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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Consultation 3

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

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar, and began to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full, and they agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous, yes.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

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His point from everything he did was that the jar represents your life. The Golf balls are the important things – family, partner, health, children – things that if everything else will be lost, they are the only once who will remains and still your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like – job, house and car. While the sand is everything else meaning all the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles and Golf balls. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important. Always pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Know your priorities because this will only result everything that will happen in your life. Take care of the Golf balls first – the rest are just pebbles and sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled.

“I’m glad you asked,” he said. “It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.

Everything that we do in life always end up in choosing which should we prioritize first and which we should treat as an option. We might not end up as successful or just living plainly, but we should know who will be there when everything goes down in your life and who will be there to stand up for you when life is a bit hard. Don’t ignore the important things, because these important things are the only one who can help you stand up and make everything go up.

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Sleep …zzzzzzzzz

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The Science of Why We Sleep

–by Maria Popova, syndicated from brainpickings.org, Oct 05, 2015

“Something nameless hums us into sleep,” the poet Mark Strand wrote in his beautiful ode to dreams. But what is that nameless something, exactly? By now, scientists know that sleep obeys our complex internal clocks, affects our every waking moment, and even tames our negative emotions. But even as they’re beginning to shed light on what happens while we sleep, they don’t yet know why we evolved to sleep in the first place.

In this fascinating short video, PBS’s Joe Hanson explores the mysteries of sleep, synthesizing science from David Randall’s excellent Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep (public library) and other scientific curiosities, from how tiny ocean-dwelling worms explain our brains’ response to daylight and darkness to Edison’s power-napping strategy for success.

Complement with the chronobiology of why you’re so tired, the science of sleep and the teenage brain, andthe relationship between dreaming and depression, then revisit this visualization of famous writers’ sleep habits vs. creative output.

EXCELLENT VIDEO – Take a few minutes and be enlightened with the information!

CLICK HERE

Sleep might be the single most important behavior that humans and other animals experience.

Fear Unwrapped

zen habits: Fear Is Why We Have Too Much Stuff


Fear Is Why We Have Too Much Stuff

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 11:58 AM PDT

By Leo Babauta

While we might want to get out from under the mountain of possessions we have, and have all the best intentions of simplifying our lives … the truth is that we continue to have too much stuff.

Part of that is laziness, an attitude of “I’ll get to it later” … but the real driving force behind our too-much-stuffitis is fear.

Fear is what causes us to buy things we don’t really need. Fear keeps us holding onto stuff we don’t need.

Consider:

  • You pack too much when you travel, and have a garage full of stuff, just in case you might need it. This is a fear that you might need something and not have it. It’s fear of lack of safety and certainty.
  • You buy a lot of things for an upcoming event or trip because you don’t know what you might need. Your fear is that you’ll be unprepared. Again, it’s fear of lack of safety and certainty.
  • You hold on to things you don’t use anymore because you might need it someday. You probably won’t, but you’re really not sure. Again, it’s fear of lack of safety and certainty.
  • You keep books and other aspirational items (guitar you never learned, elliptical machine you don’t use) because you hope you’ll get to them someday, and letting go seems like a loss of hope. You fear not being the person you want to be. This is a fear of not being good enough as you are.
  • You hold on to sentimental items, because you don’t want to lose the memories, or because it means a lot. Really, you’re afraid you will lose the love or relationship that these items represent (grandpa’s jacket represents your loving relationship with him). You fear the loss of love. This is a fear that the love you have now is not good enough.
  • You don’t want to get rid of things because you paid a lot for them, and you fear that letting go would be a waste. Actually, if you’re not using them, it’s a waste to keep them. It’s hard to say what the fear is here … but you likely fear that if the original purchase was a mistake, things might not turn out well in the future. This is a fear that the present moment won’t turn out OK, or again, a fear of uncertainty.
  • You keep a lot of clothes (or other similar items) because they’re a means of self-expression for you … and getting rid of many of those clothes would feel like you’re limiting your means of self-expression. You fear not having those options, not having the ability to be who you want to be. This is a fear that you’re not good enough as you are, without those items.

