Expert Author James Nussbaumer
Hitting the target for how to manifest wealth now is the miracle power to live your life with overall freedom, away from the grind of the typical way many people sacrifice by staying in careers or jobs they just don't like.
This 'self-loathing,' at best we may say, is something that is not part of a millionaire blueprint.
Today I will discuss a few or the most effective ways to manifest money now by loving what you do.
Yes, no more living a life of self 'lothesomeness,' as I once did for 25 years as a financial adviser.
- Change the Way You Think About Money
The only path for becoming an effective magnet to manifesting money now is to begin to analyze how you feel and believe about financial freedom.
The majority of people everywhere get unfortunate and really tense and annoyed about giving part of their wallet away.
- Be Open to Many Possibilities in Which Money can Flow
Manifesting money now is all about psychological freedom.
I mean freedom in your thinking, freedom in your ability to see the wealth all around you.
You can merely manifest money to the level that you would allow yourself to see abundance all around you.
- Release it Sometimes for Future Reward
When you learn to free up your grip on it and learn to give some away, you will begin the process to manifest money now.
Whatever you give in your self-created world comes back to you. It's the miracle of reflecting outwardly your inner wealth and abundance.
The Course in Miracles states, "Miracles are a kind of exchange. Like all expressions of love. "
That concept holds true not only for financial freedom but anything.
When you give love honestly you likewise get love back. Financial success streams in this exact same form, so offer a little with love and get more back.
The only road to take for becoming a powerful magnet to manifest money now is to start to examine how you think and feel about attracting money.
To attract money and begin manifesting abundance is all about psychological freedom.
I mean the freedom in your thinking, flexibility in your ability to see the wealth all around you and in your life in this world.
You can begin creating wealth now to the extent that you would enable yourself to see abundance all around you.
When you understand why you must free up your grip on it and see your way to give some away, you manifest a millionaire mindset more.
The Course in Miracles teaches that, "Miracles are healing because they supply a lack; they are performed by those who temporarily have more for those who temporarily have less.".
Let's Look at Financial Freedom being a Millionaire State of Mind
Assessing our standing in life brings us to a point where we need to go within and prepare our goals and objectives.
For self-made millionaires, they have crossed out the objective of monetary freedom in their lives long prior to other people realizing any such matter as a millionaire blueprint, so to speak.
I mean the significance involved here.
While others are starting to catch up on the pattern of manifesting abundance and attracting wealth, financial flexibility is just too abstract a concept without the right psychological shift.
Called the millionaire's mindset, it includes a lot of different methods to one's lifestyle while learning financial methods through looking for chances.
By turning goals into truth and acting properly, monetary freedom seems a much closer concept than in the past.
I'm saying that, individuals do not recognize that the philosophy behind monetary freedom relies on our mindset to money.
In order to achieve financial freedom, we must explain our top priorities which consist of how we look at attracting money.
Caring for Wealth Attraction
The first fundamental perspective of a millionaire's mindset is thinking that people are interested and ought to be interested in abundance and prosperity.
Why not?
Prosperity and abundance is a vehicle to help you live a life of purpose and passion, we may say, your true free will, to make your life work and to make our system go round and round.
Highly effective people who appear to be happy about what they do with their money, making the world a better place, seem to rise upward on the financial freedom scale.
It's how successful people grow, and people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Ben Franklin (Just a few of my favorites), and so many others today, in the past, and yet to arrive, are proof of this.
For some, money represents their income that pays their living costs comfortably, and that's okay too.
Remember, there is no set amount in your bank account that determines success according to the law of manifestation.
Ethics and interest and money need to not be removed from each other.
The reality is, cash is a car not just to make a living, however likewise to make a quality life, perhaps a quality car that represents your inner longing.
Discovering how to value money offers us a perspective that makes us responsible with our financial resources.
Do you have Money at Work for You?
A millionaire's state of mind constantly presumes that to attract money means prosperity working for you and not the other way around.
Being a servant for cash and its equivalents can just be the same problem for greedy individuals and industrious individuals.
The important key however is to find methods to rise over it and make cash work for you.
(I always like to add that don't be shy to search the web for more helpful material and manifesting abundance in your life.)

Leonardo Bonucci close to joining AC Milan from Juventus

Air conditioning Milan will finish an arrangement to sign Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus on Friday for £35.2m in addition to £1.7m in additional items, Sky sources get it. 

Bonucci will sign a five-year contract and will acquire £110,000 seven days after duty. 

Chelsea and Manchester City had been occupied with marking Bonucci the previous summer, yet the player does not have any desire to leave Italy for individual reasons. 

