Making Progress

In Practicing

Do you remember the first time you tried to go down the slide, take off on the swing or ride a bike? You needed a little push and the encouragement to take off on your own, right. Do you remember being fearless or a little fearful? Maybe you were a bit of both.

Building

Well I needed that push recently to set a project for myself. To take action and start to make it happen. To give back to yourself to experience life’s opportunties. To give back to yourself to experience that richness of abundance by being passionate and sharing your gifts and talents! 

I am now starting on that project and it is a mix of emotions, feelings and thoughts at times. Where does that fear and insecurity come from. It is from embarking on change!

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Making Time

I am learning as I age that time is truly a precious gift! I am making time for myself. I am not saying it is easy to do, but it is doable if you make it a priority. Especially in doing more of what you love!

Slowing Down

Make time to stop and breathe . . . Make time to pause and slow the pace down . . . Make time to connect through communication and interaction . . .

  • To be mindful. To live in the present.
  • To learn and develop. To experience growth and gain life experiences.
  • To come from a place of love to follow your heart as well as your intuition.
  • To be true to yourself by valuing, believing and trusting in yourself.
  • To pursue your dreams by going after what you desire and crave.
  • To release your sense of adventure and take some risks.
  • To make mistakes and fail in order to grab greatness and success.

To slow down and soak it in! 

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Your Worth It!

Self Worth

There is a difference between being selfish and having self worth!

“It’s Not Selfish To Love Yourself,

Take Care of Yourself,

and To Make Your Happiness a Priority.

It’s Necessary.”~Mandy Hale

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Practicing

  • Communicating and interacting with your self.
  • Connecting and loving your self.
  • Being kind and compassionate to your self.
  • Being caring and nurturing to your self.
  • Tuning and tapping in to your emotions, feelings and thoughts.
  • Transitioning and transforming yourself by embracing, changing and accepting yourself.

Basically practicing each and every day to progress your whole being!

Personalizing

Think for a moment how you personalize yourself and your space! Do you project that personalization from within to your outer world? Does it promote you and your self worth, especially in what you value and what matters to you? By making the time for your whole being you value yourself and you can and will continue to build a solid foundation to live your life! 

  • What are you dreaming about?
  • What are you desiring?
  • What are you creating?
  • What are you deserving of?

Everything you do for you adds to your worth and how you value your whole being! Learning, experiencing growth and gaining life experiences. Doing what you are passionate about and love to do. Being open to the possibilities and receiving them. That creates a life of abundance!

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Promoting

Get to know who you are and love yourself wholly! Nourishing and nurturing. Loving and caring. Communicating, interacting and connecting. You become your own inspirer and motivator as well as encourager and supporter! 

You learn to promote your worth and value from within yourself! Being aware of your behaviors and habits. Being mindful of your attitude and ego. Really value your worth of self!

  • Checking in with yourself and your needs.
  • Really asking yourself what you want and desire.
  • Being mindful of how you want to be treated.
  • Creating those boundaries to value your space.
  • Coming from a place of love to put your fears on the down low.
  • Finding the inspiration, motivation and passion in living your life.

You can . . . You will . . . You do for you!

Another side of promoting is to be around the people that get you! Someone you can share with. Someone that encourages and supports. Someone that is receiving and giving. Be there for each other no matter what!

I picture that team huddle in my head to get pumped up, inspired and motived to get out there and give it my all! It is empowering and gives me a boost of strength. It is creating that community of support. It is expanding in stretching your comfort zone to try new things and to gain new experiences!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

 What Are You Doing To Add Value To Your Worthy Self? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Resilience

Self Building

Accepting who you are helps you build the foundation to learn, grow and gain experiences!

  • To expand yourself versus keeping yourself small.
  • Doing what is best for you versus perfection and what is right.
  • To making mistakes and having failures and learning from those experiences.
  • To celebrating the successes and the milestones.

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A key piece in being a resilient being is to value who you are as well as believe and trust in yourself! That self acceptance and self respect. That self love and self forgiveness. Being there for YOU!

