Leslie Taylor - Life Coach

Successful Life Coaching & Leadership Development

eNewsletter #2, February, 2008

This month—Happy Valentine’s Day!

1.  Appreciate YOURSELF!!!

2.  Other News: Check out my new BLOG

3.  Websites of the Month

Hello again!

February is traditionally the month when we find time to appreciate others. Around the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th and it is traditional on Valentine’s Day to express love and appreciation to a spouse, partner, children, friends and others we care about.

How many of you will be appreciating yourselves on Valentines Day?

In fact, when was the last time you celebrated yourself? If you haven’t been able to find the time to celebrate who you are and what you do, now’s the time to start!

Here are some questions to get you started:

First of all, this is not an easy task. I think that most of us, both men and women, have been conditioned to think about others or to put work before ourselves.

Take a few minutes to honestly answer the following questions:

Ask yourself how you would like to be appreciated? If someone else were to notice all the amazing things that you do in a day or a week or a year what would you like them to say or do to acknowledge who you are?

If you could give yourself any gift in the world what would it be?

What do you like most about your life?

What are you most grateful for?

What can you do for yourself that says, “I really care about you?”

Self-Care

Recognizing and appreciating yourself is an important aspect of self-care. Self-care is described as focusing on YOU in order to strengthen your overall health and well-being.  Self-care is not just about looking after your health though. It also includes self-compassion, being attuned into your needs, setting boundaries and staying true to your values.

Why is it important to practice self-care? Although it may sound “selfish”, spending time on caring for yourself can actually help you find more time and space in your life.

Sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it?  But, the evidence is in--when you choose to take care of your own needs you’ll find yourself building a reserve of energy and resources that will enable you to care for yourself AND others.

Living this way will mean different things to different people so you’ll have to decide what self-care means for you.

At a minimum it means caring for our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The rewards are great but choosing to live this way takes real love and commitment. What we are talking about here is self-love and this requires a certain amount of time, work, and compassion.

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Extreme-Self Care

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You can check out http://www.masterfacilitatorjournal.com/selfcare.PDF for the Extreme Self-Care Program created by the folk at Coach University. Be forewarned! This extreme self-care program is just that—EXTREME and at first glance many of the goals seem…well, impossible might be a good way to describe them. The Extreme Self-Care Program raises the bar and is meant to challenge us. The authors state that, “Everyone has their own way of working with this program, so please adapt it to meet your needs.

Finally, why not write yourself a letter and express thanks for all of the things that you have done for yourself and go out and do something nice for yourself!

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Check Out My New Blog

http://www.healingtheworkplace.wordpress.com

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I recently took a course at SFU on Blogging for Social Networking. MySpace and Facebook are examples of social networking sites. I have chosen to set up my own Blog  

http://www.healingtheworkplace.wordpress.com rather than use one of the commercial sites.

My vision is to create a dialogue with those of you who are interested in what is happening in the 21st century workplace. Workplaces come in all shapes and sizes and some are GREAT places to be employed.  

Unfortunately there are a great many workplaces that are unhealthy, toxic, and soul destroying. Since many of us are spending more time at work than ever before it is imperative that we keep exploring what makes workplaces healthy and learn from those workplaces that seem to be “doing it right”.  

So, check out my blog and join in the conversation. I’d love to hear from you!

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This month’s favorite websites, that’s right I want to share TWO website with you this month.

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1.  Here’s the site for the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra. http://www.vancouverfiddleorchestra.ca

 Thanks to Charlene Robson for sharing this site with me.

2. The second site that I want to share is http://www.gratefulness.org This international non-profit organization’s mission is to help you “cultivate balance and focus on your inner life”. The site is huge and contains poetry, links, stories, pictures, practice sessions and an interactive labyrinth.

 

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