Stop and Think!

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Stop and think!

Before you have another drink

Always pushing your life and others to brink

You don’t seem care and that’s so unfair

As your loved ones go to sleep in fear

Not sure, if in the morning, you’ll still be there

……………………………………………………………………….

Stop and think!

Before you open your mouth to scream and shout

In an effort to let the pressure from your anger out

Take a deep breath and try not to fret

If you lose your cool

You might end up looking like the fool

Instead, you might find

It’s better to act with a sound mind

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Stop and think!

Before you do the things you do

You might end up hurting the people you love

Or the people who trust and look up to you

Think before you act, it is a known fact

To love and be loved

There’s nothing better than that

So be sure to always stop and think before you act.

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂   Have a great weekend!

Health and Wellness Fridays – Turmeric

Welcome back to Health and Fridays!  Thank you Lord for seeing us through another week.   Today, we’re going to be listing some of the possible health benefits of using turmeric.

 

Turmeric or  Curcuma longa comes from the turmeric plant. It is a culinary spice used to add flavour and colour to a variety of dishes.  It is also used in herbal medicine and fabric dye.  It is native to India and Southeast Asia.  In its unprocessed form the root resembles the ginger root.  On the inside however, it is yellow in colour.  Turmeric is rich in iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, copper, and potassium.

Turmeric can be obtained in many forms – some forms include natural root, ground powder form, as a supplement even as an essential oil.    According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, most of the studies done on turmeric tend to focus on its main active ingredient, curcumin.

Some of the studies done suggest the following benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Boost brain function
  • Lower the risk for brain disease such as  Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower cancer risk
  • Help with depression
  • Treatment of gastrointestinal issues such as constipation and cramping
  • Ease menstrual symptoms
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Detoxifying the liver
  • Natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent
  • Alleviate pain
  • Slow the aging process
  • Acne
  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles

Here are some ways to use turmeric:

  • Add it to your meals along with black pepper.  Most of the curcumin that is ingested gets metabolized before it can get absorbed.  Piperine present in black pepper is said to help make curcumin more bio-available.
  • Add fat when consuming turmeric. Turmeric is fat-soluble and thus much better absorbed when taken with fat. Use healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, etc.
  • Drink it in tea. You can use either the powder or the fresh root. Add it to boiling water and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.   I sometimes add a small piece of fresh ginger.  Strain into a cup and add a little honey to taste.
  • Apply on the skin in the form of a mask. Using some honey, yogurt or milk with a teaspoon of turmeric in a bowl. Mix ingredients in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste.  Apply to clean skin. Leave this mask on for at least 20 minutes before washing off.

Precautions and warnings:

  • If consumed in large quantities turmeric can have the following side effects on the body such as nausea, dizziness and diarrhea.
  • Turmeric might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk as such it is suggested that it not be used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy.
  • Turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction.
  • Turmeric might slow blood clotting and might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
  • The Curcumin might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. Use with caution and moderation. Be sure to monitor your blood sugar.
  • Turmeric can cause stomach upset in some people. It might make stomach problems such as GERD worse. Avoid turmeric if it worsens symptoms of GERD.
  • Turmeric might lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth by men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby.
  • Taking high amounts of turmeric might prevent the absorption of iron. Turmeric should be used with caution in people with iron deficiency.
  • Turmeric might slow blood clotting. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

As always remember, moderation is key and always consult your doctor. I can’t stress that enough.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!  😉

Sources:

  • https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/
  • https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric.html
  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78#healthbenefits
  • https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6873/25-Reasons-Why-Turmeric-Can-Heal-You.html
  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662

 

Disappointments are blessings in disguise

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I believe that every disappointment has a hidden blessing behind it even though we may not see it at the time.

What do I mean byblessing“? I believe that a blessing can refer to a person or an act that can improve or add value, happiness and joy to someone’s life.   It can be anything from getting a new house; getting a promotion; conceiving or receiving a child; spiritual healing, physical healing; meeting the love of your life;  achieving financial deliverance and so much more based on the needs and value placed on it by the person receiving it.

God knows our heart’s desires. He also knows what is best for us and more importantly when to bless us with the things that we need and want.  I’ve come to learn over the years that my timing and God’s timing are different. I want all of my blessings and I want them now – used to be my attitude and thinking. Patience was a virtue I definitely lacked.

God has a bigger plan for our lives. We all have a special and unique purpose and contribution to make in this world even though we can’t see it now.

However, in order for us to receive the blessings God has for us –  I believe that we have to first undergo some test and learn some lessons along the way, all designed to develop and strengthen us.  Some of the test and lessons are more difficult than others and can come in the form of hardship, disappointments and even tragedy.

In my test, I would admit I was sometimes confused, angry and even disappointed when things didn’t go my way or when relationships failed.

