Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading ChallengeSummer Reading Challenge

Take your summer reading to new heights this year.

Instead of reading the latest Oprah Book Club pick or a steamy romance, why not read some non-fiction this summer?

What if you set out this summer to learn a new skill or become a subject matter expert?  What has been on your “someday” list for a long time?

This summer, tackle learning something new and use your poolside time productively.  Summer is a great time to learn.

Typically you have:

  • less stress,
  • more free time and
  • less noise/distractions

What if you created your own personal challenge to learn a new language, how to reduce stress, how to improve your relationships or whatever else would have a positive impact on your life.

Isn’t that what life is all about – getting a little happier each and every day?  Grow in a positive way this summer.

I created a simple course over  that will show you all the steps you will need to take to create your own custom-made Summer Reading Challenge.

Get a sneak preview below.  See below the video for a special blog subscriber coupon.

The course comes with a special companion journal that allows you to capture all of your ideas and notes in one place.  It even has a place for you to write down your action steps after you’re done reading.

The journal is beautifully illustrated with motivating graphics.  This journal comes as a free gift when you purchase the course.

As a thank you for visiting the blog, here is a special reader coupon.  You can get the course for just $10.  Use the link below for your discount.

BLOG READER DISCOUNT

Video not your thing?  Check out the Kindle book on Amazon which also comes with access to the PDF.  Find it here on Amazon.

Want to give the Summer Reading Challenge as a gift to your book lover?  Find the paperback version on Createspace.

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Summer Photo Storytelling

Summer Photo Storytelling

Photo storytelling is a great way to preserve memories.  Photos let you transport yourself back in time and relive special moments.

This summer you are invited to craft a story that tells about your experiences.  Capture the mood of summer, the story of your child, a special event or go abstract and tell the story of the nature of summer.

The Summer Photo Storytelling course will guide you through the steps necessary to tell the story of your summer in photos and captions.  You will learn how to craft your story and take amazing photos.  There is even a companion journal to track your progress and even to capture your actual story.

Preserve this summer so that you can revisit it for years to come.

Now that you’ve learned a little about photo storytelling, it’s time to get started.  Enroll in the course on Udemy.

As a thank you for visiting my blog, I am offering a special reader discount.  Enter the code HEALTHYME into the promo box on Udemy to get your discount.  The code may already be loaded if you follow this link.

In addition you can organize all your thoughts and tell you story in one place.  You can find the companion journal to this course on Amazon and Createspace.

Paperback Version

Kindle Version

If you would like this journal for free, you can get a PDF version when you enroll in the Udemy course above.  So be sure to click the link today and then check the bonus section for instructions on how to access the free PDF.

 

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Using Trello and Your Reminders App

Reminders App tasksTrello vs. the Reminders App

Do you have trouble remembering to do routine tasks that have to be done monthly, quarterly or sporadically?

I have to say this is one area where Trello doesn’t shine.  Trello can’t do repeat tasks and calculated deadlines.  So I recommend you take a little departure from Trello and look elsewhere for a better solution to recurring tasks.

There is a very simple Reminders Apptool that you can use that keeps in the theme of “FREE.”  That tool is the little used –  often overlooked Reminders app on your iPhone.  This little app is awesome at repeat tasks and sending you reminders.

Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Create a new list called Recurring (or whatever works for you)
  2. Enter a task and then hit the little “i” in a circle
  3. Slide over the toggle for “Remind me on a day”
  4. Enter a date that you want to be reminded the first time
  5. Then click on repeat and enter the repeat pattern

You can create a custom repeat pattern if one of the preset ones doesn’t fit your need.

I use the Reminders app for things like:

  • Remembering to charge my Fitbit twice a week
  • Giving the dogs their heartworm medicine monthly
  • Changing out the water filters bi-monthly
  • Making a grooming appointment for the dog every 8 weeks

Why the Reminders app works so well

You can set the alarm style and a little “1” in a red circle will appear until you mark the task as completed.  What makes it effective is that even if you don’t hear the alarm, the visual notification stays on the corner of the app.  So every time you turn on your phone it is there waiting for you – constantly reminding you that there is something you need to take care of.

