21 Healthy Habits

Welcome to April!
This month will be dedicated to
HEALING YOUR BODY.

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21 HEALTHY HABITS

  1. Get enough sleep: 7-8 hours.
  2. Choose vegetarian meals at least once a week.
  3. Move more. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Park further away. Make exercise a natural part of your daily lifestyle.
  4. Cut back on sugar.
  5. Try to have fruits or vegetables with every meal.
  6. Eat healthy snacks – yoghurt, nuts, fruit, rice cakes, cut up veggies, almond butter, etc.
  7. Drink more water. Always have a (non-plastic) bottle of water with you. Add lemon for extra health benefits and yummy flavour.
  8. Take breaks. Pamper yourself generously.
  9. If you don’t buy junk food, you won’t eat it, and neither will your family.
  10. Buy organic, if possible.
  11. If you drink alcohol, moderation is key!
  12. Go herbal. Replace your afternoon coffee with a caffeine-free herbal tea or at least green tea.
  13. If you do drink coffee, drink it with low-fat milk and skip the calorie-heavy treats like syrup, whipped cream and caramel sauce.
  14. Replace sugary cereals with oatmeal, low-fat yoghurt and fresh fruit.
  15. Go outside and get some sun and fresh air. Hang out with trees, they are your friends. :-)
  16. Replace soda, diet or regular, with water. Don’t drink your calories.
  17. Subscribe to a health and wellness newsletter or blog, so you stay inspired to keep up your healthy habits.
  18. Always keep your sense of humour, don’t take yourself and your whole life so seriously. Trust that the Universe has your back and let yourself be divinely guided always.
  19. Have fun. Schedule activities into your weekly plans that are fun for you, whatever that may be. Take some time to think about what you consider to be fun activities, make a list and stick it to your fridge or keep it in your wallet. Having fun is the best thing you can do for your health!
  20. Bless your food with love. Say a prayer or a blessing or simply be grateful for your food before you eat it.
  21. Listen to your body. Make it a habit to live with an awareness of what your body actually wants and needs. You know what feels good and what doesn’t. Tune into your body’s wisdom. Think: If my body had words, what would it want to tell me? You can pretty much forget all the above rules, if you simply make this one your daily routine. Your body knows what’s good for you. Trust it.

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How to Live your Ideal Work Life Now!

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How to Live your Ideal Work Life Now!

by Luzia Light 

1. Authenticity. Just be yourself.
You are here now. Life is really pretty short. Don’t waste your time pleasing other people, trying to fit in somewhere, bending over backwards to accomplish things you don’t really care about. You have to be yourself. You need to find out what your strengths are, what makes you come alive, what excites you and then do these things, whatever they are.

2. Create a map.
Get clear on what exactly your ideal career would look like. Close your eyes and ask your inner wisdom: What does my ideal career look like? And see what comes up for you: images, ideas, epiphanies?

Make a vision board by going through magazines just finding words and images that resonate with your soul, the core of your very being. Use your intuition, listen to your gut instincts. What feels good?

Write down the scenario for your ideal life. What would it look like? Make it an Ideal Life Manifesto.

Write a personal mission statement.  A personal mission statement is a brief but powerful statement of your characteristics and plans that guides you on your path. The purpose of a mission statement is to claim the impact you want your life to make. It describes qualities that define and differentiate you. It declares not only who you are, but also who you want to be, and what you want to do with your life both personally and professionally.

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3. Make a plan.
What needs to happen to realize your dreams? What are the exact action steps? Do you need to connect to people (online or in your own city) who do what you want to do? Do you need a mentor? Do you need to go back to school? Take courses online? Upgrade your skills? Are there books that might provide you with the information you need? Do you need to get a loan to start your own business? Do you need to raise money? Find investors? Figure out your action steps and write down a plan.

4. Get Started. Just do it, Babe.
Don’t get stuck in the dream stage where you keep thinking and writing and vision boarding what you someday want to do. Just schedule time in your calendar, even if it’s 15 minutes a week, but start somewhere. If you feel overwhelmed, then tell yourself it’s okay to just sit at your desk (or wherever) and do nothing for these 15 minutes, but use this time to sit with your career plan. Then do it again next time, eventually things will get done. But schedule the time!

