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REACH YOUR GOALS FASTER

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 15, 2017

In my coaching practice, clients often ask how do I reach my goal faster?

My answer? Momentum.

Momentum is the energy that carries any thought or idea through to fruition. It’s the engine in your car of life.

It is a crucial point in determining if there will be success or failure when you receive an idea.

If it is directed deliberately, momentum will build energy bridging the gap from having the idea to bringing it to fruition.

When you doubt, or don’t trust your ideas, it puts a kink in the flow, slowing down the accomplishment of your goal. This is much like folding a water hose and slowing the flow of water.

Utilizing momentum, you choose the speed limits of your life. You decide how fast you want to take the curves and switchbacks.

Here’s how it works:

Generalizing – Slow it down

To slow your momentum, imagine rough, mountain roads with switchbacks around every turn, twists and turns, you probably wouldn’t feel safe driving100 mph across that treacherous terrain.

Same goes when you start to feel a wobble, or you hear the voice of your evil twin (admit it we all have one – it’s why we’re superheroes – we use our power for good not evil) taunting you, this is when you want to direct your momentum the way you would drive on that precarious mountain road. You want to slow your roll, make sure you have an aerial view, keeping the big picture (ie: your safe arrival) in the forefront of your mind, moment to moment.

Detailing – Speed it up

To speed up momentum towards a goal consider the autobahn in Europe. The road is mapped out ahead of you and smooth pavements. You feel great driving your master crafted vehicle at higher speeds, you know the destination, and now you are ensconced in the experience of feeling the road, paying attention to every little detail, other drivers, the lines, the curves, the shoulder, aware and ready to adjust your trajectory in a heartbeat.

On days when you feel things are going your way – that shows your alignment is directed towards your goals, the more you focus on every detail of what is going great about your day, the faster your momentum increases (just like the autobahn) and the better you will feel. This is when the opportunity comes a’nockin’.

When you first start working deliberately with your momentum you may find the road is a bit bumpy getting started, but just like riding a bike once you start pedaling it’s easier to steer. So, while you may wobble from side to side, just keep pedaling, it will soon straighten out!

And yes, there were times I didn’t realize my focus needed readjusting until I was already in the “weeds” lost, frustrated with no map. Trust me, getting out of those dead ends took time, energy and support from my community.

Most people believe momentum is built through force – pushing something away, dragging it towards you, making it happen, exerting energy. Truth is momentum can be your friend and a great tool if you know how to use it. If you direct your momentum (by directing your thought) towards your goals, your dreams, your desires you will HAVE success.

When you hit roadblocks, an irritable partner, a prickly boss or a mistake in your perfect presentation; that’s the time to practice working with your momentum. This is where the magic happens! You choose whether to speed it up – making everything bigger or slow it down so you can redirect the course.

OR an alternate route:

When that irritable partner shows up, you can navigate your momentum like that back-mountain road, taking a general and higher perspective, like the eagle soaring above. So instead of jumping into their momentum by getting agitated, trying to make them feel better or my personal favorite – trying to fix it, you focus on the situation from a higher perspective, instead of agreeing with what is making them angry, you see them as something other than what they are exhibiting in that moment.  You’ll see that momentum rules!

Edited content from Lynnette Brown, LBrown@ConsciousStrategies.com

 

 

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Guest Blogger - HATalk E-magazine RHS Blog Post

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 3, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 23, 2017

I recently had the privilege of hosting an international hat making competition on my website - www.hatalk.com. The theme was 'Connections' and it was really inspirational to see all of the creative ways that hat makers around the world interpreted this concept. I wanted to share a photo of the winning hat with you because it reminded me of the women of the Red Hat Society. 

 

 

This hat is called 'Marry-Anne' and it was made by Australian milliner Anne Belyaeva. The red 'button' base of the hat is made from red leather, which was created in the traditional way of being blocked, or stretched, over a wooden form. The black geometric design is made of Perspex, a material that is quite new to the hat making world and is quickly becoming very popular. Anne planned out the design on a computer and then laser cut the Perspex into the shape she wanted. 

