Use Breathing Techniques to Become Present in the Moment

Use Breathing Techniques to Become Present in the Moment

Inhale the future, exhale the past. Somewhere between the two, is now, the present moment. Focus your attention on your breath as it enters and exits the body to help you stay present, experience life in real time. Being able to gain, and maintain focus, without drifting forward or backward in our minds, has many benefits. Try these five breathing techniques to calm the mind, center, and draw your attention in.

Reimagining a Story: What, How, and Why

Reimagining a Story: What, How, and Why

Have you ever read a book and thought, I wonder what would have happened if the main character did (insert action), instead. While the movie credits were rolling, have you thought, "Another great ending would have been..." Some great works, and many lousy ones, resulted from reimagining existing stories. Keep reading to find out what constitutes reimagining a story, when it's allowed, and a few of the ways it's been accomplished.

Join a Pinterest Group Board to Promote Your Writing

Join a Pinterest Group Board to Promote Your Writing

Pinterest is a wonderful place for authors, bloggers, and other writers to build their brand, and raise awareness about their content and products. After setting up a Pinterest profile, there are a multitude of decisions to need to be made. How many boards do I want? How many pins should I create? How often should I save other people's content?Should I use hashtags? The list goes on and on... Eventually, you'll probably find yourself wondering, would joining a Pinterest Group Board help promote your writing?

Having Different Diets Doesn’t Need to Be a Dealbreaker

Having Different Diets Doesn’t Need to Be a Dealbreaker

While some couples struggle with communication, deciding what to watch on tv, agreeing on a budget, or dividing household chores, for others, the biggest hurdle is learning to navigate their vast differences in culinary habits. Cooking together can be a challenge if you have dietary differences, whether they result from allergies, sensitivities, lifestyle, ethical choices, or personal preferences. Here are four approaches worth exploring.

Visualization Techniques: Imagining Outcomes to Achieve Goals

Visualization Techniques: Imagining Outcomes to Achieve Goals

Visualization is a cognitive dress rehearsal. It's becoming who you hope to be, reaching new heights, personally or professionally, through intentional, repetitive thinking. By using visualization techniques, we're able to harness the power of our minds to dramatically influence our behavior and self-perception. Seeing truly is believing when it comes to achieving goals.

Viewing the World through a Sociological Lens

Viewing the World through a Sociological Lens

We're all, to some degree, students of the social world. We've spent a lifetime, consciously and nonconsciously, attempting to uncover meaningful patterns, and extract insights, from our interactions with others. We watch one another, puzzled at times by the behavior we observe. We continuously search for explanations that might reveal other people's underlying motives. To some degree we're hoping that our interpretations might allow us to predict what will happen during future exchanges. In other words, we've all used a sociological lens, from time to time.

Common Writing Challenges Facing Authors and Bloggers

Common Writing Challenges Facing Authors and Bloggers

While doing an interview for Jon McBrine, I was asked about common writing challenges that aspiring writers might face. In my response I discussed the plethora of distractions, which was the first thought that came to mind. When I saw his question, I immediately realized that there are too many "traps for aspiring writers" to [...]

Handwashing: Its History and Importance as a Preventative Practice

Handwashing: Its History and Importance as a Preventative Practice

Washing hands with soap and water began as a religious ritual and cultural habit. Much later, it was connected to the reduction of illness and infection by Ignaz Semmelweis. Today, we're well aware of the preventative capabilities of handwashing, but are we using this wellness tool as effectively as we could, and should?

Forms of Relationship Abuse You Should Know About

Forms of Relationship Abuse You Should Know About

The main forms of relationship abuse are emotional, financial, physical, and sexual. Abuse involves tactics of manipulation, coercion, intimidation, or harassment, used to gain and maintain power and control over another. Incidents and instances of relationship abuse can occur between current or former dating and domestic partners, family members, caretakers, or even roommates. The behaviors listed in each category, below, were written specifically about relationships that are, or were, intimate and/or romantic in nature.