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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 #7 : Get together with a friend at least once a month

When our lives get too busy, having fun with friends is usually the first thing to go. We think we don't need that time. But, people that get together with friends are healthier, live longer, and have less stress. Friends allow you to be you instead of "wife", "father", "employee", and all your other roles.

When was the last time you were able to see a friend? If time is tight, try making a standing date with a friend to go out for lunch or to a movie once a month. No planning, no scheduling. Or if it seems like all your friends are so busy get them together once a month for a night out. They can get to know each other and you get to see most of your friends without having to see everyone separately.

An insightful book on the importance of friendship is I Know Just What You Mean by Ellen Goodman and Pat O'Brien.

If you have found yourself wanting to make friends, try going to church, volunteering at something you are passionate about, joining a book club or writer's group, inviting the parents of your kid's friends over for dessert, or going online to find the e-mail addresses of old friends you have lost contact with.

Deep friendships require time and maintenance. Write or call to let them know you are thinking of them. Bring soup when they are sick. Encourage them when they are trying something new. Help them pack when they move. Find out their needs and how you can be there for them. Here are some qualities of a solid friendship.

Who do you want to reconnect with?



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