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Keeping a Positive Outlook For Better Living

Your life reflects your thoughts, mirroring your positive outlook or negative attitude. Of course, sometimes, challenges that are not your fault arise. However, your outlook determines how well you cope. If you think optimistically, you recognize the best in situations.

The opposite is true if you think negatively and focus on undesirable events. When you concentrate on difficult circumstances, you set your mind on a course of pessimism and find what you seek. However, negative thinking might be a habit you don’t recognize.

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How Life Reflects Your State Of Mind

To discover whether changing your thoughts can improve your life, try the following exercise. Consider a challenge that bothers you for a few moments. Now write about it, taking into account how you feel. Your description shows your current way of thinking. You will quickly notice if your attitude is negative.

Next, ponder what events can teach you. Think about what you know now that you didn’t understand before. Also, write about how circumstances have shown you what you want. Identifying your desires will help you think constructively and alter your mood.

Finally, ignore unfavorable aspects of the situation and view circumstances from a positive angle. Write about how you’ve gained insight and strengthened your self-awareness and understanding of life.

At the end of the exercise, consider your experience. Did you find it helpful? Did your feelings shift closer to optimism? Did your mood change? Perhaps you feel more confident about managing now and view matters differently? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you can improve your life by adjusting your thoughts.

Optimizing Your Thoughts

You don’t need to try to stop pessimistic thinking. You just need to be optimistic. When you set your mind to contemplate agreeable topics, unwanted deliberation disappears. Practice often, and you will soon be accustomed to thinking positively. As a result, you will anticipate the feel-good factor that goes hand-in-hand with looking on the bright side. Such anticipation will encourage your mind to follow a similar train of thought in the future.

Think constructive, upbeat thoughts and life will reflect your newfound way of viewing circumstances, even in business. You will recognize opportunities for happiness and sail through challenging events, always coping no matter what happens in your environment.

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Four Secrets Of (Frugal) Homesteading

We talked about frugality before, but have really talked about it? There are so many ways we can work to make homesteading even more affordable. When you’re making a living from your land, you want to maximize the value of every egg, tomato, and rabbit. Here are six more ways to keep homesteading easy on your pocketbook!

Hair-raising uses for hair clippings

There’s nothing wrong with a professional haircut, but home trims are an amazing way to save money and deter pests from your property. My great-grandma Mary used to trim all of her grandkids’ hair once a month. She would move to a different area of the property boundary each time, leaving the hair clippings on the ground. She said it helped prevent pesky animals like deer from raiding her garden. I thought it was silly at the time, but come to think of it, I never saw a deer on her ten-acre property!

Compost

Compost is every homesteader’s best friend. Re-purpose everything from grass clippings to vegetable scraps to shredded junk mail with composting. Over time, you’ll get high quality compost to use in your garden.

Grow medicine

There’s obviously a time and place for store-bought medicine. But if you frequently battle annoying ailments things like mild cramps, cuts, or insect bites, you can grow herbs for some relief. For example, a poultice of lemon balm can stop itchy mosquito bites. For added frugality, consult with your vet to see what herbs can also be grown to treat your animals.

Freeze eggs

Yes, believe it or not, you can freeze eggs. My sister raises chickens and ducks and freezes her leftover eggs all the time. This prevents eggs from going to waste, putting each one to good use. Crack the eggs and gently mix together before freezing in a Ziploc. I only recommend using frozen eggs for baking; otherwise the texture is a little off. Use three tablespoons of frozen egg mixture for every egg in the recipe.

The bottom line

Homesteading doesn’t have to be hard on your budget. Use these quick, frugal tips for easy homesteading without breaking the bank.


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