Do you have an inspiring word for the year?

The other day, my friend brought up one of my favourite New Year’s traditions: choosing an inspiring word.

It’s something I’ve been doing for years.

Choosing one word to guide me through the year.

inspiring tiles that say choose your wordsAnd keep me on track.

So I live my life based on my highest values.

You see, I don’t do resolutions anymore.

‘Cuz when I have in the past, I realized how futile they were.

And how self-punishing.

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Get clear on what makes you happy!

While doing my yoga practice this morning I was reminded of these wise and powerful words from Yoga with Adriene

“Keep what makes you happy. Let go of what doesn’t serve you.”

If the Great Pause of 2020 has taught us anything, I believe it’s exactly that.

That as a result of having to slow down and sit with our own ‘stuff,’ we learned — very quickly — what did and didn’t work for us. 

What made us happy.

And what didn’t.

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Be gentle on your soul

Years ago, a thoughtful manager of mine introduced me to the power of self-compassion. 

She wrote “be gentle on your soul” inside a beautiful journal she’d given me as a going away gift.

I was leaving my job to move across the world, in hopes of starting a new life in Scotland.

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I was young and full of hope.

Both excited and nervous about taking such a huge leap of faith, into the unknown.

I’ve never forgotten how good it felt to open the cover of that journal, and read her words for the very first time.

Be gentle on your soul.

Ahhhhhh.

I loved the way those words sounded. 

They resonated deep within me.

And gave me the permission, I unknowingly craved, to treat myself more kindly. As I took risks, and moved forward into the uncharted territory of my life.

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The answer to your question lies within

Not long ago my teenage son had a difficult decision to make, about which path to take moving forward.

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He was frustrated. And feeling stuck. Unable to choose between option A or B, for fear of letting someone else down.

As I tried to uncover more details in order to help guide him, he slumped onto the sofa and grumbled: “I feel like no matter which decision I make it won’t be the right one.”

I totally got it. It didn’t seem like either choice was a very good one. While both had their pros and cons, there really wasn’t a win-win choice. 

At least not from his point of view.

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Follow your inner “ding”

Over the past few months I’ve been wrestling with the question of “who am I?”

I suppose this shouldn’t surprise me. I’ve struggled with this question many times before. And even wrote a blog about it awhile back called: Am I this? Or am I that?

So just when I thought I’d made peace with it…I realized I hadn’t.

I was back in my old black and white thinking.

Trying to define myself as either one thing or another.

Are you a bookkeeper or a coach? Come on, which is it, Kerry?!

The reality is I’m both.

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Don’t dim your light!

I have a confession to make.

I haven’t written a blog in 12 whole months. And I’ve felt very conflicted about it.

On one hand, I’ve had plenty to say and have started many drafts. On the other hand, I’ve been severely lacking in follow through.

And that’s just plain sucked.

Many times I’ve asked myself why I’ve stopped writing my blog.

And I’ve come up with all sorts of answers. Or perhaps they were just excuses.

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