Essentials Every Working Mom Needs

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The term “working mom” traditionally applies to a mother who also holds a paid full-time or part-time job outside her home. But if you’re looking at it a bit more deeply, the title “working mom” actually applies to all mothers, as raising children and running and managing a household are full-time jobs in themselves.

But the traditional “working moms” have different needs as they juggle their responsibilities at home and their 9-to-5 jobs. That’s double the struggle! To working moms out there, they may need some things that will keep their everyday routine in check, help save time and effort and keep their own sanity intact.

1) A calendar or an organizer/planner
If you think you do not need a calendar or an organizer as you believe you are able to memorize all of your scheduled meetings, you have to reconsider. With so many obligations and commitments, it’s easy to forget to show up at an all-important board meeting or attend your child’s first play. You will still need a good calendar. All phones (smartphones or basic phones) have calendars, but it’s still nice to have an old-school calendar hanging on the kitchen wall where you will write your upcoming activities as reminders.

For working mothers with loaded schedules in particular, an organizer or a planner is an absolute must, whether it’s a digital app or the good ol’ paper type. Sync your calendar with your spouse’s or partner’s and set plenty of alarms and reminders.

2) A professional house cleaner
Nope, it’s not a gadget or an appliance, but an actual human house cleaner. Your hands are probably too full to do the household chores such as loading the dishwasher, doing the laundry or vacuuming your living room carpet. You deserve to come to a home that’s clean and smelling fresh after a grueling day at work. Hire a house cleaning professional to take care of that, ideally at least once or a couple of times a month. The article “Home Cleaning Services – When Will You Need One?” stresses the importance of hiring a professional house help.

3) Multi-purpose makeup products
More often than not, working moms do not have much time to do re-touches especially when they attend one event to the next. Of course, they want to look good all the time – from the board room to the classroom. But moms also have to be efficient in whatever they do, instead of getting to spend a minute or so rummaging through ten lipsticks and three kinds of foundation.

Rather than carrying the whole makeup bag, you should carry double- or multi-purpose cosmetic products. They may include BB creams that also act as moisturizer and sunblock, a lipstick that can also be used as blush or an eye shadow that can also be used as an eyeliner. If your job also requires traveling and field work, multi-purpose makeup products are a real blessing.

4) Large work bags
When you were still single, all you had to carry was a small shoulder bag or a purse with all your personal essentials – money, credit card, a few pieces of makeup and a smartphone. Now that you’re a working mom, things have definitely changed. Stuffing the usual office items and some baby stuff (such as breast pump and baby wipes) together in your small bag is really an inconvenience. You need a large bag with lots of space to organize your things, but you also want a bag that’s comfortable and stylish. Expect these “working mom bags” to be pricey though, so check if they are sturdy but comfortable to carry. Most importantly, these bags should have ample storage space and compartments to make sure they’re worth the purchase.

5) Versatile and comfortable clothing
For pregnant and lactating working moms, the choice of clothing should not be based on being fashionable alone. Of course, they still want to dress well, but they know that comfort should be the top factor for choosing maternity and pump-friendly clothing. A flowy blouse, a pair of stretchable maternity pants or a one-piece working dress are ideal pieces of maternity clothing. There are a growing number of brands that manufacture and sell pump-friendly and nursing clothing such as blouses, shirts, brassieres, sleep wears and even formal dresses. Usually, these nursing clothes and underwear have flaps or panels that can be pulled down so that you could breastfeed your baby easily and comfortably.

Nursing in public can be so awkward. Luckily, there are nursing dresses that come with an extra layer of fabric draped in a crisscross over the other, so that you will be able to breastfeed your baby privately.

How to Master in Balancing Work and Family

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All working moms are different, yet are the same too. And what binds them together is the balancing act between work life and family (and insert school, as well). The struggle seems to be never-ending: how do you balance between work and family time which both demand your time?

It’s not unusual that many working moms do not feel good about their divided attention.

They feel guilty when they ignore their kids in favor of their work outside the home. But they will feel also feel bad about AWOL-ing themselves from work to attend their child’s PTA meeting.

Many moms feel a tremendous amount of regret and guilt whenever they spend their time with their bosses, clients and co-workers than with their own kids. Sometimes, they even feel guilt about enjoying being in the office rather than being at home! We know that you are not alone in this dilemma. It’s because whenever they come home from work, they would often feel tired, exhausted and sometimes irritable. They are too drained to spend quality time with their spouses and children, and all they want to do for the moment is to retire to bed.

Of course, many moms feel also guilty that their kids are growing and they feel rather terrible for missing out the most important milestones in their lives, such as watching them taking their first steps or attending to their first day of kindergarten.

Don’t get “married” to your work too much.

Do you feel that you are “married” to your job too much? Sure, it’s tempting to put on extra hours at work especially if you’re gunning for that dream promotion. Or you simply want to keep yourself productive and just make money. But if you spend too much of your time working, it can take a toll on your health. It can also lead to lost time with your spouse or partner, your children and your friends.

Achieving the work-life balance.

Striking an ideal work-life balance will likely be a continuous challenge. But since time cannot be fabricated, it is important to set certain limits. If you are not able to set limits, work on them or else, your obligations will leave you with no more time to spend with your family or do the things that you enjoy doing.

Time management is the most challenging and the most crucial when attempting to strike a perfect work-life balance. Remember, it’s okay in not trying to be a Super Mom so don’t take all the invitations and projects in. Choose the tasks that you feel you are able to accomplish, and do away and/or delegate others that you cannot handle or cannot enjoy. You don’t have to attend every PTA meetings, chaperone your kid to his field trips or reluctantly accept another job assignment.

You can also voice out your concerns and possible solutions with your employer and colleagues so that you can reach to a compromise. This will free you up to focus on the tasks and activities that you are good at, or enjoy doing.

At home, you should organize household tasks efficiently. If your kids are big enough, teach them on how to clean up after themselves such as putting away toys or making their own beds. Delegate other tasks to much older children such as preparing a table for dinner or loading the dishwasher. Do the laundry in batches because you don’t want to dump all of them for your day-off. Go to the grocery at least once a week and cook meals in big batches, keeping half of the servings in the fridge for the next meal. It will save you from trooping to the kitchen next time.

Learn to say no. In our stay-driven culture, it’s difficult to say “no” out of respect, false sense of obligation or fear that you might disappoint your boss, your colleagues or your son’s teachers. It’s all right to say “no.” It’s all right to turn down requests for activities that you feel you cannot do or enjoy. Saying “no” is actually healthy as it frees you from additional and unnecessary activities that may otherwise burden you.

The lack of time for your family may make them feel frustrated. Often, these feelings of frustration can lead to small disagreements that aren’t even worthy of your attention. Believe it or not, it’s the most petty of arguments that can create the biggest discord and the deepest resentment. But it does happen.

Make sure to spend time with your family by setting aside a date for them. Even activities that are simple as having a movie marathon or playing board games will help you to bond better together and bring out good memories. Having a relaxing and fun time spent with your family also helps you to loosen up.

Take care of yourself

Moms usually place themselves last in favor of their children and are even willing to sacrifice their own pursuits just to attend their children’s own needs and wants. Still though, working moms should not forget to look after themselves. As a mom, you are the “light” of your home, and should it be appropriate that such light needs some good “re-charging”? Relax, have some fun and take care of yourself. This will also help in keeping a good and balanced lifestyle.

Eat a healthy diet, get adequate sleep, refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol, pamper yourself, devote your time to your hobby, travel, meet up with your old friends or volunteer. These are only few of the things that you should try to do to achieve a perfect work-life balance (and to keep your sanity intact).

Fascinating Handbag Facts

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For women, handbags are more than just something where they can put their essential (and non-essential) items into. They are more than mere accessories. They are dependable companions and great friends who share all the days with them, either good or bad. Not to mention that handbags make the perfect partner for women whenever they want to make a strong (or subtle) fashion statement.

Here are some fascinating facts about handbags (that may make you obsess more over them!)

1) It was during the ancient Egyptian era where the first handbags were used. The evidence was recorded on 14th-century hieroglyphics. It was not uncommon for ancient Egyptian men to carry pouches (that resembled purses or handbags) which they would tie around their waists in order to carry tools and items in.

2) Do you know that Louis Vuitton burns all its unsold bags? This rumor appears to be true. If the bags are not sold, the company just burns them in order to prevent marking a lower price in them.

Why is that so? It seems that Louis Vuitton’s reputation and image as a luxury goods brand will suffer greatly from selling bags at discounted prices.

3) The developing technological advancements during the 17th century paved the way for the creation of bags made of various fabrics. The increase in train travel and the growing number of railroad constructions means that people needed a practical and spacious item that would carry and store their important belongings. And so the handbag was invented!

4) It is said that an average woman has six handbags.

