Choosing Your Own Life’s Adventure

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Do you remember reading those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books when you were younger? The author would allow you to somewhat determine the outcome of the book by having you choose a direction for the character to go, and then you would turn to that page to see the result. You could also go back, re-read the story and choose the alternative. It’s almost like watching alternate endings to a movie.

In many ways, our lives are a lot like that. We can choose our own adventure with each new day, even if the choices seem rather simple or trivial. One morning, you might have coffee and toast for breakfast. Another day, it could be brunch with friends. Sometimes the difference is made when choosing between going to a party or staying in for the night. Who might you meet if you leave the house? What new friendships could you forge?

The more you think about it, the more powerful the idea becomes because you start to realize that your life could take on a whole different path depending on the choices you make. For that reason, you should ask yourself if you are making choices that will lead you to a future in which you feel fulfilled and proud of yourself. Have you been pushing yourself to realize your potential? Have you done everything possible to make your family strong and happy? Have you spent enough time with your loved ones, or will you look back and wish that you had done certain things differently?

While it’s possible that we may not ever be 100% fulfilled with our lives, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it a good try, right? It’s possible that in retrospect, we will find things we should have done differently, but we should feel pretty good about everything we’ve achieved anyway.

Some people will choose to go back to school and finally earn the degree or certification they always wanted. Others may finally take a brave leap and make a bold career change. Whatever the choice, we generally all have equal access to the opportunities of our choosing, though the obstacles are different for each person.

Think about how you’re choosing your own life’s adventures. Where are you taking yourself and where do you want to be?

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Positive Easter Wishes of Self-Discovery

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A friend shared that she spent her Easter morning going through her desk and getting rid of old papers and generally just cleaning things out. Among everything were a few items that brought back some difficult memories. She said her hands were shaking as she tore through everything for lack of a shredder. In the end, she felt better. It was a cathartic experience and when she remembered that it was Easter, everything seemed to fall in line with the theme of the Resurrection.

Now, this may sound a little cheesy or just too much of a reach, but when you’ve been in a slump for a long time, you don’t realize it until you take the time to assess things and take a good hard look at whether you’ve accomplished anything new or if you’ve remained complacent. The story of Easter is one that evokes strong emotions related to sacrifice, hope, and redemption. It’s so easy to forget these themes as life pulls us along in routines and events in other people’s lives, so when you finally get to sit and take a good hard look at where you are, it can be a very difficult thing to process.

Still, you can approach your self-discovery with the kind of positive attitude that is rooted in reality. Our lives involve change, and sometimes those changes are disappointing. Sometimes change means losing loved ones and having to figure out how to go on without them. However, change also means that we are to pave new roads for ourselves so that we walk towards something different than what we’ve always known. As scary as this may seem, it is not impossible and we have so many great resources around us to help us along, such as our relationships with friends and relatives.

Perhaps you spent your Easter with your family, or you were able to hang out with friends and have a marvelous cookout. But if you spent it like my friend did, then you got started on a journey of self-discovery at the right time of year. With spring comes the promise of many things which will hopefully bring positive change in your life. That is, if you are willing to make room for them sot hat you can continue to learn more about your life and yourself.

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Earth Day Is April 22, 2014 – How Will You Celebrate?

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Earth Day is a great way for everyone to collectively appreciate our diverse planet and show it some love by being more conscious about what we do to preserve its beauty as well as the quality of living in our neighborhoods.

Many people like to acknowledge Earth Day by volunteering to do local clean ups, especially on beaches where much litter is found and can end up in the oceans, causing damage to sea life. It’s also great to help clean up local parks because a lot of trash can be found after outdoor parties, and getting rid of it just makes the neighborhood look awesome.

Planting trees is a great way to ensure that our children and grandchildren will have fresh air in their futures. What we do now isn’t just for us, but for our families who will be inheriting whatever we leave for them. If you’re looking for a way to connect your kids to the experience, you can teach them how to grow their own plants. If you don’t have garden access, this can be done easily with plastic cups, a little soil, and seeds of their choosing. Just like in those classroom projects where they learn how seeds grow into plants, you can do this at home and teach them to grow their own herbs.

You can also make it a point to create a section in your kitchen where they learn to separate recyclables so that not everything automatically goes into the trash. If you have a recycling center nearby that pays for the items, you can show them how to earn money and they will be encouraged to recycle properly.

Visit the Earth Day site if you want more ideas, want to Pledge An Act of Green, or make a donation.

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The True Patriot Love Expedition – 2014

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I am very excited to support the True Patriot Love Expedition. This is a physically challenging event in which war veterans will be paired with business leaders as they embark on an expedition in the Arctic Circle. What makes this event so unique and thrilling? First off, the veterans are overcoming their injuries in order to reach their goals. This is happening as a part of their recovery and they will be doing it with the help of their partners as they raise awareness for the needs of Canadian war veterans and their families.

The participants have been training, including a three day ski training camp that happened in February. They will begin this big journey on April 19, 2014 as they depart from Ottawa, Ontario and head to Resolute Bay, Nanavut. They are expected to return May 2, 2014.

The veterans participating range in ages from their late 20′s to early 40′s. And they’re not all just men. There are two women participating in this named Sarah Dentry-Travis and Shauna Davies and you can learn more about them by visiting the <a href=”http://truepatriotlove.com/expedition-arctic-circle/soldier-team/”>2014 True Patriot Expedition soldier team page.</a>

My friend Bruno Guévremont is a part of this group and am very proud of him for all the work he has put into overcoming PTSD after a tour in Afghanistan. His life is a great example of what one can do to stay strong and positive despite the heartbreaking events that a soldier will face when in service.

The trip is no easy feat. If you’d like to show your support, you can learn more at <a href=”http://truepatriotlove.com/”>True Patriot Love.</a>

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Watch Kids Try To Figure Out A Cassette Player

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Watching these kids figure out how to use a cassette player is hilarious and also makes you feel just a tad old. For some, the process is way too complicated, but surprisingly, one kid finds herself feeling very knowledgeable with the device.

Even as they are handed headphones, their reaction to those is also surprising because you realize that they’ve only been using earbuds these days. The idea of only being able to listen to a few songs on a tape is mind blowing to them. They can’t even understand why you would fuss with rewinding a tape trying to find your favorite song.

You’ll love the points they make about the practicality and price range of the item. It makes you realize we have a different frame of understanding when it comes to what we should expect from technology based on what we had before things became more advanced. These kids cannot understand why anyone would pay so much for a device that can’t even hold over 2000 songs the way today’s mp3 players can. We definitely do have it pretty good these days as we can even store music and videos on our cell phones and carry them discreetly in our pockets.

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