Thursday, December 13, 2018

Baby Steps


Steve (not his real name) is someone from my church. I don’t know him well. We sit in the same section and exchange pleasantries. That’s it!

Out of the blue, he told me that he’s looking for a new car. It took him 3 years to  save 10 thousand dollars. I congratulated him for his efforts. He admitted a DUI (1990) and that he’s been clean for 28 years. Currently, he rides his bike. That is his mode of transportation. He rides within a 10 block radius of where he lives. In order to renew his license, he has to retake his drivers tests.

I was gob smacked with what he said. To admit his drinking history and recovery,  was a MAJOR DEAL. He’s taken steps to reclaim his life.

His story left me with a new found respect for him. I admire people who take steps to move forward. We ALL have the ability to take “baby steps.” It’s just that we need to do it slowly and consciously.

COMMITMENT IS KEY!

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Focus: Personal Conflict, Resolution, Commitment, Spirit

Questions for you: 1) What’s got you stuck? 2) What steps can you take to move forward?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Intuition and Trust


Any life change (new home, job, travel) involves intuition and trust. They work hand in hand.
Intuition is following your "gut instincts" or inner voice. Many times, it tells you what to do. Many times, we ignore it or doubt it. In order to make any positive changes, you HAVE to follow and TRUST  your intuition when it speaks to you. Here are some important  questions to get you started and MOVING FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE.
1.   What experiences do I have that tells me that I'm intuitive?
2.   What will it take for me to rely on and apply my intuition?
3.   What is something I need to do but have ignored?
4.   What could I improve on when it comes to trusting myself?
5.   What is the BIG action I need to take NOW?

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Sleep Hygiene: 9 Tips


Poor sleep can be related to stress, too much caffeine, depression or arthritis. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep to restore their body and feel rested. Here are 9 tips:
  1. Keep your bed only for sleep. Don’t watch TV, talk on the phone or read in bed. Go to bed when you are drowsy and are ready to sleep.
  2. If you don’t fall asleep in 30 minutes, get up. Go to another room and do something until you are drowsy.
  3. Wind down before bed. Do something calming like listening to soothing music, praying, etc. before you go to bed.
  4. Have a regular “sleep and wake-up” time. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
  5. Limit naps. Mid-day naps of 10 minutes can improve your mood and mental performance. Limit naps to 15 minutes and don’t take them later than 4 in the afternoon.
  6. Increase regular exercise. Don’t do it too close to bed time.
  7. Decrease stimulants. Avoid smoking, drinking coffee or pop.
  8. Decrease alcohol. Have no more than 1 serving of alcohol at dinner.
  9. Inspect your bedroom environment. Is your room dark or free from noise? Is your bed comfortable? How about the temperature?
If you have trouble clearing your mind to fall asleep, use meditation, deep breathing or journaling.
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