Inspiration

Look At All Your Options

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Here’s one of the quotes from The Universe I get in my inbox daily. Thought I’d share.

There's so much time in a day. 

You could have breakfast, lunch, and dinner on 3 different continents. 

You could outline the book you're going to write, start the screenplay adaptation, and watch "Gone With The Wind," before the sun even sets. 

Spend a day at work, and still have 16 hours left over. 

Or you could just think 60,000 different thoughts as you tool all over the town you live in. 

Hey, the record for climbing Mt. Everest is under 9 hours, leaving 15 to nap and go Yeti searching. There's so much time in a day. So much. 

You're rich, 

   The Universe

Especially, when one stops claiming there's so little of it, huh?

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~ Susan

Do you feel stuck or confused about what you want your next step in life to be? I've got something to help. Grab 4 Surprisingly Natural Steps to Discover Your True Desires to get clear on your own answers for that question. 

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When You Need Inspiration

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Some days you just wake up uninspired. Even when you have your day planned, even when it has fun things in it, sometimes you’re just not feeling it. Maybe you didn’t get quite enough sleep. Maybe you had one too many glasses of wine last night. Maybe, ____________. Fill in the blank.

You do, however, want to feel better than you do. This is when it’s always good to have a plan B in your back pocket. This is your Go To when you’re needing some extra kick. 

It’s Inspiration.

There are SO many simple ways you can do this. 

  1. Think of a favorite friend cheering you on.
  2. Imagine someone you don’t know (who you really admire) cheering you on.
  3. Open up a favorite book with awesome quotes and read one.
  4. Maybe you know someone on social media who offers inspirational words or images. Go check them out.
  5. Meditate for 5 minutes.
  6. Pray for a few minutes.
  7. Journal for a bit.
  8. Say 3 things you are grateful for in your life, out loud, or in your head.
  9. Call or text someone to say hello.
  10. Look outside for a few minutes and enjoy whatever nature you see.
  11. Come up with your own.

It’s not that hard. It doesn’t take very long. It doesn’t require caffeine, sugar, or money. 

You can this.

Get Inspired.

Inspire Yourself.

Inspire Others.

Welcome Spring to all of you who live in the US.

Please share if you know just the perfect person who needs this.

~ Susan

Helping You Get What You Want Out Of Life

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Autumn and Accomplishment

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I’ll be honest. I’m a Spring/Summer kind of gal so Autumn doesn’t thrill me. My husband likes to say I have a comfortable temperature span of about 10 degrees. Below 75 is not warm enough and above 85 is too warm. Ah, well, our bodies are our bodies.

I know some of you love the cooler, crisper air. The leaves in many places turn brilliant colors. Nights are slowly becoming a bit longer than the days. Mother Nature is shifting as she always does. It’s quite magical if you think about it. We simply cannot sustain 365 days of any one season. The cycle of life with growth and rest continues. 

And as much as I think, “the year is over”, we still have 1/4 of it left. Three more months. That’s a lot of time. So my question to you is, 

What would you like to accomplish the next 3 months?? 

Literally.

Clean out or organize your garage/or closets (what you’ve said you’d do for the last 5 years)?

Join a new meet-up group in your area around a topic that interests you.

Start writing that book you’ve been thinking about for a decade.

Plant bulbs for spring flowers.

Try some new recipes.

Take a class at your local community college on a subject you always thought was fascinating but never looked into.

The list for you is probably never ending. 

One of the best ways to accomplish almost anything is to take consistent lady bug steps. Those are teeny tiny little steps you write on your calendar and commit to doing. Once a week, three times, on the weekends, maybe even daily. It could be just for 15 minutes, an hour, or way more. 

We’re not talking a lifetime, only 3 months. 

This is how change happens. You do one thing differently, learn something new, move in a direction you’ve never gone. 

It doesn’t have to be hard. You just have to decide you’re going to do it. Then start. 

And this project or thing you want to do must have some helpful criteria. It must be something you are excited about, something that makes you smile, or something that you either enjoy while you are doing it or will make you feel more clean, clear, and uplifted when you’re done. 

That’s it. 

So tell me, what do you plan to accomplish this Autumn of 2017?

Feel free to leave a comment on the blog below, or email me, susan@susancarrollcoaching.com.

Please share if you know just the perfect person who would love this.

~ Susan

Helping You Live A Slower, Simpler Life

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Getting from "Desire" to "Doing"

I have a good friend named Becky Irish. She, her husband, and husky live in Bend, OR during the winter months, and drive the tour buses for the US National Park Service in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska during the summer months. That in and of itself is quite the fun and exciting life, but this winter she took a special trip.

