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Is Your Container Too Small? How to Live a BIG Life

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, anger, big life, blessings, challenge, change, constriction, create space, destiny, emotions, environment, exhaustion, expansion, feel, frustration, give thanks, growing, inner guide, journal, journaling, let go, listen, marriage, peace of mind, Relationships, shift, spiritual disconnection, spirituality, stress, stuck, transformation, work environments

Woman inside a Cardboard Box

In the last few weeks, I have had several clients and other acquaintances who have shared their discontent. Their challenges range from unsatisfying relationships to chaotic work environments to spiritual disconnection to complete exhaustion. As I listened to each person there was a similar question that kept running through my mind: “Is your container too small?”

Move from Worrier to Warrior!

Patricia Moreno by Patricia Moreno | January 30th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: challenge, change, exercise, exercises, fear, Fitness, habits, movement, resolution, strength, warrior, workouts, worrier, worry

Worrier to WarriorWhenever you’re growing or entering new territory, you’ll feel fear. But the problem isn’t the fear — it’s letting fear hold you back. The beautiful thing is that fear can be greatly diminished in your life when you feel the fear and take action anyway.

What are some of the fears that hold you back from living a life you really want to live? Do you have a fear of rejection, being alone, failure, quitting a negative habit, getting in or out of a relationship, illness, aging, making a career change, losing weight? This week, empower yourself to take an action you’ve been afraid to take. Build a habit of believing yourself so you can trust yourself to keep a promise you make. Your self esteem, courage and belief in yourself will grow, and your fear will diminish.

The Responsibility Factor

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | June 15th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accountability, affirmations, belief, best life, blame, bliss, challenge, creativity, Cynthia James, doubt, empowered, empowerment, fear, growth, inner peace, intention, joy, life, mental, mind, opportunities, Oprah Winfrey, power, responsibility, self confidence, self-esteem, self-love, self-pity, thoughts, transformation, victim, victimization

ResponsibilityOn Oprah Winfrey’s last show she spoke about the many lessons that she has learned over the past 25 years. One thing she said really stuck in my mind. She said, “You are responsible for your life.” Now, I know that we all know that on some level, but do we really understand what that means?

I have practiced what I call “The Responsibility Factor” for many years, and I want to share with you my process. The moment anything happens in my life that is significant, good or challenging, I pause and ask, “What did I do to create this opportunity to grow”? Usually, when I ask that question, the answer comes quickly and easily. When it doesn’t, I sit down and “stream of consciousness” journal. I put down my fears, doubts, concerns, excitement and enthusiasm. What comes out always makes my heart smile, even if I see that I am on the “pity pot.”

4 Signs it’s Time to Change Up Your Exercise Routine

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | June 13th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: bored, boredom, burn-calories, cardio, challenge, change, exercise routine, fat-burning zone, Fitness, goals, heart rate monitor, injuries, injury, intensity, lose-weight, muscles, over training, recovery, rest, results, slump, strength training, target heart rate, the firm, variety, walking, weight loss plateau, weights, work out, workout, workout rut

Workout RutWe all know that the key ingredients to weight loss and maintenance are exercise, healthy nutrition and proper rest. But what happens when you feel like you’re no longer getting results with your exercise routine? Does this mean that exercise doesn’t work anymore? Not a chance! It could just mean that you need to break out of your current workout rut — variety is the spice of life, after all!

Here are four signals that your routine might need a tune-up:

1. Your workout bores you.

You used to enjoy walking outside, so why do you dread your walk workout each day? It’s easy to get bored if you stick with the same routine for too long. Sometimes it helps to add variety to your walks. For example, try listening to music when you walk, adding speed or hill intervals, or bringing a family member or friend along with you. I’m sure your family pooch would welcome a stroll around the neighborhood! If all of that isn’t enough, then maybe it’s time to try a new activity. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try biking or are interested in taking a dance class? Change can help keep your workouts fun and interesting, giving you something to look forward to.

The Power of Perspective

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 1st, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: beliefs, challenge, judement, perspective, transformation

Life through your own lens

I was recently in a conversation with someone about how we see life and experience the events that transpire. We both agreed that the experience is the result of our perspective. We look at life through the lens of “filters and beliefs” that color everything. We begin to respond to people, challenges and environments based on how we believe the world to be.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 28th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, anxiety, challenge, change, concern, emotional distress, fear, happiness, how to be happy, how to not worry, intention, peace, stress, well-being, worry

Happy Woman

I remember hearing the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin and feeling instantly elated. The lyrics and melody were simple but made a lot of sense to me.

How to Have Faith in Tough Times

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | March 5th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, challenge, change, economy, intention, Michael Bernard Beckwith, transformation

This an extraordinary time in history! Personally, professionally, economically, politically and culturally, transition and challenge are the order of the day. We are being bombarded with information about the struggles before us. Yet we’re also seeing people like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bernard Beckwith and President Obama telling us that WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.

Pack a Healthy Lunch

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | August 23rd, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: challenge, choices, healthy-eating, lunch, pack, vegetarianism

Between watching our waistlines and watching our budget, both my husband and I try to avoid going out for lunch. After all, you can easily spend as much as $10 on a sandwich or salad that is way too big, which you inevitably end up eating anyway and then feel uncomfortably full for the rest of the afternoon.