Slow Down


Some sad updates. Do you remember the friend I spoke about a few weeks ago, Laurie Foley, who had entered hospice? She transitioned to the next world March 4th. Then Custard, one of the horses I spoke about in my last newsletter who had been rescued, had to be put to sleep as well.

And then, a close friend of mine lost a beloved family member too.

All of this news within a 4 day period. Ouch.

I’ve felt heavy for a few days. Physically and energetically heavy. I’m allowing myself to feel that energy, let it sit as it needs to, knowing it will pass through.

Today I want to talk about serenity.

When you hear that word, what does it mean to you?

In Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance she says women can find serenity if they stop behaving as if they were whirling dervishes. The constant multi-tasking of for example, beginning to brush your teeth only to leave the bathroom to start making your bed before the teeth brushing is over, then to notice that something else in the next room needs straightening up, yet you still have your toothbrush in your mouth trying to finish making the bed, and mentally already moving onto the next thing before you’ve even finished the first and second. Sound familiar?  Susan Grace Carroll, Life Coach, Bend, OR

How do you combat that insanity? By doing only one thing at a time. Not possible to get everything done you say. Au contraire. It is. There is a ton of research out there supporting this very thing. When you truly only work on one task at a time, your energy is focused and present. When you are focused and present you are actually able to work more efficiently and with greater ease.

I know your mind might be saying no way. That’s what our minds do. They say it can’t be done if that’s the only way it’s ever been done. I invite you to challenge your mind. Try it for a week. Do one thing at a time and find out how it works for you. Does it make things harder or easier? More simple or cluttered? More pleasurable or painful?

For me serenity means that no matter what is going on outside of me, I am calm and peaceful on the inside. We all have that place, that space, deep within where we are still. That is who we are at our core. Stillness. In that place of stillness is where our best lives come from, our best selves, our best work.

It also means honoring my personal energy. Only putting on my plate what truly feels good for me to do and deciding how much I put on that plate in any given day. And do you know what I found to be interesting? If there’s ever any push back it comes from me. My next door neighbor doesn’t care how much I do. My husband doesn’t care. My dog doesn’t care either. It’s only my mind that fights me (on occasion) about it. But my body will always tell me loud and clear when I’ve done too much. It gets very tired. And until I give it rest it doesn’t respond well to further instruction.

So if this is something you struggle with, how you can bring more serenity into your life? What needs to shift in order to make that happen?

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The Secret to Slowing Down

I’ve never been able to keep up with the pace of our world, our society. Never. But believe you me, I sure tired.

Really hard.

Several years back I was on a walk through the woods with my dogs and it hit me. Everyone is in such a hurry all the time. And I HATE being in a hurry.

Susan Grace Carroll, Life Coach, Bend, OR

I don’t drive fast, I don’t make quick decisions, I don’t run fast, I don’t try to do many things fast. When I do I make mistakes.

If you’re in an emergency in the hospital and need attention fast, then yes, a faster pace is required. Or if you are planning to be the fastest woman in the hundred yard dash, then yes, a really fast pace is required. But for most things in life, not so much.

I believe many of the world problems we have today come from trying to rush things.

So I stopped “trying” to keep up. And do you know what happened?

My life felt better. I didn’t feel so stressed. Not everything got done, but what mattered did. Somewhere along the way I realized my to-do list would always be there. Even when you catch up one day, a new one will start again soon enough.

So what’s the secret to slowing down? It’s a simple decision.

The decision to live your life at a pace that feels natural and works for you. A pace that matches your energy level. A pace that works for what’s important to you.

Slowing down is a choice.

One you make every day.

The world will tell you you can’t survive.

I’m proof you can. And it feels so much better.

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Why Mother Nature is a Gift

I can’t tell you how many times I hear a version of the same answer over and over again when I ask someone what getting out in nature does for them. This is what they say, “It brings me peace, clarity, expands my heart, connects me to the world.”

“It fills me with fresh ideas and fresh perspective.”

“It’s my home.”

“It recalibrates my sense of well-being and rightness in the world.”

“It gives me appreciation, calmness, grounding.”

“It inspires me, renews me.”

“It gives me peace and joy.” woman-out-in-nature-looking-at-camera

“It calms my mind and generally makes me feel happier, more optimistic.”

“It’s refreshing and peaceful at the same time.”

“Nature is my spirituality.”