The 30-year-old has scored 18 objectives in 300 appearances for Juve since marking from Bari in August 2010. 

Bonucci has been a normal in the Juventus side that has cleared all before them in Italy as of late, winning the Italian title for the last six seasons. 

He has additionally won the Coppa Italia on three events however his last match for the Turin side came at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in May, where he was a piece of the side beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League last.
Health Secretary Tom Price Is Out Over Air Travel Scandal

The wellbeing secretary's abdication comes after President Trump said he was "not upbeat about" the utilization of more than $400,000 in government stores for stumbles on private planes.

Wellbeing and Human Services Secretary Tom Price ventured down Friday, amidst a snowballing outrage over his rehashed utilization of citizen reserves for lavish air travel while in office, including for trips that consolidated government and private concern. 

"Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his abdication before today and the President acknowledged," White House squeeze secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an announcement late Friday evening. She added that Trump intends to make representative right hand secretary for wellbeing and executive of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Don J. Wright acting secretary powerful Friday night. 

Cost, in his acquiescence letter to President Trump, composed it was "a respect and benefit" to serve at HHS, particularly refering to his work to "change a broken social insurance framework." 

"I lament that the current occasions have made a diversion from these imperative destinations," he composed. He aded that he would "keep on supporting" Trump's needs from outside the organization. 

Cost did not unequivocally apologize for his utilization of private flies in an interior note to staff at HHS got by BuzzFeed News. He said it had been "an extraordinary satisfaction" to serve at the division, and that "The respect of driving the unbelievable people at HHS is one I should dependably treasure and always remember." 

"It would be ideal if you know I should consider you and urge you to recall the general population, patients, and associations we're altogether special to serve," he included, marking the letter, "Obligation is Ours — Results are the Lord's!" 

Value's acquiescence comes after Trump had flagged his disappointment with his wellbeing secretary for quite a long time. 

Asked Wednesday whether he would consider terminating Price, the president told correspondents: "We'll see." In the days since, he has more than once told journalists that he was "not glad about" Price's utilization of private streams on citizens' dime. 

Trump on Friday evening called his secretary a "fine individual," yet said he didn't care for "the optics" around Price's travel and proposed his choice on Price's future was inevitable. Trump told columnists that as of Friday evening, Price had not offered to leave. 

Cost spent more than $400,000 in government cash for official excursions on private planes 26 times since early May, Politico has detailed. Two of those treks were to ranges where he possesses land, and to visit relatives and long-lasting associates, the site likewise detailed. Every private fly outing can cost citizens around $25,000. 

HHS kept up that the outings were for business purposes and were on the grounds that less expensive, business choices were not accessible. Politico announced, be that as it may, that a portion of the flights happened notwithstanding the accessibility of business alternatives on a comparative timetable. 

At that point on Thursday, Politico detailed that the White House had endorsed the utilization of military airplane for Price, joined by his significant other, for official excursions to Africa, Europe, and Asia at an expected cost to citizens of more than $500,000. 

That would bring Price's accounted for citizen subsidized flight tab to generally $1 million. 

Wellbeing and Human Services Secretary Tom Price addresses columnists in the wake of going to an occasion at the World Health Organization Aug. 21, 2017.

She Came Home And Saw Balloons All Over Her Yard. That's When She Started Bawling.

Many red inflatables have been flying up the whole way across the nation on account of eager devotees of the current Stephen King change, "It." Fortunately, in any case, the reason this lady was conveyed to tears more than 101 red inflatables has nothing to do with an alarming jokester. 

Laura Stegenga, a dedicated mother of two, was managed an overwhelming blow when she was determined to have organize 4 bosom malignancy back in July. Because of her determination, Stegenga and her group of specialists settled on the choice that chemotherapy treatment was her most obvious opportunity at survival. As the Minneapolis mother arrived home a week ago from treatment, she saw something that influenced her to sob.

At the point when Stegenga pulled in the garage, she found 101 heart-molded red inflatables scattered over her front yard.
The level of cover you receive can vary a great deal from insurer to insurer but the average annual travel insurance policy should at least include:
  • Medical cover
  • Cancellation and delay cover
  • Loss of baggage cover
Other types of cover included in a comprehensive annual multi trip policy could include: cover for valuables and holiday money, scheduled airline failure insurance, personal accident/personal liability cover and legal expenses cover.
As a good rule of thumb, you should aim to have the following amounts in each area of cover:
Medical cover in the region of £2 million (double this if travelling to the USA).  This should also cover the cost of emergency repatriation.
Personal liability cover amounting to around £1 million.
Cancellation cover of equal value to your holiday (including the cost of prepaid excursions).  Cover is usually on a per person basis so to cover a £2,000 holiday you'd need cover of £1,000 each as a minimum.
Baggage and personal possessions cover to cover the cost of replacing your suitcase and contents should it be lost or stolen.  You should also consider the cost of single items such as your digital camera or laptop and factor this into the cover level you require (it is commonplace for insurers to apply a cap to the amount you can claim for on any one item so read the terms and conditions of your policy carefully).
Holiday spending money cover of around £500 or equal to the value of the cash you will be taking with you.

