September 2018 Full Moon In Aries: It’s Time For Change

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There is a full moon on September 24, 2018. This full moon is in the sign of Aries, meaning, bold transitions are coming to light and happening all around us. Over the last few months, a lot of cosmic shifts have been happening. This year we have had three full solar eclipses, when typically we only have two in a year. With many planets in Retrograde at all times, there has been a specific and consistent theme when it comes from analyzing our realities and making adjustments accordingly. This year so far has required us to take a closer look at everything in our lives.

This full moon is all about action. Aries is a fire sign, always ready to say and do whatever is needed. This full moon is all about putting our emotion down and looking at every area we have been analyzing with our best judgment and all of our logic. This moon will require us to get real with ourselves, to practice utmost honesty.

Some questions to ask ourselves this full moon are: 

Is what I am doing right now reflecting the life I want?

Am I trying to force something to work that will truly never satisfy me?

Am I being honest with myself about my reality?

Do I actually like where and who I am?

How can I create stronger boundaries?

What do I need to let go of?

What hard conversations need to be had?

Is this the life that I want for myself?

Am I honoring my own needs?

Are the things in front of me things that I want for myself?

It’s the season to turn your breakdowns into breakthroughs and the cosmic energy is in full force and completely on your side.

This moon, more than any other moon yet, is requiring you to acknowledge your strength. You are being called to make tough decisions for your best interest. You are being asked to hold your ground and to let go of everything that doesn’t enable you to live your best life alongside your best self. 

You have to make a stand, be bold. Say what’s on your mind. Feel what you need to feel. Move how you need to move. Walk away from all that you need to walk away from. You are supported. You are strong. You owe it to yourself to give yourself the life you truly crave.

Remember your power during this moon. Remember that you are allowed to make changes to your life, even if they are insanely dramatic.

It’s time for your breakthrough. It’s time for you to hear the answers you’ve been listening for. It’s time for things to come to light, the truth to be on the horizon. It’s time to reflect. It’s time to call yourself out on your own bullshit.

It’s time to heal, create boundaries, accept the inevitable, and to allow yourself to become the human you have been trying to understand.

Now is the time for change, for a reality check, and to move into your breakthrough. Now is the time to be refreshed and to stop reading all of the previous pages of your life, you have an entirely new book to write and it’s time for you to decide what you want it to look like and say. TC mark

Source : https://thoughtcatalog.com/leena-sanders/2018/09/september-2018-full-moon-in-aries-its-time-for-change/

30+ Habits of the Swedes That Make Their Country One of the Happiest in the World

In the pursuit of happiness, we often resort to various national recipes for acquiring the harmony of еру mind: hygge, lykke, and sisu. The Swedish “lagom” system stands along with them, yet stands out with its practicality. It’s not so much a motivational hymn to a happy life as a set of specific recommendations that will help effectively eliminate the mess in your house, schedule, and mind, so that the desired happiness has a place to settle in.

Bright Side has collected 35 life principles of the Swedes, thanks to which their country continuously occupies the top places in the world’s “happiness rating.” The author of the article has tested the following advice herself and wants to note that the Swedish happiness recipe is also relevant for other countries.

The essence of “lagom” philosophy

From the linguistic point of view, the word “lagom” means “moderation.” It’s the feeling of wealth: you have everything and you don’t experience an acute shortage in anything (it’s not only about material things). Lagom is the balance between work and personal life, care for nature, reasonable minimalism, and the laconic Swedish style.

It’s not about “taking what you can get.” It’s more about the harm of the constant race for something more. After all, it’s the desire to possess something beyond our true needs that makes us work around the clock and then buy unnecessary things that we have no time to enjoy.

The lagom principles help us harmonize all aspects of life to finally breathe freely and get the time and the possibility to feel happiness.

Lagom in the interior

  • Arrange the pieces of furniture at a distance from each other, so there’s “breathing space” between them, and your eyes could focus on each of them to see their beauty.
  • Instead of paintings and posters, hang photos of landscapes you admired during your vacation so that you can revisit those carefree days.
  • Instead of carpeting that’s difficult to clean up properly, use fabric rugs that are easy to clean, wash, get dry-cleaned, or simply replace with new ones.
  • To fill your home with natural light, hang transparent curtains and choose white or gray shades for your walls.
  • When it gets dark, light up candles — they warm up the soul.
  • The Swedes are masters of zoning because, according to them, one can relax only in a well-thought-out house. Think of your needs and create a zone (even a tiny one) for every type of activity.

Lagom while tidying up

  • To gradually reduce the number of items, remove an object a week from every room.
  • When you buy a new thing, get rid of 2 old ones.
  • When tidying up your wardrobe, take the clothes off the hangers and put away 5 of them. Then, sort out the clothes in order of importance. The ones that were left without hangers don’t belong to your home.
  • Prevent the appearance of “hot spots” where all the trash likes to accumulate. Place a basket there and put your things inside and, as you fill it, sort out the items and return them to their places.
  • Follow the “one touch” rule with all the paper stuff: as soon as you touch a document, put it in place, perform the necessary actions (pay the bills, for example) or throw it away.

