Epicenter for Fun

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Given that most people are now working from home, this quote/image seemed ideal for this week!

Our homes have become the Epicenter for Work & School!

There’s no reason why they can’t also be a Hot spot for some Hilarity!

I’ve watched countless videos & Tiktoks of people doing the silliest things to put smiles on everyone’s faces!

Laughter is the best medicine as I said last week and we need to laugh now more than ever!!!

Last week I posted a list of ideas to ‘lighten‘ your mood.  How many have you done?

What … none?  What are you waiting for! Here’s a few more ideas to get you going:

  • Watch funny memes or tiktoks  or whatever is the hotspot today!
  • Go to Netflix or Disney or Hulu or ( whatever is ‘hot’) and watch a funny show or movie!
  • Make funny faces at your loved one – or your neighbors or your TV!
  • Create an Improv Show
  • Stage your own Karaoke contest
  • Have a pillow fight
  • Share baby photos with friends online or virtually
  • Share embarrassing photos with each other from your childhood
  • Share an embarrassing story about yourself that you now laugh about
  • Share a Joke
  • Share this post …..

Have some fun – be silly – and remember to play this week!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose and Play!

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April Foolery

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans.  It’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.”  – Horace

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Photo by Lidya Nada on Unsplash

 

I’m kicking off the month of April in honor of  APRIL FOOLS DAY!

It’s been very stressful for a lot of people right now.

Given all the fear and anxiety everyone is experiencing,
I think we could all use a little Silliness to lighten up our Moods!

And, this is the Right Time to be Silly!

Many of us are working from home and homeschooling our kids.  There’s a lot on our plates and it can feel overwhelming at times.

Laughter is the best medicine when it comes to stress and there are few things better than laughing at ourselves.

Let’s all be Fools and do something Silly everyday this month!

Here’s my suggestions:

  • Dance around the living room or kitchen or any room really
  • Use funny filters on your posts
  • Share silly videos with your friends & coworkers
  • Wear your PJ’s to work (easy right now)
  • Dress ‘Inside-out’
  • Be a Super-Hero for the day
  • Talk backwards
  • Have a Karaoke contest
  • Eat dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner
  • Paint your Nails a Rainbow
  • Color your Hair a Rainbow
  • ___________________Fill in the Blank Yourself!

There are so many silly things we can do to make life feel fun again!

What are your suggestions?  Love to hear them below!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose, and Play!

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Innovation in Hibernation

“In tech communities, we consider  disruption the way to lead to innovation.
Ayanna Pressley

Lightbulb_leafThe Planet has not seen this kind of disruption in many many many years!

As people all over the global are settling into their  ‘New Normal’
we have been forced to find new INNOVATIVE ways to Connect!

TV shows are broadcasting from their living rooms.
Employees are connecting from their kitchens.
Friends are connecting from their couches!

Social Distancing is creating Innovative ways for Social Connections!

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Technology has made it possible for all of us to stay connected.

Virtual meetings are the New Normal. Virtual ‘Happy Hours’ are done via Zoom or Skype or some other platform.

And I’m sure as I’m writing this, there are people all over the globe innovating other ways to connect and create community.

A friend posted a picture of their neighborhood curbside ‘Social Distancing Happy Hour’!  We’ve seen the photos of people in Italy & Spain singing & playing music on their balconies.

Let’s put on your own ‘Thinking Caps’ and Disrupt our routine in Newer, Innovative ways. 

Here’s a few of my own:

  • Work on my couch in my PJ’s (not really innovative – but comfortable)
  • Play all day and work at night
  • Create content for my website
  • Exercise midday
  • Conduct a Creative Cooking Contest with what’s left in my pantry!

 

Ok – those are mine. Clearly I could use YOUR inspiring innovative ideas too!

Post below and let’s STAY CONNECTED!

Here’s to Living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose & Play!

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New Normal

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”Viktor Frankl

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These are interesting times we’re living in!

Over the past week I’ve delivered countless presentations on COVID-19, how to manage our Stress and Anxiety, and ‘How to talk to our Children’.

It has become clear to everyone that this is a changing situation that we can’t change!

Many people are working from home and their children are home as well!

(This is Blue – my home/office buddy)

We are in the middle of a Pandemic, but that doesn’t have to mean Pandemonium!

If you’ve tried to purchase staples such as toilet paper, ramen, or canned goods – you know what I’m talking about!

We need to Challenge Ourselves to move from Fear to Faith! 

