Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm Alive

On the day after the presidential inauguration Oprah was visiting Walter Reed Hospital. Just so you know,
Walter Reed is for rehabilitation for the men and women who have served in the wars the United States are engaged in at the present time.

The first man that Oprah spoke with was an amputee (as most were) and as he spoke he told Oprah that his "Alive day was (date), and..." then Oprah stopped him and asked what he meant by Alive day? He explained that wounded soldiers consider the day that they were injured, but made it out alive was their Alive Day.... It is their celebration of being ALIVE. These soldiers take the time to acknowledge their very existence on this planet.
An Alive day is like a second chance or re-birth day
very similar to how people with terminal illnesses conquer the illness and celebrate the exact date they were deemed disease free. Many people who go through these experiences appreciate being alive in a different way than those who haven't had extreme brushes with death.
Alive day was a great reminder to not taking life for granted. Because it is a question always worth asking, I'll ask you what I asked myself as I watched these amazingly brave and courageous men and women speak of their Alive day:

"How can I appreciate my life more profoundly and make more of my days be Alive Days?"
I would love to hear how you answer that question for yourself. I may even share some with all of you in an upcoming edition of Reflections
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Monday, March 2, 2009

How is that Working for You?

How is that working for you....?
I just finished the first round of my new Class on Trusting Your Vibes and it was a huge learning experience for me. I bring this up because a major part of any class or project that I am involved in is not just the project itself, but the assessment portion once that project is over.

I have learned over the years that sometimes, not always, the assessment is the most important part of the project. Assessment forces us to have to reflect and probe for the details of what specifically about the project went well, where were the challenges, and maybe most importantly what are the next steps to take in terms of the knowledge that was gained.
To put it simply, in my opinion Assessment requires:

Honesty ~ Specifics ~Next Steps

Now I'm not sure, but you may be saying..."Why the heck am I reading something about Assessment?" Well, I bring assessment up because we all need to assess or re-assess this project all of us are involved in called My Life. Now I do not agree with all he does, but as Dr. Phil McGraw says "How is that working for you....?" It is vitally important that we all take periodic looks at our lives and ask that question. "How is that working for you...?"

Periodic assessments of aspects of our lives help keep us feeling vital and alive. Assessment keeps us from living life unconsciously or by default. Assessment keeps us in line with being, doing and having whatever we dream of for our time on this planet.

Assessment can take many forms, from simply getting quite (sometimes easier said than done) and checking in with yourself in terms of how you are feeling, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Or it can be as complex as using assessment tools which require more commitment as far as breaking down in writing the specifics and recording where you are in your life at the present moment in relation to what your end result may be.

Whatever form you choose for a specific purpose may not matter as much as just taking the time to periodically ask yourself:

"How is that working for me?"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Charity Event

Book Your Appointment for 24 hour Hairathon!
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To commemorate the 1st anniversary of Max Ryan
Beauty.com I will have my 2nd annual 24 hour Hairathon.
100% of the proceeds will be going to your choice of any one of the chairties we all gave to in the past year.
Book your appointment for Saturday March 14th
9:00 AM to Sunday 9:00 AM

Random Acts of Flowers

The Princess Diana Memorial Fund

Natural Resources Defense Council
Habitat for Humanity
Heart Association - Go Red
for Women