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Celebrating Love!

family motivational Jul 03, 2016

Today I'm celebrating LOVE!!! A true, deep, and abiding love… A love that has endured… Today is my 7th wedding anniversary. And it marks the day I took a big risk. 7 years ago I chose to go with my heart and take a HUGE leap of faith at this thing called love. It wasn’t my first rodeo…

To say the last 7 years have been easy would be a lie… I mean, seriously, I married a 52 year old bachelor!!!! What was I thinking?!!! He did not instantly turn into this perfect husband who made life easy.

I had previously been married for 25 years so I was someone who was comfortable in the sharing department.

Husband V2 had never heard of the word compromise. He had never uttered the words “Can I get you something while I’m at the grocery store?” He was used to drinking his milk straight from the carton. (Yes! I married a man who had been essentially living in a cave!!!)

But, we had a deep and serious LOVE that helped us get through those rough...

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Choose Your Time Wisely

motivational Jun 10, 2016

"You cannot save time. You can only spend it differently. Every part of your life today shows the results of how you have spent your time in the past. If you want to have a different future, you have to spend your time differently in the present. You have to change your thinking about yourself and how you use your time to get the things you want in life." --Brian Tracy from "Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life"

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The Real Story Behind My Spare Car

family motivational Apr 19, 2016

This baby is getting the inside & outside treatment today!!! Thankful to have this extra car since my other one is still dead in the garage. BMW

I don't think I'll ever part with this car... It holds a special place in my heart.

Here's the REAL STORY behind my spare car...

We bought it for our oldest daughter for her 21sr birthday. Little did we know that she almost didn't live to see it.

About 31 hours before her 21st birthday she collapsed in the basement of our home from 2 pulmonary embolisms.

If her younger sister had not come home early from her last day of her summer internship that day and been there when her sister collapsed, she most likely would not have survived.

She was rushed to the hospital that coincidentally had a pulmonary specialist in the ER (thank God!) and he immediately recognized her symptoms & began treatment for the blood clots that had filled both lungs.

It is amazing she didn't suffer permanent heart damage. Thanks to the awesome staff at...

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Incredible 96 Year Old

aging health motivational Apr 03, 2016

I had a chance to meet this incredible 96 year old grandmother of the bride yesterday. I was drawn to her perkiness and wanted to talk to her. In our 1st conversation, I asked her what she does in her spare time. She said she doesn't really watch much tv but she does love Dancing with the Stars.

In our 2nd conversation, I asked how she stays so active and if she exercised. She said no. Remembering our earlier conversation, I asked if she danced and her eyes lit up and she said "oh yes!" I taught dance at Arthur Murray. She didn't elaborate.

Later I spoke with her daughter who told me that her mom and dad met at Arthur Murray as dance instructors. They were married 65 years and he was invited to the White House to give Eleanor Roosevelt dance lessons. And they used to go to Cuba all the time because they had the best Rumba bands there.

WOW!!! What a neat back story! I'm sure she has a lot more great stories. Meeting her yesterday was a highlight of an already amazing day!


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How Mentally Tough Are You?

motivational Mar 16, 2016

One of my favorite things to watch is the Olympic games. I admire the heck out of the athletes who have worked so hard to get there. While watching, I sometimes wonder if I have their mental toughness - is my mind capable of pushing my body to its limits and dealing with what I imagine is unbelievable pressure? So when I came upon this great article in a Shape magazine recently called "Think Like a Winner," it resonated. I loved how they explained that there are four aspects to mental toughness: Resilience, Confidence, Grit, and Focus.

Here are a few highlights from the article:

  1. Resilience - The quicker you can bounce back from mishaps, the quicker you'll find success.
    • Welcome failure: We learn more when we lose than when we win. Mistakes teach you what to do differently next time.
    • Fact-check your thoughts: We almost always distort things after a loss and can easily get stuck in a "I'm no good" mode. Watch your inner dialogue. Just because you were edged out by someone else...
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What Do You Remember from 2015?

motivational Jan 06, 2016

Do you know how awesome it is to say you're going to do something and actually do it?!!! And it's something that takes a whole year... 365 actions - once a day for a whole year! I'm someone who always gets excited with new ideas. I start a lot of them but often they either lose their pizzazz or I get excited about something else and move on to that. I just don't stay committed to them for whatever reason.

