I always wanted to be the type of Christian woman that prayed to God earnestly, not begging, with teeth and fists clenched so tightly the blood drained out of my face and hands. I wanted to send up my prayers and then just walk in the blessed assurance that comes from knowing that God is in control. But until recently, that was not my testimony. Instead, I prayed and worried, and begged, and negotiated with God daily. It was exhausting. Then, one day, while I was praying earnestly. I heard the Holy Spirit say, praying but not preparing. Wow, that hit me like a ton of bricks.
Yep, that was me. Always praying but never preparing to receive the Thing I was praying for, as we wait for the Lord to answer our prayers, we must prepare the ground so that the blessing will have a place to take root. I prayed that the Lord would bless my ministry, but I was too afraid to step out and begin sharing my work. So, in essence, there was nothing for the Lord to bless. You might be praying for a new job, but you have not updated your resume and applied anywhere. You may be praying for peace in your household. But you continue to walk around with a massive chip on your shoulder, too angry to speak to anyone. You might be praying for a husband. But, you have yet to clean your spiritual and natural home to welcome your new mate.
Whatever you are praying for, make sure that as you pray, you also begin the process of preparing to receive, do not delay your blessing, miss it when it comes, or lose it because you were not ready. Your preparation is an act of faith. So, actively wait for the Lord to do what he promised!
Look at one of your prayers. How can you begin to prepare to receive the blessing?
Remember, you are stronger than you give yourself credit and more blessed than you know. I love you guys!
With Peace and Love,
Hi guys, my name is Renee. I am a Certified Coach and Yoga teacher host of the award-winning Welcome to Your Life! Podcast, and the founder of the Courageous Woman’s Book Club. Thank you so much for checking out today’s post.
The hardest thing you will ever have to do during the healing process is to let go and rely on God. Trust me, it is easier said than done; our first inclination as human women is to fix things. To find a solution to our problem that will make everything right again. It does not matter how hard or how long it takes us; we will continue searching for an answer even when it slows or nullifies our ability to heal. When we try to save ourselves, we neutralize God’s ability to work on our behalf. My grandmother Leona always told me that I will not win for real until I learn to let go and let God. There will come a time in your life when you must believe God because trying to take matters into your own hands is only making your problems worse. Your prayer today is to ask God to give you the strength to leave your problems with him once and for all so that you can turn your focus to the task that He has assigned to you; focusing on that task will help you to heal and bring peace to someone who is waiting for you.
Remember, you are stronger than you give yourself credit and more blessed than you know. I love you guys and I think you are awesome!
With Peace and Love,
Hi guys, my name is Renee. I am a Certified Coach and Yoga teacher host of the award-winning Welcome to Your Life! Podcast, and the founder of the Courageous Woman’s Book Club. Thank you so much for checking out today’s post.
For the longest time, I abdicated my safety to others, my parents, employers, husbands, family members, and even in a way, to my children. Being their mom gave me purpose and anchored me to the world. I needed this because my own childhood had given me a rocky start in life. My favorite memory of my father was the day he picked me up from school to walk me home. I was eight. I still remember how happy and safe I felt holding his hand walking down the Cleveland streets on that bright sunny day. Unfortunately, he left us shortly after that, and I only saw him sporadically until I was 24 years old.
His departure left me feeling abandoned, and I buried those feelings and how they made me feel for an awfully long time. If you carry any unhealed feelings due to trauma, abandonment, heartbreak, grief, or disappointment. It can be challenging to feel safe in the world. The incident or incidents you suffered might have cracked or completely crumbled your foundation. And left you feeling untethered and alone. Sometimes, you might get the feeling that you are just going to float away.
You might feel like I did for many years, that you have no real control over your life. If you think like this, victim thinking can creep into your mind and set up shop and become the lens by which you see the world. You may find comfort in living like a victim in the world. I know from personal experience that this is an unhealthy way to think and live. This type of thinking is not meant to empower you but to keep you stuck. It dramatically diminishes your ability to heal and make real changes in your life.
