Write On

One might call it insane. I have been repeating the same behaviors and expecting different results. Time and time again, messages come to mind about what to write. At times, I listen and imagine what I would write based on these messages. I’ve put together some amazing blog posts, chapters and creative concepts in my mind. Yet I rarely write them down. The big idea fades away. As quick as it comes together in my mind is as quick as it falls apart. I’ve gone from writing to imagining to barely anything over the years.

Lately, I’ve been reading tips from other writers and bloggers. What I’ve gathered is writing needs to be done on a regular basis. Write about anything and everything.  Whatever it is, if it brings me to write, so be it. The more I write, the more the creativity flows.  I need to put the pen to the paper in some form. Whether it’s doodling, random thoughts, writing a card or note, it’s the act of letting the message out.  I’m not selective about what to write on.  I’ve used notebooks, journals, napkin, sticky note, textbook pages, magazines, books folders, boxes and envelopes.   The idea is to free the words before they go away.

For years, I’ve been editing in my mind instead of just writing the words. It holds me back from continuing with the idea and usually stops the the process. There is a freedom in writing. It’s my creative form of expression. When I filter it before writing it down, I’m messing with the creative flow. I’m not even giving it a chance.  That needs to stop. (That was an “A-ha” writing moment right there!) I’ve come to realize that everything is material when it comes to writing, but not everything needs to be posted. Getting it up and out is key. Putting it out there is up to me. The editing and filtering should come after the first draft is written.

Like a muscle, writing will become stronger if the dedication and consistent effort is made. It needs to be stretched and worked out. In time, it will become part of my routine again.

I can’t expect anything to change if I don’t take action. What can I do to build my writing strength? Hmm…Ok. Got it. This week, I’m going to start by carrying a note pad with me so when the messages comes into my mind, I will write them down.

If you’re reading this, what is a change you would like to make?  

What action can you take towards that change?

What writing tips have you found helpful over the years?

Write on!

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Take Heartfelt Action

img_7165This week has felt like a wild roller coaster ride.  Emotions were running high with unforeseen twists and turns. It’s time to recenter. Let go of all negativity, dark energy, emotional walls and thoughts that do not serve the greater good.

Join in embracing our democracy. May we all come together and stand united to lift one another up. May our hearts remain open and filled with love, light, peace and hope. Let’s focus on what part each of us can play to make our home, community, state, country and world a better place.

The election is over, the reflection can begin.  Give yourself permission to be right where you are. Connect with your feelings. What have you learned about yourself and others through this experience?

Thoughts become things. Focus on the positive ones.  It takes practice. It’s a mindful choice. Each one of us can look within to determine if what we are putting out into the world is coming from a place of love or fear.  Are your words helpful or hurtful?

Take heartfelt action.  What can you do today to contribute towards the solution?  It can be on a small scale.  A random act of kindness goes a long way.  Listen to a friend who needs to be heard.  Smile at a stranger.  Check on an elderly neighbor.  Let a car in front of you during rush hour.  Hold the door for someone.  Let your loved ones know how much you love them.  Give a compliment.  Pay it forward.

Handling the Holidays

ARE YOU READY TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, we are on the verge of another holiday season.  It’s hard to believe, right?  I feel like I was just laying out at the pool.  But the seasons have changed.  The invites to Thanksgiving dinners and Holiday parties will soon begin to arrive.  The cooking, eating, decorating, holiday list making, budgeting, shopping, planning, scheduling, holiday card writing, running around and more is about to begin.  Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed yet?

GOOD NEWS, THERE IS STILL TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE!

