Why New Choices?
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People, as a rule, get stuck in the routines. Our brains prefer known patterns.
By being courageous and making a new choice, instead of falling in to old patterns, you are opening your world. You are inviting opportunity. 

It's Ok to say "No."
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“Can you _________?”

“Would you ________?”

“Do you mind ________?”

“Hey, I have a favor to ask…”
I want to assure you, that it’s ok to make the answer no. 
There are countless ways to say no to that one more thing. 

Just Breathe
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I often don’t give a second thought to breathing. It comes naturally, why think about it, right? On the other hand, when I have a cold, or I’ve been exercising getting a good breath is just about all I can think about. There are so many things outside of the physical that have an impact on each breath taken. 

Be Gentle with Yourself
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Something I’ve noticed over the years, with myself and with friends, we are so much kinder, and gentler with our words to friends and family that are struggling and going through hard times than we are with ourselves and with our self-talk.

What do I need?
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So often I get busy running and doing that I forget to ask myself what I need. There are long to-do lists, and projects, and work, and it’s easy to get caught up in crossing things off my list that my self-care is postponed or forgotten.

Start Small
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When I first started learning the value of self-care I had no idea where to begin. I struggled with what to do, and finding the time to do it. I didn’t have a lot of time, money or energy to put into “me time,” hobbies, or figuring out this whole self-care thing.

Financial Stress
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I know the worry, fear and stress that go hand-in-hand with a tight budget and running out of money before running out of month. I’ve felt the panic when swiping my debit card at the checkout and praying I hadn’t miscalculated.

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It’s so easy to fall into seeing the problems, feeling the pain, focusing on the negative. It compounds one on the next. It’s a difficult cycle to break. When we are chest deep in the quick sand of stress it is so hard to grab the rope of positivity and pull yourself out.

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When I was in school for my interpreting degree, and then more recently for my life coaching degree I always felt the pressure of the clock. How do I manage work, reading for class, homework assignments, my kids and my home and all the busy-ness that goes with each of those?