June 2003 Newsletter
-Do not wish to be anything
but what you are and try to be that perfectly. –St. Francis De
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
My family and I just got back from a lovely
trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan. The perfect mixture of history,
browsing and relaxing. Since we’ve been back we’ve pursued out
summer fun. We took long bike ride, visited the library, visited
grandparents, had a couple sleepovers, picked some fresh vegetables
at the farmer’s market, walked the trails and looked for birds
at the nature center, played monopoly, ate lunch on a picnic blanket
in the back yard, went to friends for a salad supper, flew kites
and played Frisbee. We intend to enjoy this summer.
Did you plan some fun things to do for summer? Did you do any
of them? What are you waiting for?
Do you have great ideas, but have trouble with follow through?
Are you too scared to pursue the life you really want to live?
Do you need some sort of accountability? We aren’t meant to go
through this life alone. We are meant to need and be needed by
When we share our vulnerabilities, weaknesses and dreams with
others we connect in a more intimate way. We create strong bonds
and a caring community. Our resolve is strengthened. It’s harder
to back out when you know someone is counting on you to complete
So how can you create this kind of support system? First, examine
your needs and your desires. If you love to read, try a book club
where members also talk about their lives. If you feel strongly
about a cause, volunteer and get to know other volunteers. Get
involved in a church. Find an online community built around something
you are trying to accomplish like getting organized or losing
weight. When you get into a support system, try to get involved
with positive people that are actually moving forward. Nothing
is more depressing than being involved in a group that does nothing
but gripe, yet chooses not to change.
You may already have a support system in your family and friends.
Continue to encourage them and at the same time ask for some accountability
on goals you are setting. You can have different support systems
for different goals. For example, I have a group of friends who
encourage each other to stay organized, a writing club to keep
us writing, a book club to keep our minds alert, and a church
that I am active in.
You also need a professional support system. Ask around and make
sure you know of a good lawyer, financial planner, dermatologist,
massage therapist, mechanic, banker, accountant, tax preparer,
computer guru, back up babysitter, doctor, personal trainer, professional
organizer, florist, painter, handyperson, marketing expert, graphic
designer, plumber, printer, writer, web designer, travel agent,
realtor, veterinarian, and office assistant. You never know when
you are going to need one.
What are some goals you are interested in pursuing?
Who can support you or what type of people would you need to
What is one action you can take this month to create a support
Momscape message boards: http://www.momscape.com/moreenergynow/forums/
Building Bridges with Neighbors (Christian slant): http://christianwomentoday.com/training/buildingbridges.html
Helping an Acquaintance Become a Best Friend: http://christianwomentoday.com/training/acquaintance.html
Weight Loss Support: http://www.thedietchannel.com/activities8.htm
Career Support: http://www.citb.org.uk/careerconstructor/training_support.asp
Self-Care Tips for June:
Get nail polish or a shirt that changes color in the sun
from Del Sol http://www.justaddsun.com/
Buy an under bed storage container for your winter sweaters
Highlight your hair for summer
Sit on a porch or park bench and relax
“…a true Diva knows how to bring fun to every area of her
life, including the work and responsibilities she has chosen”
-from I am Diva by Elena Bates, Maureen O’Crean, Molly Thompson
and Carilyn Vaile
Relationship Ideas for June:
Go on a long drive with your partner
Eat at an outdoor café with a friend
Go berry picking with kids
Buy a DVD or book for someone you love
Dispatch business quickly,
And keep out of long debates and heats . . .
be swift to hear
and slow to speak,
and let it be in the grace,
which seasons all words.
—George Fox quoted in Plain Living by Catherine Whitmire
I encourage you this month to find support, to be thankful for
friends and to have fun!
Written by Life Coach, Beth Dargis
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