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    How to Find Your Passion

    Three Simple Steps to Find Your passionThree Simple Steps to Find Your passion

    Passion is something that comes from your heart and you can continue doing it for as long as you want without any struggle and with enthusiasm. One simple way to look at passion is you are doing something because you want to do it, not because you have to do it.

    Here are some simple things you can do to help you find your passion. To discover your true passion, you need to use your creativity and ask yourself some questions to bring out your true self.

    Passion in The Past – Go through the recollection of your memories to find out what did you enjoy doing or what you always wanted to be when you were a kid. There is a good possibility that you will find your passion right in your thoughts or dreams when you were a kid.

    Your Living Patterns – Although you may not have noticed, your passion is imprinted in those things you do on a daily basis. What you do daily tells you a great deal of what you like enjoying without any pressure. Here are some activities/hobbies you can take a look at to find your passion: the types of movies you watch, the types of books or magazines you read, things you like to collect or perform in your leisure, topics that interest you, events or shows that attract you, types of music you listen to, smartphone or tablet apps that you spend most of your time with, things you love to do when you open your computer, and so on.

    Reflection in Your Dreams – We all dream and dreams can be a part of positive thinking to achieve the kind of life we want to live. What type of life do you always dream about living if you were given the opportunity? Or let’s say, if your finances have been taken care of and you don’t need to work anymore to earn money, what would you be doing? How would you allocate your time slot daily for the rest of your life?

    If you can come up with your responses for these simple points mentioned above, you will be able to find what your passion is. Once you live a life doing things that you are passionate about, you will have the motivation, enthusiasm, and persistency to sail ahead at full throttle in life. Extraordinary success and fulfillment will be on your way.

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    How Safe Are Your Cosmetics

    How Safe Are Your CosmeticsHow to Check the Toxic Chemicals in Your Cosmetics

    Whether you are in Canada or in USA, the cosmetics you are using most likely have a few toxic ingredients in them and they did not require any approval from any authorities to hit the market. Worse yet, Canadian law does not mandate listing all ingredients in your cosmetics and manufacturers can easily hide harmful ingredients. Today, I will list some common toxic ingredients and show you how you can check your cosmetics before using them to ensure you and your family’s safety.

    Here  Are Some:

    DBP/Dibutyl Phthalate – The European Union has banned using this in cosmetics. Potential reproductive, immune system, liver, kidney, and neurotoxin. A hazardous air and water pollutant and harmful to wildlife.

    Paraben – Used in many cosmetics. Possible endocrine disruptor and can cause cancer.

    BHA and BHT – Used in moisturizers. Possible endocrine disruptor and can cause cancer.

    Phthalate – Used in nail products and many cosmetics. Possible endocrine disruptor and can cause cancer. Harmful to wildlife.

    DEA/MEA/TEA – Used in moisturizers and shampoos. A respiratory, neurotoxicity, and immunotoxicity hazard. Harmful to wildlife and can cause cancer.

    Petrolatum/Petroleum Jelly – The European Union has banned this using in cosmetics. Used in moisturizers, hair products, lipsticks, lip balms, etc. Can cause cancer.

    Parfum – Some fragrance ingredients are harmful and can cause asthma, cancer, etc.

    The above are only a few to mention. There are so many more harmful ingredients are hidden in our daily cosmetics. To find out more, check the links mentioned below or search online for “toxic or harmful chemicals in cosmetics.”

    How to Check How Toxic Your Cosmetics Are

    The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, provides a database to check more than 78,000 products on their website here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. You will find most of the known brands here and many not-so-known brands that manufacture low toxicity cosmetics. I recently switched from most of the well-known brands to not-so-common brands after finding out that most of the brands I trusted since I was born are actually very toxic.

    The David Suzuki Foundation, a Canadian environmental organization, provides helpful publications to detect dirty ingredients in your cosmetics. Here are some links:
    12 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Cosmetics and
    What’s Inside? That Counts: A Survey of Toxic Ingredients in Our Cosmetics
    Natural Skincare Authority provides an A to Z list of toxins here:
    The "A" to "Z" Of Toxins in Skin Care

    And Don’t Forget

    Natural – If you see “Natural” on the level, it does not really mean anything. Only one (or more than one) ingredient has to be derived from a natural source and the rest can be full of toxic ingredients.

