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12 Last-Minute Drinks to Whip Up For Your Memorial Day Party

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday to commemorate those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. One of the best ways to thank those who have fought to make the United States what it is, is to spend time with loved ones and take of the free country in which we live.

With the holiday just around the corner, you’re probably putting the final touches on your own cookout, pool party or family dinner that will make Memorial Day weekend all the more memorable. That’s why we’ve rounded up a dozen of the best and easiest drink recipes to complete your party menu. No matter which one(s) you choose to serve this weekend, one thing is required before you imbibe: a toast to those who served. Happy Memorial Day!

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  1. Frozen Blue Lemonade

What’s more American than a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? A cold glass of Frozen Blue Lemonade, garnished with red berries, that’s what. You’ll need a blender to whip up this rum-and-blue-curacao creation, but the frosty reward is worth the extra cleanup.

  1. Steak Island Beer Cocktail

    Heads, prepare to spin. The Steak Island Beer Cocktail doesn’t have any liquor in it. Instead, it incorporates 48 ounces of lager and four ounces of — prepare for your head to spin again — steak sauce for a bit of zing. It’s a quick pitcher to whip up, though the recipe’s creator suggests mixing the sauce and spices the night before to let the flavors reach their full potential.

  2. Prosecco Float

Wine doesn’t always hit the spot on a hot summer’s day, but sorbet always does. One savvy mixologist decided to combine the two for Prosecco Float, a beverage that’s super palatable, no matter how hot it is outside. All you need is one scoop of raspberry sorbet for every five ounces of prosecco, and that’s it! As an added bonus, the fading color of the melting sorbet over the wine makes for a picturesque cocktail.

  1. Red, White and Blue Margarita

Everyone loves a frozen margarita, especially one with a little bit of flavor mixed into the traditional lime-flavored base. This Red, White and Blue Margarita will have you whipping up two separate batches of margarita so that the final product has a swirl of strawberry and a swirl of lime. Altogether, that’s pretty darn yummy.

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  1. Bitter and Bold Sangria

Think of sangria as the grown-up version of the party punch you used to drink in college, or maybe still drink if you’re a co-ed. You can prep a big batch of Bitter and Bold Sangria before the party and watch as your guests go to town ladling it into glasses or solo cups, if they must. At the end of each cup, you can snack on the leftover cranberries in your cup for extra zing.

  1. The Bul

Here’s another beer-based cocktail, the Bul, a Cuban favorite, is an easy, easy addition to your Memorial Day menu. All you have to do is mix 24 ounces of pilsner or pale ale beer with 24 ounces of ginger beer. After slowly pouring the beers into a pitcher, slowly stir in lime juice to bring all of the flavors together. Pour, add ice, and that’s it!

  1. Watermelon Cooler

No summer cookout would be complete without a big, juicy watermelon for dessert … or for the base of a cocktail, in this case. Muddle up some fresh watermelon in the bottom of the glass for strong, sweet flavor. On top of that, vodka and elderflower liqueur bring the party to your party with the Watermelon Cooler.

  1. Mister Three Step

Not every American beverage has to be red, white and blue. Mister Three Step relies on one of the more traditional flavors in the cocktail kingdom: bourbon. It also incorporates vermouth and Campari, as well as an ounce of lager beer. The resulting cocktail has a frothy head with a stronger kick that’s fit for a holiday weekend.

  1. Stoli Mojito

As far as refreshing, hot-weather cocktails go, nothing quite compares to the Stoli Mojito. This recipe’s a classic. Over muddled mint leaves, splash the vodka, soda water and a little bit of simple syrup for just enough sweetness. This recipe’s a winner, too, because it can easily be adjusted to make enough for however many people show up to your place.

  1. Southern-Style John Daly

We covered a lemonade-based cocktail, but the Southern-Style John Daly has another all-American element — sweet tea. The two take on the strength of bourbon handily, and the resulting cocktail is juuuust right. Pour from a pitcher and serve in mason jars for an even more down-home feel than the iced tea creates on its own.

  1. Trouble Maker

Depending on the vibe you’re going for at your party, the Trouble Maker might be a great fit. The cool flavor of cucumber blends with Belvedere, Bonal, lime juice and fresh strawberries for a flavor that’s light enough for a summer day by the pool.

