Monday, February 28, 2011

10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

Good day all, 
Because i am currently jobless and have almost no commitments(don't worry things are changing), in the last month, i have been going to bed very late and waking up very late(like sometimes in the afternoons). This is not a good habit what so ever and leads to an unproductive day. Anywho my goal for the month of March is to start a new habit of waking up early and going to sleep early. I saw this article from that i think will be helpful to me and anyone else who needs motivation and a push. P.S. I changed a couple of things.
  1. Greet the day. I love being able to get up, and greet a wonderful new day. I suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings. (morning devotions).
  2. Amazing start. No jumping out of bed, late as usual, and rushing to get myself together fast.  There is no better way to start off your day than to wake early, in my experience.
  3. Quietude The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet. It’s my favorite time of day. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe.
  4. Sunrise. People who wake late miss one of the greatest feats of nature, repeated in full stereovision each and every day — the rise of the sun.
  5. Breakfast. Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast. I’m told it’s one of the most important meals of the day. Without breakfast, your body is running on fumes until you are so hungry at lunchtime that you eat whatever unhealthy thing you can find. The fattier and sugarier, the betterier. But eat breakfast, and you are sated until later. Plus, eating breakfast while reading my book and drinking my coffee in the quiet of the morning is eminently more enjoyable than scarfing something down on the way to work, or at your desk.
  6. Exercise. There are other times to exercise besides the early morning, of course, but I’ve found that while exercising right after work is also very enjoyable, it’s also liable to be canceled because of other things that come up. Morning exercise is virtually never canceled.
  7. Productivity. Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of day. I like to do some writing in the morning, when there are no distractions, before I check my email or blog stats. I get so much more done by starting on my work in the morning. Then, when evening rolls around, I have no work that I need to do, and I can spend it with family.
  8. Goal time. Got goals? Well, you should. And there’s no better time to review them and plan for them and do your goal tasks than first thing. You should have one goal that you want to accomplish this week. And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal. And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.
  9. Commute. No one likes rush-hour traffic, except for Big Oil. Commute early, and the traffic is much lighter, and you get to work faster, and thus save yourself more time. Or better yet, commute by bike. (Or even better yet, work from home.)
  10. Appointments. It’s much easier to make those early appointments on time if you get up early. Showing up late for those appointments is a bad signal to the person you’re meeting. Showing up early will impress them. Plus, you get time to prepare.
How to Become an Early Riser
  • Don’t make drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
  • Allow yourself to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet. But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give. And if it is the early rising that gives, then you will crash and sleep late and have to start over. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep, and read while in bed. If you’re really tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.
  • Put your alarm clock far from you bed. If it’s right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.
  • Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room. My habit is to stumble into the bathroom and go pee. By the time I’ve done that, and flushed the toilet and washed my hands and looked at my ugly mug in the mirror, I’m awake enough to face the day.
  • Do not rationalize. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it. Don’t make getting back in bed an option.
  • Have a good reason. Set something to do early in the morning that’s important. This reason will motivate you to get up. I like to write in the morning, so that’s my reason. Also, when I’m done with that, I like to read all of your comments!
  • Make waking up early a reward. Yes, it might seem at first that you’re forcing yourself to do something hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you will look forward to waking up early. A good reward is to make a hot cup of coffee or tea and read a book. Other rewards might be a tasty treat for breakfast (smoothies! yum!) or watching the sunrise, or meditating. Find something that’s pleasurable for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.
  • Take advantage of all that extra time. Don’t wake up an hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless that’s a major goal of yours. Don’t wake up early and waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day! I like to use that time to get a head start on preparing my kids’ lunches, on planning for the rest of the day (when I set my MITs), on exercising or meditating, and on reading. By the time 6:30 rolls around, I’ve done more than many people do the entire day.

Have a blessed day. Chizzy D

"The eye of the Beholder"

 Good day all,
 Check out this twilight zone film about beauty and how society and people in power, control things like how the majority of humans view themselves. I find it extremely similar to the world we in today.

How to fight against this: Read the scriptures in the bible and understand how God sees you, then Fight It by seeing yourself the way the God that created everything about your image sees you.

Have a blessed day. Chizzy :D

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sometimes you just need a break! ALSO Please suggest new music to me!

 Good day all, 
The title of this post pretty much sums up how i have been feeling about the internet lately. Yesterday, here in the good ol' United States, my neighborhood lost electricity for a couple of hours(thank you NEPA). I have no idea why, all i know is that i felt free. SERIOUSLY and i even wanted it to last longer. My macbook has been connected to me as though it's my child for like two years now. Granted i do take breaks from it once in awhile. Although technology is awesome, and i'm not going to list of all the ways here because everyone knows them, it kinda detaches you from "LIVING,"which is what i'm really focused on doing these days.

Anyways, i wrote this post especially to the people that follow my blog. I may or may post on a daily or weekly bases, i may or may not comment or see your lately post, but whenever i'm on here i will do my best to connect with my blogger fam.

 Question: I really want to be introduced to new music.  Can you suggest any artist or bands/qroups for me to check out.

Have a blessed day. Chizzy D

Monday, February 14, 2011

Images from Lao(s)

 Good day, 
Here are some images from Lao(s). I truly am in love with this country and it's people.
One of the Buddhist temples i visited

Climbed a bunch of steps to see this view of the Capital city

Isn't this just so beautiful

Buddhist shrine(seen at almost every home and business)

Prime minister of Lao lives and works there

Monks shopping at the morning market

Have a blessed day. Chizzy D

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Requested: Natural hair 101 (helpful links included)

 Good day all, 
So i have been asked repeatedly to fully showcase natural hair. I am going to do more than that. I will turn this post into a featured page because it is going to be information packed. 

 What is Natural hair?
Natural hair refers to the original hair/ hair texture you were born with...i.e..your natural hair texture. Because we are uniquely created, everyone's hair texture(although it might not appear to be ) is different. In my family,  none of us have the same natural hair texture. What works for one person's hair may not work for you(even though it appears that you may have similar hair textures), this goes for hairstyles, products, hair practices, etc.
 Two major divisions of Natural hair
Loose natural hair
Hair texture for loose natural hair depends on your coil/curl pattern or lack of coil/curl or both(having different patterns in different sections of your hair.)

Rocking a bald or low cut hairstyle also falls under the loose natural hair division. 

People with relaxed hair go natural by either chopping off all their hair(which is what i did), slowing cutting off their relaxed ends while their natural roots grow in, or wearing extensions for 6months to 1 year allow time for new growth then chopping off the relaxed parts.
Locs (I don't call it the other thing because my hair is not "dread"ful.)

Locs are very complex. 
There 3 are major types of loced hair divisions. 
1. Sisterlocs: Very tiny loc strands, from far away look almost like relaxed hair. 
2. Normal locs: this mean that it is not the size of sisterlocs and is periodically re-twisted. Usually medium to thick locs.
3. Freeform/semi-freeform:When locs are allowed to do their own thing. Rarely to never re-twisting. 

Like i said early, locs are very complex and there are no set rules on how to rock it or take care of it, so it allows you to be sooo creative or NOT at all.

Now for the fun part, my Favorite Natural hair links

If you would like to add any links to this list to help others out, let me know.  This is an ongoing list.

This post was written by me: Chizzy :D and is based on my observation and option. If you have any questions, let me know and i'll do my best to answer your question.
Have a blessed day, Chizzy ;D.


 Why are you a Christian?

 Are you are Christian so that Christ would be glorified through you or are you a Christian so that you would be glorified through Christ?

Have a blessed day. Chizzy :D

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