Friendship Weekly Challenge #3: Let Go of An “Anchor”

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The best part about friends are that, unlike relatives, difficult bosses, annoying co-workers, or bad neighbors, they are the people you CHOOSE to have in your life. Your friends are people who are supposed to have your back, tell you when you’re doing something counter-productive, and bring out the best in you. They are meant to enhance your life in a positive way.

So what if one of your friends is bringing constant stress and/or negativity into your life? I like to consider friends to be my life-jackets, the people who keep me afloat in the turbulent sea of life. When a friend does nothing but bring you down, they are more like an “anchor”, who are causing you to sink. I once had a friend who I realized I stayed in touch with solely because I knew the friendship meant a lot to her. In reality, I was afraid to say anything about my career or social life, because she’d be jealous if anything good happened to me. She was also incredibly negative, so I felt like I was hanging around Debbie Downer. Her “commentary” on my life was neither helpful nor necessary. It was easier to stay friends before the “real world” kicked in, and this negative friendship began to affect my sleep and work quality, and my overall well-being. As soon as I realized that she was not truly my friend, I realized  the relationship eventually dissipated. (This was a lot easier to do pre-Facebook, I promise you!)

Maybe you’re lucky, and your life is set. Your friends are great, and a complete support team. But as life evolves, friends tend to pop in and out. If there’s someone who’s been holding you back, perhaps it’s time to just let go and move on. Having 500 “friends” on Facebook doesn’t mean you have to be best friends with all of them. Alternatively, if you feel like a bad situation with a friend has been weighing you down, make time for that important conversation to try to right the wrongs. Or, if you’ve already been mourning the loss of a former friendship, spend this time focusing on the friends who are true to you. Whatever your “anchor” is, let it go, and put your mind-set back on the right track.

Stay ‘tooned later this week for some tips on how to let go of a “poisonous pal”, or a friendship that has fizzled out.

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Week #3: LET GO OF AN “ANCHOR”

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Friendship Weekly Challenge #2: Send Snail Mail

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Just because technology has changed and people don’t send out letters anymore (except for bills, invitations and thank you/holiday/birthday cards) doesn’t mean receiving the act of receiving a letter in the mail has lost a spark! When’s the last time you received a letter correspondence from a friend?

This week, do something special. Write a letter, on actual paper, and send it out to a friend! Bonus points if you include photos, stickers, or something else fun and kitchy. Most importantly, have fun knowing how big the smile will be on your friend’s face when he/she opens up that letter!

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Week #2: SEND SNAIL MAIL

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Friendship Weekly Challenge #1: Catch Up With Calls/Messages

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With so much going on in today’s world, and so many distractions, it’s so easy to tell a friend “I’ll call you right back”, and then completely forget about it. How many friendships have you strained because you have yet to call someone back?

Well, the people procrastination ends now! Write a list of all the friends you owe phone calls, e-mails, texts, or any other form of communication with. Set a little time aside each day to catch up with them. Pretty soon your I.O.U.’s will be N.O. More! You’ll strengthen your friendships and feel a whole lot less guilty about being a bad friend.

So this week – CATCH UP WITH YOUR CALLS & MESSAGES!

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Week #1: CATCH UP WITH CALLS/MESSAGES!

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #4: WALK, Don’t Drive!

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I was born into a family that enjoys walking. I mean, REALLY enjoys walking. In fact, although we live far enough from grocery stores to justify taking a car, they mostly walk anyway to do a lot of errands.

In contrast, most people in L.A. completely forget that walking is an option, even if the errand is a mere few blocks away. The automatic knee-jerk reaction is to hop into a car to take care of whatever needs to be accomplished.

Imagine what kind of shape we would be in if we consciously try walking or biking, at least to the closer destinations. A little bit goes a long way. This week when I am doing errands or visiting friends or whatever the outing may be, if the destination is within a mile or less, instead of putting the keys into the ignition, I will be moving one foot in front of the other to get there. This week it’s the mile or less rule, if I am going to a place a mile or less away, walking it will be.

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Week #4: WALK, DON’T DRIVE!

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #3: Right on Schedule!

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Life it tends to get busy. Lets face it, how many times do you come back from a hard day and say “I guess I should go to the gym but… maybe I’ll just wait till tomorrow.”