 

I think you'll agree that it's a stunning and unusual hat and a worthy competition winner. It's cutting edge but also traditional. It's classic but also very modern. It's a serious fashion item but also lots of fun. And that's why it reminded me of you. The women of the Red Hat Society embody these qualities, too. You are intelligent, classy and full of neat traditions - but you're also fun, modern, forward-thinking and enjoy using the latest technology to connect with your fellow RHS Sisters. You ladies are an inspiration!

 

You can find out more about how Anne made her winning hat and see the other winning headpieces here

 

Remember, Red Hat Society Members can get $40 off a HATalk subscription. Just go to www.hatalk.com and enter coupon code rhs2016 at the checkout. 

 

 

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Tip Your Hat to Falls Prevention!

Posted By Shalia Gibson, Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 23, 2017

Tip Your Hat to Falls Prevention!
by Kathleen Cameron
National Council on Aging

 

National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of older adults, believes healthy aging is the key to leading a life full of independence, freedom, and fun. That’s why we’re committed to stopping as many falls as possible, and helping to keep the 1 in 4 older adults who fall each year safely on their feet!

Unlike karaoke night with your sisters, falls aren’t fun—at all. In fact, they’re actually a pretty big pain in the butt! They can lead to head injuries, broken bones, hip fractures—yes, that means no merengue—a big fat medical bill that depletes your mani pedi slushfund, and even death.

But like most things in life, falls, too, are preventable. To keep the party of life going without any unwanted interruptions, follow these steps to avoid becoming the 1 in 4.

 

1.      Give your eyes and ears some TLC!

The older, the better only applies to your bottle of Cabernet Franc, not your eyeglass prescription! Your vision is key to helping you navigate falls hazards, like stairs and dim environments, meaning it’s important to get that annual eye exam to ensure your eyes stay healthy! If you’re a sunglasses kinda gal, remember tinted lenses can be a hazard, too. Swap your lenses before leaving the sun for a dimmer setting, and give your eyes time to adjust. Better yet, drop the sunglasses altogether for a stylish wide-rimmed red hat!

And those ears of yours are for more than just taking in beautiful notes at concerts! Your hearing is crucial for good balance, as well as ensuring you maintain high awareness of your environment—so make sure your ears are attending their annual exam, too!

 

2.      Talk their ears off!

Your family. Your friends. Your doctor. Give them the scoop on everything! Your health; medications; your inability to do things that used to be easy; if you feel unsteady when walking or standing, have fallen in the past year, or worry about falling. They’re your support system, so talk to them, because all of these topics can flag falls hazards.

 

3.      Buy some active wear!

No—shopping does not prevent falls, but exercise does! So grab a sister, hit up your favorite athletic store, and head over to a balance class!

Classes like Tai Chi, Stepping On, A Matter of Balance, and Otago, as well as physical therapy, can improve your strength, flexibility, balance, and gate—all things that can help prevent falls.

 

4.      Give your house the once-over

The place you probably feel the most comfortable is likely the biggest falls hazard in your life! Three in 4 falls occur in or near the home—meaning it’s time for you to step out of your comfort zone, and assess everything in your home with a critical eye.

Ask yourself: Is there enough lighting in hallways and stairways? Do my throw rugs slide? Can I easily reach common items in the kitchen? Are there rails or grab bars in all doorways, stairways, and bathrooms? Is there a telephone within arm’s reach from my bed? Is there a clear path from my bed to the bathroom?

These questions and more can help guide you through very simple changes you can implement to make your home safer. Enlisting the expertise of an occupational therapist can be a great help.

 

5.      Get your medications reviewed

High blood pressure, arthritis, and sleeping problems have many of us ladies popping meds! But many medications we’re taking—both prescribed and over-the-counter—often cause dizziness, confusion and drowsiness. These side-effects alone set off falls alarms, but when combined with your daily martini or cosmo, those falls alarms turn to wailing sirens! To avoid falls, get your medications reviewed by your doctor or pharmacist at least once a year.

