9 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Posted by Maria on December 9, 2016 under Aromatherapy, Facials, Fashion, Gemstones & Crystals, Gift Ideas, Home spa, Homespunspa, Life Coaching, Manicures, Massages, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Pedicures, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
The holidays are just around the corner and for many of us, the winter season means extra food and drinks and finding the time for decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, office parties, travelling, and getting together with friends and family.

Although the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” getting caught up in the spirit of the holiday season can also be very stressful, especially if you add snow storms and winter driving to the list.

Many of my clients ask me, ‘is there a way to enjoy the holiday season without feeling stressed, tired, and overwhelmed?’

The answer is ‘yes.’ Yes, it is possible to maintain your health and well-being and not get stressed out during the festive holiday season.

So, if you have concerns like:

• How can I better manage my stress during this busy time of year?

• How can I stick to my eating plan when everywhere I look, I see cookies and chocolates and all kinds of delicious treats? and

• How do I get along better with my extended family and enjoy our visits?…

Read on.

Here are 9 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

1. Get some wellness coaching

With a few sessions with a wellness coach, you will reduce stress, stay on top of your to-do list, make a plan to eat well, and have better relationships with your friends, co-workers, and family members. It’s about navigating the waters rather than getting caught up in the current. Working with a wellness coach will help you glide through the holidays with finesse and start the new year off on the right foot.

2. Drink lots of water, hot lemon water, coconut water, and clear herbal tea

Staying hydrated will help you:

  • maintain your energy and not become fatigued,
  • stay warmer on those chilly days,
  • boost your immune system and reduce the chance of catching a cold or flu,
  • control your appetite,
  • avoid gaining some extra pounds,
  • and better digest those rich foods you’ll find at holiday parties.

So, instead of drinking too much caffeine or alcohol during this festive season, drink a glass of coconut water or a mug of hot lemon water or herbal tea, whenever you can.

3. Sniff away your stress with aromatherapy

My favourite scent during this time of year is Cinnamon & Clove essential oil. It’s like holiday baking without the calories and lends a homey, comforting, and warming note to any room.

4. Give yourself a Reflexology foot massage

Often, stress shows up in our neck and shoulders. One day, I realized that the words “should” and “shoulders” are related and many of us carry our shoulds on our shoulders, like painful burdens. With Reflexology, you can work your own shoulders by massaging the acupressure points on the area just under the baby toes on the soles of your feet.

5. Wear gemstone jewellery

December is a great time of year to wear your best gemstone jewellery! I love gemstones because they’re so pretty! I love having them in my energy field and for the festive season, I recommend silvery-black hematite for stress and dark red garnet for love and joy.

6. Take a moment to breathe and be grateful

Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a little break from the hustle and bustle of your day, take a few deep breaths through your nose and out through your mouth to ground yourself. As you’re breathing slowly, think of things you’re grateful for. This will help you switch your focus to more positive thoughts.

7. Spend some time outside

Go outside and get some fresh air. It’s invigorating and will help clear your mind.

8. Lend a helping hand

Earlier this morning, I shoveled my driveway after a big snowfall (see #7) and after I was finished, I helped my next door neighbours with theirs. It felt really good to pitch in and help someone out.

9. Call Homespunspa Mobile Spa

I know it seems counter-intuitive to book yet another appointment during this busy time of year, especially for something like a massage where you can’t multi-task. However, it’s important to continue practicing your self-care and take the time to top up your own tank so that you can keep up with the demands on your time and energy. There’s also nothing more healing than therapeutic touch. Luckily, as a mobile spa, we come to you and will give you relaxing spa services in your very own home. We offer massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials to help people relax, look better, and feel better.

To schedule an appointment for mobile spa services and wellness coaching, please call Maria @ 250-812-3487 or email: homespunspa@shaw.ca.

I hope these 9 tips will help you reduce and even avoid stress over the holidays. If you have any tips to share, feel free to add your comments about minimizing stress below. Thanks!

Happy holidays!

It’s Never Too Late To Transform Your Life

Posted by Maria on April 21, 2016 under Books, Magazines, Music, Creating Wellness ebook, Dating, Dear Homespunspa, Energy Healing, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Life Coaching, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Who else wants to transform their life?

In my books, as long as you’re above ground, no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to transform your life because everyday is literally a fresh start. If you’re ready and willing to create a healthy lifestyle and experience more out of life and if you’re serious and committed to turning over a new leaf and embarking on a journey of transformation, then please consider working with a professional wellness coach like me. Having a coach on your team is empowering!

What would you like to talk about?

Coaching helps people create an amazing life. As a Wellness Coach, I’m here to listen and ask thoughtful questions and to gently draw out your insights so you can intuitively come up with your own answers. It’s not about fixing anything or telling people what to do.

I also know how to guide the process and structure our coaching conversation in a way that follows how the brain works. You’ll gain clarity about your imagined future, know what you’d like to focus on, and what you’d like to take away from our conversation. Then we’ll explore what’s supporting you, what’s in your way, your beliefs, etc., and within the hour, you’ll have more self-awareness and acceptance and you’ll feel empowered to move forward in your life. It’s quite exhilarating!

We can talk about your health and wellness, relationships, family, career, spirituality, and life goals, and we can work on things like losing weight, quitting smoking, and managing stress.

Also, unlike talking with therapists or counselors, as a Wellness Coach, I won’t dwell on your past and try to figure out how you got here. Coaching is all about starting from where you are now and looking towards your future.

Working closely with a Wellness Coach like me can really speed up the process of how quickly you’ll get results.

You’ll gain:

  • confidence,
  • new healthy habits,
  • clarity,
  • self-awareness, and
  • eventually you’ll have the tools to fly solo and approach life from an authentic and safe place.

