Tag: Choices



What do your priorities look like? Do you have things set up correctly? I am a Christian and that does dictate my priorities to a large degree. My priorities are listed this way:

  1. God: If I expect Him to direct my steps then I have to listen to what He says to me.
  2. Myself! Yes, I put myself as a priority. How can I handle anything else if I’m not taking care of myself?
    1. Priority setting. Is what I’m actively doing taking care of me?
    2. Health: Am I eating what I need to eat to be in the best physical shape I can be in?
    3. Exercise: What am I doing on a daily basis to get off the chair/bed/couch?
    4. Mental health: What am I doing to keep my mind healthy?
      1. That includes having some fun! So what am I doing just for fun?
      2. Growing: I am a learner, I love to learn new things! And this is a priority for me. I am also learning to teach others more effectively!
      3. Meditation/relaxation time. This is  a little different than prayer. While I do pray, I  also take time to just rest and quiet my mind and literally do nothing for a few minutes every day.
      4. Positive affirmations: An incredibly important part of my day. I do it typically first thing every morning.
  3. My kids come next. They are still growing up and I make sure they get what they need.
  4. My husband. I’ve been told that I need  to have him over my kids, but circumstances that I won’t tell here dictate that my kids come before him.
  5. My career. I am a writer and an entrepreneur. If I expect my work to be done, I have to make sure that I do the work. I don’t have a boss, except my calendar. If I expect my goals to be met, I have to do the work. In my work time I have certain things that I have to make sure I get done.
    1. Goal setting! I can’t reach goals that haven’t been set.
    2. Writing. I am writing a novel. It won’t write itself, so I have to do the work.
    3. Education: I am expanding what I’m doing. I’m in school at Kaplan University. Study time is important and as such, it is a priority.



Living Clean 101

Living Clean 101

Last week I talked about how what does it mean to live  clean. And put some suggestions out on where to start. Today,  I want to elaborate on this. What are some practical ways to live clean? Here are some things I have done:

  • Read the labels. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably should reconsider using it.
  • Make the switch to organic cleaners as much as possible.
    • Talk to me about my business. The company I’m a part of is amazing. All our products are not only affordable,  they are completely toxin free. And there is a way you can actually get them for free. To get more information on that, simply reply to this or look me up on Facebook. I’m listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee.
  • Walk instead of drive,  it’s better for you and the environment. As much as possible anyway.
  • Eat smart
    • Add one meatless meal to your menu each week
    • Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can
    • Eat organic as much as possible
    • Cut out white. Switch to either no wheat, or 100% whole grain wheat. Switch to brown rice instead of white rice.
    • Drink more water. Get a water filter to reduce chemicals in your water.
  • Lose the excess weight. If you are overweight, even  by 10-15 pounds, you are storing toxins in that fat. I’ve been working on getting healthy since 2011.  And I can tell you, I feel so much better! At the top are 2 pictures, the first one is from 2011. I was about 260 pounds and even though I was smiling, I was incredibly depressed. The second picture is from  a little over a week ago and I’m now at about 220 pounds. I’m not at my goal, but I’m a whole lot closer. And I’ve gone from a size 24 to a size 16.  I have more confidence and just feel better.
  • Get some exercise. My favorite exercises are:
    • Walking, especially with a friend.
    • Tae Kwon Do, it is great for all ages! It builds confidence, increases agility, plus it is great exercise.
    • Go dancing!
    • Try yoga, its great!
    • Go bowling, and even better, join a league.
    • Play tennis
    • Join a gym and take a class there

See what you can come up with and share some of your ideas with me. I’d love to know what you do to live clean.


Good, Better and Best

Good, Better and Best

When you make the commitment to live clean you have 3 choices. You can choose to have a good clean life, a better clean life or the best clean life. What does this look like?

Good means choosing these options:

  • fresh fruits and vegetable, not organic at all
  • meats that are kind of low fat
  • cleaners that are okay, but the chemicals may not be the safest you could choose
  • no supplements
  • minimal exercise
  • not really making too many other changes

Better is this:

  • some organic fruits and vegetables, this is a little better because you are choosing more organic
  • more grass fed meats and healthier proteins, but still some that aren’t that way
  • vitamins  and supplements to help you be even healthier
  • cleaners that are better for you and your family
  • exercise that pushes you a little more than you are used to

Best is this:

  • all organic
  • completely Mediterranean diet.
  • only clean living household cleaners
  • exercise pushes you to your limit,  you probably have a personal trainer. You see the benefits of this and decide it’s worth the investment
  •  You’re life is all about being as healthy as possible, and even worth spending the money to make it happen.

We all have choices to make in life. We all have 24 hours each day, whether you are rich or poor. The difference between the rich and poor I’ve learned is how they spend the 24 hours. If you choose that you want a life that is best, you will probably have to make some sacrifices for the short term so you can have what you want for the long term. It’s been said that entrepreneurs work 80 hours a week for 3 to 5 years to get the life others only dream of. I am proudly an entrepreneur. If you want to know more about what I do, reply here and we will connect. I’m also on Facebook. My business page is called Malissa Carole.