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April 2007 (814) 880-7319

On a personal note:

My mother-in-law, Catherine Mentzell, died on March 25, and we were fortunate enough to be there with her as she transitioned over to the next phase of being. To experience her passing in the way we did has left me with more questions than answers. Where did she go? WHAT IS NEXT for us? IS there a "next"? What if this is it? REALLY?

I have always been what some might call morbid, as when I'm faced with an important decision, I take the perspective of my deathbed, and ask myself, "what would my preferred choice be when considered from here?"

The answer may not always be the "acceptable" or "nice" answer, but it's the right one for me. I can tell you that much with certainty. Now, I have even more fodder for going against what is considered acceptable, as Catherine never went for other people's approval. She was happy to shake it up a bit. I really loved that about her.

In loving memory of Catherine Mentzell,

Stephanie

in this juicy issue
  • Recruiting Rebels
  • Lessons from Loss
  • In Celebration of Mothers
  • Spring into "Speed Cleaning"
  • Ode to the Breath

  • Lessons from Loss
    open door

    “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

    When our life suddenly changes, who we see ourselves as being also suddenly is open to revision.

    What of you is left when the roles you play suddenly fall away from your life?

    • If I am no longer employed, then who am I?
    • If I no longer am a student, then who am I?
    • If I am no longer a parent, or a daughter, or a son, who am I?

    Who INDEED? When our identities get challenged by shifting roles or loss, it is a moment ripe with potential awareness. These are calls to live life on our own terms - bells of mindfulness chiming to wake us up and help us own even more of who we are in this world.

    Who is it you want to be? If you look closely, in each loss, there is an opening of possibility that is just beneath the surface. How far depends on the situation, but I urge you to continue looking - it is there to be found.


    In Celebration of Mothers
    mother and daughter

    What are your favorite mother memories? Perhaps they are from someone other than the woman you called mother? The role of mother is sacred regardless of who is providing the support, encouragement, and love that only a mother can provide.

    Use your unique way of communicating in order to pay tribute to your favorite mother - yours or someone else's!

    Fresh Juice readers are encouraged to send in their favorite memories, definitions, quotes, "mom- isms" and/or poems in honor of Mother's Day. Submit what inspires you! The deadline for submissions is May 1.

    Send all submissions to stephanie@thewholelifecoach.com.

    Also, STAY TUNED: Mother's Re- Juice! on May 12, will be a creekside family-friendly event to soothe a mother's mind, body and spirit. More to come in May's Fresh Juice!

    Please forward this to a mom who you suspect may be in need of rejuvenation!


    Spring into "Speed Cleaning"

    Feel like it's time to unload some of the clutter and dust from a long winter? Well, open up your windows and get SPEED CLEANING! Notice how removing clutter and dirt from your life opens up new space for possibilities!

    • Be Prepared. Have cleansers, rags, bags, and boxes on hand before you begin.
    • Down and Dirty. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.
    • Just Do It. Prepare a 'to do' list of what you want to tackle in each room. Crossing items off as you complete them feels especially great!
    • Breathe. Open all the windows and let the sweet spring air flow through!
    • Undivided Attention. Your house really deserves this. Turn OFF the TV, cell phone, phone, and computer! Turn ON the music and prepare to start cleaning!
    • Keep Moving:Goals Are Good. Finish every room you start.
    • Use It or Lose It. Toss or donate everything you don't use. Less clutter will allow you to feel relaxed and less stressed.
    • Go Spot Go. Focus on one spot at time, keep moving in one direction only, do not waste time running all over the place.
    • Be Earth Friendly. Remember that old magazines and newspapers can all be recycled.
    • Sweet, Sweet Sunshine. Remove curtains, linens, and shower curtains for laundering. Try hanging these items outside to bring the fresh scent and sunshine indoors!

    The End is Near: Ready for a new look?

    • Rearrange furniture to give to give your rooms a new look and feel. Try moving decorations from room to room for the same effect.
    • Use It or Lose It, AGAIN. Put back only what you really use.
    • Ohhhhs and Ahhhhs! Sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
    You'll be out enjoying the sunshine in no time!

    These tips have been brought to you by Jessica Dolan of Room To Breathe Home & Office Organizing. Feel free to contact her at jessicadolan@roomtobreathe.us or 814.360.1063.


    Ode to the Breath
    small Hawaiian beach

    Space to Breathe (and this month called, ODE TO THE BREATH) is the monthly section of inquiries designed to use when journaling, dreaming, or when you just plain have a minute to yourself. The intention is to give you a springboard for self- discovery.

    You're breathing right now. "Of course!", you say. But do you ever stop to realize what a miracle this is in and of itself? This breath of yours means you are alive - you are here to experience all you can hold. There is no limit to that container, only those which you place on yourself.

    Take some time in a quiet place and dwell on your death. Then imagine your time on earth being limited to one year.

    "What are your most important desires as a person? What clues do these desires give you about what you were put on this earth to do?"

    Inquiries like these are used in coaching on a regular basis to get to the truth around what motivates and really matters to an individual.

    If you want to get to the heart of your core , consider individual Whole Life Coaching, and make time to discover who you are now at a deeper level, as well as who you are becoming.


    Recruiting Rebels
    Whole Life Coach image

    "If you don’t use your mind, someone else will." -Alan Cohen

    I am recruiting individuals who dare to step outside of the normal parameters of what is considered "appropriate" and "reasonable." I'm recruiting into the unarmed services. A program where you can:

    • Lighten your load
    • Come out with MORE respect from self and others;
    • Play your bigger game;
    • Know who you are;
    • Know what gift you bring to the world!

    Sound like fun? It is! And it's hard work. But you can do hard! I love that about visionaries. They dare to go against what others say they cannot do.

    So, are you in? This personalized program of Individual Life Coaching is one that will require 2 1/2 hours a month on the phone and as much time above and beyond that as you determine in service to your own goals.

    I offer free complimentary sample sessions in order for you to make an informed decision to see if coaching is a way of getting you where and what you want.

    It's time for fulfilled individuals to make their mark on the world.

    "The greatest fulfillment is for each being to be realized in its sacred depths by every other being. This requires each being to give birth to itself." -Brian Swimme, Mathematical Cosmologist

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