    Organic – If you see “Organic” on a cosmetic level, 95 percent of the ingredients must be organic and the rest can still be non-organic or toxic ingredients.

    Made with Organic Ingredients – If you see “Made with Organic Ingredients” on a cosmetic level, 70 percent of the ingredients must be organic and the rest can still be non-organic or toxic ingredients.

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    Safe Fish To Eat

    Safe Fish You Should EatSafe Fish You Should Eat

    Today, I am not going to write about the benefits of eating fish. Most of us know about it, and if you are not aware, do some research online. I try to eat fish every other week or even more often. However, if you don’t pick the right fish to eat, it may do more harm than good due to its contamination. I am going to present my safe fish list and unsafe fish list chart today to make your life little easier on fish shopping. Keep in mind that there are much more fish than what I have mentioned here. I am just presenting those that I like. If you want more, use the links I provided at the end or search online.

    My Top Safe Fish List

    1. Anchovy – Omega 3
    2. Arctic Char – Omega 3
    3. Atlantic mackerel ( Avoid King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel) – Omega 3
    4. Haddock
    5. Halibut
    6. Herring – Omega 3
    7. Ocean Perch (Alaska, Pacific. US Pacific, Newfoundland)
    8. Pollock (Boston bluefish) – Omega 3
    9. Farmed Rainbow Trout (avoid wild trout) – Omega 3  
    10. Salmon (eat canned, Chum, Coho, Pink, Wild Pacific, sockeye, Chinook, steelhead salmon. Avoid farmed, Atlantic salmon) – Omega 3
    11. Sardines – Omega 3
    12. Smelt – Omega 3
    13. Snapper
    14. Sole (US Pacific English Sole)
    15. Tilapia (eat farmed Canada or America Tilapia. Avoid farmed Asia, South America Tilapia)
    16. Tuna (eat canned light, yellowfin, bigeye, skipjack, yellowfin, tongol. Avoid white, albacore, bluefin, maguro, toro tuna) – Omega 3 

    NB – Omega 3 refers to fish high in Omega 3.

    Sources:
    http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Food-safety/Get-the-reel-scoop-on-fish-and-mercury.aspx
    http://www.toronto.ca/health/fishandmercury/pdf/guide_eat_fish.pdf
    http://intraspec.ca/fish.php#.UF6WaI1lSV8

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    Health Risks of Inactivity

    Inactivity Kills Like CancerInactivity Kills Like Cancer

    A recent study published in the Lancet shows that inactivity, or lack of exercise, causes as many deaths as smoking across the globe. How many deaths is inactivity causing? The answer is an alarming number of 5.3 million deaths annually.

    It is estimated that about one adult in every three are not active enough. Inactivity is causing one death in ten due to diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and so on. The Lancet report also finds that populations in rich countries were less active than poor countries due to various factors. Let’s look at some other numbers:

    Inactivity Causes:

    Heart Disease = 6%
    Type 2 Diabetes = 9%
    Breast Cancer = 10%
    Colon Cancer = 10%
    Premature Deaths = 9%

    These numbers are based on data from 2008

    It is recommended that you do 2 to 3 hours of exercise per week combining aerobic activity and strength training. A combination of moderate and vigorous activity is recommended. Moderate aerobic exercises include walking the dog, walking to the grocery, swimming, etc. Vigorous aerobic exercises include jogging, running, playing tennis, squash, etc. Strength training exercises are those to work on your major muscle groups such as arms, shoulders, chest, abdomen, back, hips, and legs with the use of weight machines, resistance bands, weight bars, dumbbells, etc. Strength training activities should be done at least twice per week.

     

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    Simple Time Saving Tips for Your Digital Life

    Simple Time Management TipsSimple Time Management Tips

    Technology has opened up a new world with endless possibilities. However, it has also brought us endless possibilities to waste time as well. Today, I will go through some simple tips to stop wasting precious time.

