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My most favorite smell is Whisper Blend, an essential oil for women

You give your best, perform well and always hope it gets you noticed, but while good performance is paramount and critical to moving your career forward; unfortunately, it’s not always sufficient. Many of your mates are doing great work too. You have to act, own, be something far more than that to stand out amidst the others.

How do you always make sure people remember you? How do you make a strong, lasting impression? What makes you stand out and how can you be different from all the others? This post will assist you in breaking your limits and overcoming whatever obstacles you have in order to live your life at its best.

Be Yourself – Some Key Differentiators

Your attitude. enthusiasiasm. positivism. engaging. passionate. An upbeat and professional attitude stands out. No matter what the working day produces, it’s very important to depict that you can stay bold, upbeat and confident. People are normally pleased working with other people that are encouraging, constructive and pleasant rather than rude, complaining, destructive and negative.

Being engaging. Being friendly. Allows your personality show through. Being approachable. Building relationships and trusts. Engaging others as well as showing a genuine interest in their lives, and their thoughts also. Get a mentor to assist you to get to meet people. A knowledgeable and connected mentor can be of great resource to assist you in building relationships and connections with other persons in your field.

Your communication. You might think that an excellent professional communication skill is given, but you’d fall into a fallacy. Many very competent individuals lack effective, professional communication skills required. You need to pay careful attention to how you express yourself, not only in formal settings like written communications, but also in on the phone, in mails and in tete-a-tete discussion. Being respectful, confident and clear in all of your communications. Educate yourself to be a better listener also. Give your undivided attention, maintain good eye contact, and try to really understand and comprehend what others are expressing.  An attentive and respectful listener is a very rare valuable. Developing exceptional communication habits goes a very long way in differentiating yourself from the crowd.

Your Contribution. The spirit dedication and involvement stand you out. Be readier than every other person on the team. Do your homework well and gather your materials, and make sure to come ready and prepared to work. If you are actively engaged in the work process and also make very significant contributions to your team, it will be perceived. You also might decide to volunteer to contribute beyond your specified workload and offer to take part in charity events or be a active member of other existing committees.

Your Creative Thinking. Thinking creatively is a potential asset. Don’t be scared to express your creativity and innovative solutions. Ask useful and intelligent questions. Ask questions that everyone else is ignoring. It’s always not the answers you give that make an impression, but your ability to ask very insightful and logical questions. Not only will you show that you can “think outside the box,” but that you can exercise your creativeness in ways that benefits the whole team.

Your Results. Results speaks very loudly than your words. more attention to is paid to what you do, than to what you say. What do you do extraordinarily well? Can you learn more to do it even better? Strive to be the go-to person(best) whenever that skill is required. Your skill set doesn’t have to be odd or difficult; it’s actually better if it’s a simple one, mostly required, skill that you perform better than others. And don’t hesitate to blow your own horn on every occasion. There’s nothing actually bad with allowing people know whenever you’ve achieved something exceptional, as long as you’re careful not to be boastful, prideful or annoying. Your achievements stand out and advances your career.

Your Take-Aways. The key is to determine what’s distinct about you, and then learn to capitalize on that distinguishing factor. Always pay undivided attention to whatever it is you do best, what you contribute to the table, what is unique about you. Be memorable. Be talented and remarkable. Be an expert and be trustworthy. Be creative and arousing. Let that thing that differentiate you from others be noticeable, work on growing that “specialness” and you will be perceived.

Your Spice. In conclusion, how you smell is also important is making you stand out. Knowing how well you smell put you in a great mood and bring out the best in you. My most favorite smell is Whisper Blend, an essential oil for women. It is is a complex and diverse blend that combines with each individual’s chemistry to create a uniquely personal fragrance. Each essential oil in the blend provides an inviting aroma of its own, but when combined, these oils offer a distinct scent that intrigues your senses and those passing by. Try it today!

 

 

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Save Hours Each Week
  • Do you have takeout many times in a week? 

  • Do you want to eat healthy each day of the week, without spending tons of hours cooking?

  • Are you tired of eating the microwaved mac and cheese for the 3rd time in less than ten days?

Making meals or prepping them in advance can save you a lot of time. If you want to eat healthily but feel a time squeeze, I can completely understand. I was in the same situation but learning the art of preparing meals in advance. It helped me save dollars, eat healthily, and reduce food waste too.

Here, I share 12 tips for saving hours in the week by spending just 2 hours on the weekend. Bust stress and cook smart starting today!

Know the Why

Be clear with why you have started meal prepping? Losing weight, saving time, cutting the grocery budget, eating healthy can be a few of the many reasons. The goal will be your prime motivation. Be clear and write it in your journal or post-it on the refrigerator to motivate yourself.

Designate a Day

Many people prefer Saturday or Sunday for meal prepping. If you work during the weekend, you can choose any other day of the week that suits your schedule. Sticking to a particular day helps to make this exercise a habit.

