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Everything Just IS – How the Law of Relativity Works FOR You

Hey everyone!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be doing a series of posts on the seven laws of the universe.  It’s some pretty interesting stuff! Each post will focus on one law and give you some clear examples on how you can use it to make your life a more pleasurable and worthwhile experience.  Regardless of your religion or faith, the concepts behind these laws are fundamental to freeing yourself and achieving a life a happiness.

If you this is your first time hearing about them, our hope is that this series of posts will give you a completely new perspective.  If you have heard of them, but have yet to apply them or truly understand them, then hopefully these posts will help you utilize them to your full potential.

Below we’ve listed the seven laws:

  • The Law of Relativity
  • The Law of Perpetual Transmutation
  • The Law of Vibration and Attraction
  • The Law of Polarity
  • The Law of Rhythm
  • The Law of Cause and Effect
  • The Law of Gender

First up is:

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The Law of Relativity

The law of relativity states that nothing is good or bad, big or small.  Everything just IS.  Something or someone only takes on a certain quality by relating it to something else.  The problem is, as humans, we have a tendency to compare everything and everyone to something or someone better, therefore making our world seem a lot worse than it actually is.

How often have you caught yourself looking at someone’s life and thinking, “Wow.  That person has it all.”  You then look at your own life only to feel miserable about the little that you perceive you have.  Society and the media help perpetuate this problem by placing certain people on pedestals for their material achievements or outward appearances.  You begin to feel pressure and stress, realizing that you don’t have enough, you’re not smart enough, or you’re not attractive enough.  That stress causes you to work harder to achieve something that you believe you should have.

But here’s the problem: when you put yourself in a constant state of stress or anxiety, you prevent yourself from achieving what you actually want anyways.

So here’s the beauty of the law of relativity.  You have the power to choose to whom and what you compare yourself.  You also have to power to choose non-judgment and just exist. You can change the way you feel, and therefore the way you react, simply by switching to a thought that puts yourself in a more positive light.  The power is in your hands.

Here are a few common comparisons that the majority of the population tends to make.  These comparisons can be detrimental and keep you tied down to a life that doesn’t truly satisfy you.

I’m broke.

How often have you said this, or something like it? Personally, we used to say it all the time.  In reality, we weren’t broke at all.  Did we have debt? Sure.  Did we have late payments?  Yep.  Was our bank account always saying, “please feed me.”  You betcha.  But we weren’t broke.  We had a roof over our heads, food on the table, took care of our pets, had transportation, and had every other necessity covered.  That, my friends, made us rich relative to others who can’t afford such things.  We started focusing on what we did have, which gave us the peace of mind to start working towards new sources of income.

I’m fat.

How many times have you said this, or heard someone else say it?  I’ve had people, who relative to me were slim, think that they were fat.  This happened because they were comparing themselves to someone on TV or in a magazine or a skinnier version of themselves.  Even if you’re someone with weight to lose, you don’t have to be fat.  If I sat around all day feeling bad about myself and labeling myself as fat, do you think that would motivate me to nourish my body with healthy food and go to the gym?  No way.  Appreciate your body in its current physical form.  Realize your strength.  If you have two legs that walk, get out there and do it.  Or two arms that can lift, get out there and do that.  Even with weight to lose, I never feel fat because I know I am making healthy choices and work out.  That makes me fit relative to people who don’t choose to do the same.

I’m not good enough.

Whether it’s going for a certain position or trying to start your own business, how many times have you caught yourself saying, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not qualified”?  What gives this statement power is your comparison to others who have different qualifications, which you perceive to be better.  They may have a higher degree than you or more experience in a specific field, but that doesn’t make them any better.  You can choose to look at your strengths relative to people who are weaker in those same areas.  By utilizing this form of empowerment, you gain the confidence to go after and achieve any goal.

