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Shift Your Life Video Series - #2 - Drinking more water

Posted by Aaron Solly on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Shift Your Life 




Welcome to Video #2 in the Shift Your Life Video Series. 

In video number #1,  I talked about movement as a way to create a shift in your life. Movement involving exercise or moving your body in some shape or form. 

Today, just like in the first video we are going to have another simple and easy thing that you can do. Ultimately, it can create a shift in your life that may initially be a baby step to help you get to where you want to get to. 

Today's idea is consuming more water. I know for my...

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Shift Your Life Video Series -#1 - Movement

Posted by Aaron Solly on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, In : Shift Your Life 



Are you feeling stuck where you are at in your life right now?
Are you feeling frustrated about doing simple everyday things?
Are you finding you have little or no energy to do things that you normally love to do?
Are you trying various things to change your situation and nothing seems to be working?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may find this article helpful to bring some change to your current situation.

With this article and others to follow, I am going to share some simple...

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Life is what you make of it

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, November 13, 2014, In : Journaling 

I started journaling a lot when I was in University. 
Here is poem I wrote back in 90's.

Life is what you make of it,
How does your life make you feel?
Own your destiny, feel it within your soul,
Its fighting inside you,
It wants to come out,
It needs to breathe,
Can you feel it yet?
Do you hear it calling your name?
Release the life within you,
Don’t fight it from happening,
To live is not to fight,
To live is to live,
To love is to love,
To be one, pure of purity,
Your destiny makes you,
It is you, it is ...


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You can do anything

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, March 27, 2014, In : Music 

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Go for the Gold!

Posted by Aaron Solly on Sunday, February 9, 2014, In : Articles 
I learned something in grade eight that I wanted to share with you.

In the first month of junior high school, a school assembly was scheduled in the gym.  When I entered the gym, I couldn’t believe how many students filled it.  It was probably ten times the number of students we would have at an assembly at my elementary school.  There so many students that the gym’s four huge bleachers were full plus about ten rows of students were sitting on the floor.  As a grade eight student, I had to...

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80% of the game is between your ears

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, January 30, 2014, In : Articles 


This is the story that inspired me to write my ebooks and create this website.


“80% of the game is between your ears”, is what my senior high school

basketball coach would say to us at our practices. He would say it at the

beginning of practice as he would walk around the center of the gym where the

entire team was standing in a circle, stretching.


“80% of the game is between your ears”, he would repeat out loud. The snickers

and rolling eyes from some of the players (myself included) could...


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What are you consuming?

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, July 22, 2013, In : Articles 
How aware are you about what you are consuming on a daily basis?

1. Food
How much sugar, fat, calories etc. are you eating each day? Are you consciously monitoring this consumption?

2. Images
What images you are bringing into your mind daily? These images could be from news websites, movies, magazines etc.
How are the images you are focusing on helping you reach your goals?

3. Sounds
What type of sounds are flowing into your ears each day? This could be from the type of music you listen to. The peop...

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A quarter of Canadians suffer work-related mental health problems: study

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : In the news 
A recent article that I found interesting...

A new wide-ranging study conducted by the Universite de Montreal, Concordia University and Universite Laval with the support of Standard Life details the most common factors that trigger mental illness for Canadian workers, a problem that costs the economy in excess of $50 billion a year.
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Change is your friend

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Articles 
Do you believe that change is your friend?

So many people are afraid of change.  Change is the one consistent thing in our life.

Take a look in the mirror and then take a look at pictures of you at five, ten, fifteen, twenty, and twenty-five years old. The reality is you are changing. You are always changing.

The mileage on your car changes every time you drive it.

The amount of food in your fridge changes every time you eat something from it.

If you are into sports, the players on your favorite t...

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Prominent Scientists Sign Declaration that Animals have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Us

Posted by Aaron Solly on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : In the news 
I thought this article was worth sharing.

Prominent Scientists Sign Declaration that Animals have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Us


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You deserve it

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, May 30, 2013, In : Articles 
You deserve to feel good.

You deserve to be healthy.

You deserve to live the life you desire.


You deserve to be happy.

You deserve to achieve peace.

You deserve it all.

You deserve to make changes in your life to get it.

Exercise:
Repeat the above statements to yourself on a daily basis and watch what happens.
Feel free to add some more positive things that you deserve in your life.


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Everything is a gift

Posted by Aaron Solly on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : Articles 
My birthday is on December 25th so I have a bit of experience when it comes to receiving gifts.

My parents were very good about separating my birthday and Christmas so I felt like I was able to benefit from both.  Christmas time became a very exciting time for me. There is a joke in our family about how my mom needed to hide the Christmas edition of the Sears catalogue.  If I saw in in October or November when it first came out,  I would spend every day analyzing all the new and exciting toys ...

