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Intent of the Day: Be Aware of Burnout

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How many times have you taken a day off, called out of work, skipped a fun night out because you weren’t just tired, you were done? Taking time for yourself, you thought “Great! Now I’ll be refreshed and ready to take on the world again!” only to find yourself running on fumes, short tempered and miserable days later? What you may be experiencing is burnout. It is a state defined as “emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” This can be stress from any arena- family, work, health, you name it. Going full speed, a tumultuous relationship, starting a business in a rocky financial environment, and and all of it can cause you to not only be exhausted. Rather than being seen as a badge of honor, that perceived exhaustion is actually a much more serious state taking a toll on your mind, body and spirit, not to mention your friends, family and those you interact with in big and small ways.

Before we burnout, we want to change our patterns.
We do not want to glorify working til we crash.
We intent to be aware of burnout.

You too? Here are 3 things to help you combat burnout: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Honest the First Time

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Practice makes permanent. Not all of us have spent time developing the muscle of knowing what we think and feel in the moment. We’ve found ourselves agreeing to or missing out on experiences that don’t line up with what we want, but that’s a part of growing and discovering who we are. Strengthening the muscle of knowing ourselves can be bumpy. It can mean having to have a conversation twice. It can mean having to change our minds. Those things might feel like our practice isn’t worth it, but push on!

The hope is that you start to know what you prefer. You start to know what truth and authenticity feels like in your bones. We learn not to shirk away when it feels uncomfortable to tell the truth. It is with practice that we grow and and learn. We intend to be honest the first time.

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Intent of the Day: Decide What We Want First

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It was the millionth time in a row of feeling frustrated because plans weren’t settled or what you hoped they would be. It was the millionth time you felt under appreciated and forgotten in the midst of decision making. In the name of team work and collaboration we can find ourselves waiting to know our own feelings or make a decision until everyone else has decided and declared their own. Without realizing, we can find ourselves complicit in the act of not giving ourselves a voice. How does that happen?

Sometimes it feels rude or bossy to know what we want. But who decided that “rude” or “bossy” would be synonymous with know your feelings and intent? How often do we give others the opportunity to decide without judgement? Then why should we not give ourselves the same opportunity? It is far easier to adapt when you know where you stand to begin with, so today our intent is to decide what we want first. Before we’ve heard from the crowd. Before we let someone else decide for us. Before re resent people who have decided.

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Intent of the Day: Things That No Longer Serve

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When was the last time you went through a solid spring cleaning? Not just your bedroom. Not just the places people can see. We’re talking the deep cleaning. The garage. Behind the appliances. The areas you usually avoid. What about the things that don’t even work anymore- figuratively and literally. Taking a quick inventory, we can often find quick fixes, things hanging on by a thread and unnecessary items collecting dust in our home, but also in our mental and emotional lives. You have a bookshelf but it is full of books you never read and basically serves as an item we avoid having to dust. We have a closet full of clothes that used to fit or we hope will one day fit but no real plan for how to do that.

Our physical space is often time a symbol of what is going on internally. Are there things collecting dusts? Are there problems waiting with no plan of action to move you closer to a solution? You need no special mountaintop moment to begin taking inventory of what works and what doesn’t. Some things are still in fine condition, they just no longer serve where you are and where you are going. This means that a person, place or thing doesn’t have to be bad to be ready to transition elsewhere. It simply means keeping your eyes and your grip open for the purpose of growth.

We intend to release the things that no longer serve.

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Encouraging Insight From The Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum

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This week 1,300 Alzheimer’s advocates converged on Washington D.C. in a sea of purple to meet with lawmakers and discuss the urgency of the issues surrounding this disease. The atmosphere was one of hopeful determination.

As I reflect on the events of the past few days, I am more determined than ever to turn the tragedy of my personal loss into the triumph of a cure! This is what I have learned. Continue reading

Improve Your Breathing, Improve your Health

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Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to breathing. Your breathing habits have a direct effect on your health and wellbeing, on your athletic and creative abilities, your performance at work, and in everyday life. What you don’t know could be hurting you or holding you back on many levels, both in the short term and in the long run.

“Statistics suggest that many millions of people worldwide suffer with the profound and misunderstood symptoms and deficits of learned dysfunctional breathing habits. Unfortunately, these habits are rarely identified by practitioners, their effects mistakenly attributed to other causes, and their resolutions prescriptive in nature focus is on symptoms rather than causes.” (Dr. Peter Litchfield, President of the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences”

Dysfunctional breathing habits not only compromise physical wellbeing, but they can have direct, immediate, and profound effects on your emotional and psychological health as well.

Here are some things that you can do on your own to improve your breathing and along with it, your health: Continue reading

How to Enhance Fertility: 8 Secrets from Mother Nature’s Perspective

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Making babies from a place of bliss is every woman’s ideal vision. You finally decide the time is right. You chart your ovulation; you take all the right supplements. But the sobering reality as a fertility coach I see women do all the “right” things and they still go through hell trying to birth their dreams.