“It gives me a sense of peace, awe, gratitude, and connection with the universe.”

“It helps me remember everything runs in cycles and will change”,

“It frees my body, mind, and spirit.”

Wow- that Mother Nature has got it goin’ on!

This is what she does to us, for us. She is always there to help bring us back to ourselves. Back to a more natural state of peace. Peace, groundedness, centeredness is who we are at a core level.

I can think of almost nothing better than spending time outside and feeling peaceful, connected, re-energized, grounded, happier, and with a calmer mind.

We each enjoy her differently. Some of us like to sit by a river or at the beach. Some enjoy biking or hiking, some like to photograph nature, some like to garden.

What’s most important is that we actually spend time with her. Regularly. The to-do list will always be there. For the rest of your days. So let it be.

There are times when you need to step out of your everyday, a million things to do life, and go outside. Spend 10 minutes watching the birds at your bird feeder like I’m doing as I type this. Spend 3 hours hiking along a gorgeous river, like I did a few weekends ago.

I promise you that if you allow yourself to be there and take it all in, you will leave feeling some if not all of the things mentioned above.

And what happens when you get back to your regular life? Because you feel more grounded and centered, you'll have more energy, you’ll able to make more clear decisions, you'll prioritize better, you'll discover what’s more important at the moment. You can often get out of the muck and focus.

And that’s the gift. Mother nature brings you back to yourself. Your best self.

So I suggest you grab your calendar right now.



And flip through the next month, and schedule yourself time in nature. I don’t care if it’s once a week, or once a day. For 6 hours, or 20 minutes. But schedule it. And do it. And enjoy. Not only will you like yourself better. Others will like you more too.

She not only sustains everything on this planet, she sustains us. Without us, she would continue just fine.

Appreciate her and she will nurture you.

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Giving up Perfection when you're trying to be Creative

I love ideas. I have a lot of them. We just picked out our Christmas tree and brought it home. While some branches were being cut to make the tree fit into the base I had a great idea. I’ll use the extra branches to make a wreath we can put outside our front door. Brilliant idea!

My husband brought in some wire from the garage, and since I didn’t know how to make a wreath I Googled it. Martha Stewart makes some might fine, perfectly shaped, symmetrical wreaths!

I tried following the directions and my branches didn’t resemble anything like her wreath, or even A wreath. My husband gave me another idea. I tried that. Nope. Not so good.

Then I got frustrated. I just wanted to make a nice simple wreath using the greenery from my tree without spending a ton of time or money. I am not a moron. I should be able to figure this out. Dammit!

Then, my snarky brain kicked in. Just give up. You aren’t creative. Go to the crafts store and buy a pre-fab round foam form to attach the branches to and get it over with.

But instead of giving up and going to the store I stepped away and took my dog for a walk. Note- one of the best things you can do when you have a problem you can’t find a solution for is to step away for a while. It gives your subconscious mind some wiggle room to actually come up with a way to fix the problem.

I said to myself, I know I can do this. It’s just a silly wreath. So I proceeded to walk in the rain with no particular thoughts in my head. Then out of the blue, the ideas for how to fix my problem started coming. I had at least 2-3 ideas by the time I got home.

I put the wreath up, as is, just to see what it looked like. It wasn’t even close to what I envisioned but it was a start.

Wreath #1

Them I started to cut out the branches in the middle so my wreath would have a hole. It started to take shape until I cut one branch, which separated one whole side of the wreath. Instead of having a wreath with a round hole in the center, I now had one that looked sort of like a C. I said aloud,” that is so not what I had in mind”.

Wreath #2

Then something completely unexpected and fabulous happened.

I remembered that my last name is Carroll. Carroll starts with a C. This is the Carroll household. So why couldn’t my wreath be a big C with a red bow. I mean, why the hell not?

This all made perfect sense to me as I looked at this C wreath. It was totally organic. It didn’t sit on the wall perfectly flat. Some branches stuck out here and there, kind of like my hair often does. This wreath was completely me. It looked nice but not perfect. Care was put in to creating it but the perfection of a Martha Stewart wreath was left out. My life is messy, not perfect, filled with joy and sorrow, and great ideas that don’t always end up looking like I thought they would, or should.

