What Will You Do to “Have A Fun” This Summer?

The space you occupy on this Earth isn’t meant only for work and toil, but also for joy and lightness. Joanna Gaines, quoted from Magnolia magazine

Chip and Joanna Gaines have achieved great success mainly through hard work and perseverance. In a recent article in their magazine, Magnolia, Joanna admits, however, that she takes life too seriously sometimes. Joanna says, “In her Korean accent, my mother frequently reminds me, ‘Don’t forget, Jojo, have a fun!’” 

I also need to be reminded to “have a fun” as I too tend to take life seriously with intentions, self-imposed deadlines, and to-do lists. As memorial day weekend approaches in the USA, I want to declare a season of fun as I kick off the summer visiting family in New York then spending the rest of the summer with family and friends in Illinois. 

Deep, meaningful plans are always a worthy pursuit, but as Jo writes, “I’m learning that sometimes it’s a moment of unexpected lightness that makes our souls sing.” I agree.

Affirmation: I will have fun!

Coaching questions: What constitutes fun for you? Do you tend to have too little discipline and too much fun or too little fun and too much discipline in your life? What will you be doing for fun this summer?

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Tips For Getting Off the Holiday Treadmill

This season, let’s look up and behold the beauty of the here and now.  Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Journal

Thanksgiving in the USA is just three weeks away. For some of us, Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season with Christmas or Hanukkah and then New Years nipping at our heels. Are you looking forward to the season or dreading it? Especially this time of year, it’s easy to get on a treadmill—hustling toward what’s next rather than enjoying what’s present. 

Here are a few questions to consider that might help you to get off the treadmill and, once again, enjoy the season. First, decide what is important to you. Some folks thrive on the “busyness” and, even though they complain, they actually love the craziness of the season. Decide how you want this end-of-the-year to look. What works for you?

To help you realize your vision, consider what’s really important in order for you and your family to have a beautiful, meaningful season. In the age of social media, are cards still viable? Do the kids/grands really need more stuff or would lessons, events, or other non-tangibles be more meaningful? How much is enough when it comes to decorating? How many cookies do you really need to bake? If you’ve recently experienced a loss, how will you take care of yourself during this season? To whom will you confide if you need help? Having the time and energy to spend with the people you love may be the greatest gift—to you and to them.

Affirmation: I have the power to be present during the holidays.

Coaching questions: How do you feel when you honestly answer the questions above—-relieved,  guilty, desperate, selfish, sad? What can you do to remain present this year?

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