If you are tired of depending on the kindness of others if you want to feel safe in a world that is anything but safe most of the time, especially for women and people of color. You must put your healing first and begin the healing process. I want to share with you three ways to start and create your own safety bubble.
Three Ways to Create Safety
Ultimately our safety comes from within; regardless of what happened to us, we cannot look to others to make us feel whole and safe. It is not fair to them, and no matter how hard they try as a human they will fail us. Creating your own safety net requires that you deal once and for all with what ails you. Being open, honest, and compassionate with yourself and realizing that healing is an ongoing process that will probably take longer than you imagine, so be patient. Get some help, do not try to do this alone. A coach, a therapist, or a support group will be loving company on your healing journey.
Belief in Something Greater:
When my son wanted to make peace with his anger, he turned to Buddhism. As a Christian, when I feel so out of sorts and need a steady hand, I hold on to Jesus. Whoever your higher power is, take this time to study and become intimate partners during your healing process. “The mind is an incredibly powerful tool. It can be used for good but also go to waste when neglected or abused. In times of trouble, we tend to move away from positivity. We go from a state of abundance to a state of lack. But faith is the tool that helps replenish abundance in the heart and the spirit, not just in the mind.” There will be a time when your human strength and determination are not enough to keep you going, and this is where your higher power steps in and take up the slack.
Create Your Village
You will find that in most of my writings, I harp on this powerful yet underestimated tool. We are so hellbent on doing things on our own that we forget the power of being part of a tribe of like-minded individuals. “Our priorities become distorted and unclear as we attempt to meet so many conflicting needs at once.” Your tribe will help you to stay balanced and focused, so that you can reach your goals that much faster. So, if you cannot find a village, create one; if you need help, reach out to me, I am just an email away.
Your healing journey will be whatever you make it, it is not for the faint of heart, and there will be times when quitting seems like the best and easiest option. But, if you want to create a safe, beautiful, mindful life that you live with purpose, intention, and joy, it is worth every struggle you will encounter, and remember, you are not alone.
With Peace and Love,
So nice to meet you, I am a Certified Coach and yoga teacher, host of the award-winning Welcome to Your Life Podcast, and the founder of the Courageous Woman’s Book Club. Thank you so much for checking out today’s post.
When four of my children decided that they wanted to move from our home in Ohio to Texas, the momma in me wanted to try to stop them from going. I worried about their safety and wondered when I was going to see my grandsons. I thought to myself, why in the world would you move in the middle of a pandemic. I had a whole host of reasons why they should not move, but I did not share one of them. Not, because I was selfless but because I know how it feels when the people who love you do not support your dreams.
Growing up I dreamt of becoming a dancer and a model. I studied ballet and modern dance. I couldn’t always afford dance classes, so a lot of what I learned was self-taught. I got modeling gigs in local department stores and had convinced myself that after high school, I was going to move to New York and try my luck. My mother and grandmother hit the roof. My mother said I was too short to model. At 5’6″, I thought she may be right. It was the same reaction I got when I won a summer scholarship to M.I.T. My grandmother told my mother she should not let me go, and my mom worried about my safety and not wanting to be separated from her only daughter would not sign the parental consent forms for me to go. I let my dreams go way too quickly. I did not trust that I would make the right decision, and I didn’t have anyone in my corner to push me out of my comfort zone.
Consider this your kick to move out of your comfort zone. You have decided to finally create a plan to reach that goal that has been nudging at your heart. You have packed up your kids and your belongings and decided to end a relationship that is long past its due date. Your doctor has just diagnosed you with a chronic illness, curable, but it will require that you make some drastic lifestyle changes. Would you agree with me that these are all positive endeavors? Yes! They are, you have decided to become proactive and take control of your life.
With all this positive action, you would think that the people you love would jump on the bandwagon and become your biggest cheerleaders. Sadly, that is not always the case. So, what do you do when the people who love you do not support you? If you find that finding support for your dream is few and far between. It may be time to eliminate the dead weight in your life and start fresh, filling your circle with folks who love and support you.
