January Focus: Minutes in Motion

Hi, guys!  Welcome to 20-12 and to your new year of being a Productive Creative!

This year, we are going to have one focus a month to develop our new habits that will help us stay focused, healthier, and more prosperous.  Are you ready??

January is our Minutes in Motion Month.

We're going to make it our focus to log our Minutes in Motion to help keep our hearts pumping, to keep our muscles challenged, and to build new brain cells for our projects!  All you have to do is commit to doing a minimum of movement every day and you'll see the benefits of exercise start to work on you. (The goal is 15minutes, but if you're a noob, it's ok...DO WHAT YOU CAN.)

If exercise isn't in your genes, it'll take a little more pushing to get you on the train, but I promise that, if you commit to it and do it, you'll eventually come to love it.

We're all busy peeps.  So we have to maneuver our schedules to fit in fitness.  The time to do it isn't going to magically appear.  In fact, if it's something we don't want to do, the time will never seem right to do it.  We have to push.

For some people writing in their dayplanner works wonders, if you are one of those.  Do It Now.  Schedule 15 Minutes in Motion every day for the month of January.  Try scheduling it at different times so you can see when the best time is for you.

I can't put a time on things with three little ones around, but if I just jot it in my calendar, it becomes a daily goal.  So, when I glance at it in the morning and before bed, I'll be able to set my vision for the next day.

But, that's what works for me.

I also have a little Productive Creative Journal that you can use to log your time, your daily goals, and your food in to help you keep track of what you've done.  (You just need to sign up for the blog to get it.) :)

Do whatever you have to do to ensure that you are logging your Minutes in Motion every day for the month of January.

After you have done this for 31 days, you'll be a proud owner of a new habit that'll help you become healthier and more focused.  That focus (along with those new brain cells you've created) will be what helps you to hit the ground running every day and get your shipments out to your customers.

When you can focus, you can provide them with the Purple Cow (not an affiliate link) they are looking for.  THAT'S what makes you the bomb at what you do.

Get up.  Get moving.  Get shipping.

(And don't forget to log it.)

Join me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+ for daily inspirations to stay on track...that and just to hang out because I love that, too.  Also, sign up for the blog (to the right) and I'll send you a PC Journal to help you with your journey.

Thanks for reading!  (Oh, if you enjoyed this post, I'd also love it if you'd share it).  :)

Have a beautiful and PC day!



New Year, New You...and me!

Well, it's the time of year that you find blog posts populating the sphere about the new year and the reflections that come with the passing of old friends.   Usually, I flow against the current, but I find myself waxing nostalgic and wanting to recognize my efforts this year, put forth my goals for next year, and find out what yours are. 

This year, for me, has been grand.  While not in the manner of Sean Platt and Patti Larsen, but in a manner that says maybe next year will be my year to do what they did.

This year, I started two businesses and watched one of them flop while the other is blossoming in its own slow growing way.  I made decisions about what I want from my newly found career and I'm taking steps to make them happen.  I started three books.  And I survived my oldest baby going off to kindergarten...(I didn't think that was possible, but I managed it).

For all of you, I appreciate your support in your reading and commenting on this quiet little blog--more than you know.  While I am probably number 155.9999999 millionth in the sphere of 156 million blogs, I am sooo happy to be here.  And when I see a new subscriber or someone RT my musings on Twitter, that little bit of fuel goes a long way.  And I thank you:) 

Next year, I plan on burning the whole building down. 

My goals for the end of this year is to finish one eBook for this site on...drum roll, please...the effects of health on productivity:) And I am setting a blogging schedule and my cornerstone content for next year.  Twice a week, I will post information to help keep you moving toward your productivity goals by staying healthy and fit in a world moving at the speed of information.  I also hope to get into posting a Friday Flash each week. (Totally off-topic, but I love to do it).

This blog has evolved since I started in April from chaos to order and now into Health and Productivity.  I feel at home in this space now.  And I'm excited to be able to help others and do something I know and love.

My goal is to focus on fitness and whole nutrition for maximum quality from the Productive Creative that you are. 

