I had to stop and take a picture on my walk today to share the beauty of my surroundings with you...
It’s the calm before the storm as 2 days of snow are in the forecast so I had to get out and enjoy a 60 degree day in February!!!
Then as I was taking this selfie, I did a double take at how friggin’ long my hair is! It hasn’t been this long in quite some time...
And I realized in that moment that I feel beautiful.
As my 62nd birthday approaches, I have to say I am feeling as vibrant and beautiful as I’ve ever felt.
On one hand I can’t believe I’m so old, but on the other, I’m ok with it because I feel I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Happy in my skin, happy with who I share my life with, happy with where I live, happy with what I do, and happy with the life I’ve lived.
I still feel I have much to do, but I am relishing in who I have become after 6 decades.
I haven’t been getting out in nature enough so today I did and now I feel soooo good!!!
Nature is good for the soul - at least for my soul.
You know how I know? ...because of the way I feel right now.
RELAXED. CONTENT. JOYFUL. PEACEFUL. THOUGHTFUL.
Winter makes it harder for me to be in nature because I don’t like the cold but spending time with my youngest grandson at the playground earlier this week and seeing how much it lit up his little soul - and then how I felt after we got home - was a good reminder that, even if it’s cold, I need to get my lazy butt up and out every day.
Because when my soul gets fed what it needs, the world is a better place!
What feeds your soul?
Do you pick a word to represent the coming year?
I think it’s a fantastic practice to help the brain connect to a consistent way of being that is a reflection of my desires over the next 12 months.
This is the 3rd year I’ve done it and I’ll share it but first I’ll share my last 2...
At the beginning of 2019, right after I decided to leave my network marketing business and branch out on my own, investing in a high value (and expensive ) coaching program, my word was BRAVE.
And I was...
In January of 2020, as I was midway through my NeuroCoaching certification program and applying the mindset techniques I was learning, I picked the word ELEVATE, knowing I had to do just that to be a difference-maker in the world.
And I did...
This year I chose the word SILENCE because in order to get to the next level I desire, I must go inward.
Less busyness, which is my tendency as a person with workaholic, high achieving tendencies, and more silence.
Silence to me means more...
Even Santa wants me to Dream Big!!!
Merry Christmas to all and here’s to wishing all of your dreams come true.
Believe in the possibilities. See them in your mind before they come into your existence.
Send those thoughts and positive energy from them into the universe and see what unfolds for you!
I had a weird dream last night…
I dreamt my husband and I went to a home that was in a rural area. He knew the owner and wanted to show me their home and property. I have no idea who the person was, male or female, or how my husband knew them.
Of course I have no further details because that’s how dreams are!
What I do remember very clearly is that something in the back of the house caught my eye… As I walked back there, the yard sloped down into this separately fenced area with scattered trees.
I then observed 2 gorillas slowly walking around, doing what gorillas do, in the fenced area. That makes no sense, right?
All of a sudden I saw my husband run past me and jump into the fenced area WHERE THE GORILLAS WERE!!!! I began screaming for him to stop but then realized what he was doing. He was running to save our dog, Moji, who had somehow gotten out of our car, and into the fenced-in area with the gorillas. (Mind you, Moji wasn’t in my dream until this...
When you see something beautiful, do you stop and feel grateful? Or do you miss it entirely?
So often we get so caught up in the hubbub of life, especially this time of year, we forget to be present and appreciate the simple beauty that surrounds us.
I was lucky enough to notice it today as I drove to my doctors appointment...
The ice was clinging to the trees and the sun was rising. It was truly breathtaking.
So much so that I wanted to capture it and share it with YOU!!!
Find something beautiful to share with someone today, and in doing so, take a minute to close your eyes (as long as you aren’t driving!) and thank the universe for bringing it to your consciousness.
I promise that you will find joy in that small act and then you’ll begin to find more beautiful moments in your life.
Let’s be honest… If Mondays make up 1/7th of our entire life, we should start being more serious about how we spend them.
I used to HATE Mondays. They stole my joy because they were the beginning of a new week of doing work that did not light me up.
In fact Mondays sucked the life right out of me.
I changed all that a year ago when I went ALL IN on what I discovered to be my purpose and now I LOVE Mondays, especially bc my commute is to walk across my family room and into my office where I do the work that lights me up - helping women over 50 find THEIR purpose... I even recreated it in this video!
Now my mission to help people love their Mondays - and every other day of the week!!!
I spent far too long devoid of passionate work, growing more miserable with every Monday. Looking back, it makes me so sad that I spent so many Mondays in that stuck place and that memory drives me hard.
So if you're anything like the old me, here’s to starting this work week with a...
Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? Personally, I've always tested as 100% extroverted.
I've always LOVED people & been fascinated by them, and I now know why I am so fulfilled as a coach. I believe it's my destiny, & even though I took the long way around to get here, I've arrived and it's the most incredible, fulfilling job I've ever had.
What I've learned in the past year is that we all were born with an innate personality, and when you are able to align the work you do with your unique gifts associated with that personality, you become truly joyful at your core.
It's because you are living authentically with who you were born to be, doing what you were meant to do.
The problem is that so many of us get sidetracked because we are trying to please others or adapt into some societal role to be accepted. It's not our fault! We do it because we are unaware it’s happening.
For me, it was all about making money, providing for my family so we had a nice house, fancy...
Part 2 (Decorating) is DONE!!! Phew!
Now I can sit back and enjoy it!!! Although I’ve been looking at it up and lit for 5 days! Because just getting it up all by myself was quite a feat...
My husband did hand me one ornament that I dropped while on the ladder... but since it’s a time-lapsed video, you may not have caught him.
(He just had hernia surgery hence it’s ALL ME this year but decorating is not his idea of fun anyway.)
I love pulling out each ornament, many of them now close to 40 years old.
There are ornaments I got as a wedding gift in 1981, ornaments my now 36 and 38 year old daughters made when in pre-school, ornaments from trips I’ve gone on with both husbands (maybe that’s why my husband doesn’t like decorating!!! lol!), ornaments from parties I’ve attended, and ornaments from friends.
Every ornament I hang has a special memory and I remember them all when I do this annual ritual.
Some people have beautiful trees with...
For many Americans, this weekend after Thanksgiving is the kickoff to Christmas, with the roll out of holiday decorations and the putting up of the tree.
I know a few folks started earlier this year because we can all agree it’s been a rather unusual year where nothing is normal, but I decided to stick to my normal plan, with one exception...
I’m on my own!!!
My husband, who usually does the heavy lifting and dragging of the artificial tree parts and tubs of decorations from the garage, is out of commission recovering from hernia surgery - likely a result of Christmases past!
So today I feel amazingly accomplished because I did a man’s job!!! And it was not easy!
I’m ecstatic that I didn’t get injured and I think I burned quite a few calories in the process. What a workout!!!
I’ve decided to reward myself with some spiked eggnog while I admire the completion of Phase 1 of my project!
Phase 2, which is my usual annual job of ornament placement...