Your Goals, Your Passions Part 1

Day 1 of self-discovery begins with a Forbes Magazine article:

20 Ways to Find Your Calling

By Jessica Hagy,  the artist behind the books: The Hustle Economy, The Art of War Visualized, How to be Interesting, and the blog Indexed.

“Not sure what to be when you grow up (whenever that is)? Fret no more.
We can figure this out together. Let’s get started.”

‘Tapping’ Was The Answer To My Chronic Stress.

By Kelsey J. Patel
Spiritual Coach & Reiki Master

How To Use Tapping For Anxiety - mindbodygreen

OK.  I’m all for keeping an open mind, but energy flows and blockages, meridians and a technique called tapping, are all beyond my comprehension.  I post this article for your reading pleasure because relieving stress, however accomplished, is well within the boundaries of my stated blog purposes.  If you try this, or have tried it, and it does relieve your stress, then please share your experience with us.

Here’s How It’s Done

“Have you ever had a moment, a day, or even a week when you just couldn’t escape the feeling of anxiety? Have you ever tried preparing for a big event or an important meeting only to feel like the world is on your shoulders and you can’t calm down?

Well, that’s where an incredible technique called tapping comes in to save the day. Emotional freedom technique (EFT), also known as tapping, is an amazing tool that can help shift your energy and promote mind-body healing in a matter of minutes. Tapping connects us to the subtle energies of the body, known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as meridians. These meridians are thought to help control the flow of the body’s energy, including its balance and harmony. When there is a disruption in the flow of energy, it is usually felt as pain or discomfort.
How it works.
The tapping helps move through blockages and creates a healthy flow of energy by physically tapping on these meridians, while saying an intention. Speaking a variety of emotional statements aloud during the exercise allows you to bring awareness to your emotional self and uncover any emotions that may have gone unnoticed for quite some time. (For example, start tapping the space in between your eyebrows, then move down to underneath the eye, repeating the phrase “I am not my stress.”)

By allowing the physical and mental bodies to unite and move energy through tapping and speaking simultaneously, you are creating space for the energetic body to release and move through blockages and disruptions almost immediately.

I use tapping in all of my public classes, workshops, private sessions, and retreats and have noticed the practice promotes an immediate shift and release in energy. Sometimes it takes several minutes and several rounds of tapping to really feel the release and shifting of energy, and other times it takes just one to two minutes. People who have never tried energy healing work and are very much skeptical of the practice will often tell me how much more peaceful they feel after tapping. It’s a great technique to utilize before meditating as well, especially if your mind feels restless or incredibly busy.

With tapping (and any form of self-healing, for that matter) you don’t always need to know what you released, where it came from, or why it was there in the first place. It’s more about showing up for yourself in each moment, noticing if your energy feels off, and then taking the time to acknowledge where you are and what you need. If you try tapping and notice that you feel better or lighter, even just slightly, then it’s a good sign that this is a technique you can keep trying and turning to for the balance and harmony.”

Ready to start your own tapping practice? This primer will help you set yourself up for success, and Kelsey’s mindbodygreen class will provide all the resources you’ll need to take it to the next level.

Kelsey Patel is a spiritual empowerment coach and certified Reiki master who’s on a mission to help people around the world tap into their true power. In mbg’s newest class, Reiki Healing 101: Decrease Stress, Balance Your Body & Break Through Negative Energy, she introduces you to the healing powers of Reiki, covering everything from its history to modern applications and how you can use Reiki to transform your life.

Marie Kondo, back off! Why this book hoarder refuses to tidy up

When you walk into my apartment, the first thing you see is the wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases in my living room. There are two more bookcases in my kitchen, three in my hallway and another wall of bookcases in my bedroom.
Altogether, I have 20 bookcases in my apartment, and they are full to capacity.
Each is jam-packed with books, comics and geeky collectibles like R2-D2 pepper grinders, a Doctor Who Tardis pencil holder and a taxidermy mouse dressed as Harry Potter. Everything is color-coded to keep my brain from buzzing from too much visual stimulus.
Needless to say, if decluttering Jedi Master Marie Kondo walked into my apartment, she’d have a heart attack.
As host of the Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (which launched Jan. 1), the friendly Japanese woman is famous for her huge smile and no-nonsense approach when it comes to paring down worldly possessions into a minimalist fantasy land.

Her mantra “Does this item spark joy?” has been muttered with both adoration and anger by anyone who’s also read her best-selling self-help book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying.
In it, and in her new Netflix show, she teaches the KonMari method of gathering belongings, one category at a time (like clothes, toys, electronics, etc.) and then keeping only those things that “spark joy” or give you a good feeling.
In the Netflix show, Kondo uses her signature organizing skills to help people who desperately need guidance. She teaches busy families how to keep the never-ending tide of kids’ toys at bay, their Christmas ornaments in boxes in the garage, and their underwear neatly folded and stored vertically inside dresser drawers.
I can say her method works wonders on old clothes, kitchen gear, electronics and paperwork.

I was horrified I had not one but three waffle makers in my home. After I sincerely thanked them for their service (as Kondo suggests you do with every item you own), I ended up giving the waffle makers to friends who would actually use them.
But once the show decided to focus on book collectors, I suddenly realized I couldn’t be a complete Kondo convert. I will never, ever willingly reduce my stacks of books and comics.

