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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

10 Top New Year Resolutions

The New Year is just about here. This is a time when we reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year.

New Year’s Eve is a night when so many people make resolutions or promises to themselves. Are you one of many that will make a New Year resolution?

If so, Do you believe you will actually keep them?

Setting our expectations too high, can make us fall short sometimes. We get caught up in the moment, announce our resolution before realizing we’ve built up this goal in our mind. Our excitement about making a change or a chance at bettering ourselves is great for the moment, but what about in the long term? Will we still feel as excited as the day we made our resolution?

If you have a New Year’s Resolution in mind, has it made this list of the top 10 resolutions compiled by

1) Spending more time with family and friends
2) Getting more exercise
3) Trying to lose weight
4) To Quit Smoking
5) Enjoy your life more
6) Quit Drinking
7) Getting a handle on your finances and getting out of debt
8) Learn something new…a career change, start a hobby, learning a new language etc…
9) Being less selfish and help others
10) Finally getting organized

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Feeling A Bit Droopy?

The holidays have a way of making us feel tired. From all the running and rushing around, planning, cooking, visiting etc...

Here are a couple of tips that can help:

1. Drink Green Tea. Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is considered to be a nevous system stimulant due to the caffeine enhancing our mental and physical performance. Green Tea only has 30 mg of caffeine per cup, which is less than coffee at 100-150 mg per cup and black tea at 40-60 mg per cup. This enables people who are sensistive to caffeine to tolerate green tea.

Tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that signals the brain to increase alertness, but also at the same time, leaves you with a feeling of tranquility.

Drinking Green Tea also has additional health benefits by providing antioxidants that protect you from heart disease, cancer, helps to burn fat and diabetes.

2. For Brain Power, try Eleuthero. This is not a true form of ginsing, but this herb is believed to enhance mental and physcial performance and improve the body's resisitance to environmental stresses. Researchers have shown that eleuthero may be more effective than Gingko Biloba for improving cognitive function in middle age.

3. To beat Stress: Ginseng Root. The compounds in ginseng root called ginsenosides, appear to moderate stress related hormones. Ginsend preserves and improves energey levels.

When you are feeling fatigued, try to maximize eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds and minimize your intake of fat in meat/ dairy products and fried foods.
Remember to exercise, eat smaller meals to maintain blood sugar levels and use stress reduction and relaxation methods such as: yoga, tai chi or meditation.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Mini Workout For Your Brain

Did you ever think that the conversations you have on a daiy basis can be good for your brain?

From a brain health standpoint, daily ten minute conversations can have the same positive effect on your brain as doing a crossword puzzle. Researchers have found that during these conversations, the interaction of listening, understanding, inferring,staying on topic and adapting to a new viewpoint are like mini workouts for your brain.

Researchers have also found that people who are more social, have a lower incidence of Alzheimer's and people who feel lonely have a higher incidence.

Some people actually think that socializing is a waste of time or think they have more important things to do, but being social does have its benefits. It is enjoyable, keeps your brain sharper and gives you an overall feeling of feeling better.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

WARNING: Security Flaw with Microsoft Internet Explorer

There is a serious security flaw with Microsoft IE that you should be aware of. Users of IE are being urged by experts to switch browsers until this treat is fixed. You don’t have to uninstall IE, just don’t use it for awhile.

Our IT company at work has confirmed this security flaw and confirms that your computers could be taken over by others and your passwords can be stolen.

Microsoft is quickly trying to prepare an emergency patch to resolve this issue. Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the "underlying vulnerability" was present in all versions of the browser.
Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.

According to the article our IT company gave us, it states that hackers actually found this flaw before Microsoft did.
As many as 10,000 websites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered.

What You can Do:

1)Change IE security settings to high (Look under Tools/Internet Options)
2) Switch to a Windows user account with limited rights to change a PC's
3)With IE7 or 8 on Vista turn on Protected Mode
4)Ensure your PC is updated
5)Keep anti-virus and anti-spyware software up to date
6)Find an alternative browser for the time being so you are not affected

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Send a FREE Thank You Card to a Solider

Xerox is doing something really special and I think everyone should take a few minutes out of their day and send a free card to a soldier.

If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these cards? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them. Show your support and appreciation and just in time for the holidays.

This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. When on the above mentioned site, you pick one of the postcards or click on view all designs. Personalize the card by entering your message, your name and hometown and lastly, hit SEND. That’s it.

Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank yous.

Thank you for taking to time to support our military!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What is Feng Shui?

You have probably heard of Feng Shui, but do you really know what it is?

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed in China more than 3,000 years ago. Feng Shui teaches us how to attract and enhance our life energy. You can accomplish this by balancing the energies of any space to bring you good health and good fortune.

Feng means wind and shui means water. Within the Chinese culture, wind and water have always been associated with good harvest and good health.

So, good feng shui means good fortune and bad fend shui means hardship or misfortune.

Did you know there are Financial power spots within any space?

Prosperity issues are associated with the back left corner of any space. If you stand at your front door and face into the house ~ your wealth area is at the back of the house on the left-hand side.

To find the wealth area of any room:: facing in from the doorway, it's the corner area in the back of the room on the left-hand side.

Will you find and locate the wealth areas at your office, living room, kitchen, and/or bedroom? Now that you can find your money power spots, here are some tips to apply feng shui to those areas:

Clean out any clutter. Getting rid of clutter is one of the most powerful ways to shift energy and allow the energy to move freely.

Fix anything that is broken. If it doesn’t work and if you can’t fix it, remove them so the money spots will work properly.

Use symbols of prosperity. A bowl of coins that you add your spare change into it every day, a "lucky bamboo" plant, or anything that symbolizes success and prosperity to you.

Use colors green and purple. Green symbolizes vitality and growth and purple is the color of wealth

If you neglect your money, it will neglect you, so balance your checkbook monthly and pay your bills on time

Clean the clutter out of your purse and wallet. If your money is not organized and is just crunched any old way, it will be as though you don’t value money.

Take a few moments every day to think about all the good things that happened to you and express gratitude for what you have received.

Live generously. Since money is a form of energy, it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. If you hoard and scrimp, it will work against more money coming in. Giving generously within your means will make space for greater abundance. If you don't have money to share, give as generously as you can of your time, energy, compassion, and appreciation.

The Feng Shui wealth area is considered "fortunate blessings”. The more you notice, appreciate, and express gratitude for blessings received, no matter how small, the more good things will come your way, including money.

Go to Mind, Body & Soul for a 4 part series about Feng Shui and learn how Feng Shui can work for you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Whatever you want in life, you must give up something to get it.
The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required of you.
Everything has a price.

There's a price to pay if you want to make things better,
and a price to pay for just leaving things as they are.

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily.
Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish
results that last.
Use your imagination more than your memory to achieve success.

There is no success at bargain basement prices.
The highway to success is a toll road.

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