Think about building yourself up versus breaking yourself down to develop, improve and be the best you can be.

  • Being your biggest encourager, motivator and cheerleader.
  • Discovering more about who you are and how you tick.
  • Looking into the expectations you have and the standards you set for yourself.
  • Creating space to experience development and growth.
  • Being more resilient and developing your coping skills toolkit.
  • Changing . . . weaknesses to strengths . . . learning lessons into life experiences, etc.

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Learning good self talk to inspire and motivate as well as encourage and cheer yourself on! Think about how you criticize, judge and interrograte yourself, especially those things that have become habits. Make good changes that work best for your whole being! Remember to do a self check of your whole being, including your current mood, ego and attitude. Become more loving, caring and kind in your self talk!

Learning to create space and set boundaries for yourself in order to show self value and self worth in how you want to be treated! You start tuning into your whole being in listening to it and knowing what it needs. You start to come from a place of love instead of fear. You start to know what matters to you and what is most important in living your life fully!

Learning to bounce back is a great life skill to practice, learn and develop! It can be a building process as well as a freeing process. You find better ways to communicate, interact and connect to your whole being. You go after what you need and what works best for you!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

 How Do You Strengthen Your Resilience? How Do You Build Up Your Whole Being? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Tapping Into Your Inner Energies

To Tune Out Fatigue and Brain Fog

There is nothing better than making time for yourself to practice self healing when your whole being is running on empty!

My Top 5

  • Stretching (i.e. neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, etc.).
  • Breathing.
  • Taking a break.
  • Having someone or something to look forward to.
  • Rewarding yourself.

Stretching and Breathing

For me the best energy booster to wake up my whole being is too stretch! It clears out the brain fog too, especially if I have been sitting too much and/or are on technology overload. I feel the blood flow circulating again. It is like a restart and a reboot all wrapped into one through stretching!

Remember to focus on your breath when stretching! Breath in . . . breath out . . . Inhale up . . . exhale down. Breathing through tension is key for release! Sometime being vocal helps too, like sighing, chanting, moaning, etc. Make sure you have a private space to be vocal though! 

A good majority of us carry the weight on our shoulders and the stress and tension in our necks! You have to practice releasing that in order to find calm and peace as well as to relax and rest.

Get the energy flowing again! Connect with your breath. Release and let go of the stress and tension. Really focus in on relaxing and healing your whole body!

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Taking a Break

Remember to take breaks throughout the day! Everyone needs a chance to reset and reboot. Everyone deserves a breather; basically come up for some much needed air! 

What is your favorite way to take a much deserved break from the action?

Really tune into what your body needs, wants and craves and remember to give it not just think about it! Give yourself something to look forward to. Reward yourself in your achievements and accomplishments. Remember to celebrate YOU and your goals, milestones, learning lessons, successes, etc.!

It keeps you fresh and focused!

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Looking Forward To . . .

Remember to give yourself someone or something to look forward to! It is inspiring and motivating. It helps you power through!

Really tap into your dreams and desires! It gives you something to think about that really moves you. It helps move you forward too. Especially in going after what you really want!

Think about what makes you light up! What makes you smile as well as just makes your day. What makes you want to play and have fun. What makes you laugh and feel like a kid again!

Do more of that (playing, laughing, having fun, etc.) and especially do more of what you LOVE! 

ALWAYS have someone or something to look forward to!

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Rewarding Yourself

A very important reminder is to reward yourself! You can do something free or treat yourself a bit. When you do for you then give back to your whole being by making time to do something nice and kind for yourself!

I think back to grade school and waiting to see what sticker my teacher placed on my homework! It was motivating and up lifting. It was an expression of a job well done! 

You EARNED It & DESERVE It!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Tapping Into Your Inner Energies? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Generosity

Being Kind

I recently read an article by Susan Verde on 3 Simple Ways to Raise Generous Children. It got me thinking that as adult am I still a generous and kind being. Between juggling, multitasking and stressing I am sure I am less than human some days. We all have a lot on our mind and a list that seems never ending day in and day out!