In addition, Mr. Seth Godin has inspired me to prune the following.  So this year, I'll follow those whose tribes speak to me and I hope to attract an audience who would like to be part of my tribe.  Noise is no good if you are not being heard.  And while Twitter is about the numbers, if your numbers are not responding to your messages, then they're getting nothing from you.  And vice versa.  Advertising is no longer an option...this world's market is about PR.  And I want to help you be the best at what you matter what THAT is. 

So come on 2012!!  We're ready to get on the road! 

What are your goals, career and otherwise??  What would you like to see from me that will help you? move forward?

I love to learn what makes you tick...come hang out with me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+!  If you want to get your game together for next year, join me by subscribing and I will deliver posts straight to your inbox as they are published.  (Don't worry.  If you find I am not serving you, you can unsubscribe at any time...and I won't sell or share your info) go ahead, click the button with the envelope and sign up today!


If you haven't already, please stop by to take (and share if you are so inclined) a VERY short survey (5 questions) to help me focus my efforts for you next year.  I want you to be the best and I want to know where I can help you most with your health and fitness and productivity goals:)  Thanks, in advance!


Photo Credit: Nevit Dilmen (Wikimedia Commons) 



The Alchemy of Success

Once upon a time, the airwaves were flooded with the next magic pill to make people lose weight.  People bought them.  People fell for the nonsense…I was one of them. 

After many years of riding that roller coaster, it has finally become apparent to the masses that those gimmicks are just that. 

So what do you need to achieve?

You need the magic potion that I have for you.  Pay careful attention.  I am going to give you the recipe that you need to succeed.  Not just at weight loss, but at life.


Got your pen?


Here we go:

You need the following:

  • Belief
  • Love
  • Intention
  • Vision

Brew those things together and you have the winning combination of ingredients required to make the most of your life. 

Belief in yourself.  Love of yourself.  Soulful intention.  And your mind’s eye view of you doing what you do

That’s it. No pills.  No scams.  No silly gimmicks.  Listening to yourself and loving yourself leads you to success in every aspect of your life.  Your body, mind and soul know what you need.  All  you have to do is listen and obey. 

Easy, huh? 

If it isn’t, we’ll talk about why it isn’t as easy as it sounds next time. 

And in case you are a bald eagle hovering over this site, reading…fitness isn’t about the numbers :)

Drop me a line and let me know what key ingredient you are missing from your Success Recipe.  Thanks for hanging out and reading my wall...let's get together on Twitter and Facebook, too! 

 © Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

Visualize your world to materialize your goals

When we start on a journey, without a destination in mind, we find ourselves lost.  Any activity we undertake is that journey.  By seeing what we want in our mind’s eye, we see the changes that we need to make so we can make our goals our realities. Map it out

Just as we would map out our stops and routes on a road trip, we have to map out our writing journeys, our parenting trips, or even our fitness adventures.  Imprinting the visual image of our accomplishments imprints our maps in our heads.  Carrying this imprint internalizes our intention, as well!

Imprint your vision

When we visualize to materialize, our intentions are internalized and the Law of Attraction is put to work automatically.  We know that intentions have to come from the heart, otherwise they are mere words soon forgotten.  Setting the image in our minds of our end result and what we need to do to get there makes it second nature.  We will then act the way that is necessary to bring us success. 

If we want to be successful writers, we have to envision ourselves in all of our glory.  We can visualize ourselves in that life and what we are doing, how we are acting, and how we handle our business.  The same goes for any occupation or goal.  Suppose we want to be super fit and healthy.  We have to visualize ourselves as such.  We have to see ourselves making decisions that lead to accomplishing that goal. 

Live that life

Use those visualizations and imprints to guide your decisions in taking steps toward your goals.  If you visualize yourself as a successful entrepreneur, refer to your visualized results and ask yourself is this decision one that your successful self would make?  With fitness, we ask ourselves before we delve into that pint of ice cream if it will help achieve our super fit visualization of us. 


What are your goals? See yourself living them.  How do you act?  What do you differently in that image than you do now? 

 Image Credit: nicolasnova via Flickr

Come and hang out with me on Twitter and Facebook...let's achieve our goals together!

© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

Moving it

As writers, we need to move.  We have to pry ourselves from the comfort of our laptops and force ourselves to move in order to stay healthy.  Since becoming an official "writer," I have seen my thighs turn to mush.  Not a pretty sight.  I was once fit and tone (ok, that was BEFORE the kids), but I have gotten even mushier since the winter.

I challenge myself and you to face the challenges with me that come up as we move through the motions of our days struggling to create  bodies of work that people want to share with us. 

Our projects (be they writing, raising our children, whatever they are) and life, in general, are more fun when we are in the best shape we can be to enjoy them. 

Ordering our cosmos is about bringing together all the pieces of our lives into one focus...let's enjoy our lives and all of their parts by making ourselves healthy and ENJOYING it together! 

Join my Facebook and Twitter communities and take this challenge with me!  Don't forget to subscribe to the blog to get updates in your inbox...IF, of course, you want to continue this journey together!

Much love to you all! :)

© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011


Using the Law of Attraction and Intention to Create Your Reality

The Law of Attraction is simple: Like attracts like.  Whether good or bad. 

If we want to attract good, the decision is ultimately ours. 

What kind of like are you attracting?

How we talk is a manifestation of what we think.  How we act is a manifestation of how we talk.  Why not think, talk, and act successfully? (Success is relative, of course, but I love Ralph Waldo Emerson's definition to the left :) )

Belief is the basis for what we think

If we believe that we are rock stars, we think, talk, and act as rock stars.  If we believe that we are unworthy of status, we elicit behaviors that sabotage our attempts at success.

We are manifestations of our beliefs. 

That’s great as long as we believe in the true Soul that we are and not in our own skewed vision of Self.  

Does Self stand in our way?

With writing, I often find my Self throwing up resistance (in the form of procrastination by spending too much time on Twitter, my Google Reader, Facebook, etc :) ) at every peek at success(i.e. finishing a piece or making headway on the novel) Self is my roadblock.

If beliefs are aligned with the reality of Soul, then Self will not get in the way. 

Can we change our beliefs?  Yes, by changing what we say and reversing the order of the manifestations mentioned above. 

Is it easy?

No.  It isn’t easy, but if we are MINDFUL, if we are living INTENTIONally , then we set a course to rewire our hard drives to think in ways that bring about positive change and attract the results we want. 

Jane Roberts says, “You create your own reality.”

Our thinking dictates our environment

If we want change, we have to create that change. 

We have to define Self (who are we?).  Connect our dots(bring all of our roles to an intersecting point).  Connect to Other (family, friends, etc), in order to complete the image of our reality that we want to bring about. 

We all have strengths.  We all have gifts.  We have to listen to Soul and recognize those strengths and gifts.  Use positive Self Talk that we may or may not hear consciously (oftentimes, our actions manifest our beliefs more loudly than our words do, but that is another post :) ). 

Listen to Soul.  Define who you are.  Consider your reality.  Create it. 

Transform your chaos and order your cosmos by seeing Self for its beauty, defining the reality you want, and setting your INTENTION for positive bounty through the Law of Attraction. 

What are your  Soul gifts?  How can you set your intention to make your reality the best reality it can be? 

Thanks for visiting my home on the web :)

© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

Mindfulness and Optimum Nutrition

After returning from a week away, which translated to a week of eating out and running on empty, this body is tired and worn down.  Brain functionality is minimal.  Mindful living escapes me. Proof that food is fuel.

We are all raised hearing, "You are what you eat."  Yet, there is little of that remembered or practiced.  In case we need a mini lesson on cell biology (really trying to suppress the teacher here, but...), our bodies are made of cells which are made of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and water.  All the things we find in food.  Why is that?  *scratches head* Um, duh.  Well, because food is what our body uses to make new cells and repair old cells and it is what is converted into energy for us to move and grow.  It is our power source.  I know you know this, so forgive the reiteration, please. :)


Did I mention aspartame, caffeine, or sodium nitrite in that short list of what our bodies need?  No.  Nowhere is it said that we need preservatives and additives to function.  In fact, these chemicals SLOW down your body's efficiency making you feel sluggish and droopy.  This is Chemical Body. 

