November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve got so much to be thankful for…caring family, wonderful amazing friends, stable career, and the list goes on and on and on… just very thankful for everything God has blessed me with. I’m surrounded by so much love, and love in all forms is a special thing. Thank you to all the awesome people in my life!
I’d also like to share a very special Height of Happiness. One year ago today, my boyfriend Ryan told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and asked me to marry him! I was lucky enough to find such a genuine guy who makes me laugh every day, and is always willing and ready to take me on. He’s one of the most positive forces that surround me. He always finds a way to be optimistic about any situation, and that has really helped me overcome challenging times. We all need supportive people like that in our lives. I can honestly say that he has helped me want to be a better person. I can’t thank him enough for being who he is, and always believing in me. He’s definitely one of the reasons I wake up with a smile on my face. I can’t wait to marry him. Very thankful for the Happy Love.
November 23, 2010
“You can’t avoid change, it’s mandatory, progress however is optional.” – Bill R. Good Jr.
They say that fall is the season of change. Maybe this season we should try to find something to change about ourselves…in a good way of course! Change is inevitable anyways and we might as well make the most of it. So let’s make it count. Steer it towards something that makes you a better and happier person, whether it effects you or someone else. Whatever it may be, big or small, there’s always something we can improve. Try to step outside your box. We should always strive to grow and learn… and it’s fun to shake things up a bit.
Here’s a few ideas:
- Try something new. It revives the soul.
- Ever find yourself saying “I always wanted to….” Now is the time to do it!
- Show some selflessness. Do something nice for someone else…even if it’s for a stranger.
- Give up a bad habit.
- Start a journal…or a blog!
- Tap into your creative side.
- Stop being negative about….
- Give someone a thoughtful gift for no reason.
- Smile at the person who can usually get under your skin.
- Tell yourself that you will wake up in a good mood everyday.
- Care more about what we put in our bodies. Eat good, look good, feel good.
- Get physical. Challenge yourself.
- Give yourself some more “me” time.
- Find something to laugh about every day. Laugh out loud and from the heart.
Have fun and good luck!
November 21, 2010
So my fave feel good song of the moment would have to be Katy Perry’s “Firework”. The message is empowering, and it’s set to a sweet beat. It just sounds like fun, and there aren’t too many songs in mainstream media that are so encouraging! I’m sure you’ve heard it by now, but here’s a youtube.com video with lyrics for your listening & viewing pleasure…enjoy!
“maybe your reason why all the doors are closed…so you could open one that leads you to the perfect road” – katy perry
November 18, 2010
Where has the time gone?!? I can’t believe this year is almost over already, and I haven’t written a blog in months! Thankfully co-blogger, Cat, has been holding things down here at HOH. =)
So there has been a lot of changes and situations in my life lately that have kept me pretty busy and consumed. Some great, some bad, and some eye opening. However, many situations are out of my control. I’ve had to adjust my mindset and perceptions of things several times the past few months, and that’s not always an easy thing to do. I guess I could say I’ve sort of been standing in different lines at the same time, trying to figure out which moves to make, and waiting for the resolutions to come. Nonetheless, I just try to remember to take on each challenge as it comes, and remind myself of a lot of the things that the blog entries we write on HOH are all about. When life gives you lemons, right? Doing my best to be positive, and believing that it will all be okay goes such a looong way! Things could definitely be worse, and in time they WILL get better. Seriously, having positive influences in your life is such a powerful thing! They’ve really helped me keep my head up! Always remember, the world has a funny way of working itself out…and it always will! We will keep growing! Have a nice day!
June 17, 2010
We can all get caught up with the demands of life sometime. Stress is a natural reaction to feeling overwhelmed, and that’s why it’s really important for us to make sure we all take time to calm ourselves down when we feel like we’ve got a little too much on our plate. Here’s some ways that can help:
- Take a walk: Excercise is one of the best stress relievers! It’s a good way to release some pent up physical energy and clear your mind.
- Go Outside: This one is a life saver for me. I need to spend at least a little bit of time outside every day. If you’re at work in a confined space, take a break and get some fresh air. It’s a good way to break up your day and calm yourself down.
- Breathe: Sometimes we can’t get away, but we can try and control our breathing no matter where we’re at. This technique gets people to slow down and focus on their breathing to help them calm down. It works wonders! Inhale…exhale…
- Close your eyes: Usually when we’re stressed out, all of our senses are working overtime. Sometimes if you just close your eyes for a few seconds, it can help to relieve all of the overstimulation and help us refocus.
- Change your attitude: It’s so easy to intensify a situation when we’re stressed out about things. If we can take a minute to change our attitude about it and focus on the positive, it can help calm us down, think more clearly, and get things done in a more effective and stress free way.
All of these techniues used at the same time can be even more effective. When you really need to… go for a walk outside, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and change your attitude. Let’s get in a stress free zone. Hope this helps!
June 14, 2010
What’s your attitude when you get up on Monday mornings? Mondays get a bad wrap most of the time, but here’s a few general reasons to look forward to them:
- It’s the start of a new week and a new adventure
- You have a job to go to and get ready for
- It’s a good day to reflect on the past week
- You get to brag about all the great things you did over the weekend
- You can be glad that the not-so-great things that happened the week before are over
- It’s a good day to avoid crowds at dinner and the mall
- A lot of holidays are observed on Mondays, which could mean a long weekend
- Monday is usually a day to start a new goal
- Something good will happen
We all have to face our Mondays whether we like it or not. Its better to start off your Monday, or any day of the week, with a smile on your face and a good attitude. Starting off with a positive attitude could determine the rest of your day… so make it a good one! Have a nice day!
June 6, 2010
Next time you go grocery shopping you might want to pick up a few of these items. You’re diet can help to naturally manage stress in your life. Certain foods can help you relax and stay calm, reduce a cranky mood, and decrease stress or tension. Here’s a list of food that can make you feel a little happier:
- Brown rice: A good source of B complex vitamins and fiber that can reduce stress and anxiety, while increasing concentration.
- Avocados: Contains potassium and vitamin E can help calm nerves.
- Salmon: Contains Vitamin B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids that will prevent depression if regularly incorporated into your diet.
- Bananas: Contain Vtamin B6, which your body may need more of if you drink a lot of alcohol or are on birth control pills. Also, contains potassium that can reduce tension.
- Chicken liver: High in folic acids which pomote feel good neurotransmitters from the brain.
- Blueberries: Full of antioxidents that can protect your body from the effects of stress.
- Almonds: When you’re stressed out they will help lower blood pressure and keep oxygen circulating in your body
- Spinach: Contains magnesium that can keep you in a calm state
- Tuna: Contains Omega 3 fatty acids which can keep your adrenaline in control