Seek out the good

"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 in 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.



"I truly believe...that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great." --Russell Wilson

So simple yet so easy to forget. This week, be aware of your mindset. Notice when you might need to switch to a more hopeful view. Believe that you can and then take the first step. After that, believe again. 



Feelings, nothing more than feelings

"But I don't believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or to make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel." --Gloria Naylor

Well, of course some things will almost always make you feel good. And, some things will inevitably make you feel bad.  


But, what if we realized that the good and bad of most things are our judgements on them? What if we stopped categorizing everything in life? What if we took a moment to just appreciate the ability to feel at all? 


I'm not talking about the big things that knock us off our feet. I'm talking about those little things throughout the day that we give so much power to. The red lights and the bad drivers and the stubbed toe.  


What if those were just reminders to take a deep breath? And, what if we tried think of those bad things as giving us the ability to appreciate the good? What if? 



Busy, busy, busy

 "When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves." --Jack Kornfield  

Almost everyone I've been around lately is busy. Busy, busy, busy. In addition to our obligations, the world throws lots of choices our way. We could, in fact, be busy every minute of every day for the rest of our lives. And, guess what? We'd still have a long to-do list.

So, here is my challenge to you: take a few minutes today to just be. You may have to pretty much force yourself to do it (think about the absurdity of THAT for a minute) but it's so important because it's in that quiet space that we are able reconnect with ourselves and with what's most important to us.

I double dog dare you to try it. And, I guarantee it will be time well spent.


New Year

"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word." --Goran Persson

I'm not a huge resolution person. In fact, I tell my clients to only make resolutions if they are small enough to easily accomplish and if they are linked to something bigger: a value or a priority that will provide the motivation needed to follow through.

But, this one put forth by Goran Persson? I can get behind this one wholeheartedly. It's a big endeavor and no doubt challenging at times but if we all did this, if we were all there for each other because of this shared experience of life? Well, just imagine how worthwhile that one resolution would be.

 Happy 2015, everyone!