Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 23

Day 23 with no Facebook and I am so happy to say I have been really ramping up my workouts.  I ran 3 miles early this morning, did hot yoga to stretch my muscles and walked during lunch.  Wow, I feel so great! My friend who I met in LA, called me this evening and we had a great conversation.  No thoughts about Facebook, however in the conversation with my friend I explained why I wasn't on facebook and how much more time I have in my life.  How full my life is now that I don't have the concern to access Facebook.  She mentioned she is downsizing her connections, she no longer has internet connection at home and is saving over $600.00.  Wow!  She mentioned that she is focused to use services that are free because she really doesn't use the serves enough.  I told her I think I'm going start looking at my things and see where this are places to trim. Amazing. It's all good.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 21 & 22

I forgot to post my thoughts related to not being on Facebook yesterday.

So, here goes,

I received a text from an aquaintence I met in Los Angeles during my travels.  The text stated, "I noticed you aren't on Facebook anymore, is everything okay?"

Ha, ha!  I had to laugh at this, thinking, because I'm not on Facebook things must not be right.

Isn't it crazy how we view social media now?  If someone chooses not to be on Facebook, then there is something wrong.  I have several friends who refuse to create an account and go on Facebook.  They say, "It's just one more avenue where the Big ole government and businesses can spy on you."  Very interesting indeed.

My friend who is concerned about me 'not being on Facebook' is going to call me tomorrow evening and check in.  Now, if I was on Facebook, this interaction would have never happened.  I'm pleased that I'll be getting a phone call to catch up with my friend.  Let's see how many more friends start contacting me and asking what I'm up to personally.  I kinda' like this interaction!

Health Tip: Zinc deficiency

Symptoms of Zinc deficiency are weakened immune system, impaired wound healing, poor fetal development and reduced sexual potency in men.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Health Tip: Zinc

Zinc is the single most nutritional deficiency in North America.  Major sources of zinc are whole grain breads and cereals.  Refined white flour and sugar have no zinc and deplete the body of B vitamins.

Oatmeal, Walnut & Bananas...Morning Breakfast

Had to share, made some delicious oatmeal this morning.

Wholesome oatmeal
organic cinnamon
chopped walnuts
Cut bananas for topper

Really delicious breakfast this morning.

It wasn't baked, but I am going to try this recipe next, baked oatmeal with your choice of fruit and nuts. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/baked-oatmeal-with-blueberries-and.html

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Health Tip: Vitamin C...

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate foods rich in Vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age related dry skin than those who had a diet low in Vitamin C.

Psychology of Social Media: Day 20

Was riding on the back of the Harley ride today.  Started thinking about what a few of my high school friends were up to.  Realizing that this is the only thought, not necessarily Facebook related because I think many of my high school friends were watching me and trying to keep up, without making comments on my page, just lurking around my page.  I know that several do, just to keep up with the Jones'.  So, for now, I think it's best I'm not on  Facebook because I really was starting to feel like more people were lurking than interacting with me on Facebook.  Then, when I see people, they think they already know what my life is about, when in reality, the entirety of who I am, isn't represented there on the little page.

I'm watching the Olympics right now, and when summer Olympics is going on, I typically follow the medal count.  It took me a while to find the information, and here it is. http://www.london2012.com/medals/ 

The reason I bring this up, is because it would be useful to be able to access the Olympics Facebook page and the place that we at today, The Wheelhouse Restaurant, to learn of any cool events or shows they may be having.  Another reason why it's nice to be on Facebook.

My thoughts continue, without being on Facebook for 20 days.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 19

Getting some 'great' workouts in, actually focusing on getting back into shape (health and wellness) and my financials back in order.  It is so good that I don't even think about Facebook very much these days.  I just get up and 'do my stuff'.  My intention focuses on Facebook when I hear about it on the news.  Right now, that is it.  Very good transition off Facebook.

Simple thoughts for no Facebook, day 19.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Health Tip: Warm or Hot Bath...