I have also seen a common pattern: How these smart women have been approaching their fertility has left them feeling even more drained, disheartened, and empty.

But also look at the world we live in and it is no wonder; stress, toxic relationship patterns, addictions, negative headspace, technology, GMO, plastics, pesticides, oh my.

Could it be that our very environment is making us sick? Could there be a connection as to why our most fundamental abilities being threatened?

What if how we embrace our fertility has the power to change it?

Women everywhere are awakening to a higher perspective on fertility. One Mother Nature herself might teach if she had a book, Facebook page or an online course. I consult with her wisdom often because she has taught me that fertility is really about life – and what wants to be born cannot thrive unless we are. Here are the 8 most common teachings Mother Nature has whispered to me over the years: Continue reading

A Way To A Man’s Heart Is Not Through His Stomach – It’s In Your Ability To Take Care Of A Home

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Do you remember the episode in Friends where Ross met the girl of his dreams? She was gorgeous, had a great personality, a perfect body AND she was totally into him?  This episode is called, The Dirty Girl. It starts as they are coming back from a lovely evening out and she invites him into her apartment. Ross is excited to go in until she opens the door and he sees the mess she lives in. 

What if you’ve met Mr. Wonderful and had an incredible evening together? You spent hours getting ready, picking out your clothes, doing your make up. You’ve thought through all the wonderful subjects you talked about at dinner. And if all goes well, you’ll want to take him back to your place. But first, ask yourself – are you a “Dirty Girl”?

We never consider that a man may be interested in more than our looks. Women spend thousands of dollars on beauty products and weight loss scams. But what if I told you one of the best investments you could make would be to spend time learning how to keep house. Yes, a man is looking for an attractive woman, but he is also looking for someone that can make a house a home. And that means keeping your home clean and neat. Continue reading

What’s a Body For Anyway? Four Ways To Love Your Body For The Love That It Gives

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As a repeat offender, my Weight Watcher “Lifetime” status has always felt more like a prison sentence than an achievement. Chained forever to this body of mine, staying in shape (or rather, keeping a shape) means constant awareness and self-discipline. For the first 20 years of of my marriage, days began blurry-eyed on the treadmill and ended blurry-eyed at the fridge. I’d stand there petulant, demanding to know (in that bottom-of-the-barrel-last-fraying-knot tone-of-thought): “Who cares what I eat right now or how far I ran today? Why am I killing myself like this? What’s a body for anyway?”

There is an answer, but I didn’t get it until my mother-in-law passed away.

She and I were alone that day. Minutes passed to the rhythm of the respirator. Scared and bewildered, I took her hand in mine and began analyzing it in a way that you would never do with a person were they aware. I memorized every wrinkle, every fingernail, and every blood vessel. I wondered about all the things those hands had held, all the people they had touched, all the work they had done. Most of all, I thought on how those fingers had caressed my husband, as an infant, as a little boy, as a man…and how they had been nearly the first to wrap around my babies the moment they entered this life.

Two days later, in preparation for her memorial service, my sisters-in-law and I volunteered to dress Mother’s body at the funeral home. Arranging her skirt and buttoning her blouse, we were filled with reverence. Tenderly, we painted her nails, styled her hair, and brushed pink on her still cheeks, remembering the way she rocked a baby, wiped a tear, stroked a forehead, tied a shoe, fed a family, kissed a cheek, supported an elbow, packed a bag, waved good-bye. Her loving spirit had cherished us, but it was her physical self that had actually carried out the desires of her heart.

Mother’s last lesson revolutionized me. It was clear now that I had been trying too hard to “master” my physical appearance. Better to focus on working in harmony with my body, I realized, if its real purpose is to love others. Mother, for instance–though pretty and well groomed–definitely showed wear-and-tear: but her stretch marks and dishpan hands were marks of love. In fact, they made her all the more beautiful to those who really cared and really counted.

Because of this singular experience, I began to see and treat my body very differently: the way I would treat a cashmere sweater verses a worn-out sweatshirt. I called my new perspective the “Cashmere Resolution” (because Mother preferred cashmere), but keeping that resolution through the years since has not been easy. Frequent reminders are a must. Here’s how I repeatedly convince myself that my body is—in and of itself, regardless of its present shape—luxuriously wonderful. Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Feet Firmly Planted

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If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.
We’ve all heard some variation of that adage, right? Much like a misstep in the waves will send us tumbling down into the water, uncertainty in our beliefs can leave us feeling tossed about throughout our day. While staying pliable and open is also a positive attribute, we want to have a solid starting point. We want the confidence of standing for things that are tested and tried in our own lives, knowing that we can still be receptive to differing opinions and change. We intend to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground.

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