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11 Morning Habits That Can Change Your Life


  
Your morning can be that make-or-break time that sets you up for a good day or a bad day. Here are 11 habits you can establish that will put you on the path of stringing together good day after good day.

1. Wake Up Earlier

This is priority one because in order to fit in a fantastic morning you’re going to need some extra time compared to your current routine.

If you’ve turned into a night owl because of the peace and quiet it affords, you’ll be equally satisfied by the same peace and quiet an early morning provides, and it’s simply a matter of shifting your personal time to the wee hours of the morning rather than late at night. The difference to your body is noticeable.

The Ideal Time to Wake Up
Wake up in conjunction with circadian rhythms if possible. Civil twilight is a great time to wake up because there will be enough light to see, the birds are chirping, and you still have time to catch the sunrise if you’re keen. Since this time varies by the time of year, it may be more feasible during some seasons than others. Give yourself an hour and a half before you have to be out the door.

2. Drink a Glass of Warm Lemon Water

  
Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an excellent way to get your body going. It’s like oil for the Tinman as it goes to work lubricating all of your different internal systems.

You want the water to be warm so that it’s not a shock to your system first thing in the morning. The lemon will help get your digestive system ready for the coming meals, and makes the water tastier. You can add a bit of honey to it as well if you want to cut down on some of the tartness.

The Rehydration Process
When you wake up in the morning you’ve just gone without water for about 8 hours, so it’s important to turn things around and start up the flow of water again. What you don’t want to do is leave out the water and go along with your day, having breakfast and other beverages before addressing your need for water.

3. Scrape Your Tongue

Taking time to scrape your tongue is one morning routine you won’t want to give up once you start it. It helps get rid of morning breath, and also is in line with the rejuvenation process you need to do to make the transition from sleep to wakefulness each day.

As a bonus you’ll be able to taste your food better without the film that’s on your tongue even after brushing your teeth.

The Right Scraper
Some toothbrushes come with a built-in scraper on the back of the head. If yours doesn’t have one you’ll want to invest in one. You can find some that are literally just a plastic triangle-shaped scraper, and others that feature special bristles that are designed to get into the grooves of your tongue. You can also go with the type that is stainless steel and U-shaped to get the job done.

4. Do a Stretching Routine

Stretch in the morning to wake your muscles up and get them ready for the day ahead. You should always modify any workout to your own abilities, and search until you find one that resonates with you.

You can also use this time to do a yoga routine, or an exercise routine, if you feel so inclined or are trying to lose weight. However, if you currently aren’t exercising regularly we recommend starting off with just some morning stretches until that becomes a habit, and then transitioning into yoga and other exercises when you organically start to feel like you could do more than just stretch.

How Long Do I Have to Stretch?
When first starting out it doesn’t matter how long you stretch, just as long as you do it. If you only have a few minutes for it, just do a few minutes. You’ll find that as you develop the habit, you’ll end up stretching for longer periods of time, and it will naturally expand on its own without the need to force yourself to do it for a set time.

5. Rebound 100 Times

  
Rebounding on a mini-trampoline is the perfect morning exercise. It’s zero impact, and perfect for any physical fitness level. You don’t even have to get any air on it for it to be effective. Just lightly bouncing on it is effective for stimulating lymph movement and drainage as well as helping your thyroid.
You can repeat this process a few times per day, whenever you feel like you need a pick-me-up. It helps keep you energized without the use of energy drinks or other sugary or caffeinated beverages.

Firms Up Your Whole Body
You’ll notice that when you first start bouncing you’re kind of going with the flow, but by the time you hit your 100th bounce your body has tightened up considerably, in a good way. This is working each muscle in your body, your leg muscles, core, and upper body. A great way to start the day, get your juices flowing, and just plain feel good!

6. Dry Brush Your Body

Dry brushing the body is an Ayurvedic practice that helps improve your circulation and slough off dead skin cells.
Brushing towards your heart is essential, and you’ll want to start at your extremities and work your way in, covering all of your parts before hopping in the shower.

Dry brushing will help leave your skin feeling smoother, and you’ll notice the difference after you’ve dried off. Apply a moisturizer afterward to retain that suppleness.

