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About HealthyHabitLady

Aiming for a long, happy, healthy life ... one habit at a time.

Words

The most important words we will ever utter are those words we say to ourselves, about ourselves, when we are by ourselves….

God spoke the world into existence.

J.K. Rowling spoke the world of Harry Potter into existence.

What are you speaking into existence?

Words mean things.

Thoughts lead to actions.

Reading and watching and immersing yourself into something leads to your thoughts.

Control your input to control your output.

My son drew this picture below for me.  I am a horrible domestic engineer and honestly rarely sweep (kids do that).  Thus,  I have no idea why there is a broom in my hands,  but I love how he drew a cell phone to my ear.  I clearly speak a lot of words, ALL of the time. Yes, I can be chatty.  Especially during placement season working our foreign exchange student program. Spring and Summer are always super busy for me matching kids from around the world with volunteer host families.  It is my hope and sincere intention that the words we speak to these kids, in our homes, enrich and add to their experiences, as much as they add to and enrich OUR lives in the process.

Who can you speak life to today?  Who can you encourage?
Even if it is yourself.  Do it.

Carry On ~ Be vigilant. Keep the faith.

 

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As Always, Make Champion Choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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Just Ask…

It’s not “YOU”.  You know that, right?

I’ve been in business for myself, and/or in some sort of sales or recruiting for over 15 years now. I have cultivated friends and relationships around the world. Remember this: Whether it is a new client or a new friend, you cannot say the wrong thing to the right person ~ and you cannot say the right thing to the wrong person.

It doesn’t matter if you are trying to make a sale, recruit a volunteer host family or even get a date … the only way to mess it up is to not say anything at all.  Just Ask!

Some folks will be your people and some folks will NOT be your people. Some belong in your tribe, some do not.  It’s never personal.  Really, it’s not.  It boils down to whatever frequency people are living on. One is not better than; or less than, another. They are just different.

Now it may sound like hocus pocus hogwash hooey to you, but think of life like this.  We are all basically an energy frequency. Some vibrations match and some do not. Let’s say you are a “square peg” and you are trying to fit into a “round hole.” You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole.  That is not a match.   Such is the same if you are expending your energy into activities that do not align with your core values.

Have you ever absolutely been crushing on someone and they did not return your interest? Ever been disappointed because you thought you and someone hit it off and would be great friends, and they disappear, or blow you off?  Remember my dear – you can be the best, sweetest peach of all the peaches, but that person of interest might prefer oranges. It’s not you, it’s just not a match.  No biggie.  It’s never personal.

Sometimes your success is dependent more on courage than anything else, but maybe courage is just your level of understanding. After all  — there is no real danger in asking, but we get so scared of failing like there is some sort of danger in being rejected. Edison had to disqualify 10,000 ways it didn’t work first, before he got it right.

So what are you doing right now?  Are you spinning your wheels, making progress, falling backwards or what? What holds you back?  What makes you stagnant? What scares you half to death? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, you should. Ask yourself these things. Seriously, just ask.

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

 

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Explore The World, Without Leaving Home

Well everybody knows I am all about healthy habits.  One healthy habit I have had since 2003 is hosting and working with high school foreign exchange students.  Yes, I have willing brought in teenagers from other countries into my home and let them live with me for anywhere between a few months to 12 months.  I have hosted kids from Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Mongolia, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Korea.  Let me tell you, it has been wondering raising my own children to embrace cultural diversity.  They have broken bread with, traveled with and lived with people from all parts of the globe who know other languages, have different religions, practice different customs, celebrate different holidays, and so on and so forth.

You know what else is awesome?  You can participate in this amazing experience as well. My day-job is Regional Director for a non-profit organization called Face The World. This is something I am very passionate about.  I just love being a cheerleader for these kids and families and help making dreams come true, while forging lifelong relationships across the Globe.

Here are some photos of various foreign exchange students that I have had the pleasure to know.

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Right now, we are accepting Host Family applications and have limited school slots across the U.S.This is such a wonderful program and experience for your family. I would love to share this opportunity and let you know about our program. We have been able to host over a dozen students in our home and it has changed our lives for good. Please share this post and contact me for more information. Families provide a loving home and meals for the year. Students come with their own spending money and Insurance. Students are age 15-18.

Thank You for considering helping a students dream come true by opening up your heart and home and making a difference. LET’S BRING THE WORLD HOME! And remember, SHARING is a healthy habit!  Email me anytime:  hostingisfun@gmail.com

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

Interesting post … read the whole thing.

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If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.

On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.

Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.

If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.

Knowing what I know about airport security, I’m

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Longevity Woman?

On this day in history back in 1974 – a show called “Wonder Woman” debuted on television and I was about 5 years old. It was very popular. Even then, at that young age – I remember thinking that Wonder Woman was SO beautiful and I wanted to look just like her. I wanted to be WONDER WOMAN…and not just for Halloween. I remember my mother being shocked by her outfit. I guess in this day and age fewer mothers would be shocked. Ahhhh, the media hype sending such messages to young girls, even back then – to be perfect, to be beautiful, to show off your cleavage. I SO very much wanted to be her when I grew up.

 

Now some may argue that as a grown-up mother of four who runs a household of 7, works for myself and keeps up with way too much laundry … that I may indeed have achieved my Wonder Woman status … but alas, I do not look anything remotely like her, and I shall not be wearing any such costume, not even to the beach (maybe Halloween, yet I somehow doubt that).

 

 

Others may argue that I pose my Wonder Woman pose so much in photos that I am indeed secretly still longing to be her.  No, not really.  I just never know what to do with my arms. Truth be told, I still am slightly uncomfortable having my picture taken a lot; but I do it anyway.  Largely because people ask me to keep posting selfies and photos showing that I am maintaining the weight loss.  Also, so my kids will have tons of pics of their mom being active and doing stuff … not couch surfing.  Sometimes I think I’ll stop posting pictures so much on social media, for fear of appearing vain or attention seeking.  Then, without fail, some random person I never even knew was paying attention, will message me with an uplifting message and encourage me to carry on.  So I do.  Now if some people find me vain or attention seeking, that’s fine.  They can ‘un-follow’.  No biggie.  And you know what, that’s okay. I like me, as is. I am a work in progress of course – constantly learning and striving to be healthier.  If I manage to motivate someone, somewhere, to make better habits, get their kids active, enjoy nature, whatever … it’s worth a few nay-sayers or haters. Truly.

 

 

I wonder how many pictures I can find of me in my ‘Wonder Woman’ pose.  Just for kicks, or for your amusement, I’ll post a few here.  You have my permission to laugh at me or make fun of me.  Truly, my skin is thick.  These pics are in random order and some are current and some were during my weight loss journey.

 

 

I no longer have a desire to be wonder woman, I’m thinking I want to be longevity woman! Despite how I often pose in pics.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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