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Finding Your Niche in Life – How to Be a Better You

The concept of finding our niche in life is not a new one. As a child we start to think about what we want to be when we grow up. Some of us actually grow up and become what we dreamed about. This group is the lucky one. Unfortunately, too many people go through life with their activities governed not by their abilities, but by their circumstances. They take the first job offered and that becomes their career. If it turns out to be the wrong decision, it becomes an albatross hanging around their neck and weighs them down emotionally and financially. They do not decide what they want and go after it, but live “under” their circumstances.
When twenty percent of the individuals in a group provides 80% of the value or does 80% of the work, it is obvious that only a small percentage of individuals truly find their niche in life. How do we go about becoming one of those producers? There are a few points that can help us all determine what we should be doing. Whether we are talking about being part of a functional, happy family; being the top producer in our company; or being highly proficient in a sport; finding what our gifts and abilities are is the first step toward achievement.
The process of finding and utilizing our talents requires: (1) believing we have talents; (2) finding out what those talents are; and (3) selecting those talents that we enjoy using the most to use and improve upon. After that, the rest is easy. We do what we enjoy the most and have the talent for. As Mark Twain once said and I paraphrase; “A man who does what he enjoys never has to work”. So, lets take the process of finding our niche one step at a time.
We have to believe we have gifts, talents, & abilities. It has been said by some psychologists that each of us has thousands of abilities. Admittedly, some of these abilities may be small ones and may seem insignificant to a lot of people, but they are talents and abilities nevertheless. Some abilities are obvious to us. Some are only obvious to others. We can make use of our abilities the best when we are aware of what they are. Unless we realize that we have abilities that can be significant in life, our successes and failures for the most part will be accidental occurrences.
What are we good at doing? Sometimes we are blinded to our own abilities. Most of us do not give ourselves proper credit. We cannot see the value of our abilities in the same way an outsider does. Making a list of what we think are our abilities is a good start. A better way is to ask those who know us the best what they think we are good at. We may be surprised at the answers. Add both lists together. Once we have the combined list, the next step is easy.
We do what we enjoy. It we like to travel and write, we become a travel writer. If we are highly proficient in a sport, we may become a professional at it or become a teacher of others who are interested in the sport. If we like nothing better than making a presentation before a large crowd, we may become a professional speaker or trainer. The key is doing what we like within the parameters of our individual talents. There is nothing worse than spending our lives doing activities that we hate.
If we really want to find our niche in life, we can’t depend on other to decide what our niche is. We must actively search out our talents and abilities, decide which ones we enjoy the most, and build our family life, our careers, and our recreation around those abilities. When we find our true niche, we become a better person, and one that others want to be around.…

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Teach Your Child About Good Eating Habits to Fight Obesity

Teach Your Child About Good Eating Habits to Fight Obesity

Nowadays, many children are overweight and reaching the brink of obesity. The rapid increases in the rates of obesity are at a disturbing pace which makes it a worldwide issue that should concern each and every parent. It has been said that kids are naturally attracted to junk food and sugary treats and tend to push away all that’s good for them. Hence, it is up to you parents to monitor your child’s food intake and make sure they do not consume too much calories.

Studies show that between the age of 1 till 5, kids tend to be picky eaters and only eat certain things and at certain times. Often enough, this could be difficult as your child would create a big fuss. To avoid your child from growing up overweight, there are a few ways to teach them good eating habits.

First, children are more likely to eat their vegetable if it is cooked rather than raw. Also, give them small portions of a variety of vegetables so that they see different colors and get different taste. It would be best to stick to small portions at each meal so that they don’t see too much of it. Also, put nutritious food in front of your child. Don’t worry on how much he is eating. It is the quality of the food that is important, not the quantity.

Furthermore, satisfy your child’s sweet tooth by serving nutritious fruit based desserts. You can occasionally add the delight of ice cream but not too often. Aside from that, try serving food in attractive ways like cutting vegetables in odd shapes, decorating with ketchup or herbs. Presentation matters to kids, the more attractive it is; the more likely they are to try it.

In conclusion, keep your child happy by serving foods in ways they would happily eat. During those frustrating moments at the dinner table, handle those situations with patience, a positive attitude and firmness. Don’t be aggressive or emotional.…

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Save the Sweetest Kiss – Learn How to Save a Marriage

