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September 6, 2018

I was at a potentially contentious meeting this morning.  I knew there would be time for a break, therefore, I brought a book to read.  Funny how you attract just what you need, this is the passage that I read during the break …

Mind Like Water

“Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond.  How does the water respond?  The answer is totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input, then it returns to calm.  It doesn’t overreact or underreact.”  Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does. ~ Getting Things Done by David Allen

I am sure we all heard the saying, don’t sweat the small stuff, but the imagery of the water’s property and calmness just put me in a Zen-like state.  It really put me in the present moment, made me really stop and think before responding, being overly emotional, being like the water, responding appropriately. 

I hope it has the same affect for you!

September 25, 2017

Surprisingly, I have never used a habit tracker before.  I have used many to-do lists, planners, calendars, and other systems before, but never a habit tracker.

I sectioned my habit tracker into categories, physical health, mental health, etc.  Across from my habits, I listed the benefit of each.  Sometimes we need to be reminded why we are partaking in certain activities.  What am I really getting from performing this task?

I was very realistic about my list and how many times a week I wanted to engage in each activity.  I found if I think I am doing heavy weights four times a week, I never sustain it.  My body becomes too tired intermixed with my cardio days and I end up stopping.  You need to find what works for you, but also with a little push forward.  I want to grow as I incorporate these habits into my life. 

I also like breaking my tracker into weeks so I can see patterns of behavior and what is and isn’t working.   I can easily see that batch-co...

March 17, 2017

I purchased this magnet on our family vacation in Kauai, however, it took me a week later to reflect on how it can play a part of my life.   I didn’t realize the fast-pace clip I was I was living since May of 2015.  It was at that time I decided to earn my certificates for becoming a life coach.  I was also building strong 3.5 tennis teams to hopefully advance far into the playoffs for USTA.  I knew I had strong teams and I planned all my training in Miami around all the tennis playoff dates all the way out to Nationals in October of 2015.

The program would require three trips to Miami, Florida for 30 hours of training each trip.  In between the trips I had to complete 20 sessions of one-on-one coaching, be coached for 20 sessions of one-on-one coaching, complete a book report, complete three eWorkbooks, attend teleclasses each Monday, complete an six week elective program, coach six coach-the-mentor sessions, and pass an oral exam.  In addition to that certificate,...

December 19, 2016

Getting tired of the same old, same old, I decided to try a different tactic this morning as my 10-year old son started his Christmas break.  

Instead of the standard to-do list, brush teeth, get dressed, put your dish away, clean up the toys.  I left him with this list . . . 

 Of course since the list only said "one" thing, that is exactly what I heard back from him.  LoL!  But I was most happy with the fact that he stopped doing what he was doing and thought of things for each.  Sure I gave him some direction with the last because I could see his passion about a topic he was showing me this AM, and he didn't tie the two together.  I want him to realize that dreams take many little steps of action and preparation, and don't happen overnight.

I like the fact that the first action requires him to think of someone else but himself.  

Maybe tomorrow the list will read ... "Do five things . . . "

December 7, 2016

 I am not sure what it is about this quote that generates a fire in me, but it does!  It's like a wake-up call to do a self-check and see where I am playing it safe.  Where I am being tentative, keeping myself small?

There are also times that I feel confident with the action that I want to take, but there is that tiny voice that likes to keep me safe, keep me small.  This quote quiets that voice.  


This quote inspires creativity in me!  It helps me generate a list of actions for the next several months that I want to pursue, but was always waiting for "something."  Now, I am eager to get rolling and putting the ball in motion.

What sparks that energy in you?  What motivates you to follow your gut, your passion? What are you willing to do to play full out?   L-E-T-S G-O!

September 27, 2016

In the beginning of the year, I went to a plant-based diet.  The definition of a plant-based diet that I followed was you can eat the occasional meat, but treat it as a condiment/side dish same with dairy.  Prior to this switch, I was a clean-eater and was eating meat 2-3 times a day and cheese every day. 

Now on the plant-based diet, I was down to eating meat once a day and some days not at all and I would only eat cheese occasionally.  The cheese I did eat was organic and from grass-fed cows and my chicken was also organic.  I pretty much gave up red meat and pork.  I swapped out organic milk for quinoa milk for my morning latte and I substituted mushrooms in a lot of my dishes.  I was eating a lot more vegetables, beans, grains, and fruit.  I was trying so many new recipes.  I felt fantastic!

Time passed and the more I read, the more beneficial being a vegetarian sounded, for my health, for the environment, and for the welfare of animals.    I gave i...

September 1, 2016

I have always been intrigued by personal development.  

People invest so much time and money on skin care, gym memberships, hair salons, pedicures and manicures, weight-loss, the list goes on and on.  

But what about personal development?    Are people embarrassed to admit they are investing in their own personal growth?  It really never is a hot topic when I am out and about like all the other investments that I mentioned above.   Or is it a "you don't know what you don't know" subject and people don't realize they can grow and change the course of their lives?

I am curious, if you aren't investing in your own growth, let me know why in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you!

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