Once you click the task as done, the app automatically sets up a reminder for the next time.  You don’t have to do anything.

Simple.

So that is how you conquer recurring tasks!  Once you start using the Reminders app for this, you will find there are all kinds of repetitive things you want to “set and forget.”  

What do you worry about forgetting?

How about:

  • Anniversary presents
  • Birthday cards
  • Watering the plants

Get in the habit of using the Reminders app and free up a little hard drive space in your brain.  Your mind will thank you.

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Summer Fitness Challenge

Summer Fitness ChallengeGet Ready for the Summer Fitness Challenge

Your amazingly fit body awaits…

Do you have a desire to push yourself physically but lack the determination and motivation to stick to your fitness plan?

If you know you want a fit body then it’s time to approach fitness from a different angle.  This summer I propose you try out the Summer Fitness Challenge.

What is the Summer Fitness Challenge?

I’m glad you asked.  The Challenge is a summer-long plan to push yourself physically be setting a fun but BOLD goal.  The Challenge isn’t about doing 30 minutes of cardio a day.  Not at all!

It’s about setting a big hairy audacious fitness goal and then using the entire summer to achieve it.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to run a full or half marathon.  Perhaps you’ve always wanted to participate in roller derby or try paddle boarding but were afraid to get started.  Whatever it is that you’ve wanted to do, make this summer the one where you finally do it.

My personal goal is to finally run a 5k in under 38 minutes.  (Yes, I am that slow.)  My best time was right around the 38-minute mark over 16 years ago.  I am spending the summer doing the Insanity workout 3 days a week and one 5k a week.  By the end of August I want to be at 37 or less minutes for my 5k time.

You may not think that is a big hairy audacious goal but believe me it is.  I will feel so accomplished if I can do it.  I will take me being in the best shape of my life to hit my mark and that is what my goal really is – to be in awesome shape at 46!

What will you do this summer?  Give it some thought and write me a comment.  What do you want to commit to doing?

Summer Fitness Challenge Guide

If you want help, I’ve put together a great training video on the Summer Fitness Challenge and how to design your own.  By the time you are done watching this video, you will be ready to brainstorm your own personal challenge.

To that end, I’ve also included a suggested brainstorming playlist down below.  Listen to the playlist while you are thinking about what you want your summer fitness challenge to be.  Be sure to check that out at the end of the post.

Because I appreciate your visiting my blog, you can get the course with a special reader discount.  Just follow this link to get your discount.  If you don’t see the discount applied, use HEALTHYME in the promo code box.

 

The Summer Fitness Challenge Planning Journal

Every great challenge needs to be planned out thoughtfully.  To help you get the most out of your Summer Fitness Challenge, I’ve created this companion journal.

The journal has pages to walk you through all the steps outlined in the video above.  Plus it has motivational quotes throughout to remind you of why you are doing the challenge and what is possible for you.

There are pages at the end of the book to write the “story” of your challenge.  You will want to document the highlights and the funny stories that happen on your journey this summer.  Affix photos of before, during and after your challenge.

This journal will not only tell the story of your challenge, but it will become a keepsake to reflect on for years to come.

Plus it makes a great gift.  Recruit your friends and family to join in your challenge or to complete their own.  Give them a journal and the link to the course above and let them create a big hairy audacious goal for themselves.

The Summer Fitness Challenge Journal is available both in paperback and Kindle versions.

BONUS – If you get the Summer Fitness Challenge Guide course you will get a free PDF version of this journal.

Paperback Version

Kindle Version

Summer Fitness Challenge Brainstorming Playlist

As promised here is a suggested playlist to use while you are brainstorming.  Load up the listed songs in your favorite music player, find about 30-40 minutes of uninterrupted time and have at it.  Use your imagination and add your own favorites to the list.

