TCOY Wellness

2014 July bridge JOURNEY bwMy life’s personal journey and career experiences as a former professional athlete and coach (30+ years) have taught me a lot about the human body, commitment, choices and discipline.  LIVING WELL

Finding your purpose in life and living it out daily is a great source of fulfillment.  For me, I know mine – Coach and Life Enthusiast.  Decades of experience and being true to my belief’s, values and lifestyle have given me great personal satisfaction.  Being able to empower others gives me great joy as I witness lives being transformed as we are intentional about taking action to improve quality of life.

Think back to someone who has blessed you as a mentor. Coaches, teachers, and mentors provide  insight and guidance through knowledge and expertise.  With decades of experience of living the TCOY (take care of you) lifestyle, my clients are empowered and endorse my coaching due to the outcome based results.  LinkedIn profile    Inspiring Well-Being

My TCOY philosophy is to focus on total well-being:  Mind, Heart, and Body.  Simple disciplines or errors in judgment over time will reveal themselves in life.   Where you spend you time, energy, and money reveals your priorities.  As a coach, we work together and I challenge you to take inventory and make the changes as needed.  The bond between a coach and client is one of respect and commitment.

Are you taking care of everyone but you? A valuable lesson people need to be reminded of is:  “take care of you”; thus “TCOY”.  We can be of little help to ourselves or others if our personal health fails.

Someday is another word for procrastination.  In regards to your well-being, the sooner you begin to take care of your body, the better off you will be. If not now, when? When you create a mindset for wellness, your lifestyle changes and your Quality of Life improves. Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.  What pathway are you choosing? All things are possible!

Are you overwhelmed by demands on your time, choices to make and simply do nothing. WARNING:  choosing to do nothing is a choice too. Avoidance is not a solution nor the answer when it comes to your health and it can cost you your life!

Change your thinking ~ change your life.  Focus on what you want in your life and take action to receive it. Neither wellness nor sickness occur over night, they are a result of choices over time.  Your daily choices become habits; those habits can be a blessing or curse as time passes.  ACTION REQUIRED – Your health is my business!  Start creating a better YOU from this day forward.

Some excuses that can cost you your life:

*I just can’t change.
*I feel pretty good right now.
*I don’t have the time or energy.
*I am not sick, so I’m healthy.  Right?
*I can’t afford it, my budgets too tight.
*I have more important things to think about and do.
*I get confused and overwhelmed about where to begin.

I welcome the opportunity to provide guidance for sustainable wellness and more joy in life.   If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?  

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Coach Lucy

Life Enthusiast & Coach

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You Don’t Have To Be Sick To Get Better!

Encouragement

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“Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift.”  JOEL OSTEEN

Be an ENERGY source!

Your words can tear down or build up.

“Encouragement is the fuel for the human spirit.”  Coach Lucy

Toby Mac’s lyrics in his song “SPEAK LIFE” is a reminder of the power of our words.  We can truly speak life into another when we choose to encourage.

A moment can change everything.  Imagine starting the day off by reading a note from a loved one:  “Have an awesome day. You are the best!”

Or while checking your email INBOX you receive an email which reads:  “I just wanted to say that your work on our project made all the difference.  Your attention to detail was spot on.”

During a quick stop at the grocery store and you cross paths with a friend.  They stops you and says, “It’s always good to see you.  You always bring joy to my day and can make me smile. I really appreciate for all you do.”

Be the change you want to see in the world.  Be the light in a dark work.  Speak words of encouragement. 

No matter our age, we all need encouragement.

A positive comment can change a moment and possibly a life.   We all can remember a positive or negative comment directed at us in our life.  It’s etched in our memory and the desire for encouragement never goes away.

How can you tell if someone needs encouragement?

Easy, simple check to see if they’re breathing.

Eyes wide open. When you see someone doing something special, going the extra mile, step up and acknowledge it!  By acknowledging them, you are touching their heart with a flame of confidence.

By encouraging others you are starting a rippling effect of good things.  The “pay it forward” philosophy will touch lives you’ll never come in contact with.  Be the change you want to see in the world.  It can all begin with a simple act of encouragement.

  • Make an effort to find folks to encourage every day.
  • Be genuine and take action.  Communicate it either verbally or write them a note.

When you begin this habit, you will become addicted to the positive energy it creates in others and in you.

A TCOY Minute

With the HOLIDAY SEASON now upon us, I want to invite you to slow down for a moment and practice the five deep breaths meditation:

With the first breath, relax your shoulders.
With the second breath, notice how your breath moves in your body.
With the third breath, try to let go of anything pulling on you.
With the fourth, feel the space you create inside you.
And with the fifth, let your mind rest in this space.

Just notice what the experience feels like. Letting go of “doing it right,” and instead, just giving yourself the gift of being right here.