Now the point of this is not to dwell on thoughts of people who have much worse lives than your own.  Or to just settle with the way your life is.  The point is to realize that you remove  your personal power for change by always comparing yourself to people with better lives.  It is important to shift your focus to more positive thoughts about yourself and others.  When you start to do this, it becomes easier to change your life for the good.  You take away the negativity, fear, and stress and replace it with positive emotions.  With a positive state of mind, you’re able to achieve anything.

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How to Become a Morning Person…and Enjoy It

At the beginning of the year, Dustin and I made a commitment to take charge of our health, in all aspects.  We decided to make better food choices, start exercising again, and focus on our emotional well-being.

sunriseWhile a healthy diet and exercise are extremely important, one aspect of optimal health that is often overlooked are our sleep habits.  The fact of the matter is, when we don’t get good sleep, we won’t have a very productive or satisfying day.

For us, the problem wasn’t that we weren’t getting enough sleep. In fact, we were getting too much, poor quality sleep.  We made countless attempts to wake up early, and nearly all lasted for only a day or two at a time.  This past week, however, we decided to become extremely committed to this goal.  Below, we share with you ten tips that have helped us not only wake up, but wake up feeling refreshed and happy.

10 Tips for Becoming a Morning Person and Enjoying It:


  1. Keep a light near the bed.

    In a perfect world, we would all be pleasantly woken up by the rays of the sun.  But we know that modern society doesn’t always allow for that.  The next best option is to stimulate that same light response.  Light stops the production of melatonin in our bodies, which is responsible for making us sleep.  When the alarm goes off, immediately turn on a light and you will feel significantly more awake.

  2. Put your alarm clock across room.

    If you’re like me, you know it’s all too easy to hit snooze or reset the alarm clock for a later time.  The problem is you’ve already disrupted your sleep, so in reality, that extra snooze time will only leave you feeling more exhausted when you attempt to wake up again.  By putting the alarm clock across the room, we’re forced to get ourselves up, making it unlikely for us to go back to sleep.

  3. Don’t eat within 2 hours of going to sleep.

    Digestion is a highly involved process, and although we may not be conscious of it while it’s happening, our bodies are fully aware.  By eating too close to bed time, we unknowingly let digestion disrupt our sleep.  Dustin and I were both big-time snackers at night, and once we cut it out, we felt a huge difference in the way we felt in the morning.  Try not to eat within two hours of going to bed, or at least minimize carbs and sugar.  In most cases, it’s simply a mental habit since you’ve been conditioned to do it for so long.  Try having some tea or a banana if you really feel the need to have something.

  4. Have a reason to get up and a plan.

    This is key.  A common trend with successful people is that they always have a plan, a reason to be motivated.  If you are attempting to wake up earlier with no real need or desire to be fulfilled, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to stay consistent.  This is where we failed at first.  We wanted to work out, but we had no plan set in place.  Once we committed to writing out a schedule the night before, we were much more motivated when the alarm went off.

  5. Get sufficient sleep.

    If you’re going to wake up earlier, you need to get to bed earlier.  It’s as simple as that.  Give yourself at least 7-8 hours of good sleep each night.  It is a lot easier to slowly transition your body to a new schedule, so try waking up just 15-30 minutes earlier every day.  This means getting to bed 15-30 minutes earlier as well.

  6. Avoid stressful situations before sleep.

    Stress makes us feel tense and severely impacts our health.  It releases a hormone called cortisol, which in high and prolonged amounts, can be detrimental, leading to higher blood pressure, blood sugar imbalance, lowered immunity, and a number of other health problems.   You’ve probably heard the quote, “never go to bed angry; stay up and fight”.  We’ll I’m not recommending fighting, but if you do have an argument with someone before bed, make sure it is resolved before going to sleep.  Meditation and night yoga are also extremely beneficial to help rid yourself of stressful emotions from the day’s activities.

  7. Overcome mental blocks.

    This is one of our biggest obstacles in achieving most goals.  We have the power to move ourselves forward or hold ourselves back with our thoughts alone.  The night before, mentally commit yourself to waking up happily.  Create a vivid mental picture of yourself waking up and going forth with your morning routine.  It might sound crazy at first, but your body must obey whatever your subconscious brain tells it.  So ingrain this habit mentally every day, and within a month’s time, you will wake up without second thought.

