Self-Coach Sunday 16: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Simplifying is one of the best attraction techniques out there. When we eliminate the complexities of life, the constant rushing around and the busyness of life, than we can see what is really important and design our lives and that. When we create space in our lives, we attract all sorts of wonderful opportunities.

Here is a great quote from Elaine St. James’ book, Living the Simple Life:

“One of the things that made it possible for me to keep going at high speed until I simplified my life was an innate ability to race through my day on automatic pilot. I think this is true for a lot of us.”

She points out that we’re used to rolling out of bed in the morning, dashing through the shower, eating breakfast while reading the paper, packing the kids off to school, driving to work on automatic while thinking about everything else, going through our work day, etc. Then back home again we fall into an evening routine, dinner, clean up, television, all on automatic. And, while weekends might present some break from the routine, we end up going to the same restaurants, see the same people, and go to the same places.

St. James points out that “Living on automatic pilot is often what makes it possible for us to do all the things we feel we have to do. We squeeze into our days new chores or commitments, adding another errand here, another lunch date there, without considering whether we really have the time to do them, let alone the desire.”

Her solution: put some air in back in your days so you can take the scenic route to work and enjoy the drive or have a leisurely breakfast with the family instead of a rushed scramble. The key is to eliminate the tasks and activities that you don’t really enjoy and orient your life around your real pleasures.

If we simply run through life on automatic pilot, we aren’t really present and we aren’t really enjoying life. We are just passing through. In my own life, I’ve noticed that I’m not enjoying our morning routines and in fact, get quite irritable with my daughter. No matter how much time we have, we always seem harried and rushed at the last minute getting the girls to nursery school. And evening meals can be a harrowing experience as well as we seem to rush through our meal so we can clean up and get the kids in the bath and read the stories. These are the two most precious times of the day.

This week, simplify a few things so that you have some breathing room in your schedule (try hiding the TV for just one week) and then start to consider how else you might simplify your life.

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Self-Coach Sunday 15: Feng Shui Your Home and Office

Does your home and office support you? You may have never asked yourself that question, but you should. Your home and office should support you energetically. Are the colors on the walls conducive to productivity? Is the entrance clutter-free and welcoming? Does it reflect you and your energy?

Create a balanced atmosphere. Benefits: allows you to stay focused, productive and in-control of your time. A productive, success-oriented home and office contains a balanced amount of both worlds. Integrating some basic feng shui principles and personal design preferences with your high-tech requirements will create an office that is less stressful and more productive, which yields more profitability and personal satisfaction.

Before you can energize your office for success, it is imperative you unclutter it first. If you energize certain areas of your office and there is clutter in the way, you will energize the clutter first and create even more clutter. Organize it, file it or get rid of it. Then you are ready to move on.

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Here are several feng shui principles you can apply today to create a balanced home and office:

