Friday, June 29, 2012

Hulu Who Knew?

It is never too late to get healthy. Lately I've been diligently working on my health and I must say I am feeling great. In an effort to keep myself motivated and to keep my workouts fun, I try to seek out new workouts to do.

Hulu as most people know is a place where you can watch television shows online. (I love it)Randomly, I decided to type in the word "Yoga" into Hulu and was surprised to see an entire workout right there online for me to try.

It gets pretty expensive to buy multiple workout dvds (which I have done), or to get a gym membership.  I think searching Hulu for some workouts you can try out for free, is worth a shot!

Monday, June 25, 2012

5 Ways to Get Out of a Rut

Lately I've been in a major rut. It seems to have lasted for a few weeks now, maybe even over a month. I have been lacking motivation concerning my career goals. After receiving several rejections in various forms, I seem to have lost the will to try.

 I do not like the way it feels when I am in a rut.  I tend to feel low in energy and in spirit. Never one to give up, I went on a search for advice. How do I get out of this rut?  It was surprising to find that some tips I found, I was already doing. So here are my tips for getting out of a rut.

1. Free Yourself-- Don't set deadlines (for a little while anyway).  Do you know that feeling you get on a Saturday, or on your first day of vacation from work? That feeling that you are free and you don't have to be anywhere at a certain time, or answer to anyone--give this to yourself regarding your goals.

I stopped requiring myself to submit my work anywhere these past few weeks. Instead I've done a ton of reading, and listened to motivational books in my car. This gave me a chance to just take a breather, and get my mind together and my courage up.

2. Encourage yourself-- Don't berate yourself no  matter how short you feel you have fallen of your goals.  Beating yourself up for what you aren't doing, never helps anything.
Instead think of the things you have done well. Even if it's something as small as reading an article related to your goals, or making a telephone call. It all counts. Sometimes when you think negatively about yourself, it makes attempting to reach a goal that much harder, if not impossible.

3. Talk it out-- I've found that it really helps to talk about what I am feeling concerning my goals. Sometimes just being able to discuss the pros and cons of a decision, or a place where I am stuck helps. Find  a friend, colleague or mentor who is able to steer you in a positive direction, and talk it out.

4. Take action-- It's not good to stay stuck in a rut for too long. One sure fire way to get out of the rut is to take action. You have to do something different than what you are used to doing. Even if the action you take seems completely unrelated to your goals, just the act of trying something new can help to clear your mind.

5. Don't give up-- No matter what, giving up is not an option. Sometimes you may have to change directions or strategies, but do not under any circumstances quit. Quitting is the only way to truly fail.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Is It Right?

“If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right, you'll probably never do much of anything.”

I saw this quote as a tweet from Tammi who I follow on Twitter. As someone who has had a tough time making decisions lately, this quote really resonated with me. It's time for me to just make some choices and not worry about if it's the "right" choice anymore.

Do you have trouble making decisions? What do you think is stopping you from making a choice?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Guest Post- 5 Signs You Need a New Job

You may not know it but you hate your job and you need a new one, pronto. You may have gotten used to the odd signs and behavior you are displaying, but here are five tell-tale signs that you need to start tweaking your resume:

Sunday nights are spent weeping: I like to call this the ‘Sunday Night Work Weepies’. You have had a wonderfully short weekend and when dinner approaches your body starts to throw a tantrum. You ask questions like ‘Why me?’ and ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ If tears and self-questioning your life are a weekly routine, it’s time to find a new job.

You hide at the sound of footsteps: It’s like a bad horror movie, footsteps from down the hall are headed your way and next thing you know you are hiding under your desk. You are terrified to see your manager or boss because you know it will be another meaningless and underappreciated project or assignment. If you feel your stomach clench and find yourself breaking out into a sweat it’s time to find a new job.

You choose to eat lunch alone: You would rather eat your ham and cheese in your car than venture over to an overrated and campy burger joint with ‘these people’ that are called your ‘colleagues’. Every job comes with at least one partner in crime that you can share office drama and dread with. If you don’t like anyone in your office, then who will help talk you down after your vent sessions? It’s time to find a new job with people you like.

You can’t wait until the next round of Flu goes around: It’s time to find a new job if you followed the sniffling, sneezing and coughing receptionist around the last 30 minutes. You are begging for the aches and pains and a fever that will keep you home. If time spent sick in bed is ten times more appealing than going to work, time to move on.

Your friends don’t like you:You can’t figure out why your friends stopped inviting you over or why your family didn’t call on your birthday. There is no nice way to say this, you are being a jerk. They don’t like you because you dislike your job so much that all you do is cry, vent and complain to them. If you want your friends and family to love you again, find a new job.

Ring bell? Thought so. Now slap a smile on your face and brush up your interview skills and find something that makes you happy. Our lives are spent working; you might as well find a job that makes you want to hug kittens not drown them. Life is too short, good luck in your job search!

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of full time nanny.

She welcomes your comments at her email Id: - jdebra84 @

Friday, June 8, 2012

Extreme Makeover

Extreme Makeover is a show that airs on ABC which documents trainer Chris Powell as he helps morbidly obese people lose weight and reclaim their lives.

Most recently, there was an episode about a man named Tony. Over the course of a year, Tony has gone through some of the most horrible things, including the loss of his son, but he never gave up on his weight loss journey. Now Tony has lost 200 pounds! He has shown that it is never too late to change.

Check out the show, and the Extreme Makeover website where you can watch full episodes and be inspired today.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Do Not Shelve Your Dreams

I just read the most beautiful essay over at writingismydrink. Like last year, the graduates of Theo Pauline Nestor's memoir writing class gave a public reading of their work.

This essay by Deirdre Allen Timmons touched me deeply. I think this essay will speak to anyone who has a dream, who has struggled to find support for that dream, or has watched a family member or friend try to tear that dream to pieces.

Timmons ends her essay by saying,

Do not stop.
Do not shelve your dreams.
I don’t believe in it.

No matter how hard it gets, I don't believe in shelving dreams either. It's never too late!

Go over and read this powerful essay today.