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Why I Eat Healthy & Exercise?

Over the weekend I took the time and questioned myself, “Why do I live my current lifestyle?”

“Why do I choose to eat healthy food, refrain from eating unhealthy foods, exercise daily, express positive emotions and acts, surround myself with positive and supportive people? Why do I do these things?”

It is so easy to just eat whatever you want. It is easy to hang out with people who have been in your life for years, regardless of how they make you feel. It is easy to stay in that relationship. It is easy to stay in your current job, even though it sucks all of your energy. It is easy to just go to the school close by. It is easy to not exercise. Most importantly, it is easy to stay here. Here in this comfort zone that we are living in every day — afraid of change, growth and development.

BUT, should life really be easy? Are we helping ourselves?
Or, are we actually putting our lives on hold and preventing our real life
from happening?

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I live a every day with gratefulness.

Growing up in a hardworking, middle class family nothing was handed to us. Everything that I received my dad would ask me, “Is this something that you need?” Early on I distinguished the difference between a need and a want.

I watched every morning as my father went out to work in the wee hours of the day, returning late at night — tired, hungry, lacking ambition and full of frustration.

He gave his job his all – every day. There wasn’t a day he stayed home, no matter how sick or hurt he was. Even as a young child I realized this. We needed the money and he worked his butt off to provide it for us. He wanted us to live good lives. He wanted us to have what we needed. And for that I was grateful.

In addition, my family taught me the love of God, instilling values of gratefulness, appreciation, love, honesty and purity within me.

They taught me these beautiful values through their actions. Growing up I watched as they took in strangers needing a place to stay, donated food to the poor, donated money to children overseas, given rides to homeless and poor people, and basically given the shirts off their backs to anyone in need whenever possible even if they did not have it to give.

I have witnessed people who have nothing, and their gratefulness for so little, therefore I spend my days remembering that for any “bad” thing that happens there is always someone who has it worse and they are getting through it with less.
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As a result I wake up every single day with gratefulness.

No matter what is going on every single morning I remind myself that:

I am grateful.

  • I am grateful for my parents
  • grateful for our house
  • grateful for food
  • grateful for a bed
  • grateful for a job
  • grateful for clothes
  • grateful for my health, body and mind
  • and grateful to be alive

Therefore, as my connection to this mindset heightened over the years I became more and more conscious of the foods I eat, the people I surround myself with, the activities that I do, the movies I watch, the words I say – and overall the way that I live.

Grateful for body

I make every effort that I can to live the best,healthiest, happiest life that I possibly can.

Not because I want to be skinny, or look good, or feel good – really because I am so grateful for this life and I want to show God and the world that I am appreciative.

My body is a gift. I love my body. Every ounce of it. I am thankful for all that is does for me each and every day — regardless of how it looks.

As a result I make every effort to treat my body well giving it healthy nutritious food, love, support, care and exercise. ❤ 

This is my reasoning. It was incredibly eye opening to come to this realization. And, hopefully it was inspiring for you as well. ❤

*Every single life on this Earth is precious.

*Every single person has a specific purpose and plan.

*We were all placed on this Earth for a reason.

*It is your responsibility to live your life the best that you can in an effort to discover your purpose and live it out.

Reflection:

Take some time to ponder these questions and feel free to share below. I would LOVE to hear from you. You are also welcome to email me any time at angelajoyhealthfitness@gmail.com

  • Why do you live the way that you do?
    • Could a positive outlook improve your lifestyle and choices?
  • What is your purpose on this Earth?
    • What are your strengths and passions?

Please share your thoughts and reactions below! Sending you positive thoughts and actions today ❤

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❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

 

Angela Joy xo

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The World Needs More L<3VE + Letters

In honor of the 5th annual 12 Days of Love Letters I am writing this post to inspire you to write a love letter to someone who really needs the love that only YOU have to offer!

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One letter can make a world of difference, click here to learn more.

The blog, “The World Needs More Love Letters,” created by a girl named Hannah is currently holding a 12-day love letter writing opportunity for YOU to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Family members have sent in stories of loved ones who are in serious need of some extra love and support. Think of how incredibly meaningful and inspiring it must be to receive a love letter from a complete stranger! Today, you can be that incredible stranger.

With the spirit of the holidays, why not write a love letter to one of the people listed on the More Love Letters site?

Or, if you do not want to write to a stranger, you can try writing a love letter to someone you know that really needs some extra encouragement.

