Thursday
Apr282016

Seek goodness

"You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one." --John Lennon
 
If you watch the news or get on social media (or live in this world), it can be hard to take at times. There is so much happening to cause grief, worry and sadness at any given moment.
 
To counteract this, I intentionally seek out good news, positive messages, and people who spread joy. I highly recommend you do the same.
 
Make a point to expose yourself to something uplifting every day. Listen to a favorite song. Go on Pinterest and find a quotation that inspires you. Or, connect with a friend who makes you laugh. 
 
The less-than-desirable stuff will find its way to you. Go looking for things that will balance it all out.
Thursday
Apr282016

Leap of Faith

"How does one come to the point in his or her life when he or she is not only ready, but eager and willing--however terrifying the prospect might be--to self-execute such a leap of faith without any guarantees that it will do any good?"--Michael E. Gerber    

I feel like many of us experience this in life. We want to make a change, we yearn for something different, but it's just so darned scary. If you begin to look for it, you'll probably notice in people all around you the desire to shake things up a bit.

For some, this is a seemingly small shift in how they approach something--but a first step nonetheless. For others, this means finally, and deliberately, moving toward dreams they've been putting off. And, while it can be scary to take a leap of faith, it's also exhilarating.

So, let me ask you this? What have you been yearning to do? What "someday" pursuit is it time to take action on? What's possible for you in the next year? In the next 5 years? Because, while there are no guarantees that it will all work out, I'm willing to bet that you'll never regret taking the leap.

Monday
Mar282016

Work worth doing

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt

In October of 2014, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of having a book published. Based on the work we had been doing, my co-author and I wrote a book with the intention of helping women create happy and satisfying lives. Pinch me!

I think the reason I know the absolute joy of that accomplishment in my career is that I've also experienced the flip side of the coin. I worked for years in a series of jobs that left me feeling unmotivated, uninspired and, at times, just plain unhappy.

Not long after I had my first child, though, I realized I just couldn't do it anymore, and, I made the leap. I'm not saying it's all been rosy. I've made sacrifices (regular paychecks and paid benefits come to mind) but I can tell you without a doubt that doing something that makes me feel like I'm contributing has made all the difference in my life.

I hope this tidbit finds you working hard at something worth doing. If not, just know that it's absolutely possible. You may need to find the worthwhile part in your current job. Or you may choose to make baby steps toward a new career. Either way, I'm rooting for you. I'm not promising all sunshine and rainbows but I do think President Roosevelt was on to something.
Thursday
Mar242016

How to be free

"The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are." --Mother Teresa
I've had it happen to me time and again and I've seen it with my clients as well. Take some time to clear out clutter and you just might be surprised by what shows up.

One client cleaned out her garage and some well-paying work she'd been hoping for suddenly arrived. A friend went through her closet with a critical eye and was rewarded with an unexpected gift card to her favorite clothing store. And, it seems like every time I take the time to go through my files, I get a fun out-of-the-blue assignment or a great new client.

Sometimes the aftereffects aren't as exciting, of course, but even if the only reward is less clutter, isn't that pretty great? This week, schedule an hour or two to show that clutter who is boss. You never know what else could come your way as a result.
Sunday
Mar132016

Dreams

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. Christopher Reeve

What stage is your dream in? What's the next step? What's stopping you from getting started?
 
And if you haven't yet decided on a dream or two, now is a great time to do that. After all, it's much easier to get where you are going if you have a general idea of where that is.