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Did You Learn Anything New Today?

This post is a republish of one I sited years ago, the advice is still valid. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Today, at the local farmer’s market here on the Big Island of Hawaii, I tasted Jamaican, a root vegable that I had  never heard of before. It crispy and sweet, somewhat like celery heart and adds a crisp and crunchy texture to salads and sandwiches. I loved it! After a taste, I purchased several.

“It has been said that one should learn something new every day. Unfortunately, many of us are at that age where what we learn today, we forget tomorrow. But, give it a shot anyway!”

Alaska
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Amazon River
The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica
Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world’s ice covers Antarctica . This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi Desert.

Brazil
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘ Big Village’.

Chicago
Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Detroit
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus, Syria
Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul (AKA Constantinople), Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles’ full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula — and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

New York City
The term ‘The Big Apple’ was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930’s who used the slang expression ‘apple’ for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time – The Big Apple. There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ohio
There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man made.

Pitcairn Island
The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles.

Rome
The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia
Siberia contains more than 25% of the world’s forests.

S.M.O.M.
The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

Sahara Desert
In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

Spain
SPAIN literally means ‘the land of rabbits’.

St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally called Pig’s Eye after a man named Pierre ‘Pig’s Eye’ Parrant who set up the first business there.

Roads
Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A: 1%, in Canada: 75%.

Texas
The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas. It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.

United States
The Interstate System requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Waterfalls
The water of Angel Falls (the World’s highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet. It is 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.” ~ Author Anonymous

~ Author Anonymous

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Are You Getting Paid What Your Words Are Worth

By: Marlene Affeld

computer-1583432__180Although the economy seems to be improving, there are still a lot of people unemployed or under-employed. Are you one of the many that are attempting to supplement your income as a freelance writer? Are you looking for fair compensation for your efforts? Are you tired of working for peanuts?

When first getting started as a freelance writer, it is easy to become discouraged. It seems that most of the assignments available offer a pittance rather than a real income. To establish one’s self as a successful freelance writer does require patience and persistence. Although the completion is fierce, a diverse array of companies offer fair compensation and steady work for talented writers.

Whole Life Magazine relies on freelance material to fill its pages. They are currently seeking writers to submit articles on natural healing, green living, alternative healing, social responsibility, sustainable food, personal growth, spirituality and the environment. Compensation for an 800 to 1200-word article varies from $150 to $200 dependent on the topic and the author’s expertise and experience. Additionally, Whole Life Magazine has many regular departments that pay from $75 to $150 depending on the research required and the writer’s experience. The City of Angels section features 200 to 400-word articles and pays $35 to $35 depending on length and subject. The BackWords section features 750-word personal essays, highlighting milestone events or life-changing moments in the life of a writer and pays $100. Send a query via e-mail to abigail@wholelifemagazine.com.

If you work or play in Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Magazine hires writers to provide material about the city and surrounding island. Honolulu Magazine publishes stories about local history, sports, lifestyle trends and personality profiles. The pay scale is impressive. They pay $600 to $1,800 for featured articles and $100 to $600 for short stories. Submit a query letter, resume and writing samples to A. Kam Napier akamn@honolulumagazine.com, or contact Honolulu Magazine managing editor Michael Keany mike@honolulumagazine.com.

WritersWeekly.com purchases articles for two separate publications: The Write Markets Report and WritersWeekly.com. They seek passionate writers to contribute articles on how to find markets and increase writing income. They are also looking for articles about home-based businesses and self employment opportunities for writers including ghost writing, self-publishing, resume writing, technical, scientific or corporate writing. They pay $60 for a 600-word article.

Fresh Healthy Vending pays $15 to $25 for articles or blog posts. The company is currently seeking writers to craft feature articles for their family of websites. At Fresh Healthy Vending, your writing efforts are appreciated. Writers are given their own author-credited column and produce insightful articles about the company’s healthy vending machines. If you need a reputable site to build your portfolio, develop your writing skills and earn substantial money at the same time, visit their site and submit a resume and cover letter.

ReliableWriters.com pays .025 per word or $10 for a 400-word article. To apply, send an e-mail to info@reliablewriters.com along with your resume and writing samples. All writers must speak English as their native language.