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  1. Uncle Sam-tini

One last beverage, and it’s a sweet ending to the list — the sugar-rimmed Uncle Sam-tini. The vodka base is punched up with a splash of orangey Cointreau, as well as with a dash of agave. With a maraschino cherry and, of course, the sugar rim, the beverage will hit all of the color and flavor notes you’re going for this Memorial Day.

Now, get out there and start pouring one of these drinks guaranteed to please!.

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Keeping Up With The Sports Fan in Your Life

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The following is a guest post by Jane Wu Brower, sports enthusiast and the Founder and CEO of Goalposte. Her bio can be found following the article.

Are you the only one in your office who doesn’t know who won the big game last night?  Do you completely zone out when your significant other goes on-and-on about the latest trade?  It sounds like you’re suffering from the life of a non-sports-fan!

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If you are a newbie and want to start following sports, it can be extremely intimidating and overwhelming to try to figure out where to begin.  Well, you are in luck, because here are 5 quick tips to help get you started:

 

Pick a Team.

The first step to becoming a sports fan is simply to pick a team.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you become invested in the team and their success, just by picking a horse in the race.  Once you’ve picked your team, start reading articles about how they’ve been doing recently.  Are they struggling with injuries to key players?  Did they just make a big trade?  You can pick up an enormous amount of information, just from skimming the team’s recent news headlines.

While you’re at it, do a little bit of research on the team’s key players. Many athletes have humble beginnings or really interesting backstories, by learning a bit more about their personal lives you can get even more invested in how they fare in the game.  If you’re on social media, it’s also fun to follow your favorite athletes on Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook.  They often try to give their fans an intimate look into their training or personal lives and some of them are quite frankly hilarious.  Getting to know the players makes it all the more fun to follow their performance on the field/court.

  

Attend a Live Event.

The next big tip to becoming a sports fan is going to a game!  Most sports are so much more captivating to watch live than on TV.  The food, the drink, and the surrounding sports fans give the experience an electric energy—it’s hard not to get excited!  Hopefully, you’ll have done your research on the teams and players in advance, so you’ll be able to follow along with all the action and see some of your favorite players live.

 

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Ask Questions.

This one seems obvious, but it can actually be really intimidating to ask questions about the game, particularly because sports-know-it-alls love to lord their superior sports knowledge over others.  The best way to go about asking questions is just be honest about being a sports newbie.  Most people will be excited to share their fandom and knowledge with you—and just ignore anyone who doesn’t!  If you can get a sports fan talking about their love for the game, you can learn a lot about the sport and as a bonus perk, it serves as a great icebreaker!

 

  Get Social With Your Fandom.

There’s nothing quite like getting competitive with coworkers, friends, or family to get you invested in the game.  You can do this by joining a fantasy league or an office March Madness pool.  By turning your fandom into a game or contest, you’ll be surprised how obsessively you will follow particular players, teams, and outcomes.  You’ll even start tracking games where your favorite team isn’t playing because of how it affects your fantasy team!  It’s really a win-win situation because if you win the league, you get ultimate bragging rights and if you lose you’ve still learned a ton about the game and players.

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Follow the Sports Headlines.

Now that you’ve found a sport and team that you love, make sure you follow how they’re doing!  Most teams have their own fan newsletters, but if they don’t there is no shortage of sports resources, including SB Nation websites or Bleacher Report newsletters for each team.  To keep up with the sports fans in your life, you should also be aware of the biggest national sports news of the day.  You can do this by receiving a daily email newsletter like Goalposte that summarizes the stories for you, skimming the headlines on ESPN each morning, or watching ESPN SportsCenter every once in a while.

 

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Jane Wu Brower is the Founder and CEO of Goalposte, a daily newsletter that summarizes major sports stories in a fun and accessible way.   By focusing on overarching storylines, personal details, and putting current events into context, Goalposte presents bite-size digestible write-ups for novices to cultivate a genuine interest in sports or for sports fans to stay on top of the latest watercooler chatter.  For more information or to sign up for the newsletter visit www.goalposte.com

 

 

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Imagine That: Doing Life Awake!

