Thursday, October 29, 2020

How to get stronger

I have been running for months - shorter distances, longer distances, mixing it up with speed training, you name it, but every time I ran I felt...weak. No matter how much training I did (3-4 sessions per week), I didn't seem to be making progress.

This week I ran a route close to home that I haven't run for a number of weeks, but I can track the time and distance easily. And guess what?! I shaved 2 mins off my previous time! Now that might sound like a lot, but I'm rejoicing in every second. FINALLY. All the hard work is starting to pay off, which made me think of this quote from Marie Forleo:

Hang in there. You will get there in the end.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Just ask...

"Maybe the universe isn't giving you what you want, because you haven't asked for it." 

- Brendon Burchard 

What do you need to ask the universe for to move your life forward?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Working from home tips: Lori Cheek, Cheekd

 Lori is a woman on a mission, so staying disciplined when working from home is key to her success. It's all about starting the day right and managing your time. Here's how Lori does it:

1. MORNING RITUALS… begin your day with movement

As soon as I wake up, I start the coffee maker then I roll out my yoga mat and do 30 pushups, 100 sit-ups and 3 rounds of one minute planks followed by a quick stretch. It takes less than 20 minutes and not only does it get my heart pumping and immediately wake me up, it gives me a calm start to the day! Then I grab my coffee, crack open my laptop and begin the entrepreneurial grind already 200 calories lighter!


When I get to whatever will become my desk for the day, I Organize My Workspace. Having a clean workspace helps me focus and feel structured. After I organize everything, I settle in with a cup of coffee and try to relax for 15 minutes before diving into the hustle. Then, I prioritize my day’s to-do list and map out the rest of my day!

3. SCHEDULING… schedule everything

I've learned that the best way to get things done efficiently is to schedule everything. Put even the smallest of tasks on your calendar and if you don’t complete it, keep rescheduling it until you can mark it as completed. It can sometimes make your schedule appear overwhelming, but once you start knocking things off the list, it feels pretty productive.

4. GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA… the biggest barrier to productivity

One of my favorite productivity/ organizational hacks comes with the help of an app called Stay Focusd When working from home, Facebook and Twitter can be a major distraction. StayFocusd helps avoid these distractions by restricting the amount of time you can spend on them. The Google Chrome extension lets you set specific time restrictions on certain websites with a 10 minute default option. Once your time has been used up, the sites you have selected to block can’t be accessed for the remainder of the day.

Lori Cheek is a NYC based architect turned entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd - a hyper speed Bluetooth mobile dating app that removes the “missed” from “missed connections." After working in architecture, furniture and design for 15 years, Lori came up with an idea that lead her into the NYC world of technology and dating. She completely threw away her design career and is no longer building structures, she's now building relationships. Connect on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

Working from home tips: Gregory Golinski,

Pre-COVID, we used to joke that the best thing about freelancing or working from home was being able to work in our PJs if we wanted to. Fast-forward to life in the times of COVID where the reality is very different, and working in our PJs is not something Gregory Golinski would advise:

"My tip for employees/freelancers working from home during this crisis is to get dressed in the morning and never work in their PJs.

If you want to be successful when you work from home, you must dress the part. Sloppy dress makes you feel sloppy and lazy. Dress as if you were going to the office in the morning and you'll be ready to conquer the world."

Gregory Golinski is Head of Digital Marketing for

Monday, October 19, 2020

Working from home tips: Ilena Di Toro, Just Movie Posters

Prioritising your work is important when working from the office, but even more so when working from home to ensure you stay on track and don't get distracted. Here are Ilena Di Toro's other working from home tips:

1. Do the tasks that have dollar signs attached them first

Now that you are at home, it is tempting to do put off doing your work because the boss isn't around. While you do have flexibility as to when the work can be done, if you don't do the work, you don't get paid. So do the work from your employer first, then as a "reward" for doing your job, treat yourself to other things, such as a snack or watch a television show or movie.

2. Email/call your boss with regular updates

For the times that I have done work remotely for my company, I email my boss on Sunday evening with the work tasks I am planning to do, and she would respond on Monday with any additions/subtractions or just general approval. If any idea or question came up, I would either call her or email her if I didn't need an answer right away. Doing those things show that I was on top of workday tasks.

3. Don’t work in your pajamas

While you don’t have to wear a suit or even your usual work attire, you are at work and you need to have an “on duty” attitude. Clothes help you to have such a mindset. While comfortable clothes, like a sweatshirt and jeans are fine, you don’t want to go too casual. Imagine that your boss wants to do a video chat and you don’t have time to change. In case you don’t know, your old university T-shirt won’t cut it.

Ilena Di Toro is the owner of Just Movie Posters.Com Her website sells theatrical, video/DVD release posters, mini-posters, odd sized posters and movie poster postcards for films such as American Reunion, Bridesmaids, Mulan (animated), Transformers and more. She has been working from home since 2014 and promises she is not working in her pajamas.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

You can't have your cake and eat it too

I've recently enjoyed exploring the benefits of the keto diet (as well as low-carb versions of this), and other lifestyle choices to prevent weight gain, support mental health, reduce inflammation, and slow the aging process. I was initially drawn to the title of the book, The 7 Principles of Stress: Extend Life, Stay Fit and Ward off Fat by Ori Hofmekler, but soon discovered this book is packed with interesting research and recommendations. One part that really resonated with me was the food combinations, which makes perfect sense, reminding me of the old saying, "you can't have your cake and eat it too". The below is an excerpt from the book:   

Right food combinations:

The right food combinations support insulin and resistance to stress. Note that protein and vegetables are the "ultimate combiners" that mix with every food group. Right food group combinations include:

- protein and sugar

- protein and starch

- protein and fat

- vegetables and sugar

- vegetables and starch

- vegetables and fat

- vegetables and alcohol

Wrong Food Combinations

Wrong food combinations impair insulin and inhibit resistance to stress. Such combinations include: 

- fat and sugar

- fat and starch

- starch and sugar

- alcohol and sugar

- alcohol and starch

Vegetables include all leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, crucifers, sprouts, beets, cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash. Proteins include protein-rich foods such as eggs, dairy, marine foods, and legumes. Fats and fat fuel foods include nuts, seeds, avocados, peanuts, cocoa, whole dairy, and related butters and oils. Sugars include fruits, honey, molasses, maple syrup, and rice syrup. Starches include whole grains, potatoes, yams and related flours. Alcohol refers to distilled liquor, beer, wine, and alcoholic ciders." 

This list makes it blatantly obvious why processed food is so bad for us. With these combinations in mind, I now feel I make better food choices for myself and my family. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

RECOMMENDED READ: How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life by Marcus Tullius Cicero

I've just finished reading How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life by Marcus Tullius Cicero. It has been on my reading list for a while, and is a short, easy read. Incredible to think something written in 44BC has so many gems of wisdom relevant to our current lives. This is one quote that particularly resonated with me:  

"And as much as we should care for our bodies, we should pay even more attention to our minds and spirits. For they, like lamps of oil, will grow dim with time if not replenished. And even though physical exercise may tire the body, mental activity makes the mind sharper."

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, of any age.