New Diet on New Year

New Diet on New Year
by Ron Goodwsen

New Diet on New Year
New Diet on New Year

Are you about to make yet another new year’s resolution, as you see out the old year, along with it’s broken promises and failed, good intentions?
Fresh with new-found conviction, after the gross excesses of the Christmas period and our usual failure to control ourselves, we arrive at the new year’s resolution, an annual triumph of hope over reality!
Hope, that this time you will have the single mindedness to succeed, where last time you failed. I’m not suggesting for a moment that you do not want to succeed, I’m sure that your desire to lose weight is genuine, but here’s the reality, it’s a hope, a dream and what’s the point in having dreams if you’re not going to make them happen?
You may dream of winning the lottery and yes, you could win! But it’s down to chance and you have a better chance of flying to the moon, than of winning the lottery.
Making a real change to your life? Well that’s a dream you can, make happen! And you can start right here, right now.
The problem with new year resolutions, lies in the forward planning. Moving towards a significant target date in your life, to contemplate doing something that you know is going to be a struggle.
Of course you’re not looking forward to it! What do you expect? As you begin to experience a steady build-up of expectations, leading up to the big day when you’re finally going to start putting right everything that’s wrong with your life!
No pressure there then! I’m sure you’ll feel ready to start on that day!
In the meantime of course, you now have the perfect excuse to behave badly, because it doesn’t really matter if you let yourself go over Christmas does it? You can do everything to excess. It won’t matter if you put on a few extra pounds! After all, you deserve to have one last binge before the deprivations of the coming year ahead!
If you believe that, then you’re delusionary. You’re just fooling yourself because it makes you feel better at the moment. It’s the high, before the deep low that will inevitably follow and damage your self-esteem, sabotaging your chance of success even before you start.
Wake up and smell the coffee!!
Do you really want to lose weight? Then do something about it, NOW!
Clear the cupboards of all the things that you know are bad for you, NOW!
Don’t eat them! If you think waste is bad, box them up and give them to charity.
Do it NOW – as you read this article.
Don’t put it off until tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes!
How we think and feel about ourselves is often the difference between happiness and success, or frustration and failure, therefore success and real lasting changes, only comes from changing the way we think. We are all products of our own thinking.
So, every thought we think has an impact on us. We respond to our negative thoughts and to our positive thoughts. If you have a history of failing to live up to your own expectations, your memories are loaded with negative programming.
No matter how much conscious effort you put into changing your habits, your subconscious mind is flooding your body with negative messages that have been ingrained for years.
You can however, change the way you think about losing weight using the help of hypnotherapy DVD’s.
Many people trying to lose weight struggle to maintain willpower. They feel that they need help and are often too embarrassed to admit to anyone that they have a problem. Now, many sufferers of low motivation and low self-esteem, are benefiting from hypnotherapy treatment, which can literally change peoples lives for the better.
Your life will improve if you begin to believe in yourself and your abilities, you will feel respected, giving you that extra boost to increase motivation, and your enthusiasm will increase noticeably. Some people say it feels like magic because it is so easy to make powerful changes. Hypnotherapy simply allows you to access the resources you already have in your subconscious mind.
Desire to make changes is good. Taking action to start something is even better. Let’s assume that you’ve decided right now, to start making the changes that you want. If you have tried before and failed, you need a support structure put into place as quickly as possible, to help you to maintain your resolve and to keep your thought processes focussed on your goals. A hypnotherapy DVD programme for home use can help. You certainly don’t want to be obsessing about food all the time.
You can lose weight and I’m sure that your eating programme of choice will be right for you. You will have success this time if you make sure that you put an effective support system into place as soon as possible.
So, don’t wait to make any new year resolutions at midnight on the 31st of December, decide to start making the changes that you want to make in your life, now!
Do something different this time.

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Diet and Exercising for Weight Loss
by Jane Flinders

