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The Power of Choice

By Roslyn Franken. My name is Roslyn Franken. I was born to a mother who survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and a father who survived the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, Japan, as a prisoner of war. The only thing they said kept them going was their hope and courage to face each new day with a renewed determination to never give up. This attitude was their choice. When diagnosed with cancer at age 57, my mother told the doctor, “Hitler didn’t get me, my cancer won’t get me.” Doctors gave her two years to live. She died 21…

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Just Be Grateful

Each morning when we wake up we are given the most important choice of the day- for it sets the tone for the entire day. We can choose to wake up worried about bills and the drama of life, or we can consciously shift our energy and perception and count our blessings. It's impossible to focus on both at the same time. Gratitude is the fastest way to move from where we are to where we want to be. Gratitude alone holds the power to shift our energy to one of possibility. Gratitude holds the key to creating the future…

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Celebrate What Is + Expectation of What Will Be= An Amazing Life

I believe in the possibility that comes from celebrating what is. I also believe that when we add expectation to the equation, magic happens and incredible things happen in our life. Each morning we wake with a choice. We can choose to focus on everything that isn't going right and stress over how to make things better, or we can focus on what is already right in this very moment and grow what's possible from there. When we focus on what's not right, we often feel guilty, stupid and less than who we really are. It's easy to beat ourselves…

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Choose to Benefit from Adversity

Choices are all around us. Sometimes the choice is easy, sometimes it is not. Even when we have to choose between bad and worse, there is still a choice. Our life experience, good, bad and indifferent, is made up of a series of choices. Our circumstances, or childhood, or life thus far is simply a series of events that got us to where we are today. What we do with those experiences and how we use them to make us stronger is what's important. Many times people will look back at their life and their circumstances and say they were…

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Changing Habits- Update on Day Five

Have you ever had a day when you had to drag yourself out of bed?  That was my morning yesterday. I just couldn't get my body moving. Koda and I even delayed our walk until mid morning, because I had little energy. It seems my body was trying to tell me something. I know I'm making changes. We are such habitual creatures. Over these 21 days I know that I'm creating new habits with a new eating and exercise plan and that changes in how I feel are to be expected. I just want them to be positive changes! The…

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Spring Renewal- Starting Anew

Just a few weeks ago I found myself mentoring a client who had gone through a major loss and life change. While sometimes difficult, rebuilding your life after a loss or big change can also be one of the greatest opportunities in life. When we look to Nature, we see that rebirth and renewal are a standard part of life. And like the newness of the Spring, we get to start over with the wisdom that we've learned from our past experience of what works and what doesn't. Life is giving us a clean slate to create anew. I've personally…

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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! When I first realized I was awake this morning, I smiled and then I remembered it was Monday. I had a great weekend and would have been happier if today would have been Sunday all over again. And then I laughed, for what makes Monday any different from Sunday or Friday for that matter, but my thoughts about it? A day is a day and nothing more. It's the labels and expectations that my thoughts place on the day that make it different from any other day. The hopes, the fears, the expectations all come from within me!…

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