Friday's Circle of Friends - March 30 - The Afternoon Edition

circle of friendsThis post 7 Habits to Live Happy Life with Less is a great reminder of how to live a simpler, healthier and happier life.

Shilpan touches on many important aspects of our life, but the point that really hit home for me was “Obsessive thinking”.

Over the years that has become a very bad habit for me. I obsess about things that have happened but even worse, I obsess about things that I think might happen in the future (today, next week, next year).

We read everywhere “what we focus on becomes our reality”. To some extent I believe that, but in many instances I don’t. Why? Because if all the crap that I have ever focused on had become my reality I probably wouldn’t be here.

In this post Shilpan suggests using Yoga and meditation to relax the mind. I’ve tried that. I’ve also tried listening to meditation CDs as I am falling asleep.

Another thing that I have tried is to repeat good thoughts to myself just as I am about to fall asleep and again in the morning when I am trying to wake up. It’s a work in progress.

This post Blog Movement of the Week! by Average Joe at the free financial advisor touches on several different key topics and talks a bit about his recent vacation to Disney World and how downtime increases his creativity. I completely agree with that. I think downtime allows our mind to free itself from concerns and things that stress us out, and allows our mind to be open to new thoughts and ideas.

Below are a variety of posts from this past week, as well as some from last year.

Up until now I’ve only been keeping up with current posts so I decided to go back in time and see what people were blogging about prior to me starting my blog. I found some very informative posts. I honestly enjoyed them all and just had to include them in my circle of friends this week.

10 Ways to Stay Poor… Forever By Ashley

Employers Checking Facebook Profile Before Job Offer and Links By SB

Budgeting 101 (part 4 of 6): 4 Ways to Increase Disposable Income By Jason

Groceries; My Biggest Splurge And How I’m Dealing By Michelle

Mr.CBB’s Easter Dinner for 8 in the Crock Pot! Cost $ 1.25 plate

Hope you enjoy them as well.


    • CanadianBudgetBinder

      CanadianBudgetBinder 03/30/2012 11:57 a.m. #

      Some great articles this week. Good point you bring up about going back and reading articles before we started blogging. I do this often and find so many great posts.
      Thanks for the mention and I hope everyone enjoys my Easter Dinner in The Crockpot!

      Enjoy your weekend!

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 03/30/2012 12:01 p.m. #

      Your Easter Dinner looks yummy. It reminds me of scalloped potato dishes that I've made.

    • Modest Money

      Modest Money 03/30/2012 2:05 p.m. #

      I'm going to have to try reading some older posts from my favorite blogs too. I'm always focusing on reading their latest posts, but I'm sure they had some great content before their blogs became more popular.

      As to obsessive thinking and positive thoughts, I think it is extremely important to stay positive. My mind sometimes likes to focus on the negative side of things until it's all I can think about. It's definitely not a healthy habit. There's just too much to enjoy in the world to waste time on negativity. For some people though it's not really a choice they make.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 03/30/2012 2:20 p.m. #

      @Modest Money - It's like getting caught in a downward spiral, but as long as we recognize it quick enough we can bounce back. My thoughts I guess are worries, like if we go away will our cats be okay with a sitter. That kind of stuff.

    • WorkSaveLive

      WorkSaveLive 03/30/2012 10:05 p.m. #

      Shilpan does write up some great stuff!

      Thanks for the mention too! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Shilpan

      Shilpan 03/31/2012 11:41 a.m. #

      Sicorra, thank you for the mention. And, I am thankful to Jason for his kind words too!

    • CultOfMoney

      CultOfMoney 03/31/2012 1:02 p.m. #

      Thanks for including me in the circle of friends this week! You are confusing me though. Kari and Karl are so close, I looked at that and was like "I didn't write that" and in fact I didn't. Lol. Thanks again!

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 03/31/2012 1:58 p.m. #

      You're welcome guys! You are all great friends!

    • canadianbudgetbinder

      canadianbudgetbinder 04/01/2012 10:50 a.m. #

      Hi Siccora
      I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Sunshine Blog Award.
      Your blog has been inspirational to me and continues to communicate excellent information.
      Thanks for all that you do.
      Cheers Mate,

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 04/01/2012 2:08 p.m. #

      @MrCBB - You are so very kind and very supportive. Thank you so much for thinking of me and including me in your award program!

    • Kari @Small Budget Big Dreams

      Kari @Small Budget Big Dreams 04/01/2012 10:17 p.m. #

      Thanks so much for including my post, I appreciate it.

      @ Karl, I do that all the time. The i and l look so similar that multiple times in the past I've scrolled through blog carnivals and the like and thought, "that's not my post" :-)

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