Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Walking is Good For You

Walking Is Good For You!

I have recently been trying to get in the habit of walking, and I've succeeded! Now, on days when I CAN'T walk, I feel I'm missing something.  That makes me happy. You see, I'm trying to train myself to take on good habits, such as walking, that become a part of my daily routine.

I've found that walking meets many of my needs because, except for the weather or being ill, you can do it whenever and wherever you are. It really doesn't require any equipment. It can be done along, with friends-or with my dog as I prefer!

I did purchase a VERY simple and inexpensive pedometer and I do keep up with the steps I've taken every day. Rather than as a challenge, it just keeps me consistent. Right now, for this to be a habit, consistency is important.

It seems to work out that I do from 3000 steps up to 10,000 steps each day. I don't keep up with the time that I walk, just the steps. I know if I keep a consistent pace from time to time, and gradually increase my daily steps taken, I'm accomplishing something.

A goal I have is to gradually work myself back into running. I used to run as much as 6 miles each day. I felt good when I was running, but that was a long time ago. Walking enables me to get into shape and try to get back to running. One good thing is that even if running is not feasible for me anymore, I can continue to walk each day and stay healthy.

Personally, I'd love to lose some weight, but for me, that hasn't really happened. I lost some weight when I started walking daily, but it's stabilized and no more weight has come off. That is disappointing, but I know if I continue to eat right and walk consistently, then I'm in better health even if it doesn't show. My heart will know and that is what is important. I'm also hoping that as I gradually increase my daily steps, maybe some weight will come off!

So, I would suggest that you consider taking up walking. Make it a daily habit. I can tell you that it will make you feel better on the inside and outside! Oh, and if you have a dog, you'll find that walking gives you a great opportunity to spend time together. My dog reminds me that we are supposed to walk each day. To me, that is a very good thing. She likes it, too!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Acceptance and Adaptation Are Necessary! In Life and Business

Acceptance and Adaptation Are Necessary! In Life and Business

To succeed in life, you must accept yourself and adapt yourself. This is a requirement for both success in business and in life. Believing in yourself in also important, but you must have a valid starting point to build success upon. That is, why I feel Acceptance and Adaptation are Necessary!

According to Wikipedia, acceptance is:

Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest. The concept is close in meaning to 'acquiescence', derived from the Latin 'acquiÄ“scere' (to find rest in).”

According to Dictionary.com, adaptation is:

“1.the act of adapting.
2.the state of being adapted; adjustment.
3.something produced by adapting:an adaptation of a play for television.
  1. any alteration in the structure or function of an organism or any ofits parts that results from natural selection and by which theorganism becomes better fitted to survive and multiply in itsenvironment.
  2. a form or structure modified to fit a changed environment.
  3. the ability of a species to survive in a particular ecological niche,especially because of alterations of  form or behavior brought aboutthrough natural selection.”

So why I am I sharing this with you?

If you have read personal development books and articles, you may believe that with proper thought you can change anything. Thinking realistically, we know that this is not true.

Please give my video a look as well!

An example? I have brown eyes.
The only way to change them would be to install new eyes which sounds really painful even if possible.
I can use colored contact lenses but my eyes are STILL brown.

So, suppose I really feel having blue eyes is an absolute requirement. What then? First, I have to ACCEPT that my eyes are brown. Then, I will have to ADAPT them in order for them to be blue.
Thinking alone will not “turn” my eyes from brown to blue. I have to look at reality and accept it, then, look at ways to adapt circumstances to suit my desires.

Is this a silly example? To me, yes. If I were to wear contacts to change my appearance, I'd choose Vampire Eyes-simply because I've got a weird sense of humor and I'd bet I'd get some strange looks.
Still, I think the idea I'm trying to impart is clear. We DO need a positive frame of mind. We DO need to believe in ourselves. But, we must ACCEPT reality, then, ADAPT reality to enable some changes. But, hey, that is still using our minds, isn't it?

