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50 BEST Date Ideas To Try Out This Year

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Written by: Kat Gal

My husband and I don’t prefer the term “date.” We like to spend time together, connect and explore new things regularly without the label. Yet, society would call our movie nights, cooking adventures, trips and creative explorations, dates.

Whether you call it a date or not, it is important to get out of your daily routine regularly and spend good quality time together even if you’ve been a couple for a long time.

Dates allow you:

  • To show and to experience your love for each other
  • Keep the spark alive in your relationship
  • Connect on a deeper level
  • Show your commitment
  • Have fun
  • Show your love and care for each other
  • Take a break from doing and start experiencing
  • Experience something new together
  • Make memories
  • Grow together
  • Keep your relationship a priority

If you are busy, it is best to schedule dates on your calendar so that you can stick to it without forgetting about it.

Here are 50 awesome date ideas to try!

1. Make dinner together. Set up the table nicely, light candles and savor every moment.

2. Go for a long bike ride together. Go slow and explore your surroundings.

3. Play tourist in your own neighbourhood. Take fun pictures.

4. Go for a picnic. Pack healthy, organic whole foods and raw desserts.

5. Have a picnic indoors on your living room floor. This is a great idea in the winter time.

6. Go to the movies. Take your own healthy snacks.

7. Make a vision board together. It is a fun way to manifest your future together.

8. Read a book together. It is a quiet date, but you will still connect energetically.

9. Visit an animal shelter. You don’t have to adopt a pet to play with some puppies or kittens.

10. Volunteer at an event or at a food drive. Connecting while giving back is a beautiful way to experience love.

11. Go for a weekend get-away. If money is tight, stay at a hostel or couchsurf.

12. Make art together. You don’t have to be an artist to play with some colors.

13. Take fun photos of each other. Get creative, it can be a hilarious activity.

14. Go to the theater, the opera, or a ballet. Get dressed up and enjoy the show.

15. Go bowling. This is a classic, but one of the best times.

16. Try a new sport together. Wall-climbing, squash, or martial arts, anyone?

17. Go to a concert. I am partial to this one, because my romance with my husband began at a show.

18. Go to a paint and wine bar. You will actually feel like an artist.

19. Cook or bake something together. Find a new recipe and explore together.

20. Cook for each other. Take turns each week and surprise each other.

21. Have breakfast in bed. Then of course, stay in and cuddle for a while.

22. Play a board game. Oh, to be a kid again!

23. Take a dance class together. Don’t be afraid to step on each other’s’ toes, it’s part of the learning process.

24. Go bird watching. Exploring nature in the early morning is a unique experience.

25. Watch the sunset together. List reasons why you love each other and count your blessings as the sun goes down.

26. Watch the sunrise together. This calls for an early morning, but is completely worth it.

27. Go for a hike. Exploring nature together allows opportunity for connecting with each other and the entire universe at the same time.

28. Meditate together. Meditation is a unique way to connect while being present.

29. Take a brewery or winery tour. You don’t have to be a drinker at all to enjoy these tours. I don’t drink ever, but I still love the fun nature and the learning process.

30. Take a class together. Pick anything – language, art, cooking, writing, history etc. – but connect through learning something new.

31. Do a ropes course. There is no better way to develop trust.

32. Wander a bookstore or a library. Digital books may be convenient, but can never replace the real thing. Show each other your finds.

33. Go to the grocery store or the farmers market together. Exploring new foods together is fun: read labels and swap ideas.

34. Go to an art gallery. Admire the artwork while holding hands.

35. Make a bucket list together. List your goals and dreams and hang them somewhere visible.

36. Do a mud run or color run together. Don’t be afraid to get dirty and silly.

37. Play a childhood game. Share your favorite games from your time as kids.

38. Play a card game. Don’t get too competitive, just have fun.

39. Get a couples massage together. It is a relaxing experience, trust me.

40. Watch the stars. Try to notice as many constellations as possible.

41. Go for a (small) road trip and take the scenic route. Make frequent stops for kisses and photos.

42. Play with disposable cameras. Turn back time, turn off your phone or digital cameras and take pictures with film, then laugh at the results.

43. Take a carriage ride. This is cheesy, but classic and romantic.

44. Give each other massages. This is free, but romantic and relaxing. Do this often.

45. Explore a flea market or some garage sales. Some of the finds will make you laugh.

46. Go fruit picking. Apple picking or other fruit picking is a joyful activity in nature and an opportunity to stock up on delicious goodies.

47. Write poetry together. Write every first line and allow your partner to write every second one.

48. Do some doorbell ditching with yummy (healthy) treats together for friends and neighbors.

49. Redecorate one or more of the rooms in your home together. Change up some of the furniture positions.

50. Be lazy and stay in all day. There is nothing better than staying cozy, connecting and smiling together.

If you are looking for gift ideas for your loved one, check out this article on the best presents you can get for health conscious souls.

What was the best date you’ve ever been on? Do you have regular date nights with your significant other? Do you have any date tips? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below!

 

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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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6 Daily Self-Care Rituals For Highly Sensitive People

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Written by: Lindsay Sibson

First of all, if you *sometimes* cry during a commercial… you are not alone (and I’m not just referring to that Sarah McGlaughlin one). I’ve cried too.

Note: Do NOT click that link unless you want to shed a tear – seriously.

Being a “highly sensitive person” is much more than just shedding a tear at the drop of a hat. It also has to do with your senses and how you interact with the world.

