5 Ways to Grow

Last week I shared a bit about why we should be concerned with personal growth, and as promised, this week I’ve got some fun ways to do Never Stop Growingit.  Start with one and implement it this week, try something else next week, and so on.  As I’ve said before, you’re going to change and grow anyway, so why not do it consciously!

  1. Read or watch something different.  This is an easy one to start with.  Do you always read fiction?  Go the bookstore or library and pick up a non-fiction book, or even fiction from a different genre.  Love to watch dramas or action movies (or even TV shows)?  Try a documentary or comedy.  Switching things up will help you start to see things from a different perspective, AND it will give you new topics of conversation for those around you.
  2. Take a class or learn something new.  Once we become adults we often stop learning.  This is just silly!  Check out your local community college for fun and interesting topics.  Or perhaps your local library or craft store has classes for crafts.  Even a cooking class or book club could be a lot of fun.  You’ll learn something new and probably meet interesting people at the same time.
  3. Listen.  I can’t emphasize this one enough.  If you take the time to really listen to others, it’s amazing what you will learn.
  4. Do something you are scared to do.  I bet you suspected this would be on the list.  It’s true though, that by doing something that scares you, you WILL grow as a person.  Perhaps it will become easier next time (or not), perhaps you will discover that you can do more than you think, or perhaps you’ll learn what NOT to do next time.  Regardless, you’ll learn something about yourself.
  5. Treat every situation as a chance to learn.  If you look at each experience and interaction in your day as a chance to learn and grow, you’ll find yourself doing just that.  AND by being conscious of your day to day life, you will enjoy it more.

How do you approach continual personal development?  Is it something you pay attention to consciously or do you just allow life to happen to you?  If so, is that what you want?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please share them here in the comments or over on the Facebook page.

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Weekly Goals April 13 – 19

Well, it’s been so many weeks since I last posted my goals, I don’t think I’ll even bother to re-cap!  That being said, I am ready to get back into a normal swing after a few weeks of vacationing, sporting events and tons of work!Weekly Goals

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Submit a guest post
  • Finish April blog posts

Personal

  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day
  • Yoga 3x this week
  • Regular morning routine

Family

  • First weekend of Spring Sports
  • Work on training our new puppy

Bernie

Household

  • Prep for next day each night
  • Clean up office so Bernie can work upstairs with me!

What are YOUR plans for the week?  I’d love to see you share them or even a link to your goals in the comments.

Ready to achieve your goals this year?  Having a personal health & lifestyle coach will keep you accountable and help you get the results you want – whether your goal is to get fit, eat better, be healthier, have more fun, or just be happier.  Right now I have room in my schedule for TWO new ladies – so if you want this to be the year you accomplish more than you ever have before, contact me to set up your FREE 30-minute Clarity Session.  We’ll hash out your top three goals and decide if we are a good fit to work together in the next few months to accomplish them.  What do you have to lose?  But act fast, because once this spot is gone, it’s gone!

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Never Stop Growing!

Just like the spring flowers I’m seeing in our yard these days, I think it’s important for people to continue to learn and grow.  It’s all too easy to Never Stop Growingget stuck into the daily grind and forget the wonder and excitement of learning something new and stretching your limits.  That’s a shame.

Think of growing as personal development, improving yourself, expanding your horizons or just keeping life interesting – however you want to categorize it, it’s an important element of a happy life.  Just by virtue of being alive, you will grow some anyways – life will through experiences and people at you that may cause you to change your beliefs, feelings or thoughts – it’s an inevitable part of being alive.  So why not put conscious effort into growing & creating a life you LOVE versus accepting what comes your way?

Personal growth will be the topic for this month, so expect a few more posts with ideas on how to grow.  In the meantime, below are some reasons WHY you should pay attention to your own personal growth:

  • As I mentioned above, it’s going to happen regardless, so why not direct it the way YOU desire?
  • It’s a sure fire way to increase your quality of life.
  • As a side benefit, you’ll be setting a good example for your kids and improving the life of those around you – happy and satisfied moods are contagious.
  • Personal growth is a key element in happiness.  Most people find that their true happiness comes from the process of creating or doing something, not the end result.

How important is personal growth to you?  Obviously it’s key for me – my entire health and lifestyle business is founded on the desire to help other busy moms create a happy, healthy life that they love.  I am always looking for new ways to help the ladies I coach and myself in the process – after all, we only live once, so let’s enjoy it to the fullest!

