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Always a starter, never a finisher

I recently took another one of those personality tests - you know the ones that everyone at work takes so that we can get some insights into what makes our coworkers tick? Well, I've taken dozens over the years and they fascinate me. That part about figuring out how best to deal with coworkers? Well, there's never any follow through on that part, but to read about myself is ENDLESSLY interesting. To me, at least.

Except for one little thing. One little there-it-is-again, irritating thing. The tests reminded me that I'm a starter, ...
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Starting Again

I'm running a little late for New Year's resolutions, but that's par for the course with me! This year I'm using inspiration from several books:
Getting a theme here? Like about a million other resolution makers, I want to be happier, healthier, wealthier and wiser. And I've wanted that for years and years, so how do I make it work for me? I decided to start with HAPPIER, as I figured that could lead to all kinds of success in many areas. Besides, I'm a little blue right now from overworking without time for much fun. Off to fix-it land - resolutions!

Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project, talks about focusing on one area each month, and that resonated with me because it seemed easier than changing everything all at once. In fact, I think I'll only plan for the first 3 months, and then select new goals for the 2nd quarter. After all, if I can find early success it will make all the other goals seem more fun and obtainable. That's my story for now, anyway.

And to make it even easier, I'm going to start with the same resolution for January that Gretchen did: Boost Energy! Here's what I've done so far:
  • Bought an Up by Jawbone to measure sleep and activity with an app for logging food.
  • Listened sporadically to the self-hypnosis CD that comes with Paul McKenna's book, I Can Make You Happy.
  • Taken a yoga workshop about stress relief, followed by a few yoga classes.
I'm off and running! Okay, to be truthful, I'm off and walking. Or maybe just off?

FYI - I'm experimenting with Amazon Affiliate links so that you can easily find and research the books and gadgets that I mention. If you buy something using the link, I probably make a few cents - kinda like a tip to me for tipping you off about something helpful. If that bothers you, don't click on the link.

Thrilling Goal - Fit & Fabulous in 2010

I started working on one of my THRILLING GOALS today:  to be Fit & Fabulous in 2010! It involves losing weight, and getting stronger, thinner and healthier.

The first big step is to start a 21-Day Standard Process Purification Program where I'll eat organic fruits and vegetables for the first 10 days, followed by 11 more days where I can add organic meat.  There are some supplements to help "move things along" and 2-5 protein shakes a day.

This is a REALLY BIG GOAL for me, and I'm excited to be starting the journey. The first day was a big success! I ate food that was good for me, had 3 protein/fiber shakes and worked out with my Wii for 20 minutes.  I will admit that I'm a little tired today and I had to stop myself from grabbing a piece of chocolate or a snack late in the afternoon.

I'd love your encouragement and support.  No need to give advice on other weight loss or fitness programs, as I have done this detox for a few years.  My chiropractor will watch my food logs and my stats closely and if you would like to know more about the plan you can visit her website:  www.DrRote.com and read her interesting articles and detox info.

It's important to get plenty of sleep during this process, so I'm going to work on that now!

2009's Last Wishcasting Wednesday!

I've been mulling over all the successes - both large and small - that I've had in 2009 in order to get ready to make 2010 goals.  I haven't settled on what I'll work toward in 2010, but here are the top 2 wishes that I'll turn into goals for 2010:

  • I wish to make big leaps towards a healthy, fit body
  • I wish for a full and super-fun part-time coaching business

Your supportive wishes are warmly welcomed, and I hope that ALL your wishes come true in the New Year.

Why should I care about Tiger Woods personal life?

I have a blog so I get to say what I think, so here goes!  Your mileage may vary.

The first time I heard about Tiger Woods recent 1-car accident, I thought to myself, "who cares?"

On the second day I heard about the time of the wreck - something like 2 a.m. - and still I thought, "who cares?"

The third day I heard about stuff involving a possible fight between he and his wife.  Hey, it's been 3 days and this is still not something I care about but I'm starting to think I might be missing something because the media keeps going on and on about it.

So now I'm wondering, should this matter to me?  And no matter how I look at it, it still feels like it's his personal life.  He didn't hurt anyone. He will likely pay for the damage to the fire hydrant.  If he and his wife ARE having problems, then it's still personal.  I wouldn't want him to know anything about my marital challenges and I'm perfectly fine not knowing about his.

So my question is how does Suzy Q Consumer let the media know we are not enjoying this nonsense.  Stop it.

Report real news, please.  Once, maybe twice, then MOVE ON!

Wishcasting Wednesday - What do I wish to say YES to?

I am spending a week at the beach and I just love sitting out on the deck writing my wishcasting blog to the sound of the surf with my best friends next to me! It's our annual week of relaxation and creativity, and our live's will be much better when we leave on Sunday for having this brief period of renewal.

It just so happens that I spent most of yesterday creating a visual business plan for jump starting my coaching business in the new year. So the question comes at a perfect time (as usual, and thank you, Jamie!)

I wish to say YES to helping people realize how wonderful, talented and powerful they are!  The world gets better and better as each of us gets happier and more personally satisfied with our lives.

And to do that I'll have to say YES to:
  • creating a vision for the future,
  • spending more time (it's my part-time business),
  • working through any fears around success and failure, and
  • stepping out of my comfort zone in about 42 ways!
YES to MOVING FORWARD!!!