Feeling like your days are just a blur?  Take my TCOY Challenge and visit this link daily:  Do nothing for 2 minutes.

We are human BEings…enjoy the moment, for once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.  Plus, we think and perform better as we take breaks.

I recall some wise advice I was given when my daughter was a toddler that I still hold onto to this day:

If it won’t matter six months or years from now, don’t stress about it.

Lighten up!  LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE.

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Magnificent Trees

…and remember, the Mighty Oak was a little NUT that held it’s ground! Enjoy these beautiful ornaments of nature.

125+ Year Old Rhododendron “Tree” In Canada

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This huge 125-year-oldold rhododendron is technically not a tree – most are considered to be shrubs. You can find out more about it here. (Image credits: reddit)

144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan

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Image credits: tungnam.com.hk

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At 1,990 square meters (about half an acre), this huge wisteria is the largest of its kind in Japan. Read more about it here. (Image credits: y-fu)

Wind-Swept Trees In New Zealand

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These trees on Slope Point, the southern tip of New Zealand, grow at an angle because they’re constantly buffeted by extreme antarctic winds. Find out more here. (Image credits: Seabird Nz)

Beautiful Japanese Maple In Portland, Oregon

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Image credits: Tom Schwabel

Antarctic Beech Draped In Hanging Moss In Oregon

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The antarctic beech is native to Chile and Argentina, though this specimen is from the U.S.’ North Pacific region. (Image credits: Drew Hopper)

Blooming Cherry Trees in Bonn, Germany

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This beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms blooms in Bonn, Germany in April. To see more tunnels like this one, click here. (Image credits: Adas Meliauskas)

Angel Oak In John’s Island In South Carolina

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The Angel Oak in South Carolina stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall and is estimated to be more than 1400 or 1500 years old. (Image credits: Daniela Duncan)

Flamboyant Tree, Brazil

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The flamboyant tree is endemic to Madagascar, but it grows in tropical areas around the world. (Image credits: Salete T Silva)

Dragonblood Trees, Yemen

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The dragonblood tree earned its fearsome name due to its crimson red sap, which is used as a dye and was used as a violin varnish, an alchemical ingredient, and a folk remedy for various ailments. (Image credits: Csilla Zelko)

The President, Third-Largest Giant Sequoia Tree In The World, California

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LOOK UP!!! There’s a MAN who’s climbed this HUGE TREE!!!

President, located in Sequoia National Park in California, stands 241 ft (73m) tall and has a ground circumference of 93 ft (28m). It is the third largest giant sequoia in the world (second if you count its branches in addition to its trunk). (Image credits: Michael Nichols)

Maple Tree Tunnel in Oregon

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Image credits: Ian Sane

Rainbow Eucalyptus In Kauai, Hawaii

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Image credits: jwilsonnorton

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The rainbow eucalyptus, which grows throughout the South Pacific, is both useful and beautiful. It is prized for both the colorful patches left by its shedding bark and for its pulpwood, which is used to make paper. (Image credits: Christopher Martin)

Jacarandas in Cullinan, South Africa

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These beautiful Jacarandas, with their violet flowers, grow in South Africa. (Image credits: Elizabeth Kendall)

Avenue Of Oaks At Dixie Plantation In South Carolina

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This avenue of oak trees was planted some time in the 1790s on Dixie Plantation in South Carolina. (Image credits: Lee Sosby)

Baobab Trees In Madagascar

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These baobabs in Madagascar are excellent at storing water in their thick trunks to use during droughts. (Image credits: confitalsurf)

The Dark Hedges In Northern Ireland

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Image credits: Stephen Emerson

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Ireland’s Dark Hedges were planted in the 18th century. This stunning beech tree tunnel was featured on Game of Thrones as well. Read more about it here. (Image credits: Christopher Tait)

Six Tips From Zig

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Soar Like An Eagle with these timeless lessons of success by Zig Ziglar.

Below is an excerpt from his book, Born to Win, including six principles of performance—how you can improve yourself and accomplish valuable, holistic success in life and in business:

1. We generally get from ourselves and others what we expect. It is a huge fact that you will either live up or down to your own expectations. If you expect to lose, you will. If you expect to be average, you will be average. If you expect to feel bad, you probably will. If you expect to feel great, nothing will slow you down. And what is true for you is true for others. Your expectations for others will become what they deliver and achieve. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

2. The difference between good and excellent companies is training. The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them. A football team would not be very successful if they did not train, practice and prepare for their opponents. When you think of training as practice and preparation, it makes you wonder how businesses survive that do not make significant training investments in their people.

3. Actually, companies that do not train their people and invest in their ability don’t last. They operate from a competitive disadvantage and are eventually gobbled up and defeated in the marketplace. If you want to improve and move from good to excellent, a good training strategy will be the key to success.