 Susan’s 3 Simple Ways
  1. Start Small.
  2. Take a Mindful Approach.
  3. Catch Them in the Act.

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Small & Simple

When I think start small I think simple too. 

  • Holding a door.
  • Lending a hand.
  • Giving a greeting or a compliment.
  • Treating people how you like to be treated.
  • Making someone’s day.

Being kind is a great place to start in setting the tone to have a good day! To really make a difference in being genuine and generous. Saying hello, sharing a smile, expressing a compliment, holding a door open, etc. Those random acts of kindness! I know it makes my day.

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Mindful & Present

How do you approach being generous and being kind with a loving heart and generous spirit?

  • How do you feel in that present moment?
  • How do you feel when you are on either the giving or receiving side?
  • How do you communicate, interact and connect?
  • How do you keep the judgements, perceptions and expectations in check?

When I think taking a mindful approach I think about being mindful of the experience too.

My trick when the going gets me down is to remember to smile and/or even laugh! It helps me get back on track to having a good day. It reminds me to slow the pace down and just breathe. It makes me take time out for myself and my whole being!

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Action

When I think about the act of being generous and being kind I think about . . .
  • Are we walking the talk?
  • Are we instilling that within ourselves and sharing that with others?
  • Are we generous, kind and compassionate beings at the very essence of it all?

A thank you. Providing praise. Recognizing some one for helping out, being kind, a job well done, etc. It makes a difference and can have an impact on the person you approach as well as yourself!

Coming from a place of love . . . to know that I am loving and loved, to know what I need and want, to be grateful and thankful, to be supportive to myself as well as others! I am practicing coming from a place of love every day. To listen, to belief and to trust in myself. To value myself by making the decisions and choices that are best for me. To follow my heart and do more of what I love! 

Ask Yourself . . .

  • How do we open up to what we need let alone knowing what others need?
  • How do we love and support ourselves as well as give that back to others?
  • How do we show gratitude in what we do have?
  • How do we shift that mindset and change the perspective on a daily basis?

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Downloading

Of A Different Kind

No Technology Needed

Do you find yourself needing to download your mind? To clear it out. To reboot to start fresh. When we do get a minute or two to pause our minds are still clicking along! Stop already and give me a break-ha!

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Living . . .

How do you tune into the thoughts in your head?

Being Aware . . . Paying Attention . . . Practicing . . .

  • It can be healing from the inside out.
  • It can help you tap into your emotions, feelings and thoughts.
  • It can help you tune into your heart to come from a place of love.
  • It can help you find passion to discover what you love to do.
  • It can be calming in finding your sense of balance and peace again.
  • It can help you become aware of your emotions, feelings and thoughts to communicate, interact and connect with yourself.
  • It can help you be in the present moment where you are communicating with your mind, interacting with your body and connecting to your heart.

“During practice, experiment with expanding your awareness to include not only your thoughts and feelings but also your breath or heart center.

As you expand your awareness to include everything, you’ll release your grip on any one thing and begin to relax into the stillness.”~Suzanne Heyn

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Expanding . . .

Thinking is like wandering it is GOOD for your whole being!

  • Allow your thoughts to flow.
  • Allow your body to wander.
  • Allow your heart to love.

Give yourself permission to do what is best for your whole self!

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Giving . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

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Embracing Failure

With Grace & Humility

I am a confident being, however; I still struggle with failure, especially those embarrassing moments of failure! I do not know if I have the grace and humility to be willing to make a fool of myself to become great at times. I have had plenty of practice – ha! 

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  • How do you embrace failures, especially the embarassing ones?
  • How do you find the courage to overcome and move on?
  • How do you care, especially about yourself in those failures?

Is it confidence that keeps you going in those moments! It is a lesson in humility and being humble. How seriously do you take the situation as well as yourself in the situation!

