shutterstock_318362657

How to Achieve Harmonious Balanced Life

Have you ever thought of how you can live a harmonious balanced life? As it works, a whole person is always made up of numerous parts. Some of these include romantic interests, intelligence, physical health, indulgences, personal goals, religious beliefs, […]

Feng Shui 101:

Feng Shui 101: How to Harmonize Your Home in the New Year EXPAND Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, June 1972 The New Year brings with it an opportunity for a fresh start for you and your space. Everything in […]

shutterstock_271792139

Winning Tips To Better Your Personal Growth

Winning Tips To Better Your Personal Growth Everyone wants to be successful in life. Well in most cases, there is little success when an individual does not invest in personal growth. But how can one develop himself or herself to […]

7 Year-End Tax Savings Strategies December 9th, 2015 by Morna     It is December! The one time of year when you have a once-a-year opportunity to make some last-minute decisions that can dramatically affect your 2015 taxes. Within limits, you […]

shutterstock_322316630

Maintaining a harmonious home through achieving spiritual well being

Many couples and families strive to have a harmonious home in their life little to no breakthrough. Often the disharmony of a family is attributed to external factors like influence of the media on the children, a cheating spouse, and […]

 

How to Achieve Harmonious Balanced Life

shutterstock_318362657

Have you ever thought of how you can live a harmonious balanced life? As it works, a whole person is always made up of numerous parts. Some of these include romantic interests, intelligence, physical health, indulgences, personal goals, religious beliefs, financial situations, problems, fears and passions. Consequently, harmony is one condition you stand to achieve when you balance all your life parts with the world surrounding you.

Therefore, if you intend to live a harmonious balanced life, below are some of the important guides to put in place:

1. Prioritize your activities. In a bid to experience a balanced life full of harmony, experts advise that your energy and time should both be concentrated on your professional and personal priorities. Say ��no’ when it is necessary, identify what you value in life and ensure that your life is aligned around what is essential for you.
Read more »

Feng Shui 101:

Feng Shui 101: How to Harmonize Your Home in the New Year

feng shui
EXPAND

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, June 1972

The New Year brings with it an opportunity for a fresh start for you and your space. Everything in your home—the thoughtfully selected patterned rug, those cool pendant lamps—is a reflection of yourself, so it’s no wonder that a calm home reflects, and reinforces, a calm self. And who couldn’t use a bit more calm in the New Year? To that end, we put together a beginner’s guide to feng shui (pronounced fung shway) to help you head into 2016 with maximum harmony—and style—in the home.

1. CLEAR THE CLUTTER
The cardinal rule of feng shui is no clutter. Energy, or chi, must be able to flow freely throughout your space. Clutter disrupts the flow creating negative energy. Decluttering, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. Start by prioritizing the areas that bother you the most and devote a set time—as little as 10 to 15 minutes each day—to tossing out what you do not love or need.

2. OPEN THE DOOR TO POSITIVE ENERGY
An entranceway with proper feng shui will always feel welcoming: The front door will be clean, free of obstacles like packages or pairs of shoes, and open with ease. The first thing you see when you open the door sets the tone for the entire home. Place a beautiful piece of art, furniture, or any other object that feels pleasing to you at this all-important focal point and you’ll want to stick around.

3. PICK UP A PLANT
Plants purify the air by absorbing toxins and electrical pollutants admitted by appliances. Smaller plants can feel like clutter, so bigger is better and fortunately some of the best options are also the lowest maintenance. The areca palm is pet-friendly, grows up to 7 feet tall, is famous for its air-purifying benefits—even receiving the NASA stamp of approval—and is also one of the easiest palm trees to grow indoors. Perfect for those who have been known to kill every plant to ever cross their doorstep.

Other air-purifying plants we love: The Peace Lily, the Rubber Plant, and the Dracaena.

4. TAKE COMMAND IN BED
A feng shui concept known as the Command Position suggests placing your bed where you will have a clear vision of the entryway. The headboard should be against a wall and the foot of the bed should never be in line with the door. (The sweet spot is often diagonally across from the door, or the furthest point away, depending on the space.) This strategic placement lends a sense of security as you avoid being startled when others enter the room.

5. IF IT’S BROKE, FIX IT
Drawers that stick, drains that clog, and even clothes with holes are just a few examples of impediments to vitality in the home. They reflect a sense of “brokenness.” Try putting a red dot on everything that needs fixing as a way to represent the way you want your space to be. As objects are repaired and you peel the stickers off, it becomes symbolic of a positive change in energy.

6. DRAW OUTSIDE THE LINES
Hanging your art in a straight line creates what in feng shui is referred to as a “poison arrow.” These are sharp edges that shoot out aggressively and make the space feel uncomfortable. Opt for a gallery wall to soften the effect and create a natural flow of energy in a more visually appealing way.