4. You find what you look for in life. If you look for the good things in life, you will find them. If you look for opportunities to grow and prosper, you will find them. If you look for positive, enthusiastic friends and associates who will support you, you will find them. On the other hand, if you look for ways to cheat, you will cheat. If you look for ways to justify leaving your spouse, you will find them. If you look for justifiable reasons to hold a grudge against another person, you will find those, too. It is a natural tendency of us all to look for things that will justify what we think we need or want. If you are not living by the foundation stones of honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty, you will be drawn to seeking selfish gratification, and that leads to misery and unfulfilled dreams. Whatever you have will never be enough. Always look for the good and for ways to help others.

5. Never make a promise without a plan. Far too many people make promises they can never keep. They may have the best intentions in the world to keep their promise, but if they have not made a plan to keep it, they will not be able to do it. Business leaders who make promises to their employees will not honor them if they do not create a plan on how the promises will be kept. If you make a future commitment, you must understand and be willing to do whatever it takes to complete that commitment. One of the reasons marriage commitments fail so frequently is because the husband and wife do not understand what it takes to have a great marriage. They do not plan for or understand the sacrifices each must make for the other to enable a long-lasting relationship.

6. Happiness, joy and gratitude are universal if we know what to look for. I believe you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. All people want happiness and joy in their life, but you have to know what produces real happiness and how to do the things that produce it. The moment you begin to worry about the things you want and the things you don’t have in life is the moment you will lose your gratitude for what you actually have. If you are ungrateful, you will never be satisfied or content or joyful about your life. The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.

This is really a beautiful series, and great photos…

Photographer Tom Hussey created a series of pictures that will speak to you, no matter your age, race, beliefs or occupation.

The Reflection photos illustrate just how much we change in our lives and how it seems to happen all at once, no matter how many years actually go by.

These will grip your soul. Reflection gives insight into the former lives of these senior citizens.

Tom spoke to a veteran right before his 80th birthday. His quotes inspired him to create the series.

“I can’t believe I’m going to be 80,” he told Hussey. “I feel like I just came back from the war. I look in the mirror and I see this old guy.”

“It’s a universal condition — at some point in your life, you look in the mirror and say, ‘Wait a minute, how did I get this old?’” said Tom.

“The idea for doing these images was a person looking in the mirror and seeing what they remember.”

“When you look in the mirror every day, you recognize yourself, but when you go back and look at a photo of yourself 20 years ago you say, ‘Wow, I really have changed.’”

“You get to some milestone — age 20, 40, or 80 — and you can’t believe that much time has gone by.”

Take time to appreciate every day, because these years will be gone before you know it.

The above quote says it all…ENJOY each day as you can’t believe how fast time goes.

Live an intentional life and remember to TCOY (take care of you!).

Don’t Die Full

“You have something special.

You have greatness in you.

You have the ability to do more than you can ever begin to imagine.”

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Every day, people die full.

Full of things they never reach for.

Full of their dreams, full of talent, full of ideas, full of skills, full of intelligence and abilities.

For one reason or another, they never tap it, never get into it, or never use it.

Are you heading down that same road?

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TCOY Wellness Experience is about living well, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Life is challenging.  However, growth occurs during challenging times. Learn to embrace the TCOY Warrior mindset and lifestyle so you can experience a life of emotional gratitude and abundance.

Your Health & Well-being IS my business.

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Coach Lucy

 

How Dreams Take Flight

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.  Henry Ford

TAKE FLIGHT ~ DREAM BIG for you were designed for greatness!

John Maxwell’s article points out 5 Reasons Why Dreams Don’t Take Flight

1. We have been discouraged from dreaming by others.

2. We fall into the habit of settling for average

3. We are hindered by past disappointments and hurts.

4. We lack the confidence needed to pursue our dreams

5. We are missing the imagination to dream.

As an athlete and entrepreneur, dreams and passion fuel the mind and heart with the fuel to persevere when others quit. Fear and doubt are replace with tenacity and sheer persistence to make dreams a reality.

In 2009, Steve Jobs describes the rules of success (LINK). He states, “You need a lot of passion for what you’re doing because its so hard. Without passion, any rational person would give up. So if you’re not having fun doing it, if you don’t absolutely love it, you’re going to give up. And that’s what happens to most people, actually.”

I believe we grow old when we stop dreaming.  Too many teens and adults feel beaten down with a defeated mindset. The memory of past dreams not coming true begin to paralyze their dreams and desire to pursue them.

Granted, there is heartache and pain when dreams don’t come to be but it’s really about the journey not the destination.

Every day we are blessed with opportunities to make a dream a reality and if you can’t achieve yours, realize you very well could be able to help make another person’s dream come true.  Seize the day!

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