Stop Wishing and Start Doing

I read once that it takes just as much energy to wish or dream as it takes to plan. Do you think that’s true?

If you wish for a better marriage or dream about a new career, what stops you from planning for it?

If you dream about traveling or wish for happiness, why would you avoid planning to make it a reality?

Something holds you back. That something needs conquering.

A year from now you’ll wish you’d started today.
— Karen Lamb

I’d like to help you grab hold of what you’ve been wishing for and dreaming about. So, take a step toward realizing a worthy goal in 2016 — MAKE AN APPOINTMENT and we’ll make a plan together.

In the meantime, download something like the Everest app and start goal setting and step strategizing. "Everyone's got their Everest. Climb yours."

LOCAL LIVING: Seminole Wekiva Trail

We're lucky to have some great outdoor spaces in Seminole County ... and today, I thought I'd highlight one of my favorite spots for being active: The Seminole Wekiva Trail.

Great for biking, running or walking, it's hard to beat the shaded stretch of trail between Longwood and Lake Mary. Lots of trees, a wide path and plenty of art (Paint the Trail) to get you peaceful, pondering and chatty! It's a solid "go-to" for pursuit of wellness, a cheap date day or casual conversation with friends.

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If you were to grab chalk and make your mark on the piece of fence pictured above, what would your answer be?

What is it you plan to do?

As 2016 approached and even now, a couple weeks into this new year, a line I read years ago in a poem ("The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver) has been echoing in my mind:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver

I love that. The question ASSUMES so much — that we have but one life, that it’s a worthwhile life, and that we have a responsibility inherent in our existence (i.e., life is what you make of it).

That same question also DEMANDS just as much — that we take ownership of the time we're given, that we be intentional and that we sense the gravity (and grandeur) of our lives.

It’s such a heavy and beautiful question.

Now, take a second and read those words again. Does the question overwhelm you? Scare you into avoidance? Excite you to action? Inspire you to dream? Feel rhetorical? Any or all of those? Good. I encourage you to wrestle with those feelings and thoughts. Sit in that discomfort. Embrace the process and go where it leads ...

May the question inspire you in your goal setting, decision-making and hopes for this year. May 2016 be one of profound purpose, intentionality and joy.

(P.S. I’m available, if you’re looking for help along the way — just get in touch!)

Healthy Habits for Working Out

Do you have a healthy relationship with exercise? All in or totally avoidant, there's a balance to be aimed for and achieved.

According to the Huffington Post, 9 habits might set you apart:

  1. Know the difference between a good burn and true pain
  2. Take rest days
  3. Don’t exercise to eat, instead, eat to exercise
  4. Go with the flow
  5. Know what you like and do that
  6. But still mix things up
  7. Do it when and where you like
  8. Seek support
  9. Do it for the mental benefits.

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How does your workout routine measure up?