Stop Self Sabotage Once and For All

I am my own worst enemy sometimes. I set goals for myself, make a plan to achieve them, hit the ground running and then I systematically undercut myself until I ultimately fail. I know what I'm supposed to do, but I sometimes can't get out of my own way to get it done. Sound familiar? Why do we do this and how do we overcome it?...more

Things I've Gotta Stop Doing (And You Probably Should, Too!)

I didn’t make any formal New Year’s resolutions this year.  Now that I think of it, I actually haven’t had a New Year’s resolution in quite a few years.  Is it because I’m perfect and free of flaws and don’t need to change a solitary thing about myself?Yes.  Yes it is....more

"Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the Devil says 'Oh no, she's up!'"

By: Cindy G. CastilloBeing the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor every morning, the devil says "oh no, she's up!"The first thing that comes to mind is literally -- being grounded. Know where you stand. When both your mind and your body are sure of where they are and where they're going, there's nothing that can knock you down. Sounds a lot like a tree doesn't it? That's one of the reasons why I often look at trees for a source of inspiration....more

Are you really happy or just really comfortable?

By: Cindy G. Castillo Being happy or being incredibly comfortable?Both can sound and feel quite the same -- but they're not. Trying to tell them apart takes wisdom, something that'll only come with time, experience and much thought.When I think of being incredibly comfortable I think about settling. Whether it's a relationship or a career, settling shouldn't be an option. Of course, that's only speaking from personal opinion....more

This is where I Write (with a capital W)

  It's so important to find a good writing spot, don't you think?   It's certainly not impossible to write without one, of course. You can put pen-to-paper or fingertips-to-keyboard pretty much anywhere. Even the cavefolks managed it way back when it was hammer-to-chisel-to-cave-wall. If you want to communicate something badly enough, you'll find some way to do it. But if you really want to write from your guts, you need a good spot to do it in.   ...more

I've Written THIS Many: NaBloPoMo Day 10!

It's Day 10 of NaBloPoMo!     Seems like a good time for a little update on how things have been going for me. Let me tell you a little about why I decided to do NaBloPoMo in the first place.   In the middle of last summer, I weighed 185.8 pounds....more

Who needs a life coach when you've got the Internet?

Quite frequently I post about starting over.I recommit to posting on this blog.I jump into a new fitness and/or diet plan, and promise myself "This time I will see it through to the end."...more

How to Keep Motivated as a New Travel Blogger

Tips and advice on how to keep the motivation when you’re a new travel bloggerStaying motivated as a new travel blogger is no easy task, especially when you feel like you’re talking to a brick wall.For the full post, visit The Longest Haul....more

5 Simple Steps to "Fall Cleaning" Your Mind

For me, fall always feels more like a season of renewal than even New Year's does. And seeing that autumn is the new "hip" time of year, I'm apparently not alone on that stance. Who can say why the past decade or so has generated a sudden manic appreciation for pumpkins, but I'm not going to snub my nose at it. ...more
I enjoyed this post. I regularly "fall clean" my mind but I leave the cobwebs;)  +Grandma Rosemore

Defining What Success Means to You

Stop and think for a moment: what does success look like to you? It’s different for everyone. For some, their success will be defined by their career. A corner office, a large staff working under you, perhaps running your own business. For some, it’s defined by personal accomplishment. Getting married, having children, having a fulfilling home life. Others define success based on how they are perceived by the outside world: a large house, a nice car, a top-notch wardrobe. The definition is subjective. We all have our own personal yardstick for success....more
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