Monday, September 28, 2009

"My 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse"

Fall is my favorite season! I akin the seasons to life's cycle and considering I'm in the second half of my 40's, I would venture to say that I am living in what is the Fall season of my life. I want to experience it with the same wonder and zeal that I feel from it's crisp,cool breeze and it's beauty unfolding before my eyes.

I was told by Debbie Ford, author of The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse: A Breakthrough Program for Connecting with Your Soul's Deepest Purpose
that things are "Never a coincidence.... We're always in sync with the universe..." so, I find the timing of her book perfect for where I am in my journey in life.

According to Debbie, "the Consciousness Cleanse is designed to purify your mind and emotions, bringing you enormous amounts of strength, confidence, and deep inner peace." I am ready to open my heart, mind and soul to these possibilities. In preparation for my consciousness cleanse, I have read the first section of Debbie's book, which is "A Breakthrough Program for Connecting with Your Soul's Deepest Purpose." I have been reflecting on The Promise, The Process, The Preparation, The Practice and the Cleansing Tools that she outlines for the days ahead.

One of the most poignant statements that resonated with me from the first section of The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse was that "Mediocricity in any area of your life is no longer an option, because either your pain is too great or your desire for having it all is too compelling."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

MY GOALS - Short and Long Term

Incorporate “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”
~Steven Covey

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen”. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Be Proactive - Assess situation and make it work. Problem Solve

“Just Do It!” ~Nike Running Shoes Advertisement

Work around Obstacles. Ask for help. Choose to “Act” instead of “React”

Begin with the End in Mind - Visualize where you want to be. Think of the “Vision” - Creative Visualization

“He who spends time adorning himself knows he is going to a dance”. ~Kenyan Saying

Preparation is the key to securing your future. Are you adorning yourself? You should be, because there’s a dance awaiting you. The dance is the future that you were destined to live. Start adorning yourself. Invest in personal growth. Read books that will prepare you for the future. Develop yourself into the kind of person who will shine on the dance floor when destiny finally says, “Here’s your chance”. Get ready! The quality of dance you expect in your future determines the amount of adorning you will do today. Raise your expectations. You shouldn’t be expecting to go to some mediocre dance. Your goal should be to dance in the most sophisticated dances reserved for the ones who have invested heavily in themselves.
~Herman Najoli “How to Make Your Mark”

“If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big”. ~Donald Trump

Put First Things First – Prioritize, Organize, Discipline

“Are You a Wandering Generality or a Meaningful Specific?”~ Zig Ziglar

Put a goal-oriented purpose and focus to my personal, professional and business life. Identify goals, obstacles, resources and support groups. Make choices based on my priorities.

Relentless Dedication - In order to become a meaningful specific, you must be relentlessly dedicated to making your dream come true. What are you doing on a daily basis that is adding value to your ability to fully become who you were born to be? Are you being true to the voice within you that is calling you to perform at your optimum level?
~Herman Najoli “How to Make Your Mark”

Steady Focus - Steady Focus comes from always having your vision right in front of you. Think about why you have immense success driving every day - the windshield is right in front of you and you are always looking out through it! It’s the same thing with your dream. You must keep it right in front of you. There are many ways that you can do this. Write it down and recite it throughout the day. Design your environment to remind you of your vision every day.
~Herman Najoli “How to Make Your Mark

Think Win/Win and Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood - Both people benefit

NAMASTE’ – The Divine in me recognizes and honors the Divine in you and in that recognition lies the place where you and I are ONE.

Synergize - Synchronized Rhythm – Ebb and Flow

Flow is the natural, effortless unfolding of our life in a way that moves us toward wholeness and harmony. Things fall into place, obstacles melt away, and whatever is necessary—money, times, work, people, opportunities—appears as needed.
~The Power of Flow: Practical Ways to Transform Your Life With Meaningful Coincidence by Charlene Belitz and Meg Lundstrom

“As individuals, we have control over the frequency of our energy through our thoughts and feelings. If we predominantly focus on good thoughts and feelings, the law of attraction will match those “like” energies to us. We will attract people, circumstances, and events into our lives that will bring positive experiences to us, and we will not be attracted to negative events”. ~The Secret


“Sharpen the Saw”

Eat Well, Exercise, Sleep, Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of your Body, Do Your Personal Best

Reduce Intake of Caffeine, Refined Sugar, Alcohol, and Processed Foods

Stay away from industrially processed food products and food with trans fats and hydrogenated fats. Eating a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates will give you the energy you need.

Eat Several Small Meals a Day

By eating more frequently you are then increasing your metabolism, which helps fuel the only thing in your body that can actually drive burning fat in calories.

Portion Control

You don’t have to count calories in this diet, but it is important to get your body familiar with portion control. “Don’t eat until you’re stuffed. Eat until you’re satisfied,”

Drink More Water

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. If you are drinking enough, you should never get thirsty. Schedule your hydration into your day if you must–and without enough water, your body will not lose weight as quickly as you want.

Boost your Metabolism With Exercise

There is no better way to increase your calorie burning than to gain lean muscle. A pound of muscle burns approximately 50 calories a day, while a pound of fat burns approximately two calories per day–you do the math. Incorporate three, 30-minute strength-training workouts a week.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Twitter That!

The benefits of being on Twitter have been many for me. From a socializing aspect, I have connected with and met many quality individuals both in and out of my local community. They include professionals, professors, artists and other mom's with whom I have things in common. I have become friends with several of my "Twitter Buddies" both on and offline. For a stay at home mom, it has been a wonderful way to socialize and stay on top of what is going on.

A local Twitter user posted about a lost Kindle that was left in a local park. He had the name of the person that it was registered to but was unable to locate contact information for them. The person that lost the Kindle had a name that was not very common, so by using search engines online I was able to find a phone number and address for her in Anchorage, AK. I left a message about finding the Kindle and received a call from her enabling me to put her in touch with the good samaritan that posted about it on Twitter. After a couple of Tweets (Posts) & DMs (Direct Messages) the owner had her Kindle back in her posession. :)

When I first started using Twitter, my family liked teasing me. They don't poke fun at me so much any more since I have won a variety of prizes, ie: water park tickets with cabana, concert and ball game tickets from local tv, radio stations and casinos. I've also won gaming accesories and gift certificates. When tickets were sold out for the Aces game in Reno on the 4th of July, I jokingly posted that I was looking for 12 tickets if anyone had some to spare. Within minutes, I was given the information of a local business that had some general admission tickets left to sell. My family got to enjoy the game and see the fireworks that night thanks to that kind of involvement.

Twitter has been a great way of communicating about everything from deals and events going on to sharing news from power outages and "traffic jams" to avoid. :) An Amber alert that was posted recently spread like wildfire. Luckily, it turned out to be a hoax and no child was in jeopardy, but had it been real, Twitter was an instant way of getting the word out.

There are many new to the Twitter community that post things like: "trying to figure this out" or "I don't get it." You can create any kind of experience that you want on Twitter based on what your interest are and who you follow. You have access to users who you can relate to and who specialize in many areas right at your fingertips!