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Cultivate Your Inner Calm: Hangout with me on 9.17

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A free, live Google Hangout on 9.17.14

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Life is busy and full.

Kids. Jobs. Dishes. School. Family. Laundry. Pets. Cleaning. Meal-planning. Errands.

On top of #allthethings of daily life, add on major life changes and it's enough to send you over the edge (if you weren't already there). I constantly hear people say things like:

"I'll  _______ when things slow down a bit."

"I can't do ______, because I'm too busy."

"Life is so stressful right now, I just need ______."

As much as we wish life would slow down a bit so we can collect our thoughts, it doesn't.

We have to make the calm happen. It doesn't just happen overnight. We have to build our capacity to create a sense of peace and balance in the midst of chaos. We have to cultivate our inner calm.

As someone who has battled anxiety for most of my life, I can say that this is no easy feat. It takes intentionality and practice but the benefits are really worth it. I've learned that it is possible to find your center and feel calm, no matter what's happening around you.

Tune into this free hangout on September 17th to learn:

-essential breathing techniques for your health and inner stillness -the mindset makeover you need to cultivate calm from the inside-out -three things you're already doing right now that are helping you -a technique you can practice anytime, anywhere to feel better fast

I'll be hosting this Google Hangout and share some tips, some laughs and offer some live coaching with participants!

Sign up below and you'll also receive my free audio download, HELP! How To Handle Hard Times.

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Make the Choice to Relax

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This past weekend, I made a decision.

I was going to relax. On purpose.

It's been an extremely enjoyable few months. I have been living it up since coming home from my surgery in August. I made a decision to enroll in grad school during the summer and really wondered if I'd be able to make it along with my coaching biz and some other side gigs. The good news is: not only am I making it, I'm thriving!

But it's a lot of work. And I'm busy. But I couldn't be happier. I get to decide what I do each and every day of my life and it is THE ideal life for me. I honestly couldn't ask for more and I wouldn't change a thing. It is exactly the life I want to be living right now and some days, I honestly can't believe I pulled it off---let alone that I've been rockin' it for the past 5 months.

That's a long time to be living the dream. Can't wait for more years ahead!

In the meantime, however, some rest and relaxation is called for. I keep a packed schedule so I had to be sure I scheduled in some downtime--balance in all things, after all, right?

I had a craving for some escapism--so I downloaded the Lord of the Rings triology and got through parts 1 and 2. Still have to make some time for part 3, the final chapter. I've seen them before. They are very staged, a little silly but just the kind of stuff I was craving: total fantasy and a departure from my real life and all the serious and wonderfully powerful stuff that involves. A little mental vacation, if you will.

After being hosted by some incredible friends this past Friday night for dinner, I put my feet up, grabbed a bottle of the new Woodchuck cider Winter brew and enjoyed the heck out of my Saturday evening. And then I did it again on Sunday night. Three evenings of pure bliss!!

It was the first real relaxing weekend I've had in way too long, and it felt damn good especially at this time of year. I remember the years of running myself into the ground at work and getting caught up with the holiday prep and expectations. That stuff can be so fun but so stressful, too. I want to enjoy my life, I don't want to merely "get through it".

It is a choice. A choice I need to make on purpose.