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How to Level Up Your Social Life

~Relationship Wellness~ Is your social life everything you want it to be?  According to Merriam-Webster’s definition: social life is the part of a person’s time spent doing enjoyable things with others.  Do you find yourself wishing your friends were more active, creative, or “fill in the blank”. Do you want to try something new but…

What Is Buffering and Are You Doing It?

~Emotions~   Hint: I bet you’re doing it. The Oxford Dictionary defines buffering as, “lessen or moderate the impact of (something).  So how are we typically buffering? When we feel negative feelings and we take actions to “lessen the impact” or buffer the feelings we are having. Usually these buffering actions end up bringing us…

Tiny Habits will Change Your Life

~Slice of Life~ I changed my life, one tiny habit at a time. I know so many people who want to change something in their life and they try do it by making huge sweeping changes that are not often sustainable.  They go on extreme diets after eating nothing but empty calories and fast food….

How to Identify Your Limiting Beliefs

~Coach Spark~ It’s getting pretty trendy to talk about limiting beliefs these days and that’s a good thing. Limiting beliefs hold us back from living our best lives and reaching for our dreams. Who wants to live in the super safe box? Not. Me. But what in the heck are limiting beliefs and how do…

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Life this Spring

~Spring Equinox~ Spring is such a promising time of year; full of possibility and anticipation. The main themes or energies we associate with spring are balance, new beginnings, and fertility and we can upgrade our lives by tapping into these spring energies. Working with nature’s rhythms is like floating down the river using the current…

Are You Making Things Unnecessarily Complex?

~Simple Tips~ We all do this on some level but I forever make my life complicated. It’s who I am. Life is actually pretty simple, for those of you reading this anyway. Why is that? Well, if you are reading this you have a cell phone or computer of some sort. You have internet access….

How to Stop Caring What Other People Think

~Slice of Life~ Mean Girl I liked a boy in school and he didn’t like me back. I found this out when a girl asked me whom I liked and then told him; she actually derived pleasure from my humiliation…she already knew the boy and that he in fact, liked her. Total bitch “mean girl”…

2 Simple Thoughts on Happiness

~Well Life~ Our happiness is not someone else’s job. Happiness does not come from outside of us. It does not come from a person or a thing we buy. It only comes from inside of us; happiness is the reward our brains give us when we meet our own needs. In nature, we get chemical…

Clear Your Head in 4 Simple Steps

~Coach Spark~ Brain Dump The first thing I recommend to anyone feeling overwhelmed, having repetitive, negative, or unhelpful thoughts, is to do a brain dump. Set aside some quiet time to sit with a pen and paper or journal and just begin writing anything that comes to your mind. Start with anything that’s been bothering…

28 Day Reset

Here is a FREE 28 Day Guide to Reset your Diet & Gut Health. Drop the cravings and the weight…kick-start your health today! I had a rough end to the year health-wise so I decided to create this 28 Day Reset to get back to feeling vital and healthy. Would you like a free copy?…

Create Healthier Media Habits

~Slice of Life~ Media consumption is like being addicted to sugar. We can’t seem to get enough and it’s not good for our health. Let’s opt-out of the dramatic, sensationalized, and exaggerated while staying informed and participating in society. Here’s a few suggestions for creating healthier media habits. Media Detox I think we could all…

Create Positive Change in Your Life Using Retrospectives

~Coach Spark~ What went well, what didn’t, and what will I do differently? The above three questions together are what is called a retrospective, defined as looking back on or dealing with past events or situations. The key here though, is that final question. What will I do differently? This allows us to take action…

A Pandemic Holiday

~Slice of Life~ Look on the Bright Side This year the holidays are going to look very different for most of us. Some of us have sick loved ones, or worse. Some of us will spend the holidays alone, not by choice, and some of us wish we could be alone, even if for just…

Focus on Living

~Coach Spark~ I don’t want to help you not die…I want to help you live! I fell in love with this statement because all too often we focus on on the negative aspects of life and not the beautiful fact that we are here, alive, and our sole purpose is to simply live and grow!…

10 Things for a Good Life

~Simple Tips~ 1. Take Action “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu No matter how small. Take action today toward something you want. Write that post Make that phone call Get out your sketchbook 2. Practice “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act,…

Body Image & How to Appreciate a REAL Body

~Slice of Life~ Body Image in My 30’s and 40’s I wrote this a few years ago. I was still in my thirties, and after re-reading this now in my forties, I see how relevant it still is. My thoughts about my body have changed over the years but not as much as I would…

