Zucchini Noodles

Stop eating regular spaghetti and start slurping up zucchini noodles instead. They pack some serious health perks—and your taste buds won’t even know the difference.

If you haven’t gotten on the ~zoodle~ train yet, it’s about time you hopped on board. Swapping your regular pasta for zucchini noodles can be a super easy way to add an extra veggie into your daily diet, cut calories, and boost your fiber intake without having to actually give up on your fave comfort food dishes.

We promise—once your start spiralizing, you won’t be able to stop.

Why Should You Try Zucchini Noodles?

First of all, zucchini has about 20 calories per cup versus about 175 calories for a cup of regular spaghetti. That means swapping pasta for zoodles is freeing up about 150 calories to use elsewhere (we’re looking at you, dessert) or to decrease your overall caloric intake if you’re looking to drop some pounds. (P.S. here’s how to figure out how many calories you actually need, whether you want to lose weight, gain, or maintain.)

Second, zucchini is loaded with water (it makes up 95 percent of its weight!) making it a super hydrating food that’s loaded with folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Plus, just one cup of zucchini has six grams of fiber, according to Mount Sinai—that’s about 1/5 of your daily recommended intake of 25 to 30 grams.

And last—but certainly not least—you don’t have to stick to straight marinara; you can swap zucchini noodles for anything from regular spaghetti to the noodles in pho and chicken pad thai or carbonara (just check out these gluten-free zoodle recipes for more genius ideas). If you’re not about that diet lifestyle but want to take small steps to health-ify your day-to-day, this is a perfect square one.

How Do You Make Zucchini Noodles?

There are a few different techniques; the original way is to use a julienne peeler (the peeler with a bunch of little triangle blades sticking out). Wash the squash thoroughly (you want to eat the peel!) and run the peeler down the length of the squash. You’ll end up with strips of zucchini that separate into tendrils at the end; pull them all apart to create noodles. Throw them in a pan and sauté with a little oil of your choice (here’s your guide to the healthiest options), then serve with whatever sauce or toppings your desire. Another possibility: eat them raw! That way, they’ll maintain more of their volume, making you feel like you’re eating a lot (while only racking up a few calories).

If you want to take your spiralizing game to the next level, you can invest in an actual spiralizer—they range from small hand-held models to countertop devices with different blade cartridges to stand mixer attachments that handle any type of produce you can throw at it. The best part; you can grab a basic one for as little as $10 or as much as $100, depending on your budget and needs. No matter which one you’re using, the process is pretty much the same: wash, spiralize, and sauté or nom on them raw. (Here are non-zoodle ways to use your spiralizer to take your produce—and meals—to the next level.)

To Zoodles and Beyond

And zucchini doesn’t need to get all the love; once you have a julienne peeler or spiralizer, you can make veggie noodles out of so many types of produce! These creative spiralized veggie combos prove you can amp up your veggie intake at every meal by creating noodles out of beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and even broccoli. And, get this, you can even spiralize apples.

13 Designers That Create Beautiful Handbags for Under £700

Designer handbags are now a steep investment, and while we’re all for treating yourself to a Chloé Nile or a Gucci Dionysus if you can, many of us just can’t imagine spending £1000 or more on one fashion item. Part of the genius of Mansur Gavriel‘s now iconic bucket bags was the price point, as in 2014, there were surprisingly few labels that created luxury bags for under £1000.

Four years later, mid-priced designer handbags have become a booming business—especially as the price of It bags continues to escalate to be more than most of our rent money. There are a number of buzzed-about labels following in Mansur Gavriel‘s path, creating beautifully crafted handbags around the £300 to £400 mark. They are still an investment, of course, but one that is more realistic for those of us not on investment-banker salaries, and they won’t require months (or even years) of saving. Scroll below to see our edit of the best designer handbags for under £700.


The Amazing Rise of Bilingualism in the United States

The number of bilinguals in the US has practically doubled since 1980.

In an earlier post, I described the state of bilingualism in the United States (see here). The U.S. Census Bureau does not keep track of those who use two or more languages in their everyday lives, but since 1980 it does ask three language questions: Does this person speak a language other than English at home? What is this language? How well does this person speak English (very well, well, not well, not at all)? These questions were first asked in the census every 10 years, but are now part of the annual American Community Survey (ACS).

