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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Have Some Fun

Sometimes we can get so caught up in striving to reach our goals that we forget to stop and smell the roses.

This week take and hour or two (maybe more) to do something that brings you joy. Whether you take a long walk, play a board game with family, indulge your creative side through painting or coloring, or even take in a sporting event allow yourself to let lose and have some fun.

If you do, you will find it easier to traverse the path to your goals.

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You Are Who You Are…

The experiences of your life, both good and bad, shape who you are.  To feel anger, sadness, regret, or hatred about those experiences means you must feel some level of those feelings about yourself.

In order to truly love and feel good about yourself, you must acknowledge and accept the negative experience as much as the positive ones.

 You do not need to be thrilled about them and you don’t have to dwell on or repeat them, but you do need to embrace and be grateful for the lessons they taught you, for without them you would not be you!

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What Are You Grateful RIGHT NOW?


As I write this, I am sitting on my patio on a sunny, 80 degree afternoon while sipping a glass of wine, and listening to the birds sing and chirp merrily.  It is blissful and I am grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful for every moment of every day that we can often take some of life’s simple pleasures for granted.  But, if we take a few short moments each day to stop and reflect on what we have to be thankful for in that moment, we can begin to see how truly fortunate we are, even if that particular instant is not one of our best or happiest.  Finding things to express gratitude for, even the smallest things, opens us up to receive many more circumstances, events, and individuals for which to be grateful.  It is a not so vicious cycle…

When I wake up in the morning, I set a reminder on my phone for a random time of day that will focus my attention on being grateful then and there!  When I do this, without exception, my day gets better, I feel happier, inspired, relaxed, and work becomes easier and more enjoyable.  

It is a great way to give yourself a non-caffeinated pick me up!

Try it!  You will be amazed at your results!

So without further ado, here is what I am grateful for right now:

  1. I am grateful for sunny days.
  2. I am grateful that my ears allow me to hear the birds singing.
  3. I am grateful for my glass of wine.
  4. I am grateful for my faithful dog, Jake.
  5. I am grateful it is warm outside.
  6. I am grateful for the beautiful flowers blooming in my yard.
  7. I am grateful I live in a quiet, peaceful, and friendly neighborhood.
  8. I am grateful to the Universe for the creative inspiration to write this post.
  9. I am grateful I awoke to this amazing day.
  10. I am grateful to YOU for reading this blog!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy, grateful day!!!



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Stay Focused on Your Goals

Happy December!

Throughout the year, I have been sharing methods you can use to help identify and achieve your goals.  Click here to review these posts.

As we move through December and the holiday season, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain our focus on the goals we set for ourselves several months ago.  Work, family, parties, shopping, etc. can all serve as distractions that weaken our resolve or even undo the progress we have made thus far.  In addition, feelings of apathy or failure can creep in and suddenly we are thinking, “Well, I have not achieved my goal yet.  There is no point in trying now with only a few weeks left in the year.  I think I’ll give up!  Maybe next year…”  Yikes!!!!!

Despite the stress, frenzy, and interruptions to our “normal” routine this time of year brings, NOW is the time to recommit yourself to your goals. You have worked too hard all year to let your dreams fall by the wayside even for a few short weeks.

Here is what I would like to propose you do to stay on track:

  • Spend a few moments today reviewing your goals for the year.  
  • Determine which 1-2 of those goals you will have the most difficult time staying true to through December.
    • Will holiday shopping interfere with the financial goals you set for yourself?
    • Will the constant barrage of holiday parties, drinks, and cookies wreak havoc with your health and fitness goals?
    • Will extra time spent socializing and running errands block one of your personal goals?
  • Take out a 4×6 index card (or a piece of paper) and write down 3-4 things you are committed to doing to keep your focus on your goal.
  • Post the card somewhere you will see it several times a day and be reminded to stay focused.

Here is an example of the commitments I made for December.

One of my goals was to pay down my credit card debt through 2016.  I have been somewhat successful in doing so, however I LOVE to buy presents at Christmas!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!  Unfortunately this conflicts with my debt-reducing goal.  So, here are the commitments I made to my finances this month:

  1. I am committed to asking before EVERY purchase, is this a “want” or a “need”?
  2. I am committed to sticking to my monthly budget.  
    1. BTW – I budgeted a small amount of money for “wants” this month.
  3. I am committed to tracking my daily expenses and revenues.
  4. I am committed to putting a minimum of $100 into my savings account this month.

So there you have it, a simple surefire way to maintain your focus on your goals for the remainder of 2016.  Give it a try, and let me know if it works for you!

Wishing you a safe, successful holiday season!

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Take the 24 Hour Opportunity Challenge – Reblog

I first read this post on Rex Sikes’ blog, “Daily Inspiration and Gratitude“.

I usually try to find the opportunity or lesson in every experience, but I thought, “Hey, it can’t hurt to make this my focus for 24 hours.”

Here is what I experienced:

     The first challenge that popped into my mind when I began the challenge was in a relationship with a friend of mine.  When I would invite him to go to lunch or out for drinks, my invitation would be met with, “Well, let me see how the week goes.” or “I’ll let you know.”  Texts and messages often went unanswered for days, if they were answered at all.  This left me feeling  as though I was the backup plan if nothing better to do came along and as a result I felt hurt and frustrated.  I recognize this as a pattern in many friendships throughout my life.  When I looked for the opportunity in this situation, I realized this was an opportunity to say to my friend, The Universe, and most importantly myself, “Hey, I deserve better!”   It showed me that rather than fussing and feeling bad, I need to stand up for myself and make myself a priority in my own life and in the lives of my friends, family, etc.  AND to release the relationships in which I am simply a backup plan.

     The second opportunity I encountered during my “Challenge” involved a personal training client.  He had forgotten to bring his athletic shoes and showed up instead in dress shoes.  Not exactly the best option for our normally intense personal train sessions.  Rather than become flustered, I saw an opportunity to take him through a more core and balance focused routine, something he is usually opposed to doing when he trains with me (he likes to do that stuff on his own).  As a result, we found some flaws in his form and were able to improve on them to get him better results when he trains alone.

     The main thing I realized during the 24 hours, is that I have very few challenges during my day.  Now that I am in the mindset to make opportunities out of challenges I notice how relatively few challenges I face on a daily basis.  I have never really thought of my days as particularly difficult but I was amazed and rather pleased with how few problems I encounter.  True, there are a few things I struggle with, but now I can look for and appreciate the opportunity to change or do something different.  It has been a tremendous lesson learned!


Now, its your turn.  Click the link below to find out how to take the challenge.

Take the 24 Hour Opportunity Challenge

Take note of what you learn and experience.  Share your revelations with friends, family, coworkers, your journal, or in the comment section below.


If you find you are having difficulty reframing challenges into opportunities, life coaching may be a beneficial way to get started.  For more information on what life coaching is read my blog, What is Life Coaching?  OR fill out the contact form below: