Poverty

Poverty leads to more poverty. Poverty also leads to bad behavior, poor decisions, hate and jealousy towards others, and mental illness. Most people who endure poverty during childhood, grow up with mental issues that need years of therapy and recovery. On the contrary, just because you grow up with money or end up with it, doesn’t mean you won’t experience these things. One of the most depressing every day norms, is social media. Instagram is one of the top leading causes of depression and suicide in teens and young adults. Shout out to those who worked hard and stayed dedicated to achieve their goals while struggling financially. If you have a “nothing to something story,” be proud of the struggle. If you are going through the struggle now, remember the only thing that keeps someone stagnant is 1) Not realizing they are stagnant, 2) Realizing they are and doing nothing about it. 3) Too comfortable being in their position, 4) Giving up as soon as they realize how hard it is to get out. Don’t let those things stop you from being who you can and want to be. Change your mindset, change your life. – MJ #mentality #makeachange #doyou

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Book Club: The E Myth

Book: The E Myth
Author: Michael E. Gerber
No movie
The E Myth book review:
What is the E Myth?


1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work. Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. When I first read The E Myth it really made me pause and think. It made me realize that in order to have a successful business, I need to constantly grow and improve myself – to literally change my way of thinking and mindset. I needed to take the necessary actions to grow, as my business is merely an extension of myself. Michael Gerber explains it more thoroughly below:

– If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy.

– If you are disorganized, your business will be disorganized.

– If you are greedy, your employees will be greedy, giving you less and less of themselves and always asking for more.

– If your information about what needs to be done in your business is limited, your business will reflect that limitation.

– So if your business is to change — as it must continuously to thrive — you must change first. If you are unwilling to change, your business will never be capable of giving you what you want.

My favorite quote: “If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business — you have a job.”

To purchase The E Myth, click on link below:

Barnes and Noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/e-myth-revisit…/1100249444…
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/s/…

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Pitiful or Powerful

“You can’t be pitiful and power. Choose one.” -Joyce Meyer “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” -Oprah ~ When times are tough, you choose to let it bring you down or motivate you to push even harder. We believe about ourselves what we think of ourselves.

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Stressed? New Morning Routine for You

All professionals have a routine they stick to for the a.m. wake up call.  However, what do you do if you are stressed out about work, a relationship, or life. There are many things you can do to get your day started instead of depending on your work environment to ease the stress. The list below is all therapeutic suggestions for a stressful morning.

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#1 Wake up early

Go for a run or go to the gym

Reflect

Sit in your favorite spot and sip coffee

Play with your pet

Write in your journal

Read and study goals for the day

#2 Get fresh air

Go for a walk around your neighborhood

Sit on your balcony

Do a project in your yard

Garden

Walk to work

#3 Play with your pet

Take your dog for a walk or ask a neighbor to take theirs if you don’t have one.

Cuddle with your pet

Groom your pet

Play fetch with your dog

#4 Read

Read a few pages from your favorite book

Catch up on a book

Read business articles

Read your favorite blog

If a writer, read part of your book

#5 Reflect

Pray

Talk to your spiritual being

Meditate

Reflect on life

Reflect on your daily or life goals

Reflect on what you are grateful for

 

 

 

Different Ways to Wind Down

At some point in everyone’s life, we get stressed and feel overwhelmed. I find several ways to unwind when I have had a long day or I am stressed about something. Owning two companies, having a pet, and dealing with several different clients can be very challenging. The best part about creating my own schedule is I get to choose what I want to do when I want to do it, but these few tips can help those who work a nine to five also.

Read.

I am an avid reader. So, I find a good book in my library, one of my favorite websites, or a good magazine, and I read with a cup of coffee.

Run.

Running and exercising is one of the best ways to relieve stress and stay healthy. I run twice a day, at least three to four times a week.

Clean.

Cleaning has always been a good stress reliever for me. From cleaning, redecorating, and even doing laundry helps me unwind and relax.

Go for a walk.

I live in a downtown area where there are many coffee shops, shopping centers, and much more for me to explore. I try to leave my apartment once a day to view a different environment.

Laugh.

Binge watching is the new relationship for singles. Go on Netflix or Hulu and watch your favorite TV show or movie. Include your favorite snack and wine. Enjoy!

Talk to someone who makes you feel good.

Talking to a friend and family member is always helpful whether you are stressed or just need someone to talk to.

Latest Workout Routine

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When I decided that fitness would be my new year resolution, I knew that the journey would be interesting and fun. I’ve been trying new things to stay in shape and to gain lean muscle. For the past two weeks, I’ve been working out three to four days a week. The workouts consist of playing basketball for 30-45 minutes, running 1 1/2-3 miles, and/or bike riding for 1-2 hours (depending on weather and destination). My weight goes up and down between 135-141, but I’m still gaining muscle definition. I’m becoming more curvy; slim curvy.

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Latest Shake

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My boyfriend and I tried a new shake. We kept it healthy, but also tasty. This was our last meal of the day after a 45 minute workout.

Ingredients

1 pack of Dole Frozen Fruits and Greens

Includes: Mango, Bananas, Apples, Pineapples, and Spinach.

Kale

Grapefruit juice

Add your favorite yogurt

 

 

Sesame Dressing

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Saturday’s workout was all about the back. As I mentioned before, my goal is to gain weight and lean muscle. I’ve always had issues gaining weight, mainly keeping the weight on. The number one problem, I was I focused on cardio more than lifting weights.

Pre-workout meal:

Salad:

Iceberg lettuce

Boiled eggs

Garlic salt

Chopped celery

Carrots

Cucumbers

Cranberries

Sesame seed dressing

Workout:

Rows 4×10

Flys 3×10

Medicine ball throws 2×20

  • Be sure to begin hydrating 24 hours in advance. I am constantly drinking water daily.
  • Stretch before and after you exercise

Today’s Lunch

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Today’s lunch consisted of the healthy foods you see in the photo above. Below I will discuss with you why  I chose the following foods and why they are good for you.

Fish

Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or the “good” fats.

Fish help maintain cardiovascular health by playing a role in the regulation of blood clotting.
Fish may reduce tissue inflammation and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Fish may play a beneficial role in cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), reducing depression and halting mental decline in older people.

Yogurt

Eating yogurt is one of the most common ways to consume the healthy bacteria beneficial to the gut known as probiotics. Probiotics are effective in regulating the digestive system and decreasing gas, diarrhea, constipation and bloating.

Yogurt may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Yogurt may help you feel fuller.

Celery

Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. It is a very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and pantothenic acid. Celery is also a good source of vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin A.

Celery reduces inflammation.

It helps you calm down.

Carrots 

Carrots are a rich source of this powerful antioxidant, which, among other vital uses, can be converted into vitamin A in the body to help maintain healthy skin. 2. Digestion: Carrots increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in digestion.

Carrots kill harmful germs in the mouth and help prevent tooth decay.

The nutrients in carrots can improve the health of your eyes, skin, hair, nails and more through helping to detoxify your system and build new cells.

Cucumbers 

Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of the pantothenic acid. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin and vitamin B1.

They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral silica.

Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins.

Fight cancers.

Relieves bad breath.

Hangover cure (Ha!)

Aids in weight loss.

Strawberries

Nutritional highlights. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium.

Strawberries promote eye health.

Strawberries help fight cancer.

Strawberries keep wrinkles at bay.