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Pumpkin spice is twice as nice! #Latte

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The thought of bittersweet pumpkin aroma rising above layers of foam, whipped cream and spice is enough to drag most latte lovers out of bed on mornings when the wind starts to carry a bite.

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How to stop over thinking everything and find peace of mind

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We all over think aspects of our lives. Whether it's decisions, regrets, self-worth, or general worries about the future, we're so often stuck inside our own heads that it feels like there's no way out. Here's how to quit over thinking everything and move on.

Why We Over think

When we talk about over thinking, we're talking about a couple of different things. On one hand, over thinking is when you get caught in those loops where you're just thinking about one single event over and over. You might start over analyzing something that happened, regretting an action you took, or worrying about the future of something. On the other hand, you can over think decisions in a similar way. Here, you'll often analyze them into the ground to the point where you can't make a decision anymore.

Either way, over thinking is basically when you can't think about anything else, and it's affecting your life in a negative way. The end goal here is the same: get out of that thinking loop and move on.

Take Action Now

If you're over thinking an idea you can actually do something about, the best thing you can do is take action now. This doesn't mean you have to suddenly run off to make something, it just means you start taking a step forward.

For example, let's say you're considering moving to a new city. You can't move immediately, but if you sit and think about the process, you're going to go around in circles in your head. So, it's important to do something. In this case, you can start planning. Make a list of where you want to go. Start researching housing prices, jobs, and whatever else. Create a financial plan and goals. Write out a timeline. It doesn't matter what you do, you just need to make a move toward the idea you're over thinking. Making those plans and comparisons may even help you make your decision

Moving is a pretty simplistic example, but the basic process works for everything you're over thinking related to your own future—from quitting a job to asking someone out on date—you can draw up a plan of action to make yourself feel better. Writing for the Huffington Post, author Bob Miglani sums up this idea:

    One tip that I've learned that did more than detox my mind from over thinking is to turn my often worrisome thoughts about the future into effort and work. Taking action, doing something, working on your craft does wonders for your soul.

    Each time I would start getting worried about the future, I would make a proactive choice to physically get up from the place I was sitting and walk to the computer to start writing or working on my book. Sometimes I would go outside to work on planting the tomatoes in my vegetable garden. If I was at work during the day, I started writing ideas on how to improve my work or work on something really interesting. Whatever the work or project we choose — make sure it is a difficult one because that's when we start to get flow or momentum. That's the place where so much of our success happens.

As we've pointed out before, getting started is everything, and that's a big part when you're over thinking projects. We tend to overthink because we fear failure, but if we just start working, that dissipates quickly.

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Perfect timing

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In photography and in life, timing is everything. Check out these cool pics on Distractify by clicking the link or image above.

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Remember this

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Peace is found inside yourself. Do what you must do daily to preserve it.

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Take good care of yourselves! ♥

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Take time and spend time in solitude.

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No peace between Israel and Gaza, as diplomats rush in

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Gaza City (CNN) -- Washington's top diplomat landed in Israel on Wednesday on an urgent mission from his boss -- to push for an "immediate cessation of hostilities."


Feverish striving by diplomats to reach a cease-fire has been fruitless, as the Palestinian death toll rose to 652 Wednesday, according to a spokesman for Gaza emergency services.

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As blood continued to flow in Gaza, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry burned the candle at both ends to try to stop it, making calls until 3 a.m. to all sides.

On Wednesday, Kerry planned to shuttle between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Abbas' Fatah party has long controlled the Palestinian government in the West Bank, while Hamas has controlled Gaza. The two groups -- which have engaged in violent battles in the past -- recently announced another effort at a joint government.

Earlier Wednesday, Kerry met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, already on the ground working to stop the bloodshed in Gaza.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said a child was killed in Gaza every hour on Monday and Tuesday.

U.N. slams possible 'war crimes'

The United Nations humanitarian chief said both sides in the conflict may be guilty of war crimes.

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday.

"I unequivocally reiterate to all actors in this conflict that civilians must not be targeted. It is imperative that Israel, Hamas and all Palestinian armed groups strictly abide by applicable norms of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. This entails applying the principles of distinction between civilians and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives; proportionality; and precautions in attack. Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity."

Some Israeli officials rejected Pillay's statements about Israel. "She would be better advised to seek credible first-hand information rather than making intolerably biased statements based on newspaper clippings," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, according to The Jerusalem Post. He added that Pillay's "embarrassingly shallow and populist affirmations ... do a huge disservice to actual human rights."

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel

More than 60 tunnels found, Israel says

The Israeli military, meanwhile, said it hit more than 187 targets overnight, and most of them were in Shaja'ia. The Israel Defense Forces has warned residents of the neighborhood to flee multiple times and has accused Hamas of ordering them to remain in their homes.

An IDF force found another "terror access shaft" in Gaza on Wednesday, Israel said. Inside it were weapons, maps, and IDF uniforms, "all intended for the execution of terror attacks against Israel."

The IDF also "attacked several militants emerging from a tunnel opening" in southern Gaza, Israel said. "Since the beginning of the ground operation, more than 60 access shafts leading to some 28 tunnels were uncovered."