Choose the Prep Meals

Starting small helps a lot. Pick a meal that you want to prepare for the week ahead. Maybe you can try making breakfast for the next five days. Here you could make 5 smoothie bags packed with frozen veggies, fruits with a teaspoon of almonds, chia and flax seeds. In the morning, just dump contents of one packet into the mixer, mix in milk, ice and you have healthy nutrition packed smoothie ready.

Select Recipes for the Week

Decide upon the recipes and make a list for the ingredients. Decide the servings to be made and get the exact amounts of ingredients.

Go Shopping

Take the list and go grocery shopping. Buying vegetables, meats, and fruits in bulk can save you a tidy sum of cash. As far as possible, stick to the list, but you can slip in a treat every week!

Get the Right Accessories

Get a set of stackable containers for the refrigerator. Glass or plastic is best for storing food. If you prefer plastic, buy the ones that are BPA-free.

Get the Veggies Ready

Wash and rinse the vegetables and fruits for the next 5 days. Chop or slice them and store in resealable bags that can be used when you are ready to cook. If you prefer to store them after roasting so, they are prepared for salads or soups.

Bake Early

Bake some sweet potatoes or regular potatoes and refrigerate them. They make for a quick side dish of mashed potatoes or a tossed salad.

Grate the Cheese

If you prefer grated cheese over your salads and as a seasoning in soups, grate the cheese block on Sunday. Just freeze it in a resealable bag to use during the week. This simple hack can save you a ton of time.

Cook the Meats

Using crockpots is a great way to cook your meats done. Cook the chicken or beef with a little bit of water or broth. Once ready, let it completely cool down and chop or shred it. Now freeze it up. During the week, get some meat out, add flavorful dressings, toss to make a yummy main course dish. Spicy Italian Beef with Mashed Potatoes for Monday night dinner in less than 10 minutes!

Egg power

Boil some eggs and refrigerate. They make for quick breakfasts with a smoothie or whole wheat toast. Do finish them up in a week. If peeled, finish them in a day.

Snack Packs

Make small snack packs of your favorite healthy munchies. When you go to work, pack one in your bag. Take small resealable plastic bags of sliced carrots, cucumbers, toasted nuts, whole wheat crackers, granola bars. You could also use small BPA-free plastic containers if you prefer them.

The Last Word

Cooking every day can be a challenge with work, study, children, and family priorities also on your plate. Spending 2 hours on the weekend can save you loads of unnecessary stress, reduce takeout meals, and save tons of dollars and your valuable time. Why not try out a couple of tips this weekend and check it out yourself?

 

 

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Many women today struggle to find the balance between the expectations stemming from so many roles they have including a working woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, etc

Many women today struggle to find the balance between the expectations stemming from so many roles they have including a working woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, etc. You might find yourself wondering: “Which of them to give priority to and when is the right time to put me first, when is it my turn?“ Additionally, another question arises:” How do I acquire what I need without feeling or appearing selfish? How do I best accommodate what I desire and what others want from me?” Before you enter panic mode, take a deep breath and continue reading. Like anything in life, figuring out the best way for communicating needs is a process that takes time but is worth investing in. Let us take it one step at a time.

What is preventing the change you seek?

The role of a modern woman is often overwhelming. Every so often it is easy to cope with all the responsibilities. However, what happens when it is too much to handle? Who can you rely on and ask for help? Do you feel alone in this struggle or have someone to turn to? Obtaining multiple resources within the family and outside of it makes those difficult times bearable. However, people around us are not always so perceptive to our needs or inclined to help. The question remains – how do I get help and understanding I need?

Before we dive into details of how to get help while enjoying the modern woman role, we need to address the why and why not. As humans, we tend to postpone change when we anticipate any type of negative consequences. Therefore, before diving into modifying behaviour, we need to figure out how to prevent or deal with those potential consequences. Think about it and answer for yourself: “Is there a reason why it would be wiser to put my head down and simply power through? What do you anticipate would happen if you start advocating for your needs?

Through coaching experience with clients, I have found that often what prevents change is fear of people’s reactions to it. More concretely, fear of seeming selfish and ultimately losing people, resulting in loneliness. Another reason that keeps reappearing is the fear of losing the identity of who you are if you change. Some find hard to ask for help since it jeopardizes their role of a strong, independent, modern woman. Who will I become if I require help often? How will I be perceived and how will I feel if I need to rely on others? Therefore, before making any adjustments we need to address the fears that prevent us from making the first step.

Balance is key

The metaphor of boiling the frog could be useful here – if the frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out. However, if the frog is put in warm water brought to a boil slowly, as there is no sudden change it will remain calm. When you decide to make a change, take it one step at a time and be mindful of people’s reactions. When you are gradually implementing change significant others and yourself have time to adjust to it.

In a way, we can compare this process to the process of implementing change in any company process. Direct coaching for women in business advises us to first look into what is needed and plan accordingly before implementing anything. Think to yourself, who do you turn to for what kind of help? What is it that you are lacking and want to provide for yourself? What kind of reaction can you expect, and what to do about it? What can you give in return to that person? In life, as in business, you need to turn to people that have the most chances of delivering what you want and avoid having only one resource that can do it.

