Change your Life!

create a fulfilling life - hiking in Arizona

What areas of your life do you need to change or release? What do you need to say goodbye to in order to reach your goals?  Are you willing to let go?  Are you willing to take the necessary steps to create a fulfilling life?  If not, what is stopping you?  How do you create the changes you want?

I can assist you in identifying your strengths as well as identifying the blockages that have prevented you from moving forward in the past while supporting you as you take the necessary steps needed to reach your highest potential!

 

 

Happiness Cake

Introducing my newest publication! Happiness Cake is a compilation of original artwork and inspirational messages to encourage you to find creative ways to get through the day. When life gets difficult, treat yourself to a slice of inner happiness!

Available on Amazon

The Dirty Cloud Maker

The Dirty Cloud Maker book cover

“The Dirty Cloud Maker” is one of my latest inspirational books that can be purchased on Amazon and Kindle.  It’s also being made into a story app for both iPad and Tablets by a very creative team of designers and animators.

The Dirty Cloud Maker is an inspirational story about a lonely, troubled character who turns his negative bad thoughts into dirty dark clouds and sends them out into the universe where they negatively affect others.

Journey with The Dirty Cloud Maker as he transforms his dark and miserable world, into a positive, joy-filled, happy life.

This book is written for both children and adults as we all need reminders at times, about the power of making choices and how each choice either brings us closer to happiness or leads us deeper into despair.

To purchase on Amazon or Kindle, click the link below:

The Dirty Cloud Maker

Half Hour Happiness

Fix a bad day - drawing of a person having a bad day

Let’s admit it, we all have them, bad days…

There are everyday bad days, like getting a flat tire or misplacing car keys, and then there are really bad days, like losing your job, breaking up with your partner, or getting ill.

So how do you survive a bad day and turn it around?  Think in short-term intervals; what can you do in the moment to lift your spirits or make yourself feel better?  Not that it will change the situation, but it can lighten your mood for a few minutes.

Here are some suggestions:

Recognize that although something bad has happened, you can shift the energy and look at what you have to be grateful for.

Practice 30 minutes of laughter yoga.  It’s scientifically proven that even fake laughter is as beneficial as real laughter.  Your body doesn’t know the difference!

Tell someone you’re having a bad day.  Sometimes just venting for a few minutes releases the crud and makes you feel better.  What’s important is that after you verbalize your feelings, that you don’ linger in the negativity.  Release and move on!

Everyone has bad days, helping someone else always feels good!

Play with your cat or dog.  Animals love to play and it’s a wonderful way to release and have fun.

By choosing to focus on something positive, you lift yourself out of the negativity and give yourself loving kindness, which is what you really need when you’re having a bad day.

The Art of Story Telling

change your life story - crowd of anonymous people

In Marrakech, Morocco, the art of ” hikayat”, or storytelling is an ancient art that has been practiced for over 1000 years.  Professional storytellers will gather in the town square and tell tales of different life scenarios through fables and folklore.

We all have our own personal stories that we tell the world, and sometimes these stories are positive and sometimes they are negative.  Sometimes we get stuck in playing certain roles that are not truly authentic to who we are.  Our stories often begin at birth and are carried throughout our lifetime.  Sometimes the roles we play include our positive traits and strengths, and other times the roles become heavy, stagnant, and conditioned over time.

Sometimes our life stories celebrate the person we are, and other times the story causes pain and suffering.  Whatever your life story, you can always change it.  You can create a new story of success, love, leadership, or adventure.

What story is calling out to you?  Are there roles in life that you need to step into?  Are there roles that are old and outdated that need to end? Our life stories will change throughout our lives and can be as diverse as we are.

What story are you telling?  Is it authentic to who you really are?  If you don’t feel that your life story has served you well, then its time to change your life story, one that includes your passions, your strengths, and celebrates the authentic you.

Chicken Therapy

Have you hugged a chicken today?

Most people are familiar with Equine Therapy, and understand the healing abilities of horses, but have you ever heard of Chicken Therapy?

I recently met a woman who had eleven pet chickens.  The chickens were a variety of colors and breeds and all had their own pet names.  According to Heidi, the owner, she said that the chickens have distinct personalities and similar to people, have their own pecking order.  Some chickens get bullied, while others are more dominant and take the lead role.  Some are curious, playful or adventurous, but all chickens are uniquely different.

Having experienced a stressful weekend, I asked if I could hold one of the chickens, and was handed a beautiful golden brown bird.  As I held the feathery clucking chicken in my arms, I felt an immediate sense of peace and calm, which lead to a conversation about how the chickens, like therapy horses, or other therapy animals, are helpful for a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and dementia.  Research indicates that Chicken Therapy is not commonly known, but it exists, and research confirms that chickens make great therapy animals.

As animal lovers, we know that our pets make us feel better on rough days, they sit on our laps, lick our faces and cuddle with us when we feel sad.  They calm us down when we feel angry and rejoice in our excitement on good days.  There is no question that animals are healing and very therapeutic.

Next time you’re having a rough day, feeling, sad, anxious or frustrated, try some Chicken Therapy!

Life is a Mutable Cloud

surrender to change - clouds reflecting in a lake

At different times in our lives, we will truly be tested.  It is during these times that we can either live in a place of fear and anxiety or we can learn to surrender to change.

We live in turbulent times, the world around us no longer feels safe or secure.  We have our own personal and familial struggles, and then there are those that affect our nation, our world, and our universe.

It is during these times of challenges that we need to surrender to what we cannot control.  We have to ride the waves of uncertainty.  When you experience your external world as a hurricane, you can always create an internal place of stillness and peace.  When the storm appears to be growing in speed and intensity, retreat to your inner world of meditation and stillness.

Don’t let the winds blow you off course, root yourself in your own inner world.  If you do not have a place of inner peace and stillness, build one today.  The tools are already there and if you need help, reach out to others.

“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peaceful Living in a Turbulent World

Living peaceful in a turbulent world means taking responsibility for our own reactions to stressful or difficult situations or events.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I teach clients that we cannot control other people or what happens in life at times, but we can always choose how we react.

During this stressful time where anger and violence sweeps across our nation, remember that you have choices.  You can either join in the anger, draining your own personal energy, or you can choose the path of peace to counteract the negativity.

Remember that each day we are given the gift of life.  We can choose to use our energy in a way that either creates peace, or contributes to anger or violence.

You when feel drawn or pulled into violent new stories or situations, take a breath.  Breath deeply and make the choice to live in peace.  If you can redirect your energy, you can live a life of balance.

Today take one step to bring more peace into your life:

Learn a breathing technique

Take three minutes to sit quietly

Smile at someone

Sometimes the smallest or simplest act, can bring about the biggest changes.

Who are You without the Addiction?

Did you know that you can become addicted to anything, including anger, or to having never-ending drama and conflict?

Addictive behaviors are often learned in childhood and serve as a means to cope with a variety of emotions that can be carried through to adulthood, leaving people with no realization that they are living in a constant state of anger, or having ongoing relationship conflict or drama.

People can become addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex, shopping and exercise.  Anything can develop into an addictive behavior, including emotional reactions or how we present ourselves to the world.

When ending an addictive behavior, grief and loss will surface because the addictive behavior has served to block out whatever it is that is trying to be healed.  Staying in the addiction, only results in depression, more issues or problems, and the greatest tragedy of all, the addiction leads to the loss of self.

What are your patterns in life?  Think beyond the addition in terms of behaviors and look at your emotional responses towards others and life in general.  Sometimes the emotional addiction plays a greater role in your life than you are aware of.

Who are you without the addiction?

Career Coaching – Changing Directions

Are you happy to wake up in the morning and go to work?  Do you look forward to your day? Or, have you noticed a restlessness that leaves you feeling like you are on the wrong path?  Have you gotten a degree or training in a specific area and no longer feel fulfilled in that line of work?

Often times we start out on one path and then realize that we are not happy or fulfilled, yet we are fearful of changing directions.  By releasing the fear of change, you open up space to explore your true authentic desires and passions.  Changing careers doesn’t have to be difficult or scary.  Sometimes we may have to sacrifice when we make changes, but the rewards that we gain, pay off in more ways than we could ever imagine, often resulting in personal and professional success.

One of my passions is to help people explore their personal and professional goals and to identify the necessary steps that are needed to create a new career that better suits their body, mind, and spirit.  It’s never too late to change career direction.

What step do you need to take today?  Please contact me with any questions or schedule an appointment (You will be taking your first step!)