The data that we now have cover 1980, 1990, and every year since 2000 until 2016. Even though children under age five were left out, as were people who use a second or third language in their everyday lives but only English at home, they give us an idea of the number of bilinguals in the US and how the numbers have evolved since 1980.

Researcher Jeffrey Bloem at the University of Minnesota helped me extract the appropriate numbers from the IPUMS database which contains the census and ACS data. For each year, we tabulated those who spoke a language other than English, as well as English to varying degrees, and worked out a percentage based on the total population. I then plotted the results obtained.

ACS / F. Grosjean
Percentage of bilinguals in the US since 1980
Source: ACS / F. Grosjean

As can be seen in the graph on the left (blue function), there is a steady increase of the percentage of bilinguals between 1980 and 2016. Back in 1980, the percentage of bilinguals was 10.68% whereas in 2016, the last ACS survey for which we have data, it was 20.14%, practically a doubling of the number. If we add a few percentage points to take into account those not included in the survey, the proportion of bilinguals today is probably around 22% of the total population.

Of course, this percentage is still low compared to traditionally multilingual countries (for example, in Switzerland some 42% of the population use two or more languages in everyday life) but similar to that of other countries with a world language as a national language (e.g. France with its 20%).

One will want to study the reasons for this constant rise since 1980. There is, of course, the arrival of new immigrants who learn English and hence become bilingual. Some maintain their languages from generation to generation and hence bilingualism continues. Other reasons may be the (re)learning of some older immigration languages, as well as of Native American languages, and of American Sign language. To these should be added the effort that is being made to allow children and adolescents to acquire and use a second language in the home, as well as more natural language learning opportunities in some schools with immersion and dual language programs.

Some might say that the increasing number of bilinguals goes hand in hand with an increase of inhabitants who know no English. I have plotted the results of those who report that they do not know any English in the same graph (orange function) and, as can be seen, the percentages remain very low throughout all these years. English is so important in the United States that close to 98.6% of the population know it, and use it in everyday life, according to the 2016 ACS results.

Back in 1986, I wrote an op-ed in the Miami News on the state of languages other than English in the United States. I had observed, as had others, the extremely fast shift between two monolingualisms—that of newly arrived immigrants in a non-English language, and that of the great majority of the population in English. I stated, “A national resource—the country’s knowledge of the languages of the world—is being wasted and is not being replaced.”

I am now happy to observe, more than 30 years later, that an effort is being made to speak and use other languages in addition to English. The position of prominence that English has in the US is in no danger, but some room is now being made for other languages. This can only lead to a person’s personal enrichment, increased ties between generations and cultures, and more diversity in job opportunities.

Note: Readers interested in languages other than English in the United States should consult Camille Ryan’s very readable “Language Use in the United States: 2011” (see here). It gives details about which non-English languages are spoken at home, English language ability according to languages other than English, age, race and ethnicity, as well as language concentrations in the country.


How to Use the Entrepreneurial Mindset to Accelerate Your Career

“Fail fast; learn fast.”

It’s a mantra that we’ve heard repeatedly over the past decade, especially as startup culture has entered mainstream consciousness, but a part of me has always wondered how many of us actually take it to heart. In my own entrepreneurial career, which has included both spectacular successes and failures, I’ve been forced to face my mistakes and grow from them as quickly as possible. However, I’ve also seen how easy it is to fall into a rhythm and get stuck in a professional rut.

So a few years ago, when my company was approaching its 25th birthday and my kids were moving away to college, I started to ask myself: Can we transfer that mantra to higher education to create entrepreneurially minded students who eventually become highly effective professionals?

To answer that question, I returned to my alma mater, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and started a conversation that would change everything. That conversation evolved into UMSL Accelerate, a university initiative in which students learn from teachers with decades of real-life entrepreneurial experience in order to move further in their careers at a faster pace.

Business as Usual Is Over

When we look at higher education coverage in the media, we can see a common theme: It’s broken. Student debt is at an all-time high, and it seems degrees, in and of themselves, are becoming less valuable as companies seek candidates with proven experience and applicable skills. In fact, the World Economic Forum found that, by 2020, problem-solvingcreativity and negotiating would become the most in-demand skills by employers.

In short, higher education is ripe for disruption.

So when I approached the dean to discuss my idea for UMSL Accelerate, I knew that, if nothing else, it had to be action-oriented. I wanted to focus more on mastering and applying soft skills than memorizing and regurgitating theories. It was counterintuitive to the current system, but the timing was right and the university’s leadership team was on board.

