College Is Not Always The Right Answer

My topic for today’s post is education and a success story from the church youth group I volunteer at. The title of this post may seem strange to some because as a lawyer I spent a lot of time at college. But with many of the kids that I work with there are numerous reasons why they fail to get to college in the first place. Many times it is down to a mixture of the poor quality high schools available to them and a lack of money to pay for a college education.

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5 Tips For A Healthy Family

As a family man and a volunteer coach I spend a lot of my free time with kids. One thing I have seen a lot is how easy it is for families to get into habits that are really bad for their health. In many ways you can understand how this happens so quickly with parents having very busy jobs and their parenting takes a lot of energy too. But I have come up with some tips that I want to pass on today.

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Family Retreat To Florida

I have spent a lot of time in Florida where I spent a year in college when I was a lot younger. It has always been a favorite destination for me and over the years I have gone back on numerous occasions. Of course, one of the main attractions is the weather, which is pretty good all year round. But I have also found lots of great Christian retreats that I have gone to regularly.

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My Healthy Lifestyle Changes

I’d like to take this opportunity to get personal for a bit.  Today is the 3 year anniversary of when I decided to be mindful of my body.  My goal was to get fit and strong and like who I saw in the mirror.  Now, at almost 50 pounds lost and an entire blog chock full of lifestyle changes, I am truly blessed to see the transformation.  I am only so lucky that I have a sister who is as awesome as herself to help me through this change in my life, not only via working out and eating healthily, but by adding to our blog.

I don’t think I’ve ever explained my epiphany moment of when I knew I needed a drastic change that would lead me to a healthier lifestyle.  For those of you who don’t know, I used to have a career in medical billing and coding.  After I graduated college with a biology degree, the only job I could really secure closest to my field was as a receptionist at a doctor’s office.  Dr. Hart, my boss, was a lovely woman.  She encouraged me to get my medical billing and coding certificate, as she knew it would offer me more money and more independence at work until I figured out my next steps along the way.  She was insightful enough to know that I wouldn’t be working at a doctor’s office forever!

Medical billing and coding was nice in its own ways, but it is at its core a desk job.  I spent 8-9 hours a day, in front of the computer, in a desk chair.  Most days, I skipped lunch or ate it right in front of the computer.  Red Bull became my go to drink, instead of water.  I snacked like you cannot even believe.  Dr. Hart told me she was concerned, as she had seen my demeanor change from bubbly to more reserved over the year or so that I had worked for her in medical billing and coding.  I brushed it off and chalked it up to the fact that I had more responsibility, so I kept a more professional demeanor.

In reality, I was slowly picking up bad habits.  I would come home from work exhausted because I had not properly fueled my body throughout the day.  I began to crave sugar.  My stress level was out of control.  Exercising became a thing of the past because I stopped scheduling it into my day.  I made excuses and justifications as to why my clothes suddenly stopped fitting correctly, or how I became so tired after taking a couple flights of stairs.

Then one day, as I banged the vending machine in rage for not dispensing my Almond Joy, I took a mental inventory and realized I did not like who I was becoming, or the road I was on.  Dr. Hart was right! My personality had changed, just as everything else had in my life.  I had become too work centric and was even putting it before my own wellbeing.  I knew I had to formulate a plan to get myself on the right track, and Dr. Hart helped me make little goals for my health recovery.

If your story sounds similar to mind, please continue to keep reading this blog and gain as much insight as you can about healthy lifestyle changes.  It will save your life and I promise you, just like me 3 years later you will be the happiest person for it.  Thanks for sharing this journey with me!

 

Find Creative Ways to be of Help to Less Fortunate Members of the Community

When it comes to charity or giving help to other people, a lot of us would say no and reason out that we also got nothing for ourselves to begin with. However, this is not really an excuse. Our Christian faith teaches us to give even we don’t have much for ourselves. The person who only has a penny and donates it to others has more value in heaven that those who have a lot and only donate a part of what they have to others. Thus, you have no excuse in helping out.

Of course, you are not expected to give hundreds of dollars to poor people. However, you can always make the most of your creativity, skills and talents in order to give back to others. In fact, all you need to do is to organize a fund raising activity and you are good to go.

Advertise online

With the power of social media, you can now make the most out of your close friends and their friends. You can talk about what your plans are to help others. You can also advertise how they can donate or how they can volunteer. You may organize an event that would require volunteers such as medical mission or tutorial day. When you need people to come, then you can advertise online. You can also ask for sponsorship to ensure that you have enough funds for those activities.

