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Thursday, January 18, 2018

7 Tips to Prevent a Cold This Winter

Do you get a cold every winter? Sinus infections a regular occurrence? Are you susceptible to the flu bug? Being sick is no fun and besides that it makes us grouchy and hard to get along with. Don't let that be you this winter. There are several natural preventive ways to keep your immune system strong and prevent you from getting sick this winter and today I'm sharing some of my favorite ones with you. Do write and share your favorite stay-healthy tips too.

1. Get more sleep. 
With the holidays and end of year work duties it's easy to get run down and overly exhausted.    Enough sleep is vital for restoring our bodily systems and keeping our immune system in fighting order.  Don't resist the urge to catch a cat nap unless, of course, you're at work. Napping is good for the heart and the brain.

"If you're tired when you wake up in the morning, you're not getting enough sleep, or maybe not enough quality sleep. Either way, your immunity is probably compromised. Poor sleep is associated with lower immune system function and reduced numbers of killer cells that fight germs. Killer cells are also the part of the immune system that combats cells that divide too rapidly, as they do in cancer. Lower their numbers and you may be at greater risk for illness." (Prevention, Mazo, Dec.2, 2011)


2. Drink plenty of water
Water oxygenates the blood and flushes out toxins. It also helps the production of lymph which help circulate those infection-fighting white blood cells as well as nutrients. For more benefits of water on the immune system, check out this article. 

3. Use a neti pot daily. 
In case you don't know what a neti pot is, check one out here . I have seen them at Walmart and Walgreen's as well as natural health food stores. Don't overpay. This is a great price. Anyway, a neti pot is used to cleanse the sinuses and, as we all know, the sinuses can get congested very easily, especially in the winter. The cilia in the nasal passages catch all sorts of bacteria to protect the entry to the inner parts of the sinuses so it is important to rinse the nasal passages daily to prevent buildup and decongest the sinus passages. I like to use mine in the mornings as I am usually stuffy when I wake up. It is such a great feeling to breath clear.

4. Eat your vitamin C.
I prefer to eat as many of my vitamins as I can. Oranges, grapefruit, and clementines contain large amounts of anti-oxidant vitamin C as do brightly colored peppers. If you don't like citrus, grab yourself a bottle of time-released vitamin C capsules that will dissolve over time and nourish your immune system. Vitamin C is also great for the skin, ladies.

5. Wash your hands often and keep them off your face and eyes. 
At the office, after the gym, the grocery store, whereever you have exposure to external stuff and people, you come into contact with germs and bacteria.  I carry a small bottle of those liquid hand sanitizer gels in my purse and in my car. It's also a good idea to keep your hands off your face and out of your eyes. Germs and bacteria spread through touch so it's easy to infect oneself. Wash your hands often and as soon as you come home from being out in public. 

6. Disinfect the house regularly.
Okay, so I'm a Lysol gal, I admit it. I know it's probably loaded with chemicals but hey, it does the job and it beats getting sick. The germs are getting stronger and more resistant these days and I don't know any natural products that do as good a job at killing those pesky microbes. Spray the doorknobs, the fridge doors, the light switches as these all get touched often. If you can't stand the idea of Lysol, try making your own tea tree spray

7. Watch the sugars.
You might not know that sugar lowers the immune system. Here's a good explanation of how sugar competes with vitamin C for white blood cell absorption. So all those cookies, candy and sweets that abound during the holidays besides putting weight on, also make us more susceptible to catching a nasty winter cold or flu bug. Enjoy the holiday season, but be sure to increase your vitamin C along with your sugar intake.

Nobody enjoys being sick, and no one else enjoys being around someone who is sick. So as as public service message, if you are sick and have a cough or cold, stay home. You're not doing anyone any favors by toughing it out and spreading your germs around. You are contagious for a lot longer than you feel badly. Be considerate of your friends and coworkers. 

When I worked in an office, every year for several years my next door cube mate would come into the office coughing and hacking and spreading germs all over the place. Inevitably, I would catch her cold. I tried bringing in a can of Lysol and spraying it to get her to take the hint. Finally, I said to her one day "You know, we can work from home when we're sick instead of coming into the office and spreading the germs,". She looked at me like "Wow, now there's an idea I hadn't thought of."

Okay, friends, these are my 7 tips for staying healthy this winter. If you do get sick, don't beat yourself up about it. Drink plenty of liquids, hot tea, and give your body the rest it deserves and needs. Take good care of your body and it will take good care of you.

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In the meantime, stay well and keep looking up!

Ariel Paz

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Power of Priorities

Do you feel life is controlling you rather than you controlling it? Are you always reacting to "urgent demands"? Tired of being pushed and pulled in fifty directions? Never enough time to exercise? Eat well? Or get enough sleep? Well, friends, then read on!

