God says for us to trust Him with our whole heart and lean not on our own understanding. Such simple instructions but initially so difficult to do.
I can tell you one thing, you will not be able to trust God if you do not have a relationship with Him. When God says to SEEK Him, that’s what He means. As you spend time in His word (the Bible), spend time being quiet before Him, spend time talking to Him, asking Him questions, He will reveal Himself to you. Your trust in Him will grow because you know who He is. He is faithful, His word is true, His plan for you is a good one, and He loves you.
I encourage you today to get to know Him. I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.
Today’s topic for the LiveYourLegend.net blog challenge is: What difference do I want to make in the world.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but I really do not like questions that make me go deep 🙂 Seriously, I don’t. I’m working on changing that though so here goes. I want people to pursue their dreams. I get so pumped up when I meet someone and they tell me about something that they want to do and then they proceed to tell me all the reasons why they’re not doing it. I want to scream, “Forget those excuses! You can do it, be it, experience it.” I want the world to be filled with people who have joy in living.
I want to be remembered as someone who motivated and encouraged others to live their lives with joy, purpose, and passion. My website is arichandsatisfyinglife.com because that is what I want for everyone, I want us all to live a rich and satisfying life. I know it’s possible because in John 10:10 Jesus let’s us know that that is why he came, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b). I am getting excited just thinking about it! Is the life you are living a rich and satisfying one? If not, make it one.
Happy New Year! Today’s topic for the Liveyourlegend.net blog challenge is to write my elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is basically me telling you what I do in just a few seconds. So, if we were to meet on an elevator and you asked me what I do, I would say to you:
“Hello, I’m Rochelle and I help people find joy in living.”
There you have it. I am passionate about helping people find joy in living. So many are going through the motions, living life on autopilot, hating it, and not doing anything about it. I want everyone to know that it doesn’t have to be that way, you don’t have to settle for what you currently have in your life. When you find joy in living you can better serve others. Imagine a world of people living life with joy. I like it!
Today’s blog challenge is for me to write about one thing I’m proud of. Wow, I think God is trying to get my attention. I was asked this question last week while completing a goal setting workbook, this week in a conversation with a friend, and now today. So, what’s one thing I’m proud of?
I am proud of how I handled the many, many challenges I faced in 2015. 2015 was a year of incredible challenges and growth for me. I was challenged spiritually, in my health, finances, career, and purpose. The challenges were relentless, I would end one and enter another. I felt like I was in a battle and I was. During this time I clung to the Lord. I know that He is the only reason that I am still sane and can sleep at nights. Seriously, if you do not have a relationship with the Lord I encourage you to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8 KJV Bible). My troubles did not go away but He helped me to live despite what was going on around me.
I am proud of myself for seeking God first and not losing hope. I am proud of myself for continuing to press in, asking questions, learning, staying in faith, asking more questions, trusting, believing, pressing in, asking questions, trusting. What are you proud of?
This is my second post for my 7 day blog challenge. I was supposed to write it yesterday but didn’t. Instead of staying discouraged, I jumped right back in and picked up where I left off. So, onto my second post. Today I am supposed to write about ways I help people with my talents, skill, and passions that I may not be giving myself credit for.
It is interesting that this is one of the topics that I am writing about as the year ends. This year I have realized that I take so much of my gifts and talents for granted. The things that I am gifted in require hardly any effort from me that I really don’t think that I am doing anything special.
So, what do people thank me for? People thank me for my wisdom, knowing just what to say, helping them go from overwhelm to calm. So, what are these gifts that help people so much?
- I am pretty good at discerning people and situations: When I meet a person I can usually pick up on their character and a little of what is really going on in their life, the unspoken stuff. Initially I thought these insights into the true nature of people were evident by everyone but now realize that they’re not and so I embrace this gift. This insight is really helpful when I’m coaching/advising.
- I am wise: I have experienced a lot in my life and so I have my lessons that I have learned to share with others. I also believe that because I am pretty good at discerning and seeing more than is initially presented I can offer counsel based on being able to really see what is going on. When I don’t know what to say I pray and ask God to give me wisdom. His wisdom is always the best.
- I am a good listener: Most people just want to be heard. I listen.
I just gave you a taste of my brilliance 🙂 What are some of your gifts and talents?
2016 is almost here! Are you sighing loudly because it means another year where you lived life without intention, no plan, no structure? Maybe you had a plan, you set some goals but there was no follow through. I’ve been there, I now how you feel and it’s not a good way to feel year after year.
