Post from: April 2015

Teen Tuesday

Hi teens! It’s time for tip. I want to talk about letting yourself sweat. Yes, I’m serious.

Sweating is an amazingly healthy way for your body to get toxins out of you. Your skin absorbs chemicals into the body, but it also excretes toxins via sweat glands. This is one reason why exercise and sunlight are so healthy. Your body needs to sweat.




Soul Saturday

“To thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Bookfest Friday

Seriously people. I LOVE THIS BOOK. If you're a writer especially, you must get it.

Pressfield is a famous screenwriter and author (The Legend of Baggar Vance, amongst others) and he wrote this book, Do the Work, for those working on accomplishing a goal—any goal you’ve set for yourself. The book is short, (you could read it in thirty minutes), but FULL of great insights on pushing forward from beginning, through the middle, to the end of your goal. I love the little mini-story Pressfield shares of his first ever big-time movie, King Kong Lives (which actually bombed). He couldn’t believe it was such a failure so went outside the city to see if it was doing better in the suburbs. When he asked the boy at the ticket booth “How’s King Kong Lives?” the boy flashed a thumbs-down. “Miss it man. It sucks.” Pressfield was crushed. The good news for the rest of us: Pressfield shares much of what he’s learned in little one-liners all throughout this book, Do the Work. If you need a little inspiration—or a kick in the booty to press forward and get it done (especially goals which require creativity or inspiration)—pick up this book. Go! Now!

Deep Thought Thursday

The stories Jacob and I hear from people of all walks of life, with all types of experiences, are as varied as the people who are telling the stories to us.

Some people loved their childhood; some wouldn’t go back in a million years. Ultimately, it’s at least good to know where you fall, so you can understand yourself better and realize how your earlier experiences are shaping you today.

Partially, you may have decided to be who you are today because you wanted nothing to do with the way your parents raised you. Or, partially, you may have chosen to model many aspects of your mother and/or father because, looking back, hey, your parents did a pretty good job and you’ve consciously adopted some of their practices. OR—and this is the clincher and the point of this blog—you may look at yourself and say, “Oh no! I’m exactly like my mother/father, how did that happen and how do I change it immediately?!”


Super Mom Monday

This Monday, I wanted to share with you a list of items I used to review nearly daily as a reminder of the type of family environment my children deserve to have, and how, as a parent, I can provide that for them. This works well for grandparents, too.

(The following is an excerpt from a Montessori book entitled “Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful.”)

All children deserve:

* A slow-paced lifestyle with long hours of sleep on a regular schedule, a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise, and a generous amount of time in nature.

* Someone to behold the child’s face with joy, hold her, hug her, and treasure her for herself alone.

* Someone to read chapter books aloud for twenty to thirty minutes every day, at a level three years beyond the child’s reading level.

* Someone to recite poetry every day, a new poem each week.

* Someone to tell delightful stories of the child’s own life.

* Freedom from being dragged around on errands.


Soul Saturday

"Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great."

-- Orison Swett Marden

Bookfest Friday

It seems like more people have said they’ve read this book than most of the other books I’ve thrown out there. It's a classic. And it's amazing. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was written in 1952, and if it's been that long since you've read it, go back and read it again. In fact, read it again even if you read it a month ago. Peale was ahead of his time when it came to understanding the incredible power of our thoughts and the huge impact our thoughts can have on our lives--for better or worse.

Basically, you can't afford to have negative thoughts. And the crazy thing is, sometimes we have defeatist or negative thoughts without even realizing we are doing it. Negativity and worry will steal your joy, you vigor, and your ability to relax and embrace life. It has been said that only 8% of the things we actually worry about are valid things to concern ourselves with. The rest has already happened or will never happen-- neither of which matter, nor can be changed. If you want to regain control of your brain and your thought life and feel freedom to live life fully, get this book and READ IT!

My book looks a little more "worn" than the cover I posted above. ;)

Check it out--->

Deep Thought Thursday

Here’s the secret to make you live longer, feel better, and age well: Smile.

Now, before you scroll down this page and move on, wait a minute. There are a few things about a smile that you need to hear:

1) Change Your Perspective: A smile requires the use of 40+ muscles in your face. When these muscles produce a smile, messages are sent to the brain to release hormones into your body. These hormones have the ability to make you feel better, bring you to a calmer state, and alter the way your brain processes incoming information—how you look at situations. Smiling can actually improve your decision-making skills for the better.

2) Help with Depression: A “Smile Trial” was run on a group of manic depressives that were not responding well to drug treatment for their disease. Over half of the test subjects found that



You Are Loved.

You Are Wanted.

You Are Here On Purpose.

You Were Created For A Reason.

You Will Change The World.

-Heidi Tankersley