New beginnings

Spring has sprung and summer is heading our way.

It is the perfect time for renewing your spirit and taking on new adventures.

Spring (2)

Today, I’m hosting my first Wishful Thinking Women’s Meetup group on Long Island! It’s all about positivity and creating the lives we really want. My Wishful Thinking Women’s Meetup group in the Fort Myers, Florida area has 900+ members and has been going strong for 6 years this month! Fun to be starting and sharing “up north”; I can’t wait to meet everyone.

What new and exciting experiences and adventures do you have planned for the next few months?  How could you stretch yourself personally or professionally? What could you do to repair your spirit? Your Mind? Your heart? Your soul?

Find the new you this summer, or unearth the you, you used to be! Many of us spend more time planting our gardens and planning vacations than we do our lives! Who do you want to be? To feel? To experience?

This is the season for growth and renewal. Why not get in sync with nature by taking time in the next few days or week to reflect on what you truly want to bring into your life, and then begin planting the seeds of change.

Begin by asking yourself these three simple questions. Take the time to write down your answers (at least three sentences for each answer) and draw a picture or two about them. Use your answers to begin daydreaming forward:

  1. What do you want to see through your kitchen window?
  2. When your were a kid what was your favorite thing to do in the summer, why?
  3. What were your favorite books as a kid and as an adult, and why?

Bonus questions – Answering them can bring more happiness into your life and begin planting and sowing the seeds of change this summer – that’s a real bonus!  Go with your first answers.

  • What one thing can you do this week to bring some of the joy your memories and answers brought back to you?
  • How could you create new joy in your life this week?
  • How could you create more joy in the life of someone you care about?


You can do it!

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Use the best of 2013 to create an even better 2014!

Patrice Koerper  Life Coach Wishful New Year 2014Be proud of what you’ve accomplished or created in 2013 – change, big or small, matters. Here’s how to capture the best of 2013 and use it to create a wonderful 2014.

  1. Take time to jot own the memorable moments of 2013 (or your life) – the moments that touched you, excited you, inspired you, delighted you or made you feel happy and proud.
  2. Write anything that comes to mind; don’t censor yourself.  (Using a Mind Map might help you get started. There are lots of other free resources here that might get you in the mood, as well.)
  3. Then write about what made them special to you. (This is the step most folks skip, don’t! It will make all the difference. Take all the time you need. If you feel like writing a page, do it.)
  4. Note how you felt, which may be even more important than what you did. You may not be able to recreate the events, but identifying and savoring how you felt can help you focus on what you want more of in your life.
  5. Add to your list or create new Mind Maps in the days and weeks ahead. Don’t worry that the year is already underway; there is always time for change.
  6. Be honest, don’t write what you think should have made you happy or proud, just what truly did.
  7. Use the moments you note and the emotions you felt to help you design the life you really want.
  8. How do you want to feel in 2014? What do you want your life to look and feel like?
  9. Use what you have discovered to guide you through the New Year.
  10. Start now!

Below is some of what happened on Wishful Thinking Works in 2013! Click on the photo or link below to find out more. Woo hoo!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy Belated Birthday, Anne!

In honor of an amazing girl, and the fact that her words have brought insight and understanding to millions of people worldwide, I post about Anne Frank on or near her birthday each year. Anne’s words provided companionship and comfort for her and awareness and compassion to others. I truly believe journaling and reading change lives, and will be sharing more about them in the weeks ahead, but for now, here is my annual post in honor of Anne Frank. (Please check out the new video links I’ve added of Anne’s father and the woman who helped hide the family.)

Anne Frank’s birthday was June 12. Like many teenage girls, Anne was wonderfully caring and compassionate, and was trying to deal with the confusing and conflicting feelings of youth. The setting in which she recorded her thoughts makes them all the more poignant and profound.

Anne was born in 1929 in Frankfort, Germany. Her family emigrated to the Amsterdam in 1933, where they later became an important part of world history. On her 13th birthday, Anne received a diary from her father, and what she choose to write changed the world.

Had she lived, Anne would be 84 this year. If circumstances had been dramatically different, Anne might still be with us, enjoying life, visiting family and friends, traveling, and maybe writing and lecturing. In today’s world, she would not seem that old. Her very short life – she died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as the result of simply being Jewish – was not lived that long ago. The style of her red and white plaid diary is not really out-of-date, and thankfully, because of the words she placed on the pages of that journal, Anne and her story are still with us.

Anne’s youthful, simple, heartfelt thoughts have touched millions of people. Words can do that – the spoken ones, for better or for worst, the written ones for generations to see. They help the writers and the readers understand their lives, explore their thoughts, the situations surrounding them, and the world.

I think the value of words, including those of children, can never be underestimated.

Perhaps this year, you can buy a journal for your daughter, son, niece, nephew, granddaughter, grandson, or the kid next door. Let them know you value who they are and what they have to say. And, maybe you can tell them about Anne, and the gift her father gave her. The process of writing may change their lives and the generations that follow them.

If you would like to learn more about Anne, I’ve listed some interesting links you might enjoy:

The only film of Anne.

