ABOUT THE PROJECT

Loving this idea.

Tezunah.

TEZUNAH is an organization that provides essential and sound nutritional guidance for high school and college age women during one of the most important times of their lives.

This Project was founded by a Dietitian aware of the lack of direction available for women during these years of growth when this group is  faced with intense body image criticism, an onslaught of fad diets, and an overwhelming uncertainty of how/what/where/when to eat. These feelings can lead to focus on food in a negative light and with negative feelings due to the simple fact that proper education hasnt been provided for them.

TEZUNAH simply means “Nutrition” in Hebrew. These problems can be fixed with some simple education about appropriate nutrition, which is what we aim to provide. The goal of this project is to enlighten high school and college age women enough for them to understand The Beauty of Food, and to eliminate the…

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The Limited Pen. 

Imagine this- You’re sitting down on a chair with nothing around you, you have a pen in your right hand, and I tell you- you must release the pen, but you cannot let it hit your lap or the floor. 

What would you do? 

You must do it. 

Ummm… 

I would imagine majority of you would think, ‘uh that’s not possible.’ I’d ask why? And you’d say, ‘well, uh, laws of gravity..’ And I’d say, 

You are wrong. 

(nicely obviously 🙂 ) 

You can let go of the pen and catch it, you can transfer the pen from your right hand to your left hand, you can place the pen on your lap, or you can place the pen on the floor. 

What? 

Yes. 

I said, “you must release the pen,” meaning you just have to let go of it, even for a second, meaning you can litteraly just transfer it from one hand to another, and I said, “don’t let it hit your lap or the floor,” never that it couldn’t be placed nicley. 

Why did you not think this way? 

It’s because we have automatic limiting beliefs. We don’t think outside the box, we think we have limited abilities. 

If I told you to try to reach the ceiling, most of us would stretch and try to reach, and fail (unless you’re super tall, or in a dwarfs house, which in that case you wouldn’t stretch) but realistically, why don’t you just stand on a table and touch it?

We have the tools right in front of us! We have the ability to do so much if we just look around ourselves and use the commodities that the world offers at its desposle. 

(No I’m not talking about becoming an organic farmer)

But you have a goal of becoming a world famous speaker? Well then you have all the tools you need! As long as your not mute and living on a deserted island alone you can reach your goal by using anybody! (That’s not deaf, unless you know sign language.) 

I like to use the image of a ladder, you want to get to the top but you have to take each rung at a time. It’s the same thing. You got to see the long term goal, but take each day as it comes to get you closer and closer, don’t let your limiting beliefs keep you on the same rung for too long. 

One last thing- a superficial example of when I let my limiting beliefs stop me from a full night of sleep. 

I’m currently living in Israel as you know, and the weather is extremely hot in this time of year. My apartment has no air conditioning. Last night, it was 85 degrees in my room and I could not sleep. There was a point where I decided to put a bikini on, it was so hot. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I had the realization at 4:30am that I was not sleeping for the night, so that was it. So I just got out of bed and did some work. At 7:00am I went to the school building to get some coffee and there was, to my suprise, a quarter of my apartment with their sleeping bags and eye masks sound alseep in the comfortable air conditioned classroom. Ouch. I could’ve had a nice night like them if I had thought for a moment outside my limiting beliefs that I was screwed for the night.

Now, how will you release the pen?


Flogers Recall. 

“The best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup!” 

Recognize that famous jingle? 

Read it again and think about it, then read the following- 

“I am a coffee addict, so granted every morning before anyone speaks to me I have my time of coffee and quiet to prepare me for the upcoming day. Waking up early for those few extra moments of silence and my cup of coffee is what gets me going, what gets me out of bed. I cherish those moments, I look forward to those moments. It’s my me time. My time to relax. I live for those moments.”
Are you okay with this? Is this really the best part of waking up? Do most people really just get up out of bed every morning for that cup of coffee? That early morning run? That annoying boss you have to be on time for?

What gets you out of bed every morning? 

Are we really not living for any  purpose other than that cup of coffee?

I asked a few people what they live for, what gets them out of bed every morning. Here’s a few of the responses I got- 

“Every morning I go to the gym, it’s what gets me out of bed. ” 

“I have to get to work.” 

“I live for good food, I look forward to my Corner Cafe muffin and coffee.” 