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When taking out travel insurance, it’s important to find the right balance between getting adequate cover and not paying over the odds. Here’s some tips on how to get the best price for your travel insurance:
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  • Decline optional extras: It’s worth checking if your gadgets are covered abroad by your home insurance, or if protection is provided through your bank account, credit card or employee benefits package.
  • Pay annually: If you are a frequent traveller, it might be cost-effective to buy a policy that covers all trips in a 12-month period, rather than insuring each trip separately.

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European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – which is free via the NHS – entitles you to state-provided healthcare on the same terms as a local when travelling in countries that belong to the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
You can find out more with our European Health Insurance card guide.  

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US Health Secretary Resigns After Angering Trump With Costly Flights

Donald Trump's health secretary has resigned after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered the US president.
Tom Price's partial repayment and public apologies were not enough to save his job.
The health and human services secretary became the first member of Mr Trump's Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent administration that has seen several high-ranking White House aides ousted.
Mr Price served less than eight months in the post.
Mr Trump had said he was "not happy" with Mr Price for hiring private charters on the taxpayer's bill for official travel when cheaper commercial flights would have worked.
The flap over Mr Price has overshadowed Mr Trump's agenda and prompted scrutiny of other Cabinet members' travel.
The House Oversight and Government Reform committee has launched a broad investigation of top political appointees.

Strange facts you never knew about twins

The entire idea of twins sounds like something out of a wacky sci-fi story, presumably one that likewise includes Tralfamadorians or potentially cash trees. Truly, consider it: individuals with a hereditary copy, shaped in the meantime, and notwithstanding having a similar DNA? Better believe it, clones in the womb. Got it. C'mon, Vonnegut, you're extending reality too far this time. 

Everybody knows the fundamental story of sexual intercourse. Mr. Sperm swims around and meets Ms. Egg, at that point blast — preparation! In any case, twins resemble the astute plot contort that nobody at any point saw coming. Ask any twin, and they'll reveal to you that having a characteristic clone is, well, essentially the coolest thing ever. Yet, being a twin is about something other than sharing mystery handshakes and calmly exchanging classes in secondary school. 

Indistinguishable twins have diverse fingerprints 

The expression "indistinguishable twins" isn't only a clever gathering anecdote about how your companion Chris looks a considerable measure like Sylvester Stallone (however yes, that is exceptionally persuading). Indistinguishable twins are called "indistinguishable" on the grounds that they practically are. Indistinguishable twins are nature's clones, and keeping in mind that they dislike having a similar activity figure, they can't resist having a similar DNA. In any case, as the New York Times calls attention to, regardless of the possibility that their faces look unclear, and regardless of the possibility that they wear coordinating T-shirts saying Thing #1 and Thing #2, indistinguishable twins have diverse fingerprints. 

How could such profanation be conceivable? All things considered, in light of the fact that the whorls, circles, and entertaining shapes that we call fingerprints are "grating edges" from the womb. These edges are caused by an embryo touching the dividers encompassing them. As per specialists like Dr. Michael Roizen, the edge shapes change contingent upon the hatchling's position, also the thickness of the amniotic liquid spiraling around their fingers at various circumstances. Indistinguishable twins involve distinctive parts of the amniotic sac, so their hands press against better places. Fundamentally, the state of a man's fingerprints is more modified as your most loved burrito at Chipotle. 

Along these lines, the Tech Museum of Innovation guarantees that checking fingerprints is about the main solid way police specialists can figure out which twin carried out a wrongdoing. No doubt about it, too bad Jimmy. You can't accuse your shoplifting for Timmy unless you wore gloves. 

Indistinguishable and congenial twins are entirely unexpected things 

Grouping the "identical" and "fraternal" types into one "twin" category is like saying that key lime and apple are both "pies." It's time to decipher some twin-speak. Anyone who has twin-friends or twin-family has probably heard of the two variations before. What many may not realize is these two "types" of twins are created by entirely different situations within the woman's body.