Miep Gies, Mr. Frank’s office assistant and one of the brave people, who helped hide Anne’s family, died in January 2010. She was 100. I really did not know much about Ms. Gies, this article and these videos, share more about her. (For an English translation of the videos: hit the “CC” button at the bottom of the video screen, and select the captions in English.)

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl was first published in Amsterdam in 1947, and in America in 1952. By the early 1960’s the book was part of school curriculums throughout the U.S. There’s much more about Anne at the Anne Frank Foundation.

Happy Belated Birthday, Anne, and thank you. Because of your words our world is richer, and I hope wiser.

And, Happy Father’s Day to your father Otto Frank, who transcribed and shared your dairy, and then spent the rest of his life working for human rights, unity, and peace and answering the letters of people, who read your diary. Anne’s father, was the only member of his family, who survived the concentration camps. Otto Frank passed away on August 19, 1980. This video gives great insight into his life, and in this 1967 television interview Mr. Frank shares how he felt reading Anne’s diary and an important message for all parents. 

“Deep thoughts . . seriousness, especially her self-criticisms . . . It was quite a different Anna, than I had known as my daughter.  . . and, my conclusion is, as I had been in very, very good terms with Anne, most parents don’t know really their children . . .” Otto Frank

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Don’t let the start, stop you.

Patrice Koerper Life Coach Wishful Thinking Works Starting Line

“The start is what stops most people.” 

Don Shula, Former NFL



Starting can be the toughest part of change, but don’t let that stop you!

Use the Wishful Thinking Works “4 Steps to Success” start-up plan to outsmart yourself!

1. Keep the things you need to succeed on hand. Make change as easy as possible!

  • Prime your success pump by writing down other positive changes you have made in your life. Then commit your goals for this change to paper.
  • Figure out what you will need to make the change a reality and get those resources ready. If you want to walk or exercise every morning, keep your shoes and walking or workout clothes next to your bed. If you are trying to lose weight, keep an abundance of healthy foods in the refrigerator and cupboards – stack the odds in your favor.
  • Build a support system, it may be your best resource! Let someone who cares about you know what your plan is and or buddy-up with a success partner – your goals don’t have to be similar just make sure your commitment level to them is.
  • Create a “success reminder” and repeat it to yourself when you feel the need for motivation or to reward yourself: “I feel so great when I walk for 30 minutes each day, I love knowing I’m taking care of myself and I love the time I spend outdoors.”

2. Practice makes perfect: Have a rehearsed, positive argument in your head for every excuse you will come up with.

  • You know yourself better than anyone; use that to your advantage.
  • Let your weaknesses become your guides, address them and think about or write what you will tell yourself when they are trying to talk you out of success.
  • Draw a picture of yourself or create a mental picture of what your success will look and feel like. Make your future come alive for you in the present. If you are going back to school, picture yourself at graduation with your degree in hand. If you are trying to lose weight, picture yourself in your skinny jeans. Work on the vision until it really makes you feel great about your success.

3. Track your success – daily.

  • Create a simple way to record your accomplishments as you go. Seeing your success in black and white will work in your favor. Accountability will build your confidence and create a sense of pride, which will move you forward faster.
  • Use a journal, an online calendar, a chart, notches on a belt – get creative and make sure your tracking method is fun and easy – find the format that works best for you.

4. Build in “just right” rewards along the way.

  • Create heartfelt rewards for each step you take in the right direction. (A week of sticking to your plan deserves a special reward. Doing anything that is monumental for you during the week also deserves a reward.)
  • The key is to think like “Goldilocks”! Don’t make the rewards so little they don’t matter, or so big that they stop you by making you feel you have accomplished all you need to. Make them feel just right, so they motivate you to keep going.
  • Have fun with the rewards, and make sure they really make you feel great!

And, last but not least, remember that failure is a part of moving forward. Don’t let setbacks or roadblocks turn into u-turns. Pause, regroup, repeat your success reminder, steer past recriminations, and keep moving forward.  The finish line is waiting for you; I know you can do it!

Other Wishful Thinking Works posts and pages you might enjoy . . .

My Courage Diet

Wishful Thinking Works “Paths” Worksheet

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Where are you sitting on the tree of life?

Patrice Koerper  Life Coach Wishful Thinking Blob Tree Pip Wilson

Where are you sitting on the tree of life?

Where do you want to be?

You can do it.

Don’t give up!

Other Wishful Thinking Works posts you might enjoy . . .

The Lollipop Effect

The Light Side of Life

Happy, Sad, Glad, Mad

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Who you are today, is no reflection of who you can become . . .

Patrice Koerper  Life Coach Wishful Thinking Soft image daisy

Where you are today, does not determine where you can go.

Change is always possible.

We all blossom in different ways at different times.

Be patient with yourself.

And, keep moving in the direction of your dreams.

Other Wishful Thinking Works posts you might enjoy . . .

Reach Out Friday

Open Doors

Beginnings and balance

Go without knowing or expecting, and see what unfolds

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