Find Hope and Vision for 2017

Find Hope and Vision for 2017

This time of year, many of our thoughts turn to a new page  for 2017.  Everywhere I turn, I see lots of ideas for making 2017 the best year yet.  What is it about the new year that inspires us to think fresh thoughts or vision?  Is it the blank calendar in front of us?  Is it that hope springs eternal? Or is it one more month to mark the years speeding by, the things we didn’t get done in 2016?  Or the disappointments, losses and worries we may carry with us into the new year?  Where are you on the continuum?

I have been absent from your in box for awhile.  At the end of 2015, I retired due to health issues, mostly anxiety and depression.  I wasn’t at all sure what 2016 would bring.  Thankfully, I am back to health, writing and coaching!

What has made the difference?  How can what I’ve learned perhaps make a difference for you?  Here are 3 things that I have experienced lately may also help you find hope for 2017.

Listening to God

I began to listen more closely to God this fall.  No revelations or anything especially spiritual beyond developing a closer relationship with Him.  He says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:14.  When I operate in that belief system, I know I am loved and have gained confidence to move forward in other areas of my life.  What are your experiences of listening?

Dreams, Desires and Longings

I then, began to dream of how I might create a safe space for women to discover their own vision, possibilities and passion for life that I was beginning to experience again.

A significant part of that dream came into focus by going on a week’s vacation with a good friend of mine.sharon-and-i  We toured the western coast of Lake Michigan, went to her 50th class reunion and visited her old home place, among other childhood haunts.  What was significant to me was the realization of how important women’s friendships are and the support and connections that women can give to each other – sisterhood if you will.  Each of us need to find those women who love us unconditionally, create a safe space for us to be ourselves and an opportunity to explore our heart and passions.

Vision

I discovered I wanted to bring like-minded women together who were in search of dreams, vision and a change.  By creating a safe space and setting aside some time together, we could listen to God, hear the desires and longings of our hearts and begin to build that community of sisters, that fostered hope.

I am so excited for 2017.   One way we’ll explore fostering community is through a vision board workshop process which will be a way to bring like-minded women together around their desires and longings and starting a journey together.

A vision board helps us “see” what dreams God has put on our hearts and by doing so, we begin to “see” more the opportunities God puts in front of us.  The visuals alert our brains more, much like when we buy a different car, we begin to see that car everywhere.

Once we have our vision, know our desires and longings, then we can work together in community to set our goals and action steps for each month as well as look at any beliefs that may pop up that interfere with our forward progress.

If this idea of a vision board excites you and you are ready for a change, then contact me.  I have a vision board workshop coming up in January 21st and then we’ll move forward together from there.

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This is your year to “clear out the gunk” in your life. Having a community of women working together in small groups or even one on one coaching can be powerful ways to hope.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

 

Can A “Prescribed Burn” Bring Growth to Your Life?

Can A “Prescribed Burn” Bring Growth to Your Life?

It is springtime here in Wisconsin and as I travel the countryside, I come across patches of blackened earth here and there.   The contrast is startling as all other growth show bright greens, whites, and pinks, especially on a bright sunny day.   If my timing is right, I may even come across a smoky patch, when fire is actually raging.

These fires and blackened fields are actually “prescribed burns”  for the prairie patches still left in the area, especially on the state’s natural properties.  The burns are used to maintain the health of our natural areas and rid them of invasive species.  These prescribed burns help prairies by:

  • Managing weeds and invasive species
  • Restoring and releasing nutrients
  • Rejuvenating growth

Prairie plants have deep roots and the key growing part of the plant is below ground, where the fire does not penetrate.  Therefore, the fire, by destroying the weeds and invasive plants, allows the prairie plants to flourish.

What About You?

“Everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later, but you’ll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames.” Mark 9:49 The Msg

When was the last time you went through a “prescribed burn”?  A refining fire may or may not have been your choice.  As the verse above reminds us, everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later – a health issue that turns big,  a job loss, the death of a loved one, retirement, even the transition of children leaving home can be a refining fire – whatever transition you may be facing.  A prescribed burn could be a smaller refinement, too – a fight with your family or friend, a problem with your boss or teammates at work, a reoccurring health issue – like a thorn in the side.

