The seeds you sow will grow

Have you ever heard the saying: the seeds you sow, grow? Or Tony Robbins’ version “energy flows where your focus goes?”

While some people may think all this energy talk is a bit woo-woo, I believe in it whole-heartedly.

It’s why I practice gratitude.

In my experience the more I focus on the things that light me up — really acknowledge them and feel grateful for them — the more they expand and grow.

Into something more beautiful than I could imagine.

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If not now…when?

One of my favourite proverbs to help me move forward is:

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.

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It makes me realize how easy it is for us to get stuck in the past.

“I should’ve planted that tree (followed that dream!) 20 years ago. I can’t believe I wasted all that time! What was I thinking?”

So we end up beating ourselves up.

For all the time we wasted and for what “could’ve been.”

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Finding a balance between doing and being

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. ~ Proverb

Lately I’ve been trying to find a balance between “doing” and “being.”

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Balancing my time between the desire to do more of what I’m on this planet to do (coach more women!) with my opposite desire.

To rest and replenish my soul.

And nurture my creativity.

In a world that frequently pushes us to go faster and faster — and do more, more, more!! — resting isn’t always encouraged.

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The greatest gift my father gave me

Years ago while going through my divorce, my therapist suggested I do an exercise about my parents.

I was working through some stuff around my own marriage, as well as the one that had been role-modeled to me by my mom and dad.

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The exercise involved taking two pieces of paper and drawing a vertical line down the middle of each.

At the top of one column I wrote “my father.” And at the top of the other, “my mother.”

On one of the papers I listed all the traits I liked about my parents. On the other, all the ones I didn’t.

Needless to say it was a very powerful exercise.

One I’ve never forgotten.

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