Pulling weeds sucks. The bending and digging is really hard on my back. Rain will mess up a round of golf or that special outdoor party. Birds make such a mess throwing seed out of the bird feeder.
Bugs – hate ‘em.
Chris has taught me to appreciate nature. When you talk to her or read her blog, you realize that there is good and beauty in nature; you just have to look for it.
Rain is important and does so much good. Ask any farmer or someone trying to grow a lawn.
There is a calmness when I hear the birds singing in the morning. Seed can be messy, but it gets taken care of by the squirrels. When you are visited by a hummingbird or something unique like an oriole, that can be spectacular to see.
Yes, pulling weeds sucks but it is needed to clear out the junk so that the good things keep growing. A weed-free garden looks so much better and is much healthier. Within my own life I have learned from Chris that focusing on the “weeds” in a situation is not good and will drive you crazy. Getting rid of the “weeds” helps me focus on the important things and provides a healthy balance in my life.
I have seen how Chris interacts with people and talks to them. Chris has the personality and qualities that make her a great life coach. When new people meet Chris, they feel very welcome. I would recommend talking to her if there is something out of balance with your life.
Oh – and as for the bugs – they may have some benefit – but I still hate ‘em.
Chris is a genuinely warm and caring person who you can be honest and open with, without the fear of being judged. She is a natural guide to anyone that is contemplating a change in their life, needs direction or counsel on finding out what their gifts are (according to her we all have them), or just to help navigate through life with some clarity of purpose. I could not recommend a better Life Coach than Chris Wegner. Julie M
Have you felt that way? Do you wonder why you are so busy but not fulfilled? I know that feeling! In my past I was doing so much, busy all the time, but I was not making a difference. One of my values is, trying to make a difference, I was not living in my purpose.
What would you say are your values? Community involvement, relationships, career advancement, money, adventure, helping others…? Everyone values something! Our values are how we prioritize our time, energy, resources… our values help define our purpose.
If you were to describe yourself and your values, would the things you spend your time and energy on, line up with your description? Are your values part of your everyday life? Do you filter your decisions throughout the day or set goals for next week, month, year, and beyond through your values? Do your values help you set your priorities? Are your values driving your life’s purpose?
When your values are aligned with your thoughts, how you are spending your time, your energy, and resources, your life is good, in balance – on purpose! When your time, energy, resources and thoughts are not aligning with your values, there is something just not right! Life is not running on all cylinders – priorities are all messed up – we don’t feel like we are fulfilled.
Not sure if you are living your values? Here is a simple exercise; take a look at your calendar – do the appointments you have set line up with what you value? Or are the hours you have in a day consumed by other things? What is taking your time and energy? Now open your online bank statement or open your checkbook register – do you spend your resources based on your values?
When I first did this exercise years ago, it was enlightening to see that, no, I was NOT spending my time, energy or resources on things that were important to me. No wonder I was feeling out of sorts! I did some work to clarify my values, get more in line with them. After that work, I was able to understand and clarify my life’s purpose – Helping others reach their highest potential through equipping, developing, leading and encouraging! Wow, what a difference clarification made in my life! Life is good!
If you would like to learn more about clarifying your values, setting and achieving goals or finding your life’s purpose, why not contact me and give Life Coaching a try? Simply go to my Speak To Me page and fill out the form. Let’s set up your free 15 minute session to discuss how we can move forward together.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” Plato
Wise folks see the importance of play and researchers have found positive effects of getting outside. Have you gone outside lately? Read on to find motivation for getting out of the recliner and getting outside!
Researchers and physicians maintain that our physical and mental health will improve by going outside. A recent study in Scotland showed by electrical activity in the brains of the study group, when walking through a park, that group experienced less “brain fatigue” then another group who walked in a busy downtown area. The researchers concluded that people should take a break each day to walk in a green space or if that is not available, to simply look at the trees outside. “It’s likely to have a restorative effect” says lead researcher Jenny Roe.
I know my hubby Brian and I get rejuvenated by going outside to enjoy a sunrise over the lake, walk in the park or work to rid buckthorn from our prairie, it renews our spirits and our hearts to be outside! And might I say, the pictures we get to take are awesome! What about you? Where can you go to get some outside time in a natural setting? How close is the city park? What about a county Botanical Garden? For a small fee you can walk the grounds, sniff the flowers and maybe find a new plant for your yard!
Another benefit of getting outside is Vitamin D which is essential for helping us absorb calcium and it facilitates communication between the brain and the rest of the body. A deficiency of Vitamin D has been linked to the higher occurrence of Multiple Sclerosis in the northern hemisphere – where the sun does not shine quite as much! I live with MS or as I call it, More Special, and found that my Vitamin D level was very low. I take Vitamin D supplements but, when nice weather arrives our primary natural source of Vitamin D is sunshine! Researchers have suggested that 5 – 30 minutes of daily exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can restore Vitamin D levels. One quick walk around the block, a game of hop scotch or throwing a baseball to your kids is all it takes!
Fresh air just makes us happier! A study from Jules Pretty at the University of Essex Britain, found that our first five minutes outdoors delivers the bulk of the boost in our spirits, but a full day outside can deliver a major spike not only emotionally but cognitively as well! How easy is that to raise our levels of happiness AND improve our minds? To take advantage of these benefits and to get outside, at Pursuing Your Life’s Purpose we offer Walking Life Coach sessions. What a special way to receive the many benefits of the outdoors, get some exercise and get coached on finding your purpose in your life!
The sight and experience of green in nature has healing effects for us as well. Recently many hospitals have designed healing gardens on their campuses. If not a garden then pictures of nature on the walls have shown to be effective in the healing process as well. Outside magazine recently had a story collecting current research from all over the world on the benefits of being outside. Some of the information suggested that being in nature can potentially lower blood pressure, lower blood-sugar levels in diabetics, reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol and when the sunlight hits our eyes, the optic nerve spurs the brain’s pineal gland to boost up our production of serotonin, which boosts our mood and cheers us up. Wow, and it’s all just outside our doors! So put down the remote, close your laptop and GET OUTSIDE and PLAY!
If you are looking to move forward in life, want to clarify your goals, define your purpose then I invite you to Speak To Me and see how we can work together to make this happen! Be blessed and be a blessing!
Thank you to Next Avenue for some of the information found in this post!