Finding Your Faith-Filled Start To The New Year

If you’ve decided to make the effort to rediscover your life this year, then you might find that, like many, you can find enrichment in a part of your life that you might not have been giving as much attention to lately: your faith. If you’ve been rediscovering your connection to God, you might be thinking about what you can do to deepen it, to make it a bigger part of your life, and to enjoy all of the benefits that this renewed dedication can offer. Here are a few ways to do it at the start of this new year.

 

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Participate with your church

It might sound fairly simple because, honestly, it is. A big reason that a lot of people fall out of practicing their faith is that they don’t take active steps to maintain it. Perhaps most important of all is finding your church, if you don’t already have one, and participating in mass every week. It’s your opportunity not only to make sure that you are actively hearing the Word of God but also to start connecting with a community that can bolster and support that faith, including fellowship with the leadership figures of your faith, who can be a strong source of support, in themselves.

 

Be more mindful of your media consumption

This isn’t to make the claim that secular media is, in any way bad, or that even depictions of sin are necessarily going to worsen your moral character if you see them but, many would agree, that you need to at least have balance, to ensure that you’re checking in with your spiritual side, and using the power of media to learn about your faith and beliefs in the way that only modern technology can allow. For instance, as we get into spring, you can watch the best Easter movies to remember what the spirit of the season really is. Media has helped a lot of people deepen their emotional connection with their faith, so you shouldn’t be surprised if it does the same for you, as well.

 

Live your faith in your deeds

If you want to make sure that you are doing your utmost to live out your faith, then it’s not just about focusing inward. You need to extend it outwards, as well. Not only does this mean participating in church-led events and helping those within your community, but helping those outside of it, as well, through volunteering. Look for volunteering opportunities near you, whether faith-led or not, and find the good that you can start putting into the world. This is one of the most effective ways to make sure that you’re really taking the lessons to heart and living out your faith in a way that reflects better upon the world.

 

Of course, faith isn’t just something to be talked about, it is something to be lived. Hopefully, the tips above help you give faith the space that it needs in your life so that it can continue to fulfill and enrich you.

What Does Your Car Say About Your Lifestyle?

Vehicles are no longer just machines you use for everyday commutes; what you drive says a lot about your lifestyle and personality. Beyond your status or wealth, your car speaks volumes about what you place the most value on. For instance, a driver who uses a small and frugal car like the Kia Soul may prioritize running daily errands around the city and living a simple life. Similarly, a person who uses a Toyota 4Runner may be an off-roading enthusiast. Here is what various cars could mean about your lifestyle.

  • Luxury cars

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Using a supercar gives you that performance and wow factor. The world sees luxury car owners as people who embrace extravagant lifestyles. If you want others to read meanings into your ride, you probably will want to go for a fancy car that draws attention on the streets, announcing its arrival in grand style. Owning expensive models like Lamborghini and Ferraris mostly revolves around living your best life and enjoying more refined things, so keep this in mind. It doesn’t always translate to practicality and utility, though.

  • SUVs

Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are among the most popular vehicles in the market today. About two decades ago, people used to buy these cars primarily for off-road adventures and jungle explorations. However, trends have changed now. Modern SUVs come in various shapes, sizes, and segments, giving buyers multiple choices. These days, many opt for SUVs for an instant sense of power. SUVs provide a tall driving position, giving the driver a full view of the outside world. Additionally, their sizable shapes give them a commanding presence on the street. If you are someone who loves to carry a lot of things, you may settle on SUVs for practicality and utility, as they have extensive cargo access. There are off-road models, too. For instance, the Land Rover Defender, Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Ford Bronco are ideal for those who love exploring the farthest corners of the planet. Buying new and used SUVs is easier these days, thanks to platforms like Edmunds. Once you know your budget and consider online reviews, you can find an SUV that suits your lifestyle.

  • Mini Cooper

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If you want to establish an image of simplicity, you may want to buy a Mini Cooper. The Lilliputian hatchbacks appeal to city dwellers. However, classifying Mini owners according to demographics is often challenging since the car appeals to a broad diversity of buyers. It all has to do with a certain mindset, so there is no age limit. Many Mini owners belong to one of four categories: brand enthusiasts who cherish racing roots, simple and elegant lovers, social butterflies who want to be a part of the Mini community, and those who want to save money. Traditional trucks and SUVs are not ideal choices for people who cherish fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability. Most Mini models guarantee at least 34 miles per gallon on the highway, so feel free to consider this. 