I hope this makes sense to you and is of some use to you. Please share your comments with me! If you think this may be of use to someone else, please share it!

Thanks for reading my post and enjoy your day!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ubuntu, A Philosophy for Our World in These Times

Ubuntu:What is it and Do I Want It?

We're NOT talking about the operating system! (In case you don't know: Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a Web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and other applications. )

Per Wikipedia, Ubuntu is essentially a philosophy originating in Southern Africa. Literally, it means "human-ness", a belief that we are all connected to all other humans. This philosophy encourages us to share with others, as well as care for others. What a wonderful belief is that? 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered a definition in a 1999 book:[9]
"A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."

Here's Nelson Mandela's description of UBUNTU:

Ubuntu - African Philosophy 
"The word 'Ubuntu' originates from one of the Bantu dialects of Africa, and is pronounced as uu-Boon-too. It is a traditional African philosophy that offers us an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world. According to Ubuntu, there exists a common bond between us all and it is through this bond, through our interaction with our fellow human beings, that we discover our own human qualities."

To me, in this time of turmoil throughout our world. We would all be better off to think in terms of UBUNTU. I don't say that it is easy, but I believe it would be worthwhile. Instead of seeing others in terms of what is "bad" about them, what makes them different from us, all the reasons we shouldn't like them, I think we should take the time to view it as a means to build a better world and in the process, we will grow as people. I think that is worth the extra effort!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mindset Changes I Learned from Hurricane Irene

  1. Change will happen whether you like it or not.
  2. Sometimes little storms turn into big disasters!
  3. You have to learn acceptance or you'll go crazy.
  4. Being thankful for small things will begin to come naturally.
  5. Being open to help and learning to be thankful for everything is important.
  6. Everything costs more than you think it will going in.

Change will happen whether you like it or not.

In eastern North Carolina, we had become used to hurricanes and the damage they can wreak. Especially after my namesake, Fran,and then, Floyd. We had learned to prepare for the worst.

Sometimes little storms turn into big disasters!

The first reports mentioned a Cat 1 storm headed our way. Most natives were like myself and had hurricane supplies always ready during hurrican season. That being the case, we figured we were pretty much ready for a Cat 1, after all, that wasn't much bigger than a tropical storm!

Little did we know that Irene had other ideas! She came, stayed and made sure to make us remember her! Personally, I think it was really a Cat 2 storm, but it really doesn't matter. Call it what you will, I call it a life-changing event.
You have to learn acceptance or you'll go crazy.

Let me tell you how my dog reacted to the sight of my backyard, right after the storm. She did a 360 circle and barked at it all. I imagine she was saying that it didn't look right, trees were down everywhere. A disaster had truly come home! She learned quickly to accept it. I also learned acceptance but it took me awhile.

Some things in life are just not fair.

Was it fair that after knowing my backyard looked one way and seeing everything destroyed?It doesn't matter really, as it was that way. After 10 days without power, and losing those days of pay since the entire area was not destroyed just my part of the world. It was said that I should've been able to come to work. 10 days, no air conditioning, working outside at times and no shower? I don't think so!
Being thankful for small things will begin to come naturally.

Needless to say 10 days of eating vienna sausages, pork and beans, nabs (crackers and peanut butter) and the like-well, even fast food is a welcome thing. It was nice to eat hot food in a cool place. I would have enjoyed a fish sandwich even-and I don't eat those!

Taking a shower was nice, cutting the lights on and seeing at night without candles was great! Having a chance to be online and watch TV was wonderful. Didn't really matter what I did or watched. Anything made me happy!
Being open to help and learning to be thankful for everything is important.
If you're an independent person, as I am, learning to ask for and to accept help was difficult. With some turns my life has taken recently, it was a skill that has come in handy. I also was so very thankful that the damage I'd endured was not nearly as bad as some. Some folks homes had been destroyed. That put any trials I had around my house and yard into a much more manageable and acceptable place. Thankfulness began to come easily. I still start each day being thankful. No matter how hard things are, I'm alive and so, life is sweet!

