Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:25:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10 Highly Effective Tips To Motivate Co-Workers Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:15:26 +0000 Second to our home, our workplace is probably where we spend most of our days. Because of this, we interact with our colleagues…

10 Highly Effective Tips To Motivate Co-Workers

Second to our home, our workplace is probably where we spend most of our days. Because of this, we interact with our colleagues a lot. And, whether we like it or not, our relationships with them matter because after all, the people that surround us do have an affect on us. I am sure that you can agree that being surrounded with cheerful people who motivate co-workers makes Mondays (and all other days for that matter) that much better.

In the same way, it’s hard to be happy with what you do when irritable, unmotivated people who become disgruntled by simple work tasks surround you. It’s a domino effect, and the truth is, as much as they can affect you, YOU can affect them too. So it’s up to you to influence them positively. And with that, here are 10 highly effective ways to motivate co-workers:

Motivate Co-Workers

1.    Motivate Co-Workers By Passing On The Credit

Did you recently receive some good words for a successful project? While it is totally acceptable and rewarding to step on that pedestal for everyone to hail, it would be better to be humble and pass on the credit to your team. Although you might be the leader of your project, remember that you are not a one-man team and you didn’t do it alone. You were with your co-workers who helped you, so pass on the credits. Success is sweeter when shared. In this way, your co-workers will be more eager and motivated to help you the next time.

2.    Let Your Co-Workers Know That You Trust Them

In the workplace, there is probably nothing more tiring than feeling useless. When your boss doesn’t trust you with decisions and critical projects, you feel like you’re not being useful to the team and you begin to question your worth.

According to managing principal Princeton MCG, Robert Bruce Shaw, “A high-trust environment fosters what some call psychological safety, resulting in a more open and collaborative work culture. Research suggests that psychology safety is a key to success particularly at a team level.”

So the next time you are to delegate important tasks, let your co-workers know that you trust them. More importantly, trust them for real. It might be sometimes difficult to do so especially when something is critical, but accept that you can’t do it alone. Your co-workers’ true potentials will come out when the chance is theirs to seize.

3.    Praise Your Co-Workers For A Job Well Done

This is, without a doubt, the oldest trick in the book.  A person becomes motivated the most when they know that what they are doing is making a difference. Good progress is always addictive. Let your co-worker know that they are doing great and watch them gain confidence. Inspiring someone and motivating them can be as easy as appreciating the work that they does and letting them know that it matters.

4.   Motivate Co-Workers By Celebrating Little Wins!

Dissect your project into little milestones and celebrate each time you reach one. True enough, the project may be far from over. But look at it as a step closer to your end goal. By celebrating these little stones, you and your co-workers will feel renewed and thus ready to resume the project with untarnished enthusiasm. Do not wait for all of you to finish the project and feel too exhausted. Celebrate little wins and look forward to the bigger ones!

5.   Motivate Co-Workers By Finding That Silver Lining.

The workplace is not exempted in any form from failure. In fact, failures both big and small happen in the four (or more!) corners of your office each day. The key is finding the silver lining of every failure because there always is one. What you need to let your co-workers know is that it’s never too late to correct mistakes when they happen. Don’t let them be disheartened. Lighten up the atmosphere, help them to realize that tomorrow is brand new, and that they can start again.

6.    Suggest Team-Building.

You need and (most importantly) deserve a break after working hard! Perhaps you may require a stroll on the beach, a fantastic dessert, or time out at a restaurant where you may talk with co-workers. Whatever it is, take a break from the keyboard and mouse! Take a day off from all the emails, meetings, goals and deadlines! It will be a fun way to catch up on your co-workers’ personal lives sans the work talk. Not only will this relax all of you, but it will also create bonds within your team. Remember, no work talk! After you all get back to work on Monday (hopefully with a sun kissed glow), you will feel that fresh energy that will make you ready for anything again!

7.    Support Your Team.

Your co-workers might be carrying burdens on their shoulders, which are heavier than they seem. Inevitably, they will tell you things that are going well and also things that are not necessarily going well, and what is your objective? To let them know that you are there to support them through it all. Cheer for your team! Let them know that you are rooting for them and that they have your vote of confidence.

8.   Motivate Co-Workers By Small Gestures.

You will be surprised at how small gestures can actually go a long way. When someone goes out of their way to do something for you, finishes something earlier than anticipated, or in any way demonstrates their devotion, do not feel that it is too hard to acknowledge what they have done, and find out ways that you can thank them. By paying attention to the small things, and being there for others, you’ll be surprised at how these seemingly small gestures become some people’s greatest source of inspiration.

9.    Build Friendships Within Your Team.

An employee gets sick of a company when he doesn’t like the people there. In the same way, when employees are friends with each other, they look forward to going to work because it’s also a chance to catch up with friends. Work doesn’t feel like work at all when the people you work with are your friends. Everything just becomes lighter, meetings become more fun, laughter is genuine, lunch becomes a bonding time, and deadlines become squad goals!

According to assistant professor at Tel Aviv University, Hilla Dotan, “If we learn to manage [workplace friendships] and understand them and bring them to be a strategic part of decision-making, we can use them to everyone’s benefit; both employees’ and organizations’.”

It’s difficult though, to force friendships – I know! But you can begin with looking for something in common within your team and build from there. Look at your similarities rather than your differences. Even you will be surprised with how Mondays are made better when you build friendships at your workplace.

10. Set An Example For Your Team.

The last item in our list and arguably the best way to motivate your co-workers is to set an example. Even if you support your team and praise your co-workers and make the team-building happen, they won’t be motivated when you yourself are not practicing what you preach. Remember that words without actions are empty. Before you can motivate others, you have to be motivated yourself. It’s as simple as this – you cannot give what you do not have.

According to Washington Post, “The leader has to serve as a role model. He or she has to be seen as credible (i.e., doing what he/she says they will do, keeping commitments, keeping confidential information private and not talking badly about employees in front of others).”

In other words, your co-workers can see through you when you tell them to stay positive, but your gloom is apparent. In order to motivate your co-workers, you must be able to stay cheerful amidst the deadlines and possible failures.  Before you believe in your team, you must believe in yourself; you must keep pushing when others are surrendering.

Remember, the best form of influence is admiration. When your co-workers see that you are doing the best effort that you can in everything that you do, you will earn their admiration. And when they admire you, you will have the power and gift to be able to influence them. Lead not by empty words and brute force, lead by example.

