How Do You Experience Self-Love?

Woman sitting with flowers and a notebook.

How do you show self-love?

February is often thought of as the month of love. We spend the month showering people we care about with affection, but what about embracing self-love year-round?

Giving flowers and chocolates to loved ones are thoughtful gestures that show you care, but forgetting about yourself can cause harm to your wellbeing. As I so strongly believe, before you can honestly love yourself you need to be clear about what love feels like to you.

As I share in my book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age:

Love is the ability to say to yourself,

“Thank you for who you are, just as you are.”

It is an abiding attitude of gratitude,

no matter what is taking place in your life.

Love is your heart’s breath because love is

the heartbeat of your life.

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How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

Write down your goals and resolutions for success!

It’s almost the end of January and many people may have dropped their New Year’s resolution like a bad habit, instead of adopting a good one like they were hoping to pick up.

If you are still holding on to yours or want to try again, here are a few tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution.

3 Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution 

  1. Write Them Down

If you made a goal at the beginning of the year, is it still floating around your brain? There have been studies to show that writing down a resolution can significantly improve the odds of success. It’s important to be specific, reasonable and take a look at your plan to remind you of your resolutions throughout the year. 

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How to Create Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions

We’re quickly approaching the New Year and with it comes a sense of joy, renewal and happiness. If you are searching for ways to become a better you, I recommend creating some simple and meaningful New Year’s resolutions to help keep your goals on track in 2018. How can you be sure to follow through with your plans? Keep reading for my advice.

Happy 2018!

3 Steps to Forming New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Determine Your Goal

Are you creating New Year’s resolutions because you feel like you have to, or because you want to? As Spire&Co explains, “The point isn’t what you’re making your New Year’s resolutions. It’s about who you’re making them for and why you’re making them. When we simply write out a list of the things we think we should do and don’t really and truly want for ourselves, we seldom experience success. A feeling of obligation towards resolutions from the outside world rarely breeds positive, sustainable change.” Believe it or not, it’s okay to skip resolutions if you don’t feel like they’ll add value to your life.

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3 Ways to Express Gratitude This Holiday Season

It’s time to talk gratitude. Now that we’re into the heart of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your life and relationships and say, “Thank you!” What are you most grateful for this year? While it’s important to show your gratitude all year round, the holidays are a particular time of thanksgiving. Here’s how you can show those around you that you care.

thankful on leaves

What are you thankful for?

Share Your Gratitude with the World in 3 Simple Ways

  1. Take the “Post-It Note Challenge”

Have you heard of this fun way to express your gratitude this holiday season? The “Post-It Note Challenge” is a great way to leave compliments and say thank you to those in your life. Here’s how it works: carry a pad of sticky notes and a pen around town and when someone does a nice thing or you want to give them a compliment, write it down and leave the note for them to find. You can do this anonymously or sign your name, but the purpose is to think about moments that bring you joy and share your thoughts with others.

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The Importance of Living in the Moment

Are you living in the moment, making the most of every second you have to live on Earth? You can never make up for lost time, but you can live in the sacredness of right now, realizing that this is your point of power. You are born into the human mystery called TIME. Throughout this crazy journey we call life, we measure our moments in time, beginning with birth: we record the day, hour, year and location you enter the world, which begins your unique history.

The Trap of Waiting for Happiness

Most of your life is spent in waiting for something to happen, or not to happen, and in the intensity of this waiting you can miss countless opportunities as precious time speeds by. This cycle of waiting will devour your life with anticipating, dreaming, hoping and planning for the next moment, because there’s an illusion that what you want to do next is more important than what you are doing now.

As you age, you begin to count your blessings that you are still intact mentally, physically and emotionally. Through this realization, your life will become simpler and you will have more reason to be content. When you wait for what is next, you lose the joy of now; the remedy is living in the moment.

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Life Lessons: How to Find Your Purpose

Are you feeling lost in life, like you don’t have a purpose? Every season you experience from birth to death has a purpose, and it may take a lifetime to understand this. Just as every season has its ebb and flow, we also have a deep need for balance as human beings, as does our planet Earth. Every season is filled with aliveness and purpose, and this is our ideal for daily life. Read on to learn how to find your purpose and cultivate your talents into a beautiful existence.

Have you found your purpose?

