Growing Your Beautiful Life

2014: GROW!

Let’s do this together. Let’s make 2014 a year of action, daring, pursuit, exploration. Let’s tell others about our faith and about who we are and about our beautiful dreams.
These might be nice, poetic words … but I mean it. If not now, when?  

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This Way to a New Year

mirrorHow many directions can you go at once?  How many thoughts can you actively attend each moment? Can you keep your eyes ahead while looking over your shoulder?

I recently had an “encounter” with my own limitations … in a parking garage.  I traveled to Colorado for Christmas to see my sons and other family and friends.  While there, I rented a car for a few days so that I could have lunch here and dinner there, catching up with all my ladies (who I miss so much since I moved all the way to South Carolina three years ago).

Anyway, on this particular night I parked in an underground parking garage. Next to a cement pole. (You know what’s coming, don’t you?)  After dinner, my friend, Amy, and I got in the car, still chatty after 3 hours of talking, reminiscing, solving the problems of the world.  As I slowly backed out of the parking space, I tried to watch every direction at once – and talk and listen – all at the same time.  I looked over my right shoulder and that’s when I heard: “CRACK!”  Uh-oh.

I caught the outside mirror on the cement pole. Broke it to bits.

Here are the lessons I am taking into 2014 from that experience: (1) You can really only move in one direction at a time, look in one direction at a time, focus on one thing at a time if you intend to be productive and stay in one piece!  (2) Don’t enter the New Year with your eyes in a rear view mirror.  We’re not looking back – we’re looking forward. So let go of what’s behind and face what is ahead: A brand new year.

Happy New Year, Everyone! And may God bless every day with joy and peace as you grow your beautiful life!

I Am Clover


If you really did grow out of the ground, what would you be? A type of tree? A certain flower? A field of green grass? Would you blossom underground like a root vegetable? Spread across whatever you touch, like a flowering vine?

Perhaps I am Clover … growing my roots just under the surface, fertilizing the soil for myself and every other plant and flower, then sprouting up with a subtle, cute white flower and – every now and then – surprising my friends with a four-leaf, lucky surprise!

Join us on a new adventure: “Beyond Resolutions,” the Journal-Coaching challenge for 2014!

Your Attitude: Your Choice

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI recently “Liked” a facebook page that has some positive, encouraging messages. Unfortunately, other posts deliver messages of bitterness, revenge and negativity.  Sometimes these attitudes are masked as strength, independence and self-esteem. We need to pay attention to know the difference.

For instance, “Do not get my personality and my attitude twisted. My personality is me and my attitude depends on you!”

You might be tempted to respond with an, “AMEN, SISTA!”  But think again.  Do you really want to grow your beautiful life by putting your attitude in the hands of other people?  Are you living your life re-actively, letting others control how you feel and how you behave? Or are you working toward choosing your own attitude based on your faith, your goals, and your beautiful heart?

When you are not sure whether your initial response to something is a good choice or a reactive one, refer to these two Bible verses for guidance:

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—
think about such things.
Phillipians 4:8

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person
by changing the way you think.
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you,
which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Beyond Resolutions

take actionI know, I know … you’re not even done with Christmas shopping!  Don’t worry, I am NOT going to ask you to do anything for the new year.  Not yet at least!

I just wanted to let you know about a new, 10-week challenge available to you starting January 12, 2014.  It’s called “Beyond Resolutions” and it is a Journal-Coaching project to help you go beyond those New Year’s Resolutions you’ve made in the past.

In BEYOND RESOLUTIONS, you will identify your values and passions, set goals AND create an action plan to meet those goals.  You will face your self-sabotage behaviors head-on and deal with some of your time-wasting habits.  Most of all, IF you choose, you will make real progress and set the stage for an AWESOME and PRODUCTIVE 2014!!

You will find more information and a sign-up form HERE.  So SIGN UP NOW!! Then watch your email for instructions, encouragement, and a host of personal challenge exercises!

Oh – I almost forgot – weekly blog posts for BEYOND RESOLUTION will allow you to join with other women who are working as hard has you are to create your BEAUTIFUL LIVES!  So you won’t be going it alone.  AND all of this is FREE OF CHARGE.  But you will have to work for it.

Are you ready?

Give the Gift of Coaching!

I’m at that point in life where almost everyone on my gift list is an adult – and most of those adults have everything they need. So I’ve transitioned my gift-giving from items to experiences: gift certificates to restaurants or the theater or a local bakery.  Good experiences make happy memories, and memories last longer than sweaters or toasters or another bottle of perfume.

giftWho do you know who could use some personal support? Who in your life has been trying to implement a positive change in their lives but just hasn’t been able to make their idea work? Who wants to switch careers or move up into a promotion and needs a little more encouragement or accountability than you can offer?  Who needs help creating a balanced life … a more spirit-filled life … the BEAUTIFUL LIFE you know they deserve?

If someone pops into your head as you read those descriptions, consider giving the gift of one-on-one life coaching! I have a special package available at a truly affordable price.  And if, after the introductory session and first full session of coaching, your friend or family member is not happy with the coaching experience, I offer a money-back guarantee.

So GIVE THE GIFT OF COACHING this year – a gift that will enhance someone’s life and last a lifetime!

Like Birds of the Air

Do you go from moment to moment worrying about whether or not you will take your next breath (or how to, or if your breathing is as good as the next guy’s)?  Natural growth does not include worry …

Birds of the air Large