A lot can be said for standing back to observe how people talk about their life and goals. I was recently visiting a new forum for people wanting support around getting healthy. The forum was broken out into different forums for losing weight or training for an event. I started in the training forum to see what was happening.
The training forum was full of celebrations. Members cheering each other on. Very high energy and exciting. I felt my spirit lift and I started dreaming about running. The body feels so strong after a good workout.
In the forum for losing weight, the mood was somber. The posts riddled with comments like, “struggling”, “my goal is to…,” “I have to…”. All of the statements were externally focused and laced with the feeling of discouragement. The frustration and lost hope made some of the posts too hard to read.
I was struck
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Find the silver lining
Gratitude has become a cornerstone of my days. I don’t get to this post every week (though I think it would benefit me greatly if I did), but I have daily reminders of how blessed my life is.
Today I am grateful…
For having the resources to improve my life. I am smart, learn quickly and have a passion for helping other people. It’s paying off. I am grateful for the constant improvements in technology that make working from home with my kids possible. Technology has allowed me to make some wonderful friends. We have never met but they help be get through every day and take my blogging to the next level. My children are healthy and growing. They are strong kids, with quick minds who love to learn and explore their world. I have love in my life. I meet every person with a sense of loving
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I was fortunate to hear Patch Adams speak at the Expo East 2011 last weekend. For me this was the must-see speaker of the event. I adore Patch Adams and his mission since I saw his movie. If you don’t know Patch Adams do yourself a favor and rent the movie Patch Adams with Robin Williams. He is a medical doctor who, before it was fashionable, began questioning the staunchness of the teaching in the medical schools 40 years ago. He founded a healing center called Gesundheit “a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself.”
In his talk he spoke of his mission to bring people back to healing through natural, non-invasive modalities. For example, in his center no person
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I’ve been doing a lot of self-evaluation and goal setting this week. Looking at my dreams for my life and future brings gratitude and hope to the front of my consciousness.
Today I am grateful for…
1. …having spent the time to get my education when I was young. There isn’t anything more I need to go to school to “learn.” The rest of my learning dwells in living life.
2. …taking the time to get clear on my dreams and set concrete goals around what they will look like.
3. …having a supportive family to encourage me to do what makes me happy even if it doesn’t makes sense to them.
4. …being healthy and strong.
5. …the ability to write and share my journey with everyone that stops by my blog.
Being grateful puts a shine on the dreariest of days. What you are grateful for today?
In the past weeks I have been re-evaluating my life and career goals. When I looked at what was happening in my life and where I wanted it to go, it was clear refocusing was in order.
I am a firm believer in creating the life you love and, as Joseph Campbell so aptly put it, “Follow your bliss.” I realized I was doing things to make money without passion for what I was doing. I was just trying to make money. I wasn’t experiencing the success I had envisioned and it was reflected in my desire to participate in my work.
The next logical question was “what do I love to do more than anything else?” The answer was easy to come up with. I love coaching people around creating health and wellness to live a vibrant life. It’s something I have always been good at and have a history of
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Today we celebrate labor day in America. It’s a day of recognizing the advances we have made in this country by working hard. At our greatest our country was innovative and lead the world in advancements and ingenuity. It seems lately we are doing less and less innovating and more importing. The creativity seems to have left our businesses and we are becoming more automated and disconnected from what we have to offer the world.
Many years ago, I was dating someone who would be considered upper-middle class. By all accounts he was successful. He asked me if I would work if I didn’t need to. I was honestly unsure how to answer at the time. Here was someone who had made a good life for himself asking if I would put aside my career aspirations if I could.
I think it stopped me because at the time I was self-employed
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Our family had such a wonderful break through this week it’s hard to know where to begin with my gratitude for today. I am grateful…
We were able to improve our family’s circumstances by realizing how blessed we have been in our lives. The power of believing the solution to a daunting problem will come does work. Ask for what you need, believe it will come and find things to be grateful for. Worked for us. My son took a rare nap yesterday. It afforded me the chance to cook with my daughter and really connect with her. (Cooking with 3 year old twins takes a special kind of patience). I can handle one at a time though. I don’t have to get a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) I get to keep blogging and doing what I love and still support my family. My kids are excited to start preschool and I will
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I was looking around a community I frequent over the weekend and found a blogger posting her monthly goals as a way to be more accountable for her actions. I love this idea and she welcomed me in joining her in accountability. So I am posting my personal goals for August in the hopes it will keep me honest and motivated.
Get my body back to pre-baby condition. I realize this is not 100% possible but my goal for August is to clean up my eating and get back to basics. I know that will get me a healthier weight and make me feel stronger and more empowered. Cut out the simple carbs and flour for two weeks. Meals will be healthy proteins, vegetables, low-sweet fruits (apples, pears, peaches, berries), green tea and lots of water. After two weeks I will add back complex carbohydrates like whole grains once a
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Every year since we’ve lived in this house, finches have tried to build a nest in the roof over our porch. Twice we have found the dead babies on our porch, probably ousted by another bird. Once a chick’s heart was still beating. It took me a couple of days to get over that one. Poor birdie.
This year we have been watching and listening for three months as the birds built their nest and filled it with little eggs. We were rewarded with the sound of little chirps two months ago. This week we could see the babies standing on the edge of the nest calling for their next meal.
Earlier today we were having a snack on the porch having just gotten our first watermelon from the CSA share (more on this later). I kept hearing a knocking sound over our head. I couldn’t figure out what was making
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I realized yesterday that I haven’t done a gratitude post in a long time.
Life has been full of wonderful things lately. It’s about time I started being grateful for some of them.
I’m have a wonderful time with my new blog Joyful at Home CEO. It’s all about inspiring and motivating change. I love it. If you visit, know I am still tweaking it. My son is potty trained. It happened really quickly and he’s doing such a great job. Still the occasional accident but we are prepared. He’s even sleeping without a diaper. I’m so proud of him. I have gotten back to the gym after a hiatus because of potty training. It feels good to be working my body again, albeit a little sore. I have been focusing on many new goals and getting clear about what I want to get out of my life. It feels great to clarify what I
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