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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Creating A Morning Ritual

What comes to mind when you hear the words “morning ritual?”

Just hearing the words may bring up feelings from “What’s that?” to “I wouldn’t start my day without it” and many things in between.

Many of you may be thinking that it’s a great idea but “I just don’t have the time to add one more thing into my already jam-packed schedule.”  If this is the case, I want to let you know that I have also been there. 

Until recently, I had no idea the meaning of a morning ritual.  My morning ritual would consist of getting started on all of the things that needed to be done.  Many times this would happen without even energizing myself for the day.  After all, isn’t life all about getting things done?

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Welcome To My First Blog Post!

When the idea of writing a blog post came up, it intrigued me and intimidated me at the same time.  After all, I had never considered myself to be a writer but have admired others who have written blog posts. 

When making a decision about how to move forward, I thought of one of my favorite quotes by Neale Donald Walsch: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Sure, I love the quote but do I really want to step out of my comfort zone in such a big way?  Thinking about my options, I could stay safe where I currently am or make the decision to step into all of my possibilities when it comes to my life and career. 

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