“My roommates alarm clock.”

“I have college. I have no choice but to wake up.” 

“I live for my kids.” 

The last answer was the one I was most satisfied with. 

Do we live for any greater purpose? 

It’s kinda like the phrase many dieters use- “Don’t live to eat, but eat to live.” 

But what are you living for? 

Do you ever stop and think- what am I doing with my life? 

A general 20-40 college/ post college aged unmarried, (maybe married) American I would imagine if they honestly asked themselves that question would get scared. 

I think we are too afraid to ask ourselves that question so we don’t. We just keep surviving. 

Stop surviving and start living!

Start asking yourself questions like, what drives you? What gives you an innate sense of happiness? Now I don’t mean laughing at a funny TV show. I mean real happiness. 

For example- 

Sometimes when I’m on the bus or train and I see someone who looks sad and is alone, I’ll strike up a conversation with them, try to get their mind off of whatever is bothering them, and usually at the end of the conversation they seem much happier. Seeing them smile, gives me a sense of happiness. Best part is, I lose nothing by doing it, I only gain. 

I live for making other people happy, and inspiring others to do the same. 

Maybe if we all started asking ourselves these type of questions we’d be living more satisfied lives. 

Don’t let that cup of coffee be the reason you wake up every morning. 

Choosing Green. 

You know that exhausted feeling after the beach? That drive home when you were a kid in the back of the car, wishing you could stay awake but your eyes are so heavy that the ice cream your parents got you is slowly melting in your hands? The hot car plus your washed off sandy shoes, is just a recipie for an amazing nap. 

Today, was 91 degrees. Hot. The sun in Israel is strong and someone from the U.S. like myself, takes time getting used to sun like this, and boy, right now, sitting in my bed, I am exhausted. Just walking 2 miles today made me- hot. Sun, sandy shoes exhausted. All I want to do is shower and lay in my bed and let my body drift off into a heavy, deep sleep. 

Unfortunately though, I am not always in control of what I want. 

And that’s a fact of life- 

We are not always in control of what we want. 

My school organized a dorm activity tonight to play dodge ball, a fun friendly game, girls against girls, just to have us spend some quality time together before we go home. It’s a really nice idea! And I love dodgeball and I want to be “into it,” but I’m so tired! 

What can I do? 

Does this ever happen to you? You had a full day of classes and all you want to do is roll up under your covers and watch the next six episodes of Two and a Half Men? But you have a 200 word paper due tomorrow on the theory of why giraffes have purple toungs? 

What do you do? How do you change your focus? How do you decide that you are going to have a good time or do the essay with enthusiasm? 

It’s all in your control. 

We may not have control over the situation in which we have to participate in, or the responsibility we don’t want to deal with, but we do have control over our additude we pay towards it. 

You can just chose that you’re going to do the essay with enthusiasm. Yes it’s easier to just lay and watch TV for the next 4 hours, but, the effort that you put into the essay, you’ll reap the benefits of that for much longer than you would the benefits from the comfort from laying in bed. 

Effort vs. Comfort. 

(Told you I’d get back to that) 

So me, here, laying in bed before the dodgeball game. I have to now make a conscious decision that I am going to have fun, and I am going to enjoy the game, as exausted as I am. Because the effort I put in to going to the game and being in a good mood will benifit me for much longer in the social compartment, than me giving into my body and sleeping for an extra hour. 

Chosing to be happy, confident, excited, enthusiastic, a smarter person. All work the same way! 

Hey, why didn’t they just tell me I can just chose to be smart back in high school?! 

Wish me luck in dodgeball! 

Go team green! 

To run? To be happy?

I’m dealing with the dilemma right now of waking up tomorrow morning, not litteraly, im not sure how that would make sense… Anyways, I don’t know if I should wake up and go for a run tomorrow or just wake up and get a few extra zzz’s. The problem is, is that my roomate is going for a run tomorrow and if she comes back all sweaty and rejuvenated, I’ll be jealous, and then feel bad that I didn’t go on a run. 
What my problem?

I’ll tell you!

I’m already determining my happiness level for tomorrow. A day that hasn’t even arrived yet! I’m chosing whether or not I’ll be happy based upon something that didn’t even happen yet! 

Okay, if you read that you’ll realize that, we have this amazing ability! We get to choose whether or not to be happy! 

