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How You Can Best Handle Challenging Days

Yourdecisiontowalk“Your decision to walk will create the path ahead.” Paulo Coelho

I am sitting outside at a coffee shop with my headphones on putting together my “to do” list for the day. It’s going to be a busy day. I’ve got a list of things I need to handle today.

I am working up the energy to call my health insurance company … again. I have been trying to resolve the same issue for months. I’ve been on the phone with them at least a half dozen times going back and forth over a claim they should have covered (a total test of my patience and tolerance). I am behind on several work projects. I recently found out there is yet more work to do on a book I have been writing. And, there is just the everyday stuff and the list of things I need to handle for my kids.

There are so many reasons I could be overwhelmed and stressed out right now.

But, after 30 plus years of doing that, I finally learned there is a better way – a much better way- to manage through today. It’s days like these, where that quote by Paulo Coelho really helps you remember the truth. If you keep taking steps forward and take it day by day, eventually things will smooth out and fall into place. [Read more...]

5 Simple But Powerful Thoughts To Focus On Today (#15)

Andsuddenlyyoujustknow2“And suddenly you just know … It’s time to find the way to Something More.”

What a year it has been. Wouldn’t you agree? So many challenges and so many things to work through. I know I’ve said it before, but I just have to say it again. It’s hard not to notice all the challenges that continually keep happening. Just when you think you’ve finally gotten things under control, something else comes up.

But, that’s the way life goes.

There are going to be those times when we have to deal with challenges. Even though these times require that we dig deep emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, there is so much we gain every time we push through another challenge.

I was talking the other day to one of my friends from the Possibility of Today community and she said one of the funniest and best sayings I have ever heard to describe challenging times.

Every time that yet another challenge or problem comes up, she says to herself … “Here I grow again.” That saying just makes me smile because it is so perfect and so true.

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2 Essential Things To Do Every Day While You’re Pushing Through Challenging Times

Sometimesit'sthe.jpg“Sometimes it’s the most challenging path that leads you to the most beautiful destination.”

Wouldn’t you say that this year has been filled with a lot of challenges? And, I am not just talking about regular everyday challenges, I am talking about those big challenges that can be really, really hard to work through. It seems like every time I work through one thing, something else comes up and then something else. Has it been the same for you?

Well, if you can relate, you will probably appreciate being reminded of two very important things I recently reminded myself of:

(1) There is relief in sight…thank goodness. And, there are so many more good things waiting for you on the other side of whatever it is you’re working through. Although it may get challenging at times, you’re learning even more about who you really are and what you’re truly capable of.

Things don’t just happen to us. They also happen for us so that we can learn, grow, and be strengthened while life rearranges perfectly to give us everything we truly need. 

And, the second thing to remember is that …

(2) You don’t have to wait to reach the proverbial “finish line” before you start feeling really good. Even though it may not always seem possible, you’re actually meant to feel centered and maintain your peace of mind no matter what is going on or what you’re still working through. It’s like one of my favorite quotes explains …

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“Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace and then everything will fall into place.”  ~Marianne Williamson [Read more...]

How You Trust The Journey Even When Things Get Tough

Don'tletwhathappens.jpgHave you ever been working for awhile (maybe even for years) to get something you really wanted? Maybe there was something you were trying to accomplish or maybe you realized certain things needed to improve in your life?

Do you know what has always been interesting to me about these times when we’ve been doing our best to get the pieces to fall into place?

When things finally do fall into place … there will be something else. There are always more possibilities and even more things we are going to want, regardless of what we accomplish.

After you finally get the dream job, then it’s going to be about getting a promotion or the next job.

After you find the right person, then it’s going to be about creating a healthy relationship with that person.

After you finish writing the book and get it published, then it’s going to be about the next book.

There will always be something else. [Read more...]