Monthly Archives: January 2013

Travel Journaling: Explore the World, Tell the Story

30 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

If wanderlust and a passion for writing define you, then you should definitely try your hand at travel journaling.Travel writers from all over the world have established this form of writing as a distinct field – one which has now been opened to study and professional training. Travel magazines are growing in number, looking for freelance writers who are willing to sell their stories and share their experiences with a larger audience. If you want to be a travel writer, making habit of keeping a travel journal is the ideal place to start. If you want to start travel journaling, here’s a quick guide to getting started:

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Daily Habits – the myths and facts about 21 days

17 Jan, 2013 1 comment All life areas

The New Year brings with it the promise of a new beginning, new opportunities and changes. And as convention goes, if you have  a new year resolution up your sleeve and want to make it into a daily habit, all you need to do is stay strong for 21 days. While the magical properties of the number 21 are unclear, what is clear now is that habit formation theories  which suggest it takes on an average about 21 days for an action to become a habit, are in fact false. A simple Google search about habit formation  or daily habits has long yielded results which tell the reader that a time period anywhere between 21 to 28 days is perfect for a habit to form. However, a recent psychological research breakthrough achieved by researcher Phillipa Lally and her colleagues from University College London has challenged this common belief that has been around since 1960. The research paper which has been published in the European Journal of Social Psychology has challenged the 21 day generalization and has provided a new turn to this sub-field of psychological studies.

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5 Adventure Sports Worth Trying This Year

12 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

Adventure sports are a major money making activity all over the world, and while most enthusiasts usually head to New Zealand – the adventure sport capital of the world – to experience some of the rarest and most extreme sports there are, not everyone needs to make that trip to indulge in some adventure sports. With the spread of these sports almost everywhere, you can find majority of these in your own country. Here are five adventure sports that are increasingly being offered by adventure sport companies’ world over. This new year, try something different, have a look at these and take your pick:

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10 Things to Give Up in the New Year

07 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

As the new year sets in and we attempt to start our lives in new ways, there are various things we look to incorporate into our lifestyles. At the same time, we need to consciously eliminate certain elements from our personality which have a tendency to hold us back and prevent us from achieving our goals. Here’s a look at 10 things to give up in the new year for a fresh start:

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5 Healthy Benefits of Traveling

06 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

Healthy Traveling : For human survival, travel is in fact, a necessity. Traveling is not just for the financially affluent, it doesn’t need to be a luxury at all. For most of us, travel happens from a young age itself with family, and we keep moving around to take a break with friends or wherever our work takes. There are numerous fun elements associated with traveling, but did you know that traveling serves some significant health purposes as well? Here’s a look at 5 excellent health benefits of travel:

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5 LifeStyle Mantras for 2013

04 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

As the new year 2013 sets in, apply a few lifestyle  design principles that could bring about some significant  changes in your life in the next 12 months. Make some concrete choices, live consciously and cherish every moment you get. Keep these in mind:

 Just Breathe

In 2013, the number one lifestyle mantra for anyone who wishes to balance life, achieve their   goals and bring about some positive development and growth, is to just breathe. Too often, we forget to maintain peace and calm of the mind and lose ourselves over a stressful situation. In the face of a problem, it’s important to maintain a balance, to centre yourself and to consciously focus on your breathing. Inhale slowly but deeply for five seconds, hold it for couple of seconds and exhale for five seconds. Count from one to ten backwards and take in the calming effect of deep breathing on your senses. Do this whenever you feel yourself getting worked up or stressed out. It hardly takes 20 seconds of your time and can help you slow down. A fast pace of life is good, however it’s extremely important to slow down and relish every second of life as it passes by.

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Planning, Preparation and Taking ACTION on the Goals, Habits and the Resolutions made

01 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

Planning  + Preparation + Execution = Accomplishment

Planning + Preparation

  • Set Goals/make resolutions for the Year,  WRITE THEM DOWN (with a TARGET DATE) or use an app like ResolutionTweet
  • and then sub-goals for each month.
  • brainstorm/figure out what ACTION steps (baby STEPS) to take each week and each day,

Execution (a.k.a Taking ACTION)

  • Focus the day on those steps.
  • Review and make progress in the week/month.
  • Track Progress and work to overcome any issues/challenges/barriers in accomplishing the goal.

Turn that wish or desire into a WILL. Take the baby steps and keep moving until you achieve it.

Summary : Resolutions are made for a  year(s) but Progress is made in WEEKS/Months and  ACTION is taken in DAY(s)/Week(s)

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