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Tis the season of JOY! We sing songs about Joy, we read stories about Joy, we hear Joy in our surroundings, and most of us desire Joy in our lives. But what happens when we are not feeling joyful? What about those times when we are stressed out, exhausted, cashed strapped and lonely? Just finished with another Finding Your Joy in the Midst of Holiday Chaos workshop last week. It never ceases to amaze me the difference between how we picture the Holiday season and our reality. What I have heard are the cries of people saying they are not feeling joy, they are feeling the opposite and questioning why.
Just like in the workshop, let’s look at some of the things that fill us with joy. For some of you it can be quality family time, baking Christmas cookies, spending time with friends, laughter, quietly sitting in front of the fire, watching a holiday movie with the kids, going for a walk, time to take care of ourselves, sleeping, or listening to Holiday music. How can we increase the opportunities to have these joy-filled activities in our lives? Let’s take a look at some of the things that might get in the way of our joy and ways to turn those joy busters around.
Stress – financial – not having enough, spending over our income. How can we turn that around from a joy buster to something that brings joy? BUDGET your gift giving. Give hand-made gifts this year. Choose to give a board game to your family instead of individual gifts, then play the game together. Give experiences – a gift of staying at your home for a weekend and going to a park to play with you– not only is it an experience with you, but you get exercise too. Many options are available on Pinterest – search “experience gifts”.
Stress – recent relational loss – can be due to death, divorce, conflict or break-up. Decide on a way to remember your loved one – pictures, stories, visit a favorite place and celebrate the time you had together. Do something in honor of your loved one. With a divorce, conflict or break-up – take time for yourself to feel love from your personal spiritual resource. Take time to learn from the experience; what will you do differently in the future? Write, draw or talk with a counselor/coach. You can contact me at Speak To Me
Family Stress– strained relationships or knowing that “one person” will be at the same event –PLAN. You can plan the time you will be at the event – showing up with a time limit you can get through the time, keeping your joy and spending time with the person showing them what JOY looks like in you.
Expectations – this has made almost EVERY workshop participants list of joy busters. Our expectations of a perfect family gathering or perfect gift, or perfect 5 course meal, or perfect outfit, or perfect decorated house……. STOP!!! Have simple expectations for yourself, and truth be told, lower expectations for other activities. One way to do that is to simply remove the words – SHOULD and/or SUPPOSED to – from your thoughts and words. We give you permission to NOT- do, say, arrange, plan, perform for anyone especially if that action involves the words SHOULD or SUPPOSE TO. What do I mean? Who needs to have 10 kinds of Christmas cookies while sitting around one of the 3 decorated trees in your home? NO ONE!! If you desire to bake cookies with your family or friends, plan it and make time for it. If you feel like you HAVE to bake cookies because of others’ expectations….DON’T DO IT!! Relax, enjoy your quiet restful time knowing you are able to give out of your overabundance of JOY.
Which leads us to another JOY boosting suggestion – do something different this year! Whether that be to agree to no gifts, giving through a charity such as Samaritan’s Purse, or World Vision in honor of your family, having a soup and sandwich Christmas meal or a bring an ingredient for the crock of soup. Whatever you plan or participate in, it’s to bring you JOY. If doing all the other things you’ve always done because its tradition or others say you SHOULD, evaluate if that activity brings you JOY. If not, don’t do it!! If it does, have at it, knowing that this activity will take a scheduled amount of time and energy!
Another important part of finding your JOY is to take care of yourself! Taking care of ourselves is not selfish, it’s caring for ourselves that empowers us to give out of our abundance. Being a stressed out, tired, broke, crazy person is not going to bring anyone JOY, for sure not you! Take time to rest, eat right, exercise, and set a schedule for your activities. How amazing would you feel if you were fully rested, nourished, energized by moving your body and had margin in your life? That brings me JOY!
Serving others is a way to bring JOY not only to you but in your serving bringing JOY to others! Check out the previous post for reasons and possibilities to serve.