Organize fund raisers

You might also want to do activities to raise funds and give the said funds to those who are in need. The most common fund raising activity is a rock concert. This involves the youth as well. You might also want to organize a raffle draw so you can sell tickets and give rewards to winners. The best fund raiser is in a form of a competition. You can invite people to come and watch so you can sell tickets. At the same time, you involve other people to compete and they become useful members of the society as well. If you can’t think of any competition, then organize archery tournament.

This has become very popular these days. A lot of people are into archery already. You can invite a local club to help out. They can take part in the competition and win prizes too. If you get more people to join, then it becomes more exciting. You can sell more tickets and get a lot more funds as well. This is very unique, but worth the try. You can also invest on the best crossbow from this site. You should also buy the best crossbow bolt at http://www.astraightarrow.com/best-crossbow-bolt-reviews/. By then, you are assured of a quality tournament.

A reward in heaven

Once you have raised the necessary funds and have the money donated to the people in need, then it becomes very satisfying. You will feel like you have done something very useful to the society. Rest assured that even if you don’t get that much here on earth, you will get a lot more in heaven.

 

Traveling With Young Children

I have written many blog posts on this site about my travel experiences. Some of my favorite ones involve my annual trips to family reunions which could be anywhere in the country. On the most recent trips we have mostly ended up at Christian themed resorts in Florida and every single one of us enjoys the get together. For today’s post I want to write about some traveling advise I have for parents and children.

Our last family trip was to Colorado where we went for the first time on a skiing vacation. It was only for 5 nights but we went as a party of 4 adults and 4 kids ranging in age from 9 months to ten years old. It was my first skiing trip with kids and brought with it some interesting challenges.

First of all winter clothes are a lot bulkier and heavier than summer clothes, so we quickly realized that even for a 5 day trip two suitcases would not be enough. Not the end of the world, but 4 days before departure we had to scramble to get a new piece of luggage. The annoying thing was that even though we still had a few days before the flight we had to pay twice the normal rate for an additional item of luggage.

A few years ago we had already invested in a great looking umbrella style stroller for a trip to Florida, but we now needed some additional stroller accessories like a warm coverall. This would ensure that we would get through airport security with ease and the baby would still be wrapped up warm in the ski resort.

Because of the difference in ages we had to do some innovative planning into keeping everyone entertained. Firstly we had to get some new toys and presents which included small books, rattles and a new portable PlayStation game. This was probably the best thing we did, because our flight ended up being delayed for 3 hours due to weather conditions.

Thankfully I have a business membership for an airline lounge which we were all able to access to break the time at the airport. The lounge was excellent and even had an enclosed room for children to play without annoying other travelers. I am always very aware of that when I fly for business and it can be very annoying to be sitting in a quiet lounge with kids running around.

The flight itself was no problem and we arrived in less than 3 hours. The airline staff was great and made sure that the kids were entertained. The only problems we really encountered were at the airport when one of our pieces of luggage hadn’t made it. And it just happened to be the one with a lot of the kids’ stuff. We did get the suitcase delivered to the hotel by the next morning, but it was a huge inconvenience.

The lesson we learned was to pack some change of clothes for kids into hand luggage as it will save you the hassle of finding a clothes store when you are meant to be enjoying your vacation.

 

Staying in Top Health While Travelling on a Budget

Travelling on a budget entails a lot of adjustments aimed at cutting unnecessary costs and maximizing the value of money spent. However, it should not compromise health. While worrying about health concerns upon travelling may sound unnecessary, the opposite is actually true. Health is a major concern that should never be compromised even while travelling on a limited budget.

A number of aspects in travelling could use some frugality measures. The most important ones are dining, health protection, and comfort.

Good Travel Dining on a Budget

You can eat well while travelling without breaking the bank. You just have to remember a few pointers. One important thing to remember is to know where to get or buy the best cheap food in our destination. You can do this by asking locals for advice or doing some online research, learning from the experiences of other travellers who have already visited the area you are heading to.

Another great tip is cooking your own food. If you are going to stay in a lodge, consider staying in one that has a kitchen so you can cook your own food. It’s cheaper buying the ingredients and cooking them yourself since vendors are unlikely to think that you are a tourist so they won’t raise prices the way they do on other tourists.

If you are travelling to some place and you are going to stay for just a day, you may want to pack your own meals. This way, you can be sure with the safety of your food.

It’s also recommended bringing your own bottle of water and just refill it wherever and whenever you can have the chance. Water is very expensive in many places. It’s even more expensive that soft drinks and some bottled juice products.