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Job Opportunities For Talented Writers

computer-1245714__180By: Marlene Affeld

Had you asked me a few years ago, if it were possible to make a living by writing online content, I would have responded with an emphatic “No!”? Today, my answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Tried of “pay-to-join” sites that turned out to be “scams”, I searched for paying sites hiring content writers. I sent off dozens of applications. I polished my writing skills. The turning point came when I found several legitimate sites that value their writers and offer fair compensation, editorial feedback and an opportunity to build your writer’s portfolio.

If you have earned a Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. degree, consider applying at EssayWriters.net. The company requires excellent writing skills and dedication to deadlines. Skilled writers receive $16 per page. Bonuses are available for high-quality work.

A leader in freelance writing services, Academia Research offers an excellent opportunity for writers to demonstrate their expertise and experience. Academia Research pays the highest fee per page in the industry. They provide 24/7 editorial assistance and an endless list of available assignments.

If you are searching for a freelance writing job that pays what you are worth, provides security and offers opportunities to grow as a writer, go to UvoCorp.com and register. Talented writers can make up to $50 per hour. The application process consists of a detailed questionnaire, grammar test (TOEFL basis) and a sample five-paragraph essay on an assigned subject. Sample essays are judged on uniqueness, grammar, and consistency. If you can meet UvoCorp.com’s high standards, this is one of the best writing opportunities available.

AcademicExperts.US, online assistance and expertise agency, seeks academic experts from all parts of the world to help to high school and college students in Masters and Ph.D. programs. An MA or Ph.D. degree is required in your area of expertise. Applicants must complete a four-hour online exam and provide proof of their degree. Writers earn from $7 to $31 per page. Editorial support is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions on your assignments.

Research Writer offers an excellent opportunity for exceptional writers with an MA or Ph.D. and a commitment to deadlines. The company provides direct communication with their writers. Editorial comments are helpful, supportive and consensus-orientated. If you want to build your portfolio and be known for your area of expertise, writing for Research Writer is the ideal format. Research Writer seeks writers that are self-disciplined, self-motivated and highly ambitious. Writers must excel in APA, MLA, and Turabian writing styles.

Be paid for your knowledge and creativity while you perfect and enhance your writing skills. WriterBay.com is hiring writers to produce top-quality dissertations, term papers, essays and research papers. If you have polished writing skills and a sincere desire to increase your income, apply online. WriterBay.com offers editorial support and approval of your application within 48 hours. Applicants are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Writers with higher degrees can choose higher paying assignments. WriterBay.com offers an excellent salary of up to $20 per page and a flexible working schedule.

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Luxury House Sitting – House Sitter Profile

Luxury House Sitting – Property Management

By: Marlene Affeld

IMG_7604I am a professional freelance writer who will work on private writing projects from my laptop while providing mindful care for your home, garden and family pets. Perhaps you seek an upbeat and enjoyable traveling companion, hostess, photographer and “girl Friday” – my time is available

I am a responsible, energetic and accommodating woman, looking forward to exploring my options, traveling to new locations and making new friends. I consider house sitting to be both a privilege and a big responsibility; therefore, I will lovingly care for your home, plants and animals as if they were my own. I love animals and consider caring for them a joy rather than a chore.

Over the years, I have worked in many different capacities. I have been blessed with a diverse array of life experiences. I am an experienced caretaker: responsible, neat, clean, and orderly, respecting your property and belongings.

Healthy, responsible single woman available for short or long-term housesitting or destination adventures. An experienced caretaker, and travel companion, I enjoy international travel and cultural diversity. I am seeking travel opportunities and lifestyle experiences, particularly foreign cultures.

I am knowledgeable in maintaining homes and gardens. I have extensive experience in property management, having worked for several years as a real estate broker, onsite recreational campground manager, restaurant manager, charter boat owner, petroleum lease manager, and project construction manager. I have a gift for organizing and de-cluttering.

Travel arrangements and compensation dependent on the duties of the situation and are negotiable.

I trust the perfect situation will unfold.

Marlene A. Affeld

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Replace Your Day Job

flowers-871685__180If you can weave words in a concise, entertaining and lucid manner, have a passion for research and a dedication to deadlines, writing from home is an ideal way to supplement your income or replace your day job.

Transitions Abroad is looking for articles on living and working abroad. They are especially interested in articles about teaching English abroad, volunteering, internships, international careers and long-term travel. If you are a passionate world traveler with a talent for writing exciting content about your journey, Transitions Abroad is seeking to hire authors to write about budget travel, women traveling alone, vacation home travel, responsible travel, senior travel and food and wine destinations. The average pay per article is $100.