Lagom in the kitchen

  • To save time on cooking, write out the menu for the week and plan simple dishes for weekdays (or even one dish for 2 days).
  • Freeze the products for future use — even beverages (in sealed bags). It’s convenient to freeze greens for dressings and cream for sauces in ice molds.
  • Cook season meals using local products, from vegetables to honey. It’s both cheaper and healthier.

Lagom at work

  • Start waking up at half an hour earlier to avoid hurrying, get a feeling of control over your time, and a sense of confidence.
  • In the morning, slowly drink a cup of tea from your favorite cup to tune in on a productive day.
  • If your work allows it, plan to leave a little earlier than usual: knowing that you’ll leave earlier, you’ll start working more efficiently.
  • Have “fika” coffee breaks with your colleagues: this improves the working atmosphere and increases work efficiency.

Lagom and rest

Try going to bed in time every day.

  • Take a “kvellspromenade” after dinner — an evening walk not far from your home. It’s a great way to relax and get ready for bed.
  • Don’t plan anything on one of your weekend days — let it be a day to restore the balance and communicate with your family.
  • Start a tradition of crafting something. It’s not necessary to do something laborious like furniture or clothes — you can just start knitting napkins or appliqué.

Lagom and nature

  • A nature walk is the perfect lagom rest. To stick to your walks in any weather, buy beautiful, comfortable, and high-quality equipment.
  • To continue communication with nature at home, use natural materials in your interior such as wood, wool, metal.
  • Buy houseplants. It’s useful to exchange their stems with your acquaintances to have another reason for pleasant communication.
  • Decorate your home with fresh flowers, herbs, and branches as often as possible.
  • Plant the seeds of undemanding plants (herbs and vegetables) in the pots, take care of them and then use the results of your work while cooking.

Lagom and attitude to life

  • It’s better to substitute the question “Am I happy?” with “Am I content with my life?” A fixation on happiness can lead to disappointment.
  • Learn to take care of yourself without perceiving it as selfishness: a full rest, moments of solitude, the refusal to put yourself into any strict timeframes — all of these aren’t a whim but a necessity.
  • Accept the fact that there’s always a small imbalance in life. Sometimes you need to work more; sometimes you have no time. Stop trying to control everything and just relax.
  • Clear your mind of any trash and limit its new arrival: reduce the time you spend online, cut back on reading the newspaper, and don’t watch as much TV.
  • Prefer the quality of communication to quantity: replace communication via social networks and messengers with personal meetings with your friends and family.
  • Find time to do what you love, whether it’s baking, home decoration, or singing. It can be anything if it brings you joy and creative self-realization.

Basically, there’s nothing unusual in these tips — it’s a kind of household philosophy of the Swedish people; the wisdom of many generations polished by centuries. Yet these are the very simple things we miss in the midst of the daily race we often find ourselves in.

Lagom makes us recall them and organize our lives in a way so that we have time and energy for these simple things.

Which Swedish philosophical principles of happiness could you related to? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-places/30-habits-of-the-swedes-that-make-their-country-one-of-the-happiest-in-the-world-608910/

PETA Destroyed This Restaurant's Claim That Weed Makes Killing Lobsters More Humane

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It’s been a busy few weeks for PETA and the seafood industry. On the heels of what became a heated Twitter feud with Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, who provoked a rise out of the animal organization when they tweeted “Come outside and show your face @peta,” PETA is making headlines again — and the reason is even more absurd, if you can believe it.

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine just revealed the “humane” way they kill their lobsters, and the whole internet is now up in arms. According to Daily Progress, the Maine pound is using cannabis to try to make killing their lobsters a more ethical practice.

Owner Charlotte Gill, a registered medical marijuana caregiver, says she’s experimented with hot-boxing lobsters in the past, and claims the lobsters became noticeably calmer, per WMTW. “This restaurant was created on love,” she said to the source. “That is its foundation and purpose. The idea is for all that come here to be able to reconnect with things that we have perhaps forgotten about as a society and reconnect with the past.”

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Boiling lobsters alive has caused a stir in the culinary world ever since we learned that the crustaceans experience pain. Switzerland outlawed the practice earlier this year, and Charlotte claims her innovative method of getting lobsters high was a direct response to that.

“If we’re going to take a life it should be done really humanely,” Charlotte told TODAY Food. “I see it in all these industries: Meat production, poultry. These animals go through tremendous suffering. If we do this … we can make it kinder.”

But will giving lobsters marijuana really help them die happier? The internet has its doubts, but PETA was quick to respond to the claim after it circulated widely. According to Marijuana Moment, the non-profit organization said: “It is highly unlikely that getting a lobster high would make a lick of difference when it comes to the full-blown agony of being boiled or steamed alive.”

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They continued, “There is a well-established, foolproof way to prevent crustaceans from suffering, though, and that’s by not eating them.”

Savage. It seems like Charlotte’s ethical dreams for the lobsters got crucially shut down by the animal right’s organization, which has spent a lot of its recent energy trying to memorialize lobsters killed in a truck accident with a memorial grave.

