Just How Grateful Can You Be?

This is the season for Gratitude.

It’s easy to be thankful, to feel gratitude, for things we receive that we recognize immediately as gifts.

Can you also be grateful for whatever comes into your life that appears in the form of a challenge?

A present that someone sends you, wrapped or unwrapped, that you get to open and go “Oooh” and “Aaah” easily evokes gratitude, especially when it’s unexpected and something you’ll enjoy.

It’s easy to be grateful for having a warm home, for having plenty of food, and loving companions, whether human or animal — if only you remember to appreciate the “little” things that are not so little at all.

The not-so-easy part is gifts come in unexpected forms with unexpected qualities that challenge you.

Such a gift may seem harsh or uncomfortable at first.

Such a gift may push your buttons, evoke fear or anxiety, anger, or even jealousy.

“What?” you ask in astonishment.

“Was that truly a gift when so-and-so was rude to me?

Was it a gift when I discovered that my car wouldn’t start or the person who was supposed to meet me for dinner didn’t show up and didn’t call?

How can it be a gift when someone bullies me or gossips about me?”

We may not recognize it as a gift, at first, when we are treated badly or when something happens that pushes our buttons,.

We may be so caught up in our emotional response that all we can do in that moment is feel our denser emotions surging.

Only in retrospect may we recognize that the experience is an opportunity for gratitude.

Every experience is an opportunity for gratitude.

Stop and consider. Somewhere inside each situation a gift awaits you. And not only one gift, but perhaps even two or three… or more.

These are what I call Seeds of Equivalent Benefit.

These “seeds” are gifts that may need time to grow. They may be hidden, at first, so tiny that your eyes cannot see them, but their presence is certain.

  • Perhaps the gift is to discover who your real friends are.
  • Perhaps the gift encourages you to find your inner courage and to step forward into that courage in a new and more powerful way.
  • Perhaps the gift is an opportunity for you to put aside something that you are strongly attached to in order to discover the freedom of non-attachment.
  • Perhaps the gift is to learn to trust that the Universe (God, Goddess, All That Is) is right there taking care of you, if only you open yourself to receive these blessings.

These are only a few of the true gifts of life’s challenges.

When we open our hearts through gratitude to receive them, we begin to find joy and peace within ourselves, as well as our inner strengths.

To discover hidden gifts, stop the chatter in your head about how terrible the situation is or was, and open yourself and your heart to gratitude.

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How to Keep a Woman in Love With You? Do This & You Will Never See Her Fall Out of Love With You

Finally you have a girlfriend and things seem to be all hunky-dory at least for now. Well, if you do not work on your relationship continuously things could take a turn for the worse. A woman will not always remain in love with you. There are lots of things that we do in life that kills the romance and with it the relationship.

Here are seven tips that will keep the fires burning all the time.

Flowers
Flowers never went out of fashion and never will. What better way to say to a girl that you love her than by sending her a bunch of tulips. You can send her flowers any day and you don’t need an excuse. If your girl is writing an exam then send her flowers that morning, if she is visiting her friends out of town send her flowers there to tell her that she is on your mind. Sending her flowers tells her that she is being missed.

Look for an excuse to celebrate
Celebrate every small and big event in her life. If she has graduated then obviously it calls for a special celebration however, small events like she getting a new pet or a new car should be celebrated with gusto.

Praise
Never tire of telling her that she looks stunning and gorgeous. No woman will tire of compliments from her man no matter how old the relationship is. However, say it in a style that genuinely reflects your feelings.

Never forget special occasions
Your first date, first kiss, your first meeting, Valentines Day, woman’s day, birthdays, anniversaries etc all should be remembered and celebrated. These special occasions give you the chance to reinforce your commitment to her.

Lovemaking
You have to ensure that your lovemaking never loses the spark. Make love to her as if it is the first time. Try and fulfill her fantasies and make sure that there is never a dull moment in your love life. Make passionate love at times and when she is not up to it be gentle and sweet. However, keep her sexually satisfied.

Support
Support her in all her endeavors and encourage her in all that she does whether it is academics or profession. Be the rock in her life and stand by her decisions good or bad.

Life outside the relationship
Just as you need your space so does she. Encourage her to spend time with other girls to do girly things. Give her all the freedom and never doubt her intentions or integrity. This you way tell her that you have full faith in her and trust her judgments.…

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Nike Shoes – Creating Thuds in the World of Fashion

Year 1987 saw the launch of a new line of Nike Shoe. This new line of shoes that shook the world with its innovatively advance air sole technology was Nike Air Max. Since its introduction lot many changes have been done to the original model.