Take a warm, not hot, bath or shower to maintain moisture in your skin.  Hot water will wash away the fatty substances on your skins surface that helps to retain moisture.

Psychology of Social Media: Day 18

Your individuality is the most valuable thing you have.--Martha Beck

First off, I can't believe it's been 18 days!  They say it takes 30 days to build a habit into your life.  Let's see how this goes.

Thought about Facebook some today on my 3 mile walk during lunch hour.  It was a short thought, thinking how I am so happy to be out walking instead of sitting in front of the computer.

Then later, I heard on the news that Facebook's A rating didn't go well in the stock market because they are having a hard time connecting technology with making money.  And their adds are something that people don't necessarily care about, like why would I even click on an add that asks me to enroll in Phoenix University online school.  ("Not interested")  I guess, it's that go-to-market strategy that I think both Mark and Sheryl (first and second in command) are having a hard time figuring out.  They bring on over 40 Billion users for free and their perception is "I can use this tool for free instead of communicating using a cell phone which costs money."  Why would people want to make a shift and have to pay for a Facebook Social Media service. Not likely.

That is all I can think about for Day 18.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 17

Today was another busy day. So, now that I am being more productive I am going to write about what I'm up to more than my qualms about not being on Facebook anymore, because there isn't much to talk about and I am thinking that I would post the same thing over and over again. Until something comes up that makes me think about Facebook, I will write up about it then.

So, here goes...

I have been getting back to my workout schedule, now that I get up and focus on it, rather than letting Facebook consume me, which, by the way, was the first and foremost thing I would do when I got up in the morning.  I would, turn on my computer, go "right" to Facebook.  And of course, nothing was posted on my wall, then I would look around at news articles and other fancy quotes, watch funny clips.  I would look up at the clock and totally miss out on my workout time.

Now, I get up, get my running shoes on and head downstairs on my treadmill.  I will try to get outside, but it is really dark out there.  It is more satisfying running outside than it is running on a treadmill, but I feel so good that my workout is complete when I am done in the 30 minutes planned.

I then pack up and head out to hot yoga, which gives me some "me" time and allows me to get all of those silly thoughts out of my head.  After all of my workouts are complete I head in to my consulting job.  I even head out on a walk during lunch hour, which is great!

At night, I relax, type up my little note about Facebook.  And sometimes even consider a bike ride.  Tonight it is 100 degrees outside, and am waiting until the heat dies down so that I can start.

These are my thoughts on Day 17 without Facebook.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 16

Not much to say or even think about related to Social Media.  I was way busy with no thoughts about accessing the Social Media Site called Facebook.  Let me see, I did come across a conference call stating B2B companies perform a lot of portal services, integrating data into a Social Media-Like tool.  I wonder how many B2B companies are doing this today.  I wonder if this is going to be sustainable and worth the investment.

Lots to ponder on.

I haven't missed Facebook today.  I have a lot going on with my projects and initiatives to even consider going on it.  I can say I got up early and instead of going on Facebook, like I always did, getting distracted, looking up at the time and realizing I had no more time to fit my run in.  When today, I got up, got things ready for the day, got my running gear on and went down on the treadmill and ran 3 miles.  Now THAT was satisfying.  I am no longer frustrated with the fact that my time is getting away from me.  I'm taking action and not bound to the Facebook ropes.

I'm happy, for now, not being in Facebook as of Day 16 goes by.

Health Tip: Just 10 minutes...

Feeling stressed?  A simple relaxation technique is to sit comfortably with your eyes closed, repeat to yourself "I am" as you breathe in "relaxed" as you breathe out.  This technique will lead to deep relaxation in most people within 10 minutes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 15

Here I am sitting at my computer, almost forcing myself to write something about Facebook.  I haven't really thought much about Facebook today.  It's been very busy.  I was able to get outside and take a wonderful walk during lunch-hour today.  Before, when I was on Facebook, I would have opted to head to a coffee house just to check my Facebook for an hour.  I didn't think about it once, only until now, when I realize I haven't written anything about it today for my blog.

