January 2, 2019
 
Our Mock Property Services TEAM wishes you a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous Year!
 
Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr
 
Why the Secret to Success is Setting the Right Goals | John Doerr


Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it’s not always because they’re bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr — often, it’s simply because they’re leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us how we can get back on track with “Objectives and Key Results,” or OKRs — a goal-setting system that’s been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure — and how we can use OKRs to hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.
Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.
 
HOW TO MAKE A WEIGHT LOSS VISION BOARD THAT WORKS
by Christina | Fitness + Health, Motivation
Last week I headed over to my friend’s house to catch up before we hit up our favorite yoga class. I legit treasure this weekly tradition because I always leave the class feeling accomplished, happy, connected and energized. The workout is just an added bonus.
True to form, my girl and I quickly lost track of time, chit-chatting about work, boys, Victoria Secret yoga pants & the upcoming semi-annual sale. Minutes before we had to leave, she hit the bathroom and I hit the kitchen to re-refill my water bottle.
I saw the aerobics class schedule hanging on her fridge, surrounded by a bunch of fitspo pictures. My energy instantly shifted when I saw “DON’T BE FAT XXXXX!!!!” written across the top of her schedule. I instantly felt sad.
My friend’s intention was to use these images and words as motivation… what she didn’t know was that her ‘vision board’ was actually making her goal body harder to get.
As a former fat girl, turned nutritionist and trainer I can honestly say, weight loss straight up sucks when:
  • You don’t LOVE your body
  • You feel hopeless and insecure in your own skin
  • You struggle to stay motivated
  • You’re emotional
  • BASICALLY, IF YOUR MIND ISN’T RIGHT, YOUR BODY WON’T BE TIGHT
  • If you want your future life to look completely different then it’s important to focus your mind to happy thoughts that inspire you to make healthy choices that will transform your goal.
  • A weight loss vision board is probably one of the most valuable weight loss tools available to you… only if it’s used the right way.
  • Here you’ll learn how visualization is one of the most powerful exercises you can do to change your body. I’ll also show you how to make a weight loss vision board that actually works.
  • WHY WEIGHT LOSS VISION BOARDS WORK
  • Your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation. Your emotions serve as energy that activates the Law of Attraction. When you surround yourself with images that invoke powerful positive emotions, your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the affirmations and images. Ultimately, your vision board programs your subconscious to attract things and manifest habits that will help you reach your goal.
  • VISUALIZATION IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EXERCISES YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE YOUR BODY.
  • A tangible board works a lot better than a virtual Pinterest board because you can always see it. It’s also a good idea to make your board visually pleasing because you’re going to be looking at it often and it has to inspire happy thoughts.
SUPPLIES TO MAKE YOUR VISION BOARD
  • Pictures, quotes, and photos that cause Happy thoughts
  • Poster board, a large sheet of paper, cork board or pin board
  • Glue/pins, markers, magazines/books that can be cut up, scissors
  • You can use glitter, puffy paint, stickers, drawings, too. It’s YOUR board. Jazz it up however YOU want.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT, SO DON’T WORRY ABOUT DOING SOMETHING WRONG… FOCUS 100% ON MAKING SURE IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR VISION BOARD
Of course, your vision board should include pictures of how you want your body to look when you’ve lost weight.  It’s crucial that you include things that Make. You. Feel Great.  For example, I’m short…. I’m 5’1″ and have a naturally athletic type of build. I want to feel happy and confident when I eat and exercise. That’s why I use images of fit shorty’s that look happy and confident while they’re eating or exercising.
The happier your board makes you feel, the easier it will be for you to get your goal. Load your board with as many images, quotes, and words that give you so many happy thoughts that you feel like you could out-fly Peter Pan.
If I used pictures of 5’10 stick-thin supermodels, I’d immediately start resenting the fact that I’m not… the emotional equivalent of getting stuck in pity-party quicksand that triggers me to give up, eat and/or skip the gym.
It’s also good to include things you WANT to look at because they make you feel empowered, happy and motivated about losing weight.
OTHER THINGS YOU TO ADD TO YOUR VISION BOARD:
  • Motivational quotes statements that make you feel confident and empowered…
  • Pretty pictures healthy food and recipes you’d like to try
  • Exercises or specific training goals – like crossing the finish line of a half marathon or a yoga pose you’d like to master.
  • The types of clothes you’ll be wearing at your goal weight (Bikinis and form fitting dresses!)
  • Images of people you admire, like me (wink!) Jillian Michaels or someone you love, like your man (or a man you want to attract), kids or parents
Whatever you want. As much as you want. It’s your board, so put whatever YOU want on it.
THE MORE THE MERRIER
It’s a good idea to create a few weight loss vision boards. I suggest having a main vision board and a few smaller ones scattered throughout your home. That way you can keep your main board in your bathroom and hang the others on your fridge or workspace – anywhere you want extra inspiration and motivation.
HOW TO USE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS VISION BOARD
  • Look at your vision board often and feel the inspiration it provides.
  • Read your affirmations and inspirational words aloud
  • See yourself living a life in your goal body.
  • Believe it is already yours.
  • Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life.
  • Imagine how it will feel to step on the scale and see the number you want.
  • Picture yourself shopping for new clothes in smaller sizes…
  • Acknowledge any goals you have already achieved… and feel proud about the progress you’ve made and changes you can see or feel.
A vision board won’t be as effective if you don’t know how to get motivated to lose weight or if you’re not truly ready to lose weight.  If you struggle to stay happy this post will help you get in a good mood in 15 minutes flat…. but it’s hard to get happy and feel motivated if you have hormone imbalances, toxic buildup, or metabolic dysfunction working against you.
So before you start your vision board it’s better to make sure you don’t have something deeper going on.  That’s exactly why I developed my free metabolic analysis and training.
It’s completely free and will let you know if you have any metabolic issues working against you and explain what your body type is and the best way that you can start fixing it.
 
