Supermarket Herbalism

I am in the process of watching a YouTube video from the supermarket herbalism email I got and I love it.  The guy, John , gives some good advice and good recipes. Watching these videos inspired me to look more deeply into herbal medicine for my health instead of your traditional medicine with expensive office visits. It also conjured up the idea in my head to look more into herbal medicine for animals since I want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. I look forward to many more videos from learningherbs.com

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Missionary Work

I have always wanted to lend a hand and have always found volunteering  a great hobby of mine. One of my biggest goals of volunteering would be to take part in being a missionary in different parts of the globe. I don’t think having a certain religion to be a missionary is always the case. Every time I mention missionary work to people, they assume its religion related or I have to travel to another country. I don’t think that missionary work is limited to other outside countries either, there are people in the United States that need help as well.

Travel Lots

One of my goals for this year and years to come is to travel more often. Just Last week I was in Memphis, TN for the first time. I really enjoyed myself downtown Memphis with my eldest sister. They have a little restaurant, she gave me a tour of downtown and lets just say there were some characters that you just dont see in MS..atleast not where I stay. I love the night life, and something is always happening downtown to make you wanna go back, which I will definitely be doing. I still have not yet seen alot and have not done alot due to finances but I am keeping my head up. Hopefully my other sister will be able to go this time, since she will be planning to live there. There are so many places I have not been.

Essential Oils: Starting Something New

Lately I have read things where women like me are starting their natural hair journey and not wanting to use any synthetic or chemical products into their hair and I feel the same way. Whats the point in getting rid of a harsh chemical mixture and then going out buying other things that contain chemicals as well taking away from the natural. Doing this has influenced me to look at the rest of the things that I have that has bad things such as hair and beauty products, food, and things that I use that harm the environment. Learning about essential oils and what they are useful for got me wanting to make things that I love such as candles, and body sprays, making my own lotions, skin products and more. Its something new. I found some really good recipes that contain essential oils from soothing a stuffy nose to oiling my scalp.  I have always wanted to try aromatherapy.

Mountain Rose Herbs | Benefits of Organic Agriculture

Mountain Rose Herbs | Benefits of Organic Agriculture.

I love this Website. It has inspired me to be more mindful of what to use in my daily life and to watch out for harmful material. I also love the do it yourself youtube videos!!

My Short term Goals

  • Go to summer school to get ahead
  • Find a job
  • Use portion control in my diet
  • Eat less meat
  • Study the bible more often (practice spirituality)
  • Study animal care before school starts
  • Get better at math
  • get into a good college
  • watch less tv
  • buy classical music
  • transform my room
  • buy sound proof head phones
  • volunteer more
  • stay away from home more often ( Im tired of being at home, with the same routine everyday)
  • read more again

101 Ways to be Happy

I found this article from tripbase.com and it a really good article about ways to make you happier. One in particular that I have to do more often is to travel, but funds to do so are very limited. When I go places it has to be somewhere close so that my truck will not run out of gas. Sad aint it?

TRAVEL

1) Travel when you can. Travel can open your eyes to the world and offer a fresh new perspective.

2) Take a weekend trip. If you haven’t got the funds for a jaunt to Paris, no matter. Even a weekend or day long break from home can make you happier.

3) Spend time by the ocean. There’s nothing like sand between your toes and fresh sea air.

4) Go camping. Commune with nature closer to home—the food will taste better and you’ll sleep deeper in the great outdoors.

5) Go skydiving. Face your fears and reap the benefits of this exhilarating extreme sport—you’ll be euphoric for weeks.

6) Go stargazing. Find a spot relatively free of unnatural light and marvel at the beauty of the night sky.

7) Sit in front of a beautiful view. Find a spot close by with a nice view that you can visit when you need a break.


WORK

8 ) Make enough money to meet your basic needs. Studies have shown that anything beyond that amount will not necessarily make you happier.

9) Avoid financial hierarchies. For a new job, choose a place   where everyone makes a similar amount.  People feel better when they  feel  equal to their co-workers.

10) Find satisfaction in the job you have. Don’t expect  to  find  one job that will make you happy—instead focus  on the positive   aspects  of your work instead of blaming a job for your  unhappiness.

11) Take initiative at work. You’ll gain professional respect, self-fulfillment and feel more in control in the workplace.

12) Keep plants in your workspace. The LA Times found that employees who decorate their office space are more satisfied with their jobs.

