Archive for November, 2012

Many of us have the tendency to stay very vanilla. By this I mean that we do not venture much into what may be considered risk taking. We stay in the land of ‘Play it Safe.’

As I listen to various podcast about people that have amassed a great deal of success, there is one common thread….there was a risk they took that led them on the path to success. Everyone defines success differently. You will have to come up with your own definition of success. Once you have decided on that definition, you and only you are responsible for making sure you achieve the level of success that you dream about regularly.

Many of us desire a level of success that we can not see a clear path to. What we have to realize is that it does not matter if we can not easily see the path to get to where we would like to go, we just have to keep pushing forward. Or, we may need to color outside of the lines a little to get to that next level.

Sometimes it helps to hear from others experiences. Leave a comment about a time you ‘colored outside of the lines’ and it helped move you closer to your success goals.


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Life Happens In Seasons

As I was walking today with my kids, I was able to do a little reflecting. The scenery was beautiful, the conversation with kids was great, and I was counting my blessings. The season has changed, the leaves have changed color, and it is such a parallel to life.

Life happens to each of us in seasons. You will go through so many different phases of your life and this is what helps build character.

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It’s easy to lose sight of your current blessings. Sometimes, we get so caught up in what lies ahead that we do not stop and smell the roses that are currently blooming all around us.

Create a gratitude journal. Write about things that you are thankful for everyday. You will quickly see that your life may be full of blessings that someone else would die to have in their life.

I am THANKFUL for my husband and kids! I know that there are some women that pray everyday to have a loving family and I do not take a single day for granted that I have been blessed to spend with my family.

Let us know how you would start off your gratitude journal by leaving a comment below. It is a great mental exercise to think about the positive elements in your life.

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Hit the Delete Button


The more success one gains, the more it may seem like your closest friends and family have negative comments to suggest that you will not succeed. The solution to this problem is to distance yourself from the negativity. There is a difference between respecting the facts and being negative for absolutely no reason.

I recently listened to Joel Osteen speak about the need to hit the DELETE button. Put the negative naysayers out of your mind. Move forward with your hearts desires. Expect the negativity, but remember to hit the delete button!

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Align Yourself

Are there times when you just do not feel at 100% of your game? Sometime we can simply be out of balance. At times, it is necessary to go to the chiropractor in order to get an adjustment. Similarly, there are times when we need to take a step back and realign ourselves with our goals.

So, if you have gotten derailed, there is no need to give up. You should not allow yourself to have self limiting beliefs. Simply assess where you are and devise a plan to get where you would like to go. Although the road may look long, keep moving forward!

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Deepak ChopraIf you are like me, your mind is always working.  It is always thinking about what you need to do for your family, for your career, for your health, etc. There is one thing that I have yet to try on a consistent basis and that is meditaion. I have read so much about the power of meditation that I think that it is worth trying.  21 days is not much to ask when it comes to your own mental well being.  When I saw that Deepak Chopra, one of my favorite doctors, issued this challenge…I thought to myself ‘Why not?’ The challenge starts on Novemebr 5th.

As a reminder, there are so many benefits to meditation.  Here are a few reasons why you should join me in the 21 Day Meditaiton Challenge:

1. Decreases the aging process

2. Decreases muscle tension

3. Enhances energy, strength and vigour

4. Helps with weight loss

5. Cure headaches & migraines

6. Increased brain wave coherence

7. Increased emotional stability

8. Decreased tendency to worry

9. Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony

10. Helps you discover your purpose

This list could go on and on and on.  Before you begin the meditation challenge, truly let go and let yourself give in to the process.  From what I have read, the magic of meditation may not happen for you immediately.  It seems to be something that you have to stick with until you are truly able to let go to the rhythm of the process. As you journey through the 21 Day Challenge of Meditation, post your feedback.  Share with us what is working and what may not be working for you.

Here is the link to the details of the 21 Day Meditation Challenge directed by Deepak Chopra.  This is a free series! No excuses not to get involved in somehting that could really imrove your wellbeing.

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Courageous mother, wife and survivor of mesothelioma cancer.

By: Heather Von St. James

“You have cancer” are probably the three scariest words in the English language. No person likes to be told that they have cancer. I know I didn’t. I heard that I had cancer at a time in my life when I should have been my happiest. I had a baby just three and a half months before I was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma; this type of cancer is primarily caused by being exposed to asbestos, so many people had questions when I first told them about my diagnosis. Many people wondered where I was exposed to asbestos. I was not directly exposed to it. My father had a job in construction and was around dust that contained asbestos. The asbestos got on his clothes and in his car, leaving me exposed to it.

I was diagnosed when I was just 36 years old. The Mayo Clinic actually only heard of one other case in someone so young. The typical person who gets diagnosed with mesothelioma is older, male and someone who worked in the trades. However, many wives of these men have started getting diagnosed with this disease in recent years. They cleaned their clothes that contained asbestos, so they were exposed to it. Nowadays, more young people are being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Even very little children are getting mesothelioma. I have been getting more involved in the mesothelioma community, so I have seen all these young people who have been diagnosed with this deadly cancer. Instead of concentrating on their new careers or starting families, they now have to worry about fighting this disease. However, there is some good news. More and more advances in the treatment of this disease are coming out each year. Therefore, more people are surviving.

Although finding out you have cancer is devastating, it is important to not lose hope. When I found out I had mesothelioma, It was such a scary time and there were not a lot of people or other patients for me to talk to about it. I will continue to share my story to bring awareness to this disease and to be a beacon of hope for other mesothelioma patients. If my story can offer at least one person hope, it has all been worth it.

“After intense treatment and recovery, I’m still here 6 1/2 years later and cancer free! My journey with cancer was a terrifying one and I’d like to turn my pain into purpose and become someone that other people can look to for guidance, inspiration, and hope in situations like my own.” ~Heather Von St. James

Heathr blogs at http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/heather/

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