TCOY = Take Care of You!

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 through intentional living.  My book Putting It All Together provides my stories on living well.

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.  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.  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.

  • If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live? 
  • 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 and it can cost you your life!

Focus on what you want in your life and take action to receive it. Change is hard.  Seek wisdom and support from one who has achieved what you desire. I’m not saying it will be easy but it will be worth it!  Neither wellness nor sickness occur over night, they are a result of choices over time.  

ACTION REQUIRED – Your health is my business!  Together we can create 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.  

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Coach Lucy

Life Enthusiast & Coach

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

Get Lost In SIMPLE

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How easy it is to get caught up in a PERFORMANCE based mindset.  Our society recognizes and rewards performance, whether it be in athletics, scholarships or work/career.

It’s sad that with all the striving for “success”, if priorities are misaligned, the consequences can result in:  relationship and family issues, increased divorce rates, health declines (increased anxiety and depression and a decrease in contentment and joy).

TCOY (Take Care of You) is a way of life.  Living well is more than diet and exercise; it involves the mind, heart, spirit and body.  Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to have a life.  Love on people and be good to yourself.  *If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?

  • Take time every day to breathe and just “BE”.
  • Take time every day to laugh.  A day without laughter is a wasted day.
  • Take time every day to give thanks for what you HAVE (rather than complain about what you don’t).

Below is a blog post that I found refreshing and a good reminder that “I am enough”.

Coach Lucy

Getting Lost in Just Doing

By Leo Babauta

Sometimes we get discouraged about ourselves: we think, “I’m not doing a good job, I’m not disciplined, I’m not good enough, I suck.” Or something like that.

What can we do? Give ourselves a pep talk? (Sure!) Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!)

Another approach, highly recommended, is to just forget about it.

When we’re discouraged about ourselves, we’re doing a lot of hand-wringing about why we’re not good enough, not amazing enough, not successful enough, not special enough. But what’s so important about being special? Why are we so preoccupied with that? It’s a waste of brain cycles.

Instead, just pick something to work on. Write something, draw something, program something, animate something, sew something. It doesn’t matter. Anything that your heart is drawn to.

Set an intention for this activity: I’m doing this out of compassion for others, out of love for myself, to meet my commitment to so and so.

Now get started: begin actually doing it. Don’t worry about whether you’ll do it for 10 minutes or an hour. Don’t worry about how good you’ll be at it, or what people will think of it, or whether you’ll succeed or not. Those are not relevant to the task.

Just do. Put your mind completely in the activity, in the motion and ideas and emotions, in your body and breath and surroundings. Be completely mindful, completely immersed.

And this child inside yourself, worried about being special? He or she disappears. Gets lost, as you become immersed in the doing.

Try it now. Pick something, set an intention, and start doing. And lose yourself in the doing.

What Are You Doing There?

Always get back up!  Never let your current situation determine your destiny…you were designed for great things.  Plant. Cultivate. Harvest.  Trust me, been there, done that and the HARVEST is an AWESOME EXPERIENCE.

Go after what you REALLY WANT!   Coach Lucy

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What Are You Doing There?

Joel Osteen

I read a story about a young man who had a dream to play professional football. In high school, he was a star player and won all kinds of awards. He came from a very small town where everybody knew him. All the children looked up to him and wanted to be like him. He was a local hero. But most of the coaches thought he was too small to play in college. He was turned down by all the major universities. He ended up going to a junior college and working at a pizza restaurant. He didn’t even play football.

One night he was out delivering a pizza. A ten-year-old boy answered the door. When this boy saw the young man, his eyes got so big. The boy was star struck. He couldn’t believe the player he had watched so many times thrill the crowd, so quick, so fast, was standing right in front of him. About that time, the boy’s father walked up, and the young man gave the father the pizza. The little boy was very confused. He looked up at his father. He looked at the young man and said very innocently, “What are you doing delivering pizzas?”

