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Using Darkness to Create Light

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” What are dark moments but times to pause and create our own light. If we use our dark moments, our hurts, to reflect on our vulnerabilities and unrealistic expectations and empower ourselves to expand, we can literally create any reality we… Read more »

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How Your Emotional Scars Can Make You More

Your scars don’t make you less. In fact, they can make you more. They show that you’ve lived life. You survived. Now you are ready to thrive. If you think about a scar, it is an injury that was once open and raw. But look at it now. There it is, a miraculous regeneration of… Read more »

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How To Turn the Fires of Despair Into the Embers of Your Personal Phoenix

Do you ever turn on the radio to hear the most profound lyrics? Hear words that stick with you and don’t let go? That’s what these words did for me. I actually turned off the radio to just let the ideas sink in and then knew this had to be my next #MusicMonday quote post…. Read more »

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Why You Should Know Your Purpose, Mission and Vision?

Working with colleagues recently on a personal and professional growth piece on understanding purpose, vision and mission, we had a strong sense that none of that can happen meaningfully if we don’t have a clear understanding of our core values. Your core values are your most fundamental beliefs and establish the foundation of standards, behaviors… Read more »

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Why You Should Dream Small

Dreaming big is scary. Dreaming small protects you from changing much. Pretty simple. If you just dream small you really don’t have to worry about failing. Maybe no one will notice. If you do, it doesn’t hurt that much because you didn’t invest that much. It is easy to play it all off. You know,… Read more »

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How to Be Resilient And Go With The Flow At The Same Time

Just go with flow… I get it, follow life where it leads you, right? I absolutely understand the sentiment. I’ve found myself so entangled in the way I think life should play out that I forget to let the God do His job. But I have a problem with it too… In spiritual circles we… Read more »

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5 Tips to Meet Tomorrow with Open Arms

Are you showing up every day with open arms and open eyes? This might just be one of the biggest day-to-day challenges we all face. Can we face every single day open to what it may bring? I’m not suggesting we don’t plan and organize what we already know. There’s a certain structure we must… Read more »

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Hate In Your Heart Will Consume You. How Can You Let Go?

“You can’t let him get away with that!” were the words spewed in “encouragement” after a particularly bitter and heated exchange. For most of us, our first thought after a conflict is about how we can respond so that we can prove ourselves and appear tough. Often that response is retaliatory and prompted by the… Read more »

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Could You Be? Unveiling Hidden Gifts.

When I hear the song Could You Be from Peter Mayer, a thoughtfully spiritual folk artist from Minnesota, I think of the gifts we all carry within us, but hesitate to share with the world. Everyone has their own justifications for veiling elements of their beauty. Sharing a personal story about gradually shedding one of mine and… Read more »

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Nelson Mandela – “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

Fear pops up a lot in the midst of making significant life changes, whether it is a fear of failure, a fear of rejection, a fear of the unknown. It is interesting to note that the Bible addresses the need to “fear not” more than 300 times. Do you think it has been a significant barrier… Read more »

  • From Mastodons to Emails, How Breathing Can Save Your Life

    Imagine with me that you are out on the land with your clan for a hunting expedition. Spear in hand, you enter a clearing, slowly, cautiously, stepping along a line of thickets holding amongst its prickled strands, plump crimson berries. You halt your weary tribe-mates for some much needed nourishment. In short time, you sense a… Read more »

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  • Swami Vivekananda quote on enLiven Wellness Coaching chalkboard reading, "We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far."

    Does Your Reality Depend Upon Your Thoughts?

    “We are what our thoughts have made us; so  take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” – Swami Vivekananda As I contemplated this quote, I began to expand upon the idea that our persistent thoughts become us. We actually create our reality by thinking our thoughts. Thoughts about… Read more »

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  • How to Bring Your Vision into Focus

      In the corporate world, we hear about tasks forces pulled together tasked with the creation of vision statements. We see plaques and signs around the workplace with these fantastic statements about what the organization is to achieve. What is the purpose of these expressions?  Are they just meaningless statements that look good on paper… Read more »

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  • Let Me (Finally) Introduce Myself

    I finally did it… After months of “trying”, deleting, changing my mind, and otherwise NOT making this introduction video, I finally followed through and created a video in which I just tell you all a little bit about me and what I do. In the short video, I provide a brief summary of my background,… Read more »

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  • My Kombucha Recipe

    While this may not relate to coaching or counseling, it relates to health and the gut biome which strongly connects to our mental well-being, so I will share MY recipe for kombucha. Print My Kombucha Recipe Prep Time: 20 minutes My Kombucha Brewing Ingredients 4 T tea or about 12 bags (black or green)* 1 gal… Read more »

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  • What It Takes to Totally Kill It as a Coaching Client

    Successful clients demonstrate certain characteristics that allow them to make the most of our session together. The characteristics I am speaking of most likely represent you if you are reading this and are as follows: Open to hearing my observations as an objective party only interested in your growth. Truly willing to step outside of… Read more »

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Change Your Life

    We’ve All Been Low I’ve been there. Most of us have. If you’ve ever been to a point in life that looked bleak, looked like nothing could ever improve, the word daunting seems like an understatement. Fortunately, understanding how our brain works can change our outlook and change our life. You see, when things look hopeless and… Read more »

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  • Quotes for Life

    I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.   “The world is moving so fast that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” – Elbert Hubbard

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    Posted on January 18, 2016 by
  • Why I’m Glad I Stuck to My Routine (When I Didn’t Really Want To)

    I really did not want to go for a run yesterday. I could come up with a plethora of (bad) excuses. Too cold Too wet My usual route had to change Weird week with New Years Slightly out of my routine with the kids out of school BUT, on this chilly, windy, overcast late December… Read more »

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    Posted on December 30, 2015 by
  • Looking Back on the Future - Understanding Prospective Hindsight To Create Success

    Looking Back on the Future – Understanding Prospective Hindsight to Create Success

    Prospective Hindsight!? My DeLorean is in the shop! The holidays are here and it is almost (again) time to eat healthy and get the ever-widening rear into gear. You will not be defeated by your resolutions this year! From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, it sometimes seems like a non-stop food fest. So delicious, but… Read more »

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    Posted on December 8, 2015 by