Can you remember the days when you and your partner are having that firing emotions of love and happiness deep in your hearts as you would deal with each other? Or can you still remember the exciting feeling whenever you would hold each other’s arms? Or do you still remember the sweet smell of the day’s perfume as you exchange vows until death do you part in the holy matrimony? I believe you have that sweetest feeling as happiness and thrills would manifest inside you that time. Who could blame both you for that?
Taking the first step for you and your true love to live a life together for a lifetime would really give you that unexplained feeling, yet best of what you had. So what’s up with your decision of considering divorce? Naturally, you would encounter different problems and circumstances along the way with your partner, but that shouldn’t affect the promises you’ve made with each other. Marriage is supposed to be a lifetime commitment and is obviously not one of those jokes which you could play around. In here, you and your spouse’s feelings are involved making everything complicated and, worse, difficult to work on. But though that would be the case, there would still be ways on how to save a marriage. So better don’t give up too easily, grab each other’s hands and try not to let go of it, as you do everything for your relationship to work still.
Here are some of the tips which both of you could take the opportunity of trying. Working on how to save a marriage is better than doing nothing at all. Just make sure to give your best forward for it or else you might find yourself losing the things you could do for a second chance.
o Try to think of some moment which you can spend time together. Give you focus on it and let go of the things that could possibly hinder you of doing it. Turn of your televisions, cell phones, or even your instant messenger, as you sit and spend time together. Listening to each other’s feelings is great, because in that way, you could understand each other and through that you’re relationship would become mature.
o Put your feelings through letters. Though there would be other ways on how to express your feelings, I still consider writing letters as one of the sweetest. Because of the fact that it is really one of the classical ways of expression of love, not a single thing could erase that address to it. So why not try the manner and see for yourself how effective it is.
o Don’t forget to have at least one date per week. Usually, couples would be very comfortable with each other that they tend not to dress up beautifully for their partners. With this date on scheduled, it would be like a glitter on top of your partnership life. Without any choice, both of you should dress up properly for this event and with that, sparks of love for each other will surely illuminate.
Though it is often said that doing ways on how to save a marriage would really take a lot of time, effort and money, once you’ve become successful on it, everything is assured to be worth it as you and your spouse would be sharing the sweetest of your kisses once again.…

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Early Childhood Education Training – Connecting With the Newest Generations

Early Childhood Education Training – Connecting With the Newest Generations

Early childhood education (ECE) has now become a mainstay in the New Zealand culture, with the widely held community beliefs of the benefit of early childhood education and the success of future generations. Being such a topic of interest for parents, families and governments, much research has been conducted into the benefits of ECE and training for our children. Providing a “jump-start” to their educational journeys, research has shown that children enrolled in early childhood courses outperform those who do not in both mathematical and reading skills, as well as increased cognitive processing. Furthermore, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found in their recent research program into the multiplier effect of early childhood education, that those attending such courses develop a better educational platform from which to further their education in subsequent learning institutions throughout their life, as well as benefiting from better work opportunities in the long term. This piece of research went further to state that those attending such facilities are better able to socialise and relate to others; and this correlates to more socially competent individuals, both in their childhood and adulthood.

In contrast to the benefits of ECE is the current shortage in New Zealand of suitably qualified personnel to fill the required positions. According to research by Le Quesne, there has been a 32% increase in the numbers of children enrolled in licensed early childhood centres over the past decade. With this increasing demand is a correlating demand for qualified teachers to support the increasing numbers. In reaction to this widening gap of demand and supply, the government is proactively encouraging the increased uptake of ECE training and it’s career path.

Early childhood education training prepares and equips students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to educate the next generation of New Zealanders. On completion, graduates will possess a comprehensive range of abilities across key elements of ECE providing them with long-term career prospects in a rewarding sector. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the early childhood education curriculum, the interpersonal skills required interacting and communicating with children and their families, understanding the basic psychology of childhood growth and development, developing skills and attitudes required of an effective communicator and teacher, along with the regulatory requirements that impact upon the ECE sector. Be a fundamental part in the development of tomorrow’s movers, shakers and leaders and enrol in a course of early childhood education today.…

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How to Make the Most of Your Family Vacations

Most of the time when you plan a family vacation, you are looking for a way for your family to get together and just enjoy themselves without the worries of every day life. Take the time to learn some of the various different ways that you can go about planning a family vacation that is going to make the most of your time together as a family. There are so many different things pulling families in every direction that it is often difficult to plan a vacation that will satisfy the whole family. Taking a few different steps will help you to make the most of it, for everyone involved.
While families can consist of young children, parents, teenagers, young married adults, grandchildren – the list goes on- you will see that it is important to find a way to bring them all together comfortably. This can reduce stress for everyone in the family. Take the time to find a time for your family vacation that will be good for everyone who plans to attend. There are a lot of different things that go on, between other vacations, school, sports, work, and holidays that pull families apart. Make sure that you talk to people in your family to find a time that will be just as convenient for one person as it is for another. Making sure that everyone is happy with the time that is set is the first way to make sure that you have a happy family vacation.
Plan to do some fun things while you are on vacation. There are definitely some things that cater to children more than adults, but the adults can often have just as much fun as the kids when they visit these places. Remember everyone when you are planning the places that you will visit on your trip. You should take the time to plan a few different things so that everyone is sure to do something that they will enjoy while on vacation. A vacation should be enjoyed by everyone involved.
Another way to ensure that you are able to make the most of your family vacation is by ensuring that you do not spend a ton of money on your trip. Financial hardships can often cause a lot of stress. If you take the time to find some of the best vacations at the most affordable rates, everyone will remain happy and stress free because they do not have to worry about the money that is being spent. There are many ways to find vacation deals that will meet the needs of any budget, be sure to find the one that is best for you and your family.
When you are planning the next family vacation, remember to take these things into consideration. If you do this, then you are sure to have the happiest and most productive family vacation you have ever had before. This will make sure that everyone enjoys the time that is spent together as a family.…

