Mindfulness is just not for adults

Setting new year intentions shouldn't just be for adults. Help your children also learn the importance of reflection and goal setting. It doesn't have to be long or complex. At my house it is a short list.

  1. First ask your child to think of 3 things that they did well or feel good about in the previous year and list them.
  2. Next have them think about 3 things they would like to do better or learn to do in the new year. Have a short conversation about each item.
  3. Post the list on a bulletin board or wall where they can see it regularly.
  4. In two weeks after they have adjusted back to school after the holiday review the list and pick an item on the current year list and start a plan. If you can finish a plan in one sitting, great! If not complete in the next session with dates for the year and start working the plan.
  5. Meet with the child at least once a month for an overall review of the goals and plans. 

Although this particular plan is for children it can work well for adults as well. Working on being successful doesn't have to be fancy or complex. The first step is simply to start. This method lets you start your new goals on the foundation of what was good the year before.

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Blog or Diary, coaching, birthday month and other musings

Today I started a coaching program. Although a coach myself, I felt strongly that I needed to have a formal coaching relationship with someone because it would add to my skills and help me be a better coach. After day 1, I'm convinced I made the right decision. Not because it was so spectacular or insightful, but because I can see how this will open me and my mind to bigger and better things. I look forward to being more open so that I can do more and contribute more.

I wanted to share this insight and initially started a Facebook post and then decided to share here on my blog. This is where the blog or diary thought came about. I've done a lot of research over the past year on how to be successful online and having a very focused and "niche" blog is one strategy. Well, I think I'm going to buck this mold. GalandaB is about living your best life and here is where I'm going to share some of that life. I know a lot of it will be good, but some of it may not rank high on the happiness scale. Living your best life doesn't mean that you are always happy. It means that you strive for YOUR happy, whatever that means. I know for anyone I come in contact with family, friend or client I hope that peace is part of that happiness.

As for the birthday month it is day 2 and it has already been FULL of activity with so much more to come. I love being busy, but I am realizing as I reflect on my previous year and plan for the next that I do not allot enough time to do nothing. I believe this is a lesson I need to learn better and I'm going to strive toward it. Part of that step is I plan to go to a few shows this month. My responsibility will be to do no more than enjoy the artistry of others. 

I'm curious, do other folks have serious reflective period around their birthday? What do you think about? Share what you ponder on around your birthday in the comments below. 

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Turning Pro...

It was past 3 am and I had just completed reading Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield. For me this book was a confirmation of self actualization. I have been struggling as my "amateur" self for the past year. Successful in my pursuit of my shadow life, but failing miserably in my true purpose. I now understand that "In [my] shadow life [I have pursued] false objects and act upon inverted ambitions." I have degrees and certifications. I've achieved life "milestones" in that shadow life while missing the mark repeatedly of my true life. I have tried to make myself conform to the norm of being good or interested in a niche when the reality is that I have multiple passions and I'm good at a lot of things. To be truly fulfilled in this life I have to stop trying to suppress/ignore parts of me for what I "believe" is the greater good. I am many things and I will be all those things regardless of the perceptions of success in any of those areas. I am a teacher. I am a gardener. I am a "tech head." I am a coach. I am a glam woman. I am a learner. I am a professional.

Join me in the next post as I discuss my perceptions of fear.

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