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Do you suffer from pain? If so, this article is important because you’ll learn about pain-relieving herbs that can alleviate pain naturally.

Pain is the body’s natural response to something that’s not quite right with the body.

You may be injured, suffering from an illness or a temporary chemical imbalance. Whether it’s chronic or acute pain, it’s definitely something that you’d prefer not feeling. Modern medicine has popularized the use of synthetic pain-relief medication such as Vicodin or morphine. Not many people are comfortable with taking synthetic medication, and they have all the reasons to be afraid of constantly putting chemicals in their body.

This list is meant to help you choose a natural way of getting rid of pain:

Kratom

Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is a tropical evergreen tree part of the coffee family that grows in Southeast Asia. It’s rapidly gaining popularity as an effective pain-relieving, sedating, mildly stimulating and mood-enhancing herb. Lower doses produce a mild stimulating effect which is comparable to caffeine, although with a more pronounced effect on focus and mood. Higher doses lead to pain relief, sedation and euphoria. Red Bali Kratom is widely regarded as the best Kratom for pain relief. 

There are several Kratom strains that are being grown, and there are reasons to prefer one over the other. The differing alkaloid profiles of each Kratom strain are responsible for the varying effects, some strains producing more noticeable stimulating effects, while others generating increased sedation and pain relief. The pain-relieving properties of a high dose of Kratom can be compared to that of a common dose of hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin).

Turmeric

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial flowering plant, long used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is primarily grown in India and other tropical parts of Asia, but it is also grown around the world in smaller quantities. Turmeric contains curcumin which is an effective antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.

It is used to relieve heartburn, pain caused by arthritis, tendonitis & autoimmune diseases, and also reduces inflammation. It is a safe spice when used in small quantities, but it is not good when used in large doses because it can cause indigestion. People who have gallbladder disease should not use this herb.

Tip from Mary Jaksch: 

Turmeric is fat-soluble, meaning it is absorbed best infused in fat or oil.  Black pepper may also increase the absorption of turmeric. Try gently heating a cup of coconut oil and adding two heaped tablespoons of turmeric powder plus half a teaspoon of ground black pepper. Once it’s cooled, you can use this infused oil for cooking.

Cloves

Cloves are unopened, dried flower buds of an evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum) that is part of the myrtle family. It is grown primarily in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar.

It has been used over the years as a remedy for mouth sores or toothaches because of their antibacterial and analgesic properties produced by the eugenol compound. It is similar to cinnamon in flavor, and it also has some anti-inflammatory properties.

One study that compared the difference in the numbing effects in both benzocaine and clove gel.

Both substances are effective in numbing the gums, although the clove gel had a much more pronounced numbing effect. Among the most potent herbs, cloves were ranked number 24 in terms of anti-inflammatory effectiveness.

Ginger

This herb originates from southeast Asia, but it is now widely cultivated widely all over the world. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is also a potent pain reliever, being particularly effective when experiencing migraines. There was a study conducted on 100 people who had migraines, and ginger-powder had excellent pain relieving effects, similar to the drug sumatriptan.

Additionally, during a six-week trial where osteoarthritis patients participated, their pain medication was switched with ginger-extracts that were taken twice a day. The result of the trial was less pain felt while walking or standing.

Kava Kava

This herb is grown in the Pacific Ocean islands, and it is made from the Piper Methysticum roots. Residents of Tonga and Fiji have been using this herb for centuries. Kava Kava contains kavapyrones which make you feel relaxed, happy, and calm.

It is also used to prevent seizures, as a muscle relaxant, and a pain-reliever. It has been used to treat stress, PMS, stress, and anxiety. You should avoid taking alcohol while using it and it should not be used for more than 3 months.

Wild Opium Lettuce

Wild Opium Lettuce is commonly found in the northern hemisphere where it flowers for 2months, from July to September. It is used to treat asthma, whooping cough, insomnia, urinary tract problems, painful menstrual cycles, restlessness, excitability in kids, joint or muscular pain, poor circulation, and swollen male genitals. Wild Opium Lettuce is widely used by people all over the world as an effective natural way to relax muscles, relieve pain and instill a calm state of mind.

Small doses are safe, while large doses are believed to cause breathing problems, ringing in the ears, sedation, and even death. It is not suitable for people who have a large prostrate as it can cause urinary problems.

Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus originates from the Nile river in Egypt. It has been used as a natural sedative for centuries. It is a sacred flower in Egypt as it has been used in religious ceremonies as a way to connect to the divine.

You can make tea from dried flowers, or you can smoke them to achieve an immediate relaxing effect. Blue Lotus works great as a stress reliever and sleeping aid. It has also been reported to treat gastrointestinal issues like dyspepsia and diarrhea.

Which of the Pain-Relieving Herbs is best?

Kratom is by far the most effective in relieving pain. Its potency makes it a contender for opiate withdrawal medication, and people all over the world have managed to quit heroin, morphine or other dangerous opiates by using Kratom.

Of course, people react differently to herbs and supplements, which means that you may want to test a few and see which one works best for you. Also, ask your doctor before trying anything new, especially if you’re already on other medications.

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At any age, youthful aging secrets are important if you want to turn back your biological clock.

Most people in their 50s and 60s begin to dread getting older. They are scared of getting sick, becoming weaker, or even losing their minds.

What if you could stop or even reverse the process of aging?

Imagine what it would be like to get your body back, to sharpen your mind, and to get those creative juices flowing again?

Recent scientific research in rejuvenation biotechnology shows we can reset the clock and slow or even reverse aging. Scientists are developing strategies for undoing the damage caused by aging to restore youthful function to the human body and mind.

This is what Youthful Aging Secrets  is all about.

Do you want to reset YOUR BIOLOGICAL clock?

Grab a copy of the Kindle version of my new book, Youthful Aging Secrets (FREE until  July 19th.)  You can read the e-book on your phone, tablet, or laptop with the free Kindle app!CLICK HERE TO GET THE BOOK

It’s not only medical interventions that can slow or halt the process of aging. Specific lifestyle changes can also reverse aspects of aging—even on a cellular level.I’ve just recently released the first book of my Youthful Aging Secrets series.

There is a new paradigm of aging that sees the later part of life as a chapter of vitality, creativity, happiness, and fulfillment. I call this new paradigm youthful aging.

This novel blueprint for aging youthfully is based on our positive plasticity, the innate capacity of human beings to adapt, change, and grow at any age.

Here’s what happened…

The idea to write this book came to me on my birthday. I was training in a karate class for Black Belts. At the end of the class, I turned to my neighbor.

“Al,” I said, “the next Black Belt class is going to be challenging.”

“Why?” he said.

“It’s my birthday next week and, as you know, the tradition is that

you have to do your age in pushups.”

“How old are you going to be?” Al said.

“70.”

Al’s jaw dropped. “What? You must be joking; you can’t be 70 years old!”

“I am. My birthday’s next week and I’ll have to do 70 pushups,” I said.

He thought for a moment. Then he said, “Well, I suppose you could do them on your knees.”

“On my knees?” I shot back. “Certainly not! I wouldn’t be seen dead doing pushups on my knees!”

Over the following days, I practiced pushups every morning. I was determined to do perfect, military-style pushups all the way through.

And then the moment came…

After the grueling two-hour Black Belt class, my teacher, Hanshi Andy Barber, called me to the front of the class. He pointed to the floor and said, “Let’s see your birthday pushups!”

Everyone in the class started counting out loud. As I passed 50, and then 60, the count got louder and louder. Finally, I ground out the last few pushups and completed my 70th one. The whole dojo erupted with cheers and clapping.

Later, fellow students came to congratulate me. Some of the super-fit guys in their 20s said, “I couldn’t complete 70 pushups. And I definitely can’t imagine doing pushups like that when I’m your age.”

“Why not?” I said. “All you have to do is keep going—and then rev up!”

The Problem With Negative Expectations

It was a shock to find that these young men had already narrowed their expectations of the later stages of life. After all, studies have shown that our body fulfills our negative—as well as our positive—expectations.

If someone expects to be weak and decrepit at 70, this is what is going to happen. But equally, if someone expects to be doing karate—and 70 pushups—at 70, this is most likely where they’re heading!

Youthful Aging Secrets

Now, my book, Youthful Aging Secrets,  is finally published!