Palestinian ambulances shelled

Palestinian ambulances have been shelled, Gazan medics have complained. On Wednesday, the IDF said militants used one to escape the Israeli military.

The International Committee of the Red Cross prepared to go into Shaja'ia early Wednesday. The neighborhood is "partially demolished," the ICRC said.

But things were calm.

"While no formal ceasefire in the area has been announced, an informal pause appears to be in place for now," it said in a tweet.

U.N. workers' close call

Fighting shifted to Tuffah, east of Gaza City, on Wednesday.

Hamas fired a rocket-propelled grenade at an Israeli personnel carrier, it said. Israeli soldiers died in the clash, Hamas said.

An Israeli strike hit a mosque in Gaza City, killing one person and wounding 45 more.

Hamas uses schools, mosques, and hospitals for terror operations, Israeli officials say.

On Tuesday in Gaza, as Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters gunned for each other, U.N. workers trying to help civilians found themselves in the middle.

Incoming tank shells "believed to be from the Israeli military" thumped their building, an unoccupied girls' school, where the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees had housed 300 civilians.

It was at least the second shell hit in two days.

The school took fire the day before, and U.N. staff were on site to inspect that damage when shells hit again, putting their lives in danger, the UNRWA said.

The Israeli military has previously accused militants of hiding weapons in U.N. shelters, though there was no specific such claim in this incident.

In another vacant UNRWA school, workers found hidden rockets Tuesday, the second such discovery since fighting began.

In Jerusalem, Netanyahu showed Ban, the U.N. secretary-general, a collection of rockets that had been fired into Israel.

Ban called the evidence "quite shocking" and called for an immediate end to the attacks. But he also chided Israel over its military campaign, saying it "will not increase Israel's stability and security in the longer term."

No backing down

In addition to the deaths, another 4,200 people have been wounded since Israel's Operation Protective Edge started on July 8 with an airstrike campaign, a Gaza emergency services spokesman said.

The IDF added a ground offensive last week to root out Hamas attack tunnels leading to Israel. And the death toll has jumped, as Hamas has refused to back down or talk about a cease-fire.

Hamas has said it is holding an Israeli soldier it captured in an ambush on an armored personnel carrier Sunday. Six other IDF soldiers died in the ambush.

On Tuesday, the Israeli military released the soldier's name -- Sgt. Oren Shaul -- but said it was "working to identify his body."

Israeli media reported that Shaul was missing and presumed dead.

Kerry's frustrations, opportunities

Kerry has been frustrated in his efforts for nine months to build peace between Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank.

Gaza and Hamas, which the United States considers to be a terrorist organization, present a tougher set of variables.

It's hard to tell if the military or political wing of Hamas is in charge, said Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator.

But Kerry may be able to get a foot in the door, making use of a Hamas weakness: Its government is too financially strapped to care for its own people.

"Hamas leaders believe they need to show something tangible for the death and destruction their missiles have produced in Gaza," Miller said.

The United States has already pledged $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, Kerry said Tuesday.

That might not sit well with Israel, which on Tuesday accused Hamas of diverting aid to build attack tunnels into Israel.

"Just yesterday, heavily armed Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel 200 meters from a kindergarten," Israeli U.N. representative David Roet said on Tuesday.

Hamas has also been able to put some pressure on Israel to negotiate, Miller said.

Rising casualties could dent public support for Operation Protective Edge. And Hamas has proved deadlier than in the past, with tunnel attacks in Israel and tougher ground battles against Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

"They have inflicted more fatalities on the Israel Defense Forces than they did in the entire three-week war of 2008-9," Miller said.

On Tuesday, Gazan militants also inflicted a financial wound.

A Hamas missile landed a mile from the runways of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv. The close call was enough to prompt airlines around the world to stay away from Israeli tarmacs.

Much of Israel's income comes from tourism.

Can Kerry end the Gaza-Israel bloodshed?

Diplomats' mantra

Diplomats seem to be on the same page in their overarching approach to a possible cease-fire.

Kerry summed it up after a meeting Tuesday in Cairo.

"I intend ... to work to see if we can find a way forward, a way that ends the violence and then addresses the underlying causes of this crisis," Kerry said.

Egyptian and Arab League officials have already urged Hamas to accept a cease-fire, then enter dialogue to discuss its broader concerns, but Hamas has turned down their previous proposal.

Negotiators hadn't consulted its leaders, Hamas said.

It wants a broad deal, including the release of recently detained Palestinians and the easing of border restrictions. Border crossings into Israel and Egypt are closed, and Gazans are locked into their narrow strip of land, which critics have called a large open-air prison.

Abbas, the Palestinian Authority President, echoed the demand Tuesday in a televised speech.

"We want to reach a cease-fire agreement that will end all hostilities and end the siege of Gaza," he said.

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"The United States has already pledged $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, Kerry said Tuesday.

 

That might not sit well with Israel, which on Tuesday accused Hamas of diverting aid to build attack tunnels into Israel.

 

"Just yesterday, heavily armed Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel 200 meters from a kindergarten," Israeli U.N. representative David Roet said on Tuesday."

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