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What change do you want to make in the world, AGuide2Everything family?

Vasil

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How to overcome all fears

Dear AGuide2Everything Family,

Today’s post will be about overcoming any fear you may have! Image credit goes to the film Gladiator (2000) – if you haven’t seen it – highly recommend.

Ok, now imagine a situation where you come face to face with one of your greatest fears.

For I.e., you’re about to sky-dive, you see a spider, you’re about to go on a roller coaster but you are afraid of heights, you see a snake, you’re being chased by a wild hog, etc! ( dont know about the probability of the last one, lol!)

It may be a small, or a large one, but the fact is that it’s there! In front of you!

Now, I’ve read about many stereotypical methods including “count to 3 and confront” or “imagine the situation prior to it occuring” or “make a list of pros and cons mentally” before deciding what to do in the situation.

While some of them may be effective, this blog post will be nothing like this. Do you think you will have the time and calmness to contemplate clearly while chased by a wild animal? Probably not. So what to do??

What to do?

1. Our natural instinct is to flight (run away). Here lies the problem. When we run away from something we are uncomfortable with, that fear becomes even stronger next time and we try to escape again. We are not fixing the actual problem!

1st step is to quickly decide what is the source of your fear. This should take 5 seconds max in a sudden encounter (and longer in an expected one). Organize it into a category!

Is it a fear of:

1.losing my life?

2.Losing my job?

3 Breaking a relationship?

4.What others will think of me?

5.Loosing my sanity?

Etc etc etc

If your immediate response is 1 – running away may be the right choice ( depending on the situation). If you find both bears and turtles dangerous, please – dont run the same from a turtle as from a bear. In fact – you shouldn’t run from bears at all – you should just raise your hands and surrender. Same for the turtle, it will outrun you… lol.

If you see a bear, roll into a ball and dont do anything. If you run, the bear will chase you and it wont end well.

If your reason is other than 1:

Understand that the only way to overcome a challenge is through experience. Never wait for a fear to go away on it’s own…you need to confront it – the earlier, the better.

You probably drive a car. Remember how afraid you were when you first gently pressed that gas pedal? When you thought that turn was impossible. How the car would roll back if you parked on a hill?

If you have a dog now, remember having a fear as a child that dogs bite? Cats bite? Turtles bite?

If you are a successful actor – remember that stage fright you had at first?

If you are a doctor, do you remember that initial fear of blood.

If you are a fireman, remember the times you were afraid to place your hands into a hot oven?

My friends, the way we overcome our fears is through experience. We want to avoid them, stay in our comfort zone, run away. We just dont have much exposure to these situations (which our fears entail). This is why we have fears – lack of exposure!

Live your life as to experience as many fears as possible because, the more you go through, the more fearless you become.

What is your greatest fear? How do you plan to overcome it? We are all excited to hear your stories in the comments below.

Vasil

My Favourite Poet

Dear AGuide2Everything Family,

As per request of our good friend (and contest winner!!) eddaz, today I’ll write about my favourite poet.

It was indeed a tough question, a good question, which is what brings my post with a day’s delay.

The first person who came to mind was, of course, Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare’s work and just as I was about to choose him, I realized how many other fantastic poets this choice was leaving out!

I came to the conclusion that my favourite poet is Edgar Allan Poe.

Born in 1809 at Massachusetts, Poe is mostly known as a writer… but he also was a poet, editor, & literary critic.

So you may say… “okay! But what factors lead you to this decision?”

Here are the several features of Edgar which inspired my decision:

1. Easy comprehension

2. Traces of humor in almost every poem

3. Love for nature

4. How his poetry sometimes reflects parts of his past life – which assisted him to write passionately and to make the plot interesting (he was a naturally-born story teller).

How about you guys? Who would you say is your favourite poet? Are they classic or modern? What poetry do you like in general?

Once again, thank you to Eddaz! Be sure to join her interesting blog πŸ˜€

Stay awesome guys,

Vasil

Italian Pastries and Baked Goods

Dear AGuide2Everything family,

Introduction

**1st of all, dont be worried about me missing a day of blogging – I would like to announce that our new posting schedule will be once/2 days (Monday, Wed, Fri, & Sunday).

This way, I will be able to fill your feeds with quality and interesting content & not just for the sake of posting! πŸ™‚

Italian baked goods

So my familia (miserably trying to fake Italian) and I have recently visited a bakery in Toronto called the “Messina Bakery”. Messina is a beautiful region in Italy and as I later found out, a place which may have been one of the mafia centers🍾🍷

The owner who greeted us was very nice Italian man and we bought a “foccaca” bread loaf together with a wild-berry pie. Here it is:

The dough was sweet and delicious. The actual berry jam/ pieces inside tasted natural and fresh.

