Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Hiker’s Journey

Are you a hiker? Our immediate family doesn’t hike, although we did walk around the block a few times last year. Earlier this week I heard comments that prove we’re not hiker-types. One child stated how hiking generally lacked a competitive element and our other child didn’t see the point because there’s no score. Sure, you could add a point system and race to the top of a mountain, but that kind of defeats the purpose.

Does the fresh air, the challenging terrain, and wildlife motivate you to tackle the trails? If I were to hike, I’d do it for the incredible views. Have a look:


Sign me up! I wouldn’t mind lacing up a pair of hiking boots and trekking through the wilderness to experience  the gorgeous landscape in New Zealand. We’re so busy multi-teching (my word for multi-tasking with technology), and rushing in a dozen different directions that we can forget how to appreciate the “minor” moments. Which past, present, or future journey would you like to learn to appreciate?      


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Chasing Your Dream

How do you chase a dream? For Tatiana, owner of beatfacehoney, it began when she mixed social media with makeup and posted demonstrations on You Tube. Given our access to social media, anyone using the appropriate tools can establish a brand, and maybe even build an empire. Be careful not to pooh-pooh small beginnings. Have a listen to how Tatiana’s journey began:

Day after day, we head off to a job we either enjoy or dislike.  A popular saying suggests that if you love your job, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. What about you? If there’s a dream you’re holding on to—yet afraid to purse—go for it! Dare to take a least one step forward. Maybe that means taking a class, establishing a website, or setting up a table to sell your product or service at community festival. It's your time. What’s your dream?    

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fact vs. Fiction?

A pair of glassy eyes studied me. No need to feel intimidated just because it’s the bustling city, right?  I stared back from the security of my car.  In the end, I won the stare down contest and the little squirrel scampered away. How interesting that once I spotted the critter watching me, I assumed it had horrible plans to chase me up the street. The citified squirrel probably came in contact with people more often than its skittish suburban relatives, hence its lack of fear toward humans. It probably just wanted a handful of nuts. How often do you jump to conclusions before weighing the evidence? What do you think about this scene?

Someone from the video commented about how the squirrel was a juvenile and may have lost its parents. Does that change your perception of the squirrel’s behavior? Maybe the little guy simply wanted to move indoors for warm shelter and gentle belly rubs here and there. We can’t take everything we see and hear as gospel. How do you filter information to ferret out the truth? 

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Best Wash

Raise your hand if you need a car wash. It’s one of my least favorite ways to spend money. Oh sure, I could hand wash my vehicle, but car washes are so darn relaxing. Swish, swish, swish, I can hear it now. There’s something soothing about the big brushes and spongy flaps sliding across the windshield, and who doesn’t enjoy the few moments of peace and relative quiet. Too bad it only lasts about five minutes. Somebody should design a car wash that, once you reach the end, goes in reverse to prolong the experience. Watch how this business takes car washes to a different level:  


There’s nothing relaxing about that—unless you’re hypnotized by lasers. Well, we’ve discussed the car’s exterior. What about the inside? Take a look at your car’s floor, backseats, and dashboard, and don’t forget the trunk—who knows what’s lurking in there (last week I found a tiny container of old blueberries in mine). I find it much easier to clean up a vehicle’s outside than its inside, and the same holds true for us. Spring’s not far off. Soon we’ll be focused on our appearance in beach attire, but what about our insides? What’s the best internal change you’ll tackle to create a new you?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

In Pursuit of Healthy

Do you start the day with coffee from either Starbucks, WaWa, or Dunkin’ Donuts, or do you prefer a cold cola? Some people feel sluggish until they jumpstart the day with a caffeinated beverage.  Many of the products we consume on a daily basis contain addictive chemicals.  During a conversation with one of our kids, I mentioned that cigarettes contain nicotine, and how the substance keeps you coming back for more. I laughed when one of them said, ”Oh, that must be what’s in banana bread.”  I doubt it contains nicotine, but over the past several months we’ve eaten a lot of banana bread. One of our kids bakes at least one or two loaves per month and we eat it in less than two days. Blame it on the sugar! Let’s see what too much sugar does to our bodies:             


 A visual demonstration sticks in your mind much longer than a lengthy medical explanation.  After seeing how sugar changes the blood, I plan—one step at a time—to decrease my sugar consumption. Instead of drinking sweetened ice tea for lunch, maybe I’ll choose water. Let’s flip the script. Rather than wrestle over giving up unhealthy things, what good thing do you wish you were even more passionate about?