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Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder.

How do you move forward?

If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve — without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered — wondering where all that time went.

As Professor Harold Hill has said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

Rethinking your life and getting out of survival mode.

This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. The purpose is to help you simplify and get back to the fundamentals.

Sadly, most people’s lives are filled to the brim with the nonessential and trivial. They don’t have time to build toward anything meaningful.

They are in survival mode. Are you in survival mode?

Like Bilbo, most of us are like butter scraped over too much bread. Unfortunately, the bread is not even our own, but someone else’s. Very few have taken the time to take their lives into their own hands.

It was social and cultural to live our lives on other people’s terms just one generation ago. And many millennials are perpetuating this process simply because it’s the only worldview we’ve been taught.

However, there is a growing collective-consciousness that with a lot of work and intention — you can live every moment of your life on your own terms.

You are the designer of your destiny.

You are responsible.

You get to decide. You must decide — because if you don’t, someone elsewill. Indecision is a bad decision.

With this short morning routine, your life will quickly change.

It may seem like a long list. But in short, it’s really quite simple:

Wake up.
Get in the zone.
Get moving.
Put the right food in your body.
Get ready.
Get inspired.
Get perspective.
Do something to move you forward.

Let’s begin:

1. Get a healthy 7+ hours of sleep

Let’s face it — sleep is just as important as eating and drinking water. Despite this, millions of people do not sleep enough and experience insane problems as a result.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) conducted surveys revealing that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders. Not only that, 60 percent of adults, and 69 percent of children, experience one or more sleep problems a few nights or more during a week.

In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month — with 20 percent reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more.

On the flipside, getting a healthy amount of sleep is linked to:

Increased memory.
Longer life.
Decreased inflammation.
Increased creativity.
Increased attention and focus.
Decreased fat and increased muscle mass with exercise.
Lower stress.
Decreased dependence on stimulants like caffeine.
Decreased risk of getting into accidents.
Decreased risk of depression.
And tons more … Google it.

The rest of this blog post is worthless if you don’t make sleep a priority. Who cares if you wake up at 5 a.m. if you went to bed three hours earlier?

You won’t last long.

You may use stimulants to compensate, but that isn’t sustainable. In the long-run, your health will fall apart. The goal needs to be long-term sustainability.

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Black girls are often regarded as the most beautiful and intelligent group of women in Africa. Although every lady has a unique taste, there are certain things each one of them crave and will not hesitate to include on their secret Santa list.

Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal has put together a list items Nigerian girls want for Christmas in the hope that you get the clue and have a couple of laughs as you read on.

  • A great food processor

Although many comedians and tabloids have tried to portray Nigerian girls as fast-food lovers, the truth is that they love to cook!

With the modern technology making cooking easier and faster, the average Nigerian girl has a food machine on their ‘Santa’s list’. Get her a food processor with several blades and functions, and you are on your way to stealing her heart.

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Monday

It’s the start of a new week and as always the weekend came  and ended in a snap… Well you have to move on, there’s no choice to that.  In a bid to ensure that you kick start the week on a super note, we serve you with a list of 8 things we think you should never do on a Monday. It’s not basically restricted to this 8 but am sure you know better. Read below –

Rush –    that’s the start of it all smh… and so you are faced with the suddenness of the new day and you be like omg it’s Monday! Yeah we know that happens all the time but relieving ourselves of the pressure and subconsciousness of the fact that we need to rush and perform our task in a haste because it’s Monday its a plus. Brother chill… Take the day’s activity steady but don’t rush except when extremely needed… Rushing to work on a Monday morning, rushing the day’s tasks also might as well take a huge toll on how your week is going to turn out and you and I know that it can be certainly avoided. Click on the page 2 below to continue with the rest 😉

tips to make monday your favourite day of the week

Mondays! arghhh! We can never get ready enough for them, of course the weekend ended so fast and we can only wish for a repeat or an extension for the weekend. Sadly it doesn’t work that way, time waits for no one at all… But here’s some good news for you of course I love to share good news lol. Anyways do you know you can atually make Monday your favourite day of the week? It’s no joke, this works for me and am pretty sure it will do just same for you.

Daffnee Cohen lists 9 tips to make Monday your favourite day of the week and it’s only right we pass you this piece of info. Read below-

1. Do something weekend-ish today

Go to happy hour, meet a friend (you don’t work with) for lunch, have game night, go on a date or go to a fun event like a movie or festival. Our brains get in extreme Monday mode and we overdo our efforts to get “caught up” and be super efficient. On Monday, do something you would normally reserve for weekends. Your Monday brain may go into shock, but you’ll be proud.

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lie

“Everybody Lies”, as rightly said again and again by Hugh Laurie in his television series House M.D. Lying is the basic part of the human philosophy, the only variably being about what. Everybody, literally every single human being, lies at least once in his lifetime. Some lies are small, some are big. Some lies are more significant than others.

Lying comes as naturally to some of us as perhaps breathing. In some cases lying is a part of a defense mechanism usually employed to save oneself from a situation. In some others, it is a mental condition due to which the person becomes a compulsive liar.

