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Live Your Dreams

Care enough about yourself to live your dreams. Sometimes when I ask people about their dreams, an awkward silence ensues before the subject changes. It's almost as if there's a fear to admit to themselves what would make their heart sing. Their thinking must be something like this: "If I open my awareness to my dreams, that means I'll have to do something. But right now I can't. I have so many obligations I'll have to say no to my dreams. So why create the pain of even imagining these possibilities anyway?" At least, this characterized my thinking about fulfilling…

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2 Simple Ways to Befriend Yourself

When I ponder the one thing we each need to be daringly alive, I always come back to befriending ourselves. It's the foundation for everything - relationships, creative expression, bringing our gifts to the world, everything. You can still accomplish huge feats and make piles of money and inspire millions without befriending yourself but you won't enjoy much of it. You'll be like a dog with her nose pressed against the glass. On the other side is peace and fulfillment and lots of good Frisbee throws. You can see it, you can hear it, but you can't quite feel it.…

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Your Hero In Times of Need

You are the hero you've been waiting for. No matter what challenge you're facing, there is no one who can save you the way that you can. We all need support, but it's up to you to take the first step. Deep down within all of us is a strong spirit, an unseen force that we're born with. I call it the hero within us -- and you are the hero you've been waiting for. When you're lost, when you're feeling like you need someone to rescue you, that someone is you. The most important thing you'll ever do in…

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6 Ideas to Create Change

Take care of yourself. Continue to persevere: do not allow doubt to creep across your goals. Always make sure to take some time every day to rest. That time should be just for you to keep stress away. If you don't take really good care of yourself, you may not succeed as highly as you could have. Continue looking at the night sky and wonder about all the many new things yet to be discovered. The answer is clear. There is nothing more certain in my mind than we are all members of the family of Man. We all exist…

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Wisdom To Nourish The Inner Self

There is an intelligence to the universe that is too vast for humans to understand. Therefore, be sure to have ample time in nature to see a spectacular planet inspiring hope and insights that result in creative solutions. Everyone has important work to do that makes a difference. Make sure you have time alone to think deeply about your contribution, without interruption, daily. Treat your thinking with respect. We can learn from mistakes; but it is never helpful to you, or anyone else, to just put yourself down. Expect knockdowns as a normal part of life's challenges. Each one presents…

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Your Body Is Beautiful… As Is

Most of us would change something about our bodies if we could.  We (too) often speak harshly about ourselves: Gross. Fat. Ugly. Flabby. Eh, this part is ok. But this part, disgusting. Too big. Too small. Too short. Too tall. Body image is a reflection of our thoughts and belief systems. It is also an indicator of the amount of self love we possess. Stories we have been told. And lies we believe. The weight loss industry rakes in billions each year. People try one diet after another. They ride the wave the media makes.  Everyone wants a quick fix to look "good," whatever…

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Are You Taking Care of Your Inner Garden?

Your life is a seed and life is a series of seasons. What do I mean by this? Well, imagine that Planet Earth is a huge garden and that each individual life is a seed. A person's environment becomes their garden and each person is their own gardener. If a gardener does not understand that his seed needs to be protected in a safe garden environment and nurtured regularly; or that it will only sprout after a cycle of seasons passes, he might starve his seed, dig it up prematurely or let other gardeners or bad weather prevent it from…

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What Matters Most In Life….

The most important piece of wisdom I wish to share with humanity is that on the grand scheme of things, what matters is how you treat one another, beginning with yourself. How you treat yourself gives others permission to treat you the same way, for we are all each other's mirrors. If it weren't for our outer mirrors, then we might not see ourselves as clearly when times are tough. Our quality of life could become more worthy and meaningful if we all practiced compassion. Compassion begins at home. You need to be gentle with yourself, reward yourself when due,…

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Bouncing with Style: Where Do I Start?

