Life Design: Adding an Hour More to your Day…

You read it. You nod in approval. Then the skeptic you on the left shoulder (right side if you are left handed) says, “Yeah, whatever…”

But really, think on this one. We have. And, we certainly do so in practice, because it becomes a key hour to your overall life quality.

Here are some ideas from REAL LIVING BREATHING mortals on what that hour did for them in the course of a few months or all of last year:

1. Allowed me to focus on making myself more presentable and relaxed to co-workers, which in-turn has allowed me to stand out more in my team;
2. Allowed me a chance to sit down and find that quiet space in my mind to listen to my own thoughts and needs;
3. Allowed me to get in shape;
4. Allowed me to be a better mother and wife;
5. Allowed me to learn how to prepare lunch for myself and husband and in the process we each lost 6 pounds in 8 months;
6. Allowed me to read again;
7. Allowed me to realize I need a new job and start planning for it;
8. Allowed me to take long baths and regroup which in turn has helped my health;
9. Allowed me to make a financial plan and stick to it;
10. Allowed me to eat and prepare a healthy breakfast and lunch;
11. Allowed me to leave my home happy and come home to an organized sanctuary;
12. Allowed me to feel happy and calm;
13. Allowed me to heal my body;
14. Allowed me to explore all the things I use to be and in the process find myself;
15. Allowed me to feel that the all the hours I work are worth it in the end.

And the list goes on. Your personal time management is instrumental to your overall primary health. What can you do with an extra hour each day to make 2012 your best year yet?

Breakfast, Snack: Sugar-free Banana Bread

The key ingredient to this recipe is 3 very ripe bananas. Most of us have them close by, looking one step away from being useless. Today, they are your best friend. Marinating the raisins adds a nice citrus element to the bread – especially the day after baking.


• 3 very ripe large organic bananas
• 1/2 cup of liquid organic honey
• 3 tablespoons light olive oil*
• 1 large free-range egg
• Olive oil spray (or other equivalent)
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 cups of organic whole-wheat flour**
• 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
• ½ cup mix organic orange juice and filtered water
• ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
• ¼ teaspoon of organic cinnamon
• 1/2 cup organic raisins* *

*Olive oil in a lighter form can be made by substituting ½ teaspoon water with the remaining 2.5 tablespoons required in the recipe. **Using whole wheat flour is important to get the nutritional and baking results this delicious recipe provides. ***Raisins are wonderful in here, but if you really want accolades try a mix of organic chocolate chips and raisins!Continue reading

Life Design: 10 Reasons to Be Organized.

1. Better Health
Being organized lowers stress, one of the greatest silent factors affecting our health.

2. Eating Better
Being organized allows you to plan and avoid last-minute pitfalls to your daily nutritional needs.

3. Mental Health
Uncluttered space = uncluttered mind.

4. Increased Self-Confidence
A well-organized surrounding radiates positivity back at you.

5. More Time to Yourself
If you have control over your surroundings, you can improve your daily life quality.

6. Be a Better Parent and Partner
Developing a routine to stay and be organized will allow you to focus on your loved ones.

7. Foster a Better Impression at Home and at Work
People who are organized get noticed for all the right reasons.

8. Save Money
Being organized and planning ahead saves money. Period.

9. Make More Money
Better time management through organization = job promotion and opportunity to generate more income.

10. Organization Helps Achieve Goals and Priorities
Clarity allows for focus.

Another entry in Jenny’s Journey from Darkness will appear next week.