20 Motivational Quotes for Successful Women

20 Motivational Quotes for Successful Women

Words are powerful. They can either start wars and cut like a knife OR they can encourage and inspire someone—catapulting them towards success.  Here are twenty motivational quotes for successful women. We have all been there. We have a passion or idea and the people we choose to be around can either douse the fire that burns within with water or throw some gasoline on it. We should all strive to be—and be around—the ones holding the proverbial gasoline. If you are like me, you LOVE quotes. I hope these ignite your fire, motivating you to strive for greatness as you fiercely pursue your dreams and goals: “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure and our ability to get back up, dust ourselves off and say— ‘Is that all you’ve got, world? Because I’m NOT GIVING UP!’” – Unknown “Do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey “Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.” – Unknown “You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.” – Tyra Banks “Small minds can’t comprehend big spirits. To be great, you have to be willing to be mocked, hated, and misunderstood. Stay strong.” – Unknown “I can be changed by what happens to me; but I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou “Move on from what hurt you, never forgetting what it taught you. Through mistakes we become stronger. We become wiser.” – Unknown “Character cannot be developed in...
3 Low-Calorie Desserts to Bring to the Summer Cookout

3 Low-Calorie Desserts to Bring to the Summer Cookout

Summer-time means a lot of things—school’s out, road trips, pools open…and cookouts! Here are 3 low-calorie desserts to bring to the next summer cookout. Banana/Oatmeal/Chocolate Chip Cookies The Specs (per serving): 138 Cal., 8g Fat, 2g Protein, 16g Carb., 1g Fiber, 0 Chol, 1mg Iron, 114mg Sodium, 16mg Calcium 10 min prep; 25 min cook   What you need: 1 cup                     oat flour 3/4 cup                 old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 teaspoon       baking powder 1/3 teaspoon       baking soda 1/2 teaspoon       salt 1/2 cup                 raw sugar 1/3 cup                 canola oil 1/3 cup                 plain soy milk 1/2 teaspoon       vanilla extract 1/2                        ripe banana (cut into small pieces) 1/4 cup                 chopped walnuts (or another favorite nut) 1/3 cup                 semisweet vegan chocolate chips   Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and raw sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, soy milk, and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Fold in banana, walnuts, and chocolate chips.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop dough and place on pan. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.   Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies The Specs (per serving): 127 Cal., 6.7g Fat, 2.9g Protein, 14.1g Carb, .1g Fiber, 25mg Chol, 107mg Sodium   What you need: 3/4 cup                                sugar 1/4 cup  + 2 tablespoons   reduced-calorie stick margarine (softened) *TIP* Don’t use tub margarine because those contain                                                 water, which will make the brownies gummy. 1                                           large egg 1                                           large egg...
THE POWER OF POSITIVE VIBES

THE POWER OF POSITIVE VIBES

Have you ever thought about the power of positive vibes? For instance, how many times have you been in the best mood, but after being around a constant complainer, you thought afterwards, “I kinda want that time back”? On the other hand, there is just something about a person who is uplifting, right? A person who seems to have a perpetual smile and contagious laugh exudes confidence and magnetism. Most of us would gravitate towards them hoping some of that rubs off on us. We know that when we are in good spirits we feel better about ourselves and life in general. Our environment and what we let into our lives have influence. When around negativity, aggression and pessimism, we tend to mimic that behavior. I have seen some who refuse to let anyone “rain on their parade”, but for the most part, the rest of us don’t get by that easy. It can be draining. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not referring to a positive person as someone who ignores all seriousness of life, lives in a bubble made of rainbows and sunshine and puts on a mask with a painted-on smile; and on the other hand, I am not referring to a pessimist as someone who is affected by situational sadness brought on by a legitimate life circumstance. In addition to surrounding ourselves with negative people, being overly critical of ourselves can have a damaging impact. That negative self-chatter can hold us down. So, the more we can think positive overall and surround ourselves with people that are the same, the more fulfilling our lives...
8 Fun Things to Do This Summer on a Budget

8 Fun Things to Do This Summer on a Budget

Summer is almost officially here, but you don’t need a bunch of cash to have fun. Here are 10 fun things to do this summer on a budget. Go for some time in the water. Visit a lake for swimming and relaxing at the sandy beaches or drop by the pool for a way to stay cool this summer. Plan an Urban Grab your bestie or a group together for an “amazing-race” type of scavenger hunt. Get out to the Dive-In movies. (ß Yeah, that’s not a typo!) Forest Park Pool has monthly outdoor movie showings all summer long. Take a dip while you watch! Soak up a summer concert or two. Every Friday in June, Sunset Sessions in the Grove brings local musicians from 6pm—8pm for your listening pleasure at no cost to you. Hit a bike trail. Take advantage of the 40-mile long bike trails of Trinity Trails, and enjoy some of nature’s finest offerings! Enjoy some cool treats. Whether you are a fan of Ice Cream, Frozen Custard or popsicles—cool off with a sweet treat. Visit the library. There are free exhibits throughout the summer to check out while taking a break from the heat. Have a picnic in the park. A picnic at the Airfield Falls Park and a walk along the Trinity Trails at the Airfield Falls is a great way to enjoy a fun summer day. Have fun, be safe and enjoy!...
5 Keys to Safe Swimming Success

5 Keys to Safe Swimming Success

Before you spend too much time in the pool, make sure to read our 5 keys to safe swimming success. These tips are going to sound a little scary, so I apologize for that; however, it is better to be scared by information that will help you, rather than a scary situation where you are not prepared—am I right? Having said that, here are ways to have a successful swim. Avoid undesignated or unauthorized swim areas. If there isn’t a lifeguard present (or a responsible adult), don’t swim. Pay attention to weather & warning signs. If there is a sign that says, “No Diving”—Don’t dive; A sign that says, “No Running”—Don’t run; “No Swimming”—Don’t swim! I think you get the point. Also, watch for bad weather. Lightening can strike anywhere. Protect your skin. Apply SPF 15 or higher before going out and reapply every couple of hours while outside. Avoid drugs or alcohol. Obviously, drugs and alcohol impair judgment and rational decision-making ability. Do not add these factors into your swimming habits.  The two together will increase the risk of having an accident. Learn how to swim. This is a given, right? But for those who never plan on getting in deep water—they may not even think about it. Knowing the basics of swimming, such as floating on your back, is instrumental to safe swimming. It’s more educational than scary really, but it pays to know ahead of time. Find out more about swim safety in your area. Have fun and play it safe while in and around water!...
Tips to Preventing Skin Cancer

Tips to Preventing Skin Cancer

More sun and increased time spent outdoors can mean more risks for skin cancer. May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, so there is no better time to cover tips for preventing skin cancer. Who doesn’t love a bright, sunny day? I’m sure there is a scientific reason why we feel better and happier when the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky. However, while the sun seems to be good for our minds and spirit, it can also be a danger to our bodies if we’re not careful. Here are some tips to play it safe while enjoying the sun-filled days: If you are planning to be outdoors, always apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out—even on cloudy days. It is recommended to use sunscreen which has a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 30. Reapply water or sweat-proof sunscreen every 2 hours if sweating or swimming. Cover up. Wearing protective clothing, hat and sunglasses will provide an extra layer of protection between UV rays and your skin. Don’t burn. It is reported that a Melanoma risk significantly increase after sunburns. Seek shade. If you are not able to limit time outdoors between 10 am and 3 pm, stay in shaded areas if possible. Between those times is when the UV rays are strongest. Don’t use tanning beds. If you’re looking for a golden glow, check out a sunless, self-tan spray. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. are linked to indoor tanning and the risk for skin cancer is...