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Fulfillment Requires Experience

How does one live a life of fulfillment?

Don’t fall in love with boredom ~ experience life!  Coach Lucy 

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The beautiful artwork above is by my friend, KIM KRAMER.  website.

Life isn’t always fair but there are many great lessons and wisdom to be learned in every situation.  Change your thinking, change your life.  Experience life and grow in the direction your heart desires to grown.  

Excerpts from My Secrets to Resilience – Article –Sallie Krawcheck

I believe that what I’m doing matters. 

I recognize how fortunate I am.

I feel a responsibility to the people who’ve helped me.

I listen to the critics, I course-correct, but I don’t dwell. 

I’ve loved my jobs. 

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Self Reliancy

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Many people are greatly disappointed in life because they’ve bought into the distorted IMAGES, MOVIES and ADVERTISEMENTS of life, present it as “perfect” or at the very least, “simple and lacking personal responsibility”.  Life is messy and your attitude and reactions make an impact on your well-being and the well-being of others.

Rather than wish things were different, take steps to make it different and change the way you react or view them. Psychologist Wayne Dyer quote reflects a powerful message:  ‘Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.’

Aim to become emotionally self-reliant.  Also, slow down and take time to breathe, enjoy clearing your mind and emotions by doing nothing and letting go of negative thoughts.  TCOY Challenge – Do nothing for 2-minutes.

The blog post by Lou Babauta “Becoming Self-Reliant” provides great insight for living a more joyful life.

Free yourself of perfection and aim for personal best.  Be empathetic.  Be adaptive. Be Grateful.  These simple steps will bring more JOY into your life, even during challenging times.

TCOY (take care of you) is a philosophy and way of life.  Learn it.  Love it. Live it.  Coach Lucy

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Warrior Position Available – Apply Within

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LIVE LIFE WITH A WARRIOR ATTITUDE!

How you do anything is how you do everything.  When I started TCOY Wellness, I decided to share and coach my “take care of you” philosophy and lifestyle which is centered around having a WARRIOR mindset.

My Racquetball Warriors embrace my mantra “I PLAY. I WIN.” as it represents the fact that because you are active and playing, you are a winner. The same holds true for my TCOY Wellness Warriors, health is determined by your actions or lack of actions. Life isn’t meant to be spent sitting on the sidelines!

Life isn’t easy.  Anything of value won’t come easy.  Rather than seeing things as “problems”, see them as “challenges” and “opportunities for growth”!  Put on the mental and emotional armor of a WARRIOR knowing you were designed with a purpose.  Faith, courage and strength will destroy fear and doubt. Focus on what you WANT, not what you don’t want.  Be PASSIONATE!

Suit up my fellow WARRIOR. Your life is calling you!  Time won’t be given to you for this task, you have to claim it.  Coach Lucy

Revive the Warrior Within

by Sean Diedel

Do you remember that feeling? That one deep inside that you used to know that now seems only a distant dream? The fire that once burned deep within you that longs to make a difference; to change the world; to be somebody? It’s been long since snuffed out under the cold reality of being caged up at the office hour upon hour, or pounding the streets just hoping to make that last sale, all in attempt to scratch out a decent living so you can hope to somehow enjoy this life.

Make no mistake about it. You are at war! At war with the world. At war against even what is within you. If you weren’t then life would be easy. Yes, you are a warrior! But now you feel that the warrior that once was is now replaced by the driven side of you aching to get ahead, or the complacency that’s kept you a prisoner because the world says it’s what you have to do. The world says that only the strong survive. Somehow we’ve attributed this to mean that if we can’t make it on our own we are not strong enough to survive, so we bow down to the defeat of a meaningless life.

Every day you spend not being whom you were meant to be, means you die inside a little more. Well it’s high time to revive that warrior, to train him, to sharpen his sword and ready him for battle! But how? That man is long dead and gone. Wrong! Here’s how you can let him out and keep him out:

