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May 20, 2012

Chart a New Course For Your Life
ten easy steps to change the direction of your life

In a past life I was an executive at a Fortune 100 company. While the pay was excellent and the stock options and benefits were outstanding, there was still something missing. I was completely thankful for the opportunity and to this day I am still amazed that they gave a thirty-something kid a chance at the brass ring. Nevertheless, everyday I would go into work I knew I was not living through complete truth. I was not fulfilling my destiny and the shackles of an 8-5 were preventing me from reaching my highest calling.

I knew I needed to make a change. It was very terrifying because I was being brought out of my comfort zone and I was letting go of an enormous amount of security. The time had come for me to change directions and chart a new path for my future. I charted a new path and now 10 years later I have found myself embracing the freedom, joy and satisfaction that only being an entrepreneur can bring you. If I did it, I am certain you can as well.

Here are a few tips that might help you reach your highest calling.

1.) Plan your attack and attack your plan. I have always subscribed to the “think it then ink it” theory. A goal not written down is simply a good intention. Sit down with a pen and paper and start creating your plan. Be specific and visualize each step in your mind.

2.) Embrace your failures. Your previous failures have simply been lessons for you to guide you to success in the future. It took Thomas Edison over 500 failures before he was able to successfully invent a working light bulb. Abraham Lincoln was on the brink of financial disaster just before he was elected president of the United States. There will be failures in your life. It is inevitable for people who try. Persons who don’t try rarely fail.

3.) Create a support group. You don’t need to go it alone. Ask for moral support from friends and family. Be careful because some of them may not be a supportive as you need and they can be counter productive. You can also find networking groups on http://www.craigslist.org and http://www.meetup.com.

4.) Fake it til' you make it. If the truth must be told, nobody really knows what they are doing in the beginning and frankly there are times in my life when I am not sure I really know what I am doing. Act “as if”… as if you are already successful, as if you are all ready doing what you want to do, as if you are on top of the world and eventually you will find yourself there.

5.) Pass it Forward. Quality success is a give and take proposition. You must give back what you are given. Find yourself a good mentor; somebody who has done it before with style and grace. Read their books and articles, ask them for there mentorship but, when you get to where you want to be don’t forget to mentor somebody else.

6.) Be patient. All good things take time especially success. Be patient, drill in and commit to the long hall. Success is a journey not a destination, so enjoy the trip and smell the flowers along the way.

7.) Celebrate Benchmarks. When you follow your plan and you start knocking out pieces of it give yourself credit for getting these pieces done; calibrate and then celebrate. You are on your way and these little successes are your mile markers.

8.) Soar with other eagles. Eagles soar alone and buzzards flock together. When you are successful you will be in the top 5% of people in the world. It is lonely on top but, you are an eagle and eagles are held in the highest esteem of all birds.

9.) Live in the moment. Don’t allow yourself to get dragged down by the past and don’t let yourself get paralyzed by fear about the future. Be in the present, work you’re plan and live completely in the moment.

10.) Don't look back. There will be days that you will question everything you have done. You will question if what you are doing is the right think. Once you have made the leap there is no turning back. Looking back during challenging days will only stifle you. You are exactly where you need to be in this very moment and with patience and courage you will see these days through. See tip nine and three for help.

Now that you are armed with the same arsenal that I had when I started, shake your tail tiger and reach for your brass ring. You will work hard but it is even more important to work smart.

Who knows, perhaps entrepreneurship is in your future as well. I hope to see your face on the cover of Fortune Magazine.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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Focus on Your Future Not Your Past
Max Steingart

Your future is a big adventure. Prepare for your future don't live in the past.
Savor your good memories, use any bad ones as lessons in life.

Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future. Think, feel and see yourself as successful. To achieve any goal in life, you need to project your end result. Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you'll feel. Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day
and they'll bring your desired goals into view.

Sooner or later, you can win if you think you can. The cards you are dealt in life are less important than the way you play them. Everyday you're offered a new deal and new cards.

Success is in your future if you're willing to work for it.

