Personal Checkup

How are you doing on your 2014 resolutions and goals?

The World Needs You

“You have something to give the world that no one else does.” That’s what I tell groups when I teach or give inspirational talks. “Our job is to figure out who we are and what IT is, then get on with it.” Unfortunately, we often get in the way of our own success. We have fears, insecurities, lack creative thinking, yada, yada, yada. We fail to see possibilities or look for opportunities. And then there’s that thing we have to deal with–CHANGE! How do you feel about change? Some people hate it; others thrive on it. Depending on our personality and experiences, we have varied levels of comfort with the “C” word. Some will avoid risk at almost any cost. They prefer every day to be similar and predictable. That’s ok. The world needs these faithful, reliable people. Others (like me) can’t stand any two days that are the same, and may even change the route going home just to mix things up. We love new things, new foods, new ideas and surprises. But it doesn’t mean we are always successful. Like it or not, change is part of life. And in a digital world going faster than we ever imagined, change is constant. I picked up a little book by Seth Godin, titled, Graceful: Making A Difference in a World That Needs You.  I got this little ebook for my Kindle for $2.51;  iTunes and Nook have it also. In case you’re not familiar with him, Seth Godin has written 12 best-selling books and blogs at http://sethgodin.typepad.com. I mentioned his book, The Dip, in my article, I Quit. In this quick read, Godin lays out 30 ideas for making a difference in the world. He discusses grace, a character attribute in short supply,...

How Costco Is Making Me Healthier...

We’re always being told we need to eat better. At least in America. 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables (F&V) sounds like a lot! At least that’s what I thought before. I used to go into the regular grocery store, look at the fresh produce (and the prices), and leave with very little in my basket. It was just easier to heat up frozen dinners and go through the burger drive through. Then I realized my assets were growing. Not the financial kind–the physical kind. Then I became a Costco member. For those of you who don’t know, Costco is a members-only warehouse club where you can purchase in bulk. So why would a single person ever shop there? Part of the Costco success story is the lack of variety. That’s right. Where other stores brag they have 49 varieties of catsup, Costco has one. So when you shop there, you don’t have to waste a lot of mental energy trying to decide which brand to buy or which is the best deal. Costco only stocks quality products, and all their prices are great. The other thing is that items come in quantity. So when you buy cheese or spinach or crackers, you have enough to last awhile. I buy carrots in 10-pound bags. They are in my fridge a long time, but they last forever and are there to be eaten regularly! I buy frozen blueberries, mixed berries, or sometimes cherries, then make smoothies every morning for breakfast. I also add bananas, that I buy  in 3-pound bags from Costco and flash freeze after peeling and freezer store in bags. All I have to add is orange juice (also from Costco) and protein powder (from my local health food store) and blend it all...