Day 15, moving along

Health Tip: Lower your blood pressure by...

A study in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension found that increasing magnesium and potassium intake by consuming more veggies and fruit can help to lower your blood pressure by 2 to 6 points especially when combined with salt reduction.  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 14

I am thinking lately, how I am missing out on learning what people are doing, seeing pictures people are posting and articles people post on Facebook. I thought about sneaking on my daughters Facebook page to see what pictures her friend posted of her when they went out Samba dancing last night. I like being a part of my daughter’s life, watching from the outside or peripherals (as my Dad says that as the kids transition to adulthood, we live our live precariously through theirs, watching from the peripherals).

I then start thinking, if I would go back on Facebook, how easily I would get sucked in and be looking around and posting silly quotes and other things on my webpage that I find.  Wasting a lot of my valuable time.

My life has picked up in the past 2 weeks.  I'm back on track with so many aspects of my life.  Looking forward, instead of inside everyone else's life.  There are so many things I haven't even started yet that are just sitting there waiting for me to continue, like my next book, the interviews and new endeavors that just sit there stairing back at me when I see them.

I'm not doing too bad, no Facebook for 2 weeks now.  Let's see how this holds up.

Health Tip: Eat slow...

A Japanese study found that people who eat fast are more likely to gain weight and develop diabetes than people who eat slowly and chew their food well.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 13

I think I'm missing out.  My daughter asked me if I saw this weeks pictures posted on Facebook.  She just became a certified Hot Yoga instructor and they had several celebratory parties, tried paddle boating with her friends and pictures of her best friends birthday party on the lake were all posted and I missed them.

So, quickly I asked her to login to Facebook so that I could see the pictures.  So, can I count this as another day of not being on Facebook?  I can say that I like to poke on my daughters page and look at all of her posts and pictures.  I may miss out on that, however, I can ask her to login so I can see or download the pictures.

I think for now, I will count this as no Facebook, because my account is still disabled and I haven't logged in with it.

Happy day 13 without a Facebook account.

Health Tip: Surround yourself with people who do not judge

According to Dr. Micah Sadigh, having good relationships with people who don't judge or criticize you is a great buffer against stress. Chronic stress will weaken your immune system, age your cells faster and shorten your lifespan by 4 to 6 years.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: No Facebook Day 12

It's 2007 and I'm standing in front of a small group, watching each person sitting in awe, waiting patiently to hear more about my experiences with Social Media.  I start talking about the tools that I have used since 2004, explaining the experiences I had while growing with each of the products.  About half-way through my talk, I start talking about legal capabilities and compliance and this is where the dialogue begins.  So many questions and concerns about how their data was going to be used, accessed and available on the internet.  This generated a lot of conversation and I could hear the participants tone, they were afraid of people accessing their information without their permission.

Fast forward, to 2012, and these same people are on Facebook without a blink of the eye, posting their pictures, personal information for family and friends to see.  It's like they forgot the early intentions and fears that crept up on them when they first decided to use the tool.

As I grew with Facebook, I remember how they tried to under-mind me, as a user, by placing policies out there allowing them to take my data without my permission.  I remember this clearly because some advocates made a large noise, and I received several messages from Facebook renouncing their policy.  I'm sure there have been many policies created on Facebook about them being able to use my information to sell to other companies, without me formally agreeing, or even know I agreed in the first place.

Now the design changes almost every other month and I'm sure the policies do to, without me even knowing it, because in the over-arching policy, if you create an account, you agree to allow Facebook the freedom to do what they want with the data you type on their platform.  This is disconcerting, to say the least.  However, the company is doing their do diligence to make money by their product.

It will be interesting to see where Facebook goes.  I think it will have a short life, and a new tool or product will be created with more fancy glitches.  One-by-one people will transfer to that dangling new product.  Let's wait and see, it soon will arrive.

