Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

“The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.” ~~ Rainer Maria Rilke Without question 2012 has been an incredible year of individual and global ups and downs. But, what has carried me through (and I bet the same is true for you, too) is hope. Hope is what springs to mind when I reflect on Rainer Maria Rilke’s quote above. My hope for you is that at this time of year you are surrounded by those you know and love deeply; you are resting and nurturing your body and your spirit; and that with an open heart and mind you are getting ready to embrace the mystery that awaits us all. Wishing you and yours all the best as you celebrate the holiday season and get ready to welcome 2013. May the New Year be filled with just enough challenges to help you grow, blessings beyond measure, and more than a few surprises that bring a smile to your face and your heart! Thank you so much for being part of my world, and for the privilege to be part of yours! Season’s Greeting,...
Busy Woman Know How to Get Their Money Right & Bodies Tight, Right?

Busy Woman Know How to Get Their Money Right & Bodies Tight, Right?

Unless you are intentionally fasting, you eat everyday, right?  And, you probably use your money everyday – whether in the form of cash, debit/credit card, online banking/online transactions. But how often do you think of the correlation between what you do with your money and how you treat your body? No, I’m not writing to tell you about how money is a motivator to lose weight. Though there are studies to support that. I am writing about something much more exciting…and sustainable! What if you could “eat more, workout less, and treat yourself often and still have the body you wanted”? Counter-intuitive, right? Now, imagine learning how to apply a similar framework to the habits, discipline, and thought patterns that lead to your success with money? I am so excited to explore these themes in an upcoming live webinar-training featuring Liz DiAlto – fitness & lifestyle coach for busy woman! Next Tuesday, October 16th at 8pm EST, we’re having a jam session that is all about showing busy women how to get their money right & their bodies tight (before the holidays). Sounds good, doesn’t it? I mean isn’t this the time of the year where your waist-line tends to expand a tiny bit and your wallet tends to constrict a lotta bit? (I know the grammar is wrong, but work with me… -;o) Well, instead of the usual happening this holiday season: weight up/wallet down. Let’s plant the seeds for a new scenario: weight down (or tight and steady)/wallet up. If you’re game for exploring just how to make this happen; if you’re curious about the myriad ways...

Smart Shopping + Smart Spending = Happy Holidays!

Some of us start saving for the holiday shopping season a full-year in advance. While others of us are looking at the calendar with utter astonishment wondering, “OMG, how many more paychecks will I get before the holidays arrive?” Ironically, both approaches require the same thing. Whether the economy is doing well or in a slump, budgets tend to get a bad rap. But the holidays seem to bring about an even deeper visceral response to the word and practice of budgeting – as if having and following one either means you don’t have enough money and/or that you are being cheap and frugal. Quite the contrary! (Continue...

It’s Time to Protect Your Time

It’s November, and all hell is about to break loose. Unlike any other time of the year, the last eight (8) weeks of the year seem to wreck havoc on our calendars. Now is when life, in general, becomes more hectic as we move deeper into the holiday season and social and family commitments increase. Similarly, work becomes crazier as we rev up efforts to close-out the year with more of our goals accomplished than not. The countdown to the end of the year and the beginning of the new can be both celebratory and depleting! Can you relate? If so, here’s a single suggestion on how this holiday season can be festive without the usual fatigue: PROTECT YOUR TIME! Here’s how you can do it? Take a month-at-a-glance look at November and December noting the appointments you already have; Designate one day of each week as “open.” On these days, make a commitment not to put anything on your calendar that isn’t already there; Add to your calendar any annual events/gatherings you plan to attend but for which you’ve yet to receive an invitation; If you are hosting any holiday events, carve out more prep time than you think you really need; If you and your family/friends are exchanging gifts, identify your shopping days and times and try to spread them out over several weeks. This is also a good time to set an overall and per person budget; Say, “no,” to any invitation that immediately causes you to feel stressed out and offer a counter-invitation for a date/time in the New Year if it’s something you really,...