However, when you pump that super efficient energy machine with whole, raw, healthful food and water, then you have just transformed into the finely tuned Chevy Camaro Wholesome Body instead of the broken down '57 Chevy Chemical Body.  And water?  Did I mention water? You know that clear stuff that runs from our filtered faucets?  That is GOLD.  Be mindful the next time you lift your glass and FEEL the water as it becomes part of you.

It all comes down to: The choice is ours.  It is up to us to choose to feel good.  To choose to feel like the Hot Rod Chevy Camaro.  (Speaking of  Hot Rod, did you happen to know that good nutrition boosts our energy, boosts our immune systems, and boosts our libido?  Yes, that too.)  But, we can't wait until we are older to start taking care of ourselves.  We have to start now and if you happen to be raising children, it is of the utmost importance that they are allowed this clean start. 

Raw, whole, healthful foods and water are the keys to good health and good nutrition, the prime components of transforming chaos into cosmos.  We are here to connect our dots.  To bring together our Facets of Self.  Without smoothly running machines and engines, we cannot hear clearly what Soul is trying to tell us in order to connect these planes together.  When Mind is crystal and Body is well, Soul rejoices and shows you the way to its peace. 

Listen to your body.  Feed and nurture it as though it were an infant.  Mindfulness requires clarity of thought.  Make super nutritional choices and transform chaos into cosmos.

Mindful Living

Credit: quinet via FlickrAs I write to you this evening, I am blessed enough to be sitting outside listening to the cricket's chirp, the cars pass, and feeling the breeze blow.  I am mindful of the deeply satisfying place that I am in.  I have slowed down enough to see it and to appreciate it.  (This is a rare occasion, by the way:).)  That is what mindfulness is all about.  It is about slowing down and paying attention.  Mindfulness is a deeply rooted tradition adapted from Buddhism. When you run through life on auto-pilot, as most of us do, it is impossible to give the attention to Self that is needed. Part of bringing order to a chaotic mind or life is about being aware. Aware of Self and Needs of Self. You cannot bring about order if you do not know the nature of the chaos or the ends that you intend to accomplish.

As a mother, as a father, as a daughter, as a son, as a person, we all have roles to play and ordering chaos means you have to know what makes you happy and brings you joy and living that life congruent to others. However, once you know what makes you happy, you have to slow down to enjoy it. To appreciate it. To feel the full effect of it.

As you become aware in those moments, start to recognize the other, maybe not so dramatic, moments. When you rush through breakfast, you miss out not only a better means of digestion, but you miss out on the details. You don't relish them. Life flies by.

When we are younger, we wish to be older and think that our time will never come. When we are older, we wish to be young again and waste the years that we do have left in a dream state rather than a here and now state. When you miss the now, you miss the how. How was that breakfast? How was that coffee break? Wow, it went by so fast you don't even know if you enjoyed it or not. You missed the now and the how.

You didn't see it because you were in a hurry; living mindlessly not mindfully. You were not in the now. The moment you have now is the only moment that you have. Live it and appreciate the beauty in it and in every moment by being mindful.

Be mindful of your feelings and your actions. Be mindful of your surroundings. Be mindful of your intention. When you slow down and live mindfully, you appreciate all that you have been given because you see things in a new light. You see beauty in the mundane. Your soul is satisfied because it partakes in your life rather than sitting on the sidelines.

Maybe you jumped out of bed this morning and jumped right to it; without even thinking about what you were doing. Turn off the auto-pilot and turn on the mindfulness. Go through your day seeing each moment for its true value.  Your soul will delight in its new eyes and will fill you with satisfaction; thereby bringing order to one facet of your chaos.

At what times are you living mindfully?  What can you do to bring that mindfulness to the rest of your life?  I love to hear from you!  Feel free to answer those questions or leave comments below!  Thank you for visiting my corner of the web!

© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

Saving Money, Saving You

If you don't know me yet, I am tenacious.  Maybe too much so, but that is another story.  Anywho, I continue to stand atop my soapbox to delve a little deeper into crushing the bane of our existence and allowing ourselves to flourish.   

In the last episode, I touched on how we like to use time as a REASON (see, I didn't say "excuse") for our drive thru visits, calls to  the pizza delivery, or serving premade mess.  Now, you know what is next...your wallet.

