How To Be Productive During Covid19

How To Be Productive During Covid19

How to be productive during Covid19 requires some planning.  For those of us who have wanderlust, Covid19 has put a halt on our travel plans, interrupted our lives and put fear in our hearts.  Feeling stir crazy from social distancing and not having anywhere to go, it’s like being a hamster running in the wheel.  With most of us either working from home and spending more time at home than ever before, finding ways to entertain ourself often resorts to binge watching Netflix while daydreaming of live before Covid19.  Instead of just binge watching TV while expanding our waistline (let’s face it, who binge watches TV without snacks?!), here are some ways to satisfy the wanderlust and also be productive during Covid19.

  • Learn a New Language – Are you a wine lover with dreams of wandering the vineyard with a glass of red wine in your hands in Bordeaux, France? Does traveling to historical sites excite you as you step back in time visiting the Aztec ruins in the heart of Mexico?  How about seeing the temples in Thailand?  No matter where your wanderlust dreams may take you, speaking the local language is a great way to get more connected to the culture and enrich your experience on your travels. My favorite app for language is Duolingo, which has a great free program and many languages to learn including Spanish, Italian and Chinese Mandarin. Another great program is Busuu, which has less languages to learn on their platform but is more thorough. Both have a paid version as well. I’m currently learning to improve my Spanish, Chinese as well as French.  Learning a new language give me a sense of accomplishment and make me feel like I am being productive during Covid19.
  • Plan Your Next Trip: With all this extra time on our hands, start planning for your next escape.   Covid19 has severely impacted the travel industry since most of us are under quarantine and social distancing, but once things get back to normal, there will be amazing deals to travel.   Take this time to do research, join Facebook groups and learn more about your next global destination.  Whether you are wanting to book an epic cruise adventure to Alaska or explore the temples in Bali, you can be sure to get incredible discounts travel in the near future.
  • Explore the Great Outdoors: Social distancing during Covid19 means gone are the days of bar hopping and restaurant going, but there is still the great outdoors. Take a walk and listen to the sounds of birds, enjoy the cool breeze under the big blue sky and breath in the fresh air. Take advantage of the empty parking lots and go roller blading.  Dust off that bicycle and explore your own neighborhood.  Instead of driving, take the bike and run errands.   Not only will your body feel better from the exercise, but you will also get Vitamin D as well as serotonin, which is the feel good hormone. Serotonin helps boost your mood as well as create more calm and focus.
  • Try a new Receipe: One of my favorite things to do during my travels is eating the local foods.   Taking my taste buds on an adventure of flavors is one of the joys of traveling. Bring your inner chef to life by learning how to make new and delicious foods. Whether it is Tuna Poke or Thai Curry Chicken, now is a great time to try our some new recipes at home.  Plus, you can save money during Covid19 by not eating out while learning how to make new and exciting dishes.
  • Have a Cultural Submersion Night– Take the edge off of wanderlust and create a virtual travel experience at home. Bring out the inner child and use your imagination. Pick a favorite city or country and create an evening around it. For example, if you are missing the beauty of Italy, plays some Italian music as you cook or order in Italian food.   Have a glass of Chianti red wine and savor your meal. Watch Italian movies such as A Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn or the DaVinci Code. Or get the full experience by finding an Italian movie with subtitles.  Miss the vibrant life in Mexico?  Try cooking up some delicious fajitas on the grill while drinking margaritas.  Plays some salsa music and maybe even learn to dance watching YouTube salsa dancing videos?  Anything is possible.

Finding ways to be production during Covid19 while staying healthy both physically and mentally is the most important thing right now.  As we all figure this out together, it is more important than ever to stay calm, be kind, and take care of each other.  Take this time to slow it down, relax and enjoy the time off from our regular life.  Have a great tip on how to stay productive during Covid19?  Share with us in the comments below.  =)

How to Make Your Immune System Stronger

How to Make Your Immune System Stronger

Being healthy has never been more important than the last few months. With COVID-19 spreading world wide, social distancing is the new trend and toilet paper is the hot commodity.  As we all become expert hand washers (wash vigorously for 30 seconds), learning how to make your immune system stronger is more important than ever.  As we may recall from Science class, the immune system protects the body against disease or other potentially damaging foreign bodies including viruses, bacteria and parasites, i.e. corona virus.  By building our immune system, the immune system can more effectively defend us from getting sick.  So what can you do to keep your body’s immune system healthy?