When I start to work with a new client, one of the first things I like for them to identify is their support system. When you try to do something that you have never done before, you do not need to be pulled away from your focus by family and friends who do not support your vision for your life.
That is not to say that they must agree with you completely, but they should refrain from throwing water on your dreams by reminding you of all the times you did not quite hit the mark in the past. Sometimes, they might think they are helpful with comments like:
“You can lose the weight on your own.”
“You left him before, remember.”
“Are you even trying? Try harder.”
“He is a good provider. Are you sure you cannot work it out? No one will blame you if you stay.”
“Just eat less and work out more.”
“Shouldn’t you be thinking of retiring instead of starting a new career?”.
“People your age don’t run marathons.”
“Is the pain that bad or is it in your head.”
“Your time has passed; it’s time to let the younger folks have a turn.
These are just a few of the comments my clients and I have heard when we confided to our closest confidants about our plans to make changes in our lives. Unfortunately, when they recall these conversations, many clients break down in tears. Because the truth is it can be heartbreaking to find that the foundation you have built your life on will not support the new you.
Whether it is losing weight, ending a relationship, starting a new career path, or pursuing your purpose, and maybe like me, your new career path is your purpose. You must create a support system that supports you unconditionally, holds you accountable when you do not believe you can do it and loves you no matter how many times you must start over.
If you have found yourself facing this type of resistance, you have probably asked why? Why wouldn’t the people who claimed to love me not want me to do better, be better, live better? The answer is fear. They could be afraid that you will reach a goal and realize that you have outgrown them, or they might be worried that they will lose you to a new group of friends. It could be that they are afraid that you might fail, and they want to spare you the pain of failing. But failure is a lesson in itself. That is a lesson for another day.
Whatever their fear, you cannot let it stop you from moving forward. It is time to create a new inner circle. Anyone who does not fall in step with your plans is dead weight, and you should eliminate them immediately. I know that deadweight is a harsh term. I am using it on purpose to trigger just how dire this situation is for your success. This will probably be one of the most challenging tasks you will ever have to do, but ask yourself how you will feel next week, next month, or next year if you are in the same spot you are in now.
Ready to get started: Make a list of three people you can count on to support your journey towards a new you. It is time to create your village. These folks can be professional supports such as a pastor, coach or therapist, or natural supports, including your mom, sister, cousin, best friend, or favorite church member.
If you want real success in your life, you must surround yourself with like-minded people who will help you empower your mindset and lend you the emotional fuel you need to keep going when you feel like you are running on empty. You can do this; I believe in you.
With Peace and Love,
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On today’s show, we have Lisa Copeland. Lisa is a best-selling Author, Speaker, Love Coach, and Dating Expert. She is a leading, internationally recognized expert and dating coach for women over 50. She is the author of The Winning Dating Formula For Women Over 50 and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post/50, The Huffington Post Women, The Examiner, and Tribune News Services newspapers. Her website, http://www.FindAQualityMan.com was named one of the Top 5 Online Dating Services by The Examiner and one of the 10 Best Senior Dating Blogs by DatingAdvice.com.
On today’s show, you will learn:
That it is not too late to find the man of your dreams.
The art of flirting. How to improve your confidence so you attract a quality man.
We are often quick to show compassion to others, we give them grace when they make mistakes or hurt us, but we do not allow ourselves this same compassion. True growth has a learning curve, and as we learn, we will make mistakes; it is okay to make mistakes; instead of running away from them, we need to acknowledge these mistakes to give ourselves room to grow.
This week show yourself some compassion as you pursue your dreams, as you face challenges head-on when you fall-lift yourself back up and ask yourself, what did I learn? Will you give yourself room to grow?
I am a work in progress. I give myself room to learn and grow.
I will try new things. I will keep an open mind and move beyond my comfort zone. My new adventures might include skydiving or writing poetry.
Whatever I choose, I will allow myself the grace to enjoy it.
I will try new things like listening to country music, rap, and jazz. I will replace my usual morning run with a yoga class.