You may be a highly sensitive person if:

  • Large crowds, strong smells, or people in general get “under your skin.”
  • You get overwhelmed with the demands of daily life.
  • You feel like you don’t know how to manage it all.

Being sensitive is something you’re born with. Just like you have blue eyes or brown hair, being a highly sensitive person is not necessarily something you choose. It has to do with your nervous system.

Highly sensitive people, which make up about 20 percent of the world’s population, have finely tuned nervous systems. This means that if you are highly sensitive, you feel things more strongly, can feel and read other people’s energy, can anticipate when something will happen (before it does) and also get hurt easily.

So THIS explains why I can smell cigarette smoke from the person driving 3 cars in front of me! Ah-ha!

If you are highly sensitive, an effective way to avoid becoming overwhelmed is SELF-CARE.

Here Are 6 Daily Self-Care Rituals For Highly Sensitive People:

Grounding
  • A simple practice that involves connecting your body with the Earth in whatever way makes sense for you.
    • Lying on the ground in the grass and meditating for 10 minutes.
    • Walking barefoot in the grass.
    • Taking a walk in nature.
    • Floating in water (ocean, lake, river, etc.).
Yoga
  • Naturally relaxing and energy-releasing.
  • Assists in releasing emotions and energy stored in your muscles.
  • Can help quiet the voices in your head and prepare you for sleep.
Massage Or Acupuncture
  • Releases toxins from your body, which promotes relaxation.
  • Acupuncture triggers your nervous system to send serotonin to your brain – instant relaxation!
Journaling
  • Too many thoughts trapped in your head? WRITE them down.
  • Journaling can help you make sense of your feelings.
  • Simply put a pen to paper and start writing about how you feel.
Dry Brushing
  • Helps remove dead skin cells and detoxifies your internal organs.
  • Use a natural bristle brush and starting at your feet, use circular motions as you work your way up your whole body, including your face.
  • Gets fresh blood-flow moving to your heart.
  • Can help you feel more energized and invigorated.
Salt Baths
  • Place Epsom salts in a hot bath and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Your body receives restorative benefits from soaking.
  • Allows you to make time for yourself to reflect on your day and relax.

Aaaaaahhhh, I feel better already! Now it’s just a matter of deciding which one to implement first. I think I’ll go for the bath. What about you?

We would love to hear what self-care rituals work for YOU. Please SHARE in the comment section below and then send this article to your family and friends, especially those who you know are sensitive people.

 

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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into reality when she stepped on a plane to London, April 17, 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.

 


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The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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The Amazing Healing Power Of Cat Purrs

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Written by: Kat Gal

I am 32 years old and while my friends are either having or hoping to have children soon, I have no interest in that. What I really want is a furbaby – otherwise known as a CAT.

Yep, I am a cat-crazy girl named Kat.

Unfortunately, I have never had a cat… my mother never allowed it when I was a child and as an adult, it simply hasn’t fit with my nomadic lifestyle. But the time has come: 2016 will be the year of the cat for me.

Why do I want a cat?

Because cats are the coolest (don’t even argue on that with me!) and the best pet to have! Here’s why:

  • Cats are low maintenance. You don’t have take them out for walks, like you need to do with dogs.
  • They are independent. They even take care of their bathroom business alone.
  • They are full of love. And cats don’t just love you because you are ‘their human,’ but because they also love you for YOU.
  • They are smart and full of personality.
  • They are cute. Don’t believe me? Go watch some cat videos, NOW!

What is even more interesting is that cats have healing powers – or rather, their purrs do.

A Brief History Of Cats

I am not the first one in history who has an appreciation for cats. In fact, the strong bond between cats and humans dates back for as long as history can remember.

  • The oldest remains of a young wild cat buried with a human was found in Cyprus. The remains are about 9,500 years old.
  • In Ancient Egypt, cats were loved and worshiped. Their goddess of war and protection, Bastet, is a woman with the head of a cat. Beyond Egypt, cats were loved around the whole world among many cultures.
  • Chinese farmers worshiped Li-Shou, the Chinese cat god for protecting their crops from mice and rats. The Polish cat god, Ovinnik, was believed to chase away evil spirits. Ai-apaec was the name of the Peruvian cat god. Ceridwen, a Welsh goddess, was attended by white cats to help her in the human world.

Now let’s leave history alone and forget about personal preferences of pets for now. Let’s look at the real science behind the healing powers of cats.

The Healing Power Of A Cat’s Purr

A recent study found a cats purr to be medically therapeutic when in the range of 25 – 150 Hz. People who own cats also seem to have suffer less from health conditions, get better sleep and are 40% less likely to have a heart attack, simply because cats that are loved and being cared for help their ‘human’ to relax.

Cat purr vibrations can help you with:

  • Pain relief
  • Wound recovery
  • Muscle growth
  • Muscle repair
  • Tendon repair
  • Bone recovery and growth
  • Joint mobility
  • Dyspnea
  • Shortness of breath

What If You Are Allergic To Cats?

There are hypoallergenic cat breeds you can consider, including:

  • Balinese-Javanese
  • Cornish Rex
  • Devon Rex
  • Siberian
  • Sphynx
  • Bengal
  • Burmese
  • Siamese
  • Russian Blue
  • Ocicat
  • Oriental Shorthair

If you are looking to get a cat, make sure to go to the Humane Society or look around your community for kittens that need a good home. Remember that, while cats are sweet and are apparently good for your health, they are also a big responsibility. Make sure you have the right environment, time and love for them.

