Brace Yourself For A ‘Dracula’ Revamp, From The Creators Of ‘Sherlock’

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Karlie Kloss Came to Paris to Slay–See for Yourself

ESC: Karlie Kloss, Paris Fashion Week, Haute CoutureICYMI: Karlie Kloss came to SLAY.
It’s not every day you see a supermodel take such wardrobe risks (as beautifully illustrated by this year’s Met Gala). Which is why you probably…

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Keep Up…If You Can: Use Trash Talk to Motivate Yourself

New research finds that people perform better in certain tasks when their competitive impulses are sparked with a little banter.
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Save Yourself From Tedious Small Talk

What seems like banal banter can turn into something more meaningful—and even help your career—if you know how to steer the conversation.
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Here’s an Easy Trick to Motivate Yourself Toward Regular Exercise

Your friends are good for something.

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Lab-Created Diamonds: Frost Yourself Like the Celebs for 50 Percent Less

ESC: Ashley GrahamThere’s a new diamond in town–and it’s conflict-free and budget-friendly.
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Exposure Therapy and the Fine Art of Scaring the Shit Out of Yourself On Purpose

Inspired by new research on “facing your fears” as a cure for PTSD and phobias, I set out to see whether climbing a mountain could cure my fear of heights.

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Larry Wilmore To Milo Yiannopoulus: ‘Go F**k Yourself’

Bill Maher might have been willing to give ultra-right wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulus a free pass on “Real Time,” Friday night, but that certainly wasn’t happening on the post-program revisit “Overtime.”

Comedian Larry Wilmore told Yiannopoulus to “go fuck yourself” twice, once after the white nationalists’ favorite claimed that transgender people suffer from “a psychiatric disorder” and shouldn’t be “around little girls.” Yiannopoulus said they are “vastly disproportionately involved with sex crimes.” “I make no apologies for protecting women and children,” he added. Maher, astonishingly agreed, saying, “that’s not unreasonable.” The host asked panelist and former Republican congressman from Georgia Jack Kingston, “where do you stand on weirdos peeing?”

After Wilmore and “Overtime” panelist counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance attacked Yiannopoulus, Maher asked him why he always had to fight with people. “We were having such a nice time, but you always invite such awful people on your show, they’re so stupid,” he whined to Maher. “You need to start inviting higher-IQ guests.”

Wilmore responded that Nance could “talk circles around your pathetic, douchey little ass.”

The men mostly smiled or chuckled through the parries and Kingston urged Yiannopoulus on, saying, “Milo, for it, Brother.”

“Are you the real, true face of the alt-right?” Nance asked at one point. “I thought the Nazis were in there, how did they take you on board?”

Yiannopolous responded that they hate him. “The worst people on the very far left and the very far right all hate me,” he added.

Wilmore quipped, “I think you’re leaving out a lot of people.”

Maher advised Yiannopoulus to tone down his rhetoric — not just for the show but in general. “Look, this is the beginning of your career,” he said. “People are just starting to hate you. You remind me of a young, gay, alive Christopher Hitchens, but you gotta lose that kind of shit.”

Twitter, meanwhile, wasn’t particularly happy about Maher’s gentle treatment of his guest earlier on “Real Time,” when the two seemed to get on famously and Maher never held Yiannopoulus’ feet to the fire. Others were simply outraged he was invited to begin with.

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Teach Yourself Visually the New iPad

Teach Yourself Visually the New iPad


A new edition of a bestseller, fully updated on the latest features of the iPad! The evolution of the iPad continues to deliver amazing possibilities, which is exactly why this bestselling guide evolves right along with it! Fully updated with coverage on the latest generation of the iPad, this full-color, step-by-step guide is perfectly suited for anyone who is a visual learner and learns best by visual cues and a tactile interface. You’ll learn to access and download books, apps, music, and video content as well as send photos and emails, sync with other devices and services, and confidently use the multi-touch display. Highlights how to connect to multimedia content, social networking, and the InternetShows you how to upload more than half a million apps, including award-winning games and helpful productivity toolsHelps you take advantage of the potential of the iPad with the featured visual tips and guidanceIf you’ve got the latest iPad, then you certainly need the latest version of Teach Yourself Visually iPad 2 to go with it!

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To Avoid Scarfing Unhealthy Foods, Serve Yourself

People who dish up their own candy, cake and other indulgences eat less of them.
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The Top Planners to Organize Yourself and Your Life for the Coming Year

I fully admit it, I am a planner addict. I have tried just about everyone out there, I will change one part way through the year because I find one that will better meet my needs, or I feel like my current one if getting too cluttered. I will never give up my physical planner for an electric one. I am tactile, I am visual, and I like being able to map out upcoming events and due dates on paper. I also like something that I can truly personalize to not only meet my needs, but to keep my inspired. So although I run through planners like water, there are a number that I have come across that I really like, should meet your needs, and I would go back to without hesitation.

1) Let’s start with my current obsession, the Passion plannerhttp://www.passionplanner.com ($ 25-$ 35). This is not a mere planner, this is a true book of planning, inspiration, goal setting, with areas for weekly focus, good things that happened that week, personal and professional goals, and an area called the “space of infinite possibility.” I LOVE this planner and could actually see myself building upon it and making it the whole year with it, which says more than I can express. This one just taps into my creativity and truly inspires me to motivate me and keep me going.

2) Erin Condren does the LifePlanner (starts at $ 55 and quickly goes up from there). While this is an investment, you pick your cover, you can personalize it, and you can choose the ring and cord color, whether you want your weeks vertical or horizontal, and has wonderful clip in and add-ons available. You can truly personalize this to meet most people’s needs.

3) Gallery Leather has regular year and mid-year planners that cover 18 months. While they have a professional planner, I actually suggest anyone getting the family planner. It has all the professional areas that you could ever want, plus it covers important areas like medical information, utilities, birthdays, credit cards, phone numbers, and lots of pages for extras, is very affordable ($ 30), and has a sleek design that fits almost any bag.

4) Draw Your Tomorrow Planner ($ 36) works well if you are looking for a straight to the point organizer. On top of that, there is also room to doodle, draw, inspire and entertain you. If you are visual, this is an amazing way to illustrate your goals and activities.

5) Adam Kurtz’s Unsolicited Advice Planner ($ 14) , is fun, funny, and practical. It is a very quirky planner that is off the beaten path. It serves if general purpose, but it keeps you laughing as you plug along. For the price, it seems well worth the investment.

6) Bando ($ 28 or $ 32) is a fantastic, fun and functional planner. I love it and was using it for a long time. It had everything I could need to organize and entertain me, great sections, sayings, stickers!!!a pocket for storage, monthly and weekly pages. It is tons of fun and has accessories that will have you exceptionally entertained and interested. The only drawback is the size. I literally has to get rid of a few of my bags, as it is very large, and would not fit them, however, I think the tradeoff was well worth it.

7) Modcloth is “Glam with a Plan ($ 22).” It is organization, gorgeous, has stickers!!!!, but still maintains a feeling of being a balance of fun and straightforward. Fashionable and functional, this is for anyone who wants that mix of beauty and high organizational value.

8) Kate Spade comes out with wonderful planners year after year, which I think keep getting better and better ($ 36). They are pretty and practical, have monthly and weekly sections, and an elastic band to hold everything in place. They have sections for notes, contacts, and laminated dividers. They manage to look good keep you super organized. They offer lots of great accessories and it is a very sturdy product.

9) Day Designer is a planner that is on a mission to get you organized and on your way to living with, “intentional, meaningful, and well-designed life.” They help you to set goals, and make plans to achieve them. They are cute,, practical, and help you develop great habits.

10) The Purposeful Planner is designed to be purposeful about all aspects of life. Something we can all appreciate about living with a purpose. There is no wasted time and energy with this planner, and you won’t regret the investment.

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How to Ditch your To Do List this Holiday Season and Gift yourself Instant Joy.

It’s December. Most likely you have a To Do List that resembles a Horror Movie.

You’re not alone.

I have deeply meaningful work. Connecting women with their purpose, creating art with clients. You might think I’ve got my act together, but my December To Do List reads like a message from hell. It’s not pretty.

Fortunately I know a swift way out of the darkness. It requires five minutes of your time, a sheet of paper and some pencils.

December is that Special Month that encapsulates family, happiness, holiday time, entrepreneurial and job actions and the hope that the year to come will be a breeze.

Dear Santa, give me more fun and less stress.

So, we create a list that contains everything we didn’t manage to finish in 2016. We desperately want to start afresh in the next year. And what better way to do that than work yourself silly?

We smartly divide The List into Work, Family and the dreaded: Miscellaneous.

That is just smart talk for a bottomless sink containing the Facebook ads you have to create without falling to pieces or calling your friend — who you should have called in May — but you remember this while brushing your teeth in the evening. Causing a chain reaction starting with: “Oh my God! I’ve got so much to do. I shouldn’t be allowed to go to bed” to “Why oh why, can’t I be more organized!” ending in “My life will never change, I’m a mess and I deserve to feel like shit.”

Result: a lot of frantic midnight typing on your smart phone until 3 in the morning.

All the while you think you can hear the stacks of unpaid bills and the unfinished tax papers moaning and bitching about you in your closet. „Argh, isn’t she horrible. We’re overdue. Pay us already. I’m just soooo ashamed.

You have to visit your sick father, spend a picture perfect day with your kids, buy tickets for the exhibition you-cannot-miss!, look visibly successful. Cook a super healthy meal and host a night for your fellow Kick-Ass Entrepreneurs.

And that Bloody List refuses to shrink!

Instead, it grows…. and grows and grows. Our To do List is ridden with guilt, shame and fear. The List ensures we will never feel good enough.

Seriously?