In our wellness coaching sessions, we’ll work together to…
* Create a crystal clear vision for your ultimate life so you know exactly what you want, where you’re headed, and what you need to do to make it happen.
* Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging (or at least slowing down) your progress in your ability to make positive changes that last.
* And you’ll leave our coaching sessions feeling renewed, re-energized, and inspired to finally achieve the transformation you seek, once and for all.

Each Wellness Coaching session is unique and as the client, you decide which topics we talk about. If you need to talk, I’m here to listen, and I’ll create a safe space for you to express your thoughts and feelings.

Wellness Coaching can be done either over the phone, on Skype, or in person, and each coaching session lasts around an hour.

An entire coaching program with me includes an initial evaluation followed by 12, pre-paid coaching sessions that you can schedule weekly, biweekly, or monthly, (depending on your preferred pace), and our coaching relationship can continue for 3, 6, or 12 months and beyond.

Here’s your chance to get the ball rolling…

Sign up for a free, 30-Minute, “Transform Your Life” Coaching Consultation with Maria

If you’d like get started with wellness coaching, sign up for a free, 30-minute “Transform your life” coaching consultation apppointment with me, Maria. Please email me at homespunspa at shaw dot ca and include:

1. Your full name
2. Phone Number/Skype name
3. City and time zone (I’m in Victoria, BC on Pacific time)
4. Preferred consultation appointment day and time (weekends and evenings are also available).
5. What do you most want to change today?
6. On a scale of 0-10, (10 being super important) how important is it for you to achieve this change today?
7. Check off the areas you’d most like to work on…
___ Life Balance
___ Life Purpose
___ Stress Management
___ Weight Loss, Fitness, & Nutrition
___ Relationship (get into one or improve the one you’re in)
___ Relationships with family or co-workers
___ Career Change
___ Starting a new Business
___ Writing a book
___ Other
8. What other areas of your life do you want to change (if any) and are there any statements in the infographic that especially resonate with you?
9. Do you have any questions for me?
10. Can you think of anyone else who might benefit from wellness coaching? If so, please forward this blog post to them. Thank you!

Transformation is possible at any age

Maria, Wellness Coach

I’m living proof. When I was 45, I was feeling really stuck in my life. I wasn’t where I wanted to be. After many years of tolerating mediocre, I had finally reached a point where enough was enough and I was going to do something about it. I decided to sign up for the Self-Actualized Coach and Mentor training program at the Rayner Institute. It changed my life in countless ways for the better and I’m forever grateful to all of the wonderful coaches I’ve met through the school and all of the coaching and training I’ve received over the year.

I’ve rolled up my sleaves, and have invested many hours in myself doing the work, and have reached some personal goals like losing over 25 pounds and publishing my Creating Wellness ebook on Amazon. I really love coaching people and now I’m ready to pay it forward to you and it would be my honour to walk beside you on your journey. I know coaching works and I’d love to be there for your transformation as well!

It all starts with a Consultation

Your transformation can start today with a simple email to me, Maria, at homespunspa at shaw dot ca and from there we’ll book your free, 30-minute, “Transform Your Life” wellness coaching consultation appointment.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Sincerely, Wellness Coach, Maria

Consider Saying Yes to Yourself

Posted by Maria on February 20, 2016 under Humour, Life Coaching, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spirituality, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

Say yes to yourself workshop.For more information about this workshop, please email Carol @ carol@appliedappreciation.ca or Maria @ homespunspa@shaw.ca. We’d love to answer any questions you may have.

And guess what! We’re having a SALE! Tickets are now $175!

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Master Improvisor Tina Fey said, “Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” Saying “yes” and “yes and” are mighty pillars of improv.

Starting with “yes and” is energizing and empowering. In improv, “yes ands” get you unstuck and move the scenes foward. Suddenly trust and safety show up, giving creativity a chance to blossom, while things like negativity and resistance leave the room. The same philosophy can be applied to real life, too, and a big “yes” can move you forward toward the life of your dreams.

Saying yes is exhiliarating!

Did you know that the word “yes” is the most powerful word in any language? Have you ever thought how people would respond to you if you most often said “yes” rather than the dreary “no”? Have you ever considered what it would be like to say an enthusiastic “yes” to yourself when opportunity comes knocking? Do you remember a moment when you said “yes” and what experiences unfolded from there? What would saying “yes” make available to you?

Say yes to yourself workshop.

Join us for our Say Yes to Yourself workshop on April 9, 2016 in Victoria, BC.

Saying “yes” can have a huge impact on your life and I’m delighted to announce that I’ve partnered with my friend and mentor, Carol Vickers, leadership coach and faciliator at the Rayner Institute, and we are collaborating to bring an energetic and playful workshop to Victoria called, “Say Yes to Yourself.”

Our “Say YES to Yourself” workshop is on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9am to 4pm at Regus Victoria – The Atrium, #300-800 Yates Street @ Blanshard, in Victoria, BC. To register, please click on our Eventbrite page.

The idea for this workshop started from my own “Yes” — although at the time, I had no idea what my original yes would lead to. Funny how life works and I’m thrilled at how things are turning out. If you’re curious to hear the story of how I first met Carol, please read my blog post, “How I found out about the Rayner Institute” but this story picks up from there.

I was humming and hawing for months about whether or not to sign up for coaching training at the Rayner Institute so Carol and I met for coffee at Habit (auspiciously located at the Atrium, the venue of our workshop) to discuss my options and Carol offered a suggestion. She described her relationship with her grandson and she says “yes” to him every chance she gets. She invited me to say “yes” to myself for the rest of the day to see how that feels. It was quite a foreign concept to me at the time but I really appreciated having a little breathing space from the excuses that were holding me back.

