Discovering Your Best Self

Happy Memorial Day!

Today is not only a day to be grateful for the freedoms we take for granted and the people who defend those freedoms, but to also ask ourselves what we can do that will make the world a better place. Sometimes it seems overwhelming that we can make a difference but Margaret Mead says it well:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

We don’t have to be part of a group to make changes because every thing we change as individuals, benefits the larger world. Today, take time to say thank you to someone who serves our country and ask yourself what small change you can make that will benefit the whole.

I would like to say thank you to all of you for being my loyal readers of this blog and I hope you have a relaxing and wonderful Memorial Day!

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Are You Craving A Simpler Way To Live?

I love the rock sculpture in the forefront of this picture as a metaphor for life; some things are a focus point and others are in the background.  It reflects to me what you get when you decide to make changes that simplify your day to day choices about how to live. What you value comes to the forefront and becomes the basis for your choices, everything else is in the background.  It’s true, there are some things we don’t have a choice about, but there are also a lot of choices we make every day that we are not even aware of, and we do have choice about those. Tsh Oxenreider, author of The Art of Simple Blog, puts it nicely in these words.

Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live? It is about living life instead of life living us – one small choice after another, day after day, month after month, year after glorious year. It is about living with intention.

My question to you is simple:

Are the choices you make each day lining up with what you want for your life?

What choice can you make for yourself today that will bring you closer to that?  

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4 Session Coaching Package: Are You Someone Who Desires…

Making personal changes that will:

  • Enhance personal and professional relationships
  • be more creative in dealing with life problems
  • broaden your perspective about who you are and how you participate in life
  • Change beliefs that are holding you back
  • Explore negative emotions that are getting in the way of your present and future happiness
  • Learn skills that you can use in your life

 

Using a four-step process, Sandy guides individuals who are ready to explore their present life situation, learn tools to navigate life better and make changes in their life. I am offering a 4 session package as a great way to begin to personal change. The sessions can be done by phone, in person or Skype.

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Falling In Love With the Process

It was early morning on April 1st, with coffee in hand, that I decided to do a 30 day bike challenge. The rules were perfect for me, ride your bike everyday for 30 days and go farther each day. In that moment, I had forgotten that it snows in April in Minnesota and the wind is ice cold, almost wind chill worthy. It was just one of those days when I saw this quote.

Fall in love with the process and the results come.

During the 30 days, I was in love with the process more on some days than others, and now at the end I can say I’m happy with the result. You see, I did not have a specific goal in mind, I just knew I had something to learn through the process. It taught me that there are NO excuses for not doing something, you can always take one more step in the direction you want to go, and you find that you have strength, courage and determination you forgot you had,  This was not a big challenge according to some people’s standards but for me, it was. That is the key, decide what the challenge will be for you, it can be something physical, starting a new habit or doing something good for yourself, whatever it is just begin. I think you might be surprise yourself!

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Inspiration For Your Week:

I was sitting in church listening to several people talk about their recent mission trip to Tanzania. In an instant something resonated deep inside me that made me know I would be on the next trip. However, when my unconscious mind caught up to my conscious mind, I realized I was scared to death about this adventure that I felt compelled to take. There was much to consider, it was a third world country, I would be away for 3 weeks, there were lots of shots to get and malaria medicine to take, plus there were travel expenses I could not afford. My heart knew none of these things would really stop me so as I dug deeper, I found the real question I needed to ask myself.

Will I be courageous enough to open my heart to everything I see, and will I let that change me? This is a question we all must ask ourselves about our life. Will I be courageous enough to look at my life with compassion and make the changes so I can live abundantly in peace and harmony with myself and others?

I have just one question and that is, what is waiting in your life for you to look at and change?

Blessings to you on this Easter Monday!

 

Inspiration For Your Week: Time For YOU!

If you want to live with ease and well-being, it is imperative that you honor yourself with the gift of time, not only to plan the week ahead, but to take the time to consider how you will live out the values that are important to you.  ~Sandy Thibault

Reflection: We all love weekends as they represent a reprieve from all that we need to do during the week. The pace is different, even though there are still things to do; we slow down, take more time to enjoy life. Then all of a sudden, Sunday night is here and we start to prepare for the week ahead; the weekend has gone too fast.  For many people this brings up dis-ease. The worry about what the week will bring, will I be able to do it all? How will keep my head above water? And other concerns that bring on anxiety. I like to teach people that part of the preparation is taking time for ourselves and the things we need. It only takes a few minutes to call to mind how you want to be, create a reminder and look at it often. What will you choose for yourself this week?

Journal Inquiries:

What is your intention for the week?

(Examples: I intend to decrease stress by focusing on one thing at a time. Or, I intend to allow adequate time for things, and how will I care for my needs every day?)

What attitude will you bring into each day…very important as this will set the stage for your experience.

Be creative with this but allow time for yourself every day, even if it is only a few minutes to regroup.

Inspiration For Your Week: Hidden Blessing

 

Change is inevitable and so are difficult circumstances in our life, we can’t change that. It is true we cannot change what has happened, but we can change our relationship to it. ~Sandy Thibault

Reflection: Changing our relationship to what has happened mean changing our thoughts from negative to positive. This is an important life skill that is to our benefit to learn and here is one reason why. Merle Shain say’s it well: “And most of us have wept copious tears over someone or something when if we’d understood the situation better we might have celebrated our good fortune instead.” At the time, all we can see is the hurt and betrayal, but if we can trust that Spirit is taking care of us, even if we don’t understand it, we will know that there is a blessing we can’t see right now for what has happened. Believe me, I know this is hard, but we don’t always get to see the whole picture at once, we must rely on our faith and trust in something bigger than ourselves to carry us. For our own well-being we learn to honor our hurt and pain but then move on and not let it affect everything we do, the cost to our life is just too great!

Journal Questions: 

What is the worst best thing that every happened to you?

When something difficult has happened, name 3 things you can do to help yourself?

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Inspiration For Your Monday: Reclaiming Self

“We are here to reclaim what makes us unique and powerful. We are here to learn how to love ourselves and leverage our gifts into a victory so satisfying and personal that we will outstrip the doubts about whether or not we were ever worthy.” ~ Jacob Nordby

Reflection:

A modern day version of this is finding your sweet spot. I think you know how this feels when things come together in such a way that makes us smile from ear to ear. That is what happens when we embrace what it is about us that sets us a part and make it our own. It brings out the very best in us that makes us wonder how we ever doubted ourselves. 

Inquiry Questions: 

Name a time when you felt that “sweet spot”? Remember it may have been a few moments, minutes, days or longer. 

List three things that were important about that time and list two ways you can reclaim that feeling.  

 

 

Monday Inspirations: Loving Yourself

“Love yourself enough to create an environment in your life that is conducive to the nourishment of your personal growth. Allow yourself to let go of the people, thoughts, and situations that poison your well-being. Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose.”   — Steve Maraboli

Monday Inspirations: Participating In Life

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.”   — Elizabeth Gilbert

Reflection: I always tell my clients that I wish I had a magic wand and in an instant everything would be just the way they would wish it to be. For better or worse this is not true, we have to work for what we get and I think that is a good thing! When we decide that what we want is worth going after we are also saying that we are worth the effort it will take to get it. Participating in this way is an investment in self and an act of love.

Journal Questions:

Name two things that you would fight or strive for?

How can help that to happen?

Where in the past have you felt the rewards of your hard work?