The last suggestion we talk about in the workshop is to have an Attitude of Gratitude! What are you grateful for this season? When we focus on what we HAVE and are blessed with, we will have more JOY in our lives. One of the things I ask clients to do is write down 3 – 5 things they are grateful for every night. Admittedly sometimes that is a tough assignment, especially if you are in the middle of chaos, however, I know from experience when you focus on being grateful, it will change your outlook. Being grateful for what you have is the antidote for wanting MORE and MORE. Giving thanks for the people, things, dreams and desires we have will increase our JOY and help us be more positive people. And who doesn’t want to be more positive, encouraging and thankful? Give it a try for a week! Write down 3 – 5 things you are grateful for and I know tomorrow night you will have more to write and so on and so on!
Hope you connected with some of these suggestions and have found ways to increase your JOY this Holiday season. When the workshop participants leave they usually have a skip in their step and a new resolve to simplify, take care of themselves and enjoy new ways to build JOY into their Holiday season.
My wish for you is a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa or what you are celebrating this season! If you would like to work with me for coaching, please go to the Speak To Me page and we can connect.
Here are some quotes and scriptures about JOY – hope they encourage you and bring you JOY!
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, JOY follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha
JOY is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. Marianne Williamson
Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings JOY and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. Eileen Caddy
Balance, peace and JOY are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. Thomas Kinkade
Deuteronomy 16:14, 15b Be JOYFUL at your festival – you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your JOY will be complete.
Nehemiah 8:10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the JOY of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with JOY in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 20:4,5 May He gave you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for JOY over our victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
Proverbs 27:9 Perfume and incense bring JOY to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
John 15:10-12 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my live, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my JOY may be in you and that your JOY may be complete My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Have you thought about why you feel so much better when you are serving someone else? Have you ever felt the warm “fuzzy’s” after blessing someone with a favor or kind deed? Have you found yourself the recipient of someone else’s gift of serving? What is it that they have? Why do they seem happier and/or healthier? It has been studied and proven that when we are serving others, giving, caring, doing for another…not only is the recipient blessed but we feel better too!
Do you realize it’s not just the way we think that is impacted by serving, it’s physical and emotional too! Several studies have found that not only does serving others cause mood improvements but it has health benefits as well. Giving helps you overcome stress – your body releases a hormone called oxytocin, which helps you buffer stress while increasing social trust and tranquility – the “compassion hormone” as it has been labeled helps limit exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, says Stephanie Brown from Stony Brook University, New York. Stacey Curnow, creator of Midwife for Your Life, says about experiencing a release of oxytocin, “It’s a self-perpetuating cycle! After a positive exchange, more oxytocin is released and we are even more likely to reach out and interact with others in a cooperative and nurturing manner.”
Other studies have found that those who serve live longer. A study by Elizabeth Lightfoot, PhD at the University Of Minnesota School Of Social work, showed that seniors who gave 100 hours or more annually lived 22 percent longer than seniors who did not serve others. And one of the beautiful findings is that it’s not just seniors or adults, but young children, even toddlers. A study by Aknin, Hamlin and Dunn: Giving Leads to Happiness in Young Children, found that given a choice toddlers are happier when they share with others, even if it is at a cost to themselves. WOW!!
Additional health benefits are pain relief, lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety and discomfort. If you want to manage your pain serve others dealing with the same or similar pain. A study done by Paul Arnstein, PhD, specialist in pain relief at Massachusetts General Hospital found when people suffering with chronic pain helped others with the same ailment, they reported feeling less discomfort themselves and recognized the positive effect they had on others in the same situation. Which then gave them a greater sense of purpose. I know this is true from personal experience in the MS world. A group of 20 and sometimes more of us who battle MS work out together at a gym. We all come with differing levels of physical ability, we raise the level of JOY in the room simply by cheering each other on and/or challenging each other to try new things. It’s amazing and very heartwarming! Each of us are improving our health by increasing our stamina, challenging our bodies to do more AND having fun being supported by each other. We have a group of dedicated volunteers that come weekly to record our progress, encourage and challenge us. Ask any of those volunteers why they serve – you get an answer of how they are inspired and motivated by those they are serving.