I will seek out challenges. I will volunteer for challenging assignments at work. I will talk about sensitive subjects with my family and friends.
I will not be afraid to ask questions. I will gratify my curiosity.
I will welcome feedback. I invite colleagues and clients to let me know what they think about my performance. I thank my loved ones for helpful reminders. I will use their input to make positive changes.
I will let my light shine as I teach others. I can use my knowledge to teach students and mentor newcomers in my field.
I will expand my mind by reading books I love and new works of fiction and nonfiction.
I will take classes. I will push past fear, sign up for courses at my local university, and subscribe to e-learning platforms.
I will make learning fun. I will visit my local library to browse for free audiobooks, movies, and events.
I will travel to other countries or explore new places in my neighborhood or town.
I will practice speaking foreign languages at ethnic restaurants and grocery stores.
Today, I train my mind to think. I add to my knowledge and skills. I pursue my passion for learning. I will remind myself that my mind is powerful and capable of accomplishing the goals and dreams I have for my life.
What is one new skill that would help me to advance my career?
What is the difference between working hard and working smart?
Why is it important to adopt a growth mindset?
What is one way I can show myself compassion this week?
What feelings arise in me as I answer these questions?
With Peace and Love,
Whenever you are ready, I can help you create the future you’ve always wanted:
Let me be clear, if you are someone who has been diagnosed with anxiety, I am not suggesting that you give up your medication and therapy in favor of prayer and meditation. As a social service worker and Certified Life Coach, I have seen the wonderous benefits my clients experience when adding prayer and meditation to their traditional treatment plans. So, I am asking you to be open as you read today’s post because maybe adding prayer and meditation could be an extra dose of protection to successfully manage your anxiety.
Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States? About 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with anxiety. The U.S. spends as much as $42 billion on the American government to diagnose and treat anxiety disorders. It is expected, especially in today’s world of political and social unrest, to feel anxious from time to time. But if your anxiety becomes overwhelming, and you want to add some realistic strategies to your prescription medication and therapy regime, one technique you may wish to try is prayer and meditation.
From personal experience, I can tell you that adding both to my daily self-care routine has helped me get a handle on my anxiety and panic attacks in a way that I never thought possible. But you might be asking which one should you try or should you use both.
Which is Better: Prayer or Meditation?
The answer very is simple: Use whichever you prefer. Some people have a close relationship with a higher power, while others do not. No matter what your religious belief, you can manage your anxiety through your thoughts and affirmations.
If you like to pray, that is great. If you want to meditate instead, then do it! I like to pray and then meditate on the scripture that is included in my morning devotional. But you can choose Whichever technique makes you feel the most comfortable. Taking your mental health seriously is the first step to healing and finding the right combination of therapeutic treatments. Remember, this is about you getting better, and you know best what will make you feel at ease.
You do not need any fancy equipment to get started. As a matter of fact, you can start right now with a deep breath. Pull the air deep down into your diaphragm and let it out slowly. Do this deep breathing technique several times, and you will begin to feel calmer.
My students look strange when I ask them if they are breathing effectively? Because if not, then you are only taking in enough air to expand the top part of your lungs expands; you may think this is okay because your chest rises and falls. However, when you use the breath as a calming tool- your whole belly rises and falls, not just your upper chest because your entire lungs are being filled with fresh air.
Before your anxiety begins to overwhelm, all your senses try practicing deep breathing as part of your own self-care routine. The more you do it, the more it will become an automatic coping strategy that helps you manage anxiety and any other part of your life that needs an adjustment.
Here are some other tips to help you feel calm while praying or meditating:
Use a mantra. Inhale while you give yourself positive thoughts and feelings. Exhale anything negatives you are thinking or feeling. Breathing is the rhythm of life. Use it to your advantage. My favorite mantra is I am Strong! I say this because I felt like life was happening to me for so many years, and I had no control. Now I know that is not true.
String together three scriptures: I call this a string prayer. I string together three of my favorite scriptures, and I pray them each morning. I also use these scriptures as part of my mantra when I meditate.