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Adult Children of Alcoholics – Why We Must Heal

Adult Children of Alcoholics – Why We Must Heal

When I first began my spiritual work I felt like I was lit on fire. As my awareness of self-grew–and my awareness of my connection to all that is expanded, it was difficult not to run out into the streets and scream, “People I get it! I get it!–We are not our wounds!!! We are so, so, so, so much more than that!!! We are all created from the same source!!! What we experienced as children was not the way it was intended to be… And as adults–we get to script our own stories!!!”

Of course I didn’t do that, but whenever I felt that someone I was speaking to opened the door to their soul, and I felt the intuition to open my mouth and let out what I had learned along my journey–I always found a way to say what I believed needed to get said.

It has been thirteen years since I began my journey inward. Many miracles have shown up in my life since then, all of which I immerse my mind and heart in gratitude for daily, and often.

Older now, I am feeling myself hone in on my purpose here on earth as a wounded healer.

More than ever I feel a kindred tugging towards ACoA, and grandchildren of alcoholics, not only because I have been affected by alcoholism, but because I believe the world is full of people who are under the illusion that alcohol is not as deceptive or soul devouring as it is. In my humble opinion, I believe codependency is epidemic.

I have worked with far too many women who depend on alcohol to loosen them up, or to give them confidence. These women are some of the same women who cannot speak up for their inner self–their inner child, and who consistently run themselves into the ground for the sake of making other people’s lives easier–and too–because of old guilt that sweeps in whenever they even consider setting a boundary.

To all of my dear brothers and sisters who have suffered as children whether the abuse was directly related to alcohol, or because your caretakers abused you in some other verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual way–we all must learn to let go–so that we can free our bodies from old dank energy that is locked within our bodies cells.

Our aches, pains, headaches, panic attacks, nervousness, rashes, asthma and alike, are manifestations of our old pains–the ones we never felt worthy of to express when we were innocent little girls and boys. Within us all is the power to not only lift the veil of illusion that has taught us to turn away from self, but also that we are not worthy of the right to express our pain, and then ultimately let it go.

It is time to heal.

As our earth enters its new age–and raises its vibrational frequency–it is not only a time of cleansing for our planet–but for its children as well…

Feel your pain, allow tears to carry out of you all the old pain you once hid from others in your confusing home, stay in bed for a day or two, wear pajama’s for days at a time and even eat your pints of ice cream if your inner child feels like that is what it needs to do… and when you are through–imagine you learning to be the mother to you–that you always deserved.

Seek masters out who have walked the journey you are on–and in the back of your mind never forget–that pain has served as a contrast–for now child–you know how deeply you want–and deserve to be loved.

The only way to heal self–is through self.…

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A Clean and Trendy Kitchen For Happy Family Dining

The family that eats together stays together. Do you agree? Studies show that this is so. What makes families eat together despite their busy days? It must be the kitchen.
A kitchen is not only a place for dining. It is a place where the family members talk about their fun or failure during the day. It is a place where laughter abodes and closeness develops. A kitchen properly maintained and serves mouth watering dishes is the best place for a hungry yet happy family.
Kitchen today has more fashionable styles and functional furniture. The following tips will help you do a make over of your kitchen to make your husband go home early eager to dine in your fine kitchen.
1. Keep your kitchen clean and it also must smell clean. Your kitchen floor gets the most dirt from food and water spills. Have a clean rug at the foot of the sink to keep the floor dry. Maintain the cleanliness of your kitchen by cleaning it before and after dining. You can buy an air freshener that is appropriate to your kitchen scent preference.
2. Reorganize the displays in your kitchen wall and have a spot for your kids’ achievements. Make a board and a display cabinet for the projects and awards of your children. When your family is happily chatting, your kids can immediately show you their latest accomplishments in school. You are developing their self confidence and this makes them want to do better.
3. Paint your kitchen wall light green or apple green. Green is the color of nature and it makes people relax when we gaze at it. It is cool to the eyes and it is believed to be good to our appetite.
4. Buy the latest furniture that has more than one function. The latest furniture trend includes chairs that can be folded or adjusted to fit whoever who sits in it. There are also cabinets that look like wall decoration and tables that can accommodate a number of additional guests.
5. Organize your cooking utensils, pans and casseroles in a cabinet or drawer that fits in an area near the stove. The eating utensils should be placed in a separate cabinet near the dining table. This way they are placed strategically to be utilized easily.
The kitchen plays an important role to your appetite as well as the delicious food that your family members happily prepared.…