Category: Life Journey

Start Today

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Life never calms down long enough for us to wait until tomorrow to start living the lives we deserve. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Where Has Time Gone?

Here we are at the end of January.  Last week I found myself wondering where the month went. It seems like yesterday we were ringing in the new year.  Suddenly spring is in reaching distance.

Are you like me, telling yourself you will start that new book, lose weight, learn to paint, next week, next month, this summer?

Start Today

Well my friends, it is time to start today.  This is that moment you promised yourself months ago to start something you’ve always wanted.  Pushing it off another week is telling yourself you aren’t worth it…and you are.

There will always be something more important on the front burner, but you don’t want to get to an age where you regret the things you never did.  If the year is moving so quickly, you must take advantage of this moment right now to begin the life you deserve.

Take The First Step

Spend a few quiet moments this week imaging such a life. Imagine what it is filled with. I love to journal.  If you do to, write all those things down.  Now look at your schedule and begin planning in the first step.  If you want to learn to paint, maybe this week you go to the library and get a book on painting or sign up for a class or even go and buy the paints. Then plan your next step. It doesn’t have to be big to move you in the right direction.

Soon you will notice that time expands to meet your needs. I promise.


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The New Year’s Blessing

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“The New Year’s bountiful blessing: three hundred sixty-five bright mornings and starlit evenings; fifty-two promising weeks; twelve transformative months full of beautiful possibilities; and four splendid seasons.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

A Personal New Year’s Day

It is so good to sit down and write this note to you after so many months, while watching the Patriot’s win the AFC Championship. It’s almost like, yes…this is the way things should be.

As anticipated, and as many of you know, the changes I knew would happen have come to pass.  Today my life, my family and even my home is not what it was prior to Thanksgiving. I entered a whole new world on January 1st. It’s like being reborn.

That is why I turned to my favorite new year quote from Sarah Ban Breathnach’s, Simple Abundance. It reminds me of the possibilities and wonder each day brings. It inspires me to stop and take a look at the moment, however joyous or sad it may be and celebrate.

This Week

Take a couple minutes and watch a sunrise, gaze at the stars, breath the fresh air and let yourself feel the refreshing energy of the new year.  If you set goals or resolutions on New Year’s day, re-look at them with these refreshed eyes.  Make the commitments that enhance your life, and celebrate this moment when you can take action.


 

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What’s All The Stress About?

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This week I wanted to go for a walk, hike or play in my garden as soon as the sun came out.  Can you relate?

What did I do instead? Worked.  As the hours ticked by, I kept promising myself I would take a break and got outside.  Instead I worked and worked and worked.  By the end of the day I has exhausted, not by the work by the stress.

Wayne Dyer put it so well went he talked about how stress doesn’t exist.  He would ask his students when he was teaching that he would pass anyone after the first day of class who could come to him with a bucket filled with stress.  It is an impossible task.

Yet, if you are like me, you have days where all you feel is stress.  You have to run the kids to a million different places, present a proposal to a new client or perhaps have to have a difficult conversation with an employee.  You find your heart beating faster.  Your hands sweating. All you feel like doing is running.  Sure signs of stress.

What you can do is recognize it in the moment.  Take a quick breather.  Close your eyes, not while driving of course, and realign yourself with what is really important.  Your kids, your clients, your employee.  Then proceed.  See if that reduces the stress you feel.

This week try this simple technique and let me know if you reduce your stress.


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Clear Out Your Priorities

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I finally cleared my garden this weekend. It feels like yesterday when I carefully put in the baby tomato plants that now I pull out with vigor ready for Fall’s squash and apples.

As we grow older, our lives seem to move faster.  What I realized today, is the pace doesn’t change, our attention changes.  With age we become distracted.  Whether it is with the daily to do list, or the worries about family, friends and business, we seem to fritter away our precious minutes, thus time appears to move faster.

My tomato plants don’t mourn that it is fall.  They don’t bemoan the upcoming winter season.  Instead they continue to cherish each ray of sunlight and rain drop until it is time to sleep.

