NEW TO YOU: Growth, Challenge, Change.
When most people decide they want or need to personally grow they look to those around them to learn from and then they also dive into the pages of good books. Reading has always been a well-spring for me personally. You can find educated people, people who have struggled and share their stories, adventurous people, people you can learn anything from. Books are a good starting point.
I also believe in just reaching out. If there is someone you want to learn something from–email them. The internet is a gift in that way, that you can connect with anyone. You know I have reached out to Catherine Johnson(who did Mamma Mia (she was WONDERFUL), shared musical ideas with Mika(never heard from him or his team), gone straight to book authors for ideas or museums for direction) Reach out. Learn. Grow.
ACTION: I have done my share of coaching classes, retreats, actual coaching of clients, but this tool I came across and thought you may benefit from. Its the ‘GROW’ tool: This may help you in any life decision. Go for it!
“Don’t go through life, grow through life.” -E Butterworth
BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE & OUT. Embrace and love your body. It is the most amazing thing you will ever own.
“You are an original, an individual, a masterpiece. Celebrate that; don’t let your uniqueness make you shy. Don’t be someone other than the wonder you are. Every star is important to the sky.” -Douglas Pagels
ACTION: “When you look at yourself in a mirror, do you like what you see, or do you judge your body and use the word to tell yourself lies? If you believe that you are not attractive enough, then you believe a lie, and you are using the word against yourself, against the truth.” -Migual Angel Ruiz
“Your body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” -BKS Iyengar
How do you take care of your body:
Take time to exercise
Make sleep a priority–7 to 8 hours at least
Eat well and savor it
Listen to pain
Keep a journal because it is therapeutic
Read because it is relaxing and is also a good escape
Have personal self time
Talk to yourself in a positive manner
Play. Do things you truly enjoy doing
Learn something new because it not only stimulates your brain, but it invigorates your life
Dont forget to hydrate! You need at least 8 x 8oz glasses
“We rise by lifting others.” -Robert Ingersoll. I LOVE this thought & it rings so true. Think about a time when you did something/anything for another person….YOU were lifted. My sweet daughter was running into the gas station to get me a drink & she always holds the door open for people who are coming and going. She lights up & one man gave a sweet gesture in return. She went up to the cashier to pay & he jumped in to pay. She lit up & he gave her a fist bump. She almost skipped out of the gas station & lit up as she shared the details of the story. Something so small (holding a door open) lit up his day and hers. We truly do rise by doing even little things for others.
“Spread LOVE everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving HAPPIER.” -Mother Teresa
Seek /create opportunities to serve.
Be the reason someone SMILES today.
Send someone an encouraging note.
Pay it forward. Be generous in opening a door, allowing someone to go in front of you in line, get your mom a drink. smile.
Ask God if there is some way you can serve another.
PLAY. FIND JOY. BELIEVE in MAGIC…be young at heart
” The heart that LOVES is always young.” -unknown. “To a young heart, everything is fun.” -Charles Dickens. “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.” -Aldus Huxley.
READ: Take time to read your favorite classic stories.
TINKER: Figure out how something works.
PLAY: Skip, Explore, Create, Be silly, climb a tree, do bubbles, collect rainbows, daydream
HAVE A PICNIC: eat outside, something you loved as a child. (chicken nuggets, yogurt, cheese puffs, etc), fly a kite, play a lawn game, look at the clouds, lay on a blanket.
CREATE: Make a card or something hand made and gift it to someone. Be CREATIVE: Doodle, dress-up, make-believe, have theme days/parties, tell a tale w voices.
COOK: Learn something new & get messy.
IMAGINE: use your creativity & make something colorful, bright and imaginative.
GO OUTSIDE: throw rocks, paint a rock, skip down a path, make something from nature, take a picture, breathe in the fresh air, play in the dirt, shoot an arrow.
SMILE & LAUGH: tell jokes, watch a funny movie.
DANCE: be free to move & play your favorite tunes.
NAP: Take a nap & not care what time it is.
Be CURIOUS: want to learn about something–stop & ask. Read up on a topic or ask an expert. learn, grow.
WONDER: See the magic everywhere. Life is awesome!
REMEMBER YOU ARE LOVE