I am quite pleased with my creation. I bet it won’t look like anything else in my neighborhood. And isn’t that often what we notice most? Things that look different but are still beautiful. All because I stepped away from the problem and allowed solutions to come through, then followed through on those ideas, which led to the organic creation of my unique Christmas wreath.

And I’m happier with the outcome, maybe even because, it doesn’t look like a Martha Stewart wreath.


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Slowing Down and Resting

Two awesome events happened in my town 48 hours apart this week. First, the Internet was down for the WHOLE day. And, we got our first snow followed by freezing rain, which closed schools. What I love about both of these events is that it reminds us we aren’t in control and mother nature/the universe is. squirrel in snow

When the Internet goes down it’s a big thing. Many of us spend a lot of time communicating both personally and professionally on our devices. While in and of itself, it isn’t a bad thing, we can easily get sucked into it and miss other amazing areas of our life.

When the weather makes the roads too dangerous to drive, we have the opportunity to stay at home and play with our kids, if we have them, or take a nap if it’s needed, read a book, organize a closet… all those things we might not do because of our crazy over-booked lives.

This is why I never see the Internet going down or Mother Nature affecting normal activities as a bad thing. It makes us stop and pay attention. And often, it’s important stuff we need to pay attention to, like slowing down and resting. We live in an over-stressed, over-worked, sleep-deprived country. What I find amazing is that when something like a snowstorm hits, most everyone gets upset that it messes up their day and they can’t get things done. As if having to shift gears and slow down is bad thing.

While out walking my dog Elvis this morning, I watched a little girl come running out of her house in full snow gear with her sled, ready to play in the white fluffy flakes. She was one excited ball of energy. I got to watch her joy, and feel my own little kid energy, as I walked down the road with quarter-sized flakes thickly falling from the sky silently but oh so beautifully.

Slowing down and resting helps us to rejuvenate. When we’re rejuvenated, we’ve got more energy for, and excitement about, living our normal daily lives. And who doesn’t want to feel that as they go about their day.

So the next time the Internet goes down or some weather affects your normal routine, see it as a gift, not a burden. Slow down and rest. Heck, why not put a designated rest day in your schedule regularly. I can almost guarantee you’ll feel better, more relaxed, and ready to continue with your normal life when it’s over. I wouldn’t be surprised to find you both healthier and happier too.

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Random events aren't really random

I believe in a friendly universe and I believe events that happen in your life that seem random, aren’t. If you’re willing to pay attention that is.

I mentioned my dog child Kona two weeks ago and how I dealt with the uncertainty of what was happening with him. If you missed it, you can read about it here. dice

The week after Kona had the herniated disc in his back was beyond stressful for me. The kind where you don’t sleep, or eat stressful.

Kona had some kind of a neurological event that caused strange things to happen with one of his eyes. It looks a bit odd, but thankfully, he can see fine.

I found a lump under his armpit and the cells inside were abnormal. I waited two excruciating days to find out if he had cancer or not. He doesn’t. Phew!

And he was diagnosed with arthritis that would need some pretty heavy-duty meds or he would be limping and in pain for the rest of his life. We’ve started those and he’s improving already.

How random all of this seemed. How unsettled I felt.

How could an active healthy dog go from running miles and miles one day to looking like he might not make it through the next day, like overnight?

I had to sit with these questions.

In doing so, I found helpful insight and meaning when I really looked at what seemed like random events.

Am I really paying attention to my life? Kona had some arthritis symptoms now that I look back. I didn’t know that’s what they were, but I’m aware now. Where in my life do I have symptoms of a problem that I’m not aware of or that needs addressing?

Kona had an issue with his eye. What am I not seeing clearly in my life or what do I need to see that I’m completely missing?

There’s that lump I found under his arm. Do I do regular mammograms and get check ups to make sure I remain in good health or catch something early?

What happens outside of us can be a reflection of what’s going on inside of us. Everything is a mirror.

My dog Kona has shown me so much the past few weeks. His issues have given me a lot to think about in my life.

I also found out how deep my love for him was. I’ve always known it was incredibly huge. But when I thought the end could be near, my sadness was overwhelming.

I didn’t know my heart was so big.

I invite you to look at the events in your life that seem random. Are they really? What can you discover or learn?

It’s your life. It matters.

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Give yourself a break

As women, we push ourselves. To do more, be better, keep it all together, work harder. It’s exhausting.

And not healthy for us mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually.

