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Vacation… Local or Abroad, It’s a Life-Changer and Quality of Life Enhancer

In Abundance, Career, Coaching, Goals, Hope, Mentoring, Prosperity, Success, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/07/24 at 5:13 pm
Are You Taking Enough Vacation? (Thanks trendhunter.com)

Are You Taking Enough Vacation? (Thanks trendhunter.com)

I’m having a fantastic  summer vacation this year. I don’t know how it came to be, but I’m loving it. I have actually marked days off on the calendar to PLAY!

What’s made the difference? I can think of a few things that may be the reason:

  • The weather : Something about the Polar Vortex has created a perfect mix of sun, breeze, open-air sleeping weather and a resort-like climate.
  • I am sorting efforts into four distinct categories: My non-profit work, my publishing and production work, taking care of my aging parents, and home (I took a week off of work and truly enjoyed a staycation).  I decided to re-route the merry-go-round. I have been go-go-going on this ride for years. I am also more mindful of my pace. I am sleeping more, “doing” less and transitioning to a less impactful physical routine (outside of my weekly travel between Chicago and Central Illinois).  I’ve been pounding the pavement from a business perspective and a workout perspective for a loooooong time. I’m ready to mix things up a bit here. I’m finding myself drawn to a gentler workout routine.
  • Finally: I chose, without apology, to take a little holiday from the disciplines I’ve  developed over the past few years (the goal of blogging twice a week, hosting a radio show every other week, planning my social media marketing plan 30 days out). Am a getting a bit out of practice? Yes. Is this a chance to step back and figure out the most productive use of my time? Yes!

I laugh as I re-read what I’ve written. I call this slowing down. Some people would describe this as a crazy pace. Whether I am slowing the place or simply issuing a re-mix is not as important as feeling re-charged and refreshed.

My challenge to you this week is to take a look at your pace and the ways you choose to spend your 24 hours a day. Might you be in need of some Holiday time? Need a little convincing? Here’s a link to trendhunter.com. They’ve got a slide show that shows the health and wealth benefits of taking time off.

If you’d like to share your findings, I welcome your comments!!!

As always, make it a great week…

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

A Fresh Half-Year Can Yield A Bounty Of Success!

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/07/05 at 3:47 pm
Make This A Juicy Summer!

Make This A Juicy Summer!

 

Imagine the moment when you slice an ice-cold watermelon in half. You can hear it crack open once you’re at the halfway point. As you gaze at the melon on the cutting board, you appreciate the perfection of its shape. and the scent of its rind and juice fill the air. In that moment, don’t you want to claim the juiciest center slice for yourself?

July is the juicy middle of the year. Back in January, the days were cold and short and the nights were loooooooong. As we work our way toward the middle of the year, things really heat up – literally and figuratively.

June, July and August are the growing season – for crops and for ideas. What are you growing this season? Summer is a time of transition for many people. As school ends, families think about moving or growing before school starts again. Many of us decide to look for and be settled into a  new job by summer’s end. Our dreams seeds have been planted, and we are hoping that this year will have a high yield.

Sometimes, our dreams and ideas stagnate a bit. If we aren’t careful, they can dry up and wither. Tend to your Vision. Making life juicy requires planning, nurturing and a framework. Toward that end, I’ve got an idea for you. Create a virtual garden for your ideas and goals for the second half of the year.

Here’s how it works:

1. Decide if this project is just for you or for you and some others in your life (at home or at work).

2. Make a list of 5 to 7 ideas and goals you’d like to harvest this year. Set it aside.

2. Get a piece of foam board at a local office store/drugstore/grocery store (These run from $1 – $4). Buy a glue stick while you’re at it. Grab a pair of scissors out of your kitchen drawer – they’re probably not in the silverware drawer. They’re in the messy drawer next to your silverware.

3. Flip through magazines or browse the internet. Look for pictures of produce – lettuces, tomatoes, squashes, melons, beans, herbs, fruits, etc. Cut out pictures of those that appeal most to you.

4. Arrange these pictures on your foam board so that they look like a garden you’re growing. Glue them onto the foam board.

5. Grab your list of ideas and goals. match each idea or goal with a crop in your virtual garden. Label each crop with the matching goal.

6. Consider how much you will need to feed each goal in order for it to come to harvest, and make a note of this.

7. Look at your calendar and decide what sort of schedule you need to create to tend to your garden of ideas and goals. The care and feeding of ideas and goals is what will determine your harvest.

8. Tend your garden. Keep a journal of your activities and results. It can become your almanac for future goal setting.

9. At least once a month, prepare a harvest dinner with fresh fruit and veggies, and gather with friends to talk about your successes and challenges in tending to your goals. You’ll likely reap some great advice and encouragement about your goals.