13) Bake cookies and bring them to work. You’ll enjoy the baking and making your co-workers happy.


HEALTH

14) Get enough sleep. Sleeping for 8 hours per night can elevate your mood and better prepare you to greet the day.

15) Take vitamin C. Keeping your immune system happy will keep you happy.

16) Laugh out loud. Laughing releases endorphins and lowers levels of stress hormones.

17) Cook with more garlic. Garlic not only adds delicious flavor to meals, it also keeps blood pressure down to keep you relaxed and healthy.

18) Get more fresh air. Fresh air is invigorating and alters the levels of serotonin in your brain—the stuff that makes you happy!

19) Eat more foods with tryptophan. It has an amino acid needed to make serotonin, the chemicals that make you happy. Try more bananas, dairy products and poultry.

20) Work out. Exercising can not only make you feel better   about yourself, it also releases endorphins in your body to give you a   natural high.

21) Eat chocolate. Besides releasing endorphins and  stimulating serotonin production in your brain, chocolate releases  phenylethylamine, the chemical that causes feelings of love.

22) Meditate. According to the Dalai Lama as well as several  medical studies, meditation not only decreases stress, but also triggers  a neurological response that makes you happy.

23) Do yoga. Learning to control your breathing through yoga practice helps you control your responses to stress and fear.

24) Get a massage. Besides its relaxing properties, the touch  involved in massage creates warmth in your body and releases the  chemical oxytocin—also known as the cuddle hormone.

25) Eat chickpeas (or other beans). Chickpeas have an amino acid that makes you happy, and beans keep your sugar levels steady throughout the day.

26) Have sex. Numerous studies show that a healthy sexual intimacy with a caring partner can have tremendous physical and emotional benefits.

27) Install more windows in your house. Getting enough exposure to the sun has been proven to be crucial to happiness and well-being.

28) Put full-spectrum lights in your home or office. If you  live in a wintry climate that doesn’t get much sun, you can replicate  the effect with light bulbs that mimic the sun’s rays.

29) Drink coffee. Studies in Brazil showed that people who  drink coffee every day are less likely to suffer from depression. Coffee  is the world’s most popular mood-enhancing drug, but remember to drink  in moderation

30) Eat more spinach. Popeye’s favorite green is packed with folic acid, an important vitamin that boosts serotonin production.

31) Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Certain kinds of  fish like salmon or sardines have Omega-3, which is known to elevate  mood levels—high doses are even used to treat depression.

32) Eat more colorful fruits and vegetables. They contain antioxidants which help remove toxins from our bodies that cause stress and aging.

33) Put some strawberries in your breakfast. The smell of strawberries is known to invigorate and energize.

34) Drink hot mint tea. The scent of fresh mint is energizing and the steam will perk you up.


ATTITUDE

35) Smile. It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown.

36) Make a grateful list. Focus on all the great things in your life to enhance feelings of joy and attract more good things.

37) Break outside your comfort zone. Being comfortable doesn’t make you happy—challenging yourself does.

38) Follow your gut. Most of the time your first instinct is not only correct, but the best choice.

39) Don’t regret your decisions. If it turns out you were wrong, don’t waste time worrying about it, instead make the next best decision and move forward.

40) Accept that you can’t be happy all the time. Focus on being content and the truly happiness will be all that much sweeter.

41) Try to see from others’ perspectives. Much  of our  unhappiness comes from our frustration with other people not   understanding us. Try to imagine how they see the world and the   frustration will ease.

42) Let the little things go. There’s no sense in wasting your energy and inhibiting your happiness by worrying about things you can’t change.

43) Make the decision to be happy. Happiness is an attitude, not a physical state.

44) Don’t take things personally. So often, anger and frustration  directed at us is a result of someone  else’s misplaced stress.  Recognize that it’s not necessarily about you  and you’ll remain calmer  and happier.

45) Savor the small moments. People who take longer to enjoy  small moments and then reflect on them  later in the day show significant  increases in happiness.

46) Avoid comparing yourself to others. It’s damaging to self-esteem—focus on your own achievements.

47) Make meaningful goals. Harvard scientists say humans need a   sense of purpose to thrive and that people with dreams and aspirations   are happier than those without.

48) Embrace spirituality. Research suggests that people who  participate in a religious community  or explore alternate sets of  beliefs are happier and better adjusted  in life.

49) Have a good cry when you need it. Allowing yourself to break down completely is cathartic and you’ll feel better after you let it all out.