What do you think an effective leader looks like? In what ways do you motivate your team?

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Top 10 Inspirational Historic Places in The USA Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:39:23 +0000 Although the Unites States has a relatively young history compared to places like China and England, it doesn’t come…

Top 10 Inspirational Historic Places in The USA

Although the Unites States has a relatively young history compared to places like China and England, it doesn’t come up short of historic places that are sure to inspire visitors.

These places, both man-made and not, are well preserved to educate spectators on certain historical landmarks and notable people. We have hand-picked 10 of these historical places that are worthwhile to visit, so get out a pad of paper, and listen up!

  1. Statue of Liberty

You haven’t fully experienced the United States if you haven’t paid a visit to The Statue of Liberty. Standing majestically on Liberty Island in Manhattan, New York, The Statue of Liberty is probably the most picturesque statue in all of the United States. The statue is made of copper, and was a gift from the French to the US, built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue soon become United States’ icon of freedom and a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. The statue has a height of about 93 meters, with a robed woman representing the Roman goddess Libertas. She holds a torch above her head and is carrying tabula ansata with the date of the US Independence inscribed on it, while there is a broken chain on her feet. This grand statue receives approximately 3.2 million visitors per year.

  1. Washington Monument

This national landmark of freedom was built for the first president of the United States, George Washington. Washington is hailed as a historical icon in US history that left a rich legacy upon his death in 1799. The Washington Monument is a sky-high obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The monument is made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss and is the world’s tallest stone structure and obelisk. Its height of 554 feet is sure to leave anyone in awe.

  1. Old North Church

Boston is the place to be when you want to immerse yourself in a rich historical culture. A visitor can easily tour this inspirational city solo, as there is a guided and walking tour called The Freedom Trail. You’ll never get lost! The trail is composed of many sites that were vital to the American Revolution, one of these being the Old North Church, which was built in 1723. Old North Church is the oldest surviving church in Boston and probably the most famous one too. On the evening of April 18, 1775, Robert Newman and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling Jr. climbed the steeple of this church and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were coming to Lexington by sea and not by land. Up to this day, this well-preserved church receives half a million visitors per year.

  1. Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore gained its popularity as a lofty work of art carved into the granite face of a mountain in South Dakota upon being established on March 3, 1925. Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Gutzon Borglum created the design for Mount Rushmore, with the help of his son Lincoln Borglum. Throughout the years, Mount Rushmore became an iconic symbol of the United Stated, telling the story of the country’s birth, growth, development and preservation. Mount Rushmore is probably one of the most famous landmarks in the Unites States, appearing in literature created by both Americans and non-Americans alike. This majestic mountain is sure to inspire it’s over 2 million visitors per year.

  1. Cape Cod

You might have heard about how “The Cape”, as locals call it, is a popular summer destination in Massachusetts. Shores stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean are what vacationers and foreigners like most about this destination. Not only is it a famous coast though, America’s history began along these New England shores. This is where the Pilgrims first landed in the US, and established Plymouth. This is where English settlers built their first homes. Today, the early homes built by settlers are now modern European-style homes, giving The Cape a fresh look. Nevertheless, the nearby islands remain untouched and the rich history of this destination remains intact.

  1. 9/11 Memorial Museum

The tragedy of September 11, 2011 remains an unforgettable event in American history. Because there are still a lot of questions concerning this event, a National Memorial Museum was established to serve as the country’s principal institution examining the facts and the implications of the event. It is also a place that brings people together. In the museum, lots of information can be explored. Facts telling the story of 9/11 come in different multimedia displays and many authentic artifacts can still be found in the museum. Every victim of 9/11 is commemorated here. At this museum all visitors may leave with a sense of appreciation as they explore the story of loss turned into bravery and compassion.

  1. United States Capitol

The Capitol Building is the home of the United States Congress. It is found on the top of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. This edifice was built in a distinctive neoclassical style with a pristine white exterior. The original building was completed in 1800 and was later expanded upon, in addition to the massive dome that is impossible to miss. Visitors love the postcard view of this building, as well as the historical tour available on site. The tour explores the Capital then and now, and also explores the mystery of the Rotunda Benches found at The Capitol itself.

  1. The USS Arizona Memorial Site

The USS Arizona Memorial Site at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii might be mentioned in a lot of history books, not exclusive to American alone. On December 7, 1941 during the Second World War, the Japanese killed 1,177 sailors in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial Site today is the resting place of those Marines who were lost. One must be transported by boat to the site as it floats above the sunken hull of the battleship. This memorial site caters to 2 million visitors annually since it opened in 1980.

  1. The Smithsonian

There are about 30 million people that visit the Smithsonian each year. The number is not surprising at all as the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research center. Also, visiting the institution is free of charge! It was originally called the “United States National Museum” holding 154 million artifacts in 200 different buildings established in 45 different states. No wonder the Institution inspires art, design, science, technology, history and culture.

  1. The Space Center Houston

The Space Center Houston in Texas opened in 1992 and has been the official visitor’s facility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s center for human spaceflight activities. The center had design input from Walt Disney Imagineering and boasts of the NASA Tram Tour and Rocket Park. With the Tram Tour, visitors can enjoy a view of the control centers and several workshops. The site is sure to send about a million visitors a year away in admiration.

History lovers, now it’s your turn! Tell us which historic place you are most inclined to visit? Which site represents the history of America the most to you?


Top 10 Inspirational Historic Places in The USA

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Inspirational Quotes To Help You Get Through Monday! Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:10:15 +0000 It’s Monday… Ah the smell of office stress, deadlines, endless meetings, house chores, and the list goes on. It’s…

Inspirational Quotes To Help You Get Through Monday!

It’s Monday… Ah the smell of office stress, deadlines, endless meetings, house chores, and the list goes on. It’s time to get your mind and body going because it’s going to be a long week! At least that is what you anticipate.

Mondays seem to be the most abhorred day in human history. Certainly, with the endless mounds of work to do at the start of a new week, Monday just doesn’t seem like the ideal way to finish an enjoyable weekend.

Yes, you have to get up early in the morning in order to start checking away at a long to-do list, but don’t let Mondays be any less inspiring than any other day of the week! Here are some inspirational quotes for Monday morning to help you get going. These quotes are almost as good as your morning coffee!

