Bob Harper The Skinny Rules

Here are some rules I found in the form of an infographic. It’s by Bob Harper and it’s a bunch of rules to help you get skinny and stay skinny. Good luck, I know it’s hard to lose weight, and/or get healthy.

bob harper the skinny rules


Fat Burning Detox Drink

apple cider vinegar drink


How To Detox

I found this Burning Detox drink on Pinterest. It reminds me of the drink I make myself every morning to help me with high blood pressure. I make mine with celery stalks and beets. The beets I buy from Trader Joes. I tried buying beets whole and cutting them up but just too messy. So I add the beets and the celery plus a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar to my Ninja and gulp it down.

Staging Your Home

This awesome post is about staging your home. The blog is called “Becoming Minimalist”. Please read his works here:


I am 38 years old. And I have lived in 16 different homes.

Now, most of these moves took place when I was young. But since getting married to my wife 15 years ago, we have lived in 5 different homes. Needless to say, moving is something I have become accustomed to. And as a result, I have become familiar with the process of buying and selling houses.

Each time we have sold a home, we have been advised by our realtor to “stage our home for selling.”

So then, in the weeks prior to our house hitting the market, we spent numerous hours “staging our home” for the sale. We did the research describing what makes a home attractive to a potential buyer and put most of their recommendations into place. By the end, our house looked better than it ever had since moving in—and then we sold it to some lucky family.

Each time, I can’t help but be struck by the irony of the situation. We spend countless hours getting our home into its best possible condition, only to leave it? Most of the time while staging our home for sale, I wondered why we had never put in the effort to stage our home for living. You know, so we could have actually enjoyed it more while we called it home.

To not make the same mistake we did, consider setting aside a weekend to stage your house for living. The process will take some time, energy, and money. It will take some intentional effort. But in the end, your home just may look better than the day you bought it. And maybe, just maybe, it could be a little bit of fun too.

A Step-by-Step Process to Stage Your Home for Living.

Remove 1/3 of your possessions. Those who stage a home for sale will tell you to remove roughly 33% of your personal possessions from the property. Less stuff means your rooms/closets have room to breathe and feel more spacious. A decluttered home is calm and inviting.

This may be easier if you were actually moving (natural purging almost always takes place during transition), but if you wouldn’t take it with you when you moved, why let it take up space in your life today?

Grab some cardboard boxes and walk through your home room-by-room, closet-by-closet, and drawer-by-drawer. Collect all the stuff you no longer need or love. Donate it, sell it, or give it away.

Find a home for everything. Walking again through your home, make note of the items that are stored in your field of vision (think countertops, toys, entertainment units). Why are those items stored out in the open? Are they in the wrong room? Are they too big to be stored out of sight? Is their proper home too crowded? Intentionally identify the visible clutter. Ask questions to identify the problem. And brainstorm a new solution.

Find new places to store these items out of sight. Visible clutter pulls at our attention and distracts us on an ongiong basis. On the other hand, clean, undistracted rooms promote relaxation and intentionality.

Declutter counter tops, cupboards, and drawers. Buyers always open cupboards, drawers, and closets. Unfortunately, storage spaces packed too tightly look small, unsightly, and counter-productive. Remove unneeded items from everyday storage spaces. This won’t be difficult. You have likely collected a number of items over the years that are no longer necessary. At this point, they are only taking up space in your storage areas. Discard them. As an added benefit, you just may realize you have had enough storage space all along.

Personalize your decorations. Realtors and professional home stagers will ask you to remove most of your personal decorations as it subtly communicates “I live here, not you,” to your potential buyer. And that is not a good aura to give the future residents of your home.

However, when staging your home for living, leave the personal decorations. Even better, capitalize on them! Rather than devaluing them,highlight them by removing some of the non-personal decorations in your home. As a result, the ones that make you unique will play a more pronounced role in your home.

Give your bathroom the attention it deserves. Put away personal hygiene products. Scrub bathtubs, toilets, and shower walls. Make clean and bright your goal. It’s not glamorous, but it sure makes getting ready every morning more enjoyable.

Consider curb appeal. Realtors will tell you that you can never spend too much attention on curb appeal. Your potential buyer will likely make their decision on your home within the first few minutes of entering. Therefore, first impressions are the most important. And the very first impression they receive is when they pull into your driveway.

