What Are the Qualities of a Strong Woman and How to Get Them.


“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” ~ Diane Mariechild

Being a strong woman is not about behaving like a man. Instead, it is about embracing your femininity and showing it to the world, while making sure that you take control of the things that you’re doing and get them done. This is why motherhood is one of the best proofs of how strong women can be.

What Are the Qualities of a Strong Woman and How to Get Them

Why Are Mothers Strong?

Motherhood does not only change a woman physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. While the physical wounds brought about by the ordeal of bearing a child would heal, it’s a completely different story when it comes to the emotional aspect of a mom. This change will make her vulnerable until her last breath.

Motherhood makes a woman family oriented. It’s not about her hair, her manicure or her clothes anymore. She has to grow up and be a more responsible individual to take care of the life that she helped bring into this world.

A mother always makes sure that she’s able to provide what her children need. Despite how successful or glamorous she might be professionally, motherhood will always make her feel like a lion protecting a cub. She becomes fierce and strong when it comes to dealing with threats that put her children at risk. She instantly becomes a hero and a mighty fighter.

Motherhood makes a woman more attuned to the needs of others, especially that of her children. She always makes time to listen to her kids, to give them a hug when they are in pain. She nurtures them endlessly like a patient gardener who becomes happy only after seeing her plants grow into a full bloom.

Despite her own stress, she always attends to her to-do list, which usually involves the children. She doesn’t miss an opportunity to kiss her children and hug them tenderly. Her smile is always ready for whoever needs it.

What Qualities Distinguish Strong Women

Strong moms and strong women in general share the following qualities that make them stand out among the rest:

1. Strong women know who they really are

They have already identified their needs and their goals. They always put their dreams over anything else. They are not embarrassed to show their genuine self. Although life is a fast evolving process, strong women will continue to grow while staying true to themselves. They do it partly by giving time to let their interests and passion develop. Another reason for their success in being honest about their identity is that they recognize their strengths and use them as leverage to be successful in life.

2. Strong women stick it out for themselves

They are truly confident and know a good cause when they come across one. They would show intense passion for their advocacies, something that vulnerable adolescent girls should have these days as they deal with peer pressure and bullies.

3. Strong women like to challenge themselves

They want to keep growing and improving, which is why they are keen on pushing themselves more even onto new boundaries. They make sure that they don’t only do good, but better.

4. Strong women always have room for improvement

Despite their strength, confidence, and capabilities, they don’t slack off and say “I’m better than everyone else.” They don’t grow complacent for the sake of improving themselves. If they don’t know certain things, they don’t hesitate to ask questions and get answers. Strong women are not ashamed about still having to learn a lot of things, but this doesn’t mean that they are not willing to teach what they have learned to others. Although they are confident about what they can do, they don’t let it stop them from learning more.

5. Strong women know how to be happy

They are determined to stay happy and jovial in their everyday life. Their principle in life is to always stay positive. They know how blessed they are and how to be thankful for it. Strong women are noted for making things fun, whatever it is that they are doing. This is how they ensure that their family and loved ones are happy. While they are serious about achieving their goals, they do have a great sense of humor.

If you want to be an independent and strong woman, you need to develop these traits within yourself. Eventually, you’ll be leading the life similar to that of the other strong women around the world.

3 Truths About Rejection That Will Change the Way You Think.


“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” ~ Bo Bennett

The definition of rejection: To refuse to accept, have, take, recognize. We reject a million things a day. We choose one salad dressing off the shelf at the supermarket; yet the other bottles aren’t falling down in despair over it, are they? The fact is, we simply felt like Italian that day. We just weren’t diggin’ the Ranch or Balsamic. We eat our salad and our lives continue. Next time, we choose something else. Why is it then, that when someone rejects our message, our shoes, our love—that we egocentrically make it all about us? We immediately assume we aren’t good enough or didn’t do enough. 3 Must-Remembers About Rejection:

1. It’s all just opinion

Rejection, in its simplest form, is opinion about something that differs from our own. It is a “this isn’t for me,” not a “this sucks.” When we get to a place of understanding that, we can honor instead of be hurt by each other. Whenever you are feeling rejected, repeat this affirmation to yourself: “I accept this person’s opinion as how they see things at this moment. I choose to continue to see things my own way.”

