Rock Bottom: 6 Ways I Was Awakened After Having A Breakdown In My 20s At 22 years old, I thought I had it all. I was a recent college graduate who not only financed her entire college education on her own, but who also received honors from the university and her department. I had two job offers before I walked on stage to get my diploma. I had a healthy relationship, a loving and supportive family and great friends cheering me on. Some would think my life was “perfect.” But when I had a nervous breakdown a month after starting my full-time job, everything changed. I was hospitalized for my intense headaches and lack of appetite, and my anxiety had kept me homebound for two weeks. It was the scariest moment of my life. I was always the type of woman who thought she would have her life figured out post-graduation. In life, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can reach your destiny. It was Marilyn Monroe who said, “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” 1. You have to be true to yourself, to your gut and to your heart.
13 Critical Things Wayne Dyer Personally Taught Me I was scared to death. Wayne Dyer was going to come on my podcast. I read about ten of his books. I watched other interviews with him. "You have to interrupt him," Claudia told me, "or he will keep on talking." Afterwards, the guy who did the audio for the podcast said to me, "That was unbelievably inspiring." And then he quit his job. Whatever meager resources you have, make it work for you. Wayne Dyer has worn many hats. He started out dirt poor, an orphan coming out of foster homes. So what did he do then? He quit his 100% safe job. He had written a book, Your Erroneous Zones, and it failed in his eyes. But that wasn't good enough for Wayne. He bought out the rest of the inventory of books from his publisher and put them in the trunk of his station wagon. When we were kids, we laughed and asked question. You choose yourself one choice at a time. He has sold over 100 million books since then. Here's 13 things Wayne Dyer told me that I learn from every day: 1. 2. Dr. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
The various uses of Noise Generators (aka Noise Machines) Your worst enemy can sometimes also be your best friend. The noises you will find here are of the second league, and will help you in masking noise you don't want to hear. Some people find it impossible to read, study, work, or do pretty much anything in the presence of undesired noise. Noise blockers usually use white noise, a continuum of frequencies equally distributed over the whole hearing range, which will mask the other noises in the room. Open offices can be either too quiet or too noisy. On another issue, private offices often appear to provide privacy but are poor performers in terms of acoustics. Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have often difficulty staying on top of homework, when others cannot study when it is too quiet. Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any external stimulus, such as a ringing or buzzing in your ears. Our ability to hear relies on hair cells, small sensory cells in the inner ear.
Lilliana Vazquez | Style Expert, TV Personality & Author 29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I’m Trying to Avoid Real Work You don’t always have to work hard to be productive. Productivity can simply be the side effect of doing the right things. So here’s a list of 29 semi-productive things I do online when my mind is set on avoiding ‘real work.’ Check delicious popular tags like ‘useful,’ ‘tutorials,’ ‘tips,’ ‘howto,’ ‘advice,’ ‘entrepreneurship,’ etc. for interesting, educational articles to read.Watch one of the thousands of educational videos streaming at TED.com, Academic Earth and Teacher Tube.Read an online book list and find a new book to grab next time I’m at the library. Here’s another list. And another. Oh, and ever since I bought my new (super sexy) Apple iPad , I’ve been enjoying all of these sites on the go and catching looks from almost everyone who passes me while I browse. So what kind of semi-productive things do you do online in your off-time? Photo by: Colorblind Picaso Party Casino Related 30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less April 19, 2012 In "Happiness" October 4, 2010
How to Take a Great iPhone Photo As smart phones keep getting smarter, and built-in cameras get more and more powerful, it’s becoming all too easy to forget the tricked-out DSLR at home. But a great camera doesn’t always mean a great photo, so we asked five top Instagrammers in their fields—interiors, food, travel, party, and portrait—to give us a crash course. FoodJoann Pai It’s pretty easy to spot a Joann Pai pic without even seeing her handle. Joann’s Q&A How do you use light to create a specific mood? First and foremost, you have to consider the mood you want to convey. How do you set up the perfect food still life? Think about the story you want to tell, then start simple. What angles do you suggest for shooting food? It really depends on the food in question and what you’re looking to highlight. How do you incorporate people into your shots? I always enjoy adding a human element to photos but only if it looks natural or adds to the story. Do you have any iPhone tricks for making it easier? InteriorsBonnie Tsang Kim’s Q&A