Make it part of your self-care routine: To really reap the benefits to pray or meditate at the same time each day. Try practice when you are not in crisis. Here is a challenge for you, decide when you will do and write it on the calendar at the same time for the next 30 days. It does not have to take a long time; try two minutes each day to start and add more time when you feel comfortable.
Laugh More. This was a hard one for me; I used my smile to hide what I was really thinking and feeling for years.But now I use itto make myself feel better after a long hard day. Try saying “ho, ho, ho, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha” and other silly phrases out loud. When you do, you will start to smile, then grin, and then laugh for real! And when you are laughing, it hard to frown or feel anxious!
Get an accountability buddy: I think this is the best way to ensure success. Your accountability buddy will help you to keep going when you want to quit. You can join a church, take up yoga, or find a support group for anxiety. You are not alone; other people share your struggle; besides helping yourself, you could help someone else struggling with anxiety; think of it this way, someone needs a friend, and they are waiting for you.
Now It is Your Turn!
As with any step towards personal peace, the first thing you must do is just start. Do not wait for perfect conditions because they will never come. Something or someone will always pop up in your life to steal your joy. One thing to avoid when you start your prayer and/or meditation practice is the notion that you will be able to conquer it in a week. Be patient with yourself and show yourself some compassion. It took time to get where you are, and it will take time to get back to where you want to be.
Do not forget to speak with your therapist or coach and let them know that you have started this journey; they will be more than happy to support you and provide you with helpful feedback as you work to strengthen your breathing. Laugh. Meditate or pray routine. The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, which is a gift worth waiting for.
I love this quote by Brene’ Brown, “you can have courage, or you can have comfort,
but you can’t have both.”
We sometimes overlook that healing requires us to take a journey that needs a depth of faith and courage that we will not find outside of ourselves. And I know some of you are saying, I just want to lose weight, I just want a new job, I just want my marriage not to suck, I just want my kids to behave. But none of those things will help us to heal the cracks within us.
You may not like this, but change must begin with you, and your change begins the moment you decide to heal. Because true happiness does not come from losing weight or the good behavior of other people, it comes from an acute awareness of who we are as women and the level of self-regard we have for ourselves.
Watch out for roadblocks on your healing journey. Roadblocks can come in two ways from ourselves or from others. We may believe that we are not worthy of healing or feel stuck because of the level of apathy we feel. We tell ourselves things like this is just the way I am, or I am too old to change now. We have been in our current condition for so long we find it hard to move forward.
Do not be surprise that when you make the decision to heal, not everyone is going to celebrate with you. Watch out for codependent relationships with people who try to convince you they love you even though they mistreat you, or the codependent partner who says you do not have to change because you are fine just the way you are. Which is code for you are just where I need you to be so that I feel comfortable, and I do not want you to upset my world.
Read this affirmation in whole or in part every day and answer the questions. Your answers may surprise you, healing from trauma, heart break, or disappointments does not happen overnight show yourself some grace and compassion and surround yourself with people who love you.
Moving forward can be scary, especially when I need to heal. Rather than being stuck in misery, though, I prefer to do everything I can to carry on and live my truth, not someone else’s.
I face reality. I focus on finding solutions to my existence rather than wishing that things were different. I do not hide from my feelings; I accept my feelings. I do not beat myself up about my decisions; instead, I examine my choices and their consequences to determine whether the decision helped or hindered my progress. I remember that denial holds me back and causes more anxiety.
I forgive others and myself. I free myself from grudges and resentments. I let go of the need to punish others for their actions. I try to understand what happened without condoning the behavior.
I know that to heal completely, I must take responsibility for my actions. I resist the urge to make excuses or cast blame.
I do not shut myself off; instead, I find ways to connect with others. I calculate how much I must lose if I allow myself to withdraw out of fear of being hurt again. I take small risks to show myself that I can deal with challenges.
I know that I deserve to love and be loved.
I find meaning in adversity. Overcoming hardships can give me new insights and skills.
I prepare for relapses. I recognize that healing is an ongoing process. If I slip up, I catch myself and get back on course.