Does this sound like you?
You are living life on autopilot and it’s really starting to bother you. Life is happening but you’re not living. You know that there has to be more to life than this. Your biggest need right now is for something to change in the way that you are living life. You want to make a change, you want a rich and satisfying life.
You know that your life can be rich and satisfying. You really want to make a change but right now you can’t seem to do it. You feel overwhelmed, you are not clear about what you want, you feel like you have no support, you want someone to guide you to the next step, you can’t make a decision, and you have no follow through. You are frustrated, and disappointed. It’s because you know that you’re not living your best life and that’s not ok. You know that you cannot continue feeling this way. You may even be depressed. You are starting to think that maybe this is your life and that scares you.
Your primary focus needs to be on getting clear on the change that you want in your life and taking steps to make it happen. It’s all about creating a plan for a rich and satisfying life and implementing the plan. You need someone to brainstorm with, hold your hands and guide you. You want one on one attention and accountability. You are ready to change and take charge of your life.
You know that you can change your situation if you had:
- One on one coaching calls.
- Worksheets and tools to facilitate your journey.
- Weekly email check ins and motivation.
- Weekly open office hours if you’re in need of a pick me up.
- Subscription to A Rich and Satisfying Life motivational emails.
Take a look at the coaching plans that I offer and schedule a complimentary call where together we’ll determine how we can work together to get you on the path to creating and living the life that you want. Let’s work together.
I was speaking with a friend who is in a very difficult season of her life right now. We were talking about Thanksgiving and she was lamenting that she wasn’t excited about cooking this year because it seems like everyone has abandoned her. I told her that she doesn’t need to be around a lot of people to enjoy the holiday. She has children and they can have a beautiful holiday meal with each other. I do it all the time with my children. So, here are some tips for enjoying the holidays when you are feeling alone and abandoned.
Tips for Enjoying the Holidays
- Change your perspective. Instead of thinking of what you’re possibly missing by not spending the holidays with friends, focus on the benefits of spending the holidays alone or with your children. You can cook together, play games, watch movies, talk, go for a walk, go for a drive, have an at home spa day, read, decorate, write out goals, or do something you’ve been putting off. You can do whatever you want to do. Think of the possibilities and go for it!
- Be Grateful. Seriously, this may sound like one of the corniest “tips” but it works. Write down 5 things (or even 1) that you are grateful for everyday. I guarantee a shift will occur and you will begin to view your circumstance differently. Try it.
- Do something for someone else. Helping others takes the focus off of you; not only do you feel better, you have also made someone else’s day so much better. Bake an extra pie, make some extra rolls, or give a plate of food to your neighbor. I’m feeling happy just thinking about it.
- Take action. Sometimes feelings of abandonment on the holidays may be alleviated by taking action to live life the way you really want to live it. When you’re just going through the motion, living life on auto-pilot, it can be easy to feel sorry for yourself during the holidays. By taking back your life, being an active participant in it with clear goals and focus, the holidays (and everyday) can be more enjoyable. If you’d like clarity and are ready to live the life you really want I’d love to have a conversation with you and show you how to map out a strategy for making it happen. You can schedule your complimentary conversation here: SCHEDULE CALL
I have a confession to make. I’m ashamed of myself. I’ve been hiding someone so wonderful from you all. Keeping Him safely tucked away, showing glimpses of Him every now and then. Don’t misunderstand, He is in no way forgotten. He’s my constant companion. It’s because of Him that I am.
I’ve been hiding Him because I didn’t want to turn people off before they even had a chance to see all the good stuff I have to offer (yes, I know). I figured I’d keep Him low key and if people wanted to know more I’d share more one on one.
I can’t hide Him anymore. Every post that I want to write every product that I create He’s in there. He’s so intricately wrapped up in who I am that I can’t separate the message from the One who gave me the message.
So today I’m going to introduce you to my Source, my Hope, my Redeemer, my constant Companion, the Lord Jesus Christ. The triune being, my Father, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to die, be buried, and ressurected from the dead, so that we can live. The Holy Spirit, sent by the Father so that we can be comforted and receive guidance while here on earth.
Say hello and like the psalmist David, I too pray that you taste and see that the Lord is good.
I found myself doing it again, I was putting off what I knew needed to be done if I were to achieve my goal for the year. I was so frustrated. Why do I continue to self-sabotage? What am I afraid of? Actually, I did this year after year. Something needed to change.
