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Happiness, Inspiration

Happy Thanksgiving

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It’s the season for celebrating, spending time with loved ones and counting our blessings.  I am thankful for my health, family and friends, and for the wonderful testimonials about my new book, “4 Minutes a Day, “Rock ’n Roll Your Way to Happy”.  Actually, I’m blown away.  The response has exceeded my expectations and confirmed that writing the book, putting my deepest thoughts on paper for the world to read, has been worthwhile.  Changing people’s lives is my business, and although it took losing my health and home to do it, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share my passion for healthy living with others.

With your help, the book ranked number thirty on amazon.com in the Happiness category on the day it launched!  Here is what people have said about the book:

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Fitness, Health, Inspiration

Holiday Health Tips

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As we approach the holiday season, it’s important for us to maintain our health so that we can visit friends and relatives without that dreaded cough or cold. That means putting yourself first and making daily exercise and healthy eating a priory now. I’m all for having indulgences on occasion, like apple or pumpkin pie, but then it’s important to burn off those calories because they will catch up with you.

Each year the average person gains a few pounds over the holiday season. Let’s make sure that we don’t this season by doing a few simple things:

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Happiness, Inspiration, Mindset

Taking Risks

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This week I launched my book, “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ’n Roll Your Way to HAPPY” on Amazon.com.  It was a risky venture for me to put my heart and soul, my inner-most thoughts and ideas on paper for the world to read, but I am glad I took the gamble that it would be well received. My goal has always been to help others be happier and healthier by telling my story and sharing the tips and tricks to get in shape that I’ve learned throughout my thirty-three years as a fitness instructor. But it hasn’t been without conflict.

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Inspiration

The Next Greatest Social Media App

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If you haven’t already heard about Periscope, it’s not too late to join the fun! Periscope is a live-streaming video chat with anyone who has the guts enough to broadcast live – like me.  It is a great opportunity to communicate with people who want to hear your message, get breaking news, or just see beautiful places all over the world.  I’m addicted!  Teachers share their ideas for education via Periscope. Scientists and astronauts share live videos about cutting-edge developments in their fields.  And of course, celebrities get in on the fun showing what it’s like to live in their shoes: Where they eat, work and play.  Fitness enthusiasts show live workout videos (I did an archery circuit training workout!).

There are ‘Scopes about how to clean out closets, how to decorate, how to play instruments, travel and everything and anything in between.  Periscope can be used for business too.  There are entertaining ‘Scopes and motivational ‘Scopes.  Mine focus on healthy living, parenting, and how to be the best you can be.

Periscope is the one and only place you can ask someone a question and potentially get an immediate answer.  I say potentially, because the ‘Scoper doesn’t always interact with viewers.  I do, and I love to see the same people tuning in day after day.  On one Periscope I did, one of the viewers had just lost her sister.  My followers and I prayed for her at that moment.  You just never know what will happen.  But everyone ‘Scopes differently.  Some people don’t interact as much, and that’s cool too.  I always ask where the viewers are from — it’s so cool to see people from all over the U.S. joining in.

What you need to know:

*Download the Periscope app.

*You must have a good cell signal to view ‘Scopes and to broadcast.

*Find people you want to watch and click the Follow button.  You will be notified via Twitter when that person goes live.  (I also send out a Tweet 5-15 minutes before my broadcasts so you’re not surprised).

*During the broadcast, you can send Hearts by tapping anywhere on the screen. While hearts are based on popularity, it also shows the broadcaster that what they’re saying resonates with you.  It gives them encouragement to continue and keep talking.  Sometimes I like to see hearts because that lets me know that my broadcast can be seen and heard.  I’ve had a couple of ‘scopes that cut out because of a bad cell signal. So, tap away!

*You can share live broadcasts with others by swiping right on iOS and up on Android and tapping Share.

Once a broadcast is done, it is only available for 24 hours.  After that, it disappears, along with that stray sock in our dryers. Periscopes can be saved to your camera roll, and one other website called Katch.me.

*Check out all my previous scopes at www.Katch.me/ShemaneNugent.

Hope to see YOU on Periscope!

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Happiness, Inspiration, Mindset

Smile More

Smile. It will either warm their hearts or piss them off. Either way you win! —Author Unknown

guitar_pic_whitebackgroundWhen I was working at a radio station in Detroit as the traffic reporter, a coworker seemed to snarl at me whenever we crossed paths. One day, I finally asked her if I’d done anything to upset her. “I just have a problem with people who walk around smiling for no reason,” she said.

