GUEST POST: #NoOrdinaryLifestyle: What Is Ikigai, and How Can It Impact Our Lives?

Though we all have unique motivators and interests, there is a common theme throughout humanity of finding our purpose, love and motivation. The concept of wanting to find our purpose in life spans ages, races and genders, tying us all together through our search for meaning in our lives.

In Japan, the concept of searching for your life’s purpose is called Ikigai (pronounced EE-key-guy). There isn’t a direct English translation for this concept, but it roughly translates to this journey of self-discovery.

Though your life’s purpose can seem like an abstract concept, the answer actually lies at the intersection of four simple questions:

What do you love to do?

What are you good at doing?

What does the world need?

What can you be paid for doing?

Once you start to identify your responses to those four questions, you’ll find that it’s easier to identify your Ikigai than you imagined.

It isn’t necessary to jump immediately into your life’s purpose: Ikigai can be applied to our daily lives as well. Ikigai is also the concept of living a more purpose-driven and fulfilling life in general by nurturing our bodies and minds.

Examples of “everyday Ikigai” include eating diverse, healthy meals, checking in with our loved ones, setting time aside to relax and cherishing life’s imperfections instead of beating ourselves up for small failures.

This mindfulness can help shape your mind and mody, and can perhaps even start you down a larger pathway of self discovery.

Find-Your-Ikigai(Photo provided by Emily Gibson)

If you’ve ever tried this approach and would like to share you purpose with us, comment below! #weallhaveapurpose

Author Bio: Emily Gibson is a content creator for Bestow. When she’s not typing away at a computer, you can find her hiking with her dog or watching live music. 

GUEST POST: How to Turn a Home Care Stint into a Career?

Right from the start- here’s the fact: the Baby Boomers are getting older, and the home care market is booming as well.

If we look at the number more closely, the home care market is going to more almost triple in five years, due to the growing number of the seniors, and a significant shortage of health workers in the US- amounting to half a million, as predicted by 2025.

Yes, the market is growing steadily, but you cannot work in that field just because it’s lucrative.

Take this seriously: not everyone can deal with the type of stress this job brings. You have to like working with people- not only patients but their families as well. Compassion and empathy have to be your top qualities.

It can also be physically challenging as well. The patients might be confused and disoriented, fearful or depressed, even aggressive. Some days you will only change bedpans. And you’ll also work shifts. Weekends and holidays included. Continue reading “GUEST POST: How to Turn a Home Care Stint into a Career?”

GIVEAWAY!!! No Ordinary Boat Show

Looking for my boat fans out there.

Do you love boats, looking for a boat or just enjoy a good boat show? If so, do you have any plans between October 25th – October 27th? If you need something to do, I have an amazing opportuinity for you to get out and enjoy some family time while exploring some of Tampa’s best.

This year, Progressive Tampa Boat show presented by West Marine will offer you two componets: in water, you’ll have the chance to see and explore over 150+ boats, while indoors over 350+. There will be over 100+ seminars occurring throughout the two days and bring your children to learn all the things about that boat life. Continue reading “GIVEAWAY!!! No Ordinary Boat Show”

Expecting parents: What your pediatrician may not tell you

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Expecting a child can feel overwhelming: There’s a lot to learn in the months before your baby arrives. Your obstetrician and pediatrician are excellent resources for caring for your baby and keeping them healthy, but they may not tell you how to keep your child safe in your home.

Parents and caregivers often think preventable tragedies won’t happen to their family, but sadly, accidents can happen to even the most attentive parents and caregivers. In 2018, 33 children in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties died from unsafe sleep, accidental drowning or abusive head trauma (also known as shaken baby syndrome).

These deaths are 100 percent preventable. Learn and share these life-saving tips for safe sleep, water safety and safe stress relief. Continue reading “Expecting parents: What your pediatrician may not tell you”

GUEST POST: Your Diet, Your Health: How to Eat Well, Feel Better, and Save Money

Do you think eating healthy is too expensive or wonder why you should bother? A healthy diet can shrink your waistline, but weight loss isn’t the only reason to choose nutritious foods over empty calories. Just look at these mental and physical benefits of a nutritious diet:

  • Better moods and fewer mood swings.
  • Improved focus.
  • Better sleep.
  • More energy.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Clearer skin.
  • Reduced digestive problems.
  • A stronger immune system.
  • Lower risk of chronic lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank, either. If you think healthy eating means shopping organic at high-end stores like Whole Foods, think again. While eating well on a tight budget might require more planning, it absolutely can be done. Don’t believe us? These six budget-friendly shopping and cooking tips will show you how. Continue reading “GUEST POST: Your Diet, Your Health: How to Eat Well, Feel Better, and Save Money”

GUEST POST: No Ordinary Guide to Moving Interstate: 5 Most Practical Tips of All Time

Moving, like having your legs waxed or cavities filled, is a task that is expected to be far from fun. However, not liking it won’t change the fact that it must happen when it needs to be done. Daunting as it may be, relocating to another state can become a lot easier and less stressful.

Resourcefulness and rational thinking can get you a long way in terms of relocating. From planning and packing to dealing with the actual move, you should be fine if you know (and follow) the five most practical moving tips of all time: Continue reading “GUEST POST: No Ordinary Guide to Moving Interstate: 5 Most Practical Tips of All Time”

Guest Post: No Ordinary Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life

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Healthy Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life

Quality of life means something different to each of us. Essentially, quality of life refers to the level of comfort and satisfaction you feel about your life from your own subjective perspective. Though we tend to think quality of life declines as we get older, seniors actually report higher levels of life satisfaction than younger adults. If anything is getting in between you and your best life, take back control of your health with these simple habits. Continue reading “Guest Post: No Ordinary Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life”

No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)

Halloween is upon us friends and you know what that means. Haunted houses, costume parties, lots of candy and loads of fear for what may be lurking in the dark…

FEAR
A word that is constantly hiding around in everyone’s back pockets.  FEAR of heights, FEAR of public speaking, FEAR of spiders, and FEAR of the dark.  It comes in many forms and learns to camouflage itself in a way that you don’t know how to identify it until it’s too late to brace yourself for what is about to happen!