You never know the difference that YOU can make in another person’s life!

During this holiday season take some time to think of someone in need and remind them of how important, strong and truly incredible they are.

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I hope this post inspires you to do something amazing today! Because YOU truly are fantastic and capable of such greatness. You just need to allow that greatness to flow from you and inspire beauty in other person’s life!

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Have a beautiful day. Thank you!

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

You Have The Opportunity To Do Whatever You Want: Will You?

Have you ever stopped and realized that when you wake up in the morning you have the opportunity to do whatever you want to do?

Now, we all have jobs, families, friends, sometimes second jobs, bills, and much, much more — I know this.

However, what I want you to realize is this: Just because what there are several things you have to do today, you do not HAVE to do them. 

Each morning when we make up we make a choice. We either think about the tasks of the day, schedule them in our phones, write them down in planners, or, we just do them.

Regardless, we wake up each day with a set agenda planned, completely forgoing creativity, free expression, down time, or really any thought at all.

Living in such a fast-paced world, full of “things to do” we are never able to STOP and consider what we WANT to do.

Try This Today:

In the midst of you day, take 15 minutes, just 15 minutes (you do have the time, especially if you cut out 15 minutes of social media use).

  1. Use the first five minutes to meditate in silence. Allow all of your stressful and damaging thoughts to free your mind.
  2. After the first five minutes, take the remaining 10 and write whatever is on your mind. Your thoughts, dreams, hopes, interests, favorite songs, etc. Write only the positive thoughts — free yourself of the negative thoughts (Those should be addressed separately in another exercise).

Try this exercise and learn some of the things that you actually WANT to do with your day/life, rather than what you have to do.

EVERY single day of our lives matter. Stop telling yourself “one more day” or “it is almost over” or “this will only take a day.” Because, the truth is, it is only a matter of time until you have to do another task that you do not enjoy doing.

Life was not created for us to live this way!

We were created to enjoy life and every single beautiful day that we are given!

Start living your life today! Stop allowing your “have to’s” and “need to’s” overpower the things you “WANT to” actually do 🙂

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Be spontaneous, be adventurous, BE YOU!

You only get one life to live, start living it!

Share with me: What will you do today that you actually WANT to do?

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

For more information about creativity breakthroughs, visit author Julia Cameron’s site: http://juliacameronlive.com/

Julia Cameron is a wonderful author who teaches others how to start their day with Morning Pages. She is very influential and knowledgeable.

Learning to Love Yourself Through Self Care

By: Angela Ciroalo

Have you ever heard of the term, “Self Love” or “Self Care”?

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So many of us are busy doing one thousand things at once (email, text, work, friends, family, etc.) that we never stop and take a moment to check in with ourselves.

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Ask yourself: What do I need today? In what areas of my life am I lacking or feeling deprived? Are there things that I aspire to accomplish but never take the time to do? Am I putting everyone else’s needs ahead of my own?

In order for us to live a healthy and happy life where we are able to better assist others, we must fully fulfill our own needs — first. 

Your health, sleep, water consumption, relationships, relaxation time, career needs and physical activity, must all be met before you are able to help others. Otherwise, you are only half there.

(For example; when you are on autopilot and completely forget what you are doing or just did, or when you are in a conversation and have no idea what the other person is saying — this is not a healthy way to live your life.)

Think about the last time you were with friends, making dinner, or driving the kids to school — you likely had several things on your mind filling your thoughts with stress and aggravation. Meanwhile, you should be focused on the task at hand and enjoying the time you are actually living in (ie. living in the moment, not the future or past).

We are all busy. But there is no reason that you have to be miserable (or not mentally there) while living your life. 

Seek to fulfill yourself with self-love and self-care before starting your  day.

Self-care involves small changes that you can easily incorporate first thing in the morning, or right before bed. 

As you begin to implement these slight changes you will start to notice small changes in the way that you think about yourself, your life and your daily tasks.

It all starts with you. 

As a single woman, I know that before I am able to fully love someone else (and allow someone to fully love me), I must first fully love myself, and it all begins with self-care. 

I encourage you to begin your journey and implement some self-care and self-love in to your life.

Beginning your journey with self-care can start with a very small addition, check out some of my suggestions below:

1. Try a Self-Love Challenge to get you started on the right path.
I found a great Self-Love Challenge created by Skinny Mom that is definitely worth a try.