5) 2 out of 10 luxury handbags that you see on the street are knockoffs. Many women fall into the trap of buying replica bags. You may not know the difference at first glance because they practically look the same. Those cheap knockoffs may look beautiful and stylish, but obviously have a poorer quality compared to genuine designer labels.

 

6) During the early 20th century, handbags were called “briefcases” as they were once considered as male accessories. Funny, because you cannot call a man’s briefcase as a “handbag” these days.

7) The first handbag with a zipper was introduced by Hermes in 1923. Before that, bags were typically closed by drawstrings, since they were a common accessory used to carry coins.

8) In the days of rationing during the World War II era, Gucci started to use canes as bag handles because leather was scarce. Nowadays though, this piece has become fashionable.

9) The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Mouawad for creating the most expensive handbag, in 2010. Called the “1001 Nights Diamond Purse” this heart-shaped purse is encrusted with not just 1,001, but 4,517 diamonds in colorless, yellow and pink. It costs a whopping $3.8 million!

10) If given the chance to splurge, 22% of women said they would choose a handbag, while only 9% would spend on shoes.

Some of the most popular and enduring handbags in history (like the Hermes Kelly Bag) are listed here on this fascinating article, Top 7 Handbags for Women in 2018

Affordable Handbags That Look Expensive

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Many women are on the lookout for the latest and the coolest handbag styles that are hung over the arms of many fashion models on fashion magazines, billboards and websites. But most of these designer labels have a price tag that’s too steep for most average women to afford.

But we have heard someone who says “Luxury does not have to be expensive,” and that’s true. Fortunately, there are many incredibly affordable handbags that otherwise look quite fancy. Not surprisingly, most bags today also look definitely IG-worthy. You won’t regret snapping up any of these cheap but luxurious-looking handbags!

1) Zara’s crocodile-embossed handbag
The rough and embossed print of this Zara bag looks and feels like it is made from the crocodile hide, but it’s actually a mock crocodile “leather” that explains this bag’s affordable price tag. Nevertheless, it looks and feels luxurious.

2) Cult Gaia Ark Bag
The Cult Gaia Ark Bag became the most trending bag at the moment (and a big seller) when it was first launched. There may be three reasons why it has received such a huge hype: it is made of wood; it has a peculiar round basket-like appearance; and it is not so expensive, with prices ranging from $138 to $168. It is a fashionable and a surprisingly practical bag. And fear not, your contents will not fall off despite its apertures or gaps

3) Sophie Hulme Exclusive Nano Milner Crossbody Bag
If you have to pick a bag for night-out with your date or with your girlfriends, you may want to consider this elegant-looking crossbody bag. With its gold-colored brass strap, this bag looks like you bought it for a hundred-thousand dollars when it’s actually priced at mere $415.

4) Any elegant-looking pouch bag
Pouch bags are small, cute and pretty. They’re also an easy way to carry your smallest essentials. If you are the type who doesn’t like to carry too many things, this pouch bag is an ideal accessory for you. You can even find and purchase some luxurious looking bags on Etsy but in a small fraction of the pricey designer pouches.

5) Satchels
Satchels are very versatile, as they are both utilitarian and trendy at the same time. You might as well choose a satchel that has a faux cow, crocodile or snake leather but make sure that they do not look cheap and tacky.

6) Shoulder bags
Shoulder bags are small and have space enough to carry your essentials. They’re versatile, easy to carry and stylish at the same time. Check out these 12 Classic Mini Shoulder Bags that look so expensive but are actually easy on the wallet.

A few reminders on how to choose cheap bags that look expensive:

1) Don’t fall for knock-off versions of designer bags. You may look trying hard for making yourself to appear well-off and besides, buying fake and counterfeit designer goods may even get you into legal trouble. It’s always better to go for generic bags with a classic design and with no logo (or just a small and subtle logo) on them.

2) Choose faux leather and hard plastic over cloth (like cotton) and other fabrics. Bags that are made of cotton, nylon, or other types of clothing may never look expensive and luxurious. For the untrained eye, bags that are made of faux leather look really indistinguishable to the real ones especially if they’re embossed and textured (such as crocodile or snake leather).

3) Look for cheap bags that have heavier hardware. Cheaper bags usually have lighter hardware, which make them even flimsier. But there are other cheap bags that include gold-colored brass hardware such as chain straps that surprisingly feel heavy on the hand – this is the kind of bag that you’re looking for.

