Oh my gosh there is a lot to celebrate in April. First of course there is April Fool’s Day. Ever wonder where in the world that ever came from? Me too! So I did a little research on the Internet and this is what I found out.
April Fool’s Day History
“The history of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year’s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1 (new year’s week) to January 1.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled “fools” by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a “poisson d’avril” or “April fish” because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.”
If you want the rest of the story, and no fooling there is a lot more, go to April Fools R Us, an entire site dedicated to April 1st and practical jokes.
The next Big holiday is Buddy’s Birthday. Okay it may only be a big Holiday in our house, but still pretty Big. Buddy is our adopted fur child that we rescued from United Yorkie Rescue two years ago. We actually don’t know Buddy’s birthday but decided to celebrate it on the day after we got him. I really didn’t want Buddy’s birthday to be on April 1st, I figured he had enough trauma in his life, so we celebrate on April 2nd. He doesn’t seem to mind!
Okay so other big celebrations you might want to consider for the month:
National Dog Appreciation Month. I found this great article that tells how to take care of your pet in the event that you become ill or die. Something to think about! Our two dogs our in our Will.
Listenting Awareness Month (my personal favorite) There seems to be a tad bit of controversy about this holiday month. It appears that last month (March) was International Listening Month and April is just Listening Awareness Month – sponsored by Effective Listeners Association. I found a great article by Linda Eve Diamond on the 10 Rules of Listening!
National Fresh Celery Month – this is not to be confused with National Celery Month which is in March! To celebrate try my favorite celery recipe. Take several stalks of celery and spread with peanut butter! Eat and enjoy! You could also add a few raisens on top of the peanut butter! I have heard this called Ants on a Log, I just call it yummy.
National Welding Month (I will celebrate this one in honor of my Father) I was totally surprised when I couldn’t find anything on National Welding Month. I do know it is sponsored by The American Welding Society. My father was a Welder so even without much to go on I will just celebrate the month in my own way! I guess I could weld something together.
Pets are Wonderful Month – This month is sponsored by the American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals. However the people down in Palm Springs Florida have created their own Pets are Wonderful Month!
If you are wondering how I know about all these great days to celebrate let me tell you it isn’t because I am researching all of them. I have a great book called Celebrate Today by John Kremer. It list all the special months and holidays throughout the year. I love the book becuase if you can’t think of a reason to celebrate, this book will give you one.
If you would like to create and register your own special day or month visit Celebrate Today! National Event Registery! You too could have your own special day!
I hope you take advantage of one of these great holidays, or even several, to celebrate the month of April. Let me know how you celebrate April! Post your ideas and comments on the blog.
Here’s to taking Action,
Today is Fun Friday. Why you might ask? Because I said so! Any day can be a fun day if you like. It doesn’t have to be a Friday, today just happens to be Friday.
I was so excited yesterday because I ran into the Lepreucaun I had met on St. Patrick’s Day. Well actually he isn’t a “real” Lepreucaun, Branden (his real name) works at Whole Foods. I was having lunch with my best friend David and there he was. I gave Branden my card and told him to check out the blog. Hey Branden if you do stop by say hello!
I am having lunch today with one of my subscribers to 365 Days of Coaching, Kim Kirmmse Toth. I was at a local chapter meeting for the Glaizer/Kennedy group and she was there. She said, “Oh I get your newsletter.” How fun is that? We are going to one of my favorite resturants today, PF Changs, and get to know one another. I LOVE meeting subscribers and getting to know them. The greatest people subscribe to 365 Days of Coaching!
Speaking of 365 Days of Coaching have you checked out the new store yet! Just launched it this week and it is wonderful (if I do say so myself). I created all the products but I didn’t put the store together. My trusted technical team did that! Great job everyone.
There is more in store as well. I will be launching a coaching club in the near future with my good friend and collegue Christen Resmo. We are calling it The REAL Coaching Club – Real Coaches – Real Coaching. I am so looking forward to it because so many people have been asking if I was going to do something like this. I really didn’t want to do it on my own, so now I don’t have to! I will have more details soon.
Well I am going to run so that I can continue my fun Friday! I trust you will do something fun today (and every day).
Here’s to taking action,
The teleseminar with Rev. Will Bowen, author of A Complaint Free World, was amazing. Rev. Bowen makes a powerful case for not complaining. Rev. Bowen advises that you can be healthier, happier and richer if you would just stop complaining. If you would like to take Rev. Bowen’s 21 Day Challenge visit www.acomplaintfreeworld.org and get one of the Complaint Free bracelets.
If you are a member of 365 Days of Coaching you could win one of the beautiful purple Complaint Free bracelets. I am currently having a contest and the first four people who email me the correct answers to the three questions which I published in the Day will receive a bracelet. What, not a member! Join today.