There is a better way and you have more control than you may realize, and no, you do not have to move to a secluded island or an exotic foreign country. You can stop the rat race and start living in peace and in pace with God. 

It all starts with prioritization: taking a good hard look at what really and truly matters to you down deep inside and aligning your activities to match what are called our "core values". Let's take Jesus for an example. Now there was a guy who had his priorities straight. Remember when his mother couldn't find him for days after the festival, and when she finally found him in the temple, what did he say? "Did you not know I would be about my father's business?" Or how about all the times he stopped to visit the sick, go to a friend's house, or help out a neighbor in distress? He knew how short life is and he made each day count. Can we say the same?

So let's say you want to lose 10 lbs. but can't seem to find the time to exercise. Believe me, there is always a way to carve out 30 minutes to exercise. This is what I call "an excuse". Sorry, but true. Now perhaps you may be the typical hard-working American who comes home exhausted after a long day on the job, eats dinner, and then plops into the Lazy-Boy with a beer or a glass of wine to watch the boob tube. There is a reason those chairs are named "Lazy-Boy" by the way.

Instead, you could put on your walking shoes, grab your favorite tunes and head outdoors for a brisk walk. It's a win-win. You get in your 30 minutes of exercise AND you relax. Your align your activity - going for a walk - with your core values of being healthy, losing weight, and relaxing.

When we make time for what really matters, we will feel less frustrated and more in control of our lives.  If we take the time to get clear about our core values, we won't be side-tracked by every offer that comes along. It will simply be a matter of "Does this activity fit one of my core values?"

One last note, core values do change over time, so what was important 5 or 10 years ago, may not be so important today. Reevaluate every few years to make sure you are still following your heart and your dreams! If this post resonated with you and you'd like to join our community, enter your email address in the box provided. You'll get my bi-weekly posts plus I'll send you my free e-guide entitled "7 Steps to Finding Your Spiritual Path."

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Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel Paz

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

How to Make Space for the New

Let's face it. Most of us have too much - too much stuff, too many projects, too much activity. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit it. We pack too much into every minute, every day, every year. As a  result, we end up stressed and overburdened. We never truly enjoy the present moment and what we do have. I was on a trip recently and a woman complained to me about how she barely remembers all the trips she's taken because she says "They've all kind of melted into one." Wow!

It's not our fault totally. We live in a non-stop world. The pace is frenetic and the world constantly barrages us with news, noise, and negativity. It's too easy to get sucked up in the whirlpool of it all; a downward spiral of never ending things to do, places to go, and stuff to take care of resulting in constant frenetic activity, exhaustion, and very little rest or relaxation.

But wait. There is an answer; one key we can apply to every area of our lives. One principle that we all know but often fail to implement is this:

Keep it simple.



Start with your wardrobe perhaps. Downsize. What haven't you worn in the past year? What don't you feel good in? What makes you look fat, old, or dated? Chuck it - give it to a friend, Goodwill, or a shelter.

Next move on to your house. Same idea. Start with one room at a time. Do you really need all those items to clean, dust, and insure? When was the last time you used whatever? If you don't love it,  pitch it. Ok, I get it. Some things have sentimental value. Keep one or two and donate the rest. Live in today instead of the past. Today is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Enjoy it.

Clutter hinders our focus. I can't stand clutter. It smothers me. I need space and light. It seems like stuff multiplies like rabbits: gifts from friends we don't need, use, or want, old items we are saving for some sentimental reason, books, records, and photo albums we rarely even look at or listen to. Live in the present and have done with old stuff from the past. Chances are pretty good your kids aren't going to want anything old you may be saving anyway.

Jesus himself modeled this principle.
How much stuff did he have? Did he have to schedule everything in a calendar? He made time for people, healing, and speaking words of faith and encouragement. When we are ruled by the stuff of this world, what time do we have for the things that really matter? Things that will last into eternity? Perhaps we can learn from him.

When we declutter our lives and get rid of stuff that no longer bears fruit or serves us, we make room for God to bring in something new. Like preparing for the birth of a new baby, we must make space for the new.

What is cluttering up your life? What are you holding on to that no longer serves its purpose? It may be material possessions but it could also be old patterns of thinking that clutter our mind and prevent us from seeing life in new ways. Simplify your life and see what new thing shows up. I can't wait to hear from you!

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Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel Paz

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The First Key to Moving Forward in the New Year

It's a New Year. Are you excited about the possibilities, the adventures and the good things that lie ahead? Are you ready to start afresh and anew? Or are you holding on to the pains, the disappointments, or the injustices of the past?  Is there any regret, unforgiveness, or resentment in your heart? Put in other terms, are you still carrying baggage from yesterday?

Bad things happen to all of us and negative feelings have a way of creeping into our lives, settling there, and keeping us stuck. Here's a story of what happened to one woman when she chose to look back.



