Motivational Monday w/o Aug. 15th: Legends!

This will be the last Motivational Monday post for 2016 August month. Keith and I will be on holiday for the rest of August embarking on some great adventures and self-discovery.

This week’s motivation is realizing what a legend we all are once we stop seeing ourselves as average. #stayinspired #togreatness #legend #3qt

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Cuddle Class? Travel Never Looked So Good For Pets!

My mom and dad love to travel. Naturally I want to be part of their adventures, but it really takes it’s toll on me. After a bit of research, I discovered some airlines and airports are making tremendous efforts to accommodate the needs of pets! I also learned that a new federal regulation now requires airports that serve more than 10k passengers to have pet-relief areas. As I get older, I really appreciate this. When you gotta go, you gotta go!

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  1. Delta offers a GPS tracker for flying with dogs. Owners can see the temperature and location surrounding their 4-legged friends.
  2. On American Airlines for an additional $125 when you buy a first class ticket on select flights, dogs can fly in a ‘cuddle class.’ These are ventilated cabins designed for the pet carriers next to the owner’s seat. I get to travel next to my mom!
  3. JFK Airport in Queens, NY is unveiling a 178,000 square foot pet terminal dubbed the Ark at JFK. Sounds like a kingdom! It will have a play area, spa (massages!), grooming facility, vet services and a bone shaped dog pool. I hate the water, but would definitely dip a paw in!

Humans are hearing our barks / meows! Can’t wait till my next trip. #stayinspired!

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Motivational Monday w/o August 8th: Rules of a Champion

Very simply put – the rules for becoming a champion. Take care of your body on a physical and emotional level, eat / fuel up with the best foods & get rest.

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Tips for Working from Home

Many people have said to me, ‘Wow, you are so lucky to work from home. Dream commute (there is none), you can run errands if you need to, and you make your own schedule.’

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There is truth to that, but there are also challenges to every situation. It does sound blissful but the reality is there is a sense of isolation which can lead to loneliness, procrastination, anxiety.

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From experience, here is my advise on staying sane, productive and happy when working from home.

  1. Set up a routine: Set up specific hours for your work, including time for lunch/meetings/breaks. A schedule will help motivate you and ensure you have a finish time because working from home can tempt you to never shut off. (And you must for sanity!)
  2. Reward yourself: Checking off items on the to do list provides a sense of accomplishment and leads to increased productivity. Celebrate it! It could be something like ‘If I accomplish this, I will do that load of laundry / read a chapter in my book / book a massage / hit the gym / grab a coffee and check out / etc. ‘ Again, this is motivating.
  3. Exercise: Working out keeps your brain sharp and keeps our physical body in good health. It battles off anxiety and depression, too. Simply put, exercise is one of the best natural doctors we have available to us. It doesn’t have to be in a gym. Exercise is movement – walk, roller blade, hit a class, walk your dog, dance in your living room! Just move!
  4. Plug into a local coffee shop: Interacting with other humans has a profound positive influence on our emotional well-being. Just by ordering a coffee and being around other people is a great outlet to feel like we are not isolated. I also like to schedule a coffee or lunch meet up. In an attempt to get healthy, I combo #3 and #4 and try to meet friends for workout dates. It’s social and it’s beneficial to mind + body.
  5. Play hooky: If you’ve completed everything on your check list and it’s only 1pm give yourself permission to engage in something that will improve your quality of life. Don’t deny yourself the ability to do fun things when you can. Hit a museum, take a walk and admire nature, read a book, call a friend and catch up, work on a hobby…

There is a huge trend towards the #youeconomy. Many people will be working remotely in the future. These little tips will help keep you smiling when you are working from home.

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#stayinspired

Motivational Monday w/o August 1st: Beliefs

This really resonates with me at this season in my life. I use to share my opinions/feedback and expect people to understand and covert to my way of thinking.

I am thankful that people were patient with me, and allowed me to discover that I’m allowed to have my beliefs…but they are mine, not theirs.

Being open-minded, listening and making your own educated decision on how you want to process the advise/beliefs is the best you can do.

#stayinspired and keep learning!

MM

The Natural Way to Cure Jet Lag

I have literally tried everything to cure jeg lag: ambien, power naps, prayer, anything with caffeine — all to no avail.

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I have sporadic sleep habits to begin with. Add in travel/time zones and I’m all screwed up.