Furthermore, no recipe can be applied to every relationship you maintain. What you ask for, the way you do it and how the person will react differs from relationship to relationship. Be mindful of the reactions and readjust your plan according to the challenges you meet as you go along. In the words of Rob Liano: “If you expect life to be easy, challenges will seem difficult. If you accept that challenges may occur, life will be easier.”

Finally, we need to address the other big inhibitor of change. Very good, you guessed right – it is you. The modern role of a woman offers many rewards – when you are independent, capable, and a high earner you gain affirmation from it. It is not always easy to ask for help if asking for help could jeopardize that role and validation stemming from it. Perhaps you are wondering: “How can I be strong if I demand other’s help? Am I genuinely independent if I am relying on others?” Conceivably a more practical question is “What kind of help can I accept and still remain strong and independent?” Try asking yourself too: “What price will I pay in life if I continue doing it on my own exclusively?”

Nobody fails or succeeds alone

One of the key concepts in Small Business Coaching is that you need others to rely on and work together with towards success. Even entrepreneurs recognize this and rely on other freelancers to build a complete product. Anyone who has achieved something will inform you about the influences and help they got along the way to success. For example, one of the most brilliant minds Albert Einstein relied on other people too. His first mentor Max Talmud introduced Einstein to key texts in math, science, and philosophy and guided him for 6 years. Choosing those resources carefully is as important as obtaining them. Often time we are uncertain what road to take and how to start. Coaching for success is a good first resource to consider on the path of discovering and multiplying other resources.

 

30 June 2019 Article Submitted byMilica Markovic

 

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How To Balance Life And Passion In Your Relationship

The idea of balance and harmony between two somewhat opposing concepts has long been an aspiration of mankind. Perhaps, this is borne out of the fact that clashes sometimes happen between two equally important parts of our lives, sometimes our relationships with our partner and our life outside it. Most times, it is our career path and our relationship with our significant other that clashes, and the choice of which one deserves our attention the most is often one of the hardest decisions. How then do we maintain passion, enthusiasm and a loving atmosphere in our relationship? Find out more how to balance life and inspire passion at the same time below.

Make the Commitment

One of the best things you can do for yourself is commit to another person, to have to experience life with. Marriage teaches you as much as growing a business or career does. Be committed to both, and the lessons will intermingle and support one another. Plus, you’ll need the stability of another person. It’s good for the soul.

 Balance is Impossible

 Yes, you heard it right. balance is impossible, but work-life integration is crucial. There will be days you have to work more and others when you can take the day off to do something special with your significant other. If you have to travel for work, take him or her with you, stay a few extra days and make a mini vacation out of it. If they have to travel, go with them and do the same.

Prioritize

At the end of the day, though we all strive to leave a legacy through our work, it’s no secret that having someone to share your life with is an equally important goal. So, just as you prioritize time in your day for important work-related goals, you have to do the same to create or maintain goals as they pertain to your love life. Create goals you want to attain in both spheres and stick to it.

Be Present

You may not necessary be available your loved one all the time, however, make a point of being present when you are present. Leave your work at work, and don’t check your email or make one last call. Keep the phones out of bed, the bedroom is for intimacy. Make you’re your together time just for loved ones paying attention to each other. You can even keep electronic devices away from your bedroom if it will help.

It’s hard to shut off work, and it can’t always be done, but your relationships deserve your devoted attention just as much as your work does.

Prioritize Passion in Your Relationship.

A common issue in relationships is that we want one person to be everything to us. That means that your partner is your best friend, business partner, co-parent, lover, housecleaner, and handyman. Unfortunately, the more roles we put a person in, the more diluted the relationship becomes. If one of the main priorities of your relationship is to grow in passionate love, then you have to prioritize that experience above the others. One person cannot be everything, that is why there are other people like friends, parents, children etc. A charge can be reintroduced in your relationship if you start treating your partner like your lover, rather than your roommate.

Spice It Up

Passion inevitably dies down when the mundane takes over, and new experiences fade into the distance. Passion comes from having new experiences and slacking around in the house just because you have both vowed to live the rest of your life together is the best recipe for falling into a rut. Give your partner surprise gifts, have couples’ dinners, communicate frequently, share your fantasies, try out new experiences etc.

You can also literally spice things up with essential oils, especially the aptly named doTerra Passion Inspiring Blend. Its spice and herb mix will jolt you out of complacency and make you go on an adventure of your lifetime with your partner!

Pursue Your Own Passions

If you feel there’s an imbalance in your relationship, it is often because of time constraints. Perhaps you have a lot of time on your hands and your partner doesn’t. Or maybe you’re knee-deep in a phase of your career or a new business venture and have no time to devote to your spouse.

Either way, this is where hobbies come in. Instead of looking for a romantic partner to fill the void, try pursuing something you genuinely enjoy — and encourage your partner to do the same. See time apart as an opportunity for self-growth.

