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Are you stuck on the sidelines of life? - Issue #64
June 03, 2014
I often get asked by people, “When is it going to be my time Catherine? I’m tired of waiting.” Or, “When is my real life going to begin?”
Our lives begin when we do. We must make and take the time. No one is going to hand us a life. We have to make one.
One of the saddest things I see today are people who are trapped by their own fear of life. They sit on the sidelines as observers, hiding out on the outskirts of life, distracting themselves with food, shopping, and other distractions as life passes them right by. Deep down they know they aren’t that happy or living up to their potential, but fear, inertia, and their unwillingness to move beyond their comfort zone keeps them trapped in a prison of their own making.
I personally believe that a lot of the depression, obesity, and addiction that is so rampant in the world is caused by people refusing to fully engage with their own lives; they are MIA (Missing in Action). Stagnation breeds addiction and other compulsive behaviors. They become a substitute for a fulfilling and well lived life. It takes risk, time, and effort to craft a meaningful life for oneself and it’s just so easy to relegate that to “the someday pile” and go eat, shop, watch TV, or engage in some other meaningless distraction.
A well lived life takes courage. How do we gather our courage? We do it one day at a time by taking small risks and actions in the direction of our goals and dreams.
“What if I don’t know what my goals and dreams are?” you may ask.
That means you need to give yourself permission to experiment and explore until those goals and dreams become clear. That means you have to step outside of your comfort zone, get your hands dirty and make mistakes. You can’t figure out life ahead of time, or by reading a book; it’s in the doing that the answers and insights will appear. You have to embrace uncertainty and the fact there are no guarantees. Life is an adventure; the joy, delight, and treasures are found in the process of discovery. The greatest treasure of all isn’t what you get or find on the journey; it’s who you become in the process.
Do you want to live the rest of your life with a bad case of the coulda shoulda woulda’s?
Gather your courage and make the decision that now is the time to begin. Vow to yourself that you will no longer put off living your life. You will begin to take action. That action may be starting to formulate a plan, doing research, getting some help and support through a coach, or just taking a walk each day.
All journeys begin with a single step; so start steppin’. After you read this email, ask yourself what one thing you can do to begin. Write it down where you can see it each and every day and then do it!
Am I a player in the Game of Life or am I sitting on the bench? What will it take to get me off the sidelines?
There’s no better time than right now to contact me for a free consultation! How you do food is how you do life! ®
Feast for the Eyes - Pink Rose - Photography by Catherine L. Taylor
I take a small risk each day.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I take fear by the hand and do it anyway.
I am willing to stretch beyond who I am now.
I can handle being uncomfortable.
I am far more capable than I give myself credit for.
With every step forward, I create a new life for myself.
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Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
I hope you have enjoyed my newsletter. Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. I love to hear what's working for you and read about your success stories.
Catherine L. Taylor
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