2. You can find a “yes” in the “no”

A good friend of mine taught this to me and I’ve been using it as one of my strongest self-help tools ever since. For every “no,” you can find at least 5 “yes’s.” For example, if you aren’t hired for a job or your significant other breaks up with you, it’s easy to see that as a rejection or a “no.” The key to turning it around is finding the “yes.” Because you didn’t get the job (a “no”), you now get to find something better (yes!), sleep in a little later (yes), connect with your old friend who might know of another opportunity (yes!), and more. Because you’re going through a break up (a “no”), you now get to really examine what you want for your next relationship (yes!), spend some time with your friends (yes!), and let your bathroom be overrun by make up products, guilt free (yes!).

3. Changing limiting beliefs will improve your aim 

When something doesn’t work out, we’re quick to blame circumstances. However, our energy and beliefs have a major impact on how our reality plays out. If we don’t believe we deserve love, abundance and more, it is very hard to attract and accept those things into our lives.Watch the internal dialogue and you’ll soon recognize patterns of beliefs that you can reprogram. When you start to really believe you can and will succeed in life, love and relationships, you immediately improve your aim and become drawn to experiences that will help you fulfill those beliefs. Because we are human beings, it’s our nature to make things all about us. Changing this pattern might take some practice. How good will it feel though when someone tells you “no” and you see it as just another “yes” in your life?

3 Truths About Rejection That Will Change the Way You Think

First Children Are Smarter—but Why?


One mysterious finding—and seven theories.

Those born earlier perform better in school”—and according to a new study, it’s because of the parents.

Moms and dads simply go easy on their later-born kids, according to data analyzed by economists V. Joseph Hotz and Juan Pantano, and as a result, first-born children tend to receive both the best parenting and the best grades.

The first thing to say about a study like this is that lots of readers will reflexively disagree with the assumption. With kids, as with anything, shouldn’t practice make perfect? Don’t parents get richer into their 30s and 30s, providing for better child-rearing resources? I’m a first child, myself, well-known within the family for being unorganized, forgetful, periodically disheveled, and persistently caught day-dreaming in the middle of conversations. For this reason, I’ve put stock in what you might call the First Pancake Theory of Parenting. In short: First pancakes tend to come out a little funny, and, well, so did I. And so do many first-borns.

But international surveys of birth orders and behavior (which might have offered me an empirical excuse to behave this way) aren’t doing me any favors. First borns around the world, it turns out, have higher IQs, perform better in school, and are considered more accomplished by their parents. Looking at parent evaluations of children from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 1979, the researchers found that mothers are much more likely to see their first children as high-achievers. They regard their subsequent children as considerably more average in their class (see table and chart below).

Let’s briefly count off and nickname some of the leading older-kids-are-smarter theories reviewed by the economists, which push back against the principle of first pancakes.

1) The Divided-Attention Theory: Earlier-born siblings enjoy more time, care and attention than later-born siblings because attention is divided between fewer kids.

2) The Bad-Genes Theory: The strong evidence of higher IQs among first children leads some to believe that later kids are receiving diminished “genetic endowment.”

3) The I’ve-Had-It-With-Kids! Theory: Some parents decide to stop having more children after a difficult experience raising one. In that case, the poorer performance of later children isn’t genetic, so much as selection bias: Some parents keep having children until they have one that’s so problematic it makes them say “enough.”

4) The No-One-to-Teach Theory: This is the idea that older siblings benefit from the ability to teach their younger brothers and sisters. Building these teaching skills helps them build learning skills that makes them better in school.

5) The Divorce Theory: Family crises like divorce are far more likely to happen after the first child in born (first marriage, then divorce, then a first child is not a common sequence) and they can disrupt later kids’ upbringing.

6) The Lazy-Parent Theory: The general idea here is that first-time parents, scared of messing up their new human, commit to memory the first chapter of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother but by the second or third child, they’ve majorly chilled out.

