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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 #31. Take time for your hobbies at least a few times a month

When was the last time you took time for your hobbies? Do you even remember what your hobbies are?

Too often we have been relying on passive activities like watching TV, watching a game, watching a movie. We claim we are too tired at the end of the work day to do anything else. Maybe the reason we don't have as much eneryg is because we aren't doing anything that let's us actively enjoy what we are doing.

After I am done scrapbooking, playing the piano or gardening, I am more energetic, not less. I feel alive. Refreshed. Unlike after watching TV, where I feel sluggish and have a hard time getting off the couch.

Write in your schedule three days - at least - that you are planning on doing your hobby in the coming month. On those days, you can turn off the TV or tell the committee you have another appointment.

If you've forgotten what your hobbies are, imagine back to when you were a kid. What did you like to do? Did you like bike riding, catching frogs, or writing stories? Are there any aspects of your hobbies you can bring to your world today?

I've listed some hobby resources below to help you get some more ideas for your ideal hobby.


Hobbies and Games
Her Hobbies


What are you planning on doing during your hobby time?


52 Tiny Changes Archive



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