Open Your Heart

We unknowingly go through life closed off to people, the environment, and social situations. Yes, we interact with people on a daily basis, but are you truly yourself 100 percent of the time?

Life is constantly tossing us challenges and the results will often change us, for the better or worse. Happiness is a state of mind and a choice. Regardless of what challenges you’ve had, it is time to choose happiness. Yes, it can be hard, but it starts with opening your heart.

Opening your heart starts from within. It will allow you to eliminate sadness and unforgiving thoughts of others and ourselves. Absorbing positivity will generate a sense of mental freedom and clarity.

Appreciate who you are and be yourself. Many people wander the earth without knowing who they are. Do you? Are you simply going through the paces of life like a robot? Stop and take a moment to discover your true self.

Be open to receiving anything and everything. It’s great to be independent, but even the most independent person needs help. Instead of rejecting help, take it. Take some of the weight off of your shoulders. Accepting help will not devalue your independence or strength.

Open your heart to past mistakes, accept them, learn from them and move into the future with newfound knowledge. The past can eat at us. Don’t lose sight of who you are now and how you can better yourself.

Do something you love every day. For me, it’s writing. It is sometimes hard for me to organize my thoughts because my brain is constantly churning. Writing helps me focus my thoughts and express myself. Sometimes, reading my own words is therapeutic.

Natural Energy Boosters to Beat Exhaustion

Most of us are overworked and exhausted all the time. Either we don’t get enough sleep or still feel tired after eight hours. We are surrounded by energy zappers. Whether they are visible, hidden or randomly smacking us in the face, it can put a strain on our lives.  Since we are programmed to “go, go, go,” chugging coffee or sugar-packed energy drinks may be your first choice, but there are several natural energy boosters.

Stand Up
Many of us work at a desk and find ourselves sitting for hours in front of a computer screen. We often eat our lunch at our desk and only get up to use the restroom or attend a meeting. You’re probably feeling tired right now. Perk up by standing at your desk. Simply standing can reduce stress and fatigue. Standing has also been proven to boost productivity levels. Of course, you don’t have to stand for the full eight-hour shift. Standing for 20 minutes can increase blood flow and allow you to stretch your muscles.

Take a Walk
When feeling exhausted, your first thought may be to take a nap. Instead, take a walk. Even if you can only step away for five minutes, simply walking to the water cooler or walking to a restroom further down the hall is beneficial. So step away for a minute even if it is to go nowhere.

Increase Your B12 Intake
If you’re B12 deficient, one of the first signs is fatigue. B12 is a complex vitamin that cannot be stored in the body. You need to either take a supplement or eat B12 rich foods on a daily basis. B12 helps keep your thyroid functioning and your red blood cells healthy.

Stay Hydrated
Water is a no-brainer. Instead of drinking tons of coffee, try plain water or add a few squeezes of lemon for flavor. Green tea is a great alternative. Many fruits and vegetables also contain water. If you aren’t sure about the amount of water you should drink a day, divide your body weight by two. That is the number of ounces you should drink per day.

Make Your Own Energy Drink
There are a lot of energy drinks on the market, but many of them are packed with sugar and other unnatural ingredients. Try one of these simple electrolyte-packed natural energy boosters for a long-lasting natural boost.

Reduce Your Carb Intake
Carbs are delicious, but they can do damage to your energy levels. Simple carbs like cookies, donuts and processed foods are guaranteed to make you feel sluggish. Simple carbs may give you a temporary boost by spiking your blood sugar, but you will crash once it falls. Eat whole-grain, low-glycemic carbs. Your body will take longer to digest these carbs allowing a more leveled energy increase instead of a crash and burn effect.

Sit Up
Slouching can cause bent arteries and the restriction of blood flow. Slouching also makes your muscles work harder when your bones should be doing the work. Simply switching up your posture can give immediate relief. Many of us never notice we are sitting with our shoulders and neck forward arching our backs. Try sitting upright with your shoulders back and neck shifted up.

Socialize and Be Active
You got enough sleep, you didn’t work hard, but you still feel exhausted. Hang out with a high-energy friend. Sometimes a change in your environment can uplift and revitalize your mind and body. If you have a friend who enjoys going to the gym or for a hike, hang with them. Physical activity is one of the best natural energy boosters. You’ll feel great during and after your outing.

Magnesium
It’s important to eat magnesium-rich foods or a high-quality supplement. Our bodies do not produce magnesium on its own, so it is important to get the proper daily amount. Adults should take no more than 300-350 mg a day. Magnesium helps manage muscle and nerve function as well as energy production.

Incorporate one or all of these natural energy boosters and you’ll feel a difference in your energy and overall mood.

Why Choose Planet Stone

At Planet Stone, we pride ourselves in offering the best customer service, excellent installation and affordable prices. We’ve served the Los Angeles area since 2005 and have partnered with a variety of manufacturers to offer customers the highest quality products. We offer a variety of stones to meet your style and needs including quartz, granite, marble, limestone, travertine, and soapstone.

Planet Stone is exclusively set up to provide custom made stone products that are shipped to the job site and are ready for installation.

What We Do

Planet Stone will help with full kitchen remodeling projects and countertop replacement, as well as backsplash and tile work. We’ll make sure your kitchen looks the part for all of your cooking and entertaining needs. We now offer a full line of kitchen cabinets and sinks to help complete your design.

If you aren’t sure about the color scheme, play with a variety of options in our virtual kitchen designer to see which color combination and countertop work for you. Write down your final virtual design details and call 818.890.0810 so we can get started.

Let our amazing crew give your bathroom a fresh makeover. Using our beautiful stone for your tub or shower, vanity, walls, and flooring will create the spa-like atmosphere you desire. We also offer sinks and cabinets to help complete your look.