Our goal isn’t just to pump out entrepreneurs. In fact, we know that not everyone is meant to start a business. The same mindset that makes a good entrepreneur, however, also makes a good employee. Whatever their ultimate goal may be, the real-life wisdom and experience students gain by learning to think like an entrepreneur gives them the skills they need to achieve it.

Fostering the Entrepreneur Inside

Possessing an entrepreneurial mindset doesn’t mean you have to be your own boss. It just means utilizing your creativity, experience and emotional intelligence to solve problems, learn quickly and spearhead new ideas.

For some people, that does mean starting their own business or creating their own niche, but for others, it means switching companies, reaching for that promotion or pursuing a new career altogether, even if they may not be completely confident about doing it. If you’re considering a career leap of faith, take these three tips into account:

1. Be deliberate.

Entrepreneurs are great at “leap” innovation: identifying a problem and working to solve it. But they also understand the value of mitigating risk because most are lacking both time and money. In the same way, whether you’re considering quitting your job or interviewing for a position that seems slightly out of reach, you need to mitigate your risk by mapping your vision against a set of achievable benchmarks.

So ask yourself: Can I hire myself for 10 hours every week to pursue my next big thing? Can I commit $100 a month to develop new skills, do research and further my goal? Sticking to this process gives you discipline, accountability, and enough skills and resources to give you a sizable advantage. It will also help you fight the impossibly strong inertia that keeps us on the path of least resistance.

2. Learn to crawl first, then walk.

I understand the urge to sprint toward your goal all too well, but it’s absolutely critical to give yourself a reality check. You don’t want to quit your job if you don’t have something else lined up, so learn to crawl first, then walk.

I always encourage my students to learn all they can about the entrepreneurial mindset, and then go and enjoy a career. Get some real-world experience, deal with difficult people, develop professional instincts and build up your network. I can’t stress enough how critical it is to engage with your professional community. It will be one of your strongest assets in finally seeing that big, hairy, audacious goal come to fruition.

3. Run when you’re ready.

Once the time is right—you’ve built up a solid network, fostered important soft skills, done the proper research, etc.—you can finally run toward that goal you’ve been eyeing.

This same formula is how I was able to successfully launch UMSL Accelerate. Once I decided it was a good idea, I crawled toward it by exploring possibilities with university leadership. Then, I walked a bit by hiring myself out to the university as a part-time consultant. When the initiative gained enough traction for me to work on it full time, I sprinted toward making it a reality and started hiring other faculty members to round out our staff.

Being an entrepreneur is no longer a profession—it’s a way of being. I set out on my own career transition from entrepreneur to educator so that I could push entrepreneurially minded students to move further faster. You, too, can pursue your next great career endeavor by applying the lessons of entrepreneurship today.


Chicken Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Active time: 40 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Makes: 6 servings



  1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, cumin and coriander. Cook over moderately high heat until the onion is softened. Add the stock, tomato puree, oregano and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Add the chicken, cover partially and simmer until cooked, 35 to 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°. In batches, fold the tortillas in half and stuff them between the cups of an inverted muffin tin to form shells. Bake for 15 minutes, until crisp.
  3. Remove the chicken from the sauce and shred the meat. Return the meat to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Discard the bay leaves and oregano sprig. Stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Serve in the taco shells with cilantro, lime and onion.


Must Have Travel Accessories for 2019

Travel smarter and safer in 2019 with the best brilliant travel accessories. Everything from the best adapters, earplugs, space-savers, safety to tech gadgets.

1. This Ergonomic Travel Pillow

The smart design of this washable pillow prevents your head from falling forwards as you sleep. Suitable for adults and children and perfect to use on airplanes, buses, trains, cars, camping, while backpacking, wheelchairs, airport terminals, or even while watching TV.

Best Travel Accessories 2019 Travel Pillow

2. Pack more with these awesome space bags! I have 20 of them!

Best Travel Accessories 2019 Space bags

3. This Clever Tank Top with Secret Pockets

Keep your passport, cash and credit cards safe with this versatile tank top. Perfect for both warm and cool climates. It can even fit your cell phones and keys.


