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Why Tomatoes Remind Me of Dad

 

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Does a particular person or memory come to mind when you come across a specific scent? According to fifthsense.org, “the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. [Some] may be able to think of smells that evoke particular memories.”

When I smell tomatoes on a vine, I think of my father. He has such a green thumb! I recall our small enclosed patio of my childhood home being completely overcome with fruits & vegetables! One of the more fragrant scents were that of the tomatoes my father grew! Still to this day, my talented father comes to mind when I buy tomatoes on the vine- That’s right, I buy my vegetables! Apparently, I didn’t inherit the art of gardening from Dad!

This video by SciShow goes into WHY smells trigger memories & emotions! And did you know that the memories & sensations that come flooding back are often of your earlier life, before you were 10yrs old? Pretty neat, right?

So, what about you? What is that one smell that makes you think of Uncle Frank or that one Fourth of July? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 

What No One Tells You About Being a Grown Up

 

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All those years of school have finally paid off. Congratulations, you’re officially a “Grown Up”! …Just wait until you turn 25yrs old and can rent a car on your own from Enterprise! Well, the big question now is what are you going to do next? Get a “real” job & rent your own apartment?!

Here are 5 things school didn’t teach you about being an Adult:

1. CREDIT IS EVERYTHING- Establish it, maintain it, cherish it! You’ll find it very difficult to make adult purchases (house, car, phones, etc.) without an established credit history!

2. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT- Friend, don’t learn this the hard way! After a certain age, gravity will take a toll and shift things to places you didn’t even know existed! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! If you can’t resist the sweets, embrace the stretchy pants!

3. THE DREAM CAREER- Don’t worry, half of us still don’t know what we want to be when we grow up. Hate to break it to you, but more than likely you’ll find work that’s not even related to your major!

4. REST (AKA NAPPING) IS  NECESSARY- Don’t fight it. Just accept it for what it is. You’ll learn to steal an extra hour of sleep when you can find it! It’s exhausting being an adult!

5. YOU’LL COME TO APPRECIATE YOUR PARENTS- They didn’t always know what they were doing, but they learned to take on the responsibility of caring for little human beings.

Now, you’ll need to learn a lot more to master the art of being a grown up, but that will come with time! Cheers to the next chapters of your life!

 

 

 

The Truth About Multi-Tasking

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I’ll admit, I started to worry.  At work, I found myself frantically jumping from one task to another. It was taking me longer to complete my to-dos, I was making errors, and I found it difficult for me to focus on one task at a time…

…Turns out, I was experiencing “multi-tasking” in it’s truest form!

Multi-tasking refers to a person who deals with more than one task at the same time. But, our brain doesn’t really do tasks simultaneously, as we thought. In reality, very few people (2%) can truly multi-task effectively.  According to NPR, what really happens is that we switch our attention from task to task extremely quickly. It’s actually very difficult to focus on more than one thing at a time.  “…you think you’re actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But you’re actually not,”says Earl Miller, a Picower professor of neuroscience at MIT. Let’s face it,  we’re just not naturally good at handling more than one thing at a time.

But, don’t beat yourself up you’re not a multi-tasking pro! Did you know that there are several disadvantages to this common attribute? “Multi-tasking leads to as much as 40% drop in productivity, increased stress, and a 10% drop in IQ” (tipsywriter.com).  The truth about mulit-tasking is that it can often make us less productive, more prone to make mistakes, and more stressed. In addition, multi-tasking can have a negative effect on our memory!

If there are so many negatives associated with multi- tasking than why even do it? In all honesty, who doesn’t love the instant gratification that comes with completing several tasks? Plus, if this skill is almost often required of employees, then why not master it?  Well, now knowing the facts, you might want to think twice before you raise the bar high on yourself.

It’s never too late to break the habit! Start with something small. Write out a small list of tasks..say 5. Eliminate the potential for distractions, roll up those sleeves, and FOCUS! Do NOT move on to the next item on your list until you are completely finished with the first! You can do this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Lessons Learned From Our Siblings

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I’ve had GREEN ketchup poured allover my hair, I’ve been shoved under a mattress (or at least that’s how I remember it!), and I’ve had to tag along at birthday parties.

