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Self-Care – What Do You Have Energy For?

I went to a get together a friend of mine  put on this week and heard a really sad comment by one of the ladies there regarding self-care.  We were talking about friendships.  She said that she’s so busy with all her responsibilities at work and with her kids that she notices that she purposely pushes other people away for fear of disappointing them.  She knows she doesn’t have the energy to really invest in friendships right now and so avoids them.  

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The Power of Just One Word

Recently, I shared a simple 3 step process for waking up to what you enjoy.  This helps point you in the right direction for understanding what’s truly important to you and why.  Now, I want to share a practical step for choosing a direction and remaining focused on it.

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How to Leave a Legacy: The Ripple Effect

I want to leave a legacy. How ‘bout you? I want to know I left a mark on this world and not just any old mark, but one that really made a positive difference in as many lives as possible. Sound impossible? No way! Every action you take has the potential to be a ripple effect.

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Enjoy Life: Am I Who I Want to Be?

It’s an important question.  Life happens. We respond.  And suddenly years have passed.  This is where we get ourselves into trouble and realize, “This isn’t what I wanted!  How did my life turn out like this?  I don’t enjoy life right now!”  The problem lies in not having asked that little question; “Am I Who I Want to Be?”  That question helps keep us grounded and on course.  Let’s look at why the 7 little words are so powerful…

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How to Make A Moment Last Forever

“I want to make this moment last forever”. We’ve all said that. And some of us can  often feel joy long after a celebration. Others take that moment and allow the feeling to pass by quickly. Why is this? It’s because people  subconsciously imprint their feelings based on our past experiences of that feeling and others allow the negative parts of life become their pattern of imprint. So, if we do this on a subconscious level,  How can we make a moment last forever on a conscious level?“I want to make this moment last forever”. We’ve all said that. And some of us can  often feel joy long after a celebration. Others take that moment and allow the feeling to pass by quickly. Why is this? It’s because people  subconsciously imprint their feelings based on our past experiences of that feeling and others allow the negative parts of life become their pattern of imprint. So, if we do this on a subconscious level,  How can we make a moment last forever on a conscious level?

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Relieve Stress: Wave It Goodbye

Our world is stressful. Anyone disagree with that? So want to know how to relieve stress? It’s easy to find yourself tied up in knots over just about anything if you’re not careful. It takes a conscious decision to shield yourself from the chaos that surrounds us each and every day. I’d like to share a new “shield” I’ve been practicing so that you too can give it a try if it sounds like a good fit for you!

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Balance in Life: What Do I Need Less Of?

Last week we looked at having more balance in life by asking “What do I want more of?”  This week, I want to help you take the opposite approach with a little twist.  There’s great power in words.  I share this principle with my clients all the time.  Take a minute and notice how your emotional response changes between these two sentences:

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Build Confidence for the Life You Were Meant For

Lots of people talk about the importance of learning how to build confidence, but they just talk in circles without ever getting to the “how to’s”. Personally, I find that extremely frustrating! I recently read a great book called the Right Questions, by the late Debbie Ford. She challenged my way of thinking about many things during the course of the book. But probably the most profound statement for me was,

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Life on Purpose: What Do I Want Right Now?

Who wants to live your life on purpose? C’mon, raise your hands!  Don’t be shy!  None of us want to reflect back and the end of our lives and feel like we meandered and had little effect on anyone or anything.  But in order to have an effect, you must be intentional.

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How Do You Find Your Purpose?

“How do you find your purpose?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions! All of us what to know that we matter. We want to have an effect on this world. We want to know that everything we’ve gone through in this life was for something and that some type of legacy will be left. The best way to do this is to walk boldly in your purpose.

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How to Find Happiness: Resentful? Who, Me?

Resentment.  It’s such an ugly word.  You  don’t usually think of it when considering how to find happiness!  But it’s critical to the process!  Let me show you how…

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I’m Not Perfect – But I’m Getting Better

Ok, I admit it! I’m not perfect! Whew –  I feel better getting that off my chest! Sometimes I feel a lot of pressure to seem like I’ve got it all together. My kids are watching me. My clients are watching me. People in organizations where I hold leadership positions are watching. I know, I know… I’m just sounding paranoid now.

