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5 LITTLE THINGS: MID-DAY PICK-ME-UP

Battling that mid-day slump? Here are 5 little things I do to give me a little pick-me-up for optimal output for my productivity:
1)
Eat/snack on something healthy that helps boost your energy. I understand that we are constantly around a lot of fast food restaurants at work and it seems easier to just to grab a burger or chips, but it will not fuel your mind or body the way it really needs. All it does is give your stomach that instant gratification/full feeling. It does give you nutrients that will have you running longer.
2)
Mid-day is a great time to start checking off completed tasks on your list. When doing so, even if you still have things left to do, it gives you a visual sense and therefore an emotional satisfaction that you are making progress and gains.
3)
Don't eat lunch/take your break with gossips. If you are a SAHM, Entrepreneur, PTA/PTO, or work for corporate, whatever it is you do, it’s only going to distract your focus by having your brain energy wasted on negativity. You don't have time for that. If you do have time for gossips, you're clearly not working to your full advantage. 
4)
Give at least 2 kind compliments on your break. You're not the only one that feels their energy is running low or feeling the weight of world is on their shoulders. Best way to uplift yourself is to uplift another. This practice generates happiness which happiness is an energetic emotion. I throughly take joy in seeing someone else perk up and feel good about a compliment given. Wouldn't you want to hear a pro about yourself?
5)
Drink water. Feeling like a slug moving through the fog? Friend, that's not a good look. Dehydration plays a HUGE roll in feeling fatigued and lack of concentration. Your body is made up of about 60% of water. That is more than half! So for the love of productivity, hydrate!

CARLSBAD VILLAGE, CA + TASHIANNA & CYLUS, MOTHER/SON

Cylus Charlie Brown is Tashianna's son.  At their house they call him, "Cy Cy" and "Bubbi". As his momma, Tashianna likes to call him her "Angel Baby".

Tashianna battled a hemorrhage the entire 9 months of pregnancy and Cylus was born with a stroke on his brain while battling seizures. Tashianna shared: " I promised him when he was in the NICU and fighting to stay alive, that momma was never going to leave his side. I gave it all to God including my son's life and his purpose".

Three long months of going through every emotion possible, Cylus's head doctor walked into the room while Tashianna was breastfeeding and with tears in his eyes, says: "Its gone, the stroke is gone! Its like it disappeared out of nowhere." 

Tashianna was adopted as a newborn so her son is the first person she has ever me in her life that shares the same blood as her.  Tashianna said to me: " I knew from the beginning I was going to be a single mom but there was nothing that was going to stop me from doing what I had to for my baby". 

Tashianna has been a  model since before Cylus was born.   She modeled maternity while pregnant and continued to model after his birth. She would take him to all her shoots with her, where all the models would flock to him and she learned quickly how big of a flirt he was! (Too cute)  Tashianna shared with a chuckle: " Mommy is now regretting that decision. Did I mention, he hates pictures"!

Mornings are their favorite time of day.  Tashianna said:  "I have come to realize that I am "that mom" who is running late to drop their kid off at school because stopping to get donuts and go to the library is more fun.  I take life slower now that I have my kiddo.  Cylus likes to think he is 3 going on 30, not sure where he gets his independent attitude from".  ; )  

Cylus's world consists of lots of trains, naps and snacks!
I cannot say he is your typical three year old because the compassion that flows from him reminds you of an old soul.
 
As for Tashianna, she is finishing her Bachelors in International Business and then off to Law School.  She shared with me:  "I made Cylus a promise to acheive that goal and I will see it to the end".