This book will change the trajectory of your life. You will end up with a completely new vision of what your mature years can be like. The new paradigm of youthful aging will help you to bloom into full glory at any stage of your life.In Youthful Aging Secrets, you’ll learn

  • How the new paradigm of youthful aging is enhancing lives
  • Why neuroplasticity is the key to developing mentally and physically at any age.
  • How your mindset can reverse the effects of aging on a cellular level
  • Which key attitudes have the most rejuvenating effect on body and mind
  • How ordinary people have gone on to do extraordinary things in their mature years.

Read about thirteen youthful agers who have made their mature years the most exciting and productive time of their lives. Find out their secrets for getting the body back in shape, sharpening the mind, and getting the creative juices flowing.

Imagine being able to say like Charles Eugster:

“This mature time of life is absolutely marvelous, it’s stupendous, it’s terrific, amazing, exciting!”

By the way, Charles was 93 when he said that! This was shortly before he decided to take up sprinting and then went on to become a world record holder in the following years. (You can find his amazing story in Youthful Aging Secrets.)

The life stories of the youthful agers in these case studies will inspire you. Each one reveals their secret for enjoying a vital, energetic, connected, and fulfilling life at any age.

Becoming a youthful ager means anticipating and enjoying a time of life when you can learn, wonder, explore, experiment, play, and create in order to develop in every possible way.

The process of youthful aging is a personal revolution that awakens the potential within you and sets you free.This revolution doesn’t happen overnight, though; it takes a series of steps to rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

The first book in the Youthful Aging Secrets series, Youthful Aging Secrets: Live Better for Longer is now available as an e-book on Kindle. You can read it on a Kindle and also on your phone, tablet, or laptop if you download the free Kindle app.

You can also get Youthful Aging Secrets: How to Live Better for Longer as a paperback. To get the most out of it, I’ve also created a Youthful Aging Secrets Companion Workbook.

Click here to check out the book, Youthful Aging Secrets. 

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Goodlife Zen by Mary Jaksch - 9M ago

Have you ever wanted to establish a new habit and then found that after a few days, weeks, or months you revert to your old ways?

Everyone suffers from the same problem.

Creating lasting change is difficult, as I found when I started the GLZ Epic Fitness Challenge. In the research I’m doing for my upcoming book about the secrets of youthful aging, I found the following, powerful strategy in an obscure book about the Telomere Effect.

The science of behavior tells us that if you want to make a change, you need to know why you’re making a change. But for that change to last, you need more than knowledge.

When it comes to change, our minds work irrationally. The donut or the piece of chocolate seems more attractive than a salad, and our resolution can weaken when it’s time to start exercising or meditating.

How to Line Up the Whole of Yourself

If you want to make lasting changes, you need to line up your thoughts, your emotions, and your actions. To ensure the whole YOU is lined up for change, put yourself through the following powerful self-interview.

The three critical questions you need to answer are about readiness, meaning, and confidence related to the change you want to make.

Please use a notebook or digital file to record your answers.

1. What is the change you want to make?

Choose a new habit you want to establish. State the change you desire as clearly as possible and write it down.

2. Rate your readiness to make the change (use a score from 1 to 10)

If your score is at 6 or lower, you are not ready to make a change in the area you’ve chosen. It’s best to choose a different goal or find a smaller behavior change. One change leads to another, so it’s fine to start small. If your readiness is 7 or over, you are ready to tackle the change you want to make.

Here is an example: If you want to wake earlier and target a waking time that’s one hour earlier than usual, you might not be ready to make the change. However, if you scale your goal down to getting up just 5 minutes earlier, you may be ready to go for this goal.

Notice whether scaling down your goal works for you. For most people, choosing a smaller goal will boost readiness. However, there are also some people for whom choosing a smaller goal doesn’t work because it ‘doesn’t seem worth the effort’.

In your role of an ‘interviewer’, notice and respect the thoughts and feelings that arise with each question.

3. How is This Change Meaningful for You?

If we find deep meaning in a change, we are more likely to make it last.

Try to tie your goal to your deepest priorities in life. For example, your motivation could be: “I want to be there for my children or grandchildren and be healthy and fit enough to have fun with them.”

The key here is to choose intrinsic goals related to relationships, enjoyment, and meaning in life, instead of choosing external goals related to wealth, fame, or how others see us.