“You cannot be happy, or at least not stay happy, as long as you see yourself as being simply a grown-up with responsibilities: you need to play, to travel, to make wild assumptions of how life would be on an alien planet if you were a robot, to make plans to conquer the world, to taste cooked bugs, (insert fun or absurd thoughts/actions here). The time you put in will come back amplified in the form of creativity and energy to be the grown-up.” –Sorin Tănasă

“There is always more on its way – more opportunities, more ideas, more love. Think abundance — always think abundance. Belief in abundance is the source of all generosity and peace. Know that there is enough. Know that you are enough. Know that you have enough. Enough time, enough talent, enough love.”  –  Glennon Doyle

“If you are stuck and lost right now, and you are wondering what you’re supposed to do with your life next, I can tell you only this: You are supposed to find your courage.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

“When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” – Phyllis Bottome

“Remember one thing only: that it’s you – nobody else – who determines your destiny and decides your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else.” – E. Cummings

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

“I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” – Lucille Ball

“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” —Marianne Williamson

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”– Art Linkletter

“The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.” – Comer Cotrell

“Find a job you like and you will add five days to every week.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t leave their hearts at home.” – Betty Bender

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – David Frost

Hopefully one (if not all) of these quotes will get you through your Monday morning. Otherwise, what else do you do to mentally prepare for Mondays? Let us know!







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Top 10 Breathtaking Beaches You Need to Visit! Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:56:29 +0000 Trying to rank all of the beautiful beaches in the world and narrowing them down to a short list seems like an impossible task!…

Top 10 Breathtaking Beaches You Need to Visit!

Trying to rank all of the beautiful beaches in the world and narrowing them down to a short list seems like an impossible task! Admittedly, it was a task, but we have dared to pick out the best among the rest for your perfect warm weather escapade! Whether you are looking for a quite beach where you can relax and meditate, or you’re looking for a party spot, we have you covered with these Top 10 breathtaking beaches you need to visit.

Breathtaking Beaches

  1. Maldives

Two words – unbelievable beaches! Everyone who has been to Maldives swears that this place is heaven on Earth and that one visit in a lifetime is never enough to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful place! Fine white sand stretched along the crystal-clear turquoise water will surely make any vacation worthwhile. Its beautiful palm trees lining the shore spells of nothing but paradise! To add to that, Maldives’ beauty does not end above earth alone. Maldives is also the home of the richest and most colorful corals. The water, aside from being perfectly clear, is also warm on the skin making your swim truly magnificent!

  1. Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

If you’re thinking of a family getaway, Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Hawaii should be on the top of your list. While enjoying the breathtaking view, families with children love the activities that can be done on this spectacular beach. Kahanamoku Beach is most famous for swimming, kayaking, and sailing near the beach. Adrenaline junkies can also enjoy surfing and paddle-boarding on the pristine water of Oahu, Hawaii.

  1. El Nido, Palawan

Nestled in the Philippine archipelago, El Nido is the place to go when you want to be awed by nature. This tropical gem is full of dramatic limestone formations, encircling the whitest and finest sand that you’ll lay your feet on and the majestic blue waters that you’ll plunge on the moment you lay your eyes in them. El Nido is also a diving spot favorite of many divers who wish to see both shipwrecks and a rich marine life. Colorful corals and rare schools of fish are the promise of El Nido’s underwater life. The beauty of this place is overwhelming! Don’t say you weren’t warned!

  1. Karma Beach, Ungasan, South Bali, Indonesia

If you are looking for a beach where you can enjoy the sun and waves while valuing your privacy, Karma Beach in Bali is the perfect destination for you! Although the beach may be hard to reach, visitors will assure you that the view is worth all the travel! Food and drinks in the beach also complement the tropical vibes that you will feel in this secret haven. The best part in all of these? That stretch of pure white sand and vast blue sea is all yours to enjoy with minimal to zero competition.

But if you’re not the quiet type though…

  1. Ipanema, Brazil

This destination in South America is home of the finest cuisines, lively music and pumping festivals. Ipanema’s fine white shore is lined with organized cafes, restaurants and clubs that makes the night life in this beach truly one of a kind! Ipanema is also a friendly spot for tourists as there are several hotels and accommodations within a safe walking distance from the rolling waves.

  1. Matira Beach

Staying in Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia will leave you depressed as you will never want to go back to your normal life and end your vacation. Matira beach has a mile-long of powdery white sand that ends in a calming emerald lagoon. Everyone is welcomed to enjoy the canopy provided by perfectly lined palm trees and everybody can jump into the emerald sea! You can also enjoy an iced tea and some fresh fruits, as there are a lot of cafes and restaurants on this beach. The sunset view is to die for! Watch the blue lagoon turn into an orange sea by night.

  1. Harbour Island, Bahamas

If white sand beaches are too overrated for you, maybe you can bask on the pink ones. Harbour Island is so picture-perfect, making it a destination loved by families and couples. Aside from its pink sand, visitors swear that the breeze rustling through the palm trees on this island is so fresh and unpolluted, giving vacationers the ultimate relaxed feeling. Restaurants in the area also offer fresh catch in their menu. In the evenings, there are also restaurants that serve cocktails and beer, making the place a nice one to chill on.

  1. Koh Lao Liang, Thailand

One word – unspoiled! The island on this tropical country has trees that have grown over the centuries. Families living near the area will swear that no tree has been cut on this island ever since its discovery. Koh Loa Liang is one of the most tranquil places on Earth as this is unspoiled and secluded. From the coral reefs underwater, to the warm teal water until the rock formation circling the island, everywhere you look is paradise in this place! There are no hotels and accommodations on the island. Visitors who wish to stay the night must bring tents that will surely make you feel isolated from all the stress of the world.

  1. Positano, Campania, Italy

If you are more of the scenic type of person rather than the one twinned with nature, this one in Italy will surely make your heart melt! Although the sand on this coastline is not the whitest and is more pebble than powder, Positano Campania is well-known for the hill side view of Italy. It is a cliff-side village so everything that you might need for your trip is a few steps from the beach, making a vacation on this place truly easy and convenient.

  1. Musha Cay Island, Bahamas

There is something breathtaking with sandbars because you’re walking on fine white sand, in between deep blue sea. Musha Cay in the Bahamas is one of the most beautiful destinations that reveal a circular sandbar when the sea isn’t too deep. The whole resort is luxurious and magical, especially that the famous David Copperfield exclusively owns this place.

Now you tell us, which of these beaches are you adding to your travel plans this year, or next?