Best Travel Accessories 2019 clever tank top

4. This Anti-Crease Shirt Transporter

Best Travel Accessories 2019 Shirt Organiser

5. This Convenient Water Bottle with Built-in Pill Organizer

Best Travel Accessories 2019 Travel Bottle and Pill Organiser

6. This SoundBender for iPads

If an iPad is your only source of entertainment on the road, for either you and/or your kids, then make sure you get the most out of the sound of your iPad with this SoundBender. This audio-boosting attachment words for iPads 2 to 4. A magnet secures the enhancer onto the iPad while it “bends’ the sound toward you. Nifty trick!

Best Travel Accessories 2019 SoundBender iPad

7. This Optical Camera Lens for Smartphones and Tablets

Leave your bulky camera at home and turn your iPhone or Android smartphone or Tablet into a high-performance camera! Get up close with its 10x Optical zoom, smooth image stabilisation and capture those special moments even in low light conditions.

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8. Get this cute secret pocket infinity scarf

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9. This Travel-sized Wireless Router with USB Media Storage

Convert any wired network to a wireless network and stay connected! Not only that you can also stream your videos, photos, and music to your connected media devices. If that wasn’t enough, back up and free up space on your mobile devices by using an attached USB flash drive or hard disk.

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10. This Travel Door Alarm

For peace of mind, attach this pocket-sized alarm to your door or window. There’s also a LED flashlight built-in.

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Keep Kids Healthy with Herbs

Herbs and spices should be a part of a child’s eating-life as much as adults. Baby food is so often bland because parents do not add these ingredients or shop bought versions leave them out. Hot spices may not be suitable for babies and some children but other herbs are excellent. They are a natural way of supporting the early immune system through the gut and digestive health. They also assist with warding off bacteria and viruses by as many culinary herbs are anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti microbial.

Introducing herbs and spices into a child’s diet should be done slowly, introducing one thing at a time in very small quantities. It’s a positive thing for children to associate yummy food and eating in itself with the flavor of herbs and spices. In India or Italy; mothers do not separate children’s food from adult’s food so children grow up with these flavors as ‘every day.’ A life without turmeric or basil in those cultures would be strange – so why make it different in the US?! By using herbs and spices in their diet as children they are more likely as adults to choose healthy ‘interesting’ tasting food and not be afraid to try new foods.


Rosemary benefits


Culinary herbs/spices to introduce to children include:
• Garlic
• Basil
• Rosemary
• Lemon balm, mint and spearmint
• Oregano
• Fennel
• Caraway
• Thyme
• Turmeric
• Ginger
• Onions (red are ‘softer’ in taste than white)

Think about growing herbs with your children as a fun project and then show them how you can use them in food. Basil is a great beginner’s example. Basil is a member of the mint family and it is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties. It is also a good source of vitamins A, C, iron, calcium and potassium.


Herb basics for children


Dandelion leaf benefits

Dandelion leaf


Dandelion leaf
– Gentle kidney and bladder support. Leaves can be dried and made into a tea or as 1 capsule given a day. Do not give children the root.
– Can also be given to children with urinary tract infections (although seek professional medical advice of your GP as well as urinary tract infections can be painful and serious).







Ginger root


Ginger root
– Can be made into a fresh tea to warm a child
– Helpful for upset tummies or during illness (a good anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antifungal herb)
– Ginger sweets are good for travel sickness




Chamomile tea for children


– Chamomile tea in a bottle is excellent for bedtime to soothe and calm toddlers
and children.
– Great for upset or unsettled tummies
– Good for children who seem anxious or worried, to calm and relax them
– Can be given as capsules or 1ml of tincture may be given from 1 years old, 2ml for a 2 year old (increase the ml by age).



California poppy benefits

California poppy

California poppy
– Children should never be given a sedative herb like valerian. So another relaxing herb alongside chamomile or lavender; is Californian poppy. You would be able to get this from a herbalist who
can give you a child’s dose depending on age.




Lavender powder

– Good for children who seem anxious or worried, to calm and relax them



Nettle leaf benefits


Nettle leaf
– Contains trace minerals – good levels of iron and calcium for growing children.

Siberian ginseng powder / capsules
– Good for children who complain of tiredness (check iron and B12 levels as well with GP). Children who are very active (sports) or have a lot of studying / exams. Good to use if a child has been ill for a while as a ‘tonic’ / recovery herb.

