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Healthy Foods Can Lift Your Mood

Thanks so much to my smart and witty cousin, Jessi Haggerty, RD for today's post.  Jessi makes eating healthy fun and tasty! Since delving into the world of nutrition and food, I have come to believe that there is a cure for everything in the food we eat, or don't eat for that matter.  There have been numerous research studies, articles, and nutrition books written about how a high quality diet can prevent, and possibly cure, everything from heart disease to cancer.  But I'm here to talk about how your food can make your day, well, a little bit better.   It's no secret that the foods we eat can affect our mood, and that our mood can affect the food we eat, which can create a...

Rebuilding Your Self-Esteem After A Toxic Relationship

It can be difficult to re-establish a healthy routine and empower yourself after a toxic relationship. Fortunately, coming to the realization that you need to let go is one of the most difficult steps.   If you have already gone this far then you have won half the battle and you're almost there! Now you can finally concentrate on yourself and detoxify yourself from the relationship.   Pace Yourself: Give yourself time to heal.  We can be harder on ourselves than on any other person.  Realize that fully overcoming the issues you had to face during your relationship may take time, and that’s OKAY. Give yourself a break.  Don’t fall into the trap of pressuring yourself or bringing yourself down because the results aren’t immediate. Healing is...

7 Tips for Moving Forward

Are you ready for change but don't know where to start?  Use these simple tips to get yourself out of the rut and on the road to achieving your dreams. 1.  Define your goals.  Get crystal clear on what you want.  Imagine your future-self.   Describe what you see.  What are the predominant features?    Put it in writing.  Establish long term and short term goals that are concrete, measurable, and achievable.  If they are vague ideas, they will be too difficult to accomplish.   2.  Take the first step.  Choose a task to start your journey toward a better future.  Sometimes getting started is the most difficult part.  Once you get the ball rolling it's likely to continue.  Nudge yourself to begin the momentum.  What one aspect of that...

Make Summertime Work for You

The official start of summer is almost here.  And unless you plan it well, in the blink of an eye, it's gone! Here in the Northeast, we only get a few months of warmth, sunshine, and extended daylight hours. This has proven to improve mood, lower anxiety, and increase energy levels.   How can you be sure to maximize the energy boost you get from the glorious sunlight and vitamin D? It's easy if you stay organized.  Plan your summer from the start.   Name your priorities.  What do you want to accomplish?  Is it family time?  Taking a vacation?  Home improvement projects?  Building your career or business?  Enjoying the outdoors? Reconnecting with friends? Get out your day planner and schedule your summer.  Give yourself deadlines for completing important...

Better Time Management

How often has it felt like you would NEVER get everything done that needs to be done?  Your to-do list becomes overwhelming and downright stifling.  The more you think about it, the bigger and more impossible it seems.  You know that if you just start whittling away at it, it will be done before you know it.  But where and how do you start?  Follow these simple steps to tackle the unsurmountable with ease and grace.  1.  Draft your to-do list - Write everything down. Yup, every single item no matter how big or small.  Put it on paper, in front of you. This stops the list from swirling in your head and stopping you.  Take charge! 2.  Prioritize the list using a letter system to designate...

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What Can Life Coaching Do For Me?

A Life Coach provides the support, encouragement, and extra push required to stretch you beyond your comfort zone.  She helps you prioritize, manage time, and maintain clarity needed for continued and new successes. Weekly check-ins keep you accountable to the goals you set.  You and your Coach celebrate victories and troubleshoot challenges.   Problems are faced head-on to develop strategies and solutions that work for you. You and your Coach will notice the things that are going well!  After all, when was the last time you gave yourself credit for your accomplishments?  There are hundreds of tasks we complete everyday that we take for granted. Notice them, own them, and celebrate them! It's true that we all have a wealth of wisdom.  We have vibrant ideas about how we want things to be different in our lives, and perhaps the world. We know we want...

Life/Business Coaching versus Psychotherapy

A popular question I've been asked is, "What is the difference between Life Coaching and Psychotherapy?".  Here in the Big Apple, Psychotherapy is very popular.  People are comforted by having a Psychotherapist to lean on as a source of clarity and support.  But Psychotherapy is much more than that.  It is a treatment of psychological problems typically caused by past traumas and/or experiences, or a biological imbalance. Its main purpose is to improve mental health and an overall sense of well-being.  A diagnosis and treatment plan guide the course of therapy services.  Health Insurance will pay for Psychotherapy. Those practicing Psychotherapy at the Licensure level, e.g. Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers, etc. have completed at least a Masters Degree...

Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to my Life Coaching website!  You might be wondering how Life Coaching could benefit you.  I've been asked, "What is Life Coaching?", "What can I expect from Life Coaching?", "What is the difference between Life Coaching and Psychotherapy?",  "How do I know if Life Coaching is right for me?", and  "How long does Life Coaching take?". Stay tuned for answers to these questions, and more.  Feel free to post your own questions or comments.  I look forward to hearing your ideas....

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