First off, identical twins. Going back to the birds and the bees, when the sperm fertilizes the egg, it becomes a zygote, resulting in one baby. But every once in a blue moon, that single zygote splits into two embryos, which results in — that's right — identical twins. That's why identicals, aka monozygotic twins, have the same DNA: they were the exact same zygote at the beginning, until they shook hands, parted ways, and decided to be two people instead. Now there's an amicable settlement.

As far as fraternal twins go, the American Pregnancy Association says that's a whole other ballgame. Fraternal twins, aka dizygotic twins, happen when the mother has two eggs, and both of these eggs are fertilized by two separate sperm. Get it? Two eggs + two sperm = fraternal twins. So two fraternal twin sisters aren't "clones," and don't share any more DNA than regular siblings do. Instead, they're just sisters who rented out the same womb at the same time.

Sometimes, one twin vanishes in the night

Back before "ghosting" became a sketchy thing that people do on OKCupid, some twins were already masters at it. One of the eeriest things that can happen during a twin pregnancy is something called fetal resorption, or what experts like Professor Robert Wool call "vanishing twin syndrome." This describes a situation wherein a mother goes to an ultrasound, finds out she has twins, then returns later to discover that one of the twins has bamfed right out of existence, and she's now only going to have one baby. Ghosted!

So what happens to this poor vanished twin? Where do these teleportation powers come from? Thanks to X-Men comics, we now know. Vanished twins go on to become dangerous supervillains, like Charles Xavier's psychotic twin sister, Cassandra Nova. Watch your back, Charles.

The American Pregnancy Association offers the more plausible explanation that one twin dies during the early stages of the pregnancy, often from chromosomal abnormalities. Whatever fetal tissue remains is absorbed by the sibling, making it appear as if the dead twin vanished from thin air. It's estimated that this happens in 21 to 30 percent of multifetal pregnancies.

The living twin is usually perfectly healthy. So despite the bizarre conditions they were conceived in, these survivors possess no superpowers, no psychic personalities, and no big green Hulk-outs. However, in cases of vanishing fraternal twins, the survivors sometimes become chimeras, meaning one person with two sets of DNA. That's probably the closest we'll come to a superpower.

Twins that are separated at birth often lead bizarrely similar lives

The debate regarding nature vs. nurture will wage on for centuries, particularly once Skynet takes over and mankind tries really, really hard to pass the buck. General consensus is that both genetic and environmental factors play major roles in human development. But as far as twin psychology goes, the "nature" box should maybe be checked with a big fat Sharpie.

Twins who get separated at birth, totally unaware of each other's existence, often lead bizarrely parallel adult lives. What kind of shady, HYDRA-esque project would do something like separating twins? According to NPR, there was a secret research study done in the 1960s and 1970s. Even creepier, this study's results are locked in a vault until 2066. Yeah…

Anyway, one set of separated twins were Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein, who finally reunited in their 30s. Aside from the obvious weirdness of meeting someone with the same face and voice, The Guardian describes their surprise at discovering that they were both writers with similar analytical personalities, political views, and quirky movie tastes. Both suffered from eating disorders as teenagers, edited their school newspapers, and studied film in college.

Then there are the "Jim Twins," according to Live Science, two separated twins who somehow both got named Jim. When they met as adults, they'd each been married twice — their first wives had been named Linda, and second wives named Betty. Weird, right? Both grew up in Ohio, were chain smokers, and drove similar cars.

Twins start socializing before they're even born

The womb is a considerable measure like your first condo out of school. It's confined, muddled, and you invest an excessive amount of energy draining bizarre beverages out of a significantly more odd tube. Yet, that first condo is all yours, and it's pristine to you, so you burrow it. The main thing that could improve it even is a cool, well disposed flat mate, and that is precisely what twins have. Ask (nearly) any twin, and they'll let you know: twins are tight. Many have an unbreakable bond. No joke, stick ain't got nothing on generally twins. Late proof demonstrates that twins really begin getting to be BFFs the distance back when regardless they're living together in the womb. 

It's hard to believe, but it's true. As indicated by Scientific American, twins get their social score on while they're still just embryos. By the fourteenth seven day stretch of incubation, twins begin connecting with their new mate. By Week 18, they're touching their accomplice more frequently than they're touching the dividers or themselves, and with more consultation, persistence, and core interest. They additionally take additional uncommon care when touching their twin's eye district. 

From this beginning period of improvement, twins are as of now figuring out how to bond, think about, and associate with a kindred individual. In spite of the fact that every one of the cynics out there might dissent, people are naturally social animals, even on a simply hereditary level, as indicated by investigate distributed by the scientific diary Neuron. These amigo pal twin hatchlings indicate exactly how hardwired those social senses truly are. 

