Monthly Archives: February 2011


Improve your wellness through helping others

Thanks to Rebecca for this gorgeous path photo! Click on the path to visit her blog.

One of the things I mentioned the other day when I was discussing the nine areas of wellness was that I considered giving back in the form of volunteering to be a part of social wellness. Volunteering, of course, involves donating our time to help out in the community. As we all know, some people have more time than money, and others have more money than time. Though most of us probably feel like we don’t have enough time anyway.


By |February 25th, 2011|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Which 3 areas of wellness do you want to work on the most?

By |February 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment

How do you define wellness?

Thanks to Julia for this beautiful path photo from gardens in Luxembourg. Click on the photo to visit her blog (in Spanish).

Do you see it as a mind/body/spirit kind of thing, or do you have an even more holistic perspective? How would you rate your current state of overall wellness, on a scale of 1 to 10?

I’ve been thinking of wellness on an even broader level lately, taking into consideration nine different areas when evaluating my own personal wellness to get a good perspective of how I’m doing.

Check out these nine areas and see how you’re doing in your life.


By |February 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|4 Comments

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Thanks to Shanie for this beautiful path photo! Click on the photo to visit her site.

Stop right now and think about it. Can you remember? When was it? Did you enjoy that experience? Did you learn from it?

How do you feel when you do things for the first time? Do you enjoy it? Do you find it exciting? Is that something you’d like to do more of?

Would you like to have more “firsts” in your life? Would you be willing to pledge to do more “firsts” in life? How many “firsts” would you like to experience each year? Each month? Each week? Each day?

How would you feel if you were trying new things on a regular basis?

Think about how you can add more “first time” experiences to your life. Which of the following areas of your life provide you with opportunities for trying new things? Can you think of other areas you can add some “firsts” to?


Still stuck?


By |February 22nd, 2011|Uncategorized|13 Comments

How to manage time with a home business…and children

Thanks to Joel for this lovely path photo.

I recently received the following question: “I would love to hear more about how, as a work-at-home mom and blogger, I can manage my time, be more productive and most importantly set and achieve goals with 3 kids and a home business….and still have 3 kids who don’t feel like they’re the side dish.”

Great question! Let’s see…I’m going to revert back a bit to something I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. What are your priorities? What things or areas of your life are important to you? You mentioned your blog, your children, your home business (is that the same as your blog?). What other priorities do you have? Think of your top eight priorities.

Consider the following: health/wellness, exercise/gym, relationship with partner, personal growth and development, spirituality, religion, career development, studies, giving back/contribution to society, financial prosperity, savings, socialising/fun, friends, family, children, parents, entertainment, work, personal space, hobbies, sports, artistic expression, etc.

Now take that list of eight priorities, and rank them in order, without much thought. Try to do the ranking as quickly as possible, without analysing things too much. Did this exercise help you see what things are most important to you?

Avoid judging your answers. Your priorities are your priorities. There are no shoulds. Maybe you think that a certain area should be at the #1 spot, and you put it at #4. That’s fine.

When planning each day, organise your time with these priorities in mind. If your children are your top priority, schedule them in first, and then work other things around their time. If your blog or home business is first, then schedule other activities around that.


By |February 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|2 Comments

How to keep positive while working toward your dream job

Thanks again to Ali for an amazing path photo! Click on the photo to see her blog.

I recently received the following question: “How to change your mindset if you have a job you dislike, but have not found a new one yet. How to remain positive and how to work toward your dream job, while at the old one.”

That’s a good one. A few questions…

If you already had your dream job, how would you feel? Imagine what it would be like. Picture yourself working there. What are you feeling?

Does that feel good? Better than what you’re feeling at your current job? Then get started working toward your dream job, so you can be doing it as soon as possible.

Are you already working toward your dream job? Do you have a plan in place? Do you  have a deadline for starting the new job? Remember, if there’s no one else to set deadlines for you, then you’ll have to do it yourself.


By |February 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

New time management trick to avoid overload

Thanks to Gustavo for this great path photo from Argentina!

I developed this little system that has been working great for me, so I wanted to share it. You already know about my to-do list technique. It’s low-tech (on paper) and involves setting priorities within specified categories that I’ve set up for myself. This system is based on that one.

Remember when I mentioned the day I had “a 6:45 a.m. breakfast meeting and an errand I had to run immediately afterward, then a specific class at the gym that I wanted to take, and finally a meeting in the afternoon. Clearly, I had very little time throughout the day to do my full list of things. I set up a shorter list, and got everything done that I wanted to…precisely because I didn’t overload myself”?

I’m all about not overloading myself (primarily because I’ve done it in years past), and I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment, so I’ve been very disciplined lately about calculating which days are highly productive days, which days are medium days, and which days have lower productivity levels. I classify days depending on how many hours of coaching sessions, appointments, and meetings I may have on those days, plus other events such as courses or Meetups.

I’m in the middle of one distance learning course at the moment, and I’m starting a second course in March, so I want to get as far along on the first course before starting the second one, so I’m not overloading myself with two courses at once (Notice that I looked ahead in my schedule for the next couple of months to plan ahead and avoid future overload? Don’t forget to do this.). Plus, the more information I have from the first course, it will give me a lot of background information that will help me take advantage of the second one, which is a lot more comprehensive.

The issue is, I wasn’t sure if this was a realistic goal or not. It’s what I wanted to do, and I needed to find out if I could actually achieve it. How to figure this out?


By |February 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Help! I want to know what you want to know

I have a notebook full of blog posts that grows every week. So far, I’ve been choosing one at random to write about. What I really want to know is: what do you want to read about? What information do you find most useful? What do you want to work on most at this point in your life?


By |February 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

6 Quick guidelines for goal setting

Still stuck on Someday Isle? Do you want to get serious about transforming your dreams into goals, but don’t know where to get started?

Remember: a dream is a goal without a deadline. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve realized I need to make a major change and just kept putting it off until I sat down and set a clear, reasonable, achievable deadline to what I wanted to do. And not until then did that dream of a change actually become a part of my everyday thoughts and plans, as I worked toward achieving that goal and making the change I wanted so badly in my life.

Does this sound familiar to you?

First off, choose one of your goals and write […]

By |February 10th, 2011|Uncategorized|16 Comments

Escape from Someday Isle

I was watching a Brian Tracy video last weekend, where he talked about how so many people live on Someday Isle. You’ve heard this before, haven’t you?

“Someday I’ll lose weight.”

“Someday I’ll take that trip around the world.”

“Someday I’ll have a house of my own.”

Have you ever heard yourself saying anything like this? Someday Isle is where all of our dreams live, all the things we want to do someday…unfortunately for most of us, that day never comes. Why? Because they’re dreams, not goals.

Do you know the difference between a dream and a goal?

A dream is a goal without a time limit. Do you have goals or do you have dreams? If you have dreams and not goals, you may be stuck on Someday Isle. Take […]

By |February 8th, 2011|Uncategorized|10 Comments