Make the Most Out of Your Life Today

Oh my goodness! My challenge is going better than anticipated!

People are sharing, being honest, and even offering wisdom to others they don’t even know.

Wow!

I’m blessed to have a wonderful group of clients and friends who care about each other, making their lives better, and moving in a positive direction to do their best in all areas of their lives.

I can’t wait to continue on and see what growth and results we have by May 1st!

We just started, so it’s not too late to join. Visit the “Step It Up” Challenge page to read more details & sign up – you still can – but TODAY’S the last day!!

Today, in the group, we are listing our goals we want to achieve by the end of the 30 days.

This is our motto for all 30 days (below) – reaching for our personal best!

Reach to do your Make the Most Out of Your Life Today

You can sign up for all the groups in the world, memberships, programs, and even buy products, but if you aren’t willing to get the most out of it and apply what you learn, what’s the point?


Here are some ways you can get the most out of whatever you have signed up for:


1. Invest SOMETHING Into It

Regarding my challenge, it’s free, however, participants are spending their time in the group to absorb the information and establish new relationships and nurture old ones.

Money is a good investment, too – paying for something, especially it’s real value, makes you cherish and take care of it more.

Imagine buying an antique table. You would make sure no one leaves a sweaty glass on it to avoid rings. You would dust it often and maybe even apply a substance to the top of it to help preserve the wood.

So, why would something of value that increases your skills, knowledge, and wisdom be any different? Those things should be valued more than stuff any day.

If you have invested time and/or money, make sure you make the most of the experience and get all you can out of it!


2. Absorb as Much as You Can From It

Did you know we only retain a small fraction of what we read and hear? Einstein, a genius, only retained 13%!

If that’s the case, how much information do you think you absorb after reading a book for the first time?

What about a training DVD?

What about that audio mp3 that was supposed to help you lose weight?

To get the most out of our investments into our personal growth, we need to revisit them often.


3. Add the Program to Your Schedule

We take time for things that matter to us. If you have invested into something, you need to invest yourself, as well.

You can’t learn from something that sits on the shelf and collects dust.

I have so many training materials I’ve invested in, it would probably take me 6 months to a year to fully get through them all and learn actionable steps from each. Could you imagine how many years from now it would be before I worked through them all if I had the attitude of “ah, I’ll just get to it when I can get to it?” That’s just crazy. It’s like saying “I’ll do it tomorrow” and tomorrow never comes.

Plan to use your investment each and every day… until you have totally exhausted it.

Will this take you away from other things? Yes. However, you chose to participate for a reason. What was it? Determine TODAY what you will get out of it and take the steps to add working through it onto your calendar.

Be sure not to fill that time with anything else. Make it a priority.

It’s not too late to join my challenge group and make something great out of your life in April!! Sign up before the doors are closed!

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JessBio200 Make the Most Out of Your Life TodayJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Make the Most Out of Your Life Today

What the Candy Crush App Taught Me About Life

If you have a smartphone or Facebook and haven’t heard of Candy Crush yet, I’m a bit shocked. It seems like everyone is playing it.

Of course, it’s also one of those “new car” syndromes – I didn’t notice people were playing until after I started playing – like when you get a new Honda and all of a sudden, that’s the only car you see on the road. You never noticed them before!

Anyway, if you’ve ever played Candy Crush, you know that there are just some stinkin’ tough levels to beat… like when you have 7 moves to get 6 cherries down to the bottom. I mean, come on!!

CandyCrush What the Candy Crush App Taught Me About LifeWhen you get to the end of those levels, you get a message that pops up that says (unless of course you beat it the first time!) “Level failed! You did not reach the goal.” (For a split second there, I thought I was actually going to win while doing my research for this portion of the article!!)

Wow – what a great thing you hear – “YOU FAILED!!!” all thrown in your face. “You didn’t make it!” “You didn’t reach the goal!” “You’re not cut out for this!” “You’re a failure! A reject! You might as well give up now!

I don’t know about you, but the first time I read that, I thought, “Wow! That was harsh… and hurts just a little bit.” What about you? Come on… I know you felt like a failure, too, when you read it the first time.

How dare a game make us feel like failures? After all, don’t we have enough of that with other parts of our lives?

One thing I learned about myself while playing this game is that after seeing that response the second and third time, I felt something rise up in me to fight it. To take on the challenge. To somehow PROVE to this game that I was, in fact, good enough. I am smart enough. I CAN win this thing. And I’m going to show you! (of course, said as snobbily as possible)

The truth is, though, it’s a perfect metaphor for life. How many times do we have not just the opportunity to fail, but for it to be rubbed in our faces, by others around us, through public embarrassment, etc.? How many times are we given the chance to agree with the statement and totally lose heart, lose interest, and just quit?