Summer Fitness Challenge Motivation Playlist

Posted in BODYscape

Vacation Gift Guide

Know someone who LOVES to travel and seems like they’re always on the go?

How do you shop for someone who doesn’t stay in one place for very long?

Don’t worry- I created a fantastic vacation gift guide packed with gift ideas that are perfect for the adventure-lover in your life.

Vacation Gift Guide

Adorable Hanging Toiletry Bag/Organizer

This fabulous hanging toiletry bag is a must-have for anyone on the go. Not only is it functional, but it’s also fashionable-and it is available in several color/pattern choices.

Cute & Comfy Sleep Mask

Sometimes sleeping in a new place can be tricky. This cute sleep mask will help block out any distractions while being amazingly comfortable. It’s available in several patterns and color combinations to suit anyone!

 

Portable Sound Machine 

This sound machine is completely portable and perfect for travel. The soothing sounds will help anyone get a good night’s rest by helping to block out any external noises.

 

The Annual Vacation Planner

Want to get more vacations this year without breaking the bank?  This planning journal will help your traveler plan an entire year’s worth of vacations at once.  They will be able to see the big picture and take advantage of advance planning deals.  This journal makes sure you get plenty of vacation in this year!

 

Travel Neck Pillow

Stay comfy anywhere! A neck pillow is a must-have for any flight, and this memory foam pillow is extra soft and comfortable.

 

 

Travel Blanket & Pillow Set

Stay comfortable on any flight or long road trip. This lightweight blanket and inflatable pillow set is extremely portable and very comfortable.

 

 

 

 

Portable Charger

This charger/power bank is great for anyone who may not have access to a power outlet. With dual ports, it has both Apple and Samsung capabilities. It’s perfect for a long road trip or flight.

 Universal Charging Cable

No need to carry multiple charging cables with you.  This all-in-one USB cable allows charge 5 different styles of devices.  Never worry about forgetting to pack each and every charging cable.  Pack just this one and you are covered.
Travel Size Toiletries for Women

This fashionable bag is packed full of travel-size necessities for any woman on the go. From shampoo to deodorant, this kit is a must-have.

 

 

 

   Travel Size Toiletries for Men

This 11 piece kit has all the basics in one convenient, easy-to-carry bag.  Never worry about forgetting to pack your travel size accessories.  Great for last minute and unexpected trips.

 

 

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How Annual Vacation Planning Can Give Your More Vacations This Year

Annual Vacation PlanningTaking the Big Picture of Vacation Planning

Are you missing the biggest opportunity when it comes to vacation planning and traveling in general?  Most people only think in terms of one vacation at a time and wind up limiting their travel opportunities as a result.  Don’t be one of the crowd!

You are invited to elevate your planning to the “Big Picture” when it comes to traveling and vacationing.  When you look at the total travel picture for an entire year, you are able to plan more trips while spending less.  

You want that right?  More vacation, less expenses!

Let’s dive in together and build a great big travel picture for the year.

The Annual Vacation Planning Companion Course

This course will get your started with your travel planning and if you have the Annual Travel Plan Journal, you can use this course to guide you through all the steps included in the journal.

You will learn how you can plan a year’s worth of trips so that you can stretch your dollars the furthest while taking in the widest range of activities possible.  Great vacations do not have cost a lot of money.  By taking the time to plan each adventure on paper, you will see how to make each vacation amazing while staying true to your budget.

Find the course on Udemy.

As a special thank you for visiting the blog – you can get a reader discount on the course.  Just enter HEALTHYME into the promo code box.

The Annual Travel Plan Journal

I know you are excited to get started planning your year of vacations.  I also know you want to get the most out of your vacation planning and not miss a thing.

With that in mind, the Annual Travel Plan Journal was created specifically to help you plan your entire year with as little hassle and headache as possible.