Day 12 and I still am way too busy to consider accessing Facebook and these were the thoughts that ran through my mind as I considered Facebook as a platform today.

Health Tip: People you know...

Strong social connections are linked to overall health and well being.  To meet people and create friendships, consider joining a social organization, volunteer for an association, join a walking group, take classes or organize a block party with your neighbors.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: No Facebook Day 11

I am realizing today, that I have been using Facebook for the better good. I use it to stay connected and communicate with friends from far away. Those people who I don't necessarily have a phone number for, but are visiting and want to meet up with me.

 That is what occurred to me today, as I was waiting patiently for my friend from South Carolina, who scheduled to meet with me and wasn't there a half hour later. Only to receive a phone call, about 45 minutes later, as I was driving almost home, stating she was at the meeting location. Our times got mixed up and I didn't have a phone number or Facebook to send her a message asking what's up. It all turned out fine. We were able to meet and have a lovely dinner. Facebook did come up in our conversation; she stated how she keeps in touch with her past friends and church community on Facebook and is looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday. So, I'm not sure the impact yet, but I think this might be a small problem not being on Facebook.

 Another incident today, when I needed to reach out to someone and didn't have their phone number recorded in my phone or email, the only place I would communicate with her was through Facebook. I have stayed at her place several times in Chicago, and we are very good friends. It just so happens that I would communicate with her only through Facebook. Otherwise, I have no desire to go on Facebook to check out things.

Everything in my life is rich with social activities. I am loving it!

Health Tip: Social Connections

Researchers have found that people without social connections were 2 to 3 times more likely to die younger than those with strong social connections.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: No Facebook Day 10

Didn't think about Facebook all day, too busy.  Had a discussion this evening about my Facebook experience.  I shared this with a small group over a few drinks, that I have been on Facebook since 2004.

As I started telling my story, one person laughed and said, "You know the year?"

Yes, I do know the year, the year I was introduced to Facebook was in 2004, when I took a course on Social Media.  It was back in the day when Social Media was just a word and not many people were even on Facebook.  The course introduced the concept and the several tools that were already designed.  I don't think Twitter was even out yet and those people that could setup accounts on Facebook were university associated people.  In 2005, I taught at the university, filling in for the year for a Professor who was on sabbatical.  I quickly added my students to my site, given that not many of my family or friends even knew about Facebook or even knew of it's existence.  My students quickly accepted my request, given that I was the teacher, they probably thought they 'had' to accept my friend request, knowing in some sense it probably was odd to have a teacher be a friend on their Facebook page.

Eventually, Facebook added exposure, allowing other people beyond the university campus to be on the site, and soon it was opened up to individuals 13 years old and above.  I watched this transition and hick-ups as Facebook was expanding and using their data for marketing and selling products.

For a while there, Facebook was changing it's interface, it seemed almost every 6 months, and their policies were expanding also, causing people to complain.  Facebook had to address legal and compliance issues.

People started asking me to come to conference to speak on Social media topics.  I would share my experiences as a mom, avid user from the beginning of the product and the growth and expansion of user interest.

Soon my extended family were logged in and we started reconnecting in this virtual space, posting pictures, to keep each other updated, sharing short progresses.  I even posted my weekend progress toward my running goal set in 2007, where I wanted to run 25 half marathons in 25 states.  I completed this goal in 2 years to the day, and so many people were 'on-board' with the status updates, journal entries and pictures I posted.  It kept me going in some sense, and led me to complete my goal because I had a small audience on Facebook cheering me on along the way to completion.

After sharing some short stories of how I used Facebook with my colleagues over a couple of drinks, it opened conversation about how others use Facebook.  Some use it for marketing their products and services and they state, that "it would be difficult to not log in."  They find value in watching their close colleagues and product postings, even news interests posted by others, who like me, spend most of their hours on Facebook, posting new articles of interest or awareness topics.  So far, this exposure is being brought to me in news feeds through email and rss feeds, so I remain in the loop on current events and topics.

