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Appreciate

Appreciate the great people & things in your life.

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15 Ways to Live & Not Merely Exist

I found this awesome article, so I decided to post it below and share with you. Enjoy!
As Jack London once said, “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.” Far too often we travel through life on autopilot, going through the motions, accepting what is, and having every day pass like the one before it. Everything seems relatively normal and comfortable, except that constant twitch in the back of your mind that’s saying, “It’s time to make some changes.” Here are 15 simple suggestions for those who want to break free from the mold and truly live more of their life – to experience it and enjoy it to the fullest, instead of settling for a mere existence.  
  1. Appreciate the great people and things in your life. – Sometimes we don’t notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them.  Don’t be like that.  Be grateful for what you have, who loves you, and who cares for you.  You’ll never know how much they mean to you until the day they’re no longer beside you.  Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you.  Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it to live.
  2. Ignore other people’s negativity. – If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative before you know it.  Ignore unconstructive, hurtful commentary.  No one has the right to judge you.  They may have heard your stories, but they didn’t feel what you were going through.  You do not have control over what others say; but you do have control over whether or not you allow them to say these things to you.  You alone can deny their poisonous words from invading your heart and mind.
  3. Forgive those who have hurt you. – I forgive people, but that doesn’t mean I trust them.  I just don’t have time to hate people who hurt me, because I’m too busy loving people who love me.  The first to apologize is the bravest.  The first to forgive is the strongest.  The first to move forward is the happiest.  Be brave.  Be strong.  Be happy.  Be free.
  4. Be who you really are. – If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t change.  Uniqueness is priceless.  In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self.  And when they laugh at you for being different, laugh back at them for being the same.  It takes a lot of courage to stand alone, but it’s worth it.  Being YOU is worth it!
  5. Choose to listen to your inner voice. – Life is a courageous journey or nothing at all.  We cannot become who we want to be by continuing to do exactly what we’ve been doing.  Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else.  Do what you know in your heart is right for YOU.  It’s your road, and yours alone.  Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.  And be sure to appreciate every day of your life.  Good days give you happiness, bad days give you experience, and the worst days give you the best lessons.
  6. Embrace change and enjoy your life as it unfolds. – The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you’re not.  Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting, and have faith that things will work out.  Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds.  You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but eventually you will arrive precisely where you need to be.
  7. Choose your relationships wisely. – The best relationships are not just about the good times you share, they’re also about the obstacles you go through together, and the fact that you still say “I love you” in the end.  And loving someone isn’t just about saying it every day, it’s showing it every day in every way.  Relationships must be chosen wisely.  Don’t rush love.  Wait until you truly find it.  Don’t let loneliness drive you back into the arms of someone you know you don’t belong with.  Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.  A great relationship is worth waiting for.
  8. Recognize those who love you. – The most memorable people in your life will be the ones who loved you when you weren’t very loveable.  Pay attention to who these people are in your life, and love them back, even when they aren’t acting loveable.
  9. Love yourself too. – If you can love children, in spite of the messes they make; your mother, in spite of her tendency to nag; your father, even though he’s too opinionated; your sibling, even though she’s always late; your friend, even though he often forgets to return what he borrows, then you know how to love imperfect people, and can surely love yourself.
  10. Do things your future self will thank you for. – What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  Make sure it’s worthwhile.
  11. Be thankful for all the troubles you don’t have. – There are two ways of being rich: One is to have all you want, the other is to be satisfied with what you have.  Accept and appreciate things now, and you’ll find more happiness in every moment you live.  Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.  And remember, you have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
  12. Leave enough time for fun. – Sometimes you need to take a few steps back to see things clearly.  Never let your life become so filled with work, your mind become so crammed with worry, or your heart become so jammed with old hurts or anger, that there’s no room left in them for fun, for awe, or for joy.
  13. Enjoy the little things in life. – The best things in life are free.  There is absolute joy and wonder to be had in the simplest of moments.  Watching the sunset over the horizon or spending time with a family member. Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.
  14. Accept the fact that the past in not today. – Don’t let the past steal your present and future from you.  You might not be proud of all the things you’ve done in the past, but that’s okay.  The past is not today.  The past cannot be changed, forgotten, or erased.  It can only be accepted.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.
  15. Let go when you must. – It’s not always about trying to fix something that’s broken.  Some relationships and situations just can’t be fixed.  If you try to force them back together, things will only get worse.  Sometimes it’s about starting over and creating something better.  Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over again with a smile on your face and passion in your heart.
 