The F-35A is expected to cost about 10% more to operate than the F-16 it is intended to replace for the U.S. Air Force and other international military services, according to U.S. government officials.

USAF Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, program executive officer overseeing the F-35 program, told Dutch government officials that the cost per flying hour for the F-35A, which The Netherlands intends to buy, is $24,000, according to Capt. Natasha Waggoner, an Air Force spokeswoman. Bogdan provided the data to Dutch legislators, including a “side-by-side comparison of flying hour costs between the F-16 and the F-35,” she says.
She says Bogdan characterized the figures as “preliminary.” Though flight training has begun on the F-35A and testing continues, the data gathered is fresh and does not reflect an entire airframe life’s worth of use.
Ongoing durability testing will help program officials determine whether any parts or systems will require support that is not built into this estimate.
This cost-per-flying-hour figure has been long sought by international buyers of the single-engine Lockheed Martin aircraft, as well as U.S. officials. As the price of the F-35 development has doubled since the contract to Lockheed Martin was issued in 2001 and in-service dates have slipped dramatically, would-be customers have grown increasingly cautious about not only the price to buy the fighter, but also to operate it.
Lockheed Martin vowed at the program’s onset that the F-35 would cost less to operate than the aircraft it is replacing. Earlier this year, company officials said, “We agree the cost per flying hour will exceed that of the F-16.” But Lockheed expects the anticipated total lifetime cost will be less than that of legacy aircraft.
The Netherlands’ plans to buy 85 of the fighters are under review, and officials there said last month they may cut as many as 33 from their purchase.
U.S. Navy officials originally expected the F-35 total life-cycle price to exceed $1 trillion over 50 years of operations, but the U.S. services are looking for efficiencies. The Pentagon’s Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation office estimates that the Pentagon will spend $18.2 billion annually supporting all three F-35 variants, compared to the $11.1 billion it spent on legacy aircraft in 2010, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The F-35 Joint Program Office did not release the cost-per-flying-hour figures for the F-35B, designed for short-takeoff-and-vertical landings, or the F-35C, optimized for carrier-based use. Those are expected to be released in the annual selected acquisition report expected to go to Congress in May or June.
Expert Author Tony J Ridley
"What happens in Vegas, stays on YouTube" is now a common phrase and reality, just ask Prince Harry. Reputation management and the risk posed by citizen journalism and readily available cell phones are now a key service expectation when it comes to executive and dignitary protection services. Considering the poor result of both Prince Harry's protection team and that of the US Secret Service scandal following their antics in Colombia, it is becoming very clear that government agencies are inadequately prepared or understand this now common threat. In this article we look at contemporary executive protection requirements with a focus on reputation management. By reading this article you will immediately be able to evaluate your own executive protection and reputation management systems to determine if they are comprehensive enough for the modern environment.
"They are there to protect him for security reasons, not to regulate his life" comments by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Howe in dismissing the role of his government supplied executive protection agents charged with "protecting" Prince Harry highlights the disconnect between what government agencies deem a threat and what constitutes a major threat in the commercial world. Allegations that they also participated in the party antics of the group, does little to install confidence in the holistic protective security service.
The worldwide coverage and resulting scandal involving US Secret Service agents following allegations of inappropriate behaviour whilst conducting reconnaissance of pending Presidential travel locations, also reinforces the disconnect between real word executive protection demands and the governmental approach to the service. How could these services and skill sets therefore be relevant to commercial, celebrity and business clients when the outcome and damage can be so significant? Why do buyers of executive protection services think that only "government trained" agents should be engaged for commercial services when the demands are worlds apart? Why do celebrities think that massive human shields are the best protection for their reputation and physical needs when intelligence and technology dominates the executive protection market in the modern world?
A recent training session I conducted for a former government security professional, now a kidnap for ransom specialist, reinforced the need for awareness and skills in online reputation management and the impact of social media or citizen journalism. She confirmed the despite a long and successful career in a similar role within the government, she did not know the first thing about online reputation issues but increasingly it was a significant factor in the protection and recovery of high profile individuals. Kidnap for ransom, extortion and blackmail cases are seeing the use of public and private networks to spread fear, rumours and targeted content for economic gain. In a couple of simple sessions, we were able to introduce key management systems, identify monitoring solutions and create a crisis response mechanism to ensure the facts where dominating the message in the event of abduction or reputation damage.
Access and information is now readily available on executives and celebrities along with the ability to broadcast negative or breaking news, therefore reputation management has become included in the array of services and demands of executive protection professionals. More and more companies, celebrities and agencies are monitoring and tracking what is said or group sentiment towards them. At the cold face, executive protection services need to support these efforts as part of a preference for cure over treatment. They can not exist without each other.
  • Do you know what is being said about your product, service, name, client or celebrity, by whom and where?
  • Can you manage the content and access around the individual?
  • Is your information linked to your physical and protective security services?
  • Is every one that needs to know the threat, plan and response aware of their roles and responsibilities?
  • Does your plan work in the real world?
  • Can you prove that it has and will work under real-world conditions?
  • Do you know the warning signs of an impending crisis?