Top 10 Breathtaking Beaches You Need to Visit!

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10 Beautiful Places You Must Add To Your Bucket List Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:53:05 +0000 The world has so many beautiful places to see! Unfortunately, time moves too fast and life gets too busy to be able to see them…

10 Beautiful Places You Must Add To Your Bucket List

The world has so many beautiful places to see! Unfortunately, time moves too fast and life gets too busy to be able to see them all. Where does one start? We have you covered. Here today, we have gathered together a list of some of the greatest places around the globe, guaranteed to awaken your inner wanderlust. Here are 10 beautiful places you must add to your bucket list.

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  1. The Colosseum: Rome, Italy

They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day. And with just one look at the Colosseum in Rome, you will believe it too. Known as the largest amphitheater ever built, this beautiful edifice is located in the heart of Italy. The arena built in AD 70 can house up to 80,000 spectators and it used to be the venue of gladiatorial contests, public speaking battles, and even executions. The Colosseum was erected beautifully from concrete and sand, however due to earthquakes and stone-robbers, it has been partially ruined. Nevertheless, The Colosseum remains a great historical interest for historians, archeologists, and tourist alike, forever an icon of Imperial Rome.

  1. Christ the Redeemer: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The all-seeing Christo Redentor (also known as The Christ the Redeemer) in Brazil stands tall at 39 m over Rio de Janeiro. This status of Jesus is the largest art-deco statue in the world and possesses a stunning view over Brazil’s second largest city. The statue, created by the French sculptor Paul Landowski, became a symbol of Christianity across the world and also put Brazil as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The statue is not just impressive because of its size, but it is also iconic because of the beautiful setting surrounding it. This landmark is truly heaven on Earth!

  1. Niagara Falls: Border of Ontario, Canada

Contrary to what some may believe, Niagara Falls is actually composed of three waterfalls, situated on the international border between Canada and the United States. These famous falls can be viewed in the province of Ontario in Canada and in the state of New York. Niagara Falls is not exceptionally high, but it stands out because of its massive width. This work of nature never fails to charm all the 28 million tourist who visit each year. At night, dancing lights illuminate this work of art. There are also numerous areas where you can bask in Niagara Falls’ beauty. There is a boat cruise which carries passenger into whirlpools beneath the falls. You can also enjoy a panoramic aerial view of this by a helium balloon ride, or helicopters available in the area. In addition to its beauty, Niagara Falls is also a valuable source of hydroelectric energy in the United States.

  1. Eiffel Tower: Paris, France

No travel list is ever complete without the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Especially for hopeless romantics, this tower in France is the most sought-after holiday destination over the years. It’s also the world’s most visited paid attraction. The highest tower over all Paris was first constructed during the 1889 World Fair and it was originally hated by the French people. Since then, the elegant iconic tower transformed into a national symbol of power and even of love. Paris will never be Paris without the Eiffel Tower. And up to this day, this tower still offers the best place to view the city of love.

  1. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge above sea level. This UNESCO World Heritage is the world’s best known archeological site built around 1450. A century later, the estate was abandoned, gaining its title of “The Lost City”. The civilization was brought to international attention once again when an American historian, Hiram Bingham, found it in 1911. The restoration and reconstruction of Machu Picchu was started in 1976. The reconstruction does not aim to replace the original structure, but rather to give tourists a better idea of how the heritage originally appeared. Today, Machu Picchu is a part of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  1. Leaning Tower of Pisa: Pisa, Italy

Here is a tangible proof that a structure doesn’t need to be perfect in order to be spectacular. The Tower of Pisa in Italy is so famous because of its unintentional lean or ‘tilt’. The tower was planned to stand proudly but during its construction sometime in the 12th century, the tower began tilting because of inadequate foundation support. The ground became too soft on one side causing the tilt to increase before the structure was even completed in the 14th century. There were numerous efforts to correct the tilt and others has been partially successful but to this day, the tower still stands leaning on one side making it stand out over other structures not just in the city but in the whole world as well.

  1. The Great Pyramid: Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramid at Giza represents one of the oldest human civilizations ever identified. Constructed between 2584 and 2561 BCE for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, this pyramid represents one of the largest of its kind and the largest of the three pyramids at Giza. It is an amazing work of early engineering, having nearly perfect symmetry, which makes it a great attraction and one of the greatest wonders of the Ancient World.

  1. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is so great that it is the only man-made structure that can possibly be seen from space. Several parts of the wall were built as early as the 7th century BC. Later constructions were joined together to create a bigger, stronger, and longer wall now collectively called The Great Wall of China. Having a length of around 21,196 km, the original purpose of building the Great Wall was to add fortification at the borders of China against various nomadic groups. The wall, originally built by the emperors of China, has already been rebuilt, maintained and enhanced, and only a little part of the original wall remains. All the same, The Great Wall of China is still one of the greatest structures the human race has ever seen.

  1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

UNESCO World Heritage considers Angkor Wat in Cambodia the largest religious complex in the world. The site was originally built as a Hindu temple of the god Vishnu, but was transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. Up to now, this true wonder houses the mysterious lost city of the Khmer Empire, which was abandoned for unknown reasons in the 15th century. Angkor Wat has become a symbol of Cambodia, boasting its unparalleled magnificence in architecture.

  1. Uluru, Australia

Last but definitely not the least is Uluru, Northern Territory in Australia. Uluru is also known as the Ayers Rock. It is a sandstone rock formation that has been a sacred site for the Native Australians who believe that spirits of the dead live there. True or untrue, this 1,142-ft. high picturesque sandstone inspires both awe and wonder, as Uluru is notable in glowing red hues across the sky at dawn and dusk.

Which of these beautiful places are you determined to add to your bucket list? How many of these have you already checked off?

10 Beautiful Places You Must Add To Your Bucket List

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5 Ways To Be Productive and Avoid Procrastination Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:10:47 +0000 Living a balanced life of productivity is difficult. We all have 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour. That seems fair,…

5 Ways To Be Productive and Avoid Procrastination

Living a balanced life of productivity is difficult. We all have 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour. That seems fair, right? But there is a problem. The “to do” list appears to be endlessly mounting, deadlines appear to come and go like a freight train, and everything seems happen all at the same time. This represents the struggle we all have to be productive and avoid procrastination.

Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t feel like being productive though, and with this, we grow tempted to let laziness have its way. It is so easy to give in and take it easy, to put off things for later or even tomorrow, but more often than not, this kind of attitude is the very thing responsible for our mounds of reminders and missed deadlines. If you’ve been stuck for quite some time now, and are consistently feeling idle and uninspired, then you came to the right place!

Here are 5 ways to be productive and avoid procrastination.

1.    Declutter

Sometimes, a person’s biggest roadblock is not something intangible, but something physical. To put it simply, a disorganized workspace leads to a disorganized life. Tolerating a cluttered desk (or mind for that matter) will soon lead to distraction as everything is in chaos. It’s easy to lose your priorities that way. Declutter!

According to Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Joyce Marter, “There is less stuff to manage, tasks take less time because you know where to find things, and this decreases stress and increases your effectiveness personally and professionally.”

Let go of the chaos that has been storming your desk and mind for quite a while now and allow yourself to have a fresh start. Remove the physical barriers and watch your driving force reach its peak. A change in environment usually renews a person’s motivation. So get your things in place, and welcome your inspiration back.

2.    Write it down!

Get a pen and a sticky note and write down the goals that you wish to achieve for the day. Other people feel like this is a waste of time. Surely, you are rushing and are pressured to accomplish things and writing them down doesn’t sound like a lot of help. But you know what? It really is! Taking your time each day to write down realistic goals on paper will help you focus only on what’s important for the day.

According to CEO of Funly Events, Adam Dailey, “Write down one or two things that you absolutely need to get done. Keep that paper on your person all day. Refer to it. Don’t do other things until you can cross those one or two things off your list.”

It’s a game plan about what you need to finish and how you begin each of them. Stick it near your computer or your corkboard to constantly remind you that you need to keep going and keep pushing. Finishing the whole list by crossing off one item at a time is not only satisfying, but is also addictive. Before you know it, you’ll be craving for more things to do and items to finish!

3.    Block out any form of distraction

The tale of, “I wasn’t able to do anything today because <insert distraction >” has been told so many times before, and the thing is there is no end to this story unless we end it ourselves. Distractions wouldn’t be the ones to give up on us. We must instead give up distractions. If you still don’t know what your biggest distraction is, be aware of how you usually spend your day.

Take note of the seemingly little activities that you do and log them somewhere. You will then figure out what’s eating up most of your time. It might be chatting with a colleague or best friend all day. See, small talks aren’t usually as small as they claim!

It might be browsing unrelated websites for hours when you only planned to do for a few minutes. Whatever your distraction is, do yourself a favor and block it out. I know that it’s easier said than done, but just think of it as a simple step towards a bigger goal.

4.    Surround yourself with productive people

Negativity is contagious. But the good news is, this works the same way with positivity. When you have a friend that continuously whines about tasks instead of dealing with it head on, it weighs you down and wears you out too. To feel positive amidst the negativity is a gift, but you don’t need to subject yourself to fight it each time. Spend more time with productive positive people; be with people who enter the office with positive energy. Positive people are very easy to be with. They look at tasks as obstacles to overcome instead of enemies that can harm them. Be with these people and before you know it, you’ll be just like them, shining your own beams of light.

5.    Begin with the end in mind

Nothing is more self-motivating or rewarding than having a clear idea of what you want to achieve at the end of each task or project, and steadily working toward that goal. Imagine yourself accomplished and unburdened. Imagine yourself free from your mounting duties, relaxed, and worry-free. That goal must keep you motivated to the very end of your tasks. Remember, the sooner you begin, the sooner you will be accomplished, and the sooner you are accomplished, the sooner you will be able to achieve peak productivity!

What are your barriers to productivity? What can you do to change them?

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Aloe Vera: The Amazing Benefits and Uses Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:34:45 +0000 You have probably heard of it, seen it on an ingredient list, owned it as a house plant, or used it as a folk remedy. Today we…

Aloe Vera: The Amazing Benefits and Uses


You have probably heard of it, seen it on an ingredient list, owned it as a house plant, or used it as a folk remedy. Today we want to share it with you; one of nature’s greatest secrets – aloe vera. Check out the amazing benefits and uses of this miracle plant.

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What is Aloe Vera? 

Aloe vera has been described as a “wonder plant,” and no doubt it is. It is a short-stemmed shrub and cactus-like plant that has its origin in East Africa and the Mediterranean region. It is cultivated in Texas, Florida, and Arizona in the USA. Aloe gel and latex are two substances produced by aloe vera that are used in producing a variety of everyday use and medical products. Aloe gel is a clear, jelly-like substance obtained from the inner part of the leaf of the plant, while aloe latex is yellow in hue and is extracted from under the plant’s skin.    

Traditional medicines in Asia and Africa made use of aloe vera in the treatment of medical concerns. For example, Indian traditional medicine makes use of it in the treatment of skin diseases, worm infestation, constipation and various infections. It is likewise used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of fungal diseases, while in the western world it is widely used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industries. 

A study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology stated that in ancient Egypt, aloe vera  was referred to as the “plant of immortality.” It was also stated that the plant had been used for many centuries in Japan, India, China, Egypt, Mexico, and Greece for the treatment of many disease conditions. 

Aloe vera as a plant is one of the most versatile in use around the world. One quite popular use of it is for juice, which is commercially available and widely regarded for its potential health benefits. About 75 potentially active constituents have been found in this wonder plant. These include minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, salicylic acids, sugars, saponins and lignin (1). Among the vitamins contained in aloe vera juice are vitamins A, C, and E, choline, vitamin B12, and folic acid. The minerals contained within the plant include magnesium, calcium, manganese, selenium, copper. sodium, potassium and zinc. 

How to Drink Aloe Vera Juice

Due to the naturally bitter taste of this beautiful plant, you may be unable to drink it raw. Therefore, you may prepare the juice as follows: extract the gel, cut it into small pieces, and blend it. Mix a small amount of this with some other sweet fruit, or perhaps a vegetable juice. Alternatively, you can use the leaves in juicing.  Blend the leaves, strain the liquid, and drink. If that is too bitter, mix it with honey, or another natural sweetener prior to consumption. Some lemon may also be added to the mix also.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Teeth and gums: Aloe vera has been stated to be quite effective in fighting cavities. A study conducted and published in General Dentistry claimed that aloe vera in tooth gels is as effective as toothpaste at sanitizing and preventing cavities. In that study, the researchers compared the germ-fighting capacity of an aloe vera tooth gel with that of two popular toothpastes. They discovered that the gel was just as effective as popular toothpastes in arresting bacteria that causes cavity in the mouth, and even more effective in some cases.       

