What is a Resolution?

I know what many of you think when you hear New Year Resolution…they don’t work. It is pointless to think of them, and maybe its even pointless to try them. You start off strong the first Monday of the new year going to the gym or you go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of fruit and throw away all of your chocolate cookies (I mean one shouldn’t really waste a chocolate chip cookie), only to give up or fail with in the first week or two of the new year.

Thats pessimistic isn’t it?

Why do we even try? What is the point of getting ourselves all amped to follow through with this resolution, only to be disappointed in ourselves.

The problem is the term “Resolution”. Resolution can be defined as taking a course of action, a formal expression of intention made, or a process. Creating a resolution is a positive thing, but for many it doesn’t have the gusto to be a long lasting action.

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Instead of a sticking to your resolution, change your resolution to a change in lifestyle. A life choice. Do something to better yourself for the rest of your life not just the life you plan to live in the new year.

Here are some ways to make your life style change stick:

1. Make a reasonable goal

Say if you want to focus on eating healthier foods, don’t say you’re going to eat a highly intensified all green food diet for every meal or say you are going to cut sugar out completely. Honestly, that may be setting yourself up for failure. Instead try saying you are only going to have 1-2 desserts a week and you are going to add a leafy green into 1-2 of your meals a day. Making you’re goal reasonable is only going to help you become successful and help you make a healthier and better adaptation for your life. Also, having a goal that is specific is better then having a generalized one.

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2. Say something you’re going to do instead of something you are giving up.

Instead of saying I am giving up Netflix and being a couch potato, change it to something you will do. For example, I will go to the gym for 45 minutes 4 days a week. Adding something into  your  daily routine and giving it a positive spin makes you more eager to accomplish it, and you don’t have to completely give up something you like to do.

3.  Have a reason

Give yourself a reason for making this change. Have someone or something in mind to help better yourself. If there is a cause that you are standing behind in order to complete your goal, then it is going to be more personal and you are going to have personal drive like you’ve never had before. Don’t be afraid for that person you have in mind to be yourself. Doing something for yourself is just as important as doing something in honor of your grandma, mother, or brother.

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4. Be confident and Be positive.

The final tip I have to give is to just in general be confident in your abilities to accomplish what you wish to change in your life, and try your best to be positive about it even on the hard days. I know change can be scary, but sometimes in order to have the life that we want, and the life that is best for us we have to be confident in ourselves to make that change and to be positive that what we are doing is best.

 

Enjoy every day of this New Year and the many more to come!

❤ RK

 

 

 

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Gifts That Keep Giving

As the holiday season comes upon us, we are all scrambling to find ways to show our loved ones appreciation, and to spread the holiday seasons cheer by giving to others.

I know for me personally this year has been a hard year to find Christmas presents for my family and friends. I have indeed hit the shopping wall. When I give gifts, I like to really think about the person and what they like, want, and need. Sometimes I feel like plain old “stuff” doesn’t work.

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I’m a big fan of finding gifts that “give back” or “gifts that keep on giving”, and I know that those around me appreciate the thought of giving to others with them in mind.

So, if you’re stuck in your holiday shopping, here is a list of organizations that will not only put a smile on the face of your friend, but will give back to the world around us as well.

  1. Love Your Melon      love-your-melon.png

    1. Love your Melon is an organization dedicated and run by college students all across America. Love your melon has a unique buy one give one initiative. Buy a hat made in the United States, and one is then donated (in person by people dressed up in superhero costumes) to a child who is battling cancer. This is a great way to spread hope, support, and of course great hats.
  2. Heifer International Heifer-Logo.jpg

    1. Heifer international is something that I have given to multiple times for various charity projects and celebrations. The mission of this organization is to help aid in the process of ending world hunger, poverty, and to help protect the earth. “Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market” (heifer.org).
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    1. Pencils of promise is an organization dedicated to providing children all over the world with a chance to receive education. The donations go to building schools, developing programs, and creating a global community. 100% of your donations goes straight to the programs and school building. If you have the chance I recommend checking out the story of how the founder got started… it’s pretty awesome!
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    1. The wounded warriors project has a simple mission of empowering and honoring our wounded warriors. They provide awareness and give back to those who selflessly put their life at risk. WWP is dedicated to adjusting and creating programs and aid that fit the needs of any and all wounded warriors. They also have great ways to get involved outside of a donation, so don’t hesitate to check those out as well!
  5. World Wildlife Foundationwwf-50-Years-Conservation_153.jpg

    1. The World Wildlife Foundation has the goal of protecting the lives of endangered species and landscapes that are crucial to the balance of the ecosystems all across the globe. Donations could help sponsor an animal or help preserve land!
  6. Hope For Justice hope4justice.jpg

    1. Hope for justice is an organization who aids in the fight against human trafficking they state “We secure criminal and civil justice for victims and advocate for access to housing and health services and the cancellation of debts created by traffickers” (hopeforjsutice.org).