Demands and restraints have very little to do with love, so whatever you do, don’t hold each other on a short leash. Relationships prosper from opportunity, and the more you are willing to let your partner explore, the closer the two of you will become.

 

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There was a time when work and family time had clear boundaries

There was a time when work and family time had clear boundaries. Nowadays, that is no longer the case and one must be conscious and very careful in trying to achieve the work-life balance to get the best of two worlds. This line has been further blurred by the use of technology that makes people available even after hours and consumes the time spent relaxing.

On a more cheerful note – even though it might be hard, it doesnt mean it is impossible to achieve work-life balance. However, what this balance will mean for each of us will be different, as our needs and responsibilities differ too. The ideal state of harmony and the road to achieving it will vary, as does what we are struggling with right now. Thats why the solution needs to be tailored and why we will propose later a small exercise designed to help you move closer to your individual desired state.

Gains and benefits of achieving the balance

The appropriate condition of balance and the avenues of attaining it will differ from person to person, but the benefits of achieving harmony are significant to all people employed. When employees experience a sense of command of their own lives and time division between work and rest they are more engaged and energetic in both.

Being in control and knowing there is designated time for each helps people focus on work while at work and deal with family matters outside of it. Not merely do they enjoy family time more, but they are equally able to build better relationships with coworkers and management. Fostering better relationships reduces the number of conflicts and increases productivity. A company is only as great as its people and studies prove that employees that have an optimal work-life balance do a better job. Therefore, companies that encourage this balance will yield good results in productivity, employee retention rates and become more enticing attracting the most outstanding talent out there.

Managing the balance will have an extensive effect on health and wellbeing in general. Being tired and overworked takes a great toll. Thinking process becomes clouded and productivity declines. Over more, tiredness can lead to dangerous mistakes at work and in private life. Stress from working too hard and not tending to yourself has negative effects on the immune system. In turn, this has a negative impact on any medical condition and overall health.

Bear in mind, dedicating the majority of time to work leads to more work. By showing you are responsible and get the work done, you invite people to rely on you in the future again. This leads to less and less time devoted to family and friends. Time remains the resource we need to be most careful about spending as it is not limitless and you cant get it back. Think about what you spend it on before you run out of it. In the words of Steve Blank: When you’re gone would you rather have your gravestone say, ‘He never missed a meeting.’ or one that said, He was a great father.

Moving closer to the Ideal

Before we attempt to change something we need to comprehend where we are currently and what we would desire to avoid. Therefore, the following technique could help in gaining clarity and taking the first steps towards the ideal state of work-rest.

You need very little material – a pen and a paper. If you dont have it handy, perhaps your imagination can do. Start by drawing a straight link across the paper in a letter position. On the left end of the line, you should write a phrase that indicates the undesired state of work-life balance and on the left the desired state. Ask yourself, what would like it to be, and what would I dislike in terms of this balance. For example, one could write living to work on the left, unwanted, and working to live on the other, desirable, end. Find your own wording and note it down.

Next, think of this line as a continuum going from the state you dont want to be in up to the one you wish you had. This step is about positioning yourself on this continuum NOW, in 2 and 5 years, on your worst day and in the IDEAL state. Take the time you require to figure out where to mark each of these on the line. An additional step could be trying to position people close to you on this line, to the best of your knowledge. For all you know, some of them will be an explicit model of what you like to avoid in life and what you want to aim for. If you discover you know someone who has achieved what you desire, they can be a resource and you could reach out for guidance.

Furthermore, we want to move from understanding to applying. Once you have them all noted, think of two small things you could do that would get you closer from where you are NOW to the IDEAL. Remember the tale of the rabbit and turtle race? Even the most modest steps bringing you closer to the goal, as long as you are persistent and dont give up. Conceivably that modest step for you would be saying NO to additional work or to staying over hours? Would you need learning how to delegate better to decrease the workload you are handling right now? Would it be making a list of priority items that prompt your response after hours and those that can wait until you come to the office? Could you need to communicate more clearly when you are available for work and set clear expectations when they can (not) reach you? Whatever these two steps are, they need to make sense to you and be applicable to your unique situation.

Ultimately, it is possible you opt for Coaching for success and find a great Gold Coast Business Coach to assist you in this endeavor. A coach could assist in developing steps that are outside of your comfort zone but still not terrifying. What you decide to undertake at this stage should be challenging enough, but not paralyzing you with fear. Otherwise, you will simply go back to the behaviors you are comfortable with which lead you to predictable outcomes. However, if you continue going down the same familiar road, you will inevitably end up on the same place in the end. Change is about designing the following modest step and estimating the consequences before you take it.

Slow and steady is the key

Remember, creating a healthy work-life balance is a continuous process. Re-examine your priorities from time to time, draw the line again and if needed find assistance to support you staying on course. Work-life balance does not imply an equal division of time. Figuring out an optimal number of hours to allocate to each requires an investment of time and energy. Successively, life will reward you with feelings of fulfillment, meaning, and calmness. Being attentive and investing consistently will yield good results and ultimately achieve the harmony you need to make the most of the two worlds.

