Reflection

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At the end of every year I like to get out my calendar, my journal and a pen.  To take a close look at the events that unfolded and reflect.  Without judgement.  Without contempt.  Without remorse.  I take a good look at it all.

Years before, I would have written down all that I perceived as “bad” and burned it to get it as far away from me as possible.  And, hold on tight to the wins (if I could find any).  Now, I carefully tie it all together and celebrate.

All of the wins big and small.

All of the wonderful opportunities for growth.

The gift of choice in every moment.

I celebrate it all with a grateful heart.  Get a good glimpse of the past year in the rear view mirror of my mind.  Thanking my “younger” self for all the choices I made last year to get me where I am today.

If there is one thing I have learned since breaking my life apart almost 5 years ago, it is this.  I get to choose how I will interpret my circumstances.  I get to choose how I will respond.  I get to choose joy over any other emotion.  I get to choose to celebrate all that transpired, let it move through me and then let it go.  NOW is all that matters.

So…get out your calendar from 2016, a pen and your journal. Take a close look at the events that unfolded.  Journal it out.  Do a mind-dump.  Then, find the good in each circumstance.  Find the hidden blessings.  Rewrite last year’s story with compassion for the woman who experienced those circumstances and thank her for where she is today.

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  Wayne Dyer

 

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Be Well,

Tracy

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Practice Makes Progress

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Remember the old saying “practice makes perfect”?  We were told this when we were kids.  When things seemed hard.  When we wanted to be the best at something we just started.  We were told that if we practice relentlessly, we would eventually master what we were facing.

I absolutely believe in practice but have come to terms with the word perfect.  I prefer to say perfectly imperfect.  The perfect part of us is our soul.  The very depth of our being.  The imperfection comes from our humanness.  There is nothing perfect about being human.  We are made to fall and stumble.  It is how we learn.

Now, I am more prone to say Practice Makes Progress.  Ahhh!  That feels better.  We don’t have to strive for perfection as there is no such thing in this human form.  We can instead strive for progress.  Progress is what we are meant to do on this Earth.  To grow.  To change.  To morph into the next version of ourselves.

When we start to go down the old road of “practice makes perfect” we can remember that we are shifting into the next version of ourselves.   By acknowledging our progress we are going with the flow of life instead of swimming upstream against the current of perfection.  Life is continually seeking to express itself through us.  It is why we strive to be more, do more, have more.  Not for perfection but for progress.

So, we can learn to celebrate our victories, no matter how trivial they may seem.  We can turn any “stumbling blocks” we may encounter into stepping stones.

We can celebrate our progress.

We can celebrate our imperfections.

We can celebrate our humanness.

How will you celebrate today?

 

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Be Well,

Tracy

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Remember Your Brilliance

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Do you know how incredible you are?  Have you ever really thought about how much you have to offer?  About all of the ways that you rock?

We are often so blinded by the circumstances of our lives that we forget who we are.  As if amnesia has set in.  One disappointment.  One negative comment.  Can send us into a downward spiral of victim hood or low self-esteem.  We believe that we don’t have what it takes to pursue our heart’s desire.

The Truth is that you are capable of far more than you know.  There is not one person on Earth who is exactly like you.  Your experiences, your genes, your desires, your talents.  They are all woven together into an intricate, unrepeatable arrangement called YOU.

Guess what!  You have assets.  They may be hidden but they are there.  But, you can’t use your assets until you are aware of them, until you bring them to the surface and let them shine like a brilliant gem.

I’ve created a worksheet that I call Remember Your Brilliance. To help you create our own personal asset list.  This is different than creating a resume.  You are calling forth a full spectrum of assets.  Brilliance in all areas of life.

At first, it may seem like the list is coming out as a trickle, but as you delve deeper, going deep into your memory bank, you will be in awe at what comes forth.  The prompts will help you let it flow.

This simple practice will build confidence and self-esteem.  Remind you of all the ways you rock.  Let it support you in building your dream, in letting your light shine.

Ask yourself:  What can I do with what I have?

You have something unique and beautiful to offer the world.  You are capable of far more than you’ve ever imagined.  It’s time to share it.

 

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Be Well,

Tracy

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Winding Up

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As we near the end of the year, the temptation is to wind down, go into hibernation, take a long winter snooze.  To spend these last few weeks getting ready for the holidays and then crashing until February or March.

This year, instead of winding down, I am choosing to Wind Up.

I’ll be:

Winding Up my awareness

Winding Up my goals

Winding Up activity

Winding Up for the mountains I will move in 2017

I am recharging now rather than in January when everyone else is resting.  Gaining momentum now instead of losing steam.  Creating my life now instead of getting started in the New Year.

I’ll be getting really clear about what I want so I can design a year I love.  I’ll be taking note (without judgement) of the lessons learned in 2016.  I’ll be using these notes to guide me in making 2017 my best year yet.  I’ll be asking myself these 3 important questions:

What was I doing?

What worked?

What didn’t?

Time is precious.  What will you do with yours?

I AM creating a life I love.

 

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Be Well,

Tracy

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A Laughing Matter

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Have you laughed lately?  I mean a good, hearty belly laugh?

It is said that a child laughs nearly 300 times per day while the average adult laughs less than 20.  Whether this is accurate I’m not sure but I wouldn’t doubt it based on the hysterics I witness with my own children.

They laugh.  All day.  Even when they are trying not to in between fat, crocodile tears.  And, especially, when someone says BUT (have you ever wondered how many times you say that word in a day?).

All jokes aside, research shows that laughter is the best medicine.  It has both short term and long term positive effects on stress, the leading cause of chronic health problems in the US.  In fact, Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness, experimented with laughter himself and claimed that 10 minutes of belly laughing gave him two hours of pain free sleep.

*Laughing is a natural state changer.  Have you ever tried a frown while laughing?  Try it.  I bet it will make you laugh.

*Laughing increases the intake of oxygen into the heart and lungs.  There is even a form of yoga called Laughter Yoga.  It’s a hoot!

*Laughing brings us back to the present moment.  We can only laugh in the present.  And, this is good news because we only have NOW.

What is your favorite way to get a laugh in?  Watching a funny movie?  Reading a funny book?  Watching your cat try to make her way out of a paper bag?  Or, maybe it’s laughing for the sake of laughing…

 

Discover. Empower. Balance.

Be Well,

Tracy

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