Break Free & Flourish: Rediscover Life Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Ever get that feeling where every day feels like a rerun of the day before? Morning coffee, same route to work, same evening shows – lather, rinse, repeat. We all fall into this cycle sometimes. Comfort zones, while cozy, can also feel like invisible chains holding us back from new experiences, opportunities, and genuine excitement. But what if I told you that there’s a whole colorful palette of life waiting just beyond that comfort bubble? Ready for a journey from monotony to marvel?

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Why We Cling To What’s Familiar

Think about it. Everyone has their comfort rituals. Maybe it’s that TV show you binge-watch every weekend (even though you’ve seen it a million times) or that local diner where the waiter knows your order by heart. Familiar is comfy, like a well-worn pair of shoes. It’s predictable and safe. But while there’s nothing wrong with having a comfort spot, it’s good to remember that sometimes the magic happens when you step out of it.

Missing Out While Staying In

Being stuck in a routine can be a real party pooper. For starters, when was the last time you learned something new or surprised yourself? If you’re always in your comfort zone, those moments might be few and far between. Plus, think of all the cool opportunities you might be missing out on. The new cafe around the block, the dance class you’ve always wanted to try, or even making new friends. Who wants to look back and wonder about all the adventures they never had?

Shaking Things Up In Your Job

Now, here’s a thought. Ever considered giving your career a little jolt of excitement? For instance, ever heard of a travel nurse? They don’t just stick to one spot. Instead, they’re off jet-setting from one location to another, helping patients and soaking up new experiences along the way.

It’s not just about the job, it’s about the journey. And even if hopping around various states isn’t quite your jam, the main idea here is to consider ways you might be able to infuse a little excitement into your everyday 9 to 5.

Easy Ways To Step Out

Start With Baby Steps: 

Change can be daunting, no doubt. But who said it needs to be a giant leap? Start small. Maybe instead of your usual latte, try a cappuccino. Or take a different walking path during your evening stroll. Small changes might seem insignificant, but they can lead to bigger, more exciting shifts down the road.

Get The Lowdown: 

The unknown can be intimidating, primarily because, well, it’s unknown. But a quick Google search or a chat with someone in the know can turn the unfamiliar into something approachable. So if there’s something you’ve been curious about, do a little homework. Getting informed can turn those nerves into excitement.

Find Your Tribe: 

There are people out there who thrive on trying new things. Find them. Hang out with them. Let their enthusiasm rub off on you. Whether it’s joining a new club or just following some inspiring individuals on social media, surrounding yourself with go-getters can give you that little nudge you need.

Shift Your Perspective: 

Challenges? They can be downright scary. But what if you started seeing them as opportunities waiting to be grabbed? Sometimes, a tiny shift in how you look at things can turn a mountain into a molehill.

Celebrate Your Brave Moments: 

Every time you try something new, take a moment to appreciate yourself. It doesn’t matter if it went perfectly or had a few hiccups. The point is, you stepped out, and that’s worth a toast.

The Cool Stuff Waiting Outside

Discovering A New You: 

Imagine all the new things you can learn, the new experiences you can gather, and the stories you can tell. Every time you step out of your routine, there’s a chance to discover a side of you that you never knew existed.

Toughening Up (In A Good Way!): 

Life’s challenges are like a gym for your soul. The more you face them, the stronger and braver you become. Over time, things that once seemed daunting will feel like a breeze.

Meeting All Kinds Of Cool People: 

New places and experiences introduce you to all sorts of amazing folks. These are people who can introduce you to even more new things, teach you, inspire you, and who knows, some might even become lifelong friends.

Wrapping Up

Comfort zones, they’re like those old sweatpants you wear on a lazy Sunday. Super comfy, and familiar, but maybe not the best choice for every occasion, right? Stepping outside of that routine isn’t just about seeking thrill for thrill’s sake. It’s about growth, discovery, and filling your life’s album with diverse memories. It’s time to stretch, explore, and sprinkle a little unpredictability into your routine. Adventure, learning, and a refreshed zing for life are just around the corner. So, are you ready to unlatch that comfort cage and soar?