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Remember the time you were driving and suddenly jarred back to awareness?  You know you got on the road but at some point you zoned out and whatever happened between point A and point B is a blank. What part of you was driving?  How did you drive without consciously thinking about it?

We've all had experiences like this.  So, how much of life are we missing?  Since we're able  to function in this almost absent state of mind, who's in charge!?  And, how can we tap into whatever is in charge? Here's how to start.

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Intuition By Any Other Name

Serendipity.  Coincidence. Synchronicity.  And a whole host of new age buzz words and phrases.  As mysterious as it all seems, these are all part of the programs, powers, and abilities that are in all of us.

It's unfortunate that all these are wrapped up as though they are some great secret. The good news is that they all relate to what we've commonly referred to as intuition.  And intuition isn't something that's exclusive to women.

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In "How Women Decide," Therese Huston showed that both men and women use what we call intuition.   The difference, she concludes, is more about culturally-learned roles than anything else.  We all have the ability to listen, or not, to the information feed from our brain and then process it consciously.

So intuition isn't a quirky little voice that occasionally pops up.  It's simply the times when we make the connection to the same source that guides us unconsciously down the road.  And is collecting all kinds of information of which we're mostly unaware.

Tapping Into Intuition

So how do we learn to tap into the "dashboard" of our brain?  A lot is simply a matter of deciding to pay attention.  Since you'll be the observer or student in this process, you might even want to take a few notes.  As you keep closer track of the messages, suggestions, and ways you've been subconsciously choosing your path, it'll become easier to make connections.  Being clear about the path you've taken makes it easier to see where the path you're on leads.

As you do this, you'll begin to realize that what you previously thought was just coincidence is much more than just chance.  They're actually often the result of your subconscious choices and subsequent path that brought you to the present moment.  And you'll find yourself smiling in awe rather than raising an eyebrow in doubt and question.

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I recently found a great resource for anyone who wants to explore the concept of coincidence more deeply.  If you want a course in awakening your awareness and connecting to your intuition in a wonderful new way, check out Dr. Bernard Beitman's book "Connecting With Coincidence."  It's a great read and you'll come away with a lot of new "aha!" moments.

Taking Control of Your Journey

We've all learned to use GPS to guide us from place to place.  At first, it was a fascinating new toy that helped us get around.  As it became more familiar, and trusted, it became a part of daily life.

Imagine connecting to and fully activating the built-in GPS you have in your subconscious.  To be more fully aware of all the sensory input you're receiving.  And then, imagine how much more exciting your journey of life will be as you realize the buffet of choices you have each and every moment!

 

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Turning Your Music Passion Into More

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Okay, I admit, I'm envious.  I love music, but I wasn't blessed with any musical talent. But if you're one of the lucky one's, this is just for you.  There's a growing organization called The Women's International Music Network  whose goal it is to help you connect with other women in all parts of the music industry.
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In their own words, the Women's International Music Network was
"founded in 2012 by Laura B. Whitmore, a veteran marketer of the musical instrument and audio industries, the Women’s International Music Network site hosts news, events, and a community forum for women from all walks of the industry."
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I was fortunate to connect with Laura recently and get her response to questions that might be on the mind of talented young women who are considering turning their music into a side hustle or maybe even a career.  Here they are:

What do you see as the obstacles and challenges they'll have to overcome?

Doing any kind of creative pursuit for money can be stressful and inspiration-dampening. First, it’s incredibly hard to make a living solely on being a musician and you have to put yourself out there frequently. Today you also have to be a business person as well as an artist. It can be a lot to learn and understand all the options; choose the best direction and keep on top of it all.

What's your advice on getting past them?

My advice is to do what you love and just get out there and share it. Get lots of experience performing live. Make sure you network with other folks who perform and offer to help. Write, play and share with as many folks as you can. Being someone that’s helpful, talented and willing to contribute opens doors. Make sure you are willing to put in the legwork by honing your craft, and magic can happen. Then learn about the business side of things as much as you can. Ask lots of questions from friends and associates on options that have worked for them. Learn one new thing every day and you’ll be amazed at what you have accomplished in the past year as you look back.

