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From KimHoneycutt.com :
Attorney Lori “Mouth of the South” Murray and Kim sit down and explore Lori’s firsthand experience with the Alex Murdaugh trial. Lori has been on CourtTv and many other media outlets, helping us understand the many facets of this notorious S.C. trial! Lori was in the courtroom during the Murdaugh trial, giving us an idea of the climate. Join them as they discuss the legal and psychological aspects of the Murdaugh family and trial! This powerful podcast combines the two professional worlds that Kim absolutely loves: legal and psychology!
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Life transitions like marriage, divorce, losing a job, or moving to a new city invariably bring vast, sweeping changes. You’re pushed out of your comfort zone and forced to do things differently. Now, this doesn’t have to be a bad thing: We all have bad habits that don’t serve us, and the huge changes that are happening are essentially wiping your slate clean. You could ride this transition wave toward a new way of being, where you do things better than you used to and build a better life for yourself. Today, Breathe explains how you could replace negative habits with positive ones during major life transitions:
Understand that making positive change is a process
Bad habits don’t disappear overnight. They’re a pattern ingrained into your psyche and cemented by repetition and practice. You’ll have to transform them – essentially, replace the old pattern with a new one. Time advocates a 5-step process: stress-busting, understanding your triggers, finding replacement habits, having good motivation, and setting new goals.
Replace your old attitude
Your mindset shapes your beliefs and guides your actions. Negative attitudes like being judgmental, impatient, arrogant, and stubborn will keep you stuck in negative patterns of behavior and being. You could work on replacing them with positive, opposing attitudes – being more accepting, patient, humble, and flexible, for instance.
Get gardening to bust stress and bolster your mental health
Gardening is one of the most healthful activities in existence and has long been associated with longevity. Spending a few minutes gardening every day can drastically reduce your stress levels, naturally bolster your mood, help you get your daily dose of Vitamin D, and be good physical exercise besides. For added health benefits (and saving grocery bills), you can grow your own fruits and vegetables for consumption. You can even connect with passionate fellow gardeners or find a gardening club in your neighborhood.
Change up your non-satisfying relationships
The people you spend time with have a massive influence on your attitudes, happiness levels, and life in general. If you find yourself in toxic relationships with people who don’t support you or don’t have your best interest at heart, it’s time to change things up. Consider setting stronger boundaries, spending more time with yourself, and, of course, finding new people.
Replace your old unhealthy food choices
Sugary sodas, snacks, and junk food bring down your energy levels, affect your mood, and even lead to health problems like diabetes and heart issues. Healthier food, needless to say, will give you more energy, keep health problems at bay, and make you happier. There are healthier alternatives for almost any food item you can think of, and they taste the same. FirstCry Parenting offers a nice list. If you garden actively, you can plant your own healthy vegetables – beets, carrots, kale, green beans, and more.
Transform your unhealthy lifestyle
An unhealthy lifestyle is living life without taking care of yourself. It may involve not exercising enough, not hydrating enough, sitting still for too long, drinking too much alcohol, and watching too much TV (or having too much screen time). Creating and following a simple self-care routine will allow you to take better care of yourself. Gardening, as mentioned earlier, is one of the best self-care activities and fun besides.
Nobody likes the stress that goes with putting yourself back on the job market, but if you aren’t happy with your current position, it’s probably time to look elsewhere. Luckily, there are tools you can use to give yourself an advantage over the competition. For instance, you may want to try a resume builder that takes advantage of time-tested templates to highlight your hard-won skills. And best of all, it’s free!
Of course, another option is to become your own boss. It’s a great way to transition into something more positive and satisfying. All you need is a solid business plan, a good attitude, and some seed money. You can limit the risk to your personal assets by registering as an LLC, which offers certain legal protections and tax benefits. But regulations can vary by location so make sure you’re adhering to the specific LLC rules for your state – or better yet, get an online formation service to help you get started!
Major life transitions may be turbulent, but they teach valuable lessons and are a golden opportunity to make positive changes in your life, whether that’s updating your resume and changing jobs or starting a business of your own. Remember, it helps to be kind to yourself and remind yourself that any chaos (or pain) is fleeting – that this, too, shall pass, and better days will come.
Article courtesy of Michelle Peterson
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In today's world, having a college degree is seen as the key to success in business. But there are plenty of people who have achieved their goals and made it big without stepping foot on a college campus. This blog post, courtesy of Breathe., will teach you how to become successful in business without getting an advanced degree.
Keep It Realistic
When beginning your entrepreneurial journey, start small by setting realistic goals and taking baby steps. This could include using your industry knowledge to create products or services that you can offer customers. You can also start from the ground up — understanding customer needs and creating a business model to meet those needs.
Start With Research
If you want to maximize your venture's potential, it’s time to get down and dirty with research. Make sure you know everything there is to know about the area that you plan on working in before launching a venture. Take some time each day to read relevant articles and books related to your chosen industry and become an expert in that field. It will help you stay current on trends so that you can adjust your strategies accordingly when needed.