It’s almost 2017! Are we still giving permission to be frowned upon and belittled by a stupid To Do List?

The reason we made the list in the first place is the promise that — once the list is empty –, happiness and joy awaits.

But that bloody list is just exactly the same as the umpteenth diet that promises happiness as soon as you’ve lost the dreaded 15 pounds.

Until then… Suffer first baby! Gratification is only for the go-getters.

The List promises you that happiness is conditional. That contentment is something you need to deserve. The List says: “You are only deserving of joy when you cleared me out, solved the puzzles, did the phone calls, paid the bills and finished your website. Until than I will punish you with shame and fear.

Enough already. Be a rebel. Don’t wait for fulfillment until the list is done

Get it now.

This is the simple part. You are the Boss of The List. Never the other way around. Proof it by creating your art.

I know! How crazy simple can it be!? Here’s proof. And if you don’t belief me science is with me on this one.

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Last Sunday I picked up my List.

My Number One Task: cleaning the bedroom.

Which is short for: clear the Himalayan sized mountain of dresses, socks and skirts, clean the damn place, tidy the closets. It was enough work to keep me occupied for the entire Sunday.

I could feel the resistance. The tiredness. Fear — I will not finish it anyway — racing through my body. Tight muscles. Set jaw. I was about to spend my precious free hours cleaning.

Finish the List!

But than I didn’t. I longed for instant happiness, for air, for love, color. I needed joy.

I graved lightness. Not in 2017. I wanted to Be Happy Now.

I picked up my pencils and paper. And I drew. I could here deep sighs. I could feel my body relaxing. As if the huge dragon on my shoulders decided to bother someone else. I felt instantly light and loved. I felt seen. I was touched. I felt more alive than the entire week before.

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Yes, I can hear you say: „So that’s your solution!? That’s easy for you to say. I can’t draw! I suck at art. I don’t even own a pencil. I never touched a sketchbook since Ms Smith in Third Grade told me a Cat is not supposed to have 1 ear and two tails.

I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s not about the result. It’s about the process. The magic happens when you draw a line or mix blue with red. Lightness starts when you color a small circle bright yellow.

I can also hear you mumble: “I don’t have the time for this.”

But here’s the thing. You DO have time. Five minutes of your time. Time you otherwise would use to watch another Netflix series. Or checking how many likes your Facebook post has.

There is no more to it than that. Art heals stress. It provides — those willing to listen — with profoundly meaningful answers. Creating art is more than a A Silly Hobby. It’s a Game Changer. A life Saver. It bring you instant joy.

THIS IS A SIMPLE JOY ENERGIZER- FOLLOW MY LEAD

  1. Sit down. Pick up a pencil and a sheet of paper.
  2. Breathe…
  3. Feel the tension in your body. Listen to the voices in your mind.
  4. Ask. Silently or out loud: “What do I need right now?
  5. Don’t get into thinking mode. The first thing that springs to mind is what you need.
  6. Now listen. Don’t interfere. “Pick up the blue pencil. Draw a line. Breathe.
  7. Keep drawing for at least 5 minutes. If you find this difficult. Listen to music and follow the notes.

Don’t wait for happiness. Pick up a pencil. Do it now!

Draw a cat with one ear and two tails. Smile. Enjoy the calm space your create. Breathe…

And if you can’t find an empty sheet of paper there’s always a To Do List in need of some color and joy.

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Watch: Be Yourself!

You’ve probably heard the great advice many times throughout your life: Be yourself! Allowing ourselves to be our true selves is the way to a life of authentic success and happiness. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Most of us have been programmed to be something other than who we really are. Fortunately, that programming can be changed, and I hope this video will help. You deserve the rewards that come from being yourself, and the world deserves the gift that is the real you.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.

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For more by Brad Yates, click here.

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Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Mandolin: Everything You Need to Know to Start Playing Now!

Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Mandolin: Everything You Need to Know to Start Playing Now!


Learn to play mandolin and open up a brand new world of musical knowledge with this exciting method from Alfred Music. Beginners of all ages can start their journey to a lifetime of musical enjoyment. When you start Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Mandoli

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Heal Yourself of Herpes Naturally! A Complete Guide for Natural Cure!

Heal Yourself of Herpes Naturally! A Complete Guide for Natural Cure!


Warning: Do not buy this book unless you are willing to discipline yourself and manage your time efficiently enough to spend few hours on yourself everyday. Dear Reader, You might have come across various articles, blogposts and books on Herpes. I have seen books that dedicate the initial chapters in educating the reader about Herpes, its causes, symptoms and types. Sadly some authors have the nerve to give their books with cure and without cure where the one with cure is priced higher than the one without cure. This book is not going to talk about what Herpes is. It will not even discuss the types, symptoms and causes. This book is about the CURE! This book talks ONLY about the SOLUTION! There is NO magic pill. It involves a LOT of cheap medicine you can find anywhere easily- herbal, ayurvedic and natural medicines you can find in your garden, kitchen, supermarket and stores that sells alternate medicines. And it contains directions about a series of simple activities like exercises, massages, breathing techniques, etc. We will discuss the cure for Herpes which happens to be the cure for many sexually transmitted diseases (with slight modifications). BEFORE you buy this book keep in mind the following.1) I am NOT SELLING any product here or anywhere for that matter. Do not lose your money to any fraudulent impostor posing to be Richard Teddy Frank. I have NO plans to start a website until mid 2016. If I open a website, I will announce it on my author page on Amazon. Right now my hands are full with my practice and wellness centre, and I don’t fancy having a website run entirely by the staff members.2) I am NOT going to ask you to sign up with me for prescriptions or tailor-made charts. Medicines are prescribed here in this book. You can buy anywhere you want. 3) I am going to show you how to get cured of Herpes using the inexpensive things you find in your garden, kitchen, supermarket and stores that sells Indian medicine. Be healed. God bless you-Richard Teddy Frank

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Media Secrets: How to Write the Ultimate Media Pitch 42 Tips To Free Publicity – Publicize Yourself, Your Web Site, Your Book or Products

Media Secrets: How to Write the Ultimate Media Pitch 42 Tips To Free Publicity – Publicize Yourself, Your Web Site, Your Book or Products


Publicizing your book, Web site or products can be a daunting task if you don’t know what you are doing. I’m not talking about you budding fiction writers out there trying to emulate Mary Shelly, Stephen King, John Grisham and Mark Twain. These established fiction writers have a built in audience, they don’t have to go out and try and promote their new or other books. They already have a fan base to market to.I’m talking about nonfiction writing. And nonfiction is the easiest way to get started in your writing career. Everybody has at least one book in their heads that is just waiting to be written. Even if you can’t write a lick, there are sites out there for out sourcing your final manuscript – site such as vworker.com or elance.com. Anybody can do an outline with bullet-points. Once you have an outline complete, go out and hire a ghostwriter to finish the product. Think you can’t make any money with your book? Think again. Today’s ease of getting your book published as an independent publisher on Amazon.com and other online sites makes publishing nonfiction easy-as-pie. But the book part of your journey is just the beginning. Ok, it’s nice to sell a few books daily on Amazon.com – so you make – per day. Multiply that by ten or a hundred, and you have a nice little living. But what if you wanted to do what the zillionaires of the writing world do?Promote, promote and then promote some more. And the best and cheapest way to promote is through an information starved media. The media is everywhere, 24/7 365 days per year, and they need information and content for their info starved audience. This is where you come in. Find and isolate your audience through a relevant media, then promote the crap out of yourself and your products. Most writers are lucky to make 00 per book. What do the “real lucky” ones do? They promote. Writing books is just a sideline – your real job is to promote.

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Teach Yourself Visually iMac

Teach Yourself Visually iMac


Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something – and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you’ll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 iMac tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on your iMac in no time. You’ll learn to: Connect your iMac to a networkCreate and manage user accountsSet up and use e-mail and iChat(R)Add CDs to your iTunes(R) libraryImport and use photos and videoUpdate and back up your iMacTwo-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modulesSuccinct explanations walk you through step-by-step Full-color screen shots demonstrate each taskHelpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks

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Wisdom from the Couch: Knowing and Growing Yourself from the Inside Out

Wisdom from the Couch: Knowing and Growing Yourself from the Inside Out


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You Can Teach Yourself Flatpicking Guitar Book & Online Audio

You Can Teach Yourself Flatpicking Guitar Book & Online Audio


Three-time national flatpicking champion Steve Kaufman teaches you how to buy a guitar, the easy way to fret a note, how to read chord charts and play all the basic chords, basic bluegrass strumming patterns, bass runs and walks, hammer-ons and pull-offs, how to read tablature, picking lead, crosspicking, practice techniques, and much more. Access to audio and video download online.
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You Can Teach Yourself Gospel Piano (book + Online Audio)

You Can Teach Yourself Gospel Piano (book + Online Audio)


Seasoned piano educator Gail Smith offers this beginning-level piano method employing gospel, Christmas and sacred tunes. This volume begins with an introduction to elementary note reading on the piano. A brief dictionary of musical terms and basic piano chord encyclopedia are included. Carefully sequenced exercises and arrangements allow the student to progress gradually from simple arrangements to more elaborate settings, gradually incorporating right and left hand fills and patterns. In order to illustrate various arranging concepts, some tunes are shown in two settings-one simple, the other more complex. This is a great book to be used with or without lessons to learn the art of piano improvisation. On the 99-track CD (sold separate or in a book/cd set), the author talks and plays through the entire book. The author''s goal is to encourage students to create their own gospel piano arrangements.
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Program Yourself for Success

Constructing new ways of thinking and converting them into habits is no easy task. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most difficult things to do, especially as you grow older and your habits are more firmly rooted.