Rival HBCUs Compete to Increase Blood Donations Ahead of 83rd Annual Magic City Classic #MCC23

The Alabama A&M University Bulldogs and Alabama State University Hornets are teaming up with the American Red Cross and kicking off their historic rivalry to see who can recruit the most blood donors during the sixth annual Magic City Classic Blood Drive, Oct. 23-24 at Alabama A&M in Huntsville, AL, and Oct. 24-25 at Alabama State in Montgomery, AL. All presenting donors will receive one free ticket to the Magic City Classic football game, and a commemorative T-shirt, while supplies last.

This epic battle takes place days before the two rival football teams clash on the gridiron for the 83rd annual Magic City Classic football game on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL, where the blood drive winner will be announced. Bragging rights are at stake for the school with the most blood donations collected.

Last year, Alabama State earned major bragging rights after collecting nearly 185 lifesaving blood donations and winning both the Magic City Classic Blood Drive and Magic City Classic football game. This year, it’s anyone’s game.

Since its inception in 2017, the Magic City Classic Blood Drive has collected nearly 700 units of lifesaving blood for patients. (A blood drive was not held in October 2020 due to COVID restrictions on on-campus activities and events.)  Yet, the philanthropic legacies of promoting blood donation at Alabama A&M and Alabama State began years before the first Magic City Classic Blood Drive.

“HBCUs have long served as incubators of excellence, with a culture of school spirit and healthy competition that makes positive impacts in our communities,” said Dr. Yvette Miller, executive medical officer for the American Red Cross. “Blood drives like the Magic City Classic encourage a collaborative spirit that serve students in their collegiate and future professional endeavors, while also serving a patient population that depends on chronic blood transfusions today.”

Four students enrolled in the Red Cross HBCU Ambassador Leadership Program, sponsored by Delta Airlines, are also helping to add a little “magic” to the rivalry blood drives. Alexis Powell, a junior at Alabama A&M majoring in Biology (pre-med), Taniya Rainge, a senior at Alabama A&M double majoring in Biology and Computer Science, Alvin Jacobs, a junior at Alabama State majoring in Finance and Karsten Threatt, a senior linebacker on the Alabama State football team, majoring in physical education – are all helping their campuses gear up for the two-day competition by encouraging their peers, faculty, staff and local community to schedule an appointment to give blood in support of patients with sickle cell disease.

Quotes from HBCU Ambassadors at each school:

  • “I wish people knew the pain that patients with sickle cell disease have to endure every single day, and that one blood donation can help save their lives,” said Karsten Threat. “Many say they’re afraid of needles but for a patient with sickle cell who suffers with pain every day, a quick pinch is worth it.”

  • “Knowing that I can do my part to raise more awareness about the importance of blood donation is what compelled me to become a Red Cross HBCU Ambassador,” said Alexis Powell, a fifth-generation Alabama A&M student from Birmingham who spent much of her childhood visiting the campus. “I think some students are afraid to give blood because they are not familiar with the cause. I wish more people knew that one blood donation can help save up to three lives…and make someone’s life a little easier.”

To schedule an appointment to give at the Magic City Classic Blood Drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Alabama A&M University: 

October 23 – 24, 2023

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

4900 Meridian ST. N.

Huntsville, AL 35811

Alabama State University: 

October 24-25, 2023

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

915 Jackson ST.

Montgomery, AL 36104

PENSACOLA USHERS IN THE FALL/WINTER SEASONS WITH NEW DIRECT FLIGHT ROUTES, MAJOR MILESTONES, FRESH DINING, FESTIVALS AND MORE

While temperatures across the state might not be cooling down just yet, Pensacola, Fla. is ready to usher in the fall/winter seasons with new direct flight routes from Pensacola to New York City, momentous milestone celebrations and events, new dining options for visitors and more throughout the destination.

Getting to Pensacola
When planning a visit to the destination, getting to Pensacola has never been easier, with direct flights from major hubs like Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Nashville. Launching this November, travelers can also enjoy direct daily flights from Pensacola to LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Delta Airlines, making getting to/from the Big Apple a breeze for travelers.