Here are (10) ten lessons that I learnt:

  1. When God puts it in your heart to do something – do it!  Don’t delay and keep putting it off.  You don’t want him to up the antics to get your attention.
  2. Some test and lessons require us to walk away from certain people and things in our lives for us to achieve the things we are destined for.  When God says it’s time to wrap it up you better wrap it up.
  3. Every disappointment, every failure and every heart-break was designed to make us stronger, wiser and more resilient.
  4. Disappointment hurts and it can even leave us feeling a little crushed. It is not however, meant to destroy our hope or wreck our lives.  It is how we respond to these events that can bring us the break-through that we’ve hoped for.
  5. Crying can help bring emotional release but it does not help with the mental turmoil.  Those feelings of unworthiness, self-doubt, self-pity, anger, resentment and frustration can eat you alive. I had to find ways to overcome those feelings in order for me to move forward with my life and that in itself was a test and a lesson.
  6. God knows the things we struggle with even before we do.    He will even create situations to help us overcome them but we have to trust him and persevere.  We must do our part or there will be no growth and I believe we remain stuck in our test until we learn the lesson.
  7. God is a merciful God and he will never give us more than we can bear.   Our test are different and some might even say unfair at times as we compare our lives to others but let’s not compare but instead choose to persevere so our blessings can flow as we continue to grow in mind, body and spirit.
  8. It takes a lot of self talk, prayer, faith, trust and perseverance to go through life in your present existence knowing that although everything is not perfect right now things will get better.
  9. Use disappointment as a stepping stone to propel you into the next level of your journey.
  10. We all have our own test to complete and our own lessons to learn.

What lesson is God trying to teach you in your life now?     What or who is holding you back from becoming who you are meant to be?

I believe we all have the potential to not only overcome the disappointments that we are faced with but also get the hidden blessings that can come out of them – if we choose to view them differently and persevere.

If you are going through a tough period in your life now, know that you are not alone.   Life can be a struggle but not everything in it has to be.  Trust that this too shall pass, look for the lesson, learn from it and God will deliver your blessing. 

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Thanks for stopping. 🙂

 

 

 

Fuel Your Fire To Succeed

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Do you know what Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Jay-Z and Steven Spielberg have in common? Let’s get to know them a little better first.

Oprah Winfrey – was repeatedly molested as a child. She ran away from home. She in her early teenage years gave birth to a baby boy who unfortunately died.  Although forced to endure unimaginable circumstances in her early childhood, Winfrey persevered.   She excelled as an honour student and eventually secured a full scholarship to college.  She is now one of the most successful and richest people in the world today.  According the Forbes, Winfrey is worth an estimated $3 billion.

Stephen King – had his first novel “Carrie” rejected 30 times by publishing houses. His wife encouraged him to try one more time and he was eventually able to get it published.   King sold over 350 million copies and even had it made into motion pictures.  According the The Richest, he is worth an estimated $400 million.

Richard Branson – despite the difficulties and challenges posed by his acknowledged dyslexia, Branson used his personality and business talents to become the success he is today. According to Forbes, Branson is worth an estimated $5.1 billion.

Thomas Edison – failed a number of times before successfully creating the lightbulb.  The exact number of tries has been debated but some say as much as 10,000 attempts. Can you imagine? His perseverance paid off and bought us not only the lightbulb but the phonograph as well.

Jay-Z -had big dreams to make it big as a rapper. Unfortunately, he had difficulty convincing record labels to sign him. This however, did not deter him in fact, he persevered and now owns his own record label.  Jay-Z is not just a rapper but a businessman who has investments in clothing lines, real estate, sports teams, record labels, and more.  According to Forbes, his estimated worth was $610 million in 2016.

Steven Spielberg – was rejected twice from the University of Southern California (USC).  Spielberg did not allow this rejection to crush his dreams. He went on to attend California State University in Long Beach.  USC eventually awarded him a honorary degree in 1994 and he even became a trustee of the university in 1996.  According to Forbes, Spielberg is worth an estimated $3.7 billion.

The commonality among these people was a burning desire to move pass the obstacles in their lives.  They did not allow a scarred childhood, disappointment or repeated rejection to prevent them from achieving the success they wanted for themselves.  They all chose to look beyond their circumstances and worked hard to secure a better life for themselves.

They are just a small number of successful people who overcame obstacles in their lives to be where they are today.  Some other people who persevered and came out on top are: Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Jim Carrey, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Walt Disney and Sir James Dyson just to name a few.

They are proof that no matter how bad things might look in the moment; no matter how many attempts we might have to make to get it right – we can overcome the obstacles.  We just have to want it bad enough and we must work for it.

Our past will always remind us where we came from.  Some people however, choose to use their past as an excuse; while others may try to use your past against you or  as a means to discourage you.  Let us instead choose to be the exception – let us use our past as a motivator to propel us into greatness.

Don’t allow any negativity from the past or current situations to keep you from achieving your dreams.  Although our past may influence some aspects of our future it does not control it. We do! 