From brainstorming ideas to capturing your thoughts after the trip, this journal allows you to store all of your travel plans in one place.

Paperback Version

Kindle Version

Want to get the vacation planning journal free?  Enroll in the Udemy course and you will get a PDF version of the journal as part of the course.  Enroll here.

Bonus Vacation Planning Playlist

Load these songs into your music player for a fun soundtrack to use while you are brainstorming vacation ideas.

Vacation Planning Playlist

 

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Summer Bucket List Challenge

Summer Bucket List ChallengeWelcome to the Summer Bucket List Challenge.

If you decide to pursue the Summer Bucket List Challenge you can expect:

  • a “look ma, no hands” kind of summer where all the details have already been covered and you get to coast through the summer, hands off,  enjoying every minute of it
  • a “best summer ever” kind of feeling as the weeks slide by leaving you feeling warm and happy no matter what the weather
  • a “Yeah, I did that!” sense of accomplishment as you knock off the major projects that once weighed you down
  • and finally an “Ahh, this feels good” sense of contentment as you know you’ve got nothing to worry about this summer, just good times ahead

The Summer Bucket List Challenge will have you do some pre-planning work to make sure that you get the most enjoyment out of the 10 short weeks of summer.

So what do you need to do to take on the Summer Bucket List Challenge?

  1. Watch this video below
  2. Enroll in the course on Udemy (see below for a discount)
  3. Take the steps outlined one by one in the course
  4. …and Enjoy!

Summer Bucket List Action Steps

Here is summary of the action steps covered in the course:

  1. Brainstorm your list – don’t forget to listen to a great summer playlist like the one below while you are brainstorming to really get yourself into the summer state of mind.
  2. Pick your top 4-6 ideas and identify a goal for each one.
  3. Create your action steps completing an estimate of:
    1. time needed
    2. supplies needed
    3. to-do’s and checklists
    4. start & end dates
    5. budget
  4. Take photos, notes and journal your experiences with each bucket list item

As a thank you for visiting the blog, I have a special reader coupon for you.  Enter HEALTHYME into the promo box for the course on Udemy or just follow this link to have the coupon automatically applied.

To help you with your Summer Bucket List Challenge, I’ve created a companion journal to the course above.  In it you will find all the pages you need to complete the Action Steps above and store your photos, notes and experiences as well.  This journal will become a keepsake and memory holder of your entire summer.  Keep it for years to come and show it off to your kids and grandkids.

The Summer Bucket List Challenge Journal also makes a great gift for anyone who you want to help have an amazing summer.  Think about it as a gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, a unique graduation gift, a one-of-a-kind birthday gift for the person who has it all, or even a great gift for new parents who want to capture the special moments of their new child’s life.

Pick up the Summer Bucket List Journal on Amazon now.  Available in paperback or e-book versions.  A portion of the profit from this journal, and all journals I sell, goes to the Rainforest-Alliance.

Want it for free?  When you enroll in the Udemy course, you get a free PDF version of the journal!  Be sure to enroll and then check the bonus section for how to download your free PDF version.

The Summer Bucket List Playlist

When you are ready to brainstorm ideas for your summer bucket list, be sure to have the right music playing in the background.  Load up your player with these songs and get yourself into a summer state of mind!

Summer Bucket List Playlist

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

― Abraham Lincoln

Moms are amazing and they deserve the very best. Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, so I’ve put together a fabulous gift guide to help you pick out an amazing gift that your mom will love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

9 Great gifts for Mom!

Fabulous Bath Bomb set made with Organic and All Natural Ingredients

What’s more relaxing than a hot bath? Help mom soak away stress with these all natural bath bombs. Made with essential oils, they will leave her skin feeling moisturized and rejuvenated.

Decadent Scented Candle in a Gorgeous Tin

Fill mom’s home with a soft, welcoming aroma with this beautifully packaged candle. With three wicks and 100 hours of burning time, she will enjoy this for quite some time.

