5 Link Friday: Helpful YouTube Videos

5 Link Friday
  •  Is your busy lifestyle hindering you from preparing healthy meals?  Then subscribe to the Domestic Geek.  Here you will find recipes and meal prep tips on everything from smoothies, to salad in a jar and decadent deserts.  The host’s upbeat attitude and fun way of preparing meals make this one of my favorite YouTube videos.
  • Brendon.com is the YouTube channel for Brendon Burchard. Brendon is a life coach and self help guru with an amazing amount of energy and wisdom.  With several New York Times bestsellers including, The Motivation Manifesto and The Charge, as well as over 4 million Facebook likes, well if you are not curious — what’s wrong with you?  Just kidding. Check it out.
  • “Spend less than you earn”.  I heard this advice for the first time over a decade ago while listening to Anthony Robbins ‘ self help CD set “Get the Edge”.   In the YouTube video Tony reviews how to end financial self-sabotage.  If you are serious about financial security this video should probably be in your self help library.
  • In this video, Dr. Mercola interviews Andrew Saul a.k.a. The Megavitamin Man.  Saul is a big believer in large doses of vitamins instead of or in conjunction with destructive medications, to treat certain diseases and he has over 30 years of research to support his claim.  He has several videos from which you can gather information about vitamins.
  • Dave Ramsey’s Life, Money, Hope is a series of bible based teachings on handling money and having financial peace.  Again if you are seeking financial freedom, you are missing a key piece from your arsenal if you do not watch this entire series.  If you are not a believer in the bible, don’t let that deter you from listening.  That will definitely be like throwing out the baby with the bath water.

I hope you enjoy this installment of 5 Link Friday. Let me know what you think about this installment, the videos you watch and about this series itself.  I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or question below.  Thanks. JRF

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Across Life’s Rails with Amtrak

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For a while now I’ve been thinking about seeing the United States via rail.

I like the idea of relaxing while traipsing across this beautiful country digesting each scenery with relish.  I imagine taking photos of sceneries and of the cities I visit.  However, what got me really excited about finally trying it out is the fact that while getting dressed the other morning I was again thinking about traveling across the US on Amtrak. While I was daydreaming, my ears caught the tail end of an advertisement on 1010 WIN describing the beautiful sceneries you can photograph while experiencing an Amtrak adventure.  My pulse now race every time I think of taking a trip on a train.

So stay tuned.  I will be posting photos on my blog as well as on Instagram.  I will provide a narrative of my experiences of course.  I’m really excited to start.

I took my two youngest sons to Niagara Falls several years ago. We traveled by Amtrak and we had such a wonderful time on the train.  I promised them we would do it again but we never did.  I’m hoping that I can at least get one of my sons to travel with me each time I take a trip going forward. I can’t wait!

7 Billion Drops

Feeding the world one backyard at a time

7 Billion Drops

How many drops of rain does it take to make a rain shower?

In describing backyard farming in the documentary Food Patriots, a traditional farmer exclaimed “it’s only one drop in the ocean”! He was  being interviewed by filmmakers Jeff Spitz and his wife, Jennifer Admur Spitz.  Their family’s premise is that if you only grow 10% of what you eat, it’s a start that makes a huge difference.

The filmmakers have joined with thousands across the United States to take charge of what their family eat by growing food (fruits, vegetables, and chickens) in their backyards.  

So whether we are voting for the next President or feeding the world. Each drop is necessary to accomplish that rain shower.

That is, each vote counts.  

Each backyard matter.

Now, when it comes to feeding the world what is your one drop?

Mine start with growing wheatgrass and sunflower sprouts in my tiny New York apartment.

Where will you start?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference try sleeping with a mosquito”.  Gandhi

Window box gardening. Thyme, parsley and basil.

Thanks to FMTV.com for providing this film to subscribers.

Be Strong and Courgeous in 2016

Don't be discouraged

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Many of us have made resolutions for the New Year.  It’s our thing to do each year.  And although there are many pundits bemoaning the dismal statistics of how many people fail to live up to their own expectations, I say, be strong.

You are not alone.  You can still live up to your own ideals.

Even if we do not achieve our goals 100%, we should still try.

There is nothing wrong with hope springing eternal.  It means we are alive.  And it means we want to keep living.

Living longer.

Living more productive lives.

So, my encouragement today is to be strong and courageous.

You are not alone.

10 Podcasts That Can Help You Achieve The New You

Learning from the Experts Series

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Christmas dinner is finished and the gifts are all unwrapped. While you are chilling, and reflecting on what a crazy last few days it’s been. And while you look forward to starting your New Year, fulfilling your resolutions and all that. Consider these podcasts that may assist with creating, implementing, and fulfilling your goals and dreams going forward.

Whatever your resolutions.  Whatever your goals, dreams or bucket list.  The below list of podcasts is a great starting point to help you pivot in the direction you so earnestly seek.

One of my goals is to start a podcast.  While I prepare my first 3 episodes, I listen to the below experts.  I hope you find them as inspiring as I have.  You will receive a lot of useful information from them.  And, you will be tempted to just start anywhere.  But you have to start from the beginning.  Episode 1. Otherwise you will lose the value of the entire series.

More importantly, you will miss the essence, the very heart and soul of these podcast hosts.

Enjoy!

