Archive | May, 2015

Behavior Change and Filling Out a Help Ticket for Your Brain

27 May

When my website, Cranium Crunches, is acting funny I go through a checklist of everything I know how to fix and then, if things still aren’t working as well as I want, I go to my web host and fill out a Help Ticket.

That Help Ticket asks me to pick a type of problem, drill down a little further, and then asks for some details so the kindly tech people on the other end can diagnose and make suggestions.

Hmmmmm…..A behavior change leads to personal problem solving and if after exhausting all avenues the issue is still unresolved, that leads to reaching out for help.

Pretty simple model and one that can be applied to everyday life. I bet you know where I am going…this just might be a useful tool for brain health.

Creating a Help Ticket sounds pretty simple — pick a category and then describe the problem.  The only real challenge is creating that list of categories and making sure those categories fit problems that users (in this case you) might find important.

A little crowd sourcing is in order!  I need your help to figure out the categories to sort out the most pressing brain issues and put them in a form so you can submit a Help Ticket for your brain!

Read the question, select one answer (click it and fill in the radio button), and then select Vote.

In the past two days, have you had trouble pulling out the right word or name?

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Can you describe what you had for dinner last night?

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Do you know what you intended to do when you sat down at your computer today?

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Can you identify three specific things that are "top of mind" for you right now?

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And… what, dear friends, did I miss?

Together let’s create a Help Ticket for the brain — one that is relevant and will lead to identifying resources, exercises, and lifestyle swaps that just might make a difference in how you function!

Travel Puzzles, Brain Boosters, & a Few of Puerto Vallarta’s Many Treasures From #NATJAPV2015

13 May

The news that cruise lines are considering cancelling trips to Puerto Vallarta makes me sad. I just got back from this amazing city full of life and security.

Yes, security. Not once did I feel uneasy or unsafe. Trust me, I have been to place (even close to home) where I have felt that I was an outsider, an intruder, an unwelcome presence so I know exactly how that feels. I was never uncomfortable in this welcoming city or even in the outlying areas.

Looking beyond the hype — good, bad, or indifferent — allows you to see the real colors of where ever you are. Paying attention to the details and taking in all the sensory images every moment helps you focus on finding the good, valuable, and life enhancing qualities of a new place and helps you nourish those areas of your brain that allow you think beyond.

Here is what I saw and sensed on Day 1 of the North American Travel Journalists’ Association annual conference, Cranium Crunches style.

Quickly find the one image that is not exactly the same as the others and then take a moment and focus on the details of the photos, all taken as I comfortably, safely, and easily walked through and experienced downtown Puerto Vallarta.







Puerto Vallarta surprised me on many levels — every single one of them was a good surprise!

More to come later but for now, don’t let the fear mongers lead you astray. Experience your life.

What are your thoughts on safety and travel?


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