Instead of making the gym the extra thing to do if time permits it, look at your weekly schedule (or write one up If you don’t already have one) and see what time would work best for you. Maybe it would be in the morning before work starts during a lunch break, or at night. Whenever it is make sure you write it in and stick to it! Set an alarm on your phone or computer if you need a reminder. Focus this week on making exercise an official part of your day, make it the ice cream not the cherry on top/sprinkles

 

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Week #3: RIGHT ON SCHEDULE!

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #2: Keep on Stretchin’!

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Flexibility is a key player in exercise performance. When you are flexible you can increase the intensity and speed with way more ease, which gives you a better workout. Plus, it reduces the risk of injury.

I often fall short of stretching after a hard workout. Many times happy to have just completed my exercise routine I will be in a hurry, I would simply rush into the shower and get ready to go and simply skip over the stretching part. NOT THIS WEEK. This week I am giving each workout the proper 15 minutes of stretching I need. I am sure after this week my body will thank me. Getting ready to reach for the sky!

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Week #2: KEEP ON STRETCHIN’!

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Exercise Weekly Challenge #1: Stair Down (And Up)!

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One of the easiest ways to get in some exercise is by simply using the stairs. This act is many times ignored out of sheer laziness. The convenience of just pushing a button or standing on an escalator exceeds the desire to get into shape. That is why this week I am making a vow to only use the stairs. It is time to get into the habit of relying a little less on convenience and more on moving my body.

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Week #5: STAIR DOWN (AND UP)!

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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #5: Plan Your Day In Advance

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DISCLAIMER: I eventually do get done what needs to get done… most of the time..

However, I generally remember these tasks as I go through my daily routines. I try to store my “to-do list” in the back of my mind, pray that I will remember it, and will try to do it at a  time I deem more appropriate to carry out the task.  Is this the most efficient way to accomplish what needs to be done? Absolutely NOT!

Now imagine I spent this week writing out a schedule for everything that I plan on doing the night before each day. How much time will I save!!! So this week, let’s write up a detailed schedule for everything you need to accomplish. Set reminders to your phone, write sticky notes, do whatever you need to do to help remind you along the way. This week we are going to be efficient with time. Lets not waste a very valuable gift to us; TIME.

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Week #5: PLAN YOUR DAY IN ADVANCE!

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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #4: Change It Up

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If what you are trying to accomplish is not getting done: stop drop and roll. Well don’t actually drop and roll, it might leave you with an awful splitting headache, but just change it up.  There are times when your way of doing something just doesn’t work. It doesn’t mean it was a bad approach, on the contrary;  the approach may have been excellent. Maybe it was the timing or maybe it was not the best fit for your personality. Whatever the reason is, don’t be afraid of pushing beyond what you are used to doing in your routine. Try a different way of accomplishing your goal. This week, whether it’s the goal you stated, or anything in your life that doesn’t seem to get done fast enough, change it up!! Trying a different approach or method may help you learn more about yourself and understand your personality in terms of how to be more productive.

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Week #4: CHANGE IT UP!

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Procrastination Weekly Challenge #3: Eliminate Distractions

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I always wish I were the person who can be tidy and neat. But alas, I was blessed with a laid back personality who does not get too bothered by clothes that are sprawled on the floor. So today, as on most days, my goal is getting my room clean. This venture is not an easy task. However, give me some music and a couple of hours and I am good to go.

Lately though I’ve been realizing that it really shouldn’t take hours to get this room sparkling (let’s be real, I mean, at least not as messy).  I often find myself checking my computer seeing what happened on Facebook, or if I received any emails in the past ten seconds. Or sometimes I’ll get a call where I must put everything down to give it the full attention I (mistakenly) feel it deserves. So today I decided, all those distractions that keep me from my oh so neat room will be put aside, turned off, not in use for at least an hour. And guess what? It took me approximately half the time to get it clean!!! This week I am applying this approach to anything I deem worthy of getting done. Any big or small goal I have this week will officially be getting my full attention. Distractions,  I will see you later, possibly next week, but for this week at least, my tasks, my goals:  I’m all yours!

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Week #3: ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS!

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