Sodom was once a rich and flourishing city. People were enjoying their wealth and bounty but somewhere along the line, they strayed from God and his principles of right living. They chose to do abominable practices, worship false idols, and live a life of sin. God looked down upon this city and said "Enough". But there was one family living there who were from the lineage of Abraham and were to be spared - the family of Lot.

Two angels were sent to escort the family out of the city before the great destruction.
"Hurry," they said to Lot. "Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!" (Gen 19:14).

Lot hesitated so the angels grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them safely outside the city. They left the family with this order:
"Run for your lives and don't look back or stop anywhere in the valley!" (Gen. 19:17)

When the family reached a small village far enough away, the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed all the people and the vegetation. Lot's wife did not obey the angel's command and she looked back. Immediately she turned into a pillar of salt.

There are many lessons in this story but the one I want to share with you today is this: Sometimes God takes us out of places and situations for our own good.  It's hard to leave our comfort zones, but when God says it's time to go, it's time to go. We may not understand why God takes things or people away from us, but we can trust that when God moves us, He always has something better in store for us, although we may not realize it at the time. 

Like Lot's wife, we. too, can turn into a pillar of salt by looking back. When we hold on to the past, we prevent God from moving us forward into our destiny. If we want to move forward in the New Year, it is crucial to start with a clean slate and let go yesterday, last week, last year, and the last twenty years. What is done is done. Forgive anyone who hurt you. Forgive yourself and forgive God. Know that we don't always understand God's ways yet trust that His ways are higher than our ways.

We each have a destiny. It is never too late and we are never too old to find it. What it is that you may be holding on to that is keeping you from moving forward? Is it a relationship? A job? A loss? A missed opportunity? Someone once said, "Don't put a question mark where God has put a period". When one door closes, another always opens and God gives us the grace to walk through it. 

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Until next time, don't look back. Instead, keep looking up!

Ariel Paz

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

It's Time to SOAR!

2017 is now a page in the history book. How do you feel about the year gone by? Did you accomplish the goals and dreams you planned? Are you better off today than you were a year ago? Are you filled with excitement about the New Year?

Or  - do you feel stuck in a rut? Bored? Joyless? Unhappy with life in general?

No matter where you are or how you feel, get ready. The good news is when we start feeling stale, bored, and joyless, it is a sign we are on the brink of a new adventure. The New Year is the perfect time to take a leap of faith into something NEW and EXCITING!

 But first, there is one thing we must do.

In order to move forward, we have to leave some things behind.

If we want to make room for something NEW in our lives, we have to first let go of whatever is no longer bearing fruit it our lives. We only have so much time, energy, and money and it is important to be mindful of just how and where we spend these treasures.

What is it that is no longer bringing you joy? Certain relationships? A nowhere job? A church or community? Unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns? Do a run through and see.

Moving forward in life involves trading the old for something new AND something better.  We leave behind people and activities that have become stale, unhealthy, and unfruitful to open the door for new opportunities, healthier people, and activities that will bring us joy and purpose.

Sometimes letting go means making tough choices. This is where the rubber hits the road and we have to really dig deep to find out what matters most to us. Life's choices become more difficult the closer we get to what we truly want from life

Recently, several friends have married. They sold their homes and moved to new cities, two of them out of the country. They left behind their friends and families to pursue a new life with their chosen mate. I left a lucrative career to have more peace, creativity and fulfillment in my life. My son moved out of state to pursue his passion and dreams. Moving forward involves faith, courage and the willingness to step out into the unknown.

Are you pursuing your dreams and aspirations? Rising to new levels? Or are you content with the status quo? The same old same old? Status quo is when boredom sets in and we lose our joy and zest for life. We were meant to fly like eagles and SOAR!

You have more power than you realize. You were meant for more than status quo! We each have a destiny to fulfill. I love the way author Marianne Williamson puts it when she says, "You began as a thought in the mind of God". If we want to soar like the eagle, we must ignite the power within and discover our destiny!

If you need some help growing your faith, check out my true story "The Power of Faith: a journey to healing, wholeness, and harmony" available on Amazon and your favorite online bookseller.

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Until next time, keep looking up and get ready to SOAR!

Ariel Paz 


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

How to Make This Year Count


Happy New Year, everybody! Can you believe it is 2018? I'm so excited to see what adventures the New Year brings. How about you? What are your hopes and dreams for 2018? Need to lose those 20 pounds you've been carrying around for ages? Get your financial house in order? Write a book? Finish that degree? 

I've found that the best way to see my hopes and dreams come true is to set smart goals and I've been setting and accomplishing goals since I was a child, believe it or not. Goals help us form a vision for our future. They help us to get clear on what we want. Nothing is more powerful than a goal that energizes us and spurs us to action. 

