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Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #7

Knowledge is priceless.

Think about all the things we have been able to learn throughout our lives. From the time we were in diapers to being productive members of society. When we were children, we were always taught. We were taught how to tie our shoes, brush our teeth, and read. As we grew older, there was driving and school that we attended. We may have had a job that taught us about the world, and it’s expectations. All throughout our lives, we have gained a vast amount of knowledge some of this knowledge has cost some money, and some of this knowledge was merely given to us. If it were not for all of the experiences we have attained throughout our lives, we would not be where we are today. Here are seven reason why knowledge is priceless.

1. Knowledge can help us in not repeating past mistakes.

Mistakes are meant to be made. Our choices are not perfect and how can we grow and learn without making mistakes along the way. Making mistakes in life is part of the process, and if we are smart, we will not repeat the same ones.

2. Knowledge can lead you in the right direction.

I feel that this is a big one in that getting the knowledge you need to move forward in your life is important. A few years ago my husband was in a knowledge dilemma. He needed to go back to school but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do in school. We thought about this decision for months, and he made a choice to go back to school and get his Culinary Arts Degree, and it was the best decision he has ever made. That direction was not his first choice, but after thinking about it for a while he had always loved to cook and why not go back to school to learn more about something you love. Making that choice led him to a career and a location that has benefited ourselves and our family.

3. Knowledge makes you useful in the world.

It doesn’t matter if you have a degree or if you have studied a particular skill on your own knowledge will help you and those around you in the future. I love to learn and learn about lots of things. I am not in school but I enjoy doing my research and I usually dive into a skill that I find and think may be useful to me in the world. If you can find different skills to learn you can more valuable to different situations. Don’t limit yourself and continue to learn because knowledge is power.

4. Knowledge can give you variety in life.

I am not a person that can stay doing the same old thing for too long. I have always branched out and did lots of exciting things. I have run different businesses in my life from personal training to selling Ebay and loved them both, but after a while, I had to switch it up and here I am blogging. Each time I decided to do something new I always dived in and educated myself on what I needed to do to make it in this world. Each experience has helped me build for the next exciting adventure, and it keeps me on my toes. If you can learn new things imagine how endless the possibilities are to create something new and exciting in your life.

5. Knowledge can be cheap.

Don’t get me wrong I am all for getting an excellent education and think that should be a huge priority. There are ways to go about getting knowledge that won’t break the bank. You just have to want to go looking for it. When I tried to start paying off debt, I did a lot of reading and studying. I mostly read online and went to one of my favorite second-hand bookstores and picked up some great books on getting out of debt that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. There are tons of ways to get answers you are looking for you just have to spend a little time getting them. I also love youtube. I have learned many new and exciting things by watching youtube videos. With everything on the internet nowadays it is easier than ever to pick up some suitable material on things you may want to learn to do.

6.  Knowledge helps prepare you for the future.

Preparation is key to success. Being able to know what you need to do ahead of time gives you an advantage in most circumstances. Maybe you’re looking at buying a house next year, wouldn’t it be nice to know a few things ahead of time before you have to go searching or even purchasing a home right away. By preparing yourself with knowledge, it takes away the stress of certain living situations.

7.  Knowledge keeps your brain healthy.

I feel like this is the most vital point in this blog post. By learning new things, we keep our brains active and healthy. There have been studies that show that learning new skills help improves your memory and keeps those brains healthy. Keeping our minds busy is particularly essential when you are aging. Just because you are getting older does not mean you need to stop learning. These studies also have shown that learning a new skill is more efficient rather than listening to classical music, or playing games or puzzles. Learning a skill shows significant gains in the brain.

Knowing a variety of things is priceless. Being able to be useful in a world that is filled with vast and endless opportunities will give you the freedom to move in different directions. You can find an enormous amount of knowledge in all sort of places, and some of these places are right at your fingertips. Learning new things when you need to prepare for something gives you an advantage and keeps the stress out of the experience. Knowledge, in the end, will keep us around longer to participate in this world and keep us younger in our last years. It is time for all of us to go out and get ourselves some invaluable knowledge.

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Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #6

It takes guts to get out of ruts.

Do you wake up everyday unmotivated and feel like all your days are the same. Your days seem to mesh together, and you feel as if you are on the path to nowhere. Well, you might have found yourself in a rut. A rut is when a person’s life is uneventful with the same old things that happen every day. Many times those of us in a groove will be bored out of our minds with zero motivation to do anything new and exciting. What once may have given us excitement in our lives is now barely getting us out of bed.