But is that what you are called to? Is that what your life is supposed to look like? Mine isn’t, and I know that. That’s what I felt rise up in me to say, “Hey, I’m better than this and I CAN do this!

We need to look at failures as a blessing to 1) start over and be better than the last time and 2) strengthen our skills and learn for ways to change our previous behavior and actions so we get a different outcome the next time.

I love John Maxwell’s book, Failing Forward. The title alone says enough.

Far too often we allow thoughts to creep in or opinions of others knock us down and even drag us out of the fight. But what if you are supposed to win? Are you just going to let your slip up pull you completely out of fighting for your “win?”

I hope not.

You have far too much going for you.

There are things to do that only you can do.

Learn from your mistakes. Grow from your failures. Change what needs to be changed. And if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

… then come back and tell me how it went – I’d love to hear your story and encouragement for everyone reading this!

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JessBio200 What the Candy Crush App Taught Me About LifeJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

What the Candy Crush App Taught Me About Life

Finding Motivation with a Dream Board… and Nightmare Board

I recently sat through a webinar that, in one section, touched on how to motivate yourself. I get this question a lot actually, when it comes to fitness goals and just maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I thought it was very interesting when the speaker suggested not just making a “Dream Board” but making a “Nightmare Board,” as well. She personally feels motivation MORE from the Nightmare Board than her Dream Board.

Pain can sometimes push us more than pleasure.

These are boards of rewards and living the dream life versus what would happen if you didn’t work, didn’t earn any money, and had nothing to show for your life or time on this planet. What would your life spiral into? That’s the “Nightmare Board.”

Well, thanks to Pinterest, my “boards” can be more easily put together than I thought.

Are you on pinterest yet? Have you gotten totally sucked into the pinning maddness?

I have to admit, when I first got an account on pinterest (which I avoided for months!), I stayed off of it as much as possible because I didn’t want to get sucked into the vortex of it taking over my time and life.

However, after sitting through a few webinars specifically about it and what all it can do, I think it’s a very, VERY cool concept. And I also learned strategic ways of using it, but not sitting on it for hours.

DreamBoard 300x242 Finding Motivation with a Dream Board... and Nightmare BoardSo, needless to say, now that I am on pinterest, I will be building out both my Dream Board and Nightmare Board (may keep this one secret!!) on there since it’s so easy to use. I can pin from pinterest directly or with my “pin it” button I’ve installed on my browser toolbar when I see a cool site.

How exciting… you get to see the very first picks for my Dream Board! Hawaii made my first 2 pins!!

In all of this, I’ve determined I’m going to be extremely selective. I don’t just pin everything. I pin what really speaks to me.

This should be interesting…

Have you ever used Pinterest for Dream Boards? Have you ever considered making a “Nightmare Board?” This webinar was the first I’d heard of one, but can see how they could be just as beneficial as Dream Boards. Do you plan on making one for yourself now?

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JessBio200 Finding Motivation with a Dream Board... and Nightmare BoardJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Finding Motivation with a Dream Board… and Nightmare Board

Resolutions Are For Wimps

Happy New Year!!

We all rang in the new year last night by either watching the ball drop, partying with friends, snuggling with our kids, hanging out at church, or praying, like I did.

It’s an exciting time. Each new year, we have the opportunity to be better, live better, work harder, and achieve more.

We have the chance to change the things we didn’t like about 2012 and move into greater things in 2013.

It’s a clean slate. A fresh start.

The beginning of something wonderful… if we let it.

How do we get to that something wonderful? By making resolutions, of course!

What is a resolution anyway? Dictionary.com has one definition as “a resolve or determination” – very good definition for how the new year starts off.

We are determined to change things, lose weight, get a better job, work harder, relax more – many, MANY resolutions are made for January.

However, why is it that we tend to lose our “determination” after just a month?

We put in some time, some effort, some abilities, but when we hit a snag, we tend to throw in the towel and say “Forget it! This year is just going to be like the last.”

Why do we do that? Because in our minds and hearts, deep down, we really haven’t set a firm foundation for determination, for resolve, for standing firm. We have somehow allowed a way of giving up in our minds even before we start.

New Year’s Resolutions are for wimps because most of us give up on them before we even start. Instead of making it about the new year, let’s make it about a better life.

Some ways you can do that are…

…by making life-long goals, not just those that last a month.

…by setting your goals with measurable, attainable milestones.

