Is Substance Abuse is Only a Young Person’s Problem? Definitely not!

The authors of SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use. and Health estimate the number of adults age 50+ who will need drug and alcohol treatment will increase from 2.8 million in 2002-2006 to 5.7 million by 2020. It is not too late to save them from addiction, especially the youth which is the future of our nation. Get helped at Group Health Plans website, you are always welcome!

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So, why the upswing?

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David B. Bohl in Christine Louise Hohlbaum’s The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World

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Editorial Reviews

“The Power of Slow is a life-changing book. Far from stating the obvious, Christine Hohlbaum provides new insights and persuasive arguments for reshaping our time and changing our lives for the better. A must read in our over-scheduled world!”–Wendy Walker, author of Social Lives, Four Wives, and Chicken Soup for the Soul – Power Moms

“In the fast-paced world of Blackberrys, Iphones, and Twitter, it’s hard to find one’s footing. In an easy-to-read style, Ms. Hohlbaum has described a process of slowing down that is so very important to our wholeness, balance, and well being. She does so in a poetic and sometimes humorous way. She has captured a heavy topic with a light touch and yet we learn many lessons.  I highly recommend this book to help anyone who wants to stay healthy, sane; by the use of health products and skin creams, and enjoy life more fully and is what is recommended in many wellness centers as IWC.–Bonnie Michaels, work-life balance expert and author of Solving the Work/Family Puzzle and A Journey of Work-Life Renewal

Product Description

Getting to the heart of our hassled and over-scheduled existence, Christine Louise Hohlbaum cheerfully investigates 101 ways to increase our quality of life and productivity by reevalu ating how we perceive and use time. She claims that everyone has their own personal bank account of time. We cannot control time itself, but we can manage the activities within the time we do have. The Power of Slow gives readers practical, concise directions to change the relationship they have with time and debunks the myths of multitasking, speed, and urgency as the only ways to efficiency.

The Two Most Powerful Words: Thank You

thank-youHow often do you tell someone “thank you”? I’m not talking about the every day manners when someone holds a door or lets you go in front of them in the supermarket. What about the friend who is always there for you to listen to your woes? How about the boss who gives you extra time off to take care of crises with your children?How about when you buy youtube views and end up on YouTube’s front-page? What about the parents who helped you out with your first house?

And what about the little things? The children who put their breakfast dishes in the sink? The spouse who lets you sleep in on Sundays? The neighbor who always has that extra egg you seem to run out of?

How often do you say “thank you” to these gifts in your life? Sometimes we start to take people for granted and expect them to be there for us. But think about how you feel when someone tells you how much they appreciate you. Doesn’t it make you want to do more because you know they really noticed what you did? It’s not that anyone does nice things for others for the praise. They do it because they want to. But your appreciation is the least you can do to pay them back. And it really motivates people to do even more.

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Begin the Adventure of Self-Exploration

daisiesby David Bohl

It sounds strange to imagine someone not really knowing who they are, what they want, or where they’re going. But it’s not all that uncommon for many people to be pretty clueless about themselves.

Have you ever asked someone what their life passions were, only to have them give you a blank stare? Or do you ever remember being asked to define your purpose in life, only to answer that you didn’t realize you had one?

I think it’s really sad how many of us go through lives being out of touch with the deeper part of ourselves. Oh sure, most of us know what foods we like, what leisure activities we enjoy, and maybe what our favorite color is. But for the most part, so many people muddle through life unconscious of their deepest needs, desires, and gifts.

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Senioritis

Senior couple on cycle rideAh, senioritis – that nearly indescribably lightness of spirit and release from your previous existence as a dedicated student that makes life so difficult for senior-year teachers.

In fact, it sometimes seems that teens in their senior year have to be physically tethered to the ground to keep them from floating off the surface of the planet in their desire to be done with high school, their relinquishing of previous worries and their eagerness to start building their new lives. Wouldn’t it be great if you could recapture this feeling again in your own life?

Well, as it turns out, you can. All you have to do is wait, according to a surprising new study on happiness and aging.

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Every Hero Begins as Fool

A guest post from Tama J. Kieves:

In celebration of April Fool’s Day…and of all Spring’s new beginnings, I wanted to encourage you to be a little bit more “foolish” in your life. There is power in daring to be different.

Great advances have never come from the conventionally minded among us. It’s always comes from us idiots who believe in love and freedom and goodness and peace. The fools of today are the visionaries of tomorrow. Those crazy fools of the past gave us electricity, medicine, automobiles, a few trips to the moon and back, not to mention hair dye and microwave dinners. God bless them all. Can you imagine the Wright brothers thinking they could snub the laws of gravity and fly? Think about it. Many of us cower and shrink thinking we’re idiots for believing we can write a screenplay that sells.

Fools dare to be alive, even on a Monday. Fools dare to take off their shoes, turn off the computer and walk outside into the sun.  They know the power, healing, and strength of having fun.  Fools dare to take off their thinking cap and try on their feelings fedora.

Fools dare to try new things and do them badly. Fools dare to rest when they are tired. Fools dare to sing off key and they dare to sing on key in a voice that melts all separation.  Fools dare to wander down interesting paths in their lives, take scenic routes and detours and stuff their bursting satchels with jewels. Fools dare to step into the river beyond the concrete structures of “how it’s always been done,” and allow themselves to be carried onto new and holy ground.