Echinacea (under supervision / prescription from a medical herbalist)

Sea vegetables and land grasses
Getting superfoods and herbs in an infant’s diet is really nutritionally supportive. Powdered greens like wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina, chlorella and other seaweeds can all be mixed with fruit juice (unsweetened), smoothies or pureed foods (do not add to hot foods or heat to avoid important enzymes being killed off).


Echinacea for children


Dr Schulze’s superfood can be given to infants once on solid food. Give a ¼ of a teaspoon and monitor stools (if they are too loose, you have given them too much). Herbs can be ‘snuck’ into their diet through raw smoothies too.

Smoothie ingredients
– Baobab fruit powder (beta carotene for the respiratory tract and eyes and also calcium and vitamin C)
– Green powders (B vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes, alkalizing).
– Nettle leaf (minerals)
– Lavender powder (calming, soothing, good for anxious children)
– Cinnamon powder (sweet taste, good for blood sugar, warming)
– Home-made almond milk is nutritious!





The Power of Positive Thinking

In my lovely Iranian culture, where the power of positive thinking and inner peace hardly makes an appearance, I grew up seeing the terrible impact of this mindset around me all the time: Some people were apparently born lucky and others, well, not so lucky.

“We are each responsible for all of our experiences.”
Louise Hay

I would hear grown ups talk about how “lucky” this person is and how sadly this other person’s life turned out. How someone ended up with their own company or rich by marriage and oh how it was always about “luck”!

It was really scary to think of myself tossed into the well of life and swished around uncontrollably as I waited with baited breath to see if life spits me out as lucky or unlucky. “Oh God, please let me be the “lucky” kind.” I would beg in my childhood prayers, “I don’t like the stuff they say about the “unlucky” ones!”

Now, I understand the power of positive thinking to guide my life. I realize that everyone who believed those thoughts was – and is – terribly misguided. A nice word for ABSOLUTELY WRONG, if you will. Some people very close to me still think this way, that life is going to decide their destiny. Not them. Not their actions and least of all, not their thoughts.

Of course, I grew up being a disgusting victim of this mindset and as a bonus, carried it well into my 20s with me. I was determined and ambitious but those traits went toward studying and educating myself. They did not go toward understanding the simplest and MOST powerful concept of all: that we become our thoughts and that our thoughts in turn create our magnificent reality.

The Power of Positive Thoughts

The power of positive thoughts was proven to Louise Hay by her own life experience and made extremely popular over the years, thanks to her. Then years later, it was proven scientifically that by controlling and thinking positive thoughts, you actually create new neural pathways in your brain. I paraphrase a doctor, who was interviewed in the video below, saying: “We can rewire the patterns in our brain with the cognitive behavioral affirmations. It is not just the fluff, woo-woo stuff. Positive thoughts change the way our brain is wired. It really has biochemical, neuro-chemical affects on our brain.” And so, yes, with your thoughts, you can therefore change your life.

“You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind.”
Louise Hay

The root of unhappiness originates from your thoughts, and there is no shortage of bad thoughts so if you want to eradicate all traces of happiness from your daily life, you will have a large enough army to do that every single day, no matter how amazing your life may be. You have life experience, so you don’t need proof for this one. You have done it to yourself or seen others around you succumb to this and it is an ugly spiral, which leads to depression and often off to the doctor to get medicated.

As much as I thank the heavens for living in the age of modern medicine, I am appalled by the abusive over-medication of our generation, and the complete ignorance of the simple natural changes that can bring about real results without all the harm. But you see, changing our thoughts is not as easy as popping those pills and playing a victim of circumstance all day long.

The ego gets in the way and decides you can’t possibly think that changing your silly thoughts will actually turn around your miserable life, now, can you? That’s for those crazy people out there who believe in magic. No, you are “realistic” and “practical” and that means, your life is average, and generally very hard, and there is really nothing that special about it, and so no reason to be all that “happy” after all.

Rubbish thoughts that rob the very spirit of life and turn all your blessings into average nothings and always wish, dream, and envy the rest of the world because their life is so perfect and their luck so rare.

Yeah, that’s a recipe for unhappiness that works every single time, because human nature fights the positive thinking!

And yet, that state of unhappiness is precisely what my Iranian culture seemed to be in love with. What is this crazy love affair with unhappiness? What is this obsession to make a perfectly good day a miserable one with envy, jealously, wishful thinking, and countless signs and snarly remarks. What is this magnetic pull to stay unhappy and be so hesitant to admit that LIFE IS GOOD and that alone is a perfectly good reason to be ridiculously happy.