There are many of other great organizations out there to take a look at as well! Take the chance this holiday and give a gift that keeps on giving!

Happy Holidays

❤ RK

Words for people everywhere

I would much rather be sharing a post about what type of tea to drink or what kind of spices to add to make it more beneficial (stay tuned for that), but instead tonight I am posting about the current issue that is facing our country and our world today. I write with sorrow and with hope.

Hate. That is what we face today. In fact that is what we have always faced. However, hate has once again barred its teeth at us, threatening us, and is challenging us. Hate is a scary thing. Hate is a dangerous thing.

Walking hand in hand with hate is something that we all have on a daily basis. Fear. Fear is one of hate’s best friends. We are fearful of the unknown, we are fearful of what we think we know, and we are fearful of everything we can’t control.

Fear and Hate bring with them intolerance, judgement, discrimination, and so many more words that aren’t just words, but actions as well. These actions are what have caused wars and death of millions over so many years of history. We acknowledge the ugliness of these thoughts, words, and actions but they keep persevering and nothing changes.

Perhaps it is unfair to say that NOTHING changes, because there have been strides made over years. Slowly, but it is happening. Intolerance turns to tolerance and then it goes to acceptance. Once we have reached acceptance then that leads to love, care, trust, family, community, happiness and pretty soon these positive words and actions are unstoppable.

Today, people are being asked to close there doors, minds, and hearts. By doing so we are openly inviting hate, evil, disgust, fear, and intolerance in. That causes destruction. That causes actions that we can’t take back.

Instead open your doors to those who need love, a home, a family, a community. Don’t be the one to inspire hate. Be the one who creates a ripple effect of kindness. That type of courage is so much stronger and leaves a much greater impact then the one hate brings.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” that is a quote that some may say is over used. However, I think it speaks the truth that we all need to hear. Don’t be the hate. Be the love. Be the acceptance and be the tolerance. Bring understanding, careful thinking, and courage to this world.

❤ RK

A Day to Open our Hearts and Forget Our Strife

As Thanksgiving is right around the corner it is time for that classic be thankful thanksgiving post. However, I feel at this time being thankful is taking on a whole new meaning… At least it is for me.

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There is a lot of strife, hurt, anger, stress, and uncertainty all over the world. The masses are scared of what the future holds. The suffering that occurs on all levels is immeasurable, depressing, and it leaves many without hope.

It is not a single incident that has left many feeling helpless, but numerous and it is impossible to name them all. There is terror in the streets of Paris, Beruit, the Middle East, America, and in so many other places. The world is packed with fear. There is stress, fear, and uncertainty among those trying to make the best decisions for their countries, for those seeking refuge, and for those who are searching for ways to create safety for all. There is helplessness and fear among the physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. There is loss and mourning among many every day. There is bullying. There is stress to be perfect, to be successful, to be the best.

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Depressing Right?

With every bit of suffering there is hope in this world. There is always someone who cares. There are people all over trying to find solutions, giving aid, and fighting against the hurt. There is hope among the fighters, those who go against the odds, and those that don’t ever give up. Where ever there is hate there is someone around the corner waiting to give love. It is important to remember that amongst all of this hurt and strife there is  good all around us, and there are those that really do have the best of intentions.

What does this have to do with Thanksgiving?

Everything. Thanksgiving is a time to spread joy to the world. It is a time to focus on what we DO have instead of what we don’t. Embrace what is important to you. Recognize and appreciate what keeps you going and what keeps you strong whether it is family, friends, faith, something else, or all of the above.

Thanksgiving is the day we step back and remove ourselves from the strife and pain. Forget the stress for the day. It isn’t about the materials you have, how clean your house is, or how well seasoned the Turkey is. Just relax and take in the joy of being around those you love. Do something for someone else, find the beauty in the world around us. The beauty is there even in the bleakest of times.

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If it is just for this day then at least for this day put aside your strife, uneasiness, stress, pressure, anger, and sadness. Instead for this one day open your heart and mind, and see the hope that this world has to offer us.

❤ RK