But I read a book that really impacted my mindset about committing to following through on my actions. In the book, "The Compound Effect," Darren Hardy talks about how the smallest of actions over time have a compound effect. In other words, seemly small and insignificant actions, if repeated and continued over a long period, will make a HUGE difference.

I just experienced the joy of seeing the compounding of my actions in effect as 2015 came to a close. It is the result of a suggestion that Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the book "Eat, Pray, Love," posted on her Facebook page...

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You Might Think You're Old But You Have Real Experience!

aging health motivational Nov 09, 2015

Do you realize that if you are 58 years old, you have the potential, in this day and age, to live another 40 years? And don't you think you deserve to be doing what you love? That's why I took a huge leap of faith this past June and left my 20+ year career in project management. I finally found what I wanted to do! Late in life I know, but it happened, and I wasn't going to not go for it.

Some might think it was a huge risk. It definitely made my husband nervous! But I just felt it was what I was meant to do. And I had enough experience from my past jobs, that I knew I'd be successful.

Like Gary Vaynerchuk says in the video below: "You are actually more likely to be successful at building a company  at 45 or 50 years old today than the 18 years olds that are coming out because there is a naivete and a lack of experience.... You have REAL experience!"

Watch this video! It's amazing!!! And when you are done, if you are over 50 like me, you will feel like anything is possible...

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Want to Know Why I Love the Seasons?

motivational Oct 21, 2015

Fall is my favorite season for sure, but what I’ve realized is that I get excited about the start of EVERY season because seasons are all about change. I like change. I’ve always been someone who is very open to change and finds boredom in the same old, same old. And aren’t the seasons the best example of this? (It probably helps that I live in the state of Virginia where the change of seasons are so evident!!!)

I think I especially have change on my mind because I’m heading out to Los Angeles to attend what I’ve hear is a life-changing event – a Tony Robbins conference called “Unleash the Power Within.” Apparently I will be locked in a freezing auditorium with 9,000 strangers and will have the opportunity to walk on fire!!!

First of all, I get cold easy so that part is particularly uncomfortable to me! (I packed my down jacket, gloves, and wool hat!) And I’m not sure how I’ll walk on fire without burning my feet…...

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Make a Decision and Change Your Life!

motivational Oct 10, 2015

It’s funny how your mind can want things but until you actually make A DECISION to do them, it won’t happen. They will just continue to sit in your mind as thoughts unless you TAKE ACTION. Just thinking about them and wanting them will not change anything. I’ve been particularly inspired recently by Tony Robbins. I’ve been reading and listening to his books and DVD programs, in preparation for one of his conferences I’ll be attending later this month. Tony is all about mindset and training the mind to think differently. He teaches specific techniques to help you shift your mindset.

Yesterday’s assignment was to take TWO actions immediately that will move you towards the success you want - actions that you’ve been avoiding or procrastinating.

So last night, my first action was to set my alarm for 6am. My alarm has not been set, except in the rare case of an early appointment, since I left the corporate world on 6/30/15. I’ve always been...

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Be the Flower that Stands Out in Life

motivational Aug 08, 2015

Today I came upon this wonderful Facebook post (see it beneath picture of flower below) from my fellow coach and friend Heidi Riter and thought it was the perfect opportunity to tell you a little about Heidi because this flower is a perfect example of the person Heidi is. Heidi always brings a smile to my face. I'm not sure how she found me but I'm so glad she did. On June 6th, I got a random email from her titled "looking for a coach." We chatted a couple of times before she made the decision to hop on board and begin coach training.

Heidi has a debilitating disease called Multiple Sclerosis but you'd never know it from her cheery attitude and uplifting presence. She has struggled with it since her teens. When we first talked, she questioned whether she could be a coach. She wanted to help others, but she was concerned she didn't "look" like a health & fitness coach. The voices in her head were telling her she couldn't.

She doesn't have a weight loss story to share. No Before...

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