Having Faith that I don’t need to hoard all the supplies to be safe.

Faith that whatever I need will be there exactly when I need it!

Faith in my fellow man/woman/they!

Dr. James Mellon said let’s have a Pandemic of Love!  I agree!

Let’s also have a Pandemic of Kindness, Generosity, and Common Sense! 

Changing ourselves starts with changing our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.

Change fearful thoughts about how this affects you to ‘How can I help my neighbor’.

Change scarcity beliefs to – ‘I will offer support to those that may need help’.

Change non-nonchalant behavior to – ‘I will follow the advice for social distancing’.

I have NO DOUBT that if everyone follows this, we will ALL get through this – together!

Here’s to Living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose, Play (and sensibility)!

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Adjustment

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals,
adjust the action steps. ”  – Confucius

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This quote reminds me NOT to give up!

Not to give up on my Goals.
Not to give up on my Dreams. 
Not to give up on Myself!

It’s also important to recognize that our plans and action steps  need to have ‘back-up’ plans! We may need to ‘back-up’ and take  a broader view of the situation.

When attainment of our goals seems impossible, that’s not the time to ‘Lower the Bar’. It’s the time to ‘Lift our Efforts’!

Stepping up our ‘action’ steps,
By stepping up to the plate,
Stepping up our Game!

It may be time for those tough questions – like:

  • Am I really committed to this goal
  • Have I done everything I said I would
  • How realistic is my time-frame
  • Did I account for obstacles, detours, and roadblocks
  • Do I have competing priorities
  • Am I being stubborn about changing
  • HOW BAD DO I WANT THIS????

You set the goal for a reason – whether it’s a personal or business goal.  You believed it was possible.  Now you just have to CHANGE the action steps to reach it!

Recommit!  Rework your Plan! Step-up your Effort!

Here’s to Living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose & Play!

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Committed to Dreams

“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams
than you are to your comfort zone.
” 
Billie Cox

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This quote really spoke to me!

So many of us talk about what we want,
for our lives, our businesses, our relationships,

We dream about it.
We talk about it.
We even take steps towards it.

And yet … so many of us can’t understand
why we haven’t achieved it!

It’s because we get stuck in our Comfort Zones! 

Actually … we get ‘lazy’ more than comfortable.

Or we’d rather be ‘comfortable’ than do the work required.

It takes work and change to have different results. If I want to finally run a half-marathon, I need to get out of my comfortable bed or couch and go for a training run!

If I want to have more success in my business, I may need to change how I do business. It may be uncomfortable going to networking events or making cold calls, but I need to be committed to the end goal.

I think another reason we get stuck in the comfort zone is because we have to go to the FEAR zone before we can reach the Growth zone – as we can see on this image.

Most people don’t want to face their fears! That’s why we find excuses, and retreat back to where it feels safe and secure.  The truth is many times we’d rather be miserable in our comfort zone than admit we’re not ready, willing or able to do the work.

Well… that’s where commitment, desire and persistence comes in!  R.J. Ryan says in her book, ‘This Year I will’ (one of my favorites), that in order to change a habit and reach our goals, we need to have these!

And, I say you must connect your dream to your why!  Why is this dream so important?  Until you tap into that – you’ll probably stay where you are.

Life moves forward, so let’s all get moving towards our dreams.  Let’s Commit!

Who’s with me?  Share your dreams below and let’s all help each other get Uncomfortable!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose and Play!

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Not all storms come to disrupt your life,
some come to clear your path.”

Well …this is actually the last week of Purification Month (not last week).

And I’m so glad I have another week to ‘muse’ about it because I Love this Quote!

Because – I don’t know about you, but my life has been pretty stormy  the last few years.
Not only my life, but those around me, and it seems the Whole World!

I’d like to believe that there is a clear path ahead!  Wouldn’t you?

Now, I’m not necessarily talking about the state of our politics here in the US (although I could write a whole post about that).  I’m talking about the daily storms we all face.

And, some of those storms are pretty disruptive!  

Here’s some of mine:

  • Family member dealing with colon-cancer
  • Another family member held up at gun-point
  • And another family member being laid off
  • Dealing with eye-sight ‘challenges’
  • Close friend dealing with mental health concerns
  • Other friends having lost their ‘storms’ to cancer
  • Remodeling, remaking, reorganizing (this is very disruptive for me)

All these storms have absolutely disrupted – not only my life – but those directly in their path.  However, we must embrace the idea – the belief – the Truth, that after every storm, there can be peace.

