My favorite place in the world

Sitting on the deck..sipping coffee …hearing the sound of the waves crashing on the sand. THIS is my favourite way to start my day. If I could chose anywhere to be, it would be here. I am currently in Rhode Island at a beach house with my husband, all 5 of our daughters and all 4 of our grandchildren! Life is sweet.
Just a short post today just to let you know why I haven’t posted recently. I am unplugging as much as possible. I don’t want to waste any of our precious time! Love to all and enjoy your week!

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The 5 W’s of Life Coaching

The 5 W’s of Life Coaching!

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*What is Life Coaching?

According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), professional coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations.
Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.
In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.

*Who Benefits?

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Everyone benefits when working with a life coach!!
Even coaches have coaches!

Life Coaching will assist you with things such as:

*Living the life YOU want
*Time Management
*Personal Fulfillment
*Balance between Work and Play
*Purpose in Life
*Completion of personal goals
*Solutions to personal obstacles

One of the best ways of obtaining goals, big or small, would be to work with a professional Life Coach. You deserve to be the best YOU that you can be.
The relationship fostered between you and your life coach is unique and will assist you in accomplishing the goals you set, with determination and accountability.

Where does Life Coaching Take Place?

95% of all Life Coaching takes place over the phone or thru teleconference calls (such as Skype, or Face Time)
This means that where ever you are...I am accessible to be your Life Coach! With the advancement of technology today we are able to partner together in ways that were not available before.  This is so exciting!
I also welcome those that are local as well.  Near or far, let’s join together in a journey to enrich your life!

When should I get started?

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NOW…is the best time!
If you have been feeling “stuck” …

If you have the feeling that there is so much more that you can do with your life….

If you need empowerment for change in your life…

If you are facing obstacles to growth in your personal or professional life…

then NOW is the best time to get a life coach to empower you to the reach the top of the life that you desire!

Why Chose Top’s Spot?

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The Number ONE reason that Top’s Spot would be the place for you, is because together we can make a difference! .

If you are visiting my page, perhaps you are ready to take the next step in becoming all that you want to be! In fact you may be interested in hiring a Life Coach.  Contact me at charlene@topsspot.ca  and we can discuss what your needs are and how I can empower you to make the changes that you are longing for.

Barefooting

Happy Friday!

What would you be doing right at this moment if you could?  I tell you what I would be doing…I would be walking along the edge of the ocean , sinking my bare feet into the sand, while enjoying  the cool water flowing over my feet! This is my very favourite thing to do.  I absolutely love the feel of the earth beneath my feet, especially at the ocean.  There is something almost magical in the connection of my feet and the earth below me.  The other morning while sitting on my porch, with my coffee in hand and my bare feet dangling, I thought to myself;  gosh I love to be barefoot.  I  began to notice the relaxed state of my mind, body and spirit as I sat there unencumbered by shoes. Why is this such a freeing experience for me?

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We all know that shoes were invented thousands of years ago.  Yet many people still prefer to do numerous activities barefoot.  Well the truth of the matter is, being barefoot can be good for you.  For one thing, walking barefoot utilizes muscles and tendons in your feet and calves that are not used when “stuffed” inside shoes. One has greater flexibility when barefoot. Kenyan athletes always run barefoot and have produced some of the best marathoner in the world.  Scientists have done studies on athletes training barefoot. Their evidence  has shown that training without shoes causes fewer injuries and also runners are able to run faster and further. Motion studies demonstrate that when running barefoot, one naturally lands on the forefoot, directly below the center of gravity. This results in optimum balance, increased stability, less impact, and greater propulsion. Going barefoot also strengthens your posture because one is not walking awkwardly in a shoe that isn’t designed to be walked in, for example high heels.
The human foot has 24 bones, working together in a complex structure designed to lessen  impact , combined with muscles tendons and ligaments that store energy during the footstep and release it at the end. Scientists have also proven that there is less knee injuries and leg maladies in cultures that are predominately barefoot. Reflexologists believe that there is an area in each of our feet designed to bring health to the rest of the body.reflexology_foot

I have not been trained in the science of reflexology , but I do know that when I have my feet rubbed it is the most relaxing feeling ever.  I also sleep much better after a foot massage!

Without trying to sound out of my mind, I also suggest that there is a connection made between someone barefoot and the world around them.  Society today has become somewhat of a concrete jungle.  Everyday we are forced into our shoes, into our cars and into our cubicles to spend our day.  Shedding our shoes is a small way that we can reconnect to the simplicity of life.  It is like living  life without boundaries, so to speak.  When is the last time that your feet have relished in the feel of grass, damp with dew, underneath them? The sensations of different kinds of ground on the bottom of your feet are amazing.  Experiment with the textures that our Earth has to share with us.