Obesity is now being called an epidemic in the health community. In fact, it will soon be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, even ahead of cigarette smoking. Obesity leads to type two diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke and even an increased risk of cancer. With all of these health risks, as well as the general improvement in the quality of life that can occur, losing weight is one of the best things that you can do for yourself.
No matter what we would like to believe, there simply isn’t a magic solution to losing weight. The body will shed excess fat when it needs more calories to function through the demands you place on it in a given day than the amount of calories that you feed it. It’s that simple. So, in order to lose weight, you need to decrease the number of calories that you eat as well as increase the amount that you burn.
There is a wide range of options to choose from when looking for a weight loss program. All of them often spend a lot of time explaining what to eat, in what amounts and even at what times or in what combinations. But few of them emphasize the importance of exercise – not just for losing weight, but for your general health and wellbeing. Exercise is vital when trying to lose weight for several reasons:
* First, as you start to eat less, your metabolism will slow down somewhat. Exercising helps to elevate your metabolism back to an efficient level.
* Second, as mentioned, exercise burns more calories so that you can lose weight faster and stay motivated in your efforts.
* Third, exercise actually releases endorphins, chemicals that keep your mood elevated.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym or straining through exhausting workouts. In fact, in order for you to stick with it on the long run, exercising should be something that you enjoy. Start by increasing your activity level in an overall way. Take the stairs when you can. Park further from the mall door when you go shopping. Go for a walk in the park or through a neighborhood you love and bring a dog or a friend along for company. Take dance or martial arts lessons.
Once you become more active in general, you’ll find it easier and more natural to move into regular exercise. Which you’ll need to do eventually in order to get regular, noticeable health benefits. You need to raise your heart rate to a fat burning level and keep it there for at least 20 minutes, 3 times or more a week. However, if you don’t want to go to a gym, there are other options. Videos and DVDs are now available in all kinds of exercise types. That way you can change your routine whenever you want so that you don’t get bored with what you’re doing. Try a range of aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, or pretty much any activity you want right in the comfort of your own home.
If you have physical limitations that would keep you off from exercising, you can still find a way to increase your activity level. Water aerobics is a wonderful option for those who have joint problems or limited mobility because it relieves the pressure on your body that your weight provides. But you still get the resistance to challenge your muscles from the water. There are even classes and videos available that let you exercise in a seated position.
Whatever kind of exercise you choose, it’s important to stay motivated and keep it fun. Try gathering a group together to make it a social event. Or get a pedometer, a device that tracks how far you walk, and see how many miles you can walk a week. Make a competition amongst your friends or family members and treat the winner with something special (not food related!). Make the experience of exercising something that you look forward to, and it will soon become a regular part of your healthier lifestyle.

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Skier Gift Basket Idea

Skier Gift Basket Idea

Skier Gift Basket Idea
Skier Gift Basket Idea

Fill a tote bag with:

  • ~ lip balm
  • ~ sunscreen
  • ~ goggles
  • ~ gloves
  • ~ scarf
  • ~ ski pass
  • ~ wax

 

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Avoiding Common Snowboarding Injuries

Snowboarding is a fun sport to undertake but it has its risks that you need to be aware of. Nothing would suck more that returning from a snowboarding trip with a broken leg or sprained wrist. There are a number of broad safety measures you can follow to diminish your danger of a snowboarding injury that we will discuss.

Make sure you’re in shape to ski. Organize for your winter sports trip with a training programmed to progress core stability and muscle. Endurance and leg strength is predominantly vital to lend a hand in preventing injuries.

Wear suitable layers of clothing, that don’t confine your movement. You do not want to be all bulked up and unable to move freely. If you cannot move then you cannot snowboard properly and the entire thrill aspect is gone.

Just like any other sporting activity, warm up and cool down. Before you hit the slopes take some time warming up and stretching to help train your body for action.

The top injury that a majority of the snowboarders receive is a wrist injury. Falls are more frequent during snowboarding. The natural response to a fall is to stretch out a hand to break the fall, and falls tend to occur more often in beginners. For this reason Colles fractures Scaphoid and fractures of the wrist are a relatively common feature, with around 100,000 wrist fractures worldwide among snowboarders each year. Snowboarders should wear wrist guards as they significantly reduce the incidence of wrist injuries during falls. Another common injury is head injuries which can lead to serious conclusions. Helmets are effective in reducing the incidence of minor concussions during low velocity collisions. Be sure to grab both of these when you do your shopping for snowboarding.

You may think this will save you money, but in the end it may cost u thousands in hospital bills. Don’t borrow equipment from friends; it significantly increases your risk of injury. If you are hiring equipment make sure you hire from a recommended store. Ensure that all the equipment fits properly. This will help avoid serious injuries and unnecessary falls due to non fitting equipment.

Another good tip is Use ‘multi-mode’ release bindings if possible. The superior release available in modern bindings is just one factor that has helped prevent injuries. Rear release boots can significantly reduce the risk of ACL injury.

Self-test your bindings every day. Self testing of bindings is simple. Step into the binding and then twist to the side to release the toe-piece under the control mechanism. The heel can be tested by stepping into the binding and leaning forward, to release the heel-piece. Both the toe and heel should be able to release if properly adjusted.

The Final Suggestion is to follow the FIS Rules for Conduct in Winter Sports.

1. Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding

A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.

3. Choice of route
A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.

4. Overtaking
A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.

5. Entering, starting and moving upwards
A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others.

6. Stopping on the piste
Unless it is absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.

7. Climbing and descending on foot
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.

8. Respect for signs and markings
A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.

9. Assistance
At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.

10. Identification
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.
With all these tips that have been shared with you, I hope you learned something and will have a very safe trip. Come home in one piece and start planning the next.

