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“Happiness Is A Choice” Presentation

woman-570883_960_720“Happiness Is A Choice” Presentation @ FMB Library

I will be presenting on the who, what, when, where and why of  happiness for the Fort Myers Beach Library, Florida on Friday, March 25 at 10:30.  I am thrilled to be presenting in my new home town, especially at this beautiful library with a gorgeous view of the waters surrounding our island.

Learn why happiness matters and how to develop more in your life. Because of my love for sharing how to live a happier and more fulfilling life, I have been presenting and offering trainings on happiness and positive psychology in the states and abroad for years.

If you are in the area, join the fun!

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Feeling awareness

“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.”  Eckhart Tolle

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Knowing how and what you are feeling allows you to both be in the moment and to step back and see a bigger picture.

In that moment you stop being your feelings and become something greater – aware of your feelings, and then and only then can you celebrate and savor the positive ones or explore and deal with the negative ones.

 

Are you ready? Life could be better  . . . Wishful Thinking Works Life Coaching

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Free meditation series

buddhist-481765_960_720If you have never tried meditating, or if you meditate and would like to add to your current practices, check out Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s upcoming, free, 21-day meditation series.

I have used their meditations in the past, and they are guided goodness and a refreshing way to calm your mind and comfort your soul. Meditations are usually 15 minutes in length – a small amount of time that can yield big results.

To begin a positive habit, you can sign-up for their free meditation series in March by clicking here.

If you want help developing your new habit, join the free  Wishful Thinking Works Meditation Facebook Group, designed to keep you meditating and give you a place to share your thoughts and questions throughout the process.

Join us to find a bit more peace in your heart and happiness in your life.

The Wishful Thinking Works Meditation Facebook Group is open to everyone, it is listed as “closed” on FB, but that just means no one but members can see your posts. You have nothing to lose and so much gain.

 

Are you ready? Life could be better  . . . Wishful Thinking Works Life Coaching

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Seasonal signal

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Spring is here!

Today when the sun crosses the celestial equator (the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator from south to north) the spring equinox occurs.

That’s the moment day and night are equal length, because the Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor towards the sun. It is the time when our planet is perfectly balanced.

Why not make today the time for new beginnings and balance in your life?

Beginnings

  • What have you been wanting to do, but haven’t done? How can you begin that process?
  • Do you need to ask someone for a “do over”, to apologize, or to forgive yourself or someone else to move ahead with the life you really want?
  • Baby steps count: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Lao-tzu.) Where will your new beginning take you?

Balance

  • Perhaps, you need a moment, an hour, a day or even a week to contemplate what balance means to you and your life. How can take the time to pause and rewind?
  • rock-881858__180Are you doing too much or too little? Do you need to rethink your activities, social commitments and how much time you spend “doing” rather than “being”? Or do you need to jump start your life by taking a leap in the direction of your dreams?
  • Would you like to consider new ways to blend work and play or doing for others and doing for yourself?
  • Maybe it is time to become more aware of yourself and how you want your life to look and feel.  Meditation is a great balancing tool, to get started click here.
  • Spring might be a good time to explore your strengths and how to use them to create  more happiness and fulfillment in your life.

Take a note from Mother Nature, and use this celestial signal to equalize your life and tilt the odds in your favor by exploring your hopes and dreams?  For free resources to help you get started, click here.

 

 

 

Journey of a lifetime

Patrice BitolaWishful Thinking Works

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to change your life dramatically? To try something terribly new and scary, but truly heartfelt – all on your own? To do more and learn more than you ever thought possible?

I did, and I am sharing the experiences of my amazing adventure in Macedonia as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer from 2006-2009 at a program for the Fort Myers Beach Library on March 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Only 450 people over the age of 50 serve in the Peace Corps each year, I was lucky enough to be one of them. I was 53 years old when I decided to take the biggest risk of my life, and ended-up on an remarkable journey serving in a tiny, ancient, mountainous, wine-soaked country just north of Greece. It truly is my personal “Eat, Pray, Love” story.

You are never too old – or too young – to decide who you want to be!

My journey really began in 2004 when I started looking at my life through a new lens. I spent less time “doing” and more time reflecting and thinking about how I wanted my life to look, feel and be. During that time I discovered three things:

  1. I wanted to “touch the face” of the people I was helping. I am a visual thinker and that was my way of saying I knew I wanted to work one-on-one with folks. I had risen as far as I could in management within my field, and although I loved my job and was impacting my community in a way I wanted to, I knew I had more to learn and give at a personal, one-on-one level.
  2. I knew there were more people I was supposed to know in this world – not just to meet, but to know. Luckily I was right, and made friends for life on my journey.
  3. And, I knew I wanted  to live in Europe. Didn’t know how or why, but knew I wanted to live within another country and culture.

During my two years of introspection and months of research, Peace Corps (PC) rose to the surface. Joining PC was never planned, but popped-up while searching Internet options that would allow me to live as I realized I wanted to. And, and as sad as this is to admit, I had no clue where Macedonia was until I started exploring serving in the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe.

You are never too old – or too young – to become who you want to be!

During my presentation you will find out what it is like to pack two suitcases and leave behind everything else you love – family, friends, your home and your job to volunteer in a country where you must learn a new language, work in a new job and make new friends, while trying to understand and meld into a culture that is foreign to you.

Through photos and stories I will share how this wonderful trek enriched my life and broaden my understanding of myself, others and the world around me.

Postscript:

I returned to Macedonia in 2010, 2011 to visit and for projects and in 2012 for a short Response Corps Peace Corps (RCPC) assignment. In 2011, I served in the Republic of Georgia on another short RCPC project. This summer, I will be visiting Macedonia for a month; it is time to introduce my new husband to my second home. 

 

The learning and the fun never has to end!

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