Embracing the challenge to enjoy

By: Joy Zalzala-Soyka ... against all odds, you just make a decision to go for it. It doesn’t have to be sensible… I am traveling long-term with my family. Our first destination was a small beach town in Thailand and on day three of our trip, I had my arriving moment. The moment that let’s me mentally arrive in a new place and reassures me, everything will be ok. The first days of our trip were filled with so many contrasting impressions and emotions. From being truly happy about a swim at the beach, to being absolutely terrified by palmeto bugs in the bathroom at night. From adoring our kids, to getting into huge fights with them. From loving our temporary home, to realizing many things are inconvenient during low season. So Read more [...]

When The Chickens of Aging Come Home To Roost

By: Thomas Wells It was sometime in my late 20’s, (actually on my 29th birthday), when I started to realize I was aging. It seems almost comical now to think that I would even bother to call it “aging” at that young age. But I guess it was some kind of existential realization that I was no longer going to be “endlessly young”. Finally, I was an “adult”, whatever that was. I remember taking on some sort of added weight, or responsibility, and it was a bit sobering, but no big deal. Since then, my milestones of aging have been many and frequent, always weighing how I was feeling against the number of years I had reached.  These days, in my late 60’s, I feel it’s as if the many chickens of aging have come home Read more [...]

Alignment Detox

by: Sherry Trentini www.sherrytrentini.com How many books have you read in the last year?  Last five?  Your lifetime? How many books have you read for the sole purpose of improving or changing your life? How many blogs, e-books, programs or workshops have you consumed for that same intention? Have you been devouring new authors, new books, signing up for online programs all the while open to receiving the next thing. Looking for the one that fits 100%… Looking for the one that puts all the pieces together… The fabulous thing about reading and consuming information delivered by various authors is that the content may be the same or similar, but its their interpretation and delivery of the content that may strike Read more [...]

Non-existent Impulse Control: How I survived the bewitching hour with my 3 and 5 year olds

by: Jamie Goins I was doing my best to finish up my work when I heard the clomping of my preschooler’s boots. The kids were home and we all know what that means, right? I love my kids more than anything else in this world. I cherish them. My heart literally aches with how much it bursts with love for them. But I think a lot of parents know what I mean when I say, in the few hours you have with them prior to bedtime, they can be somewhat trying on your patience…even when you haven’t been with them most of the day. Tonight was a different flavor of strange, bad choices to say the least. As my husband and I tag-teamed dinner, playtime, and my 3-year old’s acutely-timed pooping routine, I noticed that our 5-year old was nowhere Read more [...]

Road Trip Mindset

I live a mere 60 minutes from the majestic Rocky Mountains.  Its a picturesque view from many areas in the city.  I enjoy visiting the mountains, however I am less than enthusiastic about driving through them in the winter. On a recent road trip, I left the nearly snow-free city in a dense fog, and travelled for 6 hours in variations of heavy snowfall, sleet, rain, complete with icy patches, snow covered lanes and high probability of hydroplaning on my journey. Throughout the trip I practised mindful breathing and intentional gratitude.  Every time I was presented with less than ideal conditions, I would breathe in deeply and exhale, while purposely feeling the relief of arriving at my destination safe and sound. In preparation for Read more [...]

My Rejection Wake-up Call

by: Lisa Cavallaro www.lisacavallaro.com Last month’s response from the Huffington Post wasn’t quite what I’d expected. It was the tenth blog I submitted and a little different from the prior ones they published for me. I couldn’t wait to see the online results. Only thing is I’m still waiting. Yep, the article I was so proud of got a very sweet “we’re going to pass on this one” from Huff Po. So after sitting with the rejection for almost a full month, I decided today would be the day I’d get back on that saddle and ride. Will I just tweak a few things about the article and re-submit? Will I write a whole new article on the same topic? They never answered my request for a more detailed explanation, so I’m Read more [...]

The #1 Most Common Pitfall in Your Pursuit of Wealth and What to do Instead!

by: Jamie Goins Ahh the American dream: for the purpose of this article, we will generalize that is a well-paying job, white picket fence, nice car in the garage and 2.5 kids. Obviously I know that isn’t everyone’s dream- stay with me here mr. sassy pants. Let me go a step more general- the American dream is security and usually that equates to some accumulation of wealth. What are the stories that our society praises? An immigrant who starts with nothing but the clothes on his back and now 35 years of grind later and he can afford to put his kids through college- a luxury he never had. Or someone is born into poverty and claws their way up from the bottom of the barrel to a top executive position. Let me be clear- I am so happy for Read more [...]

A Story About Love and Miracles

By: Nikky Dhillon There was once a little girl who was very sad. She cried a lot and felt very unloved and unappreciated but what was wonderful about her was she always knew deep down that one day she would receive the love that she wants and craves for so badly. As she grew into a teenager, she fantasized about a prince who would come on a silver horse and rescue her and then love and protect her forever. And then when she was 16 years old, things became really bad for her, her family brokeup, there was stress and emotional turmoil everywhere in her life and through all that mess her Prince showed up. He rescued her on his silver horse and then loved her and protected her forever and ever. That little girl was me , and I met my sweetheart Read more [...]

Notes from a fledgling coach… on relationship healing

By Nina Gough-Cooper    I'm brand new to GVCA but over the years I've become quite masterful in the area of relationship healing in my own life and it's an area I'd like to expand into my coaching practice to assist others with. There's a certain alchemy involved in the process of changing one's mind, one's inner landscape, and seeing the transformation in one's outer world. It is priceless. Specifically in the area of relationship, I can use the example of my marriage: on many occasions over the years when we have had disagreements, these incidences have led me to desire so strongly to heal the differences between us, that I have stopped at nothing to 'change my mind' in order to restore peace, harmony and togetherness. In fact, Read more [...]

A Little More Remembering, A Little More Appreciating

By: Thomas Wells Here in Boulder, Colorado, the days are beginning to reach their still goosebumpy arms a bit further out every day onto the rolling sage-covered plains stretching endlessly eastward from where I sit on my late-night, well-worn leather couch..Rolling plains which are just now losing their coats of frozen white as the midday lingers a little longer in recent warmth, as our dear old Grandfather Sun spreads His thin layers of gold leaf on every barren tree and field. And as the earth awakens around me with the first stirrings of Spring's anticipation, I too am awakening from what seems like a long, long slumber...awakening to my role as Creator of everything I know as "my Life"...maker of every day...shaper of what is and Read more [...]