Why You Should Embrace Failure

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Let’s face it – failure is inevitable. At some point in your life, you will fail.

It could be something small, like the time you missed a reasonably easy shot in a game of basketball, and then the other team won.

Or it could be something big, like the time you botched a final exam and had to retake the course over the summer.

But failure isn’t always a bad thing. There are plenty of missteps that have turned into major wins. After being fired by a newspaper editor, Walt Disney created what became an empire designed to capture the imaginations of children. And Vera Wang was rejected from both the U.S. Olympic team and an editor-in-chief position at Vogue before launching a billion dollar wedding gown design business.

What it all comes down to is how you handle and react to failure. If you treat it as a learning experience, you’ll become unstoppable.

Have there been any road bumps in your life that turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to you?

Make Smart Food Choices

Foods loaded with sugar and carbohydrates can cause major spikes in your energy—followed by major crashes. So while you may feel chipper for a few hours, the after effect of consuming poor quality foods can leave you feeling irritable and grumpy.

Adding more nutritious foods to your diet (and reducing the amount of processed foods you consume) can boost your mood at meal time. Plus, you’ll feel the good mood effects for much longer than if you had a sugary or carb-heavy dish.

Do you fizzle out while working out? Consume more legumes. Are you dragging through the work day? Eat some blood-sugar stabilizing quinoa. Are you feeling stressed? Grab a handful of walnuts to help restore your sense of calm.

Original idea: food for thought. Symbol of some ideology.
Original idea: food for thought. Symbol of some ideology.

What foods give you the boost you need? Share your favorites with us here!

 

Organizing Your Life

Having too many to-dos and things to remember can give you a major case of scatterbrain. Many of us vow again and again to get organized, once and for all. But this is always easier said than done. And let’s not forget how our environment can bring on the mental chaos. Cluttered closets, messy countertops, and too many files crowding your desktop…it all adds up. The solution? Start small. Tackle just ONE thing each day, or spend 15 minutes a day de- cluttering one area of your home. This will help you create more space, not just in your physical surroundings, but in your mind as well. It takes regular practice to develop healthy habits around organization and get your life in order. And you’ll have so much more clarity, and be so much happier, for it. What steps have you taken to create a more organized life?FB_Organizing

Learn to Trust Your Intuition

mindfulness word cloud on a vintage slate blackboard with a cup of coffee and cookie
mindfulness word cloud on a vintage slate blackboard with a cup of coffee and cookie

Gut feelings. Instinct. Intuition. It’s easy to ignore that little voice, but oftentimes, it’s giving us the exact advice we need to hear … just when we need to hear it.

Trust your intuition and it could help you make better life choices. Tune into what you’re feeling and you’ll build this trust with yourself. When you’re wavering between two choices, STOP and truly consider how you feel.

Imagine you have an exciting new job opportunity, or a potential new client. You likely feel a bit nervous, which is to be expected. But think about your other emotions toward the opportunity. Are they mostly positive and uplifting? Then go for it!

However, if your gut tightens up and you’re struggling to say yes to the gig, it’s a good sign you should pass it up and make room for something better to come into your life.

Sometimes if it’s not 100% “Heck yeah!”, then it should be a “Heck no!”

Slow Down With A Good Book

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Young caucasian brunette girl reading book and turning page in a coffee shop.

When was the last time you curled up to a good book? Not a business book. Or a self- improvement guide. Or a diet and exercise manual. But a truly interesting novel or gripping sci-fi story?

It seems like with the hectic pace of today’s world, the simplicity of slowing down and unwinding with a good book has been lost for many of us. We escape our harried lives by binge-watching our favorite shows on Netflix, scrolling through Facebook on our smartphones, or going to the movies.

What if you took up a good book and worked your way through it just once a month? Reading is a great way to add more “me” time to your day. And the best part is that this can happen any time of day. Set a relaxing tone by reading in the morning, or read before bed to help calm and relax your mind for a good night’s sleep. What book are you going to pick up?