The study further stated that aloe latex contains anthraquinones, a set of compounds that have natural anti-inflammatory effects with the ability to reduce and heal pain. The researchers noted however that not all gels analyzed contained the actual stabilized form of aloe vera gel that is effective and found in the center of the plant. 

Constipation: Aloe vera has been approved for the treatment of constipation by Germany’s regulatory agency for herbs – Commission E. It is commonly used in dosages of 50-200 milligrams of  in liquid or capsule form once daily over a period of up to 10 days. In 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that there is insufficient data on the safety and efficacy of aloe products; hence in the U.S., they are not permitted to be used in the treatment of constipation. 

An Iranian study claimed that aloe vera juice can reduce abdominal pain and flatulence in patients having irritable bowel syndrome (2). And, although more research will be required, it has been claimed that both the juice and the latex of the aloe vera plant can be used to effectively treat and/or cure constipation (3).  The juice has laxative properties through the anthraquinones and barbaloin in aloe that stimulate and increase the tone of the bowel (7). 

Diabetes-induced foot ulcers: At the Sinhgad College of Pharmacy in India, a study was carried out and published in the International Wound Journal where aloe’s ability to treat ulcers was examined. It was reported that a gel formed with carbopol 974p (1 %) and aloe vera promotes significant wound healing and closure in diabetic rats when compared with the commercial products. Hence, it was concluded that aloe vera was promising in considering  treatment of diabetes-induced foot ulcers. 

Heart health: In has been reported from a study of 5,000 patients suffering from chest or heart pain for five years, that after consuming aloe vera they demonstrated a significant reduction in the pain. Furthermore, the patients also had reduced levels of blood sugar (diabetic patients) and cholesterol (4). 

Another Indian study reported that aloe vera is cardio protective (5). Aloe vera supplement along with appropriate nutritional counseling were found to reduce blood pressure levels in diabetic patients (6). 

Antimicrobial and antioxidant properties: At the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain, a study was conducted on the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of aloe vera by researchers and published in the journal Molecules. The researchers sought to determine whether the methanol extract of the flowers and leaf skins of aloe vera had beneficial effects on human health. The main focus of the team of scientists was to examine the possible antioxidant and antimycoplasmic activities of aloe vera extract.

Mycoplasma is a unique cell wall lacking bacteria and consequently unaffected by many common antibiotics. Antimycoplasmic substances can destroy these bacteria. The researchers reported that both the aloe vera flower and especially the leaf extracts had antioxidant properties. The leaf skin extract additionally had antimycoplasmic properties. They concluded that “aloe vera extracts from leaf skins and flowers can be considered good natural antioxidant sources.” 

Protection from ultraviolet (UV) irradiationIn South Korea, scientists at Kyung Hee University Global Campus wanted to determine whether baby and adult aloe shoot extract had a protective effect on UVB-induced skin photo aging; in other words, whether they have the ability to protect the skin from the aging effects of sunlight. Baby aloe shoot extract (BAE) is from 1-month old shoots while adult aloe shoot extract (AE) is from 4-month old shoots. Post experimentation, the scientists concluded in an article published in Phytotherapy Research, that, “Results suggest that BAE may potentially protect the skin from UVB-induced damage more than AE.” 

Protection from skin damage after radiation therapy:  After radiation therapy, aloe vera might help protect against skin damage. In a study conducted at the University of Naples in Italy, five different topical creams, one of which contains aloe vera, were tested to see how effective they might be in protecting the skin of breast cancer patients who are receiving radiation therapy. In that study, 100 patients were divided into five groups of 20 and each group was prescribed a different topical treatment. They applied the creams twice daily, starting 15 days before radiation therapy treatment, and continued for 1 month after therapy. The participants underwent weekly skin assessments during the 6-week period. 

The scientists reported in the journal Radiation Oncology, that the incidence of skin side effects was reduced by the preventive use of the topical hydrating creams in the women treated with radiation therapy for breast cancer. None of the groups performed significantly better than the others. They therefore concluded that all the moisturizing creams used in their study were equally valid in the treatment of skin damage induced by radiotherapy. 

Wounds from second-degree burns: Aloe vera gel was compared to 1% silver sulphadiazine cream for the treatment of second-degree burn wounds by a team of plastic surgeons. Their findings were reported in the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association where they stated that the burn wounds among the patients treated with aloe vera healed remarkably faster when compared with those treated with 1% silver sulfadiazine (SSD). They further stated that those in the aloe vera group also experienced healing significantly earlier and more pain relief than those in the SSD group. The authors concluded that, “Thermal burns patients dressed with aloe vera gel showed advantage compared to those dressed with SSD regarding early wound epithelialization, earlier pain relief, and cost-effectiveness.” 

Aloe Vera for Beauty 

According to Bill C. Coats, “Since the skin needs nutrition of its own, Aloe Vera, when formulated into a properly designed personal care regimen, can treat, exfoliate, restore, reveal and provide constant, impressive nutrition to the human skin.”  Also, a Delhi-based dermatologist named Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj stated that, “Aloe vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-aging qualities. It can moisturize the skin without making it greasy, which makes it a great buy for those with oily skin.” She also suggested drinking aloe vera juice early in the morning on an empty stomach in order to improve digestion and provide remedy for any kind of stomach trouble. When the body is healthy inside, the outside (your skin), will be healthy and radiant as well.

Aloe Vera in Weight-Loss 

The potential ability of aloe vera to help with weight loss was advocated by Britt Brandon, the author of The Everything Guide to Aloe Vera for Health. In the guide Brandon stated, “Aloe vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximize your weight-loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weight-loss, as well as amino acids, enzymes and sterols, aloe vera ensures your diet is not only supportive of weight-loss, but also improves the body’s absorption and utilization, improving overall health as well as weight-loss success.” 

So tell us, have you used aloe vera? If so, how has it benefited you?


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(2) Hossein Khedmat, Ashraf Karbasi, Mohsen Amini, Aghdas Aghaei, and Saeed Taheri.  Aloe vera in treatment of refractory irritable bowel syndrome: Trial on Iranian patients. J Res Med Sci. 2013 Aug; 18(8): 732,

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(4) Agarwal, OP. Prevention of Atheromatous Heart Disease. American College of Angiology and 26th Annual Meeting, International College of Angiology, San Antonio, TX,

(5) Jain N, Vijayaraghavan R, Pant SC, Lomash V, Ali M. Aloe vera gel alleviates cardiotoxicity in streptozocin-induced diabetes in rats. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2010 Jan; 62(1):115-23, doi: 10.1211/jpp.62.01.0013. 