The campaign started with the punch line: A little less hurt. The campaign made a strong appeal in the minds of the people with using athletes in the promotional campaigns.

Most of the shoe models use a cushioned heel at the bottom that is observable from the side.

Major types of cushions used were as follows –

Air Max2

Tube Air

Zoomed Air

Tuned Air

Year 1985 saw the launch of Dunk as the shoe for the basketball players. They named it Nike Dunk SB. They initially targeted only the basketball players. Even the technology embedded was so as to support the sporty features of the shoe. In the year 1998, the dunk range of shoes was re launched as a fashion icon amongst the youth. In comparison to the Nike’s original shoes, the Dunk range of Nike was basically launched as a lower profile shoe. But the sole was lighter than the parent shoe. To popularize the Dunk range, Nike even launched a program called “College Colors” Programs.

The Dunk range was further expanded to Nike Dunks High, Nike Dunks Low and Nike Dunks Mid. The Nike Dunk Highs are a mouthful to say and certainly eyeful to look at. In comparison to Dunk High Shoe line the Nike Dunks Low and The Nike Dunks Mid range shoe have a street style but certainly with high performance quality. As a real treat to women, Nike introduced an exclusive collection of shoes which looked absolutely sporty, trendy and inspiring. If you are a fashion lover and desire to be with ultra look, then Nike shoes can stand up to your expectations. The designs look inspiring, yet they come with feasible rates where everyone can sizzle with dashing look.

Air Jordans –

Air Jordan is also called “The Best Shoe Ever” or “MJs”. This line of shoes were designed especially or Michael Jordan and was named after him. Michael Jordan being a professional Player for Basketball, his name was certainly the best brand endorsement. Even after Michael Jordan have retired from the game but still this shoe in his name is very much popular. Now Michael Jordan is sold under the Jordan brand. So, it is jokingly said that Jordan Brand has renowned a basketball player. The signature shoe model, a variant, of the same has also been launched recently.

Women’s Air Jordans: On the first time launch of Air Jordan’s Women collection, Nike promised to deliver the same quality and commitment to this range that it had shown previously in men shoe line. The Women air Jordan shoes were surely no exception to that. As much as the male fans the female fans were enthusiastic about owing Jordan Air shoes. The Women’s Air Jordans comes …

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Different Uses For Cellophane Wrap

It’s clear, it’s handy, and it’s wrapped around my candy. The cellophane wrap is one of the most versatile discoveries of the 1900s. Intended to be a protective textile, the cellophane has since found application in many industries as a packaging material and as a semi-permeable film.

Many people mistake cellophane for plastic. The truth is the two materials are of completely different composition. Plastic is a synthetic or semi-synthetic polymer. In contrast, cellophane is a sheet of regenerated cellulose. The only thing that cellophane and plastic have in common is that both materials are usually made into transparent sheets.

History of cellophane

It was a Swiss chemist named Jacques E. Brandenberger who in the turn of the 20th century developed the first cellophane. He intended the material to be a water-resistant film to protect textile. He experimented on a substance known as viscose to coat cloth, but to his dismay the fabric turned out too stiff and unsuitable for any practical use.

Peeling off the film layer afterwards, he realized that its properties of flexibility and transparency can be used for other purposes. Brandenberger worked on perfecting his invention and in 1912, he patented cellophane. The term was derived from the words “cellulose” and “diaphane”, which means transparent.

US candy manufacturers began importing cellophane that same year to use it for candy wrapper. In 1924, the chemical company DuPont initiated the development of moisture-proof cellophane. By 1927, after a company chemist named William Hale Charch succeeded in moisture-proofing the cellophane, many industries worldwide embraced the new material and began using cellophane for their various packaging needs.

Uses for cellophane

One of the earliest applications for cellophane wrap is for packaging and storage of food products. This specific function of the cellophane remains to this day, even though some industries have turned to plastic for the same purpose. Nevertheless, the use of cellophane as a packaging material extends beyond food products. Almost all consumer products are able to utilize cellophane for packaging.

There are various other applications for cellophane. Adhesive tapes, such as 3M’s Scotch tape, use cellophane as a base for their products. There are those who use printed cellophane for gift wrapping. Cellophane is also used as a semi-permeable barrier for battery cells.

Beauty spas employ cellophane wrap for hair and cellulite treatments. In the realm of medicine, cellophane is also used as semi-permeable tubing for dialysis. With such an impressive track record, people will continue to utilize cellophane as an important material for industry.…

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Dressing Kids Nicely on a Budget

The best clothes for your children are not always the most costly ones. You can buy affordable clothes at thrift stores, yard sales and online auctions. Use these ideas to dress your kids nicely on a budget.