Being happy rocks, right? So why not choose it all the time? Even if you are in an annoying situation, if you choose to no longer see it as annoying, and laugh at it. You are now in control!

Why do we always not choose to be happy?! It sounds awesome! 

Good question. I struggle with this myself. I think it’s because it takes conscious hard work, and most of us don’t like to consciously work hard when we don’t have to, so we don’t. But if we realized the benefits of what we can gain from choosing happiness, we’d be living better more fulfilled lives! 

I’ve been super homesick these past few days, and it’s been extremely difficult to choose happiness. But the knowledge of the ability that I withhold is what’s helping me get through. I know I am in control. 

Our mind has abilities that we can’t even begin to comprehend. Learning about them is the first step to discovering a new world. 

I’m gonna sleep in tomorrow. 

Zzz. 

Israel’s Crappy Easter. 

So usually when I write on this blog (meaning the past 2 days) I just begin writing without thinking about what I’m going to write before hand. Since I’ve been so fascinated with the fact that people have actually been looking at my blog I’ve felt this sort of pressure to deliver something great, better than the past 2 days. I found myself thinking about what I was going to write tonight throughout the day today, which in a way was fun, but also it made me feel like this was becoming somewhat of a required writing, bringing back feelings of high school when I’d have an assignment do and it would be constantly on my mind ’till the last minute until I’d finally get it done. And I didn’t like that. 

So I took my own lesson to heart, and let those pressuring thoughts pass, and decided I’m just going to write and see what comes to mind. 

Today was a holiday. Today, 67 years ago Israel was declared a Jewish State with an independent government. Well, actually tomorrow. But Israeli government rules that if the day falls out on the calendar on a Friday it’s automatically switched to Thursday. So, today was a fake holiday. Tomorrow is a real holiday, but we want to celebrate like true nationalists with BBQs and flags and have a proper day off, so we celebrated a day early. No big deal. 

But it is! 

I think. 

Wait for it, I’m not a political person at all, so don’t get bored. 

Isreal declaring its government is a big deal, and a huge victory for the Jews post the Holocaust, but honestly, I wasn’t feeling it. 

My stomach was though. 

Let me tell you what the weather was like today. 

      “It’s the beginning of April and the    weather is beginning to warm up and that spring high is in the air, Easter Sunday is coming up and the long awaited family fun filled day has finally arrived and its – Freezing. 40 degrees. Wet. 25 mph Winds. The worst. Your fingers get frostbite just from leaving your living room fire (which you haven’t lit since December.)” 

That was today. 

Today was a holiday! We wanted our Independence Day BBQ and fireworks!

Holidays mean no school, on a crappy day like today my friends, whom have many different ‘interests’ than I, decided to go to the Israel Bible Museum, and I tagged along, being the dedicated friend that I am, because  who doesn’t want to spend their vacation day at a bible museum?! 

We’re waiting for the bus to come to the bus stop (which we had to take a bus to) and we’re there 10 minutes, no bus, 20 minutes, 25 minutes. #66 comes- 

“Does this go to the museum campus?”

“Other side of the street!” 

OMG. 

Okay, so, facing the cold biting wind we crossed the street to the other bus stop- and then, it hit. 

I need the bathroom. Now. 

No, like, not a joke. 

I had forgotten about my diareeah I had had that morning because I had shitted out all my insides so there was nothing left to excrete, but right before I left I had some soup, and now nature was calling! 

So I suggested to my friends that- ‘clearly no bus was coming and that we should cab it back to school since it’s freezing out and I felt a rain drop.’ (Which I did!)

And our bus came. 

Crap. 

As I’m fidgeting in my seat we get to the museum and I bolt off, as I feel the remains of Mount St. Helens about to explode inside of me, or outside for that matter, I run.

The museum was closed. 

Crap. (Literally) 

I’m wearing a white skirt!!! (And a thong- WHY TODAY?!) 

15$, and a 10 minute cab ride later, I stumbled to my dorm bathroom like a cubby kid trying to hold all of his candy before he gets home on Halloween (but I wasn’t holding candy.) and I made it to the coveted white throne. 

In the past that ‘white throne’ was a dirty piece of plastic that I never believed I would survive a year going to the bathroom on, but to me today that dirty piece of plastic was my best friend. 

Talk about perspective, huh?