Another study in the journal of Psychology and Aging found adults over the age of 50 who reported volunteering at least 200 hours in the past year were 40 percent less likely than nonvolunteers to have developed hypertension four years later! Researchers believe that the stress-reducing effects of being both active and altruistic helped the volunteer’s lower blood pressure. And we find from another source that, raising our oxytocin hormone level limits our exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, from Stephanie Brown, PhD Stony Brook University, New York.
What do we do with all of this? How can we impact our health and mood? I firmly believe we look for opportunities to SERVE! To help us remember, give a few more reasons and a couple of simple suggestions, let’s look at serving this way.
S – E – R – V – E
S – Simply Smile at others. Anyone can do it and it’s contagious! Go ahead, give it a try next time you are at the grocery store, in your neighborhood or at church. Simply Smile and see what happens. Serving can be THAT easy!
E – Excite others and invite them to serve with you. If you are getting all the health benefits of lower blood pressure, higher levels of the “compassion hormone” and living longer….invite others to experience the same with you!
R – Renew your HEALTH by serving – Have a chronic issue? Find a group or organization that serves others like you and SERVE them. It could be as easy as a phone call checking in with them, leading a group, doing a visit, running errands….but whatever you do for others, you will be surprised how that makes YOU feel healthier – like mentioned earlier….you can step out of your pain, anxiety or mild depression by serving others living with the same issue.
V – Volunteer – Give of your time, talent or resources and just wait to see the results! If it’s a cause you believe in, you will reap the benefits we’ve listed earlier and others as well! If you don’t believe results from research, then do your own! Take time to find an organization, ask at your church, research on-line or stop by a Community Center and see what they need. Can you fit that need? Give it a little time and if you are volunteering out of caring – NOT obligation – you will reap the health benefits listed and help others!!
E – Even financial contributions make us feel better. Remember after 911, the tsunami in Japan, or any big catastrophe that has a way to contribute financially– even anonymously? People JUMPED at the chance, the mood in the country was of charity. I would bet your oxytocin hormone level would elevate! A study done at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School found that employees who spent a greater portion of bonuses they had received on others or made charitable donations with it reported greater happiness than those who spent more of the bonus on themselves. Give it a try!
If you are thinking that you would like to find your niche or to discover what it is you are meant to do, I would enjoy working with you! You can simply go to the Speak To Me page and contact me. We can together help you clarify your values, discover your strengths/gifts and guide you on the road to pursuing your purpose!
I would LOVE to hear your serving stories and how it not only benefited those you served, but how your health has improved. Please share your story in the comments section.
Until next time, be blessed and BE a blessing!
We recently took a walk in our favorite local park. We were saddened to see that the BIG oak tree had fallen and lay cut in pieces to be taken away. This tree, by our semi-scientific calculations, was over 250 years old. What we loved about this tree is it stood so majestically at the bottom a hill flanked by benches for storytelling time, waving its beautiful branches in the wind. But, as we investigated a bit, the core of the tree was rotted away. Hmmm, without the tree being down and cut, we would not have seen the rotted inside. There were probably signs previous to it falling, like branches falling off more frequently, maybe some insects running up and down its bark, or a large number of acorns being produced in the last year….which we learned from a tree “guy” is a sign that the tree is in distress. Whatever the little signs might have been we missed them and were surprised to find this majestic oak tree down.
What does this have to do with anything but an old oak tree falling? I think it has a lot of similarities to how we are at times. We put on a good front when inside we are crying out for something. Others may look great on the outside but suffer from disease. Or we look great, strong and powerful on the outside but inside we are feeling empty, lonely or depressed. What can be done to prevent our insides from “rotting” away and causing us to fall from the discord inside of us? If we are not feeling well or feeling like something just isn’t right, we can go to a doctor. They have been gifted with wisdom and have access to many tools to look inside to see what might be wrong. When we get a diagnosis, we can then start the treatment to get better, from the inside out! We have friends who recently lost someone special in their life, he ignored signs of something being wrong and finally when the symptoms became debilitating he went to a doctor. “The cancer is too advanced, there is nothing we can do. I’m sorry,” was the diagnosis. How terribly sad for all involved.