I manage stress. Learning to relax makes me more resilient and stable. I slow down and focus on one thing at a time.
I ask for help when I need it. I let my family and friends know when I need a hand.
Today, I speed up my emotional healing and recovery. I consciously make the decision to take control of my life. My energy levels increase. I enjoy greater happiness and peace of mind.
How can I use art, journaling, or working out to help me heal?
How do alcohol and drugs interfere with healing?
What is the difference between accepting my feelings and wallowing in them?
Create a phrase to remind yourself that you are on the road to healing.
What roadblocks do I have to be aware of that could put a halt to my healing process?
Personally, you may long to be in a relationship, but not all relationships are created equal. Some relationships cause more grief than they are worth. While being alone can be disappointing, it can be preferable to being in a toxic relationship.
Whether you are examining your professional or private life, ask yourself if the relationship enhances your life or makes it more challenging. Why? Because you deserve the absolute best!
Toxic relationships can be challenging and hard to leave, especially in midlife. You might be hoping that something will change, and you will not have to give up your paycheck or the person you love. Regardless of how much pain this toxic relationship is causing you, losing your source of income or facing the world alone, even temporarily, can be frightening.
Today we will talk primarily about the signs of toxicity in your personal life, but I want to touch on how working in a toxic climate will affect you and give you steps to help you navigate a positive outcome for you. We spend so much of our waking time working, and toxic relationships will destroy our productivity and our ability to collaborate with others.
Signs that your workplace may be toxic:
“The Workplace Bullying Institute indicates that 19 percent of workers report they have been bullied at work. And 72 percent of the workforce are aware of it happening.”
Your workplace may be toxic if you dread going into work and you feel emotionally and physically drained by the end of the day.
Your productivity is suffering, and you are running out of sick and vacation days.
There is a constant level of disrespect and lack of communication.
You feel like there is a lack of support, and you are unsure if you can trust anyone, so you keep how you think to yourself.
Physical symptoms have emerged, such as sleepiness, anxiety, or stress-eating.
The atmosphere is so hostile that you feel unsafe.
Signs that you may be in a toxic personal relationship:
A consistent lack of trust. It does not matter whether you do not trust the other person, or they do not charge you. Relationships are incredibly draining when there is a pervasive lack of trust. There is never any peace.
You are forced to compromise your values regularly. When you are put in the position to live outside of the tenets you consider to be most important, your self-respect suffers.
Your partner is not supportive of your success. They say you find out who your real friends are during times of distress, but the same can be said of periods of success. It is not uncommon for friends and family to be unsupportive when you are doing well. The last thing you want is a partner that displays this type of behavior.
Dismissiveness. Is either of you dismissive toward the other? Your interests and projects should be respected. This works both ways. If you are dismissive of your partner, your relationship could be better.
Your partner is unreliable. If you cannot count on your partner, your life is more stressful than it needs to be, and your relationship is harming you.
Going somewhere else after work is more relaxing than going home. What is worse than spending a stressful day at work and deciding instead to go sit in a coffee shop alone than go home to your partner? It is nice to have a home that is an oasis from your everyday stressors.
A lack of affection. There is a lack of closeness when love wanes. Ask yourself why you no longer want to touch each other.
You resist confiding in your partner. When you have something sensitive to discuss, it would be nice to rely on your partner. If you find yourself hesitant to share, it could be a sign that your relationship is not healthy. Ideally, your partner is also your best friend.
The relationship is harmful to any children involved. Relationships should enhance the lives of the children. If your children are frightened or discouraged, these are warning signs.
You feel unsafe with your partner.No relationship is worth risking your safety. Make your health and well-being a priority in your life.
You can think of other people with whom you would rather be in a relationship. Do you find yourself wishing you could be in a relationship with a friend or coworker instead of with your current partner? Something is wrong if you imagine yourself with someone else.
I hope that you are not experiencing any of these symptoms and that your relationships are healthy, supportive, and a source of inspiration to you.