Which Brush to Use?
Choose a brush that is good at exfoliating, but not one that is so rough you don’t look forward to using it. A dry loofah or other brush designed to scrub the skin works best. You don’t want it to be too soft on your skin or it won’t do the job, but if you opt for a softer brush you can apply more pressure so that it works.

7. Listen to Uplifting Music or Audiobook

Starting your morning with music you find beautiful, or a book you find inspirational or motivational, is the perfect way to set yourself up for success. It can give you something to look forward to in the morning, and sets you up with the right mindset to greet the day.
You can adjust your music for the type of day you want to have, whether you need something that gets you pumped for an action-packed day, or something more soothing so you can handle a stressful day.

The mind is hungry for new tidbits of information it can go to work on, and you should feed it every day, the same way you feed your body.

Choosing the Right Audio
Whether you pick a group of songs, or an audiobook that inspires you, is up to you. Choose your songs carefully though, as they can get stuck in your head, and if this sort of thing drives you crazy you might be better off listening to a book.

8. Green Smoothie Time

  
Now that we’ve woken up with the sun, brushed our teeth and scraped our tongue, rehydrated, stretched, rebounded, dry brushed the skin, showered while listening to pleasing music, it’s time to nourish the body with a refreshing green smoothie.

The green part of the smoothie is what’s really going to help boost your energy levels this morning. That’s because it will likely be spinach, kale, or some other leafy green providing phytonutrients, fiber, and minerals. Set a timer for 30 minutes after you drink it and notice how much better you feel.

Finding A Great Green Smoothie Recipe
Just about any non-green smoothie can be made green with the addition of spinach or kale.

9. Meditate for a Few Minutes

Right now you should be in a really happy place, a green smoothie coursing through your digestive system, and all of the helpful things you’ve done should all be having a cumulative effect. There’s no better time to sit and clear your mind for a few minutes.

There’s also no right way to meditate, so if you’ve tried specific methods and didn’t really like it, it’s time to develop your own personal style. Choose a position that you find comfortable, and decide if you’d like music or not. Just sitting and listening to the silence can be enough for most.

Why Just a Few Minutes?
You don’t need to go into a trance or spend an hour in the lotus position to meditate. You can get the benefits from just a few minutes and you’ll see a marked improvement in the upward trend your days start to take. We’re being intentionally vague here because “a few” can mean whatever it means to you, and however you feel in the moment (or what the clock allows in the morning).

10. Smile at Yourself in the Mirror for 30 Seconds

This is a can’t-miss way to boost your self esteem, and once you get into the habit you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. It’s basically just a matter of designating some time as true “me time” and seeing a happy you reflected back in the mirror.

This works on a number of different levels, but at the core is the ability it gives you to talk right to the bigger part of yourself, the part that is running in the background and getting the important things done.

Make sure you’re smiling, it doesn’t have to be a big goofy grin, just the hint of a smile works, like you’ve got some tricks up your sleeve and you’re ready to show the world what you can do. You’ll be surprised at the positive thoughts this exercise inspires.

Morning Validation
What you’re doing here is basically checking in with yourself, giving yourself that look of determination that you’ll need to make it through the day and accomplish all of your goals. No matter what happens the rest of the day, you’ve at least said hello to that deeper part of yourself and given words of encouragement.

11. Write Out Your Top 3 for the Day

If you lead a busy life chances are things fall through the cracks on a daily basis. To help stop this from happening you should list the three things you really want to get done today, and above all else, make sure they get done.

Once you establish the habit of getting the most important three things of the day done, you’ll be able to build up confidence and go for bigger and bigger things. A funny thing also happens, all of the smaller stuff that you thought needed to get done either does get done without being on your list of three, or fades away because it wasn’t that important to begin with.

Just 3, No More No Less
If you start getting carried away and adding more than three, you’ll find you won’t get to the fourth and fifth and so on, and then you’ll get discouraged. Force yourself to come up with three good ones, even if your day is largely unstructured. You’ll feel better at the end of the day knowing you at least got 3 important things done.

