Organizing Your Goals for Fall

photo (2)In the last week, I’ve been on a complete organizational kick with regard to my goals. Something about entering the last quarter of the year, and the immense things I’ve got coming up later on this fall and into early 2015, has had me jonesing for new oversight of what remains in my 2014 outlook.

Maybe you’ve felt the same way too.

To me, there’s nothing that feels better than having a PLAN.

So without further ado, this week, I’m letting you in on my three-step process to get your goals organized for the last quarter of the year.

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Three Simple Ways to Bring More Joy Into Your Life

shutterstock_53921791I had a major realization last week when I was investigating some stuff related to adrenal fatigue and the parasympathetic nervous system (you know me, some light reading– LOL).

I realized that it had been a long, long time since I had consciously engaged with JOY.

Don’t get me wrong, I have snippets of joy in my life every day– like when I go in to get my always-giggling son out of his crib in the morning, or when my daughter sings Let It Go at the top of her lungs with her own invented lyrics.

(Kids are joy-factories, par excellence.)

What I realized I was missing, though, was joy that I was cultivating for myself.

The kind of joy that allows me to take pleasure in work and in life, because I know that I am creating exactly what I want in both arenas.

The kind of joy that allows me to rise in the morning and go to bed at night in a state of calm, smiling appreciation for the journey that is my life.

I’ve been missing out on that state for quite some time now– like maybe a couple of years. And my health and my well-being have suffered for it.

And with good reason.

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Five Steps to Streamline Your Life for Fall

shutterstock_72388972While some may say that Spring is the best time of year to do your professional and emotional housecleaning, my favorite time of year to do that is actually right now. There’s something about the impending fall, with its cool withdrawal and turn toward inward focus, that invites contemplation and refinement in my own life.

For that reason, when I returned from my summer vacation this past week, I decided it was time to get organized personally and professionally for the rest of the year.

This was not an easy task, as I realized while I was away that I really needed to tackle some areas of overwhelm that had been preventing me from functioning at my highest level and that needed my attention NOW.

As a result, I spent the better part of Monday working through a five step process to get my life in order for the next four months.

This is a process I work through routinely with my one-on-one coaching clients, and today, I’m offering it to you. It’s seamless, awesome, and effective, and I think you’ll find that it will immediately set you up for success for the remainder of the year.

Here’s five steps to streamline your life down to what really matters this fall. (tweet this)

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Lift Yourself Up!

shutterstock_182786846In recent weeks, a theme has emerged among a number of folks in my practice and in my life: the theme of how we sacrifice ourselves for others.

Among my friends, clients, and colleagues, I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time lately unpacking what we’re willing to do to meet the needs of others to the detriment of meeting our own– and the price we pay for doing so.

We’ve all had this experience to some degree. Maybe we fall head over heels for the high of early love, and neglect ourselves and all other relationships completely in the process. Or maybe we set out to care for our parents, our children, and our partners, and in the process fail to care for ourselves.

The place where I’m seeing it the most, however, is in women who are primary breadwinners for their families, who are uniformly making extraordinary sacrifices to meet the needs of others at work and at home.

And the consequences for this can be pretty dire. Your health, your relationships, your well-being and your mental stability can all be compromised when you put your own needs last.

So this week I’m offering a reminder that you may need:

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