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Weekend Words of Wisdom #18

Weekend Words of Wisdom | Do Things Need to Change? | #18

Do some things need changing in your life?

Are you living in a way that you want to be? I am not referring to a financial gain, monetary items, or status quo – I am referring to you, your attitude, your behaviour, your actions, and your thoughts. Is every day worth waking up for? The answer is simple – yes. You may ask be asking why? And the reason is because someday there will come a day where you don’t wake, and yes, I am referring to the big eternal sleep. Knowing that death will come someday – does this change things? Does this cause action where you deflect it, kindness in place of spite, and peace to confusion? Probably not. The fact is that we all know that we will die someday, but that day seems so far off that it’s unimaginable. Hard to see as a reality. Hypothetically speaking, if you knew that tomorrow would be your last day alive, your last day here – would things be any different? What would you change?

REFLECT:

Ask yourself this simple yes or no question – are you living your life the way you want to? What would you change today if you knew that tomorrow would be your last day?

ASK:

If you answered yes, then create a 2-part list: A) How are you currently living, and B) What more can you add to your life to live it to its’ fullest.

If you answered no, then create a 3-part list: A) How are you currently living, B) How do you want to be living, and C) What changes need to be made to get from part A to part B.

DO:

Look at this list often to remind yourself where you are and what you want to do in life. Update it frequently because life is not static, it is always changing and evolving. Remind yourself that you are not perfect, forgive yourself of your failures and shortcomings, and always remember that tomorrow is a new day – a day of renewal and rebirth – a blank canvas waiting to be painted. How will you paint your daily canvas?

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Steve jobs

Remember to grab your free printable of this weeks Weekend Words of Wisdom journal (available in PDF format) below. 

Weekend Words of Wisdom #18

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Weekend Words of Wisdom | Learn to not spread yourself out too thin | #17

With the Summer winding down and vacations coming to an end, we are all probably feeling the Summer exhaustion from running to and fro all while prepping for the upcoming Autumn season of routine and different types of running around. I am tired just thinking about it – as I am sure you are too. Something we need to remember is to not spread ourselves out too thin over the course of various tasks and actions otherwise we lack the ability to give anything our all. We all want to accomplish a lot every single day, but by taking on more than we can handle realistically we are actually hindering ourselves and our accomplishments. How can you accomplish anything when your mind is running in 500 different directions? I know I can’t accomplish a thing any faster than a sloth and that is if I am accomplishing anything to begin with. It may seem like a good idea to take on a heavy workload in various aspects of our lives (work, personal, etc.), but it’s not. We need to learn to find a balance between what we can realistically accomplish and what is just too much at this time (it doesn’t mean you have to forego it all together, just not now). You know you have balance when everything runs like a well-operated machine, and you lack this balance when you feel like you’re constantly running around like a chicken with its’ head cut off.

REFLECT:

List your roles (entrepreneur, mom, wife, sister, employee, etc.). Review your agenda – be it daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly – take a look at what you have to do and where you have to be.

ASK:

  • Do you feel that there is balance in your life or do you experience constant overwhelming stress from a day-to-day basis?

  • If you feel balanced, hooray! If you don’t, then there is some work to be done. After reviewing your agenda, what things are you least excited about? What things within your agenda excite you.

DO:

Ask yourself why do you do some of these things – is it obligation, is it familial, is it to live, is it to grow, is it for recognition – look within and answer honestly. Now, think about what things are non-obligatory and can be discarded to bring you greater happiness and joy. You may have already guessed what I am going to say next but I am still going to say it anyways – drop the things that are non-obligatory and do not provide you with joy while simultaneously working on your own growth and happiness by both doing more of what you love and seeking things out that will improve your obligatory things so that they bring you happiness too (for example, pursue that degree once and for all that will get you the dream job that you so desire and deserve).

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Weekend Words of Wisdom | Just do it | #16

It has probably been brought up before, but really all you need to do to get things done is to just do it. Sounds simple, right? Well, as we know there are many things standing in our way, but most of them are fabricated obstacles in our own minds preventing us from taking that first step forwards towards getting what we want done, simply … done.

Sometimes, we just need to take that first step regardless of the obstacles that we think are preventing us from completing the task that we so desire. Sometimes it is hard, it is frustrating, it is challenging, it is whatever we believe it to be – but if it’s something that you want then it is worth it. Push through the pain (mentally and/or physically) and you will feel so good that you did.

REFLECT: Think about your dreams, passions, and goals in life – both short and long-term. Journal and create an illustration. Visualize.

ASK: What stands in your way of literally ‘just doing it’?

  • Are there fears that are holding you back? Why do you let those fears control your life?
  • Are there physical obstacles preventing you from making the life of your dreams a reality? What can you do to break-down the barriers, the obstacles?

