Posted by & filed under Change, Healthy Living News, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Personal Health, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Stress Management.

Reading this article posted by Kate Morin I found to be my way of reducing stress right now.
It worked for me and I wanted to share Kate’s other 23 with you.
I think I will go kiss someone #22 and talk about sex #15. …Ok, now I’m laughing #7.
Let me know which ones work for you.

Helen Sanders, the editor at Health Ambition, just release an epic blog post on 15 easy ways to relax under 5 minutes. Check it out! I’m curious which ones you favor.

Posted by & filed under Change, Personal Growth, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Spontaneous, Stress Management, Tolerance.

How spontaneous do you want to be today? What if you set your intention for your day and then just let go and follow the thoughts and intuitions from your heart not your head? In every moment be present and ask, “How is what I am spontaneously doing, saying, feeling supporting my intention to…?”
“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” –Alice in Wonderland–

Posted by & filed under adversity, Change, Leadership, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, PTSD, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Teaching.

Duality is one of the game rules of being human. Adversity is a vital element in expansion of personal growth. Russell Redenbaugh’s story is an excellent example of expansion from that place of nothing to everything. It’s in the place of nothing, when every thing feels stripped from us, that we have an opportune moment to fill ourselves up with who we really are underneath all the roles that we play in life. In the place of nothing we can connect to a deeper sense of that bigger LOVE we all come from by surrendering. The reactionary tendency, however, is resistance to this unfamiliar place and re-attach to things; people places structures, that somehow have become our habits of living life. These traumas are also opportunities to challenge and change our current life paradigms. They provide new direction of learning and personal development. It’s never easy, but it is worth it!

Post-Traumatic Gifted: Moving from Scarcity to Abundance: Russell Redenbaugh at TEDxBend

Published on May 22, 2013

Russell lost his sight at the age of 16 and has learned to “read the world” without being able to “see” any of it. Russell has a skill for learning — not just information, but how to move in a changing and uncertain world. Forming a commitment not to live like he was blind, regardless of how others treated him, he graduated 6th in his class from Wharton. His journey from welfare to wealth has included working as a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for a $6 billion investment firm, being a Commissioner on the US Civil Rights Commission, and becoming a Jujitsu world champion.

Girl enjoying sunshine and breathing in a field of flowers

Posted by & filed under Change, Gratitude, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Self-Improvement.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie Author, Journalist
Today I am grateful for curiosity. In brainstorming about writing a book, the question that popped out to me was, “Can you turn it around, upside down, sideways or inside out?” Suddenly I want to write a book turned into I want to book a write… and it was amazing the directions that my mind started to follow!
  What are you grateful for today?

Posted by & filed under Change, Education, Healthy Living News, Integrity, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Perspectives, Self-Help, Self-Improvement.

Relationship with Self is at the core of our life. Self knowledge and awareness are keys to this this relationship.  Today I read this powerful insight and practice from Suzanne Wagner that I wanted to share as a way of strengthening your relationship with Self. She says it so well.
Awareness without reaction or triggering is a life long journey. Discovering how to stay awake to your surroundings and observing from a place of objective clarity is a wonderful journey. When you are in constant reaction to your surroundings and circumstances you are actually not fully present or aware of all the subtle nuances that are happening and you are not in this moment fully because you are actually replaying something from your past. Reaction is a nervous system response just like touching something hot makes your nerves fire instantly and before you even think you are pulling your hand back shockingly fast. Emotional triggers are no different. If you’ve had a trauma that registers as a wounding in your mind, whenever some similar pattern shows up you will instantly react from that old place and wounding. It takes great discipline and self-awareness to know and not allow your external response to follow the old series of chain reactions that are your history and how your nervous system formed itself. As a practice, when you feel the trigger happen, just do not talk. Make an agreement with yourself that you will just not talk for 1 minute, then 2 minutes. See if you can observe your reaction and see where the wounding is. Take a look at that tape that is playing in your head and choose to step out of the past and into this moment. Choose to not project this person or situation from the past into the person or circumstance that is happening now. Observe this situation with fresh eyes and determine from this moment how to proceed.
~Suzanne Wagner~ Wild Women Light Blog 9 July 2014

Posted by & filed under 4th of July USA, Life Coaching, Perspectives, Values.