Self Love Challenge

The challenge lists one thing that you can do FOR YOURSELF each day.

I chose to do the second challenge on the website (the private one, that involves writing on your own. I think self love should be a private relationship that start with you and as your self love begins to grow, then you can share it with others — that is just my opinion). 

2. Showing yourself some love by taking yourself on a date 

Don’t wait around for people to go with you places you want to go or visit places you want to see. Time along is very valuable. Value yourself and your dreams/hopes/wishes enough to take yourself wherever it is you want to go, or to do whatever it is that you want/need to do 🙂

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3. Self-Love Affirmations

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Either first thing in the morning, or right before bed, write down and say out loud, a self-love affirmation.

This can be something like the one listed above, or it can be;

  • Congratulating yourself for the things that you accomplished that day
  • Reminding yourself (while looking at yourself in the mirror) how beautiful you are
  • Commending yourself on a great choice you made that day
  • Thanking yourself for the healthy choices you made
  • Thanking yourself for the delicious dinner you made

For more information about self-love affirmations, feel free to contact me directly and we can discuss some affirmations that work best for you, in addition to assisting you with ways to show yourself the ultimate self-love. 

4. Creating a list of the things that you need to do for yourself — every day. 

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5. Enjoy life. Try some suggestions that have been scientifically proven to make people healthier and happier. 

  • Spend time outdoors
  • Sleep more
  • Listen to music you enjoy
  • Have meaningful relationships
  • Share joy with others
  • Do not ever be hard on yourself
  • Have meaningful conversations
  • Save your money.

These are all forms of self-care.

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Some additional tips that I like and wanted to share include: 

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Self Love Tips

Regardless of what you do to begin your journey with self-care, ultimately leading to self-love, it all starts with loving yourself enough to want to make the change. 

We can not change other people. It is something that we must want within ourselves.

Self Love body is a temple

Your body is a temple. Honor it in all that you do, say, eat, and drink.

For more information about self-care, feel free to contact me directly (angelajoynutrition@gmail.com) and as part of my health coaching program that I offer, we can discuss ways for YOU SPECIFICALLY to show yourself self-love. 

❤ Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

Wednesday’s Dose of Inspiration

By: Angela Joy

Do what you love

Don’t be afraid to do what you love.

Fear is only a thought within the mind holding you in the current state that you are in.

Whatever it is that you love, dream and hope for — reach out and grab it. Ignore fear. Disregard everyone and everything trying to obstruct you from achieving your goals.

When all is said in done, you will be grateful.

If you let fear overcome your thoughts and actions, you will never know what could have become of your life.

Step away from your fears and closer to these things that you love. 

What are some things you are struggling with? In what ways are you able to overcome them? Have you been successful in pursuing your dreams, or are you allowing fear to overcome your actions? 

Wishing you love, joy and blessings,

Angela Joy

Build Your life, Not your resume

By: Angela Joy

As I am transitioning between career paths I recognized that my entire time spent in college I focused on building a resume.

Now that I am doing a complete shift my previous resume is not very relevant to my future work — and all of that time spent working is gone.

Throughout the entire time that I worked and worked to build my resume I was missing out on LIFE.

I missed birthday parties, family get-togethers, lunches with friends, and so much more!

Now, I have finally come to realize that experiences on my resume do not bring me joy, fulfill me, or allow me to be who I was created to be.

Most of the things I completed on my resume I didn’t even like/enjoy. I only did them to add the experience to my resume.

It is the small things such as the quality time you spend with family and friends that allow you to experience and enjoy life — ultimately allowing you to learn to be the person that you were created to be.

Life not Resume

So take some time and, “Build a life, not a resume” 🙂

Building a life can mean a variety of things to you.

It may mean spending more time with your spouse, children, parents or friends.

It may mean spending time with yourself, your goals and dreams.

It may mean going on vacation or an adventure.

Whatever it may be I encourage you to go out and do it.

Instead of focusing on what your resume looks like, focus on what your memories look like, on what your passport looks pages look like, on what the dirt on your shoes or tires look like, on what the smiles of others around you look like — and most importantly what your heart looks and feels like!!

Treat every day as if it is a gift and you will be sure to create a new and improved outlook on your life!

Angela Joy

The Five Love Languages: How to improve your life and relationships

By: Angela Joy

This amazing book will benefit your personal life, your work life, your relationships with friends, family and your spouse/partner – and so much more.

