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Mazzastick has been featured in many top personal growth blogs such as: Pick the Brain, Dumb Little Man, and the U.K’s top personal development blog; Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life as well as syndicated sites such as Squidoo, Hub Pages, Ezine Articles, Blogger, WordPress, Go Articles and Self-Growth.com to name a few.
In addition Mazzastick has won numerous blogging awards such as:
- Best and Most Inspiring Personal Development Blogs 2016 Awards@Guided Mind.com.
- How to Meditate: 31 Meditation Teachers Show You How to Overcome the Biggest Mediation Mistakes
- Best Personal Development blog of 2014 @Empowernet.com.
- Best Personal Development Blogs of 2013 @The Start of Happiness.com
- 20 Awesome Life Coaching Blogs @Erickson.edu
- Top 100 Self Help Blogs for 2012 @Psychology of Eating.com
- Top 50 Personal Development Blogs of 2012 @Steven Aitchison.co.uk
- Top 50 Personal Development Blogs of 2011 @Steven Aitchison.co.uk
- 27 Champion Influencers Of 2011 @Motivational Memo.com
A little about me and what I believe in
I am a blogger who has committed himself to being a life-long student and teacher of personal and spiritual growth.
I began my personal development journey back in 1997 and I still consider myself a student of life while at the same time sharing what I have learned with others.
I’ve read well over 700 books and counting about personal development, spiritual growth, health and nutrition, metaphysical studies, money and business, and conscious evolution.
I am a self-professed information junkie who loves learning about new topics, theories, and ideas that I refer to as the “cutting edge of information.”
More importantly I love to share what I know and learned with others, and that is why I chose blogging as my vehicle for expression.
I recently added personal coaching services to help people achieve their goals by re-connecting with who they really are.
I am a vegetarian and I do not take drugs nor drink alcohol nor do I plan to.
I am an INFJ personality type according to the Briggs Meyers test.
Some famous INFJs are: Gandhi, Carl Jung, Plato, Thomas Jefferson, Noam Chomsky, Agatha Christie, Al Pacino, Edward Norton, Daniel Day Lewis, Marilyn Manson and Adrien Brody to name a few.
INFJs share a very unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance.
Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King
I believe’s there’s no separation between each living thing on this planet.
We are all connected on an energetic level (which quantum physics proves) and when we help someone else, we ultimately are helping ourselves. The opposite, of course – is also true.
The main purpose for my blog is conscious evolution: Conscious Evolution is a worldview that we raise the consciousness of the planet by participating in our own spiritual growth.
Mazzastick.com is dedicated to help you reach your goals, raise your awareness about our reality, to stay on track, and to keep your spirits high.
The topics I write about are chosen based on what feels right to me at the time. I don’t expect you to agree with everything I write because I am only presenting information, and it is up to you to decide what to do with it.
Most of the content is written by me, some of it is written by guest posters, and some is taken from material that I am sharing from another source like a book, blog, or You Tube video.
My goal is to express information and points of view that are in alignment with me while also being able to bring my readers to amazing authors, channelers, and sources of new information.
I don’t expect you to like, believe, or agree with everything that I write, however I do hope you bring an open, yet somewhat skeptical mind with you at all times.
The general categories of the topics that I write about are personal and spiritual growth, health and nutrition, money and business and paranormal topics.
I consider myself a researcher first and foremost.
I like to discover new ideas, theories, and new ways of being that can serve the greater good.
I am not an expert, an authority, or any other title. I am me, and this blog allows me to share ideas and topics that I enjoy and find interesting.
I mainly write about paranormal topics during Weirdo October Month.
Yes, these topics are way outside the box and yes they will stretch your beliefs a little. Don’t worry if they seem too “out there.” Take what you like and don’t read what you don’t like.
Before I get into my story I want to express to you the importance of continually working on yourself. Personal, Individual Growth is important to the future of mankind.
When we learn to look at ourselves objectively and without negative judgement, then and only then can we consciously decide to recreate ourselves in ways that serve us and the greater good.
Many of us operate from negative, counterproductive, default programming.
When we decide to consciously improve ourselves, what we are actually doing is reprogramming ourselves in ways that work in conjunction with our true values and desires and when we improve ourselves individually, we ultimately improve the collective consciousness of the planet because we are all connected on the Quantum Field level.
