You did great!

You did great!

Regardless of how the year went, take stock today of the good you accomplished this year.  Tomorrow’s a new year but it is also another new day – a new opportunity to try something you’ve never tried, an opportunity to do something you’ve never done. After taking stock today, start to plan (if you haven’t yet) for your vision of 2015. Thanks for reading, supporting, and sharing what you’ve read here, on Facebook and Instagram. More great things to come in 2015, including support in planning for your 2015 vision!...
7 Reasons Why You Should Make The Effort to Change.

7 Reasons Why You Should Make The Effort to Change.

You are worth the effort and the time it takes to do as well as possible in life. In case you aren’t convinced, here are seven reasons why you should undergo the work it takes to change. 1. You’re not satisfied with the current state of your life. If there’s something in your life you aren’t happy with, no one else is more equipped to change that thing but you! Plan and simple in concept, even though not necessarily in execution. 2. You can do better in life for the change. Hopefully, you are looking to change for the better. If you follow through and make needed lifestyle changes, your life will be better overall for the change. 3. You can inspire others to change.  People tend to respond very well to images. Whether or not you’re aware, you are already providing an “image” of your life to those around you, and that image can inspire. If you live your life in a way that another person aspires to live, you can inspire their change! Just by doing what it takes to do better, you pave the way for others to do better. 4. Your changes will improve your relationships.  The change you need might be in the interest of your relationships. What you do impacts everyone in your life. Working on your progression and expansion individually will impact your relationships. It’ll either help them appreciate you more, or show you the need to let go of those relationships. 5. Change is adventurous! If you’re seeking some adventure, there’s no better way to get that than by embarking on...
Better than an ice cream sandwich. #NewNovember

Better than an ice cream sandwich. #NewNovember

Yesterday I had an intense sugar craving. I ate pretty well but my body kept calling for sugar, and I answered with one of these ice cream sandwiches. While eating the sandwich I questioned the purpose of the craving. Although what we crave might not be “necessary,” a craving signals that you’re in need of something. Maybe it’s a nutrient: for example, if you’re a lady, PMSing, and craving chocolate, you might be in need of magnesium (if this happens, try a small serving of  raw cashews and see how it does the trick!). But maybe it’s an emotional need. After questioning and eating my ice cream sandwich, I meditated. (Meditation’s a great way to get answers to questions that only lie within. And the answer I got was… I’ve been feeling insecure, and using sugar as a security blanket.   Ugh. I remembered the times in my childhood when I experienced actual danger, such as when I got hit by a car at 8 years old. I remember wanting to eat all things sweet after I got home from the hospital (mildly injured  but shaken up, by the way).  I am sure that the association between sugar and security started way before that, but it was the first time I’m aware of that the sugar craving was INTENSE! Next week will make 24 years since that happened, and to celebrate I think this security blanket should go. Ice cream sandwiches are great, but they do not protect me from experiencing pain or danger. So what’s better than an ice cream sandwich? Faith that the universe supports me. Knowledge that all is well. Belief that, even...
Jumping.

Jumping.

Over on Instagram, I’ve been participating in Gala Darling‘s #lovetober photo challenge. The prompt for today was, “Jump!” I could have (and probably should have) taken a photo of me jumping, posted and kept it moving. But I’m under the weather, in no mood to physically jump and pose for a photo. So instead I’m using this as a blog prompt, because “jumping” is so relevant to my life right now. So there have been various  times in my life when the decision to jump was before me, and I took it. For example, when I decided to go from artsy English major to artsy law student, the decision was a jump. When I bought my first LSAT prep book, I jumped off the cliff, and found wings that brought me to my life as an attorney. When I was at a cliff again, staring down at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a career in coaching on the other side. I jumped, eventually. I stood at the cliff for about two years before I signed up for their health coaching program. This website and my business as it now exists started with a jump towards my dreams. The “jump” prompt is poignant because I’m at a big cliff right now. On the other side of the cliff is practicing in areas of law that are extremely different than what I’m used to. On the other side of this cliff is a rebranding of this coaching business I’ve started, and program ideas that I want to launch, and more speaking opportunities. I’ve spent the day recuperating from illness and contemplating what it means...
Take a deep breath. #meditation

Take a deep breath. #meditation

  I just had a moment of panic. Someone important to me doesn’t approve of me in some way. The way they don’t approve doesn’t matter in the long run (or even in the short run) but still, she’s important to me, so it matters. I had a moment of panic. It happens, and not too often. But when it does happen… I take a deep breath. Air flows in through my nose, deeply through the lungs, into the diaphragm, and then up and out through the mouth. I remember that, yes, I still have breath. I still am here. Whatever’s wrong is not so wrong because I am here. And I am still. I tagged this #meditation because my meditation practice taught me how to come down from panic to stillness in less than a minute. No crossed legs and fingers touching. Just stop, and breathe. If you’ve read this far, and you don’t have a meditation practice, go here. Also join my meditation challenge,...
Join the Summer Shine! #Meditation Challenge

Join the Summer Shine! #Meditation Challenge

  There will be music and mantras. Bob Marley, and OMs. There will be sounds of nature. Raindrops and rainforests. There will be centeredness. There will be inner stillness. There will be peace. Starting on Sunday, July 6, I’ll be sharing my favorite meditation audios and videos everyday, for 30 days. The challenge is to use that audio or video and meditate everyday. The meditation audios/videos range in time, from a minute to about a half-hour. You’ll get a heads up in advance about the expected length of the week’s meditations. You are encouraged to use the shorter meditations if time doesn’t permit for the longer ones. You are encouraged to give the longer meditations a go! If you take the challenge, you’re very likely to gain a habit of finding stillness and centeredness. You will gain the ability to rein in your experiences with stress and anxiety. Commit to this challenge, and it’s quite possible that you will begin to experience a slice of serenity in your otherwise busy day. Commit, and get a taste of what meditation has to offer. Provide your email below, and/or like me on Facebook and follow along there. Summer Shine! Meditation Challenge * indicates required Email Address * First Name * Email Format html text...
When things are askew or awry (some advice).

