Summer 2018

create more joy!

“We can all fall into the motions of life, and forget to incorporate that which brings us Joy”

Each human life has the potential to be joyful, happy, and awe-inspiring. Our lives are, in truth, ours to design. Each day, we can make choices that influence the nature of our experiences. Our decisions determine whether our paths are boring and tedious, or breathtaking and joyful. We can create an exciting life by simply doing what excites and brings us joy in addition to all life’s responsibilities. They responsibilities of life never end anyway!

When you choose to do more of what brings you joy, even if your choices require you to make certain sacrifices, your daily life will soon be filled with pleasure and optimistic anticipation.

To understand what excites you, you may need to observe and ponder your reaction to the activities, events, circumstances, and choices that make up your life. What makes your pulse race, what makes you want to get out of your chair and take dance? Try to avoid getting too wrapped up in life’s details; their tedium may cause you to plod through your existence unaware of prospective joy. Once you have created a substantial list of what brings you joy, find ways to integrate each item into your routine. You will soon find yourself riding a wave of joy that lifts you up and makes life truly worth living.

 Invitation from Coach
Create: “My personal JOY list”
(create first) (don’t judge, just write)
What am I going to integrate today?
What am I going to integrate every week?
Who am I when I am more joyful?
How do I interact with others?
What does my body tell me when I add more joyful things to my life?

Happy Summer 2018

Fall 2016

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pumpkinWith the slight chill entering the nights, brightly colored leaves adorning the sidewalks and a clean crisp feel to the air, fall has “fallen” upon us.  As we enter stores and see pumpkins and jack lanterns, specials for cranberry sauce, we know that Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner.  With the change of seasons comes an invitation to change us.  Each season extends its blessings as a way to give us the opportunity to change.

“The first step toward change is acceptance.  Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do.  Change is not something you do, its something you allow.”

Author unknownsunflowers

How would it feel to embrace and accept yourself while you are working on change?  Replacing that inner critic with a softer more gentle voice of encouragement and support. 


Coaching Questions

  • What do you feel inspired to do to change in your life?
  • How would acceptance allow you to grow vs. force?

 


heather-with-sunflowersLife Works invites you to take one step this month towards acceptance and one step towards change.

 

Summer 2016

Connection: the Wisdom of Managing Our Energy

roses1Summer typically is a season for connecting with others. We vacation, invite house guests, visit friends and family.  We connect with others.  We share smiles, laughter, food, stories, fun and adventure.  As we connect with others, we feel a burst of energy from relating, sharing and experiencing new and different perspectives about life. 

Recently I re-connected with a friend I have had for 23 years. After spending a few days with her in “her” life, I came away feeling lighter and happier.  Her life consists presently in raising a 2 year old. The visits to the zoo, reading stories in the evening, and going to the park to hear the ducks, all brought me to a lovely state of being and awareness this connection with my friend and her son allowed me to slow down and notice again the simple pleasures in life. It brought me energy, a sense of renewal and a fresh perspective on my own life. 

There is the connection and energy we gain from being with others, and yet there is also the connection and energy we reap from being with ourselves. By turning inward, a profound connection with ourselves allows us to have the wisdom to realize something very valuable; that it might be time to turn off the lights and rest. Managing our energy requires connecting with ourselves and deciding what is most needed by us in a given moment.

So many people give 100 percent all day long, but they never renew. Renewal can be doing yoga, getting a massage, walking by a lake, laughing with a friend, praying, turning off your cell phone, eating 5-6 mini meals a day rather than 3 large meals, going for a good run… (The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr)

Think of your energy as a resource, and you will have to decide how youroses2 will manage it. There are times to connect with others, and give and gain energy, and there is time to connect with you and renew, refresh and revitalize.

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus. That means asking yourself, if what I’m doing is part of my overall plan-and can I release the energy I’ll need?”
Oprah Winfrey

This summer, in the midst of connecting with others, do not forget the most important person to connect with…YOU!

Coaching Challenge:

  1. Identify someone in your life whom you feel energized after spending time with, a friend, co-worker a member of your family, and make a date to “connect” with them this summer. Experience the energy surge of spending time with them. 
  2. Schedule time to connect with yourself this summer, pay attention to your body asking for rest, and notice what brings you energy.
  3. Lastly, in all the fun and activities do not forget about the most crucial way to renew, restore and come away with huge amounts of energy….sleep!

Lots of love,

Coach Heather

Spring 2016

Cactus-1Let yourself bloom this spring!

I look at my new little cactus. Beauty and new life can grow even in the desert.

Cactus-2You may be in a desert in one area of your life, or your whole life; but that is the perfect time to find places where you can bloom. If this beautiful pink flower can bloom in the desert, just ponder how you can bloom even in areas that feel dry and barren.

Bloom!

Bring life and light into places so your light can shine.

Candle

Love,

Coach Heather

Winter 2016

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From your coach

LEAVE AND LOOK: A NEW INNOVATIVE TOOL TO MAKE YOUR LIFE WORK

There are times in which we need to leave our life to be able to truly look at it at and understand where we are at and where we want to go.  This step away, can allow us to see our life in a new light. I frame this in my mind as taking a step away so that I can take a step forward.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, stressed, disconnected and stuck and then gone on vacation, took some time off, took a weekend to get away, or visited a friend’s house only to feel refreshed, renewed and inspired?  Did you notice how this resulted in increased clarity, peace and understanding? The overwhelm leaves and a fresh new perspective arises? Taking a step away, at times is the most challenging and yet most effective and efficient action we can take.

My latest “leave and look experience” came from driving myself to Los Angeles and experiencing a concert.  For me, the deeper lessons I learn about healing, life and peace arise when I am in the presence of amazing music, creating music, dancing and yoga. Sting is one of my inspirational heroes  and to leave my day to day and venture out to hear him was yet again a successful leave and look experience. Horses, riding and being with them.

Leaving and looking can look like a drive to the beach, a moment with a hot cup of tea instead of accomplishing a list of things to do, time alone in nature, being a blessing for someone else, hiking, swimming, praying, riding horses, a concert, a museum.  In fact, it only requires you to be in touch with what you need and then take action. I have a client who finds a park to be all she needs sometimes to feel more connected and grounded.

My invitation for you is to choose to not be a part of the frenzied and rushed state so many automatically fall back into… by leaving and looking in a small or big way at your life and the answers to how it can work better will come. They always do.

Love,

Coach Heather


 

 

Quotes to ponder

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” ~Erin Majors

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.” ~John Ruskin

 


 

Ten Ways to Cope with Stress

  1. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike.
  1. Break large tasks into bite-sized portions.

    photo by Miika Silfverberg
    photo by Miika Silfverberg
  1. Unclutter your life.
  1. Schedule play time into every day.
  1. Believe in you.
  1. Stop saying negative things to yourself.
  1. Have goals for yourself.
  1. Ask a friend for a hug.
  1. Practice breathing slowly.
  1. Buy yourself a flower.