Looking back to that conversation with Carol a year ago, I shudder to think where I’d be now if I had said “no” instead. I’m so glad I said “yes” to the coaching training and to co-presenting this workshop with Carol!

In essence, the workshop is about finding your voice and during the day, we will be looking at your future and imagining it from a safe place where you are ready to say “YES” to all of the opportunities and possibilities in front of you.

“Being safe is the shortest distance between you and yes.” ~ Mark Rayner

When you are able to say “yes” from a place of self-acceptance, self-awareness, and knowing that you are enough, you can move mountains!

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Carol and I are inviting you to spend the day with us so you can ultimately have what you need to fully and loudly sing your song.

Because this is a workshop, we have a few hands-on and interactive activities planned for you including learning easy ways to open your Throat Chakra, (the energy center for creativity and self-expression), creating your own vision board (either collaging the old school way or online via Pinterest), sharing stories over a catered, working lunch, and games such as:

The Improv Game of “Yes and…”

The focus of the game is to learn the basics of “Yes and” because “Yes and” is the foundation for all of improvisation.

The rules are really easy. Players stand in a circle. The first player makes a simple statement. The second player then says, “Yes, and…” and adds a detail of sorts to the first statement. The game continues around the circle with each player adding to the story until it reaches a conclusion.

Our Say Yes to Yourself workshop is for anyone who is tired of feeling numb, silent, and lonely, and who has stifled their own voice and has kept quiet to not make any waves, all the while knowing that there’s got to be something more, that they have something more to offer, that they have something important to say. We have the freedom to express oursleves in this country so let’s embrace it. This workshop is a chance for you to awaken your voice, and share yourself, and make a positive difference, and feel more alive!

Our intention is to create a space and a community where participants can find their authentic voice, feel free to be who they are, feel empowered to share their talents, gifts, creativity, and ideas, and express themselves wholeheartedly in this world. We want to remind you that you really do matter and you are enough already. We also want to see big smiles across your faces and see your eyes light up!

We are excited to hold this event in the beautiful Atrium office building located in the heart of Victoria’s central business district.  No need to stop at Timmy’s along the way because we’ve included coffee and refreshments for the breaks as well as a lovely lunch.

So save the date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9am to 4pm for the “Say YES to Yourself” workshop at Regus Victoria – The Atrium, #300-800 Yates Street @ Blanshard, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 0B6 presented by Carol and Maria.

Just say “yes” and come play with us!

For more information about this workshop, please email Carol @ carol@appliedappreciation.ca or Maria @ homespunspa@shaw.ca. We’d love to answer any questions you may have.

And guess what! We’re having a SALE! Tickets are now $175!

To register for our Say Yes to Yourself workshop, please click on our Eventbrite page. Thank you for your interest and we’re looking forward to meeting you in person and hearing the big “YESSES” in your life.

Is Self-Care Selfish?

Posted by Maria on February 8, 2016 under Life Coaching, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | 3 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, wellness coach @ Homespunspa

Is self-care selfish? No, it isn’t. But for some reason, many of us feel uncomfortable about putting ourselves first on our own list and taking the time to take care of ourselves. We’ve got to turn this thinking around because at the end of the day, if we don’t continue to nurture our own body, mind, and spirit, we won’t have anything more to give to anyone else.

There’s a big difference in attitude between selfishness and self-care. Being selfish is about focussing solely on one’s own interests, agenda, gains, and superiority without concern for anyone else’s needs or preferences.

Self-care is about giving yourself attention, kindness, and nourishment so you can be at peace with yourself and be there and be present for the people you love.

Selfish people don’t think about giving to others. It just doesn’t occur to them.

There are also people who want to give and are very generous — they’ll give the shirt off their back, so to speak, — but they don’t have enough for themselves. That approach is misguided also. If you have an extra shirt and you’re not using it, than that’s one thing, but if you only have one shirt and you give yours to someone who already has a shirt, leaving yourself to face the elements without any cover, than there’s a problem. Leaving yourself with some measley crumbs or with nothing at all is not what it’s all about. Sadly, people do this all of the time because they don’t feel like they’re enough.

Use fountains as reminders

Mystical poet Rumi said, "Never give from the depths of your well but from your overflow."To me, being enough is about having enough to share and giving from my abundance.

Mystical poet Rumi said, “Never give from the depths of your well but from your overflow.” I strongly agree.

Giving generously is at it’s best when it comes from your abundance, like from the interest in your bank account. If you have extra of anything, by all means, give it to someone who will appreciate it. For example, everyone has an excess of hugs and smiles to give and I’m sure everyone has at least one talent that they can share with others. Give those freely and with joy. Give from the place of having enough and that you are enough already.

However, if you don’t have it to begin with, things like time, money, interest, or energy, don’t try to scrape the bottom of the barrel and think you’re being helpful. In other words, fountains can’t fount if there’s nothing for them to draw from.

My point is, we’ve got to fill up our own well and keep it overflowing and fill our own needs first before we can give and help others. That’s why I’m a wellness coach and that’s where self-care comes in. Taking care of ourselves keeps our wells topped up. (Notice how the words “wells” and “wellness” are related). :)

Another Bonus From Self-Care

When people see you taking care of yourself and treating yourself with kindness, they will treat you well in return. If you carry yourself in a healthy way and believe you’re worth it, others will mirror that back to you and will be more friendly towards you. Also, others may even start to model your example (people like your kids, friends, co-workers) which will improve your relationships and then the idea of self-care will travel throughout the world, making the world a better place for us all.

How I Practice Self-Care

In November of 2015, I had the idea to make an appointment with my doctor to get a check up. I hadn’t seem him for over a year because of the nature of my mobile spa appointment schedule and I just didn’t want to.

