News and Views for Fall – And … a BIG Announcement!

Mark your calendars for Thursday October 13th, 2011 the Winnipeg book launch of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success! While everyone has a book launch at a bookstore, this one will be different from the get go and we will be having it at a … wait for it … funeral home.

Yep, really. From 7-9 pm (CDT) Thomson in the Park (1291 McGillivary Blvd)will host our Think Outside the (pine) Box event and what better place to talk about living your life to the fullest than there, we will truly be celebrating life.

Space is limited, so please let me know if you plan to be there.

The evening is free but with the purchase of a $20 book, you will also get a special surprise bonus plus the night will be filled with food, fun, musical entertainment and a great chance to network with some awesome folks! Oh, yah, and you’ll also get a presentation from moi that may just prep you for the next great thing in your life! Twenty per cent of the proceeds from all books sold at the launch will be donated to Special Olympics.

A win-win for all – hope to see your there!

DATE:Thursday October 13, 2011
TIME: 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Thomsom in the Park, 1291 McGillivary Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba

For you non-local folks the book will soon be out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc and ready for purchase on the When Enlightening Strikes website, so stay tuned!

P.S. My Mom thinks the book is awesome and that you should get it (and one for a friend, too!). 🙂

Small Choices make BIG Life Changes!

Carla was stressed. She was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. A busy professional, mom, wife, volunteer not to mention the chief butcher, baker and candlestick maker she was used to doing it all and being everything to everybody. When she came to me she was finally at the point where something had to give or she was going to break.

“If I waved a magic wand during the night and when you woke up in the morning the majority of your stress had dissipated, what would be the first sign you would notice in the morning that let you know that things were getting better?” I asked her.

“Well,” she said, “I would probably feel well rested.”

Ah-ha, a great place to start! If you slept better, you would feel better, look better, have more patience and your body and mind would be rejuvenated and refreshed – just to name a few things.

Assuming Carla is not the only one with this problem, I present to you 5 small ideas that worked for her and can have a BIG impact on your world too:

Choose Acceptance (and a Mantra!) – ‘Everything that needed to get done today was done today and everything else will be there tomorrow.’ Repeat, repeat, repeat until you understand that it is true. You will never be done everything you want to do so do what you can then go to bed!
Develope a Routine – not unlike when we get the kids ready for bed, initiating a routine for ourselves to ease us into bedtime is a useful idea to help us wind down. It might look something like this: 1 hour before bed all screens are turned off, take 20 minutes to get things lined up for the next day, take the next 20 minutes for our night-time hygiene ‘business,’ and take the last 20 minutes for something relaxing – read, pray, meditate, sex …
Gratitude Journal – writing down 5 things you are grateful before going to bed can completely change your mindset from ‘the list of things I didn’t get done’ or the ‘list of things I have to do tomorrow’ to the ‘list of things to be thankful for.’ This habit will help you replace all the ‘busy’ talk running around in your head – go to sleep easily with the visions of appreciation, not chores, dancing through your head.
Get an Accountability Partner – make it fun, draw on your competitive nature, make it a contest, help a friend. Set a bedtime or an amount of hours of sleep you want to get (pre-loading this information will help shift your mindset and make it much more likely that you will succeed) and log whether you hit the target or not. Check in with your buddy once a week to hold each other accountable for sticking your goal.
Time for a Reward – More sleep and less stress should be reward in itself, but still – having a pre-planned incentive for looking after yourself and setting a good example for your family is a great way to celebrate your accomplishment.

Journaling, routines, acceptance, accountability and rewards are 5 small things you can integrate into any area of your life where you would like to see some positive change. And with a busy fall about to start again, you will need every bit of extra energy you can get!

It worked for Carla and it could work for you, too!

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