DO: Display your journal entry and visual goal sheet in a place where you will look often (on the refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror, or even in digital format on your phone homescreen), and look at it often. Begin living the life you expect, the life of your dreams by reminding yourself of your goals and breaking past fears and through barriers.

Weekend Words of Wisdom | Live Your Dream Life, Live Creatively | #15

It’s immensely important for us to live creatively. This is because we are creative beings – deep down within our very nature it’s ingrained within us. Think about were we are today, with all of our technological, medical, and artistic advances that we have today and and constantly creating everyday then there is no denying that creativity plays an important role in everything that we do. Innovation doesn’t happen without creativity. Creativity lends itself to happiness and happiness leads towards living our dream lives, so begin today by consciously adding creativity into different aspects of your life until it becomes a subconscious thing that happens naturally.

REFLECT: In what areas of your life are you living creatively?

ASK: Where in your life can you be more creative?

 

Announcement: Getting a little personal here…

As you may have noticed, I have been a silent as of late on the blog and in fact, on all social media channels. If you follow Jess & Co on Instagram then you may already know the reason behind the silence, if not then you may be wondering what it is.

Well, it’s nothing bad, in fact it’s quite wonderful! I recently had another little baby!

This is my second child with my first being a 4-year-old. It was a little unexpected in her timing and she made a grand entrance! I delivered just shy of 39 weeks pregnant, was in labor for a whole 13 hours from start to end, pushed for a whopping 6 minutes, and gave birth within 30 minutes of arriving at the hospital (I was still in triage when I started pushing, she was almost an elevator baby but when in the hall they could see her forehead they pushed me back into a triage room). It will be quite the story to tell her repeatedly when she is older!

Photographer(s): Tom Beauchamp & Jess Beauchamp

Now, to resume business as usual.

Guest Post: Top Five Tips for Better Business Writing

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Remember the old days when people wrote to impress others rather than to communicate with them? Many writers used formal language and multi-syllable words that no one ever said out loud (like “notwithstanding” and “heretofore”). Lawyers still do this so you’ll have to hire them to translate legal stuff.

But most of us have evolved! Today’s business writing style is less formal and far better. Clarity and brevity must take priority in our fast-paced, information-overloaded world.

Here are five tips for better business writing:

  1. Write below the 8th-grade level. Some writers worry that this may insult the intelligence of their readers. But in reality, no one ever complains that something is too easy to understand! Studies show that writing below the 8th-grade level achieves the best results. It’s not that your readers are dumb; they just don’t have time to process complicated messages.

    Note – Here’s how to check the readability of your writing when using MS Word: Under “Tools” click “Options” and then “Spelling & Grammar.” Select the “Check grammar with spelling” box and the “Show readability statistics” box then click “OK.” The next time you complete a spell check, it will display information about the reading level. If the “Flesch-Kincaid grade level” is above 8, edit your document to make it easier to understand.

  1. Get to the point immediately. As a general rule, state the reason for your correspondence in the first sentence.

    Good: “We’ve already filled the position for which you applied.”
    Bad: “We wish to thank you for inquiring about employment opportunities at Joe’s Networking, Inc. We are an equal-opportunity employer and are always looking for talented individuals to join our team. Your experience and educational background are truly impressive. Unfortunately, the position for which you applied has already been filled and we are therefore no longer accepting applications.”

  1. Get active (use active voice, not passive). It not only burns more calories, it clarifies your writing and gives it more impact!

    Good: “We like your ideas and will implement them by the end of the year.”
    Bad: “The ideas you proposed have been reviewed and found to be acceptable and appropriate. An implementation schedule has been developed with the goal of being completed by the end of the year.”

  1. Use fewer words. People are busy; be brief!

    Good: “We will not tolerate sexual harassment. Please read the attached policy. Call Mr. Write if you have questions.”
    Bad: “This is to inform all employees that sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated under any circumstances by this organization. Be advised that, in order to clarify the company position on this subject, the attached policy has been developed and provided for your reference. Your cooperation in this important matter is appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Wright if he can be of further assistance or provide you with additional information about this issue.”

  1. Include a clear call to action. If you are writing for a purpose other than to inform, tell your readers exactly what you want them to do.

    Good: “Please sign the attached form in Block 10 and return it to me by May 1st.”
    Bad: “It is our desire to receive an indication of your concurrence as soon as possible.”

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Here’s a bonus tip:

  1. Do not repeat numbers. Spelling out numbers and then repeating them as digits within parentheses is redundant and unnecessary. Use this basic rule: less than 10 or beginning a sentence, spell it out; more than 10, use digits. Do NOT do both! 

    Good: “We collected 13 samples.”
    Bad: “Thirteen (13) samples were collected.”

 

In summary, it is recommended that individuals who prepare written business correspondence follow a format and style similar to that of their verbal communications.

 

Author Bio:

My name is David Lieberman. I work as the president of Bestforacar.com. As one of the founding members of Bestforacar.com, I have helped the company from its initial concept into the leading digital automotive marketplace. Also, I am a technology investor and advisor, helping companies and entrepreneurs with their projects and sites.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: What 2018 is to bring!

Hello and welcome to the New Year!

How did you celebrate? I stayed home in PJ’s and rang in the New Year with a delicious home-cooked meal with my family of people and pets. It was a relaxing way to celebrate the end of a chapter and the beginning of a blank chapter.

With the NEW YEAR comes resolutions and if one of yours happens to involve renewal of yourself then you may want to check out our group page on Facebook at: The Bohemian, Lifestyle, and Business

Join the ReNew You event and begin reinventing your life one day at a time for the entire month of January!

We look forward to seeing what new challenges, milestones, and doors are exposed to us this year.

 

God bless,
Jess, Owner of Jess & Co. 

Weekend Words of Wisdom | Making a Difference | Caring Makes the World of Difference | #14

Weekend Words of Wisdom | #14

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care.” — Mandy Hale

Helping others has no real requirement.

To make a difference has no requirement other than the desire to help others. This comes from the feeling of caring or others well-being, other derived from empathy and sympathy. Perfection does not exist, beauty is a thing of personal preference, to be rich does not create kindness, and being intelligent doesn’t create compassion. If you care then do. You will literally make the world of difference to someone.

Matheus Ferrero

 

So what do you care about? What difference will you make?

Guest Post: 5 Hidden Secrets of Olive Oil Body Massage

If there is any oil that is packed with the goodness of fat and other antioxidants, it is none other than olive oil. This oil has been used by masseuses for centuries due to its capability to heal and soften the skin like no other oil. The oil is rich in vitamin E and other fatty acids that moisturize that skin and improve the blood flow. Using it lukewarm on the skin can increase its efficiency to benefit the skin and relax the body and mind.

This oil makes a perfect treat when it comes to full-body massage. What can this oil do that makes it more preferable? If you are looking for an answer, keep reading until the end because I am about to reveal the 6 hidden benefits of Olive oil massage:

Improves Blood Circulation

The unique characteristic of this oil is that it is warm in nature yet soothing to the body and mind. The massage of this oil on the body significantly improves the blood circulation while relaxing the muscles and nerves down. Hence, it makes a great massage for all those who are stressed out and in need of some relaxing therapy. It leaves you feeling a rush of energy inside you due to all the nutrients that it provides the body.

No More Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Using high-end anti-aging products is not always on your budget and convenience. In such circumstances, all you need is some extra virgin olive at your home. Applying the oil after microwaving it for 15 seconds can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce the wrinkles and fine lines under the eyes and elsewhere. Just massage your face before going to bed with this oil and press it into your skin gently. Leave it on and see the magic happen the next day. However, if your skin is oily and prone to breakouts, this may not be your best bet.

 

Photo by Roberta Sorge on Unsplash

Say Goodbye to Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are usually considered as an unsolvable problem which is not completely true. Olive oil can actually bring a great change in the appearance of the stretch marks if you massage it regularly. All you need is some warm oil to massage the affected areas. The results may not be quick but they surely appear if you massage the marks consistently.

Strengthens Nails

If you feel like your nails are going brittle, you must not worry and get yourself some olive oil. Massaging the nails with it does not only help make the nail stronger but also softens the hands and cuticles. Therefore, you can both massage your nails and hands, and wear gloves before you go to bed for best results or just add the oil to your manicure routine.

Natural and Intense Moisturizer for the Skin

Vitamin E and K present in the oil along with fatty acids moisturize the skin naturally and nourish better than any skincare product. The hardened skin can easily be softened by using this oil. Plus, if your scalp feels dry, warm olive oil massage can help remove the dryness and leave your hair all nourished and healthy. Using olive oil in winters is the best idea for locking intense moisture into the skin and hair.

So, what are you waiting for? Get an appointment with a masseuse and relax in a massage chair while he/she slathers your skin with the goodness of olive oil.  

 

Author Bio:

Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She recently wrote a blog on the benefits of Swedish massage.

 

 

 

Weekend Words of Wisdom | Making a Difference | | #13

Weekend Words of Wisdom | #13

“Yout life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring..” — Unknown

We have one life, so how will you live it?

There are some things in this world where opportunities only arise once – and your life is one of them. Every new day, new hour, new minute, new second is a new one that will never be replicated again. Knowing this, what will you do to make sure you live the life of your dreams and one that inspires not only you but others as well? What will you mark be in this world? I am pretty sure that our marks in this world are related to our purpose.

 

 

Make your mark and you have lived your purpose.