Describe your first paying gig, and what would you say to someone who's got a "yes" in hand for their first paid performance?

Oh my gosh. I can’t remember my first paying gig. I do know that getting paid for doing something like making music is exhilarating! It’s cool to play no matter what, but getting paid too is awesome. It does add more pressure though, as you know you want to fill the place, please the audience, play great, and more. But the more you do it the better you get, and you’ll know your worth.
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What should a young artist do to get themselves more noticed?  What DOESN'T work?

Just get out there. Be everywhere. Play as much as possible. Offer to play and sing on other people’s recordings. Make sure you have a clear and well-populated website that includes photos, a concise bio, your gigs, newsletter signup, contact info. Set up socials and post regularly, tagging as much as possible. Make sure you have a sign up sheet for your mailing list at every gig. Reach out to the media and offer to let them premiere new songs. Record frequently — you don’t have to wait to share until you finish an album any more. Join networking groups that can help get you noticed, like female musician groups, songwriter groups, and more. There are so many things!

What doesn’t work?

Don’t appear desperate. You want to be out there without being annoying. It’s a fine line. Also, be judicious about how you spend your time. If you find that something isn’t working, go somewhere else. Meet new people. Try new open mics, gig at new places. List your gigs on new event listing sites. Try different post messaging and techniques.

What are the the "big plans" for the Women's International Music Network?

We’ve got our next She Rocks Showcase coming up on June 23 in Nashville at the Listening Room. We are planning a series of events for the fall and are super excited to share info on those soon. We also just opened nominations for the 2017 She Rocks Awards - our 5th anniversary! We showcase a female artist every week on our Radio Memphis WiMN Spotlight, and there’s even more to come! Sign up for our newsletter at www.theWiMN.com to keep up with our news and events.

Now, go pursue that music passion!

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Performer Debbie Dawnslight  Guitar player Tanner Ford

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7 Ways to Dress #LikeaBoss Even if You’re Entry Level

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One of the most fun parts of getting your first job, or even a new job in a different atmosphere, is planning your wardrobe. That old adage, “Dress for the job you want,” should apply to the way you present yourself. If you’re looking to ascend in the ranks of your company, you should also look the part.

Here are seven ways to look like the CEO, even if you’re still the assistant.

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Feel Good

The first step to looking good is feeling good. That means getting enough sleep, drinking water and getting exercise.

In addition to helping you look well-rested and fresh, incorporating these basics into your daily life is essential to doing your best work. It’ll take you far in your quest to be CEO.

Invest in Some Staples

Trends come and go all the time. Chances are that the leopard print blazer you bought a few years ago because leopard print was “so in” doesn’t work now.

To make the most of your work wardrobe, you should splurge, but make sure to invest in a few pieces that are versatile, professional and classic. Start with these basics:

  • A tailored blazer
  • Heels that aren’t too high, in black, nude or another neutral color
  • Trousers or a nice pair of pants
  • A pencil skirt that falls right at the knee
  • A classic, spacious and sturdy bag

These pieces will work with a multitude of less expensive, trendy items throughout the years, and will not only help you look and feel like a boss, but will let you buy less work clothing over time.

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Work Some Statement Pieces

Investing in basics is key, but you don’t ever want to look boring. The way you dress should still say something about who you are as a person and in your profession.

Kick your neutral staples up a notch by picking out some bold jewelry, shoes or other accessories. Nothing attracts attention like a pop of color. You’ll be sure to get noticed around the office, and noticed for your work!

Make Sure Your Clothes Fit

In a perfect world, we’d all have custom-made suits and pants. But in real life, especially when you’re just starting out, you can’t afford to have your wardrobe custom made.

Luckily, when you buy off the rack, you can spend just a little more for expert tailoring that will make you look and feel like the boss you’re going to be. Make sure your pants and trousers are hemmed, your skirts and dresses are well fitted and your blazers are tailored to perfection. You’ll be surprised at what a little customization can do for your look.

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Wear Adult Underwear

Maybe it sounds weird to dictate what kind of underwear you should be wearing to work, but it’s important.