1. What causes us to have ruts?

Many things can cause us to have ruts in our lives. If we think about our daily routines, many of them are uneventful and repetitive. Most of us get up, go to work, come home, and go to bed. This cycle of life can be very daunting and if we can’t find ways to add some flair we all might become zombies. My day is extremely predictable. I am a stay at home mom, so I get up and get started with my morning routine. It usually consists of getting things cleaned up, preparing lunch, and getting my kiddos ready. Since I homeschool, we have a method that includes morning classes, and lunch followed by afternoon get-togethers which the kiddos play, and I get to work on the blog. When that is over it is usually preparing dinner, cleaning up, and of course getting to bed all so this can be diligently repeated the next day. Exciting right? When all we do is the same thing every single day that can bring up feelings of boredom. It leaves us wanting more, and we feel as if our days are wasting away.

2. When do ruts happen?

Ruts happen because we are a creature of habit. Habits can be great, and it keeps us going. Unfortunately, some practices can get tedious, and even a few small changes in our daily routine can brighten our day. Ruts also happen because we are comfortable where we are. If our lives are predictable, then we have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately that kind of safety net can also create a sense of wanting more. Earlier I talked about my repetitions in my daily living, and I had decided to take this head-on. I wasn’t looking for anything drastic I just wanted to try something new or do something out of the ordinary. I decided that I wanted to start taking daily walks outside. These walks didn’t have to be long even as short as 15 minutes it was just something new that I wasn’t doing every day. I love the outdoors and like to hike, but unfortunately, I can’t get out very often so I thought if I began to walk the fresh air would do me some good. It has I noticed that walking had improved my mood, and I like to walk halfway through the day as it is a perfect break for me from all the excitement that goes on at home. Sometimes I walk alone and can think about things that I may want to accomplish or even take time not to think at all and just breathe. There are also times my oldest likes to walk with me, and we can have great conversations. It helps me to stay connected with my family as well. By adding something new to my rut, I can enjoy my time more. Simple changes to one’s day can create contentment that they would not experience otherwise.

3. What can we do to stay out of ruts?

Go out and experience new things. Getting out and enjoying your life rather than sitting and waiting for change to come to you is just not going to happen. The only person that can make it happen is you. Find a new hobby or learn a new skill. Cooking is fun and learning to cook new things can be a great way to deal with stress, and you might even notice a slimmer waistline. I love yoga and recommend it to anyone that would like to add something new to their routine. Yoga taught me a lot about myself and how to slow down and enjoy what is around me. It is a practice that keeps on giving.

Why does it take guts to get out of ruts? We merely like to be comfortable. Change can be terrifying for some of us and if we have our routine nothing new will be around the corner. Fear of the unknown can hold people back and therefore we get stuck in that rut. Deciding to do something out of the ordinary gives life a little meaning. Life is what we make of it, and if we are stuck in a rut we can control what we do with that rut.

Make the Move.

 

 

Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #5

It’s up to you to make the next move.

Have you ever been in between a rock and a hard place? Where you know that you need to make a decision and the decision you make will significantly affect your future? Maybe you are stuck in a job that never goes anywhere, or you are just looking for more in your life. Either way, you are going to need to make a plan for the next step otherwise you may be regretting that you never did.

