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We each have our own version of what our lives could look like.  While we might not always agree with how others might approach this, being true to ourselves is critical to our own success.

What is your best life?  Who’s to say?  You do!  That is why it’s important for you to get clear on what is important to you!  It’s not someone else’s version, it’s your own.  What kind of courage do you need to move your dream into reality?  For most of us, it takes a lot!  Maybe it’s not easy, but the great feeling we gain by living true to ourselves, or living a healthy life, may be immense!

How do you actually make these changes?  Try this exercise. Consider your life is represented by a circle, and the circle is broken down into pieces. Each piece of the circle, or pie piece, represents an aspect of your life.  What are the pieces of your pie?   Family, finances, relationships, work, play, spirituality all could be such pieces.

How ‘full’ is each piece?  If you were to think about the very tip of the pie piece as ‘empty’, or fully unsatisfied, and the wide arch of the crust being ‘full’, or fully satisfied, where would your current level of fulfillment be? This is a simple but effective way to view our lives.  Your potential in each area is attaining a ‘full’ piece. Balanced levels of fullness also might be an ultimate goal.

How you actually fill each piece is unique to you!  What will you do to fill each piece of your pie?  Moving toward a full pie may be a goal to living a rewarding life!  Enjoy your pie!

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What does being well mean to you?  Being healthy?  Feeling good? No illness? No stress?  What is the value you place on that?  And why is it that many of us have such a hard time doing the things we need to do to achieve our optimum well being?

We could spend eons asking why and belittling ourselves, or we can just reassess and maybe make a choice that has us being a little bit more healthier or feeling better about ourselves.  The human mind is complex, and there are so many things that are unanswerable.  But it does us no good to dwell in dis-empowerment.  Instead, we could look at what would give us the most power in taking care of ourselves?  Remembering that we have choice is powerful, and that we can choose to think a different way, or choose do something differently in our everyday lives.  I’m not talking about huge changes or achieving that perfect vision you have for your self.  I am speaking about little, doable things that we can do to be healthier, happier and live a better quality of life.

Maybe it could be taking more 5 minute breaks?  Occasional walks, not eating that hamburger and fries, taking a few deep breaths when something pisses us off, or indulging in a bubble bath.  I’m sure you can think of other things, little things, that you can do to improve the quality of your life and improve your well being.  I invite you to consider what the cost is of not taking care of yourself and start finding (and doing) those little things to enhance your life today.

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High in the Colorado Rockies this is an opportunity to get out in nature in a not-so-typical way. It’s more than a walk in the woods!  This is a 3-day opportunity to get away from our usual habitual ways to create a more empowering outlook on life!  If you love being in nature and are ready for additional ease, enhanced enjoyment of life and increased vitality, this is your trip!

This is a 3-day snowshoe hut trip with the focus on deepening our awareness of ourselves and our place in nature. By learning and doing what is true  for ourselves we increase our chances of reducing stress, while adding richness and joy to our lives. For more information, please visit- http://www.meetup.com/The-Path-Coaching-Nature-Connection-Boulder/events/49915632/

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As part of my practical solutions campaign, I open up the question of what being healthy this summer looks like for you? Is it spending time outdoors, wonderful summer picnics, playing with the kids or family reunions? Stopping to smell the flowers or getting away for a short break?

Our well-being isn’t just dependent on exercise and eating right (and they are still important!) but is also defined by how we enjoy our lives. And how we manage the regular and not so regular situations in life, along with the thoughts and viewpoints that may lead to stress.

Even in summer there are opportunities for stress- the kids being out of school or no time off from work. Maybe it’s family gatherings or too much sun (that is stressful on the body) or ice cream. All these and more can create a stress response to the body or mind. So what can a person do?

Simple! Do more of what you enjoy and less what leads to stress. Below are 5 tips to help you better enjoy your summer!

1) Do what matters (is important) to you
2) Be out in nature or have some quiet reflective time
3) Organize your life/ Nix the clutter
4) Laugh and spend time playing
5) Look at things from another perspective, detach from your own

If you are ready to put into practice these suggestions and to start to making sustainable life changes, you are ready for a life coach!

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Preparing for a new series- Nature Explorations. This is an opportunity to be in nature, deepen our understanding of our self and our relationship to others and the natural world.

Next Full Moon Hike, Tuesday June 14, 6pm
* Interested in breaking away mentally and physically from the work week?
* Would you like a new experience of being outdoors?
* Want to enhance your experience of life while moving your body?

Come join us each month for an opportunity to break from your usual routine and connect with the world around you. Learn about the local environment and perhaps discover something new about yourself!

All full moon explorations are free and set at a slow to moderate pace lasting 1-3 hours. Locations vary along the Front Range. Plan for weather, bring sturdy shoes, water, and a snack.

New Nature Exploration Programs- Seeing your life through the trees
Explore life themes such as awareness, curiosity, trust and change, in this on-going series of outdoor adventures.

We will visit some of the most beautiful locations in our region.
Nature Explorations are Monthly- 3rd Saturday and last Monday, June thru September, 1st Saturday Session- June 18, 8:30am-10:30am, 1st Monday Session- June 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Contact Website for details.

Coming soon- Cougar Fitness!
Start or improve fitness in the great outdoors! This course will get you outside taking care of your physical, as well as other, aspects of your well-being. Have fun, get fit, explore your wild side, and release stress!
Summer classes starting in July!

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Often times we don’t think we can do much to enjoy our lives or be more relaxed.  Not so!  Here are 5 easy ways to bring more ease and balance into your life-

1) Stop and breathe.  By slowing down and focusing on your breath, you can bring down your stress and blood pressure.

2) Notice what’s going on around you.  Too often we get lost in the past or future, and are not present to what is happening right now.  Being present helps you to appreciate what is so right now.

3) Be Grateful.  Instead of focusing on the things that aren’t going the way you want, notice and give thanks to the wonderful things already in your life.

4) Laugh- Don’t take life so seriously, look for the humor and enjoy a good belly laugh!  Laughter releases stress and makes us feel good!

5) Chose what is really important to you.  Act upon what is important to you, say no to what is not.  By doing so you are setting your boundaries and living according to your values!

I challenge you to try some of these tips and see yourself relaxed!!

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There are two key elements to improving our wellness – one part is to understand which areas of life we would like to change, one part is actually doing what it takes to make the change. By taking action, and changing the behaviors that aren’t working, we can create a better, healthier life. This may be in the realm of the physical, like I discussed last time. Yet, to improve our overall health and wellness, we must also include our mental and spiritual wellbeing.

The direct line to improving your wellbeing is simple-
* Move your body
* Consume good nutrients and savor your meals
* Get adequate rest
* Keep your stress levels down
* Smile
* Do things to relax and enjoy
* Think good thoughts
* Connect with others in a meaningful way
* Better understand yourself and what’s meaningful to you

Much of improving our wellbeing involves the willingness to make changes in our lives. We fall into habitual ways of leading our daily lives, or habitual ways of thinking that leaves us feeling small. To improve our health and wellbeing, we have to be willing to get unstuck and go through some discomfort in the process of change. It is possible if you are willing to take on the challenges and the obstacles that present themselves. Stand for what is important to you!

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