50) Learn to forgive yourself. Focusing on your past mistakes serves no purpose besides keeping you from moving on.

51) Maintain perspective. When life starts to feel out of control, remind yourself of the positive things in your life and how lucky you are.

52) Define what happiness means for you. Don’t worry about what other people define as happy, find what makes you happy and go for it.


RELATIONSHIPS

53) Stay close to friends and family. Moving far away from  networks of support can take a toll on your level of happiness—even if  you have moved in order to make more money.

54) Get a dog. The studies showing the positive effects  man’s  best friend can have on your psyche are numerous: better  emotional and  physical health and a wagging tail.

55) Give more hugs. Hugging releases the same chemical as massage and is always free!

56) Make time for your friends. Personal connections are so important and making even a little time to be with people who make you smile can keep you happy.

57) Make new friends. Meeting other people is exciting and finding a new person with whom to connect can only enhance your fulfillment.

58) Write thank-you notes. Expressing gratitude makes you and the recipient happy.

59) Call your mom. Or your dad, or your grandma or anyone you haven’t talked to in a while and surprise them with a chat.

60) Get a cat. If you’re not a dog person, cats make wonderful, loving, stress-reducing housemates and bed-warmers.

61) Cuddle up with someone you love. Enjoy time with your kids or your partner for instant happiness.

62) Babysit for a friend. Being around children’s infectious optimism is sure to boost your mood.

63) Hold a baby. They’re cute and cuddly and without a care in the world—you’ll feel instantly uplifted.


ACTIVITIES

64) De-clutter. A clean home is a clean mind, and you’ll feel better in an orderly environment.

65) Donate to charity. Giving to those less fortunate than you will make you appreciate what you have.

66) Rent a comedy. Take an hour and a half out of your day for pure laughing entertainment and you’ll feel instantly boosted.

67) Watch kittehroulette.com. If watching nonstop videos of playful kittens doesn’t lift your spirits, nothing will.

68) Take a nap. A quick power nap, especially on a sunny afternoon, is luxurious and will help you make it through the day.

69) Change one thing in your daily routine. You’ll stave off boredom and might discover something new that delights you.

70) Take a walk. Taking a quick walk, even just around the block can clear your mind and raise your mood.

71) Surround yourself with smells that make you happy. Smell is a much overlooked sense that greatly affects our mood—try a coconut shampoo that reminds you of a vacation or bake cookies that remind you of childhood.

72) Listen to upbeat music. Even just a few minutes of a hip-shaking tune gets your blood flowing and makes you feel more positive.

73) Set your alarm early on a day you know you get to sleep in. When you wake up you’ll get the pleasure of realizing that you don’t have to get out of bed—then rolling over for some more satisfying zzz’s.

74) Paint a room in your house yellow. Looking at the color yellow has been proven to improve moods.

75) Make a home cooked-meal. You’ll get not only tasty food, but the pride of having made it yourself.

76) Dress up for no reason. Putting on clothes that make you feel good increases your self-esteem and your mood.

77) Add some soft blue to your bedroom. Light blue has been shown to be the most calming color and can set the mood for a restful night’s sleep—essential to a positive attitude.

78) Do something you loved as a kid. Riding a roller-coaster or going sledding can help you connect to your inner child and remember simple thrills.

79) Wear red. Red can make us feel confident, powerful and strong.

80) Splash on some perfume/aftershave. Studies show that floral scents can make you happier.

81) Volunteer your time. Selfless acts and helping others is a fast route to genuine contentment.

82) Decorate your home for the holidays. Preparing for holiday celebrations is always fun and a great excuse to invite friends and family over.

83) Take time for yourself. Go to a movie, or a museum or a walk around town by yourself to re-connect.

84) Perform random acts of kindness. Hold open a door for a stranger or leave some money in the vending machine, for no other reason than doing something nice for your fellow man.

85) Send snail-mail. Rediscover the pleasure of old-fashioned communication.

86) Make time to curl up with a good book. It can be either a thought-provoking tome or a guilty pleasure.

87) Invest in fancy bedding. Be cozy and happy drifting to sleep and wake up to a happy morning.

88) Go bowling with friends. Throw back to your younger years, and bonus points for matching shirts.

89) Dance. Alone or at a club, dancing is fun and stress-releasing.

90) Pay off your credit card debt. Debt can be a major source of stress and you’ll feel great when you eliminate it from your life.