Bring the kids. Always try to shop with the kids along, so you can be sure whether the clothes fit them right and not waste money. Try on the clothing and see if it suits them well. Consider the following – your kid’s clothes should match their height, body type, activity level, and personal taste. Also think about the occasion and the weather the clothes would be worn in.

Buy good quality clothes.  You can tell the quality of the clothes just by looking at how the fabric is made. Is it tatty?  Does it have bumps in some areas? How perfect is the cut? Ensuring that the clothing has a long life will reduce the later cost of replacing them as they wear out.

Buy in volume.  To save money, try to buy clothing separates in bulk. Just be certain that eventually the items will get worn. Think about buying a larger size so that kids who grow quickly may still be able to wear them.

Look for bargains. Discounted clothing prices can be found at various stores when they have sales. You can buy clothes cheaply in off-season sales. Buy these a size larger than what your child currently wears so they will have grown into it when the season does come. Often, consignment stores will have stocks of items people have sold because they no longer liked them. This means they will still be in good order, sometimes with the original tag still on… so look for something your children can wear. This of course also goes for yard sales, eBay and opportunity or thrift stores.

Purchase classic things.  Trendy fashion clothing is dearer and quickly gets replaced with newer trends.  Seek classic, timeless items that your kids can wear over and over and still look stylish. Just add fashionable accessories to the ensemble to freshen up their looks.

Learn to sew kids’ clothes. There are many benefits to constructing your own clothes for your children. For one thing, you know they will fit really well. You can copy make copies of expensive designer trends using cheaper materials. In addition, you can sew clothes that the kids design through their own efforts. Finally, it can be far more inexpensive than purchasing store-made goods. The only con is that you must invest your own time, talent, and effort. In addition, consider showing your kids that they can stitch together clothing for themselves. This will take some creativity and patience! They may enjoy being useful and clever at the same time.

It’s a practical decision to supply your children with clothes inexpensively. If you spend less money on clothing, you can spend more on toys, vacations, or other things that you want. Enjoy being thrifty!…

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The Best and Worst Wedding Dates of the Year

The wedding date you select can have a larger impact than you may realize on the event. Certain dates may mean a poor turn-out or higher prices, while other dates can mean that everyone shows up ready for a great party. Check out the best and worst wedding dates of the year before you set the date for your nuptials.

Certain wedding dates are almost completely off-limits. Those include Christmas day, Thanksgiving, and Easter Sunday. Hold your wedding on any of those days, and you may well find that you and your groom are the only ones in attendance! If a holiday weekend is the only time that your whole family will be in one place, you might have to consider scheduling your nuptials within a couple of days of those taboo dates; just be aware that many people on your guest list will be unable to attend. The chances are that they will be spending those precious holidays with their own close family members, and even those who could come come decide not to when they see how much airline tickets cost over Thanksgiving weekend!

There is another holiday, however, that people think is so romantic for weddings, which in fact can have some serious drawbacks. That would be Valentine's Day. What is wrong with a Valentine's Day wedding? For one thing, the flower prices can soar around February 14th, particularly for roses. You will also find it more difficult to get dinner reservations on your anniversary for the rest of your lives together. Moreover, many couples prefer to celebrate Valentine's Day having a romantic dinner for two, not attending a wedding. Last but not least, having a wedding on Valentine's is a lot of pressure to come up with the most romantic wedding ever.

The next worst possible wedding date is Superbowl Sunday. About half the men on the guest list will flat out refusal to attend, and the other half will be resentful about having been dragged to your wedding while the big game is on. A lot of the women will feel the same way! When you walk down the aisle, all eyes should be upon you in your fabulous dress and wedding jewelry, but if you wed during the Superbowl, most of the guests will be checking out the game score on their mobile devices. Almost as bad is hosting a wedding during an NFL playoff game; just do not do it!

Some dates are really fun for weddings. If you really want to ensure a great party atmosphere for your reception, host it on New Year 'Eve. That is one day of the year when everyone is in the mood to celebrate and have fun. You will also find that guests are especially eager to wear their most fabulous outfits and festive wedding jewelry on New Year's Eve. It would be the perfect date for a black tie wedding.

Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends can also be ideal wedding dates. The majority of …

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Women Being Men

As a life coach, the # 1 problem I see women make in relationships is: WOMEN BEING MEN.

Are you dragging your man around?

I was out to dinner one night with my girlfriend, Tammy. As we were leaving the restaurant, she casually mentioned, "I'm dragging Steve to see The Way of the Peaceful Warrior with me tomorrow night."