Are you a cat person? Do you have a cat? Tell us about him or her! Better yet, show us a picture – we would love to see your fur-babies. Share with us in the comments below!

 

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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.

 

 

 

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10 Benefits Of Kissing: Backed By Chemistry

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Written by: Kat Gal

My first kiss with my husband – then boyfriend – was much anticipated on a winter day over 8 years ago. Needless to say, many kisses have followed since.

Our first as husband and wife was to seal our love and our commitment to each other. We have a picture, but the memory in our hearts is what keeps it safe forever.

Our last kiss was a sweet, loving exchange maybe an hour ago while cleaning up the dishes together after dinner.

Our next kiss is still a mystery, but I am sure I won’t have to wait too long.

Kissing is a beautiful and enjoyable exchange between two people. It is a measure of your feelings, an expression of your love, attraction and passion for each other. Kissing is not only loving, fun and exciting, but it is also a powerful mood booster, helping your self-esteem and confidence skyrocket.

The release of oxytocin peptides and serotonin in your body can make you feel high on life – or shall we say, high on love.

Kissing really is one of the most powerful natural drugs out there. Here are 10 magical benefits of kissing and why it feels so amazing.

1. Kissing is a physical pain reliever. When you feel good, you feel less pain. But there is science behind this. Kissing increases your body’s threshold for pain-receptor activation and also helps the release of endorphins from your brain. Endorphins are pain-relieving happy hormones; they hinder pain pathways, thus providing you with instant pain relief.

Kissing may be beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain due to autoimmune disorders or malignant cancer. From personal experience, I can say that kissing has helped me decrease headache pain.

2. Kissing may lower your blood pressure. When you are kissing, your blood vessels dilate and may cause a decrease in blood pressure, providing pain relief and lowering stress levels. If you are dealing with hypertension or if it runs in your family, more kissing is on your personal prescription.

3. Kissing can improve your heart health. Kissing not only expresses your loving feelings coming from your heart, but may also cause a decrease in the sympathetic tone of it. As a result, it reduces physical and psychological stress that may lead to heart issues.

4. Kissing can boost your immunity and help with your allergies. Kissing doesn’t only keep you active, but also increases the activity of your immune cells to fight germs through the production of IgA antibodies. Kissing can lower IgE antibodies, therefore lowering the release of histamine from mast cells that are the reason for your allergic reactions.

5. Kissing improves oral hygiene. By boosting salivation, kissing leads to the release of enzymes that clean up plaque that could otherwise lead to cavities and decay in the future. If you keep on kissing (and brushing your teeth, of course!), your dentist will be proud.

6. Kissing improves your mood and decreases your stress levels. When you are kissing, your brain feels like it’s on some good drugs as a result of the release of dopamine and serotonin, your brain’s favorite mood elevating hormones.

Kissing releases oxytocin and endorphins as well. Oxytocin can increase the romantic bond between you and your kissing mate, while endorphins can calm you down. Furthermore, adrenaline (a stress hormone) production will decrease, making you feel even more calm. No wonder kissing can make you feel so good, loved, happy and confident.

7. Kissing may relieve menstrual cramps. Ladies, this one is for us. Remember your endorphins? They inhibit pain. Because kissing releases endorphins and also leads to blood vessel dilation, your cramps can lighten up. Now you have science to back you up when you need some extra gentle loving during that time of the month.

8. Kissing may relieve migraines and headaches. As I have shared in point #1, it works. Because your blood vessels dilate and all the happy hormones (dopamine, serotonin and endorphins) are being released during kissing, your headaches may decrease or even disappear. No more tylenol, sumatriptans, or other drugs: all you need is a good old kissing session.

9. Kissing can improve the tone of your facial muscles. Kissing involves all of your 34 facial and 112 postural muscles. It is kind of like a facial workout that can increase the tone of your muscles, leading to more effective communication through showing the right facial expression in every situation. Kissing may help you tone your neck and could relieve facial palsy as well.

10. Kissing burns calories. I told you, it’s a workout – and no gym membership is needed either. A passionate kiss that lasts for at least 20 seconds can burn 2-3 calories per minute. Let’s not obsess on math, but you can be sure that a nice long kissing session can help you burn some of that raw brownie off that you are munching on (wait, I am munching on some raw brownies… hmm, I may need some kissing…).

It seems like kissing may just be one of the healthiest activities for all. What are you waiting for? Go find the love of your life and start kissing!

What if you haven’t found your significant other yet, are taking a break from the dating game for now or are too old for spin-the-bottle? For one, you can NEVER be too old for spin-the-bottle. Second, even loving and friendly kisses on the cheek can lead to amazing health benefits, helping you feel good in mind, body and soul. Find a friend or a family member and give them a big kiss.

If you are still not up for kissing, hugging is also a beautiful energy exchange of love and care.

Hugging has some powerful health benefits as well:

1. Hugging may lower your heart rate.

2. It may reduce stress, anxiety, anger and fear by stimulating oxytocin.

3. It may lower depression and increases happiness through the release of dopamine.

4. It may decrease loneliness and depression through the release of serotonin.

5. It may increase your immune system.

6. It may boost your self-esteem and self-confidence.

7. It may reduce your mortality.

Kissing or hugging: you can never have too much of it.

