When we decide we're ready to take a healthy step forward, we set out determined. We prepare to take action. Inside, we're not sure we actually can reach our goal, perhaps, but we jump in anyway. Call it optimism, or craziness. Our resolve may last five minutes, five weeks, five months. We have fits and starts. And it can be easy to beat ourselves up over the fits and restarts. But as we … [Read more...] about Step 31: Celebrate Each Success, and Begin Again
Spirituality and faith, although highly personal and often private, play a significant role in the health of many people. That's why it's an area of focus on the Wheel of Health. Spirituality is at the core of a person's being. In what do you find purpose and meaning? In what do you find strength? Where do you find comfort, and hope? Nearly half of Americans describe themselves as … [Read more...] about Step 27: Deepen Your Spirituality for Better Health
What reminds you to chase your dreams? As children, most of us had an innate curiosity and believed that one day we could be and do anything. Then somewhere along the way, some of us lost sight of those beliefs and dreams. So now, sometimes we need reminders. We may need to reflect on where we are - both personally and professionally. And think about what our lives could be like if we … [Read more...] about Step 25: For Better Health, Chase Your Dreams
In early 2017, I set a goal for myself to do a single unassisted pull up. It’s October, and I’m still working on it. And that’s a win. Why is it a win, if I haven’t met my goal yet? Because without accountability from the personal trainers that I mentioned my goal to, I would have given up by now. My trainer, Beth, pictured above helping me develop the muscles I'll need for that one … [Read more...] about Step 13: Ask Someone(s) for Accountability
At different times in our lives, we each encounter situations for which we feel unprepared. Maybe it's a difficult family situation with no end in sight, a work project that grows bigger each day, or simply a personal goal that seems out of reach. Each step hasn't gone as planned. Progress seems elusive. And you feel ill-equipped to finish. If you gave in to your stinkin' thinkin', you might … [Read more...] about Step 9: Feeling Unprepared? Show Up Anyway
Each time I pass our kitchen window, or sit at the table nearby, I cringe and berate myself a little. I immediately want to stop whatever I'm doing, grab work gloves, go outside, and start digging. The mulched, natural area in the furthest point of our yard once beautifully held a few bushes and flowers, crepe myrtles and a dwarf magnolia, two filled bird feeders, and a small mobile fire pit … [Read more...] about What Happens If You Look Beyond the Weeds?