(6). Monika Choudhary, corresponding author Anita Kochhar, and Jaswinder Sangha. Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effect of Aloe vera L. in non-insulin dependent diabetics. J Food Sci Technol. 2014 Jan; 51(1): 90–96, doi: 10.1007/s13197-011-0459-0.

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Eunson Hwang, Su Hyeon Kim, Sarah Lee, Choong Hwan Lee, Seon-Gil Do, Jinwan Kim, Sun Yeou Kim. (2013, March 15). A comparative study of baby immature and adult shoots of Aloe vera on UVB-induced skin photoaging in vitro. Phytotherapy Research. Volume 27, Issue 12,

Halder S, Mehta AK, Mediratta PK. (2013). Aloe vera improves memory and reduces depression in mice. Nutritional Neuroscience. 16(6):250-4, 

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Muhammad Naveed Shahzad, Naheed Ahmed. (2013, February). Effectiveness of Aloe Vera Gel compared with 1 percent silver sulphadiazine cream as burn wound dressing in second degree burns. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association,

Mukesh S Hotkar, Amelia M Avachat, Sagar S Bhosale, Yogesh M Oswal. (2013, June 3). Preliminary investigation of topical nitroglycerin formulations containing natural wound healing agent in diabetes-induced foot ulcer. International Wound Journal. Volume 12, Issue 2,

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Rossella Di Franco, Elena Sammarco, Maria Grazia Calvanese, Flora De Natale, Sara Falivene, Ada DiLecce … Vincenzo Ravo. (2013, March 12). Preventing the acute skin side effects in patients treated with radiotherapy for breast cancer: The use of corneometry in order to evaluate the protective effect of moisturizing creams. Radiation Oncology. 2013 8:57,

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The Most Important Fitness Accessory That Everyone Needs (But Nobody Has) Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:40:41 +0000 Sneakers. Shorts. T-shirt or tank-top. You’ve got all the training gear nailed down so that you can look good and…

The Most Important Fitness Accessory That Everyone Needs (But Nobody Has)

Sneakers. Shorts. T-shirt or tank-top. You’ve got all the training gear nailed down so that you can look good and feel good when you’re working out. But do you really have everything you need?

One of the most overlooked fitness accessories is designed to help you feel good after you work out, and can also protect one of your biggest investments – your car! That’s right, getting in your car after a workout – all sweaty, hot and gross – is one of the most uncomfortable experiences you can have. Maybe you’ve tried to use a towel to protect your seat and drive comfortably, but we all know those don’t work – they slide around, you can sweat right through them, and, let’s face it, they don’t look good at all. So what can you do?

A new fitness product called Dry Rub® has recently solved this problem. It’s a car-seat cover designed specifically for athletes and gym-goers that provides a breathable yet water-proof barrier between yourself and your car seat. This barrier will prevent stains, smells and general funkiness that can happen to us all. The best part – if it ever gets a little funky itself, you can machine-wash it and hang it dry. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Why You Need Dry Rub

Protect Your Car

Sweat will ruin your car seat. The salt in your perspiration can break down leather and cloth seats over time. Replacing or cleaning your car seat can be very expensive. Dry Rub provides a barrier between your body and your car seat so you can protect your car seat from this damage.

Keep Your Ride Smelling Fresh

Is your car starting to smell like a high-school locker room? No matter how many air fresheners you use, those will just mask the smell of perspiration and other post-workout odors. You’ll need a water-proof barrier that can prevent those smells from festering in the first place.

Save your back!

One of the most unique attributes of Dry Rub® is that their Spicy version includes massagers that are designed to relax your muscles after a workout. So if you have tight muscles that need relaxation, or you suffer from back pain, the Dry Rub massagers can help ease that tension.

The Takeaway

You’ve got all the training gear you need to be fit and healthy…with the exception of a car-seat cover designed for gym-goers. Save your car, protect your investment, and feel great while you drive with Dry Rub.


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10 Ways to Reinvigorate Yourself Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:42:43 +0000 Get motivated with these 10 tips you can do, today!

10 Ways to Reinvigorate Yourself

During a recent speaking engagement, I asked the audience to offer some adjectives that described the world around them. I must admit, I was a bit taken back by the words that followed: Hectic, stressful, challenging, difficult and sad. I sat there thinking: what happened to the positivity? Where is the good? Where is the happiness?

The fact is life is full of tough times, challenges and moments where you just want to run away and bury your head in the sand. I read a book not too long ago by Dr. Robert Schuller, that said, “When tough times come, the tough get going.” We all have these times in our lives but they shouldn’t consume us and dictate how we live. We should be flowing with more positivity, abundance, energy and joy.

refreshed and motivated

No matter where you are in life or what’s going on at the present moment, here are 10 tips to shift back your energy and bring out the optimism to get back in the game.

1. Flow and go by thinking of it in someone else’s shoes

When you feel like you’re just stuck, aren’t coming up with anything new or you haven’t thought of a way to solve a problem, think of it from somebody else’s point of view. You may not be able to figure out how to fit your projects into the budget, but how about the genius accountant in the next office?

This exercise is not the same as casting a spell, and you won’t suddenly become an expert at everything, but when you think about how someone you respect might tackle the problem, it can make you rethink your whole approach and you may discover ideas that you never thought would occur to you.

2. Change up!

Repetitive behaviors leave us stuck in a rut. The word “Rut” comes from routine. It may feel comfortable to have a predictable pattern, but if you find your life starting to resemble the movie Groundhog Day, where every day is so similar that you feel like you are reading a script instead of living, it’s time to move outside of your comfort zone.

Instead of the old favorites, try new food at a restaurant you’ve never been to, or go out dancing instead of watching TV. You will feel reinvigorated and recharged.

3. Pizazz 101

Sometimes all it takes to get things moving in your life is a new look. This may sound shallow and superficial, but it has been proven that when we take a little extra effort and pride in our appearance, we gain confidence and that can make all the difference in how we approach everything in our life. It can give you a little extra courage to push further than you originally thought you could. Sometimes it’s something small like adding a touch of color or a broche.

