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Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World

Summer is a great time to decompress and enjoy a somewhat slower pace than the rest of the year. Children are out of school and many of us go on vacation during these warmer months. The days are longer and warmer allowing for more opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature and other people. All of these of good things!

Recently I have spoken to many people who are feeling out of balance, ungrounded or anxious. It seems that many are being thrown off balance by external events that are creating an underlying sense of instability. The tragic events in Florida, the contentiousness of the upcoming election and the uncertainty of the economy along with other international turmoil are all factors adding to the stress. While the outcome of these events are mostly out of our control, we can become attached to the negative energy surrounding them and it can impact our well-being, focus and energy. Restoring balance is a process which begins with awareness and leads to action.

Steps to Restore Balance

Awareness: Before you can restore balance it is important to determine which areas of your life are out of whack. Common areas are work, home, health, relationships, fun, finances or spirituality. Perhaps it is one of these factors or a combination of several. Once you gain awareness about where it is coming from you can begin to make changes that will help you find your equilibrium.

Determine what is in your control: Determining what is in our control to change and what is not is the next step. For example, we cannot control the negative events in the world but we can control our reaction and response. We can limit how much news we read or watch or how much exposure we have to social media. If events or people are out of our control to change and we continually attempt to do so, we will become frustrated and anxious by our inability to succeed. Letting go of what we cannot control helps us relax.

Minimize exposure to toxic people, places and things: Often we do not realize that external factors are draining us. Are there people or events that seem to suck the energy from your body and mind? If so, try limiting the exposure or setting personal boundaries can be helpful. For example, we might have a co-worker who constantly tries to engage us in uncomfortable political discussion. In this situation we can politely but firmly tell them that we don’t discuss politics in the office and then change the subject. Humor can work if the situation is uncomfortable. If the attempts continue, remind them of your policy and remove yourself if possible.

Pay attention to your health: During times of stress we often ignore our health and well-being which further contributes to our lack of balance. Prioritize self-care by getting enough sleep, eating healthy and regular meals, sticking with exercise that is enjoyable and gives you energy. Having fun might also be low on the priority list when we feel stress. Doing something to lighten the mood even if we don’t feel like it can be very helpful. Even something as simple as taking five minutes and watching a humorous video can make us laugh or smile which helps shift our perspective.

Find time for quiet: When we feel out of balance taking a few minutes or longer to get quiet and relax will help restore equilibrium. Try a simple breathing exercise like “breathing in I create space in my body and mind, breathing out I release tension in my body and mind” to shift energy and focus. Go outside and connect with nature if that is an option.

Connect with your support system: Spend time talking to those who you trust and share how you are feeling. Feeling isolated or alone will increase stress. Perspective from a trusted and supportive person or group will help us restore balance. If it is not possible to visit with your support, find time for a call. Seek the help and support of a therapist, coach or clergy member if needed. As the saying goes “A pain shared if a pain halved.”

My Loving Sister and The Joy She Brought to Our World

She was born to be special in the eyes of those she touched. The youngest of four siblings she shared her love with all of us equally. From the time she arrived in our midst with her long black curls and brown eyes there was joy in abundance, even through the worst of times. She made the family complete and she took each of us in her stride, helping where she could, comforting where she couldn’t, and always on hand in times of trouble.

Looking back over our lives and the times we shared is something that would never have happened if she were not born to be our dear and loving sister. She has gone now for over two years and we will never stop missing her. It makes me wonder, however, why so many families are so far apart and why siblings cannot appreciate each other.

Perhaps it was the time in which we lived that made us different. Today’s world is nothing like the one in which we grew and flourished. We were not rich except in what we meant to each other and the support we drew from that friendship. Those who miss out on this are the poorer.

But she was the same with others as with the family. She took people under her wings and nurtured them if they were lonely, she contributed if they were poor, and she was on hand to help out the weak and infirm. To say that we miss her is a gross understatement as we mourn her as much today as when she passed.

It is hard to imagine our lives without her and for me, at least, she turns up everyday in the little notes she sent me, in the pieces of craft she made for me, and in the constant mindful conversations that still flourish in my head.

While my experience of reincarnation taught me that we all return one day she may come back to me in someone whom I can easily recognise. Her gentle kindness will be one of the ways she will be recognised.

Norma Holt has knowledge that enables her to understand many issues. Politics, health, social and behavioural problems are usually on her list for discussion as well as anything to do with the Spirit of the Universe and reincarnation, which she experienced. She is happy to hear from any of her readers.