If you have children, clean up their toys. If you have shrubs, prune them. Lay fresh mulch. Put some grass seed on the bare spots in your yard. Paint your foundation. Plant some flowers. After all, you pull into your driveway almost everyday of your life. Don’t you want to pull into something you’d like to purchase all over again?

Clean thoroughly. Clean the surface. Then, clean deeper. Give extra attention to corners and windows and hard-to-reach areas. Just like in the bathroom, make clean and bright your goal. If you’ve successfully removed a good portion of personal possessions, you’ll find this task far easier to complete.

Complete minor repairs. Take a notepad and create a to-do list of minor home repairs such as wall nicks, paint touch-ups, squeaky doors, running toilets, loose pieces, and burnt out light bulbs. Most of the minor repairs can be handled in less than 20 minutes for less than $15 and can be found with a simple Google search.

Eventually, the repairs need to happen. And if they have to be taken care of before you sell your house anyway, why not repair them when you can actually enjoy them too? The investment sure beats walking back into your bathroom to wiggle the handle on a running toilet 3 times a day.

Tackle a major repair. Roof about to go? Replace it. Leaky basement? Research your solutions. Kitchen appliances barely working? Go for it. These major repairs can be costly. And I’d never advise you to go into debt to stage your home for living. But if the time ever comes when your house does indeed need to be sold, an inspector/realtor will ask you to solve the problems. And if it gets to that, you’ll be paying for someone else to enjoy them rather than yourself.

Likely the hardest part of staging your home for living is finding the motivation to get started. I get it. Life gets busy. And without the potential for a future sale on the horizon, it can be difficult to get started. So you just may need to artificially create the momentum to get started in the process. That is, unless the simple fact that you live everyday in this home is motivation enough.

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Joshua Becker

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Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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Akashic Records – How To Access

The following is from a beautiful writer named Akemi G.  Please visit her work here –

Accessing the Hall (or the Library) of the Akashic Records is not difficult. It is not a privilege allowed only to a handful of people; the Universe doesn’t discriminate. And there are many ways to access. Don’t get sidetracked to practice astral projection, etc. just because you read someone accessed the Akashic Records by astral projection. That’s like believing you must practice skateboarding because you read someone got to the public library by his skateboard. Get the skateboard only when you love skateboarding; in order to access the Akashic Records, choose the approach that feels comfortable and efficient for you.

The motivation is even more critical than the skill. If someone attempts to enter the Hall of the Akashic Records with mere curiosity, not to mention malicious intentions, they are rejected (often by getting confused). The curiosity might sound innocent enough, as in “Let’s find out what my boyfriend / girlfriend was like in their past lives …” Learning who they were / are won’t improve your relationship until you understand who you are. We always want to begin with ourselves. The good news is that reading the Akashic Records that are relevant to you is even easier — you carry a copy of your Records, so to say.

Here is a simple yet effective way to read the Akashic Records. It’s from my book, Why We Are Born: Remembering Our Purpose through the Akashic Records, Chapter V, The Infinite Wisdom Within.

Psychic reading is nothing more than well-developed intuition. This book is not intended to be about psychic development, but for those who are interested, here is an introduction to reading your own Akashic Records. Please use it to deepen your understanding of yourself.

Reading your own Akashic Records doesn’t require you to access the Hall of the Akashic Records, where all the Akashic Records are stored. You carry the energetic copy of your own Akashic Records. So, reading your own Akashic Records is not particularly difficult, but still there are some prerequisites. One is the ability to get into a meditative state. While the regular intuition can come in a casual way, reading the Akashic Records takes a little more focus. You need to be able to set aside your current thoughts and be open to whatever information you may find.

The other prerequisite is the willingness to reveal and accept whatever is recorded about yourself. You might receive disturbing information, such as the way you died in one of your past lives or some serious problems that bothered you for a long time back then—and how you yourself contributed to the problem. If, in your daily life, you tend to avoid problems or neglect challenges, how can you face such information when you read your Akashic Records?

Although it is not a prerequisite, compassionate understanding of humanity and its history is also helpful to make the reading meaningful. For example, let’s say you find you were a slave driver in your past life. If you think this is horrible and close your heart, the reading ends there. Being a slave driver, however, doesn’t automatically mean you were a mean and cruel person. Maybe you tried to treat them as kindly and fairly as possible, but because you were only the middle management and not the owner, there wasn’t much you could do. And perhaps this dilemma is the reason why you feel hesitant to accept the promotion to management position now—you are afraid of getting into the same kind of dilemma. A reading can only be as deep as your understanding of life.