Ah, the joys of having siblings…(sarcasm)…

In retrospect, I don’t know how us 4 kids made it growing up! We were all so different yet alike in several ways- stubborn, naive, and emotional.  It’s already bad enough going through puberty, junior high, high school etc, but to live in the same household with 3 other kids that are going through the same thing?!?- Ahh! I commend my parents! I’ll admit that my siblings and I are in a much better place now that we are adults!

I think it’s safe to say that despite the hair pulling, finger pointing, and wrestling, there are a few valuable life lessons that we can learn from our siblings:

  1. THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIP- Grant it, in high school, my sister and I wouldn’t be caught in the same circle of friends let alone 1/2 mile of each other at school. But, now? We’re the best of friends! Even though we weren’t close at all as kids, if I were in any sort of trouble, my sis would definitely be there! Now, that’s a true friend!
  2. STEP UP AND BE A LEADER- I’ll have to give credit to the older siblings for having to put this into practice! Becoming a leader takes confidence, courage, and patience. What great attributes to learn at such a young age!
  3. GET OVER IT AND COOPERATE- Now, us middle children, our masters of this life lesson! There’s no faster way to get through weekend chores, than with some teamwork!
  4. RESILIENCE- You come to learn that at the end of the day, it’s just ketchup in your hair…It’s disgusting, but the good news is it will wash out! I’m sure you’d agree that there’s a level of tolerance that we build up thanks to our darling brothers & sisters.
  5. LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY- Nothing means more than being surrounded by those you love despite your failures, flaws, and imperfections. We all know what it’s like to suffer the repercussions of bad choices.  It might take your siblings a while for them to come around, but when they do, they’ll love you through the good times and the bad times!

At some point, you have to just throw your arms in the air and say, “Que Sera Sera!”. We’re tied to each other by blood- there’s no changing that! Might as well just roll with it!

 

Giving Sudoku a Try

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Several years ago, I received a battery operated Sudoku game as a Christmas gift from a relative. I had never heard of Sudoku before, so as soon as I opened my gift, it was time for an impromptu lesson on how to solve a Sudoku puzzle. I was hooked! I now have a Sudoku app on my phone that I use whenever I want to kill some time. Sudoku is a great game for a couple of different reasons:

  1. The biggest and most obvious reason is that it is good brain stimulation, especially if your playing a more complex version with only a few numbers filled in.
  2. Second, solving a puzzle like Sudoku can relieve stress. When your mind is on something you enjoy, you are in a better, more relaxed mood.

What are you waiting for? Go solve some Sudoku puzzles!

 

Our Holiday Sweet Tooth

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What do Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day all have in common? Most people buy gifts for their loved ones during these three holidays. What is one thing that people commonly purchase during these holidays? Candy!

According to this article published on byu.edu,

Americans spend an average of $2 billion on Halloween candy, $1.9 billion on Easter candy, $1.4 billion on Christmas candy and $1 billion on Valentine’s Day candy.

It looks like there is a large number of us that like to accompany our holiday celebrations with candy. All I can say is…..Sweet!

6 Ways to Live a Happy & Healthy Life

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Everyone knows that “April Showers Bring May Flowers”, BUT that doesn’t help when you’re cooped up inside staring at clouds and rain all day! Did you know that the weather can have a direct affect on one’s mood?  So, here are some practical tips to keep you healthy and happy despite those pesky grey clouds!

  1. DRINK MORE WATER- Not only does water help you lose weight, but it can also boost energy, prevent memory loss as you age, help to fight infection, and makes your skin smooth by slowing down the aging process.
  2. LAUGH OFTEN- According to EE Cummings, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter”. Did you know that laughter can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress hormone levels, and improve cardiac health?
  3. ESSENTIAL OILS- Diffusing essential oils is known to improve health, increase energy, and help you sleep better. Try Lavender, Rose, or Chamomile to relax & relieve stress & anxiety!
  4. DO WHAT YOU LOVE MORE OFTEN- What brings you joy? Don’t have time to do what you love? Make time! Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, so doing things to keep you sane & happy will only help you remain positive, energized, and a joy to be around!
  5. SLOW DOWN- Billy Joel says it well in his song, “Vienna”… “Slow down, you crazy child/ And take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile/ It’s all right, you can afford to lose a day or two/ When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?” I know- the practice of slowing down feels almost archaic in today’s society.
  6. GET OUT MORE! Enjoy the sunshine and outdoors as often as you can. John Barroughs once said, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”