Happy Tuesday, Friends!

It was very sweet of you all who had reached out to see if I’m well; and by His grace, I am! What a blessing you guys are! I have taken a few days off to regroup and refresh and it did me wonders. – Thank you! ūüôā¬†

When I first found out about a blessing jar years ago, I thought it was a neat idea, and a creative way to learn to appreciate life and count our blessings. However, I have no idea why I actually never had a blessing jar until just recently! Procrastinating? Sounds certainly like it, right?! ¬†Nevertheless,¬†thanks to a fellow blogger’s post, I finally have my own blessing jar and I wanted to share the idea with you. If you’ve never heard of this concept, no worries, stick around! The steps are really simple. What you need is a jar or a vase, that you will label as you wish. It could be something like : “Count Your Blessings”, “My Blessings Jar” etc… just about¬†anything ūüôā . Once you have your jar, start¬†writing¬†down your blessings. Even the smallest ones and put them in¬†the jar. You can opt to do this everyday or weekly or whatever works for you, you just want to make sure you remember your blessings and put them in the jar as the days go forth. Now, it is usually recommended to start this routine the day after Thanksgiving or at the¬†beginning¬†of the year; and by the end of the year or the next thanksgiving – depending on when you started… while you’re going through your notes, you’ll be amazed how many blessings have been bestowed upon you over that period of time. HOWEVER, you don’t have to wait until thanksgiving or New Year to start this! In fact, why don’t you start today and put in your jar any blessings that you can remember from yesterday or last week or last month! Life itself it’s a blessing and let’s appreciate it and count all our blessings, big or small! As simple or as plain as this may sound, you reading this today IS a blessing for me! ūüėȬ†… So, Thank you, and glory be to the Almighty!¬†

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Bon début de semaine, les amis!

Ce fut vraiment gentil √†¬†vous qui aviez¬†cherch√© √†¬†savoir si je me portais bien, et par la¬†gr√Ęce¬†de Dieu, oui je vais bien.¬†J’ai¬†pris quelque jours de “cong√©” pour me reposer et me revigorer, et √ßa¬†m’a fait du bien! – Merci! ūüôā¬†

La¬†premi√®re¬†fois¬†que j’ai d√©couvert le concept de “blessings jar”, en traduction¬†litt√©raire¬†la jarre des b√©n√©dictions, j’ai¬†trouv√© l’id√©e tr√®s cr√©ative et surtout super cool comme moyen d’appr√©cier les b√©n√©dictions divines dans notre vie; mais sans¬†vous¬†mentir, je ne sais vraiment pas pourquoi je n’en ai jamais eu jusqu’√† tout¬†r√©cemment! Procrastination? Peut-√™tre¬†oui!¬†Toutefois, gr√Ęce √†¬†une¬†coll√®gue¬†blogueuse¬†qui a √©crit entre-temps sur ce¬†sujet, j’ai enfin¬†s√©rieusement¬†d√©cid√© d’en avoir une, et c¬īest fait!¬†J’ai donc voulu partager ce concept avec vous! Si vous n’en aviez jamais entendu parl√©, eh bien, c’est le bon moment! Tout ce dont vous avez besoin, c’est d’une jarre ou d’un vase, ou encore d’un contenant de ce genre! Vous √©crirez ensuite vos b√©n√©dictions, aussi minimes qu’elles soient, sur un bout de papier¬†que vous mettrez dans la jarre. Vous pouvez faire ceci quotidiennement ou √†¬†chaque fin de semaine… C’est √†¬†votre gr√©! L’essentiel est de le faire en toute honn√™tet√©! Il est conseill√© de d√©buter ce concept en d√©but d’ann√©e par exemple et d’en faire la lecture en fin d’ann√©e, mais comme qui¬†dirait, vaut mieux tard que jamais! Je vous encouragerai de commencer d√®s que possible, en mettant dans votre vase toutes bonnes choses qui ont¬†combl√© votre¬†journ√©e, votre semaine, ou¬†m√™me¬†un¬†acte divin survenu au mois dernier!¬†La vie en elle-m√™me n’est-elle pas une infinie¬†b√©n√©diction!?¬†Appr√©cions-la! Ceci pourrait¬†para√ģtre¬†un peu plat, mais le simple fait que tu lises ceci aujourd’hui est une b√©n√©diction pour moi! ūüėČ – Alors, merci et que gloire soit rendue au Seigneur!

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Have you heard of this before? Are you going to have your own blessing jar now?  As always, thank you for stopping by!

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“In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. In fact,¬†coronary heart disease¬†(CHD) ‚ÄĒ the most common type of heart disease ‚ÄĒ is the #1 killer of both men and women in the US”, says the NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute).

Like any woman or person trying to leave a healthy life, I’ve subscribed¬†to a few health magazines and read a lot. I suggest you do the same. They say¬†knowledge¬†is power, and if we can reduce the risk of any disease¬†whatsoever by informing ourselves on¬†the different ways to prevent certain diseases,¬†¬†I say let’s do it! On that note, today I want to share with you 2 heart health tips that I’ve learned.