Most of us are programmed for mediocrity. Most people are smart, educated and talented enough to be and do anything they desire. The potential is there, but it’s rarely fulfilled, which leaves many people frustrated. The truth is most of us are capable of great success, yet few achieve it.

The reason is largely one of negative programming by individuals and people in power. The majority of champions I’ve worked with and coached during the years confess the bulk of the mental programming they received during their childhoods was substandard. Many are quick to add that the people who programmed them — parents, teachers, coaches, ministers and adults of influence — were doing the best they could, based on their level of awareness at the time.

I remember meeting with my high school guidance counselor regarding my poor grades. She told me that attending college would be a waste of time. I’d never considered not going to college, and as an all-state tennis player my junior year of high school, I knew I’d be offered dozens of scholarships. I was perplexed by her negative remark, but most of all her attitude. After all, she was making a recommendation based on grades alone. She didn’t know my talent or potential. Two years later, I was enrolled in college, earning straight A’s on a scholarship.

The pastor leading our confirmation classes had never approved of me because he said I asked too many question about the Bible and should just take it on faith. I was almost kicked out of church and denied my confirmation after three years of classes.

One of my business professors in college told me how foolish it would be for anyone to start a business without major capital funding, and that we’d be better off working for someone else.

The list of unsound advice, brainwashing and poor programming goes on. You probably have as many examples of this kind of programming in your life as I do. Is it any wonder so many of us fail to obtain results? Most of us have been taking advice from well-intentioned people doling out egregious information. For the people aware of this societal phenomenon, those days are over. They want to take control of their own reprogramming process and instill the habits, philosophies, traits and beliefs that empower them.

We know our programming is our responsibility, and it need to be a reflection of the success we want to achieve. Bombarding your mind with positive messages of hope, inspiration and motivation is a starting point. Another strategy is listening only to people with uplifting ideas that move us closer to our goals. Reprogramming yourself for success, though, requires time and opposes societal norms, but it works and is worth the effort for every area of your life where performance is important.

Ask yourself this important critical thinking question: How many of your habits, actions and behaviors are congruent with becoming what you want to become? Whatever your goals, be it personal, professional or anything else, this is a must do.

Take inventory of the positive, life-affirming beliefs and habits you currently possess and make a commitment to upgrade them if necessary.

Furthermore, adjust the language you use when you talk to yourself and others. Create self-talk scripts and repeat them daily. Next, use the power of mental pictures, or visualization training, to adjust how you experience events. When you alter your language and use visualization training, it has a powerful effect on the mindset of the performer.

Most importantly, and it can’t be stressed enough, make the decision today to take responsibility for old programming that does not serve you. It changed my life immeasurably, and I’m sure it can change yours, too.

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Basic Etiquette Questions No. 2: Test Yourself!

Number 2 on my list of “most asked” etiquette questions includes both business and social quandaries and how to address them. Test yourself by going through this list, then look for the answers in my next weeks post, Real & Simple No. 2: Answers to Your Most Basic Etiquette Questions.

• Is the continental style of eating (fork in the left hand, knife in the right if you’re right-handed, and the opposite for lefties) considered correct in the United States?

• Is it okay to arrive late to a dinner party?

• If hosting a lunch for a client, should you choose the location?

• If your friend is disabled, is it okay to ask if he or she needs help?

• Can you use either a fork or a spoon to eat dessert?

• At a formal table setting, what is the correct height for a centerpiece?

• In a formal business letter, is it okay to use the honorific Dear Sir?

• Is the maître d’ in charge of the kitchen?

• When you arrive for a business meeting, is it okay to ask for coffee?

• When greeting a client in a restaurant, should you take the lead or let the maître d’ seat the client?

Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (Lisagrotts.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on Twitter.com/LisaGrotts and Facebook.com/LisaGrotts.

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How to Market Yourself in the Music Industry

I’m a hypocrite. At least I think I may be.

I’ve spent the better part of 30 years in sales and marketing and actually own a marketing company. Yet, I find myself annoyed by commercials and blatant brand marketing campaigns. Perhaps being an insider in the game of marketing has tainted my objectivity and sense of appreciation for the cleverness of it all. But in the end, I fast-forward through commercials on my DVR and find product placements in TV shows and movies to be a bit tacky. I have often asked myself if I have ever really been influenced to make a purchase based on advertising.

The simple answer has to be, “Yes”.

My subconscious awareness of a brand or product puzzles me. I’ve responded to discounts or low price offers in advertisements when it involves a product I’m already interested in buying, usually a commodity like food. But if I’m not already looking for or seeking a product or service, advertising just glosses right past me. At least that’s what I rationalize.

Having said that, I do appreciate clever creative advertising. Watching the Super Bowl for the best commercials is like a holiday event. So I can admit that I am at least marginally affected by advertising.

In the entertainment business, it’s all about advertising and promotion. In fact, the industry doesn’t exist or renew apart from P & A (promotion and advertising).

An artist, actor, model, or perhaps anyone in the public eye will typically need to manage their brand and image with the public and industry. It’s part of the process. It just is.

When I consider all the ways advertisers use to promote their product, service or cause, I am overwhelmed by the conditioning we, a free market society, have been subjected to over the past 100 years or so. Think about it. Nearly everything we experience each day has some promotion or advertising connected with it. Even the most human characteristic has a form of promotion. The outfit we choose to wear, how we do our hair, the personal hygiene products we use are all simply ways we tell the world who we are in the most basic way.

In the music industry, everything an artist does, says, looks like, sounds like, etc. is a direct or indirect form of advertising. The exception being that in the entertainment industry, it is advertising on steroids. It is an industry based on the senses and emotion. Promoting an artist involves engaging the potential consumer with a sensual or intellectual appeal. Guys like me in marketing understand this nuance and we do our best to enter the psyche of the targeted consumer to create a campaign that will attract them to the product, service or cause we assist promoting.

The hardest part of advertising is knowing how to calculate investment of funds and other resources (like time, creativity, etc) versus the measurement of the payback. For business newbies, the term is called ROI, Return On Investment. The magic or silver bullet in marketing is to find the best ROI campaign.

Measuring ROI in the music business can be difficult. Some would look for direct financial returns as the best measurement. Record labels, especially, are concerned about ROI because they function more like a bank now than in the past. They are looking for their investment to make a return in literal revenues. But as a new artist trying to make your way, some marketing investments won’t have a financial ROI, but more of a branding ROI. What this means is that you are investing in spreading your name, talent and creativity to as many people as possible. You’re selling yourself, not just your CD or downloadable music, or concert tickets, or merchandise. A branding campaign is likely the most expensive and most difficult one of all because it doesn’t have a direct measurable ROI at first.

There have been many gigs, media interviews, songs, TV appearances, or just meet and greets that Spencer Kane (my 18 year old artist / actor son) has done the past three years that give him public visibility, but there has been no financial upside in the short term. It’s all been part of the branding campaign. Even having a sponsor for shoes and clothes has often been simply a branding campaign for the sponsor and Spencer at the same time. There’s no real financial upside to it.

One of the more frustrating parts of P&A in the music business involves touring and live events. There’s not really an easy formula for how to fill seats at a venue when you’re just starting out. There’s the whole friends and family angle when you’re just an infant in the process, but that gets old. Promoting your music and brand well enough to get a consumer to pay for a ticket to see you live is simply difficult. There’s no short cut, no secret method. There’s always co-branding where you attach yourself to an existing product or brand that the public already knows (think being an opener for a major headliner), but even that can cost money for a new artist (pay-to-play).

Refining your approach to marketing in the music industry is an ever evolving process. What works for one season, may not work the next. Redefining your image and brand may involve new music styles, new wardrobe or appearance, or even migrating to a different area in the entertainment business. Madonna has always inspired me regarding her ability to reinvent herself for different seasons and audiences. She is still Madonna, but somehow creates a new sound, image, or controversy to get the public to pay attention. Miley Cyrus does it all the time. It’s the nature of the industry.

People’s attention span, especially teens, only lasts so long. The “flavor of the day” mindset is very realistic for younger audiences. However, once they attach their emotions to that flavor, it stays with them for years. I recall my personal emotional tie to songs and bands from my youth. That is why the entertainment industry is so built around youth. It’s the ability to connect emotionally and sensually with your audience that creates business. This is fact.

So here’s a few quick tips about how to market yourself and measure the ROI to some degree.

1) PERFORM LIVE OFTEN

Sadly, with the advent of the internet age, artists think churning out mix-tapes or youtube videos is going to give them their big break. They offer free music for download in an effort to build their brand. While offering “samples” of the product is smart, giving away your product long-term just looks desparate. It creates the image that you don’t value your brand. Beyond that, it’s eventually costing a lot of resources that could be spent elsewhere. Once an artist has a lot of product built up, they need to focus on giving the public a live experience of the product. This is important because it does many things for your career. It helps you learn how to respond to audiences, but also allows audiences to experience more than just the music of an artist. It’s a way to build an emotional connection that is deeper than the melody or lyrics. You’re investing in your brand and building fans that will ultimately pay for your music. Sadly, social media fans don’t easily convert to buyers of your product because they have been trained to expect everything for free. When you’re trying to build a career and earn a living, free doesn’t cut it. So taking every opportunity to perform will eventually create an ROI of product sales in merch at the event or new music you release later on. Performing live may involve a lot of free shows, non-paying gigs, travel expenses, and even some pay-to-play performances. The investment may be costly up front, but it will pay off down the road in revenues.

2) SOCIAL MEDIA

Not to contradict myself, but social media does have a ROI. The investment is the babysitting of posting and upload of content, responding to fans and engaging with them, and the managing of multiple platforms and software. Hiring a social media manager may escalate the ROI, but also may cost you finances to do. The viral effects of social media are proven when the right content or post is made available. But it is important to know that it is more a marketing tool of necessity than one of financial return. It builds a long-term snapshot of the artist and their life, which will give new converts a chance to get to know the artist and their music in short order. The ROI is usually the initial exposure of your music to new fans who may eventually come see you in concert or pay for your music.