My doctor’s appointment went fairly smoothly and then he sent me to the lab to get some bloodwork and other tests done. As I was going out of my way to do all of those extra tests, I realized I was doing all of this for me. I was showing myself that I care about myself and I matter to me. That was a huge breakthrough.

I haven’t heard from my doctor since then so I’m assuming all is well, thank goodness, and I’m planning to continue to make my health a priority.

As Count Tyron Rugen said in The Princes Bride, “Get your rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”

After that doctor’s appointment, I made a wholehearted decision to be healthier. I’ve taken an indefinite break from drinking wine and I’ve revamped my diet so that I’m not eating desserts or snacks and since then I’ve lost almost 25 pounds at a rate of 2 pounds or so a week. I feel great and I feel like I’m a better wellness coach as a result. Taking care of myself is having a ripple effect to the people around me and is creating better conditions in my life in general.

I’m so glad I was inspired to take my own wellness to the next level.

Ideas for Self-Care

If you’re looking for ideas of what you can do to practice self-care, have a look at this Calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days I’ve compiled.

Also, consider:

  • going to the doctor like I did
  • going to the dentist
  • getting your vision checked
  • getting your hearing checked
  • cooking your own wholesome meals and bringing your lunch to work
  • going on a wellness walk through your neighbourhood
  • writing in a journal
  • going to the spa for the day
  • talking to a wellness coach like me

You can pick a different theme every month. Just do something daily to tell yourself you care because you really do matter. Start by thanking yourself for coming this far already. I promise your days will be brighter if you take the time to practice self-care as often as possible.

Here’s a Calendar of Wellness & Health Awareness Days in 2016

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by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days, Weeks, and Months for Canadians in 2016. Hopefully, these health promotion days will inspire you to practice self-care throughout the seasons. (For a deeper look at why self-care is so important, please read my blog post “Is Self-Care Selfish?”

On occasion, I’ve also included links to blog posts I’ve written about practicing on-going self-care that tie into these events and to my Homespunspa Mobile Spa and wellness coaching services. I’ve just realized how much writing I’ve been doing over the last few years! :)

As I’m compiling this list, I’m counting my blessings and I’m really grateful for my good health. With these special days and holidays as door openers, there are literally hundreds of ways we can all reach out to the people around us and celebrate life together.

Please visit Health Canada for active links to the websites of the health-related organizations. Also, if any of these organizations resonate strongly with you, consider volunteering, donating money, or participating in their events. As you can see, there are lots of needs to fill in this world, so help where you can (especially if you’re looking for your life’s purpose) to make the world a better place for all of us.

P.S. #1: As you read this list, you might find yourself saying, “There’s a day for that?” more than once. To answer your question, yes, yes, there is. Thank you to all of the creative and caring people out there who have worked so hard to make these dates official on local, national, and international calendars.

P.S. #2: I’d really love it if you’d share these blog posts via social media with your friends, family, co-workers, and clients. Thank you in advance.

P.S. #3: If you know of a special health- and wellness-related day, week, or month that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment and let us know about it and I’ll update the list.

P.S. #4: If you have a wellness blog like mine, here’s a editorial calendar with tons of ideas of what you can write about over the course of the year. You’re welcome!

Wellness Oasis12 Months of Wellness and Health Awareness Days

In January, we have…

  • Alzheimer Awareness Month
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Carnation, Snowdrop
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Emerald, Garnet, Rose Quartz
  • Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • Hot Tea Month (Tea Association of Canada) — Please see my blog post, “Less Caffeine is a Sleeper’s Dream.”
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • National Bath Safety Month (U.S.)
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Hobby Month (U.S.)
  • National Oatmeal Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookie Recipe”
  • National Soup Month (U.S.)
  • National Train Your Dog Month (U.S.)
  • Walk Your Pet Month — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • New Year’s Day on January 1st — Please read my blog post, “Happy New Rear!”
  • Polar Bear Swim on January 1st
  • World Hypnotism Day on January 4th — Please read my blog post, “What is a Holistic Practioner?”
  • Clean Off Your Desk Day on January 11th
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th
  • National Rubber Ducky Day (U.S.) on January 13th
  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day (U.S.) on January 14th
  • SHE Day (600 Women talk business and leadership in Winnipeg, MB) on January 15th
  • Colour Days!!! Rainbow Day (let these colours inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on January 17th
  • Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day on January 17th — Please read my blog post, “Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?”
  • National Non-Smoking Week from January 17th to January 23rd — Please see my blog post, “Is 2016 Your Year to Quit Smoking?”
  • National Popcorn Day (U.S.) on January 19th
  • Weedless Wednesday on January 20th
  • National Hugging Day on January 21st
  • National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day (U.S.) on January 22nd
  • Change a Pet’s Life Day on January 24th
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day on January 25th
  • Family Literacy Day on January 27th — Please buy my Creating Wellness ebook on Amazon and read my blog post, “Sharing a Tip from my Creating Wellness Ebook on how to Sleep Better.”
  • International Lego Day on January 28th
  • Women’s Right to Vote in Canada 100th Anniversary on January 28th.

