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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




-Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly. ĖSt. Francis De Sales


Encouraging Words

December 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.

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
--E.E. Cummings


Are you remembering the Gifts of Waiting, from our November issue? Since it is the Christmas Season I am sure you will need to do quite a bit of waiting. You can read that newsletter at my website. The address is at the end of the newsletter.

Making this a Merry Holiday Season

Since becoming adults Christmas has seemed less fun. Every year I try to remember some of the fun of December by making an advent chain with the kids. We cut strips of red and green construction paper. On each slip of paper, we write the day of advent it is and something to do on that day. To make the chain we start at Christmas then loop Christmas Eve around it and staple, adding each of the days. Here is our advent chain this year.

1.        1st Sunday in Advent. Light a candle on the advent wreath. Read the Christmas story in Luke.

2.        Donate clothing to goodwill.

3.        Pray for all people.

4.        Make cards for a nursing home.

5.        Set up the nativity scene.

6.        Read a Christmas book.

7.        Send Christmas cards to our pastors.

8.        2nd Sunday in Advent. Light candle. Pray for peace.

9.        Game night.

10.     Forgive someone.

11.     Watch our DVD of ďItís a Wonderful LifeĒ.

12.     Check to make sure everyone has Christmas clothes.

13.     Call a friend.

14.     Bake Christmas cookies with our family.

15.     3rd Sunday in Advent. Light candle. Decorate Christmas tree.

16.     Donate canned goods to the local mission.

17.     Go Christmas caroling.

18.     Christmas party for the kids.

19.     Pray for the people who have sent you Christmas cards.

20.     Take a drive to look at the Christmas lights.

21.     Go sledding.

22.     Let the kids decorate their rooms.

23.     No school! Have hot chocolate and marshmallows.

24.     Read the Christmas story. Have a silent night where you turn off the lights and sit in silence while watching the Christmas tree.

25.     Merry Christmas!

Take Action:

What do you want to do this holiday season? Plan it so it happens. Make an advent chain or advent calendar full of things to look forward to.

If you need help coming up with an action plan, e-mail me for a free e-coaching session at dargis@chartermi.net.

Have you started your Christmas planning yet? If you havenít, then I have a four-week plan for you : http://www.geocities.com/swpetite1/christmas.html. This plan is from my personal site.

*Note* If you tried sending me a message through the form on my site and I havenít replied, please e-mail me or try again. The form was down for a bit, but it is fixed now.

Self-Care Tips for December:

         Have your presents wrapped at a store if you donít enjoy wrapping

         Buy a fresh pine wreath to enjoy the smell

         Christmas shop by catalog or the internet

         Spend an hour on the couch under a blanket reading magazines

If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be happy.  If someone bases his or her happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time.  If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.

Andy Rooney

Relationship Ideas for December:

         See the Nutcracker with your family

         Visit a church that has a Handelís Messiah sing

         Hang mistletoe and remember to use it

         Christmas shop with a friend

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
-- John Churton Collins

I encourage you this month to live joyful, to regain your childhood enthusiasm and to create a holiday you and your family with love.


Beth Dargis

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