30 April 2019 Article Submitted byMilica Markovic

 

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doTerra’s InTune® Focus Blend

There is one thing that big tasks, deadlines, exams and like circumstances have in common – the need for perfect concentration. Maximum clarity for hours is just not negotiable when a deadline is looming. However, a lot of times, it’s just not easy to achieve a sustained sense of focus due to the sheer number of distractions around us. For example, it is estimated that it takes about 25 minutes to concentrate, yet office workers are interrupted every 11 minutes, while on the whole, Americans contend with 34 gigabytes of information and 100,500 words every day! It is against this backdrop that this post explores hacks, both short-term and long-term, for enhancing and sustaining a sense of focus and avoid sensory overload.

SHORT-TERM HACKS

Eliminate Distractions

Duh! This sounds so counter-intuitive, but yes, we forget so many times to remove distractions or simply underrate how many distractions we have around and how much they affect our concentration. Even more, distractions may be both physical (like a television playing in the background, Facebook feed notifications on your phone and your co-worker’s smelling food) or internal (like nervousness, fatigue, fear and sadness).

Yet, eliminating distractions is not always easy today, especially if the cause is an uncooperative co-worker. To eliminate physical distractions, you can reserve a certain time and place where you will be left alone. These include the library, a private room in your house and a coffee shop. While you are working, ensure your phone is on airplane mode, your computer has all notifications disabled, and you clearly inform coworkers or family that you are not to be disturbed. To eliminate internal distractions, be well-rested before attempting to start. Also, be positive and willfully avoid disrupting feelings and thoughts.

Make Your Work Environment Comfortable

First, check if your work-space is ergonomic. Make sure your desk and chair are at a comfortable height so you don’t strain your back.  Often a simple thing such as a small cushion or a rolled-up towel to support your lower back is enough to fend off that back soreness interrupting your workflow.

Adjust the position of your computer and any other work tools you use. The optimal set-up for your desk space includes your monitor being at arm’s lengths away from your eyes and your wrists and hands on the keyboard straight at or below elbows level.

Write Out Key Important Tasks Every Hour

One of the best ways to keep your brain focused is to write out the tasks that you want to accomplish within an hour and then time yourself to complete it within the specified period. By writing out your key tasks each hour and timing yourself, you can focus on what is most important and infuse it with a sense of exigency.

Break Your Tasks Up into Smaller Goals

Instead of focusing on your big, long term goals, start setting small daily goals. By doing this, you can focus solely on what you have to do in a day, instead of the sometimes-frightening gargantuan task as a whole. Achieving small daily goals will wire your brain for success and trigger the reward mechanism, releasing dopamine when you accomplish your goal. This will help you stay more focused and increase the odds of you achieving tomorrow’s goal.

Use Essential Oils with Nootropic Properties

Nootropics are substances that increase cognitive abilities, and essential oils are have known nootropic properties which stimulate the brain almost immediately, resulting in better focus, less stress and an upbeat mood. One very good essential oil is doTerra’s InTune® Focus Blend. It is made of Patchouli Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Lime Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower essential oils, amongst others. Frankincense has been used for centuries for improving focus and distractions while boosting concentration, same with the others too. By applying it somewhere you can smell it, even at the back of your hand, it will increase your cognitive abilities and also improve your focus.

LONG-TERM HACKS

While this post has mostly concentrated on the quick things to do to ensure maximum focus short-term, there are more things that could be done long-term will aid concentration in the long run. Starting each morning with exercise is one as it is one of the most important things that you can do for your brain and your overall well-being. It does not have to be a full-blown, get ripped regime – walking every morning is an exercise too.

Another important point is to get enough sleep because nothing ruins your focus more than consistent sleep deprivation. 7 hours of high-quality sleep per night minimum is tonic for the soul. Also, eating good fats like nuts, avocados, eggs, and coconut oil in your diet will improve your cognitive function and help your brain run more smoothly. After all, the human brain is made up of roughly 60% fat.

Finally, I found that eating in the morning makes me feel drowsy and muddles my concentration, so what I do is what is popularly known as Intermittent Fasting (IF). For 16 hours out of the day, all you have to do is fast completely and then consume all of your calories in an 8-hour window. It is tremendously easy and incredibly beneficial. Outside of the benefits to your metabolism and fat loss goals, IF actually helps you to have more focus in the morning because your body is not wasting precious energy digesting foods. Instead, it can allocate all of those resources to helping you concentrate on the task at hand.

In conclusion, mastering your focus is not an easy task. It takes commitment and making efforts towards that commitment to achieve a sustained sense of focus to enable you to complete your task. Without you making these efforts, even tips can only do so much. We hope the many rewards will galvanize you to make efforts and achieve your goals.

 

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What can we learn if we are attuned to the seasonal change?

Seasons bring more than just the need for a wardrobe change. Each season delivers an opportunity to connect with nature and change together with it. Have you noticed how your mood and energy level differ depending on the season? Did you detect any new behaviors arising depending on the time of the year?