    Telephone – One of the major distractions of modern days. I often come across people who spend two to three hours daily on the phone. Have a caller ID on your phone and avoid picking up calls you don’t have to. If it is important, the caller will leave a message. I use several phone numbers such as a regular cell phone, Dell Voice, and so on based on priorities and I use voice mail, caller ID, call forwarding to eliminate unwanted and time-wasting calls.

    Television – It’s may not be realistic to give up watching TV for good. However, you should limit your watching only on productive programs such as news channels, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, travel channels, etc. TV addicted people can easily sit inactively in front of a TV set 2 to 3 hours daily – what a waste!

    Email and Text Messaging – If you are attacking your email or Text Message inbox every 20 minutes or so, you are giving up lots of time to your inbox for nothing. Use preset times such as checking two times daily or checking your inbox every five hours and you will free up lots of time. Also, you can use times when you can’t do anything else to check them. For example, when you are standing in line, sitting in front of a TV, commuting on the bus, and so on.

    Internet – Since the Internet became a necessity, it also started to grab a good chunk of our daily life from everything else. We are reading less books than we used to read before, spending less time with our friends and family, working out less, and the list can go and on. Don’t spend endless hours on sites like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and sites like these. Prolonged use of the Internet causes serious health problems, just considering the time it is stealing from you. The Internet should be used as a tool to increase use your productivity, not to waste your time.

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    Discipline Is Still Needed For Financial Success

    Discipline and Money ManagementDiscipline and Money Management

    Many things have changed, but the basics of making money remain the same. Discipline is a skill you will need to create wealth and become successful financially. Winning the lottery or being born as a billionaire Saudi princess will not happen to most of the general population. And it even does not come to a percentage – when you look at people who are rich that way. So hoping for an unrealistic way to become wealthy will not do any good and that sort of thought should be avoided in the first place.

    It is not hard to achieve your financial dreams. You only need to know a few simple, basic rules. And following those rules with discipline will make you accomplish your goals. Many personal finance websites are packed with these basics to explore for free. You only need the willingness to learn and apply towards reaching your financial goals – and you need discipline to accomplish that along the way.

    If you are reading this article right now, it is highly likely that you already have a decent paying job or entrepreneurship. If you don’t, you will soon have it because you are a smart and educated person, and that’s what lead you to this website in the first place. Discipline can make the difference between two identical same level money earning individuals reaching financial goals and never reaching financial goals.

    Let’s look at two imaginary individuals A and B. Both have good paying jobs. Both live in the same city. A spends all his money eating out at restaurants, taking expensive vacations on credit cards, buying the latest electronic gadgets, and living in expensive houses he can’t afford. He has lots of credit card balances and never disciplines himself to set aside money for the future. His logic is that life is too short not to enjoy – and he wont be able to enjoy these once he is old. So let’s enjoy as much possible right now and forget about the future.

    B takes a different approach to life. He thinks life is too short to work for someone else – and he does not want to spend all his life working for a corporation only to pay off his credit card bills and things he would not have enjoyed in the first place. He aims to end working for someone else and wants to live on his own terms as early as possible – while he is still young. He disciplines himself saving and investing every penny he can get and so far he is doing pretty good. He was inspired after reading a few articles and books by financial author A. Dawn and reading more financial books and articles to enhance his personal finance knowledge since then. His favourite one is this: Ten Timeless Personal Finance Tip.

    The obvious difference between A and B is that A will still have to work to pay of his credit cards bill when he will be required to get hip replacement surgery. A failed to realise that to enjoy his life now, he chose to work all his life to pay off his bills. He will never be free from his debts and will die one day working and worrying paying off his bills. B will accumulate enough savings early enough to retire and enjoy his life without working for someone else and without worrying about paying off his debts. He only needed the willingness to learn and the discipline to apply what he learned.

    It is still not too late or early, regardless how old you are, to decide whether you would like to be A or B. I have chosen to be B and I have many tools to offer to help you reach your goals for free. Feel free to browse all my websites listed on the right panel of this page. And don’t forget – discipline cannot be replaced by anything else and has no substitute.

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