Self-Reflection, Self-Compassion, and Resilience are Necessary to Find Meaning and Purpose During a Health Crisis

Facing a health crisis can be an incredibly difficult and emotionally exhausting experience for an individual. Whether it’s receiving a personal diagnosis, witnessing the illness of a loved one, or experiencing a global pandemic, these challenging moments compel us to face our own mortality. As a result, we may find ourselves feeling disoriented and burdened by the weight of it all. Despite the troubling chaos and uncertainty, it is possible to discover meaning and purpose that can assist in navigating through these challenging times.

The initial step in discovering meaning and purpose amidst a health crisis is to recognize and embrace the reality of the situation. While it’s not necessary for you to like it, accepting the situation is crucial for making progress. Engaging in mindfulness practices, such as meditation and breathing exercises, can be beneficial for staying grounded in the present moment and effectively managing anxiety and fear that often arise during health crises.

Isolation and loneliness are common side effects of a health crisis, but leaning on your support system can be a powerful source for meaning and purpose. Share your thoughts and feelings with friends and family or seek support from groups and counseling services. Sharing your experiences and offering support to others can give you a sense of purpose and strengthen your relationships.

While you may currently feel powerless, it is crucial to recognize and focus on the aspects that you can control. By focusing on the things that you have control over, you can regain a sense of empowerment and direction.

During challenging times, it is common to lose focus on your long-term goals and aspirations. By establishing small, meaningful goals, you can rekindle a sense of purpose and achievement. These goals do not need to be monumental; they can simply help you regain a sense of control and direction in your life.

You may be reevaluating your values and priorities. Your health crisis may provide an opportunity to reflect on what truly matters to you. Take the time to consider what gives your life meaning and purpose and let this guide your choices and goals.

Become knowledgeable by learning about your condition, treatment options, and the experiences of others who have faced similar health crises. Knowing what to expect can provide valuable insights and a sense of purpose.

Even during a health crisis, there are things to be grateful for. Keeping a gratitude journal or recognizing the positive aspects of your life can cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose. Practicing gratitude has the power to greatly influence your perspective.

Finding meaning and purpose during a health crisis is a challenging and ongoing process. It requires self-compassion, self-reflection, and resilience. While these strategies can be helpful, it’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. What works for one person may not work for another, so be open to trying different things until you find what resonates with you. Ultimately, it’s your personal journey and can be a deeply individual and transformative experience

If you need assistance in navigating these challenging times, I recommend reaching out to Rachel Graham. Rachel is truly inspiring when it comes to having a clear sense of purpose.

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Navigating the Empty Nest with Purpose is Like Embracing the Change of Seasons

As the seasons shift and change, so do the seasons of our lives.

One of the most significant transitions in life is the phase of empty nesting, a time when children leave home to pursue their own paths. This phase brings a mix of emotions, challenges, and opportunities. Some parents may be overjoyed to have more time to themselves and to focus on their relationship, while others may feel a sense of loss as they navigate this new chapter, either way, there is a significant change in the family dynamic that takes some adjustment.

Empty nest syndrome refers to the feelings of sadness, anxiety, and a perceived loss of purpose that parents sometimes experience when their children leave home. This emotional shift is natural. It is important to acknowledge the feelings while understanding that it is all part of the process.

Below are some tips for handling the empty nest phase in your life.

  • Acceptance: Every individual’s journey is unique including your children’s timing for leaving the nest. Avoid comparing your own experiences to those of others, instead, embrace the idea that everyone’s path unfolds differently.
  • Connection: Communication is the key to staying connected with your children. Make sure to initiate regular calls, texts, and even video chats which will create a sense of continuity and closeness despite the physical distance.
  • Support: Don’t be afraid to lean on your friends and family for a safe space to share your feelings and gain insights from others who are going through a similar transition.
  • Positivity: Focus on the positive changes in your life by rekindling hobbies, nurturing relationships with your partner, and discovering new passions.

Empty nesters initially experience three stages of emotions related to their children leaving home.

  • Grief is the initial stage where there is a feeling of loss, sadness, and even loneliness. The family dynamic has shifted, and it’s natural to mourn the days of constant togetherness.
  • Relief is often the next phase where you begin to establish new routines and rhythm to your new life. There becomes a new sense of purpose with the freedom to pursue personal interests and spend quality time with their partner.
  • Joy becomes the last phase where, over time, parents embrace their newfound freedom. The ability to focus on personal growth, relationships, and self-care can lead to a sense of fulfillment and contentment.

Empty nesting presents a unique opportunity to rediscover and nurture your life’s purpose by rediscovering hobbies, prioritizing relationships, and setting new goals.