Then, devise a plan that meets — and even exceeds — the expectations of investors, so they know their money is reliable in an ever-changing business climate. But don't fear failure — it can be used as a stepping stone whenever needed. Initiative speaks volumes about how hardworking entrepreneurs are when success is on the line.
Pursue Your Passion
Finding a field that you are passionate about will make the journey much easier and more enjoyable. For those interested in interior design, this is a good option to consider. Interior design encompasses all aspects of design, such as selecting furniture, fixtures, artwork, accessories, and other related items for interior environments. Becoming successful in interior design also requires creativity, resourcefulness, and developing relationships with suppliers and clients. With determination and hard work, interior design can be a rewarding career choice for anyone knowledgeable about space planning, color theory, material science, and more.
Find a Mentor
Having the support of someone who has already achieved success within the same sector as yours is invaluable for anyone starting without a college degree. Reach out to people who have been successful in this line of work and ask them for advice. Many times they can guide how best to tackle certain aspects of running a business, such as marketing strategies or financial organization/planning issues.
Expand Your Network
Networking is incredibly important for any business venture, so take the time to make connections in your industry. This could include attending events and talks related to entrepreneurship, joining industry-specific groups on social media, or even just meeting with other people in the same field of work as you. Not only will these connections help you learn more about the field and gain insight into the success stories of others, they might even be potential partners or clients.
To reach success and growth, strong financial acumen is essential. Having an understanding of accounting principles makes key decisions easier. From the start, it can bring peace of mind, protect assets, and steer you toward business goals. Even investing a small amount of time in foundational knowledge pays off big time down the line.
Start Your Business Now!
One key step to success is getting an LLC designation. LLCs come with rules that provide owners with certain protections and freedom, such as limited liability coverage, without having to be personally responsible for legal issues or debts of the business. Not only does LLC status protect your personal assets from legal issues stemming from your business activities, but choosing this option also gives you advantageous tax benefits as your profits are not taxed at the corporate level.
Succeeding in business without a college degree is an attainable goal with the right research and preparation. To get ahead, invest time into networking professionally, seek out mentors who have achieved success, and hone strategic initiatives while accounting for efficient practices — all of which result in long-term prosperity.
Article courtesy of Michelle Peterson
Do you want to feel more confident, happy, and fulfilled? It’s time to start your self-improvement journey! In this article from Breathe Wellness Center, we’ll explore some simple and effective ways to improve your health, boost your mood, and achieve your goals. Whether you want to make a career change, get in shape, or just feel more confident in your daily life, these self-improvement goals will help you make lasting changes and become the best version of yourself!
Commit to Lifelong Learning
Continuous learning is an important element of self-improvement. Through an ongoing pursuit of knowledge, you can achieve sustainable personal and professional growth. Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career and work your way toward your professional goals. For example, if you’ve always wanted to work as a teacher, you’ll need to go back to school to earn your bachelor of education. Your degree program will teach you valuable educational strategies and teaching techniques to develop children’s academic, social, and cognitive skills. Consider online school if you’re looking to earn your degree while working! As an added bonus, online schools tend to be more affordable.
Deep Clean Your Home
According to Verywell Mind, cleaning can impact your mental health in several ways. Clutter and mess can contribute to depression, decreased focus, fatigue, and tension. Cleaning and decluttering that mess is a great way to give your mental health a boost! The very act of cleaning can be therapeutic in itself. Deep cleaning your home can also improve your physical health by reducing dust and other allergens that can lead to respiratory issues. Before getting started on your cleaning projects, check out online resources like CleanerDigs.com for tips and tricks on efficient cleaning.
Work On Your Personal Relationships
Pursuing personal growth can improve your relationships, but the reverse is also true. Working on your relationships is a great way to make your life better. Focus on building strong and resilient relationships with people who contribute positively to your life. At the same time, try to let go of people who drain your energy or otherwise make you feel less than your best. You don’t have to be everyone’s friend!
Go to Bed Early
Many successful people swear by strict sleep regimens, and they might be onto something! Sticking to the same sleep schedule every day—even on weekends—is the best way to maximize your sleep quality. Establish an early bedtime to give yourself plenty of time to get enough sleep. The Good Body explains that getting enough high-quality sleep every night can reduce your risk of disease, improve your memory, boost your mood, and lead to greater daytime energy.
By going to bed and getting up early, you can double down on these benefits. Waking early will give you more time in the morning to engage in healthy activities like eating a nutritious breakfast and exercising. This will also help you avoid starting your day feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Plus, the early hours tend to be more peaceful, making it easier to focus on personal growth pursuits!
Seek Out Discomfort
Embracing discomfort can foster growth in all areas of your life. When you try something new, you’re bound to experience a sense of discomfort. Whether this discomfort comes in the form of fear, boredom, frustration, stress, or awkwardness, it’s important to embrace your feelings as a natural part of learning. Look past the temptation to avoid, resist, or escape discomfort. This is vital to developing a growth mindset!
