Protecting Your Identity

069e47cc1ed73ef7d7914605c6853b6aHow Identity Can Be Protected and Defended

Why defend and for what purpose?

About one and a half year ago, I began fulfilling my purpose by writing.  I wanted to let people know they are not alone in sometimes difficult struggles in this world.   I wanted to give hope, encouragement, and empowerment to those who were struggling with staying committed and waiting to realize their dreams without losing their personal identity.

Since publishing “Protecting your Identity” last year, it was read by hundreds of people and shared on multiple social media platforms.   Within that process, I received what I was well prepared for:  both positive and negative reviews.

This is how persons, who is creative, go about day to day activities protecting their identity.  Some people asked, what helps me stay committed besides the anticipation of the positive outcomes?  How do I protect my personality and identity each day?

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Pampering is Necessary

Well, half of my world is literally crashing down before me, as it usually does before any really big change occurs. As my one friend always tells me, it beauty-salon-24472583could always be worse. Haha, not sure how but okay.

Through the chaos, I was able to get some much needed pampering at the Renait Salon in midtown. My roommate bought a spa package a few months ago, and the gentleman threw in a free package, which I gratefully received. Thanks Roomie!

The package  includes:

15 minute oil massage

manicure

skin analysis

basic facial

hair color analysis

hair cut

hair styling and blow out

eye brow waxing (which I will not be using)

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Monday Me-Days! Surpassing that Rough Transition from Weekend to Mondays

Sunday to Monday transitions are always so tough!  Why is that? Even without a conventional 9-5 job, I have a difficult time adjusting from Weekendmonday Mode to Monday Mornings.

There is that dread of leaving the bed, the zombie walk to pour cereal and milk, and the flipping through the news and emails to see what I’ve missed in the past eight hours of sleep. I mean I feel like I have ten pound weights pulling down both arms to prevent any resemblance of being  productive. I can’t be the only one that feels this way.

So what to do? The greatest thing that motivates me these days is self-care. That’s right, instead of beating myself up with saying  such as “Oh why can’t I just get it together?”, or “Why haven’t you accomplish that task yet?” I am revving up the self care.

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The Weeping Willow

One of the most beautiful trees of God’s creation that I have ever seen is The Weeping Willow. It looks so serene, peaceful and wise but it also has a haunting glow of sorrow. It reminds me of many elderly women that I cared for when I worked in nursing homes years ago.

They were women of great sacrifice. They have been through The Great Depression, The Civil Rights Movement and sent their husbands, brothers and sons to serve several deployments of war.

There they were, staying strong alone on the home front. Their discipline was tough but their comfort was gentle. They cooked meals every night and only allowed an hour of television.

They stretched every penny, irons many creases, scrubbed many floors and sewed many seams. They have been to many weddings and sadly even more funerals.

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Slaying YOUR Dragons

I am going to make this as plain and clear as possible… Stop comparing your own unique situation to those around you.

I am saddened by how the students blogging community has dramatically changed since I first started writing years ago, and I am just as guilty as the next guy about falling into the “comparison trap.”

Back in the day we all had our eyes on our own prizes, we all just wanted a little piece of the internet to document our personal journeys, and we could get all set to take the GED test, professing our love for whatever physical activity or educational necessity it was that moved us.

I wrote with passion, I didn’t care who read it, I made some awesome friends along the way, and I had no problem with my 10 hits a day.  I was blogging for the sheer joy of having a place to talk about myself all the time.

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Balancing your Workout without Weights; Cardio, Stretching and Lifting

A workout without weights is a rather broad definition. It can range anywhere from sprints to push ups or yoga to burpees. Today we’d like to share the value of using balance in your weight free workouts in order to achieve your ultimate physique.

We’ve found that doing only one type of exercise leads to injury and limited capabilities in one or more areas of a person’s life. Being extremely muscular yet unable to run or even walk correctly is hazard, the same as being overly skinny and incapable of lifting a load over one’s own head.

The people who look and appear the most fit are generally well balanced individuals strong enough to run, lift and bend to survive any challenge that is thrown at them. This is what we aim to achieve with a weight free workout. Continue reading

An Introduction to a Workout without Weights

The word workout has many different meanings to different people. Lifting dumbbells, going for a run or even just getting off the coach can all be considered strenuous activity depending on the individual. Here on this site we are dedicated to bringing you the most relevant and top notch information and products related to a workout without weights.

A weight free workout is what we consider the epitome of real training. The ability to perform at your peak and work with your body to reach your ultimate potential is what we are striving for.

Many people discover a workout without weights a great alternative to monotonous and repetitive isolated exercises and in turn develop fit and balanced bodies. We want to bring you the very best in order to help you generate momentum in your life and conquer your fitness goals.

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Next Time You Start to Hate on Yourself Based on Someone Else’s Success…

Remember we all have our own dragons to slay.  What you see online is just a small peek into the big picture.  We are all fighting some sort of battle, every day is NOT a good day, we are all human beings.

I am 100% guilty of only posting the good on Facebook – do you really think 500 of my closest friends and family members need to know that I am 5’7, weigh 135 pounds, and because of my upbringing I see myself as fat?  Or that I will probably always feel that way no matter how much weight I lose or how strong and lean I get?

How about the fact that I own a successful and thriving business, but I dress like a hobo because I am too insecure about my body to wear anything other than yoga pants and t-shirts.

I know I can run for miles and miles pretty darn fast for a newbie, I can lift a boatload of weights, I have the mental fortitude to get through any physical challenge that anyone can throw at me – but I hold on to so much guilt from things I’ve done in my past that I can’t even go home and visit my family without needing a week of mental recovery.

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Slow Down Without Stopping

Something about these long, warm June days makes me want to slow down, slow everything down. My motivation  melts like an ice cream cone in a child’s hand on a bench, in a park, in the ripples of sun that cast themselves down on us through the screen of shimmering, green leaves.

I come to my computer: to write, to work, to pay bills–activities that I allow my mind to label “chores,” activities that I approach with more anxiety the longer I procrastinate on them.

You see, as the days lengthen, with light stretching itself long into evening, far past 9:00, I feel that time itself is lengthening, stretching its legs, slowing, pausing.

I am swimming in memories of the summers of my youth, when it seemed the days lasted forever, and the beginning of the next school year felt a lifetime away. I spent those long, hot days among stacks of library books, hungry for words, turning pages quickly, eager for the other-world escape a child finds so easily between the pages of a book.

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Don’t Invest in Things You Don’t Understand

Don’t put money in any investment product you can’t explain to a seventh grader!  Never put money in anything you don’t understand!”

Dave Ramsey practically screams this advice on the new version of the Financial Peace University lesson on investing.  There is no uncertainty in his words or his voice.  Critics of Dave Ramsey, and even quite a few of his fans over at My Total Money Makeover message boards, say Dave’s investing advice is either “too simplistic” or just wrong.

To people who are much more investment savvy, Dave’s investing advice probably does sound wrong or oversimplified.  But for folks like me, who just don’t have much learning or background in investing, that is a start, as long as we follow his basic advice quoted above.  Perhaps Dave Ramsey’s critics would be mollified by the next quote:

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