I asked 10 different people “why they eat”, and got 10 different answers. Some of the answers I was given were:
1. I’m hungry
2. I’m bored
3. I’m depressed
4. I’m happy
5. I like to cook, eating is part of cooking
6. Something to do when I watch TV
7. I am in training
8. When our family gathers, we eat!
9. It’s a: holiday, birthday, weekend, anniversary, special occasion…
10. A favorite of moms: I eat when I feed my family
Out of the 20 or so people that I asked, not one of them told me they eat for nourishment or to keep their body healthy!
"Let food be thy medicine & let thy medicine be food"
Our bodies require specific nutrients to maintain our health (think of the phrase: “you are what you eat!”) and yet many of us still think the 4 basic food groups are Fast Food, Frozen, Microwave, or Pizza Delivery. Our bodies are natural detoxifiers but with all of the processed food we consume it wreaks havoc with our body’s ability to sustain life.
Eating healthy is easy if you listen to your body! Have you ever sat down with a bowl of potato chips and ate the entire bowl? Our body will allow us to consume large amounts of empty calories because the brain is waiting for nourishment. Try sitting down to a bowl of bananas and watch how many you can eat. Your brain will tell you to stop before you can overindulge!
I challenge you to eliminate one unhealthy food or drink from your diet to create a New Beginning with your eating habits?
Go ahead, create a New Beginning in your life and accept my challenge; you have nothing to lose besides your bad eating habits!
I grew up with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Lana Turner, Betty Grable, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Elizabeth Taylor. These people came into our home each week in the form of our favorite TV show or movie of the week. My grandmother often spoke of traveling to California to see Matt Dillon. She could never understand that he was a character played by James Arness on her favorite weekly TV show, Gunsmoke.
Dreaming of Hollywood; the Academy Awards, the glitz and the glamor would allow my mother an opportunity to escape her world and travel to the world of Hollywood, taking me and my siblings with her! Lana Turner, Betty Grable, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and of course Elizabeth Taylor; my mother could not get enough of them and her excitement was contagious!
The movies and people that starred in the movies were different when my mother was a young girl; mystery surrounded the movie stars and the places they frequented were places she could only hope to visit. Hollywood and those that ruled Hollywood saw to it that the public only saw the glamorous side of the movie business. Every girl wore her hair like Elizabeth Taylor and dreamt of being discovered like Lana Turner.
Today, the world of Hollywood is very real in my mother's life as she follows my tours leading guests through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood as a local Tour Guide. She marvels at the places I check into on Facebook when I talk about having a drink at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where Julia Robert's captured the eye of Richard Gere while filming Pretty Woman or walk the staircase that every movie star passes through during the Academy Awards. As I stand on the stage at the Hollywood Bowl and encourage the guests on my tour bus to pose and take pictures that will give them lasting memories, I often give thanks to my mother for sharing her love of all things Hollywood with me. Not only do my childhood memories of Hollywood make me a great Tour Guide, they have also made me my mother’s favorite Hollywood Star!
Invoices are used by professionals on all levels, the list can be endless; your doctor, your dentist, your bank, and so on.
Invoices are sent to recoup services rendered; keeping that in mind, have you ever thought of invoicing yourself? Think of the list of services you complete on a daily basis and keep that list going if you are a woman in business or a woman in business with a family.
Does time seem to slip away, and at the end of the day the items at the bottom of the list get put on tomorrow’s list? If one of the items that continue to get put on tomorrow’s list is YOU, you may want to consider invoicing yourself.
When you stop to realize all of the services you accomplish on a daily basis, and you put a value on these services, you will begin to see your value in a different light. How much is your time worth?
How long do you spend on reading emails, answering emails, social media, making phone calls, newsletters, networking, driving to an event? Can you see how, when you think in terms of invoicing yourself, your perception of time can add value to YOU?
Start by putting a dollar value on your time. How much are you worth? Once you determine how much one hour of your time is worth and how you will pay the invoice you are going to send to yourself you will begin to make different choices in how you spend your time. The items on your list will take on a different value and you will begin to prioritize your list differently.
