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Holiday lightsOkay, last week week we decided to change “self-care” to ”brighten-up” and I told you I would tell you why…

Brighten-up? What in tarnation are you talkin’ about?!

 

 

First, it’s important you get what self-care REALLY is so when you learn why I changed the name it all makes sense. (Don’t worry, sistah…I will never leave you in the dark).

We tend to view self-care as massages, weekend getaways, chunks of time away from kids, etc. These are all good, but self-care can happen at any given moment no matter what is swirling around us.

That’s why we should replace the word self-care with something else. (Later in this post you’ll learn my #1 quickest method to rejuvenate yourself…no matter where you are).

You know what? Self-care is simply HONORING YOURSELF. It’s listening to your body, mind, and spirit. When any of those parts feel down we take action to lift it up…or “brighten-up”. Just like the phrase “freshen up” implies, “brighten-up” can happen relatively quickly with minimal effort and produce remarkable results.

Brighten-up, schmighten-up…what’s the big deal?!

All women know what happens when we don’t freshen up… we LOOK run down, exhausted, and overworked. Let’s tell the truth here. When women don’t brighten-up…we FEEL run down, exhausted, and overworked.

Zoikes! Have you ever felt that way? Especially during the holiday season?

Hey, no surprise here. I could go on for days about WHY we do that. But what really matters is HOW to quickly and easily turn it all around. Here’s the HOW…

The #1 Quickest Method To Rejuvenate Yourself…No Matter Where You Are

***This works best if you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, upset, scared, or any negative kind of emotion…

Step 1: No matter where you are, be there. Be fully present to you. Even if you don’t think you can be, you can.
Step 2: Ask yourself “Oh, Honey, it seems you’re getting frustrated (or whatever emotion you are feeling)…what’s happening in your body because of that?
Step 3: Notice any physical sensations that pop up in your body. It may be a heavy feeling in your chest, a knot in your stomach, or something completely different.
Step 4: Be present to the feeling without trying to get rid of it. Just notice it. (you may find yourself “breathing into” the feeling…that’s good too)
Step 5: Stay with it. You’re doing great…even when you feel silly or uncomfortable.
Step 6: Stay with it some more… that’s right. Stay with it just like you would your upset son who fell off his bike and hurt his knee. Just be present to it.
Step 7: Remember: you only think an eternity has passed. It’s really only been 30 seconds.
Step 8: Once the feeling is gone you will find you are much more peaceful, focused, and calm.

**BAM** INSTANT REJUVENATOR!!!

That’s my absolute #1 best “brighten-up” strategy…

Next time, we will be talking about how this can bring more than just peace of mind. I’m talkin’ $$$!!!

We’ve all heard it before…

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But have you ever sat down, gotten quiet, and thought about it? People say it, so it must be true, right?

During the last launch of my Time Abundance Program (Next one coming up soon!!!) it was shocking to me to learn just how  many women view time as an enemy. Do you?

If you resonate with any of the following, time may NOT be on your side (and it’s TIME to do something about it)…

You feel like your list is never ending
You are exhausted at the end of day, wondering what you even accomplished
You feel like there is a lot of “wasted time” throughout your day and wish there were a way to get more done

Any of that sound familiar? Trust me, I can relate.

My goal for this post is for you to come away with a better understanding of your relationship with time and perhaps a few time abundance tips and tricks!

First, let’s get a firm grasp on our relationship with time…
Let’s try something. It will only take a moment and you can do it while you read this post. (In others words, I won’t take up too much of your money…I mean time)

Here we go…
Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. Some of you may find this easy, others may find it comical, or perhaps you find it down right unrealistic…whatever your feelings are on it, imagine as best you can $86,400 being deposited into your account.
It carries over no balance from day to day (no rollover bucks here) and every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do??
DUH! Draw out EVERY cent, of course!

Okay, here’s where it gets cool…each of us has such a bank, and its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as a loss, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose.
Are you adding up your money (I mean minutes) yet?!?
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is ultimately yours.

Are you SPENDING all your hard earned minutes or are you letting them go to waste?
There is no drawing against ‘tomorrow.’ You must live in the present on today’s deposit.
Invest it and you’ll get from it the utmost health, happiness, and health.

So….
Does time really equal money or does it equal something of even greater value?
Okay, by now you know what your real relationship with time looks like.

Let’s get on to your tips and tricks…
Reply to this post to let us know your favorite trick or technique that helps you stay present or just flat out GET MORE DONE.

The clock is running…
Make the most of today. And everyday. And every penny!

I want to be freeA dear friend sent me this great story with a surprising twist. He said it’s one of his mom’s favorites.  I hope you enjoy it, too!

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

How heavy is that (grudge, regret, worry) you’re holding?

How long do you plan to hold it?

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