Pursuing personal growth is a rewarding and fulfilling path. Whether this means continuing to learn and grow through online education or taking the time to clean and organize your home, investing in yourself and your growth is always a worthwhile pursuit that can lead to a happier life!
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Article written by Michelle Peterson
Getting back on track to sobriety after experiencing addiction can be one of the most difficult journeys to have to go through. However, with the right habits and support, you can be on the road to recovery sooner than you think.
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Exercise is a must
Getting into the habit of exercising regularly will be your saving grace if you want to avoid the trappings of your past. When you exercise, your body and mind grow stronger and more resilient day by day. Exercising is also a positive habit to help replace a negative pattern of behavior if you're looking for a healthy distraction.
Follow the right diet
Following the right diet is what is also going to be key to your success in maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Moreover, your body may be craving essential vitamins and minerals that may have been depleted over time. Again, it's about replacing negative behaviors with positive ones that are good for the body and mind. Eating a balanced meal will also help to stabilize your emotions and mood.
Start the day off with the right attitude
How you start your day can determine what the rest of your day will be like. Therefore, if you decide to wake up early to spend time meditating on good things before you rush ahead with your day, this can only help you achieve the goals you set out for the day. Again the focus here is on building positive habits so that you don't fall into old and familiar patterns. Other examples could include switching off from social media or reading an uplifting book instead of watching the news to help get you in the right mindset.
Minimize those things causing you stress
While a little bit of stress can actually be beneficial in helping you break out of a rut, too much stress can actually have the opposite effect causing ill health and mental disorders. This could then end up delaying your progress, especially if you suddenly take ten steps back for every one step forward. So if you feel like stress is getting the best of you, seek help now before it's too late from support groups as well as trusted friends and family members who you can open up to in your time of need.
Don't neglect your sleep
Sleep is an essential component of healthy living and healthy thinking. Moreover, it is one of those things that we can easily neglect because of the busyness of life. However, don't let busyness get the better of your sleeping pattern, as you will need as much rest as possible in order to heal properly.
Spend time on yourself
If you find that you have lost your way en route to sobriety, then it is vital to spend time on yourself to get to know your authentic self again. A remedy for this is implementing self-care as part of your daily routine so that you don't lose sight of yourself in the recovery process. For example, treat yourself to a shopping splurge if you find retail therapy therapeutic, spend time outdoors if you feel re-energized by being in the open air, or do a hobby such as arts and crafts if you have a creative streak that is just waiting to be unleashed.
Remember, it is entirely possible to get your life back on track to what it used to be before you felt the world crumble beneath your feet. Simply start off small with positive, uplifting steps in the right direction, and soon you'll be making greater strides than you ever imagined possible.
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ADETS: Alcohol/Drug Education Traffic School
One of the most difficult times of the year for those recovering from a substance use disorder is Thanksgiving to Valentines Day holiday season. If you find yourself struggling during these times, you are not alone! Here are some tips to help you from taking a first drink or drug.
1.Plan Each and Every Day of Your Holiday
Plan to spend most of the time with family and friends that are supportive of your recovery. If you are required to be present for social gathering where alcohol is being served, bring a fellow AA member with you. Plan fun events and outings to replace your old drinking rituals.
2.Find and “Alc-a-Thon” in Your Area
During the holiday season, some AA groups hold a marathon of meetings called an “Al-ca-thon”. It is a time when the members of Alcoholics Anonymous gather together to celebrate their recovery from alcohol and addiction. Many AA groups have meetings on the hour every hour to share their experience, strength, ahd hope. If you are not a member of the fellowship or think that you might have a problem with alcohol, you are welcome to attend. Check the local papers for an “Alc-ca-thon” in your area.
3.Ask for Support from Your Family and Friends
Those who truly support your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays. Be up front and tell them your concerns.
4.Have a List of at Least Ten People you can call if you feel the Urge to Drink
Make a list and check it twice. Always carry your cell phone and your list of names. The urge to drink is very powerful and can happen anytime.
5. Don’t Forget about Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is an essential component of any balance recovery program. If you have extra time on your hands, it is a great idea to get out and exercise. Examples include running, skating, cross country skiing, stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates or water aerobics. Instead of napping on the couch after dinner, go for a walk around the block.
6. Stay Away from Slippery Places
There is absolutely no reason to ever check out your former favorite drinking establishments. It is very likely that your old drinking buddies are still there and are still telling the same old stories.
7. Join us for an Alcohol-Free Event
We recently started a nonprofit for people in recovery, Grace & Sobrie-Tea. Please check out our website for upcoming events!
Alanna is the Owner and Clinical Director of Breathe., LLC. Alanna is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor, and Certified Heartmath Trainer. Alanna has over 20 years of experience working in the addictions field. Alanna takes a holistic approach when working with clients, combining the mind, body, and spirit in counseling.