Have you ever found yourself struggling with connecting and having meaningful conversations. Personally, I find it challenging to engage in small talk. In this video, I share a few ideas for easy and effective conversation starters.
I created the Zendoway cubes initially to introduce mindful breathing to my child's classroom (school). Now I have 14 soft squeezable cubes that have prompts on each side. To learn more about these cubes click here or watch the video below.
Do New Year's Resolutions work for you? I struggled with the negativity of resolutions until I found that by adding instead of subtracting, I could create a positive fortifying energy that was sustainable. In this video, I share why adding versus subtracting works and how it can support your best self.
When my acupuncturist suggested I “add” better nutrition to my life I felt inspired and motivated. Since I wasn’t being asked to “subtract” anything it felt obtainable and worth a try.
He suggested that I try adding Wheatgrass juice to my routine and pointed me to me Dynamic Greens, an online company that ships a frozen fresh supply directly to my door. "Wheatgrass juice is perhaps the most powerful and safest healing aid there is. Not because it can attack and destroy bacteria or malignant cells, like some drugs, but because it has the ability to strengthen the whole body by bolstering its immune system." For more details, download the PDF by The WellSpring School.This small addition is making a difference for me.
What is one small “add” you can try for 2019?
My Dad Al Wekelo made this videos series, take a look for inspiration. Our shared humanity gives us Life and gives Death. What we choose to do with it is our Free Will. How we celebrate it is our Creativity. The Video Series "Listen and the Dead will Speak ..Open your Heart and the Doors Open to the Other Side " gives us another perspective on how not only to celebrate life but to embrace Death as a natural course of our Evolution...and many thanks to my special guest Medium J.Marie...her inspiring dialogue will uplift your spirit.
Gratitude helps keep life in perspective - we can always find the good if we choose to look for it. In 2019, I challenge you to find something to be thankful for each and every day. Check out our annual tradition of a gratitude box and this year's addition of a happy box to see how we stay grateful.
Our culture thrives on being busy, applauding those who are the busiest and don’t slow down for anything or anyone -- especially themselves. It has taken years for me to learn to allow myself to take time to care for and love myself. I want my kids, friends, family, colleagues to know a different way, and to feel fully supported in their needs to maintain daily balance. For instance, to regroup after a long day at school, my son needs time outside, while my daughter needs to draw or read. I encourage them both to take the time they each need for those activities each day.
The most effective way to teach is to lead by example. Below are self-care and self-love tips for you, your family members, and friends to implement during this holiday season and into the New Year.
The saying “It is better to give than to receive” is a universal truth. But we often forget that we can give back to ourselves, too. Around the holiday season, our schedules are busy with events and buying presents for others. Many times, we drain our own energy by feeling obligated to go to the parties and match gifts we receive. However, that’s not the true meaning of the season; this time of year, is all about giving back and spending time with our loved ones. Imagine being fully relaxed and in the moment of smelling our favorite cookies baking in the oven, listening to laughter and music and allowing time to fully settle into the sights, smells and sounds of this beautiful time of year.
Giving and receiving are two parts of the same cycle. This season let’s take time to evaluate how we give to others, ourselves and our community. Let’s vow to give ourselves gifts this year and move into next year with a sense of renewal and intentions for the best year ever.
Here’s some things you can do to give back to others and yourself this holiday season:
Take the advice of Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Suggest that family and friends substitute hand written letters to each other instead of giving presents. This is a gift where we can take the opportunity to share our gratitude for those that mean the most.
Take time to truly connect at gatherings by spearheading a way to share success and gratitude stories as a group. Ask everyone to write down an accomplishment and area of appreciation on a piece of paper and put in a basket. Have each person pick one and read someone’s experience. Focusing on all the good will only bring more.
Give gifts to a child in need or donate to a local organization such as Toys for Tots or Cornerstones. Enlist friends and family to volunteer as a group in place of having a holiday party. Giving back together can create strong and lasting bonds.
“Those who value their own wellbeing equally with the rest of the world can be trusted with the world. Those who love their life as if it were the whole world will be trusted with all things under heaven.”
Originally published: https://www.poshseven.com/giving-receiving.html
Imagine giving a gift that is priceless, stress reducing and joy enhancing all tied up in one neat bow of gratitude! As we enter the holiday season, remember there are many ways to give back to those you want to celebrate with a non-monetary gift.
Priceless Giving Ideas:
Fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, and gratitude are the centerpiece of our tables, hearts, and minds as we enter Thanksgiving week. As a company we decided to embrace a month-long focus on gratitude by implementing our “Moving with Gratitude” wellness challenge.
