Monday, August 29, 2011

Weigh your options, continued...


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As we drove round and round the mountains in California, I kept thinking this is metaphorically killing me. It was also taking a physical toll on me. I had a sinus infection and the long car ride, motion and altitude all made for a rough day.

I also realized that as we mature, we can better see our options. My son wouldn't even consider thinking the north route might save time although it made a 2 hour difference in the trip.

Have you regretted any choices you've made in your life? If so, have you learned your lesson? Look closely to understand how the outcome has shaped you in a positive way. Leave me a note and tell me about it. I would love to hear your story!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Gratitude relevant to my physical condition, continued...


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After being away from the gym for 2 weeks and fighting a sinus infection, I tried to push myself to go in for a workout. Little did I know my challenge was insignificant in comparison to the stranger who pushed himself out of his wheelchair to embrace a bike at the gym. This man was a true inspiration. I'm not sure of his story and, had I pryed I'm sure it would have been inappropriate so, of course, I didn't.

It amazes me how someone else can power a new perspective such as that I was gifted today. It was enlightening and humbling. I'm so grateful for this encounter. It will push me for years to come!

Can you share any stories of enlightenment? I would love to learn from your encounters also. Drop me a note and let's connect!



Friday, August 26, 2011


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I love my kids but by the end of summer my tolerance for them is pretty scarce. I'm ready for the whole back to school routine. They are polite kids and helpful to most everyone except me. I'm proud of their intelligence and work ethics (outside of the household) but lord help me inside!

It is like pulling teeth to get help from them! What are your feelings about the kids going back to school? Do you have any tips that might help parents of teens? Leave a note, we'll try just about anything:)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stories of triumph, continued...


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I feel so blessed that I'm able to connect with others, learn a bit about their story and change from each experience. These connections are life-long. Each and every story marks my soul and this shared connection helps me to appreciate whatever hardship currently knocking on my door.

If you know anyone wiling to share, please set up this connection. It is a waonderful thing!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Moderation gifts health, continued...


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I live my life trying to find a middle ground. Although, it doesn't quite work so well when I apply this concept to my diet. I'm like most others, it is all or nothing and, as I say in the article, this is a self sabotage. I'm not sure why for me, it is feast or famine? I'm still working on this but I think it goes back to my poor childhood and the fact that, when I got dessert, for example, my portion was limited because I was the youngest of 4 and we didn't have any money. I think I'm still trying to feed my inner child!

I do believe in the words of the article although I have to figure a way to reward myself with a treat without falling off of the health wagon completely. Moderation is difficult but I have faith that I can conquer it.

If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. I'm always open to someone else's point of view and tips!

Power can make or break you, continued...


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It amazes me how many people lose their ethics as they reach a power position. I've been in the business world for over 20 years and I can count on one hand how many individuals I've encountered who seem truly ethical. And, if you are, you stick out like a sore thumb. It is really discouraging!

As noted in the article, I believe the universe has its own natural cleansing process for these individuals although it seems they are in power far too long!

I love the people who stay humble, remember where they came from, give back and focus to make the world a better place. It warms my heart when I meet someone who cares enough to fight temptations and focus outward instead of inward. This unselfish act is rare and it is greatly needed.

If you know anyone who is genuine in their power position, please drop a note and make a connection. I would love to write about them.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Recovery, continued...


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I met up with a dear friend recently who has been through a lot as of late. She is an artist and she has decided to devote her energy into creative efforts of recovery. She inspired my article with her perspective on recovery. I wouldn't have thought of this process in a positive light initially but after our conversation, I thought, wow, life is about recovery and this isn't a bad thing.

It amazes me when, as Oprah would say, I have a lightbulb moment.

Thanks Jude for gifting me this!

Do you have any stories of recovery you would like to share in my column? They really do inspire others going through similar experiences. Think about it and drop me a note if you're willing to share.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Embrace a bit of vulnerability, continued...


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Just a few years ago I had pretty tough skin. I was leading a purchasing organization with 24/7 demands, mentoring my sons as a single mom, running a household and all of the home duties that goes with it and basically forcing my way through life. It seemed like everyday was a fight to the finish. I had to be forceful and aggressive otherwise I would have just been mowed over.

Eventually things turned worse for me, I lost my job and my dad through hospice and the experience left me exhausted. I literally shut down. During this time I became vulnerable more so than ever. I allowed life to step in and just be with me as it was intended to be. Instead of rushing back into its whirlwind, I decided to take the break and slow down. My physical exhaustion made this decision for me.