Today, the focus of me not accessing Facebook was a topic of discussion when a group of us were out chatting socially over a few drinks.

This is the current impact today, for not logging in or accessing Facebook.  Not too shabby, created great conversation with a group of friends.

Health Tip: Optimal Health...

For optimal health it is recommended that you eat 7 to 9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.  A simple
way to get in more fruits and veggies is to have one or two servings with every meal.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: No Facebook Day 9

Where did the time go?  I have been so busy that I missed a day of logging my thoughts related to not being on Facebook.  Now here I am, day 9 without accessing Facebook.  As you can guess, my days have been full of so many things that I did not get a chance to even write on my blog.

Let's see, thoughts related to Facebook.  It hasn't fazed me much, I did change my behavior and called both of my sisters on the phone, to talk rather then sending a message.  I think both were surprised by the call, given that Facebook has been the mode of communication for my family.

I can say, things have opened up, I have more time and am doing more things.  I even brought a book along with me today to read.  Now, THAT has been a while.  I think being on Facebook has consumed my time, and I haven't had an interest in reading.  I've always been an avid reader, probably the person who would readily pick up a book most when growing up.  I would sit in my bedroom for hours reading a Stephen King novel or some other book.  The major thought today, I'm reading again, and it all has to do with me "not" going on Facebook.  I feel like I'm getting my life back.

Other than that, things are good, not much to report today.

Health Tip: Stay healthy by eating right...

Reduce your cancer risk by consuming a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and limit refined, processed foods.  Cancer feeds on sugar.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Health Tip: What's in your Diet

The American Cancer Society and The American Institute of Cancer Research agree that diet contributes significantly to some forms of cancer.  Thirty to forty percent of cancers are directly related to diet.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 7

Is it day 7 without going on Facebook, already?  Huh.  It doesn't seem like a whole week has gone by.

I was at a lunch party yesterday, and reference to Facebook came up several times during the party.  The person of honor at the party brought up how she posted this and that on Facebook the other day, in reference to what she was talking about.  I sometimes wonder if not using Facebook will make me "out of touch" with the rest of the social network.  Or, will I "miss out on some important posts?"

My close friend mentioned how she noticed I wasn't on Facebook for a while, she couldn't pin-point how long, but she did "notice."

And a high school acquaintance who has been following my posts about my "Nate the Dragon" anti-bullying project and my book I wrote with my 8-year-old great nephew.  I received an email from her yesterday, stating "I did try to find you on FB but you disappeared?"  The funny thing is, I really haven't been a part of her life, it seems that she has been a part of mine.  Who knows if she's been following me, I don't know, but, I haven't really been a close friend or even socially get together with her.  So, I am not certain how to respond to this one.

The only concern right now is that our community uses Facebook as an event planning tool, social connection tool and peaking tool.  The areas I might be missing is the event tool and sometimes even when someone "thinks" or even "expects" that I'm on Facebook and that insinuates that I am either following what "they are doing" or think that I am available through that mode of communication.  People aren't use to even using email anymore.  So, I notice they "resort" to email, not even the phone, email, and then when I receive a note through email, the message is short, just like it is when you write a short post on a Facebook wall.

I remember trying this last year, around this same time.  I think I was off Facebook for one month, I think it was during the month of August.  I didn't track my daily thoughts or status, didn't write a blog about it like I am this time.  One thing I did notice, I may have missed out on an important invite to my nieces wedding shower, because when I arrived at her wedding, they made mention about my nieces bouquet of flowers were all designed from her shower.  I was shocked that I wasn't invited or didn't even know about it.  My assumption is that everything was done through Facebook, without an intention for anyone to call me through phone or other modes of communication, like the traditional snail mail, to make me aware of this or even to make sure I could respond to an invite such as this.  This, I notice, can be a problem with social communities expecting or assuming "everyone" uses Facebook.  It's a consideration of risk and family or even community perceptions, judgments and misinterpretations.  Even family disputes and grumbles.  *I am going to tag this one as a problem with Facebook, and then follow up with people to let them know I am no longer on it, so they remember that they need to consider other modes of communication when communicating important events in their lives.  I know I will be the first to stand up and start recognizing this going forward.  (especially when major formal events are coming down the pipeline for me and my family).