3) IMAGING

Please take the time to hire a professional photographer, graphic designer, web developer, producer for music, etc. Many artists fail to realize that their image goes beyond the music they create. It is their wardrobe, the photos they post online, the album artwork, the press photos they furnish, the music videos they create, and even their merch booth display. For a few hundred dollars, for example, you can create a very visually stimulating merch booth at a live venue. It will easily impress fans and even industry folks who attend that you’re serious about your career. Many think spending $ 100 on home printed paper CD label will save them money, but it may be costing them. Take the same $ 100 and spend it on a 5 or 8 foot banner. That visual will attract people to stop by your booth. This is especially true when performing at a large festival where you’re not alone as an artist. A good photographer can be found about anywhere nowadays. Camera gear is relatively inexpensive. Even phones have great cameras. It’s the little things you do with your image in marketing materials that make a good ROI.

4) CO-BRANDING

I mentioned this before, but any chance you get to be a feature on an established artist’s project, or have them featured on yours is brilliant marketing. Appearing at an event with an established brand is also important. This may seem basic, but it is important. The real challenge is that established artists don’t like having parasites around. They don’t want to use their fame and popularity to give you a freebie. Most will want some investment from you in exchange. Don’t be offended. They have spent years and resources building their brand. Imagine being a wannabe chef and asking a national restaurant if you can offer your gourmet recipe to their clients and potentially taking away orders from their own menu. This is the reality of co-branding. It costs money most times but the ROI can be instant popularity. Just listen to radio. Rihanna has done something no other artist has done in history. She has more number one songs on Billboard than anyone. She hasn’t done so alone, she has co-branded the majority of them by being featured or having a proven artist featured on her project. It has created a successful business ROI for her career.

5) PRESS RELEASE

It may seem trivial, but the power of a press release as it relates to marketing is very important. Having media tell your pre-planned news story can be very helpful. Writing a press release properly is very important and paying someone to do that can make a difference in first impressions with the media. You may not have the ability to craft words together or may think you’re a lyrical assassin with words, but having a professional press release writer tell your story is an important investment. Many can also help distribute the press release to the right outlets to cover your story. Sadly, the local newspaper only builds local awareness, and in the music industry, you need to have a regional impact to build serious momentum. The ROI isn’t an immediate financial one in most cases, but more of a brand awareness and can really build strong alliances with media outlets that will likely want to follow your progress over time.

Even though marketing (P&A) is essential, be careful not to get caught up in investing so much in P&A that you lose sight of measuring the ROI. At some point you will look at your bank account and music sales and scratch your head wondering why it isn’t what you expected. Being careful in your investment of P&A and deliberate about measuring the ROI along the way will help you prevent going bankrupt in resources or emotion. The other balance to this is to avoid believing your own P&A and ignoring the reality that your brand or music may just not be desirable by the masses and it may be time to pack it in and focus on another way to earn a living. Sad reality, but one that can save you and those around you some frustration.

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Woman Performing ‘Lose Yourself’ In Sign Language Gets Us Super Pumped

We always wondered how to say, “Mom’s spaghetti” in American Sign Language.

Luckily we have Shelby Mitchusson, an ASL interpreter who performed Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on YouTube. It’s one of her first videos — though she appears to have interpreted bad-assery at rock concerts before — but we can tell she’s going to be an internet sensation.

She really gets into it — and it looks like she plans on rewarding us with more of her videos soon.

“I have a deep love for interpreting music and would love to share more as I am always interpreting music,” she wrote on YouTube. “As always your feedback is wanted! Again, thank you all — I’ll upload more soon.”

If you think Shelby’s awesome, meet the woman who took Public Enemy’s music to a whole new level with sign language.

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8 Steps to Truly Love Yourself — and Why It’s the Most Selfless Thing You Can Do

There seems to be a very beautiful trend taking shape that I am completely devoted to: It is starting to be popular to “be loving.” Over the last few years, health, spiritual practices and taking care of mother earth are starting to be considered a hip thing — rather than a strange “hippie” thing. I am delighted by how this is reflected in the overall consciousness of our planet: We are starting to truly care about ourselves. When I started studying yoga about ten years ago the concept of ahimsa — non-harming — was still rather unknown in mainstream society. Meditation, yoga, vegetarianism, conscious consumerism, recycling, all those trends have really only been taking root in the last few years. Of course there are issues, and they need to be addressed. But what matters is the shift that we see happening on a global scale.

What does this tell us about the individuals who make up our societies? It simply means we are starting to genuinely love ourselves more. I know we still have some work to do, but we are on the way. And as on every path, the important thing is: Keep going! Keep loving yourself! Keep pampering yourself and noticing! Keep noticing what is happening around you and how our society and the way we treat our earth is changing. Why? Because taking care of yourself, loving yourself, living your purpose will lift the entire planet.

1. Serve the world by living your purpose

What is your soul’s deepest desire? What is your biggest dream for your own life? Chances are that it’s not a 9-5 desk job. However, when first pondering this question, your dreams might seem selfish. Start by seeking out those people who celebrate you being big. In most modern societies, this isn’t a common behavior (at least not yet) and you’ll need a bit of creativity to make it work and yes, there will be a few lonely moments. But the feeling of your soul smiling is priceless. And once you experienced this feeling, it is hard to ever go back.

Consider this powerful quote by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

2. Empower people by being confident

It ties in with the above point. It’s easier to reduce yourself to a being worthy of compassion. People will feel your misery and will try to help you. But on the contrary, how inspiring is it to be around somebody who is genuinely confident? It really makes you feel that you can do it too, right?

3. Stop the gossip. Stop the complaints.

Complaining is a negative energy that locks us into a certain way of thinking. When we look for the negative in others we zoom in on exactly that — the negative surrounding us. Once we shift our radar towards what inspires us in others we are instead looking for connection, growth, love, joy — short, uplifting energies. And those are exactly the qualities we will then be able to nurture in our own lives. It takes time and practice to achieve this shift. The road might be bumpy and you might have to redirect some conversations when you first start practicing. But it will get easier and easier, until it turns from a practice into your second nature!

4. Balance of gentleness and firmness

I struggled with anorexia in my teenage years. All through my 20s I learned to nurture my body, and myself, slowly learning to be gentle with myself. My studies of self-development, yoga and Vedanta gave me an increased feeling of being complete in myself. Yet, there was still that nagging negative voice that would keep coming up, a voice that felt so much more powerful than my other, gentle voice. It was only when my best friend and coach Kat Dawes from Nowism recommended to try out a fierce voice whenever I judged myself that I achieved the crucial shift. This practice really helped me to eliminate that last bit I just didn’t quite seem to get rid of. Now when my inner voice criticizes myself I know how to be fierce and redirect my thoughts with firmness.

The best thing you can do for yourself is finding that balance for yourself: Find out when you need to give yourself a kick, but also when you need to give yourself a big hug and a bubble bath.

5. Keep promises made to yourself

When you make a promise to yourself KEEP IT! Honor your own word to yourself, whether that is to take a break, go on a holiday, go to a yoga class, eat more healthily, or go to bed early. Imagine what your friend would say if you’d let her down as many times as you let down yourself. To make things easier, find yourself an “accountability buddy.” Tell each other the things you have planned to nurture yourself — and check in with each other once a week to see how you are doing.

6. Nourish and celebrate yourself

Having been completely absorbed in the yogic world for years, I noticed a tendency to discard materialism as something entirely negative. However, I acknowledged to myself how much I love being a girl sometimes, including all those little pretty things such as make-up, clothes and spa treatments. But instead of drawing negative energy out of this “attachment,” I achieved a huge internal shift: I started treating those things as a personal act of celebrating my femininity, as an act of gratitude for having been given a healthy body. It’s a ceremony to give thanks for the blessings in my life and for having received this life force, a force that needs to be nurtured. You need to be grateful for receiving it and honor it by living your highest purpose.
Therefore, allow yourself to nourish yourself — no matter if that means going to the gym, getting a pedicure or buying new shoes — do it with a huge smile on your face.

Living in Bali has been a huge inspiration for me in that regard — the women in Bali dress up in the most beautiful ways for their ceremonies to go to the temples or to give daily offerings. And then they change into leggings and flip-flops to go to work. It is such a sweet symbol of dressing up – for the divine, not to impress others. I went through an interesting process of reconciling my identity of being a designer with the role of a business woman. I had to truly embrace the fact that my designs are an expression of the divine energy inside me and that sharing this energy with the world is my gift to uplift others. We need to embrace the fact that we are material bodies living in a material world. Make your life a celebration of the wonderful world around you, every moment, every day!

7. Have integrity with the people who surround you

One of my favorite books is The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The first agreement is, “Be impeccable with your word.” There is such depth in this agreement. If we make a promise to ourselves to always be true to ourselves we start having quality control in the most genuine way. We speak with love. There are certain attitudes and behaviors we don’t accept. And by doing so, we actually serve humanity. There are so many people out there — it is totally fine to not open up to all of them. But we can find ways to be respectful and friendly in all situations.
However, if somebody weighs you down by their continuous negativity it’s fine to set boundaries. It is just as much of an inspiration to watch somebody who has healthy boundaries, as it is to watch somebody to be all-embracing love. Trust your intuition. Trust your gut.

8. Step by step towards your soul’s alignment — don’t ever think you have more time

Do it now! Take a little step at a time — but don’t put it off. Take baby steps in the right direction, even if it’s just a little today, and a little tomorrow. Honored to be walking right there with you!

