If you want to make a real impact in the world, people need to know who you are.
That’s why aspiring leaders and changemakers learn how to build a personal brand so others can easily understand exactly who they are and what they stand for — and what makes them great.
But if you’ve been busy focusing on honing your skills and figuring out the best ways to share your magic with the world, chances are you haven’t had the time to put much effort into creating a thoughtful, well-considered personal brand for yourself.
Maybe you’re feeling stuck, uncertain what to do beyond posting inspirational quotes on Facebook and Instagram. Or maybe you’re afraid that putting yourself “out there” will take up too much time and effort without doing much to grow your business.
The good news is, learning how to build a personal brand can be much easier than you think. This guide will show you how to create your own brand that will leave a positive and memorable impression, plus see how to get people excited to work with you in person.
What if you’re vegan? Or you eat a whole food, plant-based diet free of processed food, oil, and sugar, and your friend is gluten-free; your sister is Paleo; your nephew is allergic to nuts, and your in-laws love sausages and donuts?
The sources of stress can go far beyond food, of course. One of the things about family is, well, we can’t choose them. Holiday gatherings can bring together people with widely different political and social views. It can be enough to make you want to skip the holidays entirely.
But, don’t despair.
You can bring people together over a shared meal and shared values — whether you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, or just want to share time with friends and family.
In this article, we’ll focus on planning and preparing delicious and healthy holiday food, while also looking at how to extend those strategies to present a loving and welcoming table for all your guests.
I believe we are all perfectly imperfect beings doing the best we can, most of the time.
And yet, we are now living in an era where cancel culture has become de rigueur, second chances are few and far between, and the art of forgiveness appears to have vanished.
We all have said and done stupid, regrettable things and I believe that if we own what we’ve done, and give a proper apology, and make amends, shouldn’t we be forgiven?
I see this as an issue in our personal relationships as well as in our culture.
Your significant other may be the greatest person on the planet but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to make you crazy from time to time.
Your monetary resources will definitely become limited when you first start your career. You will face several responsibilities you’ll need to manage throughout your professional life. As time goes on, you might become worried about your kid’s college expenses and planning for a safe retirement.
A positive outlook and confidence will take you a long way. Life is full of obstacles, and if we lose our faith, we may not achieve our desired goals. So, even in the midst of the COVID pandemic, we should remain enthusiastic about life and our financial wellbeing.
Many people remain unemployed or live on a reduced salary during this crisis. Some people are financially strapped. They receive threatening letters from creditors on top of their everyday problems, or they are getting banished from their social circle because they can’t pay bills. This tension can deplete energy, divert your focus from your job, and negatively influence your judgment.
However, we should strive to enhance our financial wellbeing during this time to cope with the financial stress that the pandemic has imposed. We can improve our financial condition and gain the confidence needed to achieve our goals by following a solid discipline.
A few strategies to avoid financial stress and enhance financial wellbeing are included below.
Because everyone has self-awareness, human beings know what it means to be happy or unhappy. This feeling is so basic that seeking happiness comes naturally. Yet for some reason happiness proves elusive, and feeling that you can find permanent happiness can seem futile.
If we look closely, however, there are three ways to be happy. The first two arise in everyone’s life; the third is rare. But the third way is the only one, after centuries of seeking, that has stood the test of time. Every age is challenged to rediscover the third way, including our own time.
The first way to be happy is to follow your impulses without judging them, taking life as it comes from moment to moment. This is the way of babies and small children. They are motivated by the next thing that occurs to them, and they have little ability to predict what will turn out to be a sad or glad experience. Impulsiveness lingers in many people after they become adults, but the vast majority of people move on to the second way of being happy.
Resilience, our ability to bounce back from difficult times, is linked with self-love. Yet half of women worldwide feel more self-doubt than self-love, and 60% wish they had more respect for themselves, a new survey finds.
Learning to develop self-love is an important skill in a happy, healthy life. You deserve love just as much as everyone else in your life does. So how can you increase the love you feel for yourself?
A good place to start is by taking care of yourself. By taking time to care for yourself and prioritizing your health and happiness, you’ll also have more love to share with the people around you.