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A Brand New 2016 Year To Live

A Brand New 2016 Year To Live
by Marta Dodd

A Brand New 2016 Year To Live
A Brand New 2016 Year To Live

Have you ever started a new year with a New Years resolution? I think many of us have, whether it is to be nicer to family, to be a better friend, co-worker, or even to start that long-awaited diet. Have you ever noticed by the 3rd week or so, you just don’t have the motivation or inspiration to keep it up? I can’t recall one year that I have kept all of my resolutions. That could very well be a lack of motivation or just the fact that some of my resolutions are just unreasonable. This year I think it would be best to not make one at all. With the great hype of this last year being the first of the Millennium, its safe for me to assume it doesn’t really get easier, just more work with even more challenges. Now that’s not a bad thing just something I will need to put more work into. So how will I plan for this upcoming year? I’m not going to this time around. Why make the big plans that require all my energy so that when “life happens” I only get disappointed. This year is going to be different. I’ve endured so much this last year, things that I didn’t plan to experience. My mother’s untimely death, and the ever pending duty of not finding true love for the 8th year in a row. Sure I’ve given it a whirl, but in the end being alone has faired to be the easiest and safest all around. And I’m starting to see that it is ok to walk the road of single parenting as long as I keep my focus on the kids and try my hardest to not let them down. I have grown enough to see that through life we don’t change into different people each year, we just mature in the way we see things differently. I can only appreciate each new thing I learn each and every day. It doesn’t take a New Millennium or a New Year to see that which affects our every day life affects our attitudes and the way we live. Thank God for new beginnings whether it’s today, tomorrow or a week from now. You have the ability to make changes in your life that will ultimately affect your tomorrow. Consider your choices a grinded stone that you could easily use to sharpen your life or turn your dreams and goals to dust. The choice is yours, are you ready to live?

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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

 

Happy New Year 2016
Happy New Year 2016 !!

Date When Celebrated : The evening of December 31 to the mornng of January 1

Happy New Year 2016. New Year’s Eve is when all the fun and festivities are. We see out the old year and ring in the new. While it is often thought of as a time to drink and be merry, many people take it as an opportunity to eat and be merry. Drinking is not as much a part of the event as it was decades ago, if only because of tougher drunk driving laws.

New Years’ Day on the other hand, is a time to relax and enjoy the start of a bright and promising new year….a new beginning. It is a time to be with family. After all, you haven’t seen your mother in law since last year.

So, enjoy everything about New Year’s….it only comes once a year.

To many Americans, the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City signals the start of the new year in this country. The ball was first dropped in 1908.

New Years Trivia: Did you know that a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Millions of people do. It’s easy to make resolutions, yet much harder to accomplish them.

As you get well into January, those unaccomplished New Year’s resolutions hang over your head. Lucky for you, there is a Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day.

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Potential New Year Resolution
by Steve Brunkhorst

Happy New Year 2016
Happy New Year 2016

It is often said that all of us come into this world on equal footing, with nothing in our possession. Certainly we are born with equal value in the eyes of our Creator, and we don’t enter the world with any material possessions. Yet we do not begin life empty handed.
The moment we are born, we each have in our possession the most amazing gift! It is the gift of pure untapped potential, unique and different for each of us.
A person might have the potential to heal illness, invent, create art, teach, write, solve complex problems, or alleviate suffering. He or she might have the potential to inspire others with amazing courage or accomplishments in spite of extreme disability or misfortune.
Our challenge is to discover and develop this amazing potential. It often presents itself as a recurring interest or idea we can’t shake, or a special talent. It might appear as a meaningful coincidence that brings us face to face with an opportunity disguised as a problem.
When we come to realize this amazing inner potential, we are able to set realistic goals to make the world a better place. Then we must visualize those goals in detail, and hold them in the front of our minds daily to keep our actions on course with our objectives.
Rather than struggle with a long list of difficult new year’s resolutions, I would like to suggest committing to one that could truly make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
Once each day, think about the potential you were given, how you have used it, and how you could use it to benefit others. Visualize yourself using this gift to create a better world with your unique talents. Imagine how you will feel when you’ve succeeded. After you complete this brief exercise, you’ll feel confident, energized, and ready to go into action.
Resolve to continue developing your unique potential each day. You might be surprised to see many of your past struggles resolve in the process. Best of all, you’ll have the joy of knowing that you’ve truly made a difference in your life, and in the lives of others. You will have made the world a better place to live.

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Happy Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Happy Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Happy Bicarbonate of Soda Day
Happy Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Date When Celebrated : Always December 30

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, or Baking Soda Day, celebrates the many benefits and uses of Bicarbonate of Soda.

Just how does Baking Soda work and what, specifically, does it do? Few people seem to know. It’s quite simple. We will skip the chemistry lesson and how Baking Soda is made. Let’s just talk to what it is, and what it does. Bicarbonate of soda is a chemical compound – sodium carbonate or sodium bi-carbonate. When heated, it creates carbon dioxide, a gas. The gas aids a variety of bakery products to rise as they cook.

Many people just think of Bicarbonate of Soda as something you use for baking. But, it has so many more uses. Here are just a few of them:

  • Baking- helps baked goods, like bread, to rise
  • Relieve stomach indigestion and heartburn when mixed in water
  • Removing odors in the refrigerator, vents, storage areas, and closets
  • Removing odor in kitty litter
  • It is used in fire extinguishers for grease and oil fires
  • It is often used as a cleaning agent
  • It can be used as a meat tenderizer
  • Put it in water with beans to minimize flatulance from eating beans
  • Polish Silverware
  • Remove burned food from a pot or a pan
  • And, the list goes on, and on, and……

Origin of National Bicarbonate of Soda Day:

Despite a whole lot of reference to this day, we found no content to help to identify the origin or the creator of this day.