  
 

 

Sequoyah Is The 5th Generation Grandfather Of Lisa Christiansen 


  
  
  
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Researched by Pam Wilson

Authenticated by The Cherokee Nation

 Research documenting the lineage of Christiansen to Sequoyah (Creator of the Cherokee syllabary.) The records are verified through the Cherokee Nation and the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Sequoyah is our very own Lisa Christiansen’s 5th generation grandfather. George “Sequoyah” Gist was the son of Wut-Teh, the daughter of a Cherokee Chief and Nathaniel Gist/Guess, a Virginia Fur Trader He was born in Tennessee but left as a youth and removed to Georgia. There he worked as a silversmith. Sequoyah did not sign his works since he did not know how to write. 
He was born in Tennessee but left as a youth and removed to Georgia. There he worked as a silversmith. Sequoyah did not sign his works since he did not know how to write. He began to study how to spell his name, and in 1809 he began working on a Cherokee writing system.

At Willstown, Alabama, he enlisted in the Cherokee Regiment, fighting in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, which effectively ended the war against the Creek Redsticks. During the war, he became convinced of the necessity of literacy for his people. He and other Cherokees were unable to write letters home, read military orders, or record events as they occurred. After the war, he developed a phonetic system, where each sound made in speech was represented by a symbol. He created the “Talking Leaves”, 86 letters that make up the Cherokee syllabary. In 1821 the Cherokee Nation adopted Sequoyah’s alphabet, and thousands of Cherokee became literate. In 1824 the National Council at New Echota struck a silver medal in his honor. Later, publication began on the first Native American newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix in the same town. 

H.A. Scomp, member of Emory College faculty, declared that ‘…perhaps the most remarkable man who has ever lived on Georgia soil was neither a politician, nor a soldier, nor an ecclesiastic, nor a scholar, but merely a Cherokee Indian of mixed blood. And strange to say, this Indian acquired permanent fame, neither expecting or seeking it.’

Sometime between 1843 and 1845, George died during a trip to San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, when he was seeking Cherokee who migrated there at the time of Indian Removal. His resting place is believed to be in Zaragoza near the Mexico-Texas border.

The following document gives the most circumstantial account of the death of Sequoyah:
Warren’s Trading House, Red River,

April 21st, 1845.
“We, the undersigned Cherokees, direct from the Spanish Dominions, do hereby certify that George Guess of the Cherokee Nation, Arkansas, departed this life in the town of San-fernando in the :month of August, 1843, and his son Chusaleta is at this time on the Brasos River, Texas, about thirty miles above the falls, and he intends returning home this fall.:Given under our hands the day and date written.”

STANDING X(his mark) ROCK

STANDING X (his mark) BOWLES

WATCH X (his mark) JUSTICE

WITNESSES 

Daniel G. Watson

Jesse Chisholm.”
In 1938, an expedition of scholars set out to find Sequoyah’s grave in Mexico. They were unable to conclusively determine the grave site. A possible burial site is also noted in Coahuila, Mexico, where pilgrimages are held in honor of his legacy.

In 2011, the Muskogee Phoenix published an article relating a discovery in 1903 of a gravesite in the Wichita Mountains that they believed was Sequoyah’s. The site was in a cave and contained a human skeleton with one leg shorter than the other, a long-stemmed pipe, two silver medals, a flintlock rifle and an ax. However, the site was far north of the Mexican border.

Direct descendants of Sequoyah are Sosti (Mary Ann Eslinger) Groundhog-deceased ( http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39694654 ) , 

Survived by Gi- Dee-Thlo-Ah-Ee ( Lisa Christiansen *the only bilingual direct descendant fluent in both Cherokee and English ) ᎦᏗᏠᎡ ᏖᏁᏔᏗ, Ciarre Christine, and Cherise Nancy.

Sequoyah is survived by Lisa Christiansen (birth name GI-Dee-Thlo-Ah-Ee is from his wife Lucy Guess (A-Ga-Di-Ya) Lisa is the only Bilingual living direct descendant of Sequoyah.

Sequoyah, named in English George Gist or George Guess, was a Cherokee silversmith. In 1821 he completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible.