When I do an embarassing fail I try to take a comedic approach to it all and laugh at myself! That is where the humility comes into play. However, I still take a punch to my confident self! It can be a humbling experience at times.

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It is courage that powers you through! It is a lesson in how you handle the situation. Do you have control or not? Do you have something to prove or not? Do you embrace it, accept it and keep moving forward? So far it is a survivable event and tomorrow is a new day to start again!

I know when I have failed I try to learn from the experience and try really hard to never repeat it again! I know I have gained new skills. I know I have strengthened my weaknesses. I know I have gained a valuable life lesson and experience!

It is strength and resilience that helps you handle everything life throws at you! To cope and to forgive. To grow and discover your strong. It makes you into the person you are today, especially the belief and trust you have in yourself. 

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It is mind over matter! Listening to your mind and overthinking things. Making assumptions and thinking people are judging you. Taking it personally. The mind can play tricks on you!

Instead listen to your heart and come from a place of love to help you through those tough situations! In learning to help yourself you can help others. Being patient and embracing life lessons. Learning to forgive yourself by valuing, believing and trusting in yourself.

Ask Yourself . . .

  • Are you on the path you need to be on?
  • Do you need to make a decision to change direction?
  • Do you need to make a choice or choices for the better in doing what works best for you?

Remember you are in charge and need to be the Captain! Do what matters to you. Do more of what you love to do. Do for YOU!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Making Time

To Put Your Dreams Into Action

  • Make time to get curious and explore.
  • Make time to break out of your comfort zone.
  • Make time to find your motivation and discover your passions.
  • Make time to dream, imagine and vision.

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Journeying . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  1. What do you really enjoy?
  2. What is important to you?

Take the time to define your passions and really go after what you want! It may require being open . . . to the possibilities . . . to change . . . to the opportunties, etc. Communicate, interact and connect with your whole being to define and determine what you want, need, crave, etc.! Really tap into your power and tune into your energy. Develop a healthy and happy relationship in what you want!

Take the Time For YOU!

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Dreaming . . . Loving . . . Living . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  1. What is not showing up for you when you ask for it?
  2. Why?
  3. What can you do to change that?

There are times you get what you ask for, but it comes in a different form. There are times you do not get what you ask for, but it is exactly what you needed though. There are times you have to think outside the box and get creative to get what you ask for. There are times you need to have a Plan B to your Plan A.

You ask and create your successes, milestones and experiences! 

Make the Time for YOU!

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Relaxing & Resting

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What do you envision?
  • What can you do to obtain and achieve that vision?
  • What skills and tools will you need to use?

In knowing who you truly are you can reach outside of yourself! To stretch yourself and your comfort zone. To expand yourself to go after “IT”. You are the only one that can do that for you!

To be open to learning to gain those skills! To gain the knowledge to develop. To gain the experience to grow. Find a mentor to guide you and a buddy to journey along with you!

Remember to check in with yourself! What is your reason for going after “IT”. That vision gives you inspiration and motivation. That vision gives you a mood and energy boost! 

Narrow down the details and get specific in what you want and need!  

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Focusing In . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What is stopping you from going after “IT”?
  • Why?
  • How do you clear it out?

There are usually two clear blocks; fear and limits! Before you run and hide or even flee just stop and pause. You cannot just ignore or wish away what is blocking you. You have to deal with it and deal with it head on! 

You have to tune into and tap into the inner you! What do you believe and value? What matters and is important to you? Do you trust in yourself and have the confidence to go after what you need, want or crave?

You need to use your power to your advantage and do what is best for you! Really tap into your fears as well as your feelings. Really ask yourself the tough questions to get to the bottom of things for yourself and your whole being. That will help in releasing, letting go and clearing it out! 

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Going for “IT” (Photos by RSheridan)

Find Your Inspiration and Motivation To Drive YOU! Find Your Practice To Be Disciplined In Going After What YOU Want! Find Your Progress In Practicing Small Steps Every Day! Love To Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


Do You Hear It?