If you are looking for ways to express your love in other ways besides just kisses and hugs, read this amazing list and also visit our Organifi shop to get our Organifi Green Juice Powder and Biotic Balance Probiotic to help keep you, your love and even your gut energized and healthy.

Happy kissing! And don’t forget to share your first, your last, or your most memorable kissing experiences with us (keep it PG though). Share your comments below!

 

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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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7 Documentaries That Will Change Your Life

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Written by: Kat Gal

After not having Netflix for a few years, my husband and I gifted ourselves with a new membership this year.

This definitely holds the dangers of binge-watching some of my favorite TV reruns! Like Gilmore Girls (yep, I’m a fan!).

I bet you can relate.

There is, of course, a time and purpose for binging on your favorite series. I am not going to make you stop, don’t worry. But let’s face it: it is not so productive.

Thankfully, Netflix is full of some amazing documentaries that you can actually learn from! You CAN actually watch movies and call it EDUCATION!

Here is a list of 7 documentaries you MUST add to your Netflix queue this year.

If you don’t have Netflix, you can find most of these documentaries on Youtube, Amazon Prime and other places online.

1. Food, Inc. is an absolute must-watch if you are interested in where your food is coming from. Food Inc. explores the complexities of agriculture, how food companies control the food market and what your food is really made out of.

2. Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead is one of the best documentaries out there on juicing. Joe Cross, an Australian man living on the Standard Australian Diet (not better than the Standard American one) found himself overweight, dealing with various chronic illness and walking a road towards his deathbed. Wanting to live healthy, he set a goal to go on a 90-day juice-feast while traveling around the United States talking to Americans about their eating habits, their health challenges and the benefits of juicing.

Eventually, Joe lost weight, healed his ailments and became a well-known juicing advocate. His second movie, Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead 2 is also on Netflix.

3. Fed Up is one of the most recent documentaries on the Standard American Diet and the effects of food on your body. This film has actually made it to mainstream theaters, reaching the general public who may not be searching for documentaries on holistic health just yet. The film explores underlying reasons behind the ever-growing childhood obesity epidemic and talks in detail about the dangers of processed sugar.

4. Happy explores the secrets of happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, yet not all of us are. Maybe you are searching for more happiness in your life right now. So why are some countries so happy, while others are more depressed with high rates of suicide? Why is there such a need to know the secrets of happiness and why doesn’t it come naturally to all of us? This beautiful documentary brings you all the answers you are seeking.

5. Supersize Me is a classic documentary made over a decade ago and was one of the first documentaries made on the dangers of fast food and processed food. In this documentary, Morgan Spurlock goes on the McDonald’s diet for a few months and documents how his health and body weight changes over-time – for the worse.

6. Hungry for Change was created by the makers of the popular Food Matters. The documentary explores how our society eats food-like products instead of food, which is making us sick and overweight. It discusses the dangers of processed sugar and processed food. It goes into detail about how to create lasting health, weight loss and vibrancy.

7. The Secret is all about getting everything you want in life. It is not about a go-getter business attitude, but about an abundance mentality. The promise of the film is that you can have anything and everything you want – health, happiness, love, relationships, wealth, etc. – because the Universe has an abundant supply of it. Your mind is in control, all you need to do is to create an abundance mindset and learn to manifest your dreams. Guaranteed, this documentary will leave you inspired to create your best life yet.

If you are inspired to change your life, your health and your happiness levels after these documentaries – and you should be! – we are here to help YOU!

  • The FitLife.tv blog is full of amazing videos and articles that bring you valuable information to better your health and well-being with a goal to provide you the tools necessary to transform your life.
  • The Organifi Green Juice Powder is your hero when it comes to juicing without a juicer. Within a few seconds you can mix up a delicious and nutritious green drink and go about your day. Find it in our store. Biotic Balance Probiotics are some of the best probiotics you can find on the market with 50 billion beneficial bacteria. I personally feel the difference from taking them.

Let us know how can we support you further! What are your biggest challenges and questions? Tell us one thing that you’ve learned from FitLife.tv. Ask for support and support others! Let’s chat – comment below.

 

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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures.You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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11 Habits Healthy People Do To Rock Monday Morning

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Written by: Anthony Cocco

Beat the “Mondaze” and become your best self!

When the alarm clock goes off on Monday morning, what happens?

Do you wake up energized and ready to seize the day, or are you sluggish and find yourself wishing for just five more minutes to snuggle up in that cozy bed of yours?

Are you one of those people who thinks Monday is a stupendous day filled with fabulous opportunities to make something extraordinary happen, or is it just another Monday morning?

Unfortunately, almost 76% of Americans have the “Sunday night blues.” If you are one of those people who go to bed on Sunday dreading Monday, your Monday morning is not going to start of well. I used to be a total Crabby Patty until I had that first cup of coffee. Every Monday morning used to just be me waking up on the wrong side of the bed. 

Like a sprinter in a race, Monday is the sound of your starting gun. Will you have a solid first step, or will you be slow off the line, finishing behind the pack?

If you are in need of a Monday morning overhaul, here are 11 ways that can help you take back your Monday and make the most of your week.   

1. Start The Night Before

Create a new evening routine. Get everything you need done for the next day situated so that you have less to do and more time to focus on YOU.

    • Shut off technology early
    • Get tomorrow’s clothes ready
    • Make your lunch (and the family’s if necessary)
    • And anything else that you typically wait until Monday morning to do!