  • Rediscover Hobbies: Now is the time to revisit hobbies and passions that may have taken a backseat during the parenting years. Engaging in activities you enjoy can help fill the void and bring a new sense of purpose and accomplishment.
  • Prioritize Relationships: Using the newfound freedom of time allows a new opportunity to strengthen your relationship with your partner. It can be fun to plan activities, date nights, and other adventures that rekindle the spark you shared before parenthood.
  • Set New Goals: with the freedom of time, you can identify new goals and aspirations, whether it’s pursuing further education, traveling, or giving back to the community. Creating and having goals can provide a new sense of direction.

Just as the seasons change, so do the stages of our lives. Empty nesting is a season of transition that brings a mix of emotions, challenges, and opportunities. Whether you’re excited about the freedom that comes with it or struggling to adjust to the change, remember that it’s a chance to reflect on your life and rediscover your purpose.

When Rachel Graham’s children left home for college, she found herself reflecting on the song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrd’s which helped her through the transition. By embracing the stages of empty nesters and following the tips provided, like Rachel, you can navigate this transition with grace, finding new avenues for personal growth and happiness. So as the leaves turn and the air becomes crisp, let this season of change inspire you to embark on a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment.

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How planning for your short-, mid-, and long-term goals helps you achieve your life’s purpose.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. —Tony Robbins

You hear people say a goal is just an idea until it’s written down. Writing a goal down is a way of committing to it. Committing goals to paper helps increase focus as well as add motivation and excitement. Written goals provide the opportunity to create specific and measurable goals. With written goals, there is clarity on the direction you’ve identified, which helps you discern which things, activities, and people aren’t supporting your goals. How do you determine what your short-, mid, and long-term goals should be?

The first step is to visualize where you want to be in 5 years, understanding your end goal. Though you may know that you want to grow and evolve, you may not be able to identify your destination goals right away. Take some time to become clear about where you want to be when all your goals have been met.

Now that you know where you are headed, create SMART goals as a roadmap to get there. SMART goals must be.
• Specific
• Measurable
• Achievable
• Realistic
• Time-bound

In order to begin identifying your goals, take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:
• What are your aspirations and goals for your life?
• What are the things that hold the most significance for you? What aligns with your values, skills, and passions?
• What are the primary goals or aspirations you have for your life?
• What is the one thing you fear you might regret not doing if you unexpectedly run out of time? 

The answers to the questions above determine your “goal destinations.” Ensure that each goal is not merely a stepping stone towards another goal. If it is, remove it from your list of destinations.

The next step is to create time frames for when you would like to reach your specific goal. With your destination goals written down, the next step is to think about what you need in order to achieve them. Maybe you need to further your education, learn a new skill, or save/make more money.

For each milestone step identified, write down the things required to reach and complete them. These steps become your checklist for achieving your destination goals and are a great way to track your progress. Now that you have a checklist to work from, create a timeframe that you will complete each step. If the step doesn’t have an inherent completion date, create one of your own. Be realistic in creating your timeframes, all steps and their timeframes need to be achievable.

From this checklist, you can now prioritize the milestones into short-, mid-, and long-term steps. Create action items for each step so you have a clear schedule to work from, knowing what needs to be completed and by when. Review your progress along the way, making any needed adjustments along the way. During your review, take time to celebrate what you have accomplished, and what still needs to be done on the checklists for each goal destination, modifying your checklist and action items if needed.

Even though it may require several years to reach all the goals you have set for yourself, your success is inevitable. This is because you have put in the necessary effort and have a well-defined plan in place to guide you toward your desired outcomes. Creating goals is a reliable roadmap for achieving the purpose of your life.

Rachel Graham is dedicated to helping you understand how your goals are connected to your life’s purpose. She explains how she discovered her life’s purpose through a significant personal event and outlines the goals she set to fulfill that purpose. Contact her today to learn more about how you can discover your life’s purpose by setting and achieving your own destination goals.

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How can individuals, organizations, and their workforces benefit from employing the Myers-Briggs?

A company’s biggest and most valuable asset is its employees. Hiring the right people for the right position is imperative for the health of a business, and that is where the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) comes in. The Myers-Briggs type indicator is the most widely used personality tool in the world, and it includes the behavior, traits, and character of an individual based on theories developed by Carl Jung The goal of the MBTI is to identify a person’s natural tendencies.

Your MBTI type is made up of four preferences that tell a story about you and how you operate in the world. You generally show one preference for the world, and over the course of your life, your preferences can change as you develop and learn new skills. Companies use the MBTI indicator as a tool that helps them build strong and effective teams. Knowing an employee’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the way they intake and process information, helps employers build healthier organizations.