Once you have a sense of the underlying motivation for change, make a mental snapshot of the answer.

It’s best if you can find an image that represents your motivation. This visual image is a weapon to use when the going gets tough.

Find a picture that you can use to remind you of your motivation. If you have photos that will work, print them out and tack them to the wall, or use them as a wallpaper on your phone. If you don’t have a fitting photo, take a look through magazines or search online for an image that expresses your fundamental motivation.

Here is an example: Looking for ongoing incentive for writing the series of books on Youthful Aging, a picture of a book, or of people applauding would do nothing for me because this would be an image related to extrinsic motivation. However, a picture of mature people enjoying life would remind me that I’m on a mission to change people’s lives. That’s a strong motivator.



Find and record your strongest motivator before moving onto the next question.

4. How Confident are You About Making this change? (use scale from 1 to 10)

If you are at a 6 or lower, I suggest changing your goal to make it smaller and easier to achieve.

If your score is over 6, think about what obstacles you might have to overcome to achieve the change you want to make. Make a realistic plan of how you could overcome these obstacles. Think of these obstacles like challenges. At this point, it’s useful to think of proud moments when you were able to overcome other challenges in your life.

The question about being confident about making the change is crucial. The Positive Psychology movement calls this self-efficacy. Some psychologists even rate self-efficacy above talent in a recipe for success. That’s why we need to pay attention to our confidence when setting goals to make sure our efficacy beliefs are in line with the changes we want to make.
Long before the advent of Positive Psychology, Gandhi expressed the flow from thought to action like this:

Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. – Mahatma Gandhi

The confidence about whether you can make the change determines whether you will even try the new behavior in the first place and whether you will persist, once you hit an obstacle.

Once you’ve completed the 4 self-interview questions, review your results. You may want to go through the process again with a smaller or entirely different change you want to achieve.

5. Schedule the New Habit

Your next step is to schedule your new habit and include it in your calendar. When the time for the activity comes, don’t try to make a decision; just do it! After all, making decisions is exhausting.

Start with the easiest, possible step in your sequence of getting ready for the activity. That might be something simple like changing your clothes to get ready for the activity.

For example, when I get ready for a karate class, I set an alert to start my sequence. The sequence starts with ironing my gi (karate uniform) and then tying on my black belt. The next step is to grab my karate bag. Then I get into the car. Once I’m through the door of the karate dojo, I’m ready for the actual training.

In the same way, you can create your own ‘getting ready’ sequence. When you are in your ‘getting-ready’ sequence, just focus on the next step, not on the activity ahead.

6. Celebrate Your New Habit

Each time you take action to make your new habit a reality, celebrate! Give yourself a high-five or do a little victory dance.

To recap, here are the steps:

1. Establish the change you want to make
2. Establish your readiness to make the change on a scale from 1 to 10. It should be 7 or over, otherwise, choose an easier change.
3. Find your meaning behind the change and find an image that encapsulates your fundamental motivation for the change.
4. Check your confidence for effecting the change on a scale from 1 to 10.
5. Schedule the new habit.
6. Celebrate each time you practice your new habit,

If you go through the self-interview, you’ll be able to create lasting change.

Your life is like an artwork; make it beautiful.

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Want to be healthier? Everyone agrees that exercise is good.

It boosts your health, brightens your soul, calms your mind, and allows you to do more with your life. Scientists even maintain that exercise can reverse signs of aging.

But there is a problem.

Most people who set out to start exercising, fail miserably. They fail because it’s hard to motivate yourself when you feel the ouch factor of pushing the boundary of your fitness.

It’s difficult to create lasting change. On your own, that is.

But we can rise to the challenge, you and I.

It may be difficult on your own, but together we can do it. (I’ll say more about this later).

The Drivers of Fear, Love, and the Feel-Good Factor

We are all driven to make changes by different emotions.

A few weeks ago, a friend rang me in a panic, “I’ve just been diagnosed. I’m a pre-diabetic! What can I do?” I explained that medical experts recommend exercising to ward off–or even reverse– diabetes.

“Are you ready to join an exercise challenge for two months?” I asked. She said yes. And then I talked to others, and they are also keen to join me for a fitness challenge—each one for different reasons.

Some want to boost their confidence and feel good about themselves; others want to get their sagging body back into shape. Some are already fit but want to take their fitness to a whole new level.