During this time period, I didn’t think my new found vulnerability was a gift but in the aftermath I see that it was. If forced me to be open to my feelings and anxieties. It allowed me to go into the trenches of my darkness and face the reality of my situation. By doing this, I was able to find my life purpose and my courage to change paths and surface my inner artist, embrace my spirituality deeper and learn to trust myself and, on a bigger level, trust God’s plan for me.

Today, I couldn’t step back into my old roles nor would I want to. I think back and I wonder how I survived under so much stress and pressure. I’m softer now, I live more in the present moment now and I’m more appreciative of the path I’ve found by embracing my vulnerable moments!

What are your thoughts about vulnerability. Drop me a note, I’m open to your perspective regardless if you agree with me or not!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who are you, continued...

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The purpose of my article is to get you to look beyond your current roles and/or your titles; to better define yourself. At the end of the day, you’re more than a mother or an accountant or whatever title you are working, you’re much, much more!

Leaving me a comment defining yourself, I would love to read about your prupose.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Remembering Patty, continued...


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The short time I spent with Patty back in November of 2009, made a lifetime impression on my heart. She struggled with short-term memory because of Dementia but she smiled as she recalled all of the good times she was still able to reminisce. She lived a fulfilling life and she was proud of this.

When Patty was unable to fill in the blanks, during our interview, she would say, "I'm not sure but I hope I would have done whatever was the right thing to do," depending on the topic we were discussing. She would then look to Jude, her sister in law, to help fill in the blank.

She was aware that the disease was taking over but she was forced to brave through it because she had no choice. What made such a difference to Patty was the support and love she felt around her. It was clear this helped her navigate through the daily loss of memory. It lit up her darkness.

If you are supporting someone with this disease take Patty's advice, "Kiss them, tell them jokes and help them do what they like best to do; just be there for them and continue to love them." It is clear this means so much!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Manifest good luck, continued...

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Yes, I pick up pennies regardless if they are heads or tails up. Truly, I believe you create luck by your thoughts. If I think I'm lucky because I found a penny, I fuel positivity and continue to manifest good luck. If I were to think I'm unlucky, guess what my luck would change and it wouldn't be for the better!

I think I'm more lucky at a casino with a money rock in pocket and I feel like I've got an angel with me that turns things positive when I carry a coin from my beloved father or anything that he has once held.

If I awake feeling unlucky, my day turns bad quickly.

I believe the power of the mind is the foundation of luck. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Greek superstitious beliefs, continued...

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Yes, I am a bit superstitious. I would say I fall right in the middle of the spectrum; not to crazy and not a non-believer either. I love to hear about superstitions. It is interesting to learn the origin of them too. I had no idea where "knocking on wood" came from so I too was educated with this tid-bit of information in the article. I do knock on wood frequently.

I pick up pennies regardless of which side is facing up, I step on cracks in the cement and if a black cat tries to cross my path, I call it to me so I can pet it! And, if I break a mirror, I just throw away the pieces carefully and then I don't think twice about it.

What are your superstitious beliefs? Share them with me, I really do think they are pretty cool!

Monday, August 1, 2011

She has successfully transitioned into her life calling, continued...


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Ruchira and I share common interests in the sense that we’re both published authors and we both write to help others.

She discussed this passion further, “I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts. A few years into coaching, I felt that it was time to start writing books in order to share my knowledge with a wider audience. In my hope to touch as many lives as possible, I wrote my first eBook- Before You Launch Your Business: How to decide if being an Entrepreneur is for you. This book is for aspiring business owners who may be at a career crossroads contemplating starting a business. Working for somebody else and being self-employed are two different things and not everyone realizes this until they spend some time pursuing the new career. Through coaching others I have realized that people often get caught up in what I call ‘entrepreneurial glamor’ and start a business only to realize later that they weren’t actually cut out for it. This book provides an in-depth look into what this career path entails before they make any investment of time and money.

Currently I am working on my second book which will help people create satisfying work and find their right career; in the process create a more rewarding life. We spend so many hours every day being involved in this one single activity that it is important to pursue something that brings joy and also provides a sense of purpose. The book will be published in early 2012.”

You will find Ruchira’s e-book on her website, Innerveda.com.

If you are struggling with your life purpose or you’ve found it, share you’re story with me, I would love to inspire others with your words!