Blue Mountain Arts accepts submissions of poems and greeting card copy. They seek creative, original and fresh reflections, insightful poems and verse. They pay $300 for a published poem used as a greeting card. For a book published poem, they pay $50. They are looking for poems for all major holidays as well as children and adult birthday cards, graduation cards, wedding cards, thank-you cards and get-well cards.

MootMagazine.com is a newly launched online magazine featuring the iconoclasts, outcasts, misfits and just plain weird people that populate the planet. Nothing or no one is off limits. If you are creative, write with wit and humor, excel at research and want to build your writer’s portfolio writing for a publication that is offbeat, outrageous and irreverent, submit a sample article. Moot Magazine pays from $25 to $300 per article, dependent on depth of research and author’s expertise.

TutToaster.com hires writers to submit articles and tutorials. They invite writers to create “do-it-yourself” guidelines for home repair projects, cooking and crafts. TutToaster pays from $50 to $200 per article and encourages authors to submit their own photos to illustrate instructions.

Content Corp is presently hiring freelance content writers to submit articles on health, lifestyle trends, finance and computer. Prepare a cover letter to spotlight your talents and submit a writing sample and resume.

Good Old Boat

Writer Bay

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Write Your Way To Financial Independence

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By: Marlene Affeld

During difficult economic times, many people struggling to meet their financial obligations. Unemployment in many states has risen to record highs. Jobs are “few and far between.”

If you have dreamed of finding a way to share your life experience and be paid to do it, writing online can make your dream a reality. It’s a great way to make some extra income. In time, freelance media writing may replace your regular job.

Forget stressful commutes, office politics and someone else directing your schedule. When you write online, you work for yourself.

There is an insatiable demand for fresh online content. Site owners seek writers capable of meeting deadlines and producing a continuous supply of new articles. Fresh, original content is required to improve the website owner’s search engine rankings.

Website owners use social media sites to expose and promote their products or services. The incredible growth and popularity of sites such as Twitter, MySpace and Facebook drive Internet marketing in an entirely new direction. Website owners need writers to produce original content to keep their social media pages updated.

Wide ranges of online writing jobs are available. However, an innumerable number of very talented people are competing for these jobs. Many writing sites do not require applicants to hold a college degree. Some sites require applicants hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or have extensive experience in their niche market. Other sites seek authors with an advanced degree.

You will do best if English is your native language. You can work from anywhere, on the beach, curled up in your pajamas beside the fireplace or from an Internet café.

The secret of success is to treat online writing like a “real” job. If you work “8 to 5”, then write from “8 to 5”. Once you get into the rhythm of writing daily, you will enjoy the structure and order it brings to your work. Put on your “thinking cap,” consult a thesaurus and write some snappy copy.

Because you can work from anywhere you can access an Internet connection, online writing is a perfect job for the person that likes to travel, desires a flexible schedule or who lives in a remote location and must telecommute to work.

Online writing is a perfect part-time job for “stay-at-home” moms or dads. Parents can make a living working from home, spend quality time with their children and avoid expensive childcare. You can even write from the playground or while the young ones are taking a nap.

Online writing requires a dedication to meeting deadlines on time and producing error free copy. If your work is “perfect” when submitted, your time isn’t wasted with rewrites. Online writing jobs are plentiful, but to land the best jobs, you will have to polish your skills and do an outstanding job, sometimes for not a lot of pay. It takes time to find the right position to match your skills and interests. With a bit of research, you will find that there are a lot of viable options. Online writing can be a lucrative career, offering freedom and a way to express your creativity.

Getting Started

Refresh and update your employment resume. Highlight positions that involved writing.

Build a portfolio of your writing samples. Write different types of articles for various niches. Create “evergreen” articles, essays, product reviews, and “how-to” manuals. Proof each sample carefully and make required corrections. You only have one chance to make a terrific first impression. “Blow your own horn” and publish your articles on your blog or website. Use social media networking sites to promote your articles across the web.

“Don’t Put All You Eggs In One Basket”

On some sites, writers can address virtually any subject. You are limited only by the limits of your imagination. You choose the topic and the direction of the article. You will likely have to write a minimum number of words. Sites that accept “create your topic” articles typically pay based on a revenue share from monies received for advertising that runs in conjunction with your article. Some sites pay per submission. Other sites pay both. You can write for immediate payment or build a cache of articles that will pay you month after month.