I'm not hurting one bit having not used Facebook for seven days, right now anyway.  

Stay tuned!

Health Tip: Our Bodies have voices..

Our bodies have voices.  

They are most often drowned out by the constant babble of the world we create for ourselves, but they are there, waiting, and willing to tell us what they need.  

Most often subtle and quiet, the voices get louder as we refuse to listen. 
~Dr. Judith Petry

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Psychology of social media: Day 6

Funny thing happened last evening, I stopped home in transition to head out to this hilarious "Packer Fan from Outer Space."  My daughter was sitting with her laptop in front, looking at her Facebook (which she only checks once a week just to read her messages).

The first thing I said was, "Is there anything interesting going on out there?"

I stated, "Because I haven't been on for 5 days."

She laughed, "Why are you asking me that, if you are trying not to be on it?"

I realized that I was getting sucked in just by her being on Facebook.

A thought about people on there makes me think about them sometimes.  I realize how I've been able to stay connected with people because they are friends on facebook and if I wouldn't have Facebook, I'm sure I would loose touch.  That is a benefit or not.  I can't tell for now whether this is good or bad; tracking people along the way.

I was riding on the back-seat of the Harley heading to the play in Milwaukee.  Along the way I had thoughts about this, whether I would know that one of my high school friends is getting married tomorrow, or that my high school friend headed to Australia to visit her daughter for 2 weeks.  I also thought about how I would have made a quick post, stating, "Date night with my hubby."  And on my way.

I would be certain to try to capture a picture or two of our date, to post so people knew what the every moment event was captured.  

This morning I started thinking of my business pages and how I am not managing the posts for these.  I had an awesome intern who was managing these for me during the past year, however, her internship is complete now and the pages sit silent.

So far, I'm okay with not going on Facebook, as of Day 6 anyway.

I see myself thinking more about my life, the moment I'm in and capturing experiences, rather than trying to post every moment on Facebook, to make sure someone, if anyone, is really reading the posts to begin with, I say, probably not.  So, what's the point?

This is my Day 6 experience not logging on to Facebook.

Health Tip: Boost your metabolism...

When strength training, mix up the speed of your repetitions.  Slow repetitions will boost your metabolism and are good for toning.  Fast repetitions have cardiovascular and flexibility benefits.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 5

Well, I made it to Day 5 with no Facebook.  Today I thought about it a little, but I have been so busy I haven't had any movement toward taking action to go to the site.  I thought about how I may not be as connected with people.  But, the people that I connected with aren't really in my life now, other than my family and we are just connected naturally.  My sister sent me a note stating she wanted to send me a message on Facebook and couldn't find me there, however, just because one person uses the tool doesn't mean there are other ways to communicate.  The message was received through email and that worked just fine.  The more I'm off Facebook, the more I focus my attention to other things in my life.
I'm feeling good and have to head off to my early morning meeting.  What are your thoughts about not using Facebook, could you do it?

Health Tip: Reduce injury...

Strength training has many benefits such as increased strength of your muscles, tendons and ligaments.  This will reduce your risk for injury and the increased muscle mass will raise your metabolism and make it easier to maintain a healthy body weight.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 4

It's day 4, without social media.  I have to admit, I've been crazy busy and not on the computer much, so I haven't thought much about social media or Facebook until now.  There are times when I think about how not being connected will make me miss out on the action.  Then I stop to think, action, what action? Surfing on Facebook doesn't put me in action, in fact, I am in-action.