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The greatest mistake

Posted by Aaron Solly on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : Music 
Recently, I was reintroduced to this song by 54-40. I heard it from the perspective of the lyrics being sung to myself.


The greatest mistake - 54-40


I treated you wrong and that ain't right
It took me too long to realize
that the only thing that matters is right now

Because no one knows if the soul exists
They don't know where it goes
when it gets too hard to lift
I gotta be part of
the greatest mistake called love

Forgetting my best to treat you kind
I shouldn't have let you read my mind
And that the o...

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Even Eagles Need a Push by David McNally

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : Articles 
My good friend, Mike, shared this video with me.

I love the quote, "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?"

What part of the video resonates with you? Feel free to share your comments on this blog
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You have no problems

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : Articles 
What problems do you have currently in your life?
How are you dealing with them?

At times, life can seem like it is full of problems. There is drama at every turn. All we want is some peace and quiet yet it never seems to come.

It doesn't have to be this way.  There is a different perspective you can take.

You don't have any problems.

We only have problems if we focus on the fact that we have them. This doesn't we walk away from things happening in our lives. 

It does mean that we take a differe...

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What is your intention?

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Articles 
What are you really looking to accomplish from a conversation, a work meeting or your life for that matter?

When you are meeting someone for the first time, what are you saying to yourself about the purpose of the interaction?

If you are speaking to a client or perhaps a co worker, what is the ultimate goal of the conversation?

I have been asking myself these questions a lot lately.  It all came down to one key question for me,
what is my intention?

I have been working towards using this questio...

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See Peace

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Articles 
Where is the Peace in your life?

Do you believe that Peace is all around you?

What does Peace feel like for you?

What does Peace look like for you?

What does Peace sound like for you?

Find moments throughout your day to notice the Peace
that is always there no matter where you are or what is
going on around you.

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Reason, Season or Lifetime

Posted by Aaron Solly on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, In : Articles 

A couple of weeks ago, my son and I were visiting with my parents at their cabin. I noticed a poem that my mom's friend had left at the cabin. I didn't have a chance to write it down, but I Googled it and found it instantly. :)


The poem is about how people come into our lives. Some are for a specific reason, some are for a short time and others are for a lifetime.

Reason, Season, or Lifetime


People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you ...

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What is the lesson?

Posted by Aaron Solly on Friday, June 22, 2012, In : Articles 
Lately, while driving to and from work I have been listening to an audio recording of a talk by Michael Beckwith. He is the Founder and Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center. 

Even when I am not listening to the talk, I hear Michael’s words in my head about one aspect of his message. He shares a shift we all can make. When in a challenge, we have an opportunity to ask ourselves...

What is the lesson?
Where am I to grow?
What needs to change in me?

This is about taking ownership o...

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Remove your labels

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, May 10, 2012, In : Articles 

I attended the I Can Do It conference on May 5th of this year in Vancouver, B.C.

Wayne Dyer kicked off the day with a talk full of inspiration, insight, emotion and love.

One of the things he talked about was the importance of removing our labels.

He reminded us the labels we are given as soon as we are born. We are labelled as a boy or a girl. We are given a name. We are labelled by our weight and other measurements. We are called a good sleeper or a bad sleeper. A chubby baby or a skinny one....

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So here is the thing...

Posted by Aaron Solly on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, In : Articles 
You can be what you have always wanted to be.

You can write that book, sing to the world, teach all the children or bring peace to all.

All you need to do is focus on the good.

Two days ago, I saw Marianne Williamson speak at the I Can Do It! conference in Vancouver.

One thing she said was "Be about the good thing."

If you are always focusing on the good, what becomes your reality - goodness.

If you are full of goodness, how will you treat yourself - good.

If you treat yourself good, how will you ...
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You can do it. Really!

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, May 7, 2012, In : Articles 

You possess everything you need to accomplish everything and anything you want.

You just need to believe it.

Push aside all the noise.

The fear, the worry, the anxiety, the doubt.

You may have financial challenges.

You may have health challenges.

You may relationship challenges.

Here is the thing to really and truly remember...
We all do.  We all have challenges.

We need challenges to be able to reach our dreams.

Life for everything living thing has challenges.

Think about the challenges a baby bird has...
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Turn around - Matt Maher

Posted by Aaron Solly on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Music 
Young man on the side of the road,
Lost and beat up with nowhere to go,
Smells like a hangover from days ago,
He does what he can to survive,

Single mom with a dead end job,
Ninety hour week just to keep what she's got,
With the bills that add up and now she's caught,
 She does what she can to survive,

Well, let me say,
That love won't take away the pain,
But don't be afraid,
'Cause it will never walk away,

If you're scared that you don't matter,
If you're lost and need to be found,
If you're loo...
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Say - John Mayer

Posted by Aaron Solly on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Music 
Take all of your wasted honor
Every little past frustration
Take all of your so-called problems,
Better put 'em in quotations

Say what you need to say [x8]

Walking like a one man army
Fighting with the shadows in your head
Living out the same old moment
Knowing you'd be better off instead,
If you could only . . .

