How Do You Spend Your Time?

Your time is the most important contributing factor when it comes to your career, family, wealth, and health. It is how you set your schedule for the day in which will determine how you obtain all of your goals and tackle your to-do list.  But time is also built around fostering relationships and following your passion. If we have no time or squander it then we sometimes feel as if we our failing ourselves and our relationships.

The problem is in the golden age of technology and social media we can easily lose track of time. We get caught in the cyclical vortex of  work emails, texts, Facebook, and Netflix.  It is before long that evening run that you wanted to accomplish for the day has been thrown out the window.

In our culture the act of being busy is expected of us but what if we slowed down from the  dirty dishes, the emails, and the texts in the evening. We began to make more time for the people in our lives, our health goals, or just to create an hour to follow our own passions.  How would that look and feel for you? Can you envision it?

Just take a minute to evaluate your time throughout the day.  Is your schedule working for you? What small change can you do to make it better?

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I  know from experience that bad habits do not break overnight. They take time to change and shift into something better. So what if we made one small change to our schedule for a month. How would it improve your quality of life? Your health? Your creativity? The Quality of Relationships?

As I run out of time on writing this post I challenge myself and others to take a minute to reflect on our priorities. Let’s figure out how to change our schedules from the importance of being busy or the time suck of technology to reboot our calendars and make one small change for something in our lives that truly matters.

The Espresso Special

This is my favorite recipe for when my energy is feeling low and I need a kick-start for the rest of my day. I call it the Espresso Special it is  a little coffee love with a blend of healthy sweetness to keep you breezing throughout the day.

 

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I hope you can savor a  refreshing sip or two before running back into your day.

Cherish the New Year

As another year begins to sail by us like a passing wind in the night it is not unusual to take stock of the smooth and bumpy waves that have steered us on our life’s journey. It is about accepting and appreciating the lessons from the past year in order move forward with ease into 2017.

If we can make peace with the past, we can align ourselves with the present, it is then that our future only arises to shine brighter. We can do this by cherishing and honoring first ourselves. It is by finding the ability and expression to begin to love oneself that we begin to shed old skin, we open our world to new experiences, and make way for new adventures.

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It is important to shed the past to begin anew but with that comes the importance of having some form of ego to help build our self-esteem. We do this on a fine balance and sometimes people will not always approve of the changes within you. However, you learn to move forward with the grace of creating a healthy life that is meant for you to live well with the joy of attracting new people in your life that support your decisions.

The more we are able to cherish what is within us we can then begin to only appreciate more the people that surround and inspire us. It gives us the freedom to dream, admire the beauty in this world, and aim to live to our fullest potential.

As we navigate the waters ahead in the coming year may we find the grace to tap into our own core being.  We build this through working on our self-esteem by learning to love our flaws and be kinder to ourselves when life’s waters begin to get rocky. It is about appreciating those lessons that throw us into the thick of it and aim not to repeat it again in the future.

May we all find the release needed from the stagnant waters of the past – learn to forgive ourselves and others.  It is through this release we can take that deep breath in and exhale knowing that as we tap into our presence we can cherish our  own strength in the pure fresh waters that await us in the new year.

 

Tips for a Merry Active Holiday Season

As we enter the final week leading up to the holiday season we focus on everything from the gifts, the turkey, and keeping grandma away from spiking the punch bowl. We are thrown together with our families more than usual and if you live in a winter city prone to snowy cold weather it is enough to drive most people stir crazy.

The good food, too much booze, the same conversations, family feuds, and children running a muck throughout the house can be enough for the truest of patient saints to lose their halo. Many of us dream of a bartender serving endless martinis day and night just to survive the holiday season.

As much as we love our families they are also the same people who can drive us crazy. A simple way to break from this rut is to change it up. Get outside and play!

Yes! It’s cold! Yes! Snow is on the ground! 

Put on your hats. Put on your mitts. Put on your snow suits. Put on your Winter boots.

It doesn’t have to be a fashion show. You do not have to look like a Sears catalog model or the cutest snow bunny.  All you have to do is bundle up and have fun. It is one of the most inexpensive ways for you to enjoy your family  this holiday season and reap the benefits of going outside.

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Simple and effective ways to inhale the fresh winter air as you raise your heart level  with the added bonus of a huge smile to your face. Take a few hours to break from the electronics, the phones, and the he said she said of the holiday season. Just taking the time to get outside is a great way to reconnect with our loved ones without the holiday drama and put the spirit back into the holiday’s.

Make Your Well Being a Priority for 2017

Almost every year people sit down with their list of New Years Resolutions with high optimism for change and a brighter future. A typical list usually focuses on losing weight, making more money, fostering new relationships, and living the dream of travelling the world.

However, the problem with these lists is they are already set-up for failure because there is no list set-up to focus on how to achieve these specific goals. We creates lists that highlight our achievements but we fail to make the important lists that step us in the right direction to achieving our goals whether it be losing ten pounds or creating a higher stream of wealth.

The number one thing that should be on your list  for 2017 is making your well-being your number one priority. It is by creating a healthy routine for yourself that sets you up to achieve your goals and dreams.  Imagine a  healthier version of  yourself  when you  have more energy, more time, and unwavering tenacity to reach further for your goals. You begin to set yourself up for new possibilities and achievements.

Here are three simple ways to make your well-being the number one priority for 2017.

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A simple and effective way to begin your New Year by giving yourself the gift of good health, energy, and rest.  Wishing you the best this holiday season!

Take Pause with the 4-7-8 Breath

The 4-7-8 breath is one of my favorite breathing techniques when feeling stressed, frustrated, or over whelmed. I know during  the holiday season we can begin to feel it even more when our to-do lists are longer and we not getting the restorative downtime we need to replenish our spirit.

I am sharing this simple technique with you so you can find that pause and regain that clarity during the busy holiday season.

 

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season!

Also don’t forget I am  still seeking submissions for an upcoming compilation of essays focusing on positive leaders in your community.  Visit here for more information https://darciecameron.com/2016/11/14/call-for-submissions/ 

Hydrating Holiday Cocktail Tips

Over the holiday season we are bound to have a little too much good cheer! It is part of the celebration and fun time among friends. However, the boozy headache the next day is never a welcome addition to the holiday season.

It is during this time of season we should check-in to make sure we are staying hydrated and headache free. Especially if we are in the throes of socializing, decorating, baking, and shopping. The better you feel the less stress you will feel in the long run over the holidays.

A simple and effective solution to all of this is sitting right in front of you. It’s called a glass of water.  The perfect gift you can give yourself is ensuring you are staying hydrated it not only does wonders for your skin but keeps your body moving in the right direction.

The best way to stay hydrated is begin first thing in the with one simple glass in the and continue to hydrate through most of the day. The trick is to taper down in the evening if you are waking up in the middle of the night for a bathroom run that means you are probably drinking too much of that beautiful H2O. This can create havoc on your restful slumber  and contribute to you feeling more tired when you wake-up in the morning.

However, with that being said if you are at a late night party staying hydrated is key to a good time the next morning! If you are going to indulge with a few cocktails make sure you  piggyback with a glass of water. The goal is to wake-up the next morning without feeling   feel like Santa’s reindeer ran across your head.

If you choose to booze here are some simple tips to keep you hydrated throughout the holiday season.

 

 

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Have a wonderful holiday season!  Just remember if you have too much of a good time call Santa’s Taxi Service for a safe drive home. 

Also don’t forget I am  still seeking submissions for an upcoming compilation of essays focusing on positive leaders in your community.  Visit here for more information https://darciecameron.com/2016/11/14/call-for-submissions/