Tips for Choosing a Practical but Stylish Handbags for Women

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Being practical doesn’t mean you have to give up on your style. It applies on everything – dress, shoes, hats, accessories and most of all, bags.

Bags are made to serve their purpose – to carry one’s belongings. At the same time though, they also represent  one’s personality and taste in fashion.

That’s why women’s handbags, in particular, usually serve the double purpose of the functional and of the aesthetic.

So here are the following points on how to pick the perfect handbag – not just as an “everyday” bag but also as a fashion accessory.

1) Comfort
Comfort is the number consideration when choosing a handbag. Make sure that it is easy to handle and comfortable to carry around. It all boils down into the make and the design of the bag. The sling or strap should not slip or fall easily from your shoulder, and it should tuck comfortably under your arm.

2) Pockets
It depends on a woman’s personal needs or preference on how many pockets or compartments she would like in a bag. Some women would be fine with a couple of main compartments. Others though, would prefer bags with multi-compartments, plus smaller pockets for their pens, make-up, smartphone and its accessories, car keys and other odds and ends. Some handbags are so spacious inside that they can hold a folded umbrella or a mineral water bottle.

3) Zippers
Security is also one thing that most women look for a good handbag. They want a bag that can be fully zipped or closed up to prevent the contents from peeking out or dropping. Especially in the case of bigger bags or totes, they should have a full zip closure to make sure that the contents are kept safely inside.

4) Weight
If there’s another thing that women look for in an ideal handbag, it should not be too light and flimsy, but it should not be too heavy, either.

While genuine leather handbags are durable and can withstand scratches (which make them a good investment), they otherwise tend to feel heavy, even when empty. A heavy bag can hurt the shoulders and back, and that’s not good. So before buying a bag, make sure first how light (or heavy) it is before you can put anything into it.

5) Versatility (in function and in looks)
There are bags that are made for specific purposes (such as an evening bag or a make-up). But the handbag is considered an all-around bag into which you can fit everything. Not just that, a handbag should look fashionable and chic too, no matter where you carry it – for the office, for catching-up coffee dates with your girlfriends, for getaways, for parties and many other occasions.

If ever you’re on an errand or a surprise meeting with a friend or loved one, you don’t have to stand too long in front of your closet and playing “eeny-meeny-miny-moe” while trying to decide which type of bag you are going to use.

With an excellent combination of functionality and style, the perfect bag you have chosen will be your all-around companion no matter where you go.

Functional handbags can look great and even unique in their own way. Check out this article “25 Functional, Fun, Unusual and Strange Handbags

I’m Starting A Juice Cleanse!

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I’ve had lots of fast food cravings for the past few months. I know they are not as healthy as we would want them to be. But I really just wanted a quick answer to my hunger during those days. And it is the to-go’s and Drive Thru’s of these restaurants that really made it easy to convince myself that it will fulfill my tummy’s cravings. I was also too lazy to cook even the simplest meals each day at that time.

What worried me more is the coming holidays. It’s so hard to resist all the food temptations and cravings. The whole month of December, each day of it would be a feast. Oh my!

Now having shared all these, I know my body is now taking its toll on me. I haven’t gained much weight though. But my entire system just felt so heavy most of the time. The feeling that there really is something wrong within my body and that something needs to be out of it. Now, it wants revenge from all those unhealthy fried and fast food I had. I am now feeling so unhealthy and I am so sick of it honestly. Definitely not a good feeling. And it is now that I’ve decided to clean it up. If you’ve also been feeling the same way as me or would just simply like to be healthier, join me on my journey to a healthier and happier Nina in the new year as I am starting a juice cleanse to kick start 2019 with a fruit or veggie blast.

This journey wouldn’t be easy though. A lot needs to be considered when going through a juice cleanse or fast. I know I have to prepare my body first prior to starting this new routine for a few weeks. I plan to have a list of the juices I will take for a week or two and the specific mixture. Cleansing doesn’t have to be a bitter experience, right? Having the right mix of sweetness and healthy fasting would surely make the journey fun and fulfilling at the same time.

I also need the right juicer to make life easy and ensure I am getting the best and healthiest juice possible.  I decided to look at the best juicers for vegetables because I definitely wanted to focus beyond just fruit juices.  I decided to go with the Aicok juicer – we will see how it goes when I start my cleanse!

I haven’t had enough fruits and vegetables in my previous meals or diet. And to start the year right, I am into this commitment to maintain a healthy body. As I begin this juice cleanse, I not only start to remove toxins from my body, it’s also a start to a better me.

