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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



AUGUST 2002 Newsletter


Encouraging Words
August 1, 2002

Welcome to Encouraging Words monthly newsletter. This FREE newsletter is designed to encourage you in creating a life so joyful and authentic, you radiate. Please pass it along to friends you would like to inspire.


How did you do with your habit last month? If your change didn't get ingrained last month, try again this month. This time get extra motivation by telling someone and being accountable to them. You can also add a juicy reward at the end.

Some reward ideas:

  • An hour of reading time
  • A couple hours to browse a bookstore
  • A music CD
  • A massage
  • Computer game time

If last month's change went well, you can start a new habit this month. Check last month's newsletter July for ideas.


What is a project you really want to do, but haven't gotten around to doing? For example, cleaning the basement, reconnecting with a friend or making a budget. Commit to working and focusing on that one project this month.

Take Action:

1. Write down your focus for the month ___________________________________________________

2. Write down what you will let go of this month to make time (i.e. TV, trips to the mall, a meeting you didn't want to attend anyway, other projects)



This month I want to scrapbook our summer vacation pictures, so I am cutting out doing some genealogy and some novel reading.

3. Write down small action steps to take that are 15-30 minutes each.

For example:
Find pictures
Put pictures in order
Browse scrapbooking magazines for ideas
Buy album and supplies
Do 5 pages at a time


4. Schedule time in your calendar for your project.

5. Decide on a reward for completing your project this month. ____________________________________

If you need help getting motivated for each step, e-mail me for a free e-coaching session at dargis@chartermi.net.


Self-Care Tips for August:

  • Write down your dreams every morning
  • Buy yourself some flowers
  • Give yourself a facial
  • Add space by clearing off a bookshelf

"That which you can't give away, you do not possess. It possesses you." -Ivern Bell


Relationship Ideas for August:

  • Take the kids to the beach
  • Play a game of tennis with your significant other
  • Make birthday cards for the next couple months
  • Throw a wild west party

"Marriage should be a duet - when one sings, the other claps." -Joe Murray


I encourage you this month to remember your joy, to visualize your most perfect day and to let those you love, know you care.


Contact Beth Dargis
I coach stressed-out people looking for peace, balance and purpose. For more information on Encouraging Coach programs, private coaching with Beth, media opportunities, or inviting Beth Dargis to speak to your company or organization, please contact Beth at

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