Take a look at 10 of the most famous and beautiful trees on earth… Enjoy!
- Focus on the present. Everything that is important to you is happening right NOW, not yesterday and not tomorrow. Today is a wonderful gift and you must be present to fully enjoy it. A great way to bring yourself back to the present moment is to focus on your breathing; another way is to read #5 below.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step. There are a plethora of reasons one might be in doubt about something, but it seems that fear tops the list. Fear can freeze you in your tracks and cause you to doubt yourself. When you find that fear has taken control of your situation, simply take the next SMALL step, something to keep the wheels turning and to kill the inertia.
- Sleep less. If you sleep 8 hours a night that means you will sleep 1/3rd of your life away as we all know. So, let’s say you’re 40 years old and you live to be 80 – by sleeping only 6 hours a night you can add about 3.3 years of waking existence to your life!! Most people don’t really need a full 8 hours of sleep a night anyway.
- Travel, travel, travel. Hands down the best stress reliever known to man! Travel to be renewed.
- Use the Rubber Band Method. The Rubber Band method can be used as a “stress reducer” for those that become irritated or angry easily – it can also be used to bring you back to the present moment. Put a rubber band on your wrist and whenever you feel like you want to lash out because you are losing control of your emotions you stretch the band and snap it repeatedly against your wrist until you calm yourself. Just don’t get too crazy with this one though.
- Become excellent at something. Find something that you are good at and that you enjoy doing and focus on becoming excellent at it. See #12.
- Ignore insults. If you do anything with any success, especially something grand, there will be haters – that’s life. Don’t let snide remarks or put-downs get you all excited and upset. Use these insults as fuel to do better and understand that jealousy is at the heart of these insults.
- Always question what you have been told to be true. Do the research and seek out the truth on your own. Don’t let others agenda’s dictate what you believe. Remember, there are differing claims as to what constitutes truth.
- Give mom a call.
- Stop focusing on the negative behavior you want to eliminate, and start focusing on the positive behavior you want to begin. Life is what we focus on, focus on the negative and that’s what you’ll get.
- Stop saying “I can’t.”
- Understand the 10,000 Hour Rule. Mastery requires intense practice, keen observation, refinement, and more practice. It is said that if you want to master something you must put in at least 10,000 hours of practice. If you practice 2 hours a day it will take you 13.6 years to master it.
- Notice the small things in life. We allow our yearning for achievement and material satisfaction to overshadow the precious little things that life has to offer, they are all around us! In our never ending quest to experience the more seductive “highs,” we have lost sight of the fact that most of life, indeed a vast majority of it, is made up of small things and small moments. The things themselves may be small, but failing to appreciate them has huge ramifications for your happiness and well-being!
- Stop comparing yourself to others. Just stop already! One of the main reasons we’re not content with ourselves and with our lives is that we continually compare ourselves to other people. Learning from others is an important way to become better at something, or understanding something better, but the problems arise as soon as you start comparing.
- Drop expectations. You want to be miserable and frustrated? Then keep expecting that things will turn out a certain way. I stopped expecting anything in life years ago and my life is sweeter because of it. When I stopped expecting certain outcomes I became more appreciative when things did turn out for the good, whereas if I expected them to turn out good and they did, there wasn’t that same amount of appreciation or joy.
- Learn to be the person that makes others feel special. There is one thing all of us have in common: We all want to be liked, to feel special, and to feel we are important. It’s actually quite simple to make someone feel special, you can start by giving out more compliments, by being more understanding, by being more helpful, and by letting them know you really care.
- Institute a profound curiosity about this world.
- Say NO to the ones who abuse your time. Time is a precious commodity, one that can’t be renewed – once it’s gone, it’s gone forever, so protect it at all costs.
- Do at least 1 crazy thing every year. This will help to keep you from feeling old, and it will keep things interesting. We all need to unwind and let it all hang out occasionally, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to add a little spice to your life and keep things fun. Bungee jump anyone?
