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“Open minds lead with open hearts”-Amy Nolan #creativity #mentalhealth #choice #mindfulness #anxiety #depression #outlook

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Here we are already, at the end of the month.  I hope you have found some great tools in building your creativity within your mental health this month through each weekly challenge.

This quote to end of off the month is from yours truly.  If we want to open our minds, become mindful of our feelings, words and actions we need to connect to our hearts through recognizing what we value most.  My send off challenge as we end September is to change one negative thought you have into a positive one that relates to something you value in your heart.

For example, if your friend cancels on your coffee date and you think “I can’t believe they canceled on me!”-because you value commitment, let’s change that to something like “It’s ok, now I can use that time to commit to spending more time on…..(myself,  a project, my family, etc.).  I’ll wait for them to contact me to reschedule when they can.”…it’s amazing how changing one thought could change a whole outlook on your day!

Want a bigger challenge?…Do this once a day for the entire week and write it down.  You’ll be surprised how much you learn about yourself from this small exercise…one thought at a time!

“Innovation means saying no to a thousand things”-Steve Jobs #creativity #mentalhealth #innovation #sayno #boundaries #selfcare #anxiety #mindfulness #reactive #choice

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

I think mid-month here with our creativity theme in mental health, this quote sums it all up for us.  How can we be creative in building the lives we want when a thousand other things are going on?

The answer is, we can’t!  We all have the same 168 hours in a week, so we need to be creative in how we want to spend our time.  So if you don’t really want to see your mother in law this weekend because you need to relax after a 60hr work week, say “no” politely and take that time you need to recharge!

In these days of constant bings and vibrations from smartphones, I challenge you to say “no” to something this week so you can give yourself that moment back.  Be creative…turn all sound notifications off on your phone on your lunch break so you can actually eat.  Or take off your smart swatch and leave it in the car while you head to the beach.  Don’t go to 2 parties in one day, pick 1 (or none) so you can go do something you’ve been meaning to get to.  *

*People who do challenges like this, particularly with their smartphone find themselves reaching for their phone even if all notifications are off, or they hear fantom vibrations.  If this happens to you, reflect on how reactive you are and the affect this technology has on you.

“When you choose to enjoy the process, your happiness is no longer reliant upon an outcome”-Yehuda Berg #creativity #happiness #mentalhealth #mindfulness #goals #choice

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Often we believe we do not have a choice in how we think of something, but you always have a choice and that is the beauty of the mind!

Keeping with our theme of creativity, in those moments this week where you feel like you are doing something you do not like in order to get to an outcome (such as working out to lose 5lbs maybe), work on what you can do to make the process more enjoyable in your mind so you aren’t depending on the result.

So if you are on the treadmill and you tell yourself “I hate this” over and over then you most likely will not want to do it again and it will feel like the clock is going backwards.  However, maybe you put on a show that you watch while you walk, call a friend or listen to your favorite playlist…perhaps you’ll start enjoying walking and it will make getting to those results much more enjoyable!  Be creative and find any joy you can in whatever process you choose this week to work on.  🙂

“Turn your wounds into wisdom”-Oprah Winfrey @oprah #creativity #mentalhealth #mindset #change #positivity #creative #depression #anxiety #mindfulness

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

September’s Blogspiration theme will be creativity in mental health!  September is typically a transition time, particularly for families with children when the new school year/activities start and there can be a lot of disruption from the abrupt transition this time of year creates.

When we think of “wounds” some of us may think of a traumatic experience, some may think of a physical limitation, but wounds can be seen as any setback, abrupt transition like the school year or another negative experience because, hey, we are being creative here!

The mental health challenge this week is to look at your wound as a learning opportunity:

  • What is in your control?
  • What did you learn from this wound/negative experience?
  • What could you do differently if this happens again?

Be creative so that you can set off your September on a path of change and transformation.  This week if you work hard on this challenge, all your wounds may turn into life-changing wisdom for a better future!

“Your life is supposed to be a journey from one unique place to another; it’s not supposed to be a merry-go-round that brings you back to the same spot over and over again”-Rachel Hollis @msrachelhollis #journey #change

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

As we bring August to a close with our theme of “the journey,” I wanted to use the quote because I felt it was the perfect metaphor for how a lot of people feel in their lives.  Almost all people want to change something about themselves or their lives.  If we think of our lives as a merry-go-round, we know that eventually the ride will come to a stop to allow people who want to get off to do so and some stay on.

Some people want to stay on and are content and that’s ok, but if you are someone who knows there is more out there for you, but every time the ride stops you check your seatbelt and stay on, things will never change.