How to Build Your Immune System:

  • Get enough sleep – This means 6 to 8 hours each night.
  • Eat whole foods and avoid processed foods.
  • Stop Smoking – Smoking increases your chances of catching COVID-19, plus it weakens your respiratory system.
  • Avoid Sugar or complex carbs – Sugar increases inflammation in your body, causing your immune system to run less efficiently.
  • Reduce Stress – Stress weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to getting sick.  

   READ MORE How to Prevent Catching a Cold and Flu

So what do you do if you feel “under the weather” or if you have been exposed to people who are coughing or sneezing?  When I was traveling during the winter time, I always use to get sick after a plane ride.  Being in a closed confined space with hundreds of people on a plane, many who are sick or recovering from the cold or flu, I would always end up getting sick.  Recently, I’ve started taking a immune building supplement called Host Defense Comprehensive Immune Builder. It is made from 17 different mushrooms, designed to build and strengthen the immune system while providing cellular support by fighting free radicals.  After reseaching about the benefits of mushrooms, including building immune system *, cancer fighting properties**, lowering cholesterol, and high in Vitamin B & D.  The reason I use Host Defense Comprehensive Immune Builder is because it is all natural, Non-GMO, most importantly, grown in the United States. 

How I take the Host Defense Comprehensive Immune Building Supplement – I usually take the recommended dose of 2 supplements on an empty stomach because it is better absorbed. It doesn’t make me sick or queasy like some supplements.  If I feel like I am coming down with something, I will take 2 pills immediately and then take another 2 pills a few hours later.  Since I’ve started using this immune builder, I have never been sick, even when I am in close contact with people who are coughing and sneezing.  As you know, I am not a doctor, so this is my recommended dosage and I have tested it out on myself, my friends and family member and it has always worked. 

Other Immune Building Herbs & Supplements I recommend:

Propolis – Made from bees and is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal.  Propolis is a great immune builder.  This is one of the supplements I always carry with me.  With Propolis, using a very reputable brand is important.  There were some brands I bought, even from Whole Foods, which were not as effective as others.  My favorite one is Brazilian Green Bee Propolis.  It works really well and can go in your carry on luggage.

Oil of Oregano– Known for for its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, it works really well, but it tastes really awful.  In fact, I use to video tape my friend’s reaction when they first try Oil of Oregano!  My favorite go to Oil of Oregano liquid is from North America Herb & Spice – Oil of Oregano.  This is also carry on airport friendly.  If you prefer pills or capsules, try the Puritan’s Pride Oil of Oregano Soft Gels.  No after taste and really reasonably priced.

Oil of Olive Leaf – Different from olive oil, the oil of olive leaf  has antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and immune building properties. In my opinion, it tastes a little better than oil of oregano. My favorite liquid oil of olive leaf is Nature’s Answer Olive Leaf Extract.  My favorite capsules is Health Harmony’s Olive Leaf Extract  

I found with supplements, it is better to rotate every once in a while so your body doesn’t get use to it.  Currently, I am taking the mushroom supplements daily and adding in Propolis as needed.  Usually, I take the other herbal/nutritional supplements when I feel like I am coming down with something.   My dosing is 1 dropper full every 2-3 hours when you feel like you are getting sick.  Again, I am not a doctor, but I have found this dosage works really well for me and my friends and family.  Hope this helps and be safe.  =)

*Guggenheim, A., Wright, K. and Zwickey, H. (February 2014) Immune Modulation from Five Major Mushrooms:  Application to Intergrative Oncology

** Martin, K & Brophy, S.,(November 2010)  Commonly consumed and specialty dietary mushrooms reduce cellular proliferation in MCF-7 Human Breast cancer cells

** Zhang, S., Sugawara, Y., Chen, S., Beelman, R., Tsuduki, T., Tomata, Y., Matsuyama, S., and Tsuji, I. (September 2019)  Mushroom consumption and incident risk of prostate cancer in Japan:  A pooled analysis of the Miyagi Cohort Study and the Ohsaki Cohort Study.