I usually spend a lot of time wiring, editing, and re-editing this blog weekly. I’ve committed to doing it weekly and I have followed through on that commitment. For over 2 years. taking-a-break

This week has been different than most for me. It’s been one of the most stressful in my life that I can remember. Even more than last week if you read that post. I haven’t had time to process it all and write something coherent for you. I could try to push myself to do that, but I’m really tired, and I’m giving myself a break.

Sometimes you can’t do it all or keep it all together, and it’s perfectly okay.

My invitation to you is to find a place in your life where you deserve a break, and give it to yourself as a gift. Maybe it’s something you say no to because you don’t have the time or energy. Maybe it’s sleeping in a little longer. Maybe it’s letting the laundry go one extra day. Maybe it’s having that special coffee or ice cream because it’s been a rough week.

I’m writing a shorter blog post this week. I promise I’ll expand on what happened that caused me to take some time, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Now,  if you need one, please go enjoy your own break.

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Are you choosing to be too busy?

I don’t like being all that busy. I don’t enjoy a to-do list a mile long. I hate having every second of every day filled with something to do. I don’t look forward to rushing from one thing to the next to get it all done.  busy woman Because of this, I’m actually not that busy.

By choice.

Sure I have to-do lists. I have a life coaching business. I also have a part-time job. I have two dogs to take care of. A house that needs attention. A husband who needs love. Me, who needs care.

Busy is a choice.

How do I know this? Because I used to be busy all the time. I ran around with my head cut off like a chicken trying to get shit done. And guess what. Some days it got done, some days it didn’t. Either way, I felt stress all the time.

Now, I don’t feel stressed about that very often.

How did I change that?

I stopped trying to do it all. And all in one day. I prioritized. What really needed to get done that day got done. If something extra got completed, it was icing on the cake. If not, more down time.

That to-do list will be there in some form for the rest of your life. Why not choose a better way to get through it by only focusing on what’s important at the time, on that day. If something never moves to the top of the list, maybe it’s just not that important. :)

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Why I don't listen to the news (and you don't have to either)

I don’t listen to the news. I really don’t. Yes, I might hear something “news-y” on NPR when I’m driving from point A to B, but I don’t read the paper or watch the news on TV. I’m sure some people think I might be “missing out” on something or won’t be “informed” of an important issue going on. But so far, the lack of news in my life has not been a problem one little iota.

In our completely connected 24/7 world, I can get information any time I want in a number of ways. I can find out almost anything that’s happening most every place, but why?

I’ve got my own life to live right here where I’m sitting, in this moment, on my back deck. Yes, there are crazy things happening as I write this, but I’m not where the crazy stuff is. I’m here. And if I wasn’t sitting here and was watching the news instead, I’d be completely missing the 3 hummingbirds flying around our feeder. Watching them chase each other through the trees, hearing the hum of their wings as they wiz by, trying to figure out what type of hummingbird each is based on its color.  annas hummingbird

The war in Gaza doesn’t concern me. See? Just because I’m not actively paying attention to the news doesn’t mean I don’t find out about things.

And that’s my point. The universe has an amazing way of informing me what I need to know when I need to know it. It never fails.

There are a bazillion things I will never hear about. And that’s okay. My job is to be present in my own life. And I can’t do that if my mind is thousands of miles away in someone else’s war.

This also goes for my next-door neighbors. If I’m worried about what they’re doing then I’m not present for my own life.

I’ve got enough going on in my world without having to worry about everyone else. How about you?

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Choosing the beaten path

My husband, our two furry friends and I, love to hike. When we lived in Alaska, hiking often meant we wouldn’t pass another soul while we were out. We loved that! That doesn’t happen so much here in the lower 48.


Over the weekend we decided to go hike one of the endless trails here. We chose a popular one. There were a ton of cars in the parking area at the trailhead. I have to admit, we weren’t really all that excited about sharing the trail with a bazillion other people.

But for some reason we didn’t come across that many while we were out.

No only that, the longer we hiked on this well worn trail, the more awesome the landscape became. Mt. Bachelor was to our left and Broken Top was straight ahead, front and center. It was, as my husband likes to say,


And we never would have seen all that spectacular-ness (made up word J) had we not chosen the beaten path that day.

While they say the road less traveled is where life happens, I’d say the well-traveled road has its perks too. It’s well traveled for a reason.

Have you got a story about taking the road more or less traveled? Please. Share it with us.