Those words from a ten-year-old boy lit a new fire on the inside. When he got off of work, he went to the gym and started training. That summer he trained harder than he had ever trained before. He gained 70 pounds and got bigger, stronger, quicker and faster. In the fall, he tried out at a major university where he had always wanted to play. Not only did he make the team, but he became their star player. Two years ago, he was drafted in the first round to play professional football. Today, he is a star in the NFL, living out his dream. But here’s what he said, “It would have never happened if that ten-year-old boy wouldn’t have asked me, ‘What are you doing selling pizzas?'”

My question today, “Have you settled somewhere way beneath what you know God has put in you?” Have you given up on a dream or let go of a promise because it didn’t happen the first time? Maybe you had a setback. Maybe somebody told you, “No, you’re not talented enough. You’re not big enough.” I ask you respectfully, “What are you doing there?”

You have so much in you. You are full of talent, ideas, creativity and great potential. When God breathed His life into you, He put a part of Himself in you. You have the DNA of Almighty God. You were never created to be average, to barely get by, to always struggle, or to just take the leftovers. You were created to excel! You are equipped, empowered, fully loaded, lacking nothing. Don’t you dare settle for second best! Don’t get stuck in a rut thinking that you’ve reached your limits. Draw the line in the sand and say, “Today is a new day. It may not have happened the first time, the fifth time or the thirtieth time, but I’m not going to settle! I’m going to start stretching my faith to become everything God has created me to be.”

Tenacity

“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise…”  

Micah 7:8

Your BIG Brother

Only the WORD of God can do this

Your Big Brother

Post by Victoria Osteen on February 3, 2015

There’s something wonderful about having a good, big brother. A good, big brother is one who shields you when the bullies come out. He’s the one who’s got your back and takes up for you. He shows you the ropes in life, so to speak, and helps you get ahead of where you would be on your own.

I have a wonderful big brother and growing up, when he would succeed at something, it would give me confidence. I’d think, if he can do it, I can do it! Even more, we all have a big brother in Jesus! If you feel down and discouraged, read about your big brother, Jesus. Read about how He overcame. You have the same DNA Jesus does. You may think you’ve come from the wrong family, but if you are born again, you are recreated and have the same DNA as heaven. You can overcome because He overcame!

If Jesus is our brother, we have to know that He is going to shield us. He is going to look out for us. He’s going to protect us and show us the ropes. There are a lot of bullies out there, but you need to know that you are not walking the path alone. You need to tell those circumstances, “I may look small, but I’ve got a big brother!” You need to tell the enemy, “If you mess with me, you mess with my big bother!”

The key is: don’t get too far away from your big brother. Stay close to Him. Don’t walk too far ahead or get distracted by the things of this world and fall behind. Keep your eyes on Him. Stay close to Him. Learn from Him. Let the world know you have a big brother. And if you fall and get hurt, remember that your big brother is strong enough to carry you.

Today, know that you are covered and you are loved. Stay under the shadow of your big brother and let Him fight your battles for you!

For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50, NKJV)

Beyond the Illusion

the road less traveled

The Girl Who Saw Through the Illusions

By Leo Babauta

The girl was at work when one of her coworkers said something demeaning about her work, and she immediately got upset, felt defensive, and thought all day about how the coworker was wrong and how she could prove it to him.

At home, her boyfriend left his dirty dishes in the sink and the trash was overflowing and she felt irritated by his lack of consideration. She thought about how wrong he was, and why couldn’t he just do these little things to be more considerate?

As she was stewing in her anger over these two people who had wronged her … she wondered what was going on. Why did she have to be so frustrated, angry, irritated, by these little comments and actions?

The next day, she went to work, and noticed other people also frustrated and stressed out and angry at different times in the day. She saw it in the faces of strangers on the street, then in the complaints of her friends when they went out for a bite to eat after work.

What was going on?

Then she began to see something strange.

What she saw was this: each person had a treasure they were protecting. A beautiful gem that no one else could see, but that they felt was really valuable and that needed guarding. An Inner Gem.

When one person would interact with the other, even if the actions or conversations had nothing to do with the Inner Gem … each person would worry that the other was trying to attack their Inner Gem. Everything became about guarding the gem, protecting it from attack, making sure it was safe.

