Tips for a Productive and Healthy New Year

Heaven Hi and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It is officially 2016 and what a wonderous year it has been already. How have you been fairing so far? A New Year that starts on a Friday can’t be all bad, can it?

I want to start 2016 off with some advice to help you have a productive and healthy year! We have been working hard in the background of Success for Real: videos, courses, books, and programs. My Thom’s Tips videos have had some great feedback so far. I love being able to share my knowledge with you. Let me help you with success! All right, let’s dive right into it!

I want to talk about a process which I call the 30 Day Detox for Creativity. This is a detox for your mind. You will be working on small tasks which will allow your creativity to thrive for this next year. You may not work in a field which you deem “creative” but creativity and innovation hide in every business, job, and career – even if you don’t realize it: accountants, fish mongers, artists, CEOs, etc. Each of these numbers represent one day in the 30 Day Detox system. Work on them for the rest of January:

  1. Find your professional goals for this year and write them down.
  2. Clean off your workspace.
  3. Delete the files on your computer which you consider to be unnecessary.
  4. I bet you have some unused media on your computer, website, and blog folders. Clean those out today!
  5. Look at your bios and resume. Refresh your information and make sure that it is all current.
  6. Clean out your email. organizer-791939_1920
  7. Declutter your desk drawers, filing cabinets, and other spaces where clutter can hide in your workspace.
  8. Organize the project(s) that you are currently working on.
  9. Analyze projects that are pending for the future.
  10. Look at projects that you can say “No” to. Set the criteria for this for the future. What is too much for your current work load?
  11. Organize your client lists and your contacts.
  12. Clear out the things on your website which no longer fit your brand.
  13. Audit your service list on your website or your resume for skills that don’t involve work that you want to do in the future.
  14. Look at your brand image or the image that you are portraying at work. Is this how you want to be seen? What can you do to “fix” this image?
  15. Set up a financial plan for this year.
  16. Clean up your mission statement or find a motto for yourself this year.
  17. Clean out the apps and programs on your mobile devices.
  18. Donate clothes that you no longer wear or that you don’t fit your image.
  19. Donate other supplies that you no longer use.
  20. What are some personal goals that you want to accomplish this year? Write them down.
  21. Skim through the people that you are following on your social media. Wean off the profiles that you find negative or pessimistic. ux-787980_1920
  22. Unsubscribe from mailing lists that you don’t use.
  23. What is your planner/calendar system? Find one that works for you.
  24. What do you do for a daily task list? Find a system that works for you.
  25. Create a music playlist on your computer that promote the best work out of you. Also look at posting images around your office that help motivate you.
  26. Make health goals for yourself so that you stay physically healthy this year. Set up a simple plan to get this into motion.
  27. Look up some new profiles that you can follow on your social media. Look into: possible mentors, successful people in your field, and people that you look up to.
  28. Find a mentor in the position that you want to be in.
  29. Start a bucket list for your future.
  30. Set up some emergency situation plans: emergency kit at home, emergency fund at the bank, etc.

Take today to mull over the ideas and then spend the rest of January working on each of those tasks in order to cleanse your creative palate and ring in the new year with a productive and mentally healthy creative spirit!

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Need to Prepare for a Big Event?

Heaven Hi and Happy Friday!

We all have very different lives. Some of us have day jobs that require us to be able to make presentations, perform in concerts, act in front of an audience, paint or create works of art, or stand up in front of colleagues at a meeting. No matter what job you go to every day, you will inevitably need to prepare for a big event one day. It might even be an audition or an interview for a new job. In order to prepare for something like that, you can do a number of universal things.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a big event:

  1. Make healthy choices. We are all a little more self-conscious when we feel unhealthy. It might be because your clothes are a little tighter or because your skin is breaking out in pimples or rashes. Don’t wait until your big event is looming close in the distance – start now! Make healthier choices starting now. This ensures that you will be looking and feeling better when that big event comes around.
  2. Your appearance matters. Get a haircut about a week or so before your big event. Think about what clothes are appropriate for the situation. You want to make sure that you look your best.
  3. microphone-298587_1920Be prepared with the material that you have to cover. It might be a monologue that you have to memorize or a set of questions that you have to answer. Either way, you have to practice to make sure that you’re as prepared as possible.
  4. Get your phone ready. Turn your ringer off of your phone during the big event. Make sure that you turn it back on after and that you have given your clients, agents, colleagues, interviewer, or VIP the right cell number. Pack the charger in the car as well. You don’t want your phone dying during the big phone call.
  5. Get there early. Punctuality shows that you are responsible and that you care about what you are doing. My parents always told me that if you show up on time, you are late. You’re only on time when you’re early.

mayor-917149_1920How do you prepare for a big event? Do you have any extra tips for our readers? Write down your thoughts, questions and ideas in the comment section below.

