How often do you think about where your trash goes once you have thrown it out? Probably not very often. I rarely thought about that until reading an article in USA Today that featured the The Zero Waste Home. Zero Waste Home? That sounds pretty unbelievable. After reading the article and visiting their blog, I realized that bringing my reusable bags to the store, not buying bottled water and recycling as much as I can is nothing compared to what I could be doing.
The Zero Waste Home’s motto is Refuse, Refuse, Refuse. Then Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (and only in that order). The story of this family is truly inspiring. I am now more conscience of the amount of trash I am disposing of and where it is all going. We all know that we need to treat the Earth better and stop creating so much waste. However, in our consumer consume driven world buying new and throwing out the old seems impossible, but it’s not.
Please visit the The Zero Waste Home website and check out their great tips on how you can lower the amout of waste you create.
In 1928, our US congress appointed Dr. George Calver to set guidelines for Senators and Representatives of the House because there was such a high death rate among them. He called his formula “The 10 Commandments of Health”. Dr. Calver’s list was presented to top government officials of congress proclaiming a longer, healthier life if these simple ten recommendations were followed.
Today 70% of our nation is regarded as overweight. Everywhere you look you can find health tips, diet plans, new exercises and much more, but that doesn’t mean we are becoming any healthier. Since most people are just looking to find small things they can change in their everyday life that will improve their health the drastic change of most diets and exercise plans can be overwhelming. By taking a step back and looking at a small list such as Dr. Calvers “Ten Commandments of Health” becoming healthier seems more realistic.
If you don’t already practice these guidelines we encourage you to do so. By living a healthy life, our journey down the path of life will keep us focused on important things like relationships, family, workplace and friends.P.s. Give 5% of your time to keeping well. You won’t have to give 100% getting over being sick.
The enclosed information appeared in the January-February 2012 AARP Bulletin
Making the Most of your evening
Whether you are dining with your boss, friends or spouses family, there are certain boundaries in conversation that should not be crossed. Having an intriguing conversation usually makes the meal even more enjoyable, however pairing the best food in the world with inappropriate dinner chatter can end up leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth.Here are a few tips to help you feel more comfortable with dinner-table conversation
Mom always said – Never talk about sex, money, religion and politics. No one wants to hear about your divorce, money woes or latest operation. Know who you are dining with. If you are not sure exactly who you are sitting with at a table, be cautious of what you say and how you say it. Don’t be Pushy. Don’t push your opinions or beliefs or get angry because they do not agree with you. Don’t be Dull. If you’re going to have a conversation at least make it about something worth talking about. Know when to Escape. If someone asks you a question that is ill-mannered no need to make them look bad again. Simply change the subject. If the focus doesn’t change you can kindly excuse yourself.
Each January, magazines and newspapers are filled with self-help remedies. Tips for becoming healthier, happier and thinner are the motto for many of these articles.
By the end of January, the cliché goals that are typically made to welcome a New Year become overwhelming to think about. By creating more realistic and obtainable goals, we are likely to see results.
Setting a goal doesn’t have to be a large commitment, it can be something small.
The following ideas for your consideration are:
Instead of focusing on what you do not have, be thankful for what you do have. You can never say thank-you enough.
Find what you are passionate about, and pursue it. Explore your dreams.
Take a look at who you are and what you project to others.
4. Learn Something New
It is never too late.
5. Be Open-Minded
Listen to others.
As 2012 strolls in, The American School of Protocol® will be looking forward to another year of peace, health and happiness.
We are anxiously anticipating our training dates for 2012 and are thankful that we are able to provide Etiquette Training to those who want to enhance the lives of those in their community and build their career.
Congratulations to all of our graduates and may 2012 be a successful year for all!
Writing a thank-you note can seem daunting and leave you procrastinating because you are not sure what to say. If you follow this four sentence layout, it is guaranteed that you will have all of your thank-you notes written in no time.
A thank-you note consist of four sentences.
1st , 2nd & 4th sentence should be about the gift.
3rd sentence is unrelated to the gift.
Here is an example:
Stick to these guidelines and writing thank-you notes will be the least of your worries.
If each of us painted a picture of our perfect Christmas Eve, many of our paintings would look surprisingly similar. Our family and friends would have happy faces and healthy minds and bodies; the warmth of home and the love abiding there would be visible. Presents would be under the tree wrapped with festive paper, bows and tags fastened to each, as the clock on the wall tells the day is still young. Everything would be in its place – the house clean, the fire in the fireplace glowing, and the stockings “hung by the chimney with care.”
Ahhh….the feeling of being finished with the hustle and bustle of Christmas in time to enjoy the holiday’s true meaning. After attending Christmas Eve service at church, we would nestle “all snug in our beds,” the gifts all wrapped. The question: how do we get to this ideal? The answer, I’ve heard, is by starting early, by having our shopping completed weeks before Christmas arrives.
In order for our shopping time to be tolerable and perhaps even pleasant, there are some rules of thumb that may help us keep the joy and peace in this busy time of year. Here are a few of these holiday shopping guidelines:
Procrastinate no longer: If we leave shopping until the last days, it may seem as if we are in the middle of a football huddle as we reach for that fairy princess tea set for little Suzie or the glow in the dark robotic toy for Uncle Fred. It is not proper shopping etiquette to push and shove, so let us try to avoid that if at all possible.
Dress comfortably: Shoes are the most important part of your shopping attire! Make them your most comfortable. This is not a fashion show; no one will be looking at our feet. We get grouchy when our feet hurt are too cold or too hot, and when others see or sense our grouchiness, they are uncomfortable. Making others uncomfortable is not using nice manners. Bulky clothes or large handbags slow us down. Streamline them both; you won’t regret it. The people you walk past will appreciate your not hitting them with your cumbrous pocketbook and the store clerks will be relieved not to have to refold the stack of sweaters that landed accidently in a heap on the floor when the winter coat folded over your arm brushed the top of one sweater as you sidestepped by. Perhaps donning a vest would be a better choice than a coat on our shopping days. It is not considered good manners to bang into unsuspecting shoppers with our oversized handbags, nor is it polite to make more work for those people charged with picking up what we cause to be misplaced.
Leave small children at home, please: They will thank you, store clerks will thank you, the rest of the shoppers will thank you, and mostly, you will thank yourself for such a novel and brilliant idea that allowed you to have two hands instead of one, or none, as you shop. If we want to take our children and/or grandchildren to see Santa, let us do all we can to make Santa and the children the main event of the evening, sans shopping. Everyone will be much happier should we choose this approach. When hurried, stressed out parents with bored, overtired, and understandably cranky children cause a disruption in Sears, the parents in creating a lose, lose situation for all and are not displaying good manners.
Avoid parking lot rage: In the days leading up to Christmas there are officially more drivers than parking spots, so good parking manners are essential. If you see a spot about to open up, pull to the side of the aisle and turn on your indicator light. Try your best not to block the entire aisle. Don’t swoop in and steal spots from others who clearly are waiting for a spot. It’s bad manners and bad karma. And unless you want expletive-laden messages left on your vehicle, please don’t ever take up more than one parking spot.
Smile: Remember that the reason you are shopping is to buy gifts for people that you love, and to celebrate friends and family. Regardless of our opinion on the commercialization of the holidays, if we’ve chosen to participate, we must do so with a smile. Saying please and thank you will make shopping days better.
How closely will we match the Christmas Eve in our paintings to the Christmas Eves in our homes this year? If we plan ahead, and take a moment to remember our manners; to say please and thank you, to smile, and to treat others as we wish to be treated, perhaps we can come surprisingly close.
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