In honor of Rev. Will’s teleseminar today I thought I would run a Day I wrote last year about No Complaining. This was before I even heard of Rev. Will and his book.
I Have No Complaints Whatsoever
If you look around and see what is happening in the world, you can see that your life (no matter what your problems, concerns or troubles) is not all that bad. Yes, if you wanted to complain you could, but it won’t change anything. Complaining doesn’t create change and it doesn’t help make anything different. About the only thing that complaining does is annoy people around you.
My rule is that, if I am not going to do anything about changing the situation, I choose not to complain about it. Complaining is detrimental. It can spread negative energy and cause you to be resigned to the way things are. Complaining puts a person in victim mode and creates a feeling of helplessness. Complaining with purpose is one thing (if you are going to actually do something in regard to what you are complaining about), but complaining with no intention of changing anything is a waste of time and energy.
A past co-workers would answer the question “How are you?” with, “I have no complaints whatsoever.” Whenever I heard him say that, I would smile and think to myself, Me neither. I actually heard people challenge him, not believing that he had no complaints. Over time I noticed that my co-worker with no complaints seemed happier, healthier and less stressed than my co-workers who did complain.
Create a complaint-free zone around yourself. Refuse to complain about anything and don’t allow others to complain around you. Complaining doesn’t help solve problems; it only makes them worse. Don’t waste your energy complaining. Instead, use your energy to change what you are not happy with so that you can live with no complaints whatsoever.
What are you complaining about?
Live the Day
Today, create a complaint-free zone around yourself. Don’t allow yourself or anyone around you to complain. Make it a policy that, unless you are going to do something to change the situation, you won’t complain about it.
“We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.” Carlos Castaneda
“All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.” Dennis Prager
Make it a Complaint free Day, or maybe even week, month, year!
Here’s to taking action
The issue of 365 Days of Coaching that went out today was titled “Tell the Truth in Advance.” The concept came from a talk I heard Zig Zigler give about how to respond when people ask you how you are doing. Zig suggested saying, “I am better than good.” When people asked if they should say that if it isn’t true he replied, “Well you plan on it being true don’t you? All you are doing is telling the truth in advance.”
I focused the Day on how to reply to people when they ask you how you are doing. I always answer that question with something like “Better than ever” or “Life is great and only getting better.” (that is my personal favorite) I feel like I am simply sharing my positive affirmations with others.
I got to thinking about this and I realized that I have used this concept of telling the truth in advance in other ways as well. When I first started my business people would ask me how it was going. I always replied, “Business is great and only getting better.” Or “It is growing every day.” Even if business wasn’t exactly as good as I wanted it to be I knew it would be someday. I just told the truth in advance. The good news it the truth came true.
I believe that telling the truth in advance is simply sharing your positive affirmations out loud with yourself and others. What you say about how things are and are going to be is important. Your thoughts and words create your future. As long as you are the one creating the future you might as well make it a good one!
Notice how you respond to others when they ask you about your life and how things are going. Do you focus on all the problems and challenges? Or do you tell the truth in advance and create a positive future with your words?
I would love to hear about how you respond to the question, “How are you?” Please leave your comments on the blog.
Here’s to taking action,
Special Guest – Rev. Will Bowen author of “The Compliant Free World”
Live Teleseminar Wednesday March 26th at 2pm MT
I am delighted to announce that Rev. Will Bowen will be with us on March 26th at 2pm MT (1pm Pacific Time, 3pm Central Time and 4 pm Eastern Time).
Will Bowen is the Lead Minister at Christ Church Unity in Kansas City, MO. In July 2006 he suggested his congregation use purple bracelets to monitor their success at eradicating complaining from their lives. His idea exploded around the world and nearly 5 million purple Complaint Free bracelets have been sent to people in more than 80 countries.
Bowen has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Fox News Channel and in hundreds of TV and radio interviews. Stories about him and the movement he created have been written about in over 100 newspapers, People magazine, “O” magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul. In 2007, he was dubbed one of the most innovative Christian leaders in the U.S. by Church Solutions magazine. In 2008, the International New Thought Alliance (INTA) will present him with their Torchbearer award.
His first book, “A Complaint Free World,” published by Doubleday, is already in its seventh printing in the United States. The book is also being published in more than a dozen foreign countries and is an audio book, read by Bowen, published by Random House Audio.
For a preview of Will and what he will be talking about on Wednesday March 26th visit http://www.brightsightradio.com/podcastDetails.asp?id=283 and watch the short but powerful video.
Also if you don’t have a complaint free bracelet yet you can get two for free (there is a charge of .75 cents to cover the shipping cost) by going to http://www.complaintfreeworld.biz/13frbr.html
Looking forward to you joining me on March 26th at 2pm MT to learn how to be compliant free and make the world a better place!!!!
You will not what to miss this FREE teleclass. Sign-up today! Seating is limited to 100 people and I know this will fill up so don’t be left out.
