Thursday, December 11, 2008

rise #18

Merry December everyone. Can you believe that it’s almost 2009?

Green tip: Many commercially produced paints contain VOC's which offgas and cause health issues. Save your health & your wallet by making your own paint, e.g. flour paint, oil paint, casein paint. Check out (from your library) “Natural Paint Book” by Edwards & Lawless

Life tip: With the recent thanksgiving weekend in mind, be thankful for everything you have, not just a good job, good home, good spouse & family, but also consider your health, down to the little items, like the ability to walk/talk/write. Studies have shown that people who are grateful daily:

  • Feel better about their lives.
  • Are more optimistic.
  • Are more energetic.
  • Are more enthusiastic.
  • Are more determined.
  • Are more joyful.
  • Exercise more.
  • Have fewer illnesses.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Are more likely to have helped someone else

If you're up for it, every night before bed write down 3 items from the day that you're thankful for, why you're thankful and who was involved. After a few weeks look for patterns and enjoy your new perspective on life. For more info, check out this article: thankful

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." - Sir Winston Churchill

Interesting website/article: Give a unique holiday gift! Perhaps a camel, or a goat, or some trees. Check out and

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa

Yummy recipe: Sweet potatoes - much healthier than regular potatoes both from a vitamin/mineral perspective and from an herbicide/pesticide perspective