31 Days of Self Care

Do Nothing But Read Day

Posted by on Dec 20, 2010 in 31 Days of Self Care, Books | 0 comments

…was yesterday. And for the most part I spent a good portion of my day reading with a little painting of Christmas ornaments in between. I'm reading Angelology by Danielle Trussoni and so far it's been a fascinating blend of history, mythology, religion, and fantasy. It felt blissfull to curl up by the Christmas tree and snuggle with a good book. Treat yourself to a little 'me' time today if you missed yesterday—take a few hours and give them to yourself and practice some excellent self-care this holiday season. You deserve it dear...

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San Diego Women’s Get-a-way

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in 31 Days of Self Care, Authenticity, Connections, Inspiration, Self worth | 1 comment

My wise and wonderful coach and client the fabulous Sharon Day is in San Diego for a few weeks. One of the things she’s up to is to offer a sneak peek at her upcoming October two-day workshop Connect More Deeply, Unleash Your Joy in a two hour free mini workshop! Love offerings are accepted. 😉 Sharon says, “We all yearn for deeper connections, especially with our children and family members.  But the busy-ness of life blunts access; connecting can feel SO out of reach, for so many reasons. I'll share with you a few simple, powerful tools from my new workshop, Connect More Deeply, Unleash Your Joy, to pierce through life's roadblocks and dip below the superficial level.” She’ll be joining Life Success Coach Cathy Northcutt at the Extreme Self-Care Women’s Getaway at Questhaven in Escondido, CA on June 18th-20th.  Cathy is offering this weekend retreat at an incredibly reasonable price that only has a few slots open. You can join these amazing and inspiring women for the weekend or for two hours. A few generous participants will be offering additional services on a love-donation basis including yoga, reflexology, and art therapy. Synchronicity is in the air, you’ll never know who you’ll connect with or what lesson may come your way by taking advantage of an opportunity like this. If you have friends in San Diego area please share this post and encourage them to take time to celebrate themselves this month. Email Cathy for more...

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Planet Fitness

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in 31 Days of Self Care, Authenticity, Challenges, Moving your body, Self worth | 2 comments

I am resistant to change. So what else is new—I’m a human ‘bean’ as SARK would say! After two years of working out and losing weight with the help of our local YMCA I was not open to the thought of attending another gym. But my budget couldn’t stretch to accommodate the Y anymore and I wasn’t using any of the amenities like classes, daycare or the pool.     Internally I made the shift to be open to change before I was even aware and as soon as I did that people in my life told me about Planet Fitness—three people actually over a period of a month. Synchronicity? The Law of Attraction? The Universe tapping me on the shoulder? Yes, yes, and yes. They mentioned how inexpensive it was and how non gym-like it was. My inner critic warned me not to fall for it, ha a gym that’s non gym-like. As in the people there are not walking around showing off perfectly formed abs and quads? Sure. Despite my critic I went to take a look. I was greeted by a young woman who was attentive, but not pushy, and was fine with me walking around and looking. It was a busy morning and although there were lots of people working out there were still plenty of machines and space. The facility was particularly clean, the layout inviting and mostly…they had me at PURPLE! Counters, walls, and many of the machines are purple which is a power color for me—it energizes and inspires me. A huge arrow inside the front door asks you to: Leave your egos here! The vibes felt right and although I did see several perfectly toned bodies I didn’t get the swagger feeling from these folks and there were definitely more normal looking bodies like mine. Planet Fitness operates as franchise opportunities and this location is owned and operated locally and that appealed to me. Once I read their mission statement, a giant purple and yellow sign over customer service, I was willing to commit to ten bucks a month and have shifted easily into my biweekly visits: We at Planet Fitness are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone – and we mean anyone – can be comfortable. A diverse, Judgement Free Zone® where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built. Our product is a tool, a means to an end; not a brand name or a mold-maker, but a tool that can be used by anyone. In the end, it’s all about you. As we evolve and educate ourselves, we will seek to perfect this safe, energetic environment, where everyone feels accepted and respected. We are not here to kiss your butt, only to kick it if that’s what you need. We need you, because face it, our planet wouldn’t be the same without you. You...

