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How to Have a GOOD Day (in 4 Steps)

Take just 2 minutes right now to give yourself back the power to choose whether your day is good or bad. If the day starts poorly or even just average, you can fall back on this 4 step process. (You’ll never need more than two minutes to do it… except the first time it may take 3 or 4.)

Step # 1. Turn off auto-pilot. That’s how you’re allowing more and more of life to pass you by. Young beautiful girl driver in glasses with a wheel

Step # 2. Take a look at whatever time you have left in your day (don’t even look at tomorrow, you’ll get to that tomorrow) and see its full potential. Choose the potential you are fully capable of filling with good communication and action. (You do not get to depend on luck although that pleasantly happens too.)

Step # 3. Recognize that each minute in your day there is action (toward or away from your full potential) happening. Even if you are totally still and “not doing anything”, that in itself is a choice and an action toward end result.

Step # 4. Realize step number 3, and then begin using your minutes the way you’ve always wanted to (the way you know you can). They will grow into well spent hours, and then well spent days, etc.

Live on purpose. Work on purpose. Spend time with loved ones on purpose. Walk to wherever it is you are going on purpose. Eat on purpose.

Whatever important thing it is that you have allowed to happen in your life through auto-pilot: realize it and put it back on manual.

Look back on your day, only at the end of your day. And appreciate every small step on your journey.

As creator of your business and success remember that YOU are your greatest asset!

A $1 Here and a $1 There

Christmas Charity

A few months ago, I realized something. Many stores I was going to would ask me to donate a dollar for one charity or another.

Costco asked me to donate to Riley Hospital, Walgreens would ask for a dollar for the American Cancer Society, and now I must confess that I even enjoy a Taco Bell burrito every once in a while (apologies to Dr. Lisa ;) because it was there that I realized something about a simple dollar for charity.

After I ordered at the drive thru the attendant asked for a $1 donation to support local programs to keep High School students in school and graduating.  His spiel was very hurried and I didn’t even understand what he said. I think that’s why I took notice. Two things happened simultaneously.
Taco Bell Supporting Your Community

  1. I realized that my automatic response to the requests for charity from corporate sources had too often become: “Not today, thank you.”
  2. I also realized that I had a habit of not really listening to what my donations were being requested for.

I asked him to repeat what he said, simply curious about why they were collecting dollar donations when he didn’t end the spiel with “hospital” or “foundation”. I decided supporting teens in any community was a very great cause and said: “Ok, yes.”

The speaker sort of paused and asked “Really?”

This took me by surprise again. “Yes.” I said.

“Well, thank you very much!” he enthused.

At the window I received a coupon for a free taco and genuine gratitude for the donation. Another two realizations happened for me.

  1. The response of almost disbelief resounded with me on my way home. Perhaps I was the first person of the day to donate to the cause. Perhaps, it just didn’t happen very much at all.
  2. I wondered at the coupon for the free taco. What kind of future are we cultivating where companies are finding it necessary to create incentives for patrons to donate to the betterment of our community?

The entire situation was very thought provoking as you can see. I kept the coupon in my bible to remind me of that day always. Since then I have made a conscious effort to give charity, and even if I do this two or three times a week it is only ever amounts to $10-$15 a month.

I felt very blessed that day to simply have the dollar to give.  And I understood this could be why Acts 20:35 mentions: “… we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

It does feel good to give.

The origin of the word charity means “Christian love of one’s fellow man”.  Is it any wonder that during the Christmas season we will have many more stores asking us for our dollars for charities? The salvation army bell ringers will be at the entrance to every mall and the food drives will be soliciting donations for the many families in need of wholesome holiday meals this Christmas.

This could be the year we all decide to give a little more. Maybe we won’t wait for someone to ask us for our canned goods, but we could go a little out of our way to find a donation box.  Maybe it will be the first year we sign up to buy a Christmas present for an Angel Tree child. Or maybe we’ll remember to drop some money in a Salvation Army bucket on the next trip to the supermarket (even if it is just the pennies and nickels and dimes we’ve been meaning to clean out of our vehicle’s extra cup holder).