Copyright 2012 www.yourdailymotivation.com


the cause and effect

Candida is most commonly known to be associated with “yeast infections” in women, thrush when in a baby's mouth, or athlete's foot. Yet, it is a fungus that can cause many more conditions in the human body. It is part of our normal terrain, however, when it overgrows is when problems arise. Ever wonder why you are so tired, have sugar or alcohol cravings, headaches, indigestion, itchy skin or rashes, mood problems and more? It is possible that candida albicans could be the culprit, although there are more than 150 other strains. Don't blame it entirely though, because it can only be problematic if something else isn't keeping it check or balance with the other natural flora in  your body. Possibilities could be a diet that is high in sugar acts as a food source for this fungus, a weakened immune system that allows its overgrowth, or antibiotic use that disrupts the balance of bacteria.

Naturopathic medicine principles suggest to identify and treat the cause. This is important to do when treating candida or any condition, as it will help decrease the chance of recurrence. To determine if you truly have candida, a variety of testing is available, although not always 100% reliable. Some suggest simply taking a questionnaire, such as the one in “The Yeast Connection by Dr. Crook, as well as talking with your holistic doctor.

Here are a few tips help your body be in balance:

1. Eat mostly protein and low carb vegetables. Consider a diet like the Paleolithic which focuses on foods that are natural and nutritious. There are resources on the web for anti-candida diets and sometimes even fruit is restricted because of the sugar. Fruits that are low in sugar include:






Low carbohydrate vegetables include:







-green beans




-green peppers


2. Avoid sugar. Reserve these the sweet tooth for special occasions if you can. Remember, sugar is the other white powder, as in highly addictive! Go 3 weeks without sugar and you will most likely break the bad habit. You can satisfy a sweet craving with stevia though as that doesn't affect your blood sugar or feed candida.

3. Consider some supplements: probiotics will help recolonize your digestive tract with healthy bacteria which will help keep your immune system up to par. Other immune boosters can be vitamin D and colloidal silver, amongst many others. There are also natural anti-fungals such as garlic that is available in capsule form. It is always best to talk to a professional to see which supplement is right for you.

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information on this site is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.


People Pleasers - Living for Ourselves
Madisyn Taylor

We may not realize until we are adults that we are living our life to make our parents happy.

Most of us come to a point in our lives when we question why we are doing what we are doing, and many of us come to realize that we may be living our lives in an effort to make our parents happy. This realization can dawn when we are in our 20s, our 40s, or even later, depending upon how tight a hold our family of origin has on our psyche. We may feel shocked or depressed by this information, but we can trust that it is coming to us at this time because we are ready to find out what it would mean to live our lives for ourselves, following the call of our own soul, and refusing any longer to be beholden to someone else’s expectations.

One of the most common reasons we are so tied into making our parents, or others, happy, is that we were not properly mirrored when we were children. We were not honored as individuals in our own right, with a will and purpose of our own, to be determined by our own unfolding. As a result, we learned to look outside of ourselves for approval, support, and direction rather than look within. The good news is that the part of us that was not adequately nurtured is still there, inside us, like a seed that has not yet received the sunlight and moisture it needs to open and to allow its inner contents to unfurl. It is never too late to provide ourselves with what we need to awaken this inner being.

There are many ways to create a safe container for ourselves so that we can turn within and shine the light of awareness there. We may join a support group, go to therapy, or start a practice of journaling every day for half an hour. This experience of becoming is well worth the difficult work that may be required of us to get there. In whatever process we choose, we may feel worse before we feel better, but we will ultimately find out how to live our lives for ourselves and how to make ourselves happy.


Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Citrus Shrimp Salad
Total Servings 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Carbs Per Serving: 12.9 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes
Skill Level: Easy

1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 pound medium peeled and de-veined shrimp
1 cup watercress, chopped
1 medium head cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons
Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
Nonfat cooking spray or a dash of olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
1/2 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds (optional)


In a food processor, add the garlic, lemon juice, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and blend until smooth.

Pour lemon juice mixture into a medium sized bowl then add shrimp. Toss to coat evenly, cover with plastic wrap then marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

In a large serving bowl, add the watercress, cabbage, and carrot and mix until combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice with Fructevia, Steviva Blend or Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder then pour over salad mix. Toss until well-coated.

Spray a small skillet with nonfat cooking spray. Pour shrimp with the marinade into the pan and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until shrimp is completely pink in the center.

Place cooked shrimp in center of salad and garnish with optional basil, sesame seeds and peanuts.

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