Muse Meme: “P” W.O.W. Words of the Day

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PRAISE: Celebrate and give thanks not only for your successes, but for each blessing and miracle you receive.

PLAY: Life needn’t be all serious; playing is as important for the young as it is for the old. Through play we bond, are inspired and relieve stress.

POWER: You hold the power to set your own course, to heal your own self and help heal the world.

Hold fast to your power. Because you are indeed Powerful! You are loving; a creator, inventor, builder, nurturer, healer and teacher. Give thanks through your play; create connections both momentary and long lasting. (Intimacy takes all forms, shapes and sizes.) Each person you touch with gratitude and humanity creates an oft unseen, positive ripple effect throughout the Universe. Continue reading

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No One Is An Island

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We are always stronger supporting one another than standing apart.

Many of us are fortunate enough to have at least one strong, steadfast person in our lives who serves as a constant grounding force, empowering counsel and broad shoulder to cry on.

Over the years I have experienced, and become more and more aware of the distortion in focus on those who are perceived or labelled as weak, as opposed to those who are considered to be strong. Social services, community supports and even friend, family and professional networks often serve those in obvious need, In the process, overlooking those individuals who quietly continue to work towards “getting things done” on their own. Continue reading

Making The First Move

sunset-865310_640I’m an introvert and very private person. Although, first impressions of me would say otherwise, because I present as a friendly and engaging person. In truth, meeting new people is initially very awkward and un-comfortable for me. The mere thought of socializing with strangers, networking and taking part in small talk makes cringe; twisting my stomach into knots and elevating my anxiety levels. My default defense is to often rely quite heavily on my very inquisitive nature (which at times can be both a blessing and a curse). But, once I get into the flow of openly engaging and being friendly, I begin to relax, enjoy myself and the natural course of the exchange. Continue reading

The Real Reason Why Women Lose Interest In Men

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Women deep, earthy, intuitive souls. This depth and intuition is why many believe us to be complicated. When we connect, we connect on a soul level.

I know many men and women alike will take offense to what I’m about to reveal. But, let me first say that I am in no way “bashing” men. I love men. Period! I am the Mother to a glorious male child, I appreciate men in all their natural, artistic, compassionate, nurturing, sensual and hardworking forms, I am a friend to many wonderful male friends…one of my dearest friends and guides is my Father. So no, I do not have a “hate-on” for men. We are all, male and female alike, comprised of both masculine and feminine energies. The more we honour this, the more integrated and authentic we become as human beings.

But I digress, while this is a subject is a departure from my typical writings, it has taken precedence in many of my conversations with others of late. Women of all ages have been engaging with me regarding their dating and relationship experiences (as women do). And, woefully the conversation always comes back to, Why Women Lose Interest in Men. I’m not referring to bedroom techniques, what’s in his financial portfolio, or the fact he no longer goes to the gym; despite what many articles on the subject would have you believe most women really are NOT that shallow. In fact, as you read on you’ll discover that is the crux of the problem! Continue reading

The Togetherness Objective

A dear friend recently asked me how best she could support my continuous success, especially in more challenging times. The offer of service was so sincere and heartfelt it got me to thinking about what family, community and being of service meant to me in my life. I so frequently muse to myself and those around me, that one of life’s many beauties is that as adults we can choose our family and community. We can choose to use our natural gifts, and apply our skills and talents in service to one another.

Elephant HerdFor me and mine, family has become that bond which is not necessarily tied through blood, marriage or obligation, but a decided union of nurturing kinship both through attraction (our common values, shared beliefs, mutual love and respect) and Universal design (we were put in each other’s paths for a purpose and a reason). Continue reading

Words for Well-Being

“Sticks and stones may break my bones. But, words will never harm me!”

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Daring Personal Reports

Interconnected-Leaves Woven Around GlobeOne of the most important reports we’ll ever make are personal reports, or being accountable. Accountability can at once be both humbling and empowering. It opens us up to transparency of our intentions, vulnerability in connecting and relating with others and is a spectacular breeding ground for higher learning, self-awareness and acceptance.

For better or worse, being accountable translates into making a conscious choice and opting to own our thoughts, emotions, words and actions and how they may impact others and ourselves. Continue reading

Transition Steps…A Dear Coach Melanie Letter, Part II

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In part 2 of my 4-part miniseries of life and well-being advice/guidance seeking open letters from the community with my responses, Transition Steps seeks support in life after divorce:

Dear Coach Melanie,
I’m recently divorced from my husband and we don’t have any children.  I have a well-paying job and nice home, but I’ve started to notice my life doesn’t fulfill me the way I want it to.  I’m afraid of making the next big step out on my own.   Continue reading

Tired of Being Misunderstood…A Dear Coach Melanie Letter, Part I

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We all need support through seeking advice and guidance from time to time.  See what Tired of Being Misunderstood had to ask regarding being heard by her/his community and managing their well-being needs in part 1 of my 4-part miniseries of life and well-being advice/guidance seeking open letters from the community and my coaching responses:

Dear Coach Melanie,
I’ve been fighting some health concerns for a while which means I’m often tired, depressed or both and find it difficult to balance my usual workload and commitments.   Continue reading

Validation Station

StampsIt’s the holiday season again and many of us are in hyper mode:  high strung, scurrying about, impatient and feeling under pressure.  It’s also classically a time of year for heightened drama- think of those chaotic family dinners where secrets get spilled, tempers flare and even tears flow.  Trying to manage the “drama queen” amidst all that can leave us spent and wishing for a comfy corner to hide in. Continue reading