Resolutions: Saying No to make room for Yes…

Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl (Beingtrulypresent.com)

I just read a statistic saying that of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions, only 8% will achieve them.1 Why is that? It’s not like there isn’t enough information out there about goal setting and achieving dreams. A few keystrokes and Google has reams of articles on how to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely), the Stages of Change, and how to use Vision Boards. Five minutes of digging can uncover tonnes of motivational, instructional and theoretical words to help us make the changes we know we should be making. Know we should be making. Maybe that’s one of the biggies getting in the […] Read more »

My holiday wish to you…

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love (pencil drawings by Diane Mottl, beingtrulypresent.com)

  I made the video below last year when I was testing out VideoScribe (which is on my wish list – smile). It takes less than a minute to watch but I hope the message stays with you far longer. It is my wish to you… All the best to you this holiday season, however and whatever you celebrate. May it bring you peace, joy and love… “Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” — Oren Arnold […] Read more »

Christmas memories from all five senses…

Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl (Beingtrulypresent.com)

When I was working on the drawing on the left, it brought back memories of my Mom’s Christmas baking. When I sat down to do this blog post (after a snack – smile) I had a thought: “What if I were to jot down each of the five senses and then write whatever Christmas memory came up for each?” As I started writing, I was amazed at the vividness and variety of memories. As scene after scene surfaced, it was difficult to write only one memory per sense (but I managed to contain myself, out of respect for the dear reader’s valuable time  – smile). Here are […] Read more »

Be a flicker of light during the holidays…

Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl (Beingtrulypresent.com)

As much as I want to see the holiday season as a joyous time, I know that for many it is not. There are sobering statistics attesting to the fact that the holiday season is a time when depression spirals, grief strangles, and sadness reaches unbearable depths. Before you stop reading, saying “This is too much of a downer, I don’t want to read this”, give me two more minutes to convince you that it is worth staying on this page. Those who are struggling with depression, sadness and grief can make it through the holidays; can get themselves off the edge of […] Read more »

Keeping your zen during the holidays…

Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl (Beingtrulypresent.com)

‘Tis the season of peace, joy and love…and 101 things on the must-get-done-before-Christmas list. The holiday season brings a feeling of warmth and love that spreads like a happy contagion amongst us. But competing with those festive, happy molecules is a barrage of go-go-go messages. Go make this the best Christmas ever. Go get this present and that present for this person and that person. Get it right so there are smiles and happy memories for everyone. Ready the house for guests. Stock the pantry. Fill the house with the scents of Christmas baking. Schedule in concerts, parties, and get-togethers. Make sure your list […] Read more »