Resolutions are for suckers; they’re simply a wish. Save your wishes for blowing out your birthday candles. Instead of simply making a resolution, how ’bout you resolve to doing something different and commit to an intentional process that will make you better. That’s exactly why I created the online group coaching community, Nuts and Bolts: of Self Awareness – it’s a tribe of people working to make life more than just wishes.

I am excited to have you join us, January 18th at 6:00pm MST.

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Don’t laugh, but my friends call me…. “YODA.”

Perhaps they are poking fun at my pint size stature, but they say it’s because I am wise. Of course, I can’t claim Jedi Mastery on life; but truth be told, I don’t just teach self awareness, I practice what I preach and my efforts have paid off. At this point in my life, I fully embrace my nickname – yes, I am Yoda size, as well as wise and powerful. You can be too!

Unlike Yoda, you don’t have 900 years to master happy. My new online group coaching community Nuts and Bolts: of Self Awareness is a great first step! I am excited for to join the tribe.

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The biggest cop out ever is… answering “What do you want?” with “I don’t know,” says Daune Thompson.

It’s a cop out because even if you’re afraid to acknowledge it, deep down we all know what we want; undeniably it’s there, just waiting to be affirmed. Saying “I don’t know” is an avoidance of the truth.

Pretty heady stuff, yes; but, it’s actually a lot simpler than we make it out to be.

Chances are you haven’t lived under a rock and fully subscribe to the notion that fame and fortune aren’t the golden ticket to happiness. You also know the world is full of inequalities; that there are more than just a handful of souls living in sheer poverty/unrest enduring unimaginable suffering and pain; yet, in the midst of all of that madness and the obvious paradox, a good number of those souls are able to cultivate sustainable happiness. The state of one’s core happiness is certainly a mystery; I believe Daune has identified one of the core pillars.

Just as someone living in an adverse scenario finds happiness, what is it about those select few that have honed in on their ‘life mission’ and forty years later love it with the same zeal?

You have to know at least one – perhaps it’s your friend that after decades of dedication and service to others, still wakes up every single morning with a spring in step. Armed with a to-do list of the most mundane chores like scheduling the cable repair and dropping off the dry cleaning, they’re still uber motivated and shockingly excited by the tasks that make the lives of those around them more comfortable.

Maybe it’s your molecular biologist buddy who after decades in the field, still thinks that anything dealing with RNA and protein synthesis is the greatest thing…ever. A Nobel Peace prize or anything even close isn’t in the cards; yet, unbenounced to everyone else, there is nothing he or she loves more than hours in the lab looking through a lens.

What these two people (and quite possibly the disadvantaged person as well) have in common is that they have unearthed what matters to them and here’s the golden ticket – it’s not what they ‘do’ that fulfills them for decades on end; it’s much deeper than that – it’s all about the ‘WHY.’ The dry cleaning drop off is: I joyfully give and abundantly receive. The science within a lab is: life is inherently a mystery and of beautiful design. Life within poverty is: I am grateful for all I have and retain hope.

My own quest to find my ‘WHY’ has been like a search for the holy grail; I have changed focus almost as often as I change underwear. Today, I proudly claim reformed “cop out artist” status – a direct result of Daune’s wisdom coupled with a persistence to the nitty gritty work, which starts with finding what she calls, your ‘WAW.’ In quirky Daune awesomeness, it’s an acronym for what do you Want And Why, but pronounced “WOW.”

Drum roll please…. figuring out the ‘WHY’ of what you ‘do’ is like plugging your soul into the universal grid and tapping into the truth of your existence. When you start observing life through this lens and applying it in every aspect of your life (yes, from the DMV visit to your career and everywhere in between,) life magically falls into place. Disclaimer: it’s not a bowl full of cherries kind of fall into place, life will continue to knock you around a bit – that’s life…. but you will feel centered, grounded and heck, there’s a whole lot of merit when you’re focused on what matters.

As a reformed “cop out artist,” here’s a nugget of what I’ve learned about finding your “WAW” : WHAT YOU WANT is the easy part….. perhaps it’s to have a successful family, partnership, and/or company. However, the trickier and most imperative aspect is to analyze what is most meaningful and WHY IT IS IMPORTANT. Daune says, “the reason you get out of bed every morning must be bigger than paying the bills, feeding the kids, driving to soccer practice and running reports at work.”

Once you’ve figured out your unique “WAW,” create a statement that allows you to answer the question, “WHAT AND WHY” in 4 word or less. Choose words like, joy, love, empower, inspire, etc… In Daune’s call, she shared that her “WAW” statement is 3 words, “Raise Self Worth” and I was reminded that mine is “Empower Creative, Authentic Expression.”

So… Happy hunting. Ask the questions. Dig for the ‘why’. Ask for help. Jump on Daune’s calls – don’t make the mistake and dismiss this as modern day self help snake oil; she’s the real deal, the only one that could crack my hard case. Good luck and persevere on

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You’ve got the New Year itch, right? You know what I’m talking about. The need to start over, refresh, purge all of the old stuff from last year that doesn’t work anymore or is weighing you down. Dump the junk, clear out the stuff, take off the pounds and whatever else is on your tick list for 2016. From your closet, to the trunk of your car, to your overloaded office or cluttered cubbie – you are ready to reduce and start new and lighter. “Less is more” becomes the mantra chant so you can handle more of your busy life juggle.

This is the typical psychological cycle of a New Year for many of us. So, here on the Newsladies, we’re going to capitalize on this momentum to help you succeed in achieving your goals and dreams by offering some sage guidance and practical tools to implement right now.

We start by getting down to business. Your business. Your professional life. And ladies you need help, especially when it comes to the work/life balance.

According to a recent survey by Forbes Magazine – 92% of working women feel overwhelmed by their professional and personal responsibilities. That’s quite a statement. And, by the way our men are struggling, too. Pew Research reports 56% of working men say they’re having a difficult time with the work/balance issue as they take on more Daddy duties and have their significant other juggling jobs and home life too.

Starting with a lighter plate is a good beginning. That means assessing what is working in your professional world, what isn’t and what you need to eliminate to start in a more productive direction.

Our fellow Newslady and Business Success Coach Daune Thompson ( has a great program to get you going. Listen to our radio podcast this week as Daune walks us through her Nuts and Bolts of Self Awareness program, teaching us how to start with some basic mental and physical house cleaning using her version of an X Box.

So women, start this new year with us and let’s get down to business!

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Everyone is looking for the edge—something that can help set us free from sickness
and disease and live in good health. Recently, I was talking with a good friend that
was going through breast cancer and she mentioned to me that she had been using
an astrologer to help with the timing of her surgeries. I was intrigued as she was
really sailing through the treatment process with great results. Could this be why?
I spoke with astrologer Gloria Star to find out more about how astrology relates to
health and learned that each of the planets and signs has particular areas of the
body that they influence through their rulership. The area of astrology that studies
this is called medical astrology and, as I learned, is very complex. This branch of
astrology utilizes the individual’s horoscope to identity weak areas that may be
predisposed to illness along with potential treatment options.
Gloria shared some things you can look at to give you an idea of the areas in your
body that might have greater physical sensitivity. You can obtain a free astrology
chart at ,here you can look up your sun, moon and ascendant sign.
When you get that information you can look up the sun, moon and ascendant in the
chart below to see what you might want to pay particular attention to. The
associated body part is one that might be more prone to a weakened vitality. While
this doesn’t mean you are doomed to a disease in that area, you should be aware
that you could be vulnerable. So, why not take steps to strengthen and protect that
body part?
Gloria also mentioned something everyone should be aware of when planning an
elective procedure. The first being Mercury in retrograde, which many of you know
as a time when electronics fail and communication goes haywire. During this time
it’s not advised to start any new health methods but rather look at what you are
currently doing and tweak it to see what’s working and what’s not. It is a good time
to do corrective surgery to address something that has already happened but needs
to be addressed again. Fix what didn’t get fixed before or complete a procedure that
is a multi-staged procedure such as breast cancer. Additionally, Venus in retrograde
isn’t the best time for any type of plastic surgery and definitely stay away from Mars
in retrograde as this planet rules surgery and during this time there tends to be
more accidents.
As I mentioned in the beginning, medical astrology is complex so if you are
interested in improving your health in the New Year or increasing your odds for
improving the outcome of an upcoming surgery, you might want to contact a
medical astrologer for a personal consultation.
Wishing you all a healthy New Year.
In your health

Astrology & Health: The Basics
by Gloria Star

The Planets, Sun & Moon, Body Parts, Systems and Functions
Sun: General vitality and constitution, Heart, Spine
Moon: Stomach and digestive system, body fluids, uterus, bladder
Mercury: Central nervous system, the brain, all the channels of the body, thyroid gland, hands, the five senses
Venus: Kidneys, venous circulatory system, thymus gland, sense of touch, ovaries
Mars: Muscles, adrenal glands, prostate, sense of smell and taste
Jupiter: Liver, gall bladder, cholesterol levels, thighs, growth, pituitary gland
Saturn: Bones, skin, hair, teeth, spleen, connective tissue
Uranus: Parathyroid gland, neural activity
Neptune: Pineal gland, lymphatic system
Pluto: Regenerative capacity, pancreas, metabolism, elimination

Zodiac Signs and the Body
Aries: Head, cranium, face, brain, eyes
Taurus: Cervical vertebrae, throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal tract
Gemini: Respiratory system, arms, shoulders, hands, nervous system
Cancer: Chest, breasts, stomach, alimentary canal. diaphragm
Leo: Heart, aorta, chest, spine, upper back
Virgo: Digestive System, intestines, inner working of the liver
Libra: Kidneys, skin, lumbar region, buttocks
Scorpio: Reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system
Sagittarius: Hips, thighs, liver, sciatic nerve
Capricorn: Knees, joints, skeletal system
Aquarius: Ankles, tibia and fibula, calves, blood & circulatory system
Pisces: Feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue

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Take an inventory ladies. What are you spending your money on and how can you shift the way you spend to recharge your finances on the savings side? Well, that’s a no brainer. Stop shopping the old school way! Regular department stores, compulsive “gotta have to feel better” shopping habits and shopping for everything when “you’ve got the time after work” or “just feel like it” syndrome. Oh no. Let’s correct to recharge which will require a shift in your daily routine and mind set.

First, assess what you have – in your closet, on your accessory list and in the rest of your home. You don’t need another “cute outfit” or darling candelabra for the patio or new gizmo for your home office. Stop. Assess. Purge what you have and go to a second hand store to sell. Don’t shop the typical sales media campaign – “you get three for the price of one!” You don’t need three. Shop off season and discount stores. You can great quality for often half the price of regular retail. Say no to the need for a “reward” because “I’ve had a hard week” buy. Also, get smart and “bulk” minded when it comes to grocery store shopping. Organize and do one trip weekly – not every few days.

Mindful spending, artful savings will recharge your financial portfolio and make you feel proud about you! O.k. go get a little treat – you did well, you deserve it! Uh, by the way, ten dollar max price point on the treat ladies.

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