How would you describe you?

A while back I was at a meeting and the conversation around the table was about how we handle ourselves in times of stress.

I remember a few people saying that they wished they could handle some situations better than they do, and that they were constantly trying to be better at it.  And a few people spoke of how they have learned over time the best ways that work for them.

I spoke about how I have this picture in my head of who I am and what I’m like, but the me in reality is often quite different.  I want to react in a certain way (calm, mature, fair), but often that’s not the way it happens.  But I strive to be like the person I am in my mind.

That resonated with some of the people there, and I wonder if it resonates with any of you?

Do you have a mental picture of who you are, and what your personality is, that is perhaps a little, if not quite a bit, different than who you are in reality?

I think it’s something we all do, and likely without even realizing it!

So, I have a soul-searching, deep assignment for you.

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4 Ways to practice gratitude so that it changes your life

We’ve all heard over and over how, if we practice gratitude on a daily basis, our lives will change. But it’s not always easy to do when you’re in a crappy place and can’t see beyond the struggles!

Regardless of where you’re at in life, when things just don’t seem to be working out the way you want them to, and there seems to be struggle after struggle, it’s hard to feel grateful.

But it can be done.

And it honestly can change your life.

How?

Because it changes your mindset.  Your thinking.

And when that changes, your life changes.

Honestly! I can’t stress that enough!

If you don’t believe me, then try what I’m about to share with you and see for yourself just how changing your thinking and your thought patterns will change your life.

Ready?

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Do you need a February restart?

February is often the month when people lose their motivation when it comes to making those changes they wanted to make, when the hype of the holidays, the new year and new beginnings, and vacation days in the sunny south (if you live in the freezing cold north like I do!!) seem like a distant memory.

What changes did you want to make?

How are they coming along?

This post is in no way meant to guilt you if you’re not on track with your goals, but rather to let you know that if you’re slipping on them or if they’ve fizzled out, it’s completely normal – and it’s possible to get back on track!

Are you interested in knowing how?

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If you could change just one thing

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

At first this seems like a very simple question.  But if you’re like me, before long you’re going to be beating yourself up because there are SO MANY things you want to change!

It’s always a lot easier to think negatively – about ourselves, our lives, or our situations.

But let’s tackle this question positively and with the purpose of changing just one thing, without letting negativity taking over everything.

Let’s get started!

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New year, new YOU!!

With the holidays winding down and normal life just around the corner, this is the time to start thinking of all the new things you want to try, and it’s time to firm up your New Year’s Resolutions!

New Year, new you!!

But first, let me ask you…. if you’ve consistently made New Year’s Resolutions in the past, how successful were you at keeping them?

If you’re like most people, you stay on top of your goals for the first couple weeks, maybe even the first month, and then regular life settles back in and you let things slip a little – until they’ve slipped completely away.

Sound familiar?

I’ve been there, too many times!

So, before you declare your new Resolutions this New Year’s Day, read on for some tips to help set yourself up for success this time.

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How I stopped stressing over getting Christmas right

My memories of Christmas as a kid are all about the food, the decorations and the people who came by to visit.  My mom really liked to deck the house out in garland, tinsel and lots of lights.  And the baking – it was always enough to feed a small army!  With more than 20 aunts and uncles, and 50+ cousins, our family was a small army!

As the years went by and I grew up and moved out, I enjoyed going back home and seeing some of those same decorations out on display year after year.  It was comforting, a little like going back in time, or taking trips down memory lane.

I followed her example when it came to the holiday meal.  There had to be many pies, oodles and oodles of cookies and squares, and anything else newly discovered to concoct in the kitchen.

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