- Stop taking life so seriously. When you gaze at a picture of the universe or even at one of the earth it becomes abundantly clear that we aren’t all that important in the big picture of things. So why are you taking life so damn serious then? Enjoy your time here on earth – don’t ruin it by stressing out about things that don’t really matter.
Click the above link to find 21 super cool diagrams to help you with everything from making a perfect cup of tea to determining how dehydrated you are. Give em a look, you’ll be glad you did! Or click this link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/21-incredibly-important-diagrams-to-help-you-get-through-lif
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The website One red paperclip was created by Kyle MacDonald, a Canadian blogger who bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year. MacDonald was inspired by the childhood game Bigger, Better, and the site received a considerable amount of notice for tracking the transactions. “A lot of people have been asking how I’ve stirred up so much publicity around the project, and my simple answer is: ‘I have no idea'”, he told the BBC.
MacDonald made his first trade, a red paper clip for a fish-shaped pen, on July 14, 2005. He reached his goal of trading up to a house with the fourteenth transaction, trading a movie role for a house. This is the list of all transactions MacDonald made:
- On July 14, 2005, he went to Vancouver and traded the paperclip for a fish-shaped pen.
- He then traded the pen the same day for a hand-sculpted doorknob from Seattle, Washington, which he nicknamed “Knob-T”.
- On July 25, 2005, he travelled to Amherst, Massachusetts, with a friend to trade Knob-T for a Coleman camp stove (with fuel).
- On September 24, 2005, he went to San Clemente, California, and traded the camp stove for a Honda generator.
- On November 16, 2005, he made a second (and successful) attempt (after having the generator confiscated by the New York City Fire Department) in Maspeth, Queens, to trade the generator for an “instant party”: an empty keg, an IOU for filling the keg with the beer of the holder’s choice, and a neon Budweiser sign.
- On December 8, 2005, he traded the “instant party” to Quebec comedian and radio personality Michel Barrette for one Ski-doo snowmobile.
- Within a week of that, he traded the snowmobile for a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia, in February 2006.
- On or about January 7, 2006, he traded the second spot on the Yahk trip for a cube van.
- On or about February 22, 2006, he traded the cube van for a recording contract with Metalworks in Mississauga, Ontario.
- On or about April 11, 2006, he traded the recording contract to Jody Gnant for a year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona.
- On or about April 26, 2006, he traded the one year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona, for one afternoon with Alice Cooper.
- On or about May 26, 2006, he traded the one afternoon with Alice Cooper for a KISS motorized snow globe.
- On or about June 2, 2006, he traded the KISS motorized snow globe to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.
- On or about July 5, 2006, he traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan.
How well do you know yourself? It’s surprising to find that very few people really know themselves. Socrates stated the importance of doing so more than 2,000 years ago when he famously said, “Know thyself.” You don’t get to know ‘thyself’ simply by growing up and growing old though, it takes a conscious effort – you do it with intention and purpose. I believe that getting to know yourself is one of the most important things you can do to improve the quality of your life.
How you choose to answer the following questions can influence and direct the path of your life. Your answers will show you specific areas in your life that need special attention. By placing attention on these specific areas you will understand what it means to be fully aligned and true to yourself. Understanding your answers will allow you to give the best to yourself, to others and to the things you find most important in life.
It has been said that your Inner Wisdom whispers while your Inner Critic yells, so it’s vital that you find a quiet place where you can ponder your answers.
Answering these 20 questions will help you to build a strong foundation on which you can build a happier, more fulfilling and satisfying life. So what are you waiting for?
- What is your purpose in life?
- What would it take for you to be perfectly happy?
- What values give life meaning? Then list them in order of importance.
- When you look over your life, where and when have you been the happiest? Where were you, with whom were you with and what were you doing?
- What things (or pastimes, people, occupations) would you be better off letting go of?
- What would you like to be focusing your energy on if you had any choices available to you?
- How would you like each day to unfold?
- What do you want your story to be after you die?
- What makes you experience joy?
- What energizes you?
- What makes you feel balance?
- What issues do you feel strongly about?