Everything costs more than you think it will going into it.

I won't go into a great deal of detail of all the damage I had, some of which I'm still dealing with now. Let's just take the refrigerator. Yes, it was older, but it worked fine before Irene came through. I reached out to a local man who repaired appliances and he came and got it going. He'd been so swamped by other requests, that I was the last job he took. I was thankful. That repair did quite nicely until the beginning of this summer. I found salad items going bad faster than ever before. So, I did what any stubborn, independent lady would do. I tried to get it to work on my own. I played with the thermostat, I moved things around after I found the bottom shelves were cooler than those above. Unfortunately, that only works in the short term. Did I mention it is older? Well, I've learned to adjust and adapt to accommodate my old frig. We seem to have come to an understanding. I understand that my frig will work when it wants and I have learned to buy items that last a little longer. Also, I've learned to dispose of the items that go bad-no matter when that may be! Again, adaptation and acceptance is the lesson!

Oh, why did I say it costs more than you'd think? Well, to get a new frig would take a great deal of money I just don't have. Could I really afford to have that first frig full of stuff go bad? Not really. But, until I can buy a used frig, I'm dealing with it. You may say, why didn't I get someone else to come and repair it? I'd been there and done that with an old frig several years ago and found that it doesn't take long to have more money in the repairs than you might have spent getting another one. I'd learned THAT lesson! LOL

In summation, while I never asked Irene to come see me, she did. She is now forever indelibly etched in my memory. But, she did teach me a great many lessons that have come in handy in building my mental toughness! I am thankful for her visit. I am hopeful no big, bad storms come to visit again, but if they do, I've learned that I can deal with it.-but-only with God's help and the help of my friends!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

To Contact Me

I am listing several ways to contact me, but if you're reading my blog post. Well, I'd suggest leaving me a comment. Otherwise, I'm on Facebook all the time (personal).  Thanks for looking here to find out how to best contact me! If you're like me and on FB a lot, please send me a friend request and like my biz page. That is an easy way to keep in touch. Thanks again! Frances
  • Google+ URL:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/

(Or google.com/+FrancesWages)

(It's also listed as Frances Wages)
  • frances.wages@yahoo.com
  • 1encgirl@gmail.com
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About Me

Hi ya'll! I'm Frances Wages! I love the water which is good because here in New Bern, it's all around us. I also love art, music, dance and just enjoying life. I live out in the country and I think it's great to have room for my dog to run, and room for me to work on my yard however lackluster I am at doing that. I love to travel-seeing new places is so exciting. I think life is as good as the way we look at it. If we look for good, you almost always can find it. I love learning and teaching all sorts of things. (That's me above this post, by the way.)
If you've been reading a post on "Feeling Better Every Day", then I thank you for reading. I welcome your comments! 
As you will see, I'm walking pretty consistently each day. I walk with my dog, Tippie, who's a rescued mixed border collie. Even though she's 8 years old, she thinks shes still a puppy. (Probably because I call her my puppygirl, and I don't feel my age, either.) Some days, I do walking and running since I'm transitioning to running. It's part of trying to get healthier, as that time clears my mind and  helps my fitness level, too! The fact that my dog and I both enjoy it is a plus!
I'm trying to get back in shape and this is part of it. Another part, will soon be kicking in. A friend of mine is setting me up with a system that has helped her drop many pounds and she's even making money, too. Now, that sounds great to me. I will be glad to help YOU as you become healthier both mentally and physically. If you want to find out about becoming wealthier, I'll help you with that, too!
Again, thanks for reading this far! I'm also adding a page that will show ways to connect with me. (Note: I am not on Skype all the time, but I'm glad to get on to talk with you. I find it drains my laptop too much to have it always on.)