The Path to Motivation Requires Leaving Your Shell

a little baby snail on my hand

a little baby snail on my hand

Have you ever asked yourself what motivates you? Have you ever really thought about the people you spend time with and how they have contributed to your willingness to change or stay the same? Change may be hard, but it is a vital part of growth. If we continue to stay bundled up in our comfort zones we miss out on new opportunities, relationships and prevent ourselves from reaching our full potential. If we want to become better, stronger and more successful individuals, we need to surround ourselves with people who encourage us to grow and give us a reason to change. Now, I’m not talking about those people who bully you into doing something or those who guilt you into giving in, but the type of people who don’t persuade you to change by their words but do so by their actions. When we associate with people who have ambitious goals and Read the rest of this entry

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Word of the Week: Ameliorate

The word of the week is: Ameliorate

Pronunciation: [uh-meel-yuh-reyt]

Definition

verb

1. to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory.

2. improve; meliorate.

Quotes relating to this topic:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” 
-Ernest Hemingway
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Beauty VoxBox 2012 Reviews

beauty voxbox 2012

I’m a member of Influenster which sends out boxes of free products for their members to try based on their answers to surveys. These boxes are called voxboxes and I received my first one back in July. My first voxbox was full of beauty products, which you can see here, and I just received another beauty voxbox this month. Below is my review of all the products I received.

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Coconut & Guava Chicken

I originally found this recipe on Good Thymes and Good Food for coconut apricot chicken, but I wanted to switch it up a bit. I not only switched the apricot to guava, but I decided to use half coconut flour instead of all regular flour. I also poured the glaze on top instead of using it as a dipping sauce. It was pretty good, but is best served on the same day it is cooked. There are many changes you could make to this recipe, but the following is how I prepared it.

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Open Your Eyes to the Blessings in Your Life

There’s probably not a day that goes by that we don’t complain about something. It could be about stress from work, a fight with a friend or something simple like having no cell reception. But every now and then we really need to think about our lives and realize that our circumstances are probably not as bad as we think. Many times our complaints are things that some people only wish they could experience.

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Word of the Week: Paucity

The word of the week is: Paucity

Pronunciation: [paw-si-tee]

Definition:

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A Little Bit of Childhood in the Garden

When I was younger I used to play with a collection of dolls that represented different countries. I asked my mom the other day what ever happened to them, but she said she wasn’t sure where they went. So, we were cleaning out the garage and in one of the boxes we found them all. I was so excited and decided to do a little photo-shoot with them. I got the idea from a blog I visit every now and then called Quimpy Hittys. I don’t know much about the author, but it is a blog that shows their wooden doll collection in random places (climbing trees, holding berries, on a bridge, etc.). It is really cute and so I thought I’d do something similar for this post. I not only find my childhood dolls cute, but it reminds me of the memories I had when I was younger and all the fun I would have.

Maria & Juan from Mexico just hanging out

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Attack Your Goals Like a Puzzle: One Piece at a Time

What are your goals? Well, that is a pretty general question. There are all sorts of goals you can have. You can have health goals, spiritual goals,  goals for your career, relationships, finances, or education.  We all have goals we want to achieve, but the problem is, many of us don’t try hard enough to reach them. Maybe it’s because we don’t know where to start or lose motivation when we don’t see results. The reasons we continue to give up or procrastinate are endless, but we shouldn’t lose hope. I think the key to achieving our goals is to break them down and be consistent in our effort to reach success little by little. We sometimes get so caught up in the end result that we forget the small steps we need to take first.

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Word of the Week: Inculcate

The word of the week is: Inculcate

Pronunciation: [in-kuhl-keyt]

Definition:

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Trying to Disconnect in a Technological World

Call me old fashioned, but I would much rather read a physical paper book than a book on my iPad. I would rather flip the pages of a paper magazine than read it on a screen. Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPad and use my computer quite often, but sometimes it gets to be a little too much. We watch TV shows and movies on a screen, text and tweet on a screen, shop online looking at a screen, and pretty much live our whole lives through technology, and now you want me to read books/magazines with it too? Sometimes I just want to unplug and live a moment free from technology. Staring at screens all day gives me a headache and makes me feel yucky. Besides, there is something about flipping the pages of a book or magazine that is so much more appealing than reading words on a screen. I feel like you have more control with a physical paper book and you can see the whole picture at once without having to zoom in/out or scroll about. Even though tablets and e-readers are small and easy to travel with, I sometimes feel more comfortable with a book. For one, no one is going to steal it, if I drop it or spill something it really isn’t a big deal, and the outside light doesn’t make a book hard to read.

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