21 Simple Online Tools for Everyday Needs There is a plethora of apps and tools out there designed to manage your data, tasks, and more; many of them are all-in-one. Sometimes, however, you just need a simple tool that does what you need without any bells and whistles. Maybe you need one specific thing that your other multi-purpose apps actually lack. Whatever your needs are, there’s an online tool for everyone in this list of simple or single-purpose sites from around the web. Here’s to simple solutions! 1. – in-browser dictation tool 2. – a timer website that includes preset timers (ex: “Pomodoro” timer) 3. – quickly send files & and allow the recipient to preview them 4. whichdateworks.com – easily find out which day works best for everyone to meet 5. – take effective and elegant minutes at meetings 6. pdfescape.com – edit and fill-out .PDFs in your browser 7. wetransfer.com – send files that are too large for email 8. – summarize long pieces of text into word clouds 9. – pay someone $5 to do simple tasks and jobs 10. 11. teuxdeux.com
Riding Your Flow: 8 Steps for Enhancing Your Creativity and Productivity Dr Kelly Neff, The Lucid Planet Why is that we tend to be more successful at pursuits we are genuinely passionate about? Why does time seem to drag when you are completely bored and uninterested in a task? How come you can easily lose yourself in a task that really piques your interest? According to positive psychology, doing things that you find genuinely interesting and stimulating can put you into a state Flow, which is defined as an ‘optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.’ What Does Flow Feel Like? Psychologically, riding a state of flow can feel incredibly pleasing and liberating. According to psychologist Mikhal Csíkszentmihályi’s landmark book Finding Flow, the feeling of flow is associated with these ten factors, although not all of them need to be present to experience it. What Does Flow Look Like in the Brain? A variety of processes occur simultaneously in the brain when we enter a state of flow. Brain Wave Transitions: Neuro-chemistry: Sources:
50 Best Websites 2014 10 Minute Mail In case its name didn't give it away, 10 Minute Mail sets you up with a self-destructing email address that expires in -- you guessed it -- 10 minutes. Your temporary inbox works just like regular email, allowing you to forward and respond to messages, and you can add extra time if 10 minutes isn't quite long enough. Once you're done, light a match and walk away. 10 Minute Mail Any.do Any.do is already one of the best task managers for smartphones, and the website is especially useful when you need a big-picture view of your plans. Any.do Background Burner For those without serious Photoshop skills, Background Burner does a surprisingly good job of removing background images from photos. Background Burner But Does It Float This endlessly scrolling art site's been around for at least five years, but it's still going strong as a way to let your mind melt for a while. But Does It Float Calm.com You're already five slides into this list with 45 more to go. Calm.com CamelCamelCamel Glyde
Do Men Over 50 Only Want Younger Women? | Lisa Copeland Women ask me all the time about what they're supposed to do about the men out there who say they only want younger women in their profiles. I remember seeing it too but I never let it stop me from favoring a man and it shouldn't stop you either. But the question has always intrigued me so I did a little research to find out more about why this is happening and whether or not it's true. I started with an old boyfriend of mine who is 11 years older than me. He told me it was an ego thing. He and I were from completely different generations. Some of our values and views of life were different and that created conflict, which ultimately ended our love relationship. We've stayed friends but when we broke up, I suggested that he start dating women closer to his age, sharing that he'd have more in common with him than he and I did. At first he taken aback, but guess what? It turns out these women were not only great ... they also kept him on his toes, often outdoing him when it comes to activities.
5 Signs You're In The Wrong Relationship Whether or not a relationship is “meant to be” is often determined by how much work each partner decides to put into the relationship. And if you feel you've done all that you can, and it still didn't work out, then the relationship wasn’t meant to be. So let’s review some signs that can help you identify when a relationship is wrong for you. Just a note: If you’ve seen these signs in previous relationships but didn’t get out when you should have, go easy on yourself. You had different lenses then. The purpose of this post isn’t to make you feel regretful about your past or panicked about your current relationship. Here are five signs you’re in a relationship that's not “meant to be." 1. Everything you’ve liked about yourself, who you are, what makes you uniquely you, is gone or faded. Unfortunately, this happens a lot in relationships. Sometimes partners try to control us and stamp it as love. Now let me stop here and note that it doesn’t mean it’s 100% the other person’s fault. 2. 3. 4.
A Letter to My Future Daughters-in-Law: He Won't Complete You - For Every Mom Someone recently asked me what kind of men I hope my sons grow up to be. I think about this every day. Even though I look at my sons and see my babies, I’m not raising babies. I am raising men. Men who some day will hopefully become fathers and husbands. So … To my future daughters-in-law, I have a few things I want to say to you. I don’t know you yet, but already, I love you. There will come a day that this sticky, messy, silly little boy will be yours. Someday your hand will replace mine. It’ll be you he kisses goodnight. It’ll be you he shares his dreams with. It’ll be you who comforts him when he is scared. It’ll be you who holds his heart. Someday, darling, that will be you. I always thought I would have a daughter. Right now, you’re everything to your own parents, just as my sons are everything to me. I am raising my son to view you that same way. I pray you understand your worth and that you respect yourself. He is his own man. He won’t complete you. I promise to let you in.