With so many uses, it would sure make sense for Baking Soda to have a national day of recognition. Informally, it is indeed called a “National” day. However, we found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.

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Cleaning Tips

One of the most annoying things about moving house is the cleaning – and removing stubborn stains and marks is one of the hardest things to do when prepping your house for a move. Its always important, when using these tips to spot test and ensure that you won’t be doing more damage than good. You should also always take your cleaning items with you – a box of your most commonly used items or a checklist can save you time and effort in the long run.
Some of the most common stains and marks can be removed with ease – with every day household items.

Scuffs and marks on woodwork can be removed with a pencil eraser – these marks, from shoes, wheels, or rubber bumping against things are hard to remove any other way, but come off with ease with a rubber.
Toothpaste isn’t just great for cleaning teeth – you can use it to remove stubborn ink, crayon, or scuff stains from any surface – be careful to test it on wallpaper first in an inconspicuous place. You’ll have to remove most of these stains from walls before painting as they can show through several layers of paint.

Toothpaste is also good for removing crayon from radiators, or glass – just rub lightly with a non abrasive cloth, or for tough stains, leave to sit for up to one hour before scrubbing gently.

You can remove unwanted paint from most woodwork by carefully scouring with a brass scourer – not too hard though, or you’ll scratch the other paintwork.
Scum stains, dried toothpaste and lime scale come off with liberal application of an oxy based paste – you can get any ‘oxy’ based cleaner (one that fizzes and heats up the water slightly) in most supermarkets.

You can remove moldy or damp smells just about anywhere with bicarbonate of soda. Simply apply to the smelly area (or leave a tub open in a cupboard or fridge) and the smell should be vastly diminished or gone within 24 hours. The same goes for activated charcoal, or a few drops of vanilla on a cloth. Baking soda is good for a whole month, so can be used continually, not just for cleaning for a move.

If you’re washing textured walls, use a nylon sock to do so – it means you won’t leave fluff in your wake – and always wash walls from the bottom up to avoid streaking, applying any cleaning solution you’re using (once tested to ensure paint, or wallpaper fastness) in small patches whilst you’re cleaning.
You can remove wax from carpets, floors or curtains simply by using an absorbent cloth and a hot iron – the wax should stick to the absorbent cloth and peel away easily.

Finally, don’t mix cleaning products – most contain either ammonia or bleach and when combined the fumes are deadly. Care should be taken when cleaning any are that has been spot treated with a different solution than you are mopping with, because not only are some mixes deadly, but others can react with one another and cause spotting, or ugly marks.

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Implement a Resolution for the New Year