Whatever your “prescribed burn” is, think about the how fire helps the prairie plant.  Could fire help…

Manage Invasive Weeds in Your Life

When faced with a fire, all resources and attention are placed on controlling the fire.  For example, my prescribed burn was my depression. When I was fighting my depression, I let go of outside activities and focused on finding what was necessary for regaining my health.  I focused on eating healthy, exercise, meditation, getting outdoors, asking for help from my family, medication, and monitoring my thinking.  I needed to manage those invasive weeds in my life such as saying yes when I meant no, and understanding the difference between reality and expectations as well as giving myself permission to take care of myself.  God lead me to a time of burning away the unhealthy practices so I could begin to see what health could look like.

Restore and Release Nutrients

The “prescribed burn” for the prairie restores and releases nutrients.  The heat of the fire for some plants releases seeds that would not otherwise be released.  It burns away the hard outer core.

It takes heat and fire at times to find our true creative self that God has placed within us.  He has restored my health and released the nutrients of encouragement and love into my life and I am grateful.  This can be true for you as you go through a “prescribed burn”.  I didn’t do it alone.  I walked with my coach, my spiritual director, my own family, and my church family.  The seeds that have been released have been watered and tendered by the community around me.

Rejuvenate Growth

After a “prescribed burn,” new green growth begins to appear.  I love going back to that blackened earth to see the first few sprouts coming up.  It truly represents how I feel as I am coming out of my depression.  I am so enjoying the new sprouts of growth that are occurring – coaching, spiritual direction, writing, relationships.  Without the “prescribed burn” of my depression, I would not be noticing these new sprouts.  All of this noticing is occurring because of this new and closer relationship I have with God.

He has restored me and released me to a new way of living with Him.  For me, I have found a new career, a new calling, a new way of serving and loving on women as well as my own true identity.  That is what “prescribed burns” can do.  Get rid of the unimportant and invasive weeds in your life and help you focus on how He wants to delight in you and restore new growth. Grow a Perfect Day

What wall are you hitting?  What invasive weeds need to be burned out of your life so those beautiful prairie plants can grow?   I would love to accompany you to make sure that prairie fire doesn’t burn out of control.  Or if you’re coming out of a fire, that you begin to notice the new growth that is occurring.  Contact me for a free consultation.  Let’s see how you can begin to flourish more today.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

 

 

 

 

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5 Questions to Check on Your Own Wellbeing

With the end of summer approaching, it is a good time to reflect on your own state of health and well-being.  Fall tends to bring its own busyness and the end of summer can be a time to take a little reflection time to check in with your mind, body and soul to determine what is the state of my wellbeing?

Much research and print these days is dedicated to your happiness and health.  Wellbeing isn’t just about being happy, or wealthy or physically fit. In the research that Gallup has done, they have researched people across 150 countries and found five interconnected elements that shape our lives: Career Wellbeing, Sociall Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, and Community Wellbeing.  In the book, Wellbeing, The Five Essential Elements, Tom Rath and Jim Harter give you insights behind the research and ways to incorporate the research into your daily life.  As a life coach focused on self-care, I am intensely interested in your wellbeing.   How can we work together to identify your own thriving wellbeing?

Career Wellbeing  – Do you like what you do each day?

In thinking about your work or career, the basic question is, Do you like what you do each day?   We spend the majority of our waking hours at what we consider our job, work or career.  In Jeff Goins, The Art of Work, he envisions work as more of a “passion-fueled calling that makes each day an exciting adventure.”   How are using your strengths on a daily basis?  Where are you on a scale of 1-10 with ten being madly in love with what you do?  Your career greatly impacts your health, your thinking, your emotions and your outlook on life.

Social Wellbeing- Who do you spend time with?

Research shows that our social networks matter.  Family, friends, community associations and co-workers have a big impact on whether we have a good day or a bad day.  Positive social interaction increases our positive emotions of love, peace, joy and interests.  Data suggests we need six hours of positive interaction a day!  This can be on the phone, with co-workers, emailing and other communications.  Even three hours of positive interaction reduces the odds of a bad day to 10%.  How do you choose your social network, finding friends and time with family?  Rate your social network on a scale of 1-10.  Think about ways you can strengthen your social network, such as people around your friendship table.

Financial Wellbeing- ­­How do you spend your money?

Interestingly enough, money doesn’t buy wellbeing although it is needed to have enough for basics of food, shelter, transportation, etc.  After basics are met, the positives of money came from being able to spend it on others as well as being able to spend it on experiences and creating memories, rather than on things.  What about you?  Where are you on the financial scale – 1-10 of spending money on others?  What about on experiences?   Take some time to ponder these ideas.  What differences might they make in your financial wellbeing?