  • Do you know exactly what you have to do in order to reduce the threat?
If you don't know what to do for all of these issues or have a plan for these priority areas, you have a significant vulnerability. These are the fundamental requirements to a comprehensive executive, celebrity or VIP protection system and service. Anything less is a placebo.
This article draws observations from the recent Prince Harry and US Secret Service incidents that reflected poorly upon the protected VIP and the service provider. Outlined are the key issues that have been overlooked and the expanded requirement for executive protection to include reputation management, at all times. Use the information in this article to assess your current plans, providers and understanding of executive and celebrity protection services.
Tony has generated significant value to clients and companies by enabling business growth, maximizing variance on return for assets, expanding market share and cost efficiencies. Hundreds of companies and departments have benefited from the direction and input provided by Tony.
Expert Author Lisa Schilling
As you enter this busy holiday season, ask yourself, "Do I have a giving philosophy?" Often this time of year brings up strong emotions and unfortunately stress. Identifying your giving philosophy, can help save your mental/emotional health. It provides a guide to making choices during this hectic time of the year. Aligning what you do with your personal philosophy helps to maintain peace and harmony. My philosophy is, "The most valuable things we possess are our time & attention." The greatest gift someone can give me is to share their time with me and give me their full attention. What a rare gift these days! Eventually that is what stays in our remembrance and leaves the greatest impact on our lives.
Today less emphasis is placed on this precious non-renewable resource. Instead, society focuses on the accumulation of material possessions. This is unfortunate, because most people won't remember the gift you bought them years from now, but they will remember the times you shared together and the memories created. A few years ago, after falling into a overwhelming spiral of buying stuff that wasn't really wanted or needed, for people I really didn't know or care deeply about, I became jaded with the concept of Christmas. I wanted to find a way to realign Christmas with my giving philosophy.
As a result, I evaluated my list and started making some targeted changes. It started by giving those I care about inexpensive gift baskets with some of their favorite things. In the least, it shows attention to what they say, do, and enjoy. The baskets include a variety of items, from snacks they like, scented body care items, something handmade, or anything particularly special to them. Often little things found on junking journeys that they would like. Then a personal handwritten note is included with an invitation to share a meal together on me. That way, the gift is shared, as a plan to spend time together, (which is the true gift of friendship) would be set. Not being able to think of things to put in someone's basket is a good indication that you are not close.
When evaluating your gift-giving list, look at how much is "expected," but not "excited" gifting, meaning gifts have always been exchanged, but you no longer have, or never had, a close relationship with this person. Perhaps it is time to suggest a get-together versus an obligatory gift. Buying gifts for everyone in an extended family can create another draining holiday experience. Many years ago, we found that buying for everyone was not only financially draining, but also mentally. So much so, that it began to cause dread, versus a spirit of joy. Many times, we had no idea what to get these people and it became a source of frustration instead of an enjoyable experience.
That is when the main family decision makers got together and decided that it would benefit everyone to draw names. This way more thought could go into the gift choices and more funds would be available to purchase something they might actually want, use, and enjoy. Now there are many variations of this concept, the important thing is to evaluate what would benefit the people with whom you exchange gifts. One guiding principle is to determine if the current routine reflects the meaning of the season and your giving philosophy, or if it has become an expected routine of consumerism. Sometimes change is necessary to realign values and priorities that have drifted off course.
Along that course, look for ways to make your holidays more meaningful instead of more full of stuff. Pay attention, it is likely your next get together will have several people, all in the same room, looking at their personal electronics. As a result of this trend, it could be an idea to have "no tech zones" or "tech-free time," to help gently refocus your family on each other. Creating boundaries up front can help everyone to be aware of the gift of full attention. Having some fun no-tech activities planned can help family members cope with the reduced electronic stimulation. Don't become discouraged if not everyone is excited about this change, refocusing takes time to develop. Stick with it, and continue to align your activity to what you value.
This holiday season, as you identify your giving philosophy, consider the gift of your time. Look for how often things are purchased for people, instead of actually spending time with them. Often, especially with the older set, your time and full attention would mean much more. All this is not to say buying gifts is somehow bad. Gift giving can be very rewarding and healthy, especially giving gifts to kids or a special person. However, by putting more thought, than money into the gifting, you honor the true heart of giving. Even if you don't have large amounts of extra time, when you choose to spend time together, your friends and family will feel and appreciate the "gift" you share with them. The memories created during that time, will last a lifetime, they will become priceless.
Expert Author Lisa Schilling
Learn to master the head game of baseball using these 10 incredibly simply mental hacks to help you be mentally tough in the field, at the plate or on the mound. Good ballplayers prepare and they build strong routines around those preparations. Whether in conditioning, stretching, practicing, warming up or playing, most successful players will tell you they have a routine they follow. Start to develop your own routine that allows you feel comfortable and at the top of your game. Consider adding these visualization techniques to build even more control into your game.
  1. See it: Spend time before each game visualizing yourself making clutch plays. Whether hitting the ball, throwing, pitching or catching. See every aspect of that play, from start to finish, as if watching a movie in slow motion. Involve all of your senses. How will it look?