1. What involves making a move?

To answer this question, I would say an awful lot. When someone is playing a game, of chess does the competitor instantly go for the next move or do they take time to plan out the strategy. The only way the person will make a move so suddenly as if they know instantly what the outcome will be. When you first realize you need to make a step forward take some time to think about all the things that will change your life. Taking a look at the pros and cons of the decision can relieve some of the stress in trying to figure out if this move will lead you in a right direction.
If you are unhappy with where your life is headed it is probably time to make a move in another direction. Sometimes this move doesn’t even need to be drastic, little changes in how we look at our lives can also help us know which direction we need to go.
There have been times in my life where I have been completely unhappy with myself and new the only way to fix this was to change the way I thought about who I was. I needed to create my happy and work every day at making it happen. This challenge was not easy, but I learned to love myself and be able to see myself in a positive light. I knew that if I continued on a path of self-hatred that it would lead to me being stuck in an unhealthy relationship with my mind and I refused to let that negativity win. I made a move to start by living my days to the fullest. Even on the hardest days, I tried to find a content element. I made sure to keep those around me that gave me positive feedback and support. I worked hard at fixings the things that I feel I may have done wrong to create such a monster in me. I had to make this move if I wanted to feel what I desired and that was to be happy with me. By making this move, I am working to make my life the fullest it can be. I no longer sit and sulk and make myself miserable instead I chose to love every day and myself to the fullest.
There are decisions in life that may be directed in letting someone or something go in order to bring positive change to one’s life. Many times we keep the things around that are holding us down, and this can keep us from moving in a positive direction. Even though we may have the most love for this person or this situation we need to take a step back and ask ourselves ” Is this going to get my life in the direction that I want it to go?” If the answer is no then maybe it’s time to reevaluate the time that is spent on this. Letting go can also be feelings of anger and resentment. Many times there are feelings that can hold us back from making a move forward in life. We need to acknowledge those feelings and once we do we need to not go back to them. The hurt and pain we once felt will go away with time and soon the pain that we dealt with for so long becomes a guided light that will bring us motivation and happiness. Letting go doesn’t necessarily mean you have to forget what happened but know that the feelings that were holding you back are no longer there and have made you a stronger person.
There are also times in our lives that we just want to have something new. So many of us are so used to the same old routine every day, and yes some people are completely content with this option, and that is wonderful. There are still those of us that still have a want whether it involves a job, a family, or a particular life we want to be able to attain this goal. Wanting something for ourselves is not wrong or selfish it just means that we are feeling incomplete. If you wish to achieve a goal, you must make a move to get yourself there.

2. Why should I make a move?
Learning new things is always beneficial to life. Learning to cook a fresh meal makes life much tastier. Learning to fix something on your car will help you save money. Making moves in life helps us discover new and exciting things. If we take the time to make a move, this will involve a new adventure that we would have never dreamed of experiencing. Making life choices can also be a bit nerve-wracking. I have a friend who works for a gym teaching classes. She has decided to venture out and get a specific certification for her to venture out on her own. This choice to move forward in her career has had her learning and discovering new things for the last few months. She has gone beyond her comfort zone and decided to make a move to help improve her career and financial future. She made a choice and even though there were days that she thought she couldn’t attain her goal she kept trying and learning.
Some of our choices we will make will not have the best outcome and this is perfectly ok to have happen. If we didn’t try how would we ever know? A person can’t keep going on in life with the question what if I did this, how would my life be different. Being stuck in life is unfulfilling and creates a sense of dissapointment and taking the chance rather than letting it pass you by helps a person realize what they want, to begin with.

Making moves in life can be very rewarding. Although, there will be times in our life that will have us kicking ourselves and for these choices, we can learn and grow from the decision that is made. By making a move, our lives begin to develop, and this helps us in figuring out our purpose. These changes do not need to be huge. These changes can be as small as recognizing the positive in our lives. Even the most minor moves we will make in our lives may give us the most significant benefit.

 

Does Skill Bring You Luck?

 

Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #4
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.

Take a minute to think about the luckiest person you know. Why is this person so lucky, and what makes them so lucky?

Who Has the Best Luck?
When I stop and think about all the people that I have come across in life that I considered lucky, certain things come to mind. These individuals may have certain things that I would have wanted, or they may seem to have everything go their way. I never once considered myself all that lucky, but then I don’t know if I understood what it meant to be lucky. When I look back at these people that I thought had so much success whether it was their job or how they lived their lives I always wondered how on earth I could attain the same thing.
Many of these people had lots of good things going for them. Some hard-working individuals always had a goal in mind. They were diligent in getting the things done that they needed to attain their success. These lucky people never took no for an answer, and this is something that I desperately wanted to be a part of, and I always took the safe route because I also noticed that these lucky people were also a little risky and it always seemed to pay off.
As I grew older, I realized that maybe these lucky people I knew were just really good at creating success by doing certain things in their lives.

What is Skill and What is Luck?
Luck is something that is brought on by chance usually involving someone’s actions. Fate can be kind, or it can be wrong, and it often comes along by chance. Skill is the capability of doing something well. If a person can take skill and turn it into something that brings them success, this could be a way of having good luck. Many times we are taught that if we have luck, it is because something just happens to fall into our path. No work involved and we are being gifted with this along the way. Although, the luck we may receive may also be unfortunate and then we are wondering if we are cursed. The skills that someone has can help their chances of having the life that we dream of having.
I remember as a kid that I often would give up if I were not able to receive instant gratification. As I grew older, I began to realize and see that if I put effort into the things I want I would be able to attain what I wanted. Now there were times when this did not work, and I often wondered what I did wrong. I feel that these times were better for me as I could recognize that something did not work and I must try again, and usually, I would end up with the result that I wanted in the beginning. I began to understand that my luck was not by chance but by way of learning and not throwing in the towel.