You never know when those old, ugly “out of season” shoes may become your new cherished item. 

So what does this have to do with Israel becoming a state? 

Well what’s your perspective? 

But for those apathetic to its significance, keep in mind-

It’s NOT a whole load of crap. 

 

Thought Nature.

Me, being my “too lazy to write” self,  (Note- I’m not lazy at all, just to write.) really needed some motivation to write a second post. So, when I saw my blog had 4 views, I assumed 3 of them to be me, and 1 to be my sister in law, but then I saw that 3 of them are from the United States and only 1 is from Israel I realized that- it must be true! 2 people I didn’t tell to read my blog read it!!! And motivation occurred. So here I am. Writing.

Through that, you now know that I am living in Israel. Why? I’m here studying for a year, I actually live in the U.S. but for 9 months, September to June I’m getting college credit to “rediscover my self” in an institution that teaches self knowledge and growth. Hence my tag line- “my daily journey to self discovery.”  So, sounds pretty cool right? Yes. It is. When phrased like that, “Come to our school! We will teach you secrets to the mind and who you really are!” It is great, the information is extremely valuable and I hope to share much of it with you, but they don’t mention on the brochure- “You’ll be living in a place with mold in the showers, and bugs in the toilets! You will be with girls whom have many different ‘intrests,’ so to say, than you! You will have 2 roommates (one of which who you will have to live with for a month until you realize that the problem is, is that you will kill eachother if you contiue living together for another day.) They don’t mention the fact that they only serve canola oil at meals, with a touch of vegetables and rice, (oh- and by vegetables I mean peas and potatoes.) And that, every weekend you are on your own! Sayonara! Go find a place to live Friday night and Saturday, you cannot come back until Saturday night! And be in class bright and early Sunday morning 9:00AM!

I love it here.

No, really I do.

Something I’ve learnt through much of my life experience is that we chose how we react, we have the power to decide whether or not we will be upset, mad, angry, happy, etc. Yes, given, I’m in a sucky situation. My bed feels like it’s been stuffed by the boy who found the needle in the hay stack, but I have the power to not allow that to upset me.

How?

The nature of a thought is to pass. 

If I dwell on negative thoughts and allow myself to get into conversations with these negative thoughts, they’ll just circle, around and around my head, building up and becoming thinker and thicker, and it would become a cloud of negative thoughts.

‘My bed feels like straw. I hate my bed. Therefore I hate my room, Uch I hate that I have a roomate! I hate this dorm! I hate the fact that the school can’t afford better dorms! I hate the school!’

Woah.

‘I hate the school that’s given me so much? So much knowledge and amazing information? An amazing school that’s given me the opportunity to live in a dorm to live in Jerusalem?! You know how many people would kill to have a place to live in Jeruslaem with 3 meals a day? A school that has world renoud teachers that I have the opportunity to build relationships with and have intellectual arguments with? I love my living situation! I love my teachers! I love my school!’

See what I did there?

I changed my focus. We have the ability to change our thoughts. If I just let the thought of ‘my bed feels like straw’ pass, which it would. Because, the nature of a thought is to pass, I have the ability to fill my mind with a positive thought and let that turn into a conversation in my mind instead of the negative ones.

Our minds are like computers, you can either use it for its obvious features, or learn about the amazing capabilities it withholds and how much you can actually do with it.

The Start of Something New. 

So you know the “I really want to do “x” but I’m too lazy to do it” feeling? Or the “I should’ve done that a long time ago, and it’s too late now” feeling? Okay. So I have that feeling. Too often.

Yes, granted I’m only 18 and  “I’m so young” and I “have a whole life ahead of me” but I’ve done so much already and I kinda wish I wrote or blogged or scrapbooked about it then. At thing point I’m kinda like… well it’s too late to start telling anyone about my life now because it’s BORING.

What do I do everyday? Wake up. Go to class. Eat. Go to class. Eat. Go to sleep. And repeat. Everyday. The same cycle.

So what then actually brought me starting this blog? My thoughts changed to thoughts of action.

Effort  vs.  Comfort

(I’ll get back to that)

I was living a life on autopilot, letting every day come and go without actually accomplishing anything worth talking about, until I chose to wake up. My life is awesome! I started telling myself, I have a life full of experience worth sharing and so much knowledge to share.

So I decided to stop surviving and start living.