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Go fly a kite

When was the last time you flew a kite? Seriously.

I’m on vacation at a reunion with my husband’s family in Hilton Head, SC. With 17 people including 8 kids ranging in age from 5-18, we’re having a ball. Bike rides, tennis, playing games, body surfing in the waves, building sand castles, and flying kites.

We all headed to beach one evening after dinner with an assortment of kites that were either shaped like diamonds and really inexpensive as well as kites that were more technologically advanced, one was even a dragon fly.  flying kites on the beach

It was so fun to watch both the adults become kids flying those kites, zooming them left and right in the sky, and the younger kids with their big, wide eyes taking turns trying to get their kites off the ground and soaring. That look of anticipation in their eyes and the excitement in their giggle when the kite takes off and flies up is priceless.

There was no distinction between the adults and kids. Bright eyes, excitement, expectation, laughing, smiling. In the moment.

To be a part of it and watch at the same time… awesome.

Go find a park or a beach on a windy day, fly a kite, and just enjoy. You won’t be disappointed.

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When you have no choice

A client I’ve been working with has an amazing story I think you’ll want to hear. I’ll call her Lydia. We had been working together a short while when she had one of the most uplifting experiences of her life. She went hang gliding.  hang-gliders-in-manitoba

Here’s what she said about it. “I'm currently in southern California right now on vacation learning to hang glide. Today is my second day of training, and it is beyond words, aMAZing! I'm feeling a pride about myself building. And I'm so practicing some of your advice. I'm not my thoughts or feelings. My brain/instincts like to think I'm going to die, fear when I surge up in a thermal, is just a feeling. I'm separate from these and in control of my glider. These thoughts help me relax and maintain steady control.”

She felt on top of the world. Brimming with confidence. She was so excited to move forward from this place within herself to the next step in her life.

And then…

She broke her arm on another hang gliding outing. But it wasn’t just an oh you’re arm is broken--put you in a cast for 6-8 weeks--have it removed--then you’re good to go kind of broken arm.


Think surgery.

Pins to hold her broken bones together.

And an external fixator (a metal device that surrounds the outside of her arm 24/7) to hold her arm stable. Pain pills. Doctors visits. Physical Therapy visits.

Now let’s add a loss of independence. She’s in her 30’s. She had to be bathed, dressed, and driven around. Cared for by someone else (her boyfriend) because she couldn’t do it for herself.

Let’s also add a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder which left her with low energy, anxiety, wanting to sleep, depression, and brain fog.

AND she decided to take pre-requisite classes to get into nursing school during all of this.


This can’t be real right?

Yes it can be and it is. Welcome to Lydia’s real life.

I spoke with her recently about all of this and was incredibly curious about how she has managed to do so well and keep her great attitude through this. It’s not over by the way. She still has a lot more work to go with her arm.

Her words of wisdom were excellent. They are worth sharing.

First, she cried. A LOT. She allowed herself to cry. When life gets hard, we feel a lot of emotion. We need to feel that emotion. It’s important, because when we cry, we allow that energy to flow through us and pass on. When Lydia cried, she eventually got tired of crying, then was ready to move forward and take the next step. Crying allowed her to do that. I would even say that releasing energy that needs to be released actually propels us forward.

She said that looking forward too far in the future was depressing. If she was supposed to start physical therapy on a certain date and her arm wasn’t healed enough, it burst her hope bubble. Instead, she would look at where she was now compared to two weeks ago. She focused on the present. The little victories of the progress she’d made. She could finally put her own hair in a pony tail and swim one whole lap without a kickboard. She learned to be in the present moment and grateful for what she had now.

She talked about slowing down. She said, “I’ve made the decision to slow down, mainly in an effort not to be stressed. I’ve always had problems talking/communicating. But if I allow myself to be slow, and not make my brain try to whirl with every thought imaginable, I do a lot better. I’m slowing down when doing tasks, thus preventing a whole lot of stress.  And doing things with more quality, connecting with what I’m doing, and oddly more efficiently. I’m not able to do this 100% yet, but when I do remember to slow down, it is SO much better.”

She said she couldn’t multi task with one hand. Not only did this affect her physically, she decided to let things change in her mind. Lydia said she was tired of juggling all the thoughts in her head, analyzing every conversation with people, and she just didn’t have the energy. She was stressed by rushing all the time.

