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Month: February 2015

The Importance of Female Friendships @OWNTV #OWNSHOW

Here is the research out of Stanford. As if we didn’t already know how incredible it feels to be with our girlfriends, a study out of Stanford explained just how “healthy” these female friendships are:

In an evening class at Stanford, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences.

This One-Minute Video May Change Everything For You

I watched this last night, and it changed me. It changed my entire perceptive on everything I’ve built and am currently trying to build right now. It helped reshift my mindset about the speed at which things move and my frustration at times with that speed. I helped me see the creative process in a new light.

If you are a creator in any capacity, Ira Glass, host of the radio show This American Life has some words of wisdom for you.

The Art of Having It All

Happy Friday! Kids are off school next week for winter break so I’m getting ready to wind things down for a few days.

In the fall, I was interviewed by my close friend and New York Times bestselling author Christy Whitman on the Art of Having It All. This topic is very near and dear to Christy’s heart since her book The Art of Having It All will be released in just a few days, on February 25th! Christy is a rockstar mom, wife, coach, author and speaker. She does GOOD work.

Ever Dreamed of Barcelona? @Aeroplan dExclusives Auction Is Live!

It’s no secret I have been a LOYAL member of the Aeroplan program, accumulating Aeroplan Miles as I have spent dollars, for almost 20 YEARS. I am also their proud Brand Ambassador, so it gives me great excitement to share something cool… THE AUCTION IS NOW OPEN!

Yes, you can bid from today – March 16th, 2015.

But before we get to the auction, for the new readers, an intro to the Aeroplan program: It’s simple: sign up for a FREE Aeroplan number, accumulate miles, and redeem them for practically anything you’d want! Beside redeeming miles for Flights around the world, Car rentals and Hotel stays, Aeroplan also has 12 categories where you can also redeem.

Wordless Wednesday: Milestones and Messes

We’ve had a big milestone in our house this week. Thank you to the lovely pharmacist in my area who suggested we use THIS. The time has come, the big teeth are growing in, we have a lisp we are trying to cure, and we don’t want those new teeth growing in buck. Thanks to this little number above, thumb sucking has ceased in the Diamond home. I never thought it would be possible.

He chucked the blankie too when he could no longer get his thumb in his mouth, but he’s feeling oh so proud of himself! I’m so very proud of him too. It was seriously like quitting smoking… agitation, difficulty falling asleep, etc… We’re only six days in, but hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere!

Tiny, Invisible Signs You Are On The Wrong Path @OWNTV #OWNShow

My third episode of the #OWNSHOW on OWN TV aired live at 7am this morning.

Oprah calls them the “tiny whispers” that we often ignore. These tiny whispers are also called your instincts or intuition. Today, I share why listening to that inner voice is so important to our happiness.

Additionally, some small telling signs that we should all pay attention to:

Signs that you feel agitated, untrusting, and a general feeling of malaise. Most people stay stuck and don’t respond to the small whispers because it’s a comfortable place to not have to commit and see something through. So many people ignore the tiny whispers because it isn’t easy to commit to changing something. Change can be a very scary thing.

Change involves a tremendous amount of risk, and puts us outside our comfort zone. But, I quote the title of James Moore’s book, “You Can Get Bitter Or Better.” It’s true, you make that choice about how you’re going to respond to change. You hold the power. And if you read this blog, we all know what happens when we sit on the fence.

Fifty Shades of Valentine’s Day

I saw it.

Last night.

REQUEST: Please consider today’s post the equivalent of a romance novel review. Like a kind of escapism. Let’t not make it anymore than that today, shall we?

But first, let’s recap a blog post I wrote on March 30th, 2012:

Ladies, this book is hot. REALLY hot. And I’m not embarrassed to say that I put down an incredible memoir to be taken away by Fifty Shades of Grey. Hell, I don’t even read fiction, but I had to see what all the hype was about. Well, I had NO idea what I was in for. I am halfway through, and I’m HOOKED. Smitten. I find myself sneaking moments to read whenever I can– hockey practice, carpool lineup. The buzz is everywhere. Conversation flowing amongst all the yummy mummies I meet. Women telling me their whole bodies “tingle” when they read this book. Or that they just wanna go home and f— their husbands. We discussed it at my girl’s dinner this week and we talked about it while I served hot lunch at school yesterday. But I will tell you, I have rediscovered my husband again because of this book. I kid you not. It has done wonders to our marriage. Let’s just say, my husband has never been so thrilled to see me reading.

Top 12 Must-Reads for Kids

Yesterday morning’s Global TV segment was on my Top 6 Must-Reads for Kids. Seeing that tv segments are merely snippets of information, I wanted to share my full list for all moms and dads, grandparents, aunts and uncle, and friends.

We are all trying to raise a reader.

Here goes:

I Don’t Want To Be “62 and Sizzling” Like Jane Seymour

By Guest Blogger Gloria Fallon

I really don’t.

When I’m 62 I want to be able to eat and do whatever the hell I want. And if that means I’m “pleasingly plump,” then good for me! When I’m 62, I don’t want to be doing stomach crunches, applying fake tanner and scrutinizing my ass and thighs before I go to the beach. I’m tired of doing these things now, so no way am I doing them when I’ve reached the respectable age of 60-somethings.

What is with this constant push for women to look young and thin?

#MotivationMonday: Practicing The 85% Rule @OWNTV #OWNShow

Happy Motivation Monday, ladies!

Episode 2 of my #OWNSHOW on OWN TV guest appearance aired live at 7am this morning. This week’s episode was more about sharing experiences from my coaching practice as well as my own life experiences, and the one strategy people can practice if they feel they have too much on their plate. This week is about how to make those crucial decisions…

I’ll give you a hint, but please watch below:

A great rule I like to follow as well as have my clients follow is The 85% Rule. Most of us are stressed and unhappy simply because we are overwhelmed: we take on too much. I practice the 85% rule – I make sure 85% of my commitments are NECESSARY COMMITMENTS. That means, I have started eliminating unnecessary commitments from my schedule. It’s practicing the art of saying “no” to the things that don’t BOOST YOUR HAPPINESS.

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