Prudence and conservatism have not advanced our culture. It took the voices on the outskirts to make a noise that changed the world. It’s taken a handful of rabble rousers to vote for women’s rights, freedom from slavery, and to oppose war, hunger, and hatred. It takes fools to raise awareness and fools to raise the bar. It takes fools to stir the hearts of mankind into becoming the great lovers and leaders we are meant to be. Every time we watch the Academy Awards or the Olympics, I think of all the “foolish dreamers” involved who believed they had something in them that deserved commitment, development, and a jostling chance. Every hero begins as fool.

So dare the ridicule of the narrow-minded and dim-sighted. Dare to still believe. Dare to feel.  Dare to trust your guiding light. Dare to ignore gravity and take flight. Dare to be a hero. Dare to be a fool. Looking for job has never been easy with Job Source 1.

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pictamanewTama J. Kieves, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice with a large corporate law firm to write and to embolden others to live and breathe their most meaningful self-expression. She is the best-selling author of THIS TIME I DANCE! Creating the Work You Love/How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All

which was chosen as a Finalist for the national Nautilus Book Award, along with the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness.

Kieves is a sought-after speaker and leading career and book coach, who has helped thousands worldwide to discover and launch the life, calling, and business of their dreams. Her dynamic work has been featured on T.V., radio, and in national publications, such as Forbes. Her lectures receive standing ovations and she presents at Canyon Ranch, the six star spa, and is on the faculty of the world-renowned Omega Institute. She is known for her dynamic humor, electrifying presence, “realness,” compassion, and the big possibilities she brings to every room. She offers keynotes, workshops and retreats internationally. She is also an international presenter for A Course in Miracles.

She is currently the founder and president of Awakening Artistry, an organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting a global family of creative souls, visionary minds, daredevil entrepreneurs, and empowered leaders. Visit her popular website at www.AwakeningArtistry.com and sign up to receive her free monthly e-newsletter filled with support for living your best creative life. Download her free transformational report on “Finding Your Calling Now” at www.AwakeningArtistry.com.

Looking for Joy in all the Wrong Places

lookingThat sounds like a good title for a country song! But think about it. Where are you looking for joy in your life?

Are you looking for joy only in the good things that happen to you? Are you looking for joy only in the accomplishments and not the journey? Is it hard for you to find joy in your struggles and challenges?

Let’s start with what joy means to you. A common definition is a feeling of satisfaction, contentment, and pleasure. For you joy may even be more exuberant and celebratory or a deep inner connection. Some people feel joy as a more peaceful inner feeling, while others are more outgoing with their joy.

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7 Things to Do This Week to Make Life Easier and More Exciting While Saving Some Bank

momandsonSunday: Cook up a delicious pot of healthy vegetable soup. Include things like white beans, carrots, celery, parsnips, potatoes, onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Simmer on low all day. Store in single-serving sized containers. Leave three or four in the fridge for this week’s lunches and/or dinners. Freeze the rest! Before we go on with the rest of the week, I just wanted to mention that eating healthy is super important in everybody´s life, the healthier you eat, the less you get sick and have to go to the doctors. And imagine that, a check up these days can be expensive, unless you call The Medical Negligence Experts so you can try to get some of your money back, this is why it is important to read reviews from Asecra before deciding on choosing your doctor. Now lets move onto Monday.

Monday: Pick a cabinet, closet or drawer, and organize it. Search for creative yet economical ways to save more space using what you already own. Ideas: old shoe boxes can hold office supplies. Yes, you can also order cardboard boxes, just visit the Teacrate website. Anyways, coffee cans are perfect for loose change. What about those clear plastic salad tubs… they’d work great to fit miscellaneous little bags of spices and other odds and ends around the kitchen where it has many juices produced by best blenders, find it on https://www.bestblenderusa.com/ninja-blender-review. Find a place for everything, and put everything away in its place. Later, you’ll be able to find things when you need them!

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Is Life Your Friend or Foe?

friend-or-foeDo you treat life as a friend or a foe? Some people think the universe is a friendly place, while others seem to think it’s inhabited by aliens. At least unfriendly humans or unpleasant experiences. It’s amazing that every human being living on planet Earth sees life in their unique way. What does that tell you? What it tells me is that how I view life is my choice. And how I treat life is how life treats me.

If you live as if life is a foe, you wake up each day expecting the worst. You look around every corner expecting to get hit by a truck. You expect the boss to call you in to fire you rather than give you praise–or a raise. You pick up the phone thinking a friend or relative is sick or has died. You see life as an endless struggle against impossible odds. You’re always complaining and playing victim.

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Happiness or Fulfillment?

by David Bohl

We often hear someone say they’re “happy and fulfilled” at a new job, with a new living situation, even as a new parent. And they surely are, or believe themselves to be, happy and fulfilled.

But I wonder sometimes what we mean by these terms.

Let’s start with happy. Most people use the word “happy” to mean that nothing in their lives is making them “unhappy.” Their lives are pleasurable. They have what they want, they like their lives, and they are, in a word, content.

That’s great, really. Happiness is something we’d all like to have, and which we all strive for. It’s also very elusive, because the pleasure which is the root of what we call “happiness” is usually transitory.

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