What's Your Dream ...
Do you ever feel like a failure because your dreams don’t become a reality? I have been there. We all have. But never giving up is the key to one day making it happen!
I just listened to an incredible podcast from my friend, Josh S. Clark, who shared his insights on having a dream big enough to inspire you to never give up. Wow! What a powerful message!!
A Proverbs Josh shared was, "Where there is no vision, the people perish . . ." (Proverbs 29:18) This is so true! Without a vision it is impossible to reach your chosen destination.
Josh shared these eight reasons why your dreams might die and I wanted to share them with you.
❇️ Your dream isn’t authentic. If your dream doesn’t get you jumping out of bed in the morning ready to get going, it probably isn’t inspiring enough to ever be reached. Determine what your passion is and make it happen!
❇️ Stop dreaming. People get into a rut and discouraged believing their dream will never happen so they stop dreaming altogether and stop having faith. Don't let this happen to you. If we stop dreaming, we really stop living and we are not seeking the path God intended for us while here on earth.
❇️ Dream isn’t big enough. Make sure you really set your sights on BIG dreams. And have a bag full of dreams to keep you inspired. Set big goals, but then set small milestones as well so you don't get discouraged because your dream is taking too long.
❇️ Continue growing. If your dream isn’t helping you grow in your life, it won’t keep your attention for too long. Reach for the stars ... you may miss, but you will still land in the clouds!
❇️ Supporting community. Without people in your life that are encouraging and uplifting, it is hard to be positive. Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Essentially, the people you spend the most time with shape who you are. Remember, there will always be negative people trying to squash your dreams so surround yourself with positive influence to ensure you continue seeking those goals.
❇️ Dream doesn’t have a roadmap. Yes dreams are fantastic and keep us seeking to be better, but if you don’t have a guideline to how we are going to get there, chances are you will be easily derailed.
❇️ Supportive daily habits. Once you have determined your roadmap of how you can be successful in reaching your dream, set some daily habits that will help you get there ... then make sure to do them!
❇️ Accountability partner. Find someone in your life who will be there to hold you accountable to the goals you want to accomplish. It is proven that having someone like-minded with the same passion as you can help you stay on the path to reaching your ultimate destiny.
As Josh said, “Are you raring or just ready?” The definition of “raring” is full of eagerness or enthusiastic. I want to be raring in everything I decide to do!!
I truly believe that we all have different purposes here while on earth. Most importantly is to spread the word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and another is live the life God would want us to live while inspiring others to be the best they can be in everything they do.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life ... how will you spend it?
If you would like the link to Josh's full podcast, please let me know and I can share it with you.
Tips on Dealing with Stress . . .
We all tend to get overwhelmed and stressed out from time to time. Sometimes stress can be beneficial when it helps us get motivated to tackle a work project or exams, but extreme stress can lead to some adverse health consequences that can affect our bodies. Unless you learn how to deal with that stress, you could suffer mentally, emotionally, or physically! How can you stay calm and relaxed? It takes practice, but it is possible! Here are some tips to try when you are having a stressful day . . .
Dealing with arthritis pain can be crippling. I should know as I was diagnosed last January with arthritis in my hands and a couple other joints in my body.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, pain from arthritis and related diseases results from several factors, including:
✳️ Inflammation that contributes to the redness and swelling in your joints.
✳️ Damage to joint tissues from the disease or from stress, injury or pressure on the joints.
In addition to physical changes, emotional stress and fatigue can add to your pain. But remember ... pain is your body’s alarm system — it tells you something is wrong.
Of course there are prescriptions that doctors can give you that can help, but they may have some side effects you want to avoid so I wanted to offer some alternative remedies that I have found helpful for me:
❇️ Heat and Cold Therapy - Using heat and cold treatment can reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Cold packs numb the sore area and reduce inflammation and swelling. Heat, such as heating pads or moist heat like warm baths, showers or hot tub, relaxes your muscles and stimulates blood circulation.
❇️ Massage - Having a massage or giving a self-massage brings warmth and relaxation to the painful area. Remember to stop if you feel too much pain and don’t massage a joint that is very swollen or painful.