Implement a Resolution for the New Year
by Bill Knell

Implement a Resolution for the New Year
Implement a Resolution for the New Year

The idea of celebrating the New Year began about four thousand years ago in ancient Babylon. This celebration coincided with the start of spring and the planting season. Babylon was also the birthplace of the New Year’s Resolution. The idea was to give people who had borrowed farm equipment from their neighbor a chance to remember what they had done and return it before planting began. Most of today’s New Year’s Resolutions follow in that tradition. They are ideas, goals and challenges designed to make practical and positive changes to our lives during the coming year.
There is a school of thought that says most people either love or hate the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years, with no middle ground. Most people who take a definitive position on the Holidays probably also fall into the optimistic ’glass is half full’ or pessimistic ’glass is half empty’ measurement of personal outlook. Surprisingly, that’s not a bad thing.
People who take a positive or negative position on life are great candidates for change. If you’re lost in some desert or jungle, the hardest part of that experience is finding out where you are. If you already know where you are, mapping out the journey to somewhere else is much easier. The same is true in life.
Almost everyone chooses some positive change as a New Year‘s Resolution. Such change usually involves weight loss, quitting smoking, attitude adjustment, moving to a more comfortable dwelling, getting a better job, finding a soul mate or making more money. People start thinking a lot about change as a New Year approaches. From a practical standpoint, this is probably the worst time to alter your life. From an emotional standpoint, it’s the one time of year when people are willing to put forth serious effort to change. It would be unwise to waste that kind of an opportunity, even if it means merely laying the groundwork for serious life modification.
I’ll spare you the usual happy talk about goal setting and get down to the nitty gritty of what it takes to make any New Year’s Resolutions you have in mind come true. I’m assuming that you’ve already given much thought to the changes you want to make. The most successful Resolutions involve issues that have been tugging at a person for some time. They’ve already considered the pros and cons are ready to take action.
The end result of any New Year’s Resolution should be personal growth in a positive direction. Given that, it might be wise to wait before calling the divorce attorney or telling off your Boss on January 2nd. What seems like a terrific idea during the Holidays may turn out to be a real nightmare in the emotional doldrums that often follow the glittery holiday season. Some changes are better left to times when cooler heads prevail and less alcohol is consumed.
If you’re ready to move your life in a positive direction, you will have to create a good support structure to complete the change. People who want to lose weight, quit smoking, drinking or some other habit can really benefit from having others around who are trying to do the same thing. Beyond the paid weight loss, quit smoking and addictive substance services, there are a number of free support groups and non-profit organizations willing to help. Most people who try to lose weight or quit a habit without a support structure tend to fail. In many cases, inspiration can also come from within. The idea is to make a conscious decision to change and follow through with a strong force of will. It’s the ‘follow through’ part that gets most of us. That’s because we’re unwilling to actually take the plunge when we have the chance to do so.
There is no substitute for action. Positive thinking is good, goal setting helps, but action rules! That means making time to act on the changes you wish to make in your life and following through. Write down a long list of things required to make changes. Consider each item, and then turn your long list into a short list. Make your list very personal. While people can help you by providing support, it’s imperative that you become the main source of inspiration and support for change in your life.
Part of creating a short list is being realistic. Make sure it’s a daily, not long-term list. It’s always easiest to focus in on and accomplish small tasks on a daily basis that will help you create the kind of change you desire in your life. While long-term goals are always beneficial, short-term tasks are usually required to reach them. The idea is not to overwhelm yourself with unrealistic expectations and impossible deadlines. Take it one-step at a time.
If you want to lose 100 pounds, start by deciding to eat just one meal each day. Be sure that meal is in the morning and, based on your own metabolism, doesn’t exceed your body’s ability to process what you intake and still burn off fat. Diet programs tend to be designed for people who can eat three or more small meals a day and still lose weight. Most people who are seriously overweight do not fall into that category. For them, a slice of low fat lunchmeat, a couple of tomato slices and one slice of bread with low fat margarine or mayonnaise are about all that can be eaten most days in order to lose the weight. Hunger pains can often be handled by drinking black coffee or low calorie beverages. The idea is to lower the hunger threshold, rather then eating to feed the fat.
Any change requires progressive implementation. A person who is seriously overweight cannot really get the exercise they need until after losing enough pounds to make that kind of bodily strain safe. Smokers are in the same boat. They need to cut down on smoking until reaching a point where they have the breath needed to take long walks, jog or do other exercises designed to clear out their lungs and help satisfy cravings.
People who want to further their education and haven’t been to school for a while might want to seriously assess their ability to return to the culture of education before they leap in. Being technically perceptive and able to study is part of that preparation. If you haven’t yet mastered simple computer or internet skills, take on that challenge before you do anything else. Email has become an important part of the student and teacher communication process. Assignments and class information is often communicated to students via internet. Your ability to study and complete assignments will require time. Have you set aside that time? What about your reading and comprehensive skills?
If a new job or career is on your New Year’s Resolution list, but sure your ready to take the leap. Get your resume and letters of recommendation in order. Assemble some good Resume Stuffers. These are certificates of training or achievement, which always look good to perspective employers. They tell a future employer that you are willing to learn, grow and improve your skills. Most require little more then attending a seminar or short series of classes. Without those items, you’re telling a prospective boss that you know everything you want to know and are unwilling to learn more. You are saying that you will not easily accept new situations, methods or supervision. That is not what most employers want to hear.
Relationship changes are hard. Most involve one party telling the other to get lost. No one is going to take that news very well. It’s also true that the person delivering that ultimatum may not always realize the full ramifications of it. Relationship changes can seriously affect us on social, religious and personal levels. People often decide to opt out of a relationship for all the wrong reasons and without good cause.
Before you tear up those photos of you and your intimate partner on that skiing trip or posing with the Knights at Medieval Times, make sure that you are physically, emotionally and socially ready for such a drastic change. I regularly receive emails from people who end up back in relationships, for better or worse, because they had not considered their next move before walking out. Things sometimes get bitter between people, but that’s not always a good reason to break up.
Any good relationship involves work. Both parties have to be willing to give and take as those opportunities present themselves. If you are unwilling to work at a relationship, stay out of them altogether. There is simply no magical formula to create the perfect love affair. Everyone has faults and, eventually, those faults will make themselves known in a loud and clear way. Love often means being willing to accept those faults in lieu of a good relationship with long-term promise.
Part of making a successful change to your life is understanding the concept of self-esteem. People with low self-esteem rarely admit they are wrong. They make decisions and assign blame based on self-gratification and emotional highs or lows. People with high self-esteem are able to look themselves in the mirror and make a rational assessment of what’s right and wrong with their life. How is your self-esteem?
The first step to good self-esteem is understanding that you are the one responsible for everything you think, feel and do. If you smoke, it’s a choice you made even if your parents had a six-pack a day habit. If you’re overweight, it’s up to you to assess your ability to process food and eat accordingly, even if both your parents and all your relatives are overweight. If your partner makes you feel bad, you’re the one who allows them to influence you in a negative or positive way.
Developing good self-esteem is vital to making positive changes in your life. Part of that development is deciding where you stand on important life choices. Are you honest? Are you sincere? What do others say about you? Do you inspire people? Whether we like it or not, these are all considerations that affect our self-esteem.
In the end, making and following through with a New Years Resolution means having the desire and strength of will to make good choices that will cause a positive change in your life, without causing undue pain to others. Those choices must be based on good self-esteem, an ethical sense of doing what’s right and moving forward in a personal, financial and spiritual sense.

