Sometimes, we all need a little boost. Something to improve our quality of life or our situation, but unlike updating your hard drive, the process is a bit more intensive. Or maybe it just seems that way. As sentient beings, we are always on the lookout for ways to improve ourselves. It's kind of a lot of hard work, and traditional tactics (yes, a  little alliteration folks) to upgrade your life to the newest version can be complicated. They take a long time, sometimes more time than we have to give. So now, I bring you the Morning Beans Blog way to improve your life in just 5 simple, easy steps. So, how can you give a tiny effort, but still see lots of improvement in your life? Grab your cup of java juice and read on...I'll give you five ways to get a leg up and be the best human you can be. Read, read, read!  Let's be honest, when is the last time you picked up a book? Can you remember the feel of the paper beneath your fingertips? Can you still smell the sweet scent of ink on paper, and feel the excitement waiting as you eagerly…

Finding Your Purpose

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“You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” ―Margaret Young Most of us want to be successful, if not in monetary terms, then by our own definitions. Those of us who teach (and have side hustles) want to feel a sense…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Confidence, Happiness, Motivation, Self Care

Jamaican Me Crazy

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Hello peeps, and Happy Monday! "Wah gwaan widyuh todeh? Everything criss?"*Nope, I didn't step off another planet – just greeting my lovelies in patois. This post literally wrote itself after an odd exchange with my work colleagues. But more on that in a few. This has been a pretty good week. The sun is out,…
Categories: Daily-Grind, Work/Life Balance
Tags: Appreciation, Humor, Jamaica, Patois, Work

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest by T.M.Brown

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Summary: When Theo and Liddy Phillips retired to the small Georgia town of Shiloh, they expected a quieter, more relaxed life. When Theo becomes the investigative reporter for the local Sentinel, he discovers that small towns can be just as dangerous as big cities for people devoted to seeking the truth. Having narrowly escaped a brush…
Categories: Book Reviews
Tags: Book Review, Purgatory, Shiloh Trilogy, T.M.Brown

How Quarantine Changed How I Think About My Goals

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Hey there peeps! I hope you all had a good week and are recharged for this one! Doesn’t it seem like New Year’s and all those plans you were thinking of was about a zillion moons ago? All the dreams, the wants, the little tweaks for 2020…So much has changed, and then again, not really.…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Goals, Motivation, Resolutions, Self Improvement

Going the Distance: Cool Beans or Junky Java?

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"Hello, hello,hello….is anybody out there?" Pink Floyd had the right idea. It's been much longer than I thought, but now it's time to resurrect this blog. The beans are grinding, the water poured, and my freshly brewed views are steeping along with my umpteenth cup of java juice.So, where have I been? Let's see, jumping…
Categories: Daily-Grind, Journal / Gripes, Work/Life Balance
Tags: Distance Learning, Morning Beans

7 Ways to Boost that A.M. Brew

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Hi! And welcome back! It’s been a tough year, but MBB is ready to roll. I had to get the hang of the classroom again, but now that summer is here (WOOHOO!) and almost gone (BOOHOO!) I am prepared to write, write, write. Ten years was a long break from teaching, but, like many things…
Categories: Cool Beans
Tags: Benefits, Coffee, Healthy, Morning

Why Attitude is your Secret Ingredient

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And…I’m back. I find that I need more breaks between posts lately, and I humbly beg forgiveness. It’s been a busy couple of months, and all my stuff has fallen to the wayside because of my new job. Yes, you read that correctly, new job. And hence, this post sort of formed itself. As we…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Attitude, Happiness, Mindset, Positive Attitude, Success

Build Your Anxiety Immunity

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Anxiety is contagious. No, it’s true. Just think about it for a quick NY minute. Have you ever had a conversation with a friend who is under pressure? Career, relationship, kids, the dressing room at Loehmann’s? You realize when you hang up or leave the coffee shop that your neck feels a bit tense, and…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Anxiety, Healthy Attitude, Immunity, Mental Health

Lessons from the Menagerie

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We all have pre-recorded messages playing in our heads, from long ago. Often the messages are less than approving. Think back to your childhood peeps. “Watch where you’re going, Don’t put that in your mouth, etc.” Many of them percolate in our brains before our conscious memories manifest. They are buried somewhere in our minds…
Categories: Journal / Gripes, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Happiness, Love, Pets, Self Love, Unconditional Love

Time for a Break

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I have been feeling so much pressure to define who I am and what I am doing. Every time I think I have something going, one way or another I end up questioning myself. I know this should be the last thing I do. No wait, actually I shouldn’t do it at all. In any…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Awareness, Break, Faith, Healthy Attitude, Self Care, Self Improvement, Trusting Yourself