The treadmill is a little like life.

We all get so comfortable and used to running on the treadmill of life, that we never stop to decide what we are actually wanting to accomplish.

Whatever it may be you have to decide. We can all get preoccupied with running on the treadmill of life…NOT being living consciously, fully present.

Don’t lose sight of your path, too often it goes undiscovered. It can get overgrown with distractions and can become hard to find if our time is spent on too many other things. Get off the treadmill and just go for it!

After taking care of everyone else, We are always putting ouselves last on the list, and often have very little left to give. There are many women who aren't living—they just exist.
You have to step out of your comfort zone and do something different if you want the results in your life to change.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't...
you'll be right both ways.
Self-belief is all that really matters- you can do it if you want to.

As we grow up... we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love.

So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.


Take a New Direction with Your Professional Life

Life is always changing. That is one thing we can be sure of. Decisions about our lives, our family, our work, our spirituality, our relationships and our personal growth have to be made daily. By procrastinating and putting off these decisions we put off short-term urgencies which ultimately become long-term matters of concern and goals become very distant longings. It would serve our best interest to take action before we got to that point.

So let me ask you this;

Has your professional life reached the point where you feel stuck in a rut and you know that a change of direction is called for? Perhaps you feel there must be something better than this or you know you have more potential, but you don't know what it is. However, you do know that you're ready for work that is meaningful, fulfilling and rewarding. Now is the time to re-evaluate and see the true potential within you.

You may have some ideas about taking a new direction, but there's nothing concrete enough to take action on. Lack of action may be part of the problem. You may be spending more time and energy thinking about what's wrong with what you're doing at the moment, and then you're putting into changing it and finding the direction that fits you perfectly. There may be so many possibilities open to you that you're overwhelmed, don't know where to start and this causes you to do very little.

This direction may mean a complete change of career, a dramatic upgrade to your career or even a decision to start your own business. All are fairly big steps that you'll need to give some thought to and clarify them specifically for yourself. To make this big step successfully, I invite you to develop strategies for an overall game plan. Then you'll know what you're aiming for and will naturally see the next steps that you need to take.

This approach will take slightly longer to start with, but the right strategies will give you the permanent results and changes you want, rather than finding in a few months or years that you're back in the same place you're in now. Strategies maximize what you do and keep your priorities uppermost in your mind rather than doing things that are all scattered, which wastes time and causes frustration.

If you're ready to develop a game plan to identify your new direction, I invite you to consider and get clarity about the following areas. As you work through them and gain the clarity that's essential, you'll know that the steps you want to take are the right ones for you. What I want for you is work that fits you perfectly as the unique individual you are.

This may be the first time you've discovered, defined and clarified these things and it's a great opportunity to start with a fresh page. If you've considered these before, then now is the time to upgrade them or connect with them at a deeper level. After all, if you had absolute clarity about all these things, you'd know what direction to take.

• Your vision, mission and purpose
• Your personal values; what's important to you
• Your strengths, talents and abilities
• Opportunities and resources
• The work you're drawn to doing, ideally
• Ideal life, career or business
• Who you truly are and what you have to offer
• Skills, knowledge and experience you've accumulated
• Passions, interests, inspiration, likes and dislikes
• When you're at your best

I invite you to explore these areas in more depth, in order to gain the clarity needed to naturally uncover the direction you truly want to take with your work.

Remember that to achieve goals, it is vital to determine ones values and desires first. If individuals do not align their goals with their values, the chances of them not achieving their goals are pretty high. Even if the goals are reached, it leaves a sense of emptiness and continued despair.



“Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.”
Wayne Dyer quote


A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and
visiting with her Mother. As they talked about life, about marriage,
about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood,
the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned
a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.

"Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves to
the bottom of her glass.

"They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you
love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may
have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with
them now and then; do things with them. "Remember that 'Sisters' means
ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other
women relatives too. "You'll need other women. Women always do."

What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just
gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a
married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the
family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and
made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after
another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew
what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and
their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've


Time passes.

Life happens.

Distance separates.

Children grow up.

Jobs come and go.

Love waxes and wanes.

Men don't do what they're supposed to do.

Hearts break.

Parents die.

Colleagues forget favors.

Careers end.


Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are

A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by
yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering
you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf,
and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you...Or
come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters,
sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and
extended family, all bless our life!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the
incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still.

Happy days!

An early Mother's Day Gift for you



Greeting Girlfriends,

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Over the next 6 weeks, this elite group of 13 experts will give you your own personal makeover, except that unlike on those TV shows, the changes that you'll enjoy won't disappear one the makeup is washed off.

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The Yummy Mummy Makeover Series includes some of the top fitness, beauty, style, relationship and goal achievement experts in the entire world… experts featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, and in publications like Women's Health Prevention and countless other shows, books and magazines. I am honored and proud to be a part of this amazing panel of experts!