In February, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx — Please read my blog post, “Cheers to the Chi Machine.”
  • Heart Health Month
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Top off your day with a cherry.”
  • Psychology Month — Please read my blog post, “How to feel a sense of wholeness within.”
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 1st to February 7th
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd
  • Winter Walk Day on February 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 7th to February 13th
  • Chinese New Year Day of the Red Monkey Year on February 8th
  • Family Day in BC on February 8th
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day on February 12th
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th — Please read my blog post, “Tips for Lips.”
  • International Flirting Week from February 14th to February 20th
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 15th
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 15th and February 16th — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd
  • Tennis Day on February 23rd
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 24th
  • Oscar Sunday on February 28th — Please see my blog post, “SPARTY! So Glamourous!”
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th
  • National Science Day on February 28th
  • Leap Day on February 29th

In March, we have…

In April, we have…

In May, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Hawthorne, Lily of the Valley
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Agate, Beryl, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Saffier
  • Celiac Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “How to get rid of rash under breasts.”
  • Cystic Fibrosis Month
  • Food Allergy Awareness Month — Please see my blog post, “Can’t Have your Dairy and Yogurt Too?”
  • Foot Health Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “It’s Footbath Friday.”
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
  • MedicAlert Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Month
  • National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month (Iron Overload)
  • National Pet Month (U.S.)
  • National Physiotherapy Month
  • National Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • Vision Health Month
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Executive Coaching Day on May 1st
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Day on May 1st
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 1st to May 7th
  • National Pet Week (U.S.) from May 1st to May 7th
  • Olympic Torch Relay for the Rio 2016 Games begins in Brasilia on May 3rd — Please see my blog post, “Olympics Day 1 and Homespunspa Was There!”
  • Walk So Kids Can Talk (event for Kids Help Phone) on May 3rd
  • World Asthma Day on May 3rd
  • World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Homespunspa is Featured in Spa Life Magazine.”
  • May the Fourth Be With You Day (National Star Wars Day) on May 4th
  • Melanoma Monday on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • National Orange Juice Day on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Put your feet up — home spa masque recipe for your good ol’ feet.”
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5th
  • National Day of Prayer (U.S.) on May 5th
  • Save Lives: Clean Your Hands (WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers) on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Washing Dishes — Good Clean Fun.”
  • World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Do you have Insomnia?”
  • International No Diet Day on May 6th
  • National Tourist Appreciation Day (U.S.) on May 6th
  • Space Day on May 6th
  • HerbDay on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Sage: A Scent for the Season.”
  • Join Hands Day (dedicated to bringing a union between the older & younger generations) on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “We Love Referrals! :)
  • National Babysitters’ Day (U.S.) on May 7th
  • World Labyrinth Day on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Find Peace of Mind As You Walk a Labyrinth.”
  • Mental Health Week from May 2nd to May 8th — Please read my blog post, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
  • Mother’s Day on May 8th — Please read my blog post, “Give the Gift of Homespunspa Mobile Spa this Mother’s Day.”
  • White Lotus Day (encouraging meditation) on May 8th
  • World Red Cross Day on May 8th
  • Naturopathic Medicine Week from May 9th to May 15th — Please read my blog post, “I’m going on a Wellness Tour.”
  • National Nursing Week from May 9th to May 16th
  • Sun Awareness Week (U.K.) from May 9th to May 16th — Please read my blog post, “Ask Maria about Aveda.”
  • International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on May 12th
  • International Nursing Day on May 12th
  • International Hummus Day on May 13th
  • Friday the 13th on May 13th, 2016 — Please see my blog post, “Are you a Superstitious Sleeper?”
  • International Migratory Bird Day on May 14th
  • International Coaching Week (ICW) (International Coaching Federation) from May 16th to May 22nd — Please read my blog post, “How to use the Acceptance Factor to Shift Subconscious Beliefs.”
  • Colour Days!!! Turquoise/Teal Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on May 17th
  • International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th
  • World Hypertension Day on May 17th
  • International Museum Day on May 18th
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20th
  • National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st
  • Paramedic Services Week from May 22nd to May 28th
  • Victoria Day on May 23rd — Please read my blog post, “Victoria is the Fashion Capital of Canada.”
  • Sunscreen Day on May 27th
  • Amnesty International Day on May 28th
  • International Jazz Day on May 28th
  • National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th
  • World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st
  • Bike to Work Week BC from May 30th to June 5th

In June, we have…

In July, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Delphinium, Larkspur, Water Lily
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Carnelian, Ruby
  • National Blueberry Month (U.S.)
  • Personal Health Month — Please see my blog post, “Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Summer.”
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Canada Day on July 1st — Please read my blog post, “My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)”
  • Independence Day (U.S.) on July 4th
  • International Kissing Day on July 6th
  • World Chocolate Day on July 7th
  • World Population Day on July 11th
  • National Nude Day on July 14th
  • Colour Days!!! Blue Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on July 17th
  • Cousins Day on July 24th
  • International Self-Care Day (ISF) on July 24th — Please read my blog post, “Is Self-Care Selfish?”
  • Parents Day on July 24th
  • Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26th
  • World Hepatitis Day on July 28th
  • Color Me Rad 5K Run (Vancouver) on July 30th
  • International Day of Friendship on July 30th — Please see my blog post, “Checklist for a Successful Spa Party.”

In August, we have…

In September, we have…

In October, we have…

In November, we have…

In December, we have…

How to use the Acceptance Factor to shift conflicting subconscious beliefs

Posted by Maria on November 14, 2015 under Energy Healing, Life Coaching, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Shifting subconscious beliefs is one of the many benefits of life coaching.

A belief, as defined in the Collins English Dictionary, is “a principle, proposition, idea, etc., accepted as true.” We all have thousands of beliefs running behind the scenes through our mind and we’ve been collecting them from other people, personal experiences, and other sources, all our lives.

The belief can be anything from “I’m loveable” or “I’m not loveable” to “I don’t belong here” or “I feel safe here” to “I’m too old/too young/too this/too that to make this work,” etc., etc and these beliefs shape our experiences and perceptions and have a profound influence on the way our life plays out.

Although beliefs carry a lot of weight, they often sit outside of our conscious awareness. They’re really sneaky and slippery and we may not be able to put our finger on them so easily.