I know from my own experience that something was wrong with my body several years ago. That strange numbness and tingling was on my left side and now going to the right side. MRI’s were ordered and when we saw the lesions on my spine and in my brain we knew we were dealing with MS. Treatment with medication, eating well and exercising, I feel healthier than I ever have before. We found the issue and we have made plans to address it. In the next article, we will deal with times when the inside is good, but the outside doesn’t perform or look as good…..another topic completely…stay tuned.
What about those of us who are crying on the inside. Eventually your outside will show what is on the inside. No it won’t Chris, I’ve hidden it for years, you might be thinking. I have to disagree with you. When we fake health, whether that be physical, emotional or spiritual it WILL come out! Maybe we try to cover it up with alcohol, keeping our relationships at surface level, or we have practices of coping we do in private. Whatever we are doing to hide it, cover it up or push it to the back of our mind, it is making us sick – rotting on the inside. What can be done? Plenty! If you are ready to change, heal and live a fuller life! You can visit a counselor who can work with you to discover the root of your inside trouble and help you heal. You can seek out a recovery group that can help you address the issues you are covering up with other things. You can reach out to someone that you trust who can walk with you on this journey of healing from the inside out. The important step is to start!
Okay, you might be saying, Chris I am healthy, I have a good life, but I do sometimes feel like there is more to life, I’m just not sure what or if it’s just silly for me to think that way. I’m not really rotting on the inside, but I do feel like there is something missing. There are some things you too can do! If you are feeling unfulfilled in your job, relationships, marriage, or spiritual life, there are things you can do to help you find the missing piece or pieces. Are you in a job that fits with your values or do you struggle every day as you prepare for going to work with questions or worse – dread? Do the people in your life share your beliefs and values? Are they helping you grow? Have you helped them grow? Are you deepening your understanding of what you believe spiritually? Are you living out what you are learning? Would others be able to acknowledge what you believe by the way you behave? There are things you can do to become healthier on the inside, how you can find those missing pieces and how you can live a more purposeful fulfilled life. Find someone you trust and open up to them about your concerns of feeling empty. Search for guidance from a coworker, leader in your church, family member or friend you trust. You can also receive guidance from a counselor or Life Coach. I would be honored to talk with you about your desired next step or help you discover your next step, simply go to the Speak To Me page and we can connect. Together we can discover, grow and develop your purpose. You will bless yourself and those around you! Whatever you choose to do, I ask you to DO SOMETHING. Your inside and your outside can match, your life can be driven by your purpose and values…..a fulfilled life!
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Our journey through the word Enough has taken us from our past (Part 1) – what we did or what they said….was enough. To ENOUGH (Part 2) – or desire to make a change, stop a behavior, set boundaries. And now, we’ll chat about Ahhhh, Enough, (Part 3) our thoughts and actions on having, being, and our abundance of “Enough”. Or some may use the words, contentment, happy, filled, peace or satisfied.
Our culture encourages us to constantly crave MORE – to Have more, Be more, Attain more, Buy more…and the list goes on. What I feel when I’m focusing on culture is that I always NEED more. Whether we are trying to get “ahead” in our jobs, paying our mounting bills, buying more stuff, moving to a bigger home…all of it is feeding the feeling that we will we never have “enough”. That is a vicious cycle and it wears us out!
What if together we looked around at all we have and made a decision to have an attitude, thought or feeling of “Enough”? What would that be like? What comes to my mind is a sigh of relief and thankfulness. That’s a feeling I desire to have. How about you?
Any of the research and materials/books investigated on contentment or this feeling of “Ahhhh, enough” concludes this is something we all seek. Why do we find ourselves longing for contentment but not achieving it? If we listen to the wrong things, if we look longingly at other people’s stuff or if we are not living the passion/purpose/values we have in our hearts, it will be a tough road, but the great news, with a few changes in our focus…… it is possible! We can arrive at the destination of “ahhhh, enough”. How you may ask is that possible? By changing our attitude, clarifying what is valuable, finding our purpose and being grateful for what we have. It’s a choice we make to let go, change what we can and be grateful for all we have that will lead us on the journey to contentment. Is this a journey you would like some guidance with? My passion is to help guide people in this journey! You can contact me by going to the Speak To Me page.
