Eating a salad for lunch? Here’s how to make your good decision into a great one: Choose nutrient-rich greens.
Fill your plate with lettuce mixes that include power house greens such as spinach, kale, arugula, green leaf, red leaf, chard, radicchio, mizuna, or romaine. These provide a ridiculous amount of vitamins (specifically A and K) and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Sorry iceberg lovers, all you get with that is a large dose of water. Make the simple switch.
When designer Paula Scher hits a creative block, she does two kinds of activities. To get outside of herself so she can think in a different way, she might go to the movies, read a junky magazine, or take a long walk. To feel good about herself, she will indulge in a small self-improvement project like cleaning her closet, getting a haircut, or buying a new pair of shoes. She says, “When I feel good about myself I am ready for the next thing.”
Source: Breakthrough! 90 proven strategies to overcome creative block & spark your imagination, Alex Cornell, editor.
His stuck moment: After losing his job and his wife, and spending eight months in a mental health facility, Pat Solatano wants to transform his life and get his wife, Nikki, back. But each time he comes close to stability, new trouble crops up.
He commits: Pat finds a kindred spirit in Tiffany Maxwell, who convinces him to partner her in a dance competition. He agrees, thinking it will impress Nikki, and unexpectedly enjoys the consistency and progress that comes with their practice sessions.
Unstuck result: For each step he takes to reconcile with Nikki, Pat takes two steps back. By shifting his goal for stability from Nikki to Tiffany, he finds the reciprocated love he seeks.
His stuck moment: A widowed father of seven, Captain von Trapp keeps happiness at arm’s length since his wife died, treating his children like subordinates in a small naval regiment. He instructs the new governess, Maria (much to her dismay), to use militaristic calls with his children.
He gets (re)stoked: When the captain returns from a trip, he hears his children singing, beautifully, taught by Maria. He joins them in song and soon the distance between father and offspring narrows.
Unstuck result: Reacquainted with the joys of human connection, Captain von Trapp realizes he loves the free-spirited Maria and calls off his engagement to the icy Countess Elsa Schräder, who wanted to ship his kids off to boarding school.
Her stuck moment: Sick of life in the royal fish bowl, Princess Ann runs away from duty to paint the town red as carefree commoner “Anya.” Her incognito adventures — including a dance party that ends in a wild melee — throw the city of Rome into an uproar.
She goes for it: Though she falls in love with life on the other side — and with handsome American journalist Joe Bradley — she’s realizes that running away from her obligations can’t buy happiness, and a “holiday” can’t go on forever.
Unstuck result: Ann returns to her royal responsibilities, but with new maturity and a stronger sense of self.