Health Protection while Travelling

When heading to places known for health risks such as water-borne diseases and disease-carrying mosquitoes, it’s very important to be prepared. As mentioned, it helps bringing your own drinking water in a refillable container. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, get mosquito-repellent lotions or creams. If you are going for outdoor activities like diving, always invest in and use quality gear. Moreover, if you are going to a place where your feet might end up getting soaked most of the time, avoid foot fungus growth by wearing the right footwear and bringing anti-fungal creams and powders you can use after exposing yourself to possible fungal infection.

Comfort and Peace of Mind

Stress is a health risk and you can encounter many forms of it as you travel. Avoid situations that can challenge your temper or solicit your unhealthy reaction. For example, don’t be too stingy that you will settle for a foul-smelling and cramped lodge or room in some dubious street. If you are travelling for work, better make sure that you are getting a comfortable accommodation in a safe place. In the event of an unfortunate accident you can calculate your potential compensation using a compensation calculator.

Health should be one of your top things to consider when travelling. It can’t be relegated to a secondary or minor concern. You should even get travel insurance if you are heading to some place where the risks of getting exposed to health compromises are high. For more tips to consider while travelling, visit http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/travel-tips.

 

Reasons Why It is High Time to Switch to Natural Squatting Position

If you wish to get all the benefits of a natural squatting position when pooping, it is high time to practice doing it now.

When you think about eliminating bodily waste, you might already have a certain position being followed. You are used to this position all your life. How about squatting while pooping? You will definitely raise an eyebrow with that idea. Squatting seems like a very primitive way of eliminating waste and no one is doing it today. In fact, you were trained when you were still young not to squat as it is very improper.

Well, this primitive way of pooping has been found out to be the best way to go. In fact, several clinical researches have revealed that traditional pooping position where you just sit on the toilet bowl is actually unhealthy. It can lead to many problems. All these problems can be avoided if you squat when pooping.

No more constipation

There are many factors that could make one constipated. Dehydration, poor diet and improper posture during defecation all contribute to a dry and hard stool. This becomes more difficult to push out. Hence, constipation happens. This might not seem to be a big deal, but there is definitely a huge change when you poop in a different position.

Hemorrhoids can be cured

When you have hemorrhoids, you might be satisfied of using hemorrhoids cream to feel better already. However, with no major change in your toilet posture, the problem will continue to persist. For instance, when you poop in a traditional manner, so much pressure is caused by pushing too hard and it can make hemorrhoids even more painful. With the natural squatting position, you don’t have to push too hard anymore.

Low risk of colon cancer

Of course, we don’t know the possibility of being hit by cancer. It can always happen to anyone. However, for colon cancer, the risk can be reduced. This is by maintaining a good colon. One way to do it is to make it free from built up food and other waste materials as a result of fecal stagnation. Thus, you have to make sure that you squat when pooping in order to remove all these waste materials.

Eliminate UTI

UTI or Urinary Tract Infection happens when you can’t urinate easily. This is triggered when you don’t urinate completely or you hold your pee for a long time. Even when you poop, you also urinate. However, since you are not in a proper position, you don’t urinate completely. The remaining urine is stagnated. If this happens more often, then UTI takes place. Thus, you need to squat instead of sit. By then, there is a more natural flow for the urine when coming out of the system.

These are only some of the benefits that you will get when you squat when pooping. To help you achieve this position and make pooping easier, you can use a squatty potty. Now you might ask, does the squatty potty work? Well, the answer to does the squatty potty work is a yes. Transition might be difficult at first, but with the help of squatty potty, it becomes a lot easier.

 

Paddle Boarding Anybody?

As is said in the Bible’s New International Version “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). What better way to take care of your health and body than enjoying God’s creation and more specifically his great oceans? One way to do that is through paddle boarding. Since over the past few years paddle boarding has boomed in North America let’s take a look at this relatively new sport. On a recent trip to Mexico I noticed just how popular paddleboards have become. A few years ago I was fortunate to visit the Baja area of Mexico – right below California on the west coast of Mexico for those of you unfamiliar – and there were surfboards to be sure but very few, in fact I don’t recall any, paddle boards. Now they are everywhere. It seems like a good development to me; while in the past getting out on the water on a board was the province of a select few very fit surfer guys and gals, now the whole family can venture out and enjoy calm coastal or inland waters. And even better is the development of inflatable standup paddle boards (you can find the best inflatable SUPs here), rather than having an awkward stack of boards all over your car or minivan now you can just have your deflated boards inside your vehicle. This has the added benefits of creating less drag while your cruising down the highway and eliminating the necessity of a carrying rack on the outside of your car or van. Also collapsible inflatables make for easy storage in the garage or basement at home.