The bakery also offered many pastries of chocolate, cream, fruit, jam, etc fillings!

What are your favourite Italian dishes, pies? Have you ever travelled to Italy before? We’re all very excited to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

**I would also love to say a big thank you to April, Megala, and Eddaz for participating in our lucky number challenge. The winning number is…

April -35, Megala – 42, Eddaz – 7

…!!

13!!! (I chose this number because my birthday is coming up on the 13th of August).

Congratulations to Eddaz! Please comment down below the topic you would like for Friday’s post! πŸ˜€ πŸ₯‡

April will be our lucky pick #2 and choose a topic for Friday August 3rd. πŸ™‚ πŸ₯ˆ

Megala will be our lucky pick #3 and choose a topic for Friday August 10th. πŸ™‚ :πŸ₯‰

**Future lucky number games will only have 3 winners. Maybe we will think of more fun prizes. Just saying πŸ˜‰

Ciao

Vasil

How to separate lies from truth guide!! :o

Good day AGuide2Everything Community!

Introduction

Have you ever found yourself in the position of Sherlock Holmes, trying to determine whether a friend, co-woker, or an absolute stranger is telling the truth?

I have compiled a quick guide for you which touches upon things which are indications that a person is most likely lying. And I say ‘most likely’ as some people may develop these behaviours on the basis of another factor – aside from lying. Or… maybe they are just Professor Moriarty #2… πŸ˜‰ we’ll never know…

Let’s get to the facts. First, I will provide you with the most common ones which I found on Business Insider. In the end, however, I will add some of my own.

Things which giveaway that someone is lying:

1. Eyes darting back and forth

*peoples eyes usually dart back and forth when they feel uncomfortable (as if it’s a defence mechanism to find an escape out of the situation).

2. Rapid Blinking

*when people are stressed about lying, they will blink much more rapidly than usual 1blink/ 2 seconds rate.

3. Shutting eyes for more than 1 second at a time

*really have no clue how people came to this conclusion but apparently it’s a defence mechanism. “To close eyes to a situation may mean the person doesn’t want to deal with it”.

4. Glancing to the right if a person is right-handed

*Yes lefties, you’re at a huge advantage here πŸ˜‰

5. Fake smiling, Sweating, Touching Nose/Face

*pretty straightforward…

And here are some of my signs/tips

6. Look at the left side of the person’s face when asking important questions .

*It’s been proven, scientifically, that the left side of our face cannot vary emotions as our right can… it simply cannot lie (more about this in next posts).

7. Unnecessary laughter.

*Laughing quite a bit – moderately is absolutely fine. However if someone laughs constantly, it may mean they may be anxious and are releasing stress this way.

8. Follow you intuition

*in the end, learn to completely trust your intuition/ gut feeling. Even if all points above match the “evil suspect” to whom your talking to (a slight dramatization btw :D), and your intuition says otherwise, please do me a favor and go with your intuition.

It’s one of our evolved senses which science still cannot fully explain. We will definitely make a post about it.

Do you believe in intuition? Do you trust it? Comment down below and say a number between 1-50.

The commenter with the closest number to the one I thought of will choose a topic for our Friday’s post!

Have a great day everyone,

Vasil

Canada Day Celebrations

Dear Aguide2everything Family,

Hope you are having a good Sunday! In this post I would love to share with you a video of a Canada Day firework celebration I captured near Burlington, Ontario. πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡βœ¨πŸŽ†

I hope for the rest of your day and the week to come to be as bright as these fireworks.

Do you love fireworks? What are your favourite holiday celebrations? Comment down below and I’ll be sure to read and reply!

P.s. Today is a milestone of this blog – we have reached 200 blog members! I want to say that I am very grateful & couldn’t wish for a better WordPress community! Thank you guys!

I look forward to reading your blog stories,

Vasil

Saturday Stories

Hello AGuide2Everything family,

My day started off with a walk to a local park followed by a very nice Second Cup visit (second cup is a Cafe here in Canada). There I ordered the usual – a large hot chocolate. Here’s how it looked like:

Hot chocolate can be made with a variety of chocolates – bitter or sweet, so if you’re a fan too – try different ones out.

What is your favourite drink? Do you make it yourself or prefer to purchase it at a favourite place? πŸ™‚ Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great and adventure-filled weekend!

Vasil