Are You Making Time for What Matters? #inspiration #grateful #timemanagement


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Are you making time for what matters?

Our lives are scheduled down to the last second. We’re so busy with work, family, activities, sports, etc. but I’m here with a very important question.

Are you making time for what matters?

This week has been chaotic for me. Between work, our business, household duties and family obligations, I’ve run myself ragged. My feet are swollen, my back aches and I’m exhausted. One thing has gotten me through this week: quality time with MR N. Every night, we sit together on the love seat and watch tv/dvds. I curl up next to him, close my eyes and take deep breaths. I let everything go from the day and just soak up MR N’s love.

No matter what’s going on in your life or how busy you may be, make time for what matters. It may be quality time by yourself, your significant other, your best friend, your pet, your kids; what counts is carving out time to be with that someone.

Make an appointment in your planner and never cancel. Prioritize your time so you can spend precious moments with what matters to you. It’ll be your oasis, trust me.

Make time for what matters… your very life may just depend on it.

MRS N

Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All so Keep in Shape! #inspiration #stress #TuesdayMotivation


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Is fatigue your constant companion these days?

Last week was a difficult week for MR N and me. Work was crazy and both of us were puddles of goo by the time the long weekend came. We took it easy and relaxed on Friday and Saturday. We were almost back to our old selves when Sunday came and we hosted the whole family for Easter. Exhaustion and fatigue set in again. We needed two more days off. Instead, we’re back to work and counting the hours until this coming weekend.

Sound familiar?

Fatigue invades the brain and body like a parasite and if you’re not healthy (physically, I mean), your body will just give up. Both MR N and I are in excellent physical shape, walking 25 km (15 miles) per week. MR N does over 500 push-ups every morning and I do 50 bicycle exercises every afternoon. If our bodies weren’t well-oiled machines, I believe we’d be worse off. Our bodies battle the fatigue and yes, we’re tired, but we haven’t given up.

Listen, stress has a way of beating us up and one of the sure-fire ways to combat it is to exercise. Go for a walk, bike ride, run; play a game like basketball, baseball, softball, hockey, football, soccer. Not only will the fresh air energize you, your focus will be on whatever you’re doing and not on whatever is stressing you out.

Take my advice and battle fatigue with healthy bodies. The exhaustion period will be shorter and you’ll be back to feeling 100% in no time!

MRS N

Stressed and in a Hurry? Take Five Deep Breaths … #inspiration #motivation #stress


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Feeling stressed today?

Me, too!

We’re all busy and stress is building up inside. Our stomachs clench, our skin is clammy and anxious thoughts run rampant.

STOP!

Take five deep breaths right now. Empty your mind of all those thoughts and concentrate on your breathing. Imagine that stress washing off your body with each breath.

Now, repeat after me: I’m in control of myself and my feelings. Today is Friday and I’ve got this. I’m going to kick butt!

#1 stress reliever for me is the activity I’ve just described. It centers me and allows me to deal with any kind of stress.

Happy Friday, all!

MRS N

When Was the Last Time You Took Time Out to Relax? #inspiration #relax #TuesdayMotivation


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When was the last time you took time out to relax?

If it was longer than 24 hours, you’re not taking care of yourself.

The past few weeks I’ve been feeling exhausted. We had a stressful work week last week, yesterday was definitely Manic Monday  and I was stressed out! After MR N came home, I took some time to relax. My body and soul needed it.

What did we do to relax?

After dinner, MR N and I listened to three new Christmas CDs we bought. We turned on our Christmas lights, sat together on the loveseat and held hands. It was exactly what we needed.

But MRS N, you may be asking, I don’t have time to relax.

Make time for what matters. It’s not complicated. Even a few minutes a day helps immensely.

Today I am thankful for relaxation.

What do you do to relax? Tell me in the comments below.

MRS N

[INFOGRAPH] Prevent Stress at Work #motivation #stress #stressrelief


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Photo Credit: http://www.massageenvy.com

We all have stress and the number one question I get asked is this: how do I deal with stress at work?

My grandfather’s voice echos in my head.

“Prevention is the best cure, especially when it comes to stress.”

He’s a wise man and he knows what he’s talking about. After working as a high school teacher for over twenty years, he retired and started a janitorial business. He built it from the ground up and was very successful.

Stressful situations happen to each of us and how we handle it determines if stress comes pouring out of us. I like the graphic above and my favorite way to prevent stress is to go for a walk. Getting outside for a breath of fresh air does wonders for my mental well-being.

Have you tried any of the above to prevent stress? If so, what’s your favorite way to prevent stress at work?

Share in the comments below.

Preventing stress at work leads to a healthier person, both physically and mentally.

MRS N

Fatigue Makes Fools of Us All #inspiration #motivation #affirmations


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Are you exhausted? Do you wake up tired, wanting only to go back to bed?

For the past week, I’ve woken up tired. I look in my reflection, only to see black circles and lines of fatigue around my eyes. I’ve never worked so hard in my life. MR N is going through the same thing so we decided to take the Labor Day Weekend and get away. Sure, it was partly business but when we weren’t meeting with clients, we rested in the hotel. It was exactly what we needed.

