Relax, Rejuvenate and Rest

Talk about an "aha" moment...I have had several the past couple of weeks as I lay coughing, sneezing and feeling like walked on dirt from some all-encompassing "bug". There's nothing quite as enlightening as not being able to do anything but lie still and take time for reflection. How often have I said, "take time for yourself", "take care of yourself first", etc. (you've heard it from me many times). Yet, there I was completely depleted mainly because I neglected to take care of the most important person - me. We often ignore all the warning signs - exhaustion, disturbed sleep patterns, lack of energy - while feeling like we're on a fast moving treadmill at top speed. Don't ignore these warning signs. This is exactly the time to … [Read more...]

Enjoying the Journey

I don't buy lottery tickets but if I did, I would be among the many who invest in the fallacy that they will become the next millionaire. A lot of women are living their lives waiting to hit the illusive jackpot. And for a lot of us, the jackpot is usually - when I get settled" (whatever that means), "after I pay off some debt", "as soon as I can find time", "when the last child is off to college" and other far-off reward thinking. Why not enjoy as much of the journey as possible now and not put off joy today for that magical reward when you arrive at some ill conceived destination? What opportunities have you missed spending the better part of your lives waiting...and missing out on some delicious opportunities to savor the moment. As … [Read more...]

Slow Down – Don’t Dance So Fast

Here's a great poem from the book The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris that I would like to share with you. Slow Dance Have you ever watch kids On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading light? You better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Do you run through each day On the fly? When you ask: How are you ? Do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed With the next hundred chores Running through your head? You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Ever told your child, We’ll do it tomorrow? And in … [Read more...]

Growing Up or Growing Old

Growing Up or Growing Old By: Author Unknown The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi, handsome! My name is Rose. I'm 87 years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel." "No seriously," I asked. I was … [Read more...]

What You Believe is What You Manifest

jacksonville digi art "Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming; this desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature; we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be." - Wallace Wattle Everything you need and want will be made available when you need it, in the way you need it. And, the best part is, you don’t have to figure out HOW it will manifest itself. Your job is to simply believe! When the office I worked in for 17 years closed its doors I felt as though I had been thrown out to sea without a lifeline. You see, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I spent so many years supporting someone else's dream, while mine simmered on the back burner that I … [Read more...]

How to Say No and Mean It

You always have the power to say to no any request just as others have the power to say no to your requests. When you say no to a request for money, time, gifts or commitments, you are in essence asserting your power and authenticity. Guilt is not a part of NO!  There is no need to feel guilty when you are setting your own priorities and taking charge of your life. Have you ever had someone, particularly someone close to you, tell you “no”?  What was the feeling it invoked?  If you felt hurt, angry, embarrassed, rejected, etc.,  was it because of the subconscious meaning you attached to their “no”?  Maybe it brought up feelings of dismissal, abandonment or trauma.  The power you give to the meaning of “no” is yours alone.  How you … [Read more...]

In Perfect Alignment

Have you ever wondered if you make the right choices, live your life in harmony with what you know to be true? One of the things that I absolutely know for sure is that I have he right to make choices for my life, express my desires and am in total control of how I speak, act and respond to circumstances, other people and situations. I need only to respond in alignment with my own truth. I offer you the following things that you must embrace if you are to live joyfully and in alignment with your own unique truth: 1) Know that you are in control of your thoughts, actions, words and  responses.  When your response is in harmony with your words actions and thoughts, you are empowered and joyful. 2) You can confidently state your intent … [Read more...]

Creating Self-Time

Would you continue to invite guests into your home who constantly insult you, disregard your boundaries, and, cast dispersion on your surroundings? Why then, would you choose to allow others to invade your consciousness, leaving a trail of negative messages, disrespecting your very existence and allowing the aftermath to control how you think and feel about your destiny and your dreams? How many times have you allowed a non-crisis family situation, an unexpected phone call demanding your time, a chore you feel must be taken care of right now or any number of other things that rob you of the priorities you’ve set for yourself?  A priority is anything that is important to YOU! Most women tend to prioritize according to the needs of … [Read more...]