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Breathe…The Future is Now #HappyReinventing

After a profound week of insights at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show), you sit back and wonder how the world could have existed without all this technology and interconnectivity.  The irony of it all, however, is the lack of connectivity we have to one another as human beings.

Are we replacing the soft touch, eye-to-eye contact with robotic and AI practicality? Replacing human jobs with digital productivity? Letting machines make decisions for us and dictate our behavior patterns? Making the work place obsolete? Providing no environment for the imagination to flourish?

Or is all of this accelerating our brains capacity to imagine on a scale that we never did before and challenging us to find new ways to think and explore? Can we really be replaced by machines and AI to the extent that we will need to find another way to sustain our economy if we can’t earn money and buy all the goods that are being created by these new robots…and being sold to us?  Is progress becoming negative for humanity and are we to slow it down or just plow through it in the name of innovation?

It’s daunting and exciting, romantic and nostalgic while innovative and exploratory.

But for what? To say that we can? To be bigger and better? To create a world that we once envisioned only in the movies and on the Jetsons?  Do we stand to benefit from it?  In all the futuristic movies, there’s a cold and harsh world with very little human connectivity – you never see the “peace, love and happiness” of the 60’s era that was the quintessential of the human spirit come to life.

Why are we doing this? Our kids have different social norms that have them living their friendships and communication over social media, the adults are scrambling to keep up with the Joneses on technology platforms, we can barely have a conversation with out being pinged, happed, buzzed from some type of gadget and yet this digital world is supposed to be making us more “connected”?  Connected to what? I’d rather snuggle up to a warm body than a computer at night yet we’re being bombarded with our “need” to go to sleep, monitor our sleep, wake up to, have our first coffee, brush our teeth, do our grocery shopping, drive around…all without effort and without thinking… why is that so good?  Is this really enabling us to use our brains capacity? Will we become an even lazier society, more sedentary, and thus unhealthier than we already are?  Is this all just a ploy to rid the world of human beings so some larger more universal play can happen?

These digital devices and apps are touting health, fitness, mindfulness, meditation – ironically – gadgets that support our need to be addicted to them but ironically giving us “solutions” to relax and unplug.

It’s all quite absurd but we seem to not be able to live without them. This addiction is more severe than we realize, and capitalism and curiosity are driving it.

There does feel like there’s a backlash happening, but it will never be grand enough to slow down progress or halt productivity and growth of the future.

All we can do is be mindful of it, ask the questions, resist the urge to engage because it’s there and being sold to us, know what makes us feel good, warm and fuzzy, teach our children to love what we know was a beautiful time of staring out a window for hours on a car ride and let our imaginations run free, walk down a street or around a school campus and look at our fellow humans, make eye contact, smile, be engaged, be present and “just be.”

We don’t have to be always “doing” in order to feel fulfilled.

Take a pen to paper and write a letter to your 8-year old self.  What would you say about your life today and what it was when you were that age.  How would you protect yourself from getting pulled into the vortex without the checks and balances for yourself?

Be aware and alert, be accountable to yourself and your desires and passions, dare to unplug and explore your world. Check in with yourself and don’t just go along for the ride and get swept up in the pace of future innovation. Be conscious of what you’re doing, even if you’re doing it.  Take the time to be present and dig a little deeper with yourself and those around you.

Resist the urge when you can…challenge yourself…be mindful.

Check out the new mindfulness and meditation centers, classes and programs popping up if you’re eager to keep that balance…

Or just unplug, take a walk, smell the roses, feel the sun, breathe….

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing!

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New Year’s Reflections & Reinventions


It’s about the journey.
That’s the point.
If you choose to find the best and beauty in everything, you’ll enjoy the journey.
The choice is yours.
How do you choose to live out this life?
Ready to Reinvent? Big or Small?
Change is Adventure.
Stretching feels Good.
Channel the Fear into Momentum.

When it comes to Reinvention … trust yourself!

We’re surrounded by so much information that sometimes it paralyzes us and we don’t know which way to turn – this diet, that investment, now that’s bad for you, only this is good for you…

We’re all different and we’re adults with research and information on everything at our fingertips.
Take in the information and figure out what is right for you. Then you can own it and forge a path that includes these new tools, habits, programs, interests.

If New Year’s Resolutions are the moment of reflection for you – then this might just help…

If you are really ready to make that leap and become more fit, or find that new career path, or get into a good relationship, or do some great volunteer work, or whatever your passion is to pursue, then set realistic goals so that you can feel good about achieving them, and the milestones along the way.

Whether we want to or need to, these little or big reinventions are incredible journeys and you want to map yours out, just like you would if you we’re going on a vacation to somewhere new and interesting.