7. LEAVE THE WATER RUNNING
Fountains are a popular feng shui cure because water is associated with wealth and therefore a flowing fountain helps with the cash flow. Fountains are also natural ionizers, meaning they diffuse negative ions in the air when used indoors. Place your fountain facing the front door to signify wealth flowing in but avoid the bedroom where it will represent worry and sorrow.

8. PUT DOWN THE SEAT
The feng shui philosophy is flush with perils relating to the toilet. Literally. Each time you flush, water, and therefore energy, escapes. Keep drains covered and lids shut to minimize the loss of both energy and prosperity. In other words, don’t flush your money down the toilet.

Relationships and communication

shutterstock_217147789

When getting into a relationship, the general concept is that it will last for a lifetime and then some. But this is not always the case. Only a few relationships make it past the first two years and of those only a select few end up in successful lifelong partnerships. But what is this that causes two people who still have deep feelings for each other to part ways only months into what could possibly have been the best relationship of their lives?

The answer is the lack of proper communication. In most cases, partners that split up usually end up confessing what they feel exactly to a close friend or relative but they forget to take the same initiative to tell their partner the same thing. Reasons for breaking up are usually mistakes made by the other partner in omission without actually knowing they were crossing the line.
Read more »

Exercise for harmonious lifestyle

shutterstock_242640412

Most people dream of living a fulfilling life devoid of lifestyle diseased and other complications brought on by avoidable circumstances. To most this is an achievable dream and they spend a fraction of their lives trying to actualize this dream. They take up yoga classes, adopt a diet and even jog on occasion to improve their health. But what they never realize is that fitness is a lifelong commitment and the results take time to become noticeable. Fitness, like education is a road with no apparent end.

Exercise, however light, is usually beneficial to the body. Burning a few calories could be the one thing keeping you from developing a lifestyle disease. So how exactly can you live fulfilling life and at the same time live within acceptable standards of fitness? The answer to this question is quite simple, regular exercise.
Read more »

Help Children to Learn and Share Family Values

shutterstock_338628512

We draw strength from institutions like society and families. They make us do things to help one another and humanity at large. You cannot go out and change the world. You’ve got your chance in the form of raising a family and spread love through it. Family bonding is quite important in building true character. Our families represent the values every single member believes in.
The need for human interaction has grown stronger than ever before. In a world where people are connected all the time, it feels that few things tend to slip our attention. It is about telling family members how much we love them and how we cherish their presence around. People who make a part of our family are often the last ones to get a €thank you’ note. We take their support and love for granted, at times.

Invest in Family to Invest Back in Society says Sanjeev Nanda
We should raise children in the right manner. They would go out and make the world a better place through their actions and deeds. They’re our strength. You would like to create the right kind of environment at home. The best part about family is that you need to earn certain things and respect is one of them. It takes one wrong act to lose respect.
You should lead children by example. They know you better than others. So, you should not try to act smart with them. It would not take them a minute to figure out if you are serious about something or not. As a parent, you should practice honesty.
Read more »

Winning Tips To Better Your Personal Growth

shutterstock_271792139

Winning Tips To Better Your Personal Growth

Everyone wants to be successful in life. Well in most cases, there is little success when an individual does not invest in personal growth. But how can one develop himself or herself to the point of achieving ultimate success? Is there a perfect formula to this? Well in this case, here are some helpful tips to better your personal growth quest.

1. Know Your Purpose in Life and What’s Important to You
We are all unique in some way, and the ideas, beliefs and self knowledge are different. Knowing what is important to you and actualizing your ideas to reality is one of the most important secrets in life. Discover what it means to be successful to you, work with role models and work with self targets to achieve your goals in life.

2. Discover Your Weaknesses
Have you ever sat down and though about why you have not achieved what you’ve been longing for? This may be a bit challenging for some people and as such, relying on friends, family and peers or even working with a guidance professional can be a better way of realizing our own weaknesses. The truth is that everyone has their own weaknesses in most cases; these interfere with or disrupt our paths to success.

3. Understand What a Balanced Life Means To You
We all have different types of personality functions and things we do in life, especially where it comes to our day to day activities. However, it is important to realize that all these happen under the sun in a 24hr day. When working and studying at the same time, you will in most cases need time for socializing with friends, being with family and such. Since all these things are important to you, striving for balance between them is a key ingredient towards personal growth and success.

4. You Have To Be a Time Manager
Is it true that most people tend to have the misconception that time is never enough? The real truth is that there is nothing referred to as time. It’s intangible and cannot be seen heard, or felt, but rather represented on what we refer to as the clock. But you need to know how to manage and utilize your time well in order for you to realize personal growth and success. Prioritizing on important things to you, avoiding distractions, and avoiding procrastination are some of the things you can do to be better time manager. Your goals and targets have to be on a specific defined timescale.

All in all, the perfect formula for personal growth may not be available, or if there is, it might not be practical for everyone. You need to know yourself better first and discover what you want ion life and the rest will follow.