91) Clean the house. Even if you don’t like cleaning, a clean home can drastically improve your attitude.

92) Volunteer at a local animal shelter. You’ll get the pleasure of knowing you’re lending your time and brightening the day of some furry friends.

93) Find a hobby. Painting, singing, tai chi—it doesn’t matter as long as you have an outlet to express yourself.

94) Turn off your phone for a day. Let people know in advance that you are taking a personal day and can only be reached in case of emergency. Savor the silence.

95) Sing in the shower. It doesn’t matter what you sing, just make sure you belt it as loud as possible.

96) Stash some money in a secret place so you can discover it later. Pick a spot you’re likely to forget so you get a thrill weeks or months later when you stumble on it.

97) Enjoy a guilty pleasure TV show. Make some popcorn and banish the guilt—we all need a cheesy escape sometimes.

98) Go for a walk or jog in the rain. The high produced by exercise will be heightened by the cool rain on your face.

99) Enjoy a cold beer or chilled wine on a hot day. Need I say more?

100) Go to hear live music. Hearing music live puts you in the moment in a way an iPod can’t.

The Confident Woman: Setting The Record Straight

Well, I have finished the second chapter of this book. It states how God views the woman, from who came from Adam, and whats her role in life and how she should live that life. Meyer, describes that women are just as equal in rights as men. She goes back in time when women were really disrespected in many ways such as lowering their self-esteem, confidence, and questioning self-worth. Women were very limited on voting, owning land, working, etc.  I was always told that I did not have to have a man in my life and that it was ok for me to not get married. As I read Genesis, God intended for Adam to have a companion by his side (Eve). He also states that women are to be submissive to her husband and he is to be the head of everything. When I first read this I think I was just about like everyone else who read it, i thought He meant women were to have no voice or say so in anything and that our opinion was nothing. Boy was I wrong, I was told to understand that our opinion does matter and as far as being submissive, I gathered that since the husband is the lead to things that he should consult his wife’s opinion aswell. It does not mean that abuse physically, mentally, and emotionally she be put upon her. Meyer said “here’s the bottom line, men need women and women need men”.

 

The Confident Woman: Confidence

I am reading a very inspiring book for women call The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer. I had this book for a few years even a little more and I read pieces in b/w years and I am just not making it one of my priorities to read this whole book and write my review of each chapter telling how I can relate to each. And in reading the first chapter titled confidence, I felt ashamed, embarrassed, and delighted that she knew how I am. I felt like that chapter is dedicated to me. The reason i felt ashamed and embarrassed because fo the way she described un-confident people and I fit into that category. I am happy because she summed it up and told me what confidence is and how you can gain it and get rid of not being confident. She points out clear examples. I like how she states that to get confidence you have to receive it through God; have confident in God and not in yourself. It has to come from God first. A big part of it for me was when she said confident people do not concentrate on their weakness. Joyce gave a perfect example of me, it was if someone has a weakness in math and a strength in persuading people, that person should not spend most of their time trying to perfect in math to get mediocre but should spend most of their time at what they are mostly good at. That sounds a lot like me because I am horrible at math, (I can’t even figure out tips), and I want to become a veterinarian that requires college math! It got me thinking is this not what God has intended for my career? But I love animals. I am not interested in anything else, I don’t know what to do. I have not yet  found what I am good at either. I guess I am still in my little box waiting on things to happen for me. At the end she also talks about failure. Failure is a big part of lacking confidence. I have failed terribly in school because of lack of confidence and professors telling me what I can not be and I am not smart enough. She gives me confident that I can be a veterinarian. Hmm. COme to think of it since I have not tried to become a vet yet who is to say that is not what I am good at and that it’s not what God has intended me to have yet. I have not tried it yet. “If at first you don’t succeed try,try again” (?).

KandisJ

Walking with a Good Friend

I was walking with a good friend of mine from high school and she called me up to go walking (were trying to get in shape). We just wanted to get out of the house and as we were walking we talked about getting right with God and her near death experiences. I am blessed and happy and hope in the near future that I will nor have to experience any near death experiences to make myself get to know Jesus.The conversation was really good and positive.  She is really heavily into church now and she inspires me to get to accept God into my life more. I was telling her that I have had feelings that my intuition is telling me to get to know God and accept Him into my life and that’s what I am going to do. I am going to make it a priority for me to get to know my God and Jesus. This will be a major part in my self-improvement because I can do and carry out all things through Christ Jesus.