What “perceived limitations” have held you back?

Do you have any current or past “perceived limitations” that have held you back? I know that I have ever since I was small and I was told that I wasn’t fast enough or smart enough it all went in my mind and stayed there and it limited in the things that I would try to do in life.  I would automatically think that I couldn’t do certain things without even trying them because of past mental programming.  How sad that because of these perceived limitations I gave up on myself…I never even tried to see if these limitations were true or not.  Here is a powerful video from Marc Accetta that shows you how these limitations are affecting your everyday life.

 

My Favorite Spotify Music Playlist

Just wrapped up helping out a friend of mine over the weekend with his event and I had a number of people come up and ask where they could get my playlist of songs that I use at events.  Where here it is…I personally use Spotify, it’s a great music service that can be used both with a free membership & paid membership if you want to create your own playlists.  However with the free playlists you’ll be able to see any and all of the playlists that are created by users such as myself.

  1. Download Spotify to your Apple or Android device.
  2. Search “monicoperez”
  3. Click Follow & there you have it….

Here is my most requested playlist…make sure to follow me on Spotify for more playlist.

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Things Always Change

Power To Become – Divine Direction

Here is the 4th and final video that Pastor Craig Groeschel had put together from his book Divine Direction.  Thank you for those of you that watched and shared your feedback.

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Wisdom to Discern – Divine Direction

Trusting God with your Future…Here is the 2nd part to the 4 part video series from Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor at Life.Church.  Enjoy and I’d love to hear your feedback. When you know who to trust, you’ll always be headed in the Divine Direction.

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Power to Become – Divine Direction

About a week ago we visited Life Church in Mustang, Oklahoma and I was introduced to Pastor Craig Groeschel who was talking about his most recent book Divine Direction.  Well I haven’t had time to dive into the book but I was able to connect and watch some of the video series that follow the book and it’s incredible stuff.  I figured I’d share it with you and hope that it can serve you as it is serving me.

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He is my God, and I trust him! 

“I say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in you.””

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:2‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/psa.91.2.erv

Happy National Almond Day – 9 Benefits

Do you know how beneficial almonds are for your health?

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Almonds are one of my favorite nuts. Anytime that I can grab a handful that aren’t covered in salt or any other type of flavors I try to do so. Here are some powerful benefits that this small superfood can punch into your daily life.

9 Health Benefits of Almonds:

1.  They reduce heart attack risk.
Those who consume nuts five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.

2.  They lower “bad” cholesterol.
Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, according to a clinical study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.

3.  They protects artery walls from damage.
It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease (Research at Tufts University).

4.  Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.
The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.

5.  They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:

  • Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
  • Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8,865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)

6.  Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.

7.  They help provide good brain function.
Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

8.  They nourish the nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.

9.  They alkalize the body.
Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

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Almond Nutrition:

  • Almonds are 13 percent protein.
  • One ounce (or about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and protein.
  • Almonds are filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, and also B vitamins.
  • A one-ounce serving of almonds contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli.
  • Almonds are one of the best whole food sources of vitamin E, with about one third of the daily value per ounce.
  • Heart-healthy with monounsaturated fat, almonds are also cholesterol-free.
  • One-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, of which 11 grams are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
  • 20-25 almonds contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk.

source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-almonds-king-of-nuts.html

6 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Protein

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Our bodies need protein for pretty much everything. It’s the building block of all the cells in our bodies—skin, muscles, bones, cartilage, hair, you name it. Eating enough of it every day is essential for our bodies to repair damaged cells and to create new ones. When you get too little protein, over time, it can impact every aspect of your health.

Most people get the protein they need most of the time, and full blown protein deficiency is uncommon in the U.S. and other developed countries. But if you’re sticking to a regimented diet, it’s possible you’re not giving your body the protein it needs, which can lead to food cravings, impede your fitness goals, or have other wide-ranging effects on how you look and feel.