1- Every night before going to bed, lie on your back and hang your head and shoulder off the bed for 2 minutes.  Ob-Gyn Christiane Northrup says this will open up your chest, increasing blood flow in your lungs and heart and can also help prevent bad postures.

2- Avoid Sodium as much as you can.¬†You’ve probably heard many time that too much salt is not good for you ‚ÄĒ¬†mainly because it’s not good for your heart ‚ÄĒ¬†and that’s right. According to¬†Cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, M.D¬†,¬†you may be and feel healthy now but half of women over 45 have high blood pressure and a lot of that is due to Sodium.

 

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As always, thanks for reading and have a blessed Week! 

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“Aux Etats-Unis, 1 femme sur 4 meurt d’une maladie cardiaque. En effet, la maladie coronarienne (la maladie cardiaque la plus¬†r√©pandue) est la 1ere cause de¬†d√©c√®s¬†aux Etats” a dit¬†¬†NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute).

Comme toute femme ou toute personne en¬†g√©n√©rale¬†qui essaie de mener un style de vie sain, j’ai souscrit a des magasines de¬†sant√© et je lis¬†g√©n√©ralement¬†beaucoup. Je¬†sugg√©rerai¬†que vous fassiez de m√™me. Si nous pouvons¬†diminuer le¬†risque de contracter certaines maladies¬†en nous informant mieux et plus souvent sur le sujet, je pense que¬†√ßa¬†en vaut bien la peine! Ceci dit, j’ai voulu partager avec vous 2 petites¬†astuces¬†pour une meilleure sante cardiaque.

¬†1- Chaque nuit, avant d’aller au lit, vous allonger sur le dos relaxer (de¬†mani√®re¬†suspendue) votre¬†t√™te¬†et vos¬†√©paules au rebord du lit pendant 2 minutes. La gyn√©cologue¬†Christiane Northrup dit que cette pratique vous permet¬†d‚Äô√©largir¬†votre cage¬†thoracique¬†et, de ce fait, augmenter le flux sanguin a vos poumons. Ceci vous permet¬†√©galement¬†de¬†pr√©venir¬†de mauvaises postures.

2- Eviter la consommation de sodium autant que possible. Vous avez surement entendu dire a plusieurs reprises que “trop de sel n’est pas bon” ‚ÄĒ¬†notemment parce que ce n’est pas bon pour votre cŇďur ‚ÄĒ¬†et c’est vrai. La cardiologue Nieca Goldberg souligne que vous pourrez bien¬†√™tre¬†en bonne sante aujourd’hui, mais que 50% des femmes¬†√Ęg√©es¬†de¬†45 ans et plus souffrent d;une tension¬†art√©rielle¬†√©lev√©e, condition qui est directement¬†reli√©e¬†a la¬†consommation de beaucoup de sodium.¬†

Si vous trouvez ces astuces bien utiles, veuillez les partager avec vos bien-aim√©s sur Facebook, Twitter, Instagram et partout ailleurs! ūüôā¬†

Merci d’être passé par HG et passez une très agréable semaine!

 

 

 

 

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‚ÄúTo keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.‚ÄĚ BuddhaDiet and exerciseHello darlings!

I took a little time off to spend time and celebrate with my family. We had a wonderful christmas¬†and¬†I hope you did too. For many, including myself, a New Year is synonym of a new start, new goals, new resolutions! It’s that fancy time of the year – if I can even say that – that¬†we all think we deserve another chance to try again, to get it right, or simply, to be a brand new self! I applaud that! I even encourage it! However, I believe the greater achievement is when we chose to live our life as if everyday was the beginning of a new year! Good decisions, accomplishments, resolutions, better lifestyle, should all be our drive and thrive at all times. I understand that life happens and with the ups and downs, it’s easier said than done, but don’t you think the odds are usually against us when we wait until January 1st to start a new resolution? How many of us do keep these resolutions till the end of the year?! Not many! I want to invite you to make a slight change to the typical new year resolution this year! I want us to make the last chapter of the year 2014 a nearly perfect one, so I decided to kick start one of the most popular resolution for every year, which is weight loss/maintain, in this month of December, as a preparation for 2015! I don’t believe in drastic diet and workout but I know that a healthy lifestyle, a consistent workout routine, a healthy state of mind, are ¬†“Must” for us to feel good and look our best.¬†

I know we are almost at the end of the month and ideally, this post should have been out at the beginning of the month, but I’d say, let’s make the very last¬†chapter of December a prep journey for 2015! I’d love for you to join me in this mindset!¬†

Here are a few workout and diet ideas you may use to help in the process of making a better decision for your  well-being:

1- Drink lemon with warm water every morning. It will not only help shred belly fat, but it will also help in clearing up your skin and act as a digestive aid.

2- Try juicing. It’s a great way to ensure you are getting enough veggies in your diets… It will also help as a detox, especially with all the food we are and will be indulging in this time of the year.¬†

3- Cardio Workout ideas :

– Befit Cardio Workout

– Jillian Michael fat boost workout

Рwww.kodjoworkout.com has great fitness guides to get you started as well!  

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  Thanks for reading and best wishes for the holidays and new year!

 

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