Twenty years ago, Becky’s Geography professor gave a presentation on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a trip he had taken himself. The railway connectsMoscow to Vladivostok in the far east. It is 5,772 miles in length and the longest railway line in the world. For whatever reason, she was so fascinated by his experience that she had carried the desire to travel the Railway herself for all this time.  

In February she did exactly that. She spent one month traveling alone, into the depths of Russia (in the winter) to undertake the experience. Becky has previously lived in Alaska for many winters, so is fully aware of what those cold and bitter temperatures feel like. But again, she decided to take this trip on her own. I was so proud of and inspired that I sat down to interview her about her journey over breakfast. 

I started by asking her how she got from the desire to take the trip to actually doing it. She said she just kept talking about it for years and years. Though many people rolled their eyes at her, telling her it was a crazy idea,  she kept talking anyway. The more she talked about it, the more empowered she felt. Eventually she said she got tired of hearing herself talk about it, not act on it, and decided to just do it.

I asked her about any fear she had before the trip as well as fear while there. She said that beforehand her fears were around the logistics of getting around, getting lost, missing a train, being alone on the trip, not knowing how she would manage when so little English was spoken, and what might happen if she got injured. Becky said she had to let that fear go because she knew that people in general were good, and if something did happen, she would be taken care of.

And as fate would have it, one night she did get hurt. While returning from the bathroom to her bed in the hostel she was staying, she ran into a couch, tripped, fell, and heard a pop in her shoulder. She then felt intense pain. Becky said she wanted to cry but she couldn’t because she had to keep her wits about her and focus on her arm, trying to decide if it needed immediate medical attention or not. She decided it wasn’t dislocated and wasn’t broken. 

As luck would have it, after having several days of really cold weather, the day after her fall was much warmer. It was the best thing that could have happened because she couldn’t use her arm to put layers of clothing on so the warmer temperatures helped tremendously. Over the next several days when she did have less use of her arm she called a cab to help her get from one place to another so she wouldn’t have to carry her bag.  Her train mate also helped her make her bed one evening and put a blanket over her like a caring mother would. Her thought before the trip, “people are good” showed up in many many ways with several travelers helping her after injuring her arm.

I asked about her most interesting or fascinating experience. She said it was the day in Helsinki, Finland on the way to catch the Siberian Railway when she met a Dutch woman on the ferry. They took a picture of each other, hit it off and connected right away. They got along so well they decided to spend the day together touring downtown Helsinki. As they were out and about in downtown they met another guy from India and hit it off with him. He joined their duo, becoming a trio and had a fantastic dinner together. They talked about politics, traveling, etc… That shared experience of connecting with those two strangers stuck with her the entire trip.

I asked if she’d do anything different if she did this again, and she said not really. She had so much planned ahead of time because she didn’t want to spend the entire time there with her face in a guidebook. She did her leg work previously so she could enjoy the time there. She said that this left less time for spontaneity overall but in general she was glad she did it the way she did. 

I asked what her biggest insight was from her trip. Her response, if you want to do something, just do it. Act on it, go for it, put away those excuses. You just do not know if something might happen tomorrow or next week and you can’t. If you’ve got your health just go. 

People everywhere are just like you, they really have the same desires and aren’t that different. People can still communicate even when English isn’t spoken. A lot of non-verbal communication takes place and people get it. And I want to break boundaries, stereotypes, and be a role model for women out there. I want to break down barriers and open doors to traveling on your own. The more of us that do it, the more easy it will be for future generations.

As she was sharing her tale with me I came away with three take-aways myself. It’s okay to have fear. But if you really desire doing something you’ve got to either let it go, or know it’s going to be there and do what you want anyway. She already said she knew people were good and that belief was shown to her repeatedly throughout her trip. What you believe on a core level will always show up in your life. Although she said it was pure luck that the weather warmed the day after she hurt her shoulder, I have no doubt the universe was helping her out in her time of need. 

Maybe you have a desire or dream. One that’s just come up or one you’ve had for decades. Yes, fear may come up, yes there may be some planning involved, and yes it may be challenging. But here’s one thing I can say for sure. I’ve never met one single person who has told me they were sorry they went after their desires. Not one. 

I’m behind you. I know Becky would support you. You can do this. 

Our desires let us know what we want in life. 

So what’s stopping you from going from desire to doing? 

It’s probably just you.

If you’d like to read Becky’s blog which takes you from beginning to end, plus planning tips and expenses, you can find that here. She’s quite a story teller and I think you’ll be able to fully put yourself into her adventure as you read through it. 