Raw Cat Food Recipe

Raw Cat Food Recipe

About 7 years ago, I decided to start making raw cat food for my cats and started researching raw cat food recipes. Until then, I have been feeding them a combination of high quality grain free dry cat foods with canned foods. At almost $2.50 per can, it was costing me a small fortune. On top of that, my cats still had flaky skin and one of the cat, Kirby, still had chronic stomach problems. After doing lots of research, I decided to convert all the cats over to raw cat food because of the health benefits. Cat who are fed a raw diet have stronger immune systems, resistant to infections & parasites, shows no signs of allergies and have healthy guts.

What Homemade Raw Cat Food Looks Like

homemade cat food

When I was first transitioning the cats over to a raw homemade diet, I was worried about them getting sick because the food was not cooked. After digging into lots of research, I discovered cat’s have a shorter digestive system than we do, which means the food doesn’t sit in their gut as long. In other words, cats do not get food poisoning from eating raw meat. Think of it this way: When did a tiger say, “I can’t eat this raw gazelle, I need it cooked.” Never. Feral cats eat mice, birds, and rabbits raw because that is what they are suppose to eat, not commercial dry cat food or cooked food. Cats are not humans and their body is very different than ours.

One of the study I found most impactful was by Dr. Pottenger from 1932 to 1942. Dr. Pottenger was conducting research on adrenal hormones in respiratory issues and used cats for lab testing. While conducting this research, she discovered cats who were fed a raw cats fed a raw diet were healthier and survived surgery more often cats who were fed a high quality cooked diet. Over the span of 10 years, Dr. Pottenger evaluated nutrition for over 900 hundred cat over the span of 10 years and the conclusion was all the same: Raw foods is better for cats than cooked foods.

One of the books I found to be very helpful in helping me understand more about cats and what to feed them is called “Raising Cats Naturally” by Michele T. Bernard. She does an excellent job explaining the nutritional needs of cats and has great raw recipes. I highly recommend picking up a copy. My raw cat food recipe is adapted from her book.

Trying to get four cats with very distinct preferences was a challenge. One of my cats, Chew chu, a 13 year old tuxedo female, refused to ever eat wet food. The look she gives me says, “Why are you feeding me this garbage?” The other 2 cats ate wet food but were all very picky about which flavor they would eat. I only had one cat, Hashbrown, who was 1 year old at the time and would eat just about anything. I knew I had a challenge on my hands.

But with a little time & patience, all of my cats transitioned into raw cat food. When I am in a hurry and don’t have time to “cook” then I would either give them some raw cut up chicken or use Stella & Chewy’s Raw Dehydrated Cat Food.

Equipment for making raw cat food

If you are making this at home, getting a good meat grinder is a good investment. After evaluating many meat grinders, I settle on the Cabela’s 3/4 hp meat grinder for $399, which was the 2nd most expensive purchase after my Vitamix. The Cabela 3/4 hp meat grinder had great reviews and was heavy duty enough to grind chicken bones to make raw cat food. At 50lbs, it is definitely heavy duty. I also picked up a Cusibox Digital Food Scale for $13 to weigh out the ingredients. You will also need 2 large bowls and some small glass containers with lids for put the cat food in. I recommend using a soup ladle or a very large spoon to transfer the mix into the glass containers.

If you want to make raw cat food without a meat grinder, I recommend using the Ninja because it has the largest blades compared to other blenders. Get the Ninja like the one in the link. Do not use the smaller Ninja Fit. You need the bigger blades. I have only tested with the Ninja in the link and it works very well.

If you want to make raw cat food in the Ninja, you HAVE to use Cornish Hens. Do not use chicken thigh or wings because blenders are not powerful enough to handle the load. If you want to use chicken, make sure to get a good meat grinder instead.

Raw Cat Food – Cornish Hen Recipe

  • 2 1/2 lb2 1/2 lbs of cornish hen (whole)
  • 1/2 lb (200 g) of raw chicken heart
  • 1/4 lbs (100 g) of raw chicken liver
  • 2 high quality raw egg yolk
  • 1 cup (or more) filtered water
  • 2000 mg salmon oil ( I use Carlson Norwegian Wild Caught Salmon Oil.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dulse (I use Organic Dulse Flakes Non-GMO Naturally Havested)
  • 50 mg vitamin B complex (Use the powder ones or powder capsules. I use Country Life B Complex capsules. Unflavored only.)
  • 400 IU vitamin E (I use Solaray Dry Vitamin E. Make sure to look for the dry powder formula. )

Defrost the Cornish Hens (they usually come frozen). Using a pair of heavy duty kitchen scissors or knife, cut the Cornish hens into 2 -3 inch sections. This makes it easier for the blender to handle.