Hotz and Pantano settle close to Theory (6). Parents are more likely to make strict rules (about, e.g., TV-watching) and be intimately involved in the academic performance of their first children, according to survey data. They’re also more likely to punish their first child’s bad grades. Hotz and Pantano say moms and dads start tough and go soft to establish a “reputation” within their household for being strict—a reputation they hope will trickle down to the younger siblings who will be too respectful to misbehave later on.

The theory is interesting but not entirely persuasive. First it seems nearly-impossible to test. The survey data is much better at showing that parents chill out as they have more kids than at showing that parents chill out *because* they’re explicitly establishing a reputation for strictness. Nothing in the paper seems to argue against the simpler idea that parents seem to go soft on later kids because raising four children with the same level of attention you’d afford a single child is utterly exhausting. What’s more, if later-born children turn out to be less academically capable than their older simblings, it suggests that the economists’ reputation theory is failing in families across the country.

This Garlic Soup Recipe Can Defeat Colds, Flu and Even Norovirus.


Forget the flu shot. A soup based on more than 50 cloves of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon will destroy almost any virus that enters its path including colds, flu and even norovirus.

As we sneeze and cough our way through these dark months of contagious nasties, garlic is being hailed for its powers to halt viruses in their tracks.

It has gained its reputation as a virus buster thanks to one of its chemical constituents, allicin.

A recent and significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illness.

When the garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What’s more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.

‘This chemical has been known for a long time for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers,’ says Helen Bond, a Derbyshire-based consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association.

‘Because of this, people assume it is going to boost their immune systems. Lots of people are simply mashing up garlic, mixing it with olive oil and spreading it on bread.

‘But how or whether it may actually work has still not been proven categorically.’

Indeed, scientists remain divided on garlic’s ability to combat colds and flu. Last March, a major investigation by the respected global research organization, the Cochrane Database, found that increasing your garlic intake during winter can cut the duration of cold symptoms — from five-and-a-half days to four-and-a-half.

But the report, which amalgamated all previous scientific studies on garlic, said it could not draw solid conclusions because there is a lack of large-scale, authoritative research.

The problem is that pharmaceutical companies are not interested in running huge, expensive trials — as they would with promising new drug compounds — because there is nothing in garlic that they can patent, package and sell at a profit.

Modified Garlic Soup Recipe
Serves 4
26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup fresh ginger
2 1/4 cups sliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
26 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
4 lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 350F. Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add coconut milk and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavor.

Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.

garlic_cloves3efCan be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

If garlic were found to be a wonder drug, consumers could simply buy it in the supermarket for 30p a bulb or grow their own in the garden.

Nevertheless, garlic has a long and proud tradition as a medicine. The Ancient Egyptians recommended it for 22 ailments. In a papyrus dated 1500BC, the laborers who built the pyramids ate it to increase their stamina and keep them healthy.

The Ancient Greeks advocated garlic for everything from curing infections, and lung and blood disorders to healing insect bites and even treating leprosy.

The Romans fed it to soldiers and sailors to improve their endurance. Dioscorides, the personal physician to Emperor Nero, wrote a five-volume treatise extolling its virtues.

One of the most interesting of the recent findings is that garlic increases the overall antioxidant levels of the body. Scientifically known as Allium sativa, garlic has been famous throughout history for its ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. Louis Pasteur noted in 1858 that bacteria died when they were doused with garlic. From the Middle Ages on, garlic has been used to treat wounds, being ground or sliced and applied directly to wounds to inhibit the spread of infection. The Russians refer to garlic as Russian penicillin.

More recently, researchers have unearthed evidence to show garlic may help us to stay hale and hearty in a number of ways.

Last June, nutrition scientists at the University of Florida found eating garlic can boost the number of T-cells in the bloodstream. These play a vital role in strengthening our immune systems and fighting viruses.

And pharmacologists at the University of California found that allicin — the active ingredient in garlic that contributes to bad breath — is an infection-killer.

Allicin also makes our blood vessels dilate, improving blood flow and helping to tackle cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol.

An Australian study of 80 patients published last week in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that diets high in garlic may reduce high blood pressure.

In 2007, dentists in Brazil found that gargling with garlic water (made by steeping crushed garlic cloves in warm, but not boiling, water) can kill the germs that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

But they hit a snag: the volunteers refused to continue the experiment, complaining that the garlic gargle made them feel sick. Looking at the garlic soup recipe certainly made me feel queasy. Still, it gave me an excuse to use up my ample supply of garlic.

