Excerpt via Psych Central
“Families bring up powerful feelings and interpersonal dynamics. It’s inevitable that old family dynamics are stirred up around the dinner table and that’s what makes the holidays so difficult, our past is present … AGAIN. Sometimes the bullies of our childhood were not kids on the playground but our siblings, parents, and extended family members.
As a child, you may have felt unable to find allies and keep yourself safe. Perhaps no matter how often you told your parents that your older sibling was being mean, it was dismissed. Or what if you were told to, “Turn the other cheek, it’s your brother/sister. They don’t mean it.” Worse, what if your parent was the aggressor?
Fast forward to 2012 and you find yourself at the dinner table. You and your aggressor get into a disagreement. Suddenly you are transported back 10, 20, or 30 years! You feel attacked, taunted and suddenly ganged up on . You feel same anger, fear and perhaps rage as you did when you were young. How do you protect yourself now?
Have you heard of WODtoys?
WODToys is a company that specializes in making fitness toys for kids so they “can imitate your best moments”. Med balls, plyo boxes, kettlebells, and toy barbells for the big kids, and soft, plushy versions for the babies.
Literally, the most darling thing I’ve ever seen. Cuteness overload! I love the idea for a few reasons, but primarily it’s a fantastic way to encourage fitness early on. You can have your kids do your WOD along side you (bonding time) and with their own toys, there’s no worries about them being all over your equipment.
Everything is kid friendly & kid safe. Most of the toys are perfect for the under 5 crowd and the section for baby toys is just adorable.
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your mini-me’s this season, this might be just the thing!
The holidays are happy times for most people (even if they’re stressful, they’re certainly NOT unhappy). But for some, the holidays can be a reminder of things lost, life situations that are less than ideal, and a time when you feel more like crying than singing carols.
If you’re one of those people, you might need some extra help feeling okay this holiday season. Try to remember that you’re not alone, that things do get better, and to some extent you can control which emotions you allow into your life and how you react to them.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
- Robert H. Schuller
75 Reminders For Tough Times via Marc & Angel Hack Life
Excerpt from Good.is
Are you generous with foul language on Twitter? A new website is asking digital potty-mouths to translate their four-letter words into philanthropic donations. The aptly named Charity Swear Box does for tweets what the glass jar on your counter does for real-life speech, encouraging swearers to pledge a dollar per smutty tweet to charity.
Here’s how it works: Pass along your Twitter info to Charity Swear Box, which will scan your tweets for a user-generated list of naughty words. At the end of the month, the site counts how many times you swore, then lets you know how much money you owe. It is, of course, just a suggested donation, and you get to pick the charity from a list of options including 50/50, which fights famine in East Africa, or the equally irreverent Fuck Cancer.
While the site’s definition of a swear word might verge on the prude side—the words “sex” and “porn” count—so far the project has “caught” more than $33,000 worth of swears in a little more than two months. (It may come as no surprise that the f-bomb and s-word top the list of the most abused profanities.) The only problem with the project? There may be no incentive to actually quit swearing when the money’s going to a worthy cause.
Nothing keeps me motivated during the holidays like holiday themed workouts!
I get bored with the standard fare pretty early on in the season, but I solve my holiday music woes by finding worthy, new remixes. I’ve been in a dubstep haze lately, so a lot of these songs are dubstep mixes of holiday classics.
The BPM is a little slower than I normally post, but it works REALLY well with strength training exercises and yoga/pilates training. Taught bootcamp using a lot of these songs and it was a raging holiday success!