National Cheese Toast Day

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If you browse the Internet, there are lots of sites that have lists of the unofficial days of the year, many of which are kind of funny, but I saw one that I thought was pretty neat. Today, September 15th, is National Cheese Toast Day. Cheese is one of my favorite foods. My family loves cheese as well.  It seems like a majority of the things we eat have cheese in them or on them. Cheese is a staple at our house. Things just taste better when they have cheese on them, except for maybe dessert items like cake and pie.  Cheddar, Colby Jack, Parmesan; they’re all good. Anyway, be sure to eat a slice of cheese toast today. Or just anything with cheese on it!

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5 Reasons We Don’t Pursue Our Dreams

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Disney animator. I remember watching the behind-the-scenes feature of almost every Disney film, just to get a glimpse of what it would be like to draw castles, princesses, and enchanted forests, for a living! But, I told myself that dream went way over my head! A couple of years later, the movie Jurassic Park came out and I wanted to be a Paleontologist. When I told my father that I wanted to move to Nebraska to study fossils (mind you, I was about 10yrs old), his response was that there wouldn’t be anymore dinosaurs to discover by the time I finished schooling! And one by one, my hopes & dreams blew away like “dust in the wind”.

Here are some of the more common reasons that stop people in their tracks, when it comes to chasing those dreams:

 

  • FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN– Are you pretty comfortable in your little bubble? Do you like taking risks or do you like to play it safe? I admit, I can be a bit of a control freak, so I start to get antsy when I’m in a situation that’s new and unfamiliar. But, there’s nothing more liberating than letting go of those fears and putting one foot in front of the other. “Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from experiencing a life greater than you have ever known”- Jeff McClung

 

  • TIMING- “Timing has to be just right.” Will there ever be a “right time” to get married, to have kids, to chase that dream? Yes, we need to put thought into those major life changes, but don’t let time stop you. To be honest, life is known to fly by in the blink of an eye. All the more reason to stop wishing & waiting and go for it!

 

  • PRIORITIES- Let me guess…Life got in the way of your dream and it no longer is a priority. It happens! But, don’t get discouraged. It’s never too late to MAKE that dream a priority. “The only impossible journey is the one you never began”- Tony Robbins

 

  • BAD ADVICE- Having a couple of key people in your life that you can count on for wise advice is a good thing! But, be cautious in asking help and advice from everyone in the town! You know what they say…”Only a few people care, the rest are just curious.”

 

  • FEAR OF FAILING– Any new venture requires an investment of resources: money, time, energy, emotions, etc. The last thing we’d want to happen is to have all that we’ve invested, go up in flames. Suzy Kassem once said, “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will”.

So, what’s stopping you? Are you brave enough to step out into the unknown?

Can’t quite put your finger on that dream of yours? Here are a couple of questions to get those wheels in your head to start turning: What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What are you passionate about? What gets your blood boiling?

Start there. But don’t stop. Keep going! It will come to you!

 

Storm Warning

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As you have all heard by now, the talk of the town is named “Irma”. And it’s not a name we want to associate with our hometowns either. As the hours go by, millions of people anxiously await the latest news and update on the path that this storm will take. If you could potentially be affected by Irma, the best thing we can all do right now is to educate ourselves, stay informed, and be prepared!

Here is a compilation of helpful resources that can help you  learn how to best prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma and ways to help after the storm has passed.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS:

  • https://www.ready.gov/– Plan Ahead for Disasters. Prepare for hurricanes now. Know where to go if asked to evacuate quickly and how you and your family will get there.
  • https://www.cdc.gov/ – How to prepare for disaster, protect your loved ones, and stay safe after the storm

HURRICANE IRMA UPDATES:

HOW TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IRMA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rare Sight

On Monday, many Americans were able to witness a total solar eclipse. Here in Charlotte, we were not in the path of totality, but we did have a partial eclipse. This was the first time that I have personally gotten to witness a solar eclipse first hand, which was part of the fun of it (actually, a lot of the fun). Many times, the less we experience something, the more we enjoy it. Think about it. The things that we do everyday often don’t seem meaningful to us. But when something happens out of the ordinary, we think, “Wow, that was cool.” But let’s not forget the good in the ordinary things, either. The “ordinary things” in our lives are also good things and we should try to enjoy them as much as we can, even if we don’t always look at those things as being “awesome”.

Back to the eclipse, though. It was a neat experience for me since it was my first solar eclipse. I was surprised, though, how much sunlight there was with only a slither of the sun shining. I was outside looking at the eclipse during the peak of the coverage (which I heard was 98% coverage) and it was not as dark as I had expected. That just shows you how much light the sun gives off. Amazing!

 

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!