Healthy mind, body and soul

April 6th, 2020

Photo: GrantFoto, MUA: Makeup By Sheila, Hair: Anna Cantu

By Blaine Ochoa


Throughout life’s winding roads and adventures it’s important to pause, take a moment to breathe and reflect. Life can be overwhelming at times, and anxiety and stress can easily take over. When we pause to think about what is truly important, focus on gratitude and love; that is when joy and peace is found and we heal and strengthen from the inside out. It’s important to keep your mind, body, and soul healthy in order to remain strong and be your best form. Here are some tips that help me continue to move forward daily in peace, power and good health no matter what challenges life throws my way.

Your mind is extremely powerful, and it is the root of your actions and decisions. The body follows the mind. Make sure what you are putting into your mind is positive and encouraging. Your life will be an example of what you believe and what you give your thoughts power, too. Certain things you watch, music you listen to, and people who give you advice all contribute to your mental state. Be aware of what others are pouring into you, and make sure it is to your benefit.

We have each been given one physical body. It is our job to nourish it and take care of it the best way we can. What we eat and consume is a direct reflection of our health. I have found that when you stick to a clean and healthy diet, the better you feel and look. Eating more green vegetables, healthy protein, and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will increase your natural energy levels, help your body function properly, and give you clearer skin. I also suggest taking vitamins daily. I recommend taking vitamin C, fish oil, calcium, B12, and a probiotic daily.

Exercising is also critical in having and maintaining good health. Thirty minutes of mild exercise daily can transform your health. Walking, yoga, dancing, pilates, and kickboxing are some of my personal favorites. No matter what your fitness level is, there is always something you can do to get your body moving and blood circulating.

Lastly, but most importantly, keep your soul healthy. Your well being starts from within. I have found that peace comes from above, and only perfect peace can be found in God. No matter what storms or hardships life gives us, you can rest in the perfect peace of God and put your hope and trust in Him. Pray, read, and meditate daily. Meditate on the positive and be thankful for what you have. Praying gets you out of your own way and reduces worry and stress. Reading books increases knowledge. Meditating brings calmness and clarity.

These tactics definitely help keep your mind, body and soul healthy. When practiced, we grow in strength and wisdom, and when we face the unknown, ultimately we will have peace and the grace we need to carry on. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” John 14:27

Stay healthy! XO, Blaine

Love Languages

August 1st, 2019

Lillie Heintz. Photo by Christopher Horne

By Lilli Heintz

We all want people to feel satisfied in a relationship whether it’s a friendship, marriage, or dating. We have this need that has to be filled whether it is through action, words, touch, gifts, and even time. Some people don’t know what it is that needs to be filled.

In the environment I work in, the models around me are into zodiac signs and how we act the way we act because of the time and place we were born and how the planets aligned. Even though I do find that satisfying and believe it to some extent, I feel like learning how to satisfy someone’s needs and wants so that they feel comfortable around you, interests me more. I remember my Dad, Pastor Brad of Living Word Church, did a series about love languages. The whole church read the book so that we could apply it to our lives. If you don’t know your love language I definitely suggest reading the book called “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. There are also tests online that you can take to get a more accurate description of your own love language.

When I took the test, it told me that physical touch was number one and quality time was a very close second. That means what fulfills me and makes me happy is hugging you, holding hands, kissing, cuddling, putting my feet on you while sitting down. I show and want that type of love and affection. Then quality time comes into play. Where I just want to spend time with you, be at the same party, in the same room, just you and me or even a huge group of people. I just love physically being with them and or around them.
The other love languages are words of affirmation, which is where you need to be encouraged, supported, built up, to feel comfortable or wanted. The love language of gifts shows thoughtfulness and the action behind the gift is important. And finally, acts of service are when you do something for someone to make them happy or fulfill a need. It can include making a meal, cleaning; any act of service that would make the other person happy makes you happy.

Knowing your own love language is important but also knowing your friends or significant other’s love language is just as important. Some people might not have the same love languages as you. When I make new friends and I want to keep them around, I try to find out their love language. Sometimes I even have them take the test to make sure I am right. I want to satisfy their needs or want and know how to act in serious or fun situations. I don’t want to smother them or say the wrong thing because I don’t know what they are wanting. They might want a gift or an action. This also shows how Acts of Service is my third love language. Knowing others’ love language helps build a better foundation for your relationship to grow and be better from the start.

I am always trying to make sure the people around me are being taken care of the best way possible. I love knowing how I need to make a person happy or comfortable, it just makes me happy. Knowing this information can really better you as a person and better the relationships surrounding you.

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