  8. Enjoy your quiet time.

    The early morning hours might be the only time of day when you are free from obligations placed upon you by others.  Use this time to write, read, exercise, or simply just be at peace.  Beginning your day with a sense of peace will help you overcome any of that’ day’s challenges.  When you wake up early, you feel like you have all the time in the world.  When you don’t leave yourself enough time, you feel rushed and create unwanted stress.

  9. Plan a delicious breakfast or morning treat.

    Recently, breakfast has become one of my favorite meals of the day.  We started planning out exactly what we want to eat in the morning, ranging from pancakes and eggs to oatmeal and yogurt.  We also have a variety of pre-run snacks that taste so delicious, we literally get excited the night before about what we get to eat in the morning.  When you’re excited, sleeping extra is no longer a priority.

  10. Create a routine.

    Finally, since humans are habitual creatures, setting up a night and morning routine will help immensely.  An evening routine that has worked well for us has been having some tea, brushing our teeth, washing our faces, and reading a chapter in a book.  In the morning, we turn on the light, turn off the alarm and fan, turn on the heat, splash our faces with water, get dressed for the gym, eat a pre-run snack, and go out the door.  By doing the same thing every morning and night, you create consistency.  Consistency is vital to success.

Hope these tips were useful to you!  So far, they have been working great for us.  We’ve felt energetic all day and for the first time in a while, get amazing sleep.

We’d love to hear what kinds of tips and secrets you have for getting up in the morning.  Is there anything unique you do that you think would be useful to others?  If so, let us know!

Turning Over a New Leaf

Hello, beautiful people!  I hope you’re still there and that we haven’t lost you yet!.  We went MIA for a brief moment, as we’ve been brainstorming where we want this blog to go.

Honestly, the more we thought about it, we realized we didn’t just want a space to document our daily food and exercise.  That is so far from our original purpose of creating a blog in the first place.  Not to mention, I think it was starting to drive us crazy trying to make sure we got a picture of everything we ate.  It works for some people, but not so much for us.  (I still enjoy reading blogs that do this though and have so much respect for people who can!) It is especially difficult to do that as a couple.  So we decided we have to do what works for us.  The beauty of blogging is that you can try many, many different things until you figure it out.  What’s most important is STARTING.   

We want to take this blog in a slightly different direction.  We are going to start writing more informative and inspiring posts from which you can LEARN something, posts that just make you think, “hmm that’s interesting!”, and posts that challenge you to live the life of your dreams.  Although we may still dedicate a page or a certain time during the week to update our own progress, we mainly want to focus on letting you know about things we learn or come across that we think may help you lead a healthier, happier life.  The main point is, we will try to only write about ourselves or our journey when we feel it is something that will be of use to you

If we get down to it, the name of our blog, “The Passionate Pair”, came to existence because we wanted to help people realize there is so much more to life.  We want to inspire others to ignite passion in everything they do, whether that means leaving a job that is making you miserable or incorporating new habits into your life that can help you appreciate and love the life you already lead.  We’ve been on quite a powerful journey, both spiritually and health-wise, for the past year.  Now is our time to start sharing with the world what has led and continues to lead us down this positive and fulfilling path.  Our outlooks on life have done a complete 180* in one year, and we hope we can show others how easy it is to just be happy.  Once you learn this secret, everything else in your life starts to come together and make sense.   

For now, our main topics will focus on health, nutrition, fitness, and inspiration

We hope if you’ve been following our blog, you continue to do so.  There will still be plenty of yummy food and fitness fun to come!       

We’ll get into more details in the next coming posts, but we’re so excited and think you will be too!  Please leave us feedback with your thoughts.  Let us know if there is anything in particular you’ve been wanting to change in your life to make it more rewarding, and we’ll do our best to help you make that change.

Remember, we’re all in this together.  😉

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” – T. Alan Armstrong