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Three Signs that it is Time to Get Support

Three Signs that it is Time to Get Support

We live in a culture of do-it-yourselfers (DIY).

It is not surprising, since many of us share a desire to be strong and self-sufficient. This desire is usually linked to some deeply held values that are rooted in our heritage. They are woven so tightly into our being that they shape our perceptions and assumptions about life, as well as the solutions that we might imagine for the challenges that we face.

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Staying Well in an Unhealthy Healthcare System

Staying Well in an Unhealthy Healthcare System

The facts about healthcare in the United States can be discouraging. Our country is notoriously lagging behind in terms of our health outcomes when compared with other countries with similar resources. We spend substantially more, but have worse health. 

There are many smart, capable people that mean well and work hard in our healthcare system. Unfortunately, the system itself is set up in a way that doesn't promote wellness. It's a GREAT place to be if you need a high-tech diagnostic test or intervention — but we're not known for promoting well-being. Ironically, as providers are pressured to see more patients, they invest less time in conversations that help people create the healthy lifestyles that promote health and prevent disease in the first place.

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A Wellness Lesson from a GPS

A Wellness Lesson from a GPS

This summer, I had a wonderful opportunity to travel with my family in the western United States. We were in the car for many days, and were fortunate that several of us were able to split up the driving and navigation responsibilities.

We had a mishap one day, though, when I was handling navigation duty. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication right from the start. My husband handed me his phone with a map already pulled up that I thought would take us to Mount Rushmore. I used the map to carefully guide him turn-by-turn through a very scenic drive. When we reached the end of the instructions, we were facing an empty field somewhere in South Dakota. It was definitely not where we intended to be!

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Seven Steps to Sustainable Change

Seven Steps to Sustainable Change

It's the first week of January and all over our country people are making hopeful resolutions about the new year. Business is booming at health clubs, no doubt. Sales of fitness gear, weight loss products, and self-help books should be doing well. The start of a new year is a prime opportunity for many of us to start in a new, healthier direction.

As I've discussed here before, though, our resolutions don't always produce the desired results. In fact, more often than not, we don't achieve our resolutions. In the face of this discouraging news, some folks give up on resolutions all together. They doubt their ability to alter their lives in a meaningful way.

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Ready...Set...Change!

Ready...Set...Change!

It's a glorious day here in my neck of the woods. The summer is on its way out, and the mornings are becoming crisp. The kids are back in school and in a few days, autumn will officially be here. The changing seasons are one of the things I love about living in North Carolina. Each season is unique, and the transitions from one to another always bring a sense of anticipation for the upcoming time of year right alongside a yearning for the waning season and all the gifts it brought. Every change is like this, it seems – both a beginning and an end.

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Spring into a New Beginning

Spring into a New Beginning

iStock 000021379368XSmallIt won't be long now before the coming of spring – that hopeful time of year when new beginnings are all around us. It is a time of energy and growth for many of us, and it brings a welcome change of pace from the more reflective mood of the winter months.

Before you "spring into spring" though, I encourage you to take some time to be thoughtful about where you will put your energy. It's no secret that our culture here in the U.S. promotes us to be overly busy. There is always more "to do"! Optimal self-care invites us to take strategic actions that are aligned with our vision and values. When we are clear about what we want to create in our lives, and what is most important to us, it becomes easier for us to know what actions are appropriate.

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Put on Your Life Ring

Put on Your Life Ring

As many of us are discovering, a large part of our health and well-being depends on our self-care -- the health choices that we make every day. Self-care encompasses a wide range of choices – from where we choose to put our attention and our energy, to our eating habits, or perhaps how we relate to others, manage risks, and use health care resources. The good news is that over 50% of chronic disease can be prevented based on the choices we make. The bad news is that we may feel overwhelmed and unprepared to take on the responsibility of managing our self-care effectively.

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New Year's Resolutions: Dream Big, Plan Small

New Year's Resolutions:  Dream Big, Plan Small

Sticky NotesAs we draw closer to the end of the year, many folks start to think about their hopes and plans for the New Year. The New Year brings an opportunity to recommit to those things that are important to you, or to start something new entirely. For some of us, we may frame these commitments as New Year's Resolutions.

The bad news about resolutions is that, too often, our best intentions don't get us the results that we want. Research confirms that more than half of resolutions aren't sustained for longer than six months, and some suggest that that percentage is even higher. If you've failed to maintain a New Year's resolution, or seen someone else fail, you might be inclined to avoid making a commitment. After all, that way you won't be disappointed!

The good news is that people who make resolutions are far more likely to achieve their goals than people who aren't.

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What do you DO?

What do you DO?

I was in a meeting the other day with a group of other women business owners when one of them admitted to me: "Julie, I STILL don't know what it is that you DO!"

After ten months of meeting together, perhaps I should have felt embarrassed... Instead, I appreciated her honesty, and felt grateful for the opportunity to provide clarity. It left me thinking, though -- Perhaps you wonder the same thing! What is coaching anyway? More importantly, why would anyone want to be coached?

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Transitions

Transitions

It's been a busy summer and I've taken several months off from blogging to do some traveling with my family. I hope that many of you have also been finding time to have some adventures, enjoy a change of pace or venue, and create some good memories. Summer is a great time for that.

In July, we were blessed with the opportunity to take a trip to Brazil to visit the family with whom I lived as an exchange student many years ago, and also to visit the area of Brazil where we served as volunteer workers between 2007 and 2010. This visit to Brazil was emotionally dense -- full of encounters with special people who have touched and changed our lives.

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The Power of a Mirror

The Power of a Mirror

I have always loved to dance, and over the years I've had my share of dance lessons. Most of them were ballet, and they occurred in locations that looked very similar. There was a large empty room with a wide expanse of floor, a barre attached to one wall, and a mirror on the other wall. The expansiveness of the room created a clear space where students could move freely. The barre was there to help us with balance. The mirror was there to reflect the way our bodies looked as they moved or stood still.

The mirror was an important tool as we developed deeper awareness of our bodies. When we could see what we were doing, we could decide if it matched the aesthetic we were trying to create and adjust our positions accordingly. Over time, we learned how it "felt" to be a dancer. After many rehearsals with the mirror, we could recreate that feeling on stage – confident that what we were now able to perform would faithfully represent the vision of the choreographer.

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