Always Well Within

Calm Your Mind, Ease Your Heart, Embrace Your Inner Wisdom

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Digital Spring Cleaning and a Big Move

Digital Spring Cleaning

I’m preparing to move Always Well Within to SquareSpace, a different hosting platform.  The actual move will take place in one to two weeks.  I won’t publish new posts until after the move.  I have a good one ready to go though — on how not to take things personally.  So stay tuned.

My new site will have the same name and same url so you won’t need to do anything different to find me.

Between now and then, I’ll set up and finish the design of my new website and prune my archive of almost 600 posts.  Many of my earlier posts are no longer relevant or up to my current writing standards.  Since they received little attention at the time, I don’t think Google search will freak out if I delete them.

Once I make the move, I’ll have to set up 301 redirects for each remaining post on my blog, which is a way to tell search engines to go to a new link.  Otherwise, you’ll get the “page not found” message.  That will likely take several days since I’ll move around 300 posts.

During that time, if you visit Always Well Within, you may see a “Site Under Construction” page.  But rest assured, I’ll be back soon, in a matter of days.

This move will solve my SSL certificate problem, a new website requirement set up by Google search to ensure that you only go to secure sites.  I’ll also save money and will no longer have to deal with complex technical issues – like plug-in conflicts or hack attacks.  I also love the simplicity and beauty of the SquareSpace templates.

I must have seen this coming because I took a wonderful SquareSpace Design class called SquareSpace 101 more than a year ago, which I recommend highly. But then I felt daunted by the thought of making all those 301 redirects and never made the actual move.

I can’t wait to show you my new site on SquareSpace!  I value simplicity, beauty, and elegance. I think the right ambiance on a digital space can help a visitor feel relaxed and at ease rather than confused and chaotic.  I hope my new site reflects these qualities.

In the meantime, if you’re new here or simply need a good read, check out some of the gems I found as I pruned my archive:

I’m so grateful for your readership.  Writing for you gives meaning and purpose to my life.  I look forward to seeing you at the new Always Well Within.

Thank you for your presence, I know your time is precious!  Don’t forget to sign up for my e-letter and get access to all the free self-development resources (e-books, mini-guides + worksheets) in the Always Well Within Library. May you be happy, well, and safe – always.  With love, Sandra




What’s the Secret Formula for Radical Joy?

I’ve been reflecting on “radical joy” — the meaning, the feeling, and how to awaken it —since I received a shamanic healing from my friend Jill Walton a few days ago.  Jill told me, “Go for radical joy.”

So what is radical joy and how do you go for it?

Today, I’ll share the insights that have emerged for me.  Perhaps my insights will resonate for you or maybe you’ll want to contemplate the meaning and path to radical joy for yourself.  Ready?

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How to Spend Less, Save More, and Reclaim Your Joy

Year of Less by Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders radically simplified her life in the space of 12 months and recounts the process in her recently released memoir, The Year of Less:  How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered that Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store.

By living on an average of 51% of her income, Flanders saved $17,000 and used another $10,000 for personal travel during the year.  She also purged 70% of her belongings.  Impressive, don’t you think?

But The Year of Less is about so much more than simple living.  It’s about facing yourself and your demons, and in so doing finding the courage to create a healthier and happier life.

During her self-imposed shopping ban, which allowed her to buy consumables and replacements only, Flanders came face-to-face with her addictions, especially during periods when her life suddenly turned upside down.

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9 Quick Communication Tips That Will Improve Your Relationships

9 Quick Communication Tips

Few of us were taught communication skills in school, yet poor communication brings so much disharmony, distress, and discouragement in our relationships.  It can ruin your chance for success on the job or in your business as well.

How would you honestly rate your communication skills?  Do you experience a lot of drama, stress, and frustration after interpersonal communications at home or at work?

If you do, this is something you can change.  Communication skills can be learned. And when you learn how to communicate clearly and compassionately, your sense of confidence, ease, and happiness will increase at the same time.

I’ve been on a campaign to improve my own communication skills over the last six months.  I know I can be reactive, finish other people’s sentences, and jump to wrong conclusions.  None of which leads to building trust, rapport, and deeper connection.

My bi-monthly women’s group offers the perfect opportunity to practice effective communication skills.  We call each other out, in a kind way, if we slip away from using “I” statements.  We practice paraphrasing what another person has said to be sure we’ve understood it.  And, there’s a specific model in place for clearing negative thoughts and feelings.

Now, I’m able to bring these skills into my everyday life.  In fact, they’re gradually becoming the automatic fall back.  I’d like to give you a glimpse of what I’ve learned because it’s helped me so much.  I bet it could help you too.

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28 Journal Prompts That Will Change the Way You See Yourself

Self Discovery February 2018

I thought it would be fun to try something different in February:  a personal discovery challenge.  I’ve gathered together 28 prompts to help you (and me) explore, learn, and grow.  I’m calling it Personal Discovery February 2018 or in hashtag land: #personaldiscoveryfebruary2018.

I’ve designed this as a journaling challenge, but you could also use the prompts to inspire your photography or artwork.  The idea is to journal each day in response to the prompt.  You could write one word, a few paragraphs, a page, or even pages.  Whatever suits you.  And if you prefer, you can take a photo or create artwork in response to the day’s prompt.  You can interpret the prompts however you wish.

Do as much or as little as you like.  Start in the beginning, middle, or near the end.  There’s no pressure or expectations.

If you have time though, I hope you’ll share your insights with us because your story is important.  Sharing your story can help you heal.  And, sharing your story can help others heal as well.

Here are the prompts followed by how we can share with each another as a community.

Self Discovery Challenge Prompts February 2018

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15 Things You Need to Know About Willpower

How to develop willpower.

Do you feel you don’t have enough willpower?

You’re not alone.  Almost everyone feels they lack self-control.  And feelings of hopelessness when it comes to personal resolve have only intensified because temptations have multiplied in modern times and dog us at every turn.

In their New York Times bestseller, Willpower:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (affiliate link), Roy Baumeister and John Tierney reveal that one-fourth of our waking hours are spent resisting urges.  That puts our personal struggle with self-control into perspective, doesn’t it?

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