Two years ago my coach introduced meditation into my life. I’ll admit, I was hesitant. Well let’s be real, I thought she was crazy and there was no way I would be doing THAT! When I heard “meditation” I immediately pictured long-haired, pot smoking, flower bearing hippies sitting cross legged in a grassy meadow! Thank goodness I ignored this visual and instead listened and began in the process. I'm certainly not perfect but I've been rather consistent in my practice so I'd like to share three ways in which I enjoy meditating.
1. Guided Meditation
Guided meditation can be a great way for a newbie to begin practicing. Find a recorded meditation, there are plenty of great ones on YouTube, in which someone is guiding you through the session. I find these are extremely helpful when I have a specific goal in mind, such as falling asleep easily, achieving weight loss or for healing.
2. Discovery Meditation
When I first started wo ...
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Back-to-School season is here and I enjoy reflecting on my glory days as a sorority girl! I’m a proud Gamma Phi Beta from California State
University, Fullerton and my years in sorority were filled with valuable lessons that I incorporated into my life as a young woman. And though these lessons weren’t created by Gamma Phi Beta, they were consistently weaved into who we were and what we stood for. As I’m now approaching forty I realize many of these lessons are still with my today, five of which I’ll never forget!
1. Founded upon a rock
Originating from the Bible, Gamma Phi Beta chose this as its opening motto. One of the founders wrote, “… the rock is the firmest and most enduring substance, able to withstand the ravages of time, and offering the strongest protection…” In those college years my “rock” was made up of education, sorority sisters and family. These offered a fo ...
While chatting and laughing with my sister-in-law at a family wedding this past weekend, my nine year-old son gently tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me mommy, I will dance with you tonight.” As with most moms of boys would react, my heart absolutely melted!
This summer has been filled with an overwhelming amount of activities, one of which was my stepson's 21st birthday party held at our house a couple weeks prior to the wedding. The kids, including my son, danced the night away at the party. But when I asked if I could join, he immediately said, “No!” with a look of pure embarrassment on his face. So to have my ever-so polite young man interrupt my conversation to share that he would dance me with this night at the wedding, it brought tears to my eyes and an enormous smile to my face.
That night was one of the best I’ve experienced with my family. Singing, twirling and hip shaking on the dance floor with my husband, son and daughter ar ...
As I was on the verge of insanity about 18 months ago, I was looking for ways to feel happier, healthier and more balanced. I quickly found I was overwhelmed with the numerous strategies available to me. And then trying to figure out how to do all of them within my already jam packed schedule!
I’ve now established what I call my “Health Hour” as a way to weave a few of my most important and impactful strategies into each day. I don’t do them altogether in one block of time, but rather throughout the course of the day.
Spiritual Health: 10 minutes
Spiritual Health consists of meditation or prayer. I recommend starting your day with Spiritual Health. Meditate in silence, meditate with calm music in the background or practice a guided meditation, such as those found on YouTube or through a variety of apps. When you do this in the morning, it starts your day off with a clear mind and allows you to be prepared for what’s ahead.
You could a ...
I was recently asked, “If you create a vision board with all of these big goals and big visions, doesn’t that depress you?”
When I asked for further explanation, the response was, “Well if you put those big visions out there, look at them every day and then you don’t accomplish what you set out to accomplish, I think that would be depressing.”
She was right! You absolutely could feel that way…if you choose to have that response and you choose to look at it that way!
Or you can choose to look at it a different way and tell yourself, “Hey, if I don’t achieve that goal, if I never accomplish that vision, I’m no worse off than I am today! I currently haven’t achieved that goal, I don’t have it today, and so what’s the difference, I’m no worse off!”
And if I put the dream out there and allow my subconscious and conscious mind to work toward it, I should accomplish something toward it. I may not comp ...
Sounds of crashing waves, squawking birds and laughing children surround me as I blog today. I’m at the beach looking on as my kids run across the sand and jump in the chilly Pacific Ocean. My oldest is nine and other than my company’s annual summer picnic, we’ve never spent a family day at the beach. With only a 30 minute drive I can’t believe I’m admitting this!
Even at 6:45 in the morning, my kids woke with smiles on their faces knowing they were finally going to the beach. “I smell sunblock,” proclaimed my daughter before her usual morning greetings were even a thought. With this much excitement and eagerness to get to the beach, why is this the first time we’ve embarked on this adventure in nine years?
The early years with my children proved to be daunting to prepare for the beach, and with fair-skinned children and a husband who would rather be relaxing in the shade, we weren’t overly enthusiastic to mark our calendar for ...
My daughter created this spectacular star at school a few weeks ago and it reminded me that she sees the world as full of possibilities. In fact, she sees her life filled with stars, wishes and LOTS of glitter!
Can you recall a time when you felt like that? When you had a glittery wish to do, be or have something? And every time you thought about it you had that rollercoaster feeling in the pit of your stomach? Now can you think of a time when you simply thought about it but didn’t act upon it? Why was that?
Maybe you lacked the resources, such as education, time or money. But I’m going to take a leap and assume there’s another reason…FEAR. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of appearing foolish. I’m here to share with you that you’re not alone!
Each of us is filled with brilliant ideas and magnificent dreams yet some are scared to take those first steps toward action. Spending most of their time and energy thi ...
Theoretically as a mom, Mother’s Day is for me. But it continues to be a celebration of my own mom and not really much about me. Of course my children feel differently (which I love)!
My mom is the cornerstone of my life. When others recognize particular strengths in me, I owe most of it to my mom. She provided a positive foundation and she shaped me into the woman I am today, all based upon her dedication and diligence in being the best mom she could be. And what an amazing mom that was and continues to be!
As a child I felt as if I were the center of my parent’s universe, especially my mom’s. You may assume this meant my mom stayed home with me, but she didn’t. She returned to work when I was less than a year old and continued working full time up until a few months ago. At the age of 69, after logging over 40 hours a week at the same hospital she dedicated her professional life to for nearly 25 years, she retired. So how could I feel ...
You see it everywhere, in books and articles, even full day seminars have it in the title. Quite frankly, it exasperates me!
It’s not because I don’t believe in having balance between work and life. In fact, I’m completely focused on achieving balance! I believe in it and continually talk about it so much that I’ve discovered a talent of weaving the topic of balance into nearly every conversation. And the past 18 months I’ve been on a journey to find more balance and as a result, I named my business Balance Point Coaching!
Balance for me began in grade school. I loved camping with my family – sleeping on the ground in a tent, being dirty and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. But equally as much, I delighted in the evenings my mom and I would put on beautiful dresses for a night out at the dinner theater. To me, this was balance. As a young adult I expressed to friends, “I can have a great time camping for days without a shower just as easily as I can stay in the Four Seasons and dine at the finest restaurants.”
My travel schedule became quite intense following a promotion I received a few months prior, and both I and my family were struggling with my lack of physical presence at home. I found myself the evening of Memorial Day packing my suitcase for another business trip. At the same time my four year-old daughter refused to listen to one of my requests and as a result, she was in her bedroom for a timeout. While this method had worked with my son, my daughter wanted nothing to do with it. I was still in search of effective consequences, but tonight I was going to stick with my decision, stay consistent and require her to be in her room for a four-minute timeout.
With her door open I could hear screaming and crying. I ignored her. More screaming. I still ignored her. But now I could hear something landing in the hallway. She was lobbing each and every stuffed animal out her bedroom door. Over and over again I could hear the bounce coupled with her screaming and crying. I was now the one bursting into tears!