4. Get Feedback from Friends

A true friend will tell it like it is, but also be there to comfort you no matter what. Whether you are doing better than you think, or you need a little constructive criticism to get back on track, hearing it from your friend or other trusted person can help you gain a little perspective and make a problem feel a little more manageable or bring you a little more back down to earth.

5. Focus on Maximizing the Good

No matter how bad you think things are at the moment, there has to be at least one positive aspect to it. Focus on maximizing that and opening the door for any other good things that may be right there waiting for you.

If you have a hobby that brings you peace, delve more into pursuing it. If you have a talent for comforting others, emphasize that and it may lead to a whole new career or venture.

6. Sometimes you have to say goodbye

The flipside of maximizing the good is to ditch the negative aspects in your life. If you have a bad habit, do whatever it takes to lose it. If you have people bringing you down, be honest with yourself and make a break from them. Almost anything negative in your life is not necessary and can be replaced with a better alternative. It’s called trading up.

7. Run towards your goals (literally)

You feel better mentally when you are more active physically. You will find that your problems will become more manageable and you will have much more of a sense of peace when you become more physically fit. It doesn’t take much; just a little each day can do the trick.

8. Learn to love the mirror

When you learn to accept yourself as you are, you can proceed in any avenue of your life on a much more secure footing. This may start with loving your physical appearance. Low self-esteem and body issues cause many people to feel bad about themselves and sometimes even hate themselves to the point that they give up on their life.

No matter how you look, remember that you are beautiful. Once you learn that and truly believe it, you will feel better and be able to take on the world.

9. Networking for fun and profit

A great way to move forward with your life is to start networking. It’s a great way to advance your career, as well as to achieve any other goals. You may also make new friends who share common interests. When you encounter new people, don’t be afraid to put your agenda out there. If you’re looking for work, mention it. If you’re looking for friends to hang out with, mention that, too. You’d be surprised how many people you will find that you have something in common with.

10. Eat well, sleep well, live well

There is a connection between the mind, body and soul. When you start to improve one, the other two follow suit. The best first step is to eat healthy. It may seem difficult and unappealing to ditch the ice cream for veggies, but after a little while you will start to feel great and never want to go back. Remember, garbage in equals garbage out. So, pay attention to what you take in, get plenty of exercise and a good night’s sleep.

The Takeaway

Everything in life starts with you. If things are not going how you’d like them to, or if you just feel stuck, bewildered, upset and frustrated, start with the man or woman looking back at you in the mirror. Once you get to a place of love, acceptance and happiness with your inner-self, everything else will start to fall into place.

Suzan Johnson Cook (“Ambassador SuJay”) was an advisor to President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.  She served as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom from 2011-2013.  She is a faith feminist, international influencer, entrepreneur and diplomat who is passionate about human rights and equality, especially for women.

Featured photo by Marina del Castell


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7 Life Tips From a Female Combat Pilot Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:30:44 +0000 Get the motivation you need with these 7 life tips from a female combat pilot.

7 Life Tips From a Female Combat Pilot

Life is the greatest adventure of all. Something so big, and yet a blink in the cosmos. We are all capable of seeing the best in life and going along for the ride. Relish in the little moments, not just the big. We need to break through our obstacles and overcome the challenges to be our best selves. How do we do that?

Here are my top inspirational tips to help you get gutsy around your dreams.

1. Life is about living to the fullest and having fun in the process – look at life as a big juicy orange and squeeze all the pulp and juice out of it.

We all have those special moments in life that you never forget. Whether it be a baby coming or going, we all hold these memories dear to our hearts. We don’t always give enough credit to the in-between moments. The destinations mean so much to us, but the journeys are just as precious.

Every moment is fleeting, so don’t forget the little ones.

Put your feet in the sand and feel it squish between your toes. See the flowers in front of us, and the sounds of nature in every moment. Life is not a squeaky-clean experience either, but it is always exciting and spontaneous.

2. Do what average people do and you’ll have what average people have. Choose to be extraordinary!

Every person has talent. What are you doing when you lose track of time and realize it has been hours that felt like minutes? Do more of that. Then do some more. Follow what you feel. It will lead you to your authentic self who is brilliantly unique. The true you is extraordinary.

3. Turn fear into fuel

I remember flying through Iraq and being shot at by enemy fire. That was real fear. Most fear we experience in life isn’t as bad as it seems. Don’t let fear derail your mission.  What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but have been afraid of?  Do it! What steps can you take to make it happen this year? Take them!

Routines comfort us and make us feel calm and at ease in our everyday reality. We eat our favorite meals and watch our favorite television programs. It is good for you to try new things, no matter how small. Change up your routine just a little and feel the energy flow. Try that new class you have been meaning to try. Reach out to an old friend you have been meaning to call. Be the best you that you can be.

4. If they say it can’t be done, prove them wrong and be the first to do it.

If things aren’t going the way you hoped, recommit to your personal mission in life. This usually starts with what you’re passionate about.

It is a challenge to get over the obstacles we create for ourselves. You need to develop a Breakthrough Mentality and break through those walls. No one is keeping you inside them but you.  

It is all within your power to change your circumstances. If you are not enjoying something, then stop doing it. Follow your passion. There is not enough time in life to dwell on what is not going right. Use your time to do the things that bring you joy.

5. Never underestimate the opponent.

The other guy – your competitor –  may well be a real obstacle, even if he doesn’t seem like it.

6. Surround yourself with positivity and people that bring out the best in you.

You are a product of your thoughts and environment; people around you shape the way you view situations. Your perspective shifts by changing your outlook. Sometimes, however, you need to change things happening around you to help shift the mindset.

7. Success is not a final destination.

After you accomplish a mission, keep the momentum going. Honor the past and move into the future without dwelling on either one.

It is important to just be. Don’t overlook relishing in the little in-between moments. There is no time to regret the past or to worry about the future. Be here. Focus on the now. This is all you are guaranteed anyway. There is no such thing as reaching the final destination in life; it is all a journey that we take moment by moment. 

The Takeaway

Just remember, you are in charge of your life. Opportunities don’t go away – other people take advantage of them! You must make the moments happen. Seize every second and find your happiness. Life is too precious to worry, enjoy every second you are given.


Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour is America’s first African American female combat pilot and a leadership speaker and consultant.  She is author of Zero to Breakthrough.

Featured photo by Moyan Brenn

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