Hack Your Exercise The Easy Way! – Tip for Better Living

Exercising seems like a love or hate things. But does it have to be? Is there a hack for making exercising easier? I have to admit that I have my own love/hate relationship with my local gym. I hate using the weights but love doing the exercise class. Well Emily Balectis has news for you! If you change your vision then you have the possibility of exercising becoming easier for you. How? I will let her explain.

Anthropomorphic: We Feel Like Animals?

Who in the world believes that animals are able to understand us? And not with limited speech commands, but on an emotional or deeper level. We see videos of animals mourning the loss of a beloved trainer or friend. They become attached to certain items that carry value to them. I even have moments where I think my little 10 pound dog is a doggy psychic cause she comes and cuddles me when I am upset at a show or locates her human friends that she misses in a group of people. So can Belle feel human emotions or have human like traits?

Emotional First Aid: Healing the Heart

We prepare ourselves on how to treat our physical injuries. We take first aid for serious injuries and teach our children on where are the bandages for their scrapes and cuts. However, we fail to prepare ourselves for loneliness, rejection, and depression. We fail at creating tools in our lives that would help us during these challenging times. It has become a such apparent issue in our society that it has become a topic for research for Guy Winch. He addresses his research during his local TED Talk called Why we all need to practice emotional first aid. 

My Go-To Travel Necessities: Carry-on Edition

As I get to ready for traveling this fall, there is one list I use as my the first things that go into my carry-on bag. My carry-on bag is the first thing I always pack because if anything happens to my suitcase that I store under the plane I will have to live out of my carry-on until I can either purchase new items or my suitcase arrives. So here is my list of travel necessities in my carry-on bag:

Woman’s Social Club: Not Your Normal Club

If you open up any history book in America, what do you see dominate the pages? It is photos and listings of white men that ‘shaped’ our present environment, but there is a group of people missing from the history line. It is WOMEN! I know the women in my family were innovators and forces of change, but their efforts can often go over looked. It makes you wonder how many women are left from the story line simply because they weren’t born male. Well, one woman’s organization decided to start telling the stories of how women changed history.

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

Everyone has a story to tell or something to teach the world about, but to do that means having to address the public. However, public speaking is scary. If we could, many of us would try to avoid it at all cost. TED Talks have created an art form out of public speaking despite the challenges many have faced. The videos of the speeches are watched over and over again. Speeches that have inspired and motivated others to change the world or advance more into the field. So what is the secret of the success of TED? I would suggest reading TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson to discover that answer. 

Letter to Our Patriots

September 11 is a day marked in history by the horror we witnessed of the twin towers falling in New York City, but this September 11 I wanted to focus on an unsung holiday called Patriot Day. A holiday that should be celebrated with more valor, but mass media solely focused on the terror incident of 2001. So let me start by defining what makes a patriot.

A patriot is a person  supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies. Men and women give up their lives and leave behind their family for months at a time to serve . They uphold the ideals of our country and serve as the protection against those who which us harm. They live often times off the little paychecks they receive for their time served. They are not thanked or appreciated often when they pass us, the everyday citizen, by. 

Randy Rainbow: Parody with a Message

In a time of uncertainty and chaos, how can one get a giggle and a laugh? How about taking a few popular songs and creates parodies with today’s events? Well one man took on this challenge. He even has been nominated for an Emmy for the works he created. He has been interviewed on NPR, and other notable news source outlets. Randy Rainbow is a Youtube creator that uses parodies to poke fun of politicians and other popular figures. He is a natural comedic talent. He uses footage from interviews and rallies to create this conversation between himself and the famous figures that he is targeting where they are respond to his sarcastic comments and seething questions. 

To The Generation Of Yesterday

Grandparents Day is this September 8, 2019. A day dedicated to our mother’s and our father’s parents. I am thankful for having some of the most wonderful grandparents in the world. They grew up in a generation full of pull yourself up by the boot strap mentality. They survived the hard times of America like the Great Depression and Oil Crisis.  They became prominent members of their communities. They raised families while conquering the world. However, these stories are slowly disappearing. 

My grandmother on my mom’s side (we will just nickname her Grandma A) has been losing her memory for years now. She suffers from dementia. She struggles to remember my mother or me. She spends her day curled into a wheel chair as nurses assist her with her daily needs. If anyone knew Grandma A, they would know that this is not how she would have wanted to spend her final days. But this is not what I am sad about when I look at her. I am sad because her life story is fading.

Why Watch Sugar Rush Today?

I always love competitive cooking shows. Iron Chef? I have every episode memorized. Cake Wars? Masters in the making. Netflix came out with a new version of competitive cooking show. It is called Sugar Rush. The concept of the show is for teams of bakers teams racing against the clock to bake the best-tasting sweets. Any time the can save will compound on to the allowed time for the final challenge. Each episodes is themed around a central idea such as fashion or science. They have two regular judges and one special judge that is knowledgable in the theme. The host helps bakers keep tract of time and progress of each contesting team.