • Go outdoors and enjoy nature.

Hygge is not strictly about winter, the Dames practice hygge all year long. God gave us nature for a reason and we need to take advantage of what God has given us and enjoy it. Taking a walk, having a picnic, kayaking or boating, fishing, backyard parties, pool parties, nature photography, these are all relaxing things that bring togetherness.

  • Create an inviting atmosphere.

Spring and summer bring on a chore called spring cleaning. The idea of this is to declutter your home and make it an inviting comfortable space that people will feel relaxed in. Clean out the clutter and unnecessary items that makes the room feel uninviting. You may consider repainting the room with calming colors, have dim lighting, soothing music playing in the background, and have candles burning. The Danes burn about fifteen pounds of wax per year according to Wiking. This means turn down the lighting and light candles for a more calming atmosphere.  

  • Conclusion

Hygge is more than just having a cozy room to sit in and read a good book while sipping hot chocolate. The Danes believe it is important to have a life that is simplistic, a time to wind down and slow down the pace of a person’s life. Hygge needs to start at home, this does not mean that you need to live a life of a minimalist but create a space or place that conveys a positive atmosphere. Make your home inviting, where friends and family will want to come and spend time. It is important to understand though, hygge is an experience and a lifestyle change. The tips above will only inspire hygge all the while helping you to appreciate the life you presently live.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle