Loving Your Friends and Family

How to Embrace Your Midlife Crisis

Life is an incredible journey no matter who you are or where you come from.  Each person’s life is unique, amazing, and epic but unfortunately not timeless.  The more we experience in this world the wiser we get, the more confident we get and move into a place in life where the world is truly your oyster.  Everything is in control, life is good, and you get the most out of it every day.  But then one day, around the middle of their lifetime, some people take a look at their lives and they panic.  They realize they are half way through their lives and it just isn’t what they hoped it would be.  They still realize there is so much more they want to do.  They freak out because they’ve reached their life’s peak and feel as if everything is starting to go downhill from h...

POSITIVE LOVE: 5 Reasons Why Being Single On the Holidays is GREAT!

Positive Love: Top 5 reasons why being alone on the holidays is a great thing! It’s all in the way you choose to look at it. It can be really rough to be alone during the holidays and for many people its an extremely difficult time to be alone, but when you have a positive attitude and look at the shinny bright christmas light of things, it’s really not that bad at all!  Here are our top 5 reasons you’ll be glad to be alone this year! 1. You save money. Lots of it! Less presents to buy for your significant other, their family and everything else that goes along with it. Gifts are expensive and even the little ones add up when you’re buying for family, friends, coworkers and even making donations.  People spend hundreds and thousands of dollars buying gifts and max out their cre...

The Top 5 Types of People You Need to Avoid in Life

You’re going to meet all types of people throughout your life.  Some you’ll collect as acquaintances, others will earn the title of friends, many you’ll refer to as co-workers and then there’s family.   Regardless of how many people you meet, sometimes the quality of the company you keep will affect the quality of your life.  If you surround yourself with people who are good and positive influences, they will encourage and inspire you to be the same.  If you surround yourself with negative or bad people, they will drag you down or slow your progress. There are 5 types of people who you should always avoid.  These people add no value to your life, and in many cases, they cause mental and physical damage, as well as hold you back and even get you into trouble at times...

20 Amazing FREE Holiday Gift Ideas that Won’t Cost You Anything To Give!

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t bought from a store… the ones from the heart mean much, much, much more…     While Christmas or holiday shopping is fun, and we all enjoy giving and receiving gifts, sometimes the real meaning of the holidays gets lost beneath all of the commercial mess… Holiday sales, hottest toys, Black Friday Shopping, Cyber Monday Madness… people rush to the stores and max out their credit cards buying the best gifts they can find for their friends and family.  But no matter how many gifts I’ve been given in my life or have received from others that have come from a store, the ones that mean the most to me, and to others, are the ones that usually cost the least, or nothing at all.   Most gifts from the heart are free of char...

8 Ways You Need to Love Yourself Now

Loving yourself is the most important thing you can do, and despite what some may thing, it comes well before loving others.  You can’t love others fully or genuinely unless you love yourself.  Instead that love you feel you may have for others is really filling a vacancy of the love you may not have for yourself.  To truly love someone the way they deserve and to truly be loved by someone the way you deserve, you must genuinely know what it means to love yourself and do it, every day. 1. Loving yourself is accepting who you are.  There are things you will be able to change about yourself and things that you cannot.  You need to be realistic and understand who you are and what you are and not be sad and jealous of others who are things you want to be.  You have to work on the things you ca...

“Role Playing” your Way to Success

Act as if you already are who you want to be. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Wear the clothes of the job you want to have?”   In the literal sense, it means that you should dress to impress, or another famous quote, “Dress for Success.”  Its an easy concept.  Wear a suit to work and you will be seen as professional. Wear casual clothes and you will be seen as a cubicle worker.  When you get less than 30 seconds to make a first impression, putting your best foot forward can make the difference, and even prevent negative opinions to be created before the interview has even begun.  People who dress to impress are often more in line for promotions, more likely to be hired on an interview, and more likely to be respected by their customers. The phrase has a deep metaphorical meani...

Learn the “Magic Ratio” to having a Positive and Successful Relationship

Think about the last encounter you had with your partner/significant other. Was it a positive encounter or a negative one? Did you kiss him/her goodbye or did you complain that they didn’t put away their laundry? If you could quantify every interaction in your relationship, it would fall on either the positive or the negative side. The key to a happy relationship is to keep those interactions in balance. Psychologists have determined that the magic ratio of having a successful relationship is to outnumber your negative moments with positive ones on a 5:1 scale. Using the magic ratio, psychologists have been able to accurately predict the success or failure of marriages. After observing couples for 15 minutes and counting their positive or negative reactions, researchers were able to ...

3 Friends You Need to Break Up With Right Now

The Three Friends You Need to Break Up with Right Now   You are who you hang out with. It’s hard to deny that your personality shifts with each group of friends you spend your time with. You section yourself off into pieces in order to fit in more with the group. You might act wild and crazy with your college friends, or prim and proper with the PTA moms. These slight changes in your outward behavior are not necessarily a bad thing.   Some people drive you to be better. Their success and positivity is almost contagious. When you change your behavior to match theirs, you are creating positive change within yourself.   The cause for concern is when you spend your time with people who only bring you down. These are the three types of friends from whom it’s time to move on. The ...

Social Media is Weakening Your Friendships

People are the spice of life.  Wealth, possessions, and experiences are great, but they tend to lack a little luster if there is no one there to share it with.  Having a good friend by your side can make a joke twice as funny, a moment twice as sweet, and a sunset twice as gorgeous.  Friends are there to pick you up when you’re down, celebrate with you through the good times, and always have your back no matter what life throws at you. They  help you make memories, they bring out the best in you, and they provide love and companionship which is truly a priceless asset in this world. Due to the dawning of social media, friendships have become weaker.  Social profiles are filled with acquaintances and connections are lost due to an incessant need to communicate virtually.  The best way...

A Loving Father Passes Off His Right to Walk His Daughter Down the Isle

The most heartwarming and wonderful moments a father will ever have is the day he walks his little girl down the isle.   This father gives up his right to this incredible moment in his life, to a man who gave his heart and soul into doing everything he could to do make sure that this day was in this little girl’s future.   Grab your tissues, you will need them.  

12 ways to make new friends

Everyone can use an extra friend.  A person to share life experiences with, to laugh and cry with, and to make a strong connection with that will last a life time.  You may have friends come and go in your life time, but what always remains the same is that great friends will make your life better. Looking to make a few new friends?  Here are some ways and places you can: Work:  Don’t be shy!  Attend a local happy hour with some coworkers, sit at a new table in the lunch room, or reach out to the person in the cubical next to you and say hi!  Having good friends at work will only make your work day more enjoyable.   Gym & Sports:  Join a gym or sign up for a co-ed sports league.  You’ll make new friends while sharing your love of fitness and sports!  Maybe even discover a n...

10 Ways Studying the Arts Will Help Your Child Succeed in Life

Growing up I was a very good artist.  Drawing was probably my most favorite thing to do as a child.  Give me a box of pastels, crayons or pencils and a ream of paper and you wouldn’t see me for the rest of the evening.   I was even voted “most artistic” in high school.  There was a line around my desk of students who needed help with book report covers and projects.  I wanted to study the arts, become a Disney animator, but I was afraid it wouldn’t be very lucrative.  That I’d be a starving artist, that it wouldn’t prepare me for life or be a useful skill in the real world… so instead, I went to college to study veterinarian medicine.  Many people get discouraged by themselves and from others for studying their dream of the arts, may it be music, dance, ...

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