4 Daily Habits to Adopt for Success in Real Estate & Life

Good habits are the foundation of wealth. If you watch successful people you will see their day is filled with consistent habits that save time, improve focus and ultimately help accomplish more daily. Successful people get up early, learn daily, make lists & set goals and track their progress.

• Get Up Early.

Make the first two hours of your day the most important. It will not only set the tone for the day but will give you a game plan for everything else that follows. These two hours can be used for activities you enjoy such as exercise, meditation or completion of a project or activity from the previous day. The early morning is free from distraction allowing you to do more of whatever you enjoy.

• 20 Minutes Of Learning Daily.

It is important in any business to know what is going on at all times. Trying to master every aspect of the business may seem intimidating but is less difficult if you spend some time on it daily. Regardless of how busy you may be you can squeeze twenty minutes of learning into your daily routine. You can find this time on an audiobook driving to or from an appointment or on the treadmill as you get some exercise in.

• Make Lists & Set Goals.

Success is often easier if you plan exactly what needs to get done. Before you go to bed you should plan for the next day. Tackle the toughest task first and go from there. Planning your goals not only makes you efficient but gives you a sense of direction and purpose. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common, they all say their goals out loud three times daily. This helps to reinforce their direction and keeps them on track in accomplishing their goals. Try it and see how much closer you get to reaching your goals!

• Track Progress.

If you don’t know what is working, is impossible to gauge the results? At the end of every day you should take some time to evaluate what you did to build on your progress. If you failed to do anything, you need to ask yourself why and then develop a new plan to stay on track.

You ultimately control where you go in Life. Changing habits is never easy but is essential for growth. Start by incorporating these four habits into your daily life and see the difference it makes towards your success.

Glassell Park Real Estate – What the Numbers Tell Us

Real estate in Glassell Park, a hillside neighborhood adjacent to red-hot Mt. Washington and Highland Park – is in high demand. Prices for Glassell Park real estate are rising and the inventory of homes is shrinking, creating a seller’s market. But why is this happening now when the area was undiscovered for so long? Let’s look at what the numbers tell us about this special community.

Glassell Park is a moderately diverse neighborhood located in Northeast Los Angeles. Glassell Park resides south of Glendale, west of Eagle Rock and northeast of Mount Washington. This neighborhood is quite hilly and provides its residents with astounding views. During the housing boom of 2000 a large group of middle-class people moved to Glassell Park because of the inexpensive cost and abundance of Craftsman homes. The average temperature for the hottest month of the year, July, is 73 degrees. The average temperature for the coldest month of the year, December, is 57 degrees. January is the month with the most precipitation at 4.6 inches.

Area Vibes awarded Glassell Park a livability score of 72, very livable, which is higher than the national average of 70. Walk Score says that Glassell Park is a 61, with a transit score of 44 and a bike score of 38. Therefore, Glassell Park is somewhat walkable, and some errands can be accomplished by walking. There is some public transportation with a score and not many bike lanes.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 23,467 residents within the 2.75 square mile neighborhood. This equates to 8,524 people per square mile, which is average density for Los Angeles. The ethnicity break down was as follows: Latinos: 66.1%, Whites: 13.7%, Asians: 17.4%, Blacks: 1.4% and others 1.4%. 51.5% of its residents were born abroad with the highest two being Mexico, 49.3% and the Philippines, 16.2%. The average age for residents was 30; this is average for the city and county of Los Angeles. 19% of the residents who are 25 and older have earned a four-year degree. There was 4.8% of the population listed as veterans.

The median household income in Glassell Park was $50,098, which is an average figure for the city and county of Los Angeles. The average household size is higher compared to most parts of Los Angeles at 3.3 people. This is 21% higher than the national average. Renters reside in 56.2% of the housing stock; this is 55% higher than the national average. Owners are the remaining 43.8%, these figures are 30% lower than the national average.

According to Zillow, Glassell Park homes are valued on average at $713,700. This is a 9.3% increase from last year and they expect it to raise another 2.6% next year. The average price of homes on the market is $675,000; this is 148% higher than the national average. The market health is rated at 3.8 out of 10 in comparison to other markets across the county. The average price per square foot is $499, which is higher than the Los Angeles average of $448. The current market temperature is “cool” which is ideal for the Buyer’s market. The average price of rent is $2,900, which is 33% higher than the national average.