If you believe your relationships are toxic, do not be afraid to take the time to investigate further. For both unhealthy personal and professional relationships
Be willing to seek professional help.
Start keeping a log of events, document emails, voicemails, and interactions with individuals. This is especially important at work if you need to file a claim with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
Work on building or rebuilding your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Start activity to help you relieve the stress
You do not have to stay plan your exit strategy
Create your village, find supportive friends or coworkers who will be there to comfort and support you.
I hope that you are not experiencing any of these symptoms and that your relationships are healthy, supportive, and a source of inspiration to you. But, if they are not, it is time to step out of denial and save yourself. A healthy relationship makes it easier to be at your best and pursue the dreams and goals that make you happy.
Today we are talking about how to create and live a balanced life. I know that that can be difficult to achieve considering the times we live in now. But I hope that today’s post will give you some insight into how to accomplish this. Now, if you can listen with a pen and piece of paper close by, that would be very helpful, as I will be asking you to answer some reflective questions to create a picture to determine how balanced your life is now.
Why am I talking about living a balanced life? Because we spend so much time compartmentalizing the various areas of our lives, trying to ensure that everything has its own place. Our relationships, career, money, exercise, health, but we all know that our whole lives will be affected if one area is out of whack.
Imagine having tons of money, the house, and the career you want. But not being able to enjoy it because your health is failing. That is not an exaggeration. I had my dream job and was at least 30 pounds overweight and trying to reverse diabetes and prehypertension. When a part of your life is not in line with your life’s other aspects, you will begin to enjoy your lifeless and less as you struggle to get it back on track.
It is crucial to think of your life as one holistic pie and decide to put your energy into making every piece of that pie as yummy as possible. Forgive the pie metaphor, but I am giving up sweets for Lent.
What would creating a life that is balanced and enjoyable look like?
Your first step would be to take a real and honest look at your life in every area. So many times, we let the fear of change stop us from making moves in our lives that we know will set us free.
Fear of change is real and can be the number one reason that we stay stuck in unhealthy and unhappy areas of our lives. We convince ourselves that it is easier to keep the familiar mess we know rather than finding the creativity and energy to make the changes we need to be happy.
My job as your coach is to help you begin the process of imagining what your life would be like if you gathered your courage and made the necessary changes you need to make to create a happy and balanced life. Before you ask, yes, you can have a happy and balanced life because this is not available for lucky people or blessed people.
Now, this is where your pen and paper will come in handy? The self-reflective questions I am about to ask you will help you to decide if you need to make changes in your life.
Are you getting things done on your own, but could use some report?
Do you want to build a healthier relationship with food?
Do you eat when you are bored, angry, sad, or stressed out?
Do you want to develop a deeper connection to yourself and others?
Do you want to be empowered to be your own health expert?
Do you want more confidence, energy, and self-acceptance?
Do you want to be held accountable to show up for yourself?
Are you looking outside of yourself for love, support, and acceptance?
I want you to take the time to answer these questions because this is the first step towards reducing your stress and healing your emotional health.
Once you have answered the questions, I want you to use your answers to create a plan that will help you begin nurturing yourself. This is something we can not turn over to the hands of others. I am talking to all my romantics out there; believe me, I know how you feel. I spent the whole day recently watching Hallmark romantic comedies and saying to myself, if my husband would just be like the characters in these movies, I would feel fantastic, and our marriage would be excellent.
Nurturing must begin with us; this is how we teach others how to treat us.
Your next step is to create priorities. Have you ever woken up in the morning, dreading the start of your day? You have so many things pulling at your time and energy you want to turn off the alarm and remove the cover over your head.
Prioritizing your life will help you reduce you overwhelm and focus on the items in your day that must get done, bringing you joy.
I know that some days would be impossible to find balance, but that cannot be our daily existence. It might be that it has been years since your life appeared to be in a healthy balance, but that does not mean that with the right action, you cannot make things right.
It is time for you to embrace and create the best life you can now! You can decide where to put energies each day and make the life you want to live, so you do not get stuck living the life you have.