I try to ask my self this question quite often. Unfortunately, I have noticed that our lives usually become a routine, making our life stagnant. Therefore, it is good for us to try new things; as simple as they might seem. We open the door to new opportunities and adventures, only by trying things for the first time. For example, can you remember when you had a first? First kiss, first drive, first day of school, first concert, or first bite of sushi. Remember the adrenaline throughout your body which was mixed in with a little bit of anxiety and fear? Maybe even a little bit of hesitation or resistance at the beginning? The feeling is awesome, and it is something we should continuously be feeling throughout our lives. When we are younger, our lives are filled with plenty of spontaneity; however, as we grow older we tend to conform into a routine, where we do the same things over and over again. It is easy to fall into this trap, so our job is to always look for new things to try. Even just changing the way you drive to school or work, or maybe just trying something new next time you go to your favorite restaurant. Another benefit of consistently trying new things is that it rushes creativity and imagination into our brain. Our brain becomes hit with new stimuli that it has never experienced before. This can bring new ideas and solutions to some of our problems.
Sometimes people don’t like to try new things because:
1. They are scared
2. They might not like it
3. They might fail
4. Think is a waste of time.
5. Are worried about what others say or think
However, we must understand that we actually grow and learn by trying new things. When we are babies we learn by trial and error, if we touch the stove and is hot, we will not touch it again, but we learned the lesson, we got that experience. As adults it is actually no different, we still learn a lot of things by trial and error. So go out there and do some living!

Tip of the week: This week I want you to try something for the very first time. Do something new, do something different. You decide.


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This Christmas begin to Live

The other day I was reading that if you live in America, economically, you are in the top 5 or 6 percent of the world, can you believe that? That means that we are better off than at least 94 percent of the world’s population. When we see things such as occupy Wall Street and the fight against the top percent and the evil rich people, we are not realizing that we ourselves are that top percent. Here in America, we have too much stuff; too many material possessions. Think about all the stuff you own? How many TVs do you have in your household? How many cell phones have you owned in your life? How many shoes, clothes, and jewelry do you own? I’m not saying it’s not ok to have great things, everybody likes nice stuff, but sometimes we must evaluate if the purchase is really necessary. We should never, ever, forget to be thankful for the things we already have. During this Christmas season, I would like to encourage everybody that is reading this to be unselfish. It is the season to give! I don’t quite agree with the people that buy themselves presents for Christmas, as I said it’s the season to give, not to buy yourself more things. As you set up your Christmas budget make sure you have a “giving” category. Even if it’s a small amount try to give with your heart. I am a firm believer that giving will offer a greater return than any other thing in this world. Givers get happiness, getters don’t. This Christmas let’s give something, if you don’t have money, then give hugs, compliments, a poem, or a letter; get creative, but do something that will brighten someone’s day and make them smile. Let’s live this Christmas a little different than all the Christmases before, and practice being unselfish by giving.

“When you get outside of yourself and make a contribution to others, YOU REALLY BEGIN TO LIVE” – John C. Maxwell.

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