Sep 262018
 

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One of the definitions of ‘challenge’ in Mirriam-Webster is, “to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties.” That’s the definition I’m using for this post, not because I want to encourage people to present their health with difficulties, but because I want to encourage people to stimulate their routines to change for the better, for their health. Make sense?

Stay on top of your health. Take your vitamins. Get into or improve your routine. Take your omega 3′s and 6′s. Get into or improve your routine. Take your probiotics. Get into or improve your routine. Take your antioxidants. Get into or improve your routine. Take your anti-inflammation blend. Get into or improve your routine. Exercise. Get into or improve your routine. Get enough sleep. Get into or improve your routine. 

Get the point? Get the point.

Let’s keep up the challenge to live healthy lifestyles.

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Sep 242018
 

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Why Procrastination Hurts

I was showing a short video about procrastination to one of my students, and it struck me how much it applies to so many areas of our lives. I procrastinate in making doctors’ appointments and paying certain bills. It’s not that they don’t get done. They just don’t get done in a timely manner. I decided to research it a little more and make some changes. Besides, how can I be showing someone else about it if I don’t work on it myself. I am a big believer in being prepared, and yet, with some things, I need to work on not procrastinating. Good grief, I can make a doctor’s appointment online!

Procrastination can be defined as “the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. It could be further stated as a habitual/intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite its negative consequences.” ~ Wikipedia. That’s pretty much it.

Why Procrastination Hurts

Procrastination causes some to wait until the very last moment to do something they really don’t want to do. For instance, a student who needs to prepare for an exam, and despite having several weeks to do so, waits until the night before the test to cram all night. That hurts. In my case, I don’t like this bill because it’s an arrears on something we got behind on when the economy fell apart. However, procrastinating paying it only makes the situation worse, because the interest and penalties increase. That hurts too. Avoiding a task doesn’t make it go away, nor diminish the importance of it.

What I was reminded of is that sometimes people procrastinate because they are disorganized, live with clutter, multi-task too often, are easily distracted, or have trouble with punctuality. Those are all different issues in themselves, but they all contribute to each other. I struggle with a touch of all of them in one way or another.

Make a Plan and Follow It

In my work, (the work that earns me money, and my volunteer work) I have a lot of appointments to make and keep, plans to make and share, phone calls, texts, and much more. I have a running calendar where I put all my activities, and always carry a notebook to write things down in. I am going to change the way I’m making my doctors’ appointments to help me not procrastinate doing it. I plan on thinking more seriously about why it’s important to get my check ups done more timely. For the bill I don’t like, I plan on going into my account and see if I can set it up for automatic payments.

You can do the same with whatever it is you procrastinate on. Think of why you don’t want to do it and why you should.  Think of how you can change that. Write down pros and cons (I’ve done that for years). Make a plan and try it. Keep improving. We’re all trying to do that.  These things will help us as we continue to live healthy lifestyles.

Sep 182018
 

Loyalty has been defined as “a very personal and powerful form of faithfulness”. If you have a ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, you have possibly chosen a company to partner with. When you did that, you probably signed a contract that has its own form of terms and conditions about procedures, products and conduct. When you got married you also ‘signed a contract’, so to speak – on paper and hearts. You may have other relationships, friends, siblings, etc., where you feel a sense of loyalty.

The benefits of being loyal far outweigh what you think you might receive by not being loyal. Very often, the temptations to be disloyal start from an outside source that we have allowed ourselves to be exposed to. In our home businesses, it could be the success that others seem to be having with their company while we are struggling with our own businesses. In our marriages, it can come from a ‘listening’ ear (in the form of telephone calls, texts, social media, or a work mate) to the problems we could be having with our mate. The same thing can happen with friendships, and other family relationships. Disloyalty can come in the form of physical disloyalty or emotional disloyalty.

Working through the situation, finding a way to cope, better understand and stick to it, is almost always the best way. Face the problems, talk things out, explore coping strategies. Practice self-control and self-sacrifice.

