What I Like About You

Here’s what I like about you.
(It’s a long list, so settle in.)

You can do impossible things.
You prove that every day.

You’ve suffered setbacks
in your career and relationships
and learned how to course correct
and declare a do-over.

You’ve experienced unimaginable losses
and a devastating amount of shame.
You’ve lost a parent, a child,
a sibling, a spouse,
a friend, a pet,
or they’ve lost their way,
and somehow you’ve
found the faith to love
and offer support again.

You have taken risks
that nearly broke you
and still struggle with
forgiving yourself
for not knowing better.
You’ve been misunderstood
or misrepresented
and yet you remain
open to what’s possible
even when it requires you
to risk it all again.

You do the necessary hard work.
You go in early,
stay late,
and shovel snow
even when you know
no one else will attempt
to venture out.

You’ve bought more self-improvement courses
than you’ll ever complete,
but you don’t let this stop you
from seizing new opportunities
to invest in yourself
and build a better world.

Your body has betrayed you.
You may have experienced
a threat to your health
that brought you face to face
with your own mortality.
You’re getting older in spite of
your ageless attitude,
boundless energy,
sassy style,
and inimitable shoe collection.

Somewhere along the line you started
working overtime instead of working out.
You occasionally overindulge
and binge watch entire seasons
of your favorite shows
all in one weekend
when you could be
clearing out the clutter,
attending a CrossFit class,
or preparing healthy meals
for the upcoming week.
But you believe Mondays
are like New Year’s Day,
so you begin again
and vow to do better.

You worry about the world
going to hell in a hand basket
and secretly suspect it’s
weapons of mass distraction
that will ultimately lead to our undoing.
You fear that folks have forgotten
how to talk to each other,
think for themselves,
follow their guidance,
or stand up for what they believe in.

So you make sure to vote
even though you know
your neighbor will vote differently.
You smile at strangers even though
they may interpret this small
act of kindness as stalking,
and you speak your truth
even if your voice shakes.

You are brave when bravery is required.
You are resilient even when you are bone tired.
You weave a spell with words that soothe the soul.
And you sing despite your reputation
for making up your own lyrics.
You are more than the sum of your parts –
even though all your parts are perfect in their imperfection.

You are always evolving.
You are still learning.
And so you remain a mystery –
even to yourself.

You see life differently.
You are wildly creative
which makes you
outrageously
courageous.

You hug trees,
flirt with babies,
let your dog occupy
the choicest spot on your bed,
let your cat commandeer your computer
(to allegedly manage her Instagram account),
and let baby goats jump on you during yoga.

You orchestrate the elements,
bend time, and defy gravity.

You feel deeply so you hurt easily.
You know intuitively so you act instinctively.
You keep these gifts hidden so you can
blend in and not out yourself as
the force of nature that you are.

Your curiosity keeps you questioning the status quo.
Your attraction to the extraordinary
summons you to sacred sites.
Your generosity makes you magnetic.
Your vulnerability makes you irresistible.
Your dancing makes you legendary.
Your sense of humor makes you the life of the party…
should you ever stray from the sanctuary
of your studio, library, garden, or kitchen.

You bloom where you are planted.
You are a sensual creature who insists on honesty
and fabulousness
wherever you can find it.

You are a meaning maker
with an appetite for adventure.
You are a citizen of the world,
a renegade, a revolutionary,
a rebel with a most compelling cause.
You are a visionary, a shapeshifter, a truth teller,
a way shower, and a light worker.
You are grounded in this world
but not exactly of it.

You are a Spark of the Divine.
Made up of stardust and moonbeams, you are.
You continue to surprise and delight.
Because of that, I’m all in.

I’m devoted to helping you get
from where you are now to where you want to go.
Because I want more for you than you dare to want for yourself.
And partnering with people I adore as much as I do you
is what I’m most grateful for thisThanksgiving.

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THE “HOLIDAZE” ARE HERE!!

If you are triggered just hearing those words,
then it’s time to tap!
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can help you
not simply survive this season,
but quite possibly thrive!

Join me for a FREE tapping session on Friday, November 26th.

We’ll tap at 3pm and 7pm EST.
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Register here to get the Zoom link.
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Feast on Your Life

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It’s here! My favorite holiday of the year.

Thanksgiving is one of those rare days when our collective attention turns to all we have to be grateful for instead of all we have yet to achieve, acquire, or otherwise add to our lives.

As much as I love the tradition of gathering with family and friends to celebrate scrumptious food, delectable desserts, and familial frivolity, this year I opted for a simple  yet somewhat scandalous solution. Stay home.

Silence + Solitude = Saving Grace.  

My adventures have taken me far and wide this year and I have never felt more blessed to have the family and friends I now have in my life. I’ve had the opportunity to do deeply transformational work with fellow coaches, clients, and canines (my dogs are always the first recipients of my new coaching methods). And I’ve stretched myself beyond anything resembling a comfort zone into a continual curiosity zone where the ground is constantly shifting.