You are unique so whatever steps you take are unique to your situation, your beliefs and values. What is the same for all of us is making a choice to see our lives, as unique as they are, through a grateful heart. Have you ever taken the time to write down all you are grateful for? I suggest you stop reading right now, grab a piece of paper or a notebook and list ALL you are grateful for. Ready? GO!
Was that a tough assignment for you or is the tough part to stop writing your grateful list? If you are not able to stop writing, you are one of the people that have reached….Ahhhh, enough! You understand contentment and you can probably relate to the words of the Apostle Paul, written in a letter to the church in Philippi. Philippians 4:11b – 13 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. If you are content with all you have that is a blessing and a gift! With your abundance you probably find it easy to give to others, to encourage them in their quest for contentment. Way to go!!
If on the other hand, writing what you are grateful for was difficult, what may be the issue? Our thoughts – When we focus on what we don’t have, on what is wrong or what is lacking in our lives our heart and mind will become negative, anxious, worried and as shown in this small assignment, ungrateful. Our lives may feel like we are running on a wheel in the hamster cage – always running but never really going anywhere. We find ourselves tired, unfulfilled, crabby, jealous, envious and disappointed in ourselves and others. I believe if we stop and turn our thoughts to focusing on what we DO have, what is right, and how grateful we are with our abundance our minds and hearts will follow and life will look different! We will become content, we will experience, “ahhh, enough”!
As in parts 1 & 2 in this series, I will share a little about myself and why I know “ahh, enough” is possible! It was almost 7 years ago, when I was in the group I mentioned in Part 2 where life change was happening, I was getting healthier in so many ways, losing a bunch of weight and getting fit. I was riding my bicycle in my neighborhood when I rode right into a tree. Yep, right into the trunk of a very old, very large & very hard tree. After looking around to make sure no one was watching, I realized I was bleeding from scrapes on my leg and arm, but thankful my helmet saved me from banging my head, but ouch…..my pride was hurt!! How does anyone run into a TREE?! After several days of limping, losing sensation on my left side, going to my chiropractor and being encouraged to see my doctor and a MRI – the diagnosis was MS. WHAT?!?! I was clumsy and hit a tree, I’m getting healthier than I ever have been, how could I have a chronic disease? After several additional MRI’s, neurologist appts it was confirmed, I have Multiple Sclerosis. It took a few weeks of shock, self-pity, screaming, crying and more for me to realize I had a choice to make. I could operate out of negativity OR I could find a way to think of my situation differently. Not an easy choice, but one that was necessary for me to live my life abundantly! First were the prayers…..if I have MS then help me use it to help others. Second, I changed the name of MS to More Special. After all, one of the reasons sclerosis happens is over-achieving T-Cells. I also changed the type of MS I have from Relapsing Remitting to Relaxing and Renewing More Special. A small change in thinking but it made a HUGE impact on how I moved forward as a woman who lives with MS. I try daily to focus on being content with life, with what I am able to do for others, on what I have been blessed with and how I can share that with others. I know you can too! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with you as you achieve, “Ahhhh, enough” in your life. You can connect with me by going to the Speak To Me page.
If you have reflected on what tapes or movies play inside your mind for you and you have turned those around to realizing what you did, what they did was what they knew, accept it for what it is…..thank them for what you learned and move on?! If you shouted ENOUGH and took steps to set up new boundaries, remove yourself from a situation or relationship, learned a new behavior and/or moved forward to set goals to become a person with a purpose and now you are ready to experience more “ahhh, enough”. GOOD FOR YOU!!
You may need some guidance with these steps of realizing “enough”, you may desire to talk with a counselor, trusted friend, family member or Life Coach. You can reach me by going to the Speak To Me page. Together we can work towards your “Enough!”
If this series of articles helped, encouraged or challenged you, I invite you to leave a comment and/or share this with others who may be interested. If there is a topic you would like me to address in the future please leave that information as well.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and read! Blessings!