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How to Find Peace: Be Determined…Be Dauntless

I like to choose 1 word to be my focus and anchor each year.  This year I wanted to learn how to find peace in my everyday life.  The word I chose is “dauntless”.  I used to struggle a lot with of fear of rejection, perfectionism and self-doubt.  I knew this year, it needed to come to an end.

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How to Create More Meaningful Relationships

Are you longing for more meaningful relationships? A good place to start is with the people you love. These are the people who matter to you and you matter to them. I had an interesting revelation last night I wanted to share with you.

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Is Balance in Life a Myth?

Most schools around here are back in session at this point. Finding balance in life may seem like a pipe dream for many. I see the harried expressions of moms as they drive their kids here, there, and everywhere. My foot was the victim of a grocery cart incident as a mother was rushing around with a screaming child trying to finish her shopping as quickly as possible. I get it. But does life REALLY have to be this way?

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How Do I Get Peace of Mind in Relationships?

As women, we love relationships!  But how often do you find yourself asking “How do I get peace of mind in relationships?”  I mean, they can cause our greatest joys and our greatest heartbreaks!  It can be quite a roller coaster if we’re not careful.  Today, I’d like to share a simple process for keeping your sanity with the more “difficult to get along with” variety of relationships…

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What Is Important in Life for You?

Have you ever asked yourself “What is important in life?” I’m not sure many people do. Let’s face it, life is busy. Life is chaotic. Life is exhausting. All of our “to do” lists are completely unrealistic and ridiculous. But that’s just life, right?

Um….I’m going to be that little voice that shouts – “NO!”

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Life & Work Balance – Myth or Reality?

“Is it even possible to achieve life & work balance?” bemoaned a client of mine a few months ago.  She was running herself ragged trying to juggle about 15 plates at once.  She’d hit a wall and wasn’t even sure where to go from here.  She was exhausted, short-tempered with just about everyone she cared about, doing a rotten job at work and anxious a lot of the time.  Best of all…She was done living like this and ready to make a change!  Music to my ears!! :)  This is what I love to do!

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A Life of Peace through Questioning

I work with women every week who claim that having a life of peace is their biggest priority.  “A life of peace” doesn’t make for the best goal though.  It’s not real specific.  What’s that look like – really?  I get it; they’re tired of the rushing, running, demands, difficult relationships and exhaustion.  But if you can’t get clearer than “more peace”, you’re not going to go far.

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Self-Care: How to Take It Easy on Yourself

I will be the first to admit that self-care does not come natural for me! I am your “Type A, push through ‘til you drop, make it perfect or else” – kinda girl! Grasping the importance of self-care is something I’ve had to learn. I usually do a pretty good job with it, because I’ve learned (the hard way) that it’s a necessity if I’m going to be the mom, wife and overall person I want to be. But…. I still have my moments.

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Peace of Mind Naturally

Peace of mind often feels like a pipe dream that other people get to experience. But that doesn’t have to be YOUR reality! It is possible to experience it on a regular basis. You’re probably asking, “How?” about this time, aren’t you?

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Take Care of You by Receiving this Gift – (Video)

Have you ever realized how hard it is to take care of you when you don’t make it a priority?  There’s always “stuff” to be done.  Kids need rides.  The house gets dirty.  Groceries get eaten.  But what about you?  How much do you make taking care of you a priority?  It needs to be a conscious decision or it flat out won’t happen!  Something more important will come up.  I’ve written volumes about the importance of self-care here and how it’s not a selfish act, so I won’t beat that dead horse again.

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Self-Care for the Kids’ Sake

Leaving a legacy we can be proud of is a huge part of the mission of Vibrantly Live. Part of doing that is teaching the importance of self-care not only for us, as moms, but also for our children.

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Life of Purpose One Decision at a Time

Last month I had the privilege of attending a conference with 500 other entrepreneurial women from around the world.  We were there to focus on developing a life of purpose to serve in a greater way.  It was an incredible experience, being in an environment with all of these other powerful women who are charging ahead, through their own fears and doubts, to make this world a better place.

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How Can I Build Confidence to Move Forward?

I had a difficult decision I was struggling  with last month.  I kept spinning my wheels going round and round trying to make a decision about moving forward.  I kept lamenting: “How can I build confidence in making this decision?”  I was stuck in this cycle for over 2 months.  I’d been actively praying for direction, and little things had happened to show me I was on track.