Many online writing websites allow you to select from a selection of assignments. The website picks the topic. This is great if there are lots of choices in your area of expertise. You are in trouble if the choice of articles is restricted or eliminated. Always have 2-to-4 online writing websites where your submissions are welcomed.

Finding legitimate writing sites that pay fairly for time invested is difficult. There are lots of jobs out there. Online writing jobs vary greatly in application requirements, expectations and compensation.

Article Writing

About has established a stellar reputation as one of the best sites on the Internet for writers. Their standards are high. If you can “make the cut” the pay is high and dependable. Become an expert in your favorite topic. About is always seeking new guides.

KingTutz offers great opportunities for freelance writers with a background in business, marketing or economics.

Proficient Writers seeks academics, teachers and other knowledgeable professionals to submit articles for pay. Compensation ranges from $7 to $15 a page. There is lots of work for everyone and the application process is fast and easy. Apply today, write articles tomorrow.

Writers pH, a company based in the Philippines, needs article and essay writers. You can work from anywhere, on your own schedule. They pay through PayPal.

4Writers offers fair pay for short articles and essays. A great place to polish your craft, work with skilled editors and develop a writing niche.

Academic Writers

Prospect Solution is a well-respected writing site for research writers and freelancers. They pay above industry standard rates. A college degree in your chosen writing field is required.

Other sites worth checking out include, Freelance Writing Service Asia Writers and Academia Research.

Essay Town seeks writers degreed in any academic field. They are especially in need of writers for economics, mathematics, physics and accounting. Candidates must be able to expertly write term papers, research papers, theses, essays, book reports, and dissertations. Pay is above industry standards.

Home to freelance writers from around the world, Freelance Writing Center, provides steady employment that fits most anyone’s schedule. Many writers consider writing for Freelance Writing Center a dream job. You can make an excellent income. Work full time or choose to write part-time, when and where you want.

Travel Writing

If your life experiences includes living abroad or extensive world travel, Transitions Abroad, is a great place to write about your experiences and earn an income to supplement your travel budget.

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Three Wishes

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By: Marlene Affeld

Rub the lamp and your magic genie appears.

Think quickly now! You have three wishes. If you could have anything you want from life, what would you choose?

Unless you know what you want, how can you achieve your goal? When we analyze our lack of success in different areas of our lives, we often tend to blame outside influences and look outside ourselves for an explanation. Wrong! The answer is that often we are getting in our own way of the manifestation of our dreams.

If you are like most people, you are dreaming about, worrying about, hoping for or afraid of multiple things at once. We focus on several different desires at once. Often our desires conflict with one another.

I ask myself what do I want to manifest in the years ahead? Love, companionship, friendship, joy, health and happiness are always priorities. I am truly blessed. It feels good to be “me”.

I resolve to live in an “attitude of gratitude” trusting that life is unfolding as it should; ready and looking forward to the future with eager anticipation.

“When you are on the right path, you’ll know it!”

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Blow Your Own Horn Loudly! – 7 Ways to Succeed As a Freelance Writer

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By: Marlene Affeld

To succeed as a freelance writer, it is important to implement aggressive methods of self-promotion. Article writing, signatures, blogs, guest blog posts, and forum posts are excellent ways to generate new clients and obtain new writing assignments.

Article writing presents a double, but doable challenge. It is not just enough to get published. You have written a well-crafted article; now you must find viewers to access and read your words.

Writing compelling submissions that grab the reader’s attention provides an opportunity for you to create a steady stream of revenue sharing income from your articles, offering another sound reason to engage in article marketing.

To increase your chances of attracting and keeping viewers, create your personal profile page to showcase your best articles.

Write about your favorite topics; things you enjoy and find most fascinating. There is nothing more boring than trying to turn out well-crafted prose on a subject that does not interest you. Let your enthusiasm for the subject show in your words; think of writing as painting and every word a brushstroke.

Writing multiple articles on the same subject provides the opportunity to link your articles to other relevant articles you have written on the topic.

Always set up the link to open in new windows or tab, so visitors are not quick to leave your page. It isn’t necessary to always write a long article; but be sure to make it grab the reader’s attention.

When you have written and posted at least a dozen or more articles that you have linked to each other, you are ready to find some forums that relate to your topic where you will be able to make comments with a post signature that includes your profile page link.

Become involved in the discussions; ask and answer questions. If you can provide an answer through one of your articles, you can include the link or suggest that the answer is available through the link in your bio or signature. Do not spam. Always make sure your links are relevant to the discussion, your comments positive and engaging.