Happy Birthday America! Many countries share a common culture or ethnicity, but American’s share a common idea that people should have the freedom to live the way they want. Freedom is one of my core values. It pulses through me as a sort of internal directive motivation. For example my coaching business is being created through very internal drives  illustrated through my freedom of creative expression that allows me to leave my print for better in this beautiful country and world in which I live through coaching with others. What’s your idea of FREEDOM?

Posted by & filed under Change, Integrity, Leadership, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Values.

Mike Day PhD really hits the nail on the head! Standing in integrity with your personal values in your career where you give 40+ hours a week can be vital to your health.  I believe when you honor yourself, you honor everyone around you. Your work is an expression of your identity, and when your values are compromised through your work you are not standing in integrity.  Who are you then honoring?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Posted by & filed under adversity, Diversity, Leadership, Life Coaching, Perspectives, Sports, Tolerance.

As a Life Coach, I must mention the power of perspectives that I see happening in the World Cup. The biting incident overshadowing the career exiting of some Italian national football heroes and many other current match details are being less focused on. Luis Suarez’s Latino culture background that more easily condones to strong expression of emotion colides with his anwering to the Anglo Saxen culture of Liverpool for his paycheck, which demands keeping your calm and controling your emotions.  Of course the news doesn’t focus on these undercurrent perspectives of the bitting and instead focus is from a more western society fair play.  What’s your perspective?
The dust has settled and fingers have been pointed as Italy crashed out of the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay. As most of the world focussed on Luis Suarez and Bite-gate – part 3, Cesare Prandelli, likely unaware of the furore unfolding across the globe, tended his resignation. Mario Balotelli isolated himself from the rest of the Azzurri squad as rumours of tensions within the camp emerged. Many Italy fans want to point fingers at the Liverpool man, blame the stifling heat and humidity or even Prandelli for the Azzurris failings, but the simple fact is this Italy team was not good enough from the outset. It is true that Prandelli made mistakes in this World Cup…. But these errors were magnified by a more fundamental point – the majority of players are not of the standard required to win a World Cup…. We have seen a real lack of desire from this Italy in their last two games. Maybe they thought they had the right to progress, maybe they thought they were better than they are. Maybe, they werent as united as we were led to believe…. This World Cup exit should not be about pointing fingers, or finding a scapegoat. Most Italy fans and journalists, myself included, did not expect to win the tournament. A respectable showing would have sufficed. The focus of this World Cup should have been witnessing the final chapter of a great mans international career. The cornerstone of our post World Cup analysis should have been Pirlo, as we will never see the bearded maestro don an Italy jersey again. Pirlo has now hung up his heart but instead we are bombarded with memes depicting sharks and Suarez.
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Posted by & filed under Change, Diversity, Life Coaching, Religion, Spirituality, Sports, Tolerance, Values.

Today is the BIG World Cup Foosball match between USA and Deutschland in Brazil!  It is especially big for me as I live both in Loveland, Colorado and Berlin, Germany.  As a Life Coach I couldn’t help but reflect upon my own personality and the values of both countries that make up who I am.  I’m definitely an American “out-of-the-box-thinker.”  I find German directness refreshing and more suitable to my personality as I hate doubletalk.  Living in Germany along with age has softened my American attitude of culture superiority as I have morphed from a more restricted religious thinking and set of beliefs to a less conservative more spiritual openness.  I have learned hands-on about individual tolerance and embracing diversity.  My journey is what has made me the great Life Coach that I am.  Good Luck to both USA and Deutschland!  I’ll be watching!

Posted by & filed under Change, Education, Healthy Living News, Leadership, Life Coaching, Personal Growth, Personal Health, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Teaching.

Michael Freeley, a certified life and career coach, calls coaching…
“…an active, invigorating process assisting you to reach your potential, challenging and supporting you, seeing what is working well for you and promoting that success so you can achieve miraculous and logical results.”
I agree with him and his Huffington Post article: “Life Coaching is Not Weird” June 20, 2014