When things are askew or awry (some advice).

    When things in life go awry, it’s common to look outward Out at the problems and for the solutions. Nothing wrong with that, but I’m here to suggest something different. Dive inward. Take a look at yourself, before you look at anything or anyone else When things feel askew, start with you Look at yourself in the mirror and inquire What did I do? How did I get myself here? Don’t expect answers right away. Don’t expect a conversation with yourself. But ask the questions of yourself that you’d ask anyone else. Why did I do this? How did I get here? And then sleep on it. Or give yourself some quiet time, some calm, some meditative time But you can sleep on it. And see what comes up. As you are likely to contain the problem (As we tend to) You are likely to contain the solution. So dive inward. Then talk about what comes up for you With someone else who listens with their soul. A life coach tends to be a great person for this, But the listener could be your parent, it could be your partner, It could be your sibling, or a complete stranger. Talking out what comes up from inside with someone in touch with their inside Will help you get deeper inward. Do not be afraid to take responsibility for your contributions Even when that contribution lead to your discomfort It’s likely that, if you’re there, you were not a victim (Exceptions to this, of course) But if there’s shit of yours to be owned, then own it If there’s blame...
My father and my forgiveness. #happyfathersday

My father and my forgiveness. #happyfathersday

  My father and my forgiveness go together like macaroni and cheese, analogously. I’ve long eaten macaroni, alone and with lots of add-ons, but at this point in my life it’s not likely that I’ll eat it unless there’s cheese involved. Macaroni tastes so good and satisfying when its paired with cheese! I don’t speak to my father very often, though more often now than in many years. My childhood and 20’s were such that I had reason to distance myself from him, and he did not resist my distancing. I used to tell this story a little differently; the story used to put all the responsibility for this distancing on him, exclusively, with me as the hapless, helpless child and victim. Now, the cheese on the macaroni gives the story the flavor of empowerment. The story, and my personal truth, is that I distanced myself to protect me from further hurt, it was my choice to do so and I needed to do it to at least begin to heal. Even as a kid, I’ve had the power to take steps in the direction of my healing, and I was doing just that when I consciously chose to distance myself, at 13 years old. Today is the anniversary of the day I recognized that my healing was not complete, and this lack of healing would cause the relationship pattern set by me and my father to repeat. That point was brought home by a great deal of romantic relationship drama. It didn’t take much for me to see that the drama found its pattern in my relationship with...
#GetCreative: Put pen to paper. #writing

#GetCreative: Put pen to paper. #writing

  This one’s for you if you: Have something to say Are fairly literate Have writing instruments (pens and paper are fine) Have an imagination One of the quickest ways to get in touch with your creative force is to write. Good grammar and a deft use of language are great but not necessary. This exercise is not as concerned about your reader as it is about using and strengthening your creative force. How to do it: Pick the best time of day for you to spend 20 minutes writing. Mornings are preferable for this exercise, particularly right after you wake up, as the creative juices are the most “loose” when you’ve come out of your dream state.  If mornings can’t work, however, then right before bed is the next preferable time. Get your writing instruments together, and then at the allotted time – get cracking! 20 minutes is recommended. Do this on a regular basis – once a day is best. The more you use your creative force, the stronger it’ll be. After some practice you’ll find that you will make connections with different ideas and aspects of your life readily. The act of writing, for the sake of writing, makes it easier to create in a variety of ways. Keep in mind Steve Jobs’ quote about creativity. Also, you might find that you like what you write, and you want to share it! Or you’ll find that you like the act of writing and want to get better at it.  Both these results lend itself very well to sharing and honing your craft. There’s tons of ways to go about...
I’m in first place. #happybirthday

I’m in first place. #happybirthday

  I’m 32 today! At this time of year I always reflect on life lessons earned and applied and I often write them down. This year I’ve decided to share 32 of them.* Indulge me, and learn something while you’re at it. 1. I love my now because, at least, I’m in it. All there is is the current state, the now. It may or may not be pleasant, but no matter, because, I AM HERE. 2. Planning is worthwhile. Planning aligns my intention for accomplishing a goal and whatever course of action is needed. Planning tells the Universe, that, yes, I am so serious and clear that my intention will be reality. Even if my plan doesn’t come together the way I wanted, my intention will be my reality as long as I trust the Universe to support my greatest good. 3. Regular engagement of my creative energy raises the vibrational energy of my life. More Creativity is the path to More Joy. (I created the More Creativity, More Joy! Program for a reason!) 4. Peace is many things, including the ability to recognize when conflict is not worth my energy, and acting upon that recognition. 5. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” My lesson learned, but the phrasing is courtesy of an episode of Black Ink Crew. 6. Sleep is the best investment of time, ever. Regular investment of 8 hours to my sleeping life benefits my waking life tremendously! 7. Regular meditation breeds clarity of thought and receptiveness to the messages the Universe is trying to...