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1 Happy Thanksgiving

feast-1007221_1920Heaven Hi and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

This is a time for sharing, spreading happiness, and having a good time with your family. Revel in the hugs, ugly holiday sweaters, and the love! So get off the computer and go give someone a hug.

 

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Nurturing Your Creativity

Heaven Hi and Happy Wednesday!

If you’ve been following our FB page, you probably noticed that the posts this week have been all about creativity. I want to focus on the importance of creativity and how you can nurture your own creative desires.

#1) Make Lists

I am known for habitually keeping lists and notes. If you’re a creative like me (as in, if you create art for a living), you know that your mind is full of ideas all the time. In fact, I’ve been known as “The Idea Man” before. In order to keep track of these ideas, along with everything else that goes through my head, I have to keep lists. write-593333_1920

#2) Get Feedback

Getting feedback is a great way for other people to hold you accountable and for others to help keep you in check. After all, we come up with so many ideas, we can’t possibly have Grade A ideas all of the time. We need a way to weed out the bad ones. At the time, they all feel like great ideas but in reality, some of them need to be thrown out. That’s where you friends, family, and/or coworkers come in.

#3) Read a Page of the Dictionary Every Day

success-390309_1920Reading is important for everyone because it boosts your brain power and keeps it active. You have to exercise your brain, the same as you do with your muscles or it will get weak. While it might not seem like a creative exercise, I would also suggest printing out one of those multiplication table minute-tests that you used to get in third grade (you can easily find them online) and do that once a day as well. It will keep you sharp and when you’re sharp, you are more likely to be creative and have innovative ideas.

 

 

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Celebrate World Diabetes Day!

Heaven Hi and Happy Saturday!

Today is a special day; it’s World Diabetes Day. Today is a day where we can spend some time becoming aware about the diabetes epidemic that is spreading like wildfire. According to the International Diabetes Foundation, over 640 million people may have diabetes by the year 2040. Want to know how you can help promote this event and steer clear of this debilitating disease?

#1) Get Involved!

There are many ways for you to promote this event, including:

  • Tweeting and sharing an update,
  • Taking a “Blue Circle Selfie” (you can get it here),
  • Organize an activity to aid in promoting the awareness of diabetes and its symptoms
  • Organizing healthy meals for you and for your loved ones
  • Volunteering your time with a diabetes fair

#2) Watch Out for the Early Warning Signs of Diabetes

There are a few different types of diabetes as well as different warning signs. Check out this short list. If you notice that you might have a number of these symptoms, look into your diet, weight, and check in with your doctor to see if you might have diabetes. Catching it early may mean that you can control the symptoms with simple changes in your diet. That means saving money on your health bills and living longer. It’s really a win-win.

  • Frequent urination
  • Increase in your thirst
  • Blurred Vision
  • Unexplained loss in your weight or weight gain
  • Increase in your appetite or hunger
  • Frequent pains in your feet
  • More infections (especially yeast and foot infections)

#3) Preventative Measures

man-918983_1920If diabetes runs in your family or if you think you might be at the risk of getting diabetes, try some of these preventative measures:

  • Shed a few pounds. Dropping a few pounds will be easy if you take some of the other items on this list into consideration.
  • Eat More Salad. It sounds boring but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to stick with the boring iceberg lettuce, carrot shavings, and ranch dressing. No, mix it up! Try spinach leaves. Mix in your favorite vegetables. Try making a salad with new vegetables. Mix up the textures and flavors. Making your own dressing could help also! Adding some whole grains like quinoa will make it more hearty and healthy as well.
  • Drink More Water. It will help curb your appetite, keep you hydrated, and healthy.
  • Lead an Active Lifestyle. This doesn’t mean that you need a gym membership (though it can be handy). Take up bike riding or ride your bike to work a couple days a well.
  • Start Reading Food Labels. Look for whole grains. Look for hidden sugars. Don’t fall for the lure of sugar substitutes. Stay away from pre-made foods with preservatives.egg-944495_1920
  • Dump the Drive Thru Habit. It is healthier and cheaper to make your own food at home. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to make dinner, prep a few frozen veggie bags that you can stir fry for a quick meal or have some salad ingredients on hand.