I urge you to read this book and apply the concepts to your life.

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Photo taken from: warriorlifeleadership.com 

While surfing the internet yesterday evening, I stumbled upon one of the wonderful Marie Forleo’s videos.

If you haven’t seen a video by Marie Forleo, or heard of her, you must check her out. She is awesome – very inspiring and motivational. Marie works to help others “create a business and life you love.” Marie’s website: http://www.marieforleo.com/. 

Anyway, while watching one of her recent videos she explained that she asks each of her employees to read the book, “The Five Love Languages.”

I had heard about the book TWO times prior to yesterday afternoon – which led my to finally research the book and purchase it.

The book was originally created to benefit married couples. However, since it’s creation it has become an incredibly popular book read by business owners, parents, teachers, employees – basically people of every walk of life.

The book was written by marriage counselor and author Gary Chapman.

In sum, Mr. Chapman explains that there are five different ways to express and receive love. We each feel love and appreciation in different ways. Therefore, if I show my appreciation to you the way that I feel appreciation, you may not feel appreciated at all — because you do not feel appreciation in that way (or language).

The Five Love  Languages:

1. Words of Affirmation – Telling another person you love them, they are beautiful or that they did a great job.

2. Acts of Service – Helping someone who needs assistance or lending them a hand when they are feeling stressed.

3. Receiving Gifts – Giving a gift to someone to let them know that you care.

4. Quality Time – Taking time out of your life to dedicate quality time with someone else – without any cellphone interruptions.

5. Personal Touch – Touching someone’s shoulder or giving them a hug to show appreciation.

I very STRONGLY recommend that everyone read this book, and learn what their love language is. 

This book, as I said earlier is being used in a variety of contexts. The basic concepts of the book can be applied to assist in every relationship – family, spouse, work, friend, etc.

If you are a business owner and you know the love languages of your employees you will now know and understand how to make them feel appreciated (Which is key in running a successful business). Some feel more appreciated through the receiving of gifts, whereas another may feel more appreciated after hearing, “Great job today.”

Knowing what makes the people in your life feel appreciated is incredibly important. You can make such a difference in someone else’e life if you understand how to show them true appreciation.

To learn your love language, take the online quiz.

Link to Quiz: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

I assumed (based on my behaviors) that my love language would be, Words of Affirmation. To my surprise my love language was, Acts of Service and, Words of Affirmation, and Quality Time, were my second and third love languages.

The quiz is long and seems repetitive, although the results are astounding.

If you do not have the time to read the book, you can listen to it on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI5JlrYIiKE

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Image taken from lifehacker.com


What is your Love Language?? 

Wishing you lots of love, joy and blessings !

-Angela Joy

Learning to live in the moment – instead of capturing the moment: Travel tips and advice

By: Angela Joy

I recently returned from a very beautiful and rewarding trip to Ireland!
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A close friend and I found an inexpensive deal and decided not to let the opportunity pass us by.
The trip was overall amazing and I recommend that everyone visits Ireland at least once
in their lifetime.
The people were exceptionally kind and helpful, the way of life was peaceful and ideal, and the views were spectacular.
I would not trade my trip or the wonderful experiences that I endured for the world!

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While traveling between towns, attending tours and visiting different landmarks, I noticed something very bothersome.
We have a very difficult time, as Americans as well as other heritages, experiencing and appreciating the moment we are in.
We have become programmed to capture, and share the moment, without ever even taking the time to experience it ourselves.

Allow me to explain:
While traveling throughout Ireland, I noticed that as we approached a new location or landmark, myself and other travelers, were busy taking photos, sending or posting photos, and even discussing future plans – instead of appreciating and recognizing the moment we were presently in.

For example, while touring the Ring of Kerry in County Kerry, we traveled via a tour bus which made frequent stops to different locations throughout the ring.
Each stop had its own beauty and individuality.
I loved the views and couldn’t believe what was in front of me.
Upon each stop the bus made I noticed my fellow travelers stepping off of the bus, camera in front of their face, taking photos – before stopping and taking a second to take in the beauty in front of them.
I also noticed travelers texting, scanning social media, and discussing their travel arrangements for the days to come.