Falls can happen any where and at any age. The NCOA is here to help! Find out what you can do to prevent falls in your life or in the life of an older lady you love at NCOA.org/Falls.

 

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Guest Blogger - HATalk E-magazine RHS Blog Post

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 5, 2017

The January issue of HATalk e-magazine is out now and we've got some articles that I think you'll really love this month...

 

For instance, we featured some amazing hats by Maor Zabar, an Israeli milliner, which are true works of art as well as fashion items. Maor made our cover hat (photo by Jude Moscovich), which was inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, and tells us all about how he did it inside.

 

We've also got a great tutorial for you. Catherine Kelly, a hat designer from Australia, demonstrated how to make these beautiful ribbon flowers and all that you need to try making them at home is some grosgrain ribbon, scissors, a needle and some thread!

 

 

HATalk subscribers can download the full instructions right here

 

Did you know that you can get a huge discount off our normal subscription price just because you're in the Red Hat Society? To get this special RHS deal, go to www.hatalk.com and click on 'Subscribe.' Choose 'Sign up Now' and fill in your details. Now, before you submit your payment details, click on the blue box at the top of the page that says 'Have a coupon?' and enter the coupon code rhs2016. The price instantly drops from $60 a year to just $20 a year!

 

 

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Guest Blogger - HATalk E-magazine RHS Blog Post

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 8, 2016

Guest blogger Becky Weaver, Editor of HATalk e-magazine, shares an easy and inexpensive boa project which would make a great Christmas present - especially if you make it in red and purple!

What you will need

Various Types of Yarn - To make a really interesting boa, you will need several types and thicknesses of yarn, fancy thread or fine cord. Colors can be completely random or themed, depending on personal choice. The boa will feel more luxurious if some of the yarns are thick and soft. It will look more glamorous if there are fine threads and sparkling elements incorporated. You will also need a medium weight yarn, preferably with a polyester or other man-made fiber content for strength, as the lacing yarn which holds the boa together.

 

Card Stock Paper or Poster Board - Cut a piece of rigid card into a simple U-shape (as shown below). This U-shaped device can made in virtually any size, with arms of any thickness. The width of the yarn loops will be half the distance between the outside arms of the U.

Note: To demonstrate this method, we have shown just one of the boa yarns being used - a heavyweight yarn with flecks; with the lacing yarn - an orange-brown double knitting (worsted weight) acrylic yarn. Pictures are in the thumbnails below.

1. Start by forming a loop with a slipknot near the end of the lacing yarn. Place the end of the boa yarn through the loop, but don’t pull the loop tight. Hold the loop and bottom of the card U (in the first photo, the hand has moved slightly away from this position so that you can see what is happening). Take the boa yarn in the other hand and wind it once round each arm of the U, passing between them to form a ‘Figure 8.’

2. Now turn the lacing yarn loop so that it lies on top of the wound boa yarn, in the centre of the U. Push the lacing yarn which lies behind through the loop to form another loop. Pull gently on this new loop and you will close the first loop, tightening it on the boa yarns going through it. Wind the boa yarn around the arms of the U as before and push the lacing yarn up through the new new loop. Pull tight once again.

3. Repeat the process described until the arms of the U are full. Carefully slide off the wound yarn and place it on the card U at the bottom, just where you placed the first loop in the lacing yarn. You can now continue for as long as you wish, winding the boa yarn and holding everything together with the lacing yarn loops.

4. When you have created sufficient length, cut the lacing yarn, put the end through the last loop and pull tight. It is advisable to either sew down over the lacing yarn loops in the centre of the boa with a sewing machine, or to backstitch over them by hand. This will make the boa much more secure. When you have finished sewing, simply give your boa a shake to fluff it up and it’s ready to use!