You are valuable and so is the way you choose to spend your time. Only you can create a New Beginning in the way you choose to manage your time. Once you starting invoicing yourself with the idea that you are obligated to pay the invoice, how will you choose to prioritize your list?
Life is all about choices!!!
When I was 17 years old, I stood in front of hundreds of friends and family members making a commitment to love, honor and cherish the man that was about to become my husband. Thirty two years later, as he sat across from me and told me he wanted a divorce, I couldn’t help but wonder; “when is enough truly enough?”
If you make a commitment, shouldn’t you do everything in your power to honor your commitment? As I looked into his face, and saw nothing but anger, something erupted inside of me as though a volcano of emotions were about to erupt and rather than allow my feelings to bubble to the surface, I calmly said, “is that what you really want.” He nodded his head and said, “Yes, do whatever you have to do to make it happen.” Feeling a mixture of defeat and relief, I replied, “Ok, I will get started right away.” With a look of surprise on his face, he said, “That’s it, you will do it?” I replied, “you said it is what you want, why do you seem so surprised that I said yes?” His next words hit me between the eyes when he said, “I just didn’t think you would say yes, I figured I could just keep treating you the way I have always treated you and you would just keep taking it like you always have.”
As women, we tend to put the needs of others before our own needs; as days, months, and then years slide by we look in the mirror and see the same face, but something has changed. Looking in the mirror I couldn’t help but ask myself, “When did I allow my belief in commitment to keep me from valuing my “self”?
For years I allowed my belief in commitment to keep me from letting go because sometimes it is easier deal with what we know rather than move towards the unknown. Letting go means moving towards the unknown but it also means you are stepping into your power!
Have you ever heard of The Sedona Method? It is a vastly accelerated way of letting go of feelings like anger, frustration, jealousy, anxiety, stress, and fear, as well as many other problems – even physical pain – with which almost everybody struggles at one time or another.
If we have had the pleasure to meet, personally, then you know that I am the most positive person I know! I love my life and sometimes, following my own advice can be a difficult path!
Letting go meant that I had to admit that I was not a complete victim in my situation. I chose to allow it to continue based on my belief at that time. Once the victim became the victor I was able to create a New Beginning in my life. Letting go has created room for me to shout… “I LOVE MY LIFE!!!!”
Did you know that the holidays are only 3 months away? Soon many people’s thoughts will turn to the upcoming festivities, parties, and finding that special gift for the special person in your life.
Unfortunately, many people will pay for those parties and gifts by going into credit card debt.
Life is all about choices. We have all heard the definition of insanity, “continuing to do the same things, over and over, and expecting different results.”
We have all been there; that tiny thought that creeps into your mind that says, “I really can’t afford this, but I have been working so hard. Just this once, I am going to treat myself.”
Often times we avoid the “thing” we don’t want to face. Every sci-fi movie ever made has the people in charge trying to destroy the alien instead of understanding “why” it is here! Something that may have helped us is considered a threat because too many people automatically think, “but that’s the way we’ve always done it!”
So, if you refuse to think differently than you have always thought, how do you take control of the pile of bills, the lack of necessary income, the failing business or the business that you were sure would bring you the income of your dreams but has yet to deliver?
This is where your wants and needs come into play. Suze Orman, internationally acclaimed financial expert, suggests that if you have several credit cards that need to be paid off; take the card with the lowest amount and pay it off. Then with the money you were using to pay off that card, put it towards the next card. Continue to follow this step until all of your cards are paid off. If you have to use your card again, make sure you pay it off every month. In other words, don’t spend more than you can pay for in one month!
This is where our wants and needs come into play. When you stop at your local coffee shop each morning, you might ask yourself, “is this a WANT or a NEED?” Many of you feel you NEED that cup of coffee but often times it is the ritual or status symbol of walking in with your designer coffee that satisfies your inner WANT.
When you are ready to start a New Beginning and get your “WANTS” and “NEEDS” in a place where your “WANTS” can be paid for every month, you will then be in a place to control that pile of bills, create necessary income, and even have the strength to let go of the failing business or the business that you were sure would bring you the income of your dreams but has yet to deliver!
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