Awaken Your Senses

AWAKEN YOUR SENSES: Summertime Sensory Journey in Nature

Summer has arrived in Vancouver. The whole city seems to be outside enjoying everything this season has to offer: sunbathing on the beach, sipping cool drinks on a patio, or diving into the pool for a refreshing swim. With all the socializing and fun it is important to schedule in some quiet time for your own personal renewal.

A great way to relax and get in touch with yourself is by engaging all of your senses. Many of us rely heavily on our sense of vision and rarely take time to experience our other senses to their fullest.

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Your Personal Renewal Retreat


In my business I work with hundreds of people throughout the world. I found that no matter where people are from, the first thing they drop when they get busy is time for themselves. Does this sound familiar? Yet this is the most important source of real personal renewal. It is the time that we spend taking care of ourselves that helps us truly regenerate and renew. Once renewed, we can take our replenished energy to contribute and be of service to others.

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How To Make Your Dreams Reality


It all started with a dream. I wanted to visit Germany – my home country. For three years I had invested all my resources into building my business. Now I longed to fly home.

The question on my mind was: “How can I afford it?” I had no idea, but I wrote down the question and left it at that. A few days later, after my morning meditation, the idea popped into my mind – I can offer my Life-Balance Seminars to corporations in Germany!  I contacted friends and family, told them about my plans and asked to them to contact their networks. A good friend reconnected me with a mutual friend from university. Our mutual friend had established a successful management consulting and training company and wanted to promote my seminars to her clients. Shortly after that I received so many positive responses that I was booked for fourteen seminars in Germany and Switzerland! Now my flight is booked. I am excited to see my family again, expand my business and make a positive contribution to major corporations in Europe. It all started with a dream!

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Moments of Joy

Sometimes in the midst of our busy lives we lose track of the simple treasures in life. A smile exchanged on the sidewalk with a stranger, laughter shared with friends, smelling the fresh air after a rainstorm. As the 85-year-old Nadine Stair put it, “I’ve had my moments, and if I had it to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another.”

  • Think of your last week. Looking back, where do you see opportunities to enjoy the moment? Jot down the possibilities you realize now.
  • Look at your list. Is there a common theme? Is it time to re-connect with a friend? Time to get out those inline skates that are sitting in your garage? Time to jump over a big puddle.
  • What will you do today to simply enjoy the moment?

Enjoy adding your moments of joy to my blog!

Thank you!

Julia 🙂

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Guided Mini-Retreats Audio CD Series


High levels of stress over long time periods seriously impact your health, effectiveness and focus, not to mention your overall enjoyment of life.

Stress Relief Solution: Mini-Retreats, be it in the form of meditation, deep breathing or simply stepping outside for a short walk. Mini-Retreats help you recover quickly from periods of stress and regain your focus.

Check out Guided Mini-Retreats for Busy People. These are 6- to 15-minute short audio “vacations” of meditation, relaxation and empowering visualizations. Listening to them helps you recharge quickly, especially if you listen to them on a regular basis.

These guided retreats are invaluable. They have helped me realize and achieve my goals,” says Michelle Raymond, a busy Realtor with ReMax Select Properties.

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A Gift Is Waiting For You

A GIFT IS WAITING FOR YOU Are You Ready to Receive It?

This weekend we got five inches of beautiful white snow in Vancouver. While this would not be worth mentioning in the rest of the country, it is big news here.

I love snow. It softens the sounds of the city and brightens the dark winter days. I love how it sounds when I walk—crunching with every step. When I woke up this morning the snowstorm had passed and had left a perfect white blanket over everything. I got up early, put on my boots, coat and mittens and ventured out in into the snow.

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Finding Your Balance In Life

FINDING YOUR BALANCE IN LIFE  / How to Walk the Tight Rope with Grace

To keep a healthy balance between all the important areas of life is like a walk on a tight rope that requires concentration, focus and courage.

I recently had the opportunity to walk on an actual tight rope that two young men had tied up between trees in a neighborhood park on the beach. When I saw them from the distance moving around seemingly effortlessly on the thin piece of fabric, I felt an urge to get up on the rope and give it a whirl.

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How Can You Do It ALL?

HOW CAN YOU DO IT ALL? / Take a mini Vacation today

Do you ever wonder how you can possibly accomplish everything on your list? By taking a mental vacation. This kind of vacation doesn’t involve any expenses, planning, cooperation from family members or agreement from your employer.

Give yourself permission to take at least one 3-10 minute mini-vacation every day. Come back refreshed, relaxed, and excited to continue with your work.

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Completing the Old – Creating the New


As the New Year approaches, spend some time reflecting on your accomplishments and disappointments throughout 2005. Allow yourself to take the time to complete 2005 before beginning the New Year. Completion is about making things whole and fully letting them be what they are. When something is incomplete, it drains energy from you and hangs around like a ghost. When you complete something you take that energy back. You accept a loss and celebrate a win. Often times, a ritual such as lighting a candle, burning a letter, or popping a champagne bottle gives you closure.

Here are some things you can do on your own, with a friend, partner, or your coach. It can be empowering to revisit, dream, and share.

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Fall is Full

FALL IS FULL / Make It Fulfilling

Fall is such a busy season; we are trying to fit it all in rather than taking the time to choose our priorities. In our society “more” and “faster” is better, so slowing down and taking the time to choose your priorities for the coming months, might seem like an impossible luxury.

I challenge you to take this time for yourself! Take half an hour to reflect and prioritize and make this Fall season fulfilling instead of full.

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