We’re all affecting each other all the time, the question is; do you want to be a problem or do you want to be a benefit?
Your answer will determine your fate and destiny.
Another important thing to notice is the behaviors in others you find deplorable. These behaviors are in you as well and once you stop denying yourself, and allow all that you are, then and only then will real, internal change begin.
I am always looking for ways to improve myself whether it be spiritually, personally or even regarding practical matters.
Constant, never ending improvement is the name of the game.
Personal growth is a never ending project. Even if you lived to be 1000 years old you will never be a reflection of perfection according to societies standards. Regardless, don’t let anything stop you from being the grandest version of yourself that you can be.
Personal growth takes time, so be patient, kind and forgiving with yourself and others.
Onto my story…..
Back in 1997 I moved out on my own. My best friend at the time was renting a studio apartment in a large, old farmhouse about fifteen minuted from where I was currently living.
One of the other studio apartments (there were 4 total) had become vacant and I decided I better get it before someone else does, so I did.
The studio apartment had a full size kitchen, a bedroom and living room and my own personal bathroom which was located outside in the hallway. It had a lock on the door so no one could go in there.
I was living there for about a month so far, but I wasn’t very happy about it.
It felt so strange being on my own. I was 23 years old which I thought at the time was kind of too old to be living at home.
Either way, the experience wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be. On top of not feeling very well emotionally, I got really sick. I mean like the flu sick.
I ached all over. My back hurt, my front hurt, my head hurt, I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swallow and I couldn’t eat.
I took NyQuil because that was the only way I could sleep. The next day I managed to make a doctor’s appointment. After making the 30 minute drive and waiting in the doctor’s office for another 45 minutes, all he told me was to take some aspirin and rest.
Boy, what a waste of time I thought.
I was really ill for about 3 days and it took almost 3 weeks to completely get over it, but eventually I was better and really restless.
I remember one particular night I couldn’t sleep.
It was around three in the morning and I decided to watch some Television.
I flicked around the channels and I couldn’t find anything to interest me until I found an infomercial featuring Tony Robbins.
I decided to watch it and I was totally impressed with Tony’s enthusiasm with the callers. Every caller that had bought Tony’s famous Personal Power 2: The Driving Force had nothing but great things to say about it.
I decided to call QVC and order myself a copy. Keep in mind I had already watched over an hour of Tony’s QVC segment – it was that compelling to me at the time.
The price for PP2 was $195 which is a lot of money, but Tony was such an awesome guy I knew I needed to buy this product anyway.
Previously I had read a couple of personal development books before like Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway as well as Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, but I wasn’t fully committed yet to my own personal growth.
After ordering Personal Power 2 I turned off the TV and went to bed. It arrived in about 5 days if I remember correctly. It had about 25 CD’s and a small notebook journal so I could do some personal growth exercises after listening to the CD’s.
Everyday I listened to a new CD and did the work in the small notebook. I was really committed and never missed a day.
Each day after listening to the CD’s I began feeling stronger, more confident, and more sure about my future.
Not too long after completing the course (about a month), I bought my very first home.
Things really began to change for me for the better, especially me.
What Other People Are Saying
“Justin is a thinker and is always willing to share his thoughts in a positive format wherever he inputs across the web. I have admired his interaction with his audience and his openness at times to share his fallibilities.
This is a rare trait and an honorable one. Justin depicts transparency, and for that I honor him.
His intuitiveness is outstanding and his search for truth admirable”. – Peter G. James Sinclair – Author, Speaker, Composer.
What is a Mazzastick?
I know, great question. One of the key ingredients for starting a blog is choosing a great name.
Well, guess what? Every name I chose for this blog was already taken. Out of sheer frustration I chose the name I was using for one of my email accounts which is, yes you guessed it – Mazzastick. Hey, don’t spam me! 🙂
Mazza in Italian means something to hit with like a hammer, stick or club. Hence really the name Mazzastick could mean Mazza Mazza or stick stick. Who really knows?
Either way, you got to read the incredibly interesting and wonderfully exciting way I chose the name for my blog. After doing a Google search I recently found out that Mazzastick is also some kind of dessert. Who would of thought?
The logo for my website is a Ram because I am an Aries. Fiery, tenacious, impatient, aggressive yet fiercely loyal!
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