But as soon as we identify and become consciously aware of our subconscious beliefs, we can work with them and get them onboard with our new life plans because the good news is, beliefs are not carved in stone. Beliefs don’t necessarily have to be true and it’s entirely possible to challenge, change, tweak, update, clear, delete, and dissolve our beliefs, if we want to.

But what if our beliefs conflict with each other? What if we have one that’s positive and empowering and two more that are negative and defeating, all attached to and surrounding the same goal?

For example, I recently saw an interview with a woman who was at one time on the top of her game and now, twenty years later, is out of work and living in an infested trailor. She has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder which can take a person’s mood from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). I found it interesting that such a high achiever would end up falling so hard but it occurred to me that the extreme bipolar conditions in her mind were literally manifesting as extreme situations in her life on both ends of the spectrum, (depending on which side was running the show at the time).

I’ve been working intensely with my own beliefs lately as a means to help me be a better coach for my clients and I’ve realized that I also hold some contradictory beliefs about some things and that would explain why I’ve had mixed results and my own struggles in achieving some of my life goals so far. My conflicting and contradictory beliefs have been working against each other. As a Gemini and as someone with the Life Path #2 in Numerology, I can often see both sides of the same coin and I sometimes get confused about what to do next. Confusion does not create movement.

So I Googled “how do I get rid of contradictory subconscious beliefs” and I found this article The Saboteur Within — Why You Don’t Have What You Really Want by Dr. Robert Anthony. It made a lot of sense to me. The author said that if your subconscious mind says one thing but your conscious mind says another, they’re out of alignment which causes negativity and it’s that negative emotion that keeps people from reaching their goals. It’s the negativity that fuels the engine and negativity won’t lead to the intended destination of our imagined future.

So I got to thinking. Say I simultaneously believe that 1) I’m unloveable (negative) and 2) I’m a good catch (positive) when it comes to my dream of falling in love and getting married.

The math says: The negative belief (-) times the positive belief (+) = a negative (-) result.

If my beliefs are mostly negative, it means I’m sending mixed messages to my self and the Universe and I’m infusing all of my dreams with a negative vibe from the get-go! — No wonder I haven’t yet been able to find a date, let alone get married, even if I do think I’m a good catch!

I’ve realized, I can either uncover one belief at a time and work with it and challenge it and question it — which can work. But for me, even if I do manage to pry one belief out of the system, there are still many that go untouched and I don’t know if I can ever dismantle all of them completely.

There has to be a simpler way and the trick is to neutralize the negative charge out of the beliefs and therefore the equation/formula.

The answer is to take the negative energy out of the picture entirely!

If we eliminate the fear, shame, doubt, negativity, resistance, judgement, drama, etc., etc., from our thinking, then we can have, do, or be whatever we want!

But how do we diffuse the negativity?

When working with subconscious beliefs, we can also throw another variable into the equation and get the job done perhaps even more elagantly than one belief at a time. The answer is “Acceptance.”

Acceptance can take care of a whole cluster of beliefs all at once!

Here’s how to use the Acceptance Factor to shift conflicting subconscious beliefs:

The acceptance factor

The Acceptance Factor

Acceptance is about being OK with our reality, as it is, no matter what’s going on, right here and right now.

Also, acceptance doesn’t allow for hiding or denial because it acknowledges what is and brings things to the light of day.

Acceptance is being able to say, “It just is what it is,” “they are who they are” and “I just am who I am.”

Acceptance is also a key phrase in the Serenity Prayer.

And even if we still somehow didn’t get what we wanted once we have wholeheartedly accepted ourself, someone else, and/or the situation, acceptance makes where we are easier.

If we don’t accept what is, we suffer. If we keep on resisting, we’ll continue to create what we’re resisting over and over again in our future.

Likewise, if we can take out of the negativity and resistance and accept ourself, others, and the situation, (all of it, not just the pretty parts) all of a sudden, the negative charge gets neutralized and everything calms down and becomes lighter.

The new math equation says: [The negative belief (-) times the positive belief (+)] + Acceptance (A) = a neutral (0).

The negative charge loses it’s power and we can create from, at minimum, a place of neutral, which is way better than digging ourselves out of a hole of negativity.

Suddenly, the path will open up and we are now able to jump off a new platform!

So, how do we get to a place of acceptance? Start with being grateful and then move toward feeling safer in this world. The safer we are, the more we can accept what is.

Coaching can help, too. As a coach, I know how to structure a conversation and ask thoughtful questions and I’ll walk with you as you move toward authentic acceptance.

If you’re interested in getting help with your subconscious beliefs and reaching a place of acceptance and feeling safe, hire a coach like me. Talking with a coach will not only help you uncover hidden subconscious beliefs that may be lurking in your mind, coaching conversations will remove them from your path. On top of that, coaching will also help you reach a place of acceptance, OKness and feeling safe which will create a better future in the process.

See what acceptance opens up for you!

Dry Shampoo Recipe for Camping

Posted by Maria on June 3, 2015 under Aromatherapy, Dear Homespunspa, Green Living, Hair, Home spa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Canadians love to go camping in the summertime, (although some of us would prefer “glamping” but that’s a post for another time. :) )

To kick off the camping season, I thought I’d share a dry shampoo recipe that you can take with you on your camping trips anywhere across this beautiful country of ours.

Dry shampoos are good to use in the great outdoors because:

  • dry shampoo recipe from Homespunspa.the powder is lightweight and easy to pack;
  • the natural ingredients will not harm the environment;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes don’t contain industrial chemicals like commercially-made shampoos;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes aren’t over-packaged;
  • the powder does not generate extra garbage;
  • the recipes work for men, women and kids;
  • will cleanse greasy or oily hair without stripping the hair;
  • there’s no water required.