Following are some additional quotes on “Ahhh, enough” or contentment.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey
It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are. – James Mackintosh
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer
Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. – Norman Vincent Peale
The very fact that we long for the change we do is a sign that we are meant to have it. Our very dissatisfaction with our weaknesses and struggles points to the reality that continuing to live in them is not our destiny. – Stasi Eldredge
We are blessed to have undeveloped park land behind our home. This brings the opportunity for a LOT of wildlife in our backyard! Birds, deer, coyote, butterflies, squirrels, snakes, possum and one sighting of a mink to name a few! My hubby, Brian, has been feeding the birds for years with several types of feeders. We enjoy the visits from many types of birds throughout the seasons. We live in SE Wisconsin, it seems we can experience several seasons within a few days.
This Spring we have been blessed with new sightings and the return of old feathered friends. Today we have three pair of Cardinals – their song is beautiful and the flash of red as the males fly in and out of the big pine tree is amazing. Not sure if we have four or five couples of House Finches who travel with their mate everywhere – feeders, oranges on the table, grape jelly dish on the feeder pole, birdbath for a cool drink – together always, the male with his red head and the female with her brown stripes. We have been blessed to have two sets of Baltimore Orioles, who are brilliant orange with black and one Orchard Oriole, who is brick red with black, this season. They visit us at the feeders often flying from one to the other with their beaks full of jelly and nectar. The hummingbirds flit from our two feeders and this year we added a swing for their (our) enjoyment, they take a quick drink then fly to the top of our neighbors crab apple tree – apparently to be the top bird in the yard. Grosbeaks, Robins, Sparrows, Blackbirds, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Mourning Doves and others, fly in, eat, drink, and I think socialize! With the back door and windows open the sounds are calming, refreshing and mesmerizing. Some days I turn the rocking chair to face the backyard to relax and observe.
What I’ve noticed this year, different from years past, are several deviations from the norm in our wildlife friends. Whether by injury or design, we have some unique, special looking wildlife friends. The first to come and visit was our squirrel friend who lost his tail from an encounter with the large Cooper Hawk. We thoroughly enjoy his antics as he bounces in the yard doing all the normal squirrel things, but with a different twist and purpose in his movements. We noticed last week we have a female House Finch that lost an eye. She and her mate come to the feeders, birdbath and extra fruit treats regularly, they are now teaching their young ones how to feed themselves. A lovely sight of loyalty and parenting with a few adaptations to help her with her tasks. The third anomaly we noticed is a female Cardinal without any feathers on her head. She looks like she has a black leather hat on, she too just goes about the business of feeding and caring for herself, her mate and little one.
As I reflect on our wildlife friends, I think how does this apply to me? To US? Each of us are created uniquely, with gifts, personalities, preferences and appearances different from anyone else. We are created in the image of God Genesis 1:27. Some of us have lost sight of our beauty and our uniqueness. We carry scars, loss, and disappointments around with us, not seeing the beauty and opportunity to use our unique experiences to better our world and the people around us! Like the nature friends in our backyard it might take some adaptations or support from others for you to see your unique qualities. I encourage you to look at your scars, reflect on your challenges, remember and celebrate your experiences to see what you can learn. Ask yourself how you can use that awareness for the betterment of yourself, your family, all those around you and beyond! You have a purpose, you are gifted, a unique creation that can make a difference in the world! “Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.” Benjamin E. Mays
I found this to be true in my own life. In the Fall of 2007 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis What sounded like a death sentence has become one of the best ways for me to connect with others. I changed the name Multiple Sclerosis to More Special, because I am! With a few adaptations, support from my family and friends I can see how MS is a unique blessing in my life. I make opportunities to hike, work, learn, discover, create & play daily, which I know encourages others. No matter your history or your present situation, you can find your purpose and bless others through your uniqueness!
Do you want to find out more about YOU and how you can make a difference? Swing by the Speak To Me page and complete the simple form then I will connect with you. Let’s see how we can work together to guide you in your new awareness, to clarify your unique gifts, set goals to find and put into action your purpose!