Be a part of the upcoming coaching program called “Handling the Holidays” starting in November where you can DISCOVER HOW TO:

  • Be your best self during the holidays
  • Become aware and let go of fears that come up this time of year
  • Overcome the overwhelm of the holiday season
  • Make a budget, better manage  your money and spending
  • Get along (or at least be civil) to certain family members during holiday gatherings
  • Stay fit, eat healthy and maintain peace of mind
  • Get organized and balanced
  • Help others and get outside of yourself
  • Create a realistic New Year’s plan

By participating in the Handling the Holidays coaching program, you will RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Benefit of having Jennifer Bridge, an ICF certified Coach facilitating the coaching calls
  • Two group coaching calls per month (Nov, Dec and Jan)
  • One individual coaching call per month  (Nov, Dec and Jan)
  • Email support between coaching calls as needed
  • Coaching tools to help you handle the holidays
  • Accountability and a new awareness
  • Empowerment and Support on an individual and group level
  • Connection with like-minded people
  • A motivating push towards positive changes

If you are interested in life coaching, but cannot begin in early November, contact Jennifer Bridge at lifecoach@jenniferbridge.com to set up a time that works best for you.  For more details, on the Handling the Holidays coaching program, go to http://www.readytochangelifecoaching.com/handling_the_holidays.html

Your Favorite Quotes

I hope you are having a wonderful week!!

As many of you know, I am a quote junkie.  I love them.  I just can’t get enough and I am always looking for more. That is why this post requires your active participation. Why? Because I’m updating the Quotes to Note page and need your help.

Please leave some of your favorite quotes in the comment section below.  The more inspiring, the better.  Oh and be sure to give the author of the quote credit and leave their name after the quote.  “Giving credit where credit is due is a very rewarding habit to form. Its rewards are inestimable.” ~Loretta Young

Thank you!

Focus on the Positive Path

Positive Path

We all have a choice on what to focus our time, thoughts and energy on. The same skills used to create limiting beliefs can be used to create empowering beliefs.  The same energy used to make excuses can instead be used to take action. Choices are made in every moment, in every word and in every action.  Those choices are driven by what you focus on.  Focusing on the negative tends to bring us down, depletes energy and taints our outlook and attitude.  It is not such a healthy choice.  Focusing on the positive lifts our vibrational energy and makes us feel better, more motivated and benefits all areas of our lives.   I’ve had clients ask me about ways they can keep a positive focus. There are hundreds of ways.  I challenge you to discover which ones work best for you. Below are a few ways to help you focus on the positive path:

  • Take a moment to write a gratitude list.
  • Call a friend/relative and let them know how much they mean to you
  • Give someone a heart felt compliment.
  • Make eye contact and smile at all of the people you encounter today.
  • Turn off the TV, cell phone and computer and spend quality time with your family and/or pets
  • Pay the parking meter for a stranger. (Pay it forward!)
  • Acknowledge someone of service (cashier, waitress, customer service rep, teacher, fireman, mailman, etc…) Let them know they are appreciated.
  • Buy yourself or someone else some flowers.
  • Recycle and give back to Mother Earth.
  • Live each day to the fullest.

From Cancer Survivor to Life Coach

One of the gifts I got from being a cancer survivor is a new perspective on life.  Life is full of changes and we never know where one path might lead. I learned how to face my fears and in turn found a deeper level of strength from within.  Through the scans, biopsies, doctor visits, tests, surgery, treatment and more I was not only surviving cancer, but I was also becoming a Life Coach.  Through the journey, I found the courage, motivation and empowerment to move forward in many areas of my life both personal and professional, including a new career path.

My prayers were answered and I got another chance to live my life. I’m a survivor of more than cancer.  I’m a survivor of life! As a Life Coach, I am able to use my own life experience when working with clients to guide them forward.  All of us have the answers within, but some find them easier and with greater clarity by working with a life coach.

Moving forward

That is some of the history behind what motivated me to face my fears, dive in and become a Life Coach.  I also started a blog called Thyroid Cancer SURVIVOR to share my journey from the cancer diagnosis to the cancer-free results.  Now it focuses on LIFE beyond cancer with inspirational posts.

Possibilities are only limited by our minds!

Warmly,

Jennifer Bridge
Life Coach & Cancer SURVIVOR
Ready to Change Life Coaching
jenn@jenniferbridge.com
www.readytochangelifecoaching.com