Physical Wellbeing- What choices do you make every day?

Regardless of your physical health, each day you make a choice.  You are either getting healthier by the choices you make, or less healthy.  For example, I need to be exercising outdoors on a daily basis as it would help my mood.  Am I?  No, for some reason, getting out the door is challenging.  The day gets away from me before I know it.  I know what I need to be doing to be thriving, I haven’t got it in my daily habits yet.  The list goes on – eating, exercising, rest,…(I do well with rest.)  What about you?  How would you rate your physical wellbeing and self-care?  What do you need to do to get more things involved as habits?

Community Wellbeing-How well do you like and are involved in your community?

This area has a lot to do with where you live and play.  Do you feel safe in your community?  How active are you in your community?  What about your church, your volunteer organizations, your civic groups?  Security is the top attachment to a community, then people report attachments according to their personality, family, interests and personal pursuits.  I know for me and my family, we chose where we live because of the proximity to a university, the beauty of the area, the change of seasons (ha! – we live in WI) and the culture of the Midwest.  What about you?  How are you feeling connected to your community?

How did you score on your wellbeing (rate each area on a scale of 1-10)?  Top score would be 50 if you are off the charts in every area.  You will probably find you are lower in some scales than others.  How surprising was this to you?  You can make changes in your wellbeing.  What will be your next steps?  For me, it was working with a coach because I was very low in physical wellbeing and career wellbeing.  Another client I worked with changed communities.

I would love to work with you.  Your wellbeing depends on having the support you need to make changes.  Contact me for your introductory session and join me for comments at NancyBoothCoaching Facebook.  I would love us to have a discussion there!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

Wonder and Dream

Even though I am no longer a classroom teacher, August often fills me with wonder – awe, amazement and curiosity.It’s like the last flavor of summer. A friend said to me once, that June was like Friday night, July was Saturday and August was Sunday. I am to savor those last days before the rush of fall busyness.   My body clock is still on this mysterious calendar of the school year,  I do think many of us are sensitive to the changing seasons, regardless of the school year.

What does the changing season signal to you?  For me, it’s a signal to reassess my dreams, goals and focus.  I  want to check in with my own wonder and interests on a monthly or quarterly basis  I did that as an educator, but they weren’t necessarily my dreams, goals and desires – they were imposed on me.  Now I get to wonder with women, write, and coach  to connect women to God, themselves and others,  discovering self-care habits that stick, bringing  hope and healing- and moving forward out of overwhelm into this amazing life.  The best part is we get to do it together!

In Henriette Anne Klauser’s book, Write It Down, Make It Happen, she suggests writing down all your hopes, dreams and wishes.  By doing that, she says, you give your brain a chance to begin to notice your world around you.  It activates your reticular activating system (RAS).  For example, when you buy a new car, do you begin to notice how many of that type of car are on the roads?  That’s how your brain works.  It begins to send to your conscious brain what’s more important to you.

How do you awaken a sense of wonder for your dreams, passions and surroundings?  When writing down things you may want to wonder about, you are implementing your RAS part of your brain and setting yourself up for more and more awe.  What could be truly amazing for you even this month?   What will it take to get you started?  Once you get started, you get your momentum going.

I have  my list of dreams, wishes and hopes.  It keeps growing!!  I was surprised how it got me tuned into the importance of writing and sharing my hopes and dreams with all of you.  It is how my weekly blog came into being:-)

What about you?  What does your path look like this fall?  How can I support your wonders and dreams?  Often, one step is all it takes to get your going.  What could that look like, sound like, feel like?  What are your possibilities?

Comment below or join the conversation on my facebook page Nancy Booth Coaching. I would love to be part of your journey.  Don’t forget to contact me at  for your first success strategy session to get those dreams going.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

Grow Your Mindset

I have discovered something lately.  I am fighting a fixed mindset! I have been told how smart and talented I was.  When I came up against something difficult, therefore, I thought of myself as dumb. Through my growing up years, things had been easy and I had not developed the tools to deal with struggle or even see failure as a learning opportunity.

What is a fixed mindset?  It’s the belief that if we don’t have the smarts, gifts, or talents to do something, we give up trying.   What is the opposite of a fixed mindset?  It is a growth mindset that says persist in the face of set backs or challenges, because effort and perseverance pay off.   The brain will grow when we persist, persevere and use failures as growth opportunities.

