Ideas for Relaxing and Relieving Stress

We all have stressors in our lives. When the stress just gets to be a bit much, it can actually take a toll on our well-being and overall health. This is why stress relievers that are effective are critical when it comes to restoring your inner peace and your physical health. Here are a few different things that can assist you in feeling a little bit less affected by all those stressors in your life.

Spa Days

Have you ever been to the spa? There have been quite a few studies done that have shown that a massage can reduce the levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Along with that, this can help to slow your pulse and bring your blood pressure to a lower level. One of the things that make for a comfortable and relaxing day at the spa is the actual spa equipment. From massage tables that will be used to massage your cares away and pedicure chairs that will give you another massage as you get your toes done, to loungers and other accessories for the spa, the right equipment can really help you relax and destress. Click here for more information.

Exercise

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to relieve stress, you really don’t have too far to look. Exercise is one of the best ways to get natural stress relief. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is either. Physical exercise has been proven to provide relief from anxiety and stress. It does it without any chemicals and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to do it. Getting a half hour of some form of exercise on a daily basis includes other benefits too such as more energy, improved mood, better sleep, and weight loss.   

Clean and Music

When you have a little bit of stress that you want to relieve, what better way to do it than to put on your favorite music and clean your house? This can actually be fun believe it or not. The music will lift your mood and give you energy (if you have the right kind on), and cleaning provides you with a physical activity that can take your mind off of what is stressing you for a while. Your home will get clean too which means that your environment will be more soothing to you. 

Aromatherapy

Wake up and get ready to smell the roses, grapefruit, lavender, or any of the other essential oils. Aromatherapy can be an amazing way to reduce anxiety and relax in an effort to improve your overall well being and health. There are all sorts of essential oils to choose from so you are sure to find just the right scents to send you on your way to relaxation bliss.

Stress Balls

You know you have seen them. The little balls you squeeze to relieve stress. Now, they make giant stress balls too. These are a must have for anyone who tends to get stressed a lot. It is just your standard foam ball used for stress. It is just bigger than the ones you might be used to. This means that it is great for squeezing as well as for pounding when you just get that urge to hit something. 

Visual Relaxation Anyone?

There is something called an Aduki ni Light. This has got to be one of the most relaxing things you can get… especially if you are into visual relaxation gadgets. When the light is not on, it appears to be a teardrop the size if your hand, and that is made from a material such as hematite or mercury. Then you turn it on and it will shine in a color that you choose or it will cycle through the color spectrum. This can be totally relaxing, especially if you are in a dark room.

Growing Pains

Are you feeling conflicted at the moment? Like you don’t understand yourself anymore?  One minute you seem to be happy and calm, the next you are blowing off in an angry rage?  Maybe you have fallen out with a friend recently and you aren’t sure what you have done.  

Growing up is so tough.  When you become a parent you tend to get lost in how tough parenting is and forget what it was like to be going through so many hormonal changes, experiencing your first heart breaks, the pressure to work hard at school.  Adults can pretty quickly dismiss the issues you are going through and can make you feel that something which matters to you is really small.  

They don’t mean it, it’s just that they have so many issues going on that in their mind, having a friend who has fallen out with you, is really not a big deal.  Compared with having to pay for the house, or losing your job.  The problem is though is that it is all relative.  You don’t have to deal with the problems your parents do, your time will come, so currently the problems you are experiencing matter as much to you, as the problems your parents face.  So don’t feel guilty, or that your problems and worries don’t matter.  Because they do.  Don’t be angry at your parents either, they don’t mean to forget what it was like being a teen.

So how can you help yourself through your teenage years?  Firstly there are some mind blowing self development books which you can read.  These could help you become more aware of who you are and help you to focus your mind on problem solving.  Which is going to help you a lot over the next few years.  Of course The Bible is the best self development book out there! There are other ways though, to get through your issues and help make peace with yourself.  So let’s take a look at a few.

Firstly, the sisterhood is really important.  Your female friends understand exactly what you are going through on a day to day basis.  No matter how good the boys are, they just won’t get the hormones.  Sorry girls.  The sisterhood is also important because you understand what it is like to feel most of the emotions other girls are going through.  You get that no matter what anyone says, you feel too fat or too skinny.  You know what it is like to stand in the dressing room and feel worried about getting changed.  You know how hard it is to walk past the confident girls, because even if you are seen as one of them, you aren’t really.  Not all the time.  