Join me Wednesday March 26th 1pm Pacific Time, 2pm Mountain Time, 3pm Central Time and 4pm Eastern Time. Click here to sign up for the free teleclass and learn how to be complaint free!
I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance? Anonymous
I love chocolate and some how I have missed this amazing celebration – American Chocolate Week. It is always the third week of March and celebrates America’s favorite flavor. In case you were wondering, it is sponsored by the Chocolate Manufactures Association! I guess we could have almost guessed that.
In case you need a reason to celebrate chocolate week – one could be your health. Yep come to find out chocolate is actually good for you. Well dark chocolate and in moderation. According to Chocolate.com:
“We’ve long since known that chocolate contains those healthy things called antioxidants, but now, researchers have discovered a long list of other potential health benefits.
A recent study in the Netherlands showed that eating the equivalent of one-third of a chocolate bar every day could lower blood pressure and also reduce the risk of death by up to 50%.
Chocolate also contains three chemicals that are good for your brain, and can make you feel better.
1. Anandamine: can extend your feelings of happiness and make you laugh more often.
2. Phenylethylamine: raises blood pressure and blood sugar levels just enough to make you more alert, and gives you that “love” feeling.
3. Theobromine: similar to caffeine. It causes relaxation, but also acts as a stimulant by increasing your brain activity.”
In addition to American Chocolate week March 19th is National Chocolate Caramel Day
and March 24th is National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day!
Part of having a great life is enjoying the simple pleasures, and what could be more simple than chocolate!
Happy National Chocolate Week!
Today is the birthday of the Pillsbury Dough Boy! As I child I just loved that little guy and I love when he would giggle after getting poked in the tummy.
If you would like to have some Dough Boy fun, visit the Homeschooling website, you can even create a Dough Boy dance – I spent way too much time doing that.
Here is a little Dough Boy Trivia thanks to Mary Bellis on About.com:
The Pillsbury Doughboy: his formal name is Poppin’ Fresh, the only music he ever performed was rap, he is all dough, he has blue eyes, he always wears a bakers hat and scarf, he originates from Minneapolis, MN, he loves to bake and twenty years ago he had a wife and two pets, Uncle Rollie and Grandmommer and Grandpopper. (no mention what happened to the family!)
If you would like the entire History of Poppin’ Fresh visit the General Mills site. You will know all you ever needed to know about the Dough Boy.
So there you have it. Happy Birthday Poppin’ Fresh!
Today is ST. Patrick’s Day and I was very lucky because I met a Leprechaun! His name was Branden, which didn’t seem very Irish to me, and he was very nice for a Leprechaun! Cute too! He was even giving away gold coins but I knew if I took one it would turn to dust as soon as he walked away (well not actually because Branden’s coins were chocolate and he wasn’t a real Leprechaun) but that is what the folklore on Leprechauns’ said would happen.
You might be wondering where in the world I met a Leprechaun, and actually was able to get close to him without having a trap. Alyson Stanfield (artbizcoach) and I were at Whole Foods today. Alyson is going to be doing a Blog tour for her new book “I’d Rather be in the Studio” in April and she will be appearing on Take Action April 14! (Just wanted to get a little plug in there for her). Anyway we were at Whole Foods and that is where we met the Leprechaun.
We also were lucky enough to hear and see bagpipes being played. I learned something new today because I thought bagpipes were Scottish and that is only half true. “There are two main types of bagpipes, The Irish (Uillean or Elbow) and the Scottish (Great Highland or Small Border).” So now we know!
I certainly hope you are having a lucky day (which means of course you are creating your own luck) and perhaps even get a chance to meet a Leprechaun!
Picture of St. Patrick from domestic-church.com
ST. Patrick’s Day is March 17th and it is one of my favorite holidays. The reason is I was raised Catholic and attended St. Patrick’s Church and went to St. Patrick’s School 1st through 6th grade. We ways celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in our church, school and home. One of the most important things to remember on St. Patrick’s Day is to wear green. If you don’t wear green you could get pinched. My grandmother always made corn beef and cabbage and decorated cupcakes with green icing and shamrocks.
As I was surfing the Internet for information about St. Patrick’s Day I came across information on “How to Catch a Leprechaun.” I actually never knew anyone tried to do this but you can actually make a Leprechaun trap. Although it was reported that catching a Leprechaun is very difficult to do, I had to wonder what in the world I would do with a Leprechaun if I did catch one. If you are interested in building a Leprechaun trap visit About.com for details with pictures.
Actually I know very little about St. Patrick except that he is credited for driving the snakes out of Ireland. Other than that I knew he was a priest and he devoted his life to bringing the people of Ireland into the Catholic church. If you want to know “real facts” about St. Patrick check out Kaboose.com
The symbol for my school and church was a Shamrock (the four leaf clover), a symbol often used in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Some fun facts I found about the clover from Kaboose.com:
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14!