Has it been awhile since you’ve had those hair-raising moments long enough to slice anyone who stumbles in your way?  Are you ready to determine if you should tackle the “Fight or Flight” approach? Do you have that sensation AKA adrenaline that rushes through your entire body that makes you feel like you’re every superhero in the Marvel club?  

Well, you’re in luck! I’m proud to be partnering with Scream-A-Geddon again as they petrify our Bay area residents with 6 attractions in 1 location, it’s guaranteed to make you flash that FEAR card the moment you step on the premises.  Continue reading “No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)”

Not So Ordinary: The Unique Circumstances Around Adopting a Pet (Guest Blog)

I love when my readers reach out with an interest to write for No Ordinary Liz. I enjoy seeing how creative they get with their posts. This month, I have the pleasure of hosting Aimee Lyons, and her blog, DIYDarlin.  See what she suggests when you decide to bring home a little furry friend!

Photo courtesy of StockSnap.io

Congratulations on deciding to adopt a pet. Pet ownership involves a lot of responsibility, but it’s also very rewarding. Of course, it’s normal to have lots of questions about what to expect. Here are some of the most common scenarios you’ll encounter during pet adoption and tips for each stage.

Pet Adoption Process

Once you’ve decided to adopt, you’ll need to fill out adoption paperwork and may be required to complete an adoption interview. To ensure it’s a good fit, meet your new pet in person before adopting. Some facilities also require a background check before releasing a pet to an owner.

Pet-Proofing Your Home

Once you’ve found the perfect companion, your journey begins. Prior to bringing your new companion home, you’ll need to prepare your household for a pet. This includes pet-proofing your home to make it a calm, safe, happy environment for your four-legged friend.

There are many DIY home preparations you can do in advance. For instance, you might move medicines and cleaning supplies out of reach or secure any wires so your dog can’t chew on them. This Humane Society article offers excellent tips.

Naming Your Pet

One of the first things you’ll want to do after bringing home a new pet is determine his or her name. If you’re naming or renaming your new pet, you might be looking for some unique name ideas. Luckily, Rover.com has created the ultimate list of the most unique pet names. Here are the Top 10 Unique Pet Names that made Rover’s list this year:

  1. Beau Dacious – Whether you love a good pun (“bodacious”—see what they did there?) or are simply a fan of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” there are many reasons why this name is a, like, totally excellent choice, dude.
  2. Won Ton – Although it might seem odd to name a pet after your favorite cuisine, one might argue that this name could be strangely appropriate if your pet is a Chinese breed. This name also makes sense if you choose to name your beloved pet after Wonton Soup.
  3. Reeses Puppycups – This self-explanatory pun is appropriate for anyone who loves the chocolate/peanut butter combo.
  4. Sitka – In addition to being a remote region (and a national historic park) in Alaska, the word “sitka” comes from the West Coast’s indigenous Tlingit tribe. It could be perfect for the right type of pet, such as a sled dog.
  5. Lupin – This is one of many “Harry Potter”-themed names to make this list. Any J.K. Rowling fan fondly remembers Professor Remus Lupin as the werewolf from the series. The word “lupin” comes from the Latin word for “wolf.”
  6. Willie Nelson – Whether you come from the Heartland of America or are Nelson’s biggest fan, naming your pet after him is one way to honor your favorite country musician.
  7. Gryffindor – Another nod to “Harry Potter” on Rover’s list, this name pays tribute to Harry’s own Hogwarts house, known for bravery and courage. This pet shelter has even created a free online quiz to help you determine whether your dog is a Gryffindor or not.
  8. Artoo Dogtoo – A play on R2D2 because what list is complete without at least one “Star Wars” reference?
  9. Tater Tot – This name fits short, stocky pets. Think: Corgis or dachshunds.
  10. Tyrion – Last but certainly not least, Tyrion is a name that will undoubtedly delight any “Game of Thrones” fan. A fan favorite in the books and show, what Tyrion lacks in appearance and height, he makes up for with intelligence and charm.

It’s a lot of responsibility, but if you decide pet adoption is for you, it can be one of the most rewarding choices you’ll ever make. The world is full of many animals in need of good homes. By making the choice to adopt, you’re saving

Aimee fancies herself a DIY goddess. She loves crafting, refurbishing furniture, remodeling rooms, and landscaping. She runs DIYDarlin, which provides DIY project resources and tutorials.

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger on No Ordinary Liz, feel free to contact me with your creative ideas!!

No Ordinary Blinker

I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m writing to tell you that you’ve left your car blinker on and it’s making that clicking noise that drives you crazy. OR you were just behind someone who made a sudden turn without an indicator such as a blinker and it made you furious, am I right?

Well guess what?!? This post is not about that type of blinker.

I’m looking for friends who live in FL, CA, CO and TX. You will want to make sure you read through this post and it’s entirety. Do you have a car sitting in your yard, garage or store parking lot that you want to get rid of? Have months flew by and no one has contacted you about their interest? I may have a pretty cool solution for you and it’s all about earning some extra cash in the process! A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a pretty cool mobile app called Blinker! Continue reading “No Ordinary Blinker”