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"You have taught me to believe in myself and to take things slowly, one step at a time, keep sight of my goals, both short term and long term.

Your coaching style was both nuturing and motivating, you seemed to intuitively know some days what I needed most. Your caring and understanding was so appreciated and it came from the heart."

-Holly C.

I would recommend the Simplicity Course as an easy, practical way to start simplifying one's life. I especially liked the segments on Tolerations, Wardrobe, and Office and Paperwork.

Each day focuses on only one task, which is helpful to people who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life and hardly know where to begin downshifting.

-Joan, New York

Beth has an uncanny way of, "reading between the lines" to see a person's heart. I appreciate how genuine she is.

I have already begun implementing her suggestions, and am dumbstruck at how well they are working. I am feeling so much more secure, and feel I am finally put onto a life path that will bring me joy for many years to come."

-Sue Halpern

I feel more focused and have an objective instead of aimlessly filling up the day.

-Shelli Segura



52 Tiny Changes

You've done it before. Tried to change your whole life in 30 days. Only to fizzle out at day 10 because it take too much time. Join me in making a small change each week and by the end of the year you will have made 52 improvements to your life!

52changes@encouragingcoach.com with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #18: Surprise your significant other with a fun date

When was the last time you got a baby-sitter, made a plan for a fun date and invited your partner out?

If you and the one you love don't get time alone to talk and connect with one another, you will start losing that feeling of closeness. Who should rate highest on your list of priorities? One would think someone you are planning on spending the rest of your life with would rank pretty high.

What is stopping you from going on a date? If you think creatively you may be able to solve them. If money is a problem, trade baby-sitting duties and go on frugal dates.

Running out of dating ideas? Fall is a wonderful time to rekindle the connection. There are so many romantic things to do, like go to a pumpkin patch, take a tour of the fall leaves, go on a hayride, visit a cider mill, hike through the woods, or sip cocoa by a fire.

What if you are just constantly annoyed with each other lately? Try making a rule that for just this date you will only talk about positives. Maybe even have a date where you talk about the reasons you fell in love with each other. Or visit a place that has special meaning in your lives. A date could be just what you need-if you are clear on the intentions before you leave the house.

No time? If you don't have time for love, you are too busy. Get rid of some to do's. Quit a committee and spend the time you would at that meeting with each other. Leave the house a mess for an evening. Run errands, together. Say no to your kids when they want to join yet another activity you have to drive them to. (That's better for them, too. You don't want to raise kids that say yes to everything and end up miserable do you?)

So what is stopping you? Make a list of 15 different solutions, no matter how silly. Now go for it!

Cheap dates from the Dollar Stretcher
Have you lost that Lovin' Feeling?
Things to talk about
52 Dates
Marriage 101
LovingYou.com's Romance 101

Where are you going on your date?

52 Tiny Changes Archive


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