#249 Nurture a Houseplant

Instead of investing a lot of money of large mature plants, start small and enjoy the satisfaction of watching them grow. If a plant starts to drop leaves…

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#249

Nurture a houseplant

Do you have a green thumb? I know some people who have such a prolific way with plants that their home resembles a greenhouse. However, I often find myself talking to people who profess that they can’t grow anything at all. In truth, the whole concept of a ‘green thumb’ is a myth. Growing plants is simple science and with the internet at our fingertips – information on how to keep anything alive is right at our fingertips.

Why houseplants?

The presence of houseplants in our home increases the amount of oxygen available for us to breathe. Plants use the carbon-dioxide we exhale and create oxygen for us to use. Additionally, they produce a bit of humidity, making the air we breathe soothing on our airways.

Plants clean air of toxins and make a home ‘homier’. In research studies, people in hospitals healed faster when plants were part of their environment. In another, workers in office environments that included plants demonstrated higher levels of concentration and proficiency. Plants, it seems, are good for our health in more ways than one.

Easy Options

Time published an article this spring detailing the 15 most common houseplants and easy care tips. Watering too much or too little is really the key and keeping track of which plant takes how much and how often.

Look through the list and pick a few that require similar care. I’ve made the mistake of having some that need water weekly and others that need to dry out completely in between waterings. I would walk around and water them all at the same time not paying attention to what they really needed. There was a bit of self selection… those that didn’t get what they needed – or too much of it… died off.

Start Small

Instead of investing a lot of money of large mature plants, start small and enjoy the satisfaction of watching them grow. If a plant starts to drop leaves, use the internet to determine an appropriate course of action. Experiment a little with water and sunlight based on the conditions in your own home. There’s a tremendous sense of satisfaction in keeping something alive for an extended period. Some of the plants listed in the Time article will send off ‘baby’ plants (as in the Spider plant) when mature; offering you the opportunity to have grandbaby plants. ; )

Go ahead and get your hands dirty; grab a pot, fill it with dirt, and …

Nurture a houseplant.

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#254 Go on a Date

To clarify, physical connection doesn’t ‘have’ to be sex… holding hands while strolling through a festival and staring into one another’s eyes for a few minutes can intensify a couple’s connection nicely.

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#254

Go on a Date

This advice is particularly focused on those of you in a relationship of some nature although I’ll mention single folks too. As a marriage counselor, perhaps the single most common reason that people end up in my office is because they loose connection with one another due to lack of energy directed to their relationship.

Dating is how many of us got to know one another. It is how we built emotional intimacy, how we discovered our interests and commonalities. After a few years, we assume that we have nothing left to say and our conversations center on work, bills, and perhaps kids. Novelty, excitement, and interest begins to wain.

I recently discussed self care and it’s importance to our mental and ultimately, physical health. It’s message pertains to relationships as well. What is starved – hungers; what is not watered – dies.

What is a good date?

First and foremost, do something you consider fun. If we’re not enjoying ourselves, it will be challenging to engage positively.

Consider also to do something active. Engaging body and mind doubles our personal interaction and creates a broader dimension for conversation. From bowling, kayaking, a ropes course, or rock climbing… an active date will offer opportunities for conversation that goes beyond your day to day life.

Don’t use this time together to resolve issues. Step back from the struggles or challenges in your life and allow the date to be a mental vacation.

Find time to physically connect. Some people use a date night for an exclusive opportunity to spend time connecting sexually. While this is definitely an important element in any solid relationship – it is not the end all. Sex without an emotional connection is available anywhere. To keep a connection with your partner, it is imperative that both the emotional and physical are combined. It doesn’t matter which element comes first as long as both are present. To clarify, physical connection doesn’t ‘have’ to be sex… holding hands while strolling through a festival and staring into one another’s eyes for a few minutes can intensify a couple’s connection nicely.

Are you single?

Most of the same advice applies. I’m hearing more and more from clients and family how single people are dating less and ‘hanging’ more. The ‘Netflix and chill’ mentality has infiltrated the tradition of getting to know one another by getting out and ‘doing’. I see people who developed a relationship over movies and sex but are now wondering what they actually have in common outside those parameters.

When you’ve moved past the ‘swipe right’ stage, step out and do something fun! Find common interests and activities that you can get passionate about together. There’s a lot of truth to the old adage… “the family that plays together, stays together.

Do your relationship a favor and make it a point to…

Go on a date.

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#266 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

Many of us spend five dollars without blinking an eye. We drive through Starbucks and spend more than that on a Venti Latte or at Dunkin Donuts where at least we can get a couple of glazed to go with the coffee.

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#266

Save $5 A Day

Who doesn’t love a sale?? We used to say that you could mark a price UP – add a ‘sale’ sign and my mom wouldn’t even notice. She loved the ‘idea’ of getting a bargain yet often spent money she didn’t have on things she didn’t need just because ‘they were on sale’.  Today…. I am suggesting that you make an effort to save FIVE dollars as you move through the day – spending what you would ordinarily spend. This isn’t a suggestion to buy something you don’t want or need for the mere fact it would save you money ‘in the long run’.

Why $5? It’s a relatively small amount that adds up quickly and over just a little time – it’s big money. In fact, it totals $35 a week and over the course of a year – with consistency – it amounts to $1800 !! What would you do with that much money? A trip to Europe? (I checked this morning and a RT ticket to Barcelona, Spain from Newark, NJ in October is only $396) What about a cruise? Perhaps you’re thinking something more practical… pay off a credit card… buy a new fridge… new carpet perhaps? How about a Christmas fund? Potentially better… how about putting that money in a savings account for emergencies or a longer term savings goal?

Many of us spend five dollars without blinking an eye. We drive through Starbucks and spend more than that on a Venti Latte or at Dunkin Donuts where at least we can get a couple of glazed to go with the coffee. If you are buying lunch every day (instead of grabbing leftovers from your home fridge), you’re spending $7 or more dollars – and perhaps throwing away those dinner remnants. With gas prices at the $3/gal mark, we might be spending five bucks just by driving without considering the most efficient route. Is there a toll road you can bypass? What about using coupons? Extreme savers buy two newspapers to double up on the coupon opportunities but we can print them from our computers too.

If you can’t save $5 – try making it. Use yard sale sites on Facebook or apps like LetGo to sell something that you no longer use. With the snap of a photo, you can transfer ownership of clothes, household goods, tools, etc… very easily. Whether you use this method or focus on saving, you’ll be amazed at how quickly to begin to accumulate funds. Financial security fosters well-being… money in savings reduces anxiety… life satisfaction increases when you stopped to consider how you can …

Save $5 A Day.

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