Leave the lacy lingerie and bras you’ve worn to the point of tatters at home during the week, and instead opt for simple, well-fitting underwear that are comfortable and will make you look good on the outside. No one will take you seriously if the bra strap peeking out from your chic sleeveless blouse is orange and turquoise polka dotted.

An adult job requires adult underwear.

Dress in What Makes You Feel Powerful

With all of your wardrobe choices, both professional and personal, you should feel good. If you’re uncomfortable in your work clothing or if you feel like the outfit doesn’t represent who you are, it carries over into the way you do your work.

Studies have shown that wearing formal clothing actually affects your psychology. Whether your power outfit is a sleek black midi dress and statement heels, or a tuxedo-inspired suit, wear what makes you feel competent, confident and in charge. You’ll be taking over that corner office in no time.

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Wear Heels

It may sound archaic to say that women should wear heels in the office, and certainly flat shoes are way more comfortable, but heels really do convey power.

Heels affect the way you stand, walk and are perceived, even if subconsciously. Especially when you’re just starting out, it’s hard to be taken seriously in the workplace. Assert yourself by putting on a pair of heels, and let your posture and stature speak for itself.

Many women actually prefer wearing heels in the workplace because it makes them feel professional. Plus, the extra boost in height can often put you at eye level — or above, if you’re a tall woman — with the men in your company. That demonstrates that you want a seat at the table.

Go ahead: Dress #LikeaBoss.

The way you dress says a lot about you, and when you’re first starting out, you want to be seen as professional, competent and driven. You’ll reach your professional goals in no time as long as you dress the part.

 

 

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Tips for A Safe Spa Experience

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I remember when I was a teenager and had my first (and only!) cavity.  The dental assistant was friendly, but I froze when I saw her put her bare fingers on the needle just before it was plunged into my gums.  I'd hesitated too long, and the deed was done that resulted in a month of treating an infection that could have been avoided.

More recently, the place I used to visit for hair services had gradually become less attentive to cleanliness.  I really liked the people there, so I endured it until I couldn't stick my head in the shampoo bowl one more time.  I haven't been back, and fortunately I avoided any unwanted effects.

How many times have you gone to the nail salon, spa, or other personal services place and noticed hygiene that just wasn't up to par?  You wanted to be polite so you didn't say anything. Worse, you just let it slide and went on with the services you came for.  Like Russian Roulette, sooner or later you'll be the one that pays the consequences.  Believe me, it's not worth it!

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What Can Happen?

Nails:  According to Patient.com often the infection is just in one nail but several may be affected. At first the infection is usually painless. The nail may look thickened and discoloured (often a greeny-yellow colour).  Guess you'll be using that dark polish for a while, huh?

Skin:

Various skin conditions can be acquired from foot spas more easily than you might imagine.  The results are not pretty.  Open wounds can appear on the skin of feet and legs. Initially they may look like insect bites, but they increase in size and severity over time, and sometimes result in pus and scarring.

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With all that shampoo, the hair salon is super clean, right?  Wrong.  Unless proper cleaning is done, all kinds of nasty bugs are lurking.  Today.com says "Everyone has bacteria on their skin (including staph), but you and your body live in harmony with it. Transfer this to another person with an open sore, and it may not be such a harmonious relationship. The infection can be as simple as a little irritation around a hair follicle, or as severe as an infection that could lead to serious illness."

What To Look For

There are lots of tell tale signs.  Glance at the top and sides of the sink basins.  Are they shiny and free of haze or spots?  Or does it look like it got the kind of cleaning you gave the bathroom when you were six years old?  Are there used towels visible anywhere?  What about general appearance of the facility?  Is it tidy and fresh looking?

Remember, you're risking your own well being here, so it's okay to be a bit picky.  If the place doesn't measure, skip the nice girl routine and be nice to yourself by finding another provider.

How To Avoid Nasty Results

Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a Cosmetic Dermatologist suggests the following guidelines for protecting yourself from unpleasant experiences with all providers of personal services:

  • Seek out a salon or spa that uses a heat autoclave to sterilize their instruments.
  • Don’t soak your feet in the foot-bath in the nail salon .
  • Bring your own nail filers/emery boards, and/or other nail tools if you desire.
  • Do not permit the use of any reusable instruments that are not sterilized.
  • Seek care quickly! If you do pick up what appears to be a wart, nail fungus, or another skin infection, do not delay seeking dermatological care.