Charity is love, and we all know how much the world could use a little more of that all year long. May God bless you so much that you have more than plenty of extra dollars to be the blessing for others this Christmas.

Written with love by,
Amber, the girl who edits your Excell for Life newsletter (Dec 9, 2013)

Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices

cinnamon spiceSome spices like turmeric and cinnamon are also sold via supplement form in pills and capsules. Remember that you do not need to purchase these and start taking them in large doses to get the healthy benefits. Nature made them perfect and potent enough in smaller amounts.

Try a small variety (maybe 2 or 3) of these spices to your food at first. You already know that variety is the spice of life. ;)


There are many many turmeric supplements available, a lot of them are diluted with artificial fillers or coatings that are difficult to digest and only waste your money.

  1. Apple Pie Spice
  2. Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar and has anti-cancer benefits
  3. Cloves- also lowers blood sugar and has the highest antioxidant properties
  4. Ginger – can “normalize digestion” and it’s awesome for anti-nausea
  5. Italian Spice
  6. Jamaican All-Spice – also helps with gas
  7. Marjoram – stimulates digestion (will super–charge the stomach)
  8. Oregano – broad spectrum anti-microbial
  9. Sage – anti-inflammatory
  10. Time – anti-microbial
  11. Turmeric – anticancer anticancer anticancer

This list of 11 spices came from a recent Dr. Oz show re-run. I wanted to keep the list forever so I wanted to post it here. :)

Is it any surprise that all of these are high in antioxidant properties? Antioxidants help our bodies by allowing the body to clear out toxins caused by free-radicals, environmental pollution, and even toxic byproducts our bodies have to deal with after a stress response!

The turmeric and cinnamon photos were downloaded from the fabulous free stockphoto resource site: .

Thankful for the Right to Vote

I voted Nov 06 2012 I am sitting here watching the election updates and feeling grateful that I live in a country where I can vote.

Did you know that there are 2 countries on this planet that have yet to allow women to vote?

What if you couldn’t have a say in the leader of your country simply because of your gender?

This is the third presidential election I have been old enough to cast a vote. Each election has felt more and more important. As a result I do more research, watch more debates, and listen to the opinions of others. Opinions, of course, can get quite ugly; but I listen anyway so that I can ask ‘why’.

I don’t vote straight ticket for democratic or republican or libertarian. In fact, my ballot ended up with a mix of all three. I study and try to vote for a candidate based on the individual and not any particular party.

Alternative Medicine for High Blood Pressure

These alternative medication options were talked about on the Dr. Oz show I watched on March 22, 2012.

Before trying any kind of alternative medicine, you should definitely talk to your doctor first.

If you have one of those prescription pushing physicians, do some research and find one who listens and knows and cares about you as an entire person and not just a list of symptoms. – (That part is my advice.)

high blood pressure

The “cure”?
Green unroasted coffee bean
You can buy this unroasted green coffee in extract form.

Take 200 mg of this extract per day and it is supposed to help you actually lower your blood pressure.

*** “This is a really new idea.” they said. – This alone should encourage you to proceed with caution. ***
Again, please talk to your doctor before trying this. – It’s your blood pressure.

Other alternative medicines mentioned:

Alternative Medicine: Pain

These alternative medication options were talked about on the Dr. Oz show I watched on March 22, 2012.

Before including any kind of alternative medicine, you should definitely talk to your doctor first.

If you have one of those prescription pushing physicians, do some research and find one who listens and knows and cares about you as an entire person and not just a list of symptoms. – (That part is my advice.)


Apparently a natural extract called California Poppy is supposed to be able to help alleviate serious pain. It is also supposed to be non-addictive.

The way they described it, made it sound like something that you would take instead of a prescription painkiller. This could be one of those huge money savers for someone with chronic pain.

3/4 of the teaspoon of this extract before bedtime.

The audience was warned not to take this while operating heavy machinery. :-)

I have no personal experience with this one.

Other alternative medicines mentioned: