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Seeking a change in your work environment can take on many shapes and forms. There are challenging  job opportunities that will expand your understanding of yourself and the world around you. There are also safer, more comfortable jobs that affirm an important need for rest and peace.

The challenge of achieving a fulfilled work-life is to know which one aligns with your ever-changing circumstances and desires. But it’s hard to know what you really want.

This week’s intention

Are you craving a new adventure?  OR Are you worn out and drained?

Do you want to shake things up in your life? OR  Are you hoping for time to catch your breath?

My intention is to access my true needs.

Let these questions sit in your heart this week. Ask yourself: in what direction are you being pulled? Do you want to speed up your pace of growth or do you need to slow down and recharge? Are you ready for a change?

Pray, journal, mediate and reflect. Take the time to access your true needs. More on this next week.


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I hope you are enjoying the long Labor Day weekend.

Instead of a post this week, I sent out my Fall 2019 Newsletter.

Our theme for this season centers on the power of possibility – how to evaluate what you have and decide where you want to go next

Each section is meant to help you reflect and steer your work-life toward new and meaningful goals.

Click here to sign up and get started. I’ll see you next week with a new intention.

 


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Journaling has become a practice that grounds and blesses me. Sometimes I go back and read words that my former self found important and I always seem to find those old hopes and intentions at just the perfect time.

Our intention this week is inspired by a post made almost a year ago. It was clearly a time when I was dreading the start of school and my work travel season. For me, and for many of us, the fall brings a new level of business.

This week’s intention

This week, I hope you will stay mindful of the gift that each day holds and trust that you are capable and prepared. I hope that you will ease into whatever this next season of life is about to bring you.

My intention is ease into this next season.

Spend this last week of August placing this intention deep in your heart when you meditate and pray.

See you next week!

 


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Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.

– Adam Hochschild

I’ve been having a hard time staying focused lately. I can’t tell if I’m tried or distracted so I’m trying to disconnect more and solve both problems.

This week’s intention

I’ll be short this week and just leave you to think about what, if anything, might be distracting you from your purpose. Is it fatigue? Is it obligation? Is it a lack of inspiration?

My intention is to identify distractions.

No need to fix anything. Just think about it.

I’ll see you next week.

 


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WORKING WHOLE: How to Unite Your Spiritual Beliefs and Your Work to Live Fulfilled 

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Work and gratitude are like a happy marriage. When combined, they help each other do more, grow and thrive.

If you’re trying to live a life of service you will find yourself drawn to gratitude too. One can’t help but cultivate the other.

This week’s intention

A lot oSending a thank you email has the power to brighten your day just as much as the person receiving it.

Below are a few ideas of people you may want to thank. Plan to reach out to them and share how they impacted your life (if that is still possible). But either way, take time this week to explore and feel your gratitude for them.

My intention is to focus on gratitude.

People you may need to thank:

  • The person who showed you what a good leader looks like
  • The person who taught you how to teach others
  • The person who listened when you couldn’t hold it in any longer
  • The person who taught you that laughter has the power to heal
  • The person who overlooked a mistake when you didn’t deserve it
  • The person who always had time for you
  • The person who gave you that compliment you’ll never forget
  • The person who believed in you when you couldn’t believe in yourself
  • The person who had a good reason to judge you, but didn’t
  • The person who played a small role in your major life decision
  • The person who helped you when you definitely weren’t at your best
  • The person who prayed for you

Get started and see you next week!



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The characteristics of the winter season can show up at any time of the year.

We experience winters in our careers, in our relationships, in our health, and in our hearts. I’ve noticed that the spirit of winter has been calling me lately. I’m tired and I need a break.

This week’s intention

It’s hard to shift from dreaming and building to hibernating and healing. But it’s a natural and absolutely necessary part of life.

My intention is to take a break.

If you’ve been putting off the work of resting and/or healing, I want to encourage you to take a break from all the doing in your life. I want to encourage you to find the time to care for yourself.

This week, journal about what you need to heal and what has been making you tired. Pause in the middle of the summer and grant yourself a mini-hibernation. Disconnect more than you usually would from social media and any non-essential obligations. Take a break. You’ve earned it.

See you next week!



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July is the best summer month in my opinion. The cold winter is completely wiped from memory, outside activities dominate, and none of the back to school work has started.

I write more in the summer because my day job and home life are less demanding. I use a lot of my free time to write, and while it’s technically work, I experience the flow of doing something just because I love it.

What do you love to do?

And are you doing it often enough?

This week’s intention

When we engage in work that we have a deep spiritual connection to, it can offer a similar experience to prayer or mediation time.

Specifically, I know I’m in flow when:

  • My mind clears of the non-stop internal chatter. When I’m focused on work I love, I’m also enjoying the rare mental silence that allows my heart to awaken to “being” and not just doing.
  • I find my place in the world. When I write, I feel part of a system that connects us all at our core. I know I’m doing what I’m called to.
  • Peace comes over me. This one is hard to describe, but I feel no doubt or second guessing about where I am and what I’m doing. I just relax in gratitude.

My intention is to spend more time in flow.

How often do you experience the things I described above?

If you aren’t in a state of flow as often as you’d like to be, spend this week journaling on how you might invite more flow into this summer (and your life overall).

What activities put you in a completely different state of mind? Is there a way for you to do more of the work you love (even if unpaid)? How are you spending your free time and would you benefit from making changes?

Think on it and I’ll see you next week!



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This week’s post includes an excerpt originally published in July 2014.

Sometimes the concept of being independent can feel in direct conflict with the interdependent nature of love.

Choosing to love others can be scary and it requires giving up some of our emotional independence and security.

But love is by far the most powerful emotion. It drives us to action and it’s contagious.

The more you choose to love, the broader the group you are willing to love becomes. And you may find yourself willing to fight for them.

This week’s intention

When I think about the American story of independence, it is not a story of “going it alone”. And it is not a story of putting one’s own interest first.

It is a story of hope, trust, faith and teamwork. It is a story that has love’s voice all over it.

Often with historical figures, like the now infamous Alexander Hamilton, we forget that he was simply a human being. We forget that he had to conquer real fears to stand up for freedom. He, like many throughout history, chose to fight not just for himself. He fought for the many people around him and the generations that would come behind them.

My intention is to fight for the independence of others.

So when we celebrate independence here in the United States, we don’t celebrate a select few being free to prosper on their own terms. We celebrate being free to make the lives of others and the lives that come after us better. And there are many in this country and all around the world that still need our help in fighting.

I hope to keep them on my mind tomorrow as I celebrate independence. And I hope this holiday week will leave you refreshed with a renewed strength to serve.

Enjoy and see you next week!


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I didn’t enjoy when people asked me to help work on their resumes. Friends asked often and it became a burden to find time to work on them all.

At least that’s what I told myself.

But honestly, I can work on a resume quite easily; it doesn’t take me much time at all. I’m not sure why I felt so much hesitation to do it.

It’s funny how the talents that come easiest to us are often the hardest to give away.

This community is for those navigating the intersection of spiritual life and business – two things that often seem in conflict with each other.

How do you balance making money with getting paid in love, respect and legacy?

Should you work to support those who need you most or those who can afford it?

These are real and constant dilemmas as we work to bring our full spiritual selves into our work lives. And there are no easy or simple answers.

This week’s intention

It’s hard to figure out how much of your time and labor to give away for free. This is especially compounded if you run a business of your own.

So this week, we are going to focus on this dilemma and how you craft an answer for yourself. There are no exercises but just a few questions to spend the week reflecting on.

Think about your gifts and your livelihood:

  • Should you be sharing your talents for free? If so, which ones?
  • How much is enough?
  • How much is too much?
  • Is money the main way you feel compensated for your time? If not, what other things bring you value?
  • What do you think is expected of you based on your spiritual beliefs?
  • Do you want to change your behavior in any way?

These are hard questions so take your time. See you next week!


Working Whole is available on Amazon and all major online book retailers.

WORKING WHOLE: How to Unite Your Spiritual Beliefs and Your Work to Live Fulfilled 

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We all want to be of service. We want to make a difference.

Yet service can seem like an out of reach goal that is only achieved through long hours of volunteering and great sacrifices.

But it isn’t the enormous undertaking we tend to think of. Service is a spiritual decision to use our lives to improve the experiences of others and it doesn’t have to feel like work.

This week’s intention

Last week, we focused on sparking new thoughts and starting the journey out of a rut.

This week, I want to stay on the idea of new experiences, but focus specifically on reminding ourselves how much impact we can have on the world.

My intention is to serve others and create new thoughts.

Below are 10 easy ways to serve this week in 5 minutes or less. Choose a few and set a goal to get them done. Journal about the thoughts they spark in you.

  1. Tell someone a joke. Laughter is good for the heart.
  2. Save someone from a work conversation they aren’t enjoying. “Hey I hate to interrupt, but can I borrow you for two minutes”.
  3. Contact an elected official via social media to quickly advocate for a cause you believe in.
  4. Actually take your reusable bags or coffee cup into the store with you.
  5. Text someone a specific compliment. (e.g. “I admire the work you do.”)
  6. Plant something.
  7. Pray for someone.
  8. Make a small unrestricted online donation to a grassroots charity you believe in.
  9. Teach someone something. Anything.
  10. Give someone your undivided attention.

It is often the smallest actions that point us in a new direction. Before you can make your next career steps, it helps to remind yourself that you have the power to change someone else’s world. This will help you discern how you want to use it.

See you next week!


Working Whole is available on Amazon and all major online book retailers.

WORKING WHOLE: How to Unite Your Spiritual Beliefs and Your Work to Live Fulfilled 

#workingwholebook


Learn more about Simply Service, my work and me at Purpose and Kourtney’s story.


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