Thursday, July 21, 2011

Satisfaction = Gratitude

What I share with my students in teacher training about being satisfied and therefor being successful:

1. You are there to be a teacher, this is not your practice.
2. Be the best you can be, have your own practice.
3. Be authentically you, don't try to be like other teachers. Teach from your heart.
4. Teach what you know.
5. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
6. Thank your students, without them you wouldn't be a teacher.
7. Mind your own back yard. In the South any good mama will say to you "Don't be a busy body". Concentrate on what you are doing, working on, etc...don't worry about what others are doing, and don't worry about perceived competition. This will distract you from doing honest work.
8. Celebrate your strengths.
9.  If there is an area you feel challenged in ask for help or hire someone with those strengths. Good business people hire or work with  a variety of strong people.
10. Be kind in all you do.

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Monday, July 11, 2011


 Came across this in my inbox this a.m. and found it very useful. I love this blog.

When you are faced with a situation where you and your spouse aren’t on the same page, live according to your own integrity and values.
If you want to simplify and your spouse doesn’t, simplify your life.
You want to eat healthy and your spouse only wants fast food? Eat healthy.
I’ll leave you with this: At the end of the day, all you’re responsible for is you.
~ Becoming Minimalist Blog
To see the entire post click here

I love Elaine St. James books, they are simple and to the point. Often I pick her books up and read them over an over again.  You can pick one page and glean something useful.
Simple, useful, perfect.


Friday, July 8, 2011


"If all it took where know how we would all be rich and beautiful."
This is a quote I heard on a recent coaching podcast and for the most part it's true, yes there are factors in our lives that prohibit us from success. Sometimes the playing field is not always even. However, often we are our own worst enemies when it comes to achieving our goals and dreams.

Are you having trouble realizing your dreams? 
In the practice of "yoga nidra" (yoga sleep) there is a portion called "conflict resolution", you visualize your challenge and come up with a solution, no matter how crazy. You will see it through the steps and then visualize a "positive outcome", make sure you see all the steps and then meditate on the result. 
Then "surrender" to the vision.
Your goals should be led by your heart and desire, not for others or at the expense of others, but for your happiness and well-being.
Recently in a meeting a young lady said to me "I really wanted to do_________ , but..." 
I ask you what comes after your excuses? Can you take five minutes or an hour today to make one step to your dream? Can you make a phone call, research a subject, send an email ? What can you do to move yourself in the right direction? Or are you going to let your fears determine the outcome of your life ? Only you can decide. 
After all "If you can't see it in your mind how do you expect to achieve it?" 

"Take risk, make mistakes, get dirty!" ~ Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus

Book note: I love this book. I was a little apprehensive because of the cover because I am so visual, my thoughts were "I am not a diva!" however, this is a great book for coaching women to find the work they love.