Well on that note….think I will go sit on my porch and enjoy some Iced Tea…

BAREFOOT of course!

happy weekend!

 

See the Potential

Good morning everyone….another Monday.  At least this week it isn’t raining where I am.  But it’s still Monday and time for our Monday Motivational!

Have you ever watched the program “Flip This House?” I have watched that show while  thinking to myself, what do they see in that house?  That is the beauty of the show though.  The person who buys the house SEES the potential.  They are able to look beyond the current condition of the house and see real beauty that exists within it.  Once they have a vision of what they see the house as becoming, they begin the arduous task of flipping it.  Despite obstacles or anything that comes against them during the renovation, they are able to see in their mind the finished project.  They work tirelessly until they reach their goal.

My story begins with the fact that I have this tiny backyard.  When we bought the house a couple of years ago there was  rolled out sods of grass  in the backyard.  In attempt to sell the property the previous owner laid the sod making it look presentable.  The problem is the sod never took. So last year we pulled up the  dried dead sod because we wanted to redo the backyard.  Unfortunately for one reason or another that project never got done last summer.  So this year I had a backyard  full of dirt and weeds.  Quite disgusting really.  In my mind though I could see a cute space that would be relaxing and enjoyable.

I had a “deadline” in mind because I knew my sister and her husband were coming to visit us this summer and this yard had to look good!  There was no way I was having them visit and see my disgusting backyard of dirt and ever-growing weeds!  The way the weeds grow really makes me wonder why the grass couldn’t do the same thing….but I guess that’s just the way it is.  Those weeds are hearty!  For a couple of details that I feel you need to know to understand the depth of this story better are:

 

* I am not a strong person.

*  I am just 5 feet tall when I stretch.

* I am not a landscaper.

* I had a limited amount of funds for this project.

* I had ONE day left till they would arrive.

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Last Thursday, I set out to start and complete this project.  I began by pulling all the weeds out of the ground.  This in itself was quite the job.  But understand, I saw the potential in my mind of this backyard.  I saw that it could look good. With complete focus I continued on throughout the day.  I put bricks down.  I planted flowers.  I put mulch down.   I worked and worked and as I did I was so excited , simply because I saw the yard becoming a place of beauty.  While I was out in the backyard I was “blogging” in my mind.  I wanted to share.  I had to tell everyone.  Sometimes when you look at something that looks downright useless and ugly, with a vision and an action plan it can be turned into a thing of beauty and purpose.  Honestly, if you saw this yard before and then after, it is startling to see the difference.  I began to think of so many concepts while undertaking this project.  I thought of the concept that no matter what the current condition of something, it can be “flipped” into something useful and appealing  I began to think of people and how stuck they sometimes feel in situations that are ugly.  How they begin to think, it’s useless.  They imagine that nothing can be done to salvage them.  I was full of faith and motivation realizing the truth,  with a vision and an action plan nothing exists that can’t be flipped into something favourable.

 

 

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Today, I encourage you to take those things that you think are useless and ugly and make them into a place of magnificence!  Have a vision and make an action plan and follow through!  The finished project will leave you feeling so accomplished.  As I sat in my flipped backyard on Thursday evening viewing the finished project, I can not express the joy I had.  I had turned this pathetic place into a haven of peace that my family, friends and I can now enjoy.

Have an incredible day!

Charlene

Our Words are like Toothpaste

Sometimes having a visual to teach a lesson is very effective.  One day,when my children were younger, I shared with them a” Life Lesson” about the usage of words.  I had them gather around the table and gave each one of them an unopened tube of toothpaste and a blank sheet of paper.  I asked them to open up the toothpaste and squirt it all out onto the paper.  They had so much fun doing this.  I mean seriously when is a kid ever told they can play with the toothpaste! Of course during this time they were constantly asking questions as to why they were doing this.  I told them they would soon find out.
After they had successfully emptied their tubes of toothpaste, I told them to put all the toothpaste back into the tube!  They laughed and said, “Mom, that’s not possible!” That is the exact concept I wanted them to understand.  What an open moment to teach a valuable lesson.  I explained to them that our WORDS are just like the toothpaste, once they come out of your mouth you can never get them back!  It is so important to think before you spurt out words that you may later regret. So often we speak before we think.  It is easier to react with out taking the time to pause and reflect on the power of our words.  Today I encourage you to always be mindful of your words.  Before you react or respond to others listen to what you are saying.  Take the time to formulate a wise answer.  Use your words to lift up, to build up and to encourage those around you!

This little experience with the toothpaste has remained with my family throughout the years.  We still say, Remember the toothpaste!

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