January 14, 2020

What To Do If You Think Your Area Needs Help

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If you live in an area of the world that you believe needs more attention and help, one of the best things you can do is decide to call attention to this. Many politicians, even local politicians, may just be in it for the money and not truly care what residents think - which is why you need to be so loud that you can’t be ignored. Below, you’ll get some suggestions on what to do if your area needs help:

Peaceful Protest 
Whether they are building a road somewhere that will destroy a beautiful area, or failing to do something that has caused issues for a long time, it could be time to gather people together and peaceful protest. This makes a statement and could very well get media coverage. 

Start A Petition
Petitions can be very powerful if they get enough signatures. Create one and share it on your socials, asking others to do the same. If it gets enough attention, you could get thousands, even hundreds of thousands of signatures. 

See If You Can Make A Change Yourself
Volunteering is always a noble thing to do. You could take clothes to homeless people in your area, or point them in the direction of a shelter. Putting in a little time and energy to help others will go a long way.

The infographic below will give you an idea of what makes a successful public policy. Do you think there should be a change?

credit to Norwich University

January 04, 2020

How To Have a More Spiritual 2020

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Most of us have areas of our lives that we’d like to improve in the forthcoming year. But when you speak to people, you’ll find that their ambitions fall into the same categories: they want to improve their appearance in one way or another (dieting or visiting the gym), they want to progress in their career, they want to improve at sports, or they want to travel more. There is, of course, nothing wrong with those ambitions, but it can feel like one important aspect of life is continually overlooked -- the spiritual side. There is a lot of value on working on this aspect of yourself, including feeling more fulfilled and content. 

If you want to have a more spiritual 2020, then take a look below, where we outline some useful tips. 

What’s Killing Your Spirit?

Before you look at the things that you can add to raise your spirit, first take a look at the things you should get rid of. It’s all too easy to acquire habits that can drain this side of our being, and they don’t necessarily have to be bad habits, like drinking too much or whatever. It could be things like spending too much time online, or complaining about every small thing. These things don’t bring joy; they slowly chip away at your soul. Say goodbye to them!

Making Time

Everyone is oh so busy with life, but it’s important that you’re making time to elevate the spiritual side of your life. It doesn’t have to be an excessive amount of time; just ten minutes to focus on your spiritual side will be enough. If you’re prone to get wrapped up in the necessities of daily life, then look at building reminders into your life. You could wear religious jewellery, for instance, or download an app that’ll prompt you to meditate. Putting a little bit of time aside each day really can have a profound impact on your life, and it’s not possible to build a spiritual life without dedicating the time. You wouldn’t expect to get fit and healthy if you only visited the gym once every couple of weeks; the same principle applies to your spirit.

Help Others

We live in a culture that pushes people towards thinking about themselves. It’s all about the self, not the community. But a spiritual soul knows that we’re not just individuals walking through life; we’re a big family. And there is a lot of value, both spiritually and mentality, in helping other people. If you can fit it into your schedule, then look at volunteering with an organization. If you don’t have time to spare, then random acts of kindness will set you on the right path, as will thinking about the needs of others.

Giving Thanks

Finally, take time to give thanks for all that you have in life. If you’ve got a roof over your head, food in your fridge, and loved ones in your life, then you’re remarkably lucky, and it’s important that you appreciate this fact. It’ll make you grateful. 

January 02, 2020

Favorite Songs of 2019 Mixtape

Finally narrowed down and finalized my "Best of 2019 Songs" mixtape. Reminder: it leans indie/chill. (Spotify link)

What moved you that I missed?

When I Was Older - Billie Eilish
Gloria - Henry Jamison
Golden Hour - Matthew Pinder
Everyday Apostles - Spencer Tweedy
We Go High - Chance The Rapper
Typical Story - Hobo Johnson
Three - Sleeping At Last
Colorado - Sam Burchfield
Fighter - Joseph
hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - Lana Del Rey
You Needed Love, I Needed You - Angelo De Augustine
I Was Wrong - BAILEN

My Favorite Books of 2019

Only made it through 17 books in 2019. New baby. Big move. Shorter commute. Podcasts are becoming better than books. But, my top 3 were all “wow” levels of great for me. Rest in descending order. DNF = did not finish.

* Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
* Benjamin Franklin: An American Life - Walter Isaacson
* Power Moves: Lessons from Davos - Adam Grant

Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator - Ryan Holiday
Comedy Sex God - Pete Holmes
Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) - Jeff Tweedy
Mating in Captivity - Esther Perel
To Sell is Human - Daniel Pink
Here is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World - Nate Staniforth
The Startup Way - Eric Ries
What I Know For Sure - Oprah Winfrey
Let’s go exploring. Calvin and Hobbes - Michael Hingston
100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation - Clint Emerson

This is Marketing - Seth Godin
The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

The Universal Christ - Richard Rohr (DNF)
How the Bible Actually Works - Petter Enns (DNF)
This: Becoming Free - Michael Gungor (DNF)
Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity - Iliza Shlesinger (DNF)
I’m Fine and Other Lies - Whitney Cummings (DNF)

September 20, 2019

Top 5 Health Benefits of Golf

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Golf is a beloved sport around the world. With a rich history dating back to the 15th Century, it has evolved to become one of the most popular sports, played by millions. With over 34,000 golf courses around the world to choose from, golf enthusiasts have a variety of extraordinary places in which to practice and harness their skills. From the Wigwam golf course in the mountain ranges to the Reflection Bay Golf Club in the desert, the possibilities are endless.