Putting everything in to a mixing bowl (except for the supplements).

Fill the Ninja only 1/5 of the way. Do not fill it more than this, otherwise you will break your blender. Blend for a 3 – 5 seconds. Put the blended cat food in to another large bowl. Repeat and add in the powder supplements into one of the mixes. Take the powder out of the capsules before blending.

Once you are done, take a spatula & mix the mixture well together by hand to make sure the supplements are distributed in the entire bowl.

Take a large ladle and spoon the raw cat foods into small glass containers and freeze. Make sure to use containers small enough for a 1 to 2 day serving. This keeps the cat food fresh.

Put the cat food in the freezer and leave it in the refrigerator the day before use to defrost.

Raw Cat Food – Chicken Formula using a Meat Grinder

  • 2 1/2 lbs of chicken with bone
  • 1/2 lb (200 g) of raw chicken heart
  • 1/4 lbs (100 g) of raw chicken liver
  • 2 high quality raw egg yolk
  • 1 cup (or more) filtered water
  • 2000 mg salmon oil ( I use Carlson Norwegian Wild Caught Salmon Oil.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dulse (I use Organic Dulse Flakes Non-GMO Naturally Havested)
  • 50 mg vitamin B complex (Use the powder ones or powder capsules. I use Country Life B Complex capsules. Unflavored only.)
  • 400 IU vitamin E (I use Solaray Dry Vitamin E. Make sure to look for the dry powder formula. )

Cut the chicken in to small enough pieces to feed through the meat grinder. Sprinkle the supplements and mix in by hand, making sure to spread it out evenly. Mix well to make sure the supplements are evenly distributed in the cat food.

Changes in the litter box

One thing you will notice is a difference in the litter box. Instead of having alot of poop, you will notice a decrease in the amount of solid waste your cat produces. You will also notice that the poop will look like Tootie rolls, which is what healthy kitty waste looks like. You will also notice more urine out put, which is normal.

What I saw in my cats once I fed them raw cat food

Raw homemade cat food has given my elderly cats a spunky kitten energy level. My elderly 11 year old cat Kirby, who was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and had never had anything but runny stool now has healthy stools as well. If I can make raw homemade cat food in a travel van on the road, I am confident you can make it in your kitchen. =)

*Pottenger, Francis., Pottenger’s Cats: A Study in Nutrition, 2nd ed., Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Inc.: La Mesa, CA 1995, p.1

Eat Healthier When Traveling

Eat Healthier When Traveling

Is it possible to eat healthy while you are traveling?  There is always a new restaurant to try, tasty appetizers to share, fun conversations followed by a drink or two (or three!).   It’s almost impossible to resist taking an extra bite of that tasty meal, event though your stomach is about to explode.  And when the waiter brings out the dessert tray, you think, #yolo. Well, after a few months of trial and error, the answer is yes, you can eat healthy while you travel, but it will require you to make a few changes and rethink what a typical “meal” should look like.

I will confess, there was a time when I first started traveling where I was eating breakfast tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner (I know, absolutely tragic). It turns out that finding “the green” stuff has become even more challenging. There’s not a lot of really great selections at airports, and even less selections at gas stations. After about 2 months of traveling, I noticed that I gained a little bit of weight around my stomach.  Part of the reason was because my exercise level also dropped down significantly during this time.  Before when I worked from home, I was working out 4 to 5 days a week.  In my typical travel day now, I am lucky to even walk a mile or two because of my new lifestyle.  What’s even more scary is that I’m probably sitting 95% of the time in my day.  According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, “Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.”  Yikes.