 

Staying healthy is the key to success. Keeping healthy habits when it comes to eating and exercise is good for your physical health and to help limit your medical bills. It is also great for decision making (healthy brain means that you make better decisions) and clear thinking, which can help you in your professional life as well.

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Celebrating Our Veterans All Year

Heaven Hi and Happy Veteran’s Day, everyone!

How did you spend your Veteran’s Day today? Did you see a family member who used to serve in the military? Did you visit a memorial? Did you talk with your children about what it means to be a Veteran? Did you go to a parade or a special exhibit?

Being a vet means that you’ve risked your life to help keep your country and your loved ones safe. Someone that important should be honored more than just once a year. You can celebrate the lives and dedication of the men, women, and animals that have served in the military in many different, memorable ways throughout the year as well. Let’s talk about some of those ways, shall we?

Take a moment with a vet

Connect with a veteran

Visit a local VA or military hospital and donate your time or just say hello.

Volunteer your time to a local Fisher House

Check out your closest cemetery and learn some stories of local vets

Simply say “Thank You” and shake their hands

Pay for a cup of coffee for the next vet that comes into your favorite cafe

There are many different ways to celebrate our unsung heroes. While today is a great day for remembering and reminding us about the importance of our veterans (past, present, and future), it is also important to keep them in mind as we do the things we love the most. Because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to do those things.

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An Important Message About The Arts

Heaven Hi and Happy Friday!

I wanted to talk about something a little lighthearted today since it is National Saxophone Day. However, this topic is also important for your life, no matter what profession you are in and no matter what road your personal life takes. Today I wanted to talk about the importance of music.

Music and the arts are such an important part of our children’s education. It is sad to think that some school districts don’t have the funding to keep their arts programs open and available for kids. If your student isn’t able to attend art courses in his or her school, consider enrolling them in an after school art program. It might be a club that your school has after hours. You could have your child pick up an instrument that he or she is interested in. You could enroll him or her in a drawing, writing, or a different art course outside of the school grounds.

Even just exposing your children to the arts during your spare time together is important. Make it a family affair by taking your kids to a pottery painting studio so that he can paint his own hot chocolate mug or Christmas plate.

pencil-case-932143_1920If you don’t have the money for an art program (those classes can get pretty pricey after a while), you can go a different route by picking up an instrument at a second hand shop, going to the library to find how-to books and videos, and watching YouTube videos at home. Together, your family can learn how to play their own instruments – though you may want to take an introductory course eventually.

Being exposed to art at a young age is important. However, even if you weren’t exposed to art as a child, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make up for it now. Consider taking a singing course, joining your church choir, learning how to draw, or just even appreciating music on a daily basis. Listen to different types of music and think about how the different genres affect your mood and spirit. Go to art museums. Watch different types of movies. For goodness sakes, read as much as you can. All of it is art and it is all important in your development as a person.

pencil-432613_1920Art can help you communicate your thoughts in a proactive and positive forum. Art can aid you as you learn other subjects by exposing you to different patterns and thought styles. It can aid you in memory enhancement and in understanding different topics. Art is life.

How do you bring art into your life? Do you create your own or do you appreciate others’? Do you have any art aspirations for your future? How do you expose your children to the arts?

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Becoming a Morning Person

Heaven Hi and Happy Wednesday!

I have an important question to ask you today.

Are you a morning person?

I didn’t used to be but waking up early is really a big part of working in this town. To be successful, businessmen and women generally have to be morning people as well. It is scientifically proven that people who are considered to be early risers or “morning people” yield more success and get more done throughout their day.

If you’re not used to getting up early, don’t fret. It can be easy to develop that habit. It just takes a little bit of dedication, some rescheduling, and a lot of discipline. Here are some tips to help you get on the right path.

#1) Watch Your Caffeine Intake

woman-601568_1920A lot of people these days are having coffee all day long. While I also enjoy the taste of coffee, having a caffeinated beverage after 5PM can mess with your sleep cycle.

#2) Set Up Your Bedroom for Success

Creating a good atmosphere for your bedroom is important for your relationship with your spouse and also to develop healthy sleep patterns that promote the act of waking up early. In the summers, let the sun wake you up by drawing back your curtains. In the winters, close them up to help keep the heat in and the cold out.

#3) Don’t Overextend Yourself

We have a tendency of overestimating how much time we actually have. We say yes to projects when we are already overbooked. The end of your day should be a time where you can decompress after your day instead of being over-stressed over your projects.

