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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. 

Charles Schulz Philosophy

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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

You don’t have to actually answer the questions.  Just ponder on them.
Just read straight through, and you’ll get the point.  This is what the TCOY philosophy and lifestyle embraces.  Take Care of You!  Coach Lucy

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize..

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

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How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are not second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies.

Awards tarnish.

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

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Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

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Easier?  The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards..

They simply are the ones who care the most.

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Be Yourself! Everyone Else Is Taken!

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Finding Your Calling

There are two amazing days in your life…the day you figure out your calling and the day you begin pursuing it wholeheartedly.  The article, 10 Signs You’ve Found Your Calling, provides sound insight.  The joy and energy that comes from living out your calling is amazing.  Don’t settle, go outside your comfort zones for you weren’t called to be timid and weak but strong and courageous!

Living the dream! 

TCOY = Take Care of You

Coach Lucy

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Nov. newsletter: The Dash (JohnBoy)

My November newsletter is In honor of my beloved brother, John, who passed away this month.  Life is a gift, be present in the moment and nurture yourself and your relationships.   My passion is to help you by providing the coaching, training to inspire and empower you to:  Take Care of You!   Doing wellness and life together…Head, Heart and Body.  Transformations take place from the inside out.

TCOY

Coach Lucy

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Be Thankful ~

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“Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

 

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

 

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.

 

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings.”  Author Unknown

Mindfulness ~ Think about it!

 

ImagePut simply, mindfulness is the practice of bringing oneself into the present moment.

Childhood memories take me to a simpler time.  Today there is a term for what was experienced in those days…it’s called “Mindfulness”.  Children and animals live in it and serve as a wonderful reminder:  Wherever you are, be there.

The home I grew up in was on a dead-end street with a finger of a lake and woods across the street.  Countless hours were spent outdoors.  The days and nights may have included:

  • Playing sports (basketball, football, softball, tag, etc)
  • Fishing
  • Boating (non-motorized, canoes, float boats, etc); drifting on a raft or tube
  • Sitting on the porch listening to the sounds of nature
  • Walking or hiking
  • Lying back and cloud or star gazing

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. Lao Tzu
Don’t feel guilty for Taking Care of You.  Often we place unrealistic demands on ourselves and fail to refuel and recharge.  Been there done that!  Still find myself sometimes out of balance and remind myself:  this moment is that important, it will never be here again, don’t miss what’s happening.
  • One of my favorite movies that bring mindfulness to the surface is THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR.  I highly recommend it.
  • TAKE OUT THE TRASH is a scene that everyone needs to watch!  I find myself drawn in to watching it a number of times throughout the year.
  • Life is a series of moments, let them take your breath away!  Coach Lucy
*Enjoy fellow blogger – Colleen Arnold blog post – Self Care Edition.
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The Greatest Moment of My Life…

So you’re looking through the magazines, watching TV shows or movies and seeing all these “PERFECT” people in perfect scenes right?

Wrong…call it photo-shop and editing.

It’s great to have goals; yet, I’d suggest focusing on the progress. Perfection is short lived if at all.

The process and strive is where the greatest moments live. I just completed a goal I called “Team Kupish”, I experienced many great moments along the way during my training. Obtaining my goal was a highlight but it was only a fraction of my joy.

Micah Bartel summarizes this point with a great video with some very funny commentary too!

“This IS the greatest moment of my life…so close. This is wasting all my battery,”

Enjoy the practice and remember not to take yourself so seriously, no one else does. :)

Coach Lucy

Are You Guilty of “Goal Vaulting” In Life?

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Are You Guilty of “Goal Vaulting” In Life?

Decades ago I heard the term “goal vaulting”. It was a real eye opener about the way I was reacting with my personal competitions and in some areas of my life.  Awareness is the first step in change and I’m happy to have learned this lesson sooner rather than later in life.  Allow me to explain the concept and how it may be impacting your life too.

As a competitive athlete I am very determined, disciplined and committed.  Any strength can become a weakness if not balanced. My desire to be a professional athlete meant daily training and competing in two or three tournaments every month. I put a tremendous amount of pressure and demands on myself during my highly competitive years.

Granted, I had numerous sponsors and the prize money was only given to first and second place finishers but, there’s more to competing than winning or losing.  The mental aspect is as important as the physical.  I was “goal vaulting” my performances.  I would train and focus on competing in a specific tournament, play well, and even win. However, while driving home I was already diminishing my victory and thinking about my next tournament.

Goal vaulting is jumping from one goal into the next goal without taking time to acknowledge and celebrate your efforts and achievement.  As you can imagine, this can create burnout and other challenges.

Have you ever had a project in school, at work or at home that involved an intense amount of time and effort to complete?  Once finished, did you immediately immerse yourself in another project or did you take some time to reward yourself for all your hard work?  This can even apply in relationships; parents often fail to realize the effects of their influence until after their child becomes an adult.

Sadly, I feel today’s society focuses far too much on just the end results, pushing many to the brink of exhaustion striving for constant perfection.  Therein lies the misconception, perfection is short lived, if obtained at all.  Life is not about perfection nor the destination; it is about the journey and what happens along the way.

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One of my all-time favorite books, which later became a movie, is The Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman.  The story contains great insight and wisdom and, because it made a profound impact on me, I highly recommend it to others. Live in the present moment not in the past or the future.  Enjoy the journey, be happy and find the joy in life.

My competitiveness is still alive and well but my focus is on striving to be the best I can every day in every situation, on and off the court.  We can only control our efforts, not the outcome. Worrying is negative goal setting for the future and fear-based.  Let go of the past and spend time focusing on the present, in faith.