10. When each of your goals is ripe, enjoy its juicy reward!

As always, I welcome your comment. and make it a great week…

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

Make Your Summer Sizzle! Enjoy The Long Days And Lazy Nights

In Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/06/23 at 7:06 pm

 

Summer's Here!

Summer’s Here!

 

It’s officially summer – I saw my first lightning bug and the ceiling fans are on 24/7. My mind is turning to thoughts of fireworks, bike rides to the pool and Coppertone.

What are you summer signals, and how are you spending your summer?

This year, summer is particularly precious to me. The past winter in the Midwest (and worldwide, I think) was brutal. I made a promise to myself that once the winter chill was but a distant memory, that I would engage all of my senses and dive into summer.

I am doing all I can to keep to this promise. In the past week….

I have purchased two boxes of Popsicles – all red. I just finished one. I have the stained lips and popsicle stick to prove it.

I have enjoyed a bonfire in my fire pit. It lasted for 30 minutes, because a terrific summer storm came through.

I took a 15 mile bike ride and had a roadside picnic yesterday.

I went for a 2-hour scooter ride (with helmet), and stopped at the farmers’ market.

I gave up on growing my hair and cut it short, because it’s too humid.

I have compiled a “mix tape” of summer songs. I will now share them with you!

1. Beach Baby

2. Summer Breeze (this one goes out to my sister Ann for the 6,000 times I listened to this while she was in college).

3. Lovely Day

4. Groovin’

5. Stayin’ Alive

6. Summer Nights

7. Footloose

8. Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 – Mas que Nada

9. Here Comes The Sun

10. Girl from Impanema

There’s one more really important thing on my list… I’m about to begin my summer program, Building A Powerful Vision’s “Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams”.  It’s a chance to do some creative and strategic thinking about creating a life you love. If you would like to learn more, visit: http://tessdenton.com/summer_school.php.  There’s room for one or two more in the class, if this is your summer to focus on you! We begin on 6/25, and I’m thinking of adding a second start date, so come on by and check it out!

However you make your summer sizzle, and enj0y the long days and lazy nights…

As always, I welcome your comments, and make it a great week!

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go from Ho-Hum to Happy with help from Melanie Duncan!

In Abundance, Goals, Hope, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/06/03 at 5:39 pm
Increase Your Happiness!!

Increase Your Happiness!!

Go from Ho-Hum to Happy with help from Melanie Duncan!

I read Melanie’s articles and blogs, because she is a Pinterest guru. I loved her post today and thought that you might, too.

June’s theme for Building A Powerful Vision is “Happiness”, so this is a perfect day for this post.

Enjoy!

~ Tess

Imagine Yourself Unstoppable!

In Abundance, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/05/25 at 9:51 am
I Am Invincible!!!

I Am Invincible!!!

As I look out the window this moment, and as I walked down a tree-lined street this morning, I noticed a breeze and a cloudless sky. Jerry Seinfeld summed it up well, when he described a day like today as “good cape weather”. When I think of capes, I think of confidence and invincibility and the ability to leap tall buildings (and obstacles) in a single bound.

If you were to design a cape that would help you accomplish more, to gain momentum, what letter or phrase would you put on your cape? I challenge you, this week, to design a cape for yourself. Choose a color and a logo or phrase that speaks to your fearless, courageous and confident self. Once it’s finished, hang it in a place where it can be your “Thinking Cape“, rather than your thinking cap. Put it on from time to time to summon your courage and banish your doubts and fears as you work to change your world or change the world.

This is a wonderful activity to build confidence in children, as well.

Captain America, Wonderwoman, Spiderman, and Isis will be glad to see that you are a superhero in your own right!

Make it a great week. As always, I welcome your comments…

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

Visit me at http://www.tessdenton.com

Tapping: Life Themes and Where to Begin

In Abundance, Goals, Prosperity, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/04/28 at 7:49 am
Tapping - EFT

Tapping – EFT

Today’s guest blog post is by Cathy Huffman (@tranquilsoul):