Dry shampoos are not just good for camping and of course, you can always use your dry shampoo at home anytime of year. I keep some on hand in case I need to go out and look presentable but don’t have time to take a shower and wash and dry my hair. And sometimes, if I’m planning to workout later in the day and don’t want to take two showers in a day, I’ll apply some dry shampoo in the morning to refresh my hair. Dry shampoo is a great alternative to wearing hats or pony tails.

Dry Shampoo Recipe by Maria Koropecky

Ingredients:

  • 1 TB Bentonite Clay — a natural clay that absorbs oils and is good for skin and hair.
  • 1 tsp cornstarch — this absorbant powder lends a silky feel to home spa recipes.
  • 1 tsp baking soda — soothes itchy skin and clears blemishes.
  • 1 tsp orrisroot powder — has a slight violet aroma and is used to fix other scents in the recipe.
  • 1/4 tsp myrrh gum powder — is good for dry skin and the exotic aroma warms the senses.

optional ingredients:

  • You can substitute myrrh essential oil for the myrrh gum powder or not use either.
  • If you have dark hair, you can add 1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • If you have auburn hair, you can add 1 tsp of cinnamon.
  • If you have grey or white hair, you can use white China clay instead of Bentonite clay.

Method:

Measure and combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and store in a sterilized jar like a salt shaker. You can also put the recipe in a plastic, ziplock, baggy while camping. The shelf life is indefinite as most, if not all of these ingredients, contain some natural preservative properties.

Manner:

This can get a little messy so it’s best to do this outside. I don’t recommend applying this clay powder over a sink because eventually it will clog your drains.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in a salt shaker, bend at the waist and simply shake some powder on your head near the roots. Let it sit for a minute and then brush it out.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in another container, scoop some out with a spoon, bend at the waist, sprinkle over your head, wait a minute or two, and then brush everything out.

Apply more dry shampoo as needed and brush your hair thoroughly. Once you notice a difference and feel your hair is clean, remove any excess powder that may have landed on your neck and shoulders during application.

Voila! Your hair is clean and you’re good to go. I hope you enjoy the myrrh and orrisroot fragrance.

Let me know what you think of this dry shampoo recipe and I’d love to hear about your camping trip, too!

Energy Alignment: Balancing Outer Action With Inner Receptivity

Posted by Maria on March 19, 2015 under Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Guest Bloggers, Life Coaching, Meditation, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 3 Comments to Read

by Christy Whitman, Guest Blogger

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my spa days! – but not many people know exactly why, or how much I receive from the time I invest in recharging myself in this way.

For me, a spa day is not just about releasing stress, looking better and feeling good (although these are all much-appreciated benefits!).  The energy I give to myself when I take a “me” day is literally what gives me the ability to give my energy to all the relationships and activities I’m involved in, including running an international coaching academy, being a wife to my husband Frederic, a mother to two young boys, writing books, leading retreats and coaching courses, taking great vacations and generally enjoying my life.

That I am able to extract across-the-board value from an act as simple as spending a day at a spa goes back to a principle I was lucky enough to learn years ago from Jack Canfield, one of my earliest mentors.  This principle that has since been cited by numerous other metaphysical teachers and tested by quantum physicists – and I’m sharing it with you here because if you apply it, it will serve you in virtually all aspects of your life.

One hour of “inner” work (and by “inner” work, Jack was referring to the internal practice of intending, visualizing, and aligning our energy) is worth seven hours of “outer” work.

Now, doing “inner” work does not necessarily mean sitting in meditation for an hour each day. What it does mean is that before we take any outer action, we first take a moment to clarify the intention behind that action.  Said another way, we deliberately decide how we want to feel, and get into that state of being before we do anything.  If there is a “secret” to my being able to accomplish so much in so many different aspects of my life, it’s that I practice bringing my internal energy into alignment with the essence of what I want to get out of that activity or situation before I take any external action.

So, when I’m doing something that nurtures my body – like getting a massage, a facial, or visiting the acupuncturist – I begin by connecting with my intention to fill myself with whatever energy I perceive will most serve me at that moment – whether it’s vitality, stamina, sexuality, relaxation, increased immunity, or all of the above.  The end result of this practice is that I receive much more value out of the time I spend engaged in that activity, because I’ve aligned my energy with the outcome I desire and have opened myself up to receiving it.

So many women I’ve worked with and coached have fallen into what I call the “dark side” of multi-tasking.  Sometimes we can be so focused on other things that we take ourselves out of the present moment – even when that moment offers the deep relaxation and nurturing we’re craving!

So to you fellow spa-goers, I pass along the same advice that Jack gave to me: Take a few minutes to align your energy with whatever outcome you want to create before you engage in the activity.   If it’s a spa day you’re creating – whether a full day at home or just a quick one-hour massage, prepare yourself ahead of time to ensure you’re in a state to receive the full benefits that the experience makes available.

Aligning your energy with the activity at hand makes all the difference in the world – kind of like using an electronic device that is running on battery power versus one that is plugged in and being fully charged by a live electrical current.  Action that is infused with energy and intention produces results that are astonishing compared to what can be accomplished with action alone.  Try it for yourself and see!

Christy Whitman is a New York Times bestselling author, transformational leader, and author of the forthcoming book The Art of Having It All. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show, and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. As the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 12-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products. Christy’s life-changing message reaches over 125,000 people a month, and her work has been promoted by and featured with esteemed authors and luminaries such as Marianne Williamson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marci Shimoff, Brian Tracy, Neale Donald Walsch, Abraham-Hicks, and Louise Hay. She currently lives in Montreal with her husband, Frederic, and their two boys, Alexander and Maxim.

