Category Archives: Health

Bullet Journaling

Have you ever heard of bullet journaling? No? Great! Bullet journaling is a simple and fun way to stay organized when trying to balance a very busy life. Bullet journaling was first created by Ryder Carroll who explained that a bullet journal is meant to “help you track the past, organize the present and plan for the future”. 

I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, how will I have time to sit down and write in a journal? But I’m telling you, it only takes a few minutes! Don’t focus on your handwriting or drawing skills, just focus on the content. All you need is a pen/pencil and a journal!Your first journal will be more of an experiment. This is your chance to get comfortable with bullet journaling and developing your own style. 

Step 1:

Create an index page. This will be like your reference page or table of contents to help you organize your journal and find certain pages easily.

Step 2: 

Create logs. Daily logs: meetings, to-dos, reminders. Monthly logs: calendars and goal lists for the next 30 days. Future log: Think long-term goals. 

Step 3: 

Pick Signifiers. These will be the symbols you choose to use (bullets, dashes, circles, etc.) You can even use certain colors to organize as well. 

Step 4:

Collections. These are lists of anything you want to remember for later: books, movies, friends, blog topics, self care tips, etc. 

Step 5:

The last step is to make time for your book journal. Pick a time during the day that you want to dedicate specifically to bullet journaling. Check off items on your logs as you complete them. Write page numbers. Update your Index. Take time to reflect on the goals you’ve accomplished and those you still wish to. 

It may seem like a lot at first but don’t think too much into it. This journal is all about you; to help you. Make it your own. You don’t even have to follow these steps, especially once you get the hang of it. Do what makes you the most comfortable. In the end, it should serve as your own hand made, personalized life organizer. 

MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness

Nina Zamani decided to share her love, and knowledge of Yoga, by opening MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness. This decision came after struggling to find her place in the corporate world. Nina decided she did not want her self-worth and success to be tied to a paycheck. After meditating, and having a moment of enlightenment, Nina realized that yoga was not only a way to serve herself, but also others.

Nina wanted her work to be focused on teaching children’s yoga. She felt that it was important to “provide safety, support and encouragement to those young minds who bring joy into moments both large and small”. As adults, we tend to assume that yoga is only meant for us, to relieve the stress of our day. In today’s society, when there is so much pressure on children to excel academically or in sports, their developing brains and bodies need the same release.

Nina believes that there are more than health benefits associated with yoga. Yoga is a way to support healthy connections through breath, body and thought. As a teacher Nina offers a space for the children to use these tools to create, regulate, connect and control their actions. The practice of self-awareness is what makes children’s yoga so beneficial. Nina feels that a mindful practice allows the children “to access the tools needed to find the pause button in an overly stimulated society”. Nina is a kind soul who finds her purpose in supporting the well-being of each child and their unique spirit. Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for the kids to explore the benefits of yoga practice. Some of the benefits of Yoga are :

  • Helps to support a positive self image & builds confidence
  • Creates a sense of community, support and builds social relationships
  • Improves concentration, awareness and memory
  • Decreases stress, anxiety and fear based thinking
  • Improves sleep, coordination, balance & cognitive functions

Nina is the owner & Program Director of MoonChild Yoga & Mindfulness. Nina’s program is featured at BecomeOne Wholeness, in Lyndhurst, NJ. Her classes are 1 hour in length, and offered to children’s ages 3-18. Private parties & group fundraising events are available upon request. The schedule of classes can be found on BecomeOne Wholeness’ website. She also offers private lessons, group events and private parties upon request. In this busy time of the year, we should all take the time to pause and breathe. Namaste.

World Food Day: How Can You Contribute to #ZeroHunger?

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16th to honor the start of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. The point of this day is to bring awareness to and stop world hunger, as well as ensuring food security and nutritious diets for everyone. FAO’s goal is to stop world hunger by 2030 and they believe that it is  very achievable if we all pitch in. They have named this effort The Zero Hunger Challenge. There’s really no reason for ANYONE across the globe to be starving. We have already made progress towards #ZeroHunger, why stop now?

 According to FAO, “out of the 129 countries monitored by FAO, 72 have already achieved the target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015; over the past 20 years, the likelihood of a child dying before age five has been nearly cut in half, with about 17,000 children saved every day; extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990”. If this isn’t progress, I don’t know what is. This should encourage us to keep pushing, to reach the ultimate goal. 

In NJ alone, 1,141,890 people are “food insecure”, according to End Hunger NJ. This puts the food insecurity rate at 13%, which may seem like a small percentage to you, but just think about those people who are actually apart of that 13%. Luckily, New Jersey cares, and therefore, there are many programs dedicated to decreasing this number to 0. We just have to participate. 

Here are 5 New Jersey based organizations that are dedicated to ending world hunger:

1. Hunger Free New Jersey

Hunger Free New Jersey works to eliminate world hunger by educating the public of the issue’s causes and solutions, growing their organization with diverse individuals, and fighting for legislative and policy changes to ensure that NJ residents have enough healthy food to eat. 

2. Table to Table

Table to Table collects perfectly good food that would be disposed of and delivers it to over 160 community organizations which include soup kitchens, homeless shelters, elderly homes, and after-school programs. They serve the hungry in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. This year, they have promised the delivery of over 20 million meals. 

3. Rutgers Against Hunger

Rutgers University has developed Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) to address hunger across New Jersey. This involves bringing awareness to the issue, developing research, encouraging participation, and putting an end to hunger through food drives and other events to raise money and collect food. RAH is not limited to  those affiliated with the institution. Rutgers encourages all concerned citizens to join them and take action. 

4. Community Food Bank of New Jersey 

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, located in Hillside and Egg Harbor Twnshp, fights hunger through food and nutrition programs, food stamps, and their Food Service Training Academy (FSTA). The FSTA starts from the root of the problem, by addressing the main cause of hunger, poverty. They provide graduates with job skills that make them marketable. Its a free, 15-week program that teaches students about communication,  nutrition and healthy cooking. So far, they have graduated over 2,500 students, with a job placement rate of 90%. 

5. Curbing Hunger, Inc. 

Located in Basking Ridge, NJ, Curbing Hunger, Inc. is a community based program that provides food for the hungry when food banks are unable to due to low supply. This usually happens during the summer months, which forces most bank to close their doors. This is why their motto is “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation”. Their mission is to reduce hunger during the most crucial times, when supplies are low, by supporting food banks and pantries, and encourages others to do the same. 

These are just five of the many programs available in New Jersey to help end hunger. It is so easy to visit an organization’s website and click “Donate”. Anything counts. The ways in which you can help are limitless. Volunteer, donate, start your own organization. So, how will you contribute to #ZeroHunger