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The rain was coming down hard on the skylight in my living room just before 6 a.m. I breathed in the smell of my coffee before the first sip. I sat my mug down near the lamp on my favorite, mirrored, dragonfly table and picked up my notebook. I glanced down at my reflection and noticed how gravity tugged at my face. It made me think of other things that have been pulling at me lately. I wrote them down one by one — my gratitude and grudges and plans and petitions. I asked for grace, for guidance, for patience, for perspective.

In that moment, I realized how my journal has become an altar over the years, the place I lay my life before God. Coming to this altar each morning is the one thing I’ve done consistently for as long as I can remember.

I didn’t start out calling it anything specific or doing it with the intention of spiritual growth. Really, I just started writing things down because it helped me feel slightly sane. I could move the crowded and sometimes cruel dialogue out of my inner landscape into the physical world, where the words could run free (and hopefully away from me). Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.

But what did work, is that the page itself never turned my words away — no matter if they were pitiful or brave, dark or light, caddy or compassionate, fearful or funny. The page would always take whatever I brought. And if I stayed on the page long enough, it would tell me wonderful secrets about myself. It would offer new perspectives, solutions, comfort, and even humor, as my hand moved across the lines.

For decades, I have decluttered my mind and my life in this way. Through it, I’ve learned that divine guidance flows steadily when we consistently show up to receive it.

People often ask me how I ended up doing what I do- following my dreams and pursuing my purpose. It did not happen with one big bang like some might suppose. But through a small, consistent practice, I got to know myself.

If you want one actionable step you can take without a lot of fuss, make a daily date with yourself and get quiet. There are no specific rules for this date except that you show up. This is not a call for “quiet-time” or “journaling.” Sure, you can write things down like I do — but you don’t have to; you can just breathe.

The point is to hold the space.

Breathe in deeply and breathe out the junk that’s trashing your inner landscape, because that is priceless real estate.

Breathe in purity; breathe out pollution. Breathe in patience; breathe out busyness. Breathe in peace; breathe out each problem. Breathe in courage; breathe out fear. Breathe in forgiveness; breathe out grudges. Breathe in trust; breathe out your need to be in control. Breathe in clarity; breathe out confusion. Breathe in love for yourself; breathe out condemnation. Breathe in compassion for others; breathe out judgment. Breathe in what you need, breathe out what you don’t.

Kept daily, this date with yourself will become your altar. It is in this place of quiet communion that will you learn to listen, to yourself and to Divine guidance. It is from this place your authentic heart will rise up and make itself known. As you begin to breathe and listen, you will find peace and strength and clarity for your life.

Don’t label it. Don’t table it. Just make the date.

Because this one little habit, done diligently, will set you on the road to follow your dreams and pursue your purpose.

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So Your Date’s An Alien? Just Be Yourself

Topics not to talk about on a date: the police, evictions and cocaine. But what if your date turns out to be an alien?

Hey, maybe that’s what it takes to get you to open up and connect on a hilariously human level.

Comedian Charles Gould, who wrote and starred in the sketch above, told The Huffington Post the clip was inspired by a real-life situation. (That’s not to say he actually swiped right on an extraterrestrial.)

“After multiple dating and social failures I made this list of topics not to discuss on a first date,” he said. “It made me realize that maybe we are stressing ourselves out too much about everything, especially dating, and what would it take for us all to chill.”

In this case, it would take your date being an alien with long eyelashes and telepathic powers. Who says romance is dead?

Comedy – The Huffington Post
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Wouldn’t parenting be easier if you could see into the mind of your child? Learn to hear what your child can’t or won’t tell you-and Understand Behavior Build Values Nurture Closeness Solve Problems In her popular Boston Globe column “Child Caring,” Barbara Meltz has been writing about real-life parenting issues for more than a decade. She has found that instead of divorce or moving-the situations parents think of as stressful-children’s concerns are often linked to commonplace events such as sleepovers or the first day of school. In this wise, compassionate book, Meltz offers parents a unique window into their child’s inner life. She includes candid, illuminating observations from kids themselves and offers advice on what to ask, listen for, or observe to decode puzzling behavior. how to get a child to talk about his or her problems. and how to find the best way to solve conflicts. By focusing on developmental trouble spots, not age, her approach is as helpful to the parents of a two-year-old as to those of a twelve-year-old. From keeping secrets to going to camp to larger issues, such as stealing or death in the family, Put Yourself in Their Shoes offers a way to see inside a child’s world-and help to make it safe and strong.

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How to Give Yourself a Fresh Start

It’s a few days into the new year, but life is already starting to taste stale. Stale as the lone gallon of milk still sitting in your fridge, and stale as the air in your living room from the aftermath of your New Year’s Eve party.

Even your New Year’s resolutions are sounding stale. They seemed nothing but brilliant when you first pounded them out on your laptop. Now you wish you could eat the words because you’re feeling embarrassed, naïve and outed. Everyone knows about them, and everyone will know when you fail.

What you need is a fresh start. But how?

First, ease off on yourself. Forget about jumping on the bandwagon and feeling pressured to start something new or something big. You need to first spend the time letting go of things that no longer serve you. Until you do so, you cannot give yourself a new beginning.

Secondly, just because a date on a calendar changed doesn’t mean you should change instantly. You have years of parental, cultural and other institutional programming to sort through. Don’t discount their influence on your own values.

It also doesn’t happen the moment when you decide to write down a bunch of resolutions. Resolutions are wishcraft disguised as goals, no matter how SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound) they may sound.

In case you are thinking it will be different this time, slide open that desk drawer and see how many ghosts of New Year’s resolutions past haunt you.

You failed because you are repeating a pattern.

Patterns are accumulations of unhealthy habits that force you into autopilot. Bad habits act as mental prisons. They are difficult to break free, and you may find yourself serving a long “prison” sentence.

But you can make a “prison break.” And who else is best to teach us about a prison break than Andy Dufresne?

If you’ve never seen The Shawshank Redemption, you probably won’t recognize the main character from the movie. Andy was an innocent man who, after having been accused of murdering his wife and her lover, was sentenced to life in prison. Andy’s exceptional ability to give himself a mental fresh start after experiencing repeated setbacks and injustices makes for a good case study. See if you can apply these lessons to your life.

1. “You Get Busy Living or You Get Busy Dying.”
The first step in giving yourself a fresh start is to decide if you want to “get busy living or get busy dying.” Think of it as your “Go/No Go” decision tool. You don’t need the perfect situation or permission from anyone else. It starts when you make up your mind to do it.

2. Take One Bold Risk.

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After he overheard a prison guard complain about a topic he knew well, Andy offered a solution, a bold move that nearly got him flung off the roof. But that move was a turning point. It shifted his relationship with other inmates and the guards, and it shifted something in him.

“We sat and drank with the sun over our shoulders and felt like free men.” [Red]

A bold risk will snap you out of your rut like a swim in an icy lake. Take the plunge.

3. Change Perceptions.
Often times a fresh start is difficult because of your history with the people whom you regularly interact with. You might feel boxed in and expected to behave a certain way.

Andy used his knowledge as a banker to change his relationship with the guards. He shifted their perception of him from that of a prisoner to someone who was their equal.

“Dekins just looked at him a second… and he actually shook Andy’s hand. Shook his hand! I near soiled myself.” [Brooks]

Create a shift by changing your response to a given situation from what others normally expect of you. Adopt a new manner of speaking that bridges understanding and mutual respect.

4. Persist Beyond the Point of Failure.

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Work with your constraints. Don’t fight them. In Andy’s case, powerful forces repeatedly worked against him: the warden, the guards, solitary confinement, multiple beatings, and 500 yards of raw sewage to wade through before he broke free. Despite the insurmountable odds, he persisted. All he carried in his arsenal was a tiny rock hammer and hope.

“There are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. There’s something inside they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.” [Andy]

5. When You Can’t Change the Scenery, Search Hard for Beauty.
Know that it’s going to get tough before it gets easy. Anticipate this. When you hit that point, you will need to dig deep for a reason to continue. And if you come up empty, you will need to search for a little piece of beauty in that joyless place. For Andy, that meant lifting himself and everyone in the prison yard through the power of music.

“It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.” [Red]

6. Absolve Yourself of Mistakes.

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At some point, you will be tempted to question or beat yourself up. When this happens, know that the person you are today will always know more than the self of yesterday. Until you can forgive yourself for your mistakes, you will be your own worse enemy — your own jailer.

“I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid…I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone.” [Red]

After all the work you do, what if you still fail? That is always a real possibility. Know that failure is nothing more than a step in the learning process. You simply start again. As Oprah Winfrey wisely noted, “Right now, no matter where you are, you are a single choice away from a new beginning.”
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5 Things You Should Tell Yourself Before You Go To Bed

Why is it when we always lie down for bed, we’re suddenly flooded with negative thoughts, worst-case scenarios and scads of mental to-do lists?

Getting the recommended amount of Zzz’s should be something we strive for, but our brains have a way of making those extra hours a little elusive. Ruminating over your worries as your head hits the pillow can put you on the fast track to a restless night. So, perhaps, the solution for drifting off to dreamland lies in what we tell ourselves before we crawl under the sheets.

If you’re looking for a little calm before shutting those eyes, try these five sleep mantras instead.

“I’m thankful for…”
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What can’t gratitude do? Practicing thankfulness can increase our happiness levels, boost our immune systems and strengthen our relationships — and, yes, it can also help us sleep better. Before you go to bed, reflect on what you’re thankful for (or, better yet, write it down). You may sleep in the dark, but you’ll be looking at the bright side.