The following was researched and recorded by the Cherokee Nation (Sequoyah is Lisa Christiansen’s great, great, great, great grandfather) 

“Now we come to Lisa Christine Christiansen’s other great, great, great grandparents on her grandmother, Sallie Dick Groundhog’s side of the family. Stealer and Betsy Jumper’s daughter Nancy married George Dick. Their children are: George Junior, Cherokee Roll 20,850; Mary (Mrs. John Dreadfulwater); Wahlesah; and Lilly. George became a citizen on July 10, 1905.

Sequoyah’s great granddaughter Mary Guess (Gist) is Lisa’s great, great, great grandmother. Mary married Charley Dirteater…. Their children are Willie (Gist) Guess; Belle Dirteater; Jim Wolfe; Henry Dirteater; Dick and Stan Dirteater. Maggie Sourjohn and Mrs. Sam Shadoin. Their daughter Belle, Cherokee Roll 18,498, field card 7886 on Cherokee Card 9093 shows she married George Dick on November 3, 1906. On that same day she became a citizen of the United States of America.
Lisa Christine Christiansen’s great grandparent’s records are:

Application, Census card, name, Roll# 
16964 9093 9685 George Dick CRN 20850
17188 7886 9686 Belle Dirteater 18498
10389 9919 12741 Joseph L. Groundhog 26091
14697 10244 12742 Nannie Gritts 29265

The records are at the Fort Worth, Texas regional office and at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. 

In the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Cherokee Volume 235, page 5; a schedule of the property belonging to the estate of Ground Hog, dec. totaling $99.53/1/2 is recorded. It is not dated but the schedule of property of another Cherokee just below it is dated 1867. 

On page 61 of the same volume is Captain Budd Gritts’ will dated December28, 1867. In volume 52, page 505; Elizabeth Ross stated in 1937 “The organizers of the Kee-too-wah Society in 1857, through the first head Captain, Budd Gritts (later a Captain of one of the Cherokee Companies in the Civil War) decreed that an annual convention be held somewhere at a convenient distance from Tahlequah.

 In the National Archives in Washington these files include genealogical information as well as data concerning their land allotments such as official land descriptions and listings of improvements.” 

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Sequoyah Is The 5th Generation Grandfather Of Lisa Christiansen 


  
  
  

