When Playing it “Safe” Holds You Back

Blog_JunePhoto2When I was young, I had a purple Schwin bike with a white basket that had 3 flowers on it and streamers on the handle bars. I loved it and thought it was the coolest bike ever. My Mom told me I could ride my bike around the neighborhood, but I was to not cross 10th Street.

I grew up in a very small town, a whopping 5,500 people, but 10th Street was one of the busier streets in town. She was concerned for my safety.

Being safe keeps us from the possibility of getting hurt. Like don’t poke a sleeping bear with a stick. That’s good advice to keep you safe.

However, as adults, we’re already safe, for the most part.

When it comes to making decisions “playing it safe” is really about fear.

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Inspired Women Rising: Meet Jacquie Berglund

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This blog series is about creating a sacred space for women to share their stories, advice, words of wisdom, and challenges to help inspires us all.

It’s about raising our global consciousness to unite and learn from each other as the beautiful women we are. Together, we create a tapestry of love, connection, and wisdom. It’s from this place where we shine.

Let me introduce,  Jacquie Berglund

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position: Rambunctious Social Entrepreneur & CEO of FINNEGANS/FINNEGANS Community Fund

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How to Make Yourself a Priority

Photo_MayBlogCopyOur lives are busy. We have information at the touch of our fingertips anytime, anywhere, which makes things difficult because we’re constantly distracted and pulled in multiple directions.

Your career takes up much of your time. Deadlines are looming professionally and personally. You receive emails on your phone from your boss at work. Traffic can’t move fast enough because you have to make dinner when you get home and you’re tired. The house needs to be cleaned.

Sound familiar? Where are YOU in all of this?

How often have you thought…
“I wish I had more time to do something for myself?”
“I wish I wasn’t so busy.”
“Why can’t I seem to get ahead of my endless lists?”

Take a deep breath. I.n.h.a.l.e. and e.x.h.a.l.e.

“If you don’t change your direction, you are likely to end up where you are headed.” -Ancient Chinese proverb

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6 Important Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves Every Day

Blog_Aprilphoto2I use to go through the motions. Get up, get ready, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, fall a sleep on the couch, go to bed, then finally fall a sleep in my bed.

I’d get up and do the same thing the following day.

I had this routine down so well that my days would morph into each other and months would go by before I had a moment to stop and think about what was happening.

Where did the last three months go? I silently thought to myself.

Once I left my job and started practicing yoga, I became much more aware of what was going on in my life.

I started creating time to “check-in” and have an internal dialog with myself about my goals, what I wanted, and where I was heading.

It made all the difference.

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Re-Energize Your Life: 10 Simple Life Changing Daily Habits

Blog_MarchHeaderThree weeks ago, I took a look at my morning routine. I knew one particular habit that I formed months ago, was running too much of the show. It was taking precious time away from things that meant a lot more to me.

Fiddlesticks! I got sucked into the blue screen and all the wonderful and fun information at my fingertips.

The habit I’m referring to is starting my day checking email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on my phone.

I had no idea how it was affecting me until I stopped.

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The Most Profound Lessons I’ve Learned in 40 Years

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I turned 40 recently. Although, I feel more like 30 or maybe 28, but definitely not 40. Another exciting birthday, another year wiser.

I use to hear that phrase and think, “wiser, what’s that all about anyway?” For me, wiser means getting closer and closer to myself. My essence. My truth. My desires.

It also means:
– not being scared to be different or rock the boat
– to embrace what you love {food, people, and ideas} whole-heartedly
– not caring what other people think of you

It wasn’t always always easy for me to be myself. To be honest, it was really difficult. I found it easier to agree and shake my head than figure out how I really felt about something. The judgement of not being liked was too much of a burden to bear.

Through my own personal struggles, constant search for knowledge, yoga study, and hard work, I’ve learned a thing or two here and there. I have so much more to learn, but here are 40 life lessons I’d like to share with you…

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What You Need To Consciously Create Your Life

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Another year has started.

It’s that time to banish worry, fear, and guilt.

It’s another year to love, give, and follow your dreams. Right?

Here’s a confession… I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. They’ve never worked for me. Have they ever worked for you?

Research from the University of Scranton shows nearly 4 out of 10 people quit their resolutions before February. More will fall off after that. A 2007 University of Bristol study found that 88% of people fail to achieve their resolutions completely.

That’s crazy high, isn’t it? Do you want to know why that statistic is really high and why they don’t work?

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7 Tips For Melting Your Holiday Stress Away

BlogTour_HolidaySanityI’m so excited to share The Holiday Sanity Blog Tour with you this month! What is The Holiday Sanity Blog Tour? It’s 20 days of tips, tools, techniques, and perspectives from me and 19 other lovely coaches to help you move through the holiday with ease, a greater perspective, and recipes, too.

When Megan Hale and Jenn Scalia shared their vision for this blog tour with me, I knew I wanted to be a part of it because the holidays can be difficult to manage and I want you to have everything you need to feel supported during this time.

So without further ado, please enjoy my insights into getting through this holiday season with grace, ease, and well-being.

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Lacking Motivation? 7 Ways to Get Back on Track

WomandesktiredYou can feel it when it hits. You begin staring at your computer and suddenly you’re not there. You have emails to send and things to complete, but you don’t feel like doing ANY of it. You feel like taking a nap and the list of excuses start playing in your mind. The motivation vampire has struck again.

The word for motivation is derived from the latin root, movere – to move. When you lack motivation you are literally stuck. Frozen. Inert. Stalled.

In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, he writes about resistance. “Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. It’s aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

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What I Learned In A Week Of Silence: Let Go To Receive {Part 3}

Business_BlogPath3As I was slowly walking towards the labyrinth it happened. Oh no, was the first thought that came into my mind. Wetness, I could feel it. The outside of my right leg felt wet which only meant one thing. My water bottle opened up inside the small bag I was carrying.

I knew Izzy {I named my iPhone, Izzy} was in there, but it was secure in a zipped plastic bag. When I opened my bag, water poured out. Eek! My journal was a little wet, a poem my husband wrote for me and left me to find was completely drenched, and I forgot to zip the bag Izzy was in. BIG mistake.

I ran back to my room, grabbed a towel and took off Izzy’s protective case. There was water everywhere. I wiped it all off and it seemed to be working fine. Yay, that was a close call.

I decided not to wear my watch this year, so I would feel less time bound and free. Izzy was the only connection to time I had.

After Izzy was free of water, I put her into the bag and zipped it – making sure this time. Now, I could walk the labyrinth. Off I go.

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