So what has helped me? Drum roll…meditation! It’s extremely difficult to get into if you are an A-Type, constantly on-the-go, instant gratification type of person, BUT I swear by it. Not only does it help with jet lag but benefits you by simply lowering your stress levels and quieting that ever so busy mind.

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The dread of starting meditation is similar to how I feel before working out. ‘Do I have to do this?’ ‘How long will it take?’ ‘I have so much to do.’ Even with all those pesky thoughts, I do know deep down inside I always feel better afterwards. My head hangs without stress, and my thoughts are no longer scattered but silent! I also feel like I drift in and out of consciousness which is pretty amazing. It’s like plugging into a new frequency.

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I go to www.youtube.com and listen to meditations. In the morning, I usually dedicate 10-15 minutes and if needed (mainly for jet lag) I will go to bed with my earphones and a 1 hour meditation session.

The beauty of meditation is that it’s scientifically proven to boost your immune system, increase productivity and release stress. It all makes sense from a holistic standpoint: if you meditate regularly, you start to feel like you naturally have more energy day-to-day because you’re allowing your body to let go of the stress it carries around.

It does take practice but once you get the hang of it, it’s truly addictive. Cheers to a natural approach that is a win/win spiritually, physically and mentally. And it’s free to do!

Om!

Motivational Monday w/o July 25th: If It Doesn’t…

At this stage in my life, this is very true. These are my boundaries – get in touch with your’s, too! #Stay Inspired!

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Fight Hate with Love – Love Make the World Go Round

The recent tragedies in the world have broken my heart. I realize topics are sensitive & must allow for diverse opinions, but there should be no distinction on the value of #life.

So taking the quote of ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world, I am starting a #RevolutionOfLove. If we come together, and unite as one, we are truly #unstoppable.

As @Jlo & @Lin-Manuel express in their latest single, @LoveMaketheWorldGoRound, I created a video featuring the beautiful, diverse, brilliant people / canine friends in my life to show that #WeAreOne, #united, by #love.

 Answer hate with love! Please share this with the people you love!

Brielle

BLC Revolution

Motivational Monday w/o July 18th

Many people talk a big game, but for me, it’s their actions that truly define them. Anyone can say anything, but to actually DO it takes guts and some gumption.

Cheers to this week. Inspire others by acting on what you say.

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Remedies For Those Pesky Bug Bites

Since I was a child, mosquitos have wreaked havoc on my life. It was a contest every summer – how many bug bites could I endure? The scars on my legs are literally the bug-bite story of my life. I’ve been told, “Bugs like you because you talk so much. They are attracted to carbon dioxide.” Whether this is true or not, I haven’t shut up.

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Let’s be honest, insect bites really kill the mood. And now with Zika, everyone is extra fearful and cautious of these little monsters.

Sure, traditional repellants can help, but they don’t guarantee around-the-clock protection. So the next time you stumble upon a bug bite, don’t be so quick to make a beeline for the closest pharmacy. In general, I am trying to be more holistic in my approach to healing and medicine. I have discovered some amazing alternatives to soothe your pain first. Experts say they might be just as effective as any over-the-counter medicine. Can’t hurt to try.

Essential Oils

Tea tree, lavender, and coconut oils all have properties that can alleviate itching, pain, and swelling. Tea tree oil is also antibacterial, which can help prevent infection from incessant scratching.

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Scents With the Power to Heal

Honey: If you don’t mind a bit of stickiness, honey is an anti-inflammatory and can alleviate itching.

Milk and Water: Mix equal parts skim milk and water, dip a thin cloth (like handkerchief or an old T-shirt) into the concoction, and dab your skin.

Lemon or Lime Juice: These fruit powerhouses provide itch relief and are antibacterial. DO NOT use if you have burns/sunburn. The acidity will hurt your skin.

Toothpaste: Because of the mint or peppermint flavor, and the menthol ingredient, it creates a cooling sensation on your skin. Your brain picks up on this feeling much quicker than the itching sensation. This is one of my favorites.

Basil: Basil leaves contain chemicals such as camphor, which creates a cool feeling, similar to menthol in toothpaste. Crush a few leaves and apply the bits directly to your bumps.

Ice: A single ice cube can constrict the blood vessels and decrease the body’s natural histamine release.

Tea Bags: Cool tea bags draw fluid out of a bite to reduce itching and swelling. Can I get an AMEN?

Apple Cider Vinegar: This is a great home remedy to block itching because of its small acidic levels. Dab it onto individual spots or, if your body’s been a buffet for bugs like me, you can add two to three cups to warm water and soak in a tub.

Happy Healing!