I know we aren't quite into December yet - but let's face it . . . it's officially the holiday season. And with that I thought I'd share some of my favorite shopping ideas - both local & online - Part 1 of this years' West Coach Gift Guide!
1. CreativeLive! I feel like I'm a little bit late to the party - but CreativeLive is an online source of classes about all things creative, (photography, drawing, create a great Etsy shop), along with the business side of all those things should you want to turn your hobby into a side-hustle or full-time gig! They also have a section on Money + Life - where you can find offerings about budgeting, time-management, wellness, etc. It's amazing! They are having a Cyber-Monday SALE - everything is 50% off . . . so run (don't walk!) to get yourself signed up for a great class, or gift someone you love the opportunity to learn something new. CLICK HERE.
2. If you're in the Seattle Area - there are two amazing Holiday Craft Fairs happening next weekend. Shop local, support small businesses/local artists - and feel good about your holiday gift giving!
Tolt Yarn & Wool Holiday Makers Market
December 1st 10AM to 6PM - 4509 Tolt Ave, Carnation WA
Phinney Neighborhood Association 38th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
December 1st & 2nd - 10AM to 5PM - 6532 Phinney Ave North, Seattle WA
3. Social Print Studio - This is one of my favorite online resources to buy prints & other photo-related products - it's actually where I get my fun square business cards! They are also having a little holiday sale - 20% off orders over $75.00 through the 27th (Tuesday!) . . . go check it out!
This week I am sharing some tips with you about asking for what you want!
Asking can sometimes feel daunting - whether it be asking a friend for help, your boss for a raise, or your kid to embrace a new routine - but the results can be magic. So here are five tips for speaking up!
1. If you don't ask the answer is always "No." This has been a great motivator for me over the last few years - it's so true!
2. When you try (ask) - you will succeed or survive. Thank you Mel Robbins for this bit of wisdom! Bottom line, no one is going to die. Especially you.
3. Release any attachment to the outcome. Generally, I am pleasantly surprised when I ask for what I want, because I usually get it! However last week I had a moment where I asked someone for something (that wasn't actually that big of a deal), and got a fat "No." I was so mad! And I promptly reminded myself that it was just data - which will help inform me to make different choices in the future. Let it go baby!
4. When you ask for help, it actually empowers others. Yep - when you ask for help, it allows people show up as better versions of themselves, and empowers them to do great things! This can be especially true in a work environment - delegate y'all!
5. Asking is like a muscle. The more you do it, the stronger you'll become and the easier it will be!
So there you have it - I'd love to hear if you put any of these to use and what the results are . . . let me know in the comments or send me a note!
Wishing you all a lovely holiday - I am grateful for YOU!
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This summer on Amazon Prime Day I bought myself a new Kindle. (I loaned the last one to my younger son, where it met an untimely end being smashed by real textbooks in his backpack. I think?) At any rate - the fun thing about getting a new one was that I got to re-download all the books I had purchased way back when, many of which I actually hadn't read. <-- Classic!
One of those books was Write it Down, Make it Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser and when I saw it there on my new device, I decided it was time to read it - and it was SO GOOD!
As it states in the title, the book is basically about how to use writing as a manifesting tool. Here's what I loved about it in a nutshell:
My daily writing practice is basically a gratitude list, followed by a written version of my daily (spoken) mantras, along with maybe a to-do list and anything else I want to remember for the day. It's simple & free-form, and it woks for me . . . which is what's most important - that I actually DO IT!
In fact check this out:
Last week I had to go to traffic court with my younger son, who got a rather large ticket for passing a school bus when it was stopped. (Lights flashing, stop sign out, the whole 9 yards.) $419.00. Oof. When you get an infraction like that you can either pay it outright, or go to court. If you choose court you can either request a "Contested Hearing" (I did't do it!), or a "Mitigated Hearing" (I did it but . . .). The deal was that after we reviewed the video, we realized that there was no way he could have stopped in time after the stop arm was extended - it was only 3 seconds and at 35 mph? No stopping safely. Mitigated hearing it was.
On Friday morning I wrote in my little book: Traffic Court is going to be GOOD.
When we got to court, there were probably 10-15 people there who had been ticketed for the same offense. The judge started out by stating that if you had passed a school-bus and were there for a mitigated hearing that he couldn't actually make that happen. You had three choices: 1) Pay the fine. 2) Do 28 hours of community service in the next 6 months. 3) Change your plea to "Contested" - which would then be addressed after all the Mitigated pleas were done. DANGIT! I had been so hopeful!
And then he started with each person in order of their last name, alphabetically - which put us at the bottom of the list. One by one we watched as people either paid the fine, or chose community service. One person had their ticket dismissed because he was taking his very pregnant wife to the hospital. Two people opted for "Contested". As we watched all this go down my kid made it clear to me that he was just going to pay and have it be over with. Alrighty Then!
When it was our turn we both went in front of the room and I told the judge that the car is registered in my name, but that the kid was driving. He asked us to raise our right hands and swear we were telling the truth. He clarified a few more details about the date & time of the infraction - looked at his computer for a minute and then said, "Dismissed! You can go."
I think both of us were stunned - and speechless! We may have said "Thank You!" - I actually don't remember. What I remember is that as soon as we got out of the courtroom my kid said "What the Heck just happened?" And I said, "You just got ridiculously lucky!"
Maybe it was because he's young and the judge gave him props for coming to court?
Maybe it was because he was super sick and the judge had time to observe that before it was our turn?
Maybe it was the old school sunglasses he had on to cover up his grossly infected eye?
Or maybe I just put it out to the Universe and showed up with a positive attitude.
I'd like to think it was the latter - and with results like that, I'm going to up my writing game!
If I had to re-name the book I might call it "Write it Down, Let it Happen", or "Write it Down, See What Happens" - though that kind of relieves the reader of taking any action . . . and you do have to take some responsibility when manifesting money, the perfect partner, dream job, or dismissed traffic violations, so "Write it Down, Make it Happen" it is!
It's a short book, easy to read, with lots of nuggets of wisdom. Highly Recommend!
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This weeks’ post is a reminder for me as much as it is for you. Between international travel & being sick (x2) & making up a bunch of missed work hours - I’ve been a little short on any kind of self-care.
So here is a tiny guide!
For starters I know that sometimes investing in good self-care may feel like you’ll have to make these giant, sweeping changes ... not true!
Remember that the difference between water that is not boiling (210°) and water that is (212°) is only two degrees! Small change - massive impact!
Here are a few small self-care practices you can adopt that might make a big difference:
So there you go - a teeny list of things to turtle-step your way to better self-care. Remember . . . you don't have to do them all at once!
What are your favorite mini-self-care practices? I'd love to know - leave me a comment!
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