2. Get Your Z’s

Starting off your Monday with a lack of sleep is a surefire way to you grabbing the carbs, sugars and caffeine in order to break through the barrier. Being well rested has many health benefits that can help you to seize the day and make the most out of your opportunities.

  • Create a hard cutoff and DVR your favorite show to watch Monday.

3. Attitude Of Gratitude

Waking up with an attitude of gratitude is the best way to create a positive shift in your mindset. It allows you to start focusing on the GOOD.

You can also try adding in a few positive affirmations:

  • Today will be a wonderful day to remember.
  • Today brings me joy.
  • I choose to fully participate in my day.

4. Have A Vision

What are you working toward? Do you have a clear vision of what it will look like when you accomplish it? Have you created a dream book or vision board? Spend five minutes dreaming each morning. Reflect on your vision and get excited!

5. Get Active

You must make up your mind the night before that you are going to exercise and be 100% committed to it. If working out in the morning is something new, remember, start small and build from there. Going for a walk, yoga, or pilates are always good starting points. If you want to dive right in, hit the gym and unleash the champion.  

6. Find Your Song

This is critical for me. Music amps me, but it also sets my mood. Soothing music can decrease stress and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and upbeat dance music can increase antibodies and uplift a down mood.

Two of my favorite morning songs are:

7. Start Something New

A new activity is something that each of us look forward to. Start something new that you will look forward to doing. If you have your bucket list or goals you want to accomplish, use the early hours of Monday morning to be your launching point.

 

8. Vitamins And Minerals

Nutrients are your body’s fuel. Be sure to add the powerhouses to your regimen for maximum benefits.

  • Magnesium: Responsible for over 300 enzymatic functions and is the required for producing ATP (a coenzyme, which during metabolism, transports energy within your cells).
  • B-Vitamins: Help convert your food into fuel, helping you stay energized.
  • CoQ10: Found in the mitochondria of your cells and is the energy center that sparks energy production throughout your entire body.

9. Read

Starting the morning reading something positive can help fuel you. Ideally, you would want to read something that speaks to your mind and your heart. Never try and force it!

Some of my favorites that helped create a shift:

10. Green Juice

This Fitlife Green Juice recipe is one of my favorites. It puts some pep in my step and keeps me bright eyed and ready to take on the day. If you don’t have time to make fresh juice, Organifi is amazing! It’s organic and loaded with superfoods, adaptogens and phytonutrients.

 

11. Leave A Clean House

This might require buy-in from other people, but trust me, it’s worth it!

When you leave a clean house, you gain a clean mind. If you have dirty dishes in the sink, that will sit with you all day and clog up your brain. If you know you have dirty laundry to pick up, that is something you know you have to do later, which is not fun or exciting.

Messes, piles and clutter can steal your energy. Having a clean house to come home to is very rewarding and peaceful.  

Hack your Monday and become your best self. Comment below and let us know which habits you are trying and what is working best for you.  

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For almost two decades, Anthony suffered from a never-ending migraine. In October 2010, it was suggested by his neurologist to receive multiple Botox injections in his head and he immediately decided to take his health into his own hands. After months of trial and error he became migraine free on May 13, 2011, by implementing a holistic lifestyle. He has since dedicated his life’s work to creating programs that will work alongside healthcare professionals, focused on the holistic alternatives that are consistently overlooked.Anthony is a Certified Health Coach, Leadership Coach, and former migraine sufferer. His passion can be found in helping individuals understand their unique body and become best prepared to overcome migraines and headaches.


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The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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How Loneliness Can Be Deadly

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There I was… sitting on a gorgeous volcanic black-sand beach in the Canary Islands. The sun was kissing my bronzed skin as the waves joyfully tickled my toes.

If I had to pick ONE “happy place,” it would be the scene described above.

However, there was one problem I had in that moment.

I was ALONE. And not only was I alone… I was lonely.

Now let me explain… I cherish quiet moments and alone time. However, I had been backpacking in Europe by myself for 4 months at that point (which was incredible), but it also meant that I had a TON of “alone time.”

And let me tell you, feeling lonely sucks (even in beautiful places)!

The “Invisible Epidemic”

You have been there and so have I. Feelings of isolation and loneliness have plagued us all at one point or another. However, feeling lonely is much more than just feeling sad… it can also lead to chronic illness and even death.

Scientists are beginning to investigate why loneliness takes such a toll on your health. They have discovered that when you are socially isolated, it puts your body in “fight or flight” mode.

This response causes a surge of events to occur within your body as a way of preparing you for a social threat. However, these reactions also alter the production of white blood cells, which leaves you susceptible to disease.

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that loneliness – or even perceived social isolation – is linked with changes in the way your genes express themselves. The scary part is that these changes ignite inflammation while decreasing your antiviral responses.

Even though inflammation is your body’s effort to help you heal, improper inflammatory responses can damage cells and lead to other various negative health conditions if left untreated.

A recent investigation to explore more about the impact of loneliness in humans (called CTRA – conserved transcriptional response to adversity) found, after looking at “transcriptomes” or gene readouts, that:

  • White blood cells belonging to 141 lonely older adults were found to be unregulated.
  • Heightened activity was observed in the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for your “fight or flight” response).
  • Loneliness could be used to predict future CTRA gene expression patterns (and vice versa).
    • Indicates that these responses communicate with one another.

