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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 #3 : Read at least 15 minutes a day

I've been told I am creative. I think much of what looks like creativity is just in how much I read. I read about 2 books a week, sometimes more. I always am in the middle of reading a book. I get ideas from self-help books I read, from novels that touched me, from how-to books, from poetry, from history, from biographies. All these books have something to teach me and something to teach you. Isn't it better to learn from someone else's mistakes or successes than always starting from scratch?

But when to find the time? Here are a few ideas.

  • Use that time in the morning now that you are waking up 1/2 hour early
  • Read with your morning coffee
  • Read on your commute if you carpool or ride the train
  • Take breaks at work to read something uplifting
  • Waiting for e-mail or other things to download
  • Read during lunch
  • Bring your kids to the park and read while they are running around
  • On the plane
  • Put a magazine holder in the bathroom
  • Bring books on vacation
  • Keep a book in your purse or briefcase to read during waiting times at appointments
  • Read during the commercials or better yet, instead of TV
  • Read to relax you before bed


Don't forget reading to your kids:Making Time to Read Aloud

What book are you looking forward to reading?


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