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Three things I’ve found are wonderful benefits of loyalty are:

Longevity. When you continue to work through the obstacles of having a ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, as I do, you begin to see success ONLY when you persist. Find a good company you can work with and be loyal to the process, even when things seem to be going wrong. The same idea applies to marriage. It is only when we persist with loyalty in our marriage that we see the power of what that loyalty does to us, our mate, and the relationship. As time goes by, and with each struggle we cope with together, we build another unbroken link in the process. Look back on the time and things you’ve already successfully coped with in different aspects of your life and meditate on them. Your emotional and mental health, and physical health will benefit as well, because your conscience will be clear and you will be building emotional and mental strength. Since our emotional, mental and physical health are all tied in together, all will benefit. It helps us live healthy lifestyles.

Mutual trust. The longer we show loyalty to the important people, activities, and processes in our lives, the more trust we build.  This could mean our customers and team members — will trust us, and the more we can trust them. This could mean our marriage mates — will trust us, and the more we can trust them. We build relationships by mutual trust – in almost every area of life, be it family, work associates, friends, and home business. By staying loyal, being dependable, solid in our resolve, and self-sacrificing, we show over a period of time to others and to ourselves that we can be trusted, and that moves the other people in our lives to be loyal too. We sharpen each other for loyalty. We become mentors to each other, helpers and cheerleaders.

Experiencing the growth. Only by being loyal and sticking it out, can you begin to see, witness and experience what you and those around you can become and do. If we give up and give in to temptation to search elsewhere, look to the side, succumb to doubt, dwell on the negative, and ultimately become disloyal, thereby destroying what trust there was, what could have been will never be. In today’s world, many people are short tempered, disloyal, have short attention spans, are dishonest, and we can become the same, if we don’t work hard on not being those things. Many people never reach or see the full potential of their relationships in their home businesses, marriages, families, friendships, and other relationships and endeavors because they have not worked on being loyal. Do not despair. Do it and reap the benefits.

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I would love to tell you about the benefits I have have experienced by being loyal to the company I am partnered with.

Please contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Aug 242018
 

 

Our faces are … well … out there. Lots of things show up on our faces. Stress, happiness, sadness, joy, youth and older age. The good news is that good health shows through even during bad times, and good health can help get us through difficult times.

Exercise is important for physical and mental and emotional health. There are exercises for everything – body, mind, emotions, finances, spirituality, communication, and much more.

Exercise keeps our bodies and faces, healthy. People of all ages need exercise, but different kinds and amounts at each age in our lives. Whatever you do or are thinking about doing, stay or get into a routine, keep it up and do it safely.  This helps us have healthy lifestyles.

Facial exercises, also called facial toning, can increase muscle tone and prevent muscle loss. Beautiful women know or are learning how to make the most out of what they have. All women can appear beautiful, some naturally; others have to work harder at it. All women can be beautiful, but many choose not to. It does take the extra mile and some effort.

Don’t be afraid to research ways to improve your exercise routine and add facial exercises. It only takes a few minutes a day, and with consistent effort, you will notice a difference in the way your face feels and looks. It is true that “Love is a great beautifier”, as Louisa May Alcott once said, but facial exercises help too. :) For more information and resources on facial exercises, visit the Exercise page on my website.

Some of this information came from Wikipedia.

Picture y Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator (Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator) [CC BY 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Martha is owner of RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles, ideas and products for physical, mental and emotional, financial and natural/spiritual wellness. Martha’s work consists of opening accounts, presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at marthapmintl@gmail.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com.

 

Aug 012018
 

Gearing up for Fall Cleaning

Time to Prepare for Fall Cleaning

Time to Prepare for Fall Cleaning

It’s August. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to plan for what I want to accomplish when I do my fall cleaning. I have learned that I have to start planning early and writing things down so I can remember everything when it comes time to do it. So many times, I thought I would remember what I needed and wanted to do, but that didn’t happen.

