Monday, August 31, 2015

When You Dance ... Enjoy Each Step!

A beautiful quote for you today in honor of the late Wayne Dyer. 

This really hits home with me as a busy mom with so much to do ... my goal is to enjoy the journey! 

Who else is with me!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We Bring About Much of Our Own Suffering

So much of our suffering is brought about by the way we think about the things that happen to us. 

It is entirely and humanly possible to find blessings in every difficult situation. This is something I am very passionate about. 

Take my family's move from Florida to Illinois. Difficult. I didn't want to leave the sunshine state or our family and friends. But guess what. God knew better. 

Because we moved to Illinois, we have received countless, countless blessings. One of the biggest was being with my dad for the last 4 years of his life.

Some would see that as bad, but I see the gift of time. Thank God for that!

Please comment below if you have a story to share about seeing the good in a bad situation! I love hearing from you!

Connect with Nature to De-Stress

Did you know connecting with nature can help reduce stress? It renews your spirit and revives your energy level. So the next time you are feeling stress, consider stepping outside for a while. Maybe a walk to reconnect with yourself....I personally need to remember this one! Anyone else?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello Bulldog! Hello from Heaven!

Thought I would share with you one of the ways I find peace with my dad being in heaven instead of here with us. It is by "noticing."

The day this picture was taken was a sad day in June. We had moved my Grandmother into a nursing home, and it was heartbreaking.

Afterward, we went out to lunch and met this cutie. Why is he significant? Simple! He is a bulldog. My dad worked for Mack Trucks for years when I was little. The symbol of a Mack Truck is a bulldog. Noticing this bulldog was very comforting that day. I felt like my dad was letting me know he was near and he knew my heart was hurting.

So, now when I notice bulldogs or Mack Trucks I think of my dad, and it brings me peace. It makes me feel like he is saying, "Hello. I am near."

Do you have things like this that you notice with a loved one who is gone?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Lesson From My Dad: The Power of a Thank You

Was thinking a lot about my dad yesterday ... had a lot to do with being at the Renaissance Fair.

I thought I might share one of his philosophies that I try to carry on ... it was the power of the thank you. 

Oh my gosh! He thanked everyone for everything! He thanked waitresses and store clerks just for doing their job. He thanked us kids whenever we did something he asked us to do. He thanked his employees just for doing their job. 

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. He went out of his way to thank people. Thank you's make people feel good. They show appreciation. They make you smile while you say it, and they make others smile when they receive it. So, thank you for reading my blog! Happy Sunday!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Breathing is Vital to You -- Mind, Body and Spirit

Often during times of stress we tend to unconsciously hold our breath. This is ironic, because our breath is exactly what we need to release the stress. I would like to encourage you to notice your breathing today. And I'd love to hear what you discover!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Busy Mom's Blueprint for Happiness

Many moms have asked me to describe what I do for my clients, so I thought I would share my Blueprint for Happiness with you. If you see yourself in any of these problem areas, call on me for guidance!

Your Problem
Your Solution
Your Benefits
You’re not happy. You don’t know exactly why.
Learn how to live with intention so you can be happy.
Feelings of Freedom, Joy, Love, Happiness
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     More Balance, Less Chaos
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
·     Align Actions with Goals
You are stressed and overwhelmed.
Learn how to get organized with Coach Tina’s simple system.
Feelings of Peace, Freedom, Joy, Energy
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     More Balance, Less Chaos
·     Clarity on what is truly important
·     Align Actions with Goals
You are so busy. Life is messy. You have no time for you.
Learn how to find time for you.
Feelings of Peace, Love, Connection to Self and God
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     More Balance, Less Chaos
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
·     Align actions with goals
You always say yes. You feel guilty saying no.
Learn how to set healthy boundaries.