Researchers also studied primates to observe how loneliness affects CTRA gene expression. The same discovery was found that lonely macaques (a breed of monkey) displayed raised CTRA activity as well as an increase in their “fight or flight” response chemicals (norepinephrine/noradrenaline).

This increase in norepinephrine triggers the production of immature monocyte, which is a type of white blood cell that causes less antiviral gene expression and a more pro-inflammatory response. When the researchers looked at the blood samples of lonely humans and monkeys, they found a large quantity of monocytes in BOTH!   

The impact of the change in gene expression patterns revealed that the lonely monkeys experienced weakened antiviral responses to infections as well as primate HIV (simian immunodeficiency virus). They also had higher levels of viral replication in both their brain and blood.

These findings have led the researchers to suggest a model that explains how elevated CTRA activity is a result of a loneliness-driven “fight or flight” response. Thus, this response enhances immature monocyte levels.

These gene expression patterns – caused by your body’s response to loneliness – result in leaving you vulnerable to chronic disease and infection due to inflammation and a weakened antiviral response.

To read a detailed report of these findings, visit Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

FEELING LONELY?

Try these 5 tips to feel more connected:

1. Find An Activity Or Group To Join Through Meetup.com You can meet people that have similar interests and join their “meetups.”

2. DO Something For Someone Else – Head to your local store or coffee shop and compliment someone else or help someone with their bags. Even holding the door and smiling at someone can go a long way!

3. Reach Out To Someone – Say “hi” to someone you admire on the internet… or someone you haven’t talked to in a while! I did this while traveling and got connected with some really great people. It takes a little courage, but what’s the worst that could happen? They don’t respond? NO biggie! Try someone else.

4. But Now… Step Away From Social Media – It is NOT real life! Real life is happening outside your doors right now… not on your phone screen. What you see people post on social media is only a fraction of what is actually happening in life. Go observe the world in real time by heading outdoors for a walk.

5. Message Me – Find me on Facebook, Instagram, or Youtube – I love meeting and learning from new people. Guaranteed I’ll write you back!

Always remember… We are in this together.

SHARE this article and we can combat loneliness – TOGETHER!

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This Ancient “Alternate Nostril Breathing” Technique Provides INSTANT Drug-Free Anxiety Relief

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F-r-e-a-k-i-n-g anxiety.

This one word is associated with many intense feelings such as distress, confusion, uncertainty, pain… and so much more.

As much as I would like to describe myself as the “creative type,” I’m pretty sure anxiety has something to do with it. I’m the type of person that imagines multiple different ways I could die by just stepping off the curb and crossing the street.

I’m well aware of how morbid and ridiculous it is to vividly imagine these thoughts… but that doesn’t stop my brain ONE BIT!  

I may often appear cool, calm and collected on the OUTSIDE, but I can’t help but admit that sometimes, there is a tornado of anxiety inside of me whirling around and wreaking havoc on my thoughts.

And it appears that I’m not alone on this one.

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, anxiety is now THE MOST commonly diagnosed mental illness in the USA.

Here are the most common forms of anxiety, in order of how prevalent they are:

1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Characterized by unnecessary worry and catastrophizing (i.e. my crossing the street example above).

2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Inability to control unwanted thoughts or behaviors.

3. Panic Disorder: Episodes of intense fear that surface without warning, resulting in physical symptoms (heart palpitations or stomach distress).

4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Fear that persists long after experiencing a traumatic event.

Lack of breathing is at the core of most anxiety attacks. Your normal and natural breathing is compromised when you feel anxious as a result of your diaphragm freezing. When this happens, you do not let your lungs fully expand and fill with air.

Jonathan Davidson, M.D., director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University Medical Center explains:

“And when you do not get enough oxygen, the brain receives a ‘danger’ signal, which perpetuates your mind-body state of anxiety. Your breathing quickens and becomes, even more, shallow; in an extreme case this can lead to a full-blown panic attack, in which the person begins to hyperventilate.”

The Ancient, Anti-Drug Solution

Your nose is directly associated with your brain and nervous system. The Indian yogis have believed for thousands of years that a lot of diseases are linked to disordered nasal breathing. It is thought that you can regulate your mind and body by using a practice that slows and deepens your breathing. This practice is called pranayama.

Pranayama has two meanings:

  • “Prana” – Vital life-force energy.
  • “Ayama” – Control of breath.

This practice emphasizes using your mind to control your breath as well as the universal energy that feeds your soul and unites us all.

A relatively simple technique that you can use to equalize your breathing is alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana). This technique can help calm your nerves and balance the right and left hemispheres of your brain.

Slow diaphragmatic breathing can be just as effective in reducing anxiety as the drug imipramine, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Interested in trying pranayam? Check out 3 more reasons why you should use this practice when you are in a panic:

1. Enhances respiratory function: It elevates your respiratory endurance and strength, which is usually one of the first functions to become compromised when panic starts.

2. Improves attention and fine-motor function: Your coordination and performance improves, which helps your get back into the present moment and out of your head.

3. Activates your parasympathetic nervous system: Relaxes you by taking your out of the ‘fight or flight’ stress response.

Not only does the practice of pranayama ease anxiety, it also prepares your organs to properly digest and eliminate your food!

To receive the most benefit from alternate nostril breathing, it is best done in the morning before you eat your first meal. You can then continue using it throughout the day as needed.

How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing:

1. Sit in a comfortable seated position in a quiet place.

  • Relax the body and breathe naturally.
  • Take a few moments to settle your mind and body.

