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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 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!

August 15, 2016

I had the luxury to take a wonderful bike ride along one of my favorite trails this weekend.  The weather had been stormy in Michigan so I was trying to squeeze in the ride.

No matter how calm the day, one direction of the path is always against the wind, and up-hill to add to the challenge.  It was hot and humid, and I am peddling and pushing along when I realized all I needed to do was shift gears.

How often do we get caught up in life with one mindset, one mode without “shifting gears” to make our lives easier?   We are far more in control than we think we are.  We need to be willing to make the shift.  In this case, the shift was easy.  I am not saying it will always be that way, but be willing to try! 

Enjoy the ride! 

August 1, 2016

Last post we were asked to change the word from "To" to "For" to help give a different, positive spin on events in your life.  Today we go from "Should" to "Want"

How many times in a day do you use the word "should?"   It makes us feel guilty and not in control of our lives.   A close relative of "should" is "have."  

"Should" and "have" are very victim-like words, sounding like we are forced, like we do not have a choice.  We always have a choice!

Here are some examples of how you can turn your perspective around on many of the "shoulds" and "haves."

Old:  I have to go to work tomorrow.  

New:  I want to go to work tomorrow so I can plan for my retirement and save for my child's college education.  I want to go to work tomorrow because I know I am making a difference by . . . 

Old:  I should go to the gym and workout today.  

New:  I want to go to the gym because my health is important to me.

Old:  I should clean house this weekend.

Hmmm!  How important is cleaning the house vs. other thi...

July 19, 2016

How would your day be different if you looked at events and situations happening for you vs to you?

June 20, 2016

Five years ago I would have NEVER eaten anything like this ... so never say never!

Note:  If I have a very thick mushroom, I will cut off the top and level it off.  It certainly is user's taste preference.  

I first found this recipe on allrecipes.com for the burger and then realized the taste was very conducive for making a pizza out of the same recipe.

I no longer measure and mix all the ingredients in the recipe.  I just spray on the extra virgin olive oil, I use Fustini's https://www.fustinis.com/ Garlic Infused olive oil (purchased on-line) and I brush on Giuseppe's http://giuseppesoils.com/18-Year Balsamic (purchased at Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Township, MI or now in Grosse Pointe), and shake on organic garlic powder, organic oregano, and organic basil.

Note: Fustini's and Giuseppe's source their oils and vinegars from the same provider.  

When making the pizza, I use Organic Valley's cheese from grass-fed cows (Whole Foods), Wellshire Farm's uncured peppero...

May 31, 2016

This magnet sits in my kitchen and I read it on a daily basis as a great reminder to keep my life in line with my passions and dreams.

 

Am I doing the little things I need to do to keep my energy flowing and living?  Am I taking that one step in the direction of my dreams?  What do I want?  What am I doing to achieve it?

 

On the contrary, this saying makes me stay true to those things that I don't really want to do, but used to have guilt about so I would do them anyway.  Now I ask myself, "do I really want to do this?"  If the answer is no, I stay true to myself.

 

What is something you really want to do, but you haven't found the courage to take that one, tiny step in that direction?    I really want to know, e-mail me!

 

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