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New Year Goals

New Year Goals
by Devlyn Steele

New Year Goals
New Year Goals

“Action Steps To Success”
Life Coach Advice
Think back to the beginning of 2016. Like most, you started the new year with many goals. What goals did you set? Maybe 2016 was the year you were going to lose weight, get a better job, make more money, meet someone or quit smoking.

How did it go?
2015 has come to an end. How many of those goals did you accomplish? It’s ok to admit that you didn’t accomplish what you thought you would or even worse, what you knew you could have. Recognition is the first step toward creating positive changes.
New Year after New Year you reflected on the past and promised yourself that this New Year would be different. You had goals and you made “resolutions” that you would accomplish what you failed to accomplish in the past, and yet you repeated the same behavior and did not accomplish your goals.
Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” Why do you expect changes if you keep setting goals the same way? Are you really expecting to accomplish them? You need to take a different approach. Unless you are willing to change your approach you will be ending 2016 the same way you have ended 2015 and, once again, nothing will have changed.
Though setting and achieving a goal does not require the start of a new year, it does have a psychological effect. You feel like you are given the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. The reason you want to wipe the slate is because of what you did not achieve. Individuals who achieve their goals don’t want to start fresh; they want to remember and continue to build upon their past success.
As successful individuals achieve their goals, they are constantly setting new goals and forward momentum is maintained, producing endless results. You do not need a new year to get into action. What you need is to be resolved to produce results in your life. That is what making a resolution means, to be resolved to change behavior.
In the past you did not achieve your goals because you wanted to get the results without changing your behavior and following the steps to success. Well, Einstein said it right; it is crazy to think that the same old patterns will get new results.
This New Year, let’s start forward motion by achieving goals continually. Here are the action steps to achieve your goals and produce success in your life:
1)Start out small. Don’t think about huge sweeping changes that you want. Pick small goals that you can achieve in the next 30-60days.
2)Become resolved and committed to your goals by writing them down and signing your name to them.
3)Read your goals out loud every day and ask yourself what behavior and actions are needed today to achieve them. In the past you made goals and got busy and those goals were quickly forgotten. Remind yourself daily.
4)Take the action you decided on that day. Every inch you move forward gets you closer to your goal.
5)At the end of your day, read your goal again out loud and ask yourself if you did everything you could to achieve it. Make necessary adjustments on your actions the next day when reading your goals again.
6)Achieve your goals within 30-60 days.
7)After achieving your goals, immediately make new 30-60 day goals and repeat the process.
Follow these seven steps to success and at the end of 2016 you will be celebrating a successful pattern of behavior that will bring you endless results for years to come.

