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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 #22: Make a plan to regularly call your parents, grandparents, siblings or others you consider family

How many times have you gotten so busy, you realize you haven't talk to your mom in your month? How many birthdays have you missed recognizing recently? Who do you wish you could get to know better, but it just hasn't happened?

It might be time to start scheduling in those times with your loved ones. If this rubs you the wrong way, remember, this isn't saying you can never be spontaneous and call someone up at the spur of the moment. It just means you will be remembering to make contact more often. And what's wrong with that?

Start by making a list with three columns. In the first column, list friends, family and acquaintances you want to regularly get in touch with. In the second column, decide how often you want to communicate. In the next column you can write the main way you will make contact: email, a letter, a phone call, a lunch date, etc.

Since I already had a cleaning schedule with daily, weekly and monthly tasks to do, I thought I might as well incorporate these relationships into that schedule. After all, people are even more important than a clean house. On my daily list, along with make bed and do dishes, I wrote down one on one time with my two kids and with my husband. On my Monday list, I have grocery shop and calling my parents. Once a month, in the second week, I am reminded to write my aunt.

At the beginning of each month, I also have a note to remember to send cards, buy presents and make note of people's special days.

Relationships Week Five If you want to go into even more depth on evaluating your relationships
19 Ways to Encourage Others Wonderful ways to support friends and family

Who haven't you talked to in awhile?


52 Tiny Changes Archive


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