How do I combat fatigue?

MR N and I go out to sit together in our solarium. Sometime we talk but sometimes we don’t. While I’m out there holding MR N’s hand, I take deep meditative breaths and let go of the day’s stress. I clear my head and feel the exhaustion seep out of my pores. It’s wonderful. 🙂

Life can get busy and many of us try to deal with it. Some exercise, some party, some ignore it, etc. I have found the best thing that works for me is relaxation. When I’m sitting down with nothing to do but watch the outside world (trees, birds, kids playing, trains), my mind shuts off and my body relaxes.

How about you? How do you relax?

It doesn’t matter what you do; all that matters is that you relax. When you give yourself permission to let go, you’ll find the exhaustion leaving you and you’ll be conditioned to take on anything.

Just let go!

MRS N

Anxious? Worried? Take My Advice and Breathe #inspiration #motivation #meditation


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There’s a lot of worrying and anxiety swirling around me.

I have many friends dealing with life’s ups and downs. One of my friends came up to me last week crying in her hands.

“I can’t handle anything else! If life throws me anything else, I’m going to give up.”

I gave her a hug and told her to breathe.

“I know you are struggling and it’s true, you have a houseful of lemons right now. The most important thing you have to do is to breathe. I know it feels like the end of the world but it will get better. I promise you that!”

How do I know? I’m an example of someone who had been through the worst life can throw at you and still survive. Not only survive, but to conquer it head-on. I faced all my fears in the face and said, “Come on, is that the best you’ve got? I’m a daughter of God and am filled with the Light!”

Worrying about what’s going to happen or what’s happening is not the answer. In fact, it only makes it worse.

Breathe. The Universe is taking care of everything else.

Take a minute today and try deep breathing exercises. It can be anywhere (even the washroom). Close your eyes and for one full minute breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly. Let the peace wash over you and cleanse you of all the anxiety/stress building up inside.

MRS N

Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity #inspiration #affirmations #stress


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Summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year. People going in a million different directions , what with the kids out of school and so forth. The stress level gets jacked up and each of us feels like an electrocuted stress ball.

I’m dealing with this myself right now and it’s the big countdown until my summer vacation (52 days). I found a calm sweep over me when I read this quote by Albert Einstein.

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Are you feeling like a hurricane? Close your eyes, center yourself and bask in the calm of the storm. It will soon pass.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Combat Stress by Channeling Your Inner Energized Bunny #stresstips #inspiration #stressed


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Feeling a little stressed today? Are your nerves frazzled and your list of to-do’s longer than Rapunzel’s hair?

Take a deep breath and listen up.

You can handle anything. I can handle anything. We have strength inside we never knew we had.

The key to making stress disappear is to breathe and to keep moving forward.

Remember the Energizer Bunny? “It keeps going and going and going.” Be like the Energizer Bunny and keep going. Knock down walls and bang that big drum. Watch out world, here comes [insert name]!

MRS N

Feeling Frazzled? Take Time to Relax and Meditate #inspiration #longweekend #meditation


 

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Has your life suddenly become chaotic and you’re wound up tighter than a coil? 

Last week was completely draining for me.  There was so much going on and I was being pulled in a million different directions.

Friday, my nerves were frazzled and felt so out of control.  I got a lot done on Friday and by the time MR N came home from work, I was feeling pretty good. It was the start of a long weekend and dinner was fabulous. But then, our toilet handle broke. We were having people over (read my mother-in-law) Saturday morning and we needed to have a working toilet. Calling the Super was out of the question since it was a long weekend; they wouldn’t fix it until Wednesday. What to do? What to do?

My nerves fizzled out and all I wanted to do was to curl up in a ball and cry. I knew I needed to meditate, to center myself. While I did that,  MR N got on Google and found a solution. He came up with a brilliant plan (wake up early and head to Walmart) and we went to sleep Friday night. We got the part from Walmart in the morning and it took seconds to fix it. Now, we have a toilet that works better than before.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and centering ourselves. It was exactly what we needed.

When life gets to you, how do you handle it?  Do you exercise, drink, cook, watch television, listen to music?

Sitting out on our solarium is a form of meditation.  I sit out there and put my feet up.  I look out at the trees and watch the trains go by.  I breathe in and out.  I empty my mind of all the thoughts that are swirling around like a hurricane.

According to the Dictionary, Meditate: to spend time in quiet thought for religious purposes or relaxation.

Every religion and spiritual practice incorporates meditation.  Even if you do not believe in any religion, deep breathing exercises are healthy for your body.

The next time you are dealing with a crazy day, take a few moments and meditate.  There is no right or wrong way.  Your spirit/soul will be refreshed and you will be ready to take on another day!

What do you do to relax? Share with us in the comments below.

MRS N

Laughing is the Sensation of Feeling Good All Over #inspiration #laughter #affirmations


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When was the last time you made someone laugh?

I love to laugh! It’s one of those natural cures that really works for me! No matter what’s going on, when I laugh, all the stress/pain/hurt flees.