The amount of protein each of us needs varies depending on our age, sex, height, weight, and activity levels. As a general recommendation, the USDA suggests 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (divide your weight in pounds by 2.2, then multiply by 0.8). “Most young adults who consume a widely varied diet will easily meet their protein requirements on a daily basis,” Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., senior dietician at UCLA Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at the Fielding School of Public Health, tells SELF. But, she adds, “calorie-restrictive diets sometimes can lead to decreased protein intake.”

The people most likely to be low in protein are those who are chronically ill or who undereat, Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells SELF. “Some vegans and vegetarians are at risk if they aren’t including enough plant-based protein in their meals,” she adds. (There are plenty of plant-based proteins to choose from, though, if you don’t eat meat—here are some great options.)

Here are some signs you might not be getting enough of this important macronutrient.

1. You crave protein.

If you’re not eating enough protein, in the short term, your body may tell you by craving it, Hunnes says. You should give into these cravings. If you’re really jonesing for a chicken sandwich or a bowl of lentil soup, listen to your body and eat up.

2. You crave sugar.

“Protein (along with fat) digests slower than carbohydrates. If you eat a meal that is mostly carbohydrates, with not enough protein, it will digest more quickly and will cause your blood sugar to rise,” Rumsey says. This rise is followed by a drop—and when blood sugar is constantly spiking and dropping, we crave more sugar. The key is to eat protein with carbs so that everything digests more slowly, and the blood sugar changes are more gradual over time.

3. Your hair is thinning.

Hair is made up of mostly protein (keratin, specifically). If you’re consistently not getting enough protein, over time, you may notice your hair start to thin or even fall out. That’s because your body stops using protein for non-essential things like hair growth in an effort to preserve its stores.

4. Your nails and skin are weak.

Protein is also essential for nail and skin cells to grow. If you’re not getting enough of it, eventually your nails may get weaker and your skin may get flaky, Rumsey says. Hunnes adds that protein deficiency may also cause rashes or other dermatologic problems.

5. You get sick often.

“Protein is needed to build the components of our immune system,” Rumsey explains. “If you are under-eating protein, over time your immune system may weaken.”

6. You feel tired or weak.

“For most people, eating too little protein over the course of one day will not make you feel less energy or strength, particularly if you are getting a sufficient number of calories in that day,” Hunnes says. But long term, your body may break down your muscles to try and supply your body with sufficient protein, leading to loss of energy and strength, she explains. Low energy and strength can also be impacted by overall diet quality, sleep, stress, and lack of physical activity, so if you’re feeling this way often, it’s important to check in on all of your lifestyle habits.

|By Amy Marturana via Self

http://www.self.com/story/protein-deficiency-symptoms

3 Kinds of Friends 

My very good friend Richard Montez posted this and I wanted to share it as I felt it was a great piece! Richard is founder of Cornerstone Arts that produces Christian theatrical shows worldwide!
1. Faithful – Love you unconditionally. If you get in trouble, they’re there for you. If you have 2-3 in your lifetime, you are a blessed person. Without them, you’ll never be who God has called you to be. They’re lifelong friends, forever.

2. Friendly – They are not into you. They are into what you are for. As long as you are for what they are for, they will walk with you and work with you. This is important to know. If they meet someone else who will help to further their agenda, they will leave you and join them, because they were never for you. Careful, because when you’re broken, you want to confide in them, but remember they’re not for you, but what you are for. As soon as you fall in love with them, they’ll break your heart because they will leave you for someone else. They’re temporary friends, there for a season.
3. Fleeting – These are people who are not for you, nor are they for what you are for. They are simply against what you are against. They’ll team up with you to help fight the greater enemy. Don’t be confused by their association. They’re only with you until the victory is accomplished. They’re like scaffolding. They come into your life for a purpose, and when the purpose is complete, the scaffolding is removed.
Don’t be upset when the Friendly or Fleeting leave you, because they will. They were never really with you in the first place. So be careful then, who you share your dreams with.

God is always faithful. Thank the Lord for the people who are always for you, your Faithful friends.