A few fundamental steps are involved so write them down, especially because in weeks or months from now, when you’re having a down day or feeling challenged with your goals, reading your game plan will remind you and reinforce the reason and spirit with which you set out to do it –

  • Pick your destination – where do you want to end up?
  • Do some research – what’s involved, want more do you need to know, will this require some education, courses, reading, meetings with others?
  • How do you work your Reinvention into your current life – what gives? What stays in place? What has to be reorganized to make this work?
  • Who’s involved and how will these new plans affect them? How will they be involved?
  • Who else do you need to engage in your process for support, guidance, mentoring, inspiration?
  • What are the first five things you’ll need to do to get on the path?
  • What’s your personal measurement of success in this journey? How will you know you’re on the right path and pleased with your Reinvention?

Whatever your passion, wherever this next adventure takes you, prepare yourself with a road map to get there – this is not work – this is your journey, so enjoy every step of it and own it with a sense of excitement.

Do it with Quiet Dignity, Wisdom in your Heart, Intelligence in your Body and Own the Life You Want.

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing!

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If They Can Do It, I can Do It! Change Your Habits and Reinvent!


“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

The more we see people succeed, break out of the norm, pursue their passions, make life happen… the more we realize we are not alone. They’re not special, they don’t have super powers, they just dared to dream and go for it.

Maybe it’s time you started changing habits, dreaming bigger and believe that you can do whatever you want.

Reinventing your life comes in all shapes and sizes. If you want to start working out, pick something fun and start small. Take a beginner’s class and start out easily so that you’re not in pain for a week and never want to do it again.

You want to learn a language? Go on Groupon download a language program – its right there. Don’t have time to do it? How about waking up 30 minutes earlier and taking a walk and doing two great things at the same time every day? Can you imagine how you would feel after just 10 days?

Wishing you could paint like a friend of yours who just picked up a paintbrush and started painting recently? They just started to do it, why can’t you? Do it for your own Joy, not to share or show to anyone, not to put on exhibit or post online, just do it for your passion and joy and to stretch your creativity!

Do you truly believe they have skills greater than yours? Are they smarter? Do they have some special gene that makes them more unique and capable than you? Or is it they just summoned the courage to actually try something they keep thinking and talking about? Is it about the time constraints you think you have? We’re all so busy and we say we don’t have the time but is that really true?

If you actually spent one week changing your habits, not watching your favorite TV shows, not monitoring your social media, and you wake up 30 minutes earlier every day, cancel lunch dates to spend time doing something that you’d like to try – writing, listening to the language lessons, planning a trip, researching a new career that you want to start, exploring more…you would be on your way!

Just like that!

I meet people every day in so many different walks of life and at so many levels of their careers – from 19-year-olds just starting out to 72-year-olds, all talking from a different perspective about what they wish they could do with their lives. What I find fascinating are the older folks who haven’t fulfilled their dreams, who look at their lives and wish they could’ve done so many other things and question whether or not it’s too late to tackle it now.

I have a friend who used a family tragedy as a catalyst to start checking off things on her bucket list. Confronted with the reality that our lives could be taken from us at any point, she realized that she wasn’t going to sit around and be one of those people that said I wish I had done this or that. She’s taking life by the horns and looking at how to conquer every fear and every dream small and large, and most certainly way out of her comfort zone. Everybody looks at what she’s doing and they’re wishing that they had the courage to Dream as she does.

So what does it take? How do you take that first leap of faith even if it’s something as small as starting that diet tomorrow, or telling your boss that you want a raise, or leaving that job so that you can go do what you really dreamed about, like opening that little chocolate store in the middle of Main Street, or saving people in Third World countries that need a helping hand, or move on from a bad relationship, or starting some charity work, or go horseback riding, or learn a language, or start spending more time discovering your spirituality, or align with a cause and find your voice,  or start meditating every morning for five minutes.

Anything that you do that adjusts your daily habits and routines and creates a new focus and a new direction in your life is an amazing moment of reinvention. One small change can create such a huge shift in your energy, your surroundings, the way you connect with other people, your moods. You’re sending a signal to those around you and to the universe that you are open and interested in creating the best possible life you could have and then you’re not going to be the one to say “I wish I could…”

Want to break old habits and create new ones? Start small and gain confidence with that feeling. You’ll find the joy, not fear that comes with “mixing it up” a little.

These mini Reinventions can shake up your norm. Changing your routine can remind you how new and exciting different experiences and habits can be – try the simplest of things for starters, like:

  • Drive to a different Starbucks in your neighborhood,
  • Order an Iced Tea vs Ice Latte
  • Put on shoes you have in the back of your closet, rather than the ones you wear all the time.
  • Wear a colored shirt vs black or white shirt with your suit
  • Walk vs drive to the close grocery store
  • Exercise in the morning vs evening
  • Read a book vs watching a tv show (dvr it for another time)
  • Call an old friend for dinner
  • Cook vs ordering in
  • Change your shampoo brand

Getting the picture?

We take for granted the daily habits that are our routine.

Try getting comfortable with change.

Embrace Change with Excitement and Courage

Minimize the Fear and let Inspiration and Curiosity take over

Have faith in who you’d like to be.  Believe it’s there. Go for it. Create it.

Life won’t just happen to you, make it all yours on your terms!

Happy Reinventing


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