Plant and animal life have adapted over thousands of years to this change in weather happening throughout the year. As a species, humans have adapted to it too, however, over time, we lost the intensity of the connection. When most of the work people did was connected to agriculture and food growing we were much more mindful of the seasons. Today, as office work is unaffected by them we easily slip into the disconnect to nature’s change. When was the last time you were indeed aware that autumn or winter are starting, besides the need to use warmer clothes?
What can we learn if we are attuned to the seasonal change?

Every season bears a unique kind of beautiful with it and is precious for all life. The white coat that covers the Earth during winter makes it as beautiful as does the green one during the summer. In spring everything blossoms, and you could find yourself being moved by nature’s ability to regenerate after cold winter months. Have you ever stopped to admire the specter of colors autumn leaves showcase? Autumn is genuinely the season of movement with all the change happening (in temperature, winds, looks of, thus far, the green coat of Earth). Each one of the seasons is unique and delightful, the same as each one of us is, without exception. Nature appreciates all of the seasons as we should appreciate ourselves.

Each of the seasons lasts only for a few months and has its picks in its beauty. If we give them a chance, they can teach us to “stop and smell the roses” knowing nothing lasts forever. If you lived forever would you be so driven to do so much? Probably not. Seasons teach us we should enjoy the moment that is happening now as it is fleeting and never to repeat. You will never have a chance to live this day again!

Furthermore, seasons can offer hope to those that need it. A few months and the season is gone, right? In a way, this can be interpreted as nature’s way of telling us “this too shall pass.” If you are hurting, know it will pass (especially if you work on it). If you are happy savor every moment of it since it will also pass. If you think about it, nothing lasts forever and there a lesson and hope in appreciating that.

Change can prompt another kind of hope – hope that metamorphosis is achievable. Some changes can occur as naturally as spring comes after winter, whereas others will call for the shedding of old ways as trees leave their leaves in the autumn and give way to winter. Every one of the seasons presents an opportunity to reflect and reconstruct oneself.
Let the natural change spark your personal one

It used to be that summers were used to produce food, while the winter was a time for resting since there was not that much to do. It surely is no accident that after the season of change follows a season of calm. Winter can gift us with the feeling of peace and calm if we let it. The tranquility of winter can help reflect and ponder on the future steps in life. It can serve as a time to unwind and relax from all the movement and change we go through during the rest of the year.

Winter is a great time to dedicate to your own contemplation and allow yourself time to sit in quiet. The atmosphere of silence can help you get more attuned to your inner voice trying to whisper what you need and want. Turn inward to hear better and let your intuition direct you further. Allowing yourself to take the time to identify what negative stories you tell yourself can help you change them.

Autumn and winter demonstrate us that letting go is not necessarily a negative thing. The leaves and fruits that fall on the ground during autumn, and lie under snow during winter, will become new plant life when spring comes. Letting go can bring opportunities for something new to grow in its place. Give yourself the opportunity to declutter your mental and emotional space to make room for unknown experience in your life.

 

01 April  2019 – Article Submitted by Milica Markovic

Keeping Emotional Baggage Out of Your Work Space

Are you feeling blue for many days? Is your anxiety over a relationship pressing you down?

Many times, in a relationship, you may feel threatened, withdrawn, negative or even apprehensive. It could be a recent event or something that occurred in childhood, experiences can quickly turn into emotional baggage. It is important not to allow them to weigh you down.

It is like a heavy backpack that you are carrying in your mind unknowingly. All the responses, conversations and emotional hurt keeps zooming around in your head.  As a solopreneur, you already have a lot to deal with in your daily work and personal life. Carrying emotional struggles into your workplace will fire it up even more. Having been in this situation, I want to share a few tips to get your head and heart freer and lighter.

  • Pick and Choose

Are there any bits in your life that you would like to improve? If you have an unfulfilling relationship, credit card debt, health issues you want to change, change them right away. It could be the old habits that are not getting unstuck. Take your time and work through them one at a time. You’ve got this!

  • List it Up

Trello, your smartphone app, or even a pen and paper, pick up whatever you like. Organize the things you want to change and list them down in order of priority. Long term wants, daily habits or present-day challenges may end up here. Pick the one bothering you the most and get it out of the way.

  • Express Yourself

Let go. Release all the pent-up emotions bottled up within. Learn to forgive and forget. Sure, it is hard to do, but why not start practicing? One step at a time will make life easier. Doing this is vital to be at peace with yourself.

  • Make time to Play

Have a favorite hobby? Maybe you like painting, yoga or swimming. Spend time doing the activity you love. As time passes by, recollect one good thing from the experience. Once you do this, you will be able to relate a positive aspect with the experience you had. You will be able to understand yourself and relieve some of the emotional hurt.

  • Allow Time

When you want to let go of all the emotional baggage, allow yourself sufficient time. Immerse yourself in work in a focussed manner. Shut out other distractions and thoughts when you are working. Give yourself time to heal from emotional circumstances.