We asked our leaders why they were grateful for the Actualize team. Here is what they had to say:
Geran Combs: I'm grateful for the openness of or firm that allows anyone to express an idea or concern freely and know it will be heard.
Priscila Nagalli: I am grateful for the team we have, this pool of individuals that brings strong technical, but also an incredible sense of commitment and team work to the table. Thank you everyone for making this company so unique.
Matt Seu: I am grateful for our Actualize team because our team makes me better as a person and that carries over to my clients and what I can offer them.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to use the Actualize team as the sounding board for creating and maintaining a thriving organizational culture. Our team’s openness allows the platform to give back daily and spread to other firms how focusing on your people first equals success.
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can increase your personal happiness and shift your perception of how you see and interact with the world around you. At work, we focus on our people’s success with Star Player Awards for a job well done, sending out personal thank you notes and get well soon cards. We want our people to know we care about them at a personal level.
As you prepare your home for Thanksgiving and fill your cornucopia with abundance, take a moment to pause, and pivot to a positive thankful thought. In our family, each person writes down who or what they are grateful for on a slip of paper and places it into the basket. Before we enjoy our Thanksgiving meal, each family member pulls a gratitude note from the basket and reads aloud. It is beautiful way to share in gratitude and fun as we are trying to guess who said what.
What strategies would I tell my 20 something self before I entered the workforce or tried to successfully advance my career? As I prepare to guest lecture at American University on career advancement strategies, I took a moment to reflect on my personal journey. I narrowed it down to 4 strategic steps that have accompanied me throughout my career and can be utilized at any point in the process. Whether you are just beginning to navigate the professional world or seeking to improve your current position, these top strategies can help you to successfully lead and advance in your career.
1. Network. The old saying “it is not what you know, but who you know,” has some validity. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to use to keep in touch and build your network. The first three things to make sure you do is to create a solid profile, connect to your peers and colleagues, and be active by posting, sharing, and liking content. The more you give, the more you will receive. For example, giving endorsements and reviews are helpful to others and give you more reach. To learn more, read this article, “12 Common Ways You Are Using LinkedIn Incorrectly.”
2. Create Clarity. Great leaders consistently create and communicate with clarity. Think of the exceptional leaders you know. Are their plans and purpose murky or clear? How do leaders gain such powerful clarity? As a leader, I have achieved clarity by taking time for myself and staying inspired. When we take time to nourish ourselves, we have greater capacity to see the big picture, allowing us to make wiser decisions and plan more effectively. I was recently working with my mentee when she said she was going to write a big master plan for her career advancement. For a few months, I allowed her to use this strategy. One day, when she was not making progress and feeling frustrated, I asked her these simple questions, “What are you doing that inspires you each day? What did you used to love to do?” After taking time for herself and painting for inspiration, my mentee was able to create clarity around her career progression. She was very surprised that the creative space was what brought clarity, not her master plan. I have found this to be the case as well. I rarely find the answers when sitting in front of my computer, it is when I get outside to move that the answers come to me about complex issues.
3. Communicate Effectively. As you find the answers and the clarity on what you want in your career, it is your responsibility to communicate your desires to your manager. Taking accountability for your career will take you far. For instance, my mentee got clear on wanting to work more on strategic initiatives. I encouraged her to go to her boss and tell her. Because her boss knows that is her passion, she is now allowing her to work on those special projects. If you find yourself complaining or not feeling inspired, go back to strategy two of creating clarity for what you want. And then take accountability for how to achieve your goals.
4. Find Mentors and Coaches. Having strong mentors that are not in your current organization is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. I found myself stagnated in my career until I invested in coaches and found a few steady mentors to help guide me along the way. Many times, it is hard to see your blind spots when you are in the thick of the moment. For instance, this summer, I was working with the famous life coach, Cheryl Richardson, who was featured on Oprah. She said, “you need to take items off your plate, so you can have time to focus on the more strategic items.” I was so busy in the day-to-day minutia that I did not realize I needed to delegate to move forward. For the first time in 13 years, I took a well-needed unplugged vacation. Work moved forward, my people were more empowered, and I am now doing the work I truly desire.
As you begin your professional life or start a new chapter in your career, choose strategies that will aid in your successful career progression. Take the space to reflect instead of plan. Ask yourself creative questions designed to show solutions that are personal to you. Reflect on leaders that inspire you. Which of their qualities stand out to you and resonate with how you want to be as you move forward? Use these answers as inspirational stepping stones as you embark on your new or improved career path. Be inspired!
If you are looking for that internal spark of inspiration, I am happy to assist you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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