But people on the internet were living for this 420 lobster joint, even though Charlotte herself has said that patrons of the Lobster Pound wouldn’t get high from eating the food. 

One person tweeted, “You’ve heard of stone crabs …  Introducing … stoned lobsters.” Others wanted to know more about this practice, asking, “Because I have an inquiring mind…exactly how much pot is enough for the average lobster to be sufficiently blitzed to cook with out pain.” Others echoed the question, “I was wondering the same darn thing! One, two, or 6 puffs! How does he know they’re stoned? #inquiry #LobsterHigh #StonedLobster #HowMuch

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Naturally, the stoners on Twitter are having a field day, tweeting, “I dunno, but if one sad day, my executioner was kind enough to offer me a big fat joint before he finished me off, I am sure I wouldn’t say no. It’s better than nothing.” Others joined in on the fun, writing “http://undefined/”Harsh toke man,’ said one lobster to the other” and “Seems more ethical than boiling them sober.”

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Who are we to argue with this kind of logic, man?

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/09/20/Z25o9N4/maine-lobsters-weed

'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Gets Epic Mother of Dragons Tattoo

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The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is still months away, but that’s not stopping the cast of the HBO series from commemorating their time on the show with some pretty impressive tattoos. 

The latest star to ink themselves in honor of their Westeros character is Emilia Clarke aka Daenerys Stormborn aka the Mother of Dragons. 

And just as expected, she chose to get a tattoo of her fire-breathing babies on her wrist. 

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“MOD 4 LYFE!!!! @_dr_woo_ made sure this mamma ain’t NEVER forgetting her babies… #dontworryionlybrieflypassedout #withfyreandinkbaby #modgothookedupp#couldntbehappierifitried,” she captioned the photo of her new ink on Instagram.

Earlier this year, Emilia filmed her final scenes as Khalessi (and possible usurper of the Iron Throne) and recounted her time on the fantasy series. “Hopped on a boat to an island to say goodbye to the land that has been my home away from home for almost a decade,” she wrote. “It’s been a trip @gameofthrones thank you for the life I never dreamed I’d be able to live and the family I’ll never stop missing.” 

Unfortunately, the 31-year-old has revealed very little when it comes to finale spoilers — although she did hint that not everyone will be happy with Daenerys’ ending.  “It f–ked me up…Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…” she told Vanity Fair. 

Lasting flavor? What does she mean? Fan theories aside, Emilia is not the only GoT star who has inked their body in honor of their time in Westeros. 

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Sophie Turner (better known as Sansa Stark) tattooed the Stark direwolf sigil along with the quote “the pack survives” on her arm. 

She explained the meaning behind the (spoiler-free) ink on The Late Late Show With James Corden, saying, “It’s just a quote from last season. Everyone figures that the pack really does survive, but it’s just a moral that I like to live by.”

Her on-screen sister Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) also got some GoT ink recently, tattooing her now iconic phrase, “No One,” on the back of her neck in red ink. 

Sophie and Maisie also have matching tattoos of the date “07.08.09,” which marks the day they were cast as sisters on the show. 

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“It’s like a divorce, or a death in the family, leaving Sansa behind, and leaving people behind. I think the divorce from the character is the hardest thing for me, because my adolescence has just been ‘Sophie and Sansa,”http://undefined/” Sophie told Digital Spy. “Sometimes, you get both worlds mixed up. So leaving Sansa behind is like leaving a big part of my growing up behind. A lot of it was influenced by her. So it’s really strange not having that crutch to lean on. But I’ll be fine! I’ll be fine! I promise!”

Maisie agreed, telling Jimmy Kimmel of the highly anticipated finale,” I know the end of Game Of Thrones. It’s just surreal, to be honest. Like being with this show for so long — and then it also having the following that it does — everyone’s waiting for this moment and then you read it and it’s just like, it’s incredible.”

Not to be left out is Jamie Lannister (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who announced he got a tattoo after GoT won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. 

“What a wonderful evening ending with an amazing surprise win for our show. Was nominated which meant I finally got to bring my love to the madness. And today I got a tattoo,” he wrote, alongside a huge portrait of his TV brother Tyrion Lannister seemingly tattooed on his forearm. 

Unfortunately, it looks like it belongs to a fan of the show — not Nikolaj himself. However, that does not mean Jamie Lannister is not a GoT ride-or-die like his inked co-stars. 

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“I wrote the writers when I finished reading and just said, ‘I don’t think you could’ve done a better job at finishing this story,’” he told Harper’s Bazaar of  the final season. “To me, it was very satisfying but also very surprising and all the things that I was hoping for. It still made sense. It wasn’t like one of those where the killer is suddenly revealed in the last act and you go, ‘Oh! I didn’t see that coming.’ Here, they’ve done a really, really good job.”

Now, all we need is Kit Harington to get a “You know nothing Jon Snow” tattoo and we will be complete. 

Source : https://undefined/entertainment/2018/09/20/Z14rIBv/game-of-thrones-tattoos