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April 26th, 2017
by Diane

Live Without Expectations

Expectations: The act or state of looking forward or anticipating that something is going to, or should happen. A perceived notion of how something or someone is supposed to be.

When we have expectations we create a belief system that certain outcomes SHOULD happen. And then, what do we do if things don’t happen the way you expected them to?

We also have expectations for how other people SHOULD behave or react. And when they do not act as expected we are let down, hurt, angry or sad. We may even believe we have been disrespected or offended in some way.

We might expect that our partner will notice or new outfit or hair cut and say something. We might expect that a co-worker will compliment us on a job well done. We might expect that our kids will notice a mess and pick it up.

We expect people to do certain tasks automatically (event though we never made the request). We expect people to appreciate us, reward us and compliment us. When this does not happen we often grip and complain, “they SHOULD have complimented me, they SHOULD have noticed me.”

A SHOULD is an expectation imposed on one person by another. A SHOULD is a personal belief system being hailed as the RIGHT BELIEF and pushed onto another. Maybe their SHOULD is not the same as your SHOULD? Read more »

October 20th, 2016
by Diane

Smooth Seas Do Not Make Skillful Sailors

smooth-seas-do-not-make-skillful-sailorsThis week in the It Takes A Village Wellness Center & Yoga Studio we are talking about trust and faith. Tough topics during a turbulent time when we are experiencing some rough seas.  There seems to be so much angst, anger, confusion and bashing going on in our political scene and elsewhere.

I was working with a coaching client this morning and she was saying to me how challenged she felt to detach herself from all of it – she was feeling pulled into the negativity and unable to shake it. Our conversation inspired me to share my thoughts with all of you.

The truth of our lives is that there are always challenges, always struggles and often much suffering. And yet we go on with our lives. This is, I believe the way of the world. Read more »

January 14th, 2016
by Diane

LIVE ALIVE: 12 Guiding Principles

dont-ask-yourself-what-the-world-needsMy father is a 12- Stepper. He has been in a 12-Step program for many years and has during his tenure there provided me with many valuable words to live by. His voice is in my head always reminding me I can handle what ever is thrown at me, to learn and practice forgiveness and to live one day at a time.

I am often asked about the name of my company A Woman Alive and my tagline of LIVE ALIVE.

What does it mean to LIVE ALIVE, to live fully? And what are the intentions we can hold to live a fulfilled and satisfying life? There will always be challenges and missteps. The Buddhist philosophy often explored in yoga emphasizes that there is always in our world suffering and that it is who we are despite that suffering that is the road to enlightenment. Read more »

February 9th, 2015
by Diane

Life Happens and Then……


My Father shared a wonderful quote with me last week (that I very much needed to hear!) and I felt compelled to share it, and my reflections, with you this morning.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church…. A home.  The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for the day. We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the string we have, and that is our own attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitude.”  Charles Swindle

I love this quote – such a vivid reminder that we are truly responsible for our choices.  I would say, “Life Happens and then we are 100% responsible for who we choose to be in every moment.”  I believe the sentiment is the same.  We absolutely cannot control what goes on around us, and there will be times of struggle, pain, unhappiness and frustration, but we can control WHO WE CHOOSE TO BE IN THE MOMENT.  Read more »

December 4th, 2013
by Diane

Rigorous Gratitude

I have been giving gratefula lot of thought to gratitude over   the past few weeks.  I have a pretty solid practice, each day listing those pieces of my life, the people and the opportunities I am grateful for.  However, in the throws of letting go of a relationship, struggling with some pieces around my family and worrying about some major changes I need to make, I realized that I was not utilizing the practice of gratitude as tool to help me through these challenges.

On Sunday I attended a service at Celebration Spiritual Center. I was having a rough day. I was feeling the darkness creeping in.  The pastor spoke of finding comfort in the discomfort and light in the darkness.

“But how?” was the question I kept asking myself.  And I realized the answer came directly back to gratitude. Read more »