5. Don’t give up!
Center yourself, align yourself with your true, divine self and always work and live from that place of inner strength and power. Consider starting a daily meditation practice. This easily connects you to the forces of the Universe – God, Angels, Spirit Guides, your Higher Self – who will support and guide you, if you just ask. Make some time in the morning to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and your journal and write down: “Dear God (Goddess/Universe/Higher Self), what do I need to know?” Then just start writing and see what comes up. This can be very insightful and help you to focus on what’s important.

6. Work-life balance is essential.
Always make self-care a priority. I keep reading a lot about “the myth of work-life balance.” It should never, ever, ever be mythical in any way. Work-life balance means that you don’t just spend your life working, you also have a life outside of work. Even if you are independently wealthy and don’t rely on an income to cover your living expenses, or you are retired, you always need to work. Work means, you are creative, you express yourself, you are passionate about life. Work ultimately should be an expression of your creativity and things you care about, if it’s helping people inventing things, selling things people need, improving existing technologies, somehow we all want to make the world a better place. Don’t ever stop working! But there is life outside of this state of productivity. It’s absolutely essential to nurture all the other areas of your life as well. You need to make time to relax, to have fun and to spend with the people you love. Work is a natural part of life – it’s a part, it’s not everything. Love is everything. Make love the foundation of your life and everything will work out just fine. Love your work. Love the people in your life. Love your body and take good care of it. Love the world around you. Love your life.

Today’s Mantra: That’s it. I’m going in.

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15 Ways to De-Stress after a long Work Day

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15 Ways to De-Stress after a long Work Day

by Luzia Light

1. Drink something hot. Make yourself a big cup of your favourite drink. Relaxing herbal tea, decaf cappuccino, whatever soothes your soul.

2. Journal. Write, doodle, express what’s on your mind. Let you stress flow out of your hand and onto the page.

3. Listen to music. Make a list of your personal feel good songs or have a sound track of relaxing spa music handy.

4. Move. Run, jog, dance, go to the gym, take your dog (or the neighbour’s dog) for a walk.

5. Spend time in nature. Find a tree to sit under, feel the grounding energy of the earth beneath your feet. Take a deep breath of clean, fresh air. Take some nature home with you. Cut branches and put them in a vase, collect rocks and display them on a plate with a candle, pick wild flowers, collect feathers etc.

6. Take a hot bath. Set the scene by lighting candles, using an essential oils burner, turning on relaxing instrumental music. Lay out magazines to read.

7. Read a good book. Sit in your favourite arm chair with a blanket and a soft pillow. Make some tea and take time to read that book you’ve been wanting to read.

8. Meditate. Set your timer for 10 or 20 minutes, sit comfortably on a pillow or in an arm chair, close your eyes and just sit still and breathe.

9. Be grateful. Write in your “Book of Positive Aspects” anything good that happened today. Don’t forget to mention the simple pleasures.

10. Make a date with yourself. Take your calendar and schedule “me-time” at least once a week. Make it an hour, an afternoon or a whole day. Once you schedule it, keep your appointment and say no to any other obligations. Think about what you want to do on your date with yourself. Make plans. Go to the museum, cafe, book store, shoe shopping? Indulge in your dreams and then make them come true.

11. Anger management. If you are upset about something that happened at work, try to punch some pillows, it releases your pent-up energy. To get rid of anger for good, it’s important to talk about it. If you can’t talk to the person your are upset with, talk to a friend about the situation. Punching pillows releases the physical energy from your body, talking about the issue releases the energy from your mind.

12. Hang out with friends you can be yourself with – 100%, completely.

13. Organize, clean or declutter something. This can be very relaxing even though it sounds like work. Decluttering, especially, can help you de-stress by prioritizing what you really need in your life right now and what you don’t .

14. Light candles or dim your lights for an instant relaxing atmosphere.

15. Do things you love. Avoid living with resistance by doing things you like doing as much and as often as possible. When you have to do things at work you don’t like doing, ask yourself: how can I make this project more fun, more pleasant? Listen to music, take off your shoes and sit cross-legged on your office chair? Get a comfy seat cushion? Take more breaks? Make a cup of herbal tea? Use coloured felt pens? Stickers? Glitter? Use coloured paper? Take your work to a cafe? Bring a plant to your office for some grounding energy and natural air purifying? Make plans on how you can make your work more joyful. Or dream up ways on how to quit your job and start your own business or change careers and find a job travelling the world. The less resistance you have in your life, the less stress you will experience. The more you enjoy your work, the more energized you feel at the end of the day. ‘I heart my work’ = increase in energy.

