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Blossom In Your Bedroom!

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When you wake up, before you actually get up, do you feel like a sunflower or rose coming alive and blooming?! Do you stretch out your arms like your reaching for the sun, just like a budding flower? If you answered, “Yes“… WONDERFUL! But, if you answered “No,” why not? Hopefully we can help you with that 🙂

Each day, we wake up, should be a fresh, new day for us to blossom! It would be great if we could experience this feeling each and every day, right? Unfortunately, we all do have our not-so-great mornings The good news is that we can dress up our bedroom to help ensure that we wake up to the picture-perfect bedroom that encourages and inspires us, when we rise and shine.

Does your bedroom decor give you a spark of energy? Depending on your personality, you may be uplifted by bright colors, or maybe darker surroundings. Today, we’re going to give you a couple of ideas for how you can blossom in your bedroom, by adding a touch of flower to your current bedroom decor.

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How To Color You Blue

This week is all about the color blue. Last week we talked about the color red, but that’s because red is my favorite color, along with many other people’s. Well, it’s only fair that we cover the color blue today. After all, it is the #1 favorite color.

If blue is your favorite color, here are a few of the personality traits the experts say you probably possess:

  • Reliable
  • Conservative
  • Trustworthy
  • Genuine
  • Sincere…

… just to name a few. Hmm.. now I’m wondering if the #1 favorite color really is blue, or if people just like the personality traits associated with it! Lol Well, I know I possess all of those personality traits, but I like what I like… and I like RED!

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But, I do love some nice blue pieces of home decor accents, like throw pillows for the family room, a comforter set to add a calming effect to the bedroom and a couple of  lamps to add a splash of color to the living room.

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Goal Setting Overwhelm Overload Busted!

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the idea of planning and working toward your short termmid term and long term goals? Or are you thinking, “What should my goals be?” No worries! This is a very common question many of us have asked ourselves time and time again. It’s like you know you need a change… some type of change… but what? Truth is, because it’s so easy to “keep on keeping on”, we often get comfortable and settle for “good enough” because it’s not that bad, right?

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If the idea of steering your life in a new direction is so overwhelming that you don’t make any type of change…PLEASE SHAKE THAT UNCERTAINTY OFF! Let’s take this goal setting thing one baby step at a time, ok? I want you to look at your long-term goals (remember, this could be a 5-10 year goal), and break that goal down into many mini-goals, if you will. This is how your short term and mid-term goals are developed. Here’s an example I want you to follow. We’ll use a fake person named Sue:

In 5 years Sue decided she wants to be a self-employed Life Coach. She feels she has the people skills needed to be a really good Life Coach who can help others weave through the road blocks that are stopping them from making progress toward achieving their goals and dreams.

Sue works a full time job, and is a single mother of 3 children, so her schedule is pretty tight, only allowing her, maybe, 10 hours each week to work toward her goal of becoming a Life Coach.

Sue’s first list of short term goals are:

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The Character Challenge: Week 3

The Character Challenge: Week 3 is the final in a series of blog posts designed to help you identify the areas of your person that you need to work on improving. The Character Challenge: Week 2 received such a great response! I am so glad to see you take the first step in working to bring out the better you 🙂

If you haven’t already, please go back to the beginning of this challenge and get caught up. Remember that writing down your goals is key! So, answer the three questions in the comments section at the bottom of each blog post. If you want to keep your response just between us, don’t hesitate to email me. I’m here to help, not judge you 🙂 

Click on the links below to get caught up on The Character Challenge:

1. The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey

2. The Character Challenge: Week 1

3. The Character Challenge: Week 2

Remember, the goal is to go deep into each character trait you want to work on, and create a plan of action to start turning that negative into a positive. As always, you can refer to the blog post series I wrote on goal setting, and/ or contact me for help with setting your goals:

  1. Life Transformation – Setting a Pre-Goal Setting Mindset
  2. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Short Term Goals
  3. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Mid Term Goals
  4. Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Long Term Goals
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Now, on to this week’s list of character traits for you to choose from: 

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The Character Challenge: Week 2

The Character Challenge: Week 1” was a HUGE success… THANK YOU and CONGRATS! I am so glad to see you take the first step in learning how to live and love your life to the fullest. The purpose of this exercise is to help you tackle your goal, one small piece at a time. So, keep writing down your goals and reaching them, one step at a time. When you look back at where you started… what an inspirational story you will have to tell!

