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Three Essentials for the Intentional Traveler

Three Essentials for the Intentional Traveler

The first week of a brand new year is wrapping up.

For many of us, memories of holidays are still fresh. Perhaps we took time to reflect on our lives and whether or not our actions and results are congruent with our priorities. Transitions — whether they are to a new year, a new phase of life, new job or career, or a new relationship — are powerful times to take stock and determine whether or not a course correction is in order.

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Your Multi-Million Mile Check-up

Your Multi-Million Mile Check-up

You've traveled many miles in the last 12 months - 584 million of them, to be specific. As you have been going about the business of your life, you have also been a passenger on planet Earth, and it has covered quite a distance in its annual orbit. It's pretty amazing that we can travel so far on automatic pilot!

Sometimes it can feel like our lives are on automatic pilot too. Unlike Earth, though, we actually have a say in the path that we are following, and how we experience it. The opportunity to chart our own course is often both exhilarating and daunting!

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Why Wellness Won't Wait

Why Wellness Won't Wait

Barney Fife, one of my favorite TV characters from the Andy Griffeth Show, had a sensible approach to law enforcement. He was a proponent of stopping any problem before it got bigger— preferring to "nip it in the bud".

Knowing that we are facing a threat makes taking decisive action easier. When it comes to well-being, though, the threats can sneak up on us.

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Six Keys to Being Well-Seasoned

Six Keys to Being Well-Seasoned

Have you noticed that many of us are sensitive when it comes to growing older? Some of us don't talk about how old we are, and we use politically-correct language when referring to those of us who have more life experience. We hear words like "old" or "elderly" less frequently — and opt for language that is less stigmatizing. One of my favorites is "seasoned"!

This sensitivity most likely boils down to fear. Most of us don't like the thought of aging. It's not that we don't want to grow older chronologically — who doesn't aspire to living to a ripe, old age?

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Five Habits of the Unstoppable Wellness Investor

Five Habits of the Unstoppable Wellness Investor

Have you ever considered the similarities between health and wealth?

Both are renewable resources that can be cultivated through proactive investments.

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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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How to Conquer Your Cravings

How to Conquer Your Cravings

My cat has strange cravings. Elastic hairbands. She just can't get enough of them.

We've seen "evidence" that she has eaten them before, and we've done our best to keep them away from her (I'm convinced she can open drawers!). But this week, her bizarre addiction got her into trouble, and she wound up in surgery to remove twelve - yes, TWELVE - of them from her stomach.

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How to Find Your Focus

How to Find Your Focus

It's a brand new year and all around us is conversation about New Year's Resolutions. Some people make them and some people don't - but lots of people have opinions about them!

Regardless of whether or not you make a formal New Year's Resolution, each new year brings a certain energy with it and begs us to answer the question: What am I going to do with this brand new year?

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How to Wait on Purpose

How to Wait on Purpose

We live in an impatient culture, known for promoting ease and nearly instant access to what we want - whether that be food, information, transportation or hot water. Even though many of us might say that patience is a virtue, we may roll our eyes (at least internally) at the prospect of having to wait in line for anything.

Right now, those of us that celebrate Christmas are in the midst of a countdown of days until that holiday arrives. Many of us are also waiting for the dawn of a new year and all the possibilities that will bring.

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Four Smart Ways to Hone your Health Journey

Four Smart Ways to Hone your Health Journey

While most people would agree that good health is important, the level of time and attention that we devote to cultivating our well-being varies widely. Perhaps this is because our definitions of "good health" can be quite different. For some of us, good health means operating at the peak of our physical conditioning. For others, it is about being able to fulfill our daily responsibilities without difficulty. I have found that, despite their variety, personal definitions of health often revolve around having the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual freedom to participate in our lives in ways that affirm our core values.

People may choose to increase their investment in their well-being for any number of reasons. They may be inspired to tackle a challenge that requires more fitness or stamina. Perhaps they have a vague sense that their level of health is slipping, or maybe life has delivered some kind of "wake-up call". They could have received unwelcome news at a health appointment. They might have accompanied a friend or family member through a difficult health challenge.

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Six Ways to Get the Support you Need

Six Ways to Get the Support you Need

Here is it July - halfway through the year. For many people, the new year's resolutions that seemed like a great idea in January are now a distant memory.

When it comes to making changes, getting started is only one of the hurdles. For most people, the hardest part is the stretch in the middle. When the enthusiasm wears off and obstacles arise, it is all too easy to give up on our dreams. Has that ever happened to you?

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Six Key Questions when Re-Inventing Yourself

Six Key Questions when Re-Inventing Yourself

It's spring and there's lots of movement in the air. Change, which is ever-constant, is highlighted with the end of school and all that it entails. New graduates. New phases of life. New decisions.

We all experience moments in life where we are called upon to make big choices. We come to a crossroads and an opportunity to invent or re-invent ourselves and we must ask the big question: What is next for me?

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5 Ways to Engineer Greater Well-Being

5 Ways to Engineer Greater Well-Being

What do fast food, TV remotes and Facebook have in common?

They all provide quick and easy ways for us to get what we want! (food, entertainment, and social connection)

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Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 5)

Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 5)

There is a lot going on this time of year. As we complete another calendar year and gear up for a new one, we have opportunities to evaluate what we've accomplished and to dream about what is next.

Some of us will find that there are things on our dream list that didn't come to fruition. That seems to be pretty normal for most humans. But did you ever stop to wonder WHY some things get done and others don't?

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Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 4)

Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 4)

This time of year many of us are doing holiday shopping. Or we may be delaying holiday shopping. There are always some of us who are out on Christmas Eve making final just-in-time purchases! Has that ever been you?

In this series of posts, I've been exploring reasons why people delay needed or wanted actions or decisions. I've shared about waiting for permission, waiting for perfection, and waiting for protection. This week is dedicated to those of us who are waiting for panic. We delay making decisions until a sense of urgency forces us into action!

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Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 2)

Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 2)

Last week, I shared about a dilemma that many of us face. That is — in spite of knowing what we want, we delay the decisions or actions that will help move us toward our desired outcome. This post continues a series of reflections about reasons that we delay action, and how we can get "unstuck".

If you didn't see last week's post about waiting for permission, I invite you to check it out. This week I'm focusing on a reason that I personally know very well — waiting for perfection. This is going out especially to all the other recovering perfectionists out there. You know who you are!

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5 Essentials for Your Self-Care Kit

5 Essentials for Your Self-Care Kit

Modern life can be fast-paced and some days are extra-challenging. Even if you're pretty good at the basics of self-care, you may find times that you need a little extra TLC. What do you do when you you're having one of those days and your time and circumstances limit your options? You can prepare in advance for those kinds of situations by having a "self-care" kit on hand.

What is a self-care kit? I imagine it as a sort of wellness gift basket — full of samples designed to nurture your well-being. The kit might be physical, virtual, or both. The most important thing that it is portable and accessible whenever you want it. You might, for example, have a folder on your computer that include some components, or perhaps a notebook, or maybe a bag or container. It just depends on what you decide to put in it!

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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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