Meet her at www.ChristyWhitman.com and www.TheArtofHavingItAll.com

RIP, Merle Barwis, Supercentarian

Posted by Maria on December 2, 2014 under Fitness, Green Living, Life Coaching, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

When I heard the news that Merle Barwis, Canada’s oldest person, died on November 22, 2014, at the age of 113, yes 113!, I marvelled at her longevity. Her 80’s were 30 years ago!

Merle was born on December 23, 1900 in Iowa. She is a “supercentarian” because she lived past the age of 110 years. At that age, they start counting the days after each birthday, on top of the years, so more precisely, she lived 113 years and 334 days. I bet if all of us took the time to count our days of life, we’d appreciate them more. On that note, I’ve just figured out that I’ve lived more that 16,000 days so far!

I was also struck by the fact that Merle lived in a care home in the Greater Victoria area — in Langford for goodness’ sake — and I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to meet her through my work as a mobile esthetician. I have a number of clients in their 90’s and I’m learning a lot from that generation and it would have been neat to spend time with someone in their 100’s, too.

I sometimes wonder if centarians have “reach 100 years” as a life goal like George Burns did and if they had longevity in mind throughout their life or not. I’ve been asking people if they have aspirations to reach 100 and they sort of twinkle at the idea for a second but don’t take it too seriously.

“Is it possible for me?” they might be thinking. Or maybe they’re asking themselves if they would even want to be 100 years old in the first place.

Personally, I’d like to reach my 101th birthday but only under the following conditions:

  1. I have my memory and mental health;
  2. I have physical mobility and physical health;
  3. I have joyful relationships with upbeat people;
  4. I have more than enough money for the cost of living and have a roof over my head and good food to eat;
  5. Our infrastructure is in tact (like roads, banks, peace treaties, etc.);
  6. Nature is still beautiful and the environment is still hospitable.
  7. I’m not bored out of my tree.

We’ll see what happens — I’m not even halfway there yet — but I certainly don’t have any plans to take myself out of the game pre-maturely. I’m just too curious to see what will happen next. In 50+ years, in the 2060’s and 2070’s, what will the fashion look like, what will the music sound like, will I still be able to read this blog post on the internet?

Does that interest you, too?

Do you have aspirations to be a centarian?

From what I gather, these will help increase your chances to live to be 100 and beyond:

  1. Good genes;
  2. Joie de vivre;
  3. A moderately healthy lifestyle.

I’ve also noticed that spry seniors are often lifelong dancers and avid walkers and tend to be very likeable extroverts.

Then again, life’s a crap shoot. There have been curmudgeons who have lived past 99 (but I certainly wouldn’t recommend a poor attitude as a way to go because 100 years of misery misses the point). There have also been people in history who have survived terrible advercities and still manage to live a long life. And there have been people who have been heavy smokers and drinkers who somehow manage to beat the odds and live well beyond life expectancy.

The trick is to find a balance between taking huge, unecessary risks and not playing it too safe either.

We don’t know when our number will come up but I think you can stack the deck in your favour to live a long and healthy life if you have a positive attitude and if you take care of yourself along the way. I figure, if you respect your health now, in your younger years, you’ll have any easier time later. After all, old age isn’t for sissies, wimps, or wusses and you’ve got to buckle up for the ride!

Taking care of yourself and having fun is what Homespunspa is all about and I like helping people improve the quality of their life.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you’re interested in becoming a centarian yourself and if you’d like some health and wellness coaching to get you on track. I’d be happy to chat with you about becoming an centarian because it’s one of my favourite topics and because I’d love to meet you again when we get there. No matter how long your journey is, I hope it’s a good one.

Once again, RIP, Merle Barwis, Supercentarian; you have inspired me.

Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Posted by Maria on February 20, 2014 under Books, Magazines, Music, Fitness, Guest Bloggers, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Seasonal, Self-Care, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

We’re now seven weeks into the new year and I’m just wondering how your New Year’s resolutions are coming along. Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still actively working towards your goals? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions at all?

By mid-February, most of us barely remember the New Year’s resolutions we made on January 1st. It’s hard to stay the course and remain committed to making new lifestyle choices, especially when life gets in the way.

I made two New Year’s resolution this year. My first has to do with finally taking action on my dream of becoming a professional speaker and I’m happy to say that I’m making great progress on that front. I’ve even been the moderator of a live Christmas concert in my church.

The second is about fitness. As many of you know, I’m a Jazzerciser. Each year, my instructor Donna counts how many classes her students attend over the course of the year and if we show up for 150 classes from January to December, we get a free t-shirt! Although I have earned the coveted t-shirt once before, I haven’t in the last couple of years. In December, I was really inspired by some of my classmates who danced their way through at least 150 classes and how fabulous they looked and that’s when I decided to go for it again. I’m pleased to say that so far, I’ve attended three Jazzercise classes a week and am still on track for the t-shirt.

I’m happy that I’m sticking to my plans and I just want to let you know that even if your New Year’s resolutions are starting to fade or if you’ve abandoned them all together, it’s never too late to pick them up where you left off and persevere. Remember why you made your New Year’s resolutions in the first place and how you’ll feel when you’ve finally conquered your short-comings.

I’ve learned over the years that finding an accountability partner is one of the best ways to achieve my goals. For example, telling Donna about my goal of participating in 150 classes this year and having her keep track of my Jazzercise attendance is really helping me stay motivated.

If you’d like to have your own accountability partner to help you with your wellness-related goals like say, getting more fit or quitting smoking for example, please contact me. I may be able to help.

In the meantime, have a look at this really cool infographic, “How to Rock Your Resolutions” that was sent to me by the good folks at Jazzercise. I hope it helps you revisit your New Year’s resolutions and take fresh action steps toward your goals. By December, I want to hear about your successes.

As we say in Jazzercise, Happy New Rear!

How to Rock Your Resolutions [Infographic]

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