  • Take Solace

Spend time with yourself. If you prefer journaling and keeping notes, do it. Like taking a walk in the lap of nature, go right ahead. Spending time with yourself gives the mental clarity, that can surprise you. Go for a mini holiday, recharge yourself and be back with a bang. Have you thought about investing in a training program in gold coast? Go for it. You will come back richer in experience and thought. Your business will thank you for it.

  • Seek Intervention

Sometimes, an objective person can give you the focus you need. Speak to a mentor, coach or a friend about your thoughts. Therapists or counselors can be of great support at getting you to the right direction.

Why not pick any one of the ideas? Or even more than one to implement. Stepping back a bit can help you unload the emotional hurt that is holding you back.

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Cheers!

 

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How to Get Rid of Cellulite

Someone once told me that cellulite is the battle-scar of a battle well-fought and worn. Perhaps what the person was alluding to was that since grown women mostly have cellulite, it is an emblem of the things we’ve been through and we should be proud and not ashamed of it. However, in reality, not many can be persuaded that their cellulite should be worn with pride, and frankly, there is nothing bad in wanting a smoother skin, or changing a look you don’t feel comfortable with, as long as such change comes with no health risk.

This post has been designed as a one-stop post if you are looking to remove your cellulite and look healthier, but first, let’s define cellulite, debunk some myths and note other preliminary tidbits.

Cellulite is not a medical disease but a harmless condition which occurs when fat underneath the skin gives it a dimpled, bumpy, or “orange peel” appearance. Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin and occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin.

Cellulite is also much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat cells, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men’s and women’s skin. Between 80 and 90 percent of women will at one point or the other have cellulite. Since it is almost universal in adult females and has no health risk, it is considered normal. Even slender women in excellent physical condition can have cellulite.

The cause of cellulite is a genetic difference in the way adipose tissue (body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy and also cushions and insulates vital organs) and connective tissue (body tissues that support organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments) form. Cellulite is therefore not a function of excess weight, at least not directly as cellulite affects people whether they are overweight or not. Other causes of cellulite include pregnancy and an inactive lifestyle, smoking, family history, skin thickness, gender, the amount and distribution of body fat, and age – all of which can determine the extent to which cellulite is present or visible. People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite. Wearing underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks can limit blood flow, and this may contribute to the formation of cellulite.

To treat the appearance of cellulite, numerous treatments are available, but the effect is mostly temporary so continuous application is required. One is the use of essential oil. Rosemary essential oil is known to increase circulation by warming the organs underneath the skin. With the vigorous application of rosemary essential oil, the appearance of cellulite decreases over time. Besides, rosemary is low-cost and has other health benefits compared to other treatments in this article.

Other treatments for cellulite include acoustic wave therapy (AWT also called Lipotripsy) applies acoustic waves (also called sound, pressure or shockwaves) to the affected areas; laser, light, or radiofrequency therapy combine suction or massage with light therapy for the temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite; subcision which involves insertion of a needle beneath the skin to break up bands of fibrous connective tissue that separate the clusters of fat cells; retinol creams and other creams and methylxanthines creams (chemicals which break down fat); and carboxytherapy is a medical procedure in which carbon dioxide (CO2) gas is injected just beneath the skin.

However, these are not all the means people try to get rid of cellulite. Some try to tan, either by sunlight or artificial ultraviolet, to disguise the appearance of cellulite. Truly, this is redundant and a mere waste of resources which may worsen its appearance. In addition, ultraviolet light is a major risk factor for skin cancer. Other people try dramatic weight loss program. While living healthy is good, dramatic weight loss does not cut it as cellulite affects slender people and it may worsen its appearance.

In conclusion, it must be restated that cellulite is not a medical problem and does not have adverse health consequences. Most treatments are temporary if not continued on a regular basis as there is no permanent solution to getting rid of it. Going through expensive procedures constantly may make a dent in your finances which is why we advocate for the use of rosemary essential oil since it is a low-cost option compared to all the other procedures. Furthermore, although prevention of cellulite may not be possible, it is reasonable to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Getting plenty of rest, eating a well-rounded diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, along with a consistent exercise regimen will go a long way in controlling the appearance of cellulite. Maintaining hydration (drinking plenty of fluids) and smoking cessation may also make cellulite less noticeable.

doTERRA Oils  for Cellulite

Cellulite Massage Oil Blend

  • 20 drops rosemary.
  • 20 drops fennel.
  • 15 drops juniper.
  • 15 drops grapefruit.
  • 5 drops geranium.

Rosemary: Rosemary is a great all around oil that combats fluid retention and toxin buildup in the tissues. It’s also a great oil for memory improvement and reduces mental fatigue with its brain stimulant properties.

Fennel: Fennel has potent diuretic properties that help the body speed up the elimination of stored up waste materials and reduces the prevalence of water retention in the tissue. It’s properties also make it practical for breaking up the fatty deposits under the surface of the skin.

Juniper: Well known for it’s detoxifying and cleansing properties, juniper is highly regarded for reducing acne, fluid retention, and cellulite. It helps to clear and stimulate the mind as well. It’s an excellent tonic for the skin and joint pain/arthritis as well.

