New Year, New Goals

The end of the year for me has always been a good time to reflect on the past year and to focus on some goals for the new year. Here is my reflections from 2013 and goals for 2014:

Reflections:
1. God has again blessed me with an amazing opportunity. I remember last year, this time freaking out about getting an internship to finish my degree and to become licensed. I had several interviews and nothing was working out. In 2013, during the summer, a Liberty University connection helped me get an internship that will has been vital in learning how to be a professional counselor, getting the hours I need and just a blessed place to work so far!
2. Starting my own business was an amazing dream come true as well! Talk about being blessed! And going from nothing to 4 clients and a lot of potential. 
3. Financially, it has been tough at times, but God has always provided for me this year!
4. I am thankful for the visions I have seen and the direction I am following! I am really blessed.
Goals for 2014:
1. Before the fall, I will finish Counseling internship, pass the NCE and become a Licensed  Professional Counselor (PC).

2. I would like to complete the Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach credential/training with the ICCA. To accomplish this I simply need to complete one extra course with the ICCA and then apply for the higher credential.

3. I would like to have a rough draft of my book completed within the next year. This is a matter of spending time each week, writing the book.

4. I would like to have at least five paid coach clients before the end of the year.

5. I would like to start paying off student loans.

Wednesday Fast Food Links

                      Fast Food Links:

Here are this weeks’ links:
1. Dangers of Too Much Sodium by Medical Daily

2. Eating at Fast-food Restaurants More than Twice Per Week is Associated with More Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance in Otherwise Healthy Young Adults by National Institutes of Health

3. Fast food increases risk of diabetes, heart disease in Singapore by University of Minnesota

4. Fast Food Twice a Week Linked to Obesity & Diabetes by Mercola

5. My fast food diet- I do not eat fast food regularly. At most, when I can afford it I will have s Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich and maybe I will get half-priced sushi (also once a week). Here is a recent article on my ideal Chinese restaurant. Chinese food can be healthy. It is my Achilles’s heal. I love Chinese food.

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Creative ways to give back during the holidays

The Holidays is a time for family, fun, food, fellowship and for giving and receiving gifts. Although, not everyone is so blessed and fortunate enough to be able to participate in all of these festivities. The reasons for the season vary from person to person, as a Biblical Living writer, many in my audience believe the reason for the season is to remember Christ’s birth. Many who follow this belief should have no trouble agreeing that charity and giving back during the holiday season is important. In fact, Biblical principles suggest that giving charity is a lifestyle, not just a temporary seasonal idea. Here are some interesting and creative ideas for giving back to the Columbus, Ohio community and area:

Nationwide Children's Hospital here in Columbus, OH, is currently in the middle of a campaign.The message is for the central Ohio community to consider giving. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving1Nationwide Children’s Hospital here in Columbus, OH, is currently in the middle of a campaign.The message is for the central Ohio community to consider giving. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving Mary Ellen Peacock









Women around the world are making  beautiful handcrafted products.When you buy one, you’ll help the woman who made it there. And we’ll donate to a local nonprofit that helps a woman in need here.  http://www.sohza.com/ 2. Women around the world are making beautiful handcrafted products.When you buy one, you’ll help the woman who made it there. And we’ll donate to a local nonprofit that helps a woman in need here. http://www.sohza.com/











This season, holiday shoppers in Greater Columbus can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.The program  helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. BeaSantatoaSenior.com












3. This season, holiday shoppers in Greater Columbus can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.The program helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. BeaSantatoaSenior.com  Kristin Danley-Greiner

Today, HandsOn Central Ohio is a multi-faceted organization, with a diversity of programs connecting those in need to resources, and pairing available volunteers to the nonprofit sector. http://www.volunteercentralohio.org/about4. Today, HandsOn Central Ohio is a multi-faceted organization, with a diversity of programs connecting those in need to resources, and pairing available volunteers to the nonprofit sector. http://www.volunteercentralohio.org/about











Columbus Gives Back is for people who want to give back to the community and meet new people through fun and social volunteer opportunities!   http://columbusgivesback.org/
5. Columbus Gives Back is for people who want to give back to the community and meet new people through fun and social volunteer opportunities! http://columbusgivesback.org/


 Sending holiday cards that benefit local charities is a great andeasy way to support a good cause and  spread the word about it. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank offers an appealing holiday tribute ornament. https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/ornament

6. Sending holiday cards that benefit local charities is a great and easy way to support a good cause and spread the word about it. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank offers an appealing holiday tribute ornament. https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/ornament Jon Siegel