I could go on, but nearly all our possessions that aren’t absolute necessities (shelter, a bed, very minimal clothing, food, personal hygiene stuff, etc.) are bought and kept because of fears.

We want these items to comfort us, to help us cope with fears and anxieties, to help us feel prepared and more secure, to help us feel that we’ll be OK, to help us feel more certain about the future.

And of course, these items don’t actually do any of these things. We hope they will, but they never do. We never have more certainty about the future, and we continue to want more things to cope with fears that we’re not good enough, that things won’t turn out OK, and so on. The cycle doesn’t end.

So what’s the solution?

A Better Way to Cope With Fears

If we could find a different way of coping with these fears and anxieties, we wouldn’t need the stuff. We could pause before buying something out of fear, and decide not to buy it. We could finally get rid of much of the stuff we have lying around taking up space and mental energy. We could downsize, and live a more minimalist life.

So what’s another way to cope with these fears? Try this:

  1. First notice that you have fear. Notice that you’re being motivated out of fear. Notice that there’s some anxiety, some worry about uncertainty or insecurity, some desire for comfort.
  2. Stay with the fear. Our tendency is to run away from the fear, to try to seek comfort by buying something or eating comfort food or doing something relaxing. Running from the fear is what causes many of our problems. Stay, sit still, face the fear, breathe. Find the courage to go to the places we’re afraid of.
  3. Smile at the fear. Face this fear and smile at it. It is just a scared child inside you, nothing to run from, nothing to be upset about. It’s perfectly OK, perfectly natural, for fears to arise in us. Accept this fear in front of you, and smile at it. This smiling dissipates much of its power.
  4. Develop a friendliness with it. Be open and curious about your fear, see how it feels in your body, what is its quality? Investigate it with friendliness, get to know it like a new friend. Once you really learn what this fear feels like, really become unconditionally friendly with it, you begin to trust that you’ll be OK, that it will float away eventually like a cloud in the wide open expanse of the sky of your mind.

Friends with this fear, you can now decide how to act, unencumbered by the need to alleviate the fear with possessions. You can close the tab with your favorite online shopping site, you can put it on a 30-day list to look at later, when the urge has faded and the fear is no longer with you. You can let go of the possessions you do have, finally freeing yourself of this burden.

And in the end, you’ll find that you’re perfectly OK as you are, without needing to change, without needing anything to “express” who you are or improve you. And that’s worth more than all the possessions in the world.

Green Smoothie

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Change

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Photo by Duane Hallock

~CHANGE ~

As colder days approach, trees shed their leaves and animals prepare for hibernation.  They instinctively move through the seasons.  In contrast, humans are prone to resisting change even though we know it is an essential part of growth.

I may notice myself worrying or fighting change.  Then I remind myself I am able to prepare and move through any change I encounter.

I envision myself shedding old beliefs and ways of being just as a tree releases leaves.  Like the hibernating animals, I prepare my mind and body for a time of quiet and reflection.  I see divine order in the leaves reappearing each spring.

My life also follows a pattern, I emerge from each season stronger, wiser, and more loving.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Beep Where You Sleep

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Sunday begins the 2015 observance of National Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Hear the Beep where you Sleep“.    While we should practice fire safety all year long, we are all encouraged to take time next week and make sure we are taking steps to ensure our families’ safety at all times.
October typically marks the beginning of increased home fires and fire deaths.  October sees the arrival of cooler weather and the usage of furnaces, fireplaces, and space heaters.
Local fire departments remind us all to make sure we have our heating sources checked by professionals and to make sure they are working properly.  On ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…take the time!
As well, they remind us that every home should have a working smoke detector in every sleeping location and on every floor.  Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.  In 2014 U.S. fire departments responded to 1,298,000 fires that resulted in 3,275 civilian deaths, resulting in over $7 billion in damages.
Share this information with others…because you never what to say “I wish I would have.”
Hear the Beep where you Sleep.

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