Whether you are a golf aficionado or you are just getting into the world of golf, it’s important to know what the health benefits are. From reducing stress and anxiety to maintaining physical fitness, there are many advantages you can reap from heading out on the green:

It Burns Calories

Did you know that you can burn over 1000 calories in a round of golf? 

As mentioned above, golf is great for your physical fitness. Especially when you play it regularly and when you play a full round at a time. Despite it not being a fast-paced sport, the amount of walking you do around the golf course, along with the swinging motion can boost your activity levels. So next time you are at the course, ditch the golf cart and get walking!

It Will Help You Sleep Better

With the amount of exercise and fresh air that you get whilst playing golf, you will be able to sleep better. The perfect remedy to a restful night, you will be able to go to sleep feeling relaxed. As it is more of a peaceful sport than say, football or rugby, you will be able to take your time and enjoy the course – making you feel more at ease and rested.

It Helps With Heart Function

You know what they say – a healthy heart is essential to a long life! Golf with help to stimulate this vital organ, giving the benefit of reducing your cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease and helping with the prevention of cancer, strokes and type 2 diabetes.

Exercise For The Brain

Often, people can get reliant on technology. Spending their days watching TV, brain function starts to dwindle. With golf, you can give your brain the exercise it needs as it requires a certain level of memory and concentration. Helping to prevent degeneration and reducing cognitive decline, it will keep your mind sharper for longer! It can also help to delay forms of mental illness – due to the amount of increased blood flow to the brain from the exercise.

It Can Help With Social Esteem

One health benefit that’s often forgotten about, is that golf can help with social esteem. Giving you the opportunity to interact with others on the course, it will boost your confidence in the long term. Golf is an incredibly social game with plenty of opportunity to bond with other keen players – so if you want to make new friends and socialize, get out on the course!

August 25, 2019

Chipotle Queso Blanco: Test Market Review

So excited to walk into our San Diego Chipotle today and learn that San Diego is one of three cities doing market testing for Chipotle’s new queso, Queso Blanco. The all-new recipe contains aged Monterey Jack cheese, white cheddar, and an assortment of serrano, poblano, and chipotle peppers.

I loved Chipotle's original queso. Growing up in Chicago, I have no Velveeta nostalgia or sentimentality. So, I was very curious to try this new version...

Want to see what I thought?

August 05, 2019

Top Adventure Holidays For Your Bucket List

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It's possible that you're already thinking about and planning next year's holidays and if you're not sure where to go or what to do then how about something a little different? There are so many choices when it comes to travel, and while relaxing holidays are often needed, sometimes you also need a bit of adventure and to do something different, out of your comfort zone and a new experience. Take a look at this list for a bit of inspiration and start planning the trip of a lifetime:

Run The Great Wall Marathon
If you like a challenge, you love to run and are either already a marathon runner or would like to run one, then why not go to China and do it there along the Great Wall. One of the world's most challenging marathons, it includes 5,164 steps and passes through the lower valley and into the neighboring villages. 

Swim With Endangered Species In Australia
In Western Australia, you will find the Ningaloo Reef which attracts 500 species of fish and some endangered species such as hawksbill and loggerhead turtles. Take a trip and try snorkeling along the reef and you might see some humpback whales too. 

Fish In The Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is the 4th largest river in Africa behind the Nile, Congo, and Niger Rivers. Flowing through six countries, the water is pure with some of the best wildlife the world has to offer, including crocodiles, hippopotamuses, elephants, lions, buffaloes, and an array of birdlife. People from all over the world go Fishing the Zambezi River due to the quality of the fish species on offer but nothing compares to the Tigerfish of the Zambezi.

Descend Into Thrihnukagigur Volcano, Iceland
Go below the earth's surface in Iceland and see the colorful cavern that has been drained of its magma in the Thrihnukagigur Volcano

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping in the Azores
Book yourself in for an action-packed holiday with activities such as  canyoning, whale watching, rock climbing, swimming with dolphins and cliff-diving all on offer and to top it off, the Azores experience warm to mild temperatures all-year-round, 

Motorcycle In The Isle Of Man
Home to the annual Isle of Man TT races and Festival of Motorcycling, the Isle of Man is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for motorcycling. There's a number of different tours available for you to choose from and they're all pretty fantastic. 

Rio Futaleufu Rafting Holiday In Chile
The Rio Futaleufu runs from Argentina's Los Alerces National Park west through Chile to the atmospheric coastal fishing town of Chaiten so not only is this a beautiful place to visit but the rafting is awesome too. Your adrenaline will no doubt be pumping!

Take a ranch holiday in the USA
Experience life like a cowboy and stay on a cattle ranch for a holiday like no other. Check out the Dixie Dude Ranch in the Texas Hill Country, where you can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and swimming and spend the evenings joining in campfire sing-a-longs and dancing.

What To Do If You Think Your Area Needs Help

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