Recently, I was asked by a group of women in recovery: How do you start? Where do you start? What do you do first? What does it mean to take care of yourself? This is not that uncommon a reaction, especially from women coming out of long-term marriages or having spent the last decade raising small children. We as women, and men too, get so enmeshed in the needs and wants of others that they get totally disconnected from who are they are. What they want and need is so under-exercised that if you ask one of these people what…

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3 Principles of Self Care

It takes extreme self care and love to build your best physical body. Your physical body is what houses your amazing soul. So you'll need a strong vibrant building for your very precious life. Here are three principles for getting your body, your head and your heart in this game of body "building", a Personal Promise, and 10 Ways to Achieve Rockstar Status. 3 PRINCIPLES OF SELF CARE 1. Lose the Fake Stuff and Get Real (Get your body in the game!) You only get one body and it's an awesome one. Not only is it your right, but it is your…

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4 Essential Strategies for Changing Your Life

Be grateful. Gratitude unlocks the doors to your heart and opens your world up in ways previously unimaginable. Gratitude is the stage and the players are joy, peace, love, acceptance, belonging, and compassion. Make time to be grateful and happiness will be your reward. When you find yourself spiraling into thoughts and attitudes of scarcity, stop yourself and think of what you have to be grateful for. Stop spending time wishing things were different and focus on the good things in your life, at this very moment. It is no secret that where our thoughts go our lives go as…

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Why You Need To Take Time For You

Everybody needs some time to shine, time to be recognized, special, admired. It's not selfish: it's human. Early one Saturday I saw in the local paper that a workshop for blues musicians was scheduled for that very morning. I showed the notice to my husband, who intends to be the world's next great blues harmonica player. "I'd like to go, "he said, "but I promised I would paint your office." I assured him that the office could wait and sent him off with my blessing. He thought I was being selfless and wonderful, but I really wasn't. You see, I'd…

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Never Ever Regret Your Past…

A friend of mine wrote on his wall one day on Facebook, right after the New Year: "What Do You Regret ?" My response was: Everything and Nothing... So let me explain my answer. Everything, because if I knew then what I know now, I would have done things differently.  And... Nothing, because everything I have been through has made me into who I am today. Now... here is where clients will tell me, Well... I don't like who I am now...  My response to my clients when they tell me this is the following. First of all, we all…

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Empowered YOUth: 5 Ways to Restore Peace and Repair Connection in Your Family

By Michael Eisen. In a day and age where parents and kids text more than they talk, where a family that doesn't feud is an anomaly, and where the one thing that most parents and kids have in common is the stress and anxiety they face—something's gotta give! If we are going to empower the next generation and generations to come to live up to their true potential and to live a life full of passion and optimism, it is incredibly important that we create a more supportive and understanding family unit. Below are five principles and strategies that will…

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Replenishing Your Reserves By Journaling

By B. Lynn Goodwin. Do other people's needs come first? Do your resentments sometimes expand like a swollen spring river? It's a familiar predicament. The first thing you should know is that you are not alone. When I was my mother’s caregiver, I often put my personal needs on hold. I drowned my resentments in comfort foods. Entenmann’s chocolate chip cookies were a favorite. I’d pull one after another out of the box and stuff them in my mouth mindlessly as I drove to the pharmacy or the post office or even the grocery store. This was not a healthy…

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Happy Physician – Happy Patient (The RX in Three Simple Steps)

By Michele Howe. Your doctor wants to see you happy and from the moment you enter an exam room, the attention is centered on you as the patient. Your physician takes notes of your symptoms, your pain, and every medical reason for being in his office. As he listens, your doctor is also making mental notes on how to best diagnose and then treat your condition. He is developing a plan of action scripted just for you. It’s his job to help you get better and he’s happy to take on the role of caregiver. What physicians aren’t happy about…

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Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Take Time for YOU

In today's busy world, the first thing that we seem to neglect is ourselves. There's only so much time in the day and most times, taking care of exterior responsibilities are more important that taking care of our inner selves. The biggest, untapped opportunity is just waiting for us to pause, connect and listen. Mother Teresa  took 4 hours EACH and EVERY morning to reconnect before she took a step into the world. Pope John Paul took 3/1-2 hours of quiet time each morning. Yet we bounce out of bed, hop in the shower and we're ready to tackle the…

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