But how to keep going for two months, without your motivation starting to crumble?

In the course of the GLZ Epic Fitness Challenge, I’ll share with you some great tips on how to make lasting changes.

How the Youthful Aging Project Triggered the Challenge

As you may know, I’m in the process of writing a series of books on the secrets of youthful aging. The first book should be out at the end of June (fingers crossed). I turned 70 last November, so this is a great time to work on youthful aging! (The main image above shows me standing in front of a CrossFit gym).

As part of this project, I decided to put the theories that exercise can reverse signs of aging to the test. I’m doing a self-experiment to see what changes can be detected after revving up my fitness for a couple of months. I decided to take up CrossFit in addition to my regular karate training to see what happens. Below, you can see the video of some of the biometric tests I did before commencing the experiment.

The Youthful Aging CrossFit Experiment Episode 1 - YouTube

Join the GLZ Epic Fitness Challenge

Together, it’s a lot easier to boost your fitness. Let’s do it!

Anyone can join the GLZ Epic Fitness Challenge. Whatever level of fitness (or unfitness) you are at, you can become part of this movement. The aim of the Challenge is to lift your fitness to a new level. It will run over two months.

If you are already very fit, you need to think about what kind of exercise you could add that would be a real challenge. If you are unfit, establishing a fitness routine would be a great goal. Whatever you choose, it has to be a challenge for you.

You will need to commit to taking up your chosen form of challenging exercise twice a week for two months. This will be enough time to establish a habit and show results.

Let me know in the comments below that you are willing to take up the GLZ Epic Fitness Challenge, okay?

Oh, and do watch my videos of Episode 2 and Episode 3 of my Youthful Aging CrossFit Experiment on the Goodlifezenblog FaceBook page. (See below)   You won’t believe what these guys put me through… oh, my!

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Do you sometimes wonder what motivates you?

In his Human Motivation Theory, psychologist McClelland identified three motivators that he believes we all have: A need for achievement, a need for affiliation, and a need for power. People have different characteristics depending on their dominant motivator.

What is YOUR primary motivation? Take the quiz to find out…

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As mindfulness becomes more mainstream, many people still wonder what it is and how to do it.

Mindfulness is simply being present to whatever is in your life in the moment and noticing it without judgment. While being present is certainly a challenge with all the constant distractions around you, tugging for your attention, the ‘without judgment’ part is equally as challenging.

Judging doesn’t only mean negative connotations. It means labeling of any kind. Good or bad, happy or sad, loving or fearful.
How Do You Practice Mindfulness? …read the full article here.

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Anxiety In The Modern Age

When we think of an epidemic what immediately come to mind are malaria, plague, and dengue to name a few. But what if I told you that there was something that afflicts more than 40 million adults in the United States alone of which only 36.9% are ever treated?

I’m talking about anxiety. And the most dangerous aspect of is that it is not even acknowledged as much of a threat. Let’s be very clear here: anxiety in a lot of cases is lethal if not treated early.

The ratio of people affected by anxiety has increased from 1 in 10 in 1980 to 1 in 5 in 2010 – it has doubled in a relatively short span of 30 years. This is alarming to say the least.

There is a strong link between technology and the rising rate of people affected by anxiety. While technology is critical to our success as a race, we need to curb certain tendencies that mars its usefulness.

While it might seem insignificant, your mobile phone has a lot to do with anxiety levels. So much so that a new term has been coined for the “irrational fear of being without your mobile phone” – nomophobia.

An adult today checks their phone an average of 85 times a day. 90% of people panic when they note their phone’s battery is low. These are dangerous signs that should not be norm as they are today.

The growth of technology has brought people closer to each other but on the flipside, has made people too dependent on affirmative actions enabled by social media. People are constantly looking for approval on an update or activity they shared which is why they are checking their smartphones constantly. The fulfillment of social media needs is so strong that it actually triggers dopamine production in the brain, similar to exercise or runner’s high.

Anxiety directly and indirectly affects everything we do. We need to be more mindful of ourselves and take care to not get entwined too much within ourselves. Take time out of schedules and deadlines to exercise, read, or relax. You should spend more quality time with yourself.

There are several types of stresses these days and the infographic below outlines a lot of them in this day and age.

