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How to Capture Your Most Important 2017 Life Lessons (with Free Workbook)

Personal Year End Review

Each year I share a series of compelling questions to help you capture your year-end life lessons and confidently move into the new year.  This simple practice of year-end reflection and integration can be a powerful way to become more aligned with your true self each and every year.

While it might seem early to start on your personal year-end reflection, I personally like to plant the questions like seeds in the back of my mind and let them naturally germinate for awhile before I start journaling about them.

You can use these questions as writing or journaling prompts and dig deeply. Or you can work with them lightly to paint an impressionistic picture of your year.  There isn’t one right way.  One word answers are fine if that’s what suits you, or you can pour your heart out if that will help you make the most of the year.

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11 Sure Signs You Need to Strengthen Your Boundaries

11 sure signs you need to strengthen your personal boundaries

Personal boundaries are essential for a happy, healthy, and meaningful life.

You need clear personal boundaries to:

  • Make good choices
  • Stay aligned with your values, goals, and personal mission
  • Keep out of danger
  • Avoid unhealthy relationships
  • Foster honesty, understanding and respect in all your relationships
  • Set limits with yourself so you’re not run by false beliefs and unhappy personality patterns
  • Allocate your money and resources wisely
  • Take good care of your physical health and emotional well-being

And those are just some of the ways personal boundaries can help you.

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33 Powerful Morning Mantras That Will Transform Your Day

Morning Mantras

Every morning, I choose a word or phrase, a “mantra,” to guide my day.  My daily mantra keeps me tuned into my most important emotional, mental, and spiritual priorities for the next 24 hours.

It also sets the tone for the day.  If life feels frazzled, my mantra reminds me to breathe, relax, or rest.  If I’m feeling unsure, it encourages me to embrace my authority.  If I’m distracted, it nudges me to return to the present moment.

I need more than a single word or phrase of the year because I constantly change as does the world around me.  The perfect personal message on a peaceful day will not necessarily suit me on a chaotic day.

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5 Things You Need to Know for a More Enlightened Life

Life Lessons

I like to track my life lessons from birthday to birthday, the time it takes the sun to go through the entire zodiac and return to the position of my natal sun, astrologically speaking, rather than by the calendar year.

Astrologically, things tend to shift around your birthday each year, when you may become aware of new directions, opportunities, or challenges.  In fact, you may notice the change up to three months in advance of your birthday, or even as late as three months after your birthday, depending on whether you’ve processed the themes, issues, and life lessons from the previous year.

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52 Self-Discovery Questions That Will Free Your Mind and Heart

Self-Discovery Questions

Asking the right self-discovery questions can be a powerful way get to know who you really are, challenge false beliefs about yourself, and get clear about what you truly want for your life.

Most of us have been strongly conditioned by early childhood experiences.  So much so that we act out of unconscious patterns without stopping to question if they bring an enduring sense of happiness.

Thoughtful questions can interrupt these patterns, foster deep insight, and lead to positive change.

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5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change

Deep Self-Care

Do you associate self-care with physical activities like a restorative nap, a soothing bath, or time in nature?  Maybe, to you, self-care means buying something nice for yourself, or pulling out a coloring book to reduce stress.

Physical self-care is important, indeed.  If you’ve established a healthy body care routine, you rock. It takes self-love, self respect, and determination to successfully do this.

But sometimes, physical self-care can be like a band-aid that falls off after a few days, before your wound is healed, if you never take the time to look deeply within. It doesn’t necessarily reverse unhealthy beliefs, debilitating thoughts, and disabling emotions.  In fact, your healthy routine might even fall away when you inner dictator gets the best of you.

A complete approach to self-care needs to include ways to heal your wounds, support a budding sense of positive self-esteem, and encourage you to express your own voice.

I call this deep self-care.

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