Goals 2017:  Health and Wellness

Goals 2017: Health and Wellness

Last week I shared my relationship goals – goals that included others.  This week I’ll be sharing my health and wellness goals – so the goals that really just include me!  I’d be willing to bet the vast majority of you have set health and wellness goals – probably more than once.  When I think of health and wellness I don’t think of just exercise and eating right – there are other aspects of personal wellness that I believe are just as important.  Hopefully a little insight into how I look at them will inspire you to think about your health and wellness goals in a different light. I think the most important aspect of a successful health and wellness goal is that it has to be exciting for you.  Say one of your goals is to get in better shape or to exercise consistently.  If you hate running, then by all means, don’t set yourself a goal of running a 5k.  It’s only going to piss you off every time you get on the treadmill – if you even continue to get on the treadmill!  Instead, think about what types of exercise would be fun for you and set a goal to do THAT consistently.  You are much more likely to succeed if you aren’t dreading the work involved in reaching a goal.  Healthy Living.  Why?  Losing weight or looking a certain way isn’t as important to me as feeling great.  Especially as I’ve struggled with not having the energy I desire in the past.  That means that being at my optimum health is super important to me –...

Goals 2017: Relationships

As I mentioned last week, this year I have a few very specific goals in each of the important areas of my life.  Goals I’ll be concentrating on and reviewing each quarter.  I’ve outlined nine areas, so I’ll cover three each week for the rest of the month.  I know many of us are hammering out our plans and goals for the year so hopefully this will spark some excitement or give you some good ideas on how to achieve the ones you’ve set. The first three goals are ones I believe ALL of us busy moms feel are important – they all center around relationships.  Now your relationship areas might be different than mine, but I’d be willing to bet you have some relationships in your life that are important to you and that you’d like to keep in mind and keep growing as 2017 unfolds. Spouse.  Why?  Pretty obvious I think, but especially now as our kids are in such a busy time of life – it’s very easy to get caught up in the “divide and conquer” method of parenting.  Efficient, yes, but also isolating.  So in 2017 I want to be intentional about making time for my spouse and not letting the busyness of this season take over.  How?  Weekly date nights, walking the dog together, making sure to talk for 10 – 15 minutes each evening (at a minimum and not about scheduling), and also Monday morning planning sessions to figure out who is doing what – that way that topic will hopefully not take over the other time we spend together.  Also at...

Ready for the New Year?

What do you do to get ready for the New year?  Do you set resolutions?  Create goals?  Pick a word or a feeling you want to embody for the year?  I’ve done all of these and more each year and I’ve found some years to be more successful than others. Throughout my years of experimentation, I have found two things that have been crucial to a successful year – regardless of how I plan for the year.  Ready for the secrets? Tie whatever you plan to do to your values.  A few years ago I went into depth on this topic (check out the post HERE), but the gist of it is to make sure your goals align with your values.  If they don’t, you will be hard pressed to follow through because you’ll always be feeling uneasy about your plans for the year. If you aren’t excited about it, you won’t succeed. No matter how detailed or specific your goals or resolutions are, if you aren’t really jazzed about them, it’s going to be very hard to actually take the action steps needed to succeed.  So don’t bother creating goals you feel like you “should” do, create ones you can’t wait to get started on.  Even if they don’t make a lot of sense right now, excitement and the energy that goes along with it will take you a lot farther than a detailed plan of ho hum steps. I’ve decided this year to go back to the basics and come up with a list of 3 or 4 BIG goals for each area of importance in my...
My Favorite Books from December 2016

My Favorite Books from December 2016

It was a busy month of school concerts, plays, Christmas parties, swim meets and all kinds of other fun, so I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped.  However I can’t regret a minute of the fun we had this month!  HERE is the link to everything I read this month, and below are short reviews of my favorites: FICTION I really enjoyed this lovely story of a woman who hasn’t been making the most of her life discovering the hidden life of a woman who recently died.  What she learns helps her re-think her life choices – in the best possible ways.  Nice, uplifting book.  My rating 4 out of 5. Gifted teenage musician Zoe is about to perform again after a three year hiatus.  She was involved in a horrific accident that left 3 of her classmates dead.  After a disturbance at the concert and a stressful evening at home, her mother ends up dead.  As Zoe well knows, nothing is simple or clear when it comes to situations like this.  My rating 4 out of 5. NON-FICTION Although I didn’t love this the way I loved Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes, this was still a wonderful book – full of wisdom and truth.  A must read for anyone looking to change the way they think about their life.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. Did you read anything fantastic this month?  I’m on the lookout for some more recommendations, so please share! There has to be a way for you to enjoy your life instead of rushing through it....
2016 Christmas Round-Up

2016 Christmas Round-Up

Wow!  I can’t believe Christmas is a few days away!!!!  Are you ready?  I’ve got all the presents wrapped and the Christmas Eve menu planned so I think I’m good to go.  The kids have a few more days of school, and then they are off for two weeks.  YEAH!!! Need a little help and inspiration?  Here are some of my favorite holiday posts – both mine and others.  Enjoy! Healthy Tips: Healthy Holidays Game Plan 5 Quick Healthy Holiday Tips:  Replay Enjoy the Holidays: Make the Season Special Great stocking stuffer ideas from Modern Mrs. Darcy Spread some Christmas Cheer Your elf didn’t move?  Here are some reasons! Any great last minute tips?  Please share your favorites while we all still have a few days! If you’re new here, welcome, I’m Pam and I’m a coach for busy working moms who love their kids, but feel tired, stressed out and overwhelmed.  They want to do it all but can’t find enough hours in the day.  I help them balance family, health and work so that they can go to sleep each night feeling fulfilled and guilt-free.  Interested in learning more?  Check out ways I can help you HERE!...

