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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



March 2003 Newsletter

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


Encouraging Words

March 2003

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

Living artfully might require something as simple as pausing. The vessel in which soul-making takes place is an inner container scooped out by reflection and wonder. –Thomas Moore


How are you doing on your stress management? Are you implementing you stress relief action plan?


Do you love life? Are you enjoying every day? Do you wake up in the morning enthusiastically? If not, maybe you need to invite a little more fun into your life.

Maybe you think you just don’t have time for fun. Or maybe you think it is a waste of time. But, you can fit fun into just 5 minutes.

¨       Blowing bubbles

¨       Singing to a song

¨       Dancing to a tune

¨       Petting your pet

¨       Working on a crossword puzzle

¨       Reading the comics

¨       Planning something fun for the evening

¨       Checking the movie schedule

¨       Calling a friend

¨       Planning a lunch date

¨       Browsing through a catalog

¨       Playing with kids

¨       Reading a magazine article

¨       Playing with a yo-yo or koosh ball

How much fun can you fit into a half hour? Things like bike riding, reading, playing cards, scrapbooking, swinging at the park, playing a board game, painting, sewing, playing a computer game, buying a present, writing a letter, taking a drive. What do you like to do? Do you plan any fun into your evenings?

What about the weekend? Is it all about catching up from the past week or do you take ˝ a day off to relax and have fun. When was the last time you went to the beach, on a nature walk, to a museum, kite-flying, to a flea market or bookstore, played monopoly, worked on a jigsaw puzzle, went miniature golfing or bowling, went on a picnic, went out dancing, took the kids to the park, or had a spa night?

Fun takes planning just like anything else. Get your work done so you can have fun. Don’t waste time watching boring TV or going to committee meetings that don’t interest you. Use your free time doing things you and your family enjoy. Monday make a list of what needs to be done this week. Tuesday read the newspaper or online to see if there is anything fun going on in the next couple weekends that interests you. What does your family want to do? Wednesday see what plans are already in the schedule and what the kids’ activities are. Thursday run your errands and do your grocery shopping.  Check the movie listings. Friday make sure everything is done by 6:00 so you can enjoy yourself over the weekend. Or some people do morning chores as a family on Saturday morning then plan a fun outing for the afternoon.

Take Action:

  1. Make a list of fun things to do in 5 minutes
  2. Make a list of things that take from 10-30 minutes
  3. Make a list of fun things that take a half day
  4. Now plan to incorporate some of this fun into your month


Self-Care Tips for March:

·         Fast from noise for a little bit

·         Look at the stars

·         Observe your daily rituals and see if there are some better ones to have

·         Spend one day this month doing nothing but having fun

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards.
-Spanish Proverb

Relationship Ideas for March:

·         Take the kids swimming in a warm pool

·         Buy a book for you and one for a friend, then make a date to discuss it

·         Warm up the car for your sweetie

·         Invite your mom to tea

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
 –Maya Angelou

I encourage you this month to have fun, to work hard and to light up your world this month.


Beth Dargis

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