In Episode 5, called From Students to Improvements, Kondo tells a young couple: “Take every single book into your hands and see if it sparks joy for you.”
If you only own 25 books, that’s easy enough. But when you’re like me, surrounded by crammed wall-to-wall bookcases, that advice could mean spending years holding book after book and trying to sense the electricity of excitement in each one. I don’t think I’ll live that long.
In her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo advises that you merely touch a book — not read it — to decide its fate. “Make sure you don’t start reading it,” she says. “Reading clouds your judgment.”
What the….?!

“Books are the reflection of your thoughts and values,” Kondo says on her show. “By tidying books, it will show you what kind of information is important to you at this moment.”
But that’s not what books are for. They aren’t there to quickly dole out the information you need right now, like Wikipedia does. Books exist to pique your curiosity, take you to imaginary worlds and let you step into the shoes of your heroes.

Books remind me the world is full of creativity, mystery and love. Books help me escape from the rigors of the real world. If I can’t afford to fly to Paris, I can at least read a book like Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. If I get homesick for San Francisco, all I have to do is pick up my well-worn copy of Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.
And if I want to know how to get away with murder, my hardcover editions by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Patricia Highsmith are right at my fingertips. These books not only spark joy. They spark my imagination.

A vast book collection isn’t just about keeping the books you’ve read, but giving you an ample supply that’s available at any moment. With a personal library, unlike a public library, there’s no rush for you to finish the book to avoid late fees. You can write in the margins without horrifying a librarian. You can bring them into a bubble bath without fear of retribution.

Staring at a wall of books also motivates me to write more. Maybe my constant desire to see my name on the spine of a book is due to vanity, or perhaps I’m hoping to leave behind a lasting legacy as an author. But my book collection encourages me not to give up on my own career as a writer, even when I suffer from crippling Impostor Syndrome.

My books reflect who I am more than any dating profile or Twitter bio can. In addition to fiction, I collect books about art, history, politics, crafts, true crime, fashion, home decor, houseplants and magic. Pick a book from my shelves and I promise I’ll have a story to tell about my hunt for a first edition, an embarrassing author signing or a gift from a long-lost lover. Every book is special to me, whether I’ve already read it or not. Every book has its own built-in spark.

If you need any extra incentive to ignore Kondo’s advice about books, here’s what filmmaker John Waters once said: “Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.”

Now that’s what I call sparking joy.   By Bonnie Burton

Super Bowl Sunday party guide: Popular Pinterest game day party foods

By GMA Team via GMA Jan 25, 2019, 5:18 AM ET


It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, which means it’s time to create your party playbook!

Whether you’re planning to be huddled by the TV while you cheer on your favorite team, casually tune in for the highly anticipated commercials or just here for the food and drinks — this is the perfect guide to help you create a Super Bowl party fit for any crowd.

Food & drink ideas that will win big

There’s nothing wrong with plating up some classic crowd-pleasers like sliders, chili or chips and guac — but for a more exciting menu check out what’s on trend for the 2019 Super Bowl according to Pinterest!

“Super Bowl continues to be the most popular sporting event on Pinterest with millions of searches, most of which are focused on food,” a spokeswoman for the visual discovery engine told “GMA.”

According to Pinterest insights, these are the most popular recipes to serve at your Super Bowl 53 party.


Have an open bar that goes beyond beverages!

Create a festive feast that’s easy to build as you go and come back for more. Guests can get creative with some hands-on Super Bowl favorites like pretzel bars which is up 1,140 percent in popularity and nacho bars which are also on the rise 70 percent, according to Pinterest.

Plus there won’t be any pass interference while guests are filling their plates!

Hot pretzel bar

Nacho bar

Burger slider bar

Make easy appetizers that will be done in no time!

Every host will be cheering for these appetizer ideas that require only a few ingredients and can be made in 30 minutes or less. Searches for “Super Bowl food easy appetizer ideas” are up nearly 150 percent this season.

Buffalo chicken celery sticks

Easy ham and cheese pinwheels

Fit Fuel! Healthy game day bites

Healthy fare will win big this Super Bowl with any guests who are looking for an alternative to traditional “cheat day” type bites.

Vegan guacamole potato skins

Zucchini parmesan chips

This healthy snack is crunchy, crispy and addicting but takes just 25 minutes to bake!

Keto three cheese jalapeno poppers

Anyone that’s really watching what they eat — especially if you’re on the Keto diet — should check out even more delicious diet approved game day recipes here!

Mocktails that won’t cause a fumble

Mocktails are on the rise with Pinterest searches up 736 percent since the last Super Bowl. Ditch the alcohol and still enjoy all the flavor of your favorite half-time libations!

Grapefruit ginger spritzer

Moscow mule mocktail

Pinterest also has a recipe filter that makes it easier to find exactly what you want to cook. You can narrow down your search by a specific diet, prep and cook time, and what ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

Check out all the popular pins like how to prep like a pro!

Use Art For Controlling Your Mind And Your Emotions

Visual art is one of the best ways to express yourself, as it enables you to pour your imagination onto paper with paint. But, have you ever wondered how art is therapy? Well, Victoria Nazarevich (psychologist and art therapist) has come up with ways for you to channel your emotions and soothe yourself with art. Read on to find out how!

15 Ways To Use Art For Controlling Your Mind And Channelling Your Emotions- if you feel stuck: draw spirals