My 2022 New Year’s Prayer

My 2022 New Year’s Prayer

“AT LEAST ” 

May you have at least enough work to fulfill your sense of purpose.
May you make at least enough memories to keep you warm when you get old.
May you have at least enough humor to laugh everyday.
May you have at least enough adventure to appreciate your downtime.
May you have at least enough joy to make you smile.
May you have at least enough freedom to appreciate boundaries.
May you have at least enough dreams to pull you into your future.
May you have at least enough friends to satisfy your heart.
May you have at least enough support to take a risk every once in a while.
May you have at least enough blessings to share them with others.
2022-Carolyn Strauss

Finding Joy in the Completion of 2021

Finding Joy in the Completion of 2021

‘Tis the season to experience comfort and joy. It’s also the time of year where we aspire to complete 2021 powerfully and positively. As we attempt this, I encourage us to pause for a moment and reflect back on the things that brought us actual joy this year.

If that is a challenge for you, here’s an idea:

Make a list of the people you spent time with who brought you energy, positive feelings and uplifted your spirit.

Make a list of where you want to go and what you want to experience in 2022 (flexibility is the key here…)

Make a list of things you’re grateful for this year which will attract more of that in the coming year.

I’ll start: Some things I’m grateful for:

*The opportunity to Emcee for organizations who are committed to having all of their members engaged and feel appreciated.

* For the friends that have reached out and connected with me over this past year.

* For my newest venture “Communication Skills for Wicked Smart People” which serves biotech, science and medical companies to support them in getting their brilliant work out into the world in a way that that stakeholders can hear it.

* Mostly I’m grateful for you for being in my world.

Wishing you a healthy, happy, beautiful holiday season. Merry Everything! Love, Carolyn

A New Way of “Holiday-ing” in 2021

A New Way of “Holiday-ing” in 2021

It’s November. Conversations, advertisers and in store displays have the Holidays front and center … already. However this year, before we make our holiday plans, I want to invite you to consider that you’re probably different now than you were pre-holiday 2019. (I’m skipping over the holidays 2020 as that was such an anomoly… and much of the reason for the premise of this post).

Here’s the thing. Everyone I’ve encountered, spoken for and consulted with over the past months have noticed that they are different. Are you changed in some way from this recent globally shared pandemic experience? The whole point of the human experience is to evolve and change. Can you identify how you have shifted since November of 2019?

These 3 questions might help:
1. Is there something I enjoy now that I didn’t know I enjoyed 2 years ago?
2. Are there people I’d rather be around now and others maybe not so much?
3. Are there aspects of my work I’d rather be focusing on, and others I’d rather delegate or spend less time doing within or outside of my current work situation?

As we move into the holiday season of 2021, just be aware, that everyone you will encounter is different in some way. Having compassion for them is the kindest thing you can do. Also, the only way for the people in your world to know how you are different is for you to share what is true for you now.

Here are a few things that are true for me moving into the holiday season 2021.
1. I love working with organizations to create teams that function better and are able to do more with less through my certification as a Working Genius Facilitator.
2. I love and appreciate the opportunities I have to Emcee conferences with “wicked smart” attendees, (people in the fields of Medicine, Business and Government, so far for 2022).
3. I’m looking for more laughter every single day. If you’re funny reach out and say “hi”. I also aspire to create laughter in every conversation I have, and through my podcast Another Day Above Ground.

Wishing you a joyous and evolved holiday season! –Carolyn

Valentine’s Day Can be Everyday if we Pay Attention

Valentine’s Day Can be Everyday if we Pay Attention

There is so much advertising around Valentine’s Day that if one is not careful, we can get caught up in the “comparison” game. Is my relationship “romantic, special, exotic” enough?

One key to avoiding this trap, is to appreciate your unique situation, especially during this unique year. If you are single today, appreciate the freedom you have to make choices that serve you without having to compromise. If you are married or in a committed relationship, appreciate the support, comfort and stability of having that person that is always on your side (if that is not the case, it may be time to renegotiate your partnership… and that’s for another post, but hang in there). And if you are somewhere in between, appreciate the family members, friends and pets both in person and virtually that have brought you joy throughout this past year.

Remember, Valentine’s Day comes but once a year, but the ability to notice the love and support that surrounds your life is there for you each and every day…even if it is hidden behind a mask, it’s still there! With love and appreciation of you….. Carolyn

New Year, This Weekend, Thoughts to complete 2020 Powerfully!

New Year, This Weekend, Thoughts to complete 2020 Powerfully!

To Complete: Definition:  1. To bring to a finish or an end: 2. To make whole, with all necessary elements or parts.
It’s finally over, 2020. For a some people, 2020 was a great year filled with growth, excitement and forward movement.  For others, it was a year of challenges, obstacles and unexpected realities, that we are looking forward to putting it behind us.
Whichever of these categories you fall into, I want to offer some strategies for powerful completion and for intentionally creating and attracting that which will make your 2021 better in every way (at least that’s the wish, and not in a Wonder Woman 1984 way either!).
1.  Review your year and assess what you learned. We all learned something, because there is never nothing going on, and you are always learning.  What did you learn and how can you use that to make your next chapter valuable?
2.  Look at the people in your world.  Review who you spent time with virtually and in person. How did that work for you? Are these people who bring you inspiration and energy? Or do they drain you? You can consciously choose where to put your presence and your time in the upcoming year. There is only so much time in a year, who do you want to spend it with?
3.  Finances, did you meet your financial obligations? Is there some rearranging you need to do to make your finances more manageable and functional in the next year. This weekend is the perfect time to reassess your finances and get your paperwork in order to start clean on Monday.
4.  Your environment, most of us spent a LOT of time at home this past year. Is your home and your work environment supporting you? Look around. Is there unfinished business taking up space in your environment?  Those “unclosed loops” are taking up space and energy in your brain. This weekend, spend some time cleaning out unfinished business, or at least filing it away so it is not in view and put it where you can get it done later. Put a tickler in your calendar to get this work done. Also, this is the time of year where retailers have sales on storage solutions. Get what you need to start your year free of physical/ mental clutter. (To be honest, this tip is mostly for me!!)
5.  How are you? A simple question with a complicated answer. Take stock of your health, both physical and mental. Make what ever appointments or arrangements you need to get to “as good as you can”. Nothing affects our experience as dramatically as our well being.
And finally, what do you want for yourself, and who do you intend to be in 2021? YOU control how people react to you by your requests, actions and attitudes. Are you getting what you need and are you caring for those in your ecology? This weekend is an opportunity to  stop, breathe and create clarity as to what you intend your 2021 will bring for you. Remember the phrase, “Be kind, rewind”? For 2021, let’s all be kind and move forward with hope. Happy, Healthy New Year!!
A poem to Thanksgiving 2020 – Still so much to be grateful for!

A poem to Thanksgiving 2020 – Still so much to be grateful for!

 

It’s Thanksgiving Day 2020, as we look back on this year

None of us could anticipate what we’d go through to get here

In January we thought we’d have 2020 perfect vision

Instead we were bombarded with strife and division

If it’s true that hindsight is 2020 clear

Then the lessons we learned will bring us wisdom next year

So as we celebrate today being grateful and “socially distant”

Bring in peace, hope and love to break through any resistance

To accept what is, and work together to make it better

Wear a mask, wash your hands and curl up in your favorite sweater.

–  In gratitude and love for you all- Carolyn