Stop Squandering Your Energy Now. Today. Really.

Stop Squandering Your Energy - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

Stop squandering your energy. For real. Now, the truth is, I started with the negative to get your attention. But you know just what I mean. Right? 

Now let’s talk about conserving, containing, and consciously utilizing your energy to create what you want most. Oh, and to be crystal clear, I don’t mean with long-lasting light bulbs or by powering down your electronics at night. :)

I mean by making the best use of your most precious commodity, your life force, toward everything you want and deserve. Are you with me?

Track your use of life force

By the way, I’m a life coach with a particular passion for the body/mind/spirit as an energy system. And I say that one powerful way to begin is to actually log your energy usage for a day, in four sections:

  1. Important (in service to your goals)
  2. Fun
  3. Unimportant
  4. Counter-Productive

First, in this moment, as you consider keeping this kind of data, what do you think you will see? Next, try it out. Check your predictions after 24 hours. Even this simple action will begin to change the game.

What do you see? Where does your usage spike? What times of day or night are you genuinely productive in the ways that matter most to the wisest, clearest, most goal-oriented part of you?

 

What times of day or night are you
genuinely productive in the ways
that matter most to you?

 

Next step, expand the game. Track your energy usage for a week.

Which days of the week are you really playing the grand game of your life in the ways you want to, if at all? And what about plenty of self-care, and lots of rejuvenating fun in the mix, without being either “all work and no play” or all play and no work?

Balanced energy usage is key. In what ways do the power combo of your inner life and your outer lifestyle support the you who you most want to be?

You’ve gotta spend some, but on what?

Yes, you do want to stop squandering energy. But there’s another intriguing possibility: are you an energy miser? Not naturally wired for focused output?

Now we’re just getting this primer started. Read more at http://oneideaaway.com. And reach out for the expert support that you deserve.

Teresa Young

How to Rock the Life You Want (Spoiler: Be Beautiful You)

Life Coaching with Teresa Young

As a musician who became a coach, I often ask my clients a question something like this one: So, are you ready to rock life? And at the end of a session I’ll hear myself say spontaneously, rock on!

If your answer is hell, yes!, then the classic Zappa quote here may interest you. It states the fact of the uniqueness of each of us. And those who know about Frank will tell you he was a man who walked his talk.

Frank Zappa walked his talk.

Yes, as a musician/composer and provocateur during the Vietnam era and beyond, Zappa did most assuredly rock life. He created a legacy of compelling original music and acerbic social commentary. From genre-busting musical styles and types of ensembles, lyrics that took down all manner of sacred cows, and a lifestyle that was part of his art, he lived his truth. His own unique creative life.

Enter… you.

Enter this season of opportunity in your beautiful life. Are you stepping off the beaten path? Marching to the beat of your own drummer?

I’m having fun with cliches to drive home the hook: you living in ways that are uniquely you. Read more of this scoop at www.oneideaaway.com.

 

Is Change on the New Year Horizon for You? Consider the Holidays Your Pre-Season.

Poised to Embrace Change - Life Coach Teresa Young

Today I’m thinking about embracing change. ‘Tis the season for me on a lot of levels, and that intrigues me. Because I know if it’s happening to me, it’s happening to folks around me, too.

‘Twas what season?

I’m thinking about the fact that there are placid seasons in our lives. Times that, as you look back, seem like long stretches of comparatively calm water. But then when was that, exactly? Those six months? That year and a half? But actually, this major life event happened. Then that one. And while they had your attention, the lid blew off the situation around the corner.

Never a dull moment. And that’s the journey. That’s the beauty. Beautiful life.

And yes, change comes in seasons. Like in the movie Chocolat, where a big wind blows lovely Vianne and her daughter Anouk into the village. And we feel it. The “winds” of change. “Spirit.” The unknown. Excitement. Freedom. Fear. Plus whatever grieving we’re doing as we let go of whatever certainties we need to lose.

What do you want to do, really?

So, here in the season that’s a pre-season, too, with the coming New Year calling me forward, calling you, how do we invite and embrace the unknown? A focus on energy is one way for me. In fact, I say follow the energy. First, get present to its ebbs and flows. Will you need a post-holiday re-energizing plan? Then, what wants to rise up within you? And what feels exhausted? Exhausting? As in outa gas, wants to be over, at least for now. Follow the energy as your own inner wind tugging you forward.

And it’s worth noting here that we humans often don’t embrace change until we have to. Honestly, we all have our ways of treading water, of staying afloat without rocking the boat. That’s why it takes a big wind to break up the status quo. Then we will still stand there or sit or lie and wait and hold back and turn back and start forward and stop flat, until the moment comes when… we’re… ready. Or ready enough. Because sometimes we just have to leap to learn what we need to know.

Party and plan. Present and future.

This holiday season, relish the known. The now. And especially all our delicious ritual experiences. Meanwhile, in the margins, as big context, keep watching for what wants your attention. Then in moments that feel right, try out some new moves. Put a toe into that growth-and-change dance that it’s time to do. And while you’re dancin’, look around for and enjoy all the fine folks right there with you on the wild, wonderful journey.

Teresa Young

Tragedy Makes Us Reflect. It Makes Us Feel. Then We Keep Moving Forward. It’s What We Do.

Tragedy Makes Us Feel - Life Coach Teresa Young

While we were all in shock after the tragedy in Thousands Oaks, California, two more California tragedies, the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire, flared. And here we are now, our shock even more profound.

Just back from Panama City, Florida and Hurricane Michael’s devastation, I’m a few weeks into grieving another tragic experience for a community, this time my hometown. This time my loved ones.

So I feel like sharing a bit of what I’m reflecting on right now.

These stories of tragedy are just beginning.

As any stories of tragedy fade from front page news, they’re really just beginning. The support that we can and want to give must continue.

It can come in so many ways, from the deeply personal and truly sacrificial—a shoulder to cry on, work or housing for displaced folks—to the simplest quiet acts. Like yes to a small donation in the grocery store. I had lunch with a friend today who said she gives directly to GoFundMe pages to make a fast impact.

Life is so beautiful.

I was struck over and over in Panama City by gorgeous days, shimmering blue skies and silken breezes as the backdrop to weather-related tragedy all around us. It was surreal.

And I say that taking the time for all those thoughts and feelings, rather than shutting them down, is an important part of finding our way through devastating experiences. Take some real time to reflect. Take time to feel. Everything else that seems so urgent will still be there.

In the process, in the wise words of the Dalai Lama, reflect on your own strength to carry on. On everything your own life is about. Everything you hope for.

The point is to care for yourself toward helping those around you. Your oxygen mask comes first.

 

When we meet real tragedy in life,
we can react in two ways—either by
losing hope and falling into
self-destructive
habits, or by using
the challenge to find our inner strength.

—Dalai Lama XIV

Don’t sugarcoat. Do offer hope. And rest.

If you’re connected to anybody directly impacted by these tragedies, do empathize. And do remember to also offer encouragement. To offer hope. Your words may make a difference that you’ll never know.

Trust your instincts as you find ways to help that don’t sugarcoat what is in fact tragic, but that do align with our very human activity of carrying on. It’s what we do. We keep going.

And on dark nights, in dark times, we need rest. We all need rest. There will be days and nights when we’ll get it, days and nights when we won’t. But keep giving yourself permission for it. For that oxygen mask. Nourish yourself toward nourishing others.

As you keep your own little light burning, even in the face of tragedy, it can help brighten the way forward for others. For all of us.