HEALTHY PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE RECIPE – DAIRY FREE, LOW SUGAR
by Christina| Healthy Recipes
I don’t know about you but I’m a diehard pumpkin spice fan… Except I don’t do toxic ingredients or tons of sugar.
That’s why I’m sharing my Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie recipe.  This pumpkin smoothie is delicious, and I love drinking this even in the summer when I’m channeling fall sweater weather.
PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE RECIPE
This healthy pumpkin smoothie is:
  • Full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, which will help keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day.
  • It’s low in sugar, too.
  • The fresh pumpkin puree and spices add rich chemical-free pumpkin flavor and Vitamins A and C.
  • The best part?  This smoothie’s second all-star ingredient is collagen… which helps your gut health, joints, hair, nails and skin.  The pumpkin puree Vitamin C helps your body absorb collagen better, too!
Remember to opt for organic ingredients, especially that canned pumpkin purée! I love it because the can is BPA free.
INGREDIENTS
*organic ingredients recommended*
  • 1/4 cup freshly brewed chai tea (use 1 tea tag in ¼ cup of water)
  • 1 scoop protein powder – I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  •  ¼ cup nut-based milk alternative, like almond, coconut, or cashew
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • ½ peeled, frozen banana
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp. walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. stevia
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 ice cubes
DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency. You may have to adjust your ice… Also, feel free to modify the spices to suit your taste.
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LIFESTYLE & SEASONAL
Dealing with a Winter Wonderland
 
It looks like the Northeast is going to get treated to yet another long, cold, wet winter this year. While no one can deny that the first snowfall of the season is somehow always magical, once the reality of icy sidewalks, snow covered driveways, and slippery roadways hits, some of us start to consider a move further down south.
  
Snow Removal Paver Care: When it comes to dealing with ice and snow removal, patio and driveway pavers are relatively easy to care for and withstand winter weather better than poured cement or concrete. The damage to poured slabs is caused by the freeze-thaw cycles that repeatedly occur in colder climate zones.  Melting snow and ice (water) seeps into the pores of the concrete. Once the temperature drops below freezing again, the water re-freezes and expands within, stressing the slab and eventually cracking it. This cycle repeats itself many times over throughout a rough winter.
  
On the other hand, because pavers are installed “independent” of one another and have narrow joints between them, they tolerate repeated freeze/thaw cycles much better.  This small gap allows the pavers to flex to adjust to the temporary frost heave. Additionally, pavers have a greater resistance to de-icing products.  This is due in part to their high cement content, strength, density and low absorption rate. When installed correctly, your pavers will lie as smooth as poured concrete. In fact, the chamfered edges and joints between the pavers promote surface drainage of melting of snow and ice. Your pavers can be plowed and shoveled just like an asphalt or concrete sidewalk or driveway, but to ensure they maintain their beauty, EP Henry recommends the following tips:
   

  • If it’s a light, dry snow, a gas-powered leaf blower gets the job done with no chance of damage.
  • In order to prevent scratches on the paver’s surface, only use shovels with plastic blades or rubber tipped edges.
  • If you are plowing, a rubber edge on the blade is recommended.
  • Do not use chains on snow blower or plow tires.
  • Sodium chloride (rock salt) will melt ice but can harm pavers (and any concrete surface for that matter). Calcium chloride will remove snow and ice and is less harmful when melting snow and ice. Products that use Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) such as Fusion Melt are considered the most effective and least harmful deicers to use on paving stone.
  • Do not use sharp objects to chop ice, as this can damage the paver.
  • Once your driveway or sidewalk is free from ice, it is recommended that you sweep the entire surface to remove the ice-melting product.
If you have a large expanse of pavers to remove snow from, consider hiring an area expert. Look for landscape companies who are experienced in paver installation; they’ll have the right equipment and know what precautions to take when cold weather hits.
Published: November 26, 2018
Category: Lifestyle & Seasonal, EP Henry

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