Receiving Is The Gift You Give Yourself

If you have any kids in your life, you know how much kids love receiving. All you have to do is look at their smiling faces and see the excitement that celebrating a birthday brings. 

What’s so great about kids (especially younger ones) is that they are living in the present moment and are not questioning whether or not they are worthy enough to receive. 

It’s all about the excitement of living in the moment and receiving is just part of that. Gotta love that!

What comes up for you when you think about receiving? 

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Journey To Discovering Your Inner Meaning

Imagine waking up each day to a life surrounded by all the people and things you love. 

You did not find yourself here overnight but through many conscious decisions you made to live a more meaningful life. 

Maybe these decisions were a long time in the making but you can’t imagine life being any other way!

You knew things had to change when you became aware that each day began to look like the next. With that awareness, you could see what was most important to you was getting the least amount of attention. 

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Take A Page From Elsa

Waking up this morning to a winter wonderland was nothing but magical.  The wet snow clinging to the branches of the trees before making its descent to the ground was awe-inspiring.

Seeing the snow clinging to the trees had me wondering where in your life might you be clinging to something that no longer adds to your life in any way?  It could be a relationship that no longer brings you joy, a belief system that needs updating or letting go of expectations you place on yourself and others. 

Holding onto things that no longer serve you can be life draining.  Living from this place keeps you from experiencing life to it’s fullest.

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8 Tools To Help You Be Mindful Each And Every Day

How was the coloring? Did you read my blog last week? We talked about how coloring gives you a chance to live in the present moment without the worry of the past and the stress of the future.

It’s so easy to live in the past or think ahead to the future, but the real magic happens in the present moment. We can’t change the past, and we can’t guarantee the future so the only thing that is a definite is the present moment.

Being present, also known as being mindful is being aware of your own life. Do you find it so easy to fill your life with distractions that they become more important than being present in your own life?

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Coloring Is No Longer Just For Kids

Have you jumped on the adult coloring book craze yet? 

You can’t walk into a bookstore without seeing them front and center. With so many great options to choose from, you can find something to please everybody.

When I recently saw an article from the Huffington Post titled “7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Are Great for Your Mental, Emotional and Intellectual Health”, I knew it was a no-brainer, and it was time to get on board. 

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Kicking The Winter Blues To The Curb

Are you ready to put winter behind you? Lack of sunlight, colder temps and staying inside make this a difficult time of year for many people. 

Were you hoping this winter was going to be different? After all, you’ve read enough about the winter blues to have an idea on how to support yourself. Or so you thought!

Then before you know it, you’re smack in the middle of winter wondering if it’s ever going to end.

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Stepping Away From Facebook In The Information Age

When I was recently given the challenge to take a two-week media cleanse, I had no idea what the outcome would be. Not only was I stepping away from Facebook and Instagram but podcasts, webinars and blogs too. Could I really do that? Could you?

Do you find yourself inundated by the media every day – losing hours of time to it? When we are being honest with ourselves, we know we should step away. But like me you probably think you wouldn’t want to miss something. I know I think “what if I miss something that would benefit my clients?”. Do we fear losing touch?

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Meditation 101

When a client reached out to me with a question about meditation, I knew she was not alone. I became curious about it a few years ago. Prior to that, I had heard about the benefits but thought meditation was something that “other” people did. After all, how could I control my wandering mind? (spoiler alert…you don’t)

Learning about meditation showed me just how wrong I was in my thinking. Meditation is for everyone regardless of age, religious beliefs and upbringing. 

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How One Simple Word Can Change Your Life

Here we are two weeks into the new year.  Have you had the chance to reflect on positive aspects of the past year? 

If so, you may have been surprised when you had the realization that there were more positive things on the highlight reel than you would have thought.  I know it’s easy to focus on what’s not working so that’s why it’s good to look for the positive to gain a new perspective. 

Having a fresh perspective can expand your life is so many ways.  It has you looking at things differently than you have looked at them before.  “Seeing” things clearly for the first time can be very eye opening. 

One new perspective that can be life changing is making the decision to say yes to yourself. 

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Create An Amazing 2016

Happy New Year!!  I love the beginning of a new year. It’s filled with so much possibility and excitement. Every day can be a fresh start but moving into a new year is something magical.

It’s a good time to reflect on the past year. Most likely your year was filled with ups and down (that’s life, right?) but what about focusing on all of the positive things that happened over the past year. Taking time to reflect can be a very eye opening experience.