So far so good, only typed Fa once in the URL, then realized it was just a habit.

I've noticed a difference in my family interactions.  We are talking more, laughing more and eating great food at dinner more.  I like this.  Life is good.  What a shift!

Health Tip: High Quality Nutritious Food...

Food can be like a powerful drug.  It can have a chemical affect on our body and alter our emotional state.  To keep your mind clear and body in balance, eliminate foods high in refined sugar and unhealthy fats and replace with high quality nutritious food.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 3

It's day 3 and I find myself thinking about how things were in the past, before I would get on Social Media Sites to peruse around and look at peoples pages and pictures.  I find myself now, going back to writing a long elusive e-mail to my friend.  This is what I did before, sharing what has happened in my life right now and what I'm dealing with.  Things I would find myself posting to the world in short 5 to 10 word snippets.  Not that anyone even read my posts, who knows, I didn't get any responses or comments from people.  I remember finding myself getting up in the morning, while on facebook, and instead of getting up and going running, I would go directly to my computer and look at facebook, before I knew it, an hour passed me by and I didn't feel like getting out there to run, walk or anything else active.  Wow, what a slouch!  I had to get this post in because my days are filled up to the brim and wanted to let you know where I was at without using facebook.  I have to head out to yoga now.  Thank you for following along with my progress.  I'll keep you posted the best I can.  I love being back in my life again!

Health Tip: Humming...

A study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that humming increases gas exchange in the nasal sinuses.  Humming holds more oxygen as you exhale which makes each breath more efficient in oxygenating your blood.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: Day 2

It is day 2 and I have to admit, I'm not missing Facebook.  I have more things on my plate and I'm getting things done, spending time laughing at the small stuff with my family and enjoying the luxury of time.  I went to  Hot (Bikram) Yoga this morning. I considered the thought of missing learning the tid-bits about people's lives, with whom I really never relate to or have contact with for over 30 years, since high school.  So, I brushed the thought of this out of my mind and set my intention for knowledge and love, looking forward, ensuring I focus on this intention each moment today.  

These are my second-day thoughts of not using Facebook today.

Health Tip: Celebrate your successes...

Often we tend to focus on what is not working or what is wrong in our lives.  Start to celebrate your successes no matter how small and notice how your focus changes to what is working and what is good in your life.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Psychology of Social Media: There is something to be said...

Psychology of Social Media: As I watch people, there is something to be said about going your own way and not with the norm.

Things sure have shifted in how I live my life since 2004, this is when social media tools were introduced in my life.  I remember logging into Facebook for the first time, only college students had access and nobody of my age was on it.  As I was studying social media in a course I was taking for my doctoral studies, I watched my advisor strongly state that Social Media is something he is studying because this is going to be the next trend.  I couldn't really understand it at the time, because I was developing dynamic websites for companies and didn't see the  impact people might see as value.  Why would someone want to capture all of their information in a website that hosted a SQL server database.  Well, I was oblivious, but maintained my Facebook (and other Social Media) accounts, watching, exploring and even documenting the social interactions that my teenage daughter (at the time) and I had as she was setting up and using her accounts on My Space and then gradually moving to Facebook.  At 24, she doesn't really use Facebook much, even though she was instrumental as an intern getting a fortune 100 setup and using  Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter for their clients and human resources.  

I read this quote today, it states, "You never know when an act will start a ripple effect towards making someone feel special."  Facebook has made a ripple effect negatively in many people's lives.  A colleague got divorced because of Facebook, his wife reconnected with an old high school friend and they started developing a relationship which caused her to separate from her spouse.  My close friend, who doesn't use Facebook much, lost a relationship because several men posted something on her wall and he got jealous.  And so on.  People can 'read into' something that isn't truly depicted in a typed 5 word sentence.

