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Where am I going? Clearing

The third and final of The Three Happiness Questions is Where am I going? To get ready to move onto this last stage of the Ready to Bloom program, start out by reviewing your journal or notebook with your responses to the first two Happiness Questions. It’s important that you’re clear on your answers to both of these questions, because this information and understanding is vital for creating your path forward.

Ready? The next step is clearing out and changing some of the things you may want to get rid of, to enable your progress down your path. It may resemble hacking through the undergrowth with a machete, or it may be more like cutting back some stray brambles. Either way, it’s important to get this done now so you can move forward.

It’s time to make some changes: […]

By |October 15th, 2012|Holistic Wellness|Comments Off

Where am I? Time Wasters

The other day I wrote about survival techniques: things we do to distract ourselves from the life we’re living so we can simply survive. Sometimes our survival techniques aren’t as drastic as working 16-18 hour days. We may also employ the tactic of distracting ourselves by wasting little chunks of time.

Once we’re aware of the ways we waste time to get through each day, it makes it easier to reduce the time spent on these activities so we can use that time for things that truly make us happy.

Take a moment to sit down with pen and paper and think about this: how much time do you spend each day doing each of the following? Write down your answer for each.

Watching television
Browsing through social media […]

By |July 16th, 2012|Holistic Wellness|Comments Off

Where am I? Survival Techniques

For years, I was a workaholic. My previous company was in the hospitality industry, and for many years, I lived on site at one of the hotels. This meant that both guests and staff considered me to be on call 24 hours a day. And why wouldn’t they? I responded to every knock on my door, even at 3 AM.

And when I wasn’t sleeping (or having my sleep interrupted), I was working. For years, I worked 16-18 hour days. I would get up in the morning, head to my office on site, and stay there until going back to my room to sleep. My entire waking life consisted of work. The restaurant’s cooks would deliver my meals straight to my computer: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. […]

By |July 13th, 2012|Holistic Wellness|Comments Off

Ready to Bloom: the book

Sometimes, it helps to have someone to hold us accountable for our goals. Last year, I had a whole list of goals, some of which I achieved, some of which I didn’t. Life took me on many new paths last year, and some of the things I had set out to do at the beginning of the year no longer made sense after certain changes occurred in my life.

One of my goals for last year was to write a book, based on some of the blog posts I’ve shared here, expanding them and adding new questions for reflection and exercises for each theme. The idea is to create a 30 day plan that you can complete in one month, or by taking as long as […]

By |July 11th, 2012|Holistic Wellness|3 Comments

Where am I? Top 3 Areas to Improve

It’s time to take a look at your Wheel of Life once again. If it’s been a couple of months since you filled out yours, download a fresh Wheel of Life and re-assess things. Remember, life changes, so it can be very useful to do this exercise a few times a year. Next, re-assess your priorities. Again, if it’s been a while, do this exercise all over again. Life changes (I will never tire of saying that), and our priorities change.

The “Where am I?” question is all about where you are in your life, at this time, in this present moment. That means that your answers to “Where am I?” will change on a regular basis…even from day to day. That doesn’t mean you have to do the “Where […]

By |July 8th, 2012|Change, Growth|2 Comments

Where am I? Want/Should/Others

Why do we do the things we do? There’s a variety of reasons, but the important thing is that you are aware of why you do the things you do. Often, we live unhappy lives because we have no idea why we do things.

For so many years, I lived my life for other people. I did a lot of things that I felt I should do, or had to do, or needed to do. And I generally responded to everything that others wanted me to do or expected me to do. And after years of doing this, I was so out of touch with my own interests that I had reached the point where I didn’t even know what I wanted to do.

I knew that […]

By |January 9th, 2012|Holistic Wellness|3 Comments

Where am I? Taking a Look at Attitudes

Attitudes can change over time, which is why I’ve included this area in Where am I? rather than Who am I? You are not your attitudes, but the attitudes you hold do define where you are in life.

Print two copies of the Attitudes List.
Ask yourself: which of the following words describe your various attitudes in an average week? Without judging them (you may feel that some of these attitudes are positive or negative, but it’s best not to judge), tick off all of the attitudes that you think you experience on a regular basis.
Add any additional attitudes that you think you have but were not on the list.
Take the second copy and, at the end of each day starting tomorrow, tick off the attitudes that […]

By |January 2nd, 2012|Holistic Wellness|2 Comments

Where am I? Priorities

SO sorry about my extended absence. So, to recap: we’re onto the second happiness question: Where are you? Meaning, where are you in your life? In this area, you can clearly identify what’s right and what’s wrong for you: which things you like and which things don’t like, which things you want to keep and which things you want to change.

Sound good? Since we’re just about to start a new year, I thought it would be appropriate for us to take a stock at where we are in life.

So, take a look back at your Wheel of Life. If it’s been a couple of months since you filled out yours, download a fresh Wheel of Life and re-assess things. Remember, life changes, so it can be useful […]

By |December 29th, 2011|Change, Holistic Wellness|3 Comments

Where am I? Wheel of life

Now we’re onto the second happiness question: Where are you? That means: where are you in life? This is where you can clearly identify what’s right and what’s wrong for you: the things you like and don’t like, the things you want to keep and the things you want to change.

You may have done the Wheel of Life or balance wheel before, but as with other types of exercises, it’s a good idea to do this on a regular basis. Life changes, and it’s useful to notice how things have improved.

So, how does your life currently rank on a scale of one to ten in the following areas: career, family, finance, health/wellness, personal growth, self expression, social life, spirituality/religion? Analyse how your life is going in […]

By |October 4th, 2011|Change, Holistic Wellness|6 Comments