How does the brain work for you to grow?

The brain actually acts like a muscle.  The more activity you do, more and more neuron connections occur, the brain becomes more and more complex.  What you do in life physically changes the way your brain looks. According to scientist, John Medina in Brain Rules, you can wire and rewire your brain, based on the simple activity and focus you choose to do – musician, professional sport, college professor.

How do you move into this growth mindset?

Pursing your passions can help you move this direction.  What is your God-given purpose?    The growth mindset helps you believe the effort you put forth today will move you forward tomorrow . The growth mindset says you have all you need to move forward.  That growth mind set builds your emotional resiliency as well.  A fixed mindset will hold you back- “ I don’t have what it takes to get to where I want to go.”  It is much easier to give up with a fixed mindset.

Growth takes time, effort and a lot of work, as you rewire your brain.  For example, Mozart was not an overnight sensation.  He labored for more than ten years before he produced any work that we admire today.   What are the ways that you grow best?

For example, I am a kinesthetic learner.  For me to focus on what I am learning, I need to be typing up notes, underlining in a book or be physically interacting with the material.  I also need time to practice and give myself grace to learn from my mistakes.

To grow, what messages are you sending to yourself?

To move forward in a growth mindset, what are you telling yourself daily?  Listen to those messages.  Are they growth oriented or fixed?  For example, instead of focusing on the mistake you made, reframe it.  What can you learn from the incident?  What challenge is in front of you?  Now what happens when you think of the incident?  How do you feel when you reframe it in a growth mindset?

Think of reframing each time you notice those fixed messages coming into i your head.  What happens to your body, your mind, your spirit?  I love this TED Talks statement by  Eduuardo Briceno from  Mindsetworks  , “I haven’t learned that, YET.”  What a powerful  word  YET is.

Growth is where we look for it.  Let me know at NancyBoothCoaching facebook  or in the comments  below how you are growing, becoming more positive and turning a growth mindset into a constructive force in your life!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

What’s in Your Calendar?

I don’t know about you, but I am calendar challenged! My paper calendar, when I try to keep up with it, is scribbled in, scratched out, and messy.  My electronic calendar is not much better except that I can delete at will.  In both calendars, I use colors to show my education work, my coaching business, my personal appointments and any other notes, like family, church, events.

Even with all this organizing, I still double-book myself!  Less than 24 hours ago, I booked an appointment with someone, scrolled down my electronic calendar and saw I hadn’t scrolled down far enough.  Sure enough, two things at the same time!  Do you do that?  Crazy, isn’t it?  Do you wish you could overlap times, or multiply yourself sometimes?

Can’t keep “Rollover Minutes”

In reality, we each have 24 hours a day, 1440 minutes to plan and enjoy.  We have this 24 hour cycle, 7 days a week, 12 months of the year for a total of 365 days of the year or 525,600 minutes.  We all get the same amount and as a friend wisely noted, “they are not rollover minutes.”  Once the time is gone, we don’t get it back.

How about you?  What’s in your calendar?  What criteria are you using to determine what goes in your calendar? What is most essential to you, your well-being and the well-being of those you love?

Reflect on what is essential

Take some time to reflect on what will give you the most joy, gratitude and love for the life you are living.  How can you best care for yourself physically and emotionally?

Block in times that feed your soul first, such as rest, meditation, solitude, physical exercise, and intentional family time. What are essentials?

For example, my husband and I recently gave my son and his wife six overnight babysitting events to watch their girls for the next year.  We have three on the calendar and will get three more in so that they actually occur. Another decision we have made is predetermined chores on which evenings such as grocery list and menus on Monday evenings.  I am not a routine person so predetermining decisions such as chores has helped me get more things accomplished. I also meet a friend for exercise, again predetermined, so it gets me out the door.

Be intentional

According to research by Gail Matthews from Dominican University, if you

  • write down your intentions (such as on your calendar),
  • tell someone what you plan to do (such as a family member or friend) and
  • report that progress to that person,

you are twice as effective in achieving your intentions as if you just think about it.

Let us know what essentials will be going on your calendar first so that your time is being used for you to enjoy.    How will you use your 525,600 minutes this year?  Post on NancyBoothCoaching facebook page and let us know your essentials or in the comments below.  We’d all love to know what’s in your calendar!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

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