To start the reading session of your Akashic Records, you might want to have a certain ritual. Doing some preparatory meditation is a good idea. Voicing your intention is also a good practice. Say something like, “Let the energy of Love, Light, and Truth prevail on Earth. My spirit guides, please help me open my Akashic Records so that I may have the wisdom to live this life with more awareness and courage.” The “Love, Light, and Truth” part is essential. You are making it clear that you are doing this reading with love, not judgments; with light (spiritual awareness), not confusion; and for truth, rather than hiding in untruth or ignorance. In other words, you are saying that you are open to the truth, whatever it may be, and you are willing to receive it with love and light.

I do not recommend reading the Akashic Records with sheer curiosity because it won’t be very productive. If you just ask, “What was I doing in my past life?” you could receive information regarding any of your many past lives, regardless of how influential that lifetime may be to your present life. The answer would probably be uninteresting and vague. Like any intuitive inquiries, the inquiry for the Akashic Records needs to be clear and direct. So please read the Akashic Records for problem solving. For example, you might want to ask something like, “This (brief description of your issue) is what I’ve been working on, and I feel there is something more than I know in my present life. If this is true, please provide the information of when and how this problem originated.”

Just like any intuitive messages, the way you receive the information depends on which of your clairs is most developed.

You might see a picture or video clip in your energetic eye. You might hear music that symbolizes something. You might feel it, smell it, or taste it. You might just know. Or perhaps it will be the combination of a few of these. Receive the information, ask some additional clarifying questions if you need to, and then close the session with gratitude. You receive just as much information as is helpful for you now.

How will you know if you have received accurate information? It will resonate and make sense to you. You might even experience changes. Although this doesn’t happen with every accurate reading, I have heard interesting cases, such as pains dissipating or relationships improving or ending for no apparent reason. There are also people who temporarily feel down, such as by catching a cold, before they feel better.

There are, however, special cases when the accurate reading does not resonate at all—in fact, you’d be tempted to deny the reading by all means. It’s when the reading reveals the most uncomfortable truth about yourself. If this happens, it’s a good idea not to go back to denial. Getting this uncomfortable reading can be the start of changing your life—if you so choose.

A few additional cautions: Especially in the beginning, keep your reading session brief. The Akashic Records contain an astronomical amount of information, so it’s critical to keep your focus. Otherwise, you could get overwhelmed by the various pieces of information. This can result in inaccuracy in reading, and further, your brain can get overloaded. Do not get carried away with curiosity.

While we are discussing the Akashic Records, allow me to caution you not to read other people’s Akashic Records unless you have their explicit consent. We share the information and insights in the Akashic Records, but this doesn’t mean you are entitled to compromise others’ privacy. Reading the Akashic Records is like walking into someone’s house and looking around. If it’s your own house, you obviously have the right to do this. You own even the things you have forgotten to be there, so you have the right to open the boxes and check their contents. With other people’s houses, however, you don’t just walk in and snoop around. Even when your intention is benevolent, it is not yours to do so. A minor exception is those who are significant in your life, like your family members. With them, you may read their Akashic Records to the extent that is relevant to you.

Those who force their way in to gain information in the Akashic Records may receive inaccurate information, information that sounds right and is probably close to truth but not entirely true. This is why some books on the Akashic Records or the past life regression sound unnecessarily complicated. They are weaving reliable and inaccurate information together.

The Akashic Records are our shared resource throughout the history of this universe. Perhaps, when this universe ends and another one starts with another Big Bang, we will have another set of the Akashic Records. Until then, please treat this energetic record with respect.

Now, it is one thing to read a book; it is another to understand it. In order to really understand the information in the Akashic Records, we need to understand how life in this physical plane works. This is why the majority of my book, Why We Are Born, is about life in general.

It seems many books on the Akashic Records are filled with anecdotes on past life readings. Anecdotes can be helpful, but I’m concerned that this trend might lead people to think that the Akashic Records are only about past lives. There are far more there. So, in Why We Are Born, there are no anecdotes.

If you are interested how past lives can affect present lifetime, you might like my novel, I Remember You. It is completely fictional, and because it is fictional, I could illustrate some key points more neatly than presenting piles of anecdotes.

You can find all my books on my Amazon author page. I hope you enjoy them.

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