Let Planet Stone give your business a touch-up. We specialize in flooring, exterior stonework, tabletops, and multi-unit projects. Whether you need to revamp your reception area or your restaurant, we’ll get the job done.

How to Get Started

To request a free estimate, follow these simple steps:

  1. View Our Stone Collection – Choose between custom, prefab and natural stones (all listed under our Materials tab).
  2. Choose an Edge Type – Choose the best edge style for your countertop or use the layout of your current countertop. We offer standard and custom styles.
  3. Provide the Details – To provide an accurate estimate, we’ll need you to fill out a detailed form. Include dimensions of the project area, upload overhead images and additional details based on your project. We want to provide the best estimate possible.

What You’ll Experience

Planet Stone combines great customer service, high-quality control, and excellent craftsmanship to manufacture and install our materials. We’ll work with you every step of the way to get the final look you want. We stand behind our craftsmanship and offer a one year warranty on all installations and labor. For more information about our warranty, visit our FAQ page. You can also visit our blog for more design tips.

We’d love to hear from you and discuss how we can help bring your remodeling project to life!

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Build Your Character

“Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action.” – Helen Gahagan Douglas

There is a myth that nobody can change their character. Your character isn’t permanent. It has a tendency to adapt to certain actions and situations.

So, how do you build character? Let’s start feeling strong-willed and firm.

Do the Right Thing

What exactly is doing the right thing? Well, that’s up to you. There are people who have the right values and will usually do the right thing, but they can still be unpleasant. Do you have a clear set of values and beliefs? These core values and beliefs will often stem from how you were raised, but as you get older, you have the power to change those values and beliefs to become a better person.

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Wednesday Was a Productive Day

Long time no write! Oof, it has been an interesting two years and I’ve really slacked up on my writing. I’ve been so busy with work that I literally come home, eat, and sometimes hop right into my bed and sleep for the rest of the night. I haven’t had much time to really concentrate on myself due to my awkward schedule. Now that I have control of my schedule, I have a bit more “me time.”

Yesterday, I randomly decided to get into bed and take a little nap. It, unfortunately, lasted until almost 1am. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go to work today, so I decided to do a little workout. I ended up lollygagging for about two hours until actually doing cardio with a mixture of weight lifting. I finished around 3:30am, hopped back into bed around 4:30am, blinked, and suddenly the sun was rising. Instead of letting my workout high diminish, I walked over to Dunkin Donuts a little after 6am to get coffee like a moron. As a result, I’ve been up all day without a nap and had one of the most productive days I’ve had in a while.

I ate breakfast, painted a canvas for my mother, ate lunch, cleaned my apartment, and now writing this blog post. All I have to do now is a workout and that will be done a bit later. This may not sound like much, but on my days off, I usually get lost on YouTube or Twitch looking at nothing important. For this to be one of the first days that I actually got a few things done is amazing.

Recently, I’ve started a fitness journey Instagram account. I’ll talk about my struggles of weight in a different post. I’ve been feeling more motivated lately. I don’t know why, but I shouldn’t question it.

Other than that, I’m feeling good! I’ve changed the title of this blog so many times that I think I’ve finally found a name that fits my personal journey. I’m getting my life after putting it on pause for so long!

Open Your Heart

We unknowingly go through life closed off to people, the environment, and social situations. Yes, we interact with people on a daily basis, but are you truly yourself 100 percent of the time?

Life is constantly tossing us challenges and the results will often change us, for the better or worse. Happiness is a state of mind and a choice. Regardless of what challenges you’ve had, it is time to choose happiness. Yes, it can be hard, but it starts with opening your heart.

Opening your heart starts from within. It will allow you to eliminate sadness and unforgiving thoughts of others and ourselves. Absorbing positivity will generate a sense of mental freedom and clarity.

Appreciate who you are and be yourself. Many people wander the earth without knowing who they are. Do you? Are you simply going through the paces of life like a robot? Stop and take a moment to discover your true self.

Be open to receiving anything and everything. It’s great to be independent, but even the most independent person needs help. Instead of rejecting help, take it. Take some of the weight off of your shoulders. Accepting help will not devalue your independence or strength.

Open your heart to past mistakes, accept them, learn from them and move into the future with newfound knowledge. The past can eat at us. Don’t lose sight of who you are now and how you can better yourself.

Do something you love every day. For me, it’s writing. It is sometimes hard for me to organize my thoughts because my brain is constantly churning. Writing helps me focus my thoughts and express myself. Sometimes, reading my own words is therapeutic. 

The Power of Sharing and Generosity

Sharing or generosity is an undervalued attribute in society. We live in a world where people feel as if sharing will minimize their opportunities, time or money. Some people will only give when the opportunity suits them or when they want something in return. What happened to genuinely wanting to share?

When you’re open to sharing, materialism will have less of a grip on your life. You will be able to shift your focus from yourself to the object of your generosity. You won’t be the center of attention for that moment and that’s OK. Even a meager dose of generosity can change someone’s life.

Studies have shown that people who are generous, feel happier, more fulfilled and confident. This psychological change helps people to discover their purpose and can lower their sense of selfishness.

The mindset of competition in everything we do is a false premise. If you are a successful artist, business person, musician, or any other form of expert and have the knowledge to help someone else, share it. People who are truly generous know that life is short and they only have a small amount of time to leave an imprint on this earth.

When you genuinely share, people will recognize you as a helpful resource. Let’s face it, this can be negative and positive. You do have to be careful with people who are grateful for your help but will try to take advantage of your generosity down the road. Hopefully, you’ll encounter more people who will never forget the generosity you provided and will be there for you in your time of need without asking.

This world needs more generous people! 

Do you consider yourself to be a generous person?