August 2018 This is a good read and worth the time! Have you taken a step back recently and stayed away from social media? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments, I would love to hear from you.
In a world where every fabric of our lives can be represented, advised, misinformed, or enticed by technology, it takes courage to live from grounded, self-influenced decisions and actions instead.
Technology is a fabulous tool. It can also be a destructive one. It connects you to worlds you may have never known of otherwise while disconnecting you from your own guidance and real-life relationships.
Choosing to view the usefulness of technology with detachment and consciousness brings immense freedom.
By applying mindfulness to your online patterns, you treat the sacredness of your time with respect and reverence. To be sucked into the vortex of the web, losing hours being led through a numbing maze of information, most of which can take you increasingly further from your desired search, is the opposite of recognising the precious gift of your life.
Stumbling somewhat unconsciously through technology can waste hours, which culminates to days, weeks, months and years. Do you want to look back on your life with regret for how little you used your power of conscious choice or do you want to be satisfied that you used technology for the fabulous benefits it offers, while still remaining the master of your time?
Does viewing the lives of celebrities actually enhance your own unique life?
Does it matter what the inside of a stranger’s house look like?
Are so-called ‘wellness experts’ truly qualified to guide your individual body to its absolute peak or are they just amazing marketers and image creators?
Does shopping through online stores really leave you (or your wallet) feeling fabulous?
Do sites that are even potentially inspiring and educational offer clearer guidance than what a walk in nature and fresh air actually will?
While there is a wealth of fabulous and even accurate information online, sifting through the nonsense and misleading material is time-consuming. There is also a wealth of information already within yourself, suited to your own life circumstances, simply awaiting some space from the mental clutter to be heard.
Do you want to read how to be a great parent or just be so, by giving your child more time and attention?
Do you want to cripple your feet in the shoes that someone else is showing off on Instagram or be self-assured enough to wear comfortable shoes, allowing your natural style and confidence to radiate?
Can hours spent in email conversation, most of which can be misconstrued without facial expressions or full context, ever come close to the enjoyment of lunch shared in real-life conversation and laughter?
Do text messages bring the same delight of hearing a friend’s actual voice, where the subject can be covered with much more clarity and understanding?
Does reading about the (heavily-filtered) perfect lives of others have any relevance to how amazing you already are as an individual?
Do you want to read about travel endlessly or do you want to grasp the thrill of discovery through your own adventures, awakening new parts of yourself in the process? Even local adventures can be much more exciting than just travelling via a screen and someone else’s interpretation of a place.
Do you want to go to bed each night with satisfied tiredness from a day and evening well-lived or stumble off to bed with a busy mind and bloodshot eyes from staying on screens longer than intended, yet again?
Do you truly need inspiration from others or just the courage to get offline and create enough space to hear your own inspiration?
Do you want to waste your time being sucked into information that may or may not be useful or do you want to bring more consciousness to purposeful use of your sacred time remaining?
When you dare to use death as a tool for living, by understanding that you are actually going to die, you recognize that your time is ever-diminishing. Every single minute of your life is precious.
Apply as much consciousness as possible to how you use your time when online.
Technology has its place and is wonderful on numerous levels, but so is life offline. In addition to applying mindfulness to your daily use of technology, gift yourself with a regular digital detox. A week or two completely offline every six months offers an incredible reset and recharge for life ongoing. The world will keep turning if you take time out.
Society only changes as individuals do. It is up to you to tell the world how you operate. The world will try to keep taking from you, pulling you in as much as possible. But the world will not be there when you are lying on your deathbed, wishing you had used your time better. Only you will be, along with reflections on how well or badly you exercised your power of choice.
Time is precious. Use it as mindfully as possible.
Choosing to sell your home is a big decision, one that requires the careful weighing of a variety of factors. As your local real estate professional, I want to share with you this useful infographic to help you identify five signs that might indicate it is time to sell.
Between down payments and closing costs, buying a home is a big financial commitment that may seem out of reach for those who ultimately choose to rent instead. However, in today’s market environment of rising rents, the difference in cost between renting and owning is actually narrowing, making this a favorable time to buy a home in most U.S. cities. According to a recent national index from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty, the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, 15 of the 23 cities covered are solidly in buy territory, while another five are only marginally in rent territory. Want to know if buying is a better than renting for you? Ask yourself the following questions: How stable is my employment situation? Lenders will take the length of time you’ve spent at your current job into consideration, so if you’ve jumped around a lot or just started a new position, that may work against you. Are you ready to settle down for awhile? Buying a home is an excellent long-term investment, not usually a quick flip. So if you’re still testing out different cities or interested in seeing the world, renting may be a better option. What shape is your credit in? Your credit score weighs heavily in securing a favorable mortgage loan. If yours is not in the best shape, it may be better to rent while you work at building a better credit profile. What’s your true financial picture? While your salary may seem more than sufficient to make your projected mortgage payments, keep in mind that homeownership involves many different costs, from property taxes to repairs. So run the numbers carefully before deciding to buy. The best way to decide whether to rent or buy is to consult a real estate professional in your area. If you’d like more real estate information, please contact me. Linda Ciochon-Lichter 402 680 2875
Want to learn one of the easiest ways to improve your cooking? Make sure your knives are sharp!
Sharp knives result in uniformly cut food that cooks evenly and tastes better. Your recipe probably calls for a dice or thin slices, not ragged hunks of uneven sizes, am I right?
A sharp knife is safer, too. You’ve probably heard that dull knives are dangerous, and it’s true — a sharp knife cuts through food faster, with less resistance and slippage, which means fewer mishaps involving your knife and fingers.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY KNIFE IS DULL?
Even the best knives become dull over time. Cheddar’s Development Chef Brittany Neisen points out that if you feel resistance while cutting an onion, your knife probably needs sharpening.
If you don’t have an onion handy (or want to keep your eyes tear-free), you can also try this easy test: Hold up a sheet of printer/copy paper, place the blade against the top edge at an angle and slice outward. If it doesn’t slice cleanly, use a sharpening steel (the metal rod sold with most knife sets), which hones the edge of a slightly dulled blade.
Sweep the blade along the sharpening steel at a consistent angle. After this, if you still can’t slice the paper correctly, the knife needs sharpening to reshape its edge. Repeat the paper test when finished.
WHAT IS THE BEST SHARPENING METHOD?
Chef Brittany, like most chefs, uses a whetstone to sharpen knives, but it can be a little tricky. The stone must be soaked in water and kept wet while you move the blade back and forth across the stone. It takes practice to achieve a consistent edge on the knife.
The easiest, most convenient option is an electric sharpener, which is fast and simple to use. The knife blade is held securely against the angle guide, eliminating all guesswork as you pull the blade through the slot. Manual versions work the same but require the knife to be slid repeatedly through the slot, which takes longer and requires force.
BE KIND TO YOUR KNIVES
Your knives are your friends, and we know you don’t mistreat your friends. Never put your knives in the dishwasher or leave them in the sink. Keep them dry. Also store your knives properly — in a knife block, attached to a magnetic knife strip on the wall or dressed in plastic knife guards.