Is it cheaper??

Let's talk about how much money you just spent at the drive to make yourself less healthy. A meal these days is anywhere between $4(the uber low quality and usually a kid's meal) and $6 (the one hiding under the title "healthy choice" or its the supersized behemoth that comes with a bucket of transfat and enough liquid to drown a horse). Multiply it times 4 (or more if you have more than the average 2.5 kids) and you have a minimum of $16 that you spent to make yourself less healthy that will accumulate into medical bills later on. However, is it likely that you ONLY spent $16? Doubtful. You probably didn't spend less that $20. And for that you could have made a meal and had leftovers for second or you could have had enough for two different meals. If we are talking convenience, then see how much you could have spent on veggies to take with you instead.

Now, this is taking into consideration the cheap drive thrus like the national chains that I won't mention, but that you are already friends with. What about the high-end ones that pretend to have higher quality foods? I guarantee that your home cooked meals are still healthier than the healthiest chains. Your food is fresh. Your food has not been sitting on the shelf or in the refrigerator for weeks, full of preservatives to make them last that long. Assuming, of course, that you are shopping the perimeter of your grocery for the bulk of your items and NOT buying premade/prepackaged/frozen/canned foods. You aren't, right?? Please say you aren't.

Yet, let's go back to the all important bottom line: Your wallet.

Yes, your grocery bill is going to go up, but your eat-out bill is going to go down. Shop the farmer's and side markets for the fresh fruits and veggies of the season. Look for the sales. Be diligent. Your health and your children's health is at stake. Your wallet is going to have to dish out dollars for meds, doctor visits, and hospital stays by staying in the drive thru line. 

When we buy in-season fruits and veggies, we spend less than we would if were buying imported out of season produce.  Or if you are feeling REALLY energetic, try growing your own!  Talk about savings. 

I said the bottom line was your wallet, but it really isn't. 

The bottom line is your health.  When you ingest chemicals in the form of preservatives, additives, or pesticides, you are assimilating them into who you are.  You've always heard that you are what you eat, right?  Well, no more true statement can describe what is going on inside you when you when it comes to why not make yourself and your family priority and take the steps that you need to take in order to build the best you and the best family that you can?  Your bodies, brains, and babes will thank you for it. 


What do you believe you spend on non-homemade food?  I would love to hear your argument for/against freshly prepared meals in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

  © Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

Continuing the Bane

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In the first Bane post, I introduced you to the concept that, due to our environment, we are the bane of our own existence.  Well, I am not finished yet. We are  just beginning to ascend Iceberg B-15.  I touched on the "why" that we get caught up in eating poor quality foods.  SO, let's dig into that a little deeper. 


How many of us use the excuse that "I don't have time to cook" in order to justify a trip to the drive thru or a call to the pizza delivery guy? How many times have you fed yourself, your family, your children this way for the sake of a few minutes? Is the damage that we do to their bodies (and our own) worth the time that it saved? You did not do yourself or your child any favors. What would have been helpful would have been to pack a couple a sandwiches (not luncheon meat!) before you left home. Or, better yet, packed some fresh veggies or nuts to nibble on .

Does it really matter?  Yes. It does. 

Let's talk about anatomy and physiology for a moment. Why do we eat? We eat to fuel our bodies, right? It follows that our bodies break down that food that we eat to use it make new cells, to repair old cells, to heal our tissues, and to give us energy. But what is IN that drive thru meal that you just fed yourself and your kids? Was it food? Have you LOOKED at those chicken nuggets that you ordered? Did you see anything that resembled a chicken that you would have cut and batter and OVEN-fried at home? No. It does not. And it doesn't because it isn't chicken. Well, it was originally chicken, but to make it last longer and make it taste good, chemicals and preservatives are added. Then, it is pushed through a nasty grinder to smash it all together. Your child just ate those nuggets and her tummy is breaking it down and assimilating those chemicals and preservatives into her core.  Looking a little pekid, are you? 

Think they were worth the few minutes that you saved now?  Not only is the drive thru NOT a healthy choice, it is a dangerous choice.

Let's look at what we could have done instead:  Planned ahead.

