Before running fully into summer and an erratic schedule, I'm again taking a cue from writer Emily P. Freeman, who encourages her readers to “pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future.” For me, this intentional practice feels just right - regular, but not so often that it feels overwhelming. And it complements some of the private journaling that I do. So here, … [Read more...] about Reflecting on What I Learned in Spring 2018
Unhealthy habits can be tough to shake, and we beat ourselves up for lacking willpower. So let's take it back to a core question: What can you envision? Or, in other words, what do you want to be different about your health and life? Some of us approach this from a place of pro-activity. But most of us don't consider this question unless we have to change something in response to illness … [Read more...] about Stuck in Unhealthy Habits? What Can You Envision?
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 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
High above the clouds, more than 10,000 feet above sea level, 18 boys perched on mountain bikes and - somewhat nervously - prepared to descend a steep, rocky trail. Snow flurries blew in the wind. But before the first mountain biker pedaled away, their leader shared a key piece of advice: Focus on where you want to go, not on where you don't want to go. He explained further, if you see the … [Read more...] about Step 1: Focus on Where You Want to Go
Vision Boards help people clarify their desires, quiet their negative voices, and keep focused when willpower wanes. And they're fun to make. The start of a new year, when we're looking ahead to creating a better lifestyle, is a great time to make Vision Boards, and the ways to do it are endless. I wanted my first vision board to represent my priorities of my faith, my family, and my … [Read more...] about Vision Boards: The Why and How