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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 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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Bring Out Your Colorful Character

It’s no secret that color, character and mood have a lot of influence over each other. The colors you choose to incorporate into your surroundings (wall color, clothing, etc.) say a lot about the type of person you are. Whether you have an outgoing personality, or are more of an introvert, by nature, the color schemes you prefer, may say more about you than you think.

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What do your favorite colors say about you? Let’s see how closely science relates to your reality 🙂

Blues

  • Stable
  • Calming
  • Trustworthy

You may have noticed that many websites, especially in the financial market, are primarily blue. This is because the color blue doesn’t make you feel rushed or anxious. You can check out the websites of SouthTrust Bank and Chase Bank to see how they use the color blue in their website design.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

May this Valentine’s Day find you in the company that you want to keep 🙂 Don’t settle for less than you want. Life is too short for that! Have you given into the hype that you have to be with someone… anyone on Valentine’s Day? For what? Candy, flowers or bragging rights that you received an expensive piece of jewelry? I hope and pray that you’re not living that kind of life!

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Be your own Valentine first 🙂

So, what are you up to this super-charged, romantic day? Movies, dinner… what? Are you planning on spending it alone, cuddled up with a good book, or a good tv marathon? That’s cool, too 🙂  In either case, is it what you want to do or is it by force, not by choice? Basically… are you living and loving your life, day in and day out?

I often wonder why so many people say that they live their life for themselves, but get caught up in what society says they’re supposed to be doing, and who they should be doing it with. Where along life’s journey, do people become so afraid of expressing themselves, that they eventually end up representing someone else dreams and expectations?

We all have heard the saying, “Life is too short.” That is totally true! So, what would it take for you to live the life that you could completely love? Isn’t living the lifestyle you desire, the whole reason behind every decision you’ve made? If it hasn’t been for you, then who?

I’m sure you’ve had suggestions, from family and friends, to live this way or follow that path… go to college or the military, get this degree, etc. I will say that, as a parent, it is hard to see our kids make certain kinds of decisions. We feel we know what’s best for our little one’s, and we do, for the most part. But not always for the most important part... fulfilling their dreams.

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Perfect example… I sent my oldest off to attend college in NY to major in Audio/ Video Production (his choice). He ended up a theater major. That was a hard pill for me to swallow, but it was his reality. Not easy to support, especially since I was raised by a “starving artist” and know the struggle that more than likely is in his future.

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Growing Stains

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What are growing stains, you ask. Those things that stick to us like glue! They are more commonly referred to as habits. Since I’m talking about stains, yes, I’m talking about the bad habits we struggle to change.

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Isn’t it crazy how changing good things, like our style of dress, trying out a new club or starting a new job, seems to bring upon a spark in us? I’ve never understood this, but have always invited this type of change.

But, why is it that when it comes to changing those ugly, bad habits, like smoking, drinking too much coffee, or starting down the path of living a healthier lifestyle, that we suddenly become anxious, frustrated and stressed? I don’t know either, but when you find out, please let me know 🙂

So, how’s it going with your New Year’s resolutions, so far? Have you lost a little weight? Are you seeing more tone in your muscles? Are you still eating the one salad, per day, that you swore to include in your meal planning efforts? No. What happened? How did you get off track? Have you resigned your resolutions until next New Year, again, or are you planning to start back on that path a little later this year? Let’s talk about it!

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Question… who said you need to make those changes? Do you feel the need to make them or was the thought of changing that habit initiated by something someone said? My take on it is this… if you are trulyhappy with living the way you live, mind, body and soul, then why are you even thinking of changing anything? I do believe we can all improve in the different aspects of our lives, but to our liking, not someone else’s.

That’s the point of personal development. Evolve into the person you want to be.

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How Are You?

Dr Seuss be you 12.7.14How are you doing these days? I’m asking about your emotional, physical and spiritual self. Not just at this time of year, but especially during the holiday season, we are so concerned with everyone else, that we tend to neglect our own health. We don’t get the proper amount of sleep needed to ward off those nasty germs, and we skimp on eating the good foods that help keep our immune system strong enough to keep fighting for us.

So how are you? Let’s go over a quick checklist of the most common areas of our health we let fall by the wayside. Let’s make sure you are up to the job of maintaining a healthy life that makes and keeps you happy.

Physical – This is the part of us that suffers the most because all the other areas of our being play a part in it. How are you doing with:

  • Eating – This is the best time to start cutting out, or at least down, on those sugary snacks and gooey goodies. I know it’s hard, trust me, but it is oh so necessary. Staying healthy, looking and feeling good, counts on it. Increase your soup and juice intake to help with this. (Note – if you eat store bought soup, try to get ‘Reduced Sodium’. When buying juices, opt for the ‘No Sugar Added’ choices)
  • Exercise – Even if you don’t follow a regular workout schedule, just a few easy stretches, for a minimum of 5-10 minutes each day, will help get and keep your juices flowing. This will help fight off many of the common illnesses that prey on weak bodies during the winter months.
  • Dress warm – You don’t have to buy a $200 coat to make sure you stay warm during the winter months. That same $200 can buy you a couple of coats, hats, scarves and gloves. As a single mom for many years, stretching my pennies was second nature during the winter months. Who wants to be called from work to pick a sick kid up from school, right?

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Personal Development – The Physical Side, Part 1 of 3

fitness picPersonal Development has three sides: physical, mental and spiritual. In this blog post we’ll explore the physical side and see how it affects how we treat ourselves and others. Developing ourselves on a physical level may seem easy to some, but is actually hard for most. Everyday you see pictures of the beautiful models and actresses who we are supposed to resemble, right? It’s an ongoing saga. Believe me, I truly understand why eating disorders are a huge concern for the parents of teens and pre-teens. Let’s face it, We have a ton of outside forces saying we should look, act and feel a certain way.

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As the mother of a girl, I had to constantly reinforce, in my daughter, the need to look and act in a way that she was comfortable. To make matters worse, my daughter was not your normal looking black girl.n Briana is has a light complexion with red hair and no freckles. Because she looked so different for the southerners she was raised around, she was teased and picked on from daycare up to about 9th grade. The other black girls insisted that her father was white and that she listened to “white” music. The fact that she spoke “white”, meaning with proper grammar, didn’t help matters in the least bit.

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