Published by WhoSay

Researched by Pam Wilson

Authenticated by The Cherokee Nation

 Research documenting the lineage of Christiansen to Sequoyah (Creator of the Cherokee syllabary.) The records are verified through the Cherokee Nation and the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Sequoyah is our very own Lisa Christiansen’s 5th generation grandfather. George “Sequoyah” Gist was the son of Wut-Teh, the daughter of a Cherokee Chief and Nathaniel Gist/Guess, a Virginia Fur Trader He was born in Tennessee but left as a youth and removed to Georgia. There he worked as a silversmith. Sequoyah did not sign his works since he did not know how to write. He began to study how to spell his name, and in 1809 he began working on a Cherokee writing system. At Willstown, Alabama, he enlisted in the Cherokee Regiment, fighting in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, which effectively ended the war against the Creek Redsticks. During the war, he became convinced of the necessity of literacy for his people. He and other Cherokees were unable to write letters home, read military orders, or record events as they occurred. After the war, he developed a phonetic system, where each sound made in speech was represented by a symbol. He created the “Talking Leaves”, 86 letters that make up the Cherokee syllabary. In 1821 the Cherokee Nation adopted Sequoyah’s alphabet, and thousands of Cherokee became literate. In 1824 the National Council at New Echota struck a silver medal in his honor. Later, publication began on the first Native American newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix in the same town. H.A. Scomp, member of Emory College faculty, declared that ‘…perhaps the most remarkable man who has ever lived on Georgia soil was neither a politician, nor a soldier, nor an ecclesiastic, nor a scholar, but merely a Cherokee Indian of mixed blood. And strange to say, this Indian acquired permanent fame, neither expecting or seeking it.’ Sometime between 1843 and 1845, George died during a trip to San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, when he was seeking Cherokee who migrated there at the time of Indian Removal. His resting place is believed to be in Zaragoza near the Mexico-Texas border. The following document gives the most circumstantial account of the death of Sequoyah:[6] Warren’s Trading House, Red River, April 21st, 1845. “We, the undersigned Cherokees, direct from the Spanish Dominions, do hereby certify that George Guess of the Cherokee Nation, Arkansas, departed this life in the town of San-fernando in the :month of August, 1843, and his son Chusaleta is at this time on the Brasos River, Texas, about thirty miles above the falls, and he intends returning home this fall.:Given under our hands the day and date written.” STANDING X(his mark) ROCK STANDING X (his mark) BOWLES WATCH X (his mark) JUSTICE WITNESSES Daniel G. Watson Jesse Chisholm.” In 1938, an expedition of scholars set out to find Sequoyah’s grave in Mexico. They were unable to conclusively determine the grave site. A possible burial site is also noted in Coahuila, Mexico, where pilgrimages are held in honor of his legacy. In 2011, the Muskogee Phoenix published an article relating a discovery in 1903 of a gravesite in the Wichita Mountains that they believed was Sequoyah’s. The site was in a cave and contained a human skeleton with one leg shorter than the other, a long-stemmed pipe, two silver medals, a flintlock rifle and an ax. However, the site was far north of the Mexican border. Direct descendants of Sequoyah are Sosti (Mary Ann Eslinger) Groundhog-deceased, Survived by Gi- Dee-Thlo-Ah-Ee ( Lisa Christiansen *the only bilingual direct descendant fluent in both Cherokee and English ) ᎦᏗᏠᎡ ᏖᏁᏔᏗ, Ciarre Christine, and Cherise Nancy. Sequoyah is survived by Lisa Christiansen (birth name GI-Dee-Thlo-Ah-Ee is from his wife Lucy Guess (A-Ga-Di-Ya) Lisa is the only Bilingual living direct descendant of Sequoyah. Sequoyah, named in English George Gist or George Guess, was a Cherokee silversmith. In 1821 he completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible. the following was researched and recorded by the Cherokee Nation (Sequoyah is Lisa Christiansen’s great, great, great, great grandfather) “Now we come to Lisa Christine Christiansen’s other great, great, great grandparents on her grandmother, Sallie Dick Groundhog’s side of the family. Stealer and Betsy Jumper’s daughter Nancy married George Dick. Their children are: George Junior, Cherokee Roll 20,850; Mary (Mrs. John Dreadfulwater); Wahlesah; and Lilly. George became a citizen on July 10, 1905. Sequoyah’s great granddaughter Mary Guess (Gist) is Lisa’s great, great, great grandmother. Mary married Charley Dirteater…. Their children are Willie (Gist) Guess; Belle Dirteater; Jim Wolfe; Henry Dirteater; Dick and Stan Dirteater. Maggie Sourjohn and Mrs. Sam Shadoin. Their daughter Belle, Cherokee Roll 18,498, field card 7886 on Cherokee Card 9093 shows she married George Dick on November 3, 1906. On that same day she became a citizen of the United States of America. Lisa Christine Christiansen’s great grandparent’s records are:

Application, Census card, name, Roll# 

16964 9093 9685 George Dick CRN 20850

17188 7886 9686 Belle Dirteater 18498

10389 9919 12741 Joseph L. Groundhog 26091

14697 10244 12742 Nannie Gritts 29265

The records are at the Fort Worth, Texas regional office and at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Cherokee Volume 235, page 5; a schedule of the property belonging to the estate of Ground Hog, dec. totaling $99.53/1/2 is recorded. It is not dated but the schedule of property of another Cherokee just below it is dated 1867. On page 61 of the same volume is Captain Budd Gritts’ will dated December28, 1867. In volume 52, page 505; Elizabeth Ross stated in 1937 “The organizers of the Kee-too-wah Society in 1857, through the first head Captain, Budd Gritts (later a Captain of one of the Cherokee Companies in the Civil War) decreed that an annual convention be held somewhere at a convenient distance from Tahlequah. In the National Archives in Washington these files include genealogical information as well as data concerning their land allotments such as official land descriptions and listings of improvements.” 

Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial

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