Time To Find My Soulmate

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I know I have been enjoying my life for the past few years just all by myself without the support and comfort of anyone. But recently, something has changed within me. I am not sure how and why but what I know and pretty sure as of now is that I am feeling sick. Not physically ill but is so sick of being alone without having a special someone to share my success and daily life experiences with.

So, beginning today, I am now on a journey of finding my soulmate. I am now out looking for the one truly meant for me. I know this is starting to not sound like me but trust me when I say that I know it would be worth it and of course I am more than willing to give it a try. Nothing to lose really, right?

Having decided to finally stop myself from isolation and be with someone worth my time and effort was not easy for sure. I tell you. I had to convince myself a hundred times and more. And now I’m up for it.

Let me share my journey with you. And please stay with me as I continue to explore deeper relationships.

Ever since I had this big leap of a decision, I’ve searched the net. Mr. Google and other search engines out there. Name it, I’ve tried it. And I mean a huge amount of time spent searching and typing the keywords and at last found a few related sites and blog articles that are worth checking of my purpose in finding my soulmate.

I know, this might be the not so intimate or personal way of finding the one but this is my best option at the moment since I am just starting to explore. Please give me a chance.

Okay, so I have searched and searched all over and stumbled on these sites suggesting of dating sites, dating apps and going on blind dates. Wow! And I say to myself, this is getting serious.

I wouldn’t lie, this had not been easy but I know this is the perfect time for it. I have registered to a few dating websites like EliteSingles, OkCupid, Zoosk and the like. These sites have helped me meet lots of different people and professionals in and outside my city. I also get to have dating and relationship advice at some point received in emails or at the site itself. A great start! I said to myself.

Aside from the dating sites, with the modern, evolving and innovating times, I am also trying the mobility that some dating apps offer. One of the most popular dating apps I’ve searched is Tinder. It is most probably the widely-used one as well as I can also see it being advertised in various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and others. Registration is free, smooth and easy. After I have answered the personality tests, I am now ready to meet other people in Tinder. Just a simple swipe to the left or right and I can soon meet my soulmate hopefully. Another dating app I am using is the Zoosk app. In addition to their dating website, they also have this app perfect for on-the-go individuals like me. No need for chunky PCs or laptops. My soulmate could just be a mobile away.

Why I Drink Coffee Everyday

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Oh?! Hello there, my fellow coffee addicts!

Well as many of us say, “A great morning starts with a cup of coffee.” And this is soooo true to myself.

I am a self-confessed coffee addict. I am simply incomplete without coffee. I would have two to three cups of coffee on a daily basis.

We have all heard of the different arguments each and every person has when it comes to drinking coffee. Lots of issues had been raised to the health impact, may it be beneficial or harmful, of drinking coffee especially for those heavy drinkers. With all these in mind, it seems like coffee is not just an energy booster for me. It can definitely do more than just waking me up in the morning with its aroma making me get up from my bed and awaken the sleepy me.

Okay, so let me just set everything straight. Yes, I drink and love coffee so much. And I believe and feel that it is impacting me more positively than the opposite.

I drink coffee everyday because as a writer, it is greatly important that ideas flow freely in my mind and for me to put it effectively into writing is by having my best cup of coffee by me. This certainly increases my productivity.

I also get to focus in all aspects of my daily life whenever I drink at least one to two cups of this aromatic liquid every single day. Focus is important for me as a lawyer as well so that I get to study and defend cases I handled efficiently.

And no doubt at all, since recent studies have proved as well, that my well-loved coffee has apparently awesome health benefits too. Just imagine the goodness of the healthy anti-oxidants that the coffee beans have. It even beats the green tea and cocoa with the level of anti-oxidants it offers. Coffee helps in keeping our cells from damage and some chronic diseases. Could you imagine?

Coffee is also healthy for our heart and liver. Studies show that there’s a lesser risk for heart and liver diseases for active coffee drinkers.

So whenever someone asks you why you drink coffee everyday, just raise your cup!

Distracting myself with a ping pong table and bat

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I can’t be the only person in the world that struggles to stay focused for more than 15 minutes. Anyone else? Please?

If you are out there, hi. I’m also a very inconsistent person that needs constant distractions to get anything done. I don’t think this is an inherently bad thing, it’s just the way my mind works.

