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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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How do you enjoy your summer?

As my intent is to help people live happier and healthier lives, not only do we need to be doing things that are healthy, but we need to choose actions and events that make us happy. Truly authentic happiness, what our soul screams for, not just happy because of…(whatever reason fits)

If you think about it, what really gives you that satisfying feeling of belonging and joy? For me, it’s being in nature, having deep, meaningful conversations and being absorbed in a creative project.

So what does this have to do with enjoying summer? Well, it’s doing those things that are meaningful to you, that give you that deep sense of satisfaction that help us to enjoy our time. So is it trips with family? Playing? Drawing? Having quiet? Gathering with a few important folks? Stretching or Exercising? Making wonderful meals?

How can you better enjoy summer?

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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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I have been living in a world of loss. Our best friend, Chaco, is gone, put to sleep after years of great living and pain. I say it that way because that is what I know to be true.

Chaco, our lab, had a great life, he got all the best, and he was the center of our world. In fact, just this week I noticed how true this statement is. His presence in the house, his glances at what I am up to, always noticing if something about food was involved, or maybe a scratch behind the ear, or an opportunity to go outside- all sorely missed.

And the pain he had was present for much of his life, though we did what we could to make him as comfortable as possible-meds, acupuncture, massage, hydro. We thought it to be arthritis, along with some other issue that took up residence in his body a long time ago. We did all we could, and him being a lab, he perservered with little complaint.  He got out ran played, and made doggie snow angels.  Oh, and the places he went, and the adventures he had…What a love he was, really he just wanted to be with his people and to play and be outside. I guess we all did.

So, this week, I am learning to be with his loss. After 12 1/2 years of companionship and love, he is put to rest. We mourn his passing, and we miss him so. I didn’t understand what a difficult choice it would be, though I know it to be the best for him, relieve him of his pain and deteriorating quality of life. The last few weeks haven’t been easy taking care of him, and if he could talk he might have said something about the frustration, anguish and pain he had to bare.

When loss happens, how do us humans process it? Feel it fully or sweep it under the rug? I have spent alot of time trying to understand this death thing, the whole concept of conscious and unconscious, whether alive or dead. I have no new answers. A friend remined me that people have been visiting this concept for ages, I probably won’t figure it out in a week.  Trying to understand, grasp the depth of death, where we ‘go’, etc.   And learning to be with the loss….  We are so grateful for our best friend, and we will dearly miss him.

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I have begun to wonder how I try to work my life so efficiently- grouping like trips together, not wasting resources by running all over, etc.   Has this really cost me in other ways.   I ponder this thought.  Maybe efficient isn’t so efficient.

The cost? More time building business, more time building relationships, doing more of what I want.   But I get done those things that are together.   Is it a function of my organizational ways? My never ending task list? That which has me always going, with little down time? I contemplate this as I seek to find balance….

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