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A Safe Spa Experience is A Happy One

It won't matter if your nails or hair look great, or if you feel yummy after that massage.  If you have to deal with infections or rashes or who knows what later, the whole experience is pretty much ruined.  Do yourself a favor and insist on hygiene standards that protect you.

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Salon  Frederic Bisson

Main image: Kevin Dooley

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The Secret Formula to Success

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We are all on a constant lookout for techniques, methods, systems, guru advice and new ways to welcome more abundance and create the success we are seeking.  Sometimes, there's so much available it's overload.  So how about a nitty gritty summary that's easy to remember?

Well brace yourself Ms. Career Girl – you are in for a treat.

Success is actually much simpler than what you were led to believe. This is a “magical formula” (or just some common sense)that is really rather simple. Here are the 3 must haves for your ultimate success as a career girl:

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1. Passion -

You have to be passionate about what you’re doing. This doesn’t mean you have to be 110% on fire about everything you do. Sometimes you don’t love everything in life, and that’s normal. For example, I don’t enjoy handling some of the technical things in my business. I’ve been able to outsource more as my business has grown, but in the beginning, I did everything myself.

What you should be passionate about is making a difference in people’s lives. You need to feel the urge, the excitement, the sizzling feeling of endless ideas to make your work even better. It’s important to note that you don’t have to be crystal clear, because you can’t predict the future. You just have to start and keep moving.

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2. Skills -

The next pillar is skills. This doesn’t mean you have to have years of experience in something. It could be life experiences as well. For example, if you’re a mom who has just lost a lot of weight, you can help other moms do the same thing, because you’ve been there and done that.

If you want to get certified as a personal trainer later, that’s fine, but it shouldn’t stop you from starting. However, there are times and professions when you will need extra training, and that’s fine,too.  Go and get that training, but remember, you can still start taking active steps towards making this dream come true. Get an internship, volunteer, read all the books in that niche or start a blog on your progress… just don’t freeze in lack of action.

3. Mindset

The last ingredient is controlling your mindset and trusting the process. If you believe in it and yourself, then you will make progress. Yes the road might get bumpy, there might be challenges, and chances are you will get stuck and confused throughout the process. The important thing to remember is that you won’t get this perfect, so don’t even have to try to get there. Focus on taking action and experimenting, because that’s when you learn what works and what doesn’t. By working on your mindset in fact you will set an intention that you have to be successful, so there is no other way!

Success IS That Simple

So there you have it. My super simple, yet very effective formula for creating your dream career and life. The secret behind it is that there is no secret.  You simply have to practice each and every one of them every single day. So what are you waiting for?

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5 Ways to Improve Your Diet and Get Healthy

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Do this!  Don't do that!  Seems everywhere you look, there's advice on how to improve your diet.  Many are thinly veiled attempts to get you to buy their program or product.  My experience goes much more along the lines of Occam's Razor:  The simplest answer is usually the correct one.  Here are my tips on stuff that I've used myself, and continue to do so.  Because they work!

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Alpha Lipoic Acid

This one may not apply to you, but    25-30  % of the population will at some time be affected by neuropathy.  And, the taller you are the more likely it will affect you. It can show up in a variety of ways even in young children.  And, it's a common (70%) side effect in diabetics.  What is it?

Neuropathy is a primarily a condition of the nerves, most commonly in the extremities.  The effects can be only an annoyance, such as numbness, or much more severe.  It's also more likely to show up if your parents had it.

Since it runs in my own family and some family members have had it show up as children, I did my own research.   I found multiple studies in Europe that showed the benefits of  Alpha Lipoic Acid, an anti-oxidant,  in treating neuropathy.  I was having the numbness symptoms, and was getting concerned as the numbness seemed to be spreading.  I went on a regimen of ALP and within six months the numbness was all but gone.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is a fatty acid.  It has a cousin, Omega 6.  As with so many things in life, it's all about balance.  And modern eating habits have altered the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3.  Although similar, they do different things in the body.  Our "normal" ratio would be 1:1.  But in Western culture, it's typically 15:1. Because it's much more difficult to reduce the Omega 6 than it is to increase Omega 3, it's important to use a supplement that boosts the Omega 3.  Why?