Feelings of Freedom, Connection to Self and God, Respect, Safety
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     More Balance, Less Chaos
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
·     Align Actions with Goals
Deep down, you don’t believe you are good enough. You are worried what others think of you.
Learn how to discover and own your gifts.
Feelings of Joy, Love, Respect, Freedom, Connection to Self and God Happiness
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     Clarity on what is Truly Important

You are stuck in negativity about a problem.
Learn how to turn your problems inside out.
Feelings of Freedom, Joy, Love, Respect, Connection to Self and God
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
You are having problems in any one of your relationships.
Learn how to repair and grow strong, healthy relationships.
Feelings of Freedom, Love, Joy, Respect, Happiness
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     Clarity on what is truly important
·     Align Actions with Goals
You feel guilty for everything you are not doing right – whether at work or at home.
Learn how to stop comparing yourself to other moms, stop saying “should,” and see that you are doing the best you can.
Feelings of Freedom, Love, Respect, Joy, Happiness
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
·     Align Actions with Goals
You can’t seem to shut your mind off. You are always worrying about something.
Learn how to live in this moment.
Feelings of Joy, Freedom, Peace, Happiness
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     More Balance, Less Chaos
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
You’re looking for help making a difficult decision.
Learn how to look for a new perspective.
Feelings of Peace, Freedom, Joy, Happiness
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     More Balance, Less Chaos
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
·     Align Actions with Goals
You feel unmotivated. Stuck.
Learn how slowing down actually helps you get more done and find more joy.
Feelings of Freedom, Joy, Peace, Energy, Happiness, Time
·     Ability to Live in the Moment
·     Ability to Live with Intention
·     More Balance, Less Chaos
·     Clarity on What is Truly Important
·     Align Actions with Goals

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Faith is Seeing Light ...

This morning during my prayer time, I was reminded that my faith in God is what has gotten me through all of the tough times in my life. Trusting that he was working behind the scenes to help everything work out for the best. Trusting that He knows what is best, not me. I pray for this peace for anyone who needs it today.

Monday, August 17, 2015

If You Want to Fly ...

Friends, this image really speaks to me. In some ways we are all butterflies trying to fly, but allowing something to weigh us down.

What is that for you?

Is it a bad habit?

A false belief that tells you you are not good enough?

A volunteer opportunity you should have said no to?

A job that is just killing you with stress or boredom?

A difficult relationship that never seems to get better?

What do you have to give up in order to really fly?

Take it to God. See what he has to say...

Monday, August 10, 2015

This is Why I do What I do!

Friends, this is why I love what I do as a life coach. I feel so blessed to have received the gift of this feedback over the weekend!

I love helping moms find their way back to health, happiness and peace of mind so they can make the most out of every day. That's the goal, right? We don't want to spend our lives drowning in "to-do's" and never really living.

There are many tools available to help us get from where we are to where we want to be! Have a great Monday!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

How You Can Grow or Repair Your Relationships With Service

Have you ever asked yourself why your friend, spouse, child or parent is treating you a certain way?

Have you ever caught yourself saying, "I need something more from them."

Have you ever tried to tell this person what you need without any real results?
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Perhaps it is time to learn about the service mentality in relationships. The service mentality says we give what we want to receive.

It seems counterintuitive. Especially if you are frustrated in a relationship. You might think, "How can I give more love, when I am feeling all out of it." or "Why should I have to do all of the work?"

The answer is because it works!

The benefits of living a life of service are soul-filling.

When we focus more on serving those around us, it actually makes us feel happier, more self-confident, and more energetic. It just feels good.

Can you remember the last time you did something nice for someone else? Didn't it feel good?

Maybe you let someone cut in front of you in traffic.

Perhaps you picked up your husband's dry cleaning for him.

Or maybe you bought a small gift for a friend, just because.

The fact is that it feels good to do something nice for someone else.

Also, it takes the focus off of yourself and helps you walk away from your pity party. (No offense! We all have them!)

Today, I would like to encourage you to pick one relationship and look for the opportunity to serve that person. Can you find at least one way to go out of your way for him or her for the next 7 days?

Call it an experiment and let me know how it goes!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Please Speak Kindly to Yourself

Friends, how you talk to yourself inside your head matters. You are truly hurting yourself when you tell yourself you were an epic failure at something.