Since 80% of physical health starts with the types of foods consumed, I started tweeking my eating habits.  I had to how figure out how to find healthy meals without having to cook or meal plan.  Since I’m eating about 90% of my meals each week while travelling, looking for healthy options was an active challenge.  I knew I was missing many nutrients which I use to get when I cooked, such as Omega-3’s, which I use to get from consuming seafoods like salmon and mackerel.  While I am not a huge fan of relying on supplemental vitamins, sometimes you have to do what you have to do to, especially when your only options are fried chicken or gas station pizza.  Clearly, the best form of nutrition is through the whole food itself, but if you don’t have time or do not have the selection of food readily available, I recommend using supplements.

I started adding an omega 3 supplement, algae (which you can also get from seaweed), collagen (which has a plethora of benefits including cardiovascular health AND healthier nails and hair) and royal jelly (boosting immune system and a helps with ton of other chronic ailments). If you look at my travel bag, you would laugh. I look like a pill lady.  I carry this zip lock bag of pills.  I am waiting from the day TSA pulls me aside to ask me about my “drug problem”.

Looking at my old eating habits, I used to eat only 15 to 20% of my total calories as carbohydrates.  My new diet while travelling consisted of breakfast tacos and sandwiches, closer to 40% carbohydrates.  And most of the carbs were refined carbs and bread.  Obviously the tacos had to go.  Instead of a breakfast taco or sandwich in the morning, I now have a salad for breakfast.  Now, it may seem weird eating a salad first thing in the morning, especially when it is 5:30-6 o’clock in the morning and everyone else is having a breakfast taco at the airport.  However, when you look at the components of a Cobb salad you’ll notice it has is the same types of foods you would normally get from breakfast:  Hard boiled eggs, bacon, avocado (healthy fats essential to our overall well-being), and healthy green vegetables. This is a wonderful low-carbohydrate breakfast option.  On days where I need a little extra substance, I will have a banana or apple as well.  The morning cup of coffee, which is absolutely critical to my well-being, is part of my morning meal.

For lunch, I started off by swapping the wrap or sandwich for foods with more fiber and healthy fats.  On days where I can find  salmon or some kind of seafood with a lot of omega 3’s, I’ll skip the omega 3 supplements.  If I’m really craving carbs, I’ll have a very small serving of potatoes, sweet potatoes, or black beans usually two or three tablespoons.  If they have avocados, it is definitely on my plate.  The rest of the plate consists of steamed vegetables or a salad.

I stopped snacking because I really didn’t need the extra calories, since my activity levels have decreased substantially.  If I’m really craving something sweet, I’ll dig in to my bag and grab an  an organic apple, or an orange, which travels quite well.   As much as I like bananas, I quickly realized they do not travel well (hello banana scented iPad case!)

Dinner is probably one of the easiest meals for me. Almost every place will have a seafood or chicken option.  The easiest thing to do is to substitute out any carbohydrates with a double serving of steamed vegetables.  Get dressing on the side with salads and have the sauce from any entree on the side as well.  This gives you the flexibility to add as much or as little as you want.  I often find restaurants tend to drown the salad in dressing.  A hardy salad with steak or salmon on top is a favorite of mine.  Avoid temptation by having the bread bowl removed from the table.  A squeeze of lime or lemon gives an extra flavor boost as well as add in some antioxidants and vitamin C.  I try to eat dinner earlier, around 5:30-6:30 if possible, because if you eat too late, it’s harder for you to digest.

Instead of carbs, I now add in more healthy fats, such as coconut oil, avocado, and even bacon.  The healthy fats keep me energized.  Since I’ve been on this new regiment, I have lost inches off my waist line with no exercise and very limited activity.  People have noticed that I am visibly slimmer and it has given me a lot of energy.

Funny thing is now, the other day, I had a cake ball in my moment of weakness and immediately I could feel the sugar crash.  I also felt sick to my stomach after about 10 minutes because my body is not used to all of this heavy, refined, processed foods anymore.  Bad foods definitely affects how you feel.  Despite having only 2-4 hours of sleep on a week day,  I still have lots of energy and am in good shape.  Obviously, sleep is important and it is something I’m going to start incorporating more it into my day to day routine, but I wanted to share this just to give you an idea of what a healthy day while traveling can look like. If you have any questions or if you are looking to know how you can get some ideas for healthy meals on the road that you can easily purchased, feel free to drop me a line and a comment.

Thanks, and make it a healthy day.

