Audacious Changes

Audacious Changes

I'm an Integrative Coach, Educator, Yoga Teacher, Life
Explorer and Continuous Learner. Happier, purposeful, healthier lives radiating their dreams.

I help people transform their lives by making small daily shifts that result in audacious changes.

07/06/2024

When I was in Mali, a woman pointed out that Malians were rich I. social capital but not wealth. She meant their deep community connections and support of each other.

James Clear makes a similar point:

"There are at least 4 types of wealth:

Financial wealth (money)
Social wealth (status)
Time wealth (freedom)
Physical wealth (health)

Be wary of jobs that lure you in with 1 and 2, but rob you of 3 and 4."

29/04/2024

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." --Maya Angelou

26/04/2024

This one's for those of us with a harsh perfectionist part. Try kindness, be gentle, and see what happens. Research shows this approach is more productive and makes us happier.

You are what you practice, so make it count. Here's how. 19/02/2024

Practice. We get good at what we practice, and we're always practicing something.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about practice. With my clients, we talk about what they're going to practice between sessions. They're interested in positive change, and it requires intentional efforts to shift from our default mode and create new habits, new ways of thinking and feeling, new neural pathways.

Sometimes they think of practice as homework. But that's not it. Practice for change requires repetition.

This applies to everything we do. Take a moment, what are you practicing now? Consciously or unconsciously?

This really hit home as I'm practicing "walking" again after leg surgery. Each time, I see changes and know that if I put in the time, effort, and patience, I'll be back on two strong feet, walking, hiking, and not really thinking about the process. It'll become automatic, one of my defaults. But now, it can be frustrating and humbling. I remind myself of this concept, know I'm getting stronger, and visualize the not so distant day on two strong legs again.

Here's a short video on the concept of practice with a couple of tips.

Remember you are what you practice so make it count.

You are what you practice, so make it count. Here's how. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the concept of practice, because whether we’re consciously aware of it or not we’re always practicing something. And that s...

14/02/2024

Notice your thoughts, question them, because not all thoughts are facts.

12/02/2024

What's mental fitness? Why mental fitness boot camp?

Mental Fitness is your capacity to respond to life's challenges with a positive rather than negative mindset. Just like you can increase your physical fitness, you can increase your mental fitness. In mental fitness bootcamp, you learn how to strengthen the part of the brain that serves you and quiet the part that sabotages you.

24/01/2024
12/01/2024

It's true --- and on so many levels. To your mind. To your body. To others. You make a difference ❤️

07/01/2024

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
--William James

31/12/2023

Good advice for the day and for the new year. Happy New Year!

20/12/2023

Ever notice how your thoughts can wander away and create all kinds of worries? And you're no longer present? Our breath is a powerful tool and can calm, ground, and even energize you. Try it...breathing slowly and exhaling even more slowly. Feels magical and it's science☺️

30/11/2023

“You are not the cause of everything that happens to you but you are responsible for how you respond.” -James Clear

5 Things Not to Say to Someone Experiencing Anxiety 22/11/2023

These are super helpful. Often well intentioned people say things that aren’t helpful. What’s your favorite?

5 Things Not to Say to Someone Experiencing Anxiety Anxiety is a psychological expression of pain.

26/10/2023

Want to improve your Mental Fitness?

I’m offering a pro bono opportunity to be part of my pilot Mental Fitness Bootcamp starting in November. I’m looking for 2-3 more people who can commit to a weekly program for six weeks.
Interested? Message me.

Curious? Take the saboteur assessment, message me with your results, and we’ll set up a time to discuss what they mean and what’s involved in boot camp. There’s no charge, (the pro bono part), but I ask for your feedback at the end.
Go to https://assessment.positiveintelligence.com/saboteur/overview. It takes 3-5 minutes.

I’ve seen how Mental Fitness Bootcamp is a gamechanger for so many including myself. Plus it's fun and science based. Love that.

Life Kit: Dealing with anxiety 05/09/2023

Ever feel stuck and anxious? NPR's Life Kit offers solid tips on the way to think about anxiety (it's our body's alert system or indicator light but doesn't mean it's always true) and tools to shift out of its stress mode to a calmer place. Quick read or 3-minute audio.

These are tips I teach and use. I know how hard and lonely it can be when you continue to function as if everything's fine in your personal and professional lives. Others are clueless as to what you're going through. Maybe they even turn to you because they like your calm demeanor. But inside, you're struggling with anxious thoughts while being present, or trying to be, and know it's not something you want to share with everyone.

Life Kit: Dealing with anxiety Anxiety can feel awful. But it can also be a helpful warning signal — telling us when we're in danger or out of alignment with our true feelings. NPR's Life Kit has tips for dealing with anxiety.

28/08/2023

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven...” -Milton
How are you creating heaven?

A Walk in the Woods May Boost Mental Health 24/08/2023

You've probably felt the difference after a walk in the woods or park, even from your garden! Here's more evidence. Years ago my oncologist "prescribed" forest bathing -- only he didn't use those words. Just told me what to do. And said Japanese doc's had been prescribing it for the patients. I felt calm, peaceful and energized and creative. Do you feel the effects of time in nature? Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually?

A Walk in the Woods May Boost Mental Health Many physicians are prescribing time in nature as balm for the brain

Perspective | A congressman’s story of anxiety, pain and struggling to get help 15/08/2023

Anxiety is the most common mental health concern in the US. Ever feel it? I’m so glad and proud of Rep. Adam Smith sharing his story and how you can get help to manage it.

Perspective | A congressman’s story of anxiety, pain and struggling to get help It took me over six years to figure out the exact cause of these conditions and to find the right treatments — but thankfully I did.

04/08/2023

Remember this. It’s true. You are strong. You can do hard things and do even when anxiety is visiting.

01/08/2023

Be kind. Accepting. Your own best friend.

25/07/2023

Great tips, AND I'd add, label the anxiety -- "name it to tame it." It's simple but can decrease the impact. You might tell yourself, "this is anxiety talking," or give anxiety a name, e.g. Camille's here. Have a conversation with anxiety, "Anxiety thinks or says_______ but I think or know____." This creates distance from the anxious thoughts and feelings, interrupting the cycle. Experiment. Make it yours. Questions? Comments? I'd love to hear from you.

18/07/2023

Shout out to all women who've had a cancer diagnosis and live in the Seattle/Edmonds area!

I'm leading a Forest Bathing (mindful nature walk) for this fabulous organization, Team Survivors Northwest, (TSNW) on July 29th.

Check it out and TSNW -- https://teamsurvivornw.org/ -- empowering all women to thrive through fitness, community and education. My great oncologist Dr. Gadi introduced me to Forest Bathing five years ago when I asked him how I could boost my immune system. He explained it, didn't call it Forest Bathing, and told me there was science behind it. I was in, tried it, and got more than I expected!

And...this pic is from 5 years ago on a NW summer day as I was finishing radiation.
https://teamsurvivornw.org/

17/07/2023

“You become the noun by doing the verb.”
—Ellen Burstyn

10/07/2023

When life throws a curve ball, try a 10-minute vacation whether you're on a vacation or going about your day. Experiment with these tips to make them yours! When you land one or the ones that resonate, you'll know by the way you feel. Plus, they're all science-backed. As my colleague says, "Take a vacation with your breath."

And let me know your favorites or if you have questions.
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2023/07/09/1186306029/heres-how-10-minutes-of-mindfulness-can-help-make-or-break-a-family-vacation

06/07/2023

It’s acceptance of reality, not resigning yourself to it but just accepting and then choosing how to respond.

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