All posts by Kristin Meekhof

About Kristin Meekhof

Kristin Meekhof is the author of LA Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice For The First Five Years. She is a speaker, writer, licensed masters level social worker and member of the University of Michigan Cancer Center Board in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

5 Ways You Can Sustain Your New Year’s Resolutions

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The end of the year is nearly here, and if you are planning to set a New Year’s resolution you are not alone. According to this Forbes article, over 40 percent of Americans make resolutions; however, after six months only 46 percent of people are able to maintain their goals. In other words, the odds are not in your favor, yet, if you are willing to change your mindset the chance of sustaining your resolutions greatly improves.

Further, the good news is that change is possible. The brain science behind neuroplasticity teaches that our brains are able not only to adapt to change, but are able to form new connections. With training and practice our brain is able to create new patterns.

There are things you can do to optimize the chance you can succeed and reach your goals.

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Mindful Abundance

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Last week in Virginia, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of female solo entrepreneurs about mindful abundance. To some, mindful abundance may seem like an oxymoron; however, if you are self- employed chances are thoughts of abundance often cross your radar. And as an independent contractor, there is a strong likelihood that you’ve made some significant financial sacrifices along your journey. And I understand that kindness underlies all that you do. However, financial pressure is very real, and the body tends to swarm with stress at the mere mention of scarcity. And not addressing issues of wealth means you continue to live in fear, so, in order to be in on the flow of abundance, I suggest that you strengthen your prosperity portal.

I believe often the problem is not that you lack the ability to generate a particular income, but the struggle comes in how you support your portal to abundance. To embrace wealth means that you not only care about money, but you attend to its energy. Money is not a dirty word. Let me repeat: money is not a dirty word. Look at how you greet the word “money”: Do you blush? Does your heart skip a beat? Do you sigh? My point here is that if you pay attention to how you engage with money, you will begin to recognize why you may be signing over abundance to others. When you avoid the language and energy of finances, this blocks you from prosperity because you are engaging with fear. Continue reading

15 Things Emotionally Fit People Practice

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Do you know an emotionally fit person? Emotionally fit people are often viewed as the “go to” person, a leader, someone others can depend upon. They can handle challenging situations with inner strength, wisdom and insight. They are well respected by others and can appropriately handle conflict. Are you emotionally fit?

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Five Ways to Cope With Failure

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Failure is a part of life. You can call it whatever you want, a setback, an emotional let down, a breakup, a loss, but part of the reason why the experience is so incredibly painful is because at some level you  feel you failed. You might be reluctant to admit this even to yourself, so you outwardly you label it as growing pains or transition; however, inwardly you’re a mess.

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Seven Things You Can Do To Help Someone in Grief

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When it comes to grief many times those who love  and know someone experiencing loss want to offer assistance; however, they are unsure of just where to begin. There are things that one can do that are not only meaningful, but also needed.

About four years ago, I began to do research for my book, “A Widow’s Guide to Healing” and I interviewed widows from all different backgrounds about their experiences. The widows often reported that one of the most frustrating things about their grief was that others seemed to ignore them, and didn’t offer any help. It may be the case that some well- meaning people simply do not know what to do and instead of stepping in to ask how they can help, they just walk away.

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Ten Things You Can Do To Create The Life You Want After Any Loss

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Loss of any type, rather it be a divorce, a job termination, the end of a friendship that you held dear, or the death of a love one can send you reeling into unchartered territory. For some it means the loss of an identity. You may have found pride in calling yourself a CEO, a partner, a wife and now that this title is removed you don’t know what to do. For others, loss leaves you emotionally gutted with no sense of direction.

I was 33 in 2007 my husband died from advanced adrenal cancer. I spent over three years interviewing widows about their circumstances for my book A Widow’s Guide to Healing, and often the conversation would shift to a widow telling me that she wants to start a new life for herself and her family but isn’t sure where to start.

This widow isn’t alone in not knowing how to begin a new life post-loss. A few months ago, I was at a dinner party and someone asked about my book, and as she began to tell me about her move, new job and starting over, I thought she was a widow. Actually, she had divorced her husband of 20-plus years and felt the loss was similar to a death.

Loss is very painful, and even thinking about it can cause a knot in your stomach, and you immediately feel a lump in your throat. And yet you do desire to shift your energy, mind and heart toward a different direction. In other words, what can you do to begin to create life that you want after your devastating loss?

Here are 10 things you can do, and these items are no particular order of importance. What is key is that you begin somewhere, and these items are here to help you create a new path for yourself. Some of these things may not work for you, while other items you may find to be a better fit. Continue reading

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