I couldn’t help but think, “Are we seeing the same view?”
“Do they realize what is in front of them right now and where they are?”
Possibly not.
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Psychology Study:
Psychology researcher for the Department of Psychology at Fairfield University in Connecticut Linda Henkel, completed a study titled, “Point-and-Shoot Memories: The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour.”
Throughout the study, which was made up of 28 undergraduate students, Ms. Henkel instructed the students to oberve 15 artifacts and photograph 15 artifacts while visiting an art museum.

Once the museum visit was over, Ms Henkel questioned the students about the objects that they photographed and the objects that they observed.
Of the objects that were photographed the students recalled few memories. The objects that were observed, the students recalled clear memories.
The study stated, “If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them.”

As a result, Ms. Farkel was able to conclude that taking photographs, in an effort to “capture” the moment, was actually impairing the ability to recall the moment.

The university psychology study states, “This finding highlights key differences between people’s memory and the camera’s ‘memory’ and suggests that the additional attentional and cognitive processes engaged by this focused activity can eliminate the photo-taking-impairment effect.”

I, however, did not need a study to prove this to me – it was evident in what was happening around me.

Fellow travelers were not experiencing the moment, they were not appreciating the deep shade of green, the blue sparkling ocean or the fresh, crisp smell.

They were stepping out of the bus, snapping a few quick photos, posing with friends, and preparing for the next stop.

As the trip continued I became more and more aware of different ways that myself, my friend and those around us, were (and were not) living in the moment.

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During a separate day trip, one that led to the coveted destination of Ireland’s west coast – the Cliffs of Moher – I realized a similar occurrence.

While standing along the beautiful five-mile long shoreline of Ireland’s west coast, looking out upon Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and the Twelve Pins when I noticed the dreaded fate of failing to live in the moment once again.
Constant photo taking, standing with friends to pose for photos, standing with their backs away from the cliffs to look at pictures taken – as well as the floods of selfies being taken.

Very infrequently did I notice a fellow traveler contentedly sitting/standing along the cliffs taking in the beautiful sights and appreciating the current moment that they were in.

While walking back into the bus I realized how upset I was by this.
I was so overwhelmingly happy to have the opportunity to visit the cliffs that I could NOT stop looking up (and smiling!).

I loved and cherished every moment that I was there and could not wait to stop, sit and stare out into the beautiful sights.

… I wished that others felt the same.

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What is the reason behind this behavior?
And how can we teach others to be present in the moment and really experience and appreciate what is in front of them?

I don’t know the answer to this question but as my trip continued I realized that this behavior is not only true while visiting landmarks and beautiful landscapes. It is true when walking the streets of a town, visiting a restaurant or bar, and even while boarding a plane.

We are so busy trying to capture and share the moment that we are in that we are not taking the time to actually experience it for ourselves.

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Travel Tips
I would like to share with you some tips before departing on your next trip.

1. Take one or two photos, then put the camera away.

2. Stop, inhale, experience and fully take in the moment you are in.

3. Be thankful for and appreciate each experience.

4. After returning to your hotel, or while traveling to the next destination, write down your experiences. It is easy to forget intricate details and you will be so grateful that you have memories written down for you to come back to.

5. Instead of buying a shot glass or key chain, buy a postcard and write down an important memory from your trip, with a special note, and give these to friends and family upon your return. The gift will be more meaningful and they will keep for years to come.

6. Wait till you are home to share events with friends and family. Enjoy the trip while you are. Try your best to be present during the trip instead of focused on what lies at home.

7. Before traveling save up money so that you don’t have to skimp out on experiences, excursions or delicious meals. You may only visit that location once in your lifetime – experience it to the fullest.

8. Don’t be anti-social. Talking and communicating with locals allows you to fully understand the culture you are visiting. I enjoy listening to locals communicate with one another. I was able to learn their mannerisms and how they treat one another.

9. Try not to be TOO obvious that you are from America. Unfortunately, Americans are often treated differently. Try not to be too obvious to allow yourself to better experience the journey.

10. Do all that you can in the time allotted, but also allow yourself time to rest and relax. Travelling can be incredibly strenuous so allow yourself an early night or late morning. If you have only two hours of sleep how can you be fully present the next day?

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Overall what I learned from my trip was this:

The photos that I have from Ireland are wonderful. However, the memories that I hold are unsurpassable.

Memories hold meaning, value, sounds, sights and smells. They are unmeasurable. They can brighten any day and awaken any conversation.

Happy travels!

-Angela Joy ❤

Link to study: http://bit.ly/1FNMeGf

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