Remember my old friend Mindfulness that I talked about in regards to eating healthily?  Mindfulness is being present in the moment, paying attention to what we do, and doing what we do on purpose.  Well, turns out Mindfulness has a partner called Meditation.  Meditation is focusing your mind on one thing, and it’s a great tool to relax and increase mindfulness.  It’s retraining your brain to slow down and retraining your body to be calm and to breathe deeply.  There are many ways to practice meditation, from simply clearing your mind to focus on your body’s natural breathing or the sound of the quiet room you are in to focusing on a single thought or progressively relaxing the muscles in your body.

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of meditating?  Monks?  Hippies?  People sitting still in a beautiful jungle palace courtyard in front of a peaceful waterfall chanting “Ohm”?  Continue reading “Meditation”

Lessons Learned at Dude’s Diner

Nearing my 16th birthday, I started dreaming of getting a job. I wanted to have my own money. Once my birthday rolled around and I received my driver’s license, I started putting in applications. I had NO idea what I was doing, but I put in an application at a small local restaurant. When I got a call back, I was thrilled. I went in, talked to the owner, and started my first job as a waitress. And I absolutely loved it. On good nights, I averaged about $10 per hour with tips, which was AMAZING to me at the time. Minimum wage was only $5.15 at the time, so I was really BALLIN’.

I learned a few lessons about money (and a lot about life) during my years as a waitress.

It’s easier to spend money than it is to make money, so spend wisely.

Straight ballin’ with $10/hour.

Even though I felt like I was making bank at about $10/hour, I still figured out that spending money took a lot less effort than making it. With this insight, I determined to be a good steward of my money in high school. I knew I could buy a single shirt for $40 at the mall or I could buy a pair of pants, a skirt, and two shirts at Goody’s (a local discount clothing store) for the same amount. Being that I only had a limited amount of money, I always chose the better deal. Continue reading “Lessons Learned at Dude’s Diner”

5 Things to START Doing to Better Your Relationship

My last post about relationships detailed a few things to stop doing to improve your relationship. Today I want to focus on things to START doing! Once you start adding in good habits, it gets easier to work on and replace the not-so-great ones. Let’s get closer to our spouses today by doing these five things!

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