#4) Breakfast Is Important For Your Sleep Patterns Too

poached-eggs-on-toast-739401_1920All right, so you’ve been going to bed earlier and you’ve stopped drinking coffee after 5PM. However, sometimes it’s just easier to stay in bed when your alarm goes off at 5AM or 7AM – or at all. Sometimes it’s just easy to get out of bed when it’s cold outside and the blankets have you under their control. After a good night’s rest, your morning routine is when your metabolism and your blood sugar are at the lowest. Give them a boost with a morning dost of protein. Double that with some whole grains and some fruits and veggies and you’ve got the breakfast combination of a champion.

#5) Reward Yourself For Your Accomplishments

Building that habit is hard. Reward your accomplishments with something small. Read a chapter of your favorite book or your favorite blog. Listen to an inspiring podcast or watch a video that makes you laugh or smile.

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Happy Halloween!

Heaven Hi and Happy Friday!

Tomorrow is a day that is celebrated by most of the western culture: Halloween. A lot of us still celebrate it, even though we’re long past the trick-or-treating stage, but do you know the history behind this spooky holiday? Check out this short informative video below:

Even if you don’t go out trick-or-treating or if you don’t want to stay home and hand out candy to the kids, there are different ways to celebrate. Halloween parties are a great tradition that can help bring all of your friends and family together.

If you prefer to spend some time with a special someone, an old school visit to a haunted house. You can also do something a little more autumn inspired instead of a Halloween. Go to a pumpkin patch for a late night walk. Go apple picking. Take a crisp walk in the park at night with a thermos full of hot cocoa.

Sharing special moments with your loved ones (whether it’s a spouse, your family, your friends, your kids, or a special pet) is an important part of being grounded and keeping a sense of balance in your life. It is important to have balance in your personal and professional life. Don’t miss out on these special moments.

The holidays are a great “excuse” to break away from work and ensure that you spend a special day with your family at least once a month – even Halloween. It may seem silly to celebrate Halloween when you’ve got a report due at work on Monday but there are more to our lives than reports. Even taking just an afternoon or an evening to spend with your kids while they go trick-or-treating is important.

Remember to keep a good balance in your life and have a great Halloween. Stay safe out there!

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Cold Weather

Heaven Hi and Happy Wednesday!

The days are getting colder and shorter, which generally means that our energy levels have gone down. The only exception being the fact that since it’s so cold, we’re now drinking more tea and coffee – which has caffeine in it. However, if you want more intrinsic motivation and more energy from within, try some of these tips.

#1) Remember: Energy In = Energy Out

You have to make sure that you’re eating right, resting well, recovering after exhaustion, and treating yourself right in order to respond well to stress and maintain the proper amount of focus to be successful in all aspects on your life.

In order to have energy to expel, you have to be putting energy in your body. That means that you’re eating right. Since it’s cold out, a lot of us crave the comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, etc. But remember that there are healthy versions of these dishes and that there are healthier comfort foods all together. Instead of macaroni and cheese, look at low fat chicken or beef stews.

#2) Have Clear Cut Goals

Whether you’re trying to stay fit or if you’re trying to succeed at work, you need a clear goal to work toward. Make that long term goal as specific as possible. Then make short term goals that will help you work toward that big winner’s circle. Keep reminders of these goals all around you to keep you motivated. Read books about that big goal and listen to podcasts. They will help keep your eyes on the prize.

#3) Buy Yourself Something Nice

It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy but getting yourself a little present, which will help you work toward your big goal is a great way to keep you motivated. For example, if you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month this November, get yourself some nice stationary, a shiny new word processing program, or a great fountain pen. If you’re trying to stay fit during the holidays, get yourself something cozy to help keep the cool wind and rain at bay. Invest in something that will last and it will remind you of your hard work.

#4) Go Outside

Yes, it’s cold. Yes – for some of you out there – it is also rainy. But autumn is a beautiful season. Enjoy the colors and scents by going outside and spending some quality time with your family, friends, and pets. The fresh air will help invigorate your spirit as well. Getting a little sun can aid in combating depression, even if you just go out for a brisk fifteen minute jog with the dog in the morning.

#5) Sign Up For Something In the Spring

Signing up for a spring event will keep your spirits up and give you something to look forward to when you’re stuck at home this fall/winter. It doesn’t have to be something crazy – though that might be just what the doctor ordered, if you need to spice things up in your life. Need some suggestions?

  •  Spring marathon,
  • Spring concert,
  • Volunteer event,
  • Personal achievement or performance,
  • A conference, seminar, or workshop

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