Begin the Adventure of Self-Exploration

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.  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.  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.  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.  In addition to helping repair your muscle, protein helps with the absorption of water. An example of what might work are:

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    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 (www.drinkcodeblue.com), coconut water and pedialyte.  They all provide hydration, carbohydrates and electrolytes.

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    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 yogurt and piece of fruit. 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

    www.sharonrichter.com

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    Power Networking: 6 Reasons to Always Be Networking

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  • 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.

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    GenY Navigates its own support system

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  • 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.

    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. 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, 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 (http://ryanstephensmarketing.com/blog/). “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 (http://www.facebook.com), MySpace (http://www.MySpace.com), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com) 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 (http://www.brazencareerist.com) 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.”

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    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 http://www.publiside.com www.twitter.com/PUBLISIDE and Facebook: 701444938

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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    Every Hero Begins as Fool

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  • 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.

    ©2009 Tama J. Kieves. All rights reserved

    www.AwakeningArtistry.com

    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.

    Turn Loss Into Learning

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  • lossThroughout life we all experience losses of some kind. We might lose a loved one such as a family member or friend. We’ve probably all lost a pet. We may lose a house or a car for various reasons, most often through divorce, another big loss. We also lose small objects like keys and papers on a regular basis. And sometimes we lose our self-esteem, and thus lose our way.

    It’s natural to feel sad, angry, and a full range of other emotions. And we should allow some time to go through these feelings, before moving on. Yet, often we grieve longer than necessary because we feel it is what is expected of us. How long you choose to suffer, though, is up to you. If you can step outside your pain long enough to see that you have a choice, you may be able to learn from the experience and take away valuable life lessons. Additionally, if you can tune into the place within you that is always at peace, you may be able to get the courage to move on.

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