5. As you can see, we have made the boa in two different widths. The one on the left is suitable for use as a hatband. It was made on a narrower U-shaped card which measured approximately 5 inches from side to side (across the arms of the U). The wider boa on the right could be used as a scarf and was made on a U which measured approximately 7 inches from side to side.

This project was originally featured in HATalk Issue 9. To see more great hats and download over a hundred DIY projects, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today! Red Hat Society Members get $40 off the normal subscription price by entering coupon code rhs2016 at the checkout page of www.hatalk.com.

Becky Weaver - HATalk Editor

 

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De-Stress Yourself – Red Hat Society Style

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Are you feeling it? The stress of the holiday preparations, the post-election news, the loss of dear friends … it seems as 2016 draws to a close, the stress just keeps building.  STOP!!! REGROUP!!! 2017 is going to be a year full of peace, love and joy. That’s our byline and we’re sticking to it.

Here are 100 ways I’m going to GET OFF the roller coaster and sail smoothly into 2017.    

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier
  • Prepare for the morning the night before
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes
  • Avoid relying on chemical aids
  • Set appointments ahead
  • Don't rely on my memory -- write it down
  • Practice preventive maintenance
  • Make duplicate keys
  • Say "no" more often
  • Set priorities
  • Avoid negative people
  • Use time wisely
  • Simplify meal times
  • Always make copies of important papers
  • Anticipate my needs
  • Repair anything that doesn't work properly
  • Ask for help with jobs I dislike
  • Break large task into bit size portions
  • Look at problems as challenges
  • Look at challenges differently
  • Unclutter my life
  • Smile
  • Be prepared for rain
  • Tickle a baby
  • Pet a friendly dog/cat
  • Don't know/have all the answers
  • Look for a silver lining
  • Say something nice to someone
  • Teach a kid to fly a kite
  • Walk in the rain
  • Schedule play time into everyday
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Be aware of the decisions I make
  • Believe in yourself
  • Stop saying negative things to yourself
  • Visualize yourself winning
  • Develop your since of humor
  • Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today
  • Have goals for yourself
  • Dance a jig
  • Say "hello" to a stranger
  • Ask a friend for a hug
  • Look up at the stars
  • Practice breathing slowly
  • Learn to whistle
  • Read a poem
  • Listen to a symphony
  • Watch a ballet
  • Read a story curled up in bed
  • Do a brand new thing
  • Stop a bad habit
  • Buy yourself a flower
  • Take time to smell the flowers
  • Find support from others
  • Ask someone to by your "vent-partner"
  • Do it today
  • Work at being cheerful and optimistic
  • Put safety first
  • Do everything in moderation
  • Pay attention to your appearance
  • Strive for excellence not perfection
  • Stretch your limits a little each day
  • Look at a work of art
  • Hum a jingle
  • Maintain your weight
  • Plant a tree
  • Feed the birds
  • Practice grace under pressure
  • Stand up and stretch
  • Always have a plan "B"
  • Learn a new doodle
  • Memorize a joke
  • Be responsible for your feelings
  • Learn to meet your own needs
  • Become a better listener
  • Know your limitations and let others know them, too
  • Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin (or jibberish)
  • Throw a paper airplane
  • Exercise everyday
  • Learn the words to new song
  • Get to work early
  • Clean out a closet
  • Play patty cake with a toddler
  • Go on a picnic
  • Take a different route to work (or the grocery store)
  • Put air freshener in your car
  • Watch a movie and eat popcorn
  • Writ a note to a far-away friend
  • Go to a ball game and scream
  • Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
  • Recognize the importance of unconditional love
  • Remember that stress is an attitude
  • Keep a journal
  • Practice a monster smile
  • Remember you always have options
  • Have a support network of people, places and things
  • Quit trying to fix other people
  • Get enough sleep
  • Freely praise other people
  • Talk less and listen more

Bonus: Relax, Take each day at a time...you have the rest of your life to live!

Inspirations from Honolulu.hawaii.edu  Compliments of Sunny Mathews

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