This infographic first appeared on http://nootrina.com/anxiety-in-a-digital-world/

How are you affected by anxiety? let me know in the comments below.

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You know those magazines where they show houses that are have just one or maybe two pieces of furniture in an empty room?

It’s a lifestyle thing – minimalism. Having less and less things in your house is becoming more and more popular.
I’ve always wanted to be a minimalist. And now I’ve achieved it!

Our newly renovated flat is ready for us and aside from the built-in kitchen and bathroom, we only have four items of furniture: a standing desk/table, two stools, a printer and a bed.

Nothing else. We love it!

Living the life you see in a magazine

I have a confession to make: we are only minimalists by accident. Our furniture is 1000 miles away.

But it’s exciting to come home to a pristine empty space, all a shade of white except for the new wooden floor. It’s soothingly luxurious, sweeping away the stress of the day with its peaceful vibes.

It’s so easy to keep clean and tidy too. And it needs to be. It’s been snowing outside. Well it was more like slush.

Really mucky.

When we came in the front door after going for a walk, we did the obvious: we took our boots off.

Uh-oh! Now, where do we put our muddy boots? How does anyone walk the minimalist walk in muddy boots?

The search for a minimalist solution to dirty boots

Our idea of minimalist theory told us that things should have a place so that you can easily find them and that place preferably should be white or maybe pale grey. The colour of mud is not the colour accent that minimalism generally aims for I believe.

Boots and shoes should adorn a white shelf. Or maybe they should nestle inside a grey cupboard. That’s the version that you see in the magazines.

We don’t want to see mucky items hanging around, dribbling puddles of mud. Now what’s the minimalist way to minimise mud?

The war between the minimalists

It almost seems like ideological warfare.

In one corner of the building, there are those who can bask in the smugness of no clutter to be seen. They have work surfaces with nothing on them and every furniture item has hidden storage. It’s clean and uncluttered.

Doesn’t seem like there’s much room for muddy activities there though.

And in the other corner, there are those who argue that it’s not just about an image in a magazine. Minimalism is not only living an uncluttered life. It’s about wasting less of the world’s resources, and indeed, wasting less of our own resources.

For them, minimalism is about minimising your impact on the environment, about creating a warm and comfortable home with imagination and the clever use of what you already have.

Seems like a lot of hard work to achieve a minimalist nirvana this way. And I still don’t know what I’d do with the muddy boots.

So how do we walk the walk?

It looks like I’ve got a lot of thinking to do to decide what the best minimalist solution for my muddy boots would be.

Minimising what we use means each item we choose has to perform for its living. It has to look beautiful, make our lives easier and be practical.

That’s a lot of thinking!

But it promises to make our daily routines more satisfying, make our lives better and make us into better people. It can lead us into a world where we think about our values, what we stand for, how our actions might contribute to the good of the planet rather than exploiting it for temporary gratification.

Putting the boot in

Too highfalutin when all we’re talking about is what to do with some muddy boots?

No. It means that I should be asking myself questions like these:

  • Should I support a talented artisan or preserve my own resources by buying cheaper mass produced even though the quality is not so good?
  • Should I consider the effect on the environment of transport costs included in the price of a mass-produced item or go for a more expensive locally made item where total transport costs are much lower?
  • Should I buy something made of non-biodegradable plastic or should I go for natural, renewable materials?
Arguing it both ways.

What kind of minimalist solution is the real deal for you?

I aspire to that organized, clutter free look. A heap of dirty boots by the door isn’t the look I’m after. And I don’t want to be tempted to clump into the bedroom with those dirty boots to hide them from sight in the wardrobe.
Looks like I need a box or a cupboard by the front door. (But do I need one or just want one?)

But I also aspire to the thinking that minimalism can go so much further than just style. If we abide by its rules, we can help the planet. Our choices all make a difference. They can help sway economic activity, help to prevent climate change, the destruction of forests and ocean warming. Minimalism can help our world to survive.

And, if I don’t buy a cupboard, think of all the money I’ll save! Which way should I go?

Does recycling help us to walk the minimalist walk?

I am really tempted by the thought of minimizing our environmental footprint. Maybe I could do some form of recycling.