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The Smoking Jacket

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Change

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

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How to make your girl feel special …

How to make your girl feel special = Sing romantic songs to her, even if your voice is horrible!
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Get a KONA Tan!

I want to share my secret to beautiful skin! Now you can get a 'Kona Tan' like me! I use these products all the time. Click on the photo to try it out!
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Maxim Magazine

My last post reminded me of a story Maxim Magazine published of me when I posed with my motorcycle. Here is a scan.
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Bike

"Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein

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Lavish

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I like you …

I like you ... I like me too. 🙂

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To the world you may be one person …

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Hate Your Driving (YAZOOK’s Black Metal)

Watch Black Metal's HATE YOUR DRIVING preview!
"San Francisco is home to two of the world's most famous bridges. The streets are steep and congested. Many drivers do not take this danger this presents lightly -- EXCEPT NATASHA YI !"
Watch the entire episode at http://Yazook.com Please subscribe to our new youtube channel at http://youtube.com/YazookTV for more previews and updates! Driving-480x315-yazook
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Just Add Water

Download this entire set inside the Digital Download Store for a limited time!  
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RED HOODIE (Yazook’s Black Metal)

  Here's an exclusive preview to the latest episode at YAZOOK! Be sure to watch all the episodes at Yazook.com!
"JV has been wearing the same thing for years - a RED HOODIE. Natasha hates it. She has tried to change his style since they met. Watch as she confronts him yet again. After getting no where, Natasha takes matters (the red hoodie) into her own hands!!"

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SMILE!

1. When someone smiles it is universally known as an expression of happiness which is recognized by almost all cultures. 2. When a person studies laughter they are known as a 'gelotologist'. 3. There are over 18 different types of smiles that are used in a variety of social situations. For instance, people can use a smile to say a hello, and they can also use a different type of smile to show their understanding of a particular situation. 4. A frown uses more muscles to contract and expand then a smile does. 5. A smile is one of the most used human facial expressions. Smiles can use between 5 to all 53 muscles. 6. Smiling releases endorphins and makes us feel better, even when you fake a smile you can feel better. 7. A person that smiles more is deemed to be more pleasant, sincere, attractive and more sociable then a non-smiling person. 8. We are born with the ability to smile, it is not something that we copy. For instance, even blind babies are able to smile. 9. Humans are able to differentiate between a real smile and a fake smile by seeing the difference in a persons eyes when they smile. 10. Newborns tend to have more preference for a person with a smile then a person that is not smiling. Don't forget to smile!
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Latest Obsession … part 2

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I only drifted over to your lane once!

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Only Love …

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American Cheese Anyone?


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Natasha Yi : NC – 17

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Keeping Score

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I will lead you in the right direction my young grasshoppers .... follow @NatashaYi

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Good Friends Are Like Stars ….

"Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are there!" - old saying

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Do So With All Your Heart …

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Will you be my Valentine?

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." - Eden Ahbez

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The Five Most Common Sleep Positions and What They Say About Your Personality

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Broken Wrist (YAZOOK’s Black Metal)

Here's another YAZOOK exclusive episode of BLACK METAL! Watch it all on YAZOOK.com!
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  1. Darling
  2. Babe/Baby
  3. Love
  4. Sweetheart
  5. Gorgeous
  6. Honey/Hon/Honeybunch
  7. Sweetie/Sweets
  8. Angel
  9. Sugar/Sugarplum
  10. Boo

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Cereal

What's your favorite cereal?  
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