Loving yourself can include focusing on self-care, giving yourself positive encouragement, and taking time to yourself. It may look different for each person! Here are a few suggestions for ways you can practice self-love each day:
Dr. Bertice Berry, an incredible award winning author tells a story of when she was 12 until graduating from high school, she cleaned houses to make money. One time an elderly lady told her, “Bertice you got to clean the light.” She asked her, “what do you mean?” And the lady told her “you must clean the main light. Look around the light in the entrance way. Nobody ever gets up high and cleans the main chandelier.” She got the ladder after she was told this and cleaned the main light in the entrance way. Later in the day the man of the house entered and said “WHOA, this house has never been cleaned so good. Take care of this girl and pay her extra.”
Life passes by slow and fast. We have both good and bad times. Happy and sad experiences. We walk through life and experience joy and loss, as well as happiness and death. There is contrast through it all. As I arrive at my 50th time around the sun, I took the time to sit with SOME of what I have learned. These are in no particular order and are certainly not all I have learned. I am sure I have forgotten some BIGGIES, but it’s a good start; and more importantly, on my birthday day, it is a good reminder to me of this amazing life I have been blessed to experience and all that I have journeyed through … on both sides of the contrast.
Enjoy ~ Sunny Dawn Johnston
Everyone will die so it's important to accept your mortality. It doesn't have to be a negative thing.
You must embrace the inevitable so you can move forward with haste knowing you don't have time to waste, you don't have time to wait.
The time is now to give your gifts to the world.
Often at this time of year, people spend some time reflecting and feeling into the direction they’d like their lives to go, and efforts they’d like to take to get there.
Some people set goals to accomplish things or experience something on their bucket list, while others set goals to change habits that aren’t serving them.
Often people focus their goals on things they think will make them happier or healthier, like losing the quarantine fifteen and eating healthy, or exercising to stay, or become, physically fit.
For example, Sadie found herself in the same interaction over and over with her husband, Benjamin. The interaction would go something like this:
Most of us in relationships have an easy time seeing how the other person is being controlling, and a very hard time seeing it in ourselves. We also generally don’t recognize that any time we are trying to control, we are creating an energy loop that perpetuates the dysfunctional relationship system.
Benjamin, in a judgmental voice: “You never seem to want to cuddle or make love anymore. What’s wrong with you?”
Sadie, in a kind voice: “Benjamin, are you aware of how often you criticize me? Don’t you see what you are doing that is causing problems in our relationship?”
Benjamin: “I’m fine. I’m not the problem. Maybe you need some hormones or something. You’re the one with the problem.”
For many, this is the Season of Light, a time of joy and celebration, a season for appreciation and giving.
For my family, Christmas can’t come soon enough and we’ve already begun sitting together in the evenings, taking turns choosing our favorite holiday songs to sing. I especially love “Silent Night.”
One of my teammates celebrated Diwali with her family the middle of last month, and another is beginning to prepare for the eight days of Chanukkah, her family’s traditional festival of lights.
Another member of our team is a student and teacher of A Course in Miracles which says, “Each of us is the light of the world, and by joining our minds in this light we proclaim the Kingdom of God together and as one.” (ACIM, T-6.II.13:5)
Looking at light more secularly, in just a few short weeks, the days here in my part of the world will grow longer, giving us more daylight to enjoy nature walks and other daytime activities.
I began as all young artists do—working toward some imagined greatness that might reveal itself in time, if I could stay devoted enough to my craft. But along the way, I was humbled to be more uplifted by what was true rather than what was great, by what was heartfelt rather than what was intricate. It kept me close to my own experience, which when entered honestly began to reveal the common ground of all experience and all time.
From there, I risked more by entering the poems than by writing them, not sure where they might go, and found myself touched and changed by showing up in my life so completely. Well, that’s not very different than being changed by loving another, is it? Now in the second half of life, I am devoted to being in that holy space where the conversation of aliveness exists. It’s not about the words but the poetry of life that is revealed and enlivened by our honest engagement.
The other day, I came across the most moving video that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s called the Virtual Choir from Eric Whitacre, and the premise is simple: One man pulls together over 17,000 separate voices from 129 different countries in one single piece of music.
When I heard the voices blending, melding, lifting each other up in song and harmony, I couldn’t hold the tears back. “This is how it’s supposed to be!” I said to myself. “This is what Life is all about.”
