Happy Happy 2020

This is a great year to focus on vision (get it: 20/20?)! I’m personally using the word FOCUS and the mantra “FOCUS UP!” as my new year tools. What word(s) are you feeling for this coming year? Let me know in the comments!

Happiest of New Years to us all!

Get Out!

The last few weeks have been a struggle for me. Sleeping too much, not enough exercise…you know, the late winter “I don’t wanna” syndrome.

http://Photo by Sora Sagano on Unsplash

I’m a big fan of Dr. John Arden’s mindfulness tool: S.E.E.D.S. Balance the following areas of your life and things won’t be so draining:

Sleep (not too much, not too little)

Exercise (just do it!)

Educate (yer mind)

Diet (all the things…food, media, negative relationships)

Socialize (with other righteous folks)

As I write this I’m on one of my jaunts to NYC. Today started out with sleeting snow and muck on the ground. Earlier in the week I RSVP’d to a meetup in the hitherlands of Brooklyn. After walking the dog early this morning I began to talk myself out of schlepping ALL the way to the event [insert snark face].

I thought about just jumping back into bed.

I thought about staying in and arting all day.

Instead, I put myself together (brushed my hair AND my teeth!) and headed out for the meetup adventure.

Art work by me 🙂 http://Www.Instagram.com/FilomenaJackStudio

AND I’M SO HAPPY I DID (yup, shouting!)

The meetup was produced by Matt Rosenblum of Advanced Life Coaching https://advancedlifecoachmarketing.com/      
Go check this man out! (I’ll wait…)

I’d met Matt at another meetup a few months ago and am glad to be able to get to know him. He’s smart, thorough, and shares his knowledge freely. Win win win!

Today I also met A, an entrepreneur working on a fashion related business and M, an advocate for students and families trying to manage the world of higher learning.

It felt great to chat about our projects, and the feeling of useful focus (versus twirling thoughts that lead to burnout) was refreshing.

If you’d like to check out this fabu meetup, here’s a link: https://www.meetup.com/Life-Coaches-In-NYC/events/

She wore a Raspberry Beret!

I’m so glad I went on today’s adventure! What fun thing(s) will you be doing today? Have any other suggestions for meetups you love? Let me know!

Remain Thankful

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving here in America. I’m writing this from my office in Upstate New York. The sky is grey, there is snow and ice, and I’m wearing a lot of layers. For those who know me, they know that I am more of a lizard than a polar bear…I prefer warm breezes and sunny days to the current conditions.

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During this time of the year I have to stretch a little further to remain in my mental “happy place”. I find this task much easier when I take the time to remain thankful for all that I have and all that I am. I live in a charming house with a blazing wood stove. The birds and squirrels play games outside my sliding glass doors (‘cause I feed them well!). My cabinets are stocked full of healthy foods and an array of teas.

I have a lot to be thankful for and I know it. It’s ok to not love all the conditions you by which you are currently surrounded. It’s ok to be less than thrilled at the temperature outside. What’s not ok is giving in to these temporary disappointments.

Make a list of everything you are thankful for, and check it twice! Leaning into the things we love helps stem the tides of the winter blahs.

Be well! Much love to you, Filomena