So since I was there and curious I took the plunge – literally and figuratively – and tried both the rigid boards and inflatable boards out while I was there (in Mexico). As you’d expect the rigid boards were faster and easier to handle. The inflatable boards though weren’t far off. I can imagine kids being more than happy playing around on them through many a summer afternoon. As far as adults are concerned, yes, they could be a lot of fun. I would be a little nervous about having sharp objects near an inflatable SUP and I inevitably keep a folding knife (check out this guide to the best folding knives) with me when I’m on the water – a habit formed during my teenage sailing days dealing with tangles of ropes and seaweed. I can also attest to paddle boarding — no matter whether you are on an inflatable of rigid board — being a good workout. I was sore the next day and I am a pretty fit guy already! I think I exercised muscle groups that usually don’t get a lot of work in my usual fitness routines.

While I’m still undecided about paddle boarding as a regular thing I can see the attraction. A couple of other reservations I have that are slowing me down are the extra effort required to get it all together to go do it. Unlike many other sports (say jogging) there is a lot of, maybe too much, preparation before setting out and a fair amount of putting things away when finished. Unless you live on a body of water the transport to and from can be significant. All in all though, if everything comes together for you I would have no hesitation suggesting paddleboarding as a recreational or fun fitness activity.

 

Nourish Your Soul with a Daily Dose of Biblical Sermons

Reading the Bible is important to nourish your soul and guide you in your every day life.

As always, man does not live by bread alone, but also on the words of God. As a devout Christian, it is your responsibility to be fed with the words of God. There are many ways for you to get the right words from Him. You don’t have to force yourself to read the Bible especially if you can’t understand the actual context of what you have read. In fact, it would be better if you read and understand the meaning of what has been written in the Bible.

Attend daily masses

Although Christians are required to keep holy the Sabbath Day which is once a week, it pays a lot if you take some time off to attend a mass. If there is a church near you or if there is a church within the company that you work for, then attend the mass. In doing this, you get the chance to listen to the Gospel and the sermon of the priest as well. If you don’t understand the meaning of the Gospel on that day, then the concrete examples presented by the priest will make it easier for you.

Join prayer meetings

There are different organizations hosting this. Just find one that fits your schedule and way of praying. You might even form one with your close friends. In doing this, you get the chance to share your thoughts about Biblical verses. You can also hear what others have to say. Of course, if you meet new people, it is already a bonus. It is great if you take some time off to pray on your own. However, it would be better if you have someone to walk this road with you.

Read blogs about the Bible

If you really don’t have the time to go out of your house or attend the mass, you just have to stay home. With the advent of online blogs, it is now easier to read more about the bible and how other people interpret the words of God. You might also read about their experiences as Christians. Reading blogs about the bible does not just give you insights about the meaning of Biblical texts, but also about their relevance in real life.

You can check out Bible in a Year at the bible in a year blog for daily Bible interpretations. With this blog, you will have a chance to understand the Bible through the words of other people. The blog is about certain Biblical texts and how other people find meaning in them. It is called Bible in a year blog because you will find something relevant for you throughout the year.

Time for change

If you have a Bible that has been sitting in your book shelf for a long time, it might be high time to take it and read it. You need not read everything from the start until the end like it is a novel. You just have to pick out important daily texts and understand them fully.

 

Get a BLS Certification and Make a Difference in People’s Lives

We always question ourselves about the meaning of life and what really our purpose on earth is. Asking these questions is good, but doing something to make a difference is even better. If you really want your life to be meaningful, then find a job that allows you to be of help to other people. You earn by doing your job and you are happy doing it. The best part is you also get the chance to make a difference in many people’s lives. There are tons of jobs that will allow you to make a difference, but if you want to save those who are in between life and death, then you might want to get a BLS certification.  

What is BLS?

BLS stands for Basic Life Support. When you are BLS certified, then you will be authorized to provide first aid support in times of emergency. This task can be done by a doctor, nurse, fire fighter, and other medical professionals. If you don’t have any of these qualifications, then you just have to train for BLS. In order to get certified, you have to go through a series of training. You will study different fields in providing life support. Giving CPR, vital signs and first aid are among the necessary skills you need to learn. Once you are done with the training, you can apply for a BLS certification. You will then be tested by the certifying board, and if you pass, you are now eligible to do the job.

How to get BLS certification

There are two ways for you to be certified. The first one is to enroll in traditional schools. There are a lot of institutions that offer BLS courses. This program lasts for a few months or even a year depending on your chosen program. There are also some programs that will allow you to study other degree programs in the future if you wish to. Another way is to get an online training. Though it is different when you get an actual training, this still works for those who can’t physically attend the classes. If you are currently working on a different job, then you just have to train online and be certified later on. You will also be required to finish a certain number of hours of actual training before you can be certified. If you want to know more about BLS certification, you can check this out.