“Let it be.”
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Have you ever heard of the saying “never go to bed angry”? Research shows reflecting on negative emotions after we crawl into bed makes it less likely that we’ll get adequate rest, according to a 2012 study.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to resolve all conflicts before going to sleep (in fact, as Women’s Health reported earlier this year, it may work in your benefit to wait until the morning), you should clear your mind of anxieties when you shut those eyes. Whether the conflict requires an apology, a pause or just some time to talk it out, make sure you have peace of mind before you hit the pillow.

“I am strong.”
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Or — if you prefer another adjective — kind, brave and loved all work, too. The point is to reflect on your accomplishments, strengths and characteristics. A 2014 study suggests that self-acceptance is crucial to a happier life, yet we rarely practice it. We could all use a little boost — and aren’t these positive thoughts infinitely nicer to think about than the mishap we had at work that day?

“How can I make this better?”
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If you’re stuck in a creative rut, try asking yourself the specific question you’ve been trying to solve right as you go to bed. According to best-selling author Steven Kotler, your solution might lie in your sleeping brain through lucid dreaming. “It is pretty easy to ask the intrinsic system a question … Out loud or silently, doesn’t seem to matter,” he writes in a Psychology Today post on hacking creativity. You may just land on that “aha!” moment you’ve been consciously striving for.

“I will find calm.”
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If you have been tossing and turning for a while, you may find solace in focusing on one calming phrase, according to wellness expert Deepak Chopra, M.D. Repeat the mantra silently to yourself. If you find yourself becoming distracted, gently return your thoughts to just the repetition of that phrase. Check out these suggestions for more calming mantras to try.

This GPS Guide is part of a series of posts designed to bring you back to balance when you’re feeling off course.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others’ stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing “secret weapons” that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.
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ANNIE Movie – Be Bold, Be Yourself – In Theaters 12/19!

Release Date: 19 December 2014 (United States)
Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Genre: Musical / Comedy / Family
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Screenplay by: Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna

Based on the musical stage play “Annie”
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

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Small Business Accounting: Teach Yourself

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Small Business Accounting is a jargon-free joy for the small business owner or manager, providing practical examples of real businesses to show the reader, step by step, how to record each transaction. This book does not assume that you know anything at all about business records and accounts and gives a system for real businesses to be operated by real business people who want a simple, easy and, above all, quick system of book keeping. Forget about debits and credits, journal entries, ledgers and day books. If you can read a bank statement this book will teach you how to prepare accounts, make cashflow forecasts and prepare a budget. And when you do need to use an accountant, it tells you how best to find a reliable one. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at www. teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of small business accounting. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you’ve learnt and how to use it.

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Put Yourself in His Place.

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Teach Yourself – the world’s leading learning brand – is relaunched in 2010 as a multi-platform experience that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Let our expert author guide you through this brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book. Go online at www. teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don’t have much time, don’t worry – every book gives you 1, 5 and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started. – Sensible advice on how to get your child interested in sports – Lots of suggestions for sporty activities for you to do together – whatever your fitness – Tips, tricks and techniques for getting them to eat healthily – Advice if you’re worried about your child’s weight This book will help you overcome all your concerns about your child’s health and fitness, giving you sensible advice for how to boost their activity levels and keep them active and healthy. It shows you things to do as a family, gives advice on how to motivate your child, and offers you tips on keeping their diet healthy – with plenty of sensible suggestions if you need to help your child lose weight.

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The Little Lies You Tell Yourself Every Day, Gorgeously Illustrated

“I’ll get up early and go to the gym tomorrow.” “I’ll just have one cookie.” “Tonight I’m going to finish reading Infinite Jest instead of Netflixing ‘30 Rock’ again.” Sure you will! But don’t feel too bad if you don’t — we all, from time to time, make these optimistic promises to ourselves, knowing how likely we are to break them.

In her new book, Daily Dishonesty: The Beautiful Little Lies We Tell Ourselves Every Day (Abrams Image, September 2), Lauren Hom has brought this ubiquitous habit into the spotlight, crafting elegant, hand-lettered illustrations for common white lies we tell ourselves: “These heels don’t hurt”; “I’ll just have a salad”; “I’m over it.” It was her own tendency to embellish her future plans that inspired the project, she explains, saying that she and her roommate were describing what they intended to do with their free time when they realized they simply didn’t have any.

Hom’s illustrations play cleverly with our expectations of presentation versus message; as she notes, “When I first started Daily Dishonesty, I was just beginning to dabble in hand lettering and typography. I noticed that most of the work out there was beautiful, but the subject matter was kind of soft –­ mostly inspirational sayings and quotes from movies.“ By presenting an obviously tongue-in-cheek message in such traditionally Pinterest-quote packaging, the illustrations subtly satirize the pervasive inspirational-saying culture while nonetheless celebrating its aesthetics.

In a way, the book embodies this meeting place between snark and positivity, in spirit as well as in aesthetic. While it goodnaturedly punctures the widespread earnestness of Pinterest-y inspirational illustrating, suggesting that such beautiful, and beautifully delivered, messages are unlikely to be lived up to in reality, the illustrations themselves carry a note of (inspiring) comfort — after all, we may be lying to ourselves about the salad, but it’s okay; everyone is doing it. We’re all in this together. Hom herself points out, “These little lies have even become a part of our culture,” and not in a bad way. “They help us make light of life’s little quirks.”

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The Gold Coast Cure's Fitter, Firmer, Faster Program: Get A Killer Body Without Killing Yourself

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The Gold Coast Cure’s Fitter, Firmer, Faster Program: Get a Killer Body Without Killing Yourself

The Gold Coast Cure’s Fitter, Firmer, Faster Program: Get a Killer Body Without Killing Yourself


Ditch the Unrealistic Low-Carb-Fat-Cal Diets and Enjoy a Simpler, Healthier "Whole" Approach to Weight Loss From the authors of the mega-hit weight-loss guide The Gold Coast Cure Let’s be honest. Most diet books are so restrictive and extreme that without tremendous willpower, the average person is bound to fail. All that is about to change with The Gold Coast Cure’s Fitter, Firmer, Faster Program. Written by a doctor and his wife whose breakthrough approach has helped thousands take off the poundsand fight disease, this program–designed with real life in mind–will help you slim down without deprivation, starvation, and complete frustration. Based on sound science, this three-pronged plan–a whole-foods diet, six supplements, and just thirty minutes of exercise three days a week–really works. The secret is not in what you can’t have but what you can have. You’ll learn how to trade harmful fats for healthy fats, swap refined carbs for whole carbs, and choose real foods with real nutrients that help burn fat. Best of all, you’ll have the freedom to enjoy pasta, potatoes, bread, chocolate, and even a glass of wine or beer a day-every day-and still lose weight This easy-to-follow guide comes complete with: Over 50 delicious recipes plus two weeks of meals you can make in under 30 minutes Two do-at-home or take-to-the-park workouts that burn fat and build lean muscle A Brand-Name Shopping Guide that will save you time at the grocery store Say goodbye to that belly, or your apple or pear shape–it’s time to get Fitter, Firmer, Faster.
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Be a Great Single Parent: Teach Yourself

Be a Great Single Parent: Teach Yourself


Is this the right book for me? Be a Great Single Parent: Teach Yourself offers a step-by-step, sensible and jargon-free guide to all the things that most concern you, from what being a single parent means to you and your child emotionally, how to cope with the practical realities day-to-day, and how to socialise with parents like yourself and benefit from the many support networks available. There will be plenty of expert emotional support and useful advice for fathers, mothers and other family members whatever their domestic situation, and relevant do’s, don’ts and further resources throughout! Be a Great Single Parent includes: Chapter 1: In the beginning Chapter 2: Getting over feelings of guilt and failure Chapter 3: Helping your children cope Chapter 4: Going it alone Chapter 5: Parenting tips Chapter 6: Home alone Chapter 7: Childcare Chapter 8: Money matters Chapter 9: Widening your horizons Chapter 10: New partners – dating and mating Teach Yourself methods: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors’ many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of navigating the role of single parent. Things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

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Lovingkindness For Yourself as Well

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

Maya Angelou

In classical Buddhist teaching, the practice of lovingkindness begins with extending love and compassion to yourself. With an idea of spirituality as self-denial, self-judgment or even self mortification — this seems awfully strange. It certainly seemed strange to me.

I went to Burma in 1985 to do an extended retreat in lovingkindness meditation, a practice specifically designed to open our heart and strengthen our sense of connection to all of life. It is a meditation practice that enables us to dissolve the rigid sense of “self” and “other” and “us” and “them” that can keep us feeling so isolated, so cut off, and so afraid. Another way of saying lovingkindness is friendship; the practice is one of cultivating friendship towards yourself and ultimately all beings everywhere.

I knew the classical unfolding of the practice: after lovingkindness towards yourself you offer lovingkindness to someone who has helped you, or a benefactor, then a friend, a neutral person and a difficult person. The difficult person is the doorway to lovingkindness for all beings.

Each part of that structure made some sense to me, though I knew different parts would likely be challenging or unappealing. It was lovingkindness for myself that seemed more like a pro-forma ritual to be gotten through quickly. Hah!

The invitation in this meditation practice isn’t to be narcissistic or self centered, which we can and certainly often do manage without the time and effort of meditation. Rather, it is building and renewing the reservoir of feeling whole within, feeling complete, so that we can offer and give and serve without feeling depleted, overcome or burned out.

The goal is also not to undertake lovingkindness for yourself as some kind of strategic project, refusing to consider others before you “finish” having lovingkindness for yourself. There are many people who care for others in a disproportionate way, leaving themselves out. The goal here is a kind of balance. As we explore this balance, we are also exploring skills of resilience.

