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The end of a year is a perfect time to honor the blessings that came our way and acknowledge ourselves for all we have achieved.   Because human nature is to focus on what is not working, we often minimize what went well or special moments along the way.  I encourage you to review your year with open eyes and an open heart.  You might be surprised what you see…

Year End Process

  • Create quiet time and space so that you can focus without interruption
  • Set a clear and positive intention for your process 

Write your answers for the following:

  • List your wins and accomplishments for the year (at least 50)
  • Write about what you learned from the challenges you faced
  • What are you proud of yourself for?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What do you want to take away from this year and integrate in the future?
  • Anything else that feels meaningful to include

Don’t forget to share some of your wins or special moments by clicking on “comment” below the title of this blog.

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Intimidation

Is there someone in your life who you find intimidating or challenging?  Perhaps it is time for a change in perspective.

Just imagine them:

  • As a toddler having a tantrum
  • Shrinking to a very small size and speaking in a mouse sized voice
  • With words flashing on their forehead like sad, hurt, insecure, afraid, etc.
  • As the sweet little infant they once were
  • Morphing into a cartoon or fairy tale character 

And, my favorite:

  • See them for who they really are – a beautiful soul in a human body having a not so pretty life experience.

Don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts, ideas, or experiences using these tools.

 

 

Secretary overwhelmed

  • Focus in on a shorter period of time.  Big or long term goals can feel complicated.  Make smaller goals for this day, week, or month.
  • Stay centered in the present and take one step at a time.  Keep asking yourself, “What is the next small thing I can do that will move me forward?”
  • Remember that there is no such thing as perfection and nothing has to be forever.  You can always change your mind.

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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

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There is a side of me that is attracted to pink high top sneakers, hippie jewelry, and spiky hair.  I’m not sure if going down that road would make me a cool grandma or the laughing stock of the universe, but it is a part of me that I let come out and play at times.

Is there a part of you that is calling out, wanting to be expressed?

I encourage you to honor your uniqueness, that special spark inside of you that may not get shared often.

Go ahead – be YOUR best self.  You can’t be anyone else’s.

I would love to hear from you: How do you express your inner spark in the world?  You can share by replying below.

Footsteps on the Beach

It all started with my decision to practice mindful meditation on my morning walk.  I noticed that my walking style didn’t feel natural.  It included landing on my heels hard and pushing off from there.  If I had been walking on the beach you probably would only have seen deep heel prints and thought it was some strange kind of animal.  No wonder my ankles and knees complain at times.

So, I played with changing my walking style.  I touched the heels lightly and rolled my foot forward, pushing off slightly with the toes and I used my hips so they could get some exercise too.

What a change!  I moved faster with less effort.    My body tipped forward a degree or two as it moved more naturally.  And, the big surprise was that this moving forward with more ease brought forward a feeling of enthusiasm, a sense of being eager to step into my day.

I started thinking, where else am I digging in my heels?  Are there other things in my life that I do as automatically as walking that could be improved?  I think so.  My yoga instructor says most people breathe shallowly, only using a small portion of their lungs and starving their bodies of oxygen.  I think I’m going to play with breathing in more life next.  I wonder how that will feel.

Your Turn: Where in your life are you digging in your heels and what would you like to play with doing differently?

Scared Puppy

When I was a young single mother I was terrified that I would not be able to support my son and I.  In order to create a sense of safety I found a job as a dental receptionist and made myself indispensable.  I convinced myself that I had the security I craved.  It was only after working there for many years that I realized it was all an illusion.

The truth was:

  • My employer could have become disabled, ill, or sold the practice at any time.
  • I had no health benefits or 401k, resulting in more financial risk.
  • The lack of opportunities for growth and increased income kept me small.

My fear kept me stuck in a situation that resulted in exactly what I was trying to avoid.  

Security is an illusion.  The real power lies in learning to trust yourself to be able to handle whatever comes your way.  Instead of making choices out of fear, let your heart guide you.  It will know which path is best for you and never try to keep you small.  You will grow and learn, developing your confidence and intuition along the way.  In the end you will probably feel more secure than if you took the path that seemed safe.

Your Turn: Where in your life are you buying into the illusion of security?


Linda Luke

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