It appeared she was using her masculinity to initiate, organize and "drag" her boyfriend to the movie. My Queen instinct felt an imbalance.

We women spend an intense amount of our time DOING, which is using masculine energy. We are so highly involved in the masculine activities of working, accomplishing, money making, providing, protecting, problem solving, etc., that we get used to surviving and even succeeding in the masculine mode. Our masculine abilities serve us well at work or with young kids, not in romance.

We are taught to revere, trust and even idolize the masculine, action-oriented way of doing life. The result is, we have gotten out of practice at being feminine, and we have also lost our faith in its power and purpose.
The truth is …

Men are great at being Kings all on their own. A King is not attracted to his Queen's masculine side.

So when a woman is masculine with her man (initiating / directing / conquering) OR if she plays mommy with her man (providing / protecting him like he's a child) a man has 2 options:

1) to have like he is in competition with another man or

2) to be weakened like a little boy or

Back to the story …

Well sure enough, I got a call at 6:30 pm on Friday from Tammy, inviting ME to see the movie with her.

I asked, "What had happened to your boyfriend?" She shared a variety of unpleasant exchanges that occurred between them … everything from him saying he could not go "because he had to work late," to "maybe he could", "okay, hurry up and get ready and let's go. "

After the passive-aggressive rollercoaster ride, her joy was completely lost in sharing the movie experience with him. (Not to mention the irony that the movie was called, The Peaceful Warrior!)

When a woman is masculine with her man, she can expect him to be competitive or resentful. The results that occur are that men will ever look elsewhere or give up and shut down emotionally.

A man will resent the woman who he thinks disempowered him. He typically can demonstrate this with his anger or withholding himself from his woman or domineering over her. We see Tammy's boyfriend did all of the above.

# 1 Answer for a Woman's Success in Romance:

When you want to have chemistry with a man, DO NOT BE A MAN!

Our role as Queens is to be a powerful, feminine, confident and a successful counterpart to our King (or the King you're wanting to attract!) Femininity includes being insightful, creative, spiritual, intuitive, receptive, non-linear .. …

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5 Smart Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer always comes with the heat and increasingly rising utility bills. It is not affordable for everyone to pay air conditioning bills and enjoy the cool breeze even when the sun is at its best. High electricity cost can put an unbearable stress on your wallet. However, your worries are over now because every cloud has a silver lining. This means you can beat the summer heat and enjoy all the good things about summer without spending too much on air conditioning. What follows are some simple tips and inexpensive accessories that can help you figure a better solution

1. Get some indoor plants

There are certain indoor plants that keep the air around them cool and fresh. Plants use a process called photosynthesis where they use sunlight and water in order to grow and survive. This process makes plants consume energy or heat present in the surroundings. Have you ever feel that space around a bunch of trees is often colder than normal? It is because plants absorb heat from the air which leads to a more healthy environment.

2. Shade your windows

We know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Windows facing those direction can take in a lot of direct sunlight which can turn your house into a toasty space where it is hard to breathe and stay comfortable. To prevent this, keep the east and west facing windows shaded during the day so that shades can block the sunlight.

Installing blackout curtains is also a good idea because curtains not only block the heat but also make your place look visually appealing. So, don’t forget to cover the sunny side of your windows and doors. It will keep the temperature of your place low and bearable. Besides, open the shade and take off the curtain at night so that fresh air can pass through.

3. Make a good use of your basement

In most of the buildings, the basement is the coldest part. It would be a good idea to use basement a lot for all kinds of activities. In summer, basement provides a cool environment to spend some good family time. If you haven’t yet established your basement, make efforts to make it more liveable. Summer heat is probably a good reason why you should finish up your basement and make it a better hang out room for the summer. This will also add value to your home.

4. Wear breathable clothes

It is really important to wear breathable clothing in order to stay cool in the summer heat. High-quality summer clothing is generally designed to be breathable. Most of the workwear gears are made to keep the wearer cool. Linen, for example, is made out of the flax plants. The linen fibers come directly from the stalk of the plant.

5. Use cooling pillows

Heat can make it really difficult to get a sound sleep. This is where cooling mattresses and pillows come into play and help us …

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Help, My TI-83 / Ti-84 Won’t Graph

It’s 8 o’clock at night. Dinner is over. You’re sitting down to watch a movie or Monday Night Football — and then it happens . . . “Mommmmmmmmm (or Daddddddddddd), my calculator isn’t working. I have to turn in my math homework tomorrow, and my graph isn’t showing up.”

“This can’t be so bad”, you think. “I passed high school math. Heck, I even installed the Quicken Accounting System at work. How complicated can a calculator be?”

