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Mantra Monday XXVIII: Be Convenient When It’s Inconvenient

Author: Joe Lizz I talk a lot about taking care of ourselves and our own well-being. Nourishing our own mind, body, and soul. Self care benefits ourselves, and also ensures that our soul cup is full to pour into others. So to start this week, I want to plant the seed of helping others, even when it comes at a time when helping others isn’t easy or feels tough to fit on your to-do list. Even when it’s not convenient, compassion and kindness are a necessary expression of love. The art of friendship, of any relationship, requires it be a “two-way” street. To be the supported and supporter, the loved and the lover, the talker as well as the listener. This balance promotes growth within you...

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Mantra Monday XXIV: Surround Yourself with People Who Support AND Help Build You

Author: Joe Lizz Team Blue Ridge Hemp coming in hot with another reminder for me this past week about the importance of surrounding yourself with people who will support you and also help you grow and evolve into a better version of yourself. You want your tribe to be filled with people who are “in your corner.” You want them to be there to tell you when you’re doing well, and also when you need to get out of your own way or when you need to “get it together” and grow where you go. Surrounding yourself with the right people and at the right time(s), can be challenging. Just because someone was the right friend at a certain moment or during a certain part of your journey doesn’t...

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Mantra Monday XVIII: To Have, You Should Be

Author: Joe Lizz If you want good friends, you should be a good friend. If you want to succeed, you should be hard working. If you want to be trusted, you should be honest. The things that are worth the most in life are the things we must work for.   Sometimes that means putting in extra hours at work, sometimes that means working harder at the gym, and sometimes that means working on ourselves to be the best version of ourselves that we can for those around us. We can’t ask people to be winner friends if we aren’t also willing to be good friends ourselves. We can’t ask our significant other to compromise but always want it our way...

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Mantra Monday XV: Connect More By Disconnecting

Author: Joe Lizz We live in a beautiful time where technology makes it easier to connect with people all around the world through the internet than by dropping a letter in the mailbox or even picking up the phone to dial someone’s number. A couple of “double taps” on Instagram and several thumbs up on Facebook and you’re suddenly up-to-date on the lives of people who, for all we know, you never would have met if it weren’t for the digital world of profile photos and “Facebook wants to know how you feel” status updates.   I’m no stranger to the benefits social media can bring into my real life away from my phone, tablet, or computer.  I met one of...

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Gratitude Friday X: Thank You Rather Than Sorry

Authors: Will Oseroff and Danielle Schoen In my life, having a positive mindset has been the key to having a positive life, and the way that you speak has so much to do with your mindset.    By going into conversations with others with a negative mindset and speaking negatively, you set yourself up for negative conversations and relationships. That’s a challenging way to live your life. However, when you speak to others in positive ways, you can set the tone for a positive conversation and relationships for yourself and the other person.   I haven’t always lived this way. In the past, I was pessimistic, but I kept it to myself. I thought that there wasn’t any harm in thinking negative thoughts...

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