…working on a 6-month goal, and break down the steps into monthly “to-do’s.”

…determining in your heart, mind, and spirit that nothing is going to keep you away from reaching your goals. Review them often to encourage yourself to continue to step toward them.

Let’s stand firm this ENTIRE year, not just for a month. Become a resolute person. Be strong. Take charge of your life. Determine to make ALL of 2013 great!

Let’s put the true definition to our resolutions this year and make it our best year yet!!

One of the best ways to reach your goals is by sharing them with others. When you have someone else asking you how it’s going, you are more likely to make it happen! Share your 2013 goals in the comments – I’d love to hear!!

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JessBio200 Resolutions Are For WimpsJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Health is a Choice

As soon as our eyes open in the morning, we are making choices – when to get out of bed, what to wear, which car to drive, which route to take to work, etc. We also have to choose whether or not to eat breakfast (you know… that most important meal of the day that many skip right over), what to eat, how much to eat, etc.

The same thing happens with exercise – what to do, how much to do, when to do it.

We all have plenty of choices in this life we live. Some seem less significant that others (and probably are) and some seem enormous and affect our very existance.

It’s very clear to me where most Americans place their health choices. They think that each choice of what they eat, when they eat it, how much they eat, if they exercise, when, where, how, etc., etc., etc., has nothing to do with the outcome of their physical abilities to be active, their mental alertness, their lack of symptoms, and so on.

People just don’t realize what’s normal anymore and why some choices they are making are causing not only them, but their kids, to suffer needlessly.

Let me tell you a story about me.

I’ve always had a really good memory and been able to figure most everything I put my mind to out. I have been able to self-teach myself computer language code, as well as many other things. However, several years ago, I got what I would call “brain fog” for lack of a better term. It was bizarre. I couldn’t think as clearly as I once did. I couldn’t remember things from just days prior. It was very unlike me.

However, it took me awhile to realize there was even an issue. The “fog” settled in so slowly that I hardly noticed it was there. I just kept living my life, knowing I was struggling a bit, but never stopping to figure out what the problem was.

We were gluten free and ate fairly healthy already… so I thought.

Then it happened.

Have you ever had a moment in time – an epiphany, an “ah ha” moment as Oprah called it – that you knew something would change your life drastically?

Mine was reading Alissa Cohen’s book Living on Live Food. What an eye opener! It made total, logical sense to me (I’m a very logical thinker), and I, literally, put it into practice the very next day.

The premise of the book is about eating living, raw foods, their benefits to the human body, and MANY raw recipes in the last half of the 1+ inch thick book.

I wrote my list. Went to the store. Bought my first round of foods for several raw meals. To be honest, some were great and some were amazingly awful. However, I stuck with it, tweaked, tried new, and came up with several meals we LOVED eating… including my kids.

Eventually, I ended up being about 97% raw.

Then one day it hit me – I was sleeping 6 hours a night and feeling GREAT. I had absolutely no more brain fog. I was remembering everything I needed to – could recall it in an instant. It was total mental clarity.

I was happy, healthy, and radiant. My teeth got whiter. My eyes got brighter. My complexion changed. It was amazing!

Looking back on it, I was so shocked that I hadn’t realized what trouble my body was having until I fixed it.

Just like when I started really exercising about 1 1/2 years ago… I didn’t realize I was getting so winded just walking up the stairs until I didn’t anymore. I remember the turning point being one day over at my sister’s house, playing in the backyard with my kids and nieces and nephews. I must have been running for 30 minutes straight – kicking balls, tossing balls, carrying kids, etc. Not once did I get winded or needed to stop. I felt like I could have kept going for hours! It was incredible.

What was even more interesting to me was that I didn’t realize I was in that bad of shape until I was in good shape. Weird how that works.

So, what does this have to do with you? Stop and evaluate your life, right now. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Do it today.

Do you have headaches a lot? Do you have stomach pain? Are you not remembering or thinking clearly, like you once did? Are you struggling to make it through the day because you are so tired? I ask these things because they all happened to me and it took me awhile to realize I needed to do something about it. And that those symptoms are just that – symptoms of a greater problem – either of a lack of nutrients, exercise, etc.

Don’t wait another day. Take action today. Health is a choice. It’s daily picking up the right foods to eat and choosing to move our bodies instead of sit.

If you need help, I’m here for you. I’m not an expert, but I’m a mom of four who has seen and felt miraculous changes in health by just implementing a few, simple steps. Let me help you! Contact me TODAY!

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JessBio200 Health is a ChoiceJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Health is a Choice