Stand by your fellow females.  Don’t judge them or make fun of them.  You need to build them up so if you see another girl struggling, go to her aid.  Don’t bully other girls and if you see another girl being bullied, stand up.  Always.  Do not be afraid.  Too many girls turn the other way because they don’t want to get involved.  Do get involved.  

Don’t ignore the boys though, yes we need to stick together but that shouldn’t mean standing up against men.  It means working with them.  We have a slightly easier time of it that boys because girls tend to talk their feelings over more.  So get with the boys and help them talk a little more too.  You will discover a lot more about yourself when you hear a boy talking about girls.  You might even realize what it is that matters to boys.  Because it certainly isn’t the things you worry about.

Understand your parents and talk to them.  You want their respect and honesty, so give them yours.  Yes, ok parents can be pretty uncool when it comes to some matters but the truth is, they have been through almost every single emotion you are going through.  It might be tough to bring up your innermost thoughts with your mum, but trust us, she is going to drop everything to help you.  You might have to be a little persistent.  Sometimes parents need to be really stopped and told “this is important” before they really acknowledge it.  Parents have buzzwords which will get their attention.  Such as ‘help’ and ‘I’m scared’ or ‘I really need you’ these phrases are unignorable by most moms and dads.  So think of them like a computer that needs programming. Say the right words and they will listen.

Whatever you are feeling, talking is always the best way forward.  So do it.  Talk and keep talking.

Save The Lost…The Game!

There are lots of fun games out there — but how many of them teach meaningful Christian principles?  Of those that do, how many are cool enough that kids and teens WANT to play them?  The obvious answer: “not many!”

That’s why we created Save the Lost.  It’s similar to classic outdoor games like Hide and Seek, Tag and Capture the Flag — but unlike those games, it’s played with specialty glowing lights.  LED Candles mark important boundaries. Players wear illuminated cross necklaces and flashing red bracelets.  The game’s objective revolves around one beautifully lit orb, called “The Light.”

This is not a “sit around and talk” kind of game.  This is a glow-in-the-dark adventure game, one that’s active, that calls for hiding, searching, running, even sneaking up on people!   It really is FUN — but it also teaches profound Christian principles.

Check out this video of the game in action:

Interested in learning more?

Visit the official website:

http://www.savethelostgame.com/

Or check out it out on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LX3WQ6X

All Work and No Play? No Way!

Life, whatever your age, is something that takes a lot of time and effort. It’s not until we are able to retire, or snatch a few days on a holiday, that we can truly sit back and think “hey, we’ve got this”. For those who are just getting to the end of their school career and are thinking about college, and even those who have done all of that and are trying to further their careers, there are things that can be done to both prepare you for and release you from the busyness of life.

Organize Your Schedule

Make sure that you know what you’re doing on a daily basis, and try to stay a couple of days ahead of yourself. That way you won’t burden yourself with taking on too much. Know your limits and try to understand what too much can be to you – whether this is an after-school club or volunteer work for example, if it is tiring you out too much to work effectively at anything else then you need to realise that this is something that needs cutting out. This is something that takes time and experience to master, so don’t expect that you’ll know exactly what you need and don’t need in your life – just go with the flow and see what works best for you.

Organize Your Food

You can’t get by on a busy lifestyle without the right sort of nutrition. If you aren’t feeding your body the foods it requires to give out a great performance, then you will see yourself lagging in several areas – whether this is not being fit enough to do your daily walk to school or losing concentration on whatever project you’re working on, your body needs a good nutritional diet, as explained on She Informed, to sustain a constant operating level. The best thing to do is compare yourself to a car and how much gas and maintenance it needs to keep itself going; it needs a lot more than just fuel and a service, it also needs water and oil and a whole host of other things to make sure it works to the best of its ability. Your body is completely the same.

Organize Your Fun

Don’t be so busy that you forget to take time out to have some fun. Make sure that you organise yourself enough that you have the time available to you to be able to go out and give yourself some freedom, but don’t feel like you have to hold back on doing anything other than work just because that’s what your schedule tells you. Follow the mottos of ‘work hard, play hard’ and ‘all work and no plays makes [insert name here] a dull person’ – they’re old but they really do hold a lot of powerful meaning. If you don’t de-stress once in a while, you won’t have the means and the focus to go on and keep doing as well as you’re doing … to achieve your potential.