 Last Sunday, Tess and I introduced you to the wonderful world of tapping (EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique).  We discussed some of the ways tapping can be used to reduce discomfort or nervousness, eliminate limiting beliefs, or prepare you for an upcoming event. Tapping works by activating the end points of our body’s meridian system similar to the techniques used in acupuncture and acupressure.  But, tapping does something different. It allows you to think about a situation, a memory, an upset, and say words about the situation.  Saying these words and feeling the emotions along with the tapping is what allows your body to clear the emotional charge. Completing a quick round of tapping to center yourself and find a more peaceful perspective is perfectly OK. However, it is also very important to make sure you aren’t ignoring deeper feelings or limiting beliefs that are really holding you back. A very common and effective way to utilize tapping is to clear a limiting belief that you have carried from childhood. This kind of tapping may require more time, a little more deep honesty, and perhaps even, an EFT practitioner or tapping coach to help you hone in on the beliefs that are impacting your life.  Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. What’s a theme that keeps getting in your way? If you have changed jobs, changed relationships, even moved cross country, and the same problems come back, it is time to look within.  This inner work allows you to get very clear on the patterns that are repeating in your life.  Do people question your authority? Do you feel invisible in meetings or social interactions? Have you been betrayed more than once? Do you feel like you just don’t belong? Be as specific as you can, try to focus on one theme for now.
  2. Do you remember the first time something like this happened? Some people can draw a parallel between this pattern and an early memory or experience pretty quickly.  Some of us don’t right away, and that’s OK.  Consider journaling your thoughts.  Try answering these questions.  What could this be about? Where did this come from?  What is this pattern trying to tell me?  Take your time over the course of a few days, and let your mind wander – take a walk, go for a swim, connect with nature, meditate.
  3. How did this earlier memory make you feel? Once you have found an early memory that you think may be related, it’s time to get in touch with those feelings. Does this memory bring you sadness, anger, shame, guilt? Now you have identified a core feeling that is likely contributing to your own limiting beliefs.
  4. How emotionally charged is this feeling?  Rate your level of discomfort on a scale of 0 – 10. Once you have that number, you can measure any relief you feel after several rounds of tapping.  This is where you can begin to tap.

Follow me on Twitter @tranquilsoul where you will see tapping phrases just right for this area of clearing.   As always – Make it a great week! Copyright 2014 Destiny Rising, LLC

Build A Powerful Life By Tapping Your Way To Success

In Abundance, Goals, Prosperity, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/04/23 at 12:01 am

  Tap Tap Tap

Tap Tap Tap

On most Sundays, I host “Building A Powerful Vision” a radio show on Blog Talk Radio. Often, I offer tips on building a powerful life in 5 minutes or less.

On some Sundays, we feature a guest with inspired and useful information. This past Sunday was no exception: I think that you’ll enjoy our most recent segment: Building A Powerful Vision: Tapping Your Way to Success Interview with Cathy Huffman. Cathy explains “EFT” – Emotional Freedom Technique AND guides listeners through the process.

Enjoy the show, and enjoy your session! You can follow Cathy on Twitter. Her address is @tranquilsoul.

Make it a great week!

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

 

 

Podcasts: A Way to Build A Powerful Life in 5 Minute Segments

In Abundance, Career, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/04/19 at 10:51 am
The More You Listen, The More You Learn!

The More You Listen, The More You Learn!

For a little while now, I’ve been hosting a BlogTalk Radio show. The set of broadcasts is now large enough and the broadcast occurs with enough regularity, that I’m ready to share a link to my podcasts.

As is true of most everything good in life, practice makes proficient. This is true of  my “Building A Powerful Life in 5 Minutes or Less” segments. Each one isn’t pitch perfect, but I hope that you’ll find some nuggets of inspiration.

Make it a great week!

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

Turn Delay Into Something Extra

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/04/04 at 10:48 am
Time For Improvement. A little something extra for when you're delayed!

Time For Improvement. A little something extra for when you’re delayed!

As an always traveler with little “down time”, I find myself between two cities today. I am on a 90 minute train delay. It is somewhat little sitting on the tarmac. There is no way out of this situation.
Thankfully, I’m living life as Nancy Drew would recommend. I am prepared! Last month, I downloaded a book that I’ve been waiting to read, and now, I can do so offline. This gives me the opportunity to ADD to my life while waiting for the journey to continue. I recommend having a stash of reading “snacks” so that you can feed your brain. I am hungry for some sensible reading, after a diet of online junk food. Facebook, Ancient Jewels and e-mail are all trumped by a good read. What are your healthy  “go to” habits on which you love to  feast? Answers welcome…

By the way, the book is Wealth Through Workshops, by Callan Rush.

As always, I welcome your comments!

Make it a great week..

~Tess

My book, Building A Powerful Vision Board is available on Kindle, Nook and as an E-book, if you’d like to add it to your collection of go to reads. Click Here to learn more.

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

Awaken Your Dream Telesummit – THIS WEEKEND

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/03/28 at 5:25 pm
Awaken Your Dream!!

Awaken Your Dream!!

Good evening. I am writing a quick post to let you know that this is the weekend for the Awaken Your Dream Telesummit. It is a free event, and we’ll be featuring talented and skilled speakers all through the weekend. Find out more by clicking here.

I will be presenting my own material on Sunday 3/30 at 1:00 PM Central time.

 

Make it a great weekend!!!

 

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

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