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New Year New Habits?

New Year New Habits?

Someone asked me recently about my new year resolutions and they were surprised to hear that I don’t have any. I wasn’t surprised by the question. After all, this is the time of year we most see courses, books, and offerings on how to set intentions, healthy lifestyles, and positive changes. It is a new year, and with it comes the opportunity to start afresh. We are also in the midst of winter, which means nature itself is in the process of renewal, dying off and preparing to re-surge again in the coming months.

I do set goals and seek to improve myself in various ways, but I do that throughout the year. Somehow new year resolutions do not work for me. Perhaps what is missing with resolutions is making them realistic and achievable.

When I got my hands on the book High Performance Habits- How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard (2017), I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have seen a few promotions on the book as well as courses Burchard offers, and I was afraid it was going to offer a different way of working on resolutions.

It didn’t, and I was pleasantly surprised. The book describes six habits to perform at a higher level, and these habits are more about attitudes and approaches to life.

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2019 Intentions & Review of 2018

2019 Intentions & Review of 2018

On this last day of 2018, I am reflecting on what I have lived through this year and wanted to share some of the most significant moments for me and Petal Life.

I also want to look forward to 2019 and set intentions for the starting year.

Most Read Articles of 2018

This year I wrote on a range of topics, including forgiveness, connection, reducing stress at work, chakras, placebos, crystals, and many others. I interviewed my friend Agnetha to share about Swedish Lagom as a key to a balanced lifestyleand my friend Amy to share her approach to do-it-yourself cleaning products. I told you about herbs such as spearmint, turmeric, and black-seed, and about pine essential oils for arthritis as well as aromatherapy for anxiety and constipation relief.

As per your engagement, the most popular articles in 2018 were:

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Our Connection is Evident in the Origin of Foods

Our Connection is Evident in the Origin of Foods

We take for granted that we can find most crops almost anywhere in the world. Walk into a grocery store and it is likely we’ll find bananas, kiwis, black pepper, corn, and various other spices and produce, regardless of where they originate from, be it Ecuador, New Zealand, Chile, India, Mexico, or somewhere locally.

But that is not as it was.  In fact, corn, vanilla, and avocados are native crops to Mexico and Central America, and cacao, tomatoes, and potatoes are native to the Andean region of South America (Island Press, 2009).

Globalization of food production enables us to grow crops outside of their native environments, and while this is convenient, it also has created a greater connection amongst us that we now may take for granted.

The extent of our interconnectedness is awe inspiring. Let me show this by telling you about the origin of black pepper, potatoes, and limes.

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Decluttering: The Alternative to Minimalism

Decluttering: The Alternative to Minimalism

I am amazed at people who own very little. I’ve heard stories of people who live with the bare essential, with a wardrobe of 2 dresses, 3 skirts, 3 sweaters, a few t-shirts, 2 jeans, and 2 trousers (Luhrs, 2016).

While I cannot live with a minimalist wardrobe, stories like these make me realize I own too much. My closets are filled with items, some that I use, others that I barely use, and still others that rarely see the light of day. At a time of year when people generally acquire, I have decided to discard.

Whether we realize it or not, the things we own have an effect on. They clutter our space, they create dense energy, and they encourage us to remain attached to things that no longer serves us. It is quite likely that the more we own, the more baggage we carry- literally.

I know I cannot be a true minimalist, but I used that as inspiration to declutter.

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How to Tap Into Our Intuition

How to Tap Into Our Intuition

We all recognize that feeling we get when in our gut we know that something is right for us, or maybe even wrong.  There is no concrete reason for this, other than a deep feeling.  This is our gut instinct or intuition.

“Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business- everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is the emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.” David Lynch

A while back I wrote about eating intuitively, and I decided today to expand on this concept of intuition. Intuition is about acknowledging, listening to, and following those feelings we know as gut-feelings, inner knowing, or awareness.

I recognize that the more I listen to my intuition, the better my life turns out. In fact, I chide myself when I don’t follow my intuition, because it regularly comes back to bite me- in a sense.

Our gut, among other parts of our bodies, is essential to our intuition.  Intuition guides us and helps us make decisions. I’ll tell you how to do it, but first give you a reason why it benefits us.

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Get It Done

Get It Done

If you are like me, you struggle to get things done.  Even though most who know me consider me to be organized, I am far less productive than they imagine.  At times I lose myself to procrastination.

That is why I was intrigued when TCK Publishing sent me a copy of the book Get It Done – The 21-Day Mind Hack System to Double Your Productivity and Finish What You Start by Michael Mackintosh (2018).

Michael makes big promises.  He says his system is different because he explains how to overcome the resistance that holds us back from accomplishing what we desire.

The book does not provide strategies, timelines, or time management techniques.  It is quite the opposite.  Although there is planning, it’s quite simple.  The book is divided into three parts and provides a step-by-step system for bringing our ideas to life.  I tested it and I am sharing my take and results.

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