She took some amazing photos and you can see them here too. There are about 36 and they capture her trip quite poignantly. 

Feel free to leave a comment on the blog below, or email me, susan@susancarrollcoaching.com.

Please share if you know just the perfect person who would love this.

~ Susan

YOUR TRUE LIFE (KNOW IT, FEEL IT, LIVE IT)

And A New Year Begins

Tomorrow we begin again. January 1, 2017. How do you want to begin again? Is it a habit you want to change, a goal you want to accomplish, a dream you want to see through to fruition? Maybe it’s a beginning of less doing, and more rest.

This is my last newsletter of the year to you. I made a commitment last December to send this newsletter out every week for 52 weeks this year. I did it. I am so proud of myself. What have you done this year that you’re proud of? Take some time to relish in that and honor what you have done.

As 2017 becomes a reality, I’ve got some big plans. I’m in the midst of creating a new website, changing the look and name of this newsletter, and offering you some new ways of working with me. It has been in the works for a couple of months now. As you know, change takes time. I’m thoughtfully making changes and moving forward with what I want my life to look and feel like in 2017.

If 2016 taught me anything, it’s that unexpected and unwelcome changes happen. It isn’t that they actually happen (because they always will), but how do I want to show up in my life when life hits me as I’m making other plans.

I’ve been sitting with what my word for the new year should be. What word would inspire me to create all that I want to create in my life this year both personally and professionally?

And now I know that my word for 2017 is, CREATE.

One of the definitions of create I found online sounded perfect.
to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
2. to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.

Oh- doesn’t that sound fun?!

I also realize that whenever I want to create something that’s important, something that has meaning, I have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I’m going to have to get out of my comfort zone over and over again to do that. So basically I’m making a meal in 2017 where the main dish is creation with a huge side of uncomfortableness.

What would you like your word for 2017 to be? What would inspire you to show up for yourself in the way you want ? It can be more than one word. Let it be your guide, your rock, your solid place. It’s the word that when you think of it, it brings you strength, courage, peace, and inspiration. Whatever feels good to you.

And just know, that uncomfortable doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path. It just means you’re growing. And growth means a little pain every now and then. And as hard as it is, it’s always worth it.

Just an FYI- The first week of 2017 you won’t receive this newsletter. Look for it the second Saturday of January. A new look, a “slightly” new name, and I’ll probably unveil my new website.

It has been such a joy for me to write to you every week. Thank you for all of your comments and emails, and letting me know that what I say makes a difference for you.

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If you think, “I know one friend who would really like this”, please forward it to them.

If you found this helpful, let me know. I’d love to hear from you, susan@susancarrollcoaching.com.

~ Susan

YOUR TRUE LIFE (Know It, Feel It, Live It)

We all have a little Simone Biles and Michael Phelps Inside

You either can’t wait to watch the Olympics every night, or can’t wait until the closing ceremonies are done. Or maybe you just love certain Olympic sports and loathe others. My husband has a strong opinion on this matter. ;)

One of the things I most admire about the Olympic games is the absolute drive, determination, and dedication of all of the athletes. Whether it be their pursuit from the time they are young children, or later in life (like Kristin Armstrong, the cyclist in her 40’s), these individuals have chosen to, like the Nike slogan says, “Just Do It!”. They are unwavering in their pursuit to be the best in the world, and if not that, the absolute best they can be.

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We really all have at least a little Simone Biles or Michael Phelps inside each of us. Maybe you aren’t swimming or vaulting, but I bet you throw your heart, soul, and dedication into raising your family, growing a garden, taking care of animals, volunteering at an organization you have passion for, helping other people, the list goes on for miles.

Maybe you don’t have their athletic ability, and never will, but you’ve got a body, a mind, a heart, and a soul, able to do day after day what matters to you. I’m sure both Simone and Michael have days when the alarm goes off and they just don’t feel like going to the gym or the pool. You are no different. But they get up and go, and you do too. It might not be your best day or your strongest day, and it might be really freaking hard, but you still show up.

And that’s what matters anyway. That you do show up. And you continue to show up for your life in ways that matter to you.

So what if you’re never an Olympic athlete on the top podium with a gold medal around your neck. That may not be what you want. But as long as you are living your life the way you want to live it, then guess what? You’ve already won the gold.

You are the first, and only,  <insert your name here>. No one, and I mean no one, can be you. So go be the best you that you envision. Simone and Michael haven't let anything stop them. Why should you?

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If you think, “I know one friend who would really like this”, please forward it to them.

If you found this helpful, let me know. I’d love to hear from you, susan@susancarrollcoaching.com

~ Susan

your true life (know it, feel it, live it)