Why Checking Email Hurts Creativity

Why Checking Email Hurts Creativity

Why checking email hurts creativity… a true story.   Yesterday, a tragedy happened.  My smart phone’s microphone went out.  I couldn’t talk to anyone, and had to revert to using my not so smart phone.  I was worried because my work email was not set up on it.  What if someone needs to get a hold of me?  What if it is urgent?   Will my work life fall apart if I didn’t check my email on the hour?

Yes, I am an email addict.



In fact, I am guilty of checking my phone for emails first thing in the morning.

Even before I put on my contacts, when I am still groggy and disoriented, I will squint and reach for my cell phone to check email and make sure the world did not fall apart while I slept.

Apparently I am not alone.

According to IDC Research, 80% of smartphone users check their mobile devices within 15 minutes of waking up each morning.

49% of the entire U.S. population uses a smartphone. By 2017, the percent of smartphone users is expected to reach 68%.  Four out of five smartphone users check their phones within the first 15 minutes of waking up. 80% of those say it’s the first thing they do in the morning.”

I guess I can take comfort in knowing I am makes me extra ambitious, since I check emails the moment I wake up.  Yea… I’m that girl.  The problem with checking email first thing in the morning is it clutters your  brain with things that may appear urgent, but are not truly important.  Checking emails hurts creativity because it puts you in a state of stress.  Taking time in the morning to reflect, clear your thoughts and set your intentions for the day, not only makes your more creative, but it allows you to be more productive as well.  In order for creativity to thrive, you have to have mental space.

Here is another way to look at it.  Imagine if you had closet and you filled it with all kinds of junk.  Boxes, clothes, hangers, shoes … you name it.  Now imagine trying to find something.  Just like you need space to get to all of your things easily in your closet, your brain works the same way.  Creativity needs space to breath, to develop, to grow and come to life.  If you clutter your brain with urgent but no important information or the ever growing “to do” list, you leave no space to create.



Since I have not been able to check my emails first thing in the morning on my phone (or Facebook, for that matter), I’ve felt more at peace.  The process of waking up feels more tranquil.  Upon waking up, I take a few moments to appreciate the new day, put my contacts on and get ready, grab a cup of coffee, and think about what I would like to accomplish today.  I feel lighter, less stressed, and ready to face my day instead of being anxious by things I need to add to my to-do list.  Yes, I still check email, but now, I only check it 3-4 times a day, not every 15 minutes.

I feel like I have room to breath again and the creative juices are flowing.  I have started writing again, and am inspired to tackle new projects as well.  Having downtime in our over stimulated world allows us to focus on channeling our creativity and expressing yourself in other ways, other posting an update on Facebook.  And much to my surprise, my world/ work/ life did not fall apart.

Although I am about to order a new smart phone, my goal is to develop a healthy relationship with it.  This time around, I will not be controlled by my email.  I’ve decided the mornings are to be an “email free zone”.  For the first several hours of the day, I will refocus on the important but perhaps “not so urgent” things.  Creativity comes from having the mental capacity to allow for ideas to flow in and I am excited about this new journey.   After all, we survived for thousands of years without emails and did just fine.  A few hours “sin” email will be okay. Oh, and Facebook … you are next.

For those of you who feel the same way, try taking a “break” from email for the first few hours of the day & see how you feel.  You can thank me later.  =)

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Make the Most of Each Day

Make the Most of Each Day

Each morning we wake up and we are faced with a new day.  In order to make the most of each day, you have to stop holding on to the issues that are holding us back.  It could be hurt feelings, or anger at a friend or family member.  Perhaps you are still mad at yourself for last night’s binge eating.  Maybe you are feeling guilty from skipping a workout.  Whatever it is, let it go.  Decide to be positive and take a happier outlook on life.  It’s a new day and anything is possible.  Just like you pick your clothes each day, pick your attitude for the day.  Decide what you want to achieve and make it happen. Make a commitment to live each day to the fullest and enjoy the moment.

Make the most of each day

No matter what you are going through or problems you have that’s weighing you down, you can decide how you are going to face them.  Deciding to be positive and looking on the bright side is the best way to make the most of each day and find inspiration in our lives.  It allows us to find happiness and face our challenges with humor and grace.
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