Our greatest fear isCLICK HERE (this is true for everyone)!

January is, for many, a time to set goals with the start of the new year.  My advice is: focus on your WHY.  Knowing “why” attaches emotion to the goal and this internal motivator will inspire you when the external factors begin to press down on you.

It is never too late to be what you want to be.  Every day provides new opportunities.

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Coach Lucy

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3 Tips during Holiday Season

Don’t Halt During the Holiday Season.

Like the last two minutes of an intense football game, the year end can be difficult to keep up with as there typically seems to be less time and more things to do. Schedules and routines are often lost in the hustle and bustle of the season.  But take heart and allow me to share some simple tips that can make the next month and beyond more rewarding emotionally and physically.

  1. ACTION REQUIRED – Keep Moving! While getting to the health club or workout in during the holidays, you can still find time for movement by thinking ahead and making a plan. Everyone feels better after having worked out as it releases tension, stress and is great for your overall health. Keep things simple, and consider a more basic routine, the key is doing something. Consider using some of your family time to take a walk after dinner and the family dog would love this too!  Going up and down…do some step workouts. Stretching is another easy to do wherever you are activity. For strength training, take 5-10 minutes and do some quick lunges, squats and push-ups, or take the stairs rather than the elevator. If you are used to a full exercise schedule, it’s ok to reduce the amount of activity, but you won’t want to start off the New Year feeling out of shape, carrying extra pounds and sore muscles.  Be sure and keep hydrated with H2O!!
  2. SHOULDERS & HEAD BACK…Posture. Whether you are waiting in line at the  store, watching a movie or working on the computer, take note of you posture.  Are you slouching?  This not only is bad for you back but impacts your breathing too.  Be kind to your spine and it will support you well.  Make a pack with family and friends to hold each other accountable, it’s easy to do, easy not to do.
  3. TAKE FIVE – Refocus and remember, this too shall pass (good or bad). We often fail to realize that stress is primarily self-induced.  How we react to things is in our control.  Granted, hormones play a significant role, but we are wise when we can take five and step away from the intensity to regroup and center ourselves again.  Let go and breathe (through your nose): Take five deep breaths, inhale for five, exhale for five and repeat five times.  Empty your mind.

Perhaps most important of all, try to focus on what you have not what you don’t have. Spend time with friends and family, or maybe just some extra time alone. Personally, I believe it’s a wonderful time to slow down and reflect on priorities.  Remember, there is always someone worse off and when you see someone without a smile, give them yours.

Be mindful…Life is a journey not a destination.  Take a moment to watch this inspiring video of people practicing random acts of kindness and love.

Happy Thanksgiving and may the holiday season be a blessing to you and your family.

Coach Lucy

Post Event – 4th Annual Tweak the Treat

It’s the habit, not the plan, that makes all the difference; action is required.  TCOY = Take Care of You    Coach Lucy

Thank you all for sharing in my vision…

In 2009, I set out to create a family event focused on Total Wellness (head, heart and body).  By changing the way we THINK (head), giving/ sharing with our troops (heart) and getting physically active (body)…we will be healthier and happier!  It’s working too; the event not only has regular attendees but each year it continues to grow and impact more lives.

Imagine the JOY on  the troops faces when they receive the care-packages with treats and cards of appreciation just days before Thanksgiving!  Holidays can be tough on anyone but being thousands of miles away from home and loved ones makes it even more challenging.  Yes, lives are being touched in a beautiful way here and abroad.

Mirroring:  Things CAUGHT rather than TAUGHT.  Children watch and respond to what they see.  A returning family approached me and told me while they were out “trick or treating” with their daughter, she turned to them and said, “Look at all this candy I’m going to be able to share with the troop!”   How priceless is that!!!

During the event, kids are given the opportunity to have their faces painted by the talented Carol Miner of Balloon Garden.  Also, they get active by going into to the KIDS GYM to play on the climbing wall and other fun activities.  In addition, local sponsors provide family fun activities  to participate in later.

A special  THANK  YOU to Specialist William Longston, Army, who represented our Military at the 4th Annual Tweak the Treat event on Sunday, Nov. 4th.  This young man is a graduate from Olathe North and told me “I love being able to serve our country!”  His passion is obvious and we are blessed as a nation to have wonderful soldiers such as BJ.

Keep our troops in your prayers.  Also, help me in thanking the sponsors who donated…

Sponsors:

TCOY Wellness, Durrie Vision, Klein Orthodontics, Appletree Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Cindy Taylor owner of Quivira Crossing Vet Clinic, Dr. Michael Flanery DC, Diana & Randy Foster – The Studio 56,  Team Mannatech, Rosco Halsey – Edward Jones, Prairie Life Fitness,  Tiger Rock Karate – Olathe,  Carol Miner – Artist  at Balloon Garden (face-painting), Bethany Spilde – Social Buzz Media, Monkey Bizness & Little Monkey Bizness, St. Andrews Golf,  Title Boxing,  Cosmic Golf, Kosama, Planet Beach Contempo Spa, Jennifer Shelton Yoga along with numerous friends who stepped up to help make this a truly awesome and memorable event.

Valley Park Elementary joined in the efforts too and has been collecting candy all week long…a lot of candy too!

Thank you one and all!  Video coming in December. I want to include pictures of the TROOPS opening up and enjoying the care-packages.

To learn more about the event:

http://overlandpark.macaronikid.com/article/379897/4th-annual-tweak-the-treat

“LIKE” the fan pages – http://www.facebook.com/tweakthetreat

“It is the soldier,not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who gave us freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag. And who coffin is draped by the flag, who allows protester to burn the flag.”   Unknown

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