Good Stuff: Planning

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I am normally not the most patient person.  It is something I have been working on, but one thing that I feel that I have a pretty good handle on is time management.  If you manage your time you eliminate the need to rush.  Since I have a problem with patience, one way I can remedy getting myself unnecessarily upset is by planning.  It has been my experience that rushing only stresses you out.  By giving yourself some extra time to get things done, you can eliminate that stress.

I always give myself a fifteen minute cushion for everything.  Most times I am the first person to an event, class, etc.  There are times when life throws something in your path and that fifteen minute head start saves you from being late.  I have a pet peeve for lateness.  I make it a point to be on time or at least a little early.  It just give me a sense of relief to know that I am on time and I hate to rush.

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One day, on the way to school, I was nearly run off the road by another car speeding to get ahead of me.   As the car passed, I notices that the young lady driving was a student in my class.  As I reached campus, I pulled into a parking space and seconds later the same young lady parked beside me.  We had arrived at almost the exact same time.  Actually, I was there first.  Then as I sat down in the classroom, class starts and about five minutes into the professor’s lecture, in walks the young lady who was in such a hurry.  She was late.  All of that rushing did absolutely no good.  She could have possibly caused an accident in her haste to get to a class.  That type of impatience is dangerous.

I would like to challenge all of you to take the time necessary to have a productive day.  Plan accordingly.  Make arrangements for the times you may not be able to meet a deadline or a meeting.  You owe it to yourself.  Take your time.  Time is infinite.  It will never run out.

Write on Wednesday #19

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Today’s Writing Prompt:  Pick one thing about yourself that you love and explain why you love it.  It could be a body part or a part of your personality.  Go all out.  Don’t worry about coming off as conceited.   Shamelessly celebrate something wonderful about you.  It would be a great idea to print it out and keep it handy.

Write on Wednesday #18

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Today’s Writing Prompt:  Write a query letter for your favorite book.  

If you are a writer who ever had a problem explaining your book to anyone who asks, this is a great exercise. Pick a book that you love and you feel you really know well.  How difficult or easy would it be for you to pitch?

Query letters used to scare the living daylights out of me.  The key is to do your research about the publisher, agent, editor, etc. and to know and understand the book you are pitching.  This may be your only chance to make an impression.

Good Stuff: Turmeric

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I love finding new and natural ways of pampering myself.  Before my grandmother passed away she gave me a book about herbal remedies.  I was flipping through it the other day and turmeric caught my eye.  I already had some turmeric capsules in my vitamin and supplement cocktail that I take every morning  so apparently I felt it was something worth putting into my body.

I’m not going to go through all of the benefits of turmeric, but if you would like to know more you may start here.  I decided in addition to taking it internally, I could also make a facial mask.  As I have mentioned in a previous post, I became caught up in the stress of life and started neglecting myself and my health suffered.  I got very sick and I had a small acne breakout.  As turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, I thought it would be a great way to soothe my irritated skin.  The face mask is very simple and I loved it.

IBourgie’s Turmeric Face Mask*

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*it is always best to use the best quality ingredients so do your research

Mix the lemon juice and turmeric to make a paste.  Cover your entire face with the paste, let it dry, and then rinse.  You may want to use gloves when applying the paste to your face because the turmeric will stain your nails and hands (and anything else it comes in contact with so be careful).  It will also leave your skin with a slight yellow tint as well.  As I have darker skin it was not very noticeable and I actually found it quite flattering.  It gave my skin a very healthy glow, but it soon wore away. My skin is very oily and the yellow color was easily wiped off.  If you have lighter skin, I would recommend this treatment at night.  You may also want to protect your hairline if you have lighter hair.  I have a large gray streak in the middle of my hairline so I was careful not to get the face mask on it.  You could protect your hairline with a little olive oil.

After I used this mask my skin was unbelievably soft.  I only rinsed with water.  I didn’t follow up with a moisturizer and my skin didn’t feel tight and dry.  It was so soft I kept touching it.  I can honestly say that I have never used any beauty product that made my skin feel this great.

 

Write on Wednesday #17

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Today’s Writing Prompt:  The year is 2014 and you wake up as a five-year-old child.  You also have all of knowledge you have gained throughout your entire live, but you are in the body of your five-year-old self.  What would you change?  Would you live your life differently?  Would your knowledge be enough to change the outcome of your life?

I have often wondered how much environment and relationships shapes a person and their circumstances.  People often say, “If I knew then what I know now…” things would be different.  Would they?

 

Pausing Is Encouraged

We all need to be reminded of this!

Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” ~ Eddie Cantor

Much of our lives are series; cycles of events. Just as days turn into nights, seasons change over time, and tides roll in and out – our lives shift from phases of peak activity to periods of rest and relaxation. Whereas high tide is no better than low tide, and autumn no better than winter, activity is not, in itself, better than inactivity. Yet it is during those times of rest and daydreaming that we reconnect to ourselves.

Western cultures typically applaud action and achievement. I know mine does. We are often most comfortable with ourselves when we are on target toward defined goals. When we are working in pursuit of those goals, we are usually taking action…

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