Shine Like A Star At Your Prom By Treating It Like A Red Carpet Event

You’ve done it! School is almost over, and the world is your oyster. You may not know the results of your exams yet, but you can rest easy you’ve done everything you could to secure the grades you need. So, how can you celebrate? Prom is a good place to start. After your hard work, you deserve to enjoy a night of freedom and glamor. While you plan for your prom, it’s important to note that this is your chance to shine. Okay, it’s not a red carpet event, but it may as well be! That’s why you should treat yourself like a celeb. For this night, you can! To make the most of your night, it’s important you get to know all your options. That way, you can ensure everything is the way you want it!

THE RIGHT DRESS

When we think of prom, we think of the dresses. When else are you going to have a chance to wear a gown like the ones you can choose for prom? Make sure you look your best on the night by taking the time to consider a few different prom dresses. You may only wear it for one night, but this is one of the most important dresses you’ll buy! If you’re reluctant to spend the money, you could rent instead. That way, you can get the best dress for less cost! This could be an excellent way to get the dress you want. Or, you could take finishing your exams as an excuse to treat yourself. If anyone deserves a new dress, it’s you. If you’re struggling for inspiration, turn to the pros. Look at what the celebs are wearing. Look, too, at what’s on the catwalk. It may seem unlikely, but yellow is the hottest color of the season. One thing’s sure; a yellow dress will make you stand out!

THE ACCESSORIES + HAIR

To get the right look, think about more than your dress. Think, too, about your accessories and hair. After you’ve gone to the trouble of getting the perfect dress, it’s worth doing something new with your hair. Research some styles that will complement the dress you’ve chosen. If you have trouble mastering them, turn to online tutorials to teach you! Spare a thought to your accessories, too! Don’t let your dress go to waste by not accessorizing the way you should! Most importantly, you’ll need to choose the right shoes. Your shoes say a lot about you, so it’s important you get them right! You may want to go for heels, but don’t take the leap unless you feel confident! Remember that you’ll be dancing the night away. Don’t be afraid to choose flats instead! Think, too, about what handbag would look best. You don’t want anything too big, but you’ll need to carry your phone and keys! Take a look at clutch bags out there to see if any would suit. You don’t see anyone on the red carpet with a huge bag on their shoulder, do you?

THE TRAVEL

Once you’ve got your outfit ready, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get there. It doesn’t matter how good you look if you haven’t got a form of travel. This is your prom, so it fits you should arrive in style. You may not be driving to the Grammys, but treat it like you are! Look at fun ways other people have come at their proms. In keeping with the red carpet theme, consider hiring a limo. If you’re worried about the cost, take some friends along for the ride and split the cost between you. Or, you could go for something a little different. Why not hire an old style bus to take you all? Everyone will notice your arrival when traveling in one of these! Whatever option you choose, make sure there’s a touch of glamor to it! If you’re stuck for ideas, talk to your friends. They may have a plan you can get involved with.

THE PICTURES

Yes, you’re going to be enjoying yourself. Even so, it’s important to take pictures. This is an event you’ll want to remember, after all. In true red carpet style, there’s likely a photographer to take pictures as you arrive. Even so, you’ll want some pictures of your own! Put a camera in that clutch bag of yours, and make sure to remember it’s there! If you want to ensure the quality of your snaps, do a little research into how to take a good picture before you leave. You never know, you could develop a passion for it! Practice, too, taking pictures of yourself. It may sound strange, but you’re going to be taking selfies with your classmates. So, you want to ensure you get people in the frame! If it helps, invest in a selfie stick to get the shots you need. Bear in mind that it may be difficult to carry the stick around with you! You might be in a rush to get there on the night, but don’t forget the obligatory ‘before you leave’ pictures. Celebrity snaps won’t have anything on you! Remember, too, that this may be the last time you see a lot of your classmates. If people are leaving town after prom, make sure to get pictures with them. These are memories that you’ll come to cherish.