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Simplify your Work Life: 18 Tips to Organize your Office

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Simplify your Work Life: 18 Tips to Organize your Office

1. Write down your goals. What do you want to accomplish? How do you want your work life to look like? Where are you going? Where do you want to be a year from now? 2 years? 5 years? What is your ideal job description?

2. Do a brain dump. Write down all the things that need organizing in your work life and home life as well. What are the areas that need to get organized? What is going on in your life and at work that needs your attention? What projects do you have going on? Write everything down that comes to mind and don’t censor. When you’re finished, look at your “brain dump” and create a list of things that need to get done. Then come up with small action steps that you can start implementing right now.

3. Write a To-Do List. Consider using a list making app. I love “Wunderlist” (www.wunderlist.com) but I’m sure there are a lot of other apps that let you organize your lists as well. Wunderlist lets you
– have as many lists as you like
– add notes to items on your list
– share lists with others
– lets you collect interesting websites that you might want to read later
– let’s you drag and drop the order of your items on the list
– syncs with your other devices
– it’s free!

Divide your to-do list by category:
A – needs to be completed today or this week
B – Needs to be completed this month
C – You want to complete it when you have some extra time

Schedule A list tasks in your daily planner, try to not schedule more than three, so you don’t get overwhelmed. At the beginning of the month start scheduling B tasks in your planner.

Other possible lists:
your goals – monthly, yearly, 5 years
your bucket list
your to buy list
project idea list
travel packing list
moving list
your magic money list (a list of things you want to buy when you have some extra money)
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spring cleaning list

It’s really nice to have all your lists in one place. I find I often write the same lists over and over and then lose them, and write them again. Wunderlist – or any similar software application – is a really great organizing tool.

4. Declutter your office. Get rid of what you don’t need. Go through all of your stuff at your office and/or your home office and get rid of everything you don’t need or use or love. Find a new home for everything that is not work related. Donate, recycle, trash, sell, but make sure you get it out of there!

5. Decrease your paper piles. Get rid of as much paper as possible. Bills that are older than a year can be thrown out. Instruction booklets can be thrown out and instead downloaded online and archived. Consider scanning in important documents and store them in a cloud app or back them up on your external hard drive. Any reference books you have can probably be let go of, if you can look up the information online. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, college text books etc. Consider scanning all of your photos and your children’s art work as well. Digital files take up very little space!

6. Have an in-basket on or near your desk. Collect all the papers scattered around your workspace and put them into your in-basket. Then sort papers:

- action (bills to pay, applications to fill out etc.)
– to read
– to file
– to recycle
– to shred

7. Hang a pinboard on your wall. Pin interesting magazine articles, inspirational cards and quotes, business cards, brochures of interest, cartoons, important reminders etc. etc. Any phone number and important information that are written on sticky notes or scraps of paper can be pinned until you have time to write them down in your planner.

8. Hang a dry erase board. Write down your top 3 or 5 priorities for the day on a dry erase board. Erase when done! Write a new list every morning.

9. Keep your inbox at zero! With each email, you either a) delete it or b) archive it.

- reply to the email and then archive or delete
– save the attachment and then archive or delete
– add information to your to do list, then archive or delete
– add dates, appointments etc. to calendar, then archive or delete
– unsubscribe and delete

Consider turning off your notifications for your email. Decide when and how often you want to check your email and deal with everything then.

10. Set priorities. Focus on what is important. Say no to everything that is not important to you and your personal and professional values. Get clear on what your priorities are right now. Then begin eliminating everything else.

11. Open your snail mail over a recycling bin, tossing envelopes and dealing with the remaining paper in one of the three ways; a) file, b) act on or c) toss.

12. Slow down. Instead of stressing yourself out attempting to multi-task, it is much more efficient to single-task. Work on one task, finish that task, then move on to the next task. As you are more focused, your work becomes more efficient and it seems that the slower you go the more gets done, simply because you are more present, you live and work in the moment. It’s the power of now. ;-)

13. Schedule time for breaks. Spend your break doing something relaxing and re-energizing like: enjoy a cup of herbal tea, meditate for 10 minutes, go for a walk to the coffee shop, take a 10 minute power nap or do nothing.