If you've ever been to a soccer game, you've seen how motivating scoring a goal is for the players. In the same way, achieving worthwhile goals builds our confidence and gives us a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment and also brings more joy into our lives and who doesn't want that? So here is how to set great goals you can achieve.

The first step is to define SMART goals. You’ve probably seen this criteria before, but in case you haven’t, here are the five keys to making SMART goals. A SMART goal must be:


S - specific - detailed and clearly stated 


M - measureable - must be quantifiable


A - achievable - must be realistic 


R - relevant - must be important to you, know the why


T- time bound - set a date/deadline to accomplish it by


A second major component to achieving our goals is we need to have a PLAN. It's not enough to state our goals out loud, publish them on Facebook, or note them in a journal. Without a plan to implement our goals we will fail miserably. I've heard it said "Failing to plan is planning to fail." 
I organize my life into 5 major areas and create a goal for each of those areas. Let's say, in the area of health & fitness, I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year. The next thing I need to do is list 3 - 5 action steps I am going to start immediately to accomplish each goal. Action steps for losing the 10 pounds might be:


1. Take a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day. 
2. Ask myself if I am really feeling hunger before I eat something.
3. Reduce the amount of fats, sweets, and salt I consume by half. 


Third, I need to understand the WHY of each of my goals. This is sometimes obvious, but as our goals get bigger and harder, it is important to be very clear on WHY we want to achieve a certain goal, or we may lose momentum and give up mid-way through. The why is our motivation. This takes some soul-searching but when we understand the why we gain clarity about our values. 
The last component of achieving goals is the most important. Without this component, we will surely fail. We must learn to develop the power of FAITH.  We must BELIEVE we can accomplish what we set out to do and that God is going to give us the grace to do it. Faith is KEY to accomplishing anything good in life but it must be backed up with action steps and of course, prayer. 


So, write and share one of your goals with me. If you need help defining your goals, write me and I'll help you out. Here’s to a fruitful and fun 2018.

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Keep looking up!

Ariel Paz
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Believe in the Promises of God and Discover Your Destiny

The holidays come with a lot of expectations, don't they? Receiving that much wanted gift, spending quality time with loved ones, & enjoying lots of laughter and fun. The reality is that things don't always turn out the way we would like. The expectations we put on ourselves and others can cause undue pressure, stress and conflict. The key is to realize not everyone has the same values and places the same importance on things. My goal this year is to accept circumstances and people as imperfect as they are, the same way Christ accepts me.

Over the years I have learned to put less and less effort into all the hoopla that surrounds Christmas. Yes, I still put up a tree. I still buy and wrap presents and I still bake. Why? Because these simple things are meaningful and joyful to me. But Christmas cards have gone electronic. The house is simply decorated and I limit the number of parties and events I say yes to. Why? Because I want to enjoy the peace and the joy of the season without overextending myself.

One year, not too long ago, it was only my youngest son and myself together on Christmas Day.  As I settled down to open my gifts, my youngest son points to a large box under the tree.
"That one is for you," he says as he gets out the video camera.
"Now what could this possibly be?" I ask as I dig through the huge pile of styrofoam packing.

To my utter surprise and joy, there in the box were six cups and saucers from my Lenox china pattern I selected when I got married. Somehow when I moved to my new home years ago, the cups and saucers were lost in transit. These six cups and saucers would restore what I had lost and complete the set. As I gazed upon the beauty of a simple china cup, I noticed the name of the pattern -"Promise".

"You know, people may break their promises, but God never does," I said to my son with a quiet peace. "God promises to restore the years the locusts have eaten" (Joel 2:25).

In the same way my beautiful china collection was restored and made complete, know that God is still in the process of restoration and completion in each of us - to make us whole, complete, and like new. Whatever pains, losses and hurts we have endured, God knows about all of them and He is faithful to heal us and make us whole once again. But He doesn't stop there.

God wants you to go higher - to reach new levels, to do bigger and greater things. Jesus himself said, "Whoever believes in me, will do greater things than I" (John 14:12). Catch the key - "Whoever believes in me".  We have to believe - in God, in others, and in ourselves. You have been gifted in many ways; some gifts may not have even come to the surface yet. You are not meant to settle for a just-get-by life. You are meant to SOAR to new heights and fulfill the purpose you were created for!

Just as Christ came to earth as a little child, let us, too, become as little children filled with awe and wonder as we usher in the New Year. Let us let go of any hurts, unforgiveness, and mistakes we may have made and look forward to a new year filled with  healing, wholeness, and harmony. Let us use our gifts and talents to make this world a better place.

Wishing you a wonderful twelve days of Christmas and a happy, healthy and hope-filled New Year!

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Until next time, keep looking up!

Ariel Paz