That Place That Calls To You,

That Place That Speaks To You

Your favorite spot to kick back and relax! Be it indoors or outdoors. Be it by yourself or with your greatest someone or a group of your greatest someones. To just BE!

To reconnect with yourself and recharge your whole being! Your energy is connected to your wellness as well as your happiness. Think about how you use your energy! 

  • Why does relaxation and rest seem complicated at times?
  • Why does it not seem natural to obtain?
  • What is wrong with doing nothing?

Figure out what works best for you to relax! Think about what relaxes you. Then create it for yourself!

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My Top 3

  • Adventuring with my greatest someone aka my adventure partner.
  • Getting outside to wander and explore (maybe with camera in hand).
  • Kicking back and doing what I love (i.e. sitting on the beach, riding my bike, reading a good book, watching a movie, etc.).

Think about connecting to your breath. Your heartbeat decreases. Your whole being expands. You find that calm and reset the balance from within yourself!

Think about your feet connecting to the ground. You stand and take notice of what is going on around you. Your pace changes. Your mind surrenders and starts to wander!

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Think about your senses. Think about the light and the shade. Think about the sights, the sounds and the smells. Think about your interior and exterior landscapes. What are you taking in!

What is calling and speaking to you? What feels best to you? What feels good to you? Remember to be mindful and be in the present moment!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Practicing  . . . Here’s to Coming Back for More of What Feels Best and Good To You & Your Whole Being . . . Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Your Attention Please

Yes, You!

I recently read an article by Dr. Nate Klemp about meditation and it resonated with me! He talked about practicing meditation and being aware of three steps in particular. However, you could put these 3 steps into pretty much everything you practice on a daily, weekly and monthly basis!

  1. NOTICE by Creating a Cue.
  2. SHIFT by Redirecting Your Attention.
  3. REWIRE by Keeping Your Attention On the Present.

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Noticing . . .

Noticing

A Notice Cue? I know I was like what is that. It helps remind you . . .

  • To practice meditation and/or calmness.
  • To be present and aware.
  • To be mindful and engage your whole being mentally, physically, etc.

I think about tuning into my breath. Breathe in . . . breathe out . . . find the zen . . .

I think about putting the disruptions and the distractions on the down low. To be aware and focus. To be present and mindful. To take a break. To just be . . .

I know I usually start my day by taking 15-minutes and ending my day with 30-minutes of unwind and decompress time. I need to instill more of that throughout my work day though. I need to schedule in some R&R on the weekends. I need to make time to be with myself and my whole being!

To become a healthier and happier being! 

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Cueing . . .

Shifting

  • How many times do we shift our attention?
  • What needs your attention?
  • What grabs your attention?

Practicing awareness helps you reign in that wandering mind! Just the amount of thoughts running through your head. To be mindful and to be in the present moment! It is not easy in this fast paced and technology driven world.

Engage your senses, especially to the sights and sounds in that present moment of time! It can be centering. Focusing on the task at hand and directing your thoughts to that task!

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Being . . .

Rewiring

How to teach yourself to bring back your attention when your mind starts to wander! Sometimes a wandering mind can be a good thing and other times not so much. Depends on what you are doing. Taking five minutes to rewire, bring your attention back and focus on the moment is a great practice!

The key is to notice and cue into your wandering mind as well as shift and rewire your attention! It can help you focus your mind and center your being. You also are one step closer to practicing mindfulness!

You learn how to take each moment to become more present and mindful of what you are doing and what is going on around you! You improve your focus and increase your productivity. You put your energies to good use. Your overall whole being benefits by reducing stress and anxiety, not rushing here and there and running on E!

I know you are thinking about the time to do this! Time is precious, right. Why not use it to your best advantage then! This is not something you need to take time out of your day to do. Plus maybe more of us need to take 5 minutes here and there throughout the day to reset the whole being! Get up, go for a walk and stretch if nothing else during those 5 minutes!

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Taking Time for Your Whole Being! (Photos by RSheridan)

Your Whole Being Will Thank You! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


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