7 Year-End Tax Savings Strategies

December 9th, 2015 by Morna

 

 

Tax Tips, Business Tax tipsIt is December! The one time of year when you have a once-a-year opportunity to make some last-minute decisions that can dramatically affect your 2015 taxes. Within limits, you can increase or decrease your 2015 taxable profit from your business. Come January 1st, it is too late.

 

Here is an annual list of “Seven Strategies” from Bell Springs, publisher of Small Time Operator, Write It Off! Deduct It!, and 475 Tax Deductions for Business, that can save you a bundle on your 2015 taxes:

 

Strategy #1. Pay all of your bills, including January’s monthly bills, in December and get a tax write-off in December. Expenses are deducted the year paid (cash basis taxpayers; some exceptions). However, if you do not need an extra deduction this year, if your profit and taxes are going to be very low for 2015, hold off paying bills until January. You will get the deduction next year when it will help you save on next year’s taxes.

 

Strategy #2. Buy office equipment—a new computer, copier, office furniture—before December 31st, and write off the entire cost this year. This is as long as total purchases for the year are less than the first-year write off maximum of $25,000. Or if you do not need an extra deduction this year, delay major purchases until 2016 and get the deduction next year.

 

Strategy #3. Stock up on, and pay for, business and computer supplies, stationery and other consumables, and write off the entire expense in the current year.

 

Strategy #4. Pay your 2016 service contracts, Internet fees or similar recurring charges by December 31, and write off the entire amount in 2015.

 

Strategy #5. Make and pay for needed repairs to your office and equipment in December and get a full deduction this year.

 

Strategy #6. Wait until January to bill your customers for December’s work. Income is taxed the year received (cash basis taxpayers).

 

Strategy #7. Hire your children to work in your business over the holidays. If they are under 18, you can pay each of them up to $6,200 a year, write the wage off as a business expense, and the children owe no income or payroll taxes. There are many limits and requirements to this law, but it can be a significant tax savings for you, and a fun opportunity for your kids.

 

These are just a few of the bigger and better known year-end tax strategies. For more strategies, deductions, and tax-saving tips, treat yourself to a copy of Bell Springs’ best-selling guidebooks Small Time Operator, Write It Off! Deduct It!, and 475 Tax Deductions for Business. We think you will find these guidebooks to be a most worthwhile investment. Learn more about them on our web site www.BellSprings.com.

 

The above was taken from Bell Springs annual update and used with permission. I have been a long-time fan of all these books and use them every year. Let me know how time blocking works for you. I would love to know, just leave a comment below or go over to the ICAP Facebook or Google+ pages and leave a comment there.

 

– – – – – – – – – –

 

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?

Please do! Just use it in its entirety and be sure to include the blurb below:

Morna McEver is the founder and CEO of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals where creative arts entrepreneurs craft business success. Her weekly e-zine offers tips, techniques and inspiration to help you craft business success from your creative arts passion. You can sign up for a FREE subscription at http://www.creativeartsprofessional.com.

5 TOP MOST TIPS TO MAKE HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIPS

shutterstock_228397546

5 TOP MOST TIPS TO MAKE HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIPS

Are you asking what harmonious relationship means? Well, it is simply the collaboration of two people who doesn’t wrangle or do bad things at all. This relation is impressively pleasant-sounding but in most cases, lovers or friends often sees it is difficult to create and maintain harmonious relationship. This is because most people have different perspectives. In order to create a sweet relation to your partner or family, it is wise to first learn their dos and don’t s or likes and dislikes. Relationships are well-known in teaching us various life issues and if you are probably experiencing relationship disharmony, there are guidelines to keep an eye on.

Take a look to some of tips that will make your relationships fabulous.

1. LOVE

Read more »

Spiritual Well-Being: What It Is and Why It Is Very Important

shutterstock_249454564

Spiritual well-being is a fundamental requirement for one’s physical, emotional, as well as mental health. It’s about a person’s inner life and how it relates with the wider world. The spirituality of an individual depends greatly on the community to which he/she belongs. When you are spiritually well, you positively engage with other people, yourself, as well as the environment.

Spiritual Well-Being vs. Religion

The terms religion and spirituality are often used interchangeably; however, they’ve also got their differences. Even though spirituality is a central feature for individuals of a religious faith, it doesn’t just reflect one’s religious faith. As a matter of fact, a person may be religious, yet not spiritually well. Similarly, a person be spiritually well without belonging to a particular religious group. Generally, spiritual well-being serves to enrich/enhance religious beliefs/affiliations. As a matter of fact, religion can be regarded as a form of spiritual practice.

Areas of Life Experience in Which Spiritual Well-being Is Rooted

The 3 major areas of life experience in which spiritual well-being is rooted include:

i. Relationships.

ii. Personal values.

iii. Purpose in life.
Read more »

Harmonious Quotes

Quotes tagged as “harmony” (showing 1-30 of 281)

Albert Einstein

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
Albert Einstein