I looked at pictures of boot storage made from old pallets – you know those rough wooden structures that they use to stack things on. Maybe I should do that – it looks like a great idea.

But wait a minute. If we’re talking about using up less resources, does this really work?

Let’s see. First, I’d have to find an old pallet and go and pick it up in a car. Then I’d have to sand it down so that nobody gets splinters. Couldn’t do that without a plane or an electric sander, so I’d have to go out and buy one of those, a whole load of sandpaper, some varnish, thinners and paintbrushes.

It sounds really messy, not to mention the noise pollution. And I’d need a cupboard to put all that lot in when I’d finished.

I’m going to have to admit it: I prefer my minimalism ready made for me. Maybe I should support an artisan and get them to do it for me.

That’s an expensive route though. What about going mass produced? Does that make me more or less minimalist?

A temple to minimalism?

We all know that minimalism is the logical extension of Scandinavian design thinking.

So, my husband and I rushed off to IKEA, the ultimate emporium for those on a budget who aspire to Scandinavian design. Not so much ready-made minimalism as flat pack minimalism.

Of course, we aren’t the only ones. IKEA was packed out and the car park was overflowing. So many people seeking the satisfaction of nice design and clever ideas in a budget package. So many people willing to face the stress of shopping to achieve it.

Watching all those people, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the whole minimalism thing was a way of getting people to chuck out all their existing possessions and to spend more money on new furniture.

Maybe minimalism is another form of consumerism.

Let’s be seduced by minimalism

It’s hard not to be seduced into consumerism by the style and glamour, hard not to believe life would be better with a new desk, a practical wardrobe, a new sofa – or in our case, a storage solution.

It’s not just consumerism that drives people, though. Indulging in a bit of eavesdropping in IKEA, I heard people trying to work out practical solutions about what would work best for them, make their lives more comfortable, give them joy and satisfaction from their environment, indulge their love of beautiful design.

And if we can do it in a way that least affects the planet – so much the better.

A tall order and not so easily achieved. Whilst I cogitate on the demands of living up to the standards that I aspire to, I’ve delayed a decision. Instead, I’ve bought a microfiber cloth to mop up the mud.

Those boots are made for walking along the road to minimalism

Take the pleasure of considering your needs before you start, feel the pleasure of decluttering, the satisfaction of delivering your unneeded possessions to a charity shop.

Feel the daily joy of looking at a well-chosen item. (I just love opening the drawer and seeing my plain and simple cutlery – the design gives me such pleasure.)

One step at a time, we can improve our daily lives. It might just be a bit of decluttering, or a small reorganisation. It might be considering the effects our daily choices on the planet and choosing different cleaning products.

For others, it might consist of the creation of a comfortable home where they feel stress free.

For the amazing among us, it will end in seismic changes to their lives – an alternative life style out of the rat race, with a clear conscience and the tiniest environmental footprint.

Get your boots on: it’s time to start walking down the road to a more thoughtful life of minimalism.

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We all want to be happy.

In fact from Aristotle to the Dalai Lama, many great thinkers have agreed that the point of human existence is to be happy.

But is happiness the same the world over?

Find out in this wonderful infographic

This infographic first appeared on https://www.hometogo.com/media/secret-to-happiness/

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Did you set goals for this year?

I didn’t. I wimped out. It seemed just like another stick to beat myself up with.

“Na,” I thought. “I’m not going to set goals. I’ll just do what I do and see what unfolds.”

In the video below, you can see exactly what happened (or didn’t happen). Just recently, I’ve changed my mind about goals setting and the result is a gobsmack.

Check it out:

As I mentioned in the video, there are three components of goal setting.

1. Find out which goal we want to set.

2. Set the goal.

3. Commit to the goal

I think finding out what we really want to do is quite difficult because the goals that are dear to our heart are often hidden behind layers of fear. We fear that we can’t do it, that we’re not good enough, that people will snigger if we don’t hit the target, that we’re getting ‘too big for our boots’.

That’s why it’s difficult to find out exactly what goal is the one which will fire us up. As you can see in the video above, I got some help from a friend to find what I really wanted to do. What is especially helpful is to find others who are also wanting to make the next year their best year ever. You can do that by forming a group with friends and colleagues or by joining a course, like 5 Years To Your Best Year Ever.