For all of this, I am incredibly grateful.

And in desperate need of some quiet time with no agenda, no expectations, and no unnecessary drama.

This year I have set some things in motion that have changed the trajectory of my life. The best I can do to honor the source of all this goodness is to find a place of grace in each day to say thank you.

So on this day dedicated to giving thanks, my offering is this:

Feast on your life.

Feast on all that you have endured and achieved, become or dreamed of becoming.

Feast on the lives you’ve unknowingly touched with your smile, your words, your random acts of kindness, your refusal to give up on what you know to be true.

Feast of the fears you overcame to get you to the right place at the right time to do that thing that only you can do.

Feast on the doors that opened because you had the courage to keep knocking.

Feast on the friends and family who get your quirky sense of humor, can activate your superpowers, believe in your brilliance, reflect your beauty, and take care of your dogs while you travel the world.

Feast on the way your body works tirelessly on your behalf, day in and day out, in pursuit of optimal health.

Feast on the freedom you have to choose your thoughts, write a new story, break old patterns, reinvent yourself, or opt for a “do-over”.

Feast on poetry, music, laughter, imagination, kisses, kindness, talent shows, card games, traditions, long walks, eccentric relatives, and belonging in this world.

Thank you for being a part of my blogging family.  Some of you have been around since the start in 2011.  Bless you!!

You know I adore you and would love nothing more than to hear how you are celebrating today (even if it’s not Thanksgiving when you read this or if you live outside the US) and what you are feasting on by leaving a comment below.

And, if you are not planning your Black Friday shopping strategy, watching football, or sleeping off the stuffing, please join me and fellow coach Becca Formenti on Facebook Live tonight at 6pm CST.  It will be Facebook friendship feast!

 

Here to the New Year In Good Cheer – Day 1-Plan A

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Welcome to the Here to the New Year Challenge in Good Cheer Challenge. From now until December 31st I’ll be sharing some short tips to keep you humming through the holidays.
Because I can easily get distracted by shiny and/or stressful objects, I’m sticking with the full alphabet plan as our guide.
Today we start with Plan A.
I did a search on verbs that started with the letter”A” and assembled a few of them here. I used WordClouds to help me create a visual that allows various verbs to capture your attention, depending on where you look. Notice how the words are shaped to form the letter A?
Today’s tip is all about attitude.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select a handful of these verbs and act on them today. Let them amplify your awareness and align your actions.
For example, some of my favorites are articulate, amuse, awaken, astound, and anchor.
By writing this blog post I’m articulating my thoughts as well as anchoring my intentions for our time together, awakening my curiosity as to how best to convey these concepts, and possibly amusing you and astounding all of us when you share your responses in the comments below as to how this small change in awareness impacts your day.

Make sure to sign up for the challenge here in order to get your free Holiday Survival Guide.  You’ll also earn points and get in on other free stuff only available by registering.

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From Here to the New Year

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This might just be the most outrageous challenge I’ve put together to date.
I am not a holiday person. I do not go gleefully into the “holi-daze”. The most wonderful time of the year is when all the hullabaloo is behind me. Not when I’m facing six weeks of seasonal stress disorder starting with Black Friday.
A year of surprises on several fronts have left me with the belief that anything is possible. With that in mind, I will attempt to abandon my inner Grinch and walk fearlessly toward the New Year in Good Cheer.
But it will take a village.
So if you are up to the challenge, I invite you to join me for some adventures in living well.
Instead of postponing all resolutions until the New Year at the first sign of subtle or not-so-subtle sabotage, I say we start stringing together several small successes from here to the end of the year. This way we have the habits in place that we’ll need to reach the reasonably radical resolutions that will redefine our reality in the New Year.
Here’s the plan.
Starting on Friday, November 25th, I’ll email you a quick tip, subtle suggestion, perspective changing practice, or mindful moment that you can easily implement into your day to keep you humming through the holidays.
Since Plan A and even Plan B are seldom fail proof, I’m implementing a whole alphabet plan.
Literally.
Starting with A and working our way through Z, each letter will get its day and have the opportunity to be the inspiration for the action of the day.
So, my surly Scrooges and grumpy Grinches, shall we give this thing a try?
If you are in, please click here to join the fun. Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a free Holiday Survival Guide you can download and refer to throughout the holiday season.

Thanksgiving is my favorite Thursday of the year because it’s all about grace, gratitude, delicious food, and compelling conversations.
I am so grateful to you for allowing me into your reading space and letting me share the ideas that refuse to let go of me until they find their way to you.
This Thanksgiving, keep calm and gobble on, my friends.
And by all means, join me in the Here to The New Year in Good Cheer challenge. Signing up gives you access to bonuses and other surprises not available by just reading the blog.
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