2. Rest your left hand on your lap or knee.

3. Make a “peace sign” with your right hand.

  • Fold the two extended fingers toward your palm.
  • Place your thumb gently on your right nostril and your ring finger gently on your left nostril.

4. Close your eyes and start by softly closing your right nostril (using your right thumb).

  • Inhale slowly, smoothly, gently and deeply without strain through your left nostril.

5. Close your left nostril (using your ring finger) and open your right nostril.

  • Exhale through your right nostril then inhale through your right nostril.

6. Close your right nostril and open your left. Exhale through your left nostril.

These actions complete one round of alternate nostril breathing, but you can continue for as long as you’d like. About 3-5 minutes of using this technique can produce noticeable calming effects.

When you are finished, relax both arms at your side and breathe naturally for a few moments before you open your eyes and stand up.

If your mind is going awry or you simply need a break from your hectic day, find a quiet place to practice this technique. Alternate nostril breathing is one of the best (and FREE) tools that you can use – no matter where you are!

Below is a 2.5 minute video that demonstrates how to implement this useful technique:

Note: If you suffer from anxiety, pranayama may help at the moment and even in the long run. However, it is not a suitable replacement for professional help or medication as prescribed by your doctor. Speak to you medical professional should you need further assistance.

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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into reality when she stepped on a plane to London, April 17, 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.

 


Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only.

The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician.

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Earthing – The Secret Energy Beneath Our Feet

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Earthing:

The process of absorbing earth’s free flowing electrons from its surface through the souls of ones feet.

We all know that being outside is good for our well-being. Who knew there was actually a truck load of science behind it!

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We are electrical beings.
According to Google, we all have about seven billion, billion, BILLION atoms that make up our 100 trillion cells. Our atoms are made up of positively charged protons, negatively charged electrons and neutrons. The flow of electrons from one atom to another is what we refer to as electricity. Our body also creates electrical charges via electrolytes (charged ions), which enable us to be conductors of energy. Have you ever seen those light bulbs that you can make glow in your hand by simply generating static electricity? You can drag your socked feet around the carpet and the bulb in your hand will flicker. This is because free, or mobile, electrons are able to move through your body.

Our cells, organs, and the different systems in our body communicate using electricity. There is increasing evidence that this communication happens through small light particles called bio photons. This is one of the reasons we need so much water! When we are hydrated, it is the easiest for the electricity to conduct from one place to another.

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The flow and balance of our electrical system is vital to our well-being. In order to maintain homeostasis, our cells must have a resting potential (charge) that is slightly negative. Thus, having the right amount of electrons is vital to live at optimum health.

Now to mother earth! She is in reality a six sextillion metric ton battery that is continually being replenished by solar radiation, lightning and heat from her core. Her surface is alive with pulsating frequencies that are vital to the biological machinery of global life. This energy acts like a battery in a car, and literally influences every living thing on the planet. It is stunning to think that the ground under your feet is full of energy that connects to everyone and everything.

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The earth naturally maintains a negative electrical potential.
Negative-charged free electrons are abundantly present on the earth’s surface. When we are in contact with the earth, meaning our skin is either touching the ground or we are not standing or wearing something electrically inhibiting (wood, rubber, plastic, etc.), the earth’s electrons are conducted to our body. We then are brought to the same electric potential as the earth. This is also referred to as grounding.

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  • Defuses the cause of inflammation and inflammation related disorders.
  • Reduces stress and promotes calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Strengthens the body against damage from electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) like dirty electricity.
  • Lessens menstrual symptoms and issues associated with hormonal imbalance.  
  • Speeds the body’s natural healing processes.
  • Soothe headaches and muscle tension.
  • Increases energy.
  • Improves chronic fatigue.
  • Normalizes the body’s biological rhythms.

The list goes on! What I love is that this is something everyone can do, no cost required. Earthing is simple, natural and powerful. We all have the power and the time to step outside and let ourselves experience nature’s healing energy. I am by no means saying that earthing is a ‘cure’ for any specific illness or disorder. What earthing will do is restore your body’s natural internal electrical stability, which is vital for normal functioning of the systems in the body including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and immune systems. It helps give your body what it needs to self heal.

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Don’t just take my word for it! Put mother nature to the test and commit to getting outside every day. It only takes a few minutes. Take off your shoes and feel the grass under your feet and let yourself soak it up!

References:

Earthing- The most important health discovery ever? Book by Clint Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra M.D., Martin Zucker

Dr. Mercola on Earthing

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7 Steps to To Live in Your Passion Zone

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“This is the secret of life. To be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize that this is play.”

Alan Watts

You and I live in an exciting time. People, more than ever are reaching out for something more. They are searching for a life where they are fulfilled and full of energy and happiness. They don’t want to live just to clock in, clock out, pay bills and watch Netflix. They want to thrive. The fact that you are reading this is only proof of this – it means that you are searching for something more too. I know that somewhere deep down you are longing to spread your wings and live in your passion zone.

You know those people who you love to be around? The kind who radiate energy, light, fire passion… and carry themselves with assurance. You want to be like them. You want to wake up with the same vigor and motivation that they do.

So how is it done?

Really, there is no one answer. Becoming that higher version of yourself who is passionate and full of purpose is a sacred and personal journey that you must take for yourself. Everyone has a unique path. But there are a few universal tips that I’ve put together to help you along your way.