We could have planned ahead of time. I know, I know. You are working a full-time job and taking care of your home and family, too. I feel you. I understand. BUT, I contend that with one day to plan and one day to cook and prepare you can have healthful choices on hand and ready to eat, jut like the drive thru, but healthier. And cheaper (another post).

What can you do to  make change easier?

  • Make a list of all the processed foods that you buy.  See what is negotiable.  Again, I need the baker because I cannot make bread for the life of me...I'v tried.  But, I don't need chips. 
  • If you are buying prepackaged foods, make a list of the ones your family loves and find their WHOLESOME versions and practice those recipes. 
  • Find what fruits and veggies your family loves and keep them on hand.  Prepare a bag of goodies (fresh, wholesome ones) ahead of time, when you walk out the door, grab it.  Nuts travel VERY well.   

You have your assignment for the next few days.  This takes time to work on, but your health and the health of your family is worth it. Busy parents/people find a few minutes to turn off the TV and make your will be glad you did.


In summary, planning ahead and buying wholesome foods helps you be prepared when you are on the go. 

What are your thoughts on the drive thrus/fast food joints and the state of nutrition where you live?  What would you like to change in your home?  I love hearing from you.  Please leave your comments below...Oh, let me know how your assignment is going!


© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

The Bane of Our Existence

The bane of our existence is our existence. 

In Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch, she purports that our ailments and sufferings are due to our lifestyles and through changing lifestyle, diet and stress management we can heal ourselves and prevent disease.  Firstly, let me say, this book is not about menopausal women as the word "hormones" elicits.  The book is geared toward women, young and old.  However, it is my contention that men, too, suffering from things like depression benefit from the same changes. 

Ayurvedic medicines and Traditional Chinese Medicine are based in preventing health issues, not merely treating them.  Thus, they focus on taking care of the bodies in which we live by honoring them with proper diet and nutrition, proper sleep, and strong stress management skills.  While I firmly believe this, our environment is in no way accessory to living this way.  Thus, the bane of our existence is our very existence.  We have to change our way of life in order to reap its benefits.

Dr. Welch quotes the numbers on how much money is spent on health care here in the West.  She cites that the bulk of these dollars are spent on treating, rather than preventing.  How does $2.1 TRILLION sound?  95% of that was to cure ailments, not prevent them.  What if we focused on mindful living, making choices that were good for our bodies, rather than our wallet or schedule?

 The grocers are do not make our shopping trips conducive to whole, fresh food kitchens.  They push the pre-done mess with a vengeance.  Then, they mark up the organics, which, by the way, is what you should be buying when you buy whole, fresh foods to cook.  Otherwise, you are feeding you and your family pesticides.  Our society does not promote healthful, wholesome living.  We are brainwashed (strong word, but it isn't too far from the truth) into thinking that we don't have time for this.  We don't have time for that.  We are so busy that we HAVE to order pizza or we NEED those frozen dinners. 

You don't.  Really.  You. Don't. 

Plan.  Shop.  Cook.  You can be free of the chains of the drive thru and be queen or king of your home, your health, and your children's health.  By the way, with two people in the home working, there isn't any reason why both parties can't contribute to this endeavor. 

There is a growing movement in this country toward homesteading and living naturally.  It is the adult generations answer to healing the damage that is already our environment and to our bodies.  If that is an option for you, great.  I applaud you.  Really.  I can't slaughter my own meat.  I need the grocer, but I need him to provide organics.  For those not yet on the natural living bandwagon, now is the time to step in and stop damaging your bodies and start healing them.

Investigate the best food choices for your children and yourselves and follow through. 

When you fuel your body with wholesome, natural foods, your family will feel better.  You will be healthier.  And hopefully, able to manage your stress better because you are equipping your body in the way that it was intended to be fuelled. 

Don't fall for the ruse of the advertisers, the health care industry, and *ahem* the government.  Educate yourself.  Think.  Act. Be healthy.



Ok, I know some of you are swearing at me after this post.  This is the first in a series (sorry :)).  But I feel with you.  Making change isn't easy, but it can be done.  So what are you doing that you could change to improve your family's health?  Leave me your words and rotten tomatoes in the comments!  :)

© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011