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My New Health Coach

Posted by on May 30, 2010 in 31 Days of Self Care, Challenges, Conscious eating, Food and Drink, Moving your body, Self worth | 0 comments

I participated in a Considerably Huge telesummit series of free coaching calls over the past three months. In April Debbie Schroeder and her partner, Lynn Smith, from Health Coach Team spoke about feeling your best to achieve your best and gave some great tips and information for weight loss, fitness, and self care.  Under stress I’ve realized I have been taking infinitesimal steps back into my old habits of eating emotionally, sitting instead of moving, sleeping but not feeling rested, making unhealthy food choices. You get the picture?  I’ve gained three pounds so far this year and I realize that may not sound like much but that’s exactly how we gain weight; so slowly that we don’t notice until it’s ten pounds or more! It’s a red flag that I’ve slipped in my support systems and need to put good habits back in place. Enter Debbie and Health Coach Team, we had a discovery call so we could connect and I could share my progress so far along with the challenges I’m currently facing. Debbie and I hit it off and I have signed up for three months of web-based coaching with one phone call per month. Health Coach Teams coaching agreement states: The coach’s role is to accelerate the client’s progress by providing greater focus, awareness of choice and accountability. Here are my goals for the summer; I’m saying them in print as a demonstration of my commitment to reaching the next level of fitness for myself: •    Lose the final ‘five’ pounds•    Participate in a Walk/Run (crawl) challenge locally•    Practice strength training that I will embrace/enjoy•    Trust myself to become strong and fit What do you do when a red flag is raised? What helps you get back on track with your fitness and...

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White Space

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in 30 Days of Organizing, 31 Days of Clearning, 31 Days of Self Care | 1 comment

I colored a mandala again last week. As I looked at the artists outline I wasn’t sure which were the petals and which the leaves. I reminded myself there were no rules this was now my art—color whatever I wanted. It’s a detailed mandala and I realized my first instinct was to color it all, fill in every blank with color, even the background. Then I stepped back and looked with my inner eye. I opened my mind and stretched myself a bit. Yes, all this from coloring! I realized it needed the ‘white space’ to help the color pop off the page. Interesting. What exactly is white space and does it apply to more than coloring?  I looked around at my walls and bookshelves. I discovered yes less is more—the empty space allows the painting or photograph to exist in balance with its surroundings. I have a tendency to put too many things on a shelf and so I tried a clearning experiment. I chose a bookshelf I’d already organized/decorated. I took away books and decorations that I was no longer deeply connected to and filled another donation box. The result was white space, or in this case empty space. Room to breath. What about white space in my life? How does it apply to non-physical space? Space between tasks—breaking up client work and balancing it with self-care or home caring. Space between reading books—so I sit with the experience before diving into another story. Space between giving and receiving. Space for asking and gracefully accepting another’s offer of help. Acknowledging that accepting help is giving a gift. The white space represents balance, harmony, natural flow, and even stillness. In my practice and life it feels as though I am at a standstill but I realize I am taking action by creating balance and discovering a new way to live and work. Weaving white space and balance into my daily living blends the line between who I am and what I do quite...

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Creating Joyful Systems

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in 30 Days of Organizing, 31 Days of Clearning, 31 Days of Self Care, Authenticity, Challenges, Inspiration, Love, Self worth | 3 comments

Part of the process of being organized has been my yes list, clearning, letting go, and keeping my word to myself: my integrity.  I schedule work and personal appointments and tasks on my Outlook calendar, but this system didn’t work for me for personal activities, i.e. exercise, writing, journaling, and other ‘me time’ items.  I’d put them on my calendar and then not do them. I wanted to implement a fun and inviting system rather than a ‘have to’ or ‘should’ list.  Here’s what I came up with: a variety of business size cards with a graphic and the name of the activity.  Some activities are scheduled for 45 minutes and others for only ten or fifteen minutes.  I schedule the time block into my days/eves on my calendar and before that time block I choose a card from the appropriate bowl.  So I might do the same activity for 45 minutes or three 15 minute activities in that time slot. My integrity cards:45 minutes: Journal, Exercise, Write (Screenplay/Novel), Read15 minutes: Walk outside, Color, Be still, Type, Life Journal After lunch when I pick read for 45 minutes I’m delighted to take a break in this way and love that my schedule allows for this flexibility.  First thing in the morning I may pick walk outside and then be still for fifteen minutes.  I’m fully participating in my commitment to myself, my health and well-being—and embracing the joy and playfulness in the process! What do you do to keep your word to...

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