  2. Smell it: Smell the fresh cut grass, the popcorn from the concession stand, and the leather of your glove. Involve any detail that will make the memory come alive as you recall it.

  3. Taste it: Taste the sunflower seeds, gum or Gatorade you will have during the game.

  4. Hear it: Hear the sounds of the crowd, the crack of the bat, and the pop of the ball as it hits your glove.

  5. Notice it: Notice every little detail. How will it feel? Kick the dirt, feel the drop of sweat, the grip of the bat and the pounding of your heart before the three, two count pitch is thrown. Note your perfect body mechanics, knees bent, pushing off from the back leg, balanced extension, and two-handed perfect execution.

  6. Feel it: Experience the intensity of the emotion that comes from making the big play. The feeling of adrenaline as you make an essential out or game winning run. How your heart beats faster and you jump in the air, ready to start celebrating with your friends. Each detail will further cement this memory in your brain.

  7. Review it: Each time you see yourself successfully making that play, you will exponentially increase your chances of actually doing that when you are in that situation on the field. Because of the Reticular Activating System the brain, you are strengthening this important synaptic connection. Your brain only knows what you repeated tell it. If you tell the brain something often enough, it will work to make that happen. So keep playing that perfect movie in your mind (little details are important) and you are very likely to execute them the next time you are on the field!

  8. Detach from it: When the movie doesn't play out like you have envisioned it, you have to practice detaching yourself from it and moving on. Like being able to watch it on a video, seeing that it happened but not internalizing that it happened to you. Once you start internalizing that it happened to you, then it starts affecting your game. Then it affects your team, and not in a good way. You owe it to yourself and your team to detach from the error, own it, but move on from it. The next play must start fresh. You have to keep your mind from attaching itself to that error. Detach and let it go! Keep your head in the "here and now" game only. Detachment lets the past keep on going like water down the river... you can't get it back again. Your focus must always be on what is coming downstream now.

  9. Expect it: See yourself making the play. Always mentally talk yourself up. Have positive phrases to say yourself to stay mentally up if you start feeling bad about how things are going. If you go into an inning already worried or fearful of not being able to execute a play, then the brain will set you up for that outcome. It is essential that you see yourself as capable of getting the job done. That is why when teams start to lose focus they can let a game slip away. It is also why momentum can help a team rally, as this type of mental conditioning can work in the opposite manner to help a team.

