What Will You Change in 2013?

change2A new year is before us and as usual my adrenalin level is running high. There are so many things I’d like to change about myself, but rather than make things too complicated, I’m just going to take one day at a time. I know that if I try to take on too much, I’ll become overwhelmed and things won’t get done.

Before 2012 ended, I treated myself to a new membership with Planet Fitness. My goal is to lose those ten pounds that’s been following me for the past few years.  I’m about 2 weeks into my weekly exercise routine that consists of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and 30 minutes of strength training and so far,  I like the results I am beginning to see.  I recently read that it takes 21 days to create a good habit and only 7 days to break it. I’m two weeks into it, so I’m almost there.

I want to also change the foods I eat. I’ve learned that processed  and fried foods are really not good for human consumption, so I’ll gradually phase those things out by substituting fresh and baked or broiled foods. Eating more fruits, vegetables and less carbohydrates will also help me to reach my weight loss goal.

Among other goals I’ve set for 2013 is to learn another language (preferably Spanish). I’ve also enrolled in an online class in order to get an Associate Degree in Interior Decorating.  Decorating is something I really love doing and I have a passion for it. It’s been said that if you find something you really enjoy doing, it will never be called a job.

Self improvement is another area in my life that has and always will be an ongoing process for me. I am determined to see change and improvement in everything I do.  All of my efforts will be fueled with positive thoughts and an attitude that refuses to quit even if I fail at something a few times.

What will you change about yourself in 2013?  Your goals may be big or small  but it really doesn’t matter. Just keep in mind that your goals will only be accomplished through daily effort and persistence. No goal worth attaining comes easy–so stay in there until you’ve achieved it. Remember, “winners never quit and quitters never win”!

The Earthbound Report

In the past, most things that you owned were built to last. Household goods were expensive, and you looked after what you had, repairing things and maintaining them. In the early 20th century, new industrial processes and new materials – plastic especially – began to change that. One of the first and best known examples is the Dixie cup, invented in 1907 in response to a health scare about shared tin cups used at public water fountains. Vending machines with paper cups were a much more hygienic solution. Today, we get through billions of paper and plastic cups every year, 146 billion in the US alone.

It’s a funny thing, disposability. One-use items are often more convenient. You don’t need to wash them and put them away, or worry about breaking them, and they’re more hygienic, especially for medical equipment. On the other hand, it’s far cheaper to own…

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‘I Didn’t Get Thin’, and Other 2012 Fails

I didn’t get thin either, but my goal to accomplish this obstacle in 2013 is at the top of my “to do list”.



1759287325906430_mog9bpdo_c It’s almost the end of the world year, and that can only mean one thing: lists. We make lists to commemorate the end of a crappy year, and then we make new ones to overload ourselves with selfish hopes for a new one. I for one, love this tradition, and plan on sharing my morsels of self-loathing with you!

2012 was no highlight of my life; I didn’t achieve a coveted trophy or pop out a baby. My year consisted mostly of dieting, dating, and then a long dry stretch of celibacy which included learning how to cook. I didn’t learn how to “act like a boss”, though I did finish Mass Effect 3 five times before realizing that freewill is a lie, and that the ending will never ever ever change.

I could use this opportunity to toot my own horn, but what fun would that be? So, as…

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Change the World.One Circle at a time!


Fix Your Radius. Draw Your Circle. Own It!

In his book “How Many Friends Does One Person Need“, Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist, presents a concept of concentric circles to explain how we position our friends around us. These Social Networking circles are similar to the ones we now find on Google+, only that they are not limited to the virtual world. In real life too, we have clearly defined emotional boundaries that define the strength of the emotional bond we share with people in each of the circles. The closer the circle to the center, the stronger the bond.

Now let’s try to extend this proposition to construct a model that will direct our efforts to bring about change in this world.

Along lines similar to social networking circles, every person possesses a range of influence which too can be divided into concentric circles, our level of…

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Changes All Around

Lauren Inside & Out

It’s been eight months since my last blog. Clearly I’m not very committed to this blog thing. I really want to be. But intentions are wholly different than taking action. So here I am, taking action. Even if it means writing about silly things. I believe my main problem is I over think the question, “Why blog?” and I end up not blogging because it seems like a waste of time, just rambling about life, etc. But I like blogging. I like writing. I’m still searching for my niche in the blogging world.

I was looking back at my blogs from January and realizing that a lot of what I hoped to accomplish this year has happened. Resolutions, or perhaps aspirations is more appropriate. I have worked full-time for almost nine months now, and I’m very excited to be starting a new position in the next week or so (with…

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Why Do Seasons Change?

Out of the fours seasons of the year, Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. I love everything about it especially the way the leaves change to the most beautiful colors you can imagine. This post will address changes in our environment and why seasons change. The information contained below was taken from an internet search for answers to the following questions:


Seasons change because the axis of the earth is tilted by 23.5 degrees (from a line perpendicular to its orbit). As the earth moves around its orbit there is a time when it is tilted towards the sun and so receives a higher concentration of the sun’s energy (summer) and a time when it is tilted away and receiving less energy (winter). This also explains why it is summer in N hemisphere when it is winter in S hemisphere.*


Summer starts with the Summer Solstice.  The solstice is defined as the longest daylight of the year, with the shortest night. The solstice always comes in late June in the northern hemisphere. (If you are in the southern hemisphere you will have your Winter Solstice and the start of Winter when we have our first day of Summer)

After Summer, Autumn (or Fall) begins on the Autumnal Equinox.  The equinox is defined as the day when day and night are of equal length on all parts of the globe, approximately 12 hours each. Fall officially begins in late September.

The first day of Winter aligns with the Winter Solstice, the opposite of the Summer Solstice and the shortest day of the year with the longest night. This occurs in late December in the northern hemisphere.

Spring begins on the Vernal Equinox, again when day and night are approximately equal all over the globe. This usually falls in late March.*

The changing of seasons, a timely transition of astronomical events only emphasizes that at some point in our lives, if we want better circumstances or if we want to feel better about ourselves, we must change from within. Change as it applies to the seasons is transitional due to the tilting of the earth; whereas change as it applies to human beings is a spiritual journey of awakening. It is a point in our lives when we become introduced to our other selves and  a journey that most of us will experience when our minds are opened to allow it.