The Character Challenge: Week 2

This week, I want you to look at another list of three character traits and see which one you need to work on. Remember, this could be a little hard to do. Trust me when I say I know that change is hard, no matter how big or little. Keep in mind that you will be in a much happier place… one goal at a time.

If you have not read, “The Character Challenge: Week 1 and left your responses in the comments section, or emailed your reaponses to me, I urge you to do that now. Also, if you haven’t read “The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey,” This article explains the purpose of the challenge. At the end of the day, I want you to feel about setting, starting and achieving your personal development journey 🙂

So, let’s get started with this week’s six character traits. Take a look at each character trait and its description. Then, I want you to choose one character trait to work on improving. In the comments section below or, in an email that only I will see, answer these three questions. You can read my responses below and follow my example. Ready… set… go!

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The Character Challenge: Week 1

This is the official start of The Character Challenge… YEAH!! The purpose of this challenge is to help you identify the character trait that you feel needs to be improved, or put to rest. We all have issues, it’s how we handle them that makes or breaks us. I’ll share a little about myself, here. I used to be a control freak. It reached its heights when I became a single parent of two small kids ages 3 and 7. To make sure everything went smoothly, I felt I had to make all the decisions for my kids, from their clothing to what activities they participated in, all the way to high school.

Long story short, it led to a strained relationship between me and each of them when they became teens. I have a great relationship with each of them now, but it took a lot of long talks about what went wrong, in order to know what to fix.

There are many different ways to deal with the issues within us, too. Some people meditate. Many people see some sort of counselor. Personally… I pray. Any and all of these methods can help IF you know what to work on first. That’s where The Character Challenge! Remember… the goal is to help you learn what needs to be changed in order for you to live and love you life 🙂

The Character Challenge Week 1

First things first. If you haven’t read last week’s blog post, “The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series To Help You Clarify Your Personal Development Journey,” I urge you to click on the link and read it now. You’ll learn exactly what this challenge is expected to help you with. I will enter my own responses below (like I said, we ALL have issues). If you don’t want to leave a response below, in the comments section, please email me. The goal is to help you, in the way you’re most comfortable 🙂

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The Character Challenge: Intro to a 3-Part Series to Help Clarify Your Personal Development Journey

This introduction to the 3-part Character Challenge isn’t about the type of challenge that will dare you to do something that can hurt you, in any way. Instead, this will actually challenge you to take a good look at the type of character you are, and to see how you can improve upon at least one aspect of your being. You’re probably a great person to yourself and others, but there’s always a way to bring out the better you. You know my motto: Live and love your life! 

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There are dozens of character traits that make up our being, but I’m going to cover just a few of the most common character traits that people often struggle with, when working on their personal development. In this 3-part series, I’m going to cover the following 18 character traits:

Part 1:

  • Attentiveness – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.
  • Boldness – Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just.
  • Creativity – Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
  • Decisiveness – The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.
  • Dependability – Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.
  • Determination – Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition.

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Cruising Customer Service

My husband, Mike, treated me to a Mother’s Day/ early Anniversary cruise to Freeport and Nassau, Grand Bahamas…YAY! We had a wonderful time on the Carnival Sensation, and on each of the islands. Much better than the cruise we took last year to Nassau. Last year we cruised with Royal Caribbean. The only part of the cruise with Royal Caribbean that was better than the cruise on Carnival, was that we stopped for a day on Coco Cay Island, which is privately owned by Royal Caribbean. On Coco Cay, you get a great lunch buffet , plenty of fun in the sun and fairly-priced souvenir shops and great drinks!