14. Organize your daily planner. Decide if you want to use a paper organizer or a digital one, but stick with one, otherwise you end up transferring appointments and information which can get very confusing and stressful. Figure out what you need to include your planner: blank paper for taking notes, a monthly or weekly calendar, an address book? Extra space for loose papers, stickers and post-its to mark important pages? Tabs to separate papers by project? A space for to-do lists? Once you know what you need to be organized, find a planner that works for you. The “arc” system (from Staples) lets you beautifully design your personal planner just the way you like it. I’m not affiliated with Staples, but I really like the freedom this system gives you.

15. Arrive on time. Figure out at what time you need to arrive at work or at a meeting, then add 10 minutes. That way you will never rush which can easily lead to mishaps and accidents. When you know you have an extra 10 minutes, you will take your time, go slowly, breathe deeply and stay centered. Om.

16. Stop working 15 minutes early. Tidy up your desk and check your to-do list. Cross off tasks you have accomplished that day and write a new to-do list for the next day.

17. Schedule a digital de-clutter day. Schedule a monthly digital de-cluttering day to clean up your files and get rid of ones you no longer want or need. Unsubscribe from newsletters and blogs you no longer read. Avoid desktop disorder. If your computer desktop is a mess, put documents in folders, delete duplicates, put sub folders under bigger categories like “business”, “personal” and “kid’s stuff.” Don’t leave documents on your desktop, keep them filed.

18. Unplug on weekends. Pick a day of the week, maybe Sundays, or the whole weekend, and use that time to unplug from technology. Turn off your computer, smart phone, tablet, everything and just take a little mini vacation. Go outside for a walk, play with your kids, bake cookies, do something non-technological! Let your soul dance, let your body breathe, connect with friends and family in ‘real’ time and space.

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

In the spirit of simplifying her work life, the Daily Goddess will now publish blog posts only during the week, but not on the weekend. So, for the future, expect daily inspirations in your inbox Monday to Friday, and if you decide to unplug on the weekend, you will not be missing any divine messages. :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

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10 Great Quotes about Work

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10 Great Quotes about Work

“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~ Steve Jobs 

“When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you do to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.”
~ Marcel Proust

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
~ Confucius

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”
~ Lady Gaga

“Work without love is slavery.”
~ Mother Teresa

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”
~ J.M. Barrie

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”
~ Tina Fey, Bossypants

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
~ Chuck Close

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”
~ Criss Jami, Killosophy 

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
― Bill Watterson, Creator of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’

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What to do if you hate your Job

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What to do if you hate your Job

“If you are in a job you don’t care for, if you want to change your position, if you are having problems at work, or if you are out of work, the best way to handle it is this:

Begin by blessing your current position with love. Realize that this is only a stepping stone on your pathway. You are where you are because of your own thinking patterns. If “they” are not treating your the way you would like to be treated, then there is a pattern in your consciousness that is attracting such behavior. So, in your mind, look around your current job or the job you had last, and begin to bless everything with love – the building, the elevators or stairs, the rooms, the furniture and equipment, the people you work for and the people you work with – and each and every customer. […] If there is someone at work who bothers you, again, bless them with love every time you think of them.

Begin to affirm for yourself that, “I always work for the most wonderful bosses.” “My boss always treats me with respect and courtesy.” and, “My boss is generous and easy to work for.” This will carry forward with you all your life and if you become a boss, then you will be like that, too.

If you want to leave your job, then begin to affirm that you release your current job with love to the next person who will be delighted to have it. Know that there are people out there looking for exactly what you have to offer, and that you are being brought together on the checkerboard of life even now.”

Today’s Mantra:

“I am totally open and receptive to a wonderful new position, one that uses all my talents and abilities, and allows me to express creatively in ways that are fulfilling to me. I work with and for people whom I love, and who love and respect me, in a wonderful location and earning good money.”

~ Goddess Louise Hay, from “You can heal your Life”

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Relax into Divine Timing

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“I surrender my anxiety and my sense of urgency.
I allow God to guide me in the pacing of my life.
I open my heart to God’s timing.
I release my deadlines, agendas, and stridency
to the gentle, yet often swift, pacing of God.
As I open my heart to God’s unfoldings,
my heart attains peace.
As I relax into God’s timing,
my heart contains comfort.
As I allow God to set the tone and schedule of my days,
I find myself in the right time and place,
open and available to God’s opportunities.’

~ Goddess Julia Cameron

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