THE FUTURE….CAN WAIT

For the past few weeks, and maybe longer, your thoughts will have been consumed with picking a college. We all know what a stressful decision that can be. It may be easier said than done, but try to let the decision go on your prom night. Yes, the future is beckoning. Even so, it can wait one night. Take the chance to relax. Try to let go of all thoughts of the future. If you sit dwelling on your decisions all night, you’ll miss the prom. Not to mention that you’ll regret it. So go on, leave the future alone for the moment!

 

Health Anxiety 101: The Anxiety Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of

The vast majority of mental health conditions trigger before the age of 25. While some – such as schizophrenia – can manifest later in life, for most, they emerge towards the end of their teens.

This is problematic. It’s a time of life that is generally disruptive anyway, as teenagers try and figure out what they want from the world. Then they have to deal with the onset of what can often be a vicious mental health condition. This is, in no small part, why eating disorders are so prevalent among girls and young women.

You are likely familiar with the names of the most prevalent mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. However, there is a subset of the anxiety disorder category that is becoming more prevalent – Health Anxiety.

What Is Health Anxiety?

Health Anxiety is separate from the infamous hypochondria; when someone imagines themselves to be ill for attention. With Health Anxiety, the sufferer imagines themselves to be ill – but they don’t want attention. They don’t want to be ill; they’re terrified by the mere prospect. It is not malingering in the traditional sense; it’s a constant, all-consuming fear of illness, doctors, hospitals and medical tests.

Something as simple as a trip to the opticians is difficult for someone with Health Anxiety. They suffer fear that has physical manifestations, such as sweaty palms, shortness of breath and lightheadedness.

Those with Health Anxiety also tend to be consumed by a fear that they have a terrible illness. At this point, there are two subsets of the subset itself:

1) Reassurance Seekers. The reassurance seekers tend to visit their doctor often with a new perceived symptom, in desperate need of reassurance they are not suffering from a terrifying disease. They have more medical tests than normal. They will Google symptoms they experience in an attempt to alleviate the intrusive thoughts that they have no control over.

2) Avoiders. Avoiders are the exact opposite. They will not visit a medical professional if it can be avoided; they avoid anything on TV to do with medicine. This can often be to the detriment of their own health. They will, for example, miss routine eye tests for fear of what may come of them.

 

What Is Health Anxiety?

Health Anxiety is now being recognized as a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is best characterized in a nutshell as:

“A person suffers intrusive thoughts they cannot control. They then take actions to alleviate the disturbing thoughts and calm anxious feelings.”

In the standard OCD, those actions are the recognizable symptoms such as hand-washing. For people with Health Anxiety, their actions are likely to be visiting a medical professional or researching symptoms of diseases.

Why Can’t Health Anxiety Sufferers Just Get Over It?

The nature of intrusive thoughts is that they are intrusive; they are not invited. Health Anxiety is caused by brain chemistry being awry, the same way all mental illnesses are. Someone with Health Anxiety can no more “get over it” than a person with a broken leg can just walk on it. The cause is physical – the term “mental illness” is something of a misnomer.

A typical cycle of Health Anxiety goes as follows:

1) The initial trigger, such as navel pain, kicks off this cycle.

2) They seek reassurance from a doctor or leave the problem long enough for it to resolve itself.

3) They satisfy the initial trigger with the above; the pain disperses (or has a benign cause such as IBS, which is rectified) and they resume normal activity.

4) They are then triggered with an entirely new symptom, and the cycle begins again.

The length of the cycle depends on the individual concerned; it may take days, or it may be weeks. The whole while, they are anxious, distressed and terrified. It’s not something they have any control over – no one would invite these things.

How Is It Treated?

Treatments for OCD have some efficacy against Health Anxiety, but many sufferers have to formulate an individual plan that works for them. Options include:

Medication

SSRI drugs commonly used to treat depression can help alleviate mild symptoms. Earlier generic tricyclics such as Clomipramine can be helpful in more severe cases.

Talking Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is most often utilized for Health Anxiety, with varying degrees of success.

What Do I Do If I Think I Have Health Anxiety?

Talk to a doctor and explain your symptoms. Diagnosis can be tricky; you may find a doctor saying you are just malingering. You have to be careful to explain the anxiety and upset your thoughts are causing you. And never be afraid to get a second opinion. Health Anxiety is becoming more commonly recognized, so don’t miss out on the chance for assistance.