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Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress On-the-Spot

If your hectic lifestyle has got you down, experts say relaxation techniques can bring you back into balance -- some in five minutes or less. Is it any wonder that you can't find a minute for relaxation? In fact, if you're like most women, you may have even forgotten how to relax.

Here are some on-the-spot techniques you can use -- any time and almost anywhere -- to reduce the tension in your life.

If you're thinking meditation means twisting your body into an uncomfortable position and uttering "oohs" and "omms" for an hour, guess again. Any repetitive action can be a source of meditation. This includes walking, swimming, painting, gardening -- any activity that helps keep your attention calmly in the present moment.

When you catch yourself thinking about your job, your relationship or your lifelong to-do list, experts say to simply let the thought escape, and bring your mind back the repetition of the activity. Try it for just 5 to 10 minutes a day and watch stress levels drop.


Picture Yourself Relaxed
Is your mind too talkative to meditate? Try creating a peaceful visualization, or "dreamscape." To start, simply visualize anything that keeps your thoughts away from current tensions. It could be a favorite vacation spot, a Caribbean island, sailing in the Atlantic -- or something "touchable," like the feel of your favorite silk robe or cozy sweater.

The idea is to take your mind off your stress, and replace it with an image that evokes a sense of calm. The more realistic your daydream -- in terms of colors, sights, sounds; even touch and feel -- the more relaxation you'll experience.

Breathe Deeply

Feeling stressed evokes tense, shallow breathing, while calm is associated with relaxed breathing. So to turn tension into relaxation, it will change the way you breathe.

Try this: Let out a big sigh, dropping your chest, and exhaling through gently pursed lips. Now imagine your low belly, or center, as a deep, powerful place. Feel your breath coming and going as your mind stays focused there. Inhale, feeling your entire belly, sides and lower back expand. Exhale, sighing again as you drop your chest and feeling your belly, back and sides’ contract. Repeat 10 times, relaxing more fully each time.

Be Conscious- In the present moment.

“Mindfulness is the here-and-now approach to living that makes daily life richer and more meaningful,” the NOW is the foundation for the rest of your life.
It’s approaching life like a child, without passing judgment on what occurs. Mindfulness means focusing on one activity at a time, so forget multi-tasking! Staying in the present-tense can help promote relaxation and provide a buffer against anxiety and depression.

Practice it by focusing on your immediate surroundings. If you're outdoors, enjoy the shape and colors of flowers, hear a bird’s call or consider a tree. In the mall, look at the details of a dress in the window, examine a piece of jewelry and focus on how it's made, or window-shop for furniture, checking out every detail of pattern and style. As long as you can keep your mind focused on something in the present, stress will take a back seat.

PhotobucketDrink Hot Tea
If you’re a coffee-guzzler, consider going green. Coffee raises levels of the notorious stress hormone, cortisol, while green tea offers health and beauty.

Chamomile tea is a traditional favorite for calming the mind and reducing stress. And black tea may be a stress-fighter, too, researchers from University College London report. Participants who drank regular black tea displayed lower levels of cortisol, and reported feeling calmer during six weeks of stressful situations than those who drank a placebo with the same amount of caffeine.

Show Some Love

Induce the relaxation response by cuddling your pet, giving an unexpected hug to a friend or family member, snuggling with your spouse, or talking to a friend about the good things in your lives. When you do, you'll be reducing your stress levels. Studies have also shown that physical contact -- like petting your dog or cat -- may actually help lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones.

Try Self-Massage
When your muscles are tense and you’ve no time to visit a pro, try these simple self-massage techniques;
• Place both hands on your shoulders and neck.
• Squeeze with your fingers and palms.
• Rub vigorously, keeping shoulders relaxed.
• Wrap one hand around the other forearm.
• Squeeze the muscles with thumb and fingers.
• Move up and down from your elbow to fingertips and back again.
• Repeat with other arm.


Adults need time-outs, too. So when you sense your temper is about to erupt, I suggest finding a place to sit or lie down and put the stressful situation on hold. Take a few deep breaths and concentrate on releasing tension and calming your heartbeat. Quiet your mind and remember: Time is always on your side, so relax. The stress can wait. Action is much more powerful when it comes from presence.

Take an Attitude Break
Thirty seconds is enough time to shift your heart’s rhythm from stressed to relax? The way to do that: Engage your heart and your mind in positive thinking. Start by envisioning anything that triggers a positive feeling -- a vision of your child or spouse, the image of your pet, a memento from a vacation -- whatever it is, conjuring up the thought will help slow breathing, relax tense muscles and put a smile on your face. Creating a positive emotional attitude can also calm and steady your heart rhythm, contributing to feelings of relaxation and peace.

And most important, always be grateful! Count your blessing in your life. Focus on what is good.

Live Consciously!

Christine Spencer, Certified Life /Success Coach