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Keep New Year Resolutions

Keep New Year Resolutions
by Nowshade Kabir

Keep New Year Resolutions
Keep New Year Resolutions

Each year there are at least two significant dates when people contemplate about changing something of their lives they don’t like. One is the birthday and the other one is obviously the New Year. Although, you should not feel obligated to wait till your birthday or the New Year in order to act on improving your life, it is not a bad idea to start a new commitment on an important date. On the one hand, it gives you a deadline to prepare and plan your actions toward achieving the goals you are setting and on the other hand it is easier to keep track of your progress when you visibly remember the starting date.
Every year around 70 percent of the people make some kinds of New Year resolutions. Unfortunately, an overwhelming majority of these people forget about their resolutions within first several weeks of the New Year. If you are one of them, this year you might think what is the point of making resolutions when any way I can’t keep them. Don’t be frustrated! A recent study showed that people who make resolutions are ten times more successful in changing their lives than those who don’t. This means, if you really want to achieve something in your life you ought to make resolutions.
So, how should you make resolutions and keep them?
A resolution normally is nothing else than a short term goal spanning a year or so. While making resolutions you should use the same tactics as setting goals. We often fail to realize that as a human our ultimate goal is to achieve peace of mind. That’s why when we reach our goal of making the first million dollars, becoming the best tennis player in town, building the dream house, etc., we feel something is still missing – as it did not bring the satisfaction we expected to get from the achievement.
You can have ultimate peace of mind only if you are completely satisfied with every aspect of your life. In order to bring contentment in main areas of life and create fertile ground for peace of mind you are to have a balanced approach towards life. This means you need to work on achieving success in all key areas: Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Material. In this article we will look into the physical area of life which is a primary concern for many of us.
People do understand the importance of physical fitness in their life. A WebMD survey shows that starting workout is the top health related goal for coming year. Considering 55 percent of Americans suffer from obesity of various levels, no wonder health indeed should be a priority. The following resolutions will help you in bringing balance in this key area of life:
Regular workout: You need to do exercises minimum 3 hours each week. The maximum time you should spend on each session should be no longer than 90 minutes. After that your muscles get exhausted. You should exercise at least twice in a week. You don’t need to do exercises every day. Study shows that doing exercises daily and on alternate days bring similar result.
Diet: Balanced diet is absolutely important if you want to stay fit! Eat more of vegetables, fresh fruits, yoghurts, etc. Avoid eating fatty food and reduce the intake of red meat. Bring fish to your ration. Eat fish minimum two times in a week. Instead of eating three heavy meals try eating in small portions several times through out the day. Stop consuming food two hours before going to bed. Drink lots of fresh juice. Your body needs fluid. Take more tea and less coffee. If you are over 35, start taking vitamins. Reduce alcohol consumption. If you are a smoker, resolve to stop smoking! If you are unable to find a compelling reason to do it for your own sake think about all these poor second hand smokers who are forced to inhale deadly tar and other toxic elements just because your are enjoying yourself!
Medical check-up: At least once in a year do a thorough and complete medical check-up. Like in any machine early detection of malfunction in your body system will help you preventing many possible maladies.
Stress: Severe mental stress is a cause for many physical and mental problems. If you end up in a stressful situation, instead of worrying about it take immediate action. Attack the cause of the problem. Try every possible way to eradicate the cause. If nothing helps and the cause is out of your influence, take the loss and just walk out of it. If the stress is due to something serious like loss of loved ones, accept the reality. When you encounter a situation of serious anxiety ask yourself, are you going to remember about this predicament after five years, after ten years. If not then probably this seemingly life shuttering event is nothing that serious after all! Remember: time heals. Under no circumstances allow stress to take over your life!
Leisure: Learn to take active approach to your leisure. Spend more time outdoor. Play tennis, Golf, other outdoor games. Go out for fishing, hiking. In winter go ski. Take a vacation near water once in a year.

 

Whatever you resolve to do this year, sticking to the following plan will help you successfully achieve your goals:

 

Write down your resolutions
A written resolution is more powerful than just a mental note. You will increase the chance of achieving your goals if you write your goals down.

 

Analyze your resolution
First on a piece of paper write down all the positive impacts the change will bring to your life if you reach the set goal. Then on another paper write all the negative impacts you will have if you don’t achieve the goal.

 

Visualize the outcome
Imagine that you have already achieved your goal. Feel the difference. Feel the positive emotion of success. Imagine what your close ones are saying about your success.

 

Fix a deadline
No matter what you resolve to do, set a date for when you would like to achieve your goal. This will help keeping you in motion.

 

Write an action plan for each of your resolution
First write down all the obstacles you might encounter in achieving this goal. Then list everything you will need to surmount them. Create a detail and thorough action plans how you will achieve this goal.

 

Take action
Constantly work on achieving your goal. Once you made a list of tasks that need to be done in order to cross a significant hurdle, take action immediately, no matter how small it is.

Treat yourself
Your hurdles are your milestones. Once you overcame one of them, congratulate yourself ritually. Give yourself a treat.

 

Get a partner
Some goals are easier to achieve if you work together with a friend or partner. If you feel that for reaching this goal you should get a partner, do so!

 

Stay motivated
No matter how hard you work, once in a while you will feel disappointed, and this is the time when you will need to keep yourself motivated. Reading motivational books, listening and reading inspirational stories make wonders in difficult times.

 

Get a mentor
If your goal needs expert helps, don’t hesitate to get one. Look around, you won’t believe how many people out there are ready to help you.

 

Review you progress
Every once in a while read the written statements about the goal you listed when you resolved to achieve it. Add your present vision to the statements. Keeping a Blog is a great idea if you want to follow your progress.

 

Don’t quit
The most important thing is make a pledge to yourself that you will never quit. Everything else will be useless if you give up after starting!
With the help of these simple but effective rules you will be able to achieve many of your goals and make this year a positively different one!

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Shutterbug Gift Basket Idea

Shutterbug Gift Basket Idea

Shutterbug Gift Basket Idea
Shutterbug Gift Basket Idea

Fill a basket or a camera bag with:

  • ~ assorted film
  • ~ coupons for picture developing
  • ~ filters for his/her camera
  • ~ lens cleaning solution and cloth
  • ~ assorted picture frames and/or albums

 

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Steps to Great Kids Party Pictures
by Patricia B. Jensen