All-Natural Deep Sea Mud Mask

Help mom take care of her skin with this amazing mud mask. Made with mud from the Dead Sea, sunflower and jojoba oil, this skin treatment will leave her face feeling refreshed and looking radiant!

Tea Gift Set

Is mom a tea lover? This organic sampler set from Heavenly Leaves features four of their top-selling teas for her to enjoy.

 

The Ultimate Mother’s Journal

If your mom is one of those women who do it all then she will appreciate the Mother’s Journal. This journal focus on taking time for self-care. Each day there is a different activity or thought to ponder that will help your mom take better care of herself. This could very well be the most appreciated and thoughtful gift you could give your mom.

Organic Skincare Set made with All-Natural Ingredients

Give mom the gift of amazing skin! This set is made with all-natural ingredients and free of parabens, synthetics, gluten, grains and fragrances and will leave her with glowing skin.

 

Godiva Chocolate Gift Set

Who doesn’t love chocolate? This assorted 16 piece set comes in a beautiful spring-themed package that mom will love!Chic

 

 

 

Simple, Fresh Cookbook for Busy Moms

This cookbook is full of healthy and simple meals that are perfect for any weeknight.

 

Chic Essential Oil Diffuser

Give your mom the gift of aromatherapy with this essential oil diffuser. Its sleek design will look great and fill her home with amazing fragrance.

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Stress management self-care guide for busy women and mothers

Self  Care GuideStress management seems like an impossibility as the stress levels of most women today have hit chronic levels.  Stress is inescapable.  However, you can take simple steps to start feeling better right away.  In time, you can recover from stressful moments faster.

You owe it to yourself to invest just a few minutes watching this short introductory video and discover what is possible when you start to take better care of yourself.  To see the full course – visit Udemy.  To get this course at a special discount see below.

There have been over 630 course enrollments in the four weeks since I launched this course.  I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who downloaded the course from Udemy.

For those that haven’t yet enrolled, look below the video for a special discount code.

If you are truly ready to dive into self-care and stress management, I strongly suggest you start a journaling practice.  Try out different self-care strategies and journal about what works and what doesn’t work.

At the end of a month of testing out different practices, you can then decide what you liked and incorporate those items into a daily self-care practice.

I went through this process myself and it has made a huge difference.  My stress is still there but I am better able to cope with it and I have noticed I have many more moments of feeling happy.

I have both a morning and an evening self-care routine.  I change them up seasonally so they always feel fresh.

To enroll in Self-Care for Busy Women on Udemy follow this link to get the course for just $10.  The course comes with the full Self-Care journal in PDF form – over 100 pages – as part of your enrollment bonus.

To get the Self-Care Journal in PDF form and to watch the entire Self-Care course go to Udemy.com today. Start your own 31-day journey into self care.  As promised enter promotional code SELFMY2017 to get the course at a special discount.

To purchase the Kindle or paperback version of the journal only, click the link below to purchase on Amazon.

The Ultimate Mother's Journal: A Month-long Journey into Self-care by [Price, Julie Ann]This 100 page journal is beautifully designed in full color with journal prompts, space to write and inspirational quotes throughout.  The paperback version make’s a great Mother’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift.

Choose the kindle version if you already have a favorite journal that you like to record your thoughts in.  Read the prompts from the e-book and then journal your response in your own journal. A portion of the profit from this journal, and all journals I sell, goes to the Rainforest-Alliance.

Paperback 

Kindle e-Book

Special BONUS:

Here is the Feel-Good playlist mentioned in the course.  Be sure to create a playlist in your favorite player like Amazon Music or iTunes.  Feel free to add or delete songs so that the playlist is tailored to you.  Enjoy!

Feel good playlist to help you manage stress

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Do you crave more control in your life?

Do you crave more control in your life?You are not alone if you want more control in your life. Our society today moves so quickly that very hard for you to feel any sense of control.