The last time you looked at your child’s TI-83 or TI-84 was in August at the office superstore; it was in the front of a shopping cart with on top of a pile three ring binders and notebook paper. It didn’t look so bad then, but now you take a closer look and there are all kinds of keys you never saw before on a calculator. At the bottom is something familiar — a normal looking array of number keys, and at the right are the usual add, subtract, multiply, and divide keys. But what the heck are “MODE”, “DEL”, “STAT”, “ZOOM”, “TRACE”, etc. ? What are you going to do? Who ya gonna call?

Relax.

Here are a couple of really simple things to do; but remember, the title of this article is “Help, My TI-83 / Ti-84 Won’t Graph”, and that is really all that is addressed in this article.

The Graphing Buttons

Look at the top row of buttons on the TI-83/TI-84 calculator. There should be five of them, set apart from the other buttons; and they should have the following labels:

      [Y=]   [WINDOW]   [ZOOM]   [TRACE]   [GRAPH]

This is where all of your activity is going to take place.

The Three Major Problems

Most of the time when a graph is not displaying, there are three reasons:

  1. Graph Function.The graph function is not entered properly, or not entered at all.
  2. Graph Not Turned On. The graph function is entered properly, but graphing is not turned on.
  3. Viewing Window. The viewing window for the function is set to the wrong size or location.

We will deal with these one at a time.

Check that the Graph Function is Entered Properly

Push the [Y=] key at the top of the calculator. This puts you into the Y= editor screen. You should see a screen that looks something like this:

Plot1 Plot2 Plot3

Y1= 2X+1

Y2=

Y3=

Y4=

Y5=

Y6=

The expression “2X+1” is just an example, but you need to see some kind of expression in the Y= editor screen, not just a bunch of blank “Y=” lines. If all you see is the following, then you need to add an expression:

Plot1 Plot2 Plot3

Y1=

Y2=

Y3=

Y4=

Y5=

Y6=

If you want to try a really simple expression to make sure that the calculator can plot, use “Y1=X”. This should plot a nice 45 degree line directly through the origin of the graph screen.

Check that the Graph Function is Turned On

It is possible that graphing of the …

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Bomber Jackets – Fashionable Functionality

Bomber jackets were originally designed with functionality in mind. Pilots in WWI needed something to keep them warm while they flew at freezing high altitudes. They were immortalised in fashion when Tom Cruise wore one in the movie Top Gun. Every man, woman and child wanted one as they epitomised the virtues of suave and cool. Bomber jackets cave wearers an edgy, intrepid-adventurer look. It's doubtable that many slaves of fashion gave any thought to the fact that their latest acquisition saved the lives and limbs of countless airmen in both world wars.

Aeroplane cockpits in WWI were not closed as they are today. It was clear that pilots needed something to prevent them from being frozen to death or losing limbs to hypothermia as temperatures could go as low as -50 degrees Celsius. In an effort to resolve the problem the US Army established an Aviation Clothing Board. In 1917 they started distributing heavy-duty, fur-lined leather flying jackets. On the opposite side of the Atlantic, the British Royal Air Force was trying to come up with a solution of their own. It was only in 1926 that Leslie Irvin found a solution when he designed a sheepskin flying jacket that was immediately snapped up by the RAF.

While they have kept the classic look and style of traditional bomber jackets, modern designs have been tailor to fit modern men. In general, men were smaller in the 20s and 30s than they are now. They were thinner and did not have the V-shaped bodies that define today's fit young airmen. The shoulders in particular have had to be broadened to fit modern physiques.

In the late 80s and early 90s, the period after Top Gun, bomber jackets were at their peak fashion-wise. Their popularity is slowly declined after that, with only bomb die-hards keeping them in the front of their cupboards. But they are expected to make a comeback, as fashion fundis predict their resurgence in autumn and winter of 2007/2008.

The prospective trend is borne out by the fact that some of the hottest celebrities have been spotted out and about wearing bomber jackets. While it's doubtable whether Tom Cruise will be able to lead the fashion trend again due to his steadily declining cooling factor, Johnny Depp is more than capable of taking over. While it must be acknowledged that Johnny could make plastic rubbish bags look like haute couture, his appearance in a bomber jacket is enough to send hordes scuttling to the nearest retro shop.

Nowadays the jackets are made from a range of materials ranging from traditional leather to silk and synthetics such as nylon. They are even available in metallic colors, as opposed to the traditional black or brown. Those in the know say that they can be worn with tailored shirts and skinny ties: a trend that is sure to amuse war veterans. It seems that however you choose to wear them, they will always carry the air of a maverick.

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