For those living in neighboring states such as Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, the destination can also be accessed via road trip in five hours or less – making a sunny beach trip all the more convenient.

Major Milestones
This fall, the Pensacola Ice Flyers are celebrating their momentous 15-year anniversary season in the destination. The Ice Flyers, part of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), launched their inaugural season in Pensacola in 2009 and have delighted fans for nearly two decades at the Pensacola Bay Center. All season long, the Ice Flyers will surprise and delight fans as they celebrate their anniversary.

Home of the original Bushwacker, the Sandshaker Lounge has been a Pensacola Beach staple since 1973. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The Sandshaker is mostly lovingly known for the rich, chocolate concoction that includes Kahlua, the occasional rum topper, and for those who’d want to add something extra, fresh or frozen fruit like bananas or strawberries.

Featuring over 740 whiskeys and artfully crafted cocktails, The Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, which gets its namesake from seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson, is celebrating 10 years of integrating local history into an entertaining experience for both locals and visitors alike this year. And just a few blocks south sits Old Hickory’s sister bar, The Kennedy. Celebrating its fifth anniversary next year, The Kennedy is known for melding together the nostalgia of the early 1960s with a modern twist and is the perfect spot to enjoy classic cocktails and small bites created with locally sourced ingredients.

Taking place this November, the Annual Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival will once again bring nationally acclaimed songwriters and musicians from around the world to venues along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Nov. 9, 2023, to Nov. 19, 2023, with several can’t-miss engagements at the iconic Flora-Bama on Perdido Key. Next year will mark 40 years as the festival continues to provide musicians an opportunity to share their stories behind lyrics that otherwise may go unheard with music-loving fans.

This November also marks the 10-year anniversary of a Pensacola staple, the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival. A 12-day celebration of culturally creative happenings, events, and moments under one banner, this year’s events will take place from Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, to Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. Set to be one of the most memorable iterations yet, this year’s Foo Foo Fest will see leading acts such as Manchester Orchestra, Broadway star Megan Hilty, immersive fine art experiences and tours, performances by the Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Children’s Chorus and others.

Fresh Dining
New locations of beloved eateries have been popping up throughout the destination this year, continuing with Pearl & Horn, which will open a new, larger space this Fall. Offering the perfect culinary blend of land and sea nestled into the edge of Pensacola’s Historic Downtown district, the new expanded location will seat 300 guests and will feature a freshly shucked oyster and seafood bar, an outdoor dining area, and a private dining room available for special events. The menu will boast delicious additions of colorful caviar, seafood towers, elk, and bison. Guests can continue to visit the original location at The Garden at Main + Palafox until reservations for the new space open later this year.

Recently opened in late August, the Salty Pearl Raw Bar marries fresh seafood with innovative culinary techniques. With something for every kind of seafood lover, the Salty Pearl offers succulent oysters, seafood platters, and lobster rolls that are sure to keep customers returning for more.

Vinyl Music Hall’s new food venture, Proper Burger, recently opened on Palafox and offers craveable smash burgers and fries. Keeping it simple, their signature burgers are a custom-made Costello’s Butcher Shop meat blend slathered in their signature Proper sauce. Guests can get a single or double patty, with the choice of fries, which are made using beef tallow.

Fall Festivals
This November, there’s no better destination to vacation artfully than Pensacola. Featuring a wealth of fall festival programming, Pensacola invites visitors to experience it all with high-caliber arts and culture festivals such as the 51st Annual Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Nov. 3-5, 2023). The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the highest-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the U.S. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen, and other artists.

The Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will take place Nov. 3, 2023, to Nov. 4, 2023, with the theme celebrating “50 Years of Women in Naval Aviation.” One of Pensacola’s largest and most coveted events, visitors can enjoy a lineup of aerobatic performances alongside the Blue Angels at the free-to-the-public events, with paid seating options also available for purchase. This year, the Budweiser Clydesdales will make special appearances in Pensacola at the Blue Wahoos Stadium on Nov. 1, 2023, and at the Homecoming Air Shows over the weekend at NAS Pensacola. Fans of all ages are invited to bask in the beauty of the ambassadors of the iconic Budweiser brand.

Taking place Nov. 12, 2023, Pensacola Eggfest will return to Blue Wahoos Stadium to showcase BBQ teams and backyard cooks from all over the U.S. who share a love for cooking and the joy of giving back to their communities.

Late November brings the 56th Annual Snowball Derby, a 300-lap model stock car race held annually at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway. The event attracts some of the bigger names in short-track racing, including top series NASCAR drivers such as Kyle Busch, Steve Wallace, Bobby Gill, Chase Elliot, and others.

Rejoice in the Holiday Season
With miles of sugar-white sands as white as snow and rolling emerald waves, the holidays are wrapped in even more cheer each winter as the streets – and beaches – come alive for the season. This year, swap the snow for the sand for this year’s holiday celebrations.

All winter long, Pensacola offers ample experiences to choose from, like the annual First City Lighting Festival in mid-November that illuminates the walkable downtown square with 500,000 lights. The stunning spectacle is free to the public and creates a scene straight out of a storybook. Beginning Nov. 16, 2023, the local favorite Winterfest brings “snow” to Plaza Wonderland during a magical festival complete with holiday music, live performances, holiday treats and so much more. After the Thanksgiving holiday, visitors can venture to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk to experience the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Beginning in November, visitors are invited to be on the lookout for the Holiday Cube in Downtown Pensacola. The perfect backdrop for a memorable photo op, the cube features different destination scenes inspired by the holiday season. Don’t forget to hashtag #ExperiencePcola!

And for those looking for a festive boozy beverage, don’t miss Nightmare on Palafox. The Halloween cocktail pop-up takes over The Old Hickory Whiskey Bar and The Kennedy each October with Halloween-themed cocktails, collectible decor, and more. Nightmare on Palafox is a must-see experience for visitors ages 21 years or older. Following Thanksgiving, the bars will transition into a Christmas-themed pop-up that will have guests returning for more festive fun.

Leading into December, annual immersive experiences also return to Pensacola like the Polar Express Tour where tap-dancing servers lead visitors through a trolley ride of the classic Christmas tale. In addition, The Cajun Christmas Experience is a great choice for those who like a little history with their Christmas cookies. During this open-air trolley ride, a guide shares stories of how they celebrate Christmas in the bayou as guests travel to Pensacola’s Historic Village.

On Dec. 2, 2023, the Lighted Boat Parade will illuminate the Santa Rosa Sound as guests watch from the shoreline and Pensacola Beach Boardwalk starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, on Dec. 3, 2023, visitors can venture out to Pensacola Beach to witness the Surfing Santa Beach Christmas Parade.

On Dec. 9, 2023, don’t miss a trip to the Flora-Bama to experience the Annual Santa Drop, where Santa Claus will skydive onto the snowy-white sandy beach on Perdido Key. Visitors are encouraged to keep their eyes on the skies as Santa Claus prepares to make his magical entrance at 12:30 p.m. in this free-to-the-public event.

For more information about Visit Pensacola and upcoming happenings around the city this season and for 2024 milestones, email pr@visitpensacola.com.

About Visit Pensacola
Visit Pensacola is the destination organization for Escambia County, which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key. With over 460 years of rich history and nearly 40 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration, and communication.

How To Find Your Ideal Type of Music

Music is something that many people find to be an incredibly important part of their lives. It’s something that makes them happy (even boosting their mood when they’re feeling down), it can help relax them, and it’s even something that can help with creativity or exercise. It’s motivating and, above all, it’s fun. 

Yet there are so many different styles of music in the world that it can be hard to work out what’s going to make you happiest and what’s going to be the most fun. Although it’s fine to like lots of different styles of music (and many people do), if you can work out what your favorite is – the ideal style for you – then you’ll always know precisely what to listen to when you need a boost. With that in mind, read on to find out more about how to find your ideal type of music. 

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Think About Yourself 

One way to find your ideal type of music is to think about yourself and engage in some self-reflection. When you think about your particular personality, your emotions, and what you just like in general, you might be able to narrow down your music choices and listen to the things that really speak to you and mean a lot, rather than things that don’t do a lot to or for you, even if they’re pleasant enough to hear. Perhaps you’re an extroverted persona who’s energetic and loves dancing. In that case, you might like a different style of music compared with someone who is more introverted and likes to listen to music rather than move to it. 

When you understand more about how music makes you feel, and you know more about yourself, you’ll be able to match these two things up so that the music you listen to helps to give you the peace, happiness, and solace you’re looking for. 

Try Different Genres

Just because you’ve always listened to one particular type of music, that doesn’t mean it’s the one that’s going to be best for you. It can almost become a habit when you turn on the radio or download a song to ensure it’s in the genre that everything else in your collection is in.  

But what if you changed that? What if you decided that you would try an entirely different genre instead? You could search for the best music torrenting sites and find all kinds of new styles of music there with easy access. Pick one to begin with that you’ve never listened to before, and see what you can find. Not only will this be fun, but it will teach you a lot about music in general too. Of course, you might find that your old favourite genre is actually best, but equally, you might find something you like better that you would never have tried before if you didn’t specifically go exploring. 

Learn About Music History 

Understanding the origins of certain types of music and how that style has changed and evolved over the years can be fascinating, and it’s a great way to find new genres that might appeal to you. You can research the genres that you listen to most and then start to think about other types of music – you might even find they’re all linked in some way to help you determine what to look into next. Gaining this knowledge won’t just give you more appreciation for the music itself, but it will give you a good amount of insight into the emotions and themes you’ll find in the music too, and that can really mean a lot. 

Take classical music, for example. That has a long history that dates back many centuries, and there are some massively influential composers involved, like Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, for example. Or what about jazz? Jazz has roots in African American history, and again, it goes back a long way, giving you a chance to understand more about all kinds of history from around the world and in various time periods. 

Go To Live Performances 

There’s something really special about live performances that can elevate any piece of music into something wonderful. That’s why it’s a good idea to go to as many concerts, musicals, and other events as you can. Not only will you hear the music, but you’ll see it performed, and that can give you a lot of information about how the piece has been created, and if the performer is putting energy and emotion into the song, it’s even better, and will stay with you for a long time. 

Try to see live events that encompass lots of genres, and go to small local gigs as well as big arena-based ones. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the music, connect with the rest of the audience, and you might find a new style of music to love.

Getting Serious About Your Daily Workout

It may not take long before you want to elevate your daily workout for strength, endurance, and satisfaction. Taking it to another level isn’t as easy as just working harder. Other factors, such as finding the right gear and even changing your diet, come into play. Here are some tips.

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Learn to Warm Up Properly

One of the most overlooked parts of exercise by beginners is skipping the warm-up or not doing it right. And this is the most common cause of sprains and other injuries. A good warm-up should last for around 10 minutes and includes jogging on the spot, stretches, and gentle exercise to get the blood flowing. Professionals at gyms like Fitness 19 can show you how to do this correctly and will always welcome the chance to educate you about warming up properly.

Invest in Good Quality Gear

If you don’t use good quality gear such as trainers, sportswear, and accessories, you risk injury. On the lower end, you will just end up paying more when you have to constantly replace the cheap items that wear out quickly. You should always invest in breathable materials for tops, bottoms, and trainers. And buy the best you can afford. You should always feel light and comfortable but also protected. It also helps to buy multiple items to help with laundry.

Use Music in Your Daily Workout

It is very common for people who exercise a lot to listen to music when doing it. Music can help set the tempo for your workout. Meaning you can work to a beat and get good results at the same time. But having your own playlist also means you get to enjoy the music you really like at the same time as exercising. This can help lower your anxiety about exercises and set your mind in the right mood. It helps to invest in quality earphones that won’t fall off when moving.

Take Your Diet Seriously

You may not realize your diet needs to change dramatically to get the best out of working out. What you eat can help or hinder your performance in the gym, and staying away from carbs is a mistake some people make. Carbs give you energy and provide it in short bursts for improved athleticism. Of course, you also need to eat more protein from various meats and vegetables to aid in performance, but mainly for muscle regeneration. And avoid “energy” drinks at all costs.

Supplement Your Intake

Even when you eat right, you may not get all you need for the best workout. Vitamin and mineral supplements are excellent for topping up anything you may lack and can boost your workout in the right combinations. Vitamin B compounds, zinc, and magnesium are excellent for overall health and performance. But of course, these cannot make up for a poor diet. And try to limit vitamin drinks and foods that come with extra sugars, caffeine, and other harmful substances. 

Summary

Your daily workout can become much more effective with some small changes. You must learn to warm up correctly, work to your favorite music, and boost vitamin intake with supplements.

Tips for Hosting Guests At Your Home

As soon as you move into your own home you will start hosting guests. Hosting is great fun, it gives you a chance to show off the place that you live as well as socialize and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. There are so many different ways to host a guest, you can have them over for a movie night, a games night, to try out new recipes (if you want to try something new here is a quiche recipe anyone can make or so simple catch-up and hear how they have been.

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When hosting guests at your home, there are plenty of things to think about – making sure your house is tidy, ensuring it smells nice, having plenty of drinks available, and so on. To help you with the next time you host, here are some of our top tips. 

Give yourself plenty of time to tidy 

Everyone is conscious of how their house looks, especially when they have guests over. When you know you are going to be hosting someone, give yourself plenty of time to spring clean and tidy. Depending on what you are planning, the last thing you want to do is be stressed and have to urgently clean, tidy as well as cook. 

Your house smell says a lot 

Just like the shoes you wear when you meet someone, the smell of your house says a lot about you. On top of giving yourself plenty of time to tidy, make a conscious effort to remove any bad odors in your home. Room sprays are a great way to add a luxurious smell to your home and so to are diffusers and candles. Depending on your budget, you can buy affordable ones as well as more expensive ones. 

Have plenty of drinks available 

You don’t want your guests to be thirsty when you are hosting them. A day or two before they arrive, do an online order and select plenty of drink options that they can enjoy when round. Ensure you have alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic drinks available in case someone isn’t drinking that day. If you have the time, mocktails are a great way to treat guests as well as impress them. With a quick Google, you’ll find a whole plethora of recipes to try out – some simple, some more complex. Instagram is a great place to investigate. 

Put your guests’ needs first 

Remember when hosting, your guests come first. Before they arrive, have a conversation with them about anything they may require – dietary requirements, drink tastes, dessert options, etc. You want to leave them impressed when they leave and the best way to do this is for them to leave impressed. 

We hope these tips give you some inspiration when hosting guests at your home. What tips do you have for hosting guests at your home? Which of the tips above did you find most useful? Is there anything you think we should add to the list? Please let us know in the comment box below, we look forward to hearing from you. 

What Are The Best Confidence Boosting Ideas To Try

Confidence is something that everyone can make use of in their lives, no matter what they do or what their personalities are like. Some people seem to have confidence already, but a lot of people need to boost their confidence to get it to a good level that will help them when it comes to getting a job, interacting with people, and generally being more successful in life.

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Of course, knowing that you need to get more confident and actually doing this are two different things, and it’s not easy to know what you should be doing to help yourself get the most out of life. With that in mind, here are some ideas that you can get started with, and once you put them into action, you should be able to boost your confidence a little at a time.

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Change Your Appearance

One of the biggest reasons people might have to feel less confident about themselves is their appearance. Although most other people probably wouldn’t notice an issue, almost everyone has something about themselves they don’t like, and by changing this thing or making the best of it if you can’t do anything about it, your confidence levels are sure to be boosted.

One thing you can do is to change your wardrobe. By updating your clothes, trying out new fashion trends, and really finally finding your personal style, you’ll feel a lot more confident every time you get dressed, helping you to be happy in most situations you find yourself in. Remember that although style is important, wearing clothes you like and that you’re comfortable in is also important. Take some time to explore different styles, experiment with colours and patterns, and wear what makes you happy.

You can also change your hairstyle, and it’s best to visit a professional if you feel this is the right thing for you to do. Having great hair is definitely something that boosts confidence; just think of how amazing you feel when you walk out of the salon with a fresh cut and perhaps a new colour – why not give yourself that treat and boost your confidence at the same time?

If you really want to make a change, a mini facelift could be the answer; you can get more information about the procedure here. You’ll certainly need to research what happens and the benefits, but it could be exactly what you need to take your confidence to the next level.

Take Up Hobbies Or Work On Old Ones

When you are able to take part in hobbies you love or have always been interested in, this can be another wonderful (and fun) way to increase how confident you feel in yourself. Think about what you might like to do or consider old hobbies you don’t do anymore but that you’d like to get back into. Whether it’s painting, playing a musical instrument, cooking, writing, or anything else, when you do an activity that you can enjoy and get a sense of accomplishment from, you’ll see that you are capable of achieving things, and this will obviously make you feel more confident – you’ll be less worried about making a mistake or not getting very far.

As well as this, sometimes confidence can come from just getting better at your talents and skills. This is why it can be a good idea to go back to hobbies you used to do and start again – or pick up where you left off if that is something you feel confident in – you can see how this is so important in life – doing.

Get Fit

Doing exercise doesn’t just help when it comes to your physical fitness, but it can also have a big impact on your mental and emotional state. That’s because when you engage in regular exercise, your body will release endorphins, which are natural mood boosters in the body. You’ll feel good and get a great sense of well-being at the same time as making yourself fitter and healthier. This feeling of positivity will improve your confidence.

Another way that getting fit will improve your confidence links back to the idea of changing your appearance. When you get fit, you will lose weight, and your skin will look healthier because of better circulation. If this was something that was worrying you and making you less confident when you interacted with other people, it won’t be an issue anymore.

It’s not just about exercise either; making small changes in your lifestyle that mean you become healthier (changes like giving up smoking, eating more fresh food, drinking less alcohol, and so on) will also boost your confidence and help you live a better life.

Reality Star Destiny Payton Selected As Newest Ambassador for Atlanta Fibroid Center 

According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 80% of women will have uterine fibroids before reaching the age of 50, with an even larger percentage in African American women. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) pioneer Dr. John Lipman, MD, FSIR, is continuing to lead the charge in educating women about non-surgical treatment options for fibroids by signing Serial Entrepreneur, Singer, and Love and Marriage: Huntsville cast member Destiny Payton as an ambassador for the Atlanta Fibroid Center. As an ambassador, Destiny will publicly speak regarding her personal journey with fibroids and increase the awareness of nonsurgical treatment options like UFE. Dr. Lipman and Destiny initially met in 2022 while attending Cynthia Bailey’s4th Annual Fibroid Awareness Brunch, where Destiny became inspired to speak transparently on her personal struggle with fibroids and infertility. Cynthia Bailey found her fibroid relief with UFE with Dr. Lipman which was chronicled on Season 6 of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

“I’m so excited about this journey. I’ve been speaking with so many women who are in need of this information.” – Destiny Payton

Destiny is one of many African American women who suffered from uterine fibroids and was told by a previous doctor that a hysterectomy was her best option for treatment. Destiny understood that hysterectomy was a permanent solution, but losing her uterus was too big a price to pay; even if she didn’t have a child. Fortunately, she held out and was blessed with a son (who’s now 2 years old). “The doctor told me a hysterectomy was my best treatment option, and I just did not believe that. It felt like a fear tactic”, says Destiny.

“Numerous studies have shown that most women suffering with uterine fibroids will be given only the surgical options and not told about UFE”, says Dr. Lipman. “The uterus provides many other important functions outside of childbearing. Women should not have to lose their uterus in order to successfully treat a benign condition (fibroids). Women are entitled to know all of their options and not just the surgical ones.” Dr. Lipman speaks from over 30 years of experience, as the Founder and Medical Director of the Atlanta Fibroid Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility specializing in the non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids. To date, Dr. Lipman has performed close to 10,000 uterine fibroid embolization procedures (UFEs), making him the world’s most experienced UFE physician. With Destiny on board, it is hoped that awareness for the UFE procedure and its accessibility will be enhanced greatly.

Dr. Lipman and Destiny have created ‘Dear Destiny’, a weekly Instagram livestream where they will connect and answer questions regarding uterine fibroids and procedures available to treat them. The livestreams will premiere in Summer 2023. Additionally, Destiny is offering a giveaway for a livestream participant to receive a free consultation by Dr. Lipman at the Atlanta Fibroid Center. “Our goal is to specifically target women who do not have accessibility to medical options outside of having hysterectomies and major surgeries”, says Dr. Lipman. For more information on fibroids, the UFE procedure, and updates, visit the official Atlanta Fibroid Center website at www.ATLii.com,and by following Dr. John Lipman on Instagram @dr_lipman.

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