Well, I have good reason to smile. I’m truly grateful for my blessings and choose to be happy more than I’m sad. It’s what I want out of life. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all walked around smiling and content?

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Inspiration, Mindset

Being Mindful

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When you bring up the topic of being mindful, you can instantly tell who is open to a discussion that might be considered new-agey. To me, being mindful is about living in the moment and slowing down. When you are 100% engaged in an activity and immerse all of your senses in whatever it is that you are doing, the quality of that experience is heightened.

To teach is to learn, and that is what I do here on these blogs, on this website, and all other social media activities. (I just started Periscope!). I write, talk and teach about topics I need to work on – from fitness to spirituality. We are all constantly learning and evolving.  I am NOT the same person I was ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. And the more I evolve, the more I realize I not only need to stop and smell the roses — I want to!

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Inspiration, Mindset

Fear and Obstacles

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Many of us would like to change certain things in our lives, but when it comes to making tough decisions, we freeze and run the other way.  Why? When we should be our own best friends and cheerleaders we often sabotage our confidence with obstacles like negative self-talk. How can we rise above our fears and obstacles to live a life we’ve always dreamed?

We all march to the beat of our own internal drummer, which is what makes each one of us unique.  With outside influences from the media to the people around us, it can be difficult to trust the God-spirit within us to be authentically ourselves. We are constantly interacting with people who either approve or disapprove of who and what we are.

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Happiness, Health, Inspiration

Make Time for Playtime

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You will find more happiness growing down than up. —Unknown

There’s more to playing than just having fun, though that’s important too! Many of us are just too serious. We seldom have laugh-out-loud fun. Playtime helps us physically and mentally by allowing us to exercise and be creative. Our imagination can be stimulated through a childlike recess. Physical exercise can release hormones in our bodies that create a feeling of euphoria (similar to the process that occurs during sex!). These hormones are also used to block pain. On top of it all, having fun burns calories and helps us to temporarily ignore our troubles.

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Inspiration, Wisdom

Intuition


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The only real valuable thing is intuition.Albert Einstein

Have you ever had a gut feeling about a person or a situation? By gut feeling, I mean that inner wisdom, the power of your feelings, not logical thinking. This is a gray area of metaphysical science that has recently gained popularity among doctors and psychologists, although philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato, Jung, and many more have discussed it for centuries.

My friend, Deirdre Capone (grandniece of Al Capone), said she and her great-uncle Al relied on intuition to make decisions. Al would walk into a room for a meeting, and if he had a bad feeling about it, he would leave. Most of the time, he was indeed being set up.

Unless you’ve studied philosophy or metaphysics or there is someone in your life who has encouraged you to trust your intuition, it’s unlikely you’ve had the confidence to learn from or even listen to your instincts. Some think it’s a wishy-washy approach to making a judgment call and can’t be trusted. With modern technology, we rely more on cold, hard facts and statistics than our gut feelings about something or someone. But have you ever met someone and instantly liked or disliked him or her? You can’t describe exactly why you had those impressions, but you did. That’s intuitive thinking, and it serves people well. Law enforcement, the military, boxers, and athletes use intuition to direct their actions.

Today’s challenge is an important one. Our instincts can be a very reliable source for decision making if we allow ourselves to embrace our gut feelings. We may feel pulled to do or not do something that may have saved our lives, such as taking a different route to work and finding out an accident occurred on our usual path. Or simply having second thoughts about a person that you cannot corroborate.

Can you recall a few times that your instincts served you well?  For at least four minutes today, trust everything your intuition tells you.

Inspiration, Spirituality

What Makes You Sad?

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.Khalil Gibran

We all experience some things in life that have brought us to our knees. Whether it’s an illness, death, divorce, loss of a job or financial troubles, our uncontrollable situations can cause us great suffering and grief. At times, we feel sad for no discernable reason. It’s very similar to and often related to negative thoughts. Sadness comes from a lack of meaning and purpose, from a lack of hope, from fear of the future, or worry about loved ones. It’s part of the human condition that we naturally have the ability to feel blissful and melancholy and everything in between. This is a good thing.

My son, Rocco, is intelligent, sensitive, and very spiritual. He studies many different spiritual practices from Christianity to Buddhism. During a phone conversation, he told me that he was sad but okay. Parents worry when their children are unhappy, especially when they live far away. My first reaction was to jump on a plane and make darn sure he really was okay. Rocco was the first person to explain to me—his mother—that being sad is part of life and that it made him appreciate the good times even more. I asked Rocco to recall our conversation and if he would share a few sentences about his interpretation of our discussion. Here’s what he said.

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