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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.

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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.

Why silence is good for your soul

I love this image of the jellyfish in the sea. It makes me think of the word “silence.”

And the moment I first realized what a wonderful gift silence is for a sensitive person like me.

I was on vacation in Hawaii and was going scuba diving for the first time.

To say I was nervous going into the sea, with all my diving gear on, is an understatement.

That is until I reached the sandy ocean bottom.

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.

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.