Yesterday, I challenged myself (and others) to go 24 hours without complaining. At first, it was difficult. I was faced with situation after situation that tried my patience. I had to mentally stop myself from complaining.

One thing that helped me was to laugh. I started laughing and my body responded by releasing happy endorphins. Was I crazy for laughing out loud at nothing? Maybe but it worked. 😉

This same methodology works for others. Make someone laugh. Tell a joke. Share a funny story. Watch a funny show/movie.

When you make someone laugh, you are not only helping them but yourself too. Laughter is infectious. So go ahead and make someone laugh! 🙂

😀 MRS N 😀

Friday Book Round-Up Gets Creative With Adult Coloring Books #art #books


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up! There’s been a lot of talk recently about Adult Coloring Books. It’s the fastest-growing trend in books and publishing and I, for one, am thrilled. I’ve been a huge fan of coloring and coloring books since I was a little girl. There’s something therapeutic and creative about coloring, not to mention a huge stress reliever. So, I thought I’d spotlight some fantastic ones I discovered on Amazon this week. The best part: most of them are cheaper than lunch at a fast-food drive-thru.

 

Enter a world of creative self-expression with this relaxing coloring book for grownups. Inside you’ll find 30 amazing art activities that will take you to a happy place of patterning, shading, and coloring. These whimsical images offer a easy way to de-stress and unleash your inner artist. Thaneeya McArdle s transcendental art explores a visual language of shape, form, line, and color. Each vibrantly detailed illustration is designed to exercise your creativity. Beautifully colored finished examples are provided, along with a handy guide to basic art techniques, from patterning and combinations to shading and color theory. This therapeutic coloring book is perfect for decorating with markers, colored pencils, gel pens, or watercolors. Printed on high-quality, extra-thick paper that won t bleed through, all of the pages are pre-perforated for easy removal and display.”

 

Featuring some of the most inappropriate swear words imaginable, these beautiful designs are a joy to color. Each swear word is replete with kittens, puppies, and other annoying baby animals.

  • Original Sweary Designs
  • Single-Sided Pages
  • Sized to frame at 8.5 x 11″
  • Printed on white paper
  • Includes digital printable edition inside

 

 

With many swear words to choose from, there’s something for every swearing occassion, so you can print extra copies.

 

 

This is the original and very first book in the Sweary Colouring Books series, and is perfect for adults who want to amuse themselves or their loved ones.

 

Good news for all SECRET GARDEN fans! All editions of SECRET GARDEN now feature thicker and heavier paper stock, fighting bleed-through from ink pens.

 

Experience the phenomenon that has sold 2 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring craze for adults.

 

This beautiful and interactive coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life with color. As added entertainment, tiny garden creatures are hidden on the pages, waiting to be found, and a key and index are included in the back. The book’s cover and jacket are also colorable.

 

Appealing to all ages, SECRET GARDEN is the original and first book by Johanna Basford.

 

Try this coloring book! Just don’t eat it!

This coloring book is stuffed wonderful designs of delectable treats and delicious drinks. With cakes and cupcakes, this coloring book has images of all sorts of comfort foods. Feel like a kid in a candy store again with Eat, Drink and be Merry. The ultimate feast of fun!

 

These examples, and more, are what you can expect to see in this book!

 

Cakes

Ice Cream

Fruit

Lollipops

Coffee

Croissants

Sushi…

And many more!

 

Whether you are a beginner or a veteran of adult coloring books you will feel your stresses melt away trying to color in the lines. We all love desserts and coloring books, so why not combine those experiences with Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

 

Angels reign supreme — in fiction, in art, and in the popular imagination. These thirty full-page images of celestial beings will enchant colorists with their ethereal beauty. Set against intricately embellished backgrounds and borders, the heavenly messengers are depicted in a variety of poses — playing a lute or a harp, sitting in a blossom-filled garden, admiring a pond full of water lilies, surrounded by peacocks or hummingbirds. Spend some time with these winged creatures and you, too, will be touched by an angel!

 

“Our favorite coloring book company.” – The Skimm

By the same artists that brought you the #1 Amazon Bestseller, “Stress Relieving Patterns, Vol. 1.”

You spoke and we listened! Volume 2 of this beloved bestselling adult coloring book features over 40 lovingly detailed patterns.

Designs range in complexity from beginner to expert-level.

Provides hours and hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fun, creative expression.

Join millions of adults all around the world who are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring!

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The perfect gift for fans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones, this one-of-a-kind adult coloring book features forty-five exclusive illustrations!

 

ALL MEN MUST DRAW

 

In a world where weddings are red, fire is green, and debts are paid in gold, countless images leap off the page thanks to the eye-popping intricacy of the vivid settings and details. Now, for the first time, fans of this blockbuster saga can fill in the blanks and marvel as this meticulously imagined universe comes to life, one sword, sigil, and castle at a time. With dozens of stunning original black-and-white illustrations from world-renowned illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomić, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold, this unique collector’s item expands the reach of an international phenomenon with flying colors.

 

 

Have you tried adult coloring books? Which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict