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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 # 51: Use music to energize you or relax you

What's your favorite music? When was the last time you played it?

Music is often an underused resource for mood and energy management.

Most of us know how energetic a peppy song gets us. But, how often in an energy lag do you pop in a CD or turn on the radio?

What about a soothing song? When was the last time you used a song to ease your stress or comfort you?

I love putting on, "Walkin' on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves to start my morning cleaning routine off right. Pat Benetar, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and the Rain Man soundtrack can perk me back up when I have my late afternoon energy lag. At night Enya or a nature CD can soothe me so I am ready for bed. Some days it is classical music that touches my soul. I love to sing hymns or praise songs in my quiet time. Praise songs also help when I'm feeling down. What is your favorite music for gaining energy? What music soothes you?

For my birthday, one of my gifts was a pair of headphones so I could listen to my music when my 3rd shift husband was sleeping. I listen to music often when I am working on the computer now.

You can also gain stress relief by playing music. Did you used to play an instrument or sing? Can you take up the hobby again? I can get out lots of aggression by playing, "The Wild Horseman" on the piano.

This week, take a look at how music affects you.

How Music Affects Your Mood

Music: Good for the Heart
Using Music to Improve Health and Performance

What are you feeling right now? What music do you need to hear?


52 Tiny Changes Archive



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