 

Lose the Weight!

Concerned about weight gain, I started trying to exercise more. Walking became a favorite way to exercise. Yet, I wasn’t losing the pounds. So why was I still overweight? I was disappointed that exercise alone had not solved my problem.  

Then during my quiet time, I read Hebrews 12:1 (KJV).

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

This confirmed my need to lose weight! Even the Bible said so! What contributes to weight gain? Eating too many calories! I needed a healthier diet. What a difference that made on my scale! With diligence, I started watching my weight go down.

But wait, Hebrews 12:1 isn’t about dieting. It’s about a life change.

When I was in high school, one of my acquaintances came to school high on drugs. She could barely make it up the stairs to the gym class. That’s when she asked for help from me and my best friend. As we were struggling to get her up the stairs she begged us not to do drugs ever. She told us how her drug use was ruining her life. That’s why she was so intent on making it to class. One more miss, and she would have been in trouble, possibly suspended.

I remembered hearing the rumors of her last drug overdose. She almost died. She told us while we struggled up the stairs that we were two of the nicest girls in school. She made us both promise not to ever get started on drug use. She didn’t want us to make her mistake. Of course we promised. That weight of drug addiction she carried around was a heavy burden. The damage to her body and her reputation could be repaired, but only if she could stay off drugs.

There are other weights that rob us of our joy and keep us from becoming who God created us to be. Unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking rob us of our money and health. Habits such as lying and cheating rob us of our credibility. There are personal habits that further demonstrate irresponsibility like being chronically late, spending all our money, or never keeping a promise.

Sin so easily captivates us because it seems harmless, but in the end it’s a destroyer. In the Bible, weight is something that keeps us from doing what is righteous in God’s eyes.  It holds us down; trapped, and miserable.

Hebrews 12:1 is encouraging to me because it is a reminder that weight is often something we carry around and don’t necessarily need. On our own, we can’t get rid of the weights that are ruining our lives. We need God’s help.

God changes lives when our trust is placed in Him and in His Word. Each of us can know for sure we will have a place with Him in Heaven if we will call upon His name and ask Him to save us. We can know for sure our sin is forgiven if we will confess it and turn away from it.  

We need to be changed! Let’s lose the weights that hold us back from being the people we were created to be!

For more information about getting right with God, check out this presentation at: http://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/steps-to-life/

Written by: Linda Hull

 

8 Fun Things To Help Kill Boredom At Home

When you’re bored at home and you can’t go out, or you can’t be bothered to go out, being able to kill boredom is key to not going stir crazy. If you need some inspiration, here are 8 fun things you can do to kill boredom at home. Take a look and see what you find:

Learn A Brand New Skill

Why not take this time at home to learn a brand new skill? There are so many ways you can do this, many of which are for free! You could take a look at tutorials on YouTube, sign up to SkillShare (they sometimes have a ridiculously cheap offer for 3 months membership and unlimited courses), or even use Udemy, where you pay per course. However, many courses on Udemy are free. You can learn just about anything you can think of; how to make jewelry, how to play an instrument, drawing, speaking another language – the list goes on!

Bake Some Sweet Stuff

The great thing about baking sweet stuff is that you can settle down with your cookies or cakes afterwards and indulge. You could decorate them in a really fun way and even give some to friends and family if you make lots of them and want to avoid a binge!

Binge Watch A Series/Films

Just because you don’t want to binge on cookies doesn’t mean you can’t binge on a series or some films! Apps like MovieBox APK are pretty good for this, but you’ll need to read a few reviews to make sure you find the right one for you. Many allow you to sync the programs you want to watch to other devices.

Try Some Upcycling

Upcycling is a super fun and creative way to bring life to an old piece of furniture. You could paint it a brand new colour, use stencils on it, add new hardware, and so much more. You could give it a subtle makeover or make it look completely different. There are tutorials online for this too if you need some help.

Write A Story

Do you come up with great ideas for stories but never do anything about them? Now’s your chance! Writing a story can help you to improve your writing skills, and you could even come up with something amazing. It’s up to you what you do with your story once you’re finished. You could share it on a site like Wattpad, where people read your stories chapter by chapter and give you feedback. People have even had offers from publishers this way! Just write, regardless of what you think it will turn out like.

