Feed Your Soul

The life changing magic of tidying up...

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 15, 2017



“Start by discarding all at once, intensely and completely.”


“Keep only those things that speak to your heart.”


“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”


- Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up


The best way to get things done...

Pujols Kitchen - Saturday, January 14, 2017



The best way to get things done is to simply begin.


How to make your dreams come true...

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, January 12, 2017



Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.


There are millions of dreams that aren’t nearly as impossible to make reality as we think.


As acclaimed motivational speaker Earl Nightingale said: “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”


What dreams do you plan to make a reality in 2017?


What challenged you in 2016?

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, January 11, 2017



If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

What challenge changed you in 2016?

When to clean off your desk...

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, January 10, 2017



If you’re at the beginning of a project, a new study published in Psychological Science shows it's most beneficial to have a messy desk.


Messy environments promote creative thinking and unconventional new ideas. 


As you get closer to the end of your project, a clean desk helps your mind focus on order and expectations. 


The move away from a messy desk (chaos) will help you finish your project.


Relax and give back to yourself...

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, January 10, 2017



With the holidays over, you deserve to take some time to relax and give back to yourself. Here are five tricks for giving back to you.

1.    Aromatherapy. Scents have a powerful effect on us because they’re the best and fastest way to reach the mood center of our brains is through our nose! Inhaling essential oils can transform our mood. Essential oils with grounding properties help calm your mind so you can refocus. To calm occasional stress and anxiety try Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Idaho Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), Idaho Blue Spruce (Picea pungens), Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum), or Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides).

2.    Listen to Relaxing Music. You can find relaxing music on YouTube, or music apps like Pandora or Spotify.

3.    Take a walk outdoors in the fresh air. When you experience a change of scenery it gives your mind lots of stimuli to focus on rather than what you’ve been stressing about. Give yourself a chance to slow down and admire the flowers or listen to the birds.

4.    Massage therapy works wonders but if you don’t have the funds for this on a regular basis, consider simple tools like a foam roller, massage therapy balls, or tennis balls and use the ground or a wall to work on yourself.

5.    Allow yourself to be creative. Whether you choose to express your creativity through cooking, painting, knitting, jewelry making or coloring, doing crafts is a great way to relieve stress.


The benefits of hot tea...

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 09, 2017



“Drink your tea slowly and reverently,

as if it is the axis on which the world revolves,

slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

Live the actual moment.

Only this moment is life.”

 –Thich Nhat Hanh

 

For die-hard tea drinkers, nothing is as relaxing, reassuring or satisfying as a cup of hot tea. The beauty of tea is there’s a different type to soothe any ailment.


Rather than reaching for that pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream the next time you’re feeling down, make a cup of orange and lemon tea instead. The scent of citrus is proven to boost your mood and with a high level of antioxidants, tea is a far healthier choice.


Whether you’re fighting to stay awake or craving something sweet, pumpkin spice flavored chai or rooibos tea is the perfect remedy. Chai is a black tea with cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Add in some pumpkin spice for fall flavors. But if you need to de-stress, drink a pumpkin spice rooibos since it is caffeine-free.


Upset stomach? You don’t need Pepto Bismol. Brew some ginger tea instead. Ginger is ideal soother for all types of stomach issues. Because of its ability to prevent nausea, it’s the perfect remedy for morning hangovers.


Need an energy boost without the caffeine crash? Green tea and mint tea are caffeine free energy-boosters.


Can’t sleep? With lavender and sleep-inducing herbs and properties, chamomile tea is known to relax you by reducing stress and anxiety.


Inspire your heart...

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 09, 2017



“The Artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” – Ananda Coomaraswamy


Each of us is an artist in our own way. That’s why art is so special. Take time today to celebrate your creativity. Whether it’s coloring in the coloring book you received over the holidays, painting, sculpting, writing poetry, dancing, or visiting the art museum to admire masterpieces, art stimulates our brains and makes us happier and healthier.


What matters most...

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, January 05, 2017



“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” –Charles Bukowski

Words of wisdom from Dr. Seuss...

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, January 04, 2017



“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” –Dr. Seuss


 

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