Are you interested in consciously creating a life you love?  Join me this month for a FREE 30 minute Clarity Call - we’ll delve into what you want to improve in your life and come up with three key focus areas.  I can’t wait to help you start your journey to a happier, healthier life!

 

My Favorite Books from March 2015

I had plans to read more non-fiction this month, but somehow it just didn’t happen.  Here is a link to my amazon list of everything I read, and books to readbelow are my favorites:

This book is so far from anything I typically read that at first I didn’t think I’d really like it, but ends up I really enjoyed it.  It was one of those books that had me really thinking about it for days after I had finished it.  What if something happened that wiped out most of civilization – it is scary to think about how quickly life as we know it would fail.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

I’m not sure how I missed these books as a child, but both my daughter and I have really been loving them.  She is two books ahead of me so I’m rushing to try to catch up!  These are simple, sweet books about Betsy, a typical high school girl growing up in the Midwest back in the early 1900s.  What is amazing is how modern these books feel – the issues Betsy and her friends encounter are very similar to what girls today (and in my day) dealt with.  Want something to read with your tween daughter?  Pick up this series.  My rating 4 out of 5.

What a clever and engrossing story.  The house is the backdrop and the story moves backwards – there are twists and turns and you learn more and more as the stories unfold.  My biggest tip is don’t read ahead – you’ll lose so much of the fun!  My rating 4 out of 5.

What have you been reading this month?  Anything fun I should pick up?

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Stop the Overload!

Even after all the talk about making small changes to improve your world this month, perhaps you are still feeling overwhelmed – like even adding small changes are too much.  That there just isn’t enough time to even start to create those changes.  Is this you?Planet Earth . . .Modelled 1

I know between work, travel and family obligations, I often feel like I don’t have even a minute to sit down, let along create a change in my life.

This week, I’m going to share my favorite stress release (and time creating) tip of all:  Don’t overload yourself!!!

Much as we’d like to create more time, there are only 24 hours in a day and only one of you.  You can’t create more time.  So instead of cramming everything you want to do in 24 hours, why not figure out how much time you actually have and THEN plan accordingly.

My example:  I have 24 hours, and I know I do best with 8 hours of sleep, so I subtract that and now I’m down to 16 hours.  Pull out another 8 hours for work each day and I’m down to 8 hours.  I like to take an hour and a half in the morning to get ready for the day, get the kids off to school, journal and do some writing.  Add another 30 minutes for exercise and I’ve still got 6 hours left.  Estimate 2 hours for driving kids around, meals and cleaning, now I’m down to 4 hours.  I’ll pull out an hour of that for bedtime routines/stories/ etc. and I have 3 hours left.  I like to give myself a 2 hour buffer (because let’s face it time seems to disappear often!) and that gives me an hour each day to read, create, watch TV, visit with friends, etc.  They key is not to plan to do more than I can in that hour – in other words a typical day isn’t the day to decide I can completely clean out my closet, train for a marathon (not that I plan on doing that anytime soon), create an entire scrapbook, etc.  Or if I decide I really want to do one of those things, then something else in the day has to be eliminated.  If I only have an hour, I only have an hour – it makes no sense to try to do more as the time simply isn’t there!

                                                                                                  8 hours sleep

                                                                                                  8 hours work

                                                                                                  2 hours morning routine/exercise

                                                                                                  2 hours driving/meals/cleaning

                                                                                                  1 hour bedtime routine/reading/games

                                                                                                  2 hours buffer

                                                                                                  1 hour “me” time

Obviously everyday can be different, but the key is that you can’t create new hours in the day,  and you can’t do more than can be accomplished in the time you have.  Period.

How do you manage your time?  Or does your time manage you?

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Help Others to Improve YOUR World

Another thing I want to do this month to improve my world is help others.  It’s a topic I’ve thought a lot about over the years.  My belief is that Planet Earth . . .Modelled 1anyone can make a difference in the life of others, and doing so will improve your happiness and the quality of your health and life.  You don’t need lots of time or money, just an open mind and a willingness to take action.

In the past, I’ve shared a variety of ways to give back both for yourself and your kids.

Since March is all about action for me, I’m trying something different this year.  I’m not going to rehash all my old suggestions (or even come up with some new ones) on how to help others.  Instead, I’m going to spend one week doing something small EACH DAY to help others.

