Friday, 24 January 2020

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Monday, 20 January 2020

Power

There is only one YOU.  
And there will never be another one.  
That’s your power.  
- Mel Robbins

Friday, 17 January 2020

January 17, 2020 Chautauqua


Beth's Ponderings

   Here we are at the middle of January - the time when most New Year’s resolutions have completely fallen by the wayside - if you are the type who makes resolutions.

   One reason so many people find it hard to follow through with resolutions is because they say they want to change, but they don’t really want to change anything in their life to make that resolution change possible. 

   In order to make change happen, and stick, we need to create a structure for it to occur.  A structure that doesn't overwhelm us and makes things easier, such as toggling a new habit onto an existing habit.  If you always do a specific routine in the morning, maybe you can add one small tweak that helps you create the new change that you desire.

   Also, resolutions are all fine and dandy but there isn't usually any emotion or energy attached to them (unless it’s fear).  An intention to do something, on the other hand, usually has strong emotion and energy behind it, and is more likely to propel you forward, especially if you have it written down somewhere where you can see it on a daily basis.

   And while sometimes it seems like we need to completely overhaul our lives, if we really want to create lasting change, it has to happen in small tiny baby steps.  Otherwise, our brains will freak out and keep us firmly entrenched in whatever patterns we want to change.

   Another downfall with resolutions is that we treat them like a one-time event and that’s it till next January 1st.  That leads to a well-I-blew-it-this-time-so-there’s-no-point-trying-again-till-next-year attitude.  We are all given a brand new 24 hours each day in which we can begin anew with whatever change we want to make in our lives.  And, changes made at other times in year (ie not at New Year’s) tend to be more effective and lasting.


  Finally, one of the best ways to create change in your life is not to consciously get rid of whatever you don’t want, but rather to bring in more of what you do want.  As more of what you want comes in, what you don’t want just naturally falls away.

Beth


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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Move

The 5 Second Rule: 
The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal
 you must 5-4-3-2-1 and physically move 
or your brain will stop you.  
- Mel Robbins

Monday, 13 January 2020

Friday, 10 January 2020

Moves

It’s not the big moves that define our lives, 
it’s the smallest ones.
  - Mel Robbins

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Monday, 6 January 2020

Courage

Courage is the commitment to begin 
without any guarantee of success.  
- Goethe

Friday, 3 January 2020

January 3, 2020 Chautauqua


Beth's Ponderings

   First off, I want you to give yourself a pat on the back...Right now...I’ll wait...literally take your hand and reach back and pat your back.

   No matter what 2019 brought you - whether lots of good, lots of not-so-good, or a completely mixed bag that left you reeling - here you are, still alive, and still standing.  You survived it all, and are a better stronger person.

   Now, I want you to wrap both arms around yourself in a BIG hug!  Yes, right now...both arms literally around yourself, and squeeze tight. If you are in public, and someone asks what you are doing, just tell them I told you to do it ;) 


   As we enter 2020, and this new decade, it is important we treat ourselves with compassion.  May this coming year be a joyful one for you.

Beth 


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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Monday, 30 December 2019

Life

Life is amazing.  And then it’s awful.  
And then it’s amazing again.  And in between 
the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. 
 Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, 
and relax and exhale during the ordinary.  That’s just living.  
Heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.  
And it’s breathtaking beautiful.  
- LR Knost

Friday, 27 December 2019

Unbalance

There is no such thing as a work-life balance. 
 Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. 
 - Alain de Botton

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Value

Your ordinary acts of love and hope
 point to the extraordinary promise
 that every human is of inestimable value.  
- Desmond Tutu