I tried to make myself do what needed to be done. I read all the books, listened to the podcasts, watched the webinars, prayed and cried but nothing changed. I was bursting at the seams with information. I knew so much. This made everything even more frustrating. What was I going to do?
The answer was there but it was so simple, it was easy to overlook. The answer…it was time for me to DO! Nothing was going to change until I took action. The same is true for you. If you want things to be different in your life you are going to have to stop wishing, hoping, researching, dreaming, and get things done.
I am so passionate about helping as many people as I can to take action and start living the life that they want I wrote a journal book about it, Get It Started Get It Done. Order your copy here: Get It Started Get It Done
Weight loss, two words that can make just about anybody cringe. Losing weight doesn’t have to be a battle and keeping it off shouldn’t be either. I’m going to show you how with 5 simple and natural strategies.
Everybody has reasons for wanting to lose weight. Whatever yours is remember to be sensible and safe. This is a good place for me to add a disclaimer. I am not a medical professional so please consult a physician or a therapist if necessary before following anything listed below.
Now that that is out of the way I will say that if you implement any one of the strategies on this list you have a really good chance of seeing some change in your life. Let’s get started.
- Make the decision. This is a big one and I present this idea first because without it nothing much is going to happen. If you want to lose weight you have to make the decision to lose weight. It sounds simple but it can be the most difficult decision to make. No matter how much you want to lose the weight making the decision is often the hardest. Once you make the decision you’ll find the rest isn’t so hard.
- Get moving. I know, you’re tired of hearing this one, but it’s true. To burn off fat and calories you have to get moving. Don’t fret. You don’t have to have a gym membership or hire a personal trainer. Although, if you want to you certainly can. To get moving, all that you have to do is increase your activity level. So, get up and walk around, increase the number of steps that you take each day and you will begin to notice a difference. Remember, slow and steady wins this race.
- Reduce your calorie intake (especially if you’re not going to exercise). The reality is, if you’re eating and not matching your intake with what you’re burning through exercise or some other type of movement you are going to gain weight. Reducing the amount that you eat (or drink) doesn’t have to be painful. If you usually have 4 spoons of rice, have 3 or even 3 ½ instead. If you drink 5 cans of soda (even if it’s diet), reduce it to 4. Each week, gradually decrease your intake. You want to be healthy though so don’t decrease your intake too much. There are some great online resources that will let you know how many calories you should have each day. Stay within the recommended guidelines. Remember, you’re in this for the long haul. You want to lose the weight and keep it off. By gradually reducing your food intake you are more likely to keep the weight off.
- Supplement. Supplements can be added to your weight lost regime. It’s best to get your vitamins and minerals from foods, so that’s always the number one recommendation. However, there are some good quality supplements out there that you can try. I’m no medical doctor so always check with your physician before taking any kind of supplements. I’m only going to tell you about 2 supplements (there are tons). I thought these two were pretty interesting.
Fish Oil: Fish oil along with exercise has been shown to reduce body fat ( Hill, Murphy, Buckley, & Howe ,2007). You can get your fish oil (omega 3s) from foods like fish (salmon, mackerel, sardine), walnuts, and even beef (grass-fed is best).
L-glutamine: L-glutamine is an amino acid and it has been demonstrated to reduce waist size (Laviano, A., Molfino, A., Lacaria, M., Canelli, A., De Leo, S., Preziosa, I., & Rossi Fanelli, F., 2014). Foods rich in l-glutamine include red cabbage, lean cuts of beef, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.
- Know your “why”. This is a big one because this is why you will make your decision to lose the weight and it is also why you will keep the weight off once you have lost it. You’re the only one who knows why you want to lose weight. Be honest with yourself about what that reason is and watch things begin to change for you.
I applaud you for taking steps to losing the weight and keeping it off. I think you realize by now that weight loss has a lot to do with your mindset. If you can find a reason for wanting to lose weight and make the decision (commitment) to lose weight you will more than likely lose the weight and keep it off (that’s if some other health issue isn’t going on).
Hill, A., Murphy, J., Buckley, K., & Howe, P. (2007). Combining fish-oil supplements with regular aerobic exercise improves body composition and cardiovascular disease risk factors. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 85 (5), 1267-1274.
Laviano, A., Molfino, A., Lacaria, M., Canelli, A., De Leo, S., Preziosa, I., & Rossi Fanelli, F. (2014). Glutamine supplementation favors weight loss in nondieting obese female patients. A pilot study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 68(11), 264-266.