It’s not just that we need to be careful of naked people offering us their shirts because we will be disappointed. Those naked people will often be wanting to do the generous, caring thing, but find themselves despairing because they know they just don’t have what it takes to make a sustained effort to make a difference. There is hollowness on both sides, giving and receiving.

In Burma I started my three-month retreat with the reflection, right from the Buddha’s teaching, “All beings want to be happy.” The idea is that our urge for happiness isn’t a problem, something to feel squeamish about, or to confuse with greed. Our basic problem is ignorance about where true happiness is to be found. It is because of this ignorance that we engage in actions that can cause so much pain for ourselves and for others. But the wish for happiness in itself is rightful, appropriate. When it can be combined with wisdom instead of with ignorance, that wish becomes like a homing instinct for freedom. We can cut through many obstacles, overcome many fears when we realize it’s alright to want to be happy.

And just as we ourselves want to be happy, all beings want to be happy. We all want a sense of belonging, a feeling of being a part of something greater than our limited sense of self, a home in this body, in this mind, in this life. We all want to be happy. In a way, we all deserve to be happy. That includes you. And as I came to learn, that includes me.

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
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Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c


Get the latest on all the new iPhone features with this easy-to-read visual guide Whether you’re experienced with using the iPhone or new to the iPhone family, this practical guide provides you with clear visual instructions on how to use your new iPhone 5s or 5c. More than 500 color illustrations, combined with easy-to-follow explanations, get you up and running by clearly showing you how to do everything. Discover how to access and download books, apps, music, and video, as well as send photos, sync with your other Apple devices, edit movies on your phone, and effectively use the current OS. Walks you through all the exciting new features and capabilities of the iPhone 5s and 5c and the latest version of the OS – iOS 7 Details sending photos and e-mails, editing movies, and syncing with other Apple devices and services Explains how to access and download books, apps, songs, and videos Includes more than 500 full-color screen shots to reinforce your visual learning of the iPhone Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c  is the ultimate visual guide to the latest features and capabilities of your iPhone.
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Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows XP in 24 Hours


Sams Teach Yourself Windows XP in 24 Hours is designed to teach the new Windows XP user how to get the most out of a desktop computer. It also provides additional coverage for the experienced Windows user who wants to learn more about what’s new in Windows XP. The book includes extensive coverage of Windows XP’s new features, including: Adapting to Windows XP’s new user interface and enhanced reliability and manageability Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 6 Setting up Windows XP’s enhanced wireless and home networking features Playing MP3s and streaming media files with Windows Media Player 8 Editing digital video with Windows Movie Maker 1.1

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8 Ways to Sooth Yourself During Wedding Freak Outs

Are you freaking out about your wedding? Here are 8 ways to get calmer, fast!

1. Get pampered. Research shows that massage is a great way to relieve stress. For the best stress relief, try foot reflexology. It is like a heavenly foot rub, but more importantly, says leading reflexologist Laura Norman, author of Feet First, “It targets specific areas of the feet that represent organs, and areas of the body. It helps bring healing and rejuvenation, gives you energy and relaxes you.” Working on the feet has a way of grounding you and bringing you back into your body.

2. Meditate. Studies show meditation is good for you. There are many ways to include meditation in your pre-wedding self- care plans. You might choose to learn a formal meditative practice, such as TM (Transcendental Meditation) or use a popular meditation CD or video. Or just take 10 minutes a day to be quiet and still. The act of taking time out to slow down, reflect, release tension, and center yourself will do wonders to help you cope with stressful parts of wedding planning. “Meditation helps us to take a break from chaos,” says meditation and ritual expert Barbara Biziou. “If a bride makes some form of meditation a regular part of her well-being routine she will find that she wastes less and less energy on worry and reactive behavior and that her capacity for coping with wedding ups and downs increases.”

3. Talk to someone. Whether you have a designated listener, a support group, or a therapist, make sure you have a way to blow off steam, work out stress, communicate about fears, and complain about wedding annoyances in a safe place — without driving friends nutty. Also make sure also you do not get stuck in a state of complaining or whining. Consider connecting with other brides. No one understands better than someone in the same “sorority.” There are many websites, such as The Knot, where brides share their experiences, swap ideas, refer vendors, and commiserate about the downside of wedding planning. Or, unload your wedding woes and worries at Confessions of a Bridezilla.

4. Connect with women folk. Many cultures insist on rituals designed to pamper the bride. In some African cultures, women folk adorn the bride with native jewelry before her wedding. In the Hindu tradition, women gather for Henna decorating of the bride and each other and make sure the bride is rested for her wedding day. In China, there is an ancient custom of combing the bride’s hair, where a friend or relative runs the comb through for good fortune. In Turkey, “the bride often takes a five day break from premarital stress,” according to Timeless Traditions by Lisl Spangleberg. “They pamper themselves and take time relaxing with friends.” Look into your own culture for ways to connect with women folk. Also important: Spend non-wedding time with friends, just to relax and unwind, whether it’s sharing a meal, a drink, or a cup of tea.

5. Soak and shower. Nothing is more healing than a hot bath and nothing is more cleansing than a shower after a long day of doing “wedding stuff.” Water is one of the five sacred elements, and baths and showers cleanse and purify the body. To restore electrolytes to the body, put a cup each of sea salt and Epson salts in you bath and dunk your self completely a few times. In the shower, enjoy a standing meditation and allow the water to wash away your worries and carry them down the drain. There are also aroma therapy bath oils and scented candles that can fill the bathroom with an uplifting or relaxing energy.

6. Breathe. Taking time out to literally catch your breath is something you can do anywhere, any time. “One gateway back into the body is conscious breathing,” says author and sex coach, Dr. Patti Britton. “Consciously follow your breath in and out, for maybe four or five minutes. It helps anchor you back inside your skin.” If you need a boost of energy, or a moment of stress reduction, breathing can bring immediate relief.

7. Journal. Writing down your deepest thoughts, and documenting your feelings during this time of transition is a great way to make it smoother. It’s a chance to release what upsets you onto paper, and is also a way to write down goals and create new ones. Just taking 15 minutes a day to journal can do wonders for adjusting your attitude and enhancing feelings of confidence and hopefulness. “Journaling is a great way to help a bride reduce stress before her wedding,” says Dr. Linda Olson, clinical psychologist and therapist based in New Canaan, CT. “The physical act of writing and the visual act of seeing the written word is therapeutic.”

8. Pray, daydream and make wishes. It is so important to take time every day to make a wish, get lost in a day dream, or say a prayer when you need support. Don’t be shy about taking time to lovingly fantasize about your big day. It will make you feel good to focus on your vision for your wedding and will bring a smile to your face. Remember, when you smile it is impossible to frown or feel stressed.

Planning a wedding can be like having another job. In general, make sure you take time off from wedding planning each week to chill.
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Teach Yourself Visually Mac OS X Leopard

Teach Yourself Visually Mac OS X Leopard


For readers looking to gain a general understanding of the Mac OS X operating system and some of the common peripherals associated with it, this book is a perfect introduction. ‘Teach Yourself VISUALLY Mac OS X Leopard’ demonstrates everything readers need to know to work with and organize files, customize their computer and workspace, troubleshoot and maintain their Mac OS X and also have fun browsing and manipulating images while listening to music and Podcasts. Full color screen shots and numbered, step by step instructions show readers how to get up and running quickly while exploring all the newest features of the v.10.5 OS. This book also shows readers how to browse the web with Safari, have fun with iPod and iTunes, find out how to work with and connect peripherals; including, copying music to an iPod, adding a printer, and synching a Mac to other devices, and what to do if switching from an older version of Mac to the OS X.

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The 3 Most Important Questions You Could Ask Yourself When You’re Stressed

Do you secretly thrive on stress?

While none of us would like to openly admit it, we sometimes indulge in the feelings that come from a tense situation. Whether it’s pushing our work back until we’re on the brink of a deadline or even just immersing ourselves in a friend’s personal drama — we all get a motivating energy from the adrenaline-pumping emotions that come with a high-risk situation.

While research has proven that a little stress may actually be a good thing, like anything else, too much of it can have its damaging effects. Heidi Hanna, a fellow at the American Institute of Stress and the author of Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress, says that many of us even can form a stress addiction. “When it comes to stress, there’s a chemical response happening in the brain that keeps us amped up and we become reliant on that stimulation,” Hanna tells The Huffington Post. “It can become like any other addiction. We are hardwired to be overstimulated.”

So how do we move beyond our natural tendency to feed into stress? When it comes to managing its energy, whether it’s an overwhelming negative or a little motivational, there are simple coping mechanisms we can employ so our brains stay flexible during times of trepidation. Below find three questions Hanna suggests asking yourself when you’re feeling stressed in order to get yourself back on track.

1. “Is this stress I’m feeling mine or someone else’s?”
stressed people

At the first signs of stress, we should identify the source of the energy right away, Hanna says. Are you stressed because of your own situation or is that energy really coming from somewhere else? By possessing an awareness of the source, we’re able to target how to handle it. “It’s important to understand that we do pick up stress from other people because the brain is so sensitive to our environment,” she explains. “We notice someone’s breath rates or that they’re talking really quickly and we pick that up and mirror that.”

2. “Am I able to help?”
stress

Once you’ve identified where the stress is coming from, the next way to handle it is to realistically asses whether or not you’re able to help or change the situation. If the negative energy is a result of other people and you’re suffering from secondhand stress, Hanna says you need to realize there is only so much you can feasibly do in order to dissolve it.

That goes for your own stress and the stress caused by others. “Having a go-to trick to manage stress is common sense but it’s not always common practice,” she advises. “We’d all love to help everybody but if we’re feeling drained, it’s just not always possible. It’s important at the first sign of stress that you have go-to strategies, like practicing gratitude. It allows your brain to stay more flexible so you can think more positively.”

