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Dealing with Anxiety – In Cartoon Form

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Do you ever stay up all night replaying the mistakes you’ve made or could possibly make? How about struggle over deciding between seemingly identical outfits to wear? GREMLIN GIRL can relate. Gremlin Girl is a brand new animated web series about our inner critic who is often difficult to shut off. The show follows Franny, an independent, seemingly confident woman, and Gremlin Girl, the adorable manifestation of her anxieties. From stressing about the enduring consequences of adding avocado to your sandwich to worrying if you’re doing enough to save the polar ice caps, Gremlin Girl is a comedic take on all the ways we’re affected by our neuroses daily.

There will be 13 deliciously neurotic episodes in the first season. Check out the latest episode HERE.
Gremlin…

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What We’ve Been Told About Passion is Bullshit

You’re reading What We’ve Been Told About Passion is Bullshit, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

I have an unbelievable respect for talented artists. When I see life like portraits that an artist has drawn using only three different shades of colored pencils I often don’t believe that what I’m looking at isn’t a photo. Like the one above.
Or someone who paints landscapes of mountain ranges and rivers that look as real and as wild as if they were right in front of you. The fact that sculpters that can take a chisel and hammer and carve out of stone a full sized person completely fascinates me. I have such an appreciation for almost all types of art. I say almost, because there’s one type of art I just don’t get: abstract art. The painting Onement by Barnett Newman is…

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How to Do What You Love – And Get Paid for It

You’re reading How to Do What You Love – And Get Paid for It, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

For most people the concept of doing what you love and receiving money do not go hand in hand. At most we can do what we love in our spare time or as a hobby but being paid for what you enjoy doing is considered a utopian ideal.
In this day in age there are a variety of choices available out in the world, but we still function from the point of view of lack of choices and scarcity, especially when it comes to earning money. We are constantly bombarded with the idea that in order to be successful we have to work hard and make big sacrifices. The phrase “no pain, no gain” is something we have all heard time…

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How to be Financially Responsible and Still Fun to be Around

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It can be hard to save money right now – wage growth is slow, everyday expenses are greater than they used to be and for many people, saving up for a housing deposit is a distant pipe dream.
A lot of people think that saving money for the big purchases in life like a home or car means living like a hermit and never seeing your friends, but this is far from the truth.
You can still save money and be financially responsible and fun to be around – it’s all about finding the right balance.
Here are five ways you can do just that without being boring.
1. Conduct a financial health check
How often do you check your bank account? It’s likely that you’re flushing…

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CBD Oil — What are Potential Effects on the Brain?

You’re reading CBD Oil — What are Potential Effects on the Brain?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound that is found in marijuana and hemp. Among other things, CBD works as an antioxidant, pain reliever, mood balancer, and according to medical research, it also generates effects that set it apart as a fantastic herb for not only stimulating neurological function but also for eliminating free radicals and preventing cell deterioration.
Why are CBD and THC so different?

While the chemical makeup is similar, the molecular structures are different.
Also, CBD does not interact with the body the same way the other cannabinoids do (through CB1 and CB2 receptors).
Instead, a more complicated process occurs between cannabidiol and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that leads to physiological changes.

CBD is known to have significant neuroprotective effects that could…

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5 Pieces of Life Advice from a Warrior and TBI Survivor

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‘When starting from scratch to reinvent yourself choose a powerful and loving mindset.’
– Glenn Bott, Survivor, Speaker, Warrior
Imagine suddenly waking up with no idea of where you are or why you’re there? Everything looks strange. You have no recollection of anything prior to this moment. You somewhat remember “you”, but only from a deep feeling and familiarity. You can’t remember your name, or anything that happened before this moment.
I am very fortunate to fully recover from this normally devastating and rocky abyss known as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). At first I was unable to explain my successful recovery. After years of continuous and incremental progress I now have at least part of the answer.
Recovering from a TBI is an interesting…