How do we Bring Our Luck?
There will those of us that will win a lottery, or invent a new and improved device that will make the world a better place, but as for the rest of us how can we create our luck? I feel that success in one’s life is luck. It may not even be a huge event maybe something as simple as paying off a bill or receiving a raise at your job can bring a person all sorts of luck. Being able to take a look at all the positives in your life and know how lucky you are to have them. I never thought about looking at all the positive things in my life and considering them a part of luck. Remember that success does not happen overnight and if it doesn’t work try again till something does. You never know what will work and what won’t unless you try. No successful person ever just sat there waiting for something to happen.
Every day I thank my lucky stars for my family, and to be able to help give them a good life is one of the most fortunate things I get to experience. I haven’t always been so lucky, and it has taken me awhile to get to where I am because of some of the pitfalls in life. One thing I know is you can either dust yourself off and keep working, or you can wait for some luck to just drop out of the sky and onto your lap. I think I will pick the first option.

 

Are the Trolls Present

Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #2

Keep your goals away from the trolls.

I have been practicing this thought process for the last couple of years and have learned many things in the process.   I did not realize that I should probably be doing this until about five years ago.   I began to notice that there were certain situations or individuals that got a kick out of my downfalls.  It took me a while to recognize and understand that not only was this unhealthy but it was downright abusive.  It was time for me to celebrate my successes without constant criticism and ridicule.

When a person mentions trolls today one might relate back to the cute movie with all the colorful little beings that spread all sorts of happy around. That movie is adorable and loved by every kid I know. In the film Trolls, there is still one negative and sarcastic troll that does not feel the need to brighten anyone’s day. I think that trolls today are very much the same as depicted in the fairy tales that I used to read as a child.  They are purely there to cause complete chaos to those around them.  A troll is usually angry and wants to make those around them as miserable as they are.  Nowadays trolls can be a person or a situation in life that instead of helping a person grow can keep a person stuck in a rut and usually it is for the troll’s entertainment. Trolls can be involved in families, friendships, and even the internet.

Throughout my life, I have come across quite a few trolls.  I had specific people tell me not to try things because I would not be able to accomplish an unattainable goal in their eyes.  Although I was told this, I still managed to complete this task.  Even though I was able to prove this individual wrong it still left me with a feeling of insecurity, especially when these people may have been great friends and family.  Deep down I know that there were those that had intentional disdain for whatever I was doing and then there were those that I think they were just purely unhappy with life in general.  It wasn’t necessarily directed at me, but that these people were so unhappy.  I worked very hard to prove a point and in most if not all cases I completed the task above and beyond what would have been expected.  A person never likes to hear that they aren’t capable.   I always held my head high and put a giant smile on my face.

One of the situations that I have had to overcome with trolls is a little disease called alcoholism.  I was not the alcoholic but I was always dealing with addiction with people I love.  This situation caused severe anxiety, and it took everything in me to survive, and I wasn’t even the one with the problem.  Many times I would be called upon to save the day, and when I did, there was never any appreciation.  This troll unfortunately destroyed some of my relationships only because I had to walk away.

One day the light switch went on, and I decided that it was time to take a good hard look at those people and situations around me and determine what was going to support me and what or who wasn’t.  I came to realize that I did have an excellent support system that brought positivity to the table.  With them bringing this it helped me to be motivated, and I managed to do things I never thought would happen.  I also noticed that putting those positive people on my priority list it gave me more time to get things done.  Instead of spending my time with the troll and having it suck the life out of me I managed to make my life happen.  I am happier with what I have done with my life and felt a sense of peace because I no longer have to deal with something that wants to see me fail.

The one thing I have learned by keeping the trolls away from my goals is that it doesn’t matter who or what is holding you back you can control your outcome in life.  I had to learn that even though I may have had these things and people say no you can’t do this, I always remembered if there is a will there is a way.  I don’t regret these experiences because they have made me who I am today.  Thank you trolls for making me tough, and even when I feel like my world could be coming down, I know that I can always get back up.