Letting Yourself Down is a Habit

~Coach Spark~ Here’s How to Change in 3 Simple Steps Do you say things like, I’m never going to eat sugar again and then eat the first cupcake that is available to you? Do you say to yourself… I’m going to start a work out routine, and then on day 2 you don’t feel like…

A Summer Schedule

Slice of Life Why should I adjust my schedule for summer? Okay, here is the deal. Lately I’ve been finding myself at the end of the week realizing that I did not once look at my planner. Which means I let go and some things didn’t get done as I had meticulously planned. The worst…

How to Implement Self-Help Ideas in Your Life

~Coach Spark~ Many people are getting interested in self-help these days, but one thing I see happening is people read all the stuff but don’t actually take any action in their lives.  The reading, the learning, the studying of self-help topics and philosophies doesn’t have any impact if you don’t then take the necessary actions…

4 Simple Tips to Practice Self-Confidence

~Simple Tips~ We can develop any skill by simply practicing. The following four tips are great ways to practice self-confidence. By reminding yourself of these four tips before social situations you will improve your comfort level and confidence even if you don’t think you need to. 1. Remember that we are all in this together….

Staycation

A Slice of Life This month in the US we celebrate Memorial Day; we celebrate all of our military and especially those who died in service to our country. Here in Michigan it’s the unofficial launch of summer. Many of us are unsure how we will be celebrating and spending our summer vacations due to…

3 Ways Down Shifting Healed My Frazzled Brain

Coach Spark I don’t know about you all, but when I first started staying home due to Corona Virus, it took quite some time for my mind to shift down. But now that it has I am reaping the rewards; I feel amazing and my mind is healing. This is what I’ve changed. 1. Quit…

Practicing Beginner’s Mind

Coach Spark: Beginner’s mind is simply looking at everything with fresh eyes. A beginner’s mind is curious and welcoming because it’s not overshadowed by judgements and preconceived ideas, it’s trying to see things without your internal filters. Beginner’s mind is a state of being open-minded, and in practice, a type of mindfulness. A great way…

Keep Your Money Mind Positive

Coach Spark: We get to choose whether we are stressed and negative about money, whether we are neutral about money, or whether we are positive about money. What do you choose? Being negative or stressed doesn’t solve anything, right? If you are buying a new red car, all you see is red cars, because that…

Spring Clean Your Mind

Coach Spark: What thoughts do you need to let go of? Self Criticism – When you find yourself practicing negative self criticism, try to balance the negative thoughts with positive things. Go from, “I ate too much today” to “I will eat better tomorrow”. Eventually you may find that you become much nicer to yourself….

5 Ways to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

Simple Tips: The Spring Equinox also called the vernal equinox marks one of two times a year when the earth receives equal amounts of day as it does darkness. From this equinox forward the days get longer and the nights get shorter until we reach midsummer. Spring is the season of re-birth, awakening, new beginnings,…

8 Tips for Experiencing More JOY

1. Get Out in Nature Preferably someplace beautiful, into the woods, and where you can be alone or still. 2. Practice Deep Breathing Breath in 4 counts, pause, breath out six counts. Repeat. 3. Practice Gratitude Focussing on what is good in your life is the foundation for feeling joy. 4. Get Your Heart Pumping…

Creativity: Nurture not Nature

Creativity is not a gift; it is a muscle that can be strengthened with use. Shanna Creativity, according to the Oxford online dictionary means, the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the creation of artistic work. This is one definition and if you Google it, you will find there are many other…

10 Ways to Volunteer in Your Community

What is volunteering? According to the online Oxford dictionary, volunteering is “to freely offer to do something” or “to offer help”. What is community service? Community service is volunteering your time, money or services directly in your own community. Why should we volunteer our time? Volunteering is good for our health, especially if we are…

What Other People Think

I’d like to believe that I am my own person and that I am swayed very little by the opinions of others. But this simple is not true. Not really. Naturally we think about what others think because it’s human nature to do so. Pre-historic humans lived in groups that were the key to their survival….

Alcohol

I’m currently taking a break from alcohol. I’m on month six. I have had a few Mojitos recently but it really just cemented my commitment to my break for another six months. I have a love hate relationship with alcohol. Let me start by reminding you that I live on a lake, in a tight…

Exercise

First and foremost, I am a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. I speak from personal experience only; I am not a doctor, use your own common sense or consult your doctor before changing your physical habits. That being said…I choose to make health and fitness a priority in my life. That means I do exercise…




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