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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



May 2003 Newsletter

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



 Encouraging Words

May 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


O thou who passest through our valleys in
  Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
    That flames from their large nostrils! Thou, O Summer,
      Oft pitchest here thy golden tent, and oft
        Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
          With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.
      - William Blake To Summer



How did you do on your health goals last month?


Summer Planning


Why is it that by late August we are saying, “Where did the summer go? I wanted to get to the beach…go on a picnic…visit my grandparents.” This year let’s try to plan our summer beforehand and mark days in the calendar so we will remember them. Picture the best summer you’ve had in your head. Now let’s plan for another great summer. Here are some questions to get you started; they won’t apply to everyone, just use what works for you:


When do you want to plan for your week or two of vacation? If you can’t take a whole week off can you find a few long weekend trips you can take?


Is there anything you would like to teach your kids this summer?


What do the kids want to do this summer?


What types of outdoor activity do you enjoy that can serve as exercise? Do you like skating, hiking, beach walking or tennis?


Are there any home improvement projects you want to work on now that it is warm enough to open the windows?


Did you plan a day at the beach or an afternoon picnic?


Who do you want to make a point of visiting this summer? When would you like to go?


Do you have any gardening or landscaping plans?


Is there a good weekend to have a romantic getaway with your spouse?


What are you planning for the holidays: Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, birthdays and anniversaries?


If you are a scrapbooker, are there any pictures you want to be sure to take this summer?


Did you want to plan any visits to Grandma and Grandpa’s for the kids?


Do you have all the summer gear you need? Swimsuits, picnic supplies, sunblock? Target has some really cute summer supplies this year called I Scream for Summer. I got a cute red picnic blanket with polka dots and a pinwheel to scare of the birds in my garden.


Were there any classes or camps your kids wanted to go to?


Are there any outdoor concerts, festival or art shows nearby? Check your local paper.


What obligations will you drop this summer to make room for fun?


Now list the 10 things that would make this your best summer yet? Have fun!





Take Action:

Take an hour in the next two weeks to plan your best summer ever! 





Self-Care Tips for May:

·         Get a colorful watch, purse or hat for summer

·         Check out the local farmer’s market

·         Get rid of one bag of junk

·         Give yourself a pampered pedicure to get ready for sandals


I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower
-André Gide


Relationship Ideas for May:

·         Take the kids to the zoo or park

·         Take someone and go through model homes

·         Go garage saling with a friend

·         Get tickets with your parents to a show


To see the summer sky is poetry
 –Emily Dickenson


I encourage you this month to enjoy your summer, to be thankful for the gifts of nature and to let loose!



Beth Dargis

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