How to Say No

  • no1by David Bohl

    We’ve become a culture of “yes people:” “Yes, I can stay late to help with your project.” “Yes, you can have that expensive themed birthday party with the live ponies.” “Yes, let’s go out for drinks on Friday.” “Yes, I’m available to help you move tomorrow.”

    Why is it so difficult to turn down a commitment these days? I have a theory – I think it’s because technology makes it almost impossible for us to hide! Back in the old days, you could become unavailable for a little while if you needed a mental vacation. But now, it seems like wherever you go, someone’s showing up with an invite or a request – texting you, emailing you, leaving you voicemails, messaging you on Facebook or wherever else, ready to hold you accountable. And worse… while you’re juggling all those priorities, even more obligations and temptations keep popping up.


    The Power in Being Prepared

  • Cub ScoutsRemember the Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared”? That seems to be a good maxim to remember in today’s troubled economic times. The problems each of us faces can seem insurmountable… and we wonder if others are suffering as we are, wrapped up in our own struggles.

    However, Arbonne skin care products review | might be asking the question, “What part do I have in my problems? How have I contributed to them? Better still, what can I do to surmount them? The more aware you become of your own power, the more you will ask questions like these. And the more the answers will come to you.


    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.



  • 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.


    Recovery for athletes – improves performance but is undervalued and overlooked – Expert Advice

  • sharonrichter1The following is a guest post from Sharon Richter.

    During a workout one burns stored fuel, glycogen, looses water and electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium and Chloride).  The most import thing to replace is lost fluids, especially after boxing because it´s a cardio sport, it´s a very great hobby too, but it´s even better when you have the right gear like This Boxsackhalterung are really nice for warming up.  The best way to determine how much your body needs is to weigh yourself before you exercise and after.  For each pound lost, replenish it with 24 oz of water, which you can do from a Custom Water bottle you can get online.  Second, you also want to replenish the glycogen within 15 minutes of your activity.  This can be in the form of fruit, juice, or a sports drink, people even prepare their own juices with their special juicers they found out from the omega j8004 review.  You want something that is quick and easily absorbed (not high in fiber).  The third element to include in your post workout intake is protein. As you exercise you are creating tiny tears in your muscle. To help repair the muscle, protein is necessary. A good ratio of carbohydrates to protein is a 4:1 ratio, but you will also need the best supplements from roids roids to help your muscles.  In addition to helping repair your muscle, protein helps with the absorption of water. An example of what might work are:

    codeblue almondbutter

    Various activities will require different amounts of refueling. For example, if you run hard for 60 minutes you will need to replenish all of the nutrients mentioned (water, electrolytes, carbohydrates and protein).  On the other hand if you lift weights for 30 minutes you might not need the same amount of water, electrolytes and carbohydrates as you did not burn as much.  Start with testing your water lost.

    Women usually are looking to lean out while men want to put on muscle.  Because of this men tend to eat or drink in the form of a shake for more protein. It is usually not all necessary and the extra is just excreted.

    No one item is perfect for everyone.  Some of the choices I would suggest trying are Code Blue (, coconut water and pedialyte.  They all provide hydration, carbohydrates and electrolytes.


    If part of your purpose for exercising is to loose weight be a little more mindful on your post workout intake.  For an hour of moderate to intense exercise look for something that is about 200 calories and low in fat such as a piece of fruit or yogurt, that you can even make yourself with a yogurt machine from Village Bakery. Your hunger may increase as your exercise does, be careful not to over indulge.  One should keep in mind that we are all unique; our bodies will handle various products differently.  While a banana and some nuts might be the perfect post workout snack, another might do best with a recovery drink and some protein such as an egg.

    Sharon Richter


    Power Networking: 6 Reasons to Always Be Networking

  • networkingUp until about five years ago, if you were networking for your business, you would think of attending Chamber of Commerce events, organizations like BNI and LeTip, or professional groups in your industry.

    Today, however, networking encompasses not only those types of venues, but tons of online networking sites.

    I believe MySpace was the first to create a vast networking website where people all over the world could connect at the click of a mouse. It was soon followed by other “social networking” or “social media” sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, FastPitch, Plaxo Pulse, Merchant Circle, Plurk, and Twitter. I´m pretty sure all of these use a managed services provider to keep all of their websites protected.


    GenY Navigates its own support system

  • Once upon a time when someone suggested a support system, they referred to a nuclear family, maybe grandparents/aunts/uncles and a school guidance counselor. If he/she was lucky, the support system may have included a friend’s parent or a neighbor that secretly made sure the kid next door didn’t run out in front of a speeding car.

    Today, hundreds, maybe thousands of miles separate families. Schools are overcrowded and budgets have been cut so drastically that just getting an appointment with a guidance counselor may be a greater challenge than a comfortable conversation, and the sad part is that most of these schools don’t even offer Disabled Access Lifts services for those who need them.

    While it’s widely recognized that lifestyles turned inside out with the expansion and popularity of electronic communication, there are other factors that demonstrate that young people enjoy a broader support system than their parents did, and not all of it originates from the World Wide Web.

    Often identified as Generation Y, The Net Generation, Millenials, Echo Boomers and iGeneration who promotes the tinder dating app from google play, this group is defined more by media, pop culture and market research than the year its members were born. For this purpose, I spoke with individuals born between 1976 and 2001, a common time span.