According to www.lifeextension.com,

"Enhanced Cardio Protection With Fish And Krill Oil. It has long been known that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA are strongly linked to improved cardiovascular health; while lower levels of omega-3s in the blood are linked to increased rates of hypertension and risk of heart attack."

The two best sources of Omega 3 are fish oil and Krill oil .  If you're not familiar with Krill oil, click the link for more info.  While fish oil has been used much longer, Krill Oil has some great benefits.  Either one is going to support good health.

Portion Control

Most of our nourishment comes from food, without worry about exactly what we're consuming.  But as with all things, too much of a good thing - - is not a good thing.

Currently, 66% of the U.S. population is considered overweight.  With all the evidence about the ill effects of being overweight, one of the best things you can do is to maintain proper weight.  And one of the best ways I've found is portion control.

Super size?  Never.   And at home, instead of using a big plate, use a smaller plate that won't hold as much.  That way, you trick your mind into thinking you have a "full" plate, but it's actually a smaller amount.  And, you'll be less tempted to "fill 'er up."

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Avoidance

There seems to be an endless flow of yummy treats that end up in our faces.   My biggest temptations are potato chips, french fries, and home made cookies.  And no you don't get to justify them by saying the chips and fries are just potatoes, and the cookies have nuts and raisins in them.  We've all become addicted to salt, grease, sugar, and fast food.  All of which are not going to help us maintain good health.

Okay, I know some things are just really hard to resist.  So if you can't avoid them completely, remember to keep them in moderation.

Paying Attention

Like anything in life, if you don't pay attention to where you're headed, it's pretty difficult to control the destination.  Watching your weight?  Get on the scale every day.  Trying to lower your blood pressure?  Monitor it regularly.  Working on a better complexion?  Well, you're going to have to look in the mirror!

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Improve Your Diet and Improve Your Life

Take control of the vessel you call  your body and it's trip through life, and you'll enjoy the journey much more.  It isn't any more difficult to live a healthy lifestyle than it is to live a terrible one.  The benefit to living healthy is huge, and you get all the rewards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Decisions: Making Them Better & Making Them Yours

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Every day is filled with decisions.  From choosing to get out of bed until we return to it, our days are an endless series of decisions.  The vast majority are seemingly mundane.  Some are life changing. The question is, are we really making them ourselves and if not what's influencing us?

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What Influences Decisions

The surprising answer is  - nearly everything.  Think about it.  You walk into an unfamiliar office for an appointment, and you must decide on where to sit.  Quickly and unnoticed, your mind filters the available seats through your likes and dislikes, prejudices, preferences, fears, and desires.  And the decision to sit in a certain seat is made.

Interestingly, even that seemingly mundane decision may have actually been life changing.  What opportunity did you miss to connect with the person you chose not to sit next to?  So who's in charge directing the show from the shadows?  How much direct control can you regain by choosing to be more conscious of the process?

External Influence

It's no secret that we're intentionally influenced to sway our decision making.  We accept that subliminal suggestions are just part of our modern environment.  But it's mind-boggling when you realize how extensively, and how easy, it is to be manipulated.

In  Dan Ariely’s eye-opening “Predictably Irrational,”  a group of people were asked to write down the last two digits of their social security number.  He then asked if they'd be willing purchase a bottle of wine with a price equal to those two numbers.  Of course anyone with higher numbers said no.  But the next task was to actually bid at auction on the same wine.  The outcome?  The group of people with social security numbers ending in 80 to 99 bid almost three times the amount bid by the people with social security numbers ending in 00 to 19.  They had been influenced by merely focusing their attention on a completely unrelated number.

And on a much grander scale, Therese Huston in "How Women Decide" lays out the psychology behind how decisions are made.  She cites an example of how a car dealer processes you to spend more of your hard-earned money.   I'm sure too many of us have a shared experience of going home with a new car that wasn't exactly what we'd planned on.   Of course, we find ways to rationalize the decision.