General/Lifestyle

  1. The Charged Life by Brendon Burchard.  Author of New York bestseller The Motivation Manifesto among others, coach and what you could call a younger version of Tony Robbins but so much more.  This guy has almost 4 million likes on his Facebook page!
  2. The Portfolio Life by Jeff Goins.  Author of the Art of Work and You are a Writer. Jeff’s podcast demonstrates how to intertwine various skills and passions into a cohesive profession.  He also teaches writing online.
  3. Achieve Your Goals by Hal Elrod.  Founder of the Miracle Morning principle. Author of The Miracle Morning book series.  Hal is witty and uses the interview format.  He has overcome extreme odds. His courage is undeniable.
  4. This is Your Life by Michael Hyatt.  This one contain my favorite Intro   music.  Former Thomas Nelson Publisher CEO and NYT best selling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.  Another great source for help in writing and getting published.

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New Year, Resolutions & Goal Setting – Why Wait?

It’s almost the end of December.  The New Year is just around the corner.  Some people had two lists this month — the Christmas list and the New Year Resolution List.

But are you waiting until after December 31 to starting working on your goals — your resolution list?

Why wait?

New Year: When it comes to resolutions and goal setting when to start is up to you.  Why wait though? Some people wait just to indulge more in the behaviors and habits they are resolving to stop.  All the while putting off the action required to achieve the goals on their list.  There’s no reason you can’t start now.  Today.

Resolutions: Each New Year, millions of people make resolutions for themselves.  Whether ditching bad habits for good ones or promising ourselves to do more, it’s the same every year.  We start the year off with a bang.  Gyms are full. Blenders and juicers are flying off the shelves.  And our gaits and moods are obviously lighter.

But as the month of January moves forward. And old man winter squeeze us in his death cold hands, our resolve gets depleted.  Our souls run dry and we find ourselves curled up into a hopeless ball.  Once again beating ourselves up for not trying hard enough…for failing.  And vowing to do better next year.

But why wait for New Year? Why not start now?

Goal Setting:  Now that our Christmas lists are all but utilized, we can now turn to that “goal setting list”.  While we passively go through Holiday rituals — Eating and drinking too much and leaving exercise to chance — and as we look beyond December 31’s horizon.  With the twinkle of hope in our eyes, we gain strength in knowing that definitely starting January 1, we will do better.

But why wait?

Resolve to start working on your goals now.  Yes. Today.  Resolve to eat less today.  Resolve to take a walk either early morning or after dinner.  Resolve to write in your journal or create a budget now.  Resolve to start today.

There’s no rule that say you can’t.  When you start now, you are bound to have a bit more velocity when you get to January 1.  Otherwise you are just planning to feel bad before you feel better.

So go on. Skip the bad. Start now.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Blogging for fun

And resolving to enjoy the life I have

I love blogging

I’ve spent the last couple of months or so wondering why I’m blogging.

It’s not that I didn’t have good intent when I started.  It’s not that I didn’t know what I was doing. As a matter of fact, I was really excited about writing, blogging, whatever.  I loved to get a thought, have an experience or bump into a new discovery I can share. I envisioned I could share something that either helped or entertained.

Either way.  It was my way to serve in a fun way.

But somewhere, something not so pleasant happened.  I think I got way too serious.

I started listening to the podcast “gurus” and reading what they were all writing.  I basically drank the Koolaid.  I began to worry about subscription lists and niching down to my underwear.  I didn’t feel “serious” enough about what I was doing.  I was spending lots of money and way too much time trying to “engage”.  Why wasn’t I as “successful” as “they” said I should be?

Also, I was overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of unread emails in my blog’s inbox. I know I would never get to them. Not to mention the multiple “come hither” invitations to subscribe or to buy a course in this or that.

It wasn’t bad enough that I was being targeted multiple times a day by the same people.  I was also getting emails introducing me to the same people I was getting the multiple emails from. It’s insane!

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On My Bookshelf: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Books I'm Reading to Improve my Life

The Miracle Morning

I just finished reading The Miracle Morning: The Not-so-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8:00am by Hal Elrod for the second time.  Hal is one of my favorite influencers.

His story is inspiring.  His method is simple. I practice The Miracle Morning (TMM) but use it more as a catalyst for good daily habits.

What is TMM? It is a series of morning rituals you can practice to gain more clarity in your life.  It’s a way to practice habits that bring your goals into focus.  Say for example you are a writer.  Hal’s TMM gives you a strategy to practice writing every morning for about 20 minutes.

Here’s how it works: He uses the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. to keep us in tuned with the strategy. Silence. Affirmation. Visualization. Exercise. Reading. Scripting (writing).  By incorporating this series of activities into a daily morning routine, you can bring yourself to a higher consciousness while doing activities that further your practice.

Hal has built his platform on TMM. His podcast, Achieve Your Goals is one I listen to regularly.  The Best Year Ever Blueprint is a live event.  These are just two of the ways in which he spreads his message to those who are interested in taking their life to a higher level.

I am grateful to use not only my successes, but also my failures, to help others in a way that can empower them to overcome their own limitations and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Hal Elrod

If you are feeling sorry for yourself this might be the perfect book for you right now.  Because Hal has overcome an amazingly devastating personal tragedy.

If you are searching for a way to discover your purpose then you will need to read this book.

Stop With the “Buts” Already!

Changing the story we tell ourselves

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During regular discussions with friends and acquaintances, I often hear things like “I wish I could do something else. Instead of showing up to a boring job every day.”  And I might say “well, why don’t you…” Only to hear “well…” followed by a litany of excuses.

Or I might jump in with a quick suggestion based on my observation of who I think they are. Then they might say, “but…” followed by a long list of self-deprecation and excuses, accompanied by a violent shake of the head.

What I see though in all these “wells” and “buts” is fear. People are scared of change. But more realistically, a single mom would be scared of taking the leap to follow her dream given she is the only one her children has to depend on.

However, by using the word “but” (first) they send up an impenetrable wall – too high to climb and too wide to get around. In other words before the balloon is airborne, the air gets sucked out of it….by a “but”.
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