The girl realized that the gems didn’t really exist. She realized that we just imagine them to be real, and don’t realize we’re doing it.

She realized that it’s all an illusion.

And it’s making us unhappy.

So that day, she stopped trying to protect an imaginary gem. She stopped trying to be right, to be seen as good and competent and smart and perfect, to see herself as a good person at all times. She stopped thinking that other people’s words and actions had anything to do with what she imagined herself to be. She stopped trying to protect her position and self-image.

And, gently letting go of these illusions, she became happier. She would smile when someone else would start protecting their imaginary gem, and realize that their frustration or rudeness had nothing to do with her, but everything to do with the gem they were protecting. She would go about her day, enjoying herself, and trying to make the world a better place.

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LEARN TO DANCE IN THE RAIN & GROW WHEREVER YOU ARE PLANTED.  Coach Lucy

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Life is so much more fun when you live it each day with wonder and excitement.

  • Continue to learn and dream.
  • Life is short ~ be present in the present.
  • Be mindful of your thoughts, words and actions.

What would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail?  Why say “what if” in a negative manner when “what if” could be such an incredible positive opportunity awaiting you once you go after it?

Have FUN.  Smile often.  Go ahead and do a “photo bomb” just because you can :)

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*For me, my most recent:  Write & publish a book.  :)

Now available on Amazon “Putting It All Together ~ Living Well

Coach Lucy

Article – 30 things to do before you die:

1. Stop worrying about debt.

2. Forgive your ex-lovers.

3. Stop trying to control your outcome.

4. Look in the mirror and love yourself unconditionally.

5. Leave the job you hate.

6. Find your purpose and live it full heartedly.

7. Adopt a furry friend.

8. Don’t feel guilty for holiday weight gain.

9. Trust that everything is in right order.

10. Travel to the place you keep thinking about.

11. Try something that scares you daily.

12. Be open to change.

13. Let go of your past.

14. Stop trying to change people.

15. Stop looking for answer outside of yourself.

16. Stop thinking you did something wrong.

17. Be your weird, crazy, beautiful self.

18. Follow your heart.

19. Risk everything for love.

20. Reject rejection.

21. See the world as a beautiful, safe, and loving place.

22. See everyone as equals.

23. Give up all attachments to stuff.

24. Recognize the journey is the reward.

25. Stay hopeful and optimistic in difficult situations.

26. Welcome all life lessons.

27. See the opportunities in every challenge rather than give up.

28. Live your values.

29. Inspire others by your own bigness.

30. Play with the world.

Pay attention to what you’re doing and thinking.

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TCOY = Take Care of You!

TCOY is NOT a one-time activity but a way of life.

If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?

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1. I will try to live and delight in the reality of being alive. My past is forever gone, my future an uncertainty, so I will be happy and thankful for each moment.

2. I will not allow negative input into my mind. Happiness is a choice, and I choose to be happy.

3. I will be thankful for my health, my loved ones, my business and my country. I will also be thankful for any pain in crisis that helps me grow personally and professionally.

4. I will take care of my body, realizing the importance of the words moderation and balance—and how much easier it will be to control my will and my actions once I’m conscious of this.

5. I will treat everyone I meet today the way I would like to be treated. I want people to like themselves more when they’re with me.

6. I will avoid gossip, jealousy and negative thinking. Most people don’t think about what they think about. But today I will make a conscious effort to hold positive thoughts in my mind.

7. I will write down my priorities, thinking of my loved ones and my responsibilities. I might not get everything done, but I will do the most productive thing possible at every given moment.

8. I will strive to humble myself around others, controlling my ego and making other people feel important.

9. I will learn how to better serve people. I know my growth in all areas is in direct proportion to how I help, how I give back.

10. I will not take rejection personally. I realize they can only reject my ideas and not me. I will keep on keepin’ on.

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Things don’t change, you change.

If your life is not fulfilling, ask yourself:

What needs to change?

What brings you internal joy?

Are you spending time and energy in this area?

Change the combination and unlock your joy from within.

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Coach Lucy

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