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If you want to get deep into the ways we are swayed to make decisions that favor what someone else wants, I recommend both of those reads.  In particular, it may be surprising that Ms. Huston gives a persuasive argument that intuition isn't an exclusive tool of women.  But other internal and external influences make the process of how women and men make decisions quite different.

Is It Really Intuition?

The definition of intuition is "the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning."   Which doesn't address what's happening subconsciously.  There's a lot more going on around us than the tiny part of it that we consciously experience.  How much is filtered out?  We may never know.  Check out these amazing examples to get an idea.

What we do know is that our brain receives a ton more information than we are ever aware of.  What is commonly called intuition is simply the mind operating to process all that is going on.   When we "intuit" something, we're hooking into those deep-mind processes.   And from top athletes to illusionists to self-proclaimed psychics, some of us learn to tap in more deeply and more often.

 

Making Better Decisions

So how can you make better decisions? Most importantly, stay alert and as perceptive as possible.  Know that there are sources outside us trying to manipulate us.  Accept that we are not conscious of much of what is going on around us.  And look at choices through the filter of four questions.

  1. Do I have enough information to make a good decision?
  2. If I do this, will I like the consequences a month, six months, or a year from now?
  3. How much am I willing to pay or endure to live with those consequences?
  4. If the consequences become unbearable, is there an exit or recovery plan that I could live with?

At the other end of the timeline, it's a lot more fun to look back and say, "Gee, that was a really good decision."

 

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Decision cubes Vimal Kumar

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3 Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview

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As candidates, we tend to see the job interview as a one-way evaluation, where we are being deeply analyzed by every possible criteria, from academic performance to nail polish color (is it too basic? Too trendy? Or worse, too 2015?).

However, interviews are an excellent opportunity for you to evaluate if that is the company and the role you are really looking for, and if your potential-future-manager is the leader that will help you fulfill your potential.

And the best way to find out about this is to ask questions about the one thing recruiters don´t spontaneously talk about: their weaknesses. Because, just like you, they are also selling themselves and focusing on the good things they have to say about the company and the position.

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So next time you are in an interview, make sure you ask these three questions to find out all the truth about your dream job:

If you could change something in this company, what would it be?

Recruiters love this one. Every single time I asked it, they said something like “good question” or looked really impressed by the fact that I had touched such a delicate point. Because, let´s face it, it is not easy to tell you what is wrong with a company but still convince you to go work for it.

But more important than earn you points with the interviewer, this question will help you find out about the key weaknesses of the company. Maybe it´s a huge bureaucracy, maybe is a lack of processes, maybe it´s a poor life-work balance. Whatever that is, it will help you decide if that is a company where you would have fun and be proud to work for.

Why did the person previously in this role leave?

It helps a lot to understand why the previous person left the job. It could be that he got a better opportunity in another department, but it could also be that he didn´t feel motivated anymore due to a number of reasons. And even if the interviewer doesn´t give you many details, you can always ask if you can contact the person to understand more about the role and the manager. The interviewer will see that you are really interested in learning more about the opportunity, and talking to your predecessor will definitively give you an insider view of how the job will be like on a daily basis.

How could you be a better leader?

This question is for your future manager. Understanding his leadership style is vitally important since at least 50% of the people who leave their jobs do it because of their bosses. And this question is exactly about what he is not so good at as a leader. An answer like “I have a large team and can´t give each of them enough attention” will be bad if you are in a moment of your career where you need more support from your manager, for example if you are in an area that is new for you and therefore will require close mentoring in the first months. However if you have previous experience in the role and feels comfortable about opening up your way in the company by yourself, this might be a good fit. Whatever the answer is, it will tell you a lot about what you can expect from him as a boss.

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Use the Job Interview to Your Advantage

Regardless of what kind of job you are applying for, always keep in mind that an interview is a two-way conversation, and asking these questions will help you see if this is really the job for you.

If it is, you will feel much more motivated to dedicate yourself to get the job and be the best at it – and if you find out it is not, you will be more confident about what you really want and better prepared to go out looking for your true dream job!

 

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