1) Don’t make money your primary focus

If you want to spend your life doing something you love, one of the best things you can do is treat financial concerns as secondary. If money comes first, you limit your options tremendously because you will only go for what is predictable. Most likely, this will land you in a company where you will trade time for money. However, if you allow yourself to pursue what you love, eventually you will earn money on your own terms. Abundance will naturally come to you when you learn to stop focusing on lack.

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2) Surround yourself with passionate people

Passion is contagious. We end up being like those we spend the most time with. A lot of people don’t believe they can love their work because they are surrounded by people who hate their jobs and treat life as a grind.

Finding people who are passionate is key. They will inspire you, lift you up and above all, make you believe that living life passionately is normal. Take a close look at those you are surrounded by. They don’t all need to be bubbly and bursting with energy, not everyone enjoys being that way. But do they inspire you? Are they pursuing epic things? Do they love what they do? Are they genuine? Are they excited? Do you feel energized when you are around them?

If you don’t know people like this now, start looking. Reach out and connect with those who inspire you to dream. Don’t be intimidated because when you spend your time with these people, you will realize that they are a reflection of you.

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3) Create Space  

Big ideas need space to exist and thrive. Scott Dinsmore, entrepreneur and creator of Live Your Legend, says it like this: “Passion thrives in emptiness.” Create space where your passion can thrive. Take time to be out in nature. Take time to just be. Don’t forget to dream. If you have to, put downtime in your schedule. Take a break from media and give yourself space to discover what is deep inside of you. You won’t be disappointed.

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4) Challenge Yourself

What does the word passion mean to you?  If you were to imagine yourself living life in the passion zone, what do you see? Most likely boredom, average, normal and typical aren’t in the picture. When you are truly living in your passion zone, you should be experiencing good bumps on a daily basis. Scare yourself! Do something everyday that makes you at least mildly uncomfortable. This can be as simple as sharing your ideas with someone or putting your artwork on display.

Do things that make you stretch. The minute you feel comfortable is the minute you start aging. Be addicted to learning. Never close the door to new opportunities. I’ve known people in their 80’s that are learning a new instrument or skydiving or even writing their own books or starting new companies. Impossible should not be in your vocabulary. If you feel limited, realize that almost all limits are only there because we believe they are. Limits are a monster in the closet that will disappear as soon as you’re brave enough to open the door.  

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5) Realize Failure is Not Your Enemy

“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” – Unknown

When you figure this out, your life will change forever! We grow up in a society that dreads failure. Going through school, the worst thing that could happen was failure. Academically, socially, athletically… to fail is discouraging and often a blow to our self esteem.  

But failure is not the end. Most often it is the beginning. It opens new opportunities and if we let it, it will lead us down better paths. Remember when you were a kid in preschool? You did art, played outside, learned some fun skills, played games, did all these things… and there was no such thing as pass or fail. If you fell off the playground, you cried or sat there a minute and were back in the game within minutes. You brushed it off. It made you stronger.

Learn to enjoy failure. Treat it as a game. Have fun when you lose. Learn to laugh at yourself! It will change your whole perspective on life. Even Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Win as if you were use to it; lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.”

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6) Learn to Say No

What if 25 years ago you came up with the brilliant ideas for Amazon, Ebay and Facebook. You would have just thought of three of the best business ideas of the century and if you actually started one of them, you’d probably be a billionaire right now. But if you had tried to tackle all three of them at the same time, none of them would have gotten off the ground.

As passionate people, we are full of ideas. It is one of the coolest things about being human. We want to do music, paint, take dancing lessons, read books, travel the world… and can never seem to find enough time or energy in a day. It is not enough to be passionate and to have big ideas. Too many ideas causes conflict and unless we learn to say no to some things, we won’t be able to focus 100% on our best ideas.

I want you to imagine that you had one crazy ambitious goal – maybe you want to start a business or go back to school or publish a book. Now imagine that everything in your life depended on you pursuing this goal. How would you get it done? You would drop anything else in your life that wasn’t important. If you learn to say no to the “fillers” in your life you will be able to fill your life with your dreams.

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7) Get Out of Your Head

And into your heart. Your heart is the best tool you’ve got for accessing your inner power and for finding your true passion. I am not saying to let go of logic entirely, but be aware of your thoughts and how they are affecting you. Thinking can become addictive if you’re not careful. Harnessed and used correctly, the power of your mind is unbelievable. But left to its own devices, it can turn us into adicted thinkers, constant worriers and cause us to never feel at peace.

When you calm your thoughts and move into your heart, your life will be more about taking action and less about thinking. You will be more in tune with yourself because your thoughts won’t be in the way.

In closing…there is something I want you to do for me tonight. In fact I want you to do it every night for the rest of the month, if you would. It will help you unlock the power of your subconscious by reprogramming it to believe in the future you are wanting to build.

When you’re laying in bed, looking in the mirror, laying out under the sky, driving in your car, walking down the road…I want you to repeat the following positive affirmation to yourself:

PT MindsetBelieve you are in your passion zone now and you will begin to create it in your reality. You will not want to hang on to the crap job or the unhealthy relationship anymore. You will find strength to overcome whatever it is that may be holding you back.

I believe in you.

If you want to learn how YOU can discover your passion and live YOUR life with purpose, check out my book Whydentity: 17 Practices to Help You Transform Your Mind and Live Your Life’s Purpose.

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