We give so much of our time…ourselves away every day.  We over commit.  We push through.  We forget to cherish the sunlight, golden trees and even the rain.

After a day in the garden my priorities seem sorted once again.  Although I’m sure tomorrow I will feel sore, my garden brought me back to the present.  It felt more like two or three days instead of one.

This week notice what brings you into the present.  Is it spending time with your kids?  Is it cooking a fabulous meal in the middle of the week?  Is it walking through the woods?  Whatever it is, note it and remind yourself to go back there often.  You can recapture and slow time once you move into the present.

I’m off to make tomato jam (one of my newest discoveries this summer).  Enjoy your week!

Less is More

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Summer Lessons

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Waning Summer

My sister and I were talking on the phone the other day lamenting the end of summer.  It seemed to come as such a miracle to us here in New England this year, it is hard to see it pass.

A reader of my Monday Inspirations reminded me throughout the summer that “Vacation is a state of mind.” (Thanks Wayne!) It has been a mantra all summer long.

Now in the twilight of the season, I realize the quote above is also a subtle mantra I have been adopting this summer.

Getting Caught Up In Stuff

Summer allows us to shed what we don’t need.  We live out of beach bags.  We open the windows and simplify our homes.  The garden grows of its own accord.

As I put my fall calendar together, I find myself slipping away from the vacation mindset being replaced by “I’ll get through it.”  I am getting caught up in stuff again and it doesn’t feel as good as summer did.   A familiar stress seeps back into my life.  I feel my shoulders tighten as I add another to do to the ever expanding list.  I sit back and sigh.

I take a deep breath and then another.  I repeat “All I have is all I need and all I need I have in this moment.”  I grab a water and stroll through the garden marveling at all that has been provided for me.  Gratitude replaces the stress.

Summer is Gratitude for What Is

I’ve learned the vacation mindset isn’t just about getting away.  It is about letting go of the stressful stuff and giving thanks for all that is in your life.  It is looking beyond your four walls and seeing there is a beautiful world out there full of wonder, surprises and yes, everything you need.

If you feel your summer being cut short, take a moment and get back into the vacation mindset.  You have everything you need to be happy.  Take a moment and look around.

Expect The Best

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“Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now”  ~ Eileen Caddy

An Inspiring Lunch

I lunch with a friend to catch up on stuff including our businesses.  I found myself talking about all I wanted to do in the future, and the obstacles holding me back.

My friend revealed he recently flipped his business model upside down.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because I realized in the next 5 years I want to retire.  I still want to work, but I also want to travel. My current business model wouldn’t let me do that as easily as I wanted.  I decided why wait.  Why not start to shift my focus now.  I’m reinvigorated, and busier than ever.”

Expect The Best Today

It’s easy to think about how great life will be someday.  I know you’ve said the same things as I have, “When I save enough…When I lose weight…When the kids are gone…”

What if you looked at what you want in the future and then started living it today? What if you changed your business plan, life plan, health plan, family plan?  How would that affect your life today?

If you expect wonderful things to happen in the future but not taking action now, you are wasting the moment.  If you expect wonderful things to happen now, joy enters.

Don’t Put Off Today

This week, I want you to listen to your thoughts.  Are you putting off something for the future?  Can you start working toward it now? Can you start to expect the best today rather than down the road?

That future you keep waiting for may never come.  Take advantage of this moment and expect wonderful things today.

 

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You Can’t Do It Alone

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Learning To Paint

Years ago, I wanted to paint.  I had visions of me at an easel or standing on a sandy beach painting the sunset.  It was a lovely dream.

But, I never picked up a brush.  All I did was think about how much I wanted to paint.  Finally I took an informal painting class.  That was the first time I held a brush in my hand.  I loved it.  I not only learned from the teacher, but also the class.

I Can Do It Myself Thank You

Maybe it’s because I’m an oldest child, but I have a hard time asking for help.  I think I can do it all myself.

Well, the reality is I can’t and neither can you.  Yes, the ultimate action comes from you, but you need teachers, guides, mentors, coaches to help you along the way.