So what did she do?

She started giving herself extra time to wake up in the morning, actually enjoying breakfast, and talking to her dog. She applied this slowing down to conversations too. She could actually take a breath and listen to what others were saying. To really hear them better.

By slowing down, she felt more calm and less stressed. She enjoys being present, here, right now. She’s feeling more confident and secure in herself because of all the time it has taken to heal. Even other emotional wounds she had from earlier in her life have healed in this process as well.

Pure inspiration this woman is!

Let’s recap because this is gold!

~ Hard shit happens in life (to everyone)

~ It’s okay to let someone else take care of you

~ It’s important to feel and get your emotions out

~ Stay present and appreciate what you have right now

~ Multi-tasking is stressful

~ Slowing down makes you more efficient and present with yourself and others

I told her what a gift her experience has been.

I know, I know. Coming from a person who hasn’t been through anything like this, I sound arrogant.

But I’m looking through the eyes and heart of a human being who gets how this seemingly horrendous time has given her so much. She’s more present, less stressed, more calm, able to listen, not rushing or multi-tasking, more efficient, and more confident and secure in herself.

Our hardest times can so be our greatest gifts. If we are willing to get that.

How many qualities do you see in her that you’d like to possess?

Her circumstances forced her learning. And sometimes that’s what it takes. The proverbial 2X4 smack on the head. Or the arm.

I think the universe knew she needed this. I know she’ll be a different person from now on.

What will it take for you to start feeling your emotions, slow down, stop multi-tasking, be more present with others and yourself, and feel grateful for all you have in your life?

You can start to make changes anytime you know. Or you could wait until you break your arm and have no choice.

Thank you Lydia for being willing to share your experience. I am now a more thoughtful person because of it.

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When obstacles block your path

Walking along a trail by the Deschutes River I watched the water flow swiftly downstream. It was a gorgeous day with sunshine, blue skies, new spring light green growth on the trees, baby ducklings, and a gentle breeze. Magnificent! I noticed a boulder in the middle of the river. An obstacle for sure.

What did the river do?   fast-flowing-river-moves around-rock

Did it make a big hissy fit over this big rock blocking its path? Yell out, “hey, who put this thing here?”

No. It. Didn’t.

It flowed right on around that rock like it wasn’t even there. No muss. No fuss.

What it did do was take the path of least resistance.

Teaching moment right here!

How often in your life are you going along doing your thing, and an obstacle pops up in your work, with a friend, or a significant other?

What’s the first thing you do when you notice this problem?

Do you scream, yell (internally or externally), point fingers, fume, stress, give up?

What do you normally do? Really think about this.

And how is what you normally do working for you?

If it isn’t working, maybe it’s time to do something different.

What if the simplest, the easiest path, really is the one of least resistance?

Like the water.

It didn’t get upset at the rock. It shifted.

Then just flowed around it, easy breezy.


What a perfect question to ask the next time something happens that seems to block your forward movement.

What is the path of least resistance here?

It could be seeing the problem from a new angle, talking to someone for an opinion, or possibly just going in a whole different direction.

Maybe the obstacle isn’t even a problem to be solved, but an invitation to see with new eyes or act in a different way.

Ooooooooooh!- This is such a good question.

What obstacle has shown up in your life? What is your path of least resistance? Leave a comment on the blog below, or email me,

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Get Outside and Nurture Your Life

Welcome to my new website! A virtual home for women who want to relax, slow down, and learn how mother nature can nurture their lives.

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I'm on a new mission.

To help women transition through change in life better, slow down in this fast crazy paced world, and get outside and nurture their lives.

It's time to get out and become present to all the amazing beauty that surrounds us.

There is so much research on the huge benefits to our health, minds, and souls. The more we spend time out in green spaces, the more peaceful we feel. The more at peace we feel, the more our cells are in a happy place in our body, able to keep us functioning at a high level with a good immune system.

The happier and healthier we are, the more energy we have to share and give to others.

The time is truly now.

So get to it. Feel the sun on your skin, hear the birds singing, smell the air, see the buds and blooms.

Don't just take my word for all of this, get outside and notice how you feel. That will be your true test.

Tell me what you think. Leave a comment on the blog below, or email me directly,

If this struck you and you think, "I know one friend who would really like this". Please forward it to them.

I love hearing from you.

~ Susan Get Outside and Nurture Your Life