So imagine this: I'm sitting next to my friend Nancy. We're both wearing pink boas around our necks. We're in a room with 300 fellow Sister Goddesses (Mama Gena's name for the women who come to her programs) who are also wearing pink boas, and I'm feeling a little nervous (ok, maybe more than a little nervous ?).
Last week, I spent some time with a dear friend who's going through a tough time as he struggles with multiple life changes that have left him reeling, yet pregnant with possibility. Like so many people these days, the rug has been pulled out from under his life. He's lost his job, his marriage is ending, and for the first time as an adult, he's struggling financially.
Like so many of you, I've watched the earthquake devastation in Haiti this week with a heavy heart. It's tragic to witness so much pain and easy to feel so helpless. While donating money is important, it just doesn't feel like nearly enough.
"Move when the energy moves you." Several years ago my friend Max said this to me when I was complaining about needing to get my butt in the office to clear my desk. I was in no mood to work, yet I felt so emotionally badgered by the piles on my desk that I was desperate to get them handled so I could stop thinking about it and relax.
This week marks the end of a decade and the 10th anniversary of the Life Makeover newsletters. It's been quite a journey and I look forward to continuing to share stories, ideas, and inspiration with you in 2010.
I'm sitting here in our living room looking out over the falling snow, feeling grateful for the silence that occurs when we have a storm and everything is forced to stop for a while. It's as though Mother Nature has gently placed a blanket over my part of the world and whispered, "Rest little one. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and let yourself nap for a while." Love that idea...
Well, it's the time of year when I usually share a few holiday self-care reminders to support you in taking good care of yourself over the next few weeks so you enter the New Year feeling good about yourself.
Saying goodbye. It's something we all do at various times in our lives. Some of us do it consciously and intentionally, while some of us avoid it like the plague. This week, as the summer comes to an end and kids go back to school (or off to college for the first time), I wanted to rebroadcast a newsletter from last year when Michael and I were leaving our home of twelve years.
I love this time of year and I'm always excited to announce the "Thank You Game," during Thanksgiving week here in the States. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, saying "thank you" to the people in your life is not only a wonderful way to bring some unexpected kindness to others, it's also a way to share the wealth of gratitude and to feel the power of connection.
During stressful times, one of the things that sees us through is self-confidence - confidence in our ability to do whatever it takes to weather a storm; trust in ourselves enough to know that we'll take the necessary actions that will honor our self-care; and courage to do the tough stuff even when everything inside us wants to run and hide.