Open Up To Learning

Reaching out to others opens you up to learning.  When you learn you grow.  Others have skills, knowledge, connections, experiences that will help you on your journey.

If you don’t think you can afford the luxury of involving others, first I say you can’t afford not to.   Then would remind you there are many ways to learn from others that doesn’t cost money such as reading biographies of successful people, having coffee with a friend, going to a local class like I did.

Stop dreaming about all the things you want to do.  Stop fretting about all the things you can’t do.  Instead today take an action.  Contact at least one person who can help you.  Be open to the conversation.  You never know where it will lead.

Back To The Easel

As for my painting, it did go on hold for a while, but I’ve set up a studio in my basement now and am exploring the world of color again.

 

Intentions For A New Year

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What an amazing start to a new year.  A beautiful serene morning.  Hot coffee.  Breakfast baking in the oven.  Dog curled up by my feet.  I couldn’t ask for any more.

Setting Intentions Rather Than Resolutions

I don’t set resolutions for the new year.  Instead, I set intentions.  My intentions help guide my decisions through out the year.  They refocus me when I get off track.  They also remind me of this clear fresh start of the new year every time I read them.

My intentions for this year are:

To respect my body.  This means eating foods that support my body not hinder it.  It also means exercising again in a way that supports my body not damage it.

To write creatively.  This has been a pull since the end of last year.  This year my intention is to write creatively every week.

To read more.  I set a goal in July of 2013 to read 50 books by the end of 2013.  I achieved reading 30 which is way more than I would have if I’d not set a goal.  This year I intend to read 100 book.  In order to write you need to read.  They go hand in hand.

To grow my business.  I am grateful for the growth we saw last year.  We went from just Life Simplified to creating a new division LS Business Solutions.  Life Simplified is the overarching business and LS Business Solutions focuses solely on helping businesses adopt new ways of thinking, managing and marketing their companies.  I want to set the stage for other divisions to be created this year as well.  Very exciting stuff.

To allow more love and gratitude into my life.  I can get caught up in the day to day stuff like anyone else.  I know when I get off track and this year my intention is to stay focused on love and gratitude.  This goes for my personal life as well as my professional life.

Intentions Lead To Possibility

I see so much possibility in these intentions.  I’m giddy with excitement to start.  First things first, clear out the old stuff.  Stuff that no longer serves me has no place in this new year.  Off it goes to serve others or to be recycled into something more fantastic.

What are your intentions for the new year?  Whether you are reading this on January 1st or September 1st, there is never a wrong time to set fresh intentions.

Are You Creative?

Life Simplified: Do You Have An Imagination?

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Diagnosis: No Creativity

When I was 12 years old, I thought I wasn’t creative. Although my mother told me everyone was creative, I figured she was just being nice.

My grandmother painted, created needlework patterns, drew,  and much more.  My mother sketched.  My younger sister made up cartoon people.  My creativity went as far as a stick figure.

I channeled my creativity toward math and science.  I spent hours copying whole sections of dinosaur books into a notebook or doing math problems while my sister drew.

My Imagination Run Wild

Fast forward 25 years or so.  I’m sitting in my coach’s office.  It’s my first visit so we’re getting to know each other.  She asks me what I like to do.  For the next 20 minutes (or more) I rattle off hundreds of things I love to do.  When she gave up taking notes, she said, “You are certainly creative.”

What happened in those 25ish years?  I discovered being creative didn’t need to look like what my mother, sister or grandmother were doing.  I learned what I loved and my creativity took root there.

What Do You Love?

Sadly, when I ask clients what they like, they stare at me for a few minutes and then say, “I don’t really know.  I’m so busy all the time I haven’t thought about it for a while.”

I’m giving you permission today to think about it.

Write down all the things you love.  Be gentle with yourself.  Start small.  Do you love your first cup of coffee in the morning?  Write it down.  Do you love taking a walk after work?  Write it down.  Do you love cooking a new recipe?  Write it down.

Don’t judge.  Just write.

Grab your coffee and start right now.  Jot down at least one thing you love  in the comments.  It will loosen you up.  Ready.  Go.

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