The Blogspiration challenge this week is for those who are afraid to get off…take a moment, sit back, close your eyes and imagine you are on a merry-go-round…what catches your eye as you go around?  Focus on that…what is it exactly?  Maybe it’s getting a dog, or starting a class or to get out of an unhealthy relationship.  Next time the ride stops, unbuckle yourself and take a step towards that focus.  You can do it, just one step is all you need to start your journey!

“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it”-Ivan Panin #journey #alone #support #mentalhealth

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

This quote is so beautiful.  On our journeys we can sometimes feel alone, especially if we are starting something new like starting to workout for the first time in years or starting a new job, or a new business.  Whatever it is you may be starting in on a new journey, remind yourself of this quote.

If you feel alone, I promise you that you are not! There is someone else out there who shares a similar view, interest or wants the same problem fixed. With social media and meet-up websites, it’s so easy to connect with others when you need them.

The challenge this week will be simply to ask someone for support.  Maybe it’s just asking them to text you Thursday night to encourage you to go to the gym, or asking for a few minutes to text about your first day on the new job.  If you don’t have something new, then reach out and encourage someone you know who needs it!  There is beauty in words and actions when they come from a place of kindness and support.  There are people out there who want to help if you let them.  <3

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be”-William Shakespeare #mentalhealth #journey #possibilities #expectations #shakespeare #anxiety #depression #future #beopen #acceptance #awareness

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

This quote is so hard for anxious people to accept.  They feel like they are in control of their future and believe if they do x,y,z it will get them to a specific locations.  Not saying here that can’t happen…however I find that most people’s journeys in life often take them to unexpected territory where different opportunities are presented that they never thought of.  Expectation can bring on a lot of pressure and anxiety, Shakespeare knew this so many years ago.

The Blogspiration challenge this week is 1 of 2 challenges (or both if you are up to it!):

  1. Reflect 5 years ago…back then where did you think you would be?  Is it where you are now or did your journey take you somewhere different?  How do you feel about where you are now?
  2. Think about where you want to be in 5yrs from now and write it down.  Put it someplace and set a reminder to check in 5yrs and see where life has brought you.

Enjoy the journey and let go of pressures or expectations, you may find you are exactly where you need to be, you just don’t know it yet! 🙂

“I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again”-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The theme for our August Blogspiration is “the journey.”  Sometimes life can feel like a freight train coming at us and we forget there is always the possibility of taking a deep breath and starting over.

The quote for this week tells us to live our lives in a way of hope, in a way or moment that you can feel proud of yourself.  On those bad days, it’s easy to get trapped in pessimistic views, but we forget we can overcome those and give ourselves a chance to reboot right in that moment-not waiting for the next day!

The challenge this week will be to notice when you are in one of those negative moments where you feel nothing is going right and everything is going wrong.  Take a deep breath (or 3 or 20, whatever you need!) and remind yourself that the breath represents your reboot, another change to restart your day and move forward from a place that is open to possibilities and acceptance that not everything will go right, but you will be ready to give yourself another chance if it doesn’t.

“You can either live on purpose, according to a plan you’ve set. Or you can live by accident, responding to the demands of others.”-Michael Hyatt @MichaelHyatt #purpose #choice #mindset #mindset #priorities

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Are you living for your purpose or do you find yourself constantly responding to the demands of others?

The challenge in this last week of the month is to take time to reflect on these past weekly challenges and think about what doing them was like for you.  What did you learn about yourself?  About your interactions with others?  About “purpose” in general? If you are responding to others, where can you fit your goals in?

I hope these Blogspiration posts have provided you insight to live with purpose.  Of course there are times where you do need to respond to others, but if all those others constantly drown out your own voice you will never live for what you actually want to prioritize.  You do you…on purpose this time!

See you again in August for a new month and new self-discovery  theme 🙂

“Tension is a habit. Relaxing is a habit. And bad habits can be broken, good habits formed”-Dale Carnegie @DaleCarnegie #habits #mentalhealth #purpose #consistency #accountability

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Everything we do has a purpose.  We run because we enjoy it or maybe we are trying to get healthier.  We work with the purpose to fulfill our dreams or make money.  We get tense because we are stressed.  We bite our nails when we get anxious.

The challenge this week is to write down 1 habit you want to change or start.  Then work to keep whatever the new habit is consistent.  Perhaps day 1 you write down or tally when the habit you want to change comes up.  Maybe the next day you catch it and replace it with something else.  Example: If you want to stop biting you nails; when you are about to: instead take a deep breath and put your hand on your lap.  See how long you can keep up with the change, track it if you want.  If it breaks one moment, don’t sweat it, try again next time!  The more consistent you are, the more it will stick whether it’s instituting a good habit or breaking a bad one.