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Life of Peace = Living on Purpose

I hear from the women I work with that they just want more of a life of peace rather than all the craziness they experience.  What they’re referring to is that they don’t want the rushed, exhausting and stressed out feelings they carry around daily.  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  But at the same time a lot of women think of peace as the ability to sleep, not do anything and just rest.

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How to Change Your Life – Walk in Faith

Most of the women I work with would easily admit they feel blessed. Their daily needs are met and they have loving people in their life. So why is the question of how to change your life a common one among them? It’s because the women I work with are striving to go beyond just “getting through” their days, and instead, really want to live!.

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3 Ways to be Happy in Your Relationships

This month, I’ll be covering 3 different ways to be happy in the different  relationships in your life.  It’s something all of us want, but it’s not always the easiest thing to achieve.  Why is that?  I believe it’s due to assumptions we make.

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Not Perfect? The Good News Is…No One Is!

Ever assumed someone’s mad or going to  be mad at you? C’mon – we both know you have. How can I say that with certainty? Because ALL of us do that! It’s human nature. We want our interactions to go smoothly with others. But life’s not perfect and it never will be.

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Peace of Mind Doesn’t Come from Assuming

Peace of mind can come from all sorts of places, but it definitely doesn’t come from assuming things about other people.  We jump to conclusions all the time when it comes to people.  These assumptions can get us in all sorts of problems.  One of the most common errors is assuming someone is or will be disappointed in you.

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Relationship Advice – Avoid This Mistake!

To have meaningful relationships we need to feel safe enough to be our true, authentic self.  This is why one of the best relationship advice ideas I can offer you is to beware of judging others or assuming someone’s judging you.

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Achieve Goals in 2014? Here’s how:

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2014? With the New Year, many people start wondering how to really achieve goals that are important to them. How about you? Are you ready to make a change or content to just continue floating along?

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Goals in Life for Success

As you look at setting different goals in life, I want to encourage you to look at who you need to be rather than just what you need to do.  Behavioral changes alone, don’t last.  It’s only when we make real, internal changes in who we are that change is maintained.  A critical aspect is making sure you’re being authentic.

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How to Build Confidence? Become it!

We’re continuing our discussion of successful ways to achieve what’s truly important to you. Rather than just focusing on set tasks and trying to push your way through, I’ve been sharing the importance of being a different you prior to starting the tasks.  This week, I want to talk about confidence. 

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How We Spend Our Time: Look at Your Choices

Each of us is blessed with 24 hours in every single day. With that blessing come many hard choices as to how we spend our time. How will we use each of those hours? Too many times we get caught…

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How to Enjoy Life – One Day at a Time

Ever stop to wonder about your life and thought:  “Is this it?”  Let’s face it.  Our lives are busy.  We make thousands of choices every day with lots of options vying for our attention.   I’m concerned because I noticed …

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Relationship Advice – Avoid This Mistake!

Each of us is blessed with 24 hours in every single day. With that blessing come many hard choices as to how we spend our time. How will we use each of those hours? Too many times we get caught…

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What’s Truly Important? Follow Your Heart

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This verse from Luke 12:34 keeps running through my mind as I think about why certain things have been important to me throughout my life...

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Are You Ready for a Change?

As I reflect on the past year, the number of changes I’ve gone through blows me away. But that’s life, right?  As I head into this New Year, things are changing once again!  My husband just started a new job …

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Peace of Mind: Finding More Mental Energy

With all the responsibilities we have, wanting a little more peace of mind is a given. But sometimes we don’t have time to even eat...

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Spiritual Life Practices Allow More Energy

Our spiritual life is often see as a taboo subject in “polite company”, but why? Because we have differing opinions? Because it’s a topic people feel strongly about? Sure. But I take a different approach. I think it’s something that …

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Ways to be Happy More Often?

Everyday life can drain our physical energy, leaving us fatigued. But emotional energy is rather different. It is more a sense of happiness and hopefulness. This week I want to look at 3 different ways to be happy more often and boost your emotional energy.

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Take care of You - Exhausted to Elated!

This month we’re going to take a good look at the Vibrantly Live principle of self-care. Specifically, I want to focus on something we use constantly, and say we never have enough of – ENERGY!

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