Writing Prompt: Day 249

Pelky Sisters

249.jpgDay 249 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about a society that uses something unique as currency.

Erin: The thing about money is that it is only paper and cheap metal. When the value of it returns to just that, all prestige from wealth dissipated. When the value of the dollar was diminished to that of dust that’s exactly what happened. The only value of a citizen was the goods they could produce and the services they could provide. If one of ours couldn’t trade their value for what others could provide they were on their own. There was no easy way out. Life was hard and working to get work back was an exhausting cycle lacking rest.

The rich became poor and the poor became rich. The famous couldn’t get the time of day from anyone, and those who made a living off of their trade suddenly knew the…

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Writing Prompt: Day 248

Pelky Sisters

248.jpgDay 248 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write a scene that addresses skin color.

Shannon: “You have spots on your skin,” the student next to me observed in a whisper. He seemed so aloof normally. I couldn’t believe I let him of all people catch me.

“I spilled some dye on it this morning. By the time I found it, I couldn’t get it off,” I recited the lie my family helped me come up, but that I never had to use until now.

‘Then why did you skin look the same way a week ago? You’re not supposed to be here, are you?”

Lying at this point didn’t seem smart, “Who did you tell,” I questioned, pleading for mercy with my eyes.

“I didn’t tell anyone, and I’m not going to, but you need to be careful. Don’t let them take you,” he warned, seeming to know more then…

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Discover Why You’ll NEVER Lose Weight Without Discipline

The first two things that the majority of people think about when they want to lose weight is diet and exercise. Most of them fail to realize that discipline is even more important that diet and exercise.
Discipline will ensure that you eat foods that are right. Discipline will keep you on a caloric deficit even if your stomach is growling and demanding food at night. Discipline will prevent you from skipping workouts and make you give your best when you do train.
Weight loss is a mental game and not a physical one. It’s all about staying on track and finishing what you started. It’s a slow process. Make no mistake about this.
You could be obese and struggling or you could be lean and trying to shed the last bit of stubborn fat to see your six pack. Whatever the case may be, burning fat takes time. That’s why it’s called a weight loss journey.
You must have discipline to stay focused and go through the motions even though it seems to be taking a long time. Most often, it’s the time that it takes to see results that is the biggest hurdle to get over. It’s the one obstacle that trips up most people who want results overnight.
They fail to realize that it’s a slow process but quitting will not speed it up. If you don’t want to start over in future, don’t stop now. It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
When creating a diet plan for yourself, keep it sensible so that it’s challenging but not torturous. You MUST have a diet plan to follow. Don’t try to wing it. When you have a plan, all you need to do is follow it. Like a horse with blinkers on, you’ll keep moving forward without being distracted.
The same applies to your training regimen. Plan your workouts at least 2 or 3 weeks ahead and train when you’re supposed to. Do not skip workouts just because you’re not in a mood to train. Just give yourself 10 minutes and get started. Most often, once you start, you’ll take the workout to completion even if it’s 30 minutes long.
If you lack the discipline and give in to temptation, you’ll end up skipping today’s workout. Once that happens, it will become easier to skip tomorrow’s training and the day after that. Next thing you know, you’ve not trained for 6 months and it all started from that 1 workout you skipped.
Discipline is all about doing what you need to do even when you don’t feel like it. There will ALWAYS be days when you do not feel like doing what you need to. In fact, this will generally be the norm. It’s the brain’s way of self-preservation.
It sees the difficult tasks as unpleasant and tries to cook up excuses so that you stay in your comfort zone. Discipline will make you stronger than your excuses. You know what you need to do to get to where you want to go… and you’ll do them. This is what separates the winners from the losers. Winners do what everybody else won’t so that they can get what everybody else can’t. It’s the discipline that makes people winners.
If you want a body that you can be proud of, practice discipline daily. It’s your best friend. It’s not just about the weight you lose but also the confidence and inner strength that you’ll gain in the process. Believe in yourself and know that your own competition. Use discipline to transform your body.

3 Reasons Why Online Marketers Will Fail Without Self-Discipline


Self-discipline is your personal philosophy and one of the major determining factors in your life. When it comes to succeeding at an online business, your discipline will make or break you.
It is the set of the sail that will either take you to shores laden with treasures or it will crash your ship upon the rocks and bring you to ruin. It’s one or the other. There is no middle ground here. Self-discipline is everything.
Now let’s look at 3 reasons why online marketers especially need self-discipline in their lives.

1. You are your own boss
With a normal job, you have a routine. You need to report to work at a certain time and you know you have tasks to do. Failure to follow the rules and get the job done will result in negative consequences such as getting an earful from the boss or even getting fired. Your fear of the consequences will motivate you to follow the rules. Your self-discipline is derived from external sources and consequences
When you work for yourself, like most online marketers do, you’re your own boss. There’s no one to tell you what to do and all rules are set by you. While there is immense freedom here, you still need a routine for yourself.
You’ll still have tasks to complete and goals to meet. Failure to do so will mean a loss of earnings and financial stress. You need to plan your work and stick to the plan.
It takes a lot more effort to stay committed when there is no one breathing down your neck and the consequences don’t seem adverse. Yet, make no mistake here. There are negative consequences if you’re not checking your progress and results.

2. Keeps you focused
To make money online, you need to do more selling than buying. You’ve got to be a producer rather than a consumer. One of the biggest mistakes most beginner online marketers make is that they buy every product that they can get their hands on.
They do more learning and buying rather than taking any action. You must have the discipline to take action on what you buy. If you don’t have it, you’re going to spend money that you do not have on products that you do not need.
Marketers call it ‘shiny object syndrome’ but this is just another term to describe a lack of discipline.
If you decide not to buy anymore products till you’ve used and taken action on the ones that you’ve already bought, you’ll stick to it. No means no… and if you can’t keep your promise to yourself and you get tempted and cave in, it just means you lack discipline and you need to focus and work on it more.

