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Never Drink Cold Tea Again

Let me guess – this has happened to you.

You’ve made a cup of tea or coffee, then got so absorbed in your work and it went cold. Right?

Or found that there’s a small window of time when your drink is at perfect drinking temperature and then you miss it and keep running back to the microwave.

This has been my reality and it drives me nuts. It’s so unproductive.  

I absolutely HATE drinking cold tea!

Ok fine – it’s a minor inconvenience, but it’s also one I don’t have to deal with anymore.

This past Christmas my parents bought me one of my favorite gifts ever – the Ember cup!

The idea is that it allows you to keep your drink at the precise temperature that you set.

No more cold teas!

I know it seems kind of crazy to spend $80 bucks on a mug but I’m telling you it’s been a game changer for me.

I’m much more productive actually because I’m not always running back and forth to the microwave. And it makes me happy to drink tea at the perfect temperature. It makes the experience that much more joyful.

I’m spoiled for all other tea cups!

If I could change one thing I would prefer a slightly less plain cup. I’m a sucker for a pretty tea cup. And sometimes the app is a little wonky. You use it to time how long your tea will steep and what temperature you’d like to maintain.

But I’ll overlook it all for a cup that stays a perfect 137 degrees. The Ember cup also comes as a travel mug as well.

Rest is the New Hustle

Rest is the new hustle (1)I’m back in action!  Well mostly…and more slowly but I’m back.

Thank you for your patience while I disappeared from my blog and social media and basically the world to recuperate after my appendix burst.

Ever have one of those experiences where you know it’s changing your life — right as it’s happening?

But you’re just not totally clear on how it will alter you in the end?

I guess that happens with big life experiences like getting married and having kids.  But turns out — it also happens when your health is on the line.  Something that until this point, I’ve had no experience with.

I thought I had food poisoning at the end of January.  But I’ve had food poisoning before and I’d never had such intense stomach pains with it.  But I just figured it would go away.  

It didn’t and I ended up in the emergency room with a ruptured appendix!  Boy was that painful.

Apparently this doesn’t happen a lot anymore because people get to the hospital well before this tiny organ has a chance to explode. Read more

4 Rituals to Have a Productive Day

mountain-918637_640I’m a procrastinator by heart, so in order to make sure I get everything done — I force myself into a routine.

I always wake up at the same time and stand in the same spot on the subway platform — to ensure I take the quickest route. These little things help make my day more productive.

Yes – getting to know where the doors are going to stop on the platform only saves me one minute or so everyday. But it makes me feel like my commute is going faster. Which puts me in a good mood and helps to kick start my day.

Here are some other little ways you can ensure you’ll have a productive day:

Make Your Bed – I know, I know I sound like your Mom. But taking a few minutes in the morning to make your bed look nice doesn’t just give you that feel- good, post clean up feeling. It gives you something to look forward to coming home to!  And it’s the first thing you can check off your to-do list for the day – getting your momentum going.  Read more

9 Instant Ways to Boost Your Mood Now

110934543-47839132b0ded77208641b8166753a2f_6edfbeI’m generally a positive person, but I have my off days like everybody else. They don’t happen very often because take supplements that can help keep me positive (if you’re interested in this then check out these l-phenylalanine benefits) but even with these supplements, I have my down days.

When we’re feeling down or a little sluggish we tend to go a bit slower, and we’re more likely to put off important tasks. There’s nothing wrong with being sad from time to time – as we learned from the movie Inside Out (how cute are those characters?) But sometimes you need a quick pick me up to get your day going again.

Here are some ways I make my day better instantly:

1. Dance it out – Solo-dance parties can be the best, it’s all about you and the music. No one can judge your dance moves, no matter how crazy. So put on your favorite track and get moving.

2. Keep a gratitude journal – Remind yourself of what you’re thankful for! It’s easy to get caught up in things and forget at times, but many studies have found that those who are grateful for what they have feel a higher sense of happiness than those who do not. I make a habit of writing in my gratitude journal every night. Read more

Eliminate Small Annoyances to Boost Productivity

1_525527379346252552737934a0We all experience them, those little everyday things that get in our way.

But you deal with them even when they set you back.  I do it too.

I’m sent tons of magazines and books at work and they are good resources for story ideas.  However they take up so much space.

I keep them on my desk because I always plan on looking at them.  But in the end they just get in my way and slow me down and create clutter.

They topple over onto my keyboard.

They spill onto my notes and pencil and often I can’t find what I’m looking for — but there they are…under that stack of magazines.

So why don’t I just move them!  Right?   We’ll it’s a lot easier said than done.  These types of irritants are only slightly annoying so we let them slide.   Read more