There's a commercial on television that shows a twenty-something year old sitting at her laptop talking about how her parents only have 60 friends, when she has over 650 friends on Facebook, while the parents are out on their bicycles trail-riding with a group of friends.   Where is this world going?  I find myself stuck, surfing on Facebook when I realize an full hour has passed, not realizing the time got away from me.  My life is passing before my eyes and I don't even realize it because of Social Media.  Facebook doesn't depict what or who I am.  Why am I expecting it to depict others lives?  It doesn't show the truth about people's lives.  My life is much richer outside of Facebook, so I ask myself, why am I on it?

These are the reasons:
- because I find events to attend that I can't find in the newspaper,
- people like reading my daily Health Tip Posts,
- to keep my business pages up to date, and
- I post my workouts (not really a big reason why I stay on it).

I am setting a new challenge for myself, starting right now, 8:00 AM, I am cutting off from Facebook.  Let's see how long it lasts.  I will blog post my feelings, tendencies, reactions and concerns without having Facebook as a presence in my life.

Let's see how it goes.

Health Tip: Improve Circulation...

Cold showers have many benefits such as, improving circulation, better looking skin and healthier hair, and they can energize and invigorate you.  The best way to take a cold shower is to start with lukewarm water and then reduce the water temperature slowly and spend the last few minutes of your shower in cool to cold water.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Breaking the Ice...

In honor of contributions, I was asked to fill in a few blanks...Here goes:

When I'm felling blue I imagine myself...enjoying a Harley motorcycle ride with my husband on the country roads, riding around lakes, ponds and stopping at small-town ice cream parlors for treats and then head out to the outdoor trail for a long walk!

My dream job would involve...what I do right now, and even bigger!  Speaking to large audiences about my stories, dreams and revelations, writing my stories in books and songs, and producing movies on film!  Coaching executives and people who want to transition their careers and lives to something new and different (this, btw, has been my favorite!!!)

My personality can be summed up as...curious, creative, inspiring, gutsy, serious, accepting, and authentic.  (*I love people who are fun to lift our spirits)

I wish I understood why I...doubt myself and stop when things, in my mind, seem to be headed nowhere.

I need to learn how to...slow down.

I always get stressed out by...injustice and people being rude in public.

I'm often puzzled by...how people's attitudes in our world landed where it is today, I would love to see people be more respectful like in the 60's and 70's.

The best thing you can do for any relationship is...give it time, space, trust, respect and, most importantly, stay curiously engaged!

Health Tip: Simplify Your life...

To reduce stress and gain energy, simplify your life.  Begin today to eliminate unnecessary activities and clutter that complicate your lifestyle and takes up your precious free time.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Yoga Chatra

Check out this Yoga Chatra page, I'm liking it so far. http://yogachatra.wordpress.com/

14 Fat Burning Foods

Hot Peppers
Greek Yogurt
Green Tea

Health Tip: Energy not depleted ....

Many people are having their energy depleted because they feel they should be doing something that they are not. Eliminate should from your vocabulary and replace it with goals and an action plan to create what you want.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

Health Tip: Different Exercise Routine...

Looking for a different exercise routine? Consider active martial arts such as Karate, Kung Fu, Judo or Kick Boxing. These are great for developing flexibility, muscle toning and cardiovascular conditioning.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Recipe for today: Ranch Chicken Tacos

“Turn leftover chicken into kid-friendly ranch chicken tacos. Corn tortillas are filled with shredded chicken, your favorite taco fixings, and a creamy sour cream ranch dressing.” http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ranch-Chicken-Tacos/Detail.aspx?ms=1&prop25=87790133&prop26=DailyDish&prop27=2012-07-05&prop28=DailyRecipe&prop29=FullRecipe&me=1

Yoga Diety

Check out this awesome Social Media Page. Yoga Diety

Health Tip: Did you know high blood pressure...

Health Tip: Did you know high blood pressure makes you 12 times more likely to have a stroke and 6 times more likely to suffer a heart attack? You can lower your blood pressure by following a healthy lifestyle, such as exercising, eating a healthy balanced diet and lowering your salt intake.