The other day I was sitting at my desk deep in concentration on a project when a rustling sound entered into my awareness - a consistent rustling coming from inside the house.
Full disclosure: I do live in the desert and have had mice in my space over the years and even the occasional woodrat has breached the premises. I am NOT a fan and usually need to get outside help and support when these creatures appear.
So - needless to say my concentration was shot and my eyes were pulled directly to the corner that was the source of the rustling. It was persistent. And loud. My mind went towards thinking it must be larger than a mouse. I moved from my desk chair into my bedroom to hide and escape. I did NOT want to deal with this or face it.
Recently I met with three different girlfriends over the course of the week - a Sunday brunch with a coaching friend, a Tuesday dinner with a Maui girlfriend and Thursday dinner and cocktails with another lovely female friend.
During these intimate conversations, all three women shared their vulnerability with an honest, open heart. There were tears and there was laughter. Because, let’s face it, the challenges we women face on a daily, weekly, monthly basis are real.
There is a power within each and every one of us.
It is a power that can spark forward momentum and massive change in our lives
It can open us up to new opportunities and new possibilities.
But it can also keep us stuck or worse, send us spiraling downwards.
It is the power of choice.
And we are always at choice.
Happiness appears to be elusive in today’s society as everyone seems to be in pursuit of the happy life. Think about it - we’ve all heard a good friend say something along the lines of “I’ll be so happy when … " or “If only I had … , then I’d be happy.” Heck - we're likely guilty of saying something similar ourselves! According to the 2017 World Happiness Report the United States scored 6.8 out of 10 on the happiness scale. That’s not a lot of happy.
So what are some ways to bring more happiness into your daily life and routine?
I am currently participating in a marathon. It requires no running.
It is the "You Matter Marathon" which truly aligns with my mission and heart-centered approach to business and to life.
Will you join me?
Recently I was lucky enough to lead a laughter yoga session with a group of seniors at an assisted living center here in Reno, NV. When I arrived, the activity professionals had already gathered a sizable group of residents together and the energy in the room was palpable. They were ready to laugh!
The thing about laughing with senior groups is that I get so much out of it too. They teach me amidst all of the laughter yoga exercises and shenanigans.
What does living a life full of wonder mean to you?
Below you will find ten promises for a wonder-full life. Examine them. Hold them up to your heart to see which ones resonate with you. What would you add to this list? What would you modify or take away? Please share in the comments below as we all learn from one another on this journey of making our best lives a priority.
Often as we age and “grow up” we embrace a sense of inhibition and surround ourselves by rules and fear. We build an understanding that we must think/act/show up in a certain way. We let societal pressures and other’s perceptions build these walls for us until we are hemmed in and have lost our own individual power. We lose our ability to participate in the wonder-full richness of life. We become afraid of new beginnings, new ideas and new perspectives. We are content to stay “stuck” in our comfort zone - imagining a myriad of dreams - but in an “if only” sense.
"What’s in Motion" is an invitation that’s commonly used at the beginning of a Shinrin-Yoku (forest therapy) walk here in the United States. It’s a great way to center participants into their place in space and get them attuned to the environment around them. It is a simple invitation that draws folks into the present moment and encourages them to notice what’s in motion in the world around them quietly and consciously.
How are you finding JOY today?
Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, spilled a bunch of coffee on your shirt as you drove to the office only to realize that you forgot the report that you were putting the finishing touches on back at the house. You turn around, grab the report, rush back to the office and arrive 15 minutes late to your meeting and it feels like everyone is now staring at your coffee stain.
How the heck do you find JOY in this scenario?