Color Something In

Coloring isn’t just for kids. Adult coloring books can be really relaxing, almost like a form of meditation. If you don’t have a book, you could print something out.

Read Something

How about reading something? You could even try reading out loud if you have your family with you, and take it in turns to read chapters. People don’t do this enough these days, and it could be a great way for you all to enjoy a story together.

Make A Scrapbook

How about scrapbooking some of your favorite pictures and bits and bobs? You’ll be able to look back on your memories with a smile for years to come!

Chit Chatting with Pastor/Author Tabitha Caplinger

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing an amazing pastor, author, and overall wonderful woman, Tabitha Caplinger. She is the author of the TCO3 trilogy, which I cannot wait to read. Read on and hear her advice if you have walked away from God, her books, and what #LiveChosen means.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

T: I don’t want to just ramble out my standard bio, so…I’m a wife, mom, youth pastor, and author. I’m also a confessed TV addict. I spend most days in Tabitha Caplingermy pajamas, writing and drinking coffee. Also, I like to think I’m pretty awesome (I tend to think everyone is pretty awesome in their own way).

 

R: How did you decide to get into student ministry? What is the best thing about it?

T: My dad was a pastor. I’d like to say that I had this super inspiring calling experience, but in reality, I didn’t want to have anything to do with vocational ministry, so I pushed the idea of it out of my mind and ran away to a secular college for two semesters. God, being patient and gracious, kept speaking to my heart and showing me His purposes for my life. Eventually, I realized nothing outside of His will was going to make me happy and fulfilled, so I relented. The cool thing now is looking back and seeing how God redeemed those two semesters and is currently using them in my ministry (I was a creative writing major, though I had never once thought of being a writer prior to college. Now I’m a pastor and an author!).

 

R: You are also an ordained minister. How did that come about?

T: The moment I really yielded my will to God’s and began to walk out the call to student ministry, I knew I wanted to be credentialed as a minister–not for the title, but the training. I am ordained with the Assemblies of God. The classes involved in getting ordained are challenging, but they teach you so much about ministry and about God’s Word. I am also so thankful to be part of a fellowship that values women as equal so that I could become ordained. It was a super cool experience. My husband and I were ordained at the same time and my father surprised us by getting to be the minister who prayed over us at the service.

 

R: It is not easy being a teen. What advice would you give a teenager who has turned away from God and Jesus?

T: I would say to give Him another chance. I’ve been doing student ministry for a lot of years and those that started out with Jesus and turned away either went through something difficult and grew angry at God, or they never really had a personal relationship with Him to begin with (I’m not trying to cast everyone in general categories because our struggles and situations are all unique, but I think a lot boils down to these two arenas.). But while we may walk away from God, He never walks away from us. He is right there, waiting for us to just see Him, to reach out a hand for him. So give Him another chance, a real effort, ask Him to reveal Himself, to speak to you. I believe with all my heart that He will. And don’t confuse people with Jesus. Often we limit God by only seeing him in the light of other Christians. Look for Him, the real Him.

R: Tell us about your book The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline.

T: Basically, it’s some pretty cool and sassy girls who fight demons and are trying to save the world. There is also a stoic angel and pie.

 

R: How did you come up with the ideas for your books? What is your writing process? 

T: This book was a dream. That might sound clichéd, but it’s true. I woke up with this idea. Actually, it started with a vision of The Chronicle and the story just went from there. As for the writing process, I am an outliner first. My initial outlines are pretty broad and basic, and then as I go they get more specific. I do like to be flexible, though. More than once, my characters have gone off-script, and that has led to some of my favorite scenes.

 

R: Where can people get your books?

T: Amazon is a good place to start. Bloodline is available to order in both paperback and digital in other places online. You can even walk into your local bookstore and they can probably order it for you. I am waiting for the day it makes the Barnes & Noble shelves.

 

R: What advice do you have for someone who wanted to become a writer?

T: Write. Sit down and do the work. Even if you don’t have the whole book laid out, it’s okay–just start somewhere. Also, do your homework on the publishing and marketing process. There is a lot I have learned along the way that I wish I had known earlier. Writing the book is just the beginning.

 

R: Tell us about the book The Chronicle of the Three: Armor Bearer. When will this book be released?