3. Gives your life focus and balance
The hard truth is that online marketing is a very time-consuming undertaking when you’re getting it off the ground. The experts who are at the top of their game usually have the money and experience to outsource many tasks. They have systems that work smoothly without them having to be there every single day.
To get to this level takes time and most marketers are just not at this level yet. So, they spend hours in front of the computer at the expense of their health, leisure and relationships.
Discipline will ensure that you set aside time to work out and eat right. You’ll also spend quality time with your family and friends because relationships matter. Set aside some time for your hobbies too. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
It’s a common refrain by so many marketers that they never have enough time to complete all their tasks. Yet, if they paid attention to what they were actually doing and figured ways to be more productive, they’d get a lot more done in a lot less time.
Discipline will keep you away from social media and have you focused on your work. When you’re giving your work your full, undivided attention, you’d be amazed at how much more you get done. Discipline will get you there.
Hide your phone, tell your family members not to distract you, block off social media sites, avoid having food close to your workstation, etc. When you work, you work. You don’t eat, talk, surf, sleep or idle around. Discipline is rarely enjoyable but almost always profitable.
By now you’ll realize that self-discipline will take your online business to the next level. More importantly, good discipline will lead to healthy self-esteem. You’ll have pride in yourself and the confidence in knowing that you keep your promises to yourself and that you’re capable of success because you’re worth it. This is priceless and the only currency to buy it is self-discipline.


Top 5 Foods for Healing a Cold


The common cold is not a life threatening disease and often goes away in a few days after running its course. However, a running nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, persistent sneezes, or coughs can leave you feeling miserable. Although nothing can cure a cold, some remedies may ease your symptoms while the infection lasts. If you do not want to pump your body with over-the-counter drugs, the good news is there are home remedies that can be just as effective. Check out this list of top 5 foods for healing a cold without the need for medication.

1. Chicken Soup

This age-old remedy can work wonders when trying to recover from a cold. But, how does grandma’s old recipe work to relieve the sniffles? Well, at the basic level, a bowl of chicken broth will prevent dehydration, loosen up mucous congestion and may provide some relief for a sore throat. Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center took this age-old folk remedy from the kitchen to the lab to investigate its claimed therapeutic effects on colds. The study found that chicken soup mitigated movement of netrophils (white blood cells) in serum infected with the cold virus, indicating that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory effects that help shorten upper respiratory tract infections.

2. Garlic

Garlic is believed to possess antiviral, antibacterial and immune boosting properties. These purported therapeutic effects were put to the test in a 2014 study that split 146 volunteers into two groups receiving either a garlic supplement or placebo. The trial lasted three months and found that test subjects taking a placebo had 65 colds while the garlic group only recorded 24 occurrences of the common cold. When using garlic to treat colds, you can add it to chicken soup for a more potent cold tonic. Alternatively, grate garlic and add it to daily broths.

3. Ginger

Ginger is believed to be popularly useful for the common cold. Nutrition experts suggest that it contains compounds called sesquiterpenes, which specifically attack the rhinoviruses that cause common cold. Ginger is claimed to have immune boosting, antibacterial, antiviral and expectorant properties as well. Some studies suggest it fights inflammation too. Adding a couple of tablespoons of grated ginger to your tea or drinking up a strong cup of ginger ale can provide some fast relief for a scratchy throat. Much like garlic, you can also include ginger in chicken soup recipes to prepare a strong cold remedy.

4. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, the vital nutrient that helps to maintain proper immune system function. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties make it an excellent nutrient to fortify your body’s defenses against the common cold. Drinking some lemonade or eating whole citrus-fruits like oranges and tangerines can therefore help to speed up recovery.

5. Mushrooms

Mushrooms help ward off colds thanks to the presence of Beta-glucan , a biological response modifier known for boosting immune system function. As a result, consumption of these edible fungi has been associated with increased production of cells that fight off infection. When it comes to mushrooms, your choices are plenty. However, the most popular cold fighting mushrooms in traditional Chinese medicine are the reishi, maitake and shiitake varieties.

In addition to eating cold fighting foods, you should also get plenty of rest to speed up the recovery process. A common cold typically last for about one week. If your symptoms persist for much longer, you may have a bacterial infection that will require treatment with antibiotics. In such cases, it is best to check with your doctor to find out if you have developed a sinus infection that may require different treatment approaches.

Writing Prompt: Day 247

Pelky Sisters

247.jpgDay 247 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about a character who flips from harmless to dangerous.

Erin: My least favorite part of having Chris as a brother was the fact that no one ever trusted me. When I told them that he was a terror, all they could think was the time he volunteered at the school fundraiser. When I told them he scratched me, they remembered when he carried his hurt teammate off the field. They didn’t know about the force field of our front door. Chris at home was a beast completely disconnected from the angel he was to the public.

Shannon: “Calm down, you don’t have to do this. You’re not this person,” I reminded Eric as I watched him pace around the room, clutching his head. He was trying to stop himself, but I could see his claws growing and his teeth sharpening. He…

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October 1st is National Pumpkin Spice Day!

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Here are today’s 5 thing to know about Pumpkins:

  1. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  2. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  3. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  4. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  5. The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Robert Bakewell died (born, May 23, 1725).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.
  • 1908 The Model T Ford was introduced at a price of $825. Due to efficient…

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