The world feels “bigger” because we are so connected and information comes so readily and in such large amounts at us.

It is true that much of what we experience on a daily basis is out of our control.  We have little say in politics and the antics of our leaders.  We can’t control the weather that is becoming more intense and unpredictable with every week that goes by.  We can’t even control our own budget with prices rising but income flat-lining.

So what do you do when you crave more control in your life but feel like every day you lose a bit more?

Here are a few tips to increase your sense of self-control and thus increase your sense of happiness and well-being at the same time.

Stop Trying to Please Everyone

You know everyone’s reality is personal right?  You know that 5 people experiencing the same event will come away with 5 different descriptions of that event, right?

So why are you trying to mold yourself to fit the reality of everyone around you?  You have no idea what will please another person because you can’t see reality through their eyes.

Let it go.  Stop trying to “get it right” by pleasing everyone.  At the end of the day, all you wind up doing is running yourself ragged and second-guessing your actions.

Act according to your values and your sense of what is right and wrong.  Be ok and even be expecting others to not agree or be pleased with your actions.  If you know going into any given situation that some will just not be happy, then you get a little more freedom and little more confidence to do things “your way.”

You gain more control over the situation by acting the way you want to.

Stop Overthinking

This goes hand in hand with your people-pleasing nature – stop overthinking.  When you try to please your friends, family and co-workers, your mind goes into overdrive thinking of all the possible outcomes of your actions.

Give it a rest.  The more you think, the more stress and the less clarity you will have.  Thus, the less control you will feel.

Stop the thinking and check in with your gut.  Deep down you know how you want to react in a given situation.  Do what your gut tells you is right and stop thinking 7-steps down the road as to what COULD happen.

If you spend more time in action and less time overthinking, you will get more done and you will feel more in control.

Get Comfortable with Change

The world is changing rapidly and will continue to do so.  The more you can get comfortable with this aspect, the more control you will gain back in your life.

If you accept change is as natural as breathing, then you don’t have to fear it.  You don’t have to cling to the way things “used to be.”  Embrace new things and new ways of doing activities.  View life as an adventure full of surprises.

Here’s your control factor – you get to control how you embrace the change and how you incorporate new aspects into your life.  Instead of fighting and pushing against the change, flow with it.

I know this sounds a bit too “woo-woo” but really, if you want more control in your life, you have to increase your ability to be flexible.  Rigid control won’t work any more.

Flexibility is in – rigidness is out.

Let Go of the Past

Again, this pairs right up with getting comfortable with change.  Let go of things that are no longer relevant or no longer work.  Just because you always did things a certain way, doesn’t mean that is the best way to do them today.

Just because you had certain responsibilities yesterday, doesn’t mean the same ones apply today.

Free yourself from the past as you embrace change.  You get to reinvent your processes, your activities and your lifestyle on a regular basis.  Decide to have fun with it and you will get control back.

Lighten Up

Lastly, don’t expect perfection from yourself or others.  We all screw up.  It’s part of the human experience.  Learn to give yourself some leeway to make mistakes.

I have always said you learn more from your mistakes than from getting it right.  If you can lighten up and accept ahead of time that you will do something incorrectly, then you don’t have to fear it and you can keep moving forward.

Progress always puts you back into control.  The more progress you make, the more control you gain.  It’s when you stand still, afraid to make a mistake that you lose control.  Staying still allows the world to pass you by and move without you.  Where’s the control in that?

Action Steps

To sum it up, forgive yourself for your imperfections, flow with change, let go of the past, act instead of thinking and when you act, act according to what your gut says.

If you can do these things you can enjoy more control in your life.  You will feel like you are the creator of your life instead of a helpless bystander.

You will never be able to control about 60% of what happens around you but that precious 40% is all yours.

What will you do with it?If you want more control in your life, there are 5 things you should learn about yourself which will give you a great sense of well being and happiness.

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