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Unthreading Anxiety

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I was born in the middle of a war zone. One of my earliest memories is of a bomb falling near our house on an otherwise quiet day. So wholly unexpected it freaked the hell out of me. And this is how my friendship with anxiety was born.
I went through life having a sensibly over-alert nervous system trying to keep me alive, even long after the war was over. In medical terms you might call this PTSD or generalized anxiety, I personally don’t identify with those concepts at all.
I don’t see my being or experience in the world as pathological or requiring medical intervention. This is true for me, but it may not be true for others. I’m not opposed to psychiatry or medical interventions. It has simply been…

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How to Consume Content in a Healthy Way

You’re reading How to Consume Content in a Healthy Way, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Fifty years ago, most people were ignorant about healthy dietary choices. It was an impossible task, for the average Joe, to discern between proteins and fats, complex and simple carbohydrates. But fast forward a couple of decades and nutrition principles are obvious even to children. The same cycle, apparently, is about to repeat. The vertical, however, is different this time around and we have a metaphorical source of food to deal with. Welcome to the information era, where we consume content!
With vast libraries of content being created daily, our lives are densely filled with opportunities to consume information on every corner. Each device and platform is geared towards content consumption, and there is a garden variety of options to explore.
And while knowledge is the…

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Believing in Your Divine Life Purpose

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Do you believe that your life has a specific purpose? I must confess that I have not always thought this way, but gradually, my beliefs were changed, over the course of many years, and now I remain absolutely convinced that life does indeed hold a specific, unique purpose for each of us; that we are all here for a reason, and the most important thing we can do in life, is to find our own unique calling and then, dedicate ourselves to fulfilling it.
As modern society, particularly in the west, has gradually distanced itself from the idea of God, it has largely abandoned the idea that life can have any purpose at all, let alone that individuals might be destined to achieve something specific, and important,…

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How to Create a Master Plan for Your Life

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Did it ever occur to you that doing things according to a specific plan could boost your productivity? If you’ve never done this before, then, it is definitely high time to comprise a master plan. That is to say, you should establish individual goals and targets and focus on accomplishing them.
This will make you accomplish an immeasurable sense of satisfaction. Balance is, of course, the key element that allows you to remain focused on your targets. But balance isn’t accomplished overnight. It takes a lot of work, perseverance and determination. In addition to that, it is up to you to customize your own goals depending on your given circumstances.
Each action you take represents an element that could work towards your success or the…

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How Recapping My Days Changed My Life

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In 2015, I made a New Years resolution. At the start of each day, I would review what I had done the previous day and log it in a text file. This wouldn’t be literally everything (Otherwise it would get rather tedious); just things that were worth remembering or indicated some kind of action had been taken that would move me forward, no matter how small. If I made a new recipe, it would go in. If I saw a new movie, it would go in. Four years later, and I can safely say that this is one of the best decisions I have ever made. These are some of the ways recapping my days has changed my life.

Gives my life an arc

There’s a famous…

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5 Ways To Discover Your Passion and Make a Profit

You’re reading 5 Ways To Discover Your Passion and Make a Profit, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

It’s Sunday evening and you are dreading going to work the next day. You hear people advise you, “Follow your passion!” Of course you’d love to, if only you knew what your passion was.
You are probably a work hard play hard kind of person, committed to your job, and good at what you do. You are smart, professional and an over-achiever. But you are tired of feeling bored and unfulfilled, investing your valuable time in a company that could replace you in a week. You want more, you want to make the switch but you’re not sure what to do.
If you are feeling stuck, you are not alone. Here are five ways to discover your passion and how to find ways to…

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I Crossed the Ocean to Find My Purpose

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Inspired to start a global journey and make a difference, I arrived energized and happy, not knowing what it would take for me to find my purpose and start building a meaningful career.
Here is how it went:

