TOP 6 LESSONS I WILL TAKE INTO 2016

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Happy New Year!! Today is the first day of 2016 and I must say New Years Day has got to be one of my most favorite holidays.  I love the promise of a brand new year, to create anew, to fill blank pages with my dreams, desires, and goals, and to gratefully experience another year of life.  What a privilege it is to have more time to enjoy another 365 days of life.

2015 was pretty epic for me: we had an amazing vacation in Barbados, I became pregnant with our first child due in 8 weeks, and we moved across the country back to my husband’s hometown for a new job and to be closer to family and friends for the baby. 2016 is going to be exciting, life changing, and one of the BEST years of our lives!

Every year I do a deep contemplation of my year and make intentions and goals for the upcoming one. Here are the 6 top lessons I learned in 2015 that I will carry forward with me as we start this new one:

1. Life has great plans for us – When I think about all the major events that happened in 2015, I am in awe of the Universe and all it provides for me to experience an amazing life. To conceive a child, move across the country, and my husband getting a dream job, are all such blessings that prove life is a string of big experiences waiting for us to create, manifest, and enjoy.  The bigger we dream, the greater the plan life hands us.  Always go after the concept of “what else do I want to experience” and open up to receive it.

2. Body is everything, movement is life – Perhaps the biggest challenge throughout my pregnancy is not being able to workout and run like I normally do.  I love my heavy weights and my half marathons, and with the slew of pregnancy symptoms…I’ve had to drastically cut back on my amount and intensity of exercise.  I’ve also had to deal with gestational diabetes, watching my carbohydrate intake and monitoring my blood sugar 4 times a day. I’ve never been so aware of the power and vulnerability of my body, and how precious it is to take good care of it so that my baby can be healthy. I’ve always valued the movement and wellness of my body, and now, with a life inside me, it’s never been more important.  Because of this, I am dedicating 2016 to my wellness and my wellness coaching work.

3. We are CREATORS - Anyone that has created a baby will agree with me when I say it’s such an amazing miracle of life to create a human being. To create a human life has given me a brand new perspective into the creative power we have and I’m feeling so pumped to create some more! My second book, a new phase of my wellness coaching business,  a new job position in wellness/athletics/recreation at McMaster University, and a trip to Taiwan are on the top of my list to create for 2016 :) You too, have this creative power, and I hope you harness and express more of it this upcoming year.

4. Don’t mind the unhappy people – Moving to a small town across the country has made me see people in a new light. I realized that there are A LOT of unhappy people out there. I see it day in and day out at work and sometimes it really disheartens me.  But I’ve decided that there will always be people who are unhappy, and that I choose to be in a different lot.  I will focus on creating my own light and happiness and hopefully that energy extends to those around me. If not, I will still continue to shine within myself.

5. Surrender the control – This is probably my biggest lesson learned as I go through a pregnancy filled with so many physical symptoms I cannot control.  It drives me crazy that I cannot control it, but it is the way it is.  There are some things we get to decide and there are some things we don’t.  It reminds me of the greater power of life and how we must discern the difference between when to exert power and when to let go.

6. What feels best is to nourish and love – Aaahhh…to end and begin on this note…when I focus on nourishment and love, it makes everything all better.  All the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy, the fears and anxieties about moving cross-country and having a baby, and facing the unknown about work, finances, and “would I be a good parent?” make some days pretty stressful.  I’ve remembered to slow down, to take deep breaths, and to focus on what’s most important. I’ve let myself have more self compassion, more space to be ok with what is, and remember that I am on this new journey as a Mommy to love my soon-to-arrive child.  When I remind myself of that, I relax and I smile, knowing that everything will fall into place as long as I focus on giving as much nourishment and love as I can.  Because that’s where my strongest power lies, and that is what my new year will be, one filled with deep nourishment and genuine love. I so wish the same for you :)

THANK YOU for being a part of my journey and for letting me be a part of yours. I can’t wait to connect with you in 2016 and GLOW some more together :)

Sending you love,

Lola

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TAKE TIME TO TUNE IN TO THE SEASON OF YOUR PASSIONS

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Fall is my favorite season. Maybe it’s because my birthday month is in it, or maybe because instead of hot summer heat, I get to cozy up in hoodies, curl up, and drink tea. Most of all, I think I just love the shifting of energies: more into my inner self and the slower, softer rhythm of life.

I’ve been super contemplative about the big picture of my life lately, and have given a lot of thought to the next chapter of my journey. Instead of being ambitious in the pursuit of my lifework, I’m looking forward to dedicating my time and energy into raising our first child. It’s a dream come true and a huge blessing and privilege that I am excited to take on!

But where does this leave my lifework? I have always been so focused on creating my path of what I am here to offer the world. Surely this does not stop just because I am about to become a mother. But rather, I’d like to think, that it’ll amplify it, give it new meaning and depth, and show me the next layer of my purpose and being.

Our passions ebb and flow…what we love sometimes may come and go. I think the most important thing is to STAY CONNECTED and TUNED IN to your SELF so that we never lose sight of what those passions are, even if it may feel like we are taking a break from it for the time being.

I’m so excited to start my next group of coaching through a 7-week e-coaching course that I would like to share with you amazing women. Regardless of where you are on your journey, I know you are wanting to continue living your potential and I can’t wait to support you on our journey together.

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YOU ARE HERE TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE WORLD: DO IT

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You have something unique to contribute to the world.

When you find what that is, your whole life makes sense.

You were born with a specific purpose for you to share with the world. A flower has its purpose, a river has its purpose, a queen bee has her purpose, and YOU, as exactly who you are at this point in time and place, have a purpose. Your purpose is the essence of who you are and what you are here to do for the world just by being you. It’s you at your most natural and best self, you at your most giving and heartful self, and you when you feel like “being or doing this makes me feel amazing about myself and my place in the world”.

Your purpose may or may not be what you do for a living, but it is how you bring the most value to those around you. You apply your purpose to whatever situation or setting you are in because it is what you love being and doing the most. When you spend time living your purpose, you feel the most alive and grateful for being you.

When you look for ways to offer your purpose to the world, things in your life flow easily and make sense, you feel energized and are propelled forward in big ways. Start moving in the direction of your purpose today.

Exploring Your Purpose
  1.  I feel like my purpose is:
  2. I feel the most present and aware of my gifts when I am:
  3. In some of my most memorable and happy memories, I was:
  4. If I could travel the world and do this everyday for the people, it would be:
  5. If I were living my purpose, I would be doing more of:

Purpose Statement: Write a statement of what your purpose is. Don’t worry about exact wording, just capture the essence as best as you can. Post your purpose statement as a reminder to stay on path.

Knowing your life’s purpose is step one. Step two is sharing it with the world through your actions. You start to align yourself and your life with your purpose by choosing actions that honor what you are here to share with others. These actions you take starts with the self, and expand into bigger actions everyday with others, through your work, your dream projects, and your service work. There are hundreds of opportunities for you to act on your purpose. The more your actions align with your purpose, the more fun, meaning, balance, ease, and fulfillment you start to experience in your life.

My Purpose in Action: Brainstorm and list actions to start doing. Think of actions with yourself, with other people, and with the various things you do in life. It’s time to live your phenomenal purpose out loud.

  • Action 1:
  • Action 2:
  • Action 3:
  • Action 4:
  • Action 5:

Your life is determined by your actions everyday.

Be of purpose with your life.

 

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3 WAYS TO EMPOWER YOURSELF THROUGH RUNNING

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There are so many things I love about running and I know I be a runner for the rest of my life. Of course this wasn’t always the case, since I used to hate running, always coming in at the back of the pack during those awful mile run tests in P.E. class during highschool. Luckily since then I have found my love for running as I run along our beautiful beaches on the Seawall, doing the Maui Half Marathon under the hot Hawaiian sun, and now training for my 6th half marathon with the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon in June. Many things keep me running, but the way my runs keep me feeling empowered is how I know I will be a runner for life.

Here are three simple but powerful ways to empower yourself through your runs:

1. Use your running time to be present and connect – Take a break from the craziness of daily life and use your running time to finally tune in to yourself. Use the rhythm of your breathing to clear your mind and let yourself feel your own presence as your stride connects with the ground. During this time, you don’t need to worry about anything or anyone else except yourself, your body, and your heart beating. As you run, you are reminded that you can put yourself first, that your needs are important priorities, and that you could use more time to be present for yourself.

2. Practice pumping up your positive self-talk – I am a big fan of affirmations, especially while I run! The combination of heart pumping, sweat dripping, and thinking thoughts that make me feel strong and powerful is the biggest adrenaline rush I get on my runs. Whatever I am wanting to achieve at that point in my life is the soundtrack I play in my head. I look forward to running because I know I’ll come back even more pumped. Each time you run is a chance for you to practice positive self-talk.

3. Run through the items on your gratitude list – When we feel good, we do good, and this is one of my favorite side-effects of running. Especially on days when I’m not feeling strong physically, I’ll focus more of my energy on feeling grateful for all the things in my life, including being able to breathe and being out there pounding the pavement. When you can remember that there are others struggling simply to take a breath or who lack the privilege of being able to move their legs, you quickly appreciate your own ability to be out there, enjoying this excruciating thing we call running.

When I am gasping for air during the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon as I push myself to run my sub-2:00 goal, I know I’ll be relying on the strength I have built from some of these tips as well as those kilometers I will log between now and race day. From one empowered runner to another, see you out there on the road! Happy running!

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MY FAVORITE QUOTES FROM ‘7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE’ TO EMPOWER YOU

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People by the late Stephen Covey was a pivotal book in my personal growth journey in my early 20’s. Today I was flipping through my old quote books and came across these favorites that I just had to share with you. They ring true to me today as they did all those years ago, and I hope they offer you some great inspiration and motivation for your own journey:

1. Our lives are the result of our choices.  To blame and accuse other people, the environment, or other extrinsic factors is to choose to empower those things to control us.

2. What does it matter how much we do if what we are doing isn’t what matters most?

3. We may find it convenient to live with the illusion that circumstances or other people are responsible for the quality of our lives, but the reality is that we are responsible – RESPONSE ABLE – for our choices.

4. It takes humility to seek feedback, it takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it, and appropriately act on it.

5. It’s not a matter of when to do things, but whether or not to do them at all.

6. If you’re not sure why you still do some things that you know are harmful or self defeating, analyze it, process it, write it down.  It builds awareness of your scripting. It helps you to make wise choices.

7. The only real mistake in life is the mistake not learned from.

8. Develop your imagination – you can use it to create in your mind what you hope to create in your life.

9. You have the power to look at your own involvement, to observe your own response, to change it.

10. The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

11. Self awareness involves deep personal honesty. It comes from asking and answering hard questions

 

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