Kids parties and pictures go together like cake and ice cream. If you’re the designated shutterbug for a kids party, be sure you’re up to the task. A quick study of these valuable picture-taking tips shows you how to become a first rate kid party photographer.
1. PREPARE
If you’re going digital, make sure your memory stick has enough space to accommodate the pictures you intend to take. Delete or download as necessary. Check and charge the battery too.
If you’re using film, be sure you have more than enough so you don’t have to run out to the store in the middle of the action. Check and replace batteries if necessary. If your camera requires it, set it to match the ISO on the film.
2. TELL THE STORY OF THE EVENT
Approach your next kids party as if it were an adventure which you are going to record for posterity from beginning to end. This will mean capturing the significant high points of the party such as the guests arriving, playing party games, opening presents, and of course the cake and ice cream “Happy Birthday to You” part.
When you download your pictures to share with relatives and friends, organize them in chronological order to tell the complete party story. This is just as easy to do if you scrapbook your party showing just how the day evolved from start to finish.
3. CANDIDS OVER “CHEESE”
Candids are simply more fun than posed pictures. Scope out party guests doing cute, interesting or outrageous things. Look for different expressions on their faces, capture them with a bow on their head or trying to pop a balloon with their bottom (a popular kids party game!) Those spontaneous moments are a photographer’s dream!
Candids give you many more opportunities for those silly snapshots that put a smile on people’s faces.
4. KEEP IT AT EYE LEVEL
For a more intimate and involved-in-the-moment picture, get down to the level of your subjects. Make sure your lens is at the same height as the children’s eyes.
5. ZOOM IN
This is the number one mistake most amateur photographers make when snapping pictures. Too much headroom, too much background, and not enough of your subject make for boring images. Pictures are so much more engaging when you can actually see who’s in them! Make a conscious effort to get up close and personal before you click the shutter.
6. BACKGROUND AND COMPOSITION
How you position and frame your subject adds to the appeal of the picture. To do this successfully you must be aware of the “bigger picture” in the viewfinder. First, make sure there are no trees or poles growing out of kids heads.
No decapitations either, please. By taking a breath and holding it, you are better able to hold the camera steady while pressing on the shutter. This prevents the camera from moving downward and cutting off your subjects’ heads.
Make your picture more dynamic and balanced by utilizing the “rule of thirds”. Mentally divide your picture into a 9 box tic-tac-toe grid. Now align your vertical subject 1/3 of the way over from the left or right. Then align your horizonal matter 1/3 of the way from the top or bottom. Practice a bit on this before the party to see how different subject placements effect the resulting photo.
7. BE QUICK
Kids are usually on the move, especially when the sugar from the cake and ice cream kick in. Be prepared to capture the moment quickly. Waiting too long to get the shot will ruin a good candid and can even make antsy kids run when they see you coming!
8. ONE POSE FOR POSTERITY
Take one group shot of the party child and guests for your scrapbook. This is also a wonderful little remembrance to send along with thank-you notes. To make it more interesting, pose kids with costumes or props which relate to the party theme.
For example, guests at a pirate theme party can pose with their bandannas and eyepatches, looking like fierce buccaneers. Guests at a princess party could pose in their pretty dress-up clothes. Guests at a construction party can pose with their trucks in the sandbox.
9. DON’T LEAVE IT IN THE CAMERA
Due to busy lifestyles, the tendency to leave cherished photos in the digital camera for weeks or months is great. Don’t wait until your important pictures are accidentally deleted or lost. Download them to your computer as soon as possible after the event. Similarly, make an effort to finish the film in your still camera and develop the pictures right away.
10. FILE OR SCRAPBOOK
This is an often neglected step in the picture-taking process, but it’s important to have a safe method of filing and storing your pictures. There are many software programs available to help you sort and store digital pictures on your hard drive. They usually have a free trial period to see if you like working with the program. Non-digital pictures can be scanned onto your computer, placed in a scrapbook, or stored in special photo storage boxes.
When all is said and done, you’ll have captured the special moments of joy and excitement at your child’s birthday party or other special occasion. A truly memorable collection that will entertain and make you smile for years to come.

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Happy Pepper Pot Day

Happy Pepper Pot Day

Happy Pepper Pot Day
Happy Pepper Pot Day

Date When Celebrated : Always December 29

Pepper Pot Day commemorates the creation of this thick spicy soup, which was served to the Continental Army during the cold, harsh winter of 1777-1778.  Pepper Pot soup was first made on December 29, 1777.

According to the legend………..

During the Revolutionary war, the Continental army was camped at Valley Forge.  The winter was cold and harsh. Conditions were deplorable. Food was often scarce. George Washington asked his army’s chef to prepare a meal for the army, that would both warm them, and boost their moral. The chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn. He mixed this in with some other ingredients, and created Pepper Pot soup, also known as “Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup”. The hot, and somewhat spicy soup, was well received by the troops. It was  called “the soup that won the war”.

Happy Pepper Pot Day
Happy Pepper Pot Day

Celebrate Pepper Pot Day by making some Pepper Pot soup for the family. Note: while tripe was a main ingredient of this soup, you can substitute with chicken or beef.


Origin of Pepper Pot Day:

This warm and hearty day dates back to when it was first made to serve the Continental Army on December 29, 1777. We do not know when it first was celebrated as a special day, or who started this tradition. However, it certainly is a day that will warm you up!


Recipe of the Day:

May we suggest: Deviled Eggs

Also See: Holiday Recipes and Pumpkin Recipes Galore

 

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