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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