Say what you need to say [x8]

Have no fear for giving in
Have no fear for giving over
You'd better know that in the end
Its better to say too much
Then never say what you need to say again

Even if y...
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I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness

Posted by Aaron Solly on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Music 
Can't explain all the feelings that you're making me feel
My heart's in overdrive and you're behind the steering wheel

Touching you, touching me
touching you, god you're touching me

I believe in a thing called love
Just listen to the rhythm of my heart
There's a chance we could make it now
We'll be rocking 'til the sun goes down
I believe in a thing called love
Ooh!

I wanna kiss you every minute, every hour, every day
You got me in a spin but everythin' is A.OK!

Touching you, touching me
touching you, god...
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Superman-Five for Fighting

Posted by Aaron Solly on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Music 
Can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
I'm just out to find
The better part of me

I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane
I'm more than some pretty face beside a train
And it's not easy to be me

Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I'll never see

It may sound absurd, but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed, but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It's not easy to be me

Up, up and away, away from me
It's all right, you ca...
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I get to feel

Posted by Aaron Solly on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Articles 
Here is a poem I wrote a couple of months ago.

I got to feel and it was painful,

I got to feel and it was scarey,
I got to feel and it was wonderful,

I got to feel,
I got to feel,

I got to feel and it woke me up,
I got to feel and it cleared my head,
I got to feel and it made me laugh again,

I got to feel,
I got to feel,

I got to feel and it shook my world,
I got to feel and it gave me a voice,
I got to feel and it is now scaring those around me,

I got to feel,
I got to feel,

I got to feel and now it is hi...
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Step on a crack...

Posted by Aaron Solly on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Articles 
The  old saying, “Step on a crack break your mother’s back”, came to mind when I was out for a morning run the other day.

From when we were young, we learned funny sayings that stay with us as we get older.  They become imprinted in our minds. When we repeat them it brings back the feelings of being a kid and the memories from that time.

Now that I am a parent myself. I am open to looking at this saying in a different way.
What is the ultimate lesson from it? Yes, it is a fun saying, howev...
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The real reason for...hockey

Posted by Aaron Solly on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Articles 
It is playoff time for hockey right now. The road to the Stanley Cup is open for many teams and communities in North America.

Our home team is the Vancouver Canucks. Last year, the Canucks had an amazing journey to almost reach the ultimate goal - the Stanley Cup. 

One thing that was amazing to watch was the community support for the team during this journey. Companies allowed employees to wear their jersey's to work on game day.  Communities had events to bring people together to watch the g...
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The real reason for...blaming

Posted by Aaron Solly on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Articles 
There seems to be a lot of blaming going on in the world.

The local governments, federal governments and world leaders are all under fire. Corporate leaders are in the mix too.

People not getting what they need. People what freedom, they want a voice, they want to be able to live, they want to be able to contribute to society, they want safety, they want the fighting to end.

When we continue to not get what we need or want, anger can occur. The anger tends to be directed at those who appear to b...
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Feel

Posted by Aaron Solly on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Music 
A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a song by Robbie Williams called, "Feel".

I learned that this song was written and recorded by him at his big mansion.  The record company loved the song and wanted him to record the song in the studio.

It turned out he couldn't give the song the same passion that he did when he recorded from his home.  They decided to use and edit his own recorded version as it was true to his feelings about the song.


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Who are you exercising for?

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Articles 
Who are you exercising for?
 *People at work?
 *Friends?
 *Mom or Dad?
 *Strangers?
 *Someone you want to meet?
 *You?

I have been exercising since I can remember. I have over thirty years of exercising experience. :)

Here is what I have come to realize about my own motivations related to exercising. 

When I choose to exercise for myself and me only, I will do it consistently with a real desire to be in shape and feel good about who I am. It clears my mind of negative thoughts and enables me to focus...
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The real reason for...dirt

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Articles 


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Help is right here

Posted by Aaron Solly on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Articles 
There may be moments in your life when you need help and you are not sure where to find it.

Wives always joke about how they have to force their husbands to pull over and ask for directions.
They are trying to get their husbands to open their minds to a new perspective. Although it may not always work.

I have no idea where you are on your life journey right now. I can imagine if you are visiting this
website, you are seeking help for some aspect of your life.