  1. Know Who You Are – You cannot do anything before you know who you are. I mean what you were made for, what you are made of. This is a lot more than just taking the latest personality test to find out what kind of person you are. No, this is a deep and soulful search for the true you. In a noisy world that is screaming at you what you should be it’s tough to hear, but it’s there. Your name plays a big part in who you are. This subject could be an entire book, but within your name you will find not only your meaning in life, but your mission. Every great warrior has a great mission and it stems from more than just superficiality. It is about something or someone that is higher than you. Find this and there will be no stopping you! There is no set of steps I can tell you that explains how to do this. But when you do the next step, you’ll begin to know.
  2. Face Your Fears – Fears are keeping you from being who you were meant to be. If you listen to them you will get a clue of what you should be doing because your fears are designed to send you in the opposite direction. Fear means you run away from whatever is attacking you. Your enemy is trying to keep you from winning and uses scare tactics. Discover your fears, and trace them in the reverse direction and you will find that warrior within.
  3. Know Your Enemies –You must know what and who is truly fighting against you and what or who you need to ally with. This means you look deeper within to see what is real and not basing it upon actions taken on you. It means understanding their intentions for you. Actions don’t always reveal someone’s intentions against you because we live in a world of facades where we want people to think differently about us than we feel about us inside. It can be hard to discern between someone who is attacking you to hide their true self from you and someone who is truly attacking you. It’s all in their intentions. If you can trace the actions back to core of that person or thing and it truly stands in opposition to you, you’ve found an enemy.
  4. Stand Up and Fight –Though they may be hidden deep within you, the passions you have are there for a reason. The world will tell you that you can’t do that which is deep within you. They are just silly childish desires that you need to learn to ignore when you get older. It will tell you that you should just conform to the way things are and not rock the boat. You know the conversation. You’ve had many of them your whole life. Me too. But a warrior doesn’t walk up to his enemy and bow down and lay his sword on the ground before them. If he does he knows his head is going to get lopped off. No, a warrior walks up to his enemy, spits in his face and says “How you dare defy the very being of who I am!”, then raises up his sword and goes into fierce battle. You have to stand up for what you know deep within you is real and means something. I’m not talking about that latest charity or philanthropic venture you’ve been thinking about. Remember, this is much deeper than you or anyone else. What you stand for is at the very core of who you are and how you were made. If you have trouble finding it the world will lose the only one that could have completed the mission you were meant to complete. No one else in the world is capable of performing your mission. No one. When you find the thing that no one else can do, then you have found what you’re looking for. Then stand up and fight for it!
  5. Realize You Are Not Alone –Hollywood is full of movies where there is just one hero or one warrior who takes down the forces of evil by himself. It’s captivating no doubt. Let’s be honest. When you see those heroes in action isn’t there something deep down inside of you that longs to be like that? To have that kind of bravery, strength and courage? Of course! It’s exciting! But you have to realize that working alone only works in the movies. In reality a warrior does not typically win a battle but a band of warriors will! Your reality is more like the movie 300, a group of people that come together each strong unto themselves, but together producing massive strength, courage and ultimately honor that cannot be produced alone. You are not alone. There are many warriors out there, and they are all hurt just like you. Yes, you do have to be strong enough to stand on your own, but you can’t be alone and win. That’s how you get hurt. You have to band together with like-minded warriors, lock shields and do this thing together. It won’t work any other way.
  6. Give Away Honor – As I mentioned before, a warrior does not fight for himself but for something much deeper than that. Otherwise he fights a meaningless battle, probably much like the one you’re currently facing. When you stand and fight together with a band of warriors and you win a battle, don’t forget where the honor truly lies. It lies with the entire group, with everyone who spoke into your life to strengthen and train your warrior; it lies within the higher calling that brought you this mission and to victory. Be proud and stand tall as a warrior, but give away any honor to those where it is due. If you do, you will always have warriors that stand ready to do battle with you again.

I promise if you will commit to these steps you will revive that warrior inside of you that is dying to be unleashed. Even if you don’t feel like he’s there anymore, he will begin to surface when you engage in this process, believe me. It’ll be like waking a sleeping giant. We were made to be warriors. So be bold, be courageous and revive the warrior within you. Regardless of what they may say, the world needs it. Your family needs it. You need it.

The Warrior

The Warrior longs to be free

The Warrior that hides deep within me

The world says he’s long been dead

But I know he’s merely sleeping instead

With revelry I scream and shout

“Warrior, come forth, it’s time to come out!”

Show the world who you are

Your wound was not fatal but merely a scar

Even the noblest have been hurt

But I will not stay in the dirt

I will not be the one who died

Not reviving the warrior inside

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Procrastination – meant to post this earlier…

Hopefully my witty title made you chuckle and reflect on what’s going on with procrastination in our lives.

