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Spring is all about new growth, new beginnings, freshness and color! After the winter’s chill and darkness, we emerge in new light, stretch our limbs, take in a deep breath and grow! This is the time to create new projects, shed layers of extra ‘weight’ (figuratively and actually!) and get moving!

This is more so (than January 1st) the time to create new activities and habits, the time to actually design your life. Create more relaxation and fun, start eating higher quality foods, or move your body to get the energy and conditioning it needs. What is it you want to create for yourself? How do you want to feel? What new ways & beings can be started this spring so you are living more in alignment with the life you desire? Better than a New Year’s revolution, Spring is the time to create a New You revelation!

Here are 5 steps you can take to create sustainable change in your life-

* Consider WHY do you want to make a change- Do you feel it in your body (like an emotion stirred) when you think of this? If you are clear about your own intrinsic motivation you are more apt to stick with it! Clarify your motivation and keep it as a reminder.
* Create SMART goals- Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time defined. This will help with keeping on track and defining next steps.
* Set a plan- Scheduling and planning are your friends! Use your planner to set appointments to start taking the actions that will help you successfully move toward your goal. Break down into doable steps (smaller if those are seemingly overwhelming)
* Get support- Tell everyone, surround yourself with others up to the same thing, get a coach.
* Take immediate action- No better time then the present to take your 1st step! What will that be? Ditch the negative thoughts and start growing now!

Springing to life isn’t an easy task, but with some planning and nurturing it is doable. Sometimes a seed is dormant for months, often years, but when the conditions are right, the new leaves begin to grow. What conditions do you need to flourish? As always, I am here to support, happy to help you clearly define how to apply these steps to your life! To your best health and well-being!

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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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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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‘The longest journey is the journey inward, for he who has chosen his destiny has started upon his quest for the source of his being.’ Dag Hammarskjöld

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In caring for our well-being we need to look at the dimension of spirit. Spiritual wellness includes connecting to our higher self and the ability to find meaning in life. It gives us strength to cope with despair as well as feeling good about being alive. It may or may not include religion and could include nature.

You can step outside, or take yourself inside (reflection) to access this. You can go to church, practice yoga, meditate, create art or tend a garden. By doing what is important to you, you are feeding your soul; listening to your deeper self you are accessing your spiritual well-being.

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I spent a lot of time in nature. To see my latest findings, please visit http://naturewonderings.wordpress.com/. This, I think, is one of the best ways to care for my well-being.

There are so many ways to take care of ourselves, why do we spend so much time, instead, abusing ourselves? Please don’t answer that, I would rather read all the great ways to improve our health and wellness…

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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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