Grapefruit: Grapefruit is an uplifting oil that refreshes and eases a stressed-out mind and body. Grapefruit oil encourages the elimination of cellular toxins making it a great everyday oil for treating cellulite and fluid retention. A bonus of grapefruit oil is appetite reduction, as it can help to curb excess cravings and binge eating.

Geranium: Geranium is a great all around oil that is especially supportive of the skin. It also improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to diminish water retention and eliminate toxins. A simple way to use geranium for cellulite is to mix 6 drops of the oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and firmly massage into the effected areas.

Directions: In a 5 ml glass bottle combine your essential oils and shake to blend

Ways to use your Cellulite Massage Oil Blend

Below are a few ways you can make use of your massage blend.

  • Dry brushing: Before taking a shower or bathing sprinkle 1-2 drops of your cellulite massage blend onto a natural-bristle body brush. Using small circular motions brush your limbs upwards the hear (stimulating and improving circulation)
  • In the bath: While filling your tub with warm water take a small non-reactive bowl and combine 1 tsp (5 mL) milk and 4-6 drops of your Cellulite Massage Oil. Add the mixture to the tub once it’s filled. Agitate and disperse the oils then soak for 30 minutes, massaging any floating droplets of oil into your skin. Important: wait until the bath is filled to add your oils. Don’t add under steaming, pouring water as the tub fills to avoid evaporation of the oils.
  • Massage: In a small non-reactive bowl combine 4 tsp (20 mL) of grapeseed or sweet almond oil and 10 drops of your Cellulite Massage Oil.

 

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Managing time effectively as a small business owner

Managing time effectively as a small business owner

Operating a small business, especially while raising a family, can lead to feeling as if there’s not enough time in the day. Whether it’s manufacturing products, delivering services or even remembering to pick up your child from soccer practice — it can seem like the demands never end. There’s always room for improvement with simple and effective steps on how to manage time for effectively. If you have looked about me and why I now coach you will have seen that I balance a lot on my plate and successfully (most of the time) Utilizing direct coaching for women in business, and someone whose walking in the same shoes, can help you balance all of life’s competing demands, and make it look easy!

Working with someone like me can alleviate some of the pressure on your time and energy, along with a few simple steps related to scheduling and time management. That way, time — and me — are on your side and you’re in control!

After all, starting a business probably seemed unrealistic at some point in your life — and look where you are now! Having Confidence in Business not only means creating a company you’re proud of, but also matching your small business with your unique lifestyle and time constraints

When you surrender and stop resisting and stop trying to change that which you can’t change, but be in the moment, be fully open to the blessings you’ve already received and those that are yet to come and stand in that space of gratitude … and look at where you are and how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished – when you can claim THAT and SEE that, the literal vibration of your life will change. – Oprah Winfrey

As a small business owner for a number of years, you will know how tasks seem to increase all the time, even on a daily basis. Although this can be frustrating, it’s also an opportunity to break down the amount of tasks you complete each day, chunking them into manageable sizes. For instance, try writing down all your daily tasks for tomorrow, then check for repetition, or by seeing if things can be combined or eliminated from the schedule.

You can use our Speedy Priority Finder to help you determine what’s needed, what can be combined, and which tasks can be eliminated altogether.

Being a small business owner is a lot like being a freelancer: both jobs require self-discipline and a strong work ethic. Help and support can be the difference between feeling lost and getting on-track. When you don’t have a boss watching over you, it’s important to set your own goals and scheduling. It might seem silly to create a monthly calendar or daily schedule, but that’s exactly what will keep you on-track and be as productive as possible, which is what coaching for business women is all about! Everyone needs some structure throughout the day, so why not try it and see what happens? Small Business Consulting can help you build this skill and find a strategy that works for you.

You can try The Activity Priority Matrix as another tool to get everything in line.  

Not only is scheduling and prioritizing important, but also balancing your time with other family obligations and quality time with loved ones. Coaching for success isn’t just about improving your business model, but also your entire approach to family life! Multiple studies show that happy people are better workers, so finding balance means achieving our absolute potential, and guidance from small business help and support can get you there quickly!

Remember, time is on your side and you don’t have to work 12-hour days to be an accomplished and sustainable business owner. Technology can help you make the most of your valuable time, whether making phone calls from a wireless device, or investing in a tablet you can use whenever, wherever. This allows you to finish work faster and enjoy life more — which is the whole idea behind Business Coaching Gold Coast and Brisbane!

Starting a business is never easy, and you might be used to working non-stop during the week. Even though some businesses, especially seasonal ones, can require extensive hours during peak operations, it’s still be important to be able to shift gears and reassess your strategy.

After all, you’re the boss and decide the future of your Start-up Business on Gold Coast!

We have a number of tools available for small business owners that we work through. It all starts with a Discovery Session which is FREE – 30-mins to find out where you are right now and what you need to focus on. Book a session with us. You have nothing to lose.