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7 Things I Can’t Live Without

12 Apr

1. My iPad. 

I cancelled my phone plan and downloaded the free app, Text Plus, for free texting and calls. The downside is it only works with an active wifi connection, but my husband still has his phone and we always have that when we’re on the road. Our circumstances are such that really the only time we’re apart is at the school when we both have classes, and I get full wifi connectivity at the school so we’re really always connected. This works great and saves us around $450 a year. (Plus, I got mine for free by winning it. there are TONS of contests to win iPads. I won one a couple of years ago through a company affiliated with my old job. I ended up selling it, but  won another one by entering a local radio station’s contest via Facebook. They’re out there, I promise!)

2. Moisturizer.

I recently started using this at night as well as during the day. What a difference it makes for nice, glowy skin (especially in such an arid environment like Utah and Idaho). The stuff I use is Pond’s Dry Skin Cream (about $4-$6 from Wal-mart) but try out different products, look up reviews, find which one works best for you.

3. Acidophilus.

This is a probiotic (a live microorganism that benefits its host organism) that is primarily used to treat yeast infections, but has several other benefits that you can learn about here. I started taking it for acne and I’ve noticed a significant difference for the better.

4. The “cold” setting on my hair dryer.

It takes some extra time, but it’s worth it. I’ve never had my hair so smooth and shiny since after I started drying it with cold air only. Hot air opens the hair shaft and causes it to look dull and dry. Cold air closes the shaft, sealing moisture in. You can learn more about that here.

5. My goal book.

I bought a small, spiral notebook for less than a dollar to keep a list of goals. Crossing one off is one of the best feelings in the world. The little book can hold thousands of goals, so go crazy! I’ve got goals ranging from crocheting a rug for the kitchen to understanding my fears. If you’ve written more goals than you know you could ever accomplish in your lifetime, you’re on the right track. No goal is too small or too large!

6. The library.

Read The Hunger Games for free? Yes please! And yes, it’s totally legal! Most libraries have an assortment of new release DVDs and CDs as well. It might cost a dollar or two at the most to take out a card, but after that it’s totally free. Take advantage!

7. Pinterest.

Because it has everything. Find recipes, craft ideas, architectural designs, have a laugh, find spiritual inspiration. If you need an invite, send me a message. I’ll invite you.

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10 Ways to Better Self-worth

8 Apr

It’s funny how we let what other people say about us effect how we view ourselves, even if we believe we held little regard for that person’s opinion. When someone challenges my sense of self-worth, it  shakes and cracks my entire foundation, making it easier and easier to break each time.

When we’re so sensitive to jolts and bumps of the negative surmises of others, it becomes necessary to learn how to build back up a strong foundation. Like a broken bone, a damaged self-worth can grow back stronger than it was to start with.

Here are 10 things I’ve learned help build back up a strong foundation.

  1. Music and Art – music has a profound effect on the soul. If you don’t believe this, listen to this playlist for 20 minutes and tell me if you don’t feel so much better. Make your own playlist that has songs with personal meaning to you that build up your mood. Better yet, get to a piano or guitar and play your heart out. Art can take many forms. Watch an uplifting movie, read good poetry, go to an art museum, paint a picture. This is food for the soul.
  2. Keep a journal – “I always say, keep a diary and someday it’ll keep  you” – Mae West
  3. Read scriptures and pray – Does this need more explanation?
  4. Go to the temple – This brings miracles. I’ve never gone to the temple and not come out feeling incredible peace and love.
  5. Heed the advice of those who know – Make a book of inspiring quotes. There are so many on the internet. Memorize them. Take them into your heart.
  6. Hit the gym – consistently. It’s incredible the effect a healthy body can have on your emotions and mind. This cannot be overstated. Yoga is especially great for maintaining spiritual balance. If you can’t afford a class, there are plenty of videos on Youtube or you can check out a book from the library for free.
  7. Set goals – “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney. It’s true – you can do anything you set your mind to. Make a list of your goals and find pictures that correspond. Glue them to a poster, inside your journal, on a piece of paper that fits in your wallet, anything you know you’ll look at every day. Make a plan. Just go for it! Nothing is impossible.  
  8.  Do something for someone else – get your mind off of your own problems and help someone else with theirs. Listen to a friend, tend somebody’s kids, deliver a special treat to a neighbor…you’ll find that you’re really the one who benefits.
  9. Visit mother nature –  pack a picnic and go for a hike or a walk where you can be alone, surrounded by nature. Focus on the beauty and enjoy the solitude. Think about your problems and try to put them in perspective.
  10. Talk to a friend – If there’s someone you trust and you know cares about you, ask if they don’t mind listening. Of course, be the kind of friend who will be there for others when they need someone to listen as well.

© Robyne Gallacher