Though last year’s awful weather caused crop failures on my allotment, I enjoyed a bumper harvest of garlic.

Among its many other virtues, garlic kills slugs and snails. Researchers from the University of Newcastle believe it contains oils that may cripple the nervous systems of these slimy creatures.

There are two schools of thought as to the best way of preparing garlic to make the most of its medicinal qualities.

Argentinian investigators found it releases its allicin-type compounds when you bake the cloves, while scientists at South Carolina Medical University believe peeling garlic and letting it sit uncovered for 15 minutes produces the highest levels of compounds to fight infection.

So you can simply peel half of the garlic cloves and roast the other half with the kitchen door tightly closed (to stop the pong permeating throughout the house).

The heady aroma certainly revs up the appetite and the first spoonful does not disappoint. Delicious as it is, however, one large bowl of home-made soup is a more than ample meal.

As for the soup’s cold-preventing powers, only time will tell. Regular bowlfuls may very well keep me free of winter ailments, thanks to the virus-killing compounds they contain.

Or it could just be that my nuclear-strength garlic breath will keep everyone who is infectious far out of sneezing range for months to come.

John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

Source: Prevent Disease & realfarmacy.com

Money Isn’t a Dirty Word: How to Use Money to Serve Your Purpose.


“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” ~ Julia Cameron

So many of us cringe at the image of a person who loves money. We tend to think it’s tacky, greedy, and not noble to strive to be rich. And for those of us who want to do work that serves the world in a positive way, money can start to feel like a dirty word.

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And I’m here to change that.

I don’t believe money is the root of all evil. Nor do I believe money can buy happiness. But I do believe that when we can get rid of our hang-ups around money, it allows us to serve the world in a bigger way. Especially if your career is centered around doing good in the world, it’s important for you to embrace making money as a part of your making-a-difference strategy.

It’s time to stop shaming yourself for wanting to make money in your career or your passion-based business. You might think it’s noble to work for free or low cost and help the less fortunate, but there is nothing noble about not being able to pay your rent.

In order to do good in the world, you must be able to take care of yourself first. And when you do that, you stop playing small and you can fully step into what you were put here to do – fulfill your purpose through your work.

Here’s how you can start shifting your money mindset right now:

1. Acknowledge that what you do has value

And even more than that, acknowledge that who you are has value. All of us have our own unique gifts that we don’t think are that remarkable, when in fact, these are the very traits that others admire in us. The more you can play up who you are at your core, the more you will see the value that you bring to the world around you. And the more value you can find in your own self worth, just the way you are, the easier it is to see why people would pay you for these qualities. You are different and special, and you deserve to be paid well for doing that special thing that only you can do.

2. Start to love money

Like, really love it. Part of this practice is being grateful for all the things that money helps you do in your life. With money, you can buy yourself healthy organic food, you can support your local charities, you can give your kids an education. When you start to realize how the money you make is able to be filtered back into your life s a source of growth, you start to become grateful for every penny you earn, because you know it allows you to give back to yourself and your community.

3. Stop discounting money as something you don’t need

Stop discounting money as something you don’t need, and imagine a life where money flows freely. Recognize that you DO need money to live, and pay attention to how it would feel to no longer have to be penny pinching, or budgeting carefully every month. Imagine a life where you had all the money you wanted, more than you knew what to do with. How would you spend it? What would you do with it? Imagine the possibilities of how you could use that extra money as a force for good in the world, how many lives you could shape with it, how many of the world’s problems you could solve by re-investing it back into your community.  Start thinking of money as possibility instead of burden, and notice how much energy that brings to your purpose in the world. Money could help you build that school in Africa, or support your local animal shelter, or run the women’s group you volunteer at. Money is essential in helping support your purpose and passions.

When you stop fearing money and start allowing yourself to fall in love with it, doors open for you like you might never have imagined. Making money is not a sin and wanting money is not a sin. Money gives you the gift of taking care of yourself and those around you, which allows you to live a life that lets you help the world in a bigger way.

