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Are You S.A.D? October 8, 2015

IMG_1910As we all know some days require us to be more flexible than others. And it can be difficult to shift our thinking to see the opportunity in it.  The moment fall rears its head I start to become S.A.D.  My thoughts start to slip sideways.  The National Institute of Health describes it as “Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.”  I use to think it was a seasonal funk which made me even sadder because autumn is such a beautiful time of year.  The breathtaking foliage color is enough to make anyone stop and pause.


So I stop and ask myself, “What is my opportunity here?”  For me it’s a time to really focus on my exercise to get my serotonin leaves up, eat as healthfully as possible and be careful with my sleep.  If need be, and I have the time I even go so far as to literally  climb into bed for a nap around 3:00.  So I guess I am saying it’s an opportunity to be more conscious of my thoughts and actions. I also try to go south for a vacation in February, which for me is the hardest month of all. It’s about catching myself when I start to slip.  It’s about reframing my thinking… to find the benefit.  I guess it’s just about being more accountable for my thinking but most of all it is about being gentle and kind.  Allowing the uncomfortableness of it all is what allows me to shift out of it.

So I’m wondering how do you shift your thoughts to find the opportunity in the obstacle?  When your thoughts go side ways what do you do?





What’s my opportunity here? March 20, 2013

sky 002 (2)I posted this blog post a few years ago but I thought it was very relevant for today.  Finding opportunities where one might see an obstacle takes work.  Like exercise staying positive is a daily choice….. So here’s the post!

In the last week or so the topic of seeing opportunities were there are obstacles has been a common thread in many of my discussions whether with clients, friends or even myself.  I have been dealing with some back problems…. knowing full well the connection to running a business and my lower back…. but as I lie here on my back I ask myself, What is my opportunity?  And it is so clear… Slow down and the number one thing… Be gentle.  Be kind. We all have obstacles that come up whether they are work related, relationship related or pretty much anything you can see but instead of getting stuck in the quagmire of the conflict ask yourself, What’s my opportunity?   We are always given the chance to learn and grow and the possibilities that come from the openness of a positive outcome far out reach the unhealthy mindset of getting stuck in the problem.

Case in point, I have what we think is a pinched nerve in my back… not a herniated disc but more than a pinched nerve.  (It turned out to be an extruded disc and i had surgery) That being said I’m on my back most of the day.  Now for a woman who is EXTREMELY active this could be not such a good thing… I chose to see my opportunity because we always get more of what we focus on. And I for one am not focusing on the obstacle!

So I ask you Where might you be seeing obstacles and can reframe them into Opportunities?




The Sign of Insanity… January 29, 2012

You know how they say the first sign of insanity is when you keep doing the same thing over and over again but expect a different outcome each time? Well I wonder how one can do something differently if they don’t know what the problem is.  Awareness is different for everyone.  It can take the form of seeing the problem and making sustainable change to seeing the problem and being paralyzed and not knowing where to go.  That said there is also the category that doesn’t even see the problem but knows that their life isn’t what they would want.  Acknowledging the, bump in the road (I’m not a fan of calling things problems… they’re just an opportunity for growth) isn’t as easy as it may seem.  There’s a lot of fear tied up in seeing a “problem”.  “How am I not showing up?” is not always a comfortable question.  It connotes failure and our society doesn’t always look kindly on “failure”.  So what would happen if you were to look at this situation as an opportunity verses an obsticle.  Often times people don’t look within for fear of what they might find.  But again how can you frame that differently…. Such as: “I’m going to be alone for the rest of my life!” Instead you think” I’m being giving the opportunity to create lifelong lasting friendships!” ?? Fear is at the base of all catabolic (unhealthy) thought So the main question would be, How can you be more loving to yourself when these thoughts come up?  Also if you don’t even see that the catabolic though is even a detriment to your quality of life that too can have repercussions.  I understand that these feelings come up for Everyone but it is how you shift out of them that is the beauty of it all!!


Love and Pink Light



Summer Heat…. July 24, 2011

Little Sahara

With the mercury rising and most people up in arms because of the heat, what opportunity can you find instead of an obstacle when going about our daily routine.  I have to admit I’ve made many a joke when talking about the increasingly rising temp…i.e. “Another naked day in NYC!”.  But I really do LOVE the heat!! I have found that it slows me down.  I stroll instead of walk the mock speeds I tend to do.  Which in turn gives me the opportunity to look up and look out (that phrase I love so much) a bit more than I usually do.  I get some vitamin D and feel a bit more apart of the world.  And isn’t it being part of something, what it’s all about?

Instead of thinking, “This heat is gross!” You can think, “How fun to wear shorts!” or “I’m so glad we have…what ever kind of seasons you have!”.  Then I start to wonder where else I may be seeing an obstacle instead of an opportunity? Work or relationships?  So, where might you being seeing obstacles? What can this luxurious heat be teaching you other than, “It’s really nice to go naked!”?


Love and Pink Light



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