Whatever storm you’re dealing with – or your business is experiencing – use that disruption as an opportunity to clear a new path and find a better way forward.

Allow the disruption to challenge your ‘status quo‘, get you out of your ‘comfort zones‘ and take some ‘bold action‘!  (Borrowing language from the Bigger Game workshop I teach).

You don’t have to wait for a storm to clear a path for a better life.  You can just start now clearing out the chaos, calming your ‘inner-storms’ and Purify your Future!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose & Play!

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Clear Communication

“The two words ‘Information’ and ‘Communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”   Sydney J. Harris

This is our last week of ‘Purification‘ and I was thinking about how it applies to communication.

As I was filling up water bottles this evening at the sink using our water filtration system, I imagined the same system for our conversations.

 

Imagine being able to pour your thoughts, words and ideas into a ‘filter‘ that can trap all that muck!     The only thing left is pure and clear communication.

We need to apply the same principles of cleaning our water to our communication exchanges. So much of our communication is muddled, murky, and misunderstood!

It wreaks havoc in our relationships. Creates conflicts in our workplaces. And, it leaves us feeling frustrated, shutout, and shutdown.

Instead of ‘Giving out Information’ – which tends to be a one-sided conversation, let’s focus more on ‘Connecting through Conversation‘.

Open your Mind. Clear a Path.  ‘Purify’ your Intentions.

Then look out for a flow of clear, honest, communications!

How about you?  Leave your comments below.

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose & Play.

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Patience is Purifying

“Patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace.” – Dieter Uchtdorf

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Patience has never been one of my strong suits.

I always wanted to be on the ‘other-side’ of things:

  • Growing up
  • Kids Growing up (out of diapers, teen years, house)
  • Driving in Traffic
  • Waiting in Lines
  • Getting in Shape
  • Growing my Business

I’ve wasted too much time, energy and tranquility in frustration!

Impatience is clearly not the road to Joy & Happiness!

Focused Action is one way to purify our impatience, as the quote states. 

When I’m patient and calm, it’s easier to focus, put an action plan into place, and take the necessary steps, one step at a time.  I don’t feel the same need to rush things along.

When I do the work and allow the process to unfold, I can relax in the knowing that things are moving at the pace and rate they need to for success!

It also means knowing what your ‘Impatient’ triggers are so you can put into place strategies and tools that will purify your thoughts and actions in those moments.

I now listen to books in my car.  I keep a journal so I can look back to see how far I’ve come when it seems progress is too slow.  And, most importantly, I practice Mindfulness and do my best to live in the moment!

While I don’t miss diapers – I do wish some days I could go back to those times and better appreciate them – without the desire to rush along.  My twins are now almost 21-years old and I’m definitely in no rush for them to grow old!

Myself either!  I’d rather enjoy every day – Good, Bad, or In-between! So, I am practicing Patience every day and I am rewarded with more Peace, Tranquility, and Happiness!

How about you?  Leave your comments below!

Here’s to living a Heart-Centered Life with more Passion, Purpose, and Play!

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Polished Pearl

“Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity.
From Discord, Find Harmony.
In the middle of Difficulty, Lies Opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

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What I love about this quote is it reminds me of the ‘Pearl’ that lies within us all.

I’ve been working hard over these past few months to clear out the clutter in my apartment, off my desk (and bulletin board) and my MIND.

The Discord in my head is like murky water that needs Purifying.

We need to keep pouring Positive Thoughts, Ideas, and Actions into our daily routines.

We’ll never Cultivate the Pearl if we’re not willing to open up to a different way of thinking, being and living.

There have been a number of Difficulties going on in my household for the past few years.  It can be easy to get stuck in the muck and murky waters of challenges.  It gets harder to see the opportunities when you’ve closed to eyes and mind to those possibilities.

It starts with Purifying your Thoughts!  Every time you find yourself saying something negative, pour a positive thought into yourself.  Actually … drink some water as a reminder that we need to hydrate not just our bodies  – but our minds!

Instead of ‘OMG – what am I going to do about …’

Say: “While this may be scary, I know I have the strength to handle this.”

The more we declutter our thoughts (and spaces), the easier it becomes to find the harmony we desire.  Then, the opportunities shine like the Polished Pearl within us!

How about you???  Leave your comments below – love to hear from you!

Here’s to Living a Heart-Centered Life filled with Passion, Purpose and Play!

warmly,

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