Whenever, you feel like giving up or you feel defeated remember some of these people we looked at today and all the obstacles and failures they had to overcome to make it. Never give up on yourself! Let their stories give you hope and fuel your fire to succeed.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

 

 

 

The Liebster Award #2

The Liebster Award

Upon review Cheila, it seems that the first time I got the Liebster Award the nomination came from you. 🙂 Thank you again for this nomination.    Your recognition of my writing means a lot.  🙂 Who is Cheila?  She is a down to earth, open and straightforward blogger that shares her life with her readers.  Those of you not familiar with her blog should definitely check it out.

Rules:

  1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you
  2. Nominate 11 other bloggers
  3. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  4. Let them know that you have nominated them

Cheila’s Questions:

1.What show are you binge watching right now?

Answer: “The Grimm”.  I find the series very captivating.

2. What are you reading?

Answer: At present, I’m not reading any particular book. I’m more focused on researching online resources trying to widen my knowledge on preventative and natural cures.

3. What do you usually go for if you’re cooking just for yourself?

Answer: I have two sons so that is a rare occasion.  If I am able to get some mummy time I usually don’t cook at all.  I would usually have Chinese food or whatever I’m in the mood for.

4.What’s your favorite eye and hair color?

Answer: My favourite eye colour is hazel brown.  My favourite hair colour is black.

5. What sports did you practice in high school?

Answer: I actually played some netball, table tennis and lawn tennis.

6. How many hours a day do you spend on the internet?

Answer: I spend roughly 4-5 hours on the internet but it is usually broken up. I try to regulate myself and try to do 2 hours at a time making sure to take breaks in between.  My neck and back usually tell me when I’ve been there too long.

 7. Do you choose your outfit the day before or in the morning?

Answer:  I choose my outfit in the morning.  The mood I’m in and the day of the week will ultimately determine my choice of outfit.

8. Can you play any instrument?

Answer: Unfortunately, I don’t play any of the traditional instruments like drums, guitar or the piano but I do beat the hell out of any tabletop surface. This sister’s got rhythm! 🙂  

9. Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather?

Answer: I wish I could get it in the middle.  In Trinidad and Tobago however, it is either sunny or rainy.  I don’t like it when it’s too hot.  I prefer the rainy season.

10. What is your favorite fruit?

Answer: I have more than one favourite fruit but if I had to choose I would say mangoes.

11. Can you swim? How old were you when you learned?

Answer: Not as good as I would like. I had some lessons when I was about 8 or 9 years old but I did not have a good experience.  I have overcome my fears but I won’t be doing any deep-sea diving any time soon.  

 My nominations

I recognize that not everyone is in to the award nomination process but this is my way of saying I appreciate the contributions you make. If you do choose to take part great, if not no hard feelings although I would love to see your answers.

The nominees are:

  1. Ajay Vyas
  2. Dionne Williams
  3. jaswalartist
  4. Sar
  5. Mbalenhle
  6. Roda
  7. byluis7
  8. rhythminlife
  9. estellalynch
  10. Dysis
  11. HIMANSHI SHUKLA

Question to nominees:

  1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  2. Are you a meat, fish or veggie person?
  3. Use one word to describe yourself?
  4. Which word would you use to describe your life at the moment?
  5. If you could change anything about yourself – would you?
  6. What moves your decision to follow another blog?
  7. Do you believe in giving second, third and fourth chances in relationships?
  8. Do you have a favourite sport to play or watch?
  9. Which is more difficult for you to stay away from sugary food or fast food?
  10. What’s the most difficult thing about blogging for you?
  11. Has your blog met and or exceeded your expectations thus far?

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

Happy Earth Day!

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The earth is our home

Her abuse we should  not condone

She provides us with food, clothing and shelter

All we have to do is protect her

Replenishing where we can

Always giving a helping hand

She keeps giving and we keep taking

Sometimes forgetting that she requires up-keeping

Some of us recklessly dump our waste

With no regard for the consequences 

Will our children or grandchildren be able to mend the fences?

Let’s not allow selfishness to deprive us all

If not now, then when? 

It’s not too late my friend!

If you do your part and I do mine

Hopefully in the end she’ll be fine.

 

By: Cherylene Nicholas

Celebrating the earth and doing things to protect her should be a way of life.  We all have a part to play, it all adds up in the end.     Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 

Another Day

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Thank you Lord, for another day

Another opportunity to rise and shine

Another opportunity to use my time

To make a difference and be better

……………………………………………………………………………

But I’m just one person

Does my contribution and participation really matter?

The inner voice responds, “Of course it does!

You were placed on this earth for reason

Let your spark leave your mark

In the lives of those who meet you

Even the people who briefly greet you

May their memories of you be sweet.”

………………………………………………………………………

This brings a smile to my face

 And steadiness to my pace

So with this in mind, I choose to slow things down and unwind

Always remembering to take it one day at a time

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To enjoy my life and the people in it

To be grateful and not wasteful

To take pleasure in the little things

The inner voice reminds me, “You could be gone in just one wink

Your life may not be as bad as you think.”

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So I make the decision

To enjoy and treasure each day

Not too much work or too much play

For tomorrow is another day.

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

It can be hard sometimes to find balance in our lives but it is important to prioritize and pace ourselves.  Have a great weekend!