3. “What boundaries do I need to establish?”
relaxing in office

When dealing with stress, particularly in the workplace, Hanna suggests establishing your own sacred spaces or breaks. Going for a walk, taking a few minutes for some breathing exercises or even just grabbing a coffee can allow you to remove yourself from the situation and help you avoid expanding your stressful thoughts. “Be protective of your boundaries. That recovery time is just as important as any other appointment or meeting you schedule throughout your day,” she explains.

Overall, when it comes to overcoming your attraction to stressful energy, Hanna says it’s all about training yourself just as you would for any other routine or habit. “Think of relaxation training like training any other muscle in the gym,” she advises. “Most of us have unknowingly trained ourselves to be dependent on stress and now is the time to change that.”
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How to Be Safe: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Identity Theft, Predators, Scammers and Intruders

How to Be Safe: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Identity Theft, Predators, Scammers and Intruders


Written by Ira Lipman, founder and chairman of Guardsmark, one of the world’s largest security service companies, this valuable guide will show you and your family how to protect yourself from identity theft, predators, scams, intruders and more How to Be Safe is the most comprehensive safety and security manual on the market, encouraging individuals to take a positive, preventive approach to their own safety. This well-researched reference, written by the founder and chairman of Guardsmark, one of the world’s largest security service companies, shows you how to protect yourself from crime even when challenged by the greatest odds. Jam-packed with unique tips and handy guidelines to deal with muggers, burglars, stalkers, and worse, HOW TO BE SAFE reveals what attracts criminals to you, your home, your loved ones, or your business and provides the proven tactics to scare them off. From securing your home with tips from the professionals to protecting your investments and arming your computer with the best virus-protection software, the information inside will help you stay one step ahead of even the savviest criminal minds. If you’re concerned about becoming a victim of crime, keep this book handy and follow its practical and personally relevant advice. Learn the secrets of the security pros and discover how to… – Secure your home while on vacation. – Establish a safe workplace. – Protect kids from violence and bullying. – Stay safe when jogging, shopping, or taking mass transportation. – Detect an unsafe college campus. – Avoid Internet scams and e-mail traps. – Select a safe nursing home or daycare center. – Deal with sexual assault and stalkers. – Respond to a terrorist attack. – And so much more

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Four Ways to Free Yourself From Your To-Do List

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m in a dysfunctional relationship with my to-do list. No longer a useful list of daily tasks or long term goals, my to-do list has taken on a life of it’s own; it now holds the power to define my mood and sense of self. I used to be in charge, but now the list owns me. It owns me like a pawn shop broker a week before payday.

Yes, yes we all know that when used correctly, a to-do list can be a super helpful way to stay organized and keep “on track.” But my to-do list is driving me Stepford wife style crazy. It has become the judge and jury of my worth and the gatekeeper to my contentment. Needless to say, it’s cramping my style.

I tend to see my to-do list as something that will help me relieve anxiety — when the to-do list gets smaller, so will my anxiety. Mistake. While it feels great to check things off the list, when there are still pending items I feel like a failure. Instead of being able to relax into bed at the end of a long day, I toss and turn anxious about all I have left to do tomorrow and feel bogged down by feelings of shame.

So let’s review: Just how well is this list working?

1) The tool that was intended to reduce my anxiety has actually increased it with the added bonus of making me feel bad about myself. 2) My relationship with the hamster wheel of getting stuff done is at some level just providing an illusion of progress through constant movement, ’cause let’s be honest, the list is never actually “done.” 3) By making myself check the box next to each “to-do” in order to obtain emotional freedom, I’ve made myself beholden to the list. Objectively speaking, I’d say my relationship with the list is about as effective as the rhythm method.

So while I don’t believe that giving up the to-do list altogether is the solution, I do believe that there are far more healthy ways to relate to it. I’ve given a lot of thought to what those might be, and I believe the following four steps will help create freedom from this dysfunctional relationship and break the illusion that the to-do list is actually a helpful tool in decreasing anxiety. I commit to changing my relationship with my list today, and I invite you to join me in that journey.

Here’s what I propose:

1) Look At The Big Picture
If you are at the end of your life thinking back at how you spent your days and what experiences added value to your short existence on this earth, what do you suspect is going to feel more important to you — spending quality time with people you care about, being fully present and enjoying the moment, or having completed everything on your list? This life is short and we’ve got to remember that. Focus on what really matters to you and let that, rather than the list, be your guide.

2) Be Realistic About Urgency
Differentiate real urgency from manufactured urgency. Some things really are time sensitive and the rest we just convince ourselves are. Many of the things we tell ourselves MUST get done today are really a matter of preference versus necessity. Here is an example, I recently just moved and I refused to do anything else (eat, sleep or be nice) until all of the boxes were unpacked and everything neatly put away. And while yes, a mess is inconvenient, it’s certainly not going to kill me to stop for dinner and finish the rest tomorrow. (If not for me, for my poor fiancé cowering in the corner with a box of cereal and a Xanax.) Paying a credit card bill by its due date = real urgency. Unpacking boxes in order to preserve sanity = manufactured urgency. In that moment I let my manufactured urgency take precedence over one of my real values — enjoying a meal with my partner. So try to differentiate between the two and then take a deep breath and let go of the non-essentials (not permanently, just for now).

3) Defuse Task Completion And Worth
Your value as a human being is not contingent on how effective you are at crossing things off your list, so stop tying the two together. Would you ever tell a friend that they are a worthless, ineffective loser because they didn’t complete the things on their to-do list? Of course not, then don’t say the same things to yourself.

4) Accept That You Sometimes Can’t Do It All
Eckhart Tolle explains, “The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.” If the present moment includes a to-do list with uncompleted items, acceptance may be the only choice. The alternative is stress, guilt, shame, and all around feelings of crappiness. And we all know that is not helpful. Ask yourself if you are willing to accept the discomfort of not getting it all done so you can refocus your energy onto other things that are more important to you.

So next time you feel overwhelmed with your to-do list ask yourself: Am I in charge of the list or is the list in charge of me? If it feels like the list has a hold on you make a commitment to trying the strategies above (or whatever else you think might work) so that the list can resume it’s rightful place as your friend instead of your enemy.

What are your challenges with or solutions to managing your to-do list stress? Share with me on Twitter @TempestaLCSW.

For more health and well-being tips check out my website at www.danielalcsw.com
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More Felt Friends from Japan: 80 Cuddly and Kawaii Toys and Accessories to Make Yourself

More Felt Friends from Japan: 80 Cuddly and Kawaii Toys and Accessories to Make Yourself


In this charming follow-up to her popular Felt Friends from Japan, Naomi Tabatha shares 80 projects that anyone can make using only felt and a needle-and-thread. Here are soft toys and dolls, adorable outfits to dress them in, and a variety of useful and attractive accessories and decorative household items, all reflecting the retro style that Tabatha remembers from her childhood in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. More Felt Friends from Japan opens by introducing a zoo-ful of animals (Chimpanzee, Giraffe, Lion, Hippo, Anteater, Elephant, Zebra, Capybara); and then presents an adorable Kitty, ready to go shopping and dress up. Readers also meet Kitty’s friends – Piggy, Bear, Dog, and Monkey – and will have a chance to fashion costumes for them as well. Tabatha even shows readers how to turn these clever creatures into hand puppets. After fun with of couple of precious pooches, it’s time for Nostalgic Posing Dolls named Ruru, Lili, Lala-chan, and a lovely little Fawn. In the Accessories section, Tabatha includes Hanging Charms (beaded strands with little figures such as birds, cats, fish, frogs, and cookies); Fun Coasters in the shapes of a frog, a fish, and a chick; Eyeglass Cases; and Pouches. There are small and large tote bags, each with an appealing animal applique; and an assortment of brooches shaped like the faces of favorites like a koala, a piglet, a panda, a pug, and more. Every project features clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs and cut-out patterns. Plus, an explanatory section covers the basic stitches and techniques used. Everything is hand-stitched – no sewing machines, tools, or intricate steps are required. Simple enough for crafters ranging in age from about ten years old to adult, More Felt Friends from Japan is sure to please anyone who loves creating cute things from felt.

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Re: Duck Dynasty: Hollywood, Go Screw Yourself

Too many people are dismissing the action of A&E at reinstating Phil Robertson so soon after suspending him from Duck Dynasty. It’s just a TV show, they say, and we have all of these wins on marriage equality — and look at Utah!

But this is not about, “Oh, we’re ‘winning,’ so who cares about Duck Dynasty? As long as our so-called “friends” in Hollywood promote and tolerate this kind of hate for money, we’ve not won much.

Tomorrow they’ll throw an AIDS benefit to assuage their guilt, or come out and say some wonderful things about LGBT people, while making millions of dollars by promoting hate against us, shrouded in religious beliefs, and raising America’s kids on hate. And the racism they’re promoting with Phil Robertson, who posited that blacks were happier under Jim Crow, while they claim to be so inclusive and anti-racist, is appalling, and shows the height of Hollywood hypocrisy.

Challenging homophobia and racism is not just about “rights” and “winning” in courtrooms and legislatures. It’s about what culture promotes and what’s acceptable to make money on — what bigotry is clearly able to be marketed and sold to the masses who’ve been fed this crap for decades.

And in the Duck Dynasty controversy, Hollywood and it’s supposed pro-gay, anti-racist liberals allowed Sarah Palin and the right to give them “free speech” cover — when we all know this has nothing to do with free speech — to make millions of dollars off of hate. As blogger Pam Spaulding wrote, the “problem with brushing this DD flap aside as just meaningless, is the fact that corporations, with this quick slap in the face of LGBTs (and black folks) is that it’s a recognition of bigots as a demographic that must be catered to. That is no small deal, people.”
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