People have been lying since the beginning of time. We lie every day to people. We lie to our families, our loved ones, our friends, our teachers, and to random people as well. Most of the time, human beings lie because it is beneficial for them, in one way or the other.

In modern times, lying has become an indispensable part of our lives. It is probably the reason why most people have trust issues. Often, we no longer even think once before lying. Politicians lie when they make false promises to people. Insurance firms lie when they sell you policies that would rarely actually help you in times of need just to scrape more money off you. Product sellers lie about the benefits of the products they sell.  Ask yourself this: What is your reply when you’re late for a meeting or a plan you’d made with someone and they ask you “Where are you?” You reply “almost there”, when often you’re still getting ready, deciding what to wear. We all do it. But, how can you judge if a person is lying or being honest? Here are a few tips what will help you in deciding:

 

10. Changes in breathing

Often, when someone is lying, their breathing changes and becomes heavier than normal. Basically, it becomes heavier because when they are lying, their blood flow and along with that, their heart rate changes. This causes them to feel breathless. How breathless they feel exactly, varies from situation to situation and person to person. The body experiences these changes because the mind feels tense and nervous. Thus, the more confidently a person lies, the easier it is for him to conceal the heavy breathing or breathlessness.

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religion

 

There are just about 4,300 world religions. This is according to statistics provided by Adherents, an independent, non-religiously affiliated organization that monitors the number and size of the world’s religion. Here we are going to check out the Top 10 World Largest Religions and their estimated size of worshipers.

10. Juche: This is a North Korean religion which pervades all aspects of the North Korean Society. The Juche Religion worships Kim IL-sung, North Korea’s first dictator who died in 1994. Kim IL-sung however still rules as North Korea’s eternal President and worshipers of Juche believe that they will be united with their god when they die and live with him forever.

The founder of Juche, Kim IL-sung who acknowledged the impact of Christianity on North Koreans as at that time in a bid to perhaps retain power redirected the North Korean Christianity to focus on him. Kim took Christianity, removed God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, set up himself, his wife and son as the new trinity, and called it Juche.

Today, Juche which started out as an ideology has about 19 million believers making it the 10th largest religion in the world.

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You won’t deny the fact that there are dreams that have occured recurrently while you are asleep and of course there are dreams that individuals have in common and this experts say have several meanings of which we are going to share with you… Read 10 things you constantly dream about and what they mean below:-

Falling

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The dream: You’re falling, and unable to stop yourself.

What it means: Dreaming that you’re falling has two common interpretations. The first is that it symbolizes anxieties about letting go of a situation or problem in real life. It can represent the feeling of losing control, or a sense of failure. If that’s the case, try to move on and let life run its course. Trust that things will work out! The second interpretation is more positive. Falling can also represent a feeling of tranquility, and symbolize that you’re letting go of something. If that’s true for you, then keep on keepin’ on! Click on page 2 to continue

Paying-homage-to-Oba-of-BeninThe royal house of Benin is one of the most famous in Africa and the world at large. Yearly, tourists and visitors troop to the ancient city located in Edo state, Nigeria to see the palace which holds the rich history of ancient royalty.

Although not all are granted audience with the Oba – Omo N’Oba N’Edo, quite a number of people are allowed to tour specific areas of the Palace. While paying a visit, it is important to check with your tour guide for regulations which govern movements around the palace.

However, if you are set to visit Benin City in a bid to tour the Oba’s Palace alone, Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal has put together a list of 8 things visitors are encouraged not to do at the Oba’s palace.

Pointing

Pointing fingers at either Oba or his chiefs are not allowed at the Oba’s palace. The Oba himself does not point fingers at anyone as well, except in a bid to bless or curse another individual.

Pointing is seen as an act with deep spiritual meaning and so, anyone who does this is promptly arrested by the security guards of the palace known as the Ifienwenro for questioning and possible punishment. The Ifienwenro is a ‘spiritual’ guard whose major duty is to wade off spiritual attack against the Oba. These guards are usually clad in brown wrapper skirts with armlets around them. After arrest, the offender is usually compelled to take an oath before confessing or giving explanations for pointing fingers at the Oba. In dire cases, the offender might be asked to present certain animals for sacrifice.

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No matter how much Civilazation seems to have taken over in many parts of Africa, and Nigeria as in focus, it obviously still have some way to go in uprooting some acts which quite unbelivable are still practiced in Nigeria.

Here are some of the barbaric acts as listed by Shayo(36ng):

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1) Female Circumcision – Female genital mutilation (FGM) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as all procedures which involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia and/or injury to the female genital organs, whether for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reasons.In Nigeria, subjection of girls and women to obscure traditional practices is legendary.

FGM is an unhealthy traditional practice inflicted on girls and women.

Nigeria has the highest absolute number of cases of FGM in the world, accounting for about one-quarter of the estimated 115–130 million circumcised women worldwide. In Nigeria, FGM has the highest prevalence in the south-south (77%) (among adult women), followed by the south east (68%) and south west (65%), but practiced on a smaller scale in the North.

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