Money can be used as a force of good in the world. You just have to let it in.

Do you believe money is the root of all evil? What are some of the limiting beliefs you borrowed from others when it comes to money? Share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section bellow.

Source:Purpose fairy

4 Tips for a Stellar Roommate Relationship.


Your bags are packed. Your schedule is set. You’re ready to head off to college and take your future by the horns. This journey will bring new experiences and new people, beginning with your roommate. No matter how well prepared you are for the academic portion of college life, some of your success and happiness in college is in the hands of your roommate.

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The Internet is full of stories of roommates from hell. The truth is, unless you get a truly awful person to share your space, there are steps you can take to ensure you and your roommate enjoy a peaceful coexistence.

Here are five tips to help you maintain a smooth relationship with your roommate.

1. Pick up after yourself

Your mom isn’t the only one who doesn’t want to wade through piles of your dirty socks and empty burrito wrappers. Keeping your space clean is one of the top ways for roommates to be respectful of each other. Show consideration for the person who’s sharing your space by maintaining a reasonable standard of cleanliness. That means throwing away your own trash, stowing your dirty laundry and, yes, even sweeping every now and then. If you share an apartment, wash your own dishes and clean up after yourself in the bathroom. Personal courtesy can go a long way toward keeping tempers in check.

2. Find common interests

Even total opposites can usually find something they both enjoy. Try to identify a common interest and make an effort to do something together on a regular basis to remain as friendly as possible. Something as simple as watching a TV show together is all it takes to build and maintain friendly relations. Nothing on that you both enjoy? 

3. Set ground rules at the beginning

Early on in your relationship, you and your roommate are likely to be on your best behavior. That’s a good time to set some rules like setting aside specific times to party and to study or signals to use when the room is being, shall we say, used for private socializing. In apartments, figure out who’s doing dishes, how food costs will be divided, which refrigerator shelves belong to which roommate, the policy for overnight guests and other potential problems. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for compromise in the future when special circumstances come up, but laying the groundwork early is the best way to avoid problems down the road.

4. Be open-minded

Your roommate may come from an entirely different background and have starkly different life experience than you. Park Point University says being tolerant and accepting when confronted with differences is vital in having a good relationship.

You and your roommate may not end up being BFFs or anything close to that, but remember nothing lasts forever. Eventually, your lease or semester will end. For now, keep your eyes on that sweet date of freedom and use these tips to keep your cool in the meantime.

Source: Purpose fairy

ht:156 (;a�k �=g white;vertical-align:baseline;font-style: inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit’>The lesson is this. You were really smart as a kid. You did what you inherently loved, not what you should love. [That’s the only S-word I’d like to see banned from your potty mouth].

 

So if you want to find your purpose, live your passion, manifest your dreams — instead of vision-boarding like a crazy-person — spend a little time in your adolescent brain and do what she/he would do.

You might eat a few boogers, but you’ll eventually fall back into your natural awesome self – especially if you ask yourself this, “What did I love about my childhood hobbies, interests and dream job? Take note. Then 3 things will happen:

1. You’ll realize that your childhood hobbies hold all the trappings for the passion, purpose or dream job you want to pursue.

2. You’ll connect the dots between your flurry of passions and see how they wrap perfectly in a hot pink life or business plan.

3. You’ll reconnect with old hobbies and they’ll stay hobbies. But they’ll ignite a creative fire and lay the inner-peace groundwork that will blaze a path toward your lovely, lofty, purpose.

Win, win!

Source: Purpose fairy

Are some sushi dishes lower in calories than others?


Sushi is traditionally made with rice, seaweed and seafood. Because most types of seafood are relatively low in calories, most kinds of sushi are as well. However, calories in sushi vary depending on the dish, the portion and how it’s prepared. In fact, the same sushi dish may have a different nutritional profile when it’s prepared by a different chef, depending on the specific mix of ingredients.

If you’re watching your calories, sashimi (raw fish) and nigiri (raw fish on a small bed of rice) are good options. So are sushi rolls made with fresh or pickled vegetables. You can also ask for sushi made with a smaller portion of rice. Anything with mayonnaise or added sauce and anything that’s fried will have higher calorie counts.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com