Posts by Ludavia Harvey

18 Foods to Boost Your Mood

The ever-so cheesy saying, “you are what you eat,” rings true. Eat a doughnut, you will feel like a doughnut (puffy, heavy, and oily), not quite the best option to boost your mood. Ugh! It is so easy to grab for that doughnut, when feeling sluggish and down. Sugar does give you a little energy boost and trigger that reward system in your brain telling you, “You should do that again!” So, you do. It’s addicting to feel happy. Don’t feel bad, it happens to all of us. Watch: How Sugar Affects the Brain and Why We Keep Reaching for It But, before you reach, please remember the gross feeling you have after the sugar crash. It can cause you to feel even worse than before you reached for the doughnut (all gassy and uncomfortable, getting you in a foul mood). Then you become this big ole grump no one

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4 (Realistic) Steps to Raise Your Standard of Living

We have grown up with a standard we’ve set at a young age. We are going to go to school. We are going to get a job. We are going to pay our bills. We are going to eat. We are going to have a roof over our heads. It’s ingrained in our head to do those things and meet them each month. It can get difficult at times (a client becomes slow to pay or decides to jump ship and go with someone else). We rely on the money in to survive. But, in a crunch we meet the standards we’ve set. Maybe we eat beans for a week. But, we’re still getting fed. Beano, anyone? RELATED: Writing Goals With Soul But, why have we set the standard to the minimum? Don’t we have goals to live a better quality of life? Don’t we want to be able to take

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How to Overcome Comparison and Collaborate Better with Others

I love to think of comparison as the little voice inside my head that starts to tell me I am not good enough. That if I try to do better or try something new, I’ll just fail. So, why even try? Then, I join in on a self-pity party and start to tear myself down – a spiral that gets me in a dark corner of self-doubt and toxic thoughts. RELATED: Why Self-Doubt is Actually Necessary for Your Success It’s not a good place to be. Once you’re there, it’s difficult to come out. It takes work to rid yourself of toxic thoughts (it can take years and usually requires the help of others). What you think really does determine who you become. So, you need to catch it before it gets to that dark corner. Why does the dark corner of self-doubt happen? Here is a break down: We make

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Simplicity Sells: Get Your Business Back to the Basics

Why are people craving simplicity and wanting to get back to the basics? With the power to do everything instantly and more efficiently at our fingertips, we have room to cram more to-dos in our schedule. Jam-packed schedules have created no margin for error. But, we’re human. We make mistakes. So, no room for error causes stress and no time to relax and enjoy the things we work so hard to enjoy. By the end of the day, we are overworked, overtired, and still desiring simplicity. [Tweet “”Jam-packed schedules have created no margin for error. But, we’re human. We make mistakes.” – @niftybetty”] We are desiring a life that is less complicated. The technology designed to simplify life, has actually complicated it. People can only manage so many apps and gadgets at once. It’s overwhelming and is causing people to get back to the basics (living with less to experience

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5 Ways to Stop Procrastination

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky. When we have so much to do and so little time, we tend to put less desirable tasks at the bottom of the to-do list. No matter what those less desirable tasks are, they’re no fun, often take a lot of work, and we aren’t always sure how to approach them, so we don’t want to do them (or we just decide that procrastinating on Pinterest is a much better option). But, putting off these urgent, less desirable tasks doesn’t mean we don’t have to complete them anymore. They still need to get done – they’re important. So, instead the tasks are left to be done at the last minute, further adding to the stress of life. RELATED: How to Make Your To-Do List More Efficient “The last

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5 Tips to Put the Cheer Back into Holiday Hosting

Hosting. When I think about it, my skin crawls. It crawls mainly because of all the cleanup. Dishes are my nemesis. I’ll let them pile up and start to smell before I wash them.  If only they can magically sparkle and put themselves away, this girl would be happy. And the stress! I don’t even know why I put makeup on. I sweat buckets running around ensuring everyone is having a holly jolly time. I crack a smile while pouring them another mug of hot cocoa and quietly whisper, “help me,” between my teeth. RELATED: 5 Tips for Managing Stress Around the Holidays Literally, help a girl out. The feet are on fire. When the moment comes for me to finally sit down and prop up the feet, I look around and the guests are gone {smh}. Where did the Christmas fun go? Then the Grinch lady surfaces and swears she

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Find Your Brave and Keep It

I walk into a room comfortable in my own skin. My posture gets a little straighter; my smile a little brighter. I can look you in the eye and know who I am; shake your hand and tell you my story. I am Ludavia. I stand tall. I can hold 32 pounds in one arm, 15 in the other with a 10 pound bag slung across my shoulders, and 6 grocery bags balancing on my fingers… and still I am able to open a door. Strangers, I see you staring at me with your jaws hitting the floor. Thank you for the admiration, but I’d rather you offer a hand. I may be strong, but, “Hey, help a girl out.”. I am Ludavia. I am strong. When the moment calls, I can climb a mountain even if I feel defeated. I can endure great pain and find the positive within

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