T: Armor Bearer is the continuation of the TCO3 trilogy. It picks up a little while after Bloodline ends and we get to dive a little deeper into Claire’s history and Zoe’s present. Some new characters appear, too, which is always fun. And you don’t have to wait for it because Armor Bearer was released February 7, 2017!

R: Do you plan on writing more books?

T: Yes! I am finishing the third book in the TCO3 trilogy right now but I have two other book ideas that are swirling around in my brain. I can only focus on one story at a time, so as soon as Book Three is sent off to the publisher to get the process started, I will being outlining the next book, which I am really looking forward to.


R: Tell our readers about your blog.

T: My blog is like my brain, a little all over the place. I write about what’s on my mind that month. Some posts are funny and some are serious. Some are about writing or my books. Some are about my kids. Some are about Jesus. It’s a good way to get to know me because it’s just me, my thoughts on the page.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

T: This might be it! I get asked what my favorite type of pie is a lot…or how I like my tacos. Doing an interview in character as Claire from Bloodline, I (or she) was asked what shoes she was wearing.

 

R: What is #LiveChosen?

T: For over 15 years of youth ministry I have discipled young women. After writing Bloodline, I put together a devotional resource that is its companion, Daughters Arise. But I didn’t feel like it was enough. I want the stories I write to open conversations about our relationship with God. I was reading Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere one day and praying about how I could take the ministry part of all this one step further and #LiveChosen flashed in my mind. My TCO3 characters get branded with the word “chosen” after slaying their first demon. While we won’t slay any physical demons, we do have purpose–we are chosen. #LiveChosen is my initiative to help young women learn to live for their purpose on purpose. I have some resources on my website for girls and leaders and I have several #LiveChosen videos on my YouTube channel. (If you don’t mind watching me talk about Jesus in my kitchen or bedroom.)

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? Which ones and what are their address? Do you have an official website?

T: I am on all of them. Probably not really but a lot of them.

My website is tabithacaplinger.com and it links to all my social media.

 

R: Anything else you would like to add or say to your readers?

T: Just that you are chosen, powerful, loved, and never alone.

 

The Pecs Factor: Health And Exercise Information

With the amount of people telling us what is healthy and what isn’t, it can be totally confusing. One person is saying you need to eat loads of carbs to stay healthy, and the other person is saying that carbs are evil and you should have lots of fat. It doesn’t make it easy for you to decide what route to go down in terms of diet. There are, however, things you can do that are as old as time itself to help your body, exercise and sleep!  

The benefits of an active lifestyle have long been talked about, from increased blood flow to improving your heart to just plain feeling better in yourself.  There are many different things that people tout as a shortcut to weight loss, from special tablets that are potentially very dangerous to natural remedies like using lemon water. While squeezing lemon in a bit of water is very refreshing, lemon water is overrated and it is not as good a tool to weight loss as it was once thought to be. But when it comes to losing weight, it’s the cliché of move more and eat less. This doesn’t give you license to eat an apple and go for a 5-mile run! In fact, if you don’t eat enough, your body goes into “starvation mode.” The trick is to strike a right balance. The thing about exercise is that it doesn’t have to be the chore everyone thinks it is. If you think it’s going to be difficult, believe me, it’s going to be difficult! But by choosing an exercise that you enjoy, that is half the battle. Pick a high-intensity sport that you can play with a friend, like squash. You will get the exercise you need, plus it’s fun!

A lot of people think exercise has to be punishing and “no pain, no gain” is the best thing to do to your body. In fact, rest and recuperation are as important to building muscle or losing weight as the exercise itself, this is where sleep comes into play. The benefits of sleep are numerous, but we seem to think of sleep as a thing of weakness. A lot of people go to work on little sleep, thinking that they just need to power through. However, those people are doing a lot of damage to their bodies! Not only does your body need proper sleep to recover after a gym session so your muscles can recover (it is more important than consuming loads of protein!) but it is also good for your mind. Your brain does all of its processing during sleep, so you need to make sure that you get the right amount of sleep to feel recovered. This doesn’t mean you can sleep for 12 hours a day! Too much sleep is as dangerous as too little sleep, and if you are sleeping for an excessive amount of hours, you may need to check if you have a deficiency in a key mineral like iron.

Sleep and exercise are what we need to build our bodies properly. Combined with a good diet, you will be completely fighting fit!