For $25, Artist Santa sends you a piece of art and also donates supplies to a classroom in need. http://www.artsicle.com/communities/art-santa-2013

7For $25, Artist Santa sends you a piece of art and also donates supplies to a classroom in need. http://www.artsicle.com/communities/art-santa-2013 Alex Tryon













Toys for Tots recognized a need in this country to help the Under-Privileged children of America. http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspx
8Toys for Tots recognized a need in this country to help the Under-Privileged children of America. http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspx Deidre Krause

One great, easy idea for ordinary people to create a better world is to organize an event through Brown Paper Tickets. The free ticketing company donates 5% of profits from every ticket sold to charities. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.html

9. One great, easy idea for ordinary people to create a better world is to organize an event through Brown Paper Tickets. The free ticketing company donates 5% of profits from every ticket sold to charities. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.htmlBarb Morgen









10. Anyone can “do good” just by buying our items that support the worthiest causes. 50%+ proceeds go to fighting poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and other life-threatening ills around the globe. http://www.dogoodbuy.us Zack Rosenberg



Are you in touch with your emotions?

Did you know that just maintaining a sad face drags you down? Your mind and body both are negatively by the a frown. The idea of “fake it until you make it” is more than cliche. Science backs it.

First, let’s examine the benefits of smiling. Did you know that smiling lowers your heart rate? Also
Neurotransmitters called endorphins are released when you smile. These make us feel happy.
It’s not easy to keep smiling in stressful situations, but studies report that doing exactly that has health benefits. When recovering from a stressful situation, study participants who were smiling had lower heart rates than those with a neutral facial expression.

A smile also makes one more attractive, easy going, and empathetic. In fact, a study in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that smiling actually makes you more attractive to those you smile at. A study found that smiling can make you more comfortable in situations you would otherwise feel awkward in.

Smiling even makes your immune system stronger by making your body produce white blood cells to help fight illnesses. One study found that hospitalized children who were visited by story-tellers and puppeteers who made them smile and laugh had higher white blood cell counts than those children who weren’t visited.

Studies have found that people are more willing to engage socially with others who are smiling. A smile and all the positive emotions associated with it are contagious. University of Pittsburgh study concluded that people who smiled were considered “more trustworthy” than people with non-smiling facial expressions.

Laughing too has a ton of scientific benefits. Levels of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine tend to decrease during bouts of laughter. Laughter is used to reduce stress, relieve pain and boost immunological responses by doctors and therapists.  Laughter has been shown to lower or balance blood pressure and increase vascular blood flow. Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on the stationary bicycle. Similar to smiling, laughing also increases endrophines in the body and also makes a person more pleasant to be around.

 Laughter is relaxing to our bodies and muscles. In one study, students who watched a funny video in their classroom responded with lower levels of aggression in tense situations.
Negative emotions are bad for body. Science is beginning to confirm what certain wise men have said at different points in history. King David said, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Prov. 17:22. Your mind and mental state can have a profound affect on your physical body, your spiritual experience, and your over-all quality of life. The mind, the body, and the spirit are all inextricably interconnected. When one is affected, the other two suffer.
Here is another interesting point. When you are stressed do you clench your right hand or left hand? Assuming you  are right handed, you probably clench your right hand. This is normal, new there is stress, the body gets more tense. A long clench on the right hand or many through-out the day, though could suggest too much stress.If you notice that you do this. Try something else: Try your left hand when you are stressed out. Some athletes may improve their performance under pressure simply by squeezing a ball or clenching their left hand before competition to activate certain parts of the brain, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Dogs do this too with their tails. When dogs are anxious they wag their tag from right to left, but when they are happy they wag their tail from  left to right! 
I leave you with one activity for you. Try this experiment, place a weight on a string and then hold your hand steady while holding the string and letting the weight drop. See how long you can hold it still and steady. Next, think about moving the string clockwise but do not do it, only think about it. Slowly the weight will move clockwise. Now, think about it moving in a counter-clockwise direction but do not actually initiate your muscles…slowly the weight will change directions!
This is an amazing proof that our mind and emotions do really strongly effect the rest of our body, if the science was not enough for you!

Wednesday Holiday Links

Wednesday Link List

Here are this weeks’ links:

1. Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping by Mayo Clinic

2. Home for the Holidays: Tips for overcoming holiday anxiety and stress by WebMD

3.  Holiday Stress and Suicide Risk: How You Can Help by AACC

4. Tips for parents on managing Stress During the Holidays by APA

5. How to Manage Stress During the Holidays by Alex Dolin

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