Family

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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How Do You Like To Do It?

So I ran across this interesting post from a blog I love to follow (The Art of Manliness). No, I’m not a man, but his stuff is great, on point and universally applicable in most cases. He also has a lot of guest contributors.  I would love your opinions … weigh in … do you prefer group exercise or going it alone?  Hmmmm, or maybe just one on one with a buddy ? Do you believe in an accountability partner?  Do tell.

 

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This is a slideshow of various fitness pictures … me, my family, friends …

throughout the past couple of years, maybe 3 years or so.  I’ve lost track.  

It just shows a wide variety of activities I have done, alone and/or with people.

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yogaoutfitAs for me, my personal favorite is exercising (or just fun fitness) with my family.  My family fitness regime definitely includes my kids.  Just check out the slideshow above to see some examples.  That is not always possible, of course.  I love group exercise classes too.  I especially Body Pump and sometimes Yoga.  I would love to have a buddy or accountability partner, but I fear I do not really have one of those at the present moment.  Presently accepting applications for such, tee hee.
I will say; however, I do not mind exercising alone, at all.  Sometimes it can even be quite therapeutic.  I know a lady, in one of my fitness groups (and she’s a friend) – who does what she calls ‘angry running’.  She is going through a divorce, and when she gets irritated or frustrated, she uses that to push her and power her on the pavement or the dreadmill.  She calls the treadmill Satan’s Sidewalk which I find hilarious.
Basically, I like variety.  I do not think I would do well if I only exercised alone, at home.  I need interaction. I need people.  Not everyone is wired that way though, and that is okay. The main thing is to figure out what works for YOU, and then … ya know … DO IT.  So let me hear from you.  I love to hear your thoughts.
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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Advice From a Farmer

farmeradviceBack in 2013, I posted a meme on my ‘fan’ page back about an old farmer and his advice. Much to my surprise it has been shared over 32,000 times and has nearly 1,000 comments, and it still gets traction, present day, in 2017.  This blows my mind.  You never know what will go viral and what people will appreciate.  This leads me to the conclusion that I must put this wise and sage advice into a blog post. So here we go.

Old Farmer’s Advice:

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.  Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Which one is your favorite?  What would you add?  Now my biggest question is which tractor picture is better, the old man or me? Can I get so lucky as to have this blog post go viral like that meme did? At any rate; you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.  Yes, people, I was raised in a hay field (for the most part).

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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Name That Dragon

What is the thing that holds you back?  What is that elephant in the room that you refuse to acknowledge?  Who is your nemesis?  Is it you?  Is it fear?  Is it anxiety?  What will it take to slay this dragon?  Well first, you have to name the thing.

Once you name your dragon, then you can slay that sucker.  Admitting the silly beast exists is half the battle, yes?  Or admitting that it does NOT exist so you can move past it – that is also progress, my friends.

Once upon a time, I could not hurl my big butt into an inner tube … you know the kind you float in water and enjoy?  Even though I am now much smaller and know that I am capable of such a thing, there is still this twinge of anxiety that is residual from the days of obesity.

Last week I had the pleasure of going on a mini road trip with my three sons.  We went to this huge spring fed pool, that had little fish in there and everything.  Some of the water was 25 feet deep.  This place had a high dive, whoa … and inner tubes.   So what was a mama to do in this situation?  Well, this mama got her butt into an inner tube and also managed to jump off the high dive, that’s what.  You know what else?  I loved doing it even more than I thought I would.

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Life is good when you name your dragons so they can be slain.   I named mine Rubbish … since my fear of not fitting into the tube was pure rubbish.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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PS:  Here is a quick shot of me going off the high dive, photo courtesy of my son Thomas.

 

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Lessons From a Baby

Granted my ‘baby’ is now seven years old, he started out as a newborn/infant/toddler … you get the idea.  Thanks to the Facebook ‘memories’ feature, I found something I wrote back when he was a baby.  I thought I’d share it here.  Still applies, indeed.

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Lessons to be learned from my baby:

1. He only eats when he is hungry.
2. He stops eating when he is full.
3. He is willing to try new foods.
4. He takes naps 🙂
5. If he can’t get thru one way, he finds another way.
6. If he falls down, he gets up.
7. He’s not afraid to get messy.
8. He walked before he ran.
9. He loves to laugh.
10. He loves adventure.

So maybe you can apply these lessons to your present every-day ADULT life.  Or not, your call.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

PS:  This is baby James, present day, age seven.

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