Here’s their Virtual Choir 6:
A strong, beautiful, and educated woman was sitting across me; we were surrounded by cactus, Buddha, and sunshine. Even in the serene setting, she was crying, grieving, and feeling overwhelmed. Life had reached a point of no return. The greatest transformation of her personal journey had begun and she was unsure how to proceed. She had scheduled an appointment with me to discuss the most intimate details of her life, including her marriage. The stress and pain outweighed the love; it was time for a change. This client came prepared with the most important question to ask a psychic. How can I get my life back on track?
She was committed to her wellness. It was time for her to unravel from a toxic and unsatisfying partnership. The difficulty was not just ending the relationship, but also dissolving the image of successful same-sex marriage. They had stayed together far too long because of what other people thought. Clearly, there was work to do but this woman had the strength and courage to ask for some guidance.
Get clear about why you want to talk to a psychic
Writing my most recent book Healing Trauma with Yoga forced me to get stuck and unstuck. A project that has not only consumed a lot of time, but obviously forced me to deal with a lot of my own issues around my own personal life experience and trauma. We all have ways that we distract ourselves, some healthier than others. Even with awareness, we can still participate in unhealthy behaviors. Here are some of the things I do to get unstuck that might also help you.
- Mantras on YouTube going constantly in the background at my home—sound waves permeate your walls, your space, and you. Having mantras playing is calming and clears the space, infusing positive energy. I play the Bhagavad Gita a few times a week, and mantras almost every day and sometimes even while I sleep.
A long walk with my dog or a trip to the dog park to just enjoy dog joy. There is an unbridled joy that animals bring. They exist in the now, don’t get distracted by social media, and are very present and alert. The act of caring for a pet that gives unconditional love will bring immense joy (especially if you rescued the animal). I love walking with Bentley and taking him to play as it forces me to be present.
There’s a spiritual concept that seems to create a good deal of confusion. It goes by the name of freedom or liberation, both terms referring not to political freedom but inner freedom. The reason that “freedom” has a spiritual meaning is that a state of total freedom is possible. The confusion arises because at first glance we already feel free inside, most of the time, at least. Our thoughts and feelings are our own. We can be persuaded or coerced to change our minds, but in the end we decide for ourselves.
In reality most people experience only a taste of inner freedom. They exist in a state of limitation that is far removed from total freedom. I discuss the desirability of total freedom in my new book, Total Meditation, and I’d like to offer a preview here.
We cannot be free inside if some experiences frighten or distress us. We shut out and deny them, and as a result many if not most experiences get edited, censored, forgotten, and pushed aside in favor of a narrow band of experience that feels safe. Limited freedom is based on what you can reasonably expect from life. Total freedom begins by looking on life as a field of infinite possibilities. It takes some persuasion to make total freedom seem like more than a pipe dream, however. Is it even desirable to feel totally open, unbounded, and free of boundaries to keep us safe?
A key issue here is spontaneity. Spontaneity is without rules, which seems like a recipe for anarchy. Rule enforcement is the surest way to keep people in line, or so the rule enforcers believe. Consider the extreme example of applying to the bank for a personal loan in China. If you want a loan there, you can use your smartphone, and online lending agencies check you out electronically, using data stored in the cloud. An applicant gets accepted or rejected for a loan in one-tenth of a second, after the lending agency has checked out 5,000 (!) personal factors, including how firmly your hand moved when you filled out your application and how low you let your phone battery get before recharging it.
Think back to the last time you had your heart set on something — a job that’s perfect for you, a new apartment in the building you’ve had your eye on, the Caribbean cruise you’ve been planning for months — only to see it evaporate in front of your eyes. Someone else (with less experience) gets the job. The apartment sells before you can even make a phone call. Your trip gets canceled because of bad weather.
No matter how “zen” you might consider yourself, it can be hard to not feel disappointed and let down when your dream bubble is burst into one big cloud of “WTF?!”
But have you ever then found out later that your sidetrack actually led you to something better — or at least helped you avoid a nasty situation? The new company ends up going bankrupt… you found a better apartment a month later at a lower price… the refund for your canceled trip gave you a cushion in your bank account that you ended up needing for car repairs.