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Productivity and Therapy

Saturday, 06 February 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
Therapy can be helpful for personal growth and healing, but have you ever thought about therapy and its implications with productivity and business success? I hadn’t until recently. When operating a business, you would hire an auditor or contractor to make sure your business was following regulations. Doesn’t it make sense that you would hire someone to bring interpersonal perspective to make sure everything is running smoothly in respects to personal and business communications? Therapy can help resolve disputes and misunderstandings in many aspects of life. It is time to…

No-Fry Fried Rice

Saturday, 06 February 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
Food, among other things, can bring back memories. One of my favorite treats is Asian takeout; I grew up with family friends from the Philippines and China and learned to use chopsticks very young. Because of this, anything Asian reminds me of my mother. If ever I am homesick, a happy remedy is a bowl full of fried rice and a call home. Below is a healthy alternative to take-out (note: no frying required). Ingredients 2 cups cooked brown rice 3 tablespoons peanut oil 4 green onions with tops, chopped…

Escaping Professional Isolation

Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
As a solopreneur or freelance writer or freelance anything, sometimes the stress of working alone at home can feel like imprisonment. You’re your own boss, yet the mile-long to-do list doesn’t often allow for socializing during the day. While it poses no tangible problem for some, it can do a number on the mental health of others. Think about it. In an office setting you can saunter over to the coffee station or sit on someone else’s desk for a life-affirming chat when mania or any kind of stress interrupts…

10 Morning Habits For Success in the New Year

Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
Research indicates that most successful individuals, CEOs, politicians, etc., get up early. Willpower is shown to be the strongest in the morning before exhaustion and other priorities get in the way. Adopt a morning ritual and you will start to see results. Hold off hitting that snooze button and read up on some tips to guarantee a more productive future! Get Up An Hour Early “There’s not enough time in the day!” We’ve probably all heard this before. Well, guess what? There can be an extra hour in your day…

Death by Alcohol

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Statistics that show alcohol-related deaths are the highest they’ve been in 35 years. The question is why? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30,000 Americans died from alcohol-related incidents in 2014, more than from overdoses of prescription painkillers and heroin combined (28,647). Alcohol-related causes of death included cirrhosis (liver damage primarily caused by alcoholism), alcohol poisoning, drunk driving and other homicides committed while under the influence of alcohol. The Medical Daily published the statistic that 9.6 deaths from alcohol-related incidents per 100,000 people, which has risen…

Telling Your Story

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Three years ago, a restaurateur named Leo Cervantes paid me to write his life story. We became good friends, traveled to Mexico twice, and I learned more during that time than I ever expected. Three years later, Chilangos in the House is about to be unleashed on the world during a time when immigration is an especially hot topic. I took the job because I love true stories. We all want to identify ourselves in others to avoid isolation. We want to learn how other people solved the same problems…

Slowing Down a Racing Mind

Saturday, 30 January 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I was about 16 when I created a crisis for myself in a mall department store that would haunt me for months. My best friend and I were looking at make-up and nail polish. For some reason, I decided I wanted to take home a new bottle without paying for it. Other people I knew had gotten away with shoplifting and joked about it as if it was no big deal. It’s not that I didn’t know the difference between right and wrong. I just didn’t care at that moment.…
Who doesn’t love lasagna? I can’t think of anyone. I also don’t know too many people who can afford to eat the typical crazy caloric version of the kind of lasagna Grandma used to make. I consider it a major cheating dish, not only for the pasta and cheese; the entire recipe makes for a great plate of anxiety. But as with everything, there are alternatives and this recipe removes the crisis potential for grief or remorse. In fact, it’s packed with nutrients. Just prepare and enjoy. And leave the…
I must admit that I am guilty of tuning out the chaos of life to help “shelter” my emotions. Unfortunately, I am not capable of feeding every starving child, housing all the homeless, or restoring the devastation that natural disasters cause. It is due to my limited ability to help in most circumstances (as well as the sadness, guilt, and insignificance that comes with it) that I find myself trying to avoid or bury the negatives. How does this relate to Inside Out? In a very significant way…If you recall,…

International Creativity Month

Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Creativity doesn’t only relate to the fine and performing arts. It’s about negotiating all areas of life, making the most of the push-pull and day-to-day ins and outs. It can be tricky, even treacherous. Sometimes we need counseling to help us through. What pushes us hardest to seek talk therapy is often related to crisis situations, like navigating the choppy waters of a stormy relationship or making peace with a challenging childhood, or managing grief after the death of a loved one. But those are a just a few reasons.…

5 Meal Prep Tips

Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:00  by Charity B.
With the New Year come ambitious goals for eating healthy. Sadly, many people give up after several weeks. Failed goals without results can lead to a loss of motivation, confidence and even winter depression. Planning and preparation are two vital steps to keep you on track. Here are some great ideas for prepping your meals: Make a Plan Make a list of your favorite healthy foods, choose simple recipes that can be made quickly or in bulk, and decide what you’ll eat for every snack and meal. This step will…

Alcohol and Drug Facts Week

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Did you know that bath salts have been involved in thousands of visits to the emergency room? National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) may be the perfect time to learn the many interesting facts surrounding substance abuse. It never crossed my mind that bath salts could be dangerous. Yet, they are made up of chemicals and therefore, can be harmful if not used properly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens website, in 2011 alone, there were 22,904 reports of bath salts use during emergency…

The Creative Voice of a Potter

Monday, 25 January 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
During my short but incendiary love affair with making pottery, I thought I was hooked forever. And I was, in a big way, that is, until life got in the way. My friend Lori encouraged me to give it a try and although I found the process rather challenging, I continued for about a year or so and enjoyed every moment of manipulating the smooth wet mud-like clay, carving symbols of my heart-mind continuum, and glazing with colors I could just about dive into. The entire process captivated me in…

National Hot Tea Month

Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.
One year, I remember being rather enthusiastic about a type of Indian tea a friend taught me how to make. I was so enthused, in fact, that I made up several jars of the mixture and gave it as gifts. As I celebrate National Hot Tea Month, I reflect on the nurturing combination of spices in Masala tea. Here’s a simple recipe that makes for a calming ritual to promote health and well-being. In a pot, simmer water with the following ingredients: Black tea (either loose or a bag) Cardamom…

Chia Seeds: Vanilla Chia Pudding

Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:00  by Christina M.
Before I start to share a recipe I would first like to share the amazing benefits of chia seeds. Yes, you read that correctly, chia. The tiny quick growing seeds are packed with nutrients and are an amazing addition to baking recipes, used as a topping, or a natural thickener for puddings and jams. Fun Facts about the powerful and small chia seed: Chia seeds are the highest plant based source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for keeping you heart healthy, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and…
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