What are your thoughts as you start a new year? Do you set goals and intentions for the year ahead? Maybe you think now’s the time to get organized once and for all, the chance to learn how to take time for yourself or the opportunity to bring more meaning to your life?

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Ready To Add More Love Into Your Life?

Just the thought of writing this post has me feeling vulnerable…so exposed. 

But I’m willing to go there for the growth that it will bring.  For me, and maybe for you.

Over the long weekend, I had been taking advantage of some extra time to catch up on my reading.

My most recent book was Live Your Truth by Kamal Ravikant.  This was a second reading and I am always amazed how you can read the same thing and it feels like an old friend and yet new at the same time. 

This book had so many insights for me as evidenced by all the highlighting and bunny eared pages.

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My Validation Is All I Need

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

–Thich Nhat Hanh

What would your life be like if the only validation you needed was from yourself?

I know it can definitely be hard to imagine at times but in reality its just about taking that first step.

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Ready To Start Living With Intention?

I caught myself doing it again, just last weekend.

At first I didn’t recognize it.  But it wasn’t long before I was feeling it in my body and had the awareness that I was living without intention.

That morning, I had slipped into my old habit of jumping in feet first into anything and everything calling my attention without easing into the day.

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Have You Listened For The Whisper?

Do you ever find yourself thinking about all of the transitions that we go through in our lifetime?

Some of them we will experience at the same time while others are so individual.

Last week may have been the official arrival of Fall but there were many signs that it was around the corner.  The shorter days and hearing the rustle of fallen leaves are always a clue.

Maybe you have gone through a life changing transition such as going back to work, caring for an aging parent or becoming an empty nester.

Some transitions will feel more personal to you than others.

They may start off as a whisper that you want something in your life to be different.

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Are You Ready To Find The Magic In Your Life?

I had a conversation this past week that stopped me in my tracks.  It may not have been earth shattering but it was the wakeup call that I needed.

If I am honest with myself, there have been subtle hints in my life that this was needed but I just chose not to listen. 

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How To Make Compassion Your Best Friend

How many times do you think about something that has happened in the past and believe that it defines who you are?   It could have been something you said, something you did (it sounded good at the time) or maybe it was something that you didn’t say or do but wish you did.

It’s so easy to be hard on ourselves and create a story to go along with it.   “I’m not smart enough, I’m not good enough….”.  You get the idea!

Who wants to get caught up in the loop of self-judgment?  I have no doubt that you want to get off that loop as fast as you can.  

What about trying a different approach? 

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Change Your Story, Change Your Life

Who loves to read a good story? 

The kind that lets you escape into someone else’s world even if just for a little bit.

For the parents out there, what about sharing favorite stories with your kids?

Books have always been a very important part of life for our family.  I fondly remember having “book parties” with all three of my kids. 

We would grab a stack of books, find the most comfortable location and off we went. 

Unfortunately there are other stories that are not so enjoyable.  Those are the stories that we tell ourselves.

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How Having More Fun Can Change Your Life

When was the last time that you had so much fun that you lost track of time? 

Could it be that you are unable to think of a time like that?  If that’s the case, you are not alone. 

In our culture, it is very commonplace to focus more on getting things done and getting ahead in life.  It’s easy to question where fun can fit into this equation. 

But what if incorporating some fun into your life could be the spark that is needed to light you up? 

What if you woke up each day asking yourself “what fun thing can I do today?”  This may seem like a simple idea but it has the potential to create a shift in your perception. 

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Self-care Is Not Just For Other People

Do you ever forget to take care of yourself? 

I know that you are busy and finding time for yourself can be hard.  But if you don’t, it won’t be long before you are operating from a place of exhaustion and just going through the motions. 

According to a study at North Carolina State University, self-care is the active participation in enhancing the quality of your health.

Who doesn’t want to enhance the quality of your health which would in-turn enhance the quality of your life?

There is a belief out there that self-care is indulgent but the reality is that you can only sustain your physical and mental health when self-care is a non-negotiable priority.  Taking care of yourself allows you to be the best possible version of you.

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Making Space By Clearing The Clutter

As I write this blog post, I am sitting on a park bench in a beautiful green space waiting for my son to complete his first in car driving lesson.   With the post being about clearing the clutter, it makes me smile thinking about how that is the last thing on my mind right now.   And it feels so good!

With the warmer temps and longer days in my part of the country, the idea of clearing the clutter is as exciting to me as not needing to wear as many layers.  I know that I am ready to shed what no longer serves me, whether it is extra layers or clutter.

So many of my conversations lately have centered around everyone’s desire to let go of all of the clutter.  This tells me that I am not alone. 

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