  10. Build it: Good ballplayers prepare and they build strong routines around those preparations. Whether in conditioning, stretching, practicing, warming up or playing, most successful players will tell you they have a routine they follow. Start to develop your own routine that allows you feel comfortable and at the top of your game. Consider adding these visualization techniques to build even more control into your game. When starting to create these visualizations start with small sessions, maybe one specific play. Find a quiet spot where you can be relaxed but alert. You may want to put on head phones and play a certain upbeat song (if that doesn't distract you) and then begin creating the movie in your mind of the play going perfectly. Keep replaying it in your mind, adding more and more sensory details until it is so realistic you can't imagine that play going any other way other than how you just imagined it. Then another time you can imagine another play or hit or pitch. Before a game, take time to sit quietly and mentally replay that movie that you created earlier. This is where that visualization becomes powerful. In a game situation, you can flex that memory like a flexing a muscle and it becomes easier to execute that play just as you imagined. If it works for top athletes, there is no reason, it could not work for all athletes. It just requires desire to succeed and commitment to try.
Expert Author Daniel Blanchard
Have you ever seen a picture of one of those old baby cages hanging out a skyscraper's window from the 1930s? In the 1930s, parents were worried about their kids' health because of the poor air quality in those big, old buildings.
I guess this fresh air thing must have been a good thing because in some ways it still persists today. Scandinavian parents often park their little ones in strollers outside of restaurants while they go inside to take a break. They say the fresh air, and even the cold air is good for their babies' lung development.
I'm not disagreeing with getting our little ones some fresh air. But, in that same vein, I don't think that we'll see American parents today hanging their kids outside their 10th story apartment window in a cage. Nor, will we see parents leaving their little ones outside unattended in the cold to build up their lung capacity.
You want to know what else sounds a little crazy? Today, American parents are taking youth sports too seriously. Rules have even been put into place at some youth competitions to discourage cheering. Officials are continually reminding parents of what appropriate behavior is at games. And signs are posted all over just in case parents have forgotten the rules. Coaches even send behavior contracts home for athletes and their parents to sign. Police are now stationed at a lot of the youth games taking place every day across this great big country of ours. Do you remember this craziness when we were kids? No. Me neither. Parents have gotten a little crazy with youth sports, wouldn't you agree? Parents, let's just relax a little and let our kids have some fun. Okay?
Now, as my Granddaddy always said, "Go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us." Remember, sometimes things can get a little crazy, however, through some introspection and self-reflections we can stop some of the craziness right now. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do and all that you will do...
Expert Author Daniel Blanchard
We parents would prefer to have a sure-proof parenting manual that would answer all of our questions in a straight forward manner. We want exact steps that we could follow as easy as a well-written formula or maybe we would even settle for a simple but effective recipe like one gets when baking a cake. We want a proven way to raise our kids.
Sadly, there are no perfect parenting books, and there isn't an ideal scientific formula that can answer our questions. Through much experimenting and support from others who are experienced, there are benefits to be gained that we might be able to measure and analyze like a scientist. However, crunching parenting data will always be imperfect.
As we explore the opposite side of the equation, the art of parenting, sometimes we find that side even messier. And all we can do is just stay calm, and breathe. That's right. Just breathe. Breathe because you deserve it. You are not alone. You do matter. And you are making a difference. No matter what our kids say, we really are the most important people in their lives, and believe it or not, they really are listening to us.
Instead of constantly worrying about our parenting prowess, let's just look for the simplicity in the complexity of parenting. Let's be okay with the unknown and creating something new and artistic through parenting. Let's learn how to dance on the edge. Heck, I say let's even learn how to dance in the rain on the edge again, like when we were kids. Dancing in the rain sounds better than waiting helplessly for the storm to pass, doesn't it?
Now, as my Granddaddy always said, "Let's go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us." Let's know that parenting is kind of like a science and an art all mixed up in some delightful crazy and messy way for us to meander through in the best way we possibly can. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do...
Expert Author Lynne Evans
Everyone believes that green tea is one of the healthiest drinks we have. However, if we drink too much of it, it could adversely affect our kidneys. However, it is rare for us to be really badly affected by green tea consumption. It can also damage our livers. However, it should be pointed out that the beverage's health advantages far outweigh its disadvantages, as long as you don't drink excessive amounts of it.
Scientists say that you can safely drink up to ten cups of green tea a day. The problems arise when you take supplements. These may contain up to fifty times the amount of polyphenols than a cup of the tea.
Experiments conducted on rats, mice and dogs have shown that liver poisoning can occur when the animals are given excessive amounts of polyphenols.
Another problem with drinking green tea is that, believe it or not, it contains caffeine. If you have problems with caffeine, avoid green tea as it can result in insomnia, an upset stomach and even nausea and irritability.
If you have to take blood thinners such as coumarin or warfarin, it might be better not to drink it because it contains vitamin K. Ask your doctor if you can drink the beverage and also find out how much is safe for you to drink.
You shouldn't drink green tea and take aspirin either.
During pregnancy it is unwise to take supplements as these are not stringently regulated. The tea itself is fine, it's the extracts and supplements that can cause problems.
The catechins in hot green tea may ward off colds and flu, especially if you have it with lemon and honey rather than using sugar as a sweetener. However, the caffeine found in the drink can inhibit the body's ability to absorb iron. Drinking your tea with fresh lemon juice squeezed into it though, can mitigate the effect of the tea. To combat this possible lack of iron, eat plenty of vitamin C rich foods such as oranges, broccoli, other brassicas and liver.
If you are on a diet, the amount of sweeteners you stir into your cup will add calories to your drink. A cup of green tea without sweetenings has zero calories.
Basically, if you are a healthy person, and consume this beverage in moderation, it should be a health-giving drink. Use common sense and don't drink copious amounts of the stuff.