The MBTI assessment helps employers learn more about their employees, including how they prefer to work and who they work best with. Using this knowledge, you can put together groups of people who won’t have any problems working together and whose skill sets complement one another. Managing people is frequently more challenging than managing finances or mastering new technology, but with this knowledge, a company may put together a cohesive team that works well together. Knowing how to best communicate with your team members can help you inspire them to work together productively and with less friction. Because it helps people learn more about themselves, MBTI is a useful tool for professional development.

  • On a personal level, knowing your MBTI type helps you reach your highest potential in life by helping you understand yourself and how you connect to the people around you. With this knowledge, you’ll start to understand your strengths and weaknesses, how you act, and how you talk to people. The four most important things about MBTI are:
  • How you feel energized (extrovert vs. introvert)
  • How you receive and process information (sensing vs. intuition)
  • How you make decisions (Thinking vs. Feeling)
  • How you organize your time and environment (judging vs. perceiving)

From these four indicators, there are 16 MBTI types, which are:

  1. ENFJ is known as the compassionate facilitator, which is made up of more women than men. This type thrives on harmony, and they’re skilled at conflict resolution.
    1. Strengths: encourages others by speaking their language and appealing to other values.
    2. Weaknesses: The need for harmony may lead the ENFJ to overstep boundaries and present as pushy or overbearing.
  2. ENFP preferences are enhanced by new people and challenges and are made up of more men than women.
    1. Strengths: connecting with others on an emotional level and creative problem-solving.
    2. Weaknesses: Lack of focus and follow-through, with a tendency to be hypersensitive.
  3. ENTJs tend to see things in black and white; they are competitive and highly motivated.
    1. Strengths: can handle stressful situations effectively with a calm and measured response and an analytical mind.
    2. Weaknesses: a proclivity to be rigid and single-minded without taking the time to understand the nuances of a situation or hear other ideas
  4. ENTP is innovative and entrepreneurial. They are in tune with details and are the first to notice patterns in a system.
    1. strengths: innovative thinkers and natural problem solvers with a passionate and enthusiastic communication style.
    2. Weaknesses: They can be hard on people who they view as incompetent or unmotivated.
  5. ESFJ has natural care-taking qualities. They are intuitive, modest, and traditional.
    1. Strengths: They care and work to make others feel special. They are planners and connectors.
    2. Weaknesses: They don’t give others the chance to take care of themselves, and being so focused on others, they tend to neglect taking care of themselves.
  6. ESFP are friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic. While being practical and sensible, they still try to make things fun. More men than women are ESFPs.
    1. They love and are loved. They are incredibly social and know what others need on the spot.
    2. Weaknesses: They tend to get distracted by new things and fail to stay focused or commit to any one thing.
  7. ESTJs are logical, organized, and results-driven, which makes them great at networking and organizing teams.
    1. Strengths: They are natural leaders with their analytical, data-driven minds and outgoing personalities.
    2. Weaknesses: They may come across as harsh or unfeeling because they put an emphasis on logic and facts and sometimes forget about the human element.
  8. ESTP are quick on their toes and logical problem solvers. They are natural risk-takers and dedicated to their projects. More men than women are ESTPs.
    1. Strengths: They are inventive and innovative disruptors.
    2. Weaknesses: They have a difficult time managing their time and get immersed in the current and immediate problems. INFJs are rare, with more women than men having this preference.
  9. INFJs are supportive and devoted with a strong moral code, often looking for the deeper meaning in things.
    1. Strengths: They want to positively affect the world, they are driven to make things better, and they enjoy helping others.
    2. Weaknesses: They get their feelings hurt easily, and they are critical of others who don’t seem to care as much as they do.
  10. INFPs are creative problem solvers, deep thinkers, and imaginative leaders. More women than men are INFPs.
    1. Strengths: They are in tune with their own morals and values; they are wonderful; and they encourage others to meet their goals.
    2. Weaknesses: They have trouble articulating their feelings and thoughts; they are quiet in group settings, which may cause them to be viewed as aloof.
  11. INTJs are forward thinkers and visionaries with grandiose goals while operating under the radar. More men than women are INTJs.
    1. Strengths: They are independent, idealistic, and resourceful as they passionately solve problems.
    2. Weaknesses: They can be fiercely independent and have difficulty making changes or decisions.
  12. INTPs are quiet, thoughtful, and analytical while being easygoing and genuine as they work behind the scenes to get things accomplished. More men than women are INTPs.
    1. Strengths: They keep their heads down and get work done, knowing how to separate work and personal feelings. They are kind, considerate, and keep to themselves.
    2. Weaknesses: They are often perceived as detached and may become frustrated when people are not aligned.
  13. ISFJ has a natural drive to understand others in a responsible and practical way. More women than men are ISFJs.
    1. Strengths: They are caring and considerate, sensing other’s needs and finding purpose and fulfillment when they feel needed.
    2. Weaknesses: They are too eager to please, exhausting themselves with the needs of others. They may become pessimistic or shut down when they feel taken for granted and avoid conflict.
  14. ISFP tend to be quiet, observing others in a non-judgmental way. They value the differences in people in a carefree and easygoing manner. More women than men are ISFPs.
    1. Strengths: They are more apt to give credit to others than take it themselves. They enjoy finding similarities and commonalities and treat people with kindness.
    2. Weaknesses: Their desire to be a free spirit may be perceived as unreliable or indecisive, and they don’t tend to handle criticism well.
  15. ISTJ relies on experience when making decisive, focused, and efficient decisions. More men than women are ISTJs.
    1. Strengths: They are dependable, straightforward, and tend to stick with what works. They are loyal to the people and traditions that matter to them.
    2. Weaknesses: They can appear to be rigid in their approach and focus more on tasks than people.
  16. ISTP is diligent and enjoys being experts in their field. They are calm and levelheaded and are slow to anger. More men than women are ISTPs.
    1. Strengths: With minimal effort, they rise to any occasion and prefer to focus on goals and avoid drama.
    2. Weaknesses: They have a hard time accepting feedback or criticism, and they prefer alone time.