Here are some things I will be doing: going through some old boxes I never unpacked, cleaning the stairs banister which goes up the stairs and along the loft are where my office is located, and around on the other side, makes this cool curve where there’s a little niche. I’ll be going through closets and drawers and getting rid of clothes we haven’t worn in a year.

Cleaning the Banister

Cleaning the Banister

I’ll wash walls and clear cob and dust webs. I think I’ll give myself a week (maybe two) to get this done. If that seems like a long time to some, to me, it’s not at all.

Cleaning Corners and Walls

Cleaning Corners and Walls

For some of this, I’ll need to stock up on my cleaning products. Because I’m so sensitive to scents and chemicals, I’ll make sure to purchase my favorite non-toxic cleaning stuff. For the walls, I’ll use an all-purpose cleaner which is toxic free, has no bleach, no ammonia and no strong scents. It works really well for the banister too.


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This is therapeutic for me when I take enough time and prepare for it. Then I’m not stressed out and hurried over it. I have arthritis which acts up sometimes when I’m doing more than normal, like a special project, so I’m going to get my compression garments ready too. When my hands, arms or legs start to ache, I’ll put those on to help. 10% discount code for InstantRecoveryMD

We’ve already been going through a lot of boxes and old papers around here anyway, and it feels so good to be cleaning everything out and getting some things in order. I’ve done garage sales and it will still be kind of hot when I do my fall cleaning, but I always have my ‘virtual garage‘ for those times.

I’m even thinking about doing some re-decorating. I’m getting so many ideas that I don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do. I need eternity.

Well, I’ll keep you posted on how this comes along. :) Cheers. Thanks for reading.

Martha xoxoxo

 

Jun 222018
 
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You may have a ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, and you may have discovered that leadership is part of your work.  You may have only started your business to be home with your children.  If you’re thinking, “This is not what I signed up for!”, consider that leadership in some form is part of most businesses, organizations, corporations, home-based businesses, associations, meetings and even families.

Don’t let all the chatter these days about leadership stress you out. Be yourself, be open, be kind and continue to learn.  There are many definitions of leadership, but one that I especially like for the purposes of this article is this:

Mirriam Webster

: the act or an instance of leading
  • leadership molds individuals into a team
  • —Harold Koontz & Cyril O’Donnell
I also liked one definition that said that a good leader,  “Creates an inspiring vision of the future.”  You are probably already doing these things in some way in your day to day activities.
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Do you have a home business where there is a need to stay in touch with your customers to educate them on the products they are using?
Do you teach people in your organization how to give presentations?
Do you have kids that each have different needs, but also need to be taught to work within the family arrangement?
See, you’re already doing it.   Here are three tips to help you continue to lead, teach and inspire:
1.  Accept feedback.  Everybody is different in their likes, dislikes, learning styles, ability to communicate clearly,  etc.  Ask  for feedback from your team, customers, family.  Then, when they offer it, accept it with a smile and where you can, genuinely put it to use.  This can inspire confidence in them that they are valued and that in the future they can feel comfortable giving their feedback.
2.  Listen.  When people sense you are really listening, they know you care about them. Listen to understand, not respond.
3.  Inspire cooperation. No one is an island, and in most groups of people, there is a need for cooperation among them.  As an illustration, in the example above, you and your customers need cooperation for you to teach them the full benefit of what they are purchasing and using. You need to show, talk and educate; they need to listen and be attentive to learn, and then do what they learn, to appreciate the full value of the product.
These are just a few aspects of leadership. There are many more.  I would love to show you more about leadership and the company I work with.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Jun 102018
 

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Change The Channel of Unhealthy Habits

 

Changing unhealthful habits need not be difficult. While it is true that some extra effort, time and expense may be involved at first, the long-term benefits make it all worthwhile. Consider how eating processed foods every day, never exercising, smoking or over-drinking, not getting enough sleep, over-spending, neglecting spiritual needs or not keeping ourselves and our living conditions clean affect us. Each of these things in themselves can wreak havoc on a person, and much more so when they are combined, which is oftentimes the case.