Set up a simple signature to attach to your e-mails that offer an abbreviated bio and a link to your writer’s profile page. It is important that you always provide a method by which readers can contact you.

Find blogs in your niche that solicit guest posts. Be a welcome guest and always follows the rules of guest posting. Guest posting is an excellent way to expose your work to viewers that would have never otherwise seen your articles. Most blogs will allow you to include a brief bio and a link to your writer’s profile page.

Promote your articles through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Reddit, and more. Ask friends and family to share your articles in their social media circles.

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Slow Down And Quiet Your Mind

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By: Marlene Affeld

With the frantic pace and incessant demands of a busy life, many people feel stressed, feeling there is simply not enough time in a day to get everything done they feel they need to accomplish. Stress and fatigue contribute to making us feel frustrated, impatient and irritable. Stress can even impact our health.

We have all heard the advice to slow down and quiet our minds, but we get so busy we fail to take the time to stop and meditate. Yet, meditation gives us more time by making our minds calm and focused.

Meditation helps us understand our minds by learning how to transform negative to positive, sad to joyful, and chaos to calm. Through meditation, we can overcome negative “mind chatter” and cultivate constructive thoughts. Think of meditation as a workout for your brain that improves your ability to focus. Improved focus means improved performance.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, one of the world’s leading experts on meditation, explains the benefits of calming the mind, stating, “In meditation, we get into this space, so we find infinite possibilities, infinite correlation, infinite creativity, infinite imagination, and infinite power of intention. That’s what meditation is really about.”

Breathe

Find a comfortable sitting position with you feet flat on the floor. If you prefer, you can lie down. It doesn’t matter what position you are in; the point is to be comfortable.

In an article, How to do Meditation and Yoga to Reduce Stress, adapted from Engs, R.C. Alcohol, and Other Drugs: Self-Responsibility, Tichenor Publishing Company, Bloomington, IN, 1987, the author notes, “Most societies have developed methods to passively induce altered states and the relaxation response. For example, in most religions, prayer and/or meditation is common. It is often done rhythmically and repeatedly and, when carried out for a long period, a relaxed or altered state is often reached.

This repeated form of prayer and meditation is common in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Roman Catholicism. Some other forms of passively induced altered states, besides meditation, are systematic relaxation, self-hypnosis, yoga, and biofeedback. Most of these alternatives, besides being used for tension and stress reduction, can also be used for alleviating insomnia. When using them for sleep, do them lying down. When you use them for stress reduction, sit comfortably in a chair.”

Close your eyes to help you focus on the inner workings of the body. Now take several deep breaths, slowing inhaling, then exhaling, while observing the sensations of your body.

Awareness

Remain aware of your breathing. If “mind chatter” or random negative thoughts run through your mind, don’t push them aside or dwell on them. Rather, just acknowledge the thought as a mote of harmless dust floating on the wind. Accepting your worries without responding to them emotionally removes their power. If a negative or sad though persists, make a mental note of it, dismiss the thought and return to your meditation. Continue to breathe deeply, inhaling for a count of four, exhaling to a count of six.

Deep breathing is integral to meditation. By paying attention to our breath, we stay focused in the moment. During the day, most of us take short, shallow breaths that deprive our bodies of oxygen. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can rejuvenate and refresh. Relax and connect with the gentle rise and fall of your chest. Visualize each breath you take in as white, healing mist. Visualize each exhale as riding the body of a vile, black smoke.

Relax and Rest

Removing your concentration from your breathing, just rest for a few moments as you center your thoughts on how relaxed your muscles feel and the steadiness of your heartbeat. Remind yourself that this is “your time” and for the moment, there is nothing you have to do but focus on “you”.

An Attitude Of Gratitude

Adopt “An attitude of gratitude” by focusing your thoughts on something you are grateful for, such as family, friends, or the beauty of the day. No matter how sad or sorry your scenario, you have many things to for which to be grateful. Give thanks.

A Fresh Perspective

Open your eyes, stand up, stretch, and go about the rest of your day with a fresh perspective and renewed energy.

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Stress Management For All!

By: Marlene Affeld

images-2The following article has made it’s way around the Internet, yet the advice is valid and worth reading again. Enjoy!

Stress Management for Everyone!   This is absolutely wonderful!!!!

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading  and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of  water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to- 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden: holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night: pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully: it’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time: then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18  * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

20 *Save the earth! It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

Be the kind of person that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ “Oh Crap, They’re up!”

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