Feel good quotes

Sitting on my desk is this little calendar, each page is a day with an inspirational quote, saying, or feel-good message, along with some pretty artwork. It’s a Page-A-Day calendar, a stocking stuffer Christmas gift I received last year from one of my beautiful elves.

It got me thinking….how many people use feel-good, or inspirational quotes to improve their mood, help them get back up when life knocks them to the ground, or for motivation?

I’m curious. Do any of you read them? Do you use them? If you use them for any other reason, what are they?

Just recently, I started doing something Continue reading “Feel good quotes”

They said what?

You’re out with a group of your friends and you’re having a really good time. There’s laughter, good conversation and you’re feeling pretty good.

Then the conversation shifts and another of your close friends, who couldn’t make it, becomes the topic of discussion.   But not in a good way. She’s being dissed and ridiculed – she’s lousy at her job, she’s overweight and should be ashamed of how she looks, she always makes the wrong choices in anything, and she sucks at relationships.

She is a really close friend, actually one of your best friends. Continue reading “They said what?”

I’m grateful for….

When we’re caught up in all the things we’re trying to do, all the demands on our time, and all the pulls in different directions, it can be hard to take a moment to realize how blessed our lives are. I’ve been there many times.

Working 50+ hours a week, taking care of a home, being an attentive partner, taking care of the kids and their activities, and trying to help out in other areas, like helping out friends or working in committees…. instead of being in a state of gratitude, all we can think about is how stretched, stressed and exhausted we are. Continue reading “I’m grateful for….”

Making a plan that works

The first step to creating change is knowing what you want. Knowing exactly what you want. This is key…knowing exactly what you want. We get tied up in knowing what we don’t want, but that isn’t going to help create the change we seek.

It’s like this. If you decide to take a trip but haven’t picked a destination, then you’re wandering aimlessly. Without direction. And while you’ll end up somewhere, it may not be where you want to be!

The same applies to your life, your goals, your lifestyle…. your everything.

Without knowing what you’re working towards, moving towards, you’re going through life aimlessly. And that’s very likely resulting in an unfulfilling life. In your career, your relationships, your home, your social life, in you.

So, the first step – know what you want. Read here for more on how to do that.

Now that you know what you want, it’s time to Plan. How are you going to make it happen? Continue reading “Making a plan that works”

22 ways to practice self-care

We can get so wrapped up in taking care of others. We put others’ wants and needs before our own, at work, at home, and in our communities.

Often at the expense of our own mental, emotional and physical health.

When was the last time you said no to someone, someone who needed something from you (even just your time because that most definitely counts!), because you needed that time to do something that was just for you, and no one else?

I’m actually really, really curious to know your answer!

It’s a beautiful characteristic to be there for others, to give unselfishly of ourselves. But if we’re not careful, we’re putting that ability at risk.

I read this great statement once that resonated with me and hit me like a bolt of lightning….. Continue reading “22 ways to practice self-care”