The last day of summer is less than a week away and I'm longing to go back to June and do it all over again because summer is my favorite season. What's not to like? Plants and flowers are in full bloom, the grass is green, the trees are lush, and the weather is warm with abundant sunshine. Aaahhhh…I feel more relaxed just saying the words!
The lakes are warm, too – ready for swimming, paddle boarding, and “fishing.”
I write fishing with quotes because I don’t go fishing to catch fish. I only go fishing with my grandpa John because I love hearing his stories.
Stories are what make up our lives and they engage our brains. Like most people, I love to hear stories, but also to read stories and tell stories. However, I'm not so good at this last part.
Now, don't get me wrong - I have a lot of stories to tell! But I lose people in the details.
Imagine you’re standing at the base of a tall tree. Looking up, you see alllll the branches… that’s how I liken my storytelling ability. There’s a main point, and I’ll get there eventually, but there are a lot details along the way!
I joke that by the time I get to the top of the tree, I’m the only one excited and still engaged because all my listeners are stranded somewhere on a branch or have fallen to the ground. Ouch.
(Maybe this is why I prefer writing?! ;-) Haha)
I want to be a good storyteller, but even more so, I want to be a great conversationalist. So I've been learning how to ask questions that bring clarity, how to be patient and engaged while listening, and how to care deeply about what others are saying.
This is especially helpful as I work with clients in my coaching and personal training practice. One of the reasons I started my practice last summer (my favorite season, remember?), is because I've been given a deep drive to help others be the best possible version of themselves they can be.
I help my clients see their future selves more clearly and simplify their journey as they move forward, so they can focus more on what’s truly important – the people, the relationships, and the experiences this life offers – like fishing with our grandparents. :-)
Sometimes I want to bury my head in the sand, wishing all of life's constant demands - like challenging relationships, my endless list of things to do, and housecleaning - would go away. Life just gets plain overwhelming sometimes. Doesn't it?
If you're nodding your head "yes," then I'm sure, like me, you've asked yourself, "Why do I get so stressed out? What can I do about it?"
The "why" question requires some self-reflection, but the "what" question can easily be answered with advice from my friend Sherron, who says: "Stop trippin'! This is ridiculous. Re-DI-rect!"
In other words, developing a healthy response to stress is the quickest way to relieve the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Change your response to stress with three simple steps:
For some, the last step can be the most challenging because we're not sure what our priorities are or should be. If you get hung up here, let's talk! Schedule a free 30-minute assessment or leave a comment below.
Fall is less than two weeks away and I'm holding onto summer as long as I can.
I made this dish last weekend after working with my mentor and business partner, Doug. The flavor left him speechless! Light, sweet, and tangy - all the great tastes of summer.
If you like to squeeze every bit out of summer too, I hope you'll find this unseasonable salmon salad equally mesmerizing!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes 2 servings
P.S. Don't be shy - close your eyes and take a big whiff of that delicious meal you just created!
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