In order to keep me accountable, I’ll post daily on my Facebook page what I did and how it felt.  I know without the daily posting, I’m sure to let this slide – I’ll get too busy or just forget, so I’m counting on you to keep me honest!

I would love it if anyone else wants to join me – it’s only 7 days people – you can do it too!!!  Just jump in and comment on the Facebook page any day you participate!  In the meantime, what are some of YOUR ideas on how to help others?  Please share in the comments – I might just need some new ideas!

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Live a Little Greener

Last week I mentioned using less chemicals as something I want to “improve.”  I’m not likely to completely eliminate them from my life, but I figure even a small change is an improvement right?  It’s similar to my food philosophy – I do the best I can at home and don’t worry about parties, restaurants, etc. Planet Earth . . .Modelled 1

What are some areas I could make a little “greener”?  I’ve created some cleaners and other products in the past using my favorite essential oils:

I also re-use and re-cycle as much as possible.  So, what’s next?  I picked up a few books at the Half-Price Book Store and came up with some ideas:

  • Eliminate air fresheners – I don’t use them often, but I did keep my old plug-ins “just in case.”  No more, they are gone, and I am committing to using my favorite diffuser (currently diffusing Citrus Fresh in hopes of Spring) or I simmer cloves and cinnamon in water with a drop of orange essential oil.
  • Get rid of bugs naturally!  I don’t know how they are alive with as cold as it’s been, but we had a few ants in our bathroom – how they got there is a real mystery.  I sent my son in with a spray bottle containing Lavender and Purification Oils diluted in a bit of water.  He sprayed all the baseboards and the ants haven’t been back.  He had fun doing it and I loved not using the chemicals.

How about greener body care?  It seemed like a fun way to take a little break (and I had my daughter help me).  We made a delicious smelling salt scrub.  With sandal weather on the horizon, this should help me get my feet ready without all the ingredients I can’t pronounce in a thick, foot softening scrub.

homemade foot scrub

These ingredients:    sea salt, dried lavender, olive oil  vs. these: Water, Pumice, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Acrylates/Steareth-20, Methacrylate Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Lauryl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Peppermint (Mentha Arvensis) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Salicylate, Fragrance, Citric Acid.

Another fun and easy product to make is my homemade deodorant:  No Need to Be a Hippy to Make Your Own Deodorant

These are a few steps I’m making this month – they are fun and easy and will make a difference in MY world!

Interested in learning more?  Here are a few books I found with more fun ideas (these are on Amazon, but as always I encourage you to head to  your local library first!):
Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home

Lavender, Parsley, Peppermint, and Sage

500 Formulas For Aromatherapy: Mixing Essential Oils for Every Use

What are your ideas?  Share your comments on how you will be changing YOUR world this month in the comments below – I’d love to hear your plans!

I still have room in my schedule for TWO free Clarity Sessions – after a short 30 minute conversation, you’ll have a concrete list of your three top goals/ values for the year! This will definitely help you with making a list of areas of your life you’d like to improve.   Don’t delay, sign up now while they are still available!

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Improve Your World to Improve Your Life

Planet Earth . . .Modelled 1This month, we’ll focus on improving your world.  Why?  Why is this something to even think about?  It’s simple really.  By taking small steps to improve your world, you will improve your life.  The changes you make will:

  • improve your attitude
  • create a more positive outlook
  • help you appreciate your life more
  • create feelings of happiness and accomplishment

It’s amazing how these positive effects will begin to snowball into MORE positive action.  Plus, it’s fun!

So what do I mean by improving your world?  Note that I include the word you – I’m not stating improve THE world (although hopefully by improving your world you are making a small positive change in the world).  What comes to mind for me are areas like helping others you encounter, improving the quality of your daily life, improving your relationships, improving your health, and so on.

Ready to get started?  I can’t just introduce this idea without asking for some action, right?

This week I’d like you to do two things – and don’t worry, I’m going to play along:

  1. Make a list of several areas of your life you’d like to improve.
  2. Pick one and think of 1-2 actions you can implement THIS week to improve your world for one of the areas from step 1.