The simple definition of procrastination is: the action of delaying or postponing something.  In our world, we are faced with hundreds of choices every day.  Is it no wonder we feel exhausted.  Taking Care of You is a daily effort consisting of choices.  Sleep, diet, exercise and hydration top the list but there are many components to wellness.

*Short video ad that actually provides some good insight. Note – I’m not endorsing the company, merely the information regarding “taking a break”.

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When we are in survival mode, optimal amounts of cortisol — commonly known as the stress hormone — can be life saving. But abnormally high or prolonged spikes in cortisol — like what happens when we are constantly stewing over a problem — can lead to serious health issues such as weight gain, digestive troubles and high blood pressure.  Sounding familiar?

Stress hormones are one mechanism that we believe leads to weathering of the brain. Like a rock on the shoreline, after years and years it will eventually break down and disappear.  Procrastination can in fact cost you your health.  (Huffington Post Article)

Learning the art of time management is a great life skill.  Procrastination may slip in on occasion; however, if you find it’s happening often, make some changes.  Otherwise this wake up indicator could negatively impact your health.  It’s important to realize, not making a choice is a decision too.

What are you procrastinating on?  Exercise? Health issues? Work issues?  Financial issues?  Relationship issues?

IF NOT NOW…when?

TCOY = Take Care of You

MIND  * HEART  *  BODY

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Benefits of Juicing Tomatoes

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The Present (a very special gift)

When we fail to value the present moment, we fail to value life. If you take care of the moments, the hours and days will take care of themselves.

Last month, we took to the streets of KC for my 5th Annual FREE HUG DAY.  We captured some great pictures for the 2014 video.    I hope you enjoy it and will share with others!  ~ Cyber hugs ~ Coach Lucy

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THE GIFT by Leo Babauta (Zen Habits)

Three people are given a magical gift by a luminous, kindhearted fairy.

The gift is that for just one hour, they get to experience magic and wonders. This limited time is filled with visual delights, food of the utmost deliciousness, amazing people with incredible talents, and love.

The first person is a great man, and while he’s grateful for the gift, he has lots to do and so regrettably has to spend a lot of it replying to emails and texts, and checking for updates in social media. He does take some pictures of the delicious food and shares it on social media, though he doesn’t pay attention to the taste.

The second person is a bit of procrastinator (OK, let’s be honest: a big procrastinator), and while she really wants to use this gift wisely, she keeps putting it off. She spends much of the hour watching videos the first guy posts online of the magical world, but she doesn’t go out and experience it herself.

The third person is blown away by this gift. What an incredible opportunity! She realizes she needs to make the most of it, but isn’t sure how.

So she starts by paying attention. She notices every little detail. She listens to the amazing people she meets, and tries to really see them for who they are. She tastes the food and pays close attention to every sensation as she eats, savoring the food slowly.

She then practices gratitude for every moment, every person, everything she’s given. She’s filled with happiness by every little thing in this hour.

Finally, she changes people’s lives. She uses what’s left of this dwindling hour to learn magic skills, to heal people who are struggling (including the first guy), to make things to delight the other amazing people in this magical world.

She becomes the gift for others.

The hour is over, and the first two people realize they’ve wasted the gift, and will never get it again. They’re filled with regret. The third person has no regrets, because she paid attention, was grateful, and used the magic to change lives. She used the gift to its fullest potential.

Which of those three people are you?

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Affirmations For A Joyful Life

Every day we will have hundreds of choices to make.  We can’t always be happy, but we can choose to be joyful.  Finding inner joy is a peace that no one or no external source can take from you.  Make time to TCOY (take care of you) on this journey called life. 

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.  Your life is calling…seize the day.

Take Care of You!  Coach Lucy

Better Than Good, by Zig Ziglar

1. I am doing better than good because I clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is my brand new day.

2. I am doing better than good because I have made friends with my past, am focused on the present, and optimistic about my future.

3. I am doing better than good because I know that success (a win) doesn’t make me, and failure (a loss) doesn’t break me.

4. I am doing better than good because I am filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.

5. I am doing better than good because I am mature enough to delay gratification and shift my focus from my rights to my responsibilities.

6. I am doing better than good because I know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.

7. I am doing better than good because I have made friends of my adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know me best.

8. I am doing better than good because I understand that others can give me pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when I do things for others.

9. I am doing better than good because I am pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude, and generous to the needy.

10. I am doing better than good because I love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless, and encouragement to the discouraged.

11. I am doing better than good because I can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.

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