I encourage you to open your mind to f...
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We are all responsible

Posted by Aaron Solly on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Articles 
The world is changing and we can move with the change along with it.  The key thing we need to do is take responsibility.  No more blaming, judging, condemning.

 If you are concerned about the gangs in your neighborhood, the governments use of your money, your financial situation, the homeless, the sick, the dying or world hunger...stop thinking and start doing.

The movie needs to start filming, ACTION! 

The next time you catch yourself blaming someone or judging someone’s decision or shaki...
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The real reason for...wanting

Posted by Aaron Solly on Sunday, February 5, 2012, In : Articles 


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What is good?

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Articles 
I attended a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon today.  The keynote speaker did a talk on how to have memorable conversations. She did an exercise with the group that was quite powerful. 

She asked everyone to get up and meet six people.  We were all asked to introduce ourselves and ask a simple question, "what is good?". 

I was very impressed with the energy shift in the room after doing this exercise. Everyone really opened up and were enjoying themselves.

The presenter pointed out that too...

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So where are you headed?

Posted by Aaron Solly on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : Archived Newsletter 
I read this book that my brother, Bryan, gave me for Christmas one year. The book is called "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig. It is an interesting book. It has two story lines that are interconnected.

One storyline is about a father and son who are touring across the United States on a motorcycle. The other storyline details a philosophical perspective on the word "quality" and the difficulty with defining it. Quality is referred to in the book as shapeless, for...

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The real reason for...the common cold

Posted by Aaron Solly on Tuesday, January 31, 2012,


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Run Run Everybody Run...5..4..3..2..1...Let's Run!

Posted by Aaron Solly on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Archived Newsletter 
 
Over the past few weeks, I have been learning how to run at a local running clinic.  Sound funny?  At first we thought so.  After a couple of weeks, we realized that there is more to running than just going out for a run.  Some things that can impact your ability to be able to run on an ongoing basis are your posture, your shoes, your eating habits, walk breaks and stretching.  One day a week we run with the running club and then our homework is to run two more times in the week.  Eac...

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10 Simple and Easy Ways to Increase Your Self Esteem

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Articles 

1. Exercise 3 times a week.
One of the most powerful ways to clear your mind of negative thoughts and watch your self esteem skyrocket high in the sky is to get physically active.

Are you finding it hard to get motivated to go for walk, run or get to the gym?
Does it seem like too big of a task to take on based on the situation you are in?

A 10-15 minute walk a few times a week is a great start. Then you can work your way up to 3-4 times a week gradually.

You can start tracking your weekly exercis...
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The real reason for...ice skating

Posted by Aaron Solly on Sunday, January 29, 2012,
Winter time brings back memories for me of playing in the snow and ice skating. I loved going out in our backyard and skating on the home made ice rink my Dad would make every year.

Now my son is creating memories of his own related to winter and skating. In fact, today was his very first day on ice skates. It got me thinking about the reason for ice skating.

What if the universe invented ice skating to open our minds to a new way of looking at things?

Ice skating shows us that when in a differe...
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The real reason for...band aids

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The real reason for...gossip

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, January 26, 2012,


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The real reason for...slow drivers

Posted by Aaron Solly on Saturday, January 21, 2012,
How do you react when you are driving behind a slow driver?

Does your heart start racing when you come upon one? Do you get vocal? Do you shake your head in frustration?

Or do you take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings?

What if the universe created slow drivers to give us two choices.

1. To experience anger, frustration etc.

2. To experience a slower pace and take responsibility for situations in our life.

The next time you come upon a slow driver consider you created the experience for a s...
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The real reason for...exercise

Posted by Aaron Solly on Thursday, January 19, 2012,


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The real reason for...icy roads

Posted by Aaron Solly on Saturday, January 14, 2012,


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The real reason for...social media

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, January 9, 2012,


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The real reason for...the Internet

Posted by Aaron Solly on Monday, January 9, 2012,
The internet sure has changed how we do things.

There is a lot of focus on the business benefits of the internet. Companies can reach a lot of potential customers at a fraction of the cost they used to spend on print or television media.

The music, movies and video games that are part of our lives are all online and more accessible than ever before.

The one powerful thing it has done is enabled us to connect with people all over the world in a quick and inexpensive way. 

Wikipedia states the ...
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The real reason for...high efficient light bulbs

Posted by Aaron Solly on Tuesday, January 3, 2012,
I have come to realize a new reason for having high efficient light bulbs.  These lights are great for saving us money on our electric bill plus they last longer than standard light bulbs. 

How do you react to these bulbs when you flick on the light switch and the room doesn't light up as fast as it used to?

I will be honest.  I have been getting a bit frustrated especially when I need a bright light in the room to be able to properly see what I am doing. After I had a number of experiences of...
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