I moved to the U.S. as an international student from the Netherlands.
I got rejected by Fortune 500 companies because they didn’t want to take the risk.
They would have to sponsor my visa.
I had two Master’s Degrees, experience at global and local companies, worked with the United Nations, co-founded two companies, and had a LinkedIn network of 1,200+ connections.
All my education is in English and I have knowledge of 5 other languages.
I sacrificed everything for my education and career to be here. Family, friends, promotions and most of all,…

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Fear: The Enemy From Within

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Have you ever found yourself living under the bondage of fear in all spheres of your life? Then this article is a must-read resource. By the way, I was a victim of self-induced fear for over 20 years. To be precise fear made me lose two of my well-paying jobs. I could not express myself. I remember how I skipped school during my lower classes for several weeks for fear of failing the end of term examinations. Boys younger than me, would bully me, and do you know what I did? I used to run home crying.
Be my guest, as I share my story,
I thought it was a regular occurrence
I never took it serious because I thought it was just a passing cloud. However, its intensity increased,…

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4 Ways to Stop the Insanity and Re-Embrace Healthy Sleep Patterns

You’re reading 4 Ways to Stop the Insanity and Re-Embrace Healthy Sleep Patterns, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

A good night’s sleep might seem like a luxury, but rest is a vital part of our overall health. Unfortunately, far too many Americans neglect their sleep needs.
In fact, about one-third of Americans struggle with sleep deprivation. That might not sound like a big deal, but a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that even one night of lost sleep increases the production of a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
While most people don’t connect a lack of sleep to such alarming consequences, everyone knows what it’s like to feel exhausted. Poor sleep habits create stress in our bodies and lead to fatigue, diminished concentration, slow reaction times, and increased irritability. Exhaustion also hurts the economy in…

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Revitalized Your Future and Boost Your Mood: Turbo Charged Optimism

You’re reading Revitalized Your Future and Boost Your Mood: Turbo Charged Optimism, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Nearly everyone has had the experience of thinking, “I use to be excited about the future, but now I am just trudging through life one day at a time.”
Does that describe you? What happened? Does it feel as though you have lost the ability to dream, to believe in yourself enough to imagine a brighter future?
If so, you are not alone. It happens. Often.
Daily pressures of meeting work and family obligations can be overwhelming. Without realizing it we slowly lose sight of possibilities. As the years go by our gaze shifts more and more to the present: putting one foot in front of the other just to meet the demands of each day. Dreams that at one time held such promise, that…

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3 Mindset Shifts Needed for Long-term Weight Loss

You’re reading 3 Mindset Shifts Needed for Long-term Weight Loss, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

You know what we’re all really great at? Yo-yo dieting.
We jump into every new diet with excitement and anticipation, and tell ourselves that this time we’ll lose the weight for good. We start eating healthier and exercising more, and we gleefully watch as the pounds begin melting away.
But as time goes on, obstacles begin popping up.
Maybe our diet is too restrictive, and we start having cravings for the foods we’ve left behind. Or maybe our circumstances change in unforeseen ways, and it becomes harder to maintain our new routines.
As our weight loss inevitably starts to slow, we begin questioning our choices. We start feeling resigned and discouraged, and wonder why we’re sticking with a plan that isn’t getting us results….

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Don’t Think – Do

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When I’ve had important life decisions to make, I’ve always been in favour of thinking, researching and evaluating my options. After all, I didn’t want to get it wrong.
My logic was, the more informed I can make myself, the better.
Do you also feel like this when faced with big decisions?
Let me tell you that I have changed my view completely.
I believe that there IS such a thing as too much information and too many options, and often what this results in is PARALYSIS, rather than action.
What do I mean by this?
A few years ago I was asked to speak on national television about insects as a future source of sustainable protein (at the time I was running my ‘cricket flour’ snack bar company). My first reaction was over…

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Ancestry DNA Tests Don’t Always Find What We Expect

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Advances in DNA testing in recent years has made tracing your family tree accessible to the masses, prompting millions to go down the route of discovering their lineage.
But what people find is not always welcome. The results of genetic tests are life-changing, but in some cases people are left wishing they’d remained in blissful ignorance.
Ancestry DNA tests help people to discover their genealogy by taking just a small amount of the subject’s DNA, with some of the best ancestry dna test sites claiming that they can reveal a person’s family tree and ancestral homeland for a fee.
The most popular is the aptly-named AncestryDNA itself, from whom you can currently order a kit online for $79. All you have to do is spit into…

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Why is Consciousness The Key to Happiness?