- What character traits do you need to develop?
- What skills do you want to master?
- What characteristics keep you from success?
- In what situations in your life, and with whom are you not perfectly happy? Think about your whole day from morning to night.
- Do you enter into a situation expecting a negative outcome?
- Is your life “on hold” for any reason? If so why?
- If you were to rate yourself as a life manager, how would you rate?
- Admit to yourself what needs to be changed in your life, are you bitter? Lazy? Angry?
To help you to get to know yourself better, here is a pretty cool personality test you can take in less than 15 minutes. http://www.personalitylab.org/tests/ccq_self.htm
Feel free to share in the comments below some things you feel can help someone on the path to self discovery.
- Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry. I admit I have a hard time with this one, I always seem to be hungry when I shop and end up with tons of stuff I really don’t need and an empty wallet.
- Grab the first parking spot you find. The benefits for this one are twofold, first of all you’ll save gas by not driving around endlessly until you find that spot up close, and second, you’ll get some exercise walking the extra distance.
- Hit yard sales in neighborhoods more expensive than your own. A cheap way to find some quality used items.
- Use public transportation. Fuel is expensive why not let someone else pay for it. Just give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination due to all the stopping, and bring a good book to read to pass the time.
- Take advantage of 2 for the price of 1 sales. Or the buy 2 get one free sales.
- Start a garden. Home vegetable gardens are great fun, and not as difficult or time-consuming as you might think. They are an excellent source of aerobic activity and provide you with vitamin D. They can be a great way to relieve stress, and you’ll eat a more nutritious diet that you’ve had a direct hand in creating. In fact, veggies plucked when ripe from a home garden can provide more nutrients than the store-bought variety, which are often picked before they’re ripe so they can travel the long distances to get to your table.
- Close the curtains instead of more A/C.
- Use window tint on any windows that let in a lot of sunlight. Cuts down on hot spots and fading and adds UV protection while saving money on your electric bill.
- Take your lunch to work. This can save you $20-25 a week, which adds up to over $1000 a year.
- Use the library. Instead of buying books. I read at least a book a week, and at $15 a book this adds up to $780 a year. I also frequent used book stores, where it’s normal to find books at 75% off. Plus I borrow books whenever I can too.
- Say no to Starbucks. Brew your own. I used to drink a latte every day and over a year that totals over $1000! So just by using the library and brewing my own coffee I’m saving over $1500 a year! Add in the savings from brown bagging it to work and you can keep $2500 in your pocket!
- Shop at the grocery store on Wednesday evening. The best deals are found then. Many grocery stores release their new sale advertisements on Wednesday but also honor the sales items from the previous week, plus fresh produce and fish are likely to be re-stocked mid-week.
- Use rechargeable batteries. You have to be committed for this to save you money. The initial cost for a charger and the rechargeable batteries will be paid back over time, then the real savings begin. Other than the minimal amount of electricity that it takes to charge the batteries you now have free batteries!
- When you cook, make double. You won’t have to buy anymore ingredients – you will only use more of the ingredients you already have. Your meals will go twice as far and you’ll spend half as much, which leads to fewer trips to the store, saving gas and time. Take the leftovers for lunch the next day and save your lunch money.
- Clip coupons. The old fashioned way to save money. You can save 40-60% off your bill if you do it. Combine store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons and shop on double coupon days to really save.
- Shop at Half.com. This is a website where you can find killer deals on books and movies for guess how much? Half off.
- Dump cable. The average cable bill is $128 a month! Instead rent from Redbox or join Hulu Plus or Netflix. You can watch tv on the internet virtually free. Libraries rent movies and documentaries for free.
- Buy in bulk.
- Use Groupon, Living Social and Bloomspot. You can save up to 80% off on movies, restaurants and outings.
- Save on things you repeatedly do. You drive to and from work at least 5 times a week; you eat 3 times a day every day. If you can find a way to shave even a little off these activities that you repeat so often, you’re going to save a lot of money thanks to repetition.
If you have any money saving tips please share them in the comments section below.