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How to Practice Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been around for many years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, better health, peak performance in sports and business and a higher sense of well-being.

So, if everyone acknowledges gratitude’s many benefits, why is it so difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a “Thanksgiving” or greeting card word. We have to learn a new

How to Re-energize Your Day

“To keep a lamp burning you have to keep on putting oil in it” is a favorite quote of mine by Mother Teresa. It is powerful and a simple quote and serves as a reminder of the need to re-energize ourselves. In today’s world most of us run around with our tanks on fumes for long periods of time and that’s not healthy! We get stuck in the perspective of “the way it is” and tell ourselves to keep going. When this happens life and events start to run us and our spirit is dimmed.

Recently, I was reminded of how important “me time” is to my physical,

By |April 29th, 2017|Categories: Inspired Action|Tags: , , , |

Spring Clean Your Mind to Bloom this Spring

 

It is Spring time! Baseball has started, bright flowers are blooming, and bees are buzzing. For many, a time for Spring Cleaning. A time to shake out the rugs, rid the house of the dried mud and dirt of winter and pull those weeds that have taken over the yard.

Spring is a time to refresh, organize, de-clutter and air out our homes. As I was organizing my bags for donation I thought: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could transfer this Spring Cleaning ritual into our minds and reap the rewards of a refreshed mindset”  to achieve our goals.

We can do this by first De-cluttering our minds of the

By |April 5th, 2017|Categories: Goal Setting, Inspired Action, Making Changes|

Quick Tip to Enjoy the Holiday Season

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As we go rushing into the week after Thanksgiving and heading towards the holiday season I thought it would be a good time to remind us all about the benefits of slowing down and reflecting.  I came across a post written by Leo Babauta in which he encourages us to “Breathe”.  My hope for you is that you give yourself the gift of time and take advantage of this simple way to “be in the moment”.

Breathe.

Breathing can transform your

Take One: The Secret To Achieving Your Goals

armsfecdf2e8-5d67-4a8c-852a-ae086b179839With the change in seasons comes a change in our schedule, creating a great
opportunity to re-claim or reset our goals. Goals help us work toward and keep us on
the path to living a life with purpose. We all have goals – some are top of mind while
others are long forgotten.
Remember your

Free Up Your Mind by Creating Habits

fog1-800pxWe can all agree that there is a glorification of BUSY going on and there is no shortage of suggestions on how to “Be more productive” or being asked to “Do more with less”.  One often overlooked way to help us save time in our day and generate more mental energy is to create habits.  Establishing effective habits in our daily routine helps us create ease and flow in our day.  When you have fewer decisions to make it frees up your mind for creative thinking and making purposeful choices.  A key to understanding this concept is to think about the inverse relationship between habits and willpower.

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Avoiding the “Too-Busy-To-Be” Trap

Are you busy being busy?  Life is too shortPlane_in_the_sky_mo_01.svg to be spending our days on Autopilot and not engaged in what we are doing.  We need to BE in the moment and enjoy how we are spending our time. Have you noticed “I’m busy!” is quickly becoming the new “Hello – how are you”? It seems whenever I run into someone or talk to a client and ask how things are going the reply is “super busy” or “hectic” or some variation on that theme. Depending on whom I am talking to and where, I often ask “busy doing what?” and the common response is

Mapping Your 2016 Journey— Create Your Destination

dreamstime_m_44412153The start of the New Year is a time when many people feel the need to set goals, to make a list of resolutions, even promising a complete re-boot of their lives.  Many of these are things that we have deferred, and let pile up for the months leading up to the New Year, and it is really no wonder that this varied collection of resolutions fails within the first month.

This year I am suggesting to my clients to think of entering 2016 with a broader mindset of creating goals that are transformational versus transactional, for example instead of saying “I will lose 15 pounds” to challenge

First Steps in Making a Change

leavesimages (5)Just as the leaves are beginning to change colors it is a great time for you to start thinking about changes you want to make in your life.  What do you want more of? Less of? What have you been putting off doing?  Be taking a minute to ask ourselves these questions we are giving ourselves permission to begin the process of change.  By imagining what your end goal will look and feel like helps provide the motivation to get you moving.  Big or small strides it does not matter.  A greater awareness of what we want is a start.  Celebrate this new season by identifying

By |October 14th, 2015|Categories: Making Changes, Reflection|Tags: , |