Inspiration for this post:

Wanting and Wishing

I follow a very creative and beautiful blog that has inspired me to stop for a minute on Wednesdays (that's today) and make a wish, or you could call it a prayer, state a want or desire.  Use the words that work for you that mean to raise your life up a notch!

The question for today is "What do you wish to learn?"   What a great question and what a serendipitous time for it to show up!  There's been quite a bit of work stuff that's been out of balance, so my wish is to learn to say no.  No.  No thank you.  No, that isn't right for me.  No - that's not part of the path I choose to be on, so no.  No, your lack of planning isn't automatically my emergency.  No, I'll speak for myself.

What do you wish/want to learn this week?  Play with it and see what comes up for you!

Visit the inspirational blog for more ideas:  Jamie Ridler Studios

No Seatbelt!

I've graduated from Towanda, the scooter, to a brand new Harley. It's a little more work to get to the fun part, but well worth it. I've learned to shift, stop, turn and most importantly, keep the motorcycle upright!  For now, I'm calling him Red.

One of the most fascinating things I've discovered is that I always look down for a seatbelt! Don't get me wrong - I never drive my car without putting on a seatbelt.  And I totally believe in wearing them. But there's not one on a scooter or a motorcycle.  So the risk factor is really high, but the opportunities for doing new things and seeing new sights go way up, too.

I think the seatbelt issue is a symbol of my life - always doing the right thing, and being completely safe. And let the boundaries of my comfort zone be 10-foot high stone walls that can't be scaled.

But no more!  I'm riding off into the sunset and pushing my walls down. Of course, with new safety guidelines like helmets, boots, safety courses, etc.

Are you staying too safe? Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately?

Comfort Zone? What Comfort Zone?

I recently stepped out of my comfort zone and learned to ride a motorcycle.  And I am having SO much fun!

Let's back up about 6 weeks. My hubby has a big Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic. But we both agreed that I'm not a good passenger, so I wanted to find out if I would like to DRIVE a motorcycle. I wondered how I could figure that out, when they are expensive, heavy and require lots of new skills? Why not try a scooter? Ta-dah!

Meet Towanda, the scooter. Doesn't she have a nice little back end? A friend taught me how to start her, how to lean in the curves and how to wear safety equipment. I was off and running and thought that 20 mph felt awfully fast out in the open. Then I inched my way up to 25, then 30 and next thing you know I can get it up to 35 if I'm going downhill with the wind at my back. Yes, 49cc scooters have a limit of 30 or 35 mph.

Most nights I would come home and scoot around the neighborhood, and found that the focus and the openness and the speed were great stress busters. There's so much to SEE out there! And any little errand was another reason to hop onto Towanda and head out again.

On the recommendation of my teaching friend, I signed up for a motorcycle/scooter safety course and decided to take the course on a motorcycle instead of a scooter. The instructor gave me a funny look and encouraged me to take the class on a scooter, but I was determined to learn to ride a motorcycle and get my motorcycle license. Let me give you a little advice - it would be better to take this course in the fall or spring so it would be a little cooler. But I couldn't wait so I took it in August. In the Dallas heat. I lost 6 pounds through non-stop sweating. But it was worth it!

Riding on the little Suzuki 250s was a little challenging at first - clutch with the left hand, front brake with the right hand, change gears with the left foot and back brake with the right foot. Slow, look, press and roll to make a turn. Counterweight turns in small spaces. How to roll over obstacles like a 2x4 in the road - yes, we actually drove over several to learn this one.  The instructor would ask: "What's the best way to slow or stop a motorcycle?"  "Both brakes," we would chant back. And swerving around cones was my favorite part!

The safety course gave me tons of confidence as I continued to ride my scooter and venture out on longer and longer rides. Tomorrow I'll talk more about the new motorcycle. Meanwhile, have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately?  How did it turn out?

Order Up!

I recently placed an order for something that I really, really want and think I deserve.   The ordering system was so easy - MUCH easier than ordering lunch at a restaurant or shoes from Zappo.   Amazingly easy.  Anyone could do it.

Want to know what I ordered?  Here it is:  A very clear and easy "next step" that will kick start my coaching business.  I asked for delivery by February 14, 2009 and I am confident that it's on the way to me.

I am very excited because I've been trying to figure out what to do for months.  There are so many great options that I can't bring myself to settle on one and throw out or delay all the others.  It has paralyzed me with ambivalence.

If you've found your way to this blog, then perhaps you are bringing the answer.  Or you might be here to learn how to place an order for yourself.  Or both!

Learn more about the ordering process at CosmicOrderingForm and come back on Valentine's Day to see how my order was fulfilled.

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Update 2/14/09:  My order arrived today, right on time!  I will kick start my coaching business by focusing on accountability coaching!  I received several clear messages that this is the right path to take.   I will begin designing the offer or program tomorrow, so leave your questions and suggestions in the comments area.

AND, I placed an additional order, not related to this one, for delivery on Monday.  I won't talk about this one yet.  Stay tuned . . .

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Many thanks to Michael Neill for the podcast interview with Barbel Mohr that introduced me to Cosmic Ordering.  You can learn more about them here:



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