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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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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:

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Thank You Thursday

A few weeks ago, I suggested you write a “Thank you” letter to someone from your past, Thank You Thursday – 8/25/16.

This week, I would like to encourage you to write a letter to someone from your future: a mentor, a spouse, a child, a boss, etc.

I know, you think I’ve gone batty.  “How can I write a letter to someone I have not yet met?”, you ask.   That is what makes this exercise so fun.  You get to create a future success story for yourself and express gratitude for it.  It is visualization on paper!

As I, and many others, have said before, expressing gratitude is the best way to manifest more things to be grateful for.  If you want to succeed in reaching a goal the best and fastest way to do it is to be grateful for it, NOW!  Not when it eventually manifests.

Think about one of your goals.  Who do you need in your life to help you reach that goal?

  • If you want to succeed in business, you need a mentor to help educate and guide you.
  • If you want to be married, you need a spouse.
  • If you want to be a parent, you need a child.
  • If you want to lose weight, you need a personal trainer.

As you write your letter, remember there are NO LIMITS to who you can write to and what you can achieve.  This letter is pure imagination and visualization.  Be grand and bold!  If you want Oprah to mentor you, thank Oprah!  The point is to have fun and feel the joy and gratitude of the achievement.

Here is an example of a letter I wrote:

To my Mentor,
There are not enough words in the English language to “Thank you” for all that you have done for me.  Your guidance, support, and belief in my dream played a crucial part in success.
If you had told me just 18 months ago that I would have achieved my goal of being able to work from anywhere in the world on my schedule, I would have told you you we crazy.
But today, I am writing you this letter from a beach in Hawaii, where I have been everyday for the past week.  Each morning I awake, go to the gym, have breakfast by the pool and spend a few hours working with clients via email and Skype.  In the afternoon, I stroll on the beach or take surfing lessons.  Some days I work for a few hours in the evening and other days I do not.  It is my choice.
I have the amazing opportunity to live this life because of you!!!!!
You devoted a portion of your life to taking me under your wing and helping me create my dream life.  You challenged me to step outside of my usually narrow boundaries and take chances.  I could only have done this, because I knew you would not let me fail.
 You cheered my successes and supported me when things did not go as planned.  You never judged or criticized. 
Of all of the gifts you gave me, the most beautiful and impactful is, you helped me gain my self-worth, self-respect, and confidence.  You were my guiding light through thick and thin.  You showed me my potential (actually, you forced me to seek out and find my potential) and you encouraged me to share it with the world.
For all of this I am truly grateful.  
Thank you for making me and my life what there are today!
In love and gratitude, 

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Thank You Thursday

Welcome to “Thank You Thursday.”

This week I would like to focus on being grateful for each and every day.

When was the last time you expressed gratitude for the present moment or day?

Frequently we express thanks for a material possession, a person in our lives, or a past experience.  We may even give thanks for something that we hope to have in the future.  However, most people I know do not take time to reflect on the current day or moment and say, “Thank You.”

This week I would like to give you an affirmation to help remind you to be grateful, NOW.

For the next week, repeat this affirmation throughout your day.  Make the photo a screen saver, put the affirmation in your phone as a reminder, or schedule time during your day to read and even speak the affirmation.  Choose a fun and creative way to direct your attention to being grateful.

Keep a journal of the experiences you have over the next week or share them in the comment section below.

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Thank You Thursday

When we think of saying, “Thank you”, we are generally expressing gratitude for something another person has done for us.  We thank our spouse for taking out the garbage, we thank our friend for taking the time to listen to our problems, we thank the grocery clerk for ringing up our groceries, and we may even thank “God” or some other higher power for blessing us in some way.

How often do you take the time to thank yourself?

Most of us give our attitude of gratitude to others on a daily basis, however we do not give ourselves the gift of gratitude nearly enough.

According to  the Law of Attraction, what you focus on you get more of, so if you want better health, more patience, more creativity, or even more money you need to spend some time thanking yourself for those things you have already done for yourself.

For example, if you want your health to be better, thank yourself for: getting up early to exercise, choosing the apple over the donut at breakfast, taking time to relax and meditate, getting a good night’s sleep, etc.  Thank your body for building a strong immune system, for its work to keep your cholesterol in check, or for keeping your joints lubricated and mobile.

The more time you spend being grateful for YOU, the more things you will have to be grateful for and the more people around you will be grateful you are in their lives.

Now it’s time for you to put this exercise into practice!  Every day for the next week, write down 10 things for which you are thankful to yourself or your body.  Try to think of 10 new things each day.

Your list may look something like this:

  • Thank you, EYES, for allowing me to see the beautiful sunrise this morning.
  • Thank you, LEGS, for a terrific run today.
  • Thank you, SELF, for staying patient with my children.
  • Thank you, MIND, for the terrific idea you gave me for a work project.
  • Thank you, ME, for eating a healthy nutritious diet.
  • Thank you, IMMUNE SYSTEM, for keeping me illness free.
  • Thank you, RACHEL, for studying and increasing your knowledge

As you do this exercise, take note of how you feel emotionally, spiritually, as well as physically.  Also, pay attention to how other people respond to you.  Keeping a journal of your experiences can help make you aware of positive results and provide you with a  motivational reference for times when your life hits the skids a little.

ENJOY and feel free to thank yourself in the comment section below!!!!!