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My Cup Runneth Over: Energy Fillers & Drainers

by Anne Vidovich on 03/18/13

Have you ever left a conversation and felt enlightened, inspired, or happier?

Conversely, have you felt drained, depleted, or just plain depressed after an interaction with someone?

These are commonly referred to as energy drainers or fillers and you can do something about these people.....

First ask: Do you have energy or energy drainers in your life?

The people you associate with have a significant impact on what you feel about the world, your daily mood, your interactions with others, and your outlook on life.  It would be great to have only positive and uplifting people in our lives, this is never the case. 

Tips on energy fillers

Try to surround yourself with positive people.

Get clear about who adds to your life.

Be an energy filler yourself and you will attract those type of people.

Make a plan to be around them and make sure you reciprocate their energy filling (be inspiring yourself!).

Tips on energy drainers (these can be tasks, people, responsibilities, self-limitations, or experiences)

Identify the people who drain your time or energy.

What boundaries can you set for those people who rob your energy?

How can you empower yourself to minimize their effect on you?

Do something nurturing for yourself after the encounter to refill your energy.  Some deep cleansing breaths, a talk with a friend who fills your energy, a quick walk, a favorite activity, or a few minutes of quiet just getting re-centered in your day can help tremendously.

Emotionally release from their toxicity by accepting them for who they are and not tying into their drama, complaining, chaos, or dysfunction.

You can learn to listen in a bit of a detached manner if you just set a boundary that you will not take on their "stuff" as your own.  

Stand in your own power and shine. 

Physically limit or distance yourself from those people who do not add to your life.

If it is a task or responsibility that drains your energy, what can you do to make it less draining, enlist support, or get rid of it in your life.

If your own thoughts, actions, or beliefs cause drains on your energy, think about what you can do to change the thought or action, ask yourself how can you change the thought or behavior, or how can you get support around this issue.

"People inspireyou, or they drain you; pick them wisely" - Hans F Hansen

Anne Vidovich, M.A. Claim Your Life Coach www.claimyourlifenow.com

We will be posting information about social, emotional, and cognitive development (birth-adolescence), learning issues, growth, self-care, and wellness for parents and adults  http://www.loveoflearning2.com,http://Claimyourlifenow.com  http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Love-of-Learning/186398351409188 or http://www.facebook.com/ClaimYourLifeNow Twitter : https://twitter.com/loveoflearning2 or https://twitter.com/changersforlife


Will the Real You Please Stand Up

by Anne Vidovich on 03/18/13

This powerful poem is a beautiful testament to being who you are each and every day and being that person who can look in the mirror and smile back at the reflection.  When we own who we are (the good, the bad, and everything in between), we can choose what we hold onto, what we attempt to change, and what we grow and develop. Who are you out in public, with your friends and family, alone with your thoughts?  

The Man in the Glass

By Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.  

If you get what you want in your struggle for self 
And the world makes you king for a day 
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself 
And see what that man has to say 

For it isn't a man's father, mother or wife 
Whose judgment upon him must pass 
The fellow whose verdict counts most in his life 
Is the man staring back from the glass 

He's the fellow to please, never mind the rest 
For he's with you clear up to the end 
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test 
If the man in the glass is your friend 

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years 
And get pats on the back as you pass 
But your final reward will be heartache and tears 
If you've cheated the man in the glass

Anne Vidovich, M.A. Claim Your Life Coach www.claimyourlifenow.com

We will be posting information about social, emotional, and cognitive development (birth-adolescence), learning issues, growth, self-care, and wellness for parents and adults 
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10 Minutes of Gratitude Goes a Long Way

by Anne Vidovich on 03/18/13

Gratitude is one of the best intentions you can hold in a day.  It not only makes you feel happy for what you have, you actually begin to have more people and things to feel thankful for.  In addition, you begin to feel happier and more fulfilled.  The following are some gratitude tips that you can integrate into your day in as little as ten minutes:

Begin each day either while making breakfast, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, or the first two minutes that you wake up focusing on gratitude. Brainstorm all of the things, people, events, and circumstances you have to be grateful for. (Suggested time: 3-5 minutes)

Ask yourself: what, in my life, do I have to be grateful for.  It is more powerful if you write your list down in a gratitude journal; however, if you just want to think of what you are gratitude for, you will benefit greatly from these focused thoughts. Writing them down will solidify them into your day.  You will see your list grow very rapidly. (Suggested time: 2 minutes)

At lunch time, ask what in my day do I have to be grateful for? Again, just think and brainstorm. (Suggested time: 2-3 minutes)

While making dinner or driving in the car, what happened in the last few hours that I am grateful for? (Suggested time: 2-3 minutes)

The last thoughts of your day can be a two minute day in review of all of the people, events, and experiences you have to be grateful for. (Suggested thoughts: 2-3 minutes)

Here are some categories to get you started:

·         Life goals: I am excited, grateful, or happy that I________

·         Career and education: I feel proud that I ________,I felt   successful when I________.

·         Family: I am lucky that I have ________. My ______(brother, sister, aunt, cousin, dad, mom, child, uncle, partner) is amazing.

·         Friends: My friends are amazing because, I feel close to ________. I am lucky that he ________.

·         Health: I wake up each day with the ability to breath, think, get out of bed, be productive, walk, see, hear, feel and feel good. I am grateful for ________.

·         Finances: I feel like I have enough, I feel like I am working toward my goal of ________. I feel comfortable, I have everything I need, etc. I feel secure.

·         Abilities and talents: I feel successful at ________. I am able to ________. I am proud that I can ________. I am creative, kind, funny, etc ________, ________, ________.

·         The basics: I am grateful for food, shelter, water, sleep, and the ability to think and act freely, etc.

Challenge: try this for one week and see what happens to your mood. Try it for two weeks and see how you begin to feel. Try it for one month and notice the shifts that begin to take place. 

Super Challenge: Make it a part of your daily to do list and see the abundance that begins to develop. We wish you the best of luck with integrating and growing the gratitude in your life. 

"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." - Eckhart Tolle

Anne Vidovich, M.A. Claim Your Life Coach/Parent Educator www.claimyourlifenow.com, www.loveoflearning2.com

We will be posting information about social, emotional, and cognitive development (birth-adolescence), learning issues, growth, self-care, and wellness for parents and adults  http://www.loveoflearning2.com, http://Claimyourlifenow.com  http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Love-of-Learning/186398351409188 or http://www.facebook.com/ClaimYourLifeNow Twitter : https://twitter.com/loveoflearning2 or https://twitter.com/changersforlife

Get Out of Your Way :)

by Anne Vidovich on 03/18/13

When you spend time exploring and discovery yourself and your patterns in life, your ability to live from your highest potential and feel happy, fulfilled, and passionate increase exponentially.  This is a process and it requires time, commitment, energy, and courage.  It is easy to give up, take a break, feel overwhelmed or discouraged, or put it on your list of "somedays", but someday usually gets pushed aside.  Staying committed, moving forward (even small movements), breaking steps into small and manageable components, and being compassionate and loving with yourself during the process will keep you motivated to change and grow. 

Using a support system to keep your encouraged or posting quotes or motivating motto such as, "I want to change more than I want to stay the same" or "My commitment to growing and discovering more about my challenges matter more to me than staying stuck in my old ways."  It is  helpful to keep your goal in front of you with inspiring and motivating quotes or pictures. 

There is no one single destination to arrive to during your journey as your desires, needs, and goals will evolve and change as you experience small and large shifts.  All of these shifts matter and all of these smaller (or larger) changes build upon one other to move you forward with increasing self-awareness, becoming your highest self, and achieving your goals.

The journey is a huge part of the adventure.  Please try enjoy the entire journey (the ups and the downs) because it is our challenges, bumps in the road, and so-called mistakes that are so full of learning, richness, and beauty.  The steps you take and the mistakes you make will not only add to your growth and experience, it will allow you to absorb the value in the lessons.  If there is something (an experience for example) that continually shows up in your life, it might be worth exploring.  Chances are it is in your life to teach you a lesson.  Instead of wishing it was not present or complaining about it, take some time to reflect on what it might be teaching you.  If you speed through this process and try to sprint to the finish line, you will miss a lot of opportunity and potential for growth.  Stay gentle with yourself and keep showing up.

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."  - Maya Angelou

March Family Fun

by Anne Vidovich on 03/18/13

Family Fun Events March

A Love of Learning is compiling family fun events view our Facebook  at http://www.facebook.com/Loveoflearning2

Balancing Academic, Social-Emotional & Physical Learning Children’s Health Council March 21 Free Registration Understand why social-emotional learning is vital to life success and how to balance it with academic achievement and physical development. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5282040726/rss

DIGITAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS: SAFE, SMART AND RESPONSIBLE Parents Place, Thurs., Mar. 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm How to help children be safe online (1st-5th grade) http://parentsplaceonline.org/workshops/palo-alto/classes-parents-place-palo-alto-ps-elementary

Mothers and Sons – Growing Boys into Men  Parents Place, P.A. Tues. Mar. 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. 35.00 Explore this special relationship and learn what boys need and how to have good communication and closeness. http://parentsplaceonline.org

Creek Crew Work Day at Oakland Zoo Clean the creek near the Oakland Zoo. BYO water, snacks gloves Near The Oakland Zoo's entrance, Oakland, March 16 10-12 noon free

Rock Climbing at Planet GraniteKids in preschool through 1st grade can come indoors and try hiking up a wall for a change. $12. 815 Stewart Dr. Sunnyvale, March 22 3:45-5:00

Bouquets to Art 2013 Bay Area florists create arrangements at the de Young Museum. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. SF March 19-23 9:30-5:15 415750-3504 Free family fun

Chabot Space and Science Center Dark Matter and Dark Energy: The Top Puzzles in 21st Century Slumber with the Stars A Family/Group Overnight Friday, March 29 (6pm - 10am) Ages 5 & Up Advance reservations required: (510) 336-7373 To the Moon Fridays Friday, March 29 (7pm - 8pm) Cost: Admission Digital Skies Student Partnership Showcase Saturday, March 30 12- 4 Cost: General Admission

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs Wag Hotels, the ultimate stay & play resort for dogs and cat March 23 Saturday 12-2

Union Street's 22nd Annual Spring Celebration & Easter Parade The 22nd annual event celebrates the diverse community of SF March 31 Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Magic Bus Step aboard Magic Bus and back in time! With bubbles in the air and a flower in your .Friday March 8 10:00 to 12:00 Union Square at Geary and Powell St. SF

Easter In Dolores Park Under The Big Top Sun, March 31 12:00 noon Dolores Park , SF

Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for kids ages 10+0March 16 Saturday 2:00 Legion of Honor, SF

Family Funday- Children's Story Time Enjoy stories, garden walks, and craft activities in the Botanical Garden! March 17 Sunday 10:30 San Francisco Botanical Garden, SF