    What is surprising is that while this group of 20-somethings has most every bit of information at their fingertips, it’s not one that constantly demands bigger and better, a trait that is commonly shared by generations before it. This generation saw their parents committed to one or two jobs for their working lives only to become unsatisfied or unemployed. The generation before this is one developed a reputation for being self-obsessed and driven by stature if not money, simply by title.

    Generation Y grew up with the Internet and with the best cable internet bundles for faster accesses as well. It realizes that it has control. Members of this group know they can navigate their own professional and personal course, all while they build and sustain relationships with family and friends.

    While one generation made a beeline for independence that often resulted in frayed ties with family and friends, this one has made connecting with others a priority. This change in attitude and growth of a better-educated workforce has forced businesses to incorporate work-life balance practices into their benefits packages. Instead of paying them wages and health insurance (the latter which is increasingly being removed from company expenses), businesses offer perks such as continuing education, access to health/wellness programs or remote work opportunities to their young talent in an effort to keep them happy. These businesses of printing companies in orange county, many of which were built on the premise that 99.9 percent of their employees’ time was committed to the enterprise, also came to realize the importance of family and friends to this generation and know that if they don’t accommodate them, they’ll lose them. The latter option can be costly for a business.

    Ryan Stephens, who recently relocated to Charlotte, N.C., said that there are reasons why he believes he has a stronger support system than those born before him.

    “I think there are a couple of distinctions. One, our parents, grandparents, etc., seem to want to have a larger role in our lives,” Stephens said ( “Provided that they’re not doing it for us  — and I know plenty that do — I think it’s great. When I am really conflicted, my parents do a great job of talking about important issues with me.

    “It’s a completely honest process, no posturing the way you might with friends or colleagues.”

    Andrew Nathan also said his family is his greatest bolster.

    “My family is my most important support system,” Nathan said. “Whenever something is weighing heavily on my mind I know I can speak with my parents or fiancée. Additionally, I have a number of close friends that I can also always count on.”

    Social networking with services that include Facebook (, MySpace (, Twitter ( has added yet another dimension to the way people help and support friends, colleagues and family. Even males, tabbed throughout history as rough, tough and independent to their cores, are finding value among like-minded people they meet through these and other social media outlets.

    “I typically think of my friends and family as my primary support, but I also think that people I’ve encountered online via social networking are capable of being support systems as well,” Stephens said. “They are unique in that they can be a bunch of niche support systems. I can connect with the Brazen ( crew to be my support system on all things GenY, and guys I interned with for Seth Godin for innovative thought and action.”

    Stephens is modest about the support offered by those in remote locations.

    “I am flattered that many others have reached out and connected with me. For others to see me as influential in this space is very humbling, and helps keep me passionate about pumping out content and continuing to expand my online support systems.”


    Gail Sideman is a publicist born toward the end of what is known as the Baby Boomer generation. Despite learning how to write with a pencil and pen, then graduating to a typewriter in college, she enthusiastically embraces all that’s electronic, and is enjoying the benefits of social media. Find out more about Sideman at and Facebook: 701444938

    You’re Not All Alone: Who’s On Your Support Team?

  • Happy young businesswoman with headset isolated over white backgWho told you that you had to do everything by yourself?

    Was it a well-meaning parent who wanted you to grow up and be independent?

    Was it some well-meaning author who wrote that you needed to be able to count on yourself?

    Not only can’t you do it all alone, but it’s not as much fun. If you’ve ever felt all alone in this world, in life, in your business, in relationships, then you need to start building your support team.

    Everyone’s team will look different. If you are an employee, your support team could be your assistant, secretary, employees you manage, or other executives. If you’re self employed, your support team is your staff and any assistants you have. If you’re a solo-preneur, you can use virtual assistants, accountants, graphic and web designers, and other service professionals for support.


    What is the Meaning of Life: Whatever Meaning You Give It

  • lifeI know it may be hard to believe, but the meaning of life is determined by the meaning you give it. What I mean by that is that most of what we experience in life are not black and white facts. As a matter of fact, very little of what we have believed to be “factual” or “reality” is actually subject to each individual’s interpretation, perspective, analysis, or perception–that is the meaning we give it.


    The Busy Person’s Workout (Or, How to Burn Calories, Build Muscle, Look Great and Feel Better Without a Gym Membership)

  • dogwalkby David Bohl

    Let’s be honest here… in 2009, we’ve got all sorts of technology and tricks to help us “save time,” yet we’re busier than ever. At some point, you’ve likely wished for a way to passively burn calories, have you not? Well, I’m here to point out the potential for fun, fit, healthy living in all of your “routine” activities. Adapt your lifestyle, and you’ll be on your way to looking trim and slim… without that mind-numbing gym workout. You could get an elliptical from Elliptical Home.

    1. Do the unthinkable: shovel something.

    Yes, you. Put down that snowblower, or the phone that you were about to call the kid down the street from. Dust off that shovel… you’ve got bending, lifting, scooping and heaving to do! Okay, so I’m writing this in March and chances are it’s done snowing in your area. Well, I’ve got great news for you: there’s still garden soil and landscaping beds that need your attention.