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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Truth About Buying Organic Produce

Two guest posts back to back.  Is Jini getting lazy?  Never.  When I see something I'd like to share with my readers that falls under the "I couldn't have said it better myself" category, I have to reprint it.

This post was taken from nutrition and fitness coach Joel Marion’s blog.  He explains what can be defined  as "organic" food (produce in this case), perfectly to my liking and has some great information about why buying organic is worth the extra money…..

.....As I write this newsletter, I'm doing a little late night snacking on a batch of organic cucumbers (marinated in vinegar, yummmmm) from my local CSA.

Now, you've probably heard that there are benefits to eating organic, but if you're like most people, you may still be a tad confused about the whole "organic" thing (as is proved by all the organic-related emails that regularly come through my inbox).

Friday, January 20, 2012

What Really Matters

By now, over 25% of people have already ditched their New Year's resolutions and it's only been twenty-one days! Horrible! 

This week, I thought I'd continue with the New Year's theme because new beginnings are an effective way of staying motivated and I want to help you all keep that ball rolling.  New Year's is traditionally a time when we look at things in terms of what we'd like to lose; the extra 10 pounds we put on over the holidays, the bad habit or bad attitude we've been trying to get rid of, and other things...

I prefer to concentrate on what I can add to my life that will make it better.  I look at New Year's in terms of what I want to gain or add; more lean muscle, a bigger bank account, a closer relationship with people I care about.  Another example is nutritionists who, tend to add (more clean, lean protein, water, vegetables), before they take away (junk food, sugar, gluten products.)  Adding to your life is what this guest post is all about...

Alexander Green is an investor who has enjoyed considerable financial success.  After attaining what he'd always thought was most important in life, he turned his attention toward the type of wealth he realized was much more important.  I enjoy reading Alex's newsletter and found this issue to be particularly powerful.  It's a very inspiring way to set the tone for the new year....

What Really Matters-By Alexander Green

Why do some folks look back on their lives and say they wouldn't change much? Or anything?

Is there a formula? Some mix of love, work, habits, or attitudes that offers the best chance of a well-lived life?

Researchers at Harvard have been examining this question for 72 years by following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s.

Their discoveries might surprise you.

Just listen to Dr. George Vaillant. Since 1967, the Harvard Medical School professor has dedicated his career to the "Grant Study." (It was named after its patron, the department-store magnate W.T. Grant.)

Vaillant's specialty is the comprehensive study of a small number of people over a long period of time.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Write it Down!

What gets measured gets managed. A successful coach in my industry once told me this and I adopted it.  I've always been a note taker/writer so jotting things down comes naturally to me. Other people?  Well, getting them to write anything down in detail is like asking them to spend their weekend cleaning out the garage…every weekend.  If there was a way to impress upon people the importance of logging/recording/journaling, I would do it.  But unfortunately, I only have my words. I‘m not the drill sergeant type and I’m not your mommy so getting you to write it down by calling you a maggot, or nagging you until you move out, aren’t going to happen.  I hope that you’ll simply take my word for it.