Saving lives and spreading the good news of God

There are a lot of ways to spread the good news of the Lord. You don’t have to go to foreign countries just to do a medical mission or work for a charity organization that helps the poor. Even in the profession that you have chosen, you can still help spread the word of God. Take note that when you are BLS certified, you have the power to save people’s lives. You are the first person to reach the patient and your job is literally a matter of life and death.

 

How to Eat?

What is healthy eating? Or what is healthy Christian eating? Have you ever asked yourself that question before? I believe you should only eat food that has came from the earth. Food that God created. Healthy Christian eating starts with eating more fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. You should try to cut back on white sugar and fat. You should try to eat only whole foods. You do not need to eat from a package. Everyone should eat only whole all natural foods. You should listen to your body. Feed your body what it craves. That is why I think you should eat paleo. I first heard about the diet when I visited my cousin in Alabama. He lived at ALB LLC Luxury Apartments. The landlord had been paleo for years. I am here to tell you what he told me. It will change your life. For the better.

You should eat like a caveman. Have you ever heard that term? The best way to eat like they did back in the Old Testament is like that. The paleo diet is perfect for that. It is growing in popularity. This diet is based off the caveman diet. The hunter gatherer. They only ate lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. How can you go wrong with that? It is just eating what has came from the earth. If it came form the earth. Then it is probably good for you. That is right most of the time.

Nose. Eyes. Ears. That is what you should say to yourself when choosing a protein source. If your protein source has that. Then it is good enough to eat. Eating the leaner meats is also better. I would not worry with that just starting out though.

Also you can eat any vegetable you want. Except no legumes. They did not eat these during their time. Many say they are bad for you. But any other vegetable is a go. So eat as much vegetables as you want. That should be the biggest portion on your plate. Plus vegetables make great snacks. They fill you up and do not have a lot of calories.

On the paleo diet you can fruit. You can eat any kind of fruit you want. Whenever you want a little desert. Just grab some fruit. It is all natural sugar. You do not want to be eating of the white processed sugar. We are going for all natural. I like to make a big bowl of fruit salad. I will eat on it all week. It makes for a quick snack.

This is probably one of the easiest diets to do. You eat lean proteins, vegetables, and fruits. When you sit down and eat. You should have all three of those on your plate. The main portion being vegetables. Probably half. The rest meat and fruit. The great thing about this diet is you do not count calories. Eat until you are full. You can eat all you want. Trust me. It is hard to eat 500 calories of meat. It is not hard to eat 500 calories of cake. This time you are never hungry, cutting calories, and plus you will feel great. Eating all natural you will not feel sluggish any. After a few days you will see the difference. Plus you will feel better eating the way God intended.

 

God Always Has Better Plans for You

Have you been fired from your job? Have you been working on the same job for a long time, but still maintain the same salary? Are you tired of living the life you have right now? If you say yes to any of these questions, you might feel like giving up right now. However, before even thinking about giving up, you have to realize that everything is a part of life. Just because you were fired from your job does not mean your life is over. If you have been in the same company for a long time, it might be because your skills are highly valued in that company. Either way, God has something in store for you. All you have to do is to work hard in improving your craft and be patient.

In God’s Time

When you hear people telling you that everything will happen in God’s perfect time, you might start being annoyed already. You seem to be impatient with what is happening or not happening in your life. However, this idea is and will always be true. We must not question what God has in store for us. He knows better. You might not understand His plans for you right now, but once you do, you will be grateful for everything.

Doing Your Part

Though it is true that God has designed our life and He has control over us, you also have to understand that He gave us free will. This means that we can decide on our own and we have the responsibility to work hard to achieve whatever we wanted to. Therefore, if you feel like you are not happy with your job anymore, then do something.

For instance, if you hate being just an online clerk, then try studying to be a paralegal. You don’t have to study full time. You can work during the day and take some courses at night. You can even study online with accredited institutions. Once you have gotten your certification, you can already work as a paralegal. Now, you are not just an ordinary clerk, but a paralegal as well. In fact, if you want to know how much does a paralegal make in a year, you can check this out.

You might also want to shift careers. For instance, if you have been an engineer for a long time, but your passion is really cooking, then don’t be afraid to take risks. Once you have achieved your goals, then it will be very satisfying. You can enroll in culinary schools to improve as a chef. You might also try to enroll in Subway university through this site. You will then be trained on how to work efficiently in a fast food environment. You can move on to other culinary schools later. Eventually, you can even put up your own business or get a Subway franchise.

Everything happens for a reason. If things are meant to be, then they will soon happen. You just have to be patient. For now, you can work on improving your skills so you will be prepared any time.