“Your mind is a tool you can choose to use any way you wish.”
Louise Hay

So… thanks to my backwards upbringing and cultural influence that blames anything and everything from luck, chance, genes, circumstances, what-have-you, for the success of others and the misery of the self, anything except our very own thoughts, I have now become madly vigilant about embracing the power of positive thinking and spreading it like a bloody gospel!

Change These 22 Negative Thoughts to Positive Thoughts

Alright, time for some action. This one is about changing the conversation with yourself, and about eliminating old harmful thoughts for new fresh and empowering ones. It won’t be a picnic at the start, because for some strange reason, we love wallowing in misery and desperation and jealousy. Well, those “pleasures” will take leave when you change over to positive thoughts.

A promise: You won’t miss them because you will greet a new feeling: happiness and empowerment.

So next time you hear yourself say the thoughts in the red, change it to the ones in the black. Easy enough? Let practice be the teacher. Your job is to push gently – without forcing the issue – but to keep pushing, and to not lose persistence, and to be willing to change your whole life by starting with your thoughts.

Treat the new phrases as a mantra, as a prayer, as a new baby you want to protect, as a curiosity so you allow it to do its work, and as a rule with loving kindness and firmness. Repeat them over and over, as long as it takes until they do replace the negative, disgusting, and black thoughts and start to shine their light on you.

1. I am not enough …. I have so much that it’s hard to believe I’ve been this fortunate. Don’t make me count them for you!

2. I don’t have enough … I don’t see why I need to “have” in order to be happy when happiness stems from deep within.

3.  I am not pretty enough. ….. Oh I am plenty pretty, and the more I take care of me, the more beautiful I become.

4. I am not smart enough… I am smart enough to know that maybe I need to apply my smarts better or in a different place.

5. I don’t know how that works [computer, technology, a system, a tool, etc]… I may not have the skills but I can learn, and learn anything I shall!

6. I am not tech savvy. … but so is no one else when they first start, don’t forget they didn’t become savvy overnight.

7. I doubt it will happen or come through…. I am counting on it happening and either way, I will be delighted with the outcome because something better will happen if this doesn’t come through.

8. I don’t think they will take me….. If they don’t feel I am right for them, then it’s best for both of us that they don’t take me. I trust they will make the right decision.

“Remember, you are the only person who thinks in your mind! You are the power and authority in your world.”
Louise Hay

9. I can’t survive without [a person, a pet, a friend that is lost]…. I am feeling lost and sad without [this person/pet] but I will heal and find inner peace again.

10. I am probably going to be rejected…. I have given it my all and I have a 100% chance of success, either by being accepted or by realizing that this is not the right thing at the right time for me.

11. I should’ve done it yesterday…. Today is a good time to do this.

12. I am broken…. I am healing every day and it’s an amazing process.

13. I am weak. …. I am stronger than I think.

14. I can’t possibly do that.…. How can I ever know the extent of my powers if I don’t first try. In fact, forget try. I am going to DO and find out next. Thank you, dear sweet Yoda.


15. I wish I wish I wish …. I can I will I shall.

16. I wish I could succeed like him/her …..I create my own success and I alone decide on the precise depth and length of that success.

17. I am too old for this stuff………What is getting in my way of learning this stuff and what does age have to do with learning?  [Just find some role models. There are 80-year-olds that are happier and more active than all of us. Why can’t we do it with all this youth and abundance?]

“Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older.”
Louise Hay

18. I am too set in my ways …… I am willing to change. I am not an animal. I am a human being with intelligence, and I can change if I desire it.

19. I am not gifted like them.….. I bet I could surprise myself if I set my mind to it.

20. I wish I were rich………I am betting on creating my own wealth.

21. I can always run out and get a job ….. I am going to make self-employment rock my world, it is my only choice and my only path so backup plans begone.

22. I am lucky if [followed generally by two dozen excuses]……… Oh I am so lucky to be and to exist and to have the blessing of life and the gift of freedom.

There are more thoughts. Thousands of more thoughts, but it’s impossible to list them all. It is better if you train yourself so that you can apply this change to every thought by using the examples above.

When you change your thoughts, you change your energy, your attitude, your outcomes and your life.

“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our mind … Claim and consciously use your power.”
Louise Hay