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This is where it all began.  Years ago, I took a risk and decided not to worry about my imperfect writing and just share with the world.  A lot of really wonderful stuff has happened since then, and I am grateful that wordpress.com provided this platform for me to start blogging.

In order to simplify, I have recently refreshed my website and moved my blog there.  Website and blog all in one place.  Nice and easy.  And, I think you will like the look of the new blog.  I look forward to seeing you there!

The new blog location is: http://lifecoachlinda.com/blog-2/    While you are there, check out the rest of the website and let me know what you think.

It’s easy to remember, too.  lifecoachlinda.com

A quick notes to my subscribers: I have transferred your subscriptions to the new site for you.  Please keep an eye out, though, to make sure you continue to receive the email posts.  If you have not received the next email by Monday, Sept. 15th at noon, please contact me and I will get you back in the mix.  Each and every one of you are special to me.

So, here we go with a fresh look, fresh start, and fresh posts coming your way.

Love.Peace

Linda

http://lifecoachlinda.com/blog-2/

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Empowered Woman

When clients first come to me they usually have an issue they want to resolve or something they would like to create.  They may want to:

  • Move beyond feeling stuck
  • Reconnect with who they really are
  • Accomplish or create something
  • Feel more peaceful and grounded
  • Have support and guidance through a transition
  • Shift their attitude or change their behavior
  • Release the hold something in their past has on them
  • And, so on….

And yet, when all said and done, they tell me there was something even more powerful and unexpected that came forward.  The real gift was who they became through the process and how much they learned to love and value themselves.

Intentions and goals are not just about doing, they are about learning and growing and being.  They evolve who we are.

So, I’m wondering – Who do you want to become?

(You can respond or comment by clicking – Leave a Comment – under the title of this post.)

light-end-tunnel

I have heard it said that when someone loses their vision, their other senses grow stronger.

When people or things go away, it creates space for something new to come in.

When we get older and lose physical strength, our wisdom comes forward.

When a house burns down, people often say the fresh start was a true gift.

And, when it feels like all is lost, is exactly when we are most connected to our soul.

So, when we lose someone or something, we are always in a process of renewal.  I think it will help to remember that when the losses come.

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It’s always there on some level, lurking in the shadows or making a full frontal attack.  Bad things happen.  Tornados, hurricanes, divorce, people close to you get ill or die.  It would be easy to become immobile with the sadness of it all, but that doesn’t serve anyone.

Here is what I have learned to do:

Check my perspective: I can see it all as tragic or I can trust that there are blessings too.  I give myself permission not to understand and even if it feels yucky know that someone, maybe many, are growing from the experience.  People support each other in tragedy, families come together when someone they love is dying, and from the ashes new dreams are born.  It is not my place to decide what is good or bad, right or wrong, faith or love.

Do what I can:  I read to my friend in hospice, support my clients through their challenges, and listen to a friend who just learned she has a life threatening condition.  Volunteering and prayer are ways to help on a larger scale. There is always something I can do.

Focus on gratitude:  I am a sensitive person and can easily take on the pain of others, but that does nothing to make things better.  Instead, I acknowledge my feelings and let them come forward, but don’t let myself get stuck there.  The way I do this is by recognizing the ways my life is blessed.  When homes are destroyed by acts of nature I am thankful for the shelter I have and when my friend lost her mobility I was clear that my daily walks were a gift.  The tragedies of others can bring into the light how lucky I am.

I am not saying that I have this down perfectly.  I am human. What I can say is that this practice supports me and it gets easier each time.  I wonder if it could support you, too.

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Hate – Love

Anger – Compassion

Fear – Courage

Pain – Joy

Stress – Peace

At some point in your life you will experience all of these, but you get to decide which ones you keep.  You really do.

Which ones will you choose?

If you feel stuck in feelings you do not want,, I would love to support you.  Simply email for a consultation.  lifecoachlinda@gmail.com

Stepping Into the Light

 

One of my clients asked me to share this metaphor that I use in my coaching and workshops.

Many of us go through life as if we are walking backwards.  Our focus is on the past, what went wrong, what could go wrong, and reasons we can’t succeed.  We hold tightly onto anger, resentments, being right, control, sadness, and old stories.  We immerse ourselves in the quicksand of darkness, negativity, and fear.

We can shift this by simply turning around.

When we choose to turn and face forward instead, the path before us is filled with light and possibilities.  Our stories from the past are simply memories that no longer hold power over us.  We can see the potential of our dreams and goals coming true and feel more positive and energized.  We attract more love, peace, and happiness into our lives.

You can have this, too.

All you have to do is turn around. 

Face the light – see the possibilities – and start walking forward

Ostrich and man with head in sand

Others may disagree, but I don’t think I’m too stubborn or set in my ways.  What I have noticed is that I get stuck in patterns of doing some things the same way for long periods of time.  I do the research, create a system, and figure I am set for a while.

 Sometimes this can be a smart strategy and other times it’s just sticking my head in the sand and taking the easy way out. 

For example, I became a vegetarian about 15 years ago.   After a lot of research and exploration, I created a way of eating that worked well for me and felt healthy.  I have made changes over the years, but there was a big blind spot.  One of my most common protein sources was soy and it was not until recently that I opened my eyes to the fact that a lot of those soy products were genetically modified. Ouch!

 Things change.  Information evolves.  When I set up my healthy diet years ago I had never even heard of GMO’s.

 We get smarter and wiser too.

I feel more alert now to observing the patterns in my life and questioning everything.  It’s actually kind of fun.  I simplified, refined, and even freed up time.  My life feels fresher and more open to new possibilities.

And now, it is your turn.  What areas of your life could use a little refreshing?  What patterns have been the same for a long time?  Where could you benefit from updating your information?

Looking at your life with fresh eyes opens the door to new opportunities and choices that can enhance your lifestyle.

Don’t keep your head stuck in the sand…

ostrich


Linda Luke

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