Make the Most of Every Day

I’ve spent the last month hard at work creating a brand new program to address the biggest issue my clients face – making the most of each day.  Too many of my clients are so busy between work and family life that they ignore their health and happiness.  That’s a CRIME!  We only live once and it’s my desire to see busy working moms enjoying the life they live, not just “pushing through until they find a chance to breathe.”  Or “waiting for the weekend.”  Or “when things die down.” Because, guess what?  That day may never come. So why wait until later to enjoy your life?  This new program was designed to help busy working moms start enjoying their life NOW.  As in this week!  What a perfect gift to yourself. Check out the details...

Create a Special Day

Feeling a bit overwhelmed lately?  Too busy to have fun or enjoy yourself?  Then this is exactly when you need to create a special day.  There are three steps to the process – all of which are fun and will immediately improve your mood. Look at your calendar and pick a date you can take a few hours away from everything that SHOULD be done.  Ideally take a whole day off.  If your life is anything like mine, this date might be a few weeks from now, but you CAN make the time.  Block it off on your calendar and if anything comes up, simply say “Sorry, but I can’t do XXX on that date, I already have something scheduled.” Now spend some time between your chosen date and today dreaming. What do you enjoy?  What fuels your soul?  Grab a notebook or open a folder on your phone and jot down your ideas.  Need some inspiration?  How about time in a coffee shop reading?  Browsing stores?  Taking a long and relaxing bath?  Going for a walk in the woods?  A lovely lunch alone or with a friend?  A movie?  Working on a hobby you love but can never get to?  Once you have your list, think realistically about how much time you have blocked off and pick a few things.  This planning time can be almost as fun as the actual day!!! Enjoy your special day. The great thing about this day is that it’s tailored just for you – it’s full of things you love and enjoy.  By the end of the day you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to plunge back into the...
November 2016 Book Reviews

November 2016 Book Reviews

Well, this turned out to be the month for psychological thrillers.  Some real intense reading.  HERE is a list of everything I read last month, and below are short reviews of my favorites: This was a crazy story.  Flora was kidnapped seven years ago and then rescued after 472 days.  Needless to say, she has some emotional scars and issues.  Now, she is missing again.  Along with several other younger women – closer to the age she was when she disappeared.  Is Flora involved?  How?  Is she safe?  The book goes back and forth between present day and during the time Flora was held captive.  Very intense.  My rating 4 out of 5. What a fun book.  Each year, there is “a dress” of the season.  The book follows nine different women and their stories involving the dress of the year.  Some are sweet, some are not.  It seems like this would be confusing – so many “main” characters, but somehow the author makes it work.  My rating 4 out of 5. Have to admit I loved this book.  I’m anxiously awaiting the next one to become available at the library.  It was a slow start – I had to make myself keep reading until I was about a third of the way through, then it just took off and I enjoyed it immensely.  Put together a mysterious island, some scary monsters, things that don’t seem possible and some creepy children and you get quite a tale!  I definitely need to see how they made this into a movie.  My rating 5 out of 5. What has been your favorite book...
Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you all have some fun and fulfilling plans for the next few days.  Today I thought I’d share a round-up of my favorite Thanksgiving posts and recipes. Everything Thanksgiving, all in one place! Recipes: Fresh Cranberries – I made these last night for the Thanksgiving I’m hosting Saturday.  Perfect to make ahead and check them off your list! Cranberry Mimosas – I’m totally adding these to my holiday gathering this year – YUM! Green Beans – so much better than the traditional green bean casserole Easy Cheese Plate – people love to snack on this while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking Traditions: Thanksgiving “Awards” – a fun family tradition my daughter created a few years ago – always a hit! Thanksgiving Leaves – this year I’m planning on adding this as a new tradition – simple and meaningful Burn off that dinner! – We’ve had kickball games, walks in the woods and other kinds of fun – I don’t know what it will be this year, but we’ll do something active after we eat. How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday?  Are there any traditions that must be followed for your family? Ready to kick start a healthier and happier life?  Get your FREE copy of my 3-day Refresh HERE and see how easy it can be to change your...

A Skill Every Busy Mom NEEDS

Feeling busy Mama?  I hear you!  We are deep into the school year and between work, kids and all the up-coming holidays if life isn’t crazy for you now, it soon will be. So what skill should you have?  Be Present. For the love of all that’s holy, please STOP multi-tasking.  You might think you are good at it, but you are NOT.  Even worse, it’s robbing you of the simple joys of life like noticing and appreciating what you are doing, enjoying the moment and creating lasting memories. If you are always on your phone while “watching” your kids play instead of paying attention when they yell “watch this,” what do you think they will remember?   Mom on her phone, not Mom watching me. Studies show we aren’t as productive when we multi-task as we think we are and in fact, it takes us longer to get things done.  (http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/09/health/your-brain-multitasking/index.html; http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2014/10/08/multitasking-damages-your-brain-and-career-new-studies-suggest/#6aa05caf2c16) If you are accustomed to being a “power multi-tasker” this isn’t going to be easy, so be gentle with yourself and start slow. A few ideas to get you started: When you catch yourself doing multiple things at once, stop one immediately Set yourself up for success. Put your phone AWAY when you are with the kids.  Or driving.  Or in a meeting. When working on a project, shut off distractions (Facebook anyone?) Don’t over schedule yourself Set a timer when you begin a task – it will let your brain know when you can stop focusing and move on to the next task. What do you think about multi-tasking?  I know for most of us it’s...

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