The mutual support and guidance will make it much easier to find, commit to, and stick with the goals until you have completed it.

My recent experience of setting goals was an eye-opener:

Goal setting can be like rocket fuel which propels us into a new orbit.

What about you? 

Have you set goals for next year yet?  Whether you have or not, check out 5 Days To Your Best year Ever.

​Some Tough Questions

All the information you need is here on the program page of 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever   If you still aren’t sure if this is for you or not, I think I can help – by asking you a few questions.

These aren’t easy questions to think about or to answer, and they might even make you feel a little uncomfortable. But your answers will tell you a lot about yourself and your aspirations to be a writer.

Question 1: Are you meant to be a writer? If so, then how much longer can you stand the feeling of ‘not making it?’

If you’ve been waiting and hoping for opportunity to come to you, I have news for you. Opportunity doesn’t work that way. You need have to make your own opportunities. 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever will show you how to crush your goals in 2018. “Waiting” kills a lot of dreams. Please don’t let it kill yours!

Question 2: Why haven’t you succeeded already? This is not a rhetorical question. Really take the time to ask yourself “why?” Why haven’t you succeeded yet? Is it lack of confidence? Is it fear? Is it a lack of time?

The great thing about 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever is that over 25,000 people have learned that all those reasons are myths. 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever has taught thousands of people how to achieve their writing, financial and spiritual goals – and it can help you do it, too.

You have to ask yourself, “If I were going to do it on my own, wouldn’t I have done it by now?”

A community of supportive community (and a great instructor) is the key. And 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever has that!

Question 3: Do you have a proven, structured plan? 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever offers you not only a plan to succeed, but a time-tested process that has helped over 25,0000 people just like you close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

You could continue to go it alone and best-guess your writing career goals until you ultimately succeed or fail…

Or you can get a guide, someone who has gone before you and knows the path to success. (I know which one I usually pick!)

You don’t have to do this alone. But becoming a writer doesn’t “just happen.” You have to be intentional. You have to have goals – and a bullet-proof plan to achieve them. And if you don’t have a process for how you’re going to succeed, then you won’t.

Enroll here before the​ Midnight Deadline Tonight

​Michael Hyatt- Is 5 Years To Your best year Ever for You?

​If you’ve ever been frustrated with how hard it is to actually achieve your goals,​ Michael Hyatt’s ​5 Days To Your Best Year Ever is your best solution.

I’ve been getting some great questions about the course… so here are some answers:

​Who is the course for?​Honestly, anyone and everyone. The framework that Michael teaches is perfect for entrepreneurs, busy professionals, organizational leaders, parents, retirees, college students. Basically, if you’re a high-achiever who wants to set clear goals and create a proven plan to accomplish them over the course of a year, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever will work for you.​What does the course involve?The course is all digital, available anywhere at anytime. With purchase, you get access to a robust course portal. The content is divided into five lessons, and each one is designed to be completed in one sitting. Michael suggests that you do one lesson each day for five days. Each lesson involves watching a teaching video and completing a section of the workbook, as well as a few other exercises. (It’s powerful stuff!) The best part is, each lesson builds on the next to help you establish your areas of greatest potential, set clear goals, dig into key motivation points, and complete a plan of action for long-term success. It’s five days of investment now… to have 360 awesome days to follow. ​How is it different than other goal-setting systems?​Let’s be honest, most goal-setting systems fail their users. Michael’s Best Year Ever system is different. First, it’s 100% rooted in research. Michael loves data, and he doesn’t offer any courses without tons of research to back up each framework and exercise. The foundation of this course rests on the latest research about human behavior and motivation. Second, it’s proven. Michael himself, plus tens of thousands of other people thus far, have used this framework for their own personal achievement. ​How do I know it will work?This framework is exactly what Michael himself has used to set and attain his own goals, year over year—for decades, in fact. Even before the system was introduced to the public, it was Michael’s own goal-setting plan, refined each year to become what it is now. Plus, more than 25,000 people have already gone through the course and found success in reaching their biggest goals. The stories are incredible: pounds lost, debt paid off, marriages restored, new businesses built, fresh hobbies mastered… This stuff works. For more FAQs, check out the website. It offers everything you need to know! Plus, Michael’s team offers a Live Chat feature. If you have other questions, just ask them!

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