Finding Your Purpose in Life

Without a purpose, life becomes meaningless; it exhausts your spirit and dissipates your passion for living. On the converse, purposefulness intensifies energy, excitement and the exuberant fire of youth. Your purpose gives you a reason for living and the courage to change and grow. It empowers you to move beyond the limits of what you think you can do and what you feel you can become. With purposefulness you acquire the ability to be clear-minded and self-determined.

Your Purpose is Your Meaning

Your purpose gives meaning to everything you do. It affects how you think and how you feel about yourself, and is related to what you emotionally feel you deserve. When you are committed to your purpose, when it is reinforced with self-confidence and self-esteem, you will succeed. 

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3 Amazing Benefits of Reading a Book!

How often do you get to sit down and read a book? If you’re like most people, reading can be a hard activity to make time for in a busy world filled with home responsibilities, social media activity and work obligations. However, squeezing in a few minutes a day for reading can do wonders for your body, mind and spirit; read on to learn how!

Reading is great for your body and mind!

3 Benefits of Reading

  1. Reading Boosts Your Body’s Natural Functions

Want to kick start your body and mind? Pick up a book! According to Real Simple, “Just like going for a jog exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good work out. With age comes a decline in memory and brain function, but regular reading may help slow the process, keeping minds sharper longer.”

You’d better believe it, reading can help improve your memory and reduce the likelihood of brain disease as you age. “Frequent brain exercise was able to lower mental decline by 32 percent,” reports The Huffington Post.

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A Guide to Self-Empowerment: How to Create Positive Expectations

Have you ever wanted to feel more in control of your life and become self-empowered? The good news is changing your outlook can make all the difference! By creating realistic positive expectations, you gain the power to go beyond your previously limiting beliefs and attitudes. Positive expectations enable you to move through feelings of fear, failure and disappointment.

Working with goal-orientated, flexible plans empowers you to achieve your dreams!

What Can Positive Expectations Do for Me?

With positive expectations, you gain intensity, excitement, ambition, imagination and the dynamic spirit-soul energy needed to realize your goals. By knowing how to expect the best (and plan for the worst in a healthy manner), positive expectations help to make your goals a reality.

The Challenge of Positivity

I’m not saying it will be easy; to balance the power of positive expectations with the weight of reality is hard. It comes down to your ability to fuel your dreams with faith and trust, and still be able to release inordinate attachments to getting what you want, when you want them. When things aren’t going your way, it may be tempting to give up, or focus on lesser dreams. I encourage you to keep trying!

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Summertime Self-Care – Making Time for Happiness

Are you excited that we’re heading into the summer months? While this time of year brings excitement, happiness and outdoor time, it also presents an amazing opportunity to take stock of your life, and put a little bit more focus on self-care and personal happiness. If your work finds you busier than usual during the summer months, you aren’t alone! Read on for three simple strategies to try that help your happiness soar.

Be happy this summer!

3 Ways to Prioritize Happiness in the Summertime

  1. Try Meditation

If you don’t have tons of time to yourself, luckily a quick ten minutes of meditation can rejuvenate your body in a similar way to an hour-long nap. Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and helps you tackle the rest of the day with a clutter-free head and “can do” attitude. Simply sit quietly for a few minutes each morning and reflect on the day ahead. If you’re new to meditation, check out this article for some great advice.

  1. Eat Nutritious Foods

The old adage, “You are what you eat,” has a lot of weight behind it; feeling happy begins with fueling your body with excellent nutrition. While eating well goes hand in hand with exercise for encouraging happiness, foods like walnuts, yogurt, fish, mushrooms and leafy greens are a great place to start.

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How to Succeed When You Feel Like You’re Failing

No matter who you are or what’s going on in your life, you will experience a failure at one point or another. Every person has felt down, like the future seems bleak – the trick is to move through this negative emotion and come out a stronger person in the end. As you learn through your day-to-day experiences, your failures can turn into success. Here are three tips for processing failure, and moving on to reclaim your happiness.

Change your perspective with this advice.

3 Steps to Find Success in Failure

  1. Remember the Feeling Will Pass

Although it may feel all-consuming when it happens, it’s important to remember that failure is only a temporary shift – a slight change in direction. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that what you’re feeling, like all negative feelings you’ve had in your life before it, will pass.

  1. Thank Yourself for Taking a Risk

Failure is the honest assurance that you are a success for trying and for taking chances. If you wouldn’t have taken a risk, you never would have learned what failure felt like. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you aren’t growing as a dynamic and accomplished person.

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