One estimate suggests that there are about 10 000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
Okay I just had to find out exactly what a Leprechaun is. According to Wise Geek:
“A leprechaun (lep’ rah kahn) is a mythical Irish elf or faerie that occupies a realm which lies somewhere between the physical and spirit world. There are no female leprechauns noted in folklore, begging an obvious question. Then again, faeries don’t follow the same rules as humankind. The leprechaun is said to love his pipe, drink and his solitude, but on occasion he can become social, and when this happens he loves to dance and engage in antics.
A leprechaun is a small man less than 24 inches (610 mm) in height with thick, wiry red hair that is mostly hidden under a three-cornered hat. He has pointed ears, large bushy sideburns or a full curly beard, sparkling green eyes, and fair skin with rosy cheeks and nose. His clothes are mostly green but might include a leather work apron. All leprechauns wear black, shiny leather shoes with silver buckles, as they are excellent cobblers, a reputation and trade in which they take great pride. It is said they make shoes for many sprites in the faerie world.”
Another tradition that I have never taken part in on St. Patrick’s Day is drinking green beer. The thoughts of drinking beer make me gag so I can’t imagine drinking it green. However I know that this is a big deal. However beware, drinking green beer might not bring you luck. My husband and I took a trip up to Loveland on Saturday (about an hour and half from where we live) and all along the highway they had big flashing signs that said, “Don’t press your luck – St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforced.” So if you do decide to drink green beer, also decide who the designated driver will be or call 777-7777 or 333-3333. Save your gold for the Leprechauns and take a taxi.
Instead of going out and celebrating the big holiday you might want to throw a ST. Patrick’s Day party at home. I found a great article on just how to do it at ehow.com. My favorite suggestion was about serving green food:
“Create a table of green munchies, including green cookies, green M&Ms; and chips with guacamole (See “How to Make Food Green for St. Patrick’s Day,” Related eHows). Serve them out of green plastic leprechaun hats.”
No matter how you decide to celebrate I truly hope you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day!
The Top Ten Ways to Spring Clean Your Life
Spring-cleaning doesn’t have to be limited to your home or office. The change of the seasons provides a great time for an overall spring-cleaning for your life.
1. Dust away the relationships that no longer serve you
If there is a relationship that has become draining or even toxic, now is the time to clean house. Dust away those people in your life that bring you down or at the very least hold you back. Negative energy is difficult to combat. It is better to let go of those that are not contributing positively, or at the very least limit your contact with them, and bring in some fresh new friends.
2. Trash those nasty habits
We all have them, a habit or two that simply isn’t contributing to our lives. Pick one of those habits and get rid of it. This won’t happen overnight. This is a spring-cleaning project, but just working on getting rid of the habit will be a step in the right direction.
3. Clean up the old credit report
Several of my clients have been shocked when they were turned down for a loan or refinancing because of their credit reports. When they checked into it, they discovered items that were not even theirs or ones that should have been removed years before on there credit report. Now is a great time to clean up that credit report and make sure it is bright and shiny.
4. Freshen up your space
Spring is a great time to rejuvenate your space. This doesn’t have to be costly. Simply move furniture for a more pleasing arrangement and store anything that reminds you of winter.
This would be a great time to bring some positive chi into your space with a little Feng Shui. A great resource is the book by Karen Carter, “Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life.” You can get the first chapter of the book by visiting her website.
Get rid of anything you don’t love in your home or office. Clutter on the outside is simply a reflection of what is going on inside of you.
5. Create a Fun Fund
Put a little back each week for something special, like a fun vacation or day at the spa. Make a commitment not to touch the money until you have enough saved for the treat, and enjoy the process and fun of anticipation.
6. Give it back
If you have borrowed something from anyone, now is the time to give it back. Anything that doesn’t belong to you, such as those overdue library books and the shoes from your best friend, needs to go back.
7. Spring into action
Is there something that you have wanted to do, but haven’t made the time for? Well, spring into action and get to work. There is no time like the present to begin turning your goals into reality.
8. Dust off those dreams
Now is also a great time to dust off those dreams and begin to refocus on what is most important to you. We can get so bogged down in the day-to-day stuff that we can forget what our dreams are. Now is the time to clear the space and begin creating your dreams.
9. Freshen up
We can all get stuck in a rut. Now is a great time to freshen up your look, be it a new hairstyle or new addition to our wardrobe. This doesn’t have to be an overhaul; perhaps just a few additions of something in a new spring color will help add that touch of new to your look.
Spring brings with it a freshness that is exhilarating. Practice deeply breathing in the fresh spring air, clear your lungs and your mind. Deep breathing will help you clean out the cobwebs in your mind and give you a fresh new perspective.