new year

  • When Is The Best Time To Start Working On Your Goals?


    Is New Year’s Day the best time to start working on your goals?

    As the New Year approaches, many of us are busy making plans, resolutions, and vision boards in hopes that we will achieve all that we desire in the coming year.

    The best thing to remember, though, is that the best day to start working on your goals is TODAY and the best time is NOW!

    When you think about it, what you do now – in each and every moment – influences what your future will be like. If you want to see big changes in your life, you have to start making small changes in the moment.

    But don’t overwhelm yourself with a bunch of big changes all at once, though. Remember that change happens over time and that better is better than the same old same old!

    And remember, too, that you don’t have to wait for a specific date, day, or time to start making changes that lead you to your dreams.


    What can you do to start making positive changes today?

    • Figure out your top 3 priorities. Make sure that you keep the most important things in your mind as you plan out changes that you will make.
    • Break it down. If better health is a priority for you, brainstorm about real, meaningful changes you can make in your daily life. Make these changes trackable. Start tracking them daily!
    • Find a buddy. It is important to have support from people who are working toward the same goals as you are. If you want to grow your business, seek out people who are also working on growing their businesses, too. Support and commiserating can help a person achieve more than she could by going it alone.
    • Remember you will have setbacks. Life can get interesting and throw curveballs into your plans. Just remember that you will have times when you can’t work on your goals (like when the flu hits your house or you go through some big life changes).
    • Don’t let setbacks make you give up. Just get up, dust off, and start where you are. You will have stops and starts – especially when working toward longer-term goals. It’s normal. Don’t beat yourself up over it.

    Set yourself up for success in 2017!

    I’ll help you discover what is important for you to work on, then create a plan that works in your life, and I can even hold you accountable to make the changes you need to make to actually fulfill your desires! Chat with me or set up an appointment for a Skype Coaching Session.
    Would you like to learn more about goals and vision boards? Read these articles!

    Goal setting
    Making a vision board


  • Vegan, Day 1 – Lucky Prosperity Soup


    Prosperity Soup

    Happy New Year!

    As many of you know, I’ve decided to go vegan for 2015 – aside from the quarterly visits to running sushi, which I refuse to give up!

    Luckily enough, I’ve spent many of my adult years as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, so I have a lot of recipes in my noggen that totally fit the bill! My daughter did a short stint as a vegan after she read the Skinny Bitch book, but I refused to let her be an unhealthy vegan; she ate mostly bread and soy pudding – no veg, no fruits – and I had to put a stop to it. Working to help her choose vegan foods gave me a bunch of experience reading labels and looking for hidden animal products.

    I am not planning on being super duper strict, though. I have honey in my tea as we speak, and I may unknowingly eat eggs or dairy if they are ingredients in something that I consume while I am on vacation.

    For the most part, though, I want to focus on fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains and general health driven eating, sans eggs, milk, and meat.

    The internet is a FAB resource for finding all things vegetarian/vegan, including tons of yummy recipes. I am going to have to look through all of my former research to find my go-to sites again.

    Some great vegan sites I can remember off of the top of my head are:

    Oh She Glows

    Vegan Dad (he’s in Austria? Hm. Need to take a closer look.)

    The Gluten Free Vegan

    One issue I foresee is finding ingredients in Austria. Austria is one of those countries that is very “old school” – meaning that up until like 10 years ago, many restaurants didn’t even HAVE a vegetarian selection, unless you were willing to pick the meat out of something or believe that a dish with “only a little bit of meat” was actually a vegetarian dish. Austria is, however, getting up to speed, and there are some FAB vegetarian/vegetarian grocers popping up in Vienna, especially. There is even one down the street from my office, near the Westbahnhof.

    What am I eating today?

    For breakfast, I had 3 mandarines, an apple, and a banana. Well, the banana was a snack, because I got HUNGRY all of a sudden while I was cooking.

    Lunch is going to be my traditional New Year’s Lentil Bean soup with a twist. The twist(s) are additional spinach and carrots (spinach signifies dollar bills and carrots signify coins) and I also put coconut milk and curry in (curry = gold). When I was growing up, we had lentil bean soup every New Year’s day, as we were taught that every bean eaten represented one day of good luck in the new year.  Bring on the prosperity! Bring on the good luck!

