Live Your Dash

A couple of years ago the phrase Live Your Dash came to my attention. A man was pointing out that when we look at tombstones we notice the dates: of death and birth. But, that there’s a dash in the middle. He shared that while the dates are significant what you do in between is what is the most important.

That story hasn’t left me for long. I think about it often, especially when I hear stories of people who push off what they dream of most. And, the opposite, when I see a friend doing the things that light her up and sharing with the world.

Living your dash is about living a life you can look back on without regrets. It’s about….

· taking risks
· choosing adventure
· getting out of your comfort zone
· loving full on
· being reminded that we may not have our retirement years for those trips of a lifetime so planning for them while you’re healthy or alive.
· making time for the things that light up–allow you to relax, laugh and be

If you’re a fisherman who doesn’t fish, where in your life can you make space for some fishing?

If you have been wanting to take a trip to Hawaii but say you’ll never be able to afford it why not set that as a goal and start socking away $10 a week.

Nobody is going to life your life for you. The dash is yours to image and to live, without regrets.

“I’ll tell you what it’s time to do right now. It’s time to set your schedule in order so that you don’t look back on the day of your death and wonder why you never really lived. It’s time to ignore the opinions of those who think your life should be all about their cause, their rules, their agenda, and not your soul’s desire. It’s time to stop flagellating and start dancing.”

~ Command your time…Insight from Martha Beck

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Time to Soar

Six years ago I was hired by Martha Beck as her personal assistant. At that time I had a thriving Virtual Assistant Business. Over the course of my time working with Martha and at MBI, I went through the coach training and eventually became a master coach. It’s now time for the next stage of my evolution–moving away from my work as a Virtual Assistant and into leadership and team-building coaching and consulting.

This has not been an easy decision for so many reasons….mainly my own self confidence in what I have to give to the world. However, my spirit knew I couldn’t stay working in the basement any longer and no matter what I think, I have to get out there and give it my all in doing what lights me up.

Through asking for guidance, prayer, mentorship, friendship, support, magic and love I now have the courage to do exactly what I’ve been dreaming about doing.

Looking back I feel like I’ve been in a bird in a cage with the door

open but staying exactly where I was because I wasn’t sure my wings would work. Now the door is open and I’m being lovingly coaxed out because everyone knows how strong my beautiful wings are and that I’ll soar.

Do I know what it’s going to look like? No. Am I afraid of failure? Yes. But, with every ounce of me I know it’s going to be fine.

To each of you who have been a part of the process, to those who shared such kind and thoughtful and loving words, to my friends and my family……thank you. With everything I have, thank you.

The Choices We Make

“One of the most important decisions we can make is whether we live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe.”—Albert Einstein

Early yesterday morning when I couldn’t sleep, as the worry cycle began, a message came to me…..today is from your yesterday and tomorrow is created from your today.

I’ve been thinking about that message since. I know there are some big, tragic unexpected things that happen to us that are out of our control, but right now let’s talk about what we bring and create in our lives.

I go through phases of holding onto the past and let it impact my today and sometimes my future. I get resentful and blame life or other things for what is happening. I also dream of and hope for the future, sometimes becoming stuck in the dreaming state without taking any movement towards those dreams and hopes. When we can let go of the past and future, come into the present, we’re able to create what we want for today & tomorrow.

For example, if today you’re feeling stressed out and overwhelmed because of a jam packed schedule, look at what you did yesterday (or the past few days) to allow this situation to happen.

  • Did you say yes when you really wanted to say no?
  • Did you add things that could be spread out further in the future?

Once you see the cause of your stress and overwhelm you can then make changes moving forward…

  • Begin paying attention to what’s important
  • Say no when it feels too much or when you’re really not into what’s being asked of you
  • Use the 3 B’s I share on here every couple of months

The same goes with weight, with finances and pretty much anything else in your life.

If you are stressed about your finances, look at the way you spend, the decisions you’ve made and take note of what needs to change. If you want to build a savings account but have been going out to eat a lot and spending money mindlessly, ask yourself why a savings account is important to you and then, with each spending decision ask yourself, “is this purchase in line with what I want to create financially?”

As I working on the tip this morning an email came through from The Daily Love–in it Mastin asks, “If the things that are the hardest things in your life, in those moments where you feel like you are in a divine storm and life was against you, what if you chose for life to be for you? What if you thought that this is actually rigged in my favor?

How would you see this situation differently?”

Life Coach Tip of the Week — The Choices We Make

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