Making some simple adjustments can help greatly in changing unhealthful habits. Changing long standing, unhealthy habits even a little, may seem impossible and leave you with the feeling that you can’t do it. You can! By working on one thing at time, you will find that changes begin to take place. Those changes may be almost unnoticeable at first, but they will affect the other areas in your life, and you will reap the benefits. Don’t give up.

If you are looking to make adjustments in one of these areas, I would be happy to see if I can help in that area. I am not a health coach. My mentoring consists of opening membership accounts and training on products and services. However, much of my mentoring overlaps into these areas.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

Jun 082018
 

 

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We all have the ability to think in various capacities. With that ability comes the responsibility to take in knowledge, analyze it, draw conclusions, remember it, use it again to make decisions, etc. There are things we can do protect our thinking ability. Here are three ways:

  1. Be careful what knowledge you take in. Not all knowledge is accurate, so it is possible to analyze and mediate upon inaccurate knowledge. Do your research and only spend your valuable thinking ability on accurate, correct and good things.

  2. Keep your thinking ability active. Keep learning, no matter how old you are.

  3. Be willing to accept new ideas and adjust your thinking when necessary.

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It is also possible for our thinking ability to be affected by stress, lack of sleep, mental and emotional distress, health and many other things. For instance, those of us with fibromyalgia may find ourselves coping with brain fog which affects our ability to think clearly. For that reason, it is also important to take good care of our health. Three ways to protect our thinking ability in this way are:

  1. Get enough sleep. Most people need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep each night to be able to think clearly and wisely.

  2. Control your stress levels. Excess and continued stress is dangerous and can interfere with your ability to think with a clear mind.

  3. Eat healthy. Get the necessary nutrients your body and brain need to function at the best level they can. Take good nutritional supplements and eat balanced, nutritious meals. Take your time choosing and eating delicious and healthy food.

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These are just a few examples of what you can do to protect your thinking ability. When you are looking for healthy, effective and unique nutritional supplements to help with that balance, I would be happy to show you about the ones my family and I use.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Jun 072018
 

 

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  Sometimes we have to say “No” just to survive.  Why do I say that? I say that because there   are many situations in life where saying no to a request or appeal is crucial to the survival of our marriage, business, friendship, spiritual health, and many other important things.  How so?

  •   Marriage

Take for example, the young couple whose in-laws on both sides continue to interfere with the new marriage.  They don’t mean to be intrusive, but nevertheless, that is what happens.  Neither the young husband or wife know how to say no to their respective parents, and they argue with each over the others’ parents.  What is in jeopardy?  Their marriage.

What can they do?

They can sit down with each other at a time when both of them are calm and discuss the situation in a loving and reasonable way, trying to find helpful solutions where they can involve both sets of parents in their lives, within limitations.  Then they can discuss these things with their parents, setting the boundaries, and lovingly saying “No”, when those boundaries are threatened to be crossed.

  • Business

When we work with a team, we need to be in constant communication with them about their progress, activities and achievements.  That takes time and individual team members may need more attention than others.  This may cause us to take more time with one than another, or take precious time from income producing activities.  Team communication and income producing activities are both essential to the survival of your business.

What can we do?

We may need to say “No” to spending excessive time with individual team members at certain times, and schedule a one-on-one with them at a time when it does not interfere with our other important activities.  Keep the appointment, set a time limit, but strive to help that person with their needs.

This is just two examples, but it gives an idea of some of the areas in our lives where we may need to learn to say “No” more.

Running a business from the luxury of our own homes can be stressful when boundaries are not made and kept, but for many of us, it’s worth the effort and self-discipline. Saying “No” at certain times is part of that, and a continuous learning process. I would be happy to show you how to get started in your own business from the luxury of your home.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).