Energize the entrance by eliminating any clutter, having it well-lit, removing wastebaskets from the area and making sure the door can swing open. This is not only the entrance to your productivity, but also the entrance to new clients, new business and profitability. The front entrance and its welcoming statement affect the success of your entire business. If your office is in your home, make sure the entrance to your home is also welcoming. You can do this by making sure plants are pruned and there are colorful flowers to greet clients. Do this even if clients never come to your home. Positive energy needs to enter in order to provide your business with growth and prosperity.
Paint office walls colors that provide supportive energy for the work being done. For example: Medical, or dental office walls should be light shades of blue or green because these are very calming colors. Since patients may be uncomfortable and nervous upon arrival, the best energy for them is calming energy. Sales, marketing and professional offices should be a soft terra cotta or earth tone colors, which is conducive to building good relationships with clients. Avoid the hard, stress-oriented energy created by white walls – the stress created by the hard, white energy can easily pass on to clients resulting in no sales or unsatisfied customers. High-tech electronic multi-tasking offices can be balanced with soft green on the walls and wood furniture. Avoid white here as well. Deadline-oriented offices such as press rooms, delivery organizations and media productions need to keep things calm. They should use cool blue hues in their decor. If you are in a home office and cannot seem to get motivated, paint the walls white and surround yourself with less wood and more metal objects. Focus is often a problem in a home office – the white will give you that energetic tension needed for focus and productivity.
Use art and wall décor to further enhance the purpose of the office – those that encourage focus, productivity and generate income. Use motivational art and posters that energize! Art that shows success, teamwork and a winning attitude are great. Frame them in silver or gold and hang them on west and northwest walls. Family pictures in an office can be very distracting, so limit them to either a small grouping or a collage in one frame – place them in the southwest area of your desk or office to energize relationships, both work and personal. In the east and southeast area of your office, energize both new business and wealth generation by adding plants that reach upward like bamboo. If you do not have a green thumb use great-looking silk plants or trees. You can also hang pictures of magnificent redwood trees or sequoias to give added energy to income generation. Adding artwork with water in it on the north wall will energize your career while providing a gentle flowing movement throughout. Be sure the water in the picture has movement to it like a flowing river rather than tumultuous waves crashing on the shore or stagnant water with no movement. A small tabletop water fountain with a gentle bubbling sound also works well. Make sure if you use the fountain to run it every day and keep it filled with fresh water.
For meetings with clients, staff members and in boardrooms, use a round or an oval table. The complete energy of the oval or round table is conducive to negotiating, sales, problem-solving and conducting productive meetings. If you need to be “in charge” when sitting at this table, be sure to sit in the power position, which is opposite the door.
By balancing your office for supportive energy and aligning your personal design tastes with the type of work you do, you have the formula for improved focus, productivity and more success. Creating balance eliminates many of the energy drainers in your workplace and reduces stress.
Ideally, an office should support you, your goals and objectives as well as what you need to accomplish on a given day. A balanced and properly energized office or business leads to a calmer, in-control, more successful you.

 

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Self-Coach Sunday 11: Perfect The Present

Dissatisfied with something in your life? Whether it is the feeling that your financial life is out of control, bogged down by too much clutter, irritation with a boss, colleague or spouse, or just feeling there is too much to do and too little time, there is a solution.

Take one area that is bothering you and perfect it. If it is your work, spend some time tossing out old files and clearing off your desk. Imagine that you will be moving to a new job soon and need to clean out your desk and get all your projects completed before you go. Handle any problems you are having with bosses or colleagues now so that you start your new job without burning any bridges and with great communication skills in place. If you don’t know how to handle a difficult situation, seek advice from a mentor or work with a life coach to improve your communication skills. If it is your home that is frustrating you, start with one room and make that perfect. One client started with the bathroom as it was the smallest room in the house. She changed the fluorescent light to a softer and more flattering bulb and threw out her old towels and bought new fluffy ones in a favorite color with a matching bath mat. Once one room is perfect then you can start another. No need to race, just enjoy the process.

Take one small action today that will bring you one step closer to perfection in the area that is bothering you the most. If it is financial, then take a moment to clean out your wallet and organize your bills. You’ll immediately start to feel a sense of control over your finances. Clutter getting to you? Then pick one small area and make it perfect – the kitchen junk drawer, a book case, the spices, etc.

Strangely enough, the sooner you perfect a situation, the sooner you’ll be out of it.

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Health & Wellness Wednesday: Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider ginger for anti-inflammation, coughs, upset stomach, ear infection and cramps. If available fresh, always go for the organic. If that is not available, always peel non-organic ginger before use.

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Tasty Tuesday: Chopped Salad with Grapes and Mint

Chopped Salad with Grapes and Mint

     INGREDIENTS

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1 heart of romaine, coarsely chopped

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 medium seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1-cup corn kernels

1 cup diced cooked chicken

1/2 cup halved green grapes

3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

2 tablespoons finely chopped basil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1-tablespoon fresh lime juice

Salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. In a large bowl, toss all of the ingredients together. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.

 Chopped Salad with Grapes and Mint