How Risk Taking Can Thrust You Into Action

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.- Lucille Ball When you think of risk, what comes to mind? Do you see risk as something hazardous, intense foolish,  or do you think of  risk taking as exhilarating, breathtaking and stimulating? Risk can be all those things and more. It's finding the best possible solution when facing uncertainty and making the best decision you can make under the circumstances. It took courage to enter a new relationship, learn to ride a bike, start a business or move to a new city.  Yet, despite setbacks, you achieved these and more and you survived them, didn’t you? It takes courage and commitment to take risks. When you avoid experiencing the … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons to Take Back Your Time

  In the book, Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America by John De Graaf, we are encouraged to organize a Take Back Your Time Day on the fourth Friday in October as a way to avoid overwhelm, exhaustion and overwork. We are consumed by "time poverty" and "busy-ness".  A recent USA Today article featured a study commissioned by Westin Hotels & Resorts where 1,500 employed professionals were polled by  STUDYLOGIC.  The study found that 64% of workers admitted they had canceled or postponed a vacation this year and 33% said it was because of stress at work, too many responsibilities or too busy to plan a vacation. Take back your time...you've earned it! Vacations are intended to refresh and give you a … [Read more...]

Make time for self care

Making time for self-care is one of the first things we give up when life gets hectic and our energy level is low. With all the attention we give to taking care of others, juggling tasks, meeting deadlines and being responsible, it’s no wonder we often feel there’s no space in our busy schedules left for us. And, as we take on more and more, we begin to feel like our lives are unmanageable and overwhelmed by all of the constant demands that take up our precious energy. You may think you don’t have the stamina for self-care but when you start to take care of yourself first, you’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have to take care of everything else. Here are three quick tips to create the space you need for … [Read more...]

Stop to Smell the Roses While In Pursuit of Happiness

Are you waiting for your situation to change so you can be happy? Many people are waiting for that illusive dream to manifest, the great idea to be implemented, the new house, car or some other tangible evidence that says they are Happy. Stop to smell the roses while in pursuit of happiness! Happiness is a state of mind based on how worthy you feel, how deserving you think you are of good things coming your way. Your internal critic (the negative messages received and embedded in your subconscious) may attempt to sabotage your happiness quotient which will in turn affect your level of self-confidence and self-esteem. Self-confidence is the realistic and positive expectations you have for yourself, your abilities and others. … [Read more...]

Take a Power Hour to Stop Overwhelm

According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, 60% of Americans feel they do not have enough time to get everything done. This past week I certainly was part of that 60%! As I unsuccessfully attempted to check off everything I had on my to-do list, I felt like I was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole! Maybe you're also overwhelmed with the sheer volume of items on your to-do list!  Or, perhaps, you underestimated the time needed, or fell prey to interruptions because you didn't set strong time boundaries. With a mountain of paperwork facing you, phone calls to make, tasks/chores to be done and all the other things you want to check off your to-do-list, you’re more than likely to procrastinate and shuffle … [Read more...]

Stop the Energy Drainers that are Painting You into a Corner

When your energy level feels like you have been in a maze with no visible means of escape and you find yourself making needless mistakes, forgetting to put the trash out, where you put keys, or missing an important appointment, it’s time to stop the energy drainers in their tracks. Feeling constantly exhausted, confused, distracted and just plain out of sorts is a formula for burnout and leads to worry, fear and despair. Yet, every day, many women experience this feeling with no relief in sight. According to a study done by the American College of Physicians, in the United States, 24% of the general adult population has had fatigue lasting 2 weeks or longer; 59%-64% of these persons report that their fatigue has no medical cause. I … [Read more...]

Can You Really Eat, Pray, Love Your Way to Happiness?

I recently traveled across three countries on a delicious quest for enlightenment, purpose and passion. Actually, my journey took place from the comfortable seat in my local movie theater.  I tagged along with Julia Roberts, as Liz Gilbert, as she took me along on her search for spirituality, love and adventure in the movie, Eat, Pray, Love. It was quite a journey! Without giving away too much, the movie revolved around Liz, a woman desperately looking to find out who she really was and what she wanted in her life. I enjoyed watching this incredible woman evolve over a period of 12 months but couldn’t help but wonder, Can You Really Eat, Pray, Love Your Way To Happiness?I’m not so sure you need to traverse across three countries to find … [Read more...]

How to Maintain Self-Care and Keep an Emotional Healthy Outlook

From time to time, most of us get over-shadowed by a less than healthy emotional outlook. Yet, that does not mean we have to dwell in it or accept it as our reality. When your emotional outlook is cloudy, it’s important to allow the sun to shine through by taking some well-deserved time for self-care. Many women today lead lives punctuated with to-do-lists, decision-making, family obligations, social and community activities, chauffeuring, appointments and a host of other to-do’s. Yet, while all this “busy-ness” may give you a sense of accomplishment, purpose, validation and acceptance, it comes with a high price. The price you pay is in lack of consistent self-care and that takes a serious toll on your emotional and physical … [Read more...]

It’s Always the Time to Celebrate YOU!

Get out the candles, balloons and confetti and let’s party! It’s always the time to celebrate YOU by honoring your accomplishments! Rejoice in the things you did; the things you didn't do; and your victories - big and small. How many times have you worked hard to get a promotion, struggled and sacrificed to loose that final 10 pounds, or passed a class with flying colors only to let the accomplishment pass by with hardly a notice? Were you that busy or just didn’t think it worthy of celebration? Women are notorious for downplaying the valuable and worthwhile things we do and easily forgo the significance of rewards for a job done well. Traditionally, with the exception of Mother’s Day, women don’t commemorate accomplishments such … [Read more...]

Don’t just look, stop and stare!

================================================================= This is a guest post by Logan Lindabury, the Happiness Coach, from HappinessCanHelp.com ================================================================= Picture this: You've just finished working another long and tiring day.You get in your car and find excitement in the idea that tomorrow will be the weekend and you can actually relax. Then you realize it's only Monday and you have yet to begin sitting in rush hour traffic. Has this happened to you? Why is it that you can only relax and be happy on the weekends? When did that get set in stone? Far as I can see, it's not! So break the routine. Try something new. Find some happiness everyday, no matter what … [Read more...]