I’ll get the conversation started by sharing mine here:

  1. creativity, helping others, reduce chemicals used in our house, health (sleep, increase fitness level), schedule overload
  2. Creativity – I’ve never thought of myself as a creative person, but after reading The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You; I realized that just because I’m not a gifted artist or amazing musician, it doesn’t mean I’m not creative.  This quote from the book says it all:  “Creativity isn’t crafting; it is any original expression you pursue – running, playing music, gardening, sewing, cooking, and so on are all creative acts.  Even activities like volunteering and throwing parties are creative pursuits because by giving of ourselves for others we are expressing ourselves in a meaningful way.”  I love that description!  So this month, I plan on focusing on improving my creative expression WHEREVER I see it – cooking healthy and fun meals for my family, creating new blog posts and programs for the women I coach, even tangible craft or science projects with my kids.  My plan is to do something every week this month to express my creativity.

So what is your plan for the week?  I’d love to hear more about how you will improve your world, so please share in the comments below.  Let’s all spend some time this month improving our world and our life!

I still have room in my schedule for TWO free Clarity Sessions – after a short 30 minute conversation, you’ll have a concrete list of your three top goals/ values for the year! This will definitely help you with making a list of areas of your life you’d like to improve.   Don’t delay, sign up now while they are still available!

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Weekly Goals March 2 – 8

I’m anticipating a really busy week, so I’m keeping my goals pretty minimal!Weekly Goals

Last Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every daydone
  • Keep up with coaching coursework - done
  • Submit a guest postdone
  • Work on March blog postsdone

Personal

Family

  • Fall Break Photo Book – nope
  • One-on-one time with sonyes, had a fun Saturday afternoon
  • Date nightvery fun night out for a Trivia Challenge Fundraiser
  • Figure out return trip for Spring Break – stop somewhere else? – discussed, but didn’t book
  • Summer camps – book them!all but one done (Hubby has to do it)

Household

  • Prep for next day each night – 3 nights 
  • Work on office paperwork – did a little more
  • 2014 Taxes – nope

This Week’s Goals

Business

  • Complete my most dreaded task first every day
  • Keep up with coaching coursework
  • Submit a guest post
  • Finish March blog posts

Personal

  • Read 2 books
  • Drink 6 glasses of water a day
  • Exercise 5x
  • Regular morning routine

Family

  • Figure out return trip for Spring Break – stop somewhere else?

Household

  • Prep for next day each night
  • Pack ski trip

What are YOUR plans for the week?  I’d love to see you share them or even a link to your goals in the comments.

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Favorite Books for February 2015

Another month of great reading.  The three fiction books I selected as my favorites couldn’t be more different.  You can find everything I’ve read so far this month HERE, and below are my

favorites.

airport

Taking advantage of delays!

Fiction

This book was delightful.  Really an entertaining story and terrific characters.  If you are looking for a light and enjoyable escape, give this one a go.  The main character, Juliet gets pulled into the life of a small island through correspondence with various inhabitants of Guernsey.  Before she knows it, she is off to the island and to a new life.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

The story of a 13 year old boy trying to make sense of a series of deaths in his hometown – some close to his family, some not close, yet affected him nonetheless.  There is a bit of a mystery surrounding several of the deaths, a lot of sadness, and a lot of moments of unexpected grace.  My rating 4 out of 5.

The story starts with Rachel taking the train into London.  It moves back and forth between her narrative and that of several other characters.  At first this was a bit disconcerting – as their narratives move back and forth between the present and the past (I found myself having to flip back and forth a few times trying to figure out the timeline), but fairly soon the story starts to pull together and the reader discovers there is more to Rachel and the other characters than we see on the surface – each chapter reveals a bit more until everything is pieced together at the end.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

Non-Fiction

Well, since I loved both of Shauna Niequist’s other books, it’s no surprise that this was a favorite.   Similar to her other books, this one is a series of essays delving into topics relevant to her life – focusing especially on a time of upheaval, how she dealt with it and the lessons learned.  Beautifully written and full of many wise nuggets.  My rating 4 out of 5.

Lots of great lessons in this one – I found myself taking notes throughout (which is always the sign of a good book to me!).   Although we ALL know how important it is to say no sometimes – and allow ourselves the freedom in our schedules to say yes to the best things in life, Lysa also shares some valid reasons WHY as well as some tools for HOW to reserve our time for “the best yes.”  Lovely book full of wisdom.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

So what have you been reading lately?  Anything extra good that you’d like to share?  Please do so in the comments – and I’ll add it to my never-ending list of books I want to read!

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