Friday, 29 March 2013

Listen Up- A Fantastic Friday Challenge!


Fantastic Friday is here again and, as usual. We were pretty awesome this month. We made it through and we rock. 

So spread the word; it's time to celebrate that and look onward and upward into expanded superbity (which I know is not a word).

This Fantastic Friday, the 30-day challenge is to: Listen and Express Yourself.
Photo by Barnabus, Slayer of 3vil

Say What?!
So, of course it makes sense to listen. However, if you're like me, you do that thing where if you've said "what" once or twice, too bad, you don't get to know. Or you laugh at jokes that you're not really listening to, or if something is over your head, you don't always ask. This month, no more.

It's good to listen; we actually know what the other person is trying to tell us, what we're agreeing to, or what we're laughing at. Pretty important stuff. But, sometimes it's tough. So that's half of my thirty day challenge- to try to really listen to what people are saying and, if I can't, to not be in the conversation. 

Seriously. Keep it real. Fishy's onto something.

Tell It Like It Is!
The other half of the challenge is that on top of me listening, I'd like others to listen to me. Not that they generally don't or that I can control other people's behaviour, but one thing I can do is make sure that when I say something, I really say it. If I have something to say, I'll try to say it clearly without ambiguity and if I am uncertain, be clear about that too. Bottom Line: People can't listen to what you don't say, so I'm gonna speak up. 

This is sure to be a communicative and interesting month.

Any thoughts? I'm listening and expressing is awesome. If you like what you heard, don't forget to share, subscribe, or connect with me on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter.

Live Well, 

Friday, 22 March 2013

Put Those Worries Away!


So, sometimes I get a little stressed, like everyone. Normal, natural, but not so much fun. One of the things that stresses me out is when I worry. Luckily there are things to do to deal with worries, including this thing called a worry box.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Get Lucky. Eat Your Veggies!

Remember Popeye gulping down a can of spinach and suddenly growing strong, full of power and bulging muscles? While the results of eating spinach probably won't be so dramatic for you, spinach is lucky. It will help you fulfill that 5-10 a day fruit and vegetable recommendation and, like other vegetables, it's chock full of healthy things. In honour of St. Patrick's Day, I'm going green. Here are few ways to make your meals that colour too- some sneaky and a less covert simple salad recipe.
Vegetables are lucky, sneak 'em in!

First, the sneaky bit. How-to add those vegetables!

Friday, 8 March 2013

15 Minutes to a Happier, Healthier You

Can you have fun, improve your mood, and your health in 15 minutes? Turns out you can. 

 A while back I wrote about bringing health to your desk job, but we can't forget about the non-job part. That 15 minute coffee break can make in a difference in a world where many of us feel we have too much to do, not enough time, not enough fun in our daily lives.  That little breather is our time and we've got to claim it and enjoy it! Here are a few simple (and free) ideas for ways to make that break great for you.

Friday, 1 March 2013

10 Free Ways To Love Your Day.

Recently, I wrote about appreciating yourself, very nice, but what if you're not feeling so hot today? If your day isn't going quite how you hoped it would and you're feeling a little blue, I've got a handy-dandy list of easy things that can help you create a better mood for your awesomeness. Bonus: They're all free and they're all pretty easy!

Photo-Greg Riegler Photography
1. Drink WATER. 
Seriously. Headaches from dehydration are no fun, and just enjoying the pleasure of that cool, clear drink is so nice. Healthy, free, delicious, life-sustaining, this is one pretty awesome beverage. Grab yourself a tall glass and savour. If you need a little extra help appreciating this, exercise first for added impact. Which brings me to my next suggestion...

2. Move your body-