    Dinner will likely be leftovers. We had kidney beans and spanish rice the other day for dinner (totally vegan recipes as well). It is filling, full of fiber, and already cooked! 🙂

    I’ll be adding my staple recipes to the site as I have the time to! I’d like to also share my experiences with you AND get and give some support to the other veggies/vegans out there!


    Prosperity Soup

    1 tbsp olive oil
    1/2 medium white onion (diced)
    500 grams lentil beans, rinsed and sorted through
    1/2 clove garlic, diced
    3 cups water (enough to cover the beans)
    2-3 tablespoons veggie broth bouillon (without palm oil, if you can find it. Save the orangutans!)
    1 can coconut milk
    1 tbsp curry powder + 1 tbsp tumeric
    3 medium/large carrots, cut into coins
    spinach leaves
    Put olive oil in a pan, heat on medium. Dice onion and saute it until clear or until it starts to brown. Add garlic and continue to saute. Add beans and enough water to cover the beans. Add bouillon, increase heat and bring to boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium/low and add coconut milk and curry/tumeric. Simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Add carrots. Continue simmering for another 10 minutes, or until carrots and beans are cooked to desired softness. Ladle soup into bowls. Add a handful of spinach. Enjoy and prosper!

    Happy New Year!



  • Ways to Make 2015 Your BEST Year Yet!

    What are your Keywords for 2015?

    Seems to me like KEYWORDS are the latest and greatest way to set goals for the new year. I kind of like the concept, as some of the resolutions I set shouldn’t be strictly defined – they are more like feelings or overall impressions of what I want to achieve or accomplish during the year. Keywords are something like the pictures in your Vision Board that don’t really represent a static concept, but trigger something in your subconscious brain that draws you toward a great goal that you just can’t define at the moment.

    For example, my first Vision Board contained the following picture from Alex Grey:

    Alex Grey, Seraphic Transfer 1
    Alex Grey, Seraphic Transfer 1

    At the time, I didn’t realize what it meant, I just KNEW that it touched me at some level and that it was a part of what I wanted in my life.

    Then Reiki found me, and I understood.

    It is so important to incorporate specific and measurable goals into your New Year planning AND to make room for less defined, more fluid or spirit driven goals, aims, or intentions as well. Sometimes the things that can’t be put into words or assigned numeric values actually become the most important things in your life.

    So what are my keywords for 2015?

    Here are some of the words I considered:

    Electrify. Desire. Authenticity. Luxurious. Fireworks. Balance. Satisfaction. Receive. Passion. Ignite. Enlighten. Magic.

    I can’t pick just ONE. It is hard! And I’ve decided NOT TO! I am a rebel like that, and there is room for ALL of those words on my Vision Board!

    I did pick a few words that I want to share with my clients and base my own business on this year…

    Intend. Believe. Manifest. Grow. Prosper. Give. Balance.

    These words encompass what I want to do in the new year, and also what I want to help others to do for themselves.

    These words require an element of faith and imply the internal and external work that needs to be done in order to create a life that is both balanced and also expanding in all of the right directions.

    What advice can I give before you even start?

    Be honest with yourself and with the people around you. There isn’t any reason to mask or disguise your authentic desires in life. If you do, you probably won’t like the life that you create because it won’t be the life you DESIRE. So get comfy with being clear and honest with what you really want in life.

    Understand that you might need to make compromises, but figure out the best possible alternative to your number 1. For example, I KNOW that I can’t get a beach home right now, but that I might be better served living in the city than living in the country.

    Give it time to grow. Don’t give up on something just because the end result you were hoping for doesn’t materialize in 2.5 seconds. Dreams sometimes take a while to manifest (like the place, time, and money for my beach house). Be patient – but do set deadlines for the Universe. I will cover that this year. It’s an important part of manifestation.

    Be flexible. Let your dream evolve. Be willing to change your mind or your course. Let life shape and mold your intentions and their outcomes. Be prepared for your wildest wishes to come to you in the most unlikely ways.

    Reach out. Sometimes you will need a little bit of help to achieve what you want. There is no reason to do it alone – you have friends and family members who would likely LOVE to help you out. There are also support groups and mentors galore on the internet, literally bursting with great advice and tips to help you achieve just what it is you are dreaming about.

    I am one of those people! You can email ME! Let me help you!

    With love and blessings and wishes for your BEST year yet!