Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Staying on Track for a New You!

 "If you can't alter the difficulties headed your way, alter yourself to meet them."  -unknown-

Remember my "New Year, New You" blog from (can you believe it?) almost five months ago!  Yes,  we popped the champagne and rang in 2012 five months ago and we are quickly chasing summer here in the Northern hemisphere.    It's time to take a look at our new year's goals and update, get rid of, or tweak them.   The first week of January I wrote down six significant goals to be completed this year.  These include personal goals,  family goals, and goals for my business,  all focusing on my body, mind, or soul.  I'm happy to report achieving two out of my six aspirations so far.  A third, "Lead a group of 40 or more to the Holy Land" is almost on track as I finally have confirmation for a January 3rd, 2013 departure.  Three days into the next year is acceptable so I'm crediting myself with nearly hammering-out three out of my six total ambitions so far this year.  One of my objectives needs to be updated and still one more needs to be completely eliminated because my plans and my circumstances have changed since January 1.
 It's critical that we check-in on our goals so that we might re-evaluate and re-focus on them or let them go.  That's it!  Either re-commit or drop it and move on!  No need to give yourself a hard time or spend too much time wondering why you changed your mind and why you no longer have the same desires.   Things happen.  Heed this warning however;  do not give up a worthy goal looming powerfully over you.   Ask yourself, "does this thing still occupy my thoughts and/or dreams?"  There's definitely plenty of time to accomplish anything because the good news is you have seven months left before 2013!  Even if you never came up with your goals in the first place you can do it now...today.
  Get out a piece of paper and write down at least 3 goals.   Write them first because your brain processes your physically writing with pen and paper differently than just using a computer.   Once you have written them down I then suggest you use your computer and re-copy them.  Title the page, "Goals for 2012",  print and frame them.  Hang them in a prominent place where you will read them at least once a day.     You may want to include this verse on the page: 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

What are your hopes and dreams for a prosperous future?  Believe in yourself,  stay focused, surround yourself with people who can help.   Remember...

"If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail."  It's not too late for a "New You!"

God is blessing you.  Donna

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Finally my website!!

Last year Robert officiated a wedding in our favorite place!  Cabo San Lucas.
Hi Friends,
It has been a long time coming but I now have donnaschuller.com linked to my website.  I will still blog here until further notice and I have a blog page on my website too although it is "under construction" at this time.   The address for this blog is still the same donnaschuller.blogspot.com  A lot of my website is about my wellness and family dynamics coaching.  For every ten hours of coaching I do for pay I plan on donating an hour of coaching to either Wounded Warriors or Grandma's House of Hope.  The first organization speaks for itself.  The later is two (soon to be three) transitional  homes for women.  It is in Orange County.  Wounded Warriors is a national organization.   
Now that my website is up on the www I don't feel so distracted so I will return to writing my weekly blogs.  Thank you for your patience and support! No more "writer's block".!
Stay tuned because I will be  blogging about your new year's goals for 2012.  Remember those?!  It's not too late but we need to check-in on them!
God is blessing you,  Donna

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Just Be

Writer's block-"an inability to begin or continue writing for reasons other than a lack of basic skill or commitment.  Writer's block may have many or several causes. Some are essentially creative problems that originate within an author's work itself. A writer may run out of inspiration.   The writer may be greatly distracted and feel he or she may have something that needs to be done beforehand."

Writer's block has definitely affected me lately!  It's the first time I have felt this since I first began my blog in March of 2009.   I have not run out of inspiration because I believe that life and the lessons we learn from it are mostly inspiring.   I just haven't felt like articulating all that is going on in my life.   I have been distracted and very anxious feeling for a few weeks off and on.  In addition to working on my website,  entertaining thoughts of an impending move, scheduling a Holy Land trip, traveling for Global Peace Festival Foundation, and other adventures,  and maintaining and building a nutritional coaching business,  I've been putting off writing.   I just haven't felt like it!  To overcome my recent mind-set which results in a of lack of focus  I have been practicing a tested and true method for centering myself.  Over the the past week I have engaged in the following at least once a day beginning the first thing in the morning.  I am starting to feel like myself again.

Read Psalm 46:10 and then write down the words:  "Be still and know that I am God.  Be still and know that I am.  Be still and know that I.  Be still and know that.  Be still and know. Be still.  Be.

 Write those words slowly and purposefully then read what you have written several times; until you feel more relaxed.    While you are doing this engage in diaphragmatic breathing . This will help you unwind and feel less stressed.  Most of us breath too shallow all day long.  You can use this deliberate breathing technique off and on during the day.  It will help when you are feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or if you haven't had enough sleep.  Learn it and incorporate it into your busy life. Here is a link which briefly describes  some of it's benefits.

Pray, get plenty of sleep, eat good wholesome, healthy food, drink 8 glasses of water a day,  exercise at least three times a week, and cut yourself some slack.  Believe that you are just where you are supposed to be and know that you are good enough where you are, the way you are.
 God is blessing you.  Donna