• motivation monday,  self-care,  self-compassion,  this-n-that

    Roadblocks to Believing in Yourself

    Make self-compassion a priority Self-confidence boosts your chances of living the life you want to live. However, if you are too hard on yourself, you can short circuit your confidence and avoid moving out of your comfort zone to create a better life. You could even come to think you don’t deserve the life you want. Practicing self-compassion is essential for a healthy, happy life. Check out these three common confidence killers that can keep you from living out your true potential. 1. Comparison Quit comparing your life to the lives of those around you and especially the lives of people you’re connected with on social media. Doing so can…

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  • motivation monday,  self-care,  self-compassion,  self-discovery

    The First Steps to Improving Self-Compassion

    and self-esteem Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. Self-compassion is how you treat yourself. The two combined form a lens through which you determine who you are and what you’re capable of accomplishing. If you lack either one, you may see yourself as unworthy and untalented. Instead of seeing your ability to easily start a conversation with anyone as a talent for communication, you see it as a flaw and call yourself motormouth or chatty Cathy. While it can be tempting to fixate on our perceived flaws, doing so won’t help create the lives we want to live. Consider the following three ideas for boosting your self-compassion. 1. Stop…

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  • gratitude,  nature,  self-care,  thankful thursday

    Spend Time in Nature to Improve Your Mood

    and increase your energy Today I have felt restless and out-of-sorts. It has made it hard to concentrate on any project. My cure for days like this involves two things: Self-compassion: I don’t give myself a hard time about it, and I give myself permission to roam – physically and mentally. Time in nature: I live in the city, so I can’t wander off into the woods. However, I can stand barefoot on the grass, study the structure of a peony blossom, or take a walk in a local park. Thankful Thursday Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse,…

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  • fitness,  fitness friday,  self-care,  walking

    Use A Pedometer to Track Your Steps

    Go For 10,0000 Fitness Friday This is the fourth (and next to last!) installment in our walking for fitness series. I like to track my steps and activity level so I can make sure I’m moving about enough and not spending too much time sitting here in front of the computer. Read on for tips on how to track your steps and activity. (p.s. This article includes affiliate links — if you click and buy through one, I’ll earn a small commission.) Finding time for a 45-minute walk isn’t always easy. We live busy lives and, between family and work, fitting in a workout isn’t always possible. What if I…

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  • motivation monday,  personal development,  personal power,  self-care

    How do you do it?

    I just do it. I know that sounds like a Nike advertisement, but I have been asked this question and that is the best answer I know. I simply keep on doing. Mood, health, weather, finances, relationships, and more can trip me up. Trip. Possibly Fall. Definitely Get Back Up. I just keep going. I just do it. Nobody asks how I do it because I’m breathtakingly beautiful, or fabulously wealthy, or living in a posh pad, or driving a fancy car. They ask because, no matter what, I am living my life in an intentional and satisfying way. I live the life I want to live despite setbacks and hardships…

  • fitness friday,  self-care,  walking

    Make Walking a Habit

    4 Tips to Get in the Habit Of Walking Daily Humans were designed to walk and run for miles in order to hunt and gather food. Yet, in modern society, we spend most of our time sitting down. Since a sedentary life is linked to health problems, this is probably one of the most important reasons to go for a walk each day. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Most of us sit at work, sit when we eat, and sit to watch TV or play video games. In other words, getting and staying in the habit of going for a walk each day can be a bit of…

  • gratitude,  self-care,  thankful thursday,  this-n-that

    The stress-busting power of gratitude

    Welcome to Thankful Thursday! This week I am thankful for good friends over the course of a lifetime. I’m not a particularly social person, so you won’t find my calendar full of parties and outings with friends. Yet I know by experience that my friends have got my back. I’m thankful they are willing to help out with the simple things like moving a piece of furniture and the deep and painful things like grieving the death of a loved one. My life is full thanks to the friends who make me laugh, keep me honest, and support me through good times and bad. Thank you! Last week’s Thankful Thursday…

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  • motivation monday,  self-care,  self-discovery,  spiritual renewal,  spring,  vernal equinox

    Symbols of New Life at the Vernal Equinox

    Spring has arrived Today is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring represents new beginnings and new life in many cultures. Eggs, bunnies, lambs, flowers, and green leaves on trees are all symbols of hope. We also associate the vernal equinox with a time of spring cleaning: getting rid of the old, bringing in the new, and restoring vitality and health to our homes. The spring equinox is also a time for creativity and fresh starts. This quote from playwright George Bernard Shaw fits right into these spring time themes: Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself. Last week I was thinking about pruning. This week I’m…

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  • fitness,  fitness friday,  self-care,  walking

    Look at All the Health Benefits of Walking!

    Walking does a body good Last week on Fitness Friday, we established that walking is an equal opportunity, no-cost, do-it-almost-anywhere way to get some exercise. But there’s more! Walking is fun, it’s relaxing, and most importantly it’s good for your health. Today’s Fitness Friday provides an overview of the many benefits of walking. When you’re done with this quick read, I’m sure you’ll agree that heading out for a walk each day is a great idea, and you’ll be motivated to stick to your walking schedule. Walking puts you back in touch with nature No matter how fast or slow you walk, walking gets you outside and in the fresh air.…

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