photo (4)While everyone else is talking about New Year’s Resolutions, I want to talk about taking a different approach to the New Year. To me, New Year’s Resolutions are nothing more than a wish list people create about things they want to change in their lives but have very little chance of actually accomplishing.  “What is she talking about?” you say. I know. Sounds kind of harsh.  However, statistics show that only 39% of people in their twenties actually achieve their New Year’s Goals. For people over 50 it’s an abysmal 14%!1  The problem is that resolutions with no action plan are just wishes that have very little chance of ever coming true.  So as the gyms and yoga studios fill up this month with people wanting to lose weight and others plan on getting rich while trying to figure out how they will pay off their credit card bills from Christmas, what can you do to make a FRESH START so that 2015 is your best year ever?  Read more to find out how. (more…)

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3D chrome Dollar symbolHave you received your December credit card bills yet?  Are you dreading what the amount owing will be?  Do you even know what the amount will be? One of the key stressors that affect people is worrying about money. However, as much as people worry about their finances, it doesn’t always translate into making necessary changes to improve their financial status.  Well, just like anything else, it’s all about habits. With money, that involves your spending as well as your saving habits.  Did you know that there are actually different money “personalities”?  Money does matter and it plays a significant role in contributing to our stress levels as well as our enjoyment of life.  In this article I’m going to help you identify which money personality you are and how you can use that information to help with your money matters.  (more…)

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brain-waves-webHow many thoughts do you have in a day, an hour, a minute? How many of these thoughts are repetitive? How many thoughts are positive? How many are negative? Does your mind keep working overtime even when your day is done and you’re trying to fall asleep?  Does your mind wake you up in the middle of the night endlessly looping negative or worry-some thoughts?  In Buddhism, this agitated, constant mind chatter is referred to as “monkey mind”.  The Buddha is quoted as saying, “Just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go, only to seize another, so too, that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually both day and night.”  In this article I’m going to share with you 3 simple methods that you can use to quiet this “monkey mind” and to help you shift from your stressed self to YOUR BEST SELF!  (more…)

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peace and joyDespite the fact that we sing Christmas Carols like “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night” lyrics like “sleep in heavenly peace”, often times the holiday season is anything but filled with joy and peace.  Between school pageants, office Christmas parties, shopping for gifts, not to mention the extra cooking and baking for the family, it’s pretty easy to get stressed out.  However, in this article I’m going to share with you a few simple things that you can do so that you really can experience peace and joy this holiday season.   (more…)

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angelsAccording to a 2011 poll, of the 1000 Americans interviewed, 77% believed that angels are real.1  A similar 2007 poll of 1000 Canadians showed that 66% believed in angels.2 As the Christmas Season approaches, angels inevitably pop up everywhere from Bible scripture readings in church, to Christmas tree decorations, to the carols we sing, to the movies we watch like the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  While stories of angels actually span many of the world’s various religions and cultures, how is it that over the millennia, angels continue to have such a popular place in our lives? Are they real or simply a myth to help us feel better in a troubled world? Have you ever had an encounter with an ethereal angel? In this article I’m going to explore both the spiritual and the scientific side to the question, Angels: Myth or Reality?   (more…)

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NobelTo help us focus on peace this month, I thought it would be helpful to learn some interesting things about the Nobel Peace Prize and some of its recipients.  For example, it has been awarded to 128 laureates since 1901. Before we get into the 10 most popular recipients, here are some other interesting facts:
95 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded from 1901-2014.
2 Peace Prizes have been divided between three persons.
16 women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so far.
62 is the average age of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the year they were awarded the prize.
1 Peace Prize Laureate, Le Duc Tho, has declined the Nobel Peace Prize.
3 Peace Prize Laureates have been under arrest at the time of the award: German pacifist and journalist Carl von Ossietzky, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.
*All facts and figures about the Nobel Nobel Peace Prize
Here is a list of the 10 most popular Nobel Peace Prize recipients. (more…)

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