Was it not spending enough quality time with your kids?
© Can Stock Photo Inc. / Andres

Yelling at your kids?

Not meeting your exercise or nutrition goals for the day?

Forgetting to call someone?

Being late to something?

Misplacing your keys?

To see more clearly how you should be talking to yourself instead, imagine how you would talk to your best friend.

You wouldn't say, "You were an epic failure today."

You would say something more gentle and compassionate, like, "OK. You're human. Tomorrow is a new day. You can do better next time."


So, let's practice that with ourselves. Listen to what you say to yourself inside your head and the way you talk about yourself to other people. Notice if you are not being your own best friend. Changing the way you talk to and about yourself can help you feel more peaceful and centered inside. I want you to feel more peaceful and centered inside. Would you like to feel more peaceful and centered?

If this message is resonating with you, that means it is for you. Let me know if you need some help.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Moms: Your Daily Strategy for Success Starts at Night

The life of a mom is busy, busy, busy -- whether you work at home or in an office. It seems as if there is more written on each one of our daily to-do lists than is humanly possible to achieve. So, how do we get it all done and make time for ourselves, too?

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Today I would like to share a simple two-part success strategy with you to help you get more organized and accomplished!

Although it might seem shocking, I'm going to suggest you start at night!

1. At the end of the day, look over your to-do list and see how you did. What got crossed off, what didn't. Next, start tomorrow's to-do list with anything that might need to be carried over, plus anything else that needs to get done tomorrow. Review this list before going to bed. Make sure it is manageable.

2. When you wake up in the morning, before getting lost in your email or Facebook, review your to-do list again, and start getting to work on anything that you can. You might consider getting up 30 minutes to an hour earlier to get things done before the kids get up! This has worked great for me and gives me fantastic momentum throughout the day!

This super-simple approach works, because you are beginning and ending your day with planning and preparation time so you are more focused on the things that really matter to you. I dare you to try it for a week and see if it makes a difference!

If you would like a little help from a Coach, you might consider my current special:

Life Coaching Package for Moms $500 (Save $100)
Sessions take place via phone, Skype or in-person
  • Complimentary 30-minute consultation to see if coaching with Tina is right for you. 
  • Six weekly coaching sessions of 45-60 minutes each. 
  • Email and phone support in-between sessions 
You will leave the six sessions revived, refreshed and with the tools you need to continue the living the life of your dreams!

Book today! Email me at

Potential clients must go through the complimentary coaching conversation prior to acceptance of this special to ensure coaching with Tina is a good fit for both. Package must be prepaid. This offer is reserved for only five clients and must be purchased by August 5th.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Fitness Story and Why I am Now Offering Health and Fitness Coaching

I have always been a fit person. For the past few years, my routine was to work out four times each week -- 2 days of high intensity spinning and 2 days of gentle yoga.

But over the past couple of years, I put on a few pesky pounds that were really annoying. I've been trying to work out harder to shed the pounds, but it wasn't really working.

Honestly, I felt frustrated, but I just kept plugging along trying to find some success.

Frustration turned to hope when I saw my friend Katie's Beachbody and Shakeology results. She looked even more amazing than she did before, and I swear, she was glowing. Even more exciting was that she said her workouts were only 30 minutes per day and that she was never hungry with the food portions. Wow!

I had a goal – to get back to my “normal” weight by my summer vacation! And I did! In just two 21 day challenge rounds I lost those pesky 5 pounds and 7 inches -- mostly around my waist, hips and thighs. And it was easy!

As you know, my profession for the past five years has been as a certified master life coach helping moms find their happiness so they can make the most out of every day with their families!

Now, I am adding the title of Beachbody Coach to my coaching portfolio! I’m thrilled to be able to bring this type of fitness coaching to my current and future clients. It’s the perfect match!

My mission is to help moms get healthy so they can feel happy and energetic and more like themselves!

Are you ready to take control of your health? If so, join me in the next 21 day challenge! Email me at if you are interested!