❇️ Stretches - Something that has helped me is to do some hand stretching as that is where my arthritis hurts me the most. Placing my fingertips together and pushing inward helps to stretch my joints and gives me temporary relief of the pain when I have overworked them.
❇️ Get Good Supplements - Making sure you take extra Salmon Oil and Glucosamine can help to naturally reduce the inflammation.
The Salmon Oil I take is screened for more than 200 potential contaminants, includes all 8 Omega-3 fatty acids, and was proven in an independent study showed it lowered inflammatory index by 68% in just 8 weeks.
Glucosamine supports healthy joint function and regenerates lost or damaged cartilage and boosts the body's natural anti-inflammatory capacity.
Adding these two supplements to my diet I feel have helped me find a natural alternative to deal with the pain that I experience from my arthritis, especially when I over do it.
❇️ Keeping a Positive Attitude - Arthritis may limit some of the things you can do, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Another way to reduce your pain is to build your life around wellness, not pain or sickness. This means thinking positive thoughts, having a sense of humor, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, surrounding yourself with positive people and enjoying activities with family and friends.
This is a magazine cover for Taste of Home from 2018. Wow . . . No wonder the WHO statistic shows that 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese!
Based on data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") I recently read, American's obesity rate has reached 42.4% . . . surpassing 40% for the first time! And latest data for childhood obesity also shows an increase with 19.3% of U.S. young people ages 2 to 19 compared to the 5.5% in the 1970s. According to the Trust for America's Health website, being overweight as a young person puts them at higher risk for related health issues as an adult, such as hypertension and high cholesterol.
Are you taking care of the temple God gave you? Remember, it is not about being a super model ... just a healthy weight that fits for you. What about your child's health? Do you know the best tips to making sure you and your child stay healthy? Below please find helpful tips I found on CDC and other health websites that you can apply in your daily life:
❇️Appropriate portion sizes and creating healthy eating habits: It is so easy to put food on a plate until it is full. Learning early on that certain portions mean healthy outcome is an important part of staying healthy. A basic guideline from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for adult healthy portions of the following for the day are 2 to 3 cups of vegetables; 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruits; 5 to 8 ounces of grains; 3 cups (fat-free or low-fat) of dairy; 5 to 6 1/2 ounces of protein foods; and 5 to 7 teaspoons oils. Specifically for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics explains that toddlers don't require huge amounts of food. For example, ages 1 to 3 years old should have roughly 40 calories of food intake for every height inch.
❇️Limit calorie-rich and junk food temptations: It's a fact . . . you have candy bars on the counter, nine times out of ten you will grab the candy bar over a piece of fruit every time! Reducing the availability of high-fat and high-sugar or salty snacks can help you and your children develop healthy eating habits. Keeping cut veggies available such as carrots, broccoli or bell peppers or fruit to grab like grapes, bananas, apples, or blueberries will help give you and your child a healthy choice. I am not saying to limit the candy completely as this sometimes can make it too tempting when it is around . . . keep them or other temptations up and out of sight so you don't immediately have them as your "go to" snack. Buy the "mini" version as opposed to the full size or king size options!
❇️Plenty of water: Adults and children should make sure to have plenty of water throughout their day. Of course, it varies depending on sex and age. Based on information The Mayo Clinic provides this simple chart of how much you and your child should be getting:
Adult Men: 15.5 cups
Adult Women: 11.5 cups
9-13 years old: 7 to 8 cups
4-8 years old: 5 cups
Toddlers: 2-4 cups
❇️Ensure adequate sleep: Did you know that studies show that getting too little sleep is associated with obesity, partly because not getting enough sleep makes us eat more and also causes us to be less active. Children need more sleep than adults. Click here for a chart that indicates the different age groups and just how much sleep one should get.
❇️Stay active and mentally sharp: Adults and children both need physical activity to stay healthy. Staying active has many healthy benefits should as strengthening bones; decreasing blood pressure; reducing stress and anxiety; increasing self-esteem; and obviously helping with weight management. Getting anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity for adults and children will put you on the right road to a healthy heart!
❇️Breastfeed infants, when possible: studies show that breastfeeding your child when possible was associated with a reduced risk of childhood obesity.
These are just a couple of suggestions to stay healthy. Hope you find them helpful and can work into your daily routine.