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Consciousness… just a word for many but for some people familiar with its experience, it is a means to create a beautiful world.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of consciousness is “the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself.”
I’m sure you want to unlock this experience…
In case you don’t know, both Thinking and Feeling are the basis of an individual’s existence.
There are situations, a majority in the materialistic world when thinking creates wonders.
Similarly, there are situations when the feeling component gives you the best of experiences, the best testimony being the holiday-breaks.
Here’s the problem…
You are thinking more and feeling less
OR
You are feeling more and thinking less.
There is a deficiency or an overdose of one component over other. Sorry, but you are losing…

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A Wee Wiggle in my Journey to Family

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Many of us have faced depression, struggled with low self-esteem, and other debilitating mental health challenges. My own journey with depression was a result of growing up with a rare blood disorder and being told I could never have children of my own. This completely changed my dreams of what family and life meant. Years later I suffered with a rare soft tissue sarcoma, yet, baffling the best of doctors, I survived. I’m a tough nut to crack!
My book, Falling into Faith, A Journey to Freedom, is a candid and honest account of my journey. I detail the struggles of living with constant pain and disease, and the power associated with learning to forgive and break free from the heavy chains that encumber and…

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Unconsciously Chasing a Dream

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Our unconscious routines are making us or breaking us.
As I woke up before the sunrise I walked over to the couch and turned on a small lamp, then started my coffee and grabbed my phone. After mindlessly scrolling Facebook and Twitter which seemed like five minutes, my son woke up and came out to join me on the couch. How was the morning gone already? How did an hour and a half go by?
As I was reflecting on my life, I was reminded of a recent trip on an old back road. This unmaintained road had heavy tire ruts where you could literally take your hands off the wheel because years of the same travel with no deviation had formed these pathways for a vehicle. There is no…

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Ten Tips to Help You Feel Happier

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Happiness is an elusive concept, we all want it but not many of us can define what it actually is and even fewer how to get it.
Unfortunately, a lot of us fall into the trap of the ‘I will be happy when’ mentality. It’s an easy fix supported by our own psychology and propagated by the modern world. You end up thinking; ‘I will be happy when I have lost 10kg’s’, ‘I will be happy when I find a partner’, ‘I will be happy when I get that new car’ and so on. The difficulty is that you will be happy briefly, or at least you think you will. But this feeling won’t last long and then you will be onto the next thing that…

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4 Key Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics

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As you walk down a store’s beauty aisle, it’s easy to choose the most popular brands and products that line the shelves. After all, they are on sale and the labels claim to be organic or all natural. Despite these perks, what consumers fail to realize is that these labels can deceive consumers into believing their items are safe and toxin-free.
The truth is the beauty market across the United States has lacked regulation compared to other areas around the world. While Europe has an official ban on well over 1,000 toxic ingredients, our nation has only banned 30 chemicals. This unsettling reality should be enough to inspire consumers to take a long hard look into the products they are applying to their hair, skin, and…

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How Being Busy All the Time is Hurting You – plus 3 ways to stop

You’re reading How Being Busy All the Time is Hurting You – plus 3 ways to stop, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

When you catch up with a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile, what’s one of the first things out of your mouth when they ask you how you are? Is it something along the lines of “good, but SO busy”?
What if the most interesting thing about us wasn’t how busy we are?
We live in a culture of more. So many people want to make more money, buy more things, and get more done. I often write and speak about productivity, and the question I get asked the most is “how do I do more?” Clients and audience members aren’t asking how to get more done in less time, they want to know how to fill in…

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