Has anyone else ever realized how certain activates can allow you to switch your mind off? I need those moments. From my last post you’ll know I’m working on becoming more present. My mind is often full of such mindless drone that it is impossible to switch off. My friend recently suggested ping pong as an outlet. I hadn’t played a game of ping pong since I was in college and to be honest, I sucked at it. But I needed an outlet. I found a bunch of ping pong tables on Game Room Mania that can be folded for a single player (as I’m unlikely to ever have a counterpart!) and off I went.

I’ve been playing on and off for days. Really, it not only allows my mind to silence but I’ve been moving around more than I ever have before and my mind has been less jumpy. I can finally concentrate on work and I find that answers I’ve been searching for are coming to my more fluidly.

I’m starting to realize that the very act of thought is actually counter productive, which The Power Of Now really highlighted to me. Rarely has the answer ever come to me with through thought. For example, when something is on the tip of my tongue, it’s incredibly rare that the answer ever comes to me just by actively thinking bout it. In fact, it usually comes when everyone has left the room and you’re no longer thinking or talking about the topic – go figure!

I’m going to explore this avenue more. Perhaps I need a creative outlet as well. I was reading more information on www.gameroommania.com and I found that they had a whole list of other items that might be helpful for me.

This might even help me to become a better lawyer ultimately and although it wont save the world, hopefully it will save my sanity.

I’d love to know if anyone else has a method they use to switch their mind off from the world in times of need. How do you silence your thoughts? Comment below!

Learning how to be more thankful

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Last Thanksgiving I made a particularly strong effort to be pay attention to what I’m thankful for in my life and I found it to be such a great exercise that I’ve continued to practice this daily. It’s actually a form of personal meditation and I find that the more I realize I’m thankful for, the more thankful I become.

Believe it or not I’m not speaking ironically, those of you that know me outside of this blog and in the real world may be suggesting that I am speaking ironically but rest assured I’m being deadly serious. And no, it’s not because my latest case finished up recently and for the first time in years I have a few weeks to myself.

No. I’ve actually found a way to be thankful daily. What I’m realizing is that being thankful can involve so many things. I don’t only need to be thankful for the time I get to spend with my family or for the fact that I am live in a great country. I can actually be thankful for the very beauty of life.

I suppose many of you are wondering where this new found sense of self came from. To be honest, I was informed by a friend of the existence of someone called Eckhart Tolle who wrote the book The Power Of Now, and maybe some of you have heard of it. This man is German and previously was so depressed he wanted to kill himself until one day, it says in his book, that the extreme amount of suffering he experienced one night pushed him to consider the very self that he couldn’t bare to live with. Who was it, he asked. If he can’t live with himself then there must be something else that he isn’t living with when of course there is actually only one of us that exists.

This lead to his entire theory on the ego and it’s dominance on the human psych. I was immensely interested in his studies almost immediately due to my fascination in criminology and how the mind of  psychopath works. Perhaps these people are not just the existence of themselves but the very ego itself – the inability to feel any type of remorse. is this what someone who entirely lives through their ego is like? I mean, all the signs are there. They’re often accepting of of any type of criticism towards themselves. Maybe this is an example of the ego in it’s prime, and the very resistance of criticism is a way for the ego to prevent it’s own self destruction. This is too scary for me to think about because I know far too many people like this (and some quite personally, too).

Another book I was thoroughly interested in recently was The Celestine Prophesy. This book is an older but a goodie and until recently I hadn’t been able to pick up a copy of the book. I didn’t have the time. I also couldn’t gauge the right amount of interest to finish reading it. I finally accomplished this and I’m so glad I did. The story goes through a series of insights as discovered in a manuscript. The book then follows the main characters journey to Peru to discover the insights.

These books really found their way into my life in the right time. It’s funny actually that The Celestine Prophesy talks about coincidences – call me crazy but I have found this to be true. It’s just too coincidental that this book should fall into my hands the very time I need it most. Plus, I have someone in my life I was thinking about very recently. I couldn’t shake the thought of them and I had utterly no idea why they kept crossing my mind – I hadn’t seen this person in over 5 years. Who they are is not important. When I was on my way to the store I actually bumped into them without warning, even stranger they they said they’d been thinking of me recently too!

I don’t want to sound like I’m getting crazy on my readers – those of you that know me well enough will know that is simply not my style. However I do think it’s important to consider the beauty of our lives and just how we are living them. Is there a deeper meaning in things? Who knows. All I can do is be thankful for the moment. Be thankful for today, because as Eckhart Tolle says, this moment is the only thing we ever truly have.