(Neither of these gents is my husband. In fact, I didn’t realize they thought I was taking a picture of them! Lol)

However, the Carnival Sensation had Royal Caribbean beat, hands down, in customer service! Mike and I are used to the room attendants addressing the passengers by first name. The dining room and guest services wait staff and crew members do as well. But, when I called to order room service, for the first time, I must say that I got a true welcoming feeling when the lady, taking my order, addressed me by name, too! I told my Mike, “How cool? She just addressed me by name!.” Mike was so impressed, he insisted on placing the room service order the next night. Lol

The only “oops” I experienced during the entire 5-day cruise was a bit of a doozy. The next morning, i put the room service tray on the floor, in the hall outside of the cabin, as we’re supposed to. Well, apparently the other passengers had already put their room service trays out, much earlier, while I didn’t put ours out until a little after 10am, as I was leaving the room to get some coffee. As I was walking down the hall near our cabin, a crew member was bending down to put up our room service tray and muttered, “… Americanas!” in what I believe was French. Instead of losing my temper, I kindly ignored the hasty comment and said, “Thank you,” with a big smile. I wasn’t about to get into it with him and dampen my mood. I was enjoying the awesomeness of the entire trip, and “one monkey don’t stop no show!” Lol Plus, I knew there would be an opportunity to tell Carnival about this incident later.

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8 Changes That Will Boost Your Personal Development Success

So you realize that it’s never too late to start working on your personal development goals. New Year’s Resolutions don’t just start on January 1st. They can be planned and started on any given day of the year! Would you agree that any personal or professional goals you plan to achieve, must start with your mental attitude? Yep! You have to work on them from the mind down. Like the saying goes, “Lead with the head and the body will follow” or every variation of this quote you can find. You get the point, though.

For whatever reason, the mental state is the hardest part to change. Think about it… when you want to tighten up your abs or buttocks for the 20 year class reunion that’s coming up in six months, you’ll quickly make the decision to start going to the gym. “It’s only for six months,” you say. But to make permanent lifestyle changes, even just a little bit at a time, seems like a wall too tall to climb. If you have to “trick” yourself into making small changes every six months, then so be it. By whatever means, get it done!

Personal development is a life-long journey… adventure… new road to travel. But it’s in your best interest, so you’ll need the proper equipment to make the ride. You wouldn’t attempt to travel from NYC to LA on a tricycle. Sure, you’ll eventually make it there, but you want to see a bit more progress a lot faster than that, so you plan to drive yur car. However, you may need to get an oil change, tune up and new tires and pull off with a full tank of gas to start rolling.

With your personal development goals, you will need to arm yourself with a positive mind that you can do it. Reading books is a great way to get mentally prepared. We offer a great list of books in the Resources section of our website. They are geared for just that… get on and stay on track to be the best YOU possible. I cheerfully invite you to come by and browse our growing selection personal development books.

Here are 9 key area that might need to be changed, a little or a lot, to boost your personal development success:

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Self Serve Customer Service

We often spend so much time taking care of others, that we tend to put our own needs aside. I know this to be especially true with women. We feel the need to nurture everyone else, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with making sure you are well taken care of… mind, body and soul.

I was a single parent for many years. When my kids were about 3 and 8 years old, and I came down with the flu. that I realized I needed to make sure I was in good shape from head to toe, in order to be able to help others . My daughter was sickly from the time she was a few weeks old , and my son was very active. One of my grandmothers was recovering from a botched-up back surgery and needed help around the house. Working two jobs allowed me very little sleep, and I often neglected my own well being. Being sick gave me a new perspective on the priorities in my life.

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I realized I had to eat better, get more exercise and more sleep. I also had to do a much better job with time management. My schedule had been dictated by my jobs and kids, and not much of that could be changed. But, I had to learn to say, “No” to requests to help with situations outside of my house. Not easy, but extremely necessary! Honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly how I got everything done, but I truly understand how my immune system took a beating, and a really bad one at that! I had to learn to take care of me, first, in order to be able to take good care of my kids… PERIOD!

Some people take a “Me, Me, Me” attitude, but in the wrong way. I’m saying, yes, you need to take care of yourself. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t be concerned and helpful to others. This blog talks about personal development, customer service (including self-service) and home decor. You may think home decor is a far stretch, but your surroundings have a big affect on your mood, therefore is a factor in how you see and treat others, much like how music can have a big impact on you.

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