The MBTI can help you gain insight into who you are and how you interact with the world, which can aid in your search for meaning and fulfillment in your personal and professional life. If you’re interested in learning more about how your own development and introspection can expand your horizons, Rachel Graham is a great place to start. Get in touch with Rachel today to learn how she overcame adversity and found her life’s true calling. 

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Are you on the edge of transforming your life’s purpose?  Reframing your thoughts to feel more grateful, happy and see that purpose in your life?

Finding purpose in life is one of those things that we all want and search for, though challenging to attain. Your purpose in life is as unique to you as your fingerprint. Your purpose is most often related to your talents, experiences, skill sets, and interests, and it is your reason for being. You’ll know you’ve found your purpose when you discover what gets you out of bed in the morning.

Finding your purpose is a long game, not a short-term goal. Ideally, your purpose blends with what interests you, bringing you joy and happiness. 

Happiness is living each aspect of life with a distinct appreciation, a state of contentment, and a sense of well-being.  Happiness is not a constant emotion.

Studies prove that happiness is extremely beneficial, having a powerful effect on your physical and mental health. When you feel happy, you experience better health, live longer, and you are more energetic, productive, motivated, and creative.

Use these happiness tips below to increase the meaning and purpose in your life.

  • It’s a choice, choose to be happy. . It’s how we choose to go through the lows in life that brings happiness (in both its meanings) to life. Or more correctly, are they habits formed by repeating actions over and over until we simply switch onto auto-pilot and stop reminding ourselves that we still have a choice?
  • Make happiness a daily habit.
  • Live your life in appreciation, relishing and savoring everyday experiences. Living a life of ‘gratitude’ is a slowing-down process designed to help ‘relish, savor and luxuriate’.
  • Make it a point to live in the present moment, practicing mindfulness in your everyday life.
  • Practice solution-based thinking
  • Make it a priority to be of service to others.
  • Reframing your outlook on life and the world around you.
  • Moving your body helps produce happy hormones.
  • Work towards healthy habits and discard toxic situations and people.

Being appreciative, and living a life of gratitude is about waking up and seeing your life with a fresh eye as if for the first time, relishing moments and keeping those memories alive. 

Reframe your thoughts to feel more grateful and happy in your life:

  • Let go of trying to control the outcome of things around you.
  • Reframe your need to be a people pleaser or fixer of things.
  • Lose any sense of entitlement you may feel.
  • Do not compare yourself to those around you.
  • Let go of any shame or feelings that you aren’t good enough.
  • Work towards solutions instead of falling into a victim mentality
  • Evaluate your relationships, and let go of those that take more than they give.
  • Release your fear of failure and work towards the possibilities.
  • Believe in yourself and your ability to be loved.
  • Heal your feelings of abandonment.
  • Let go of all expectations.

Your life’s purpose and the practice of gratitude train your mind to focus on what is going right in your life and support your happiness. Start your journey to a better you with a coach. Learn how to find your passion and your purpose.  Contact Rachel today to learn more about how to discover your life’s purpose and ultimate happiness.

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Understand The Power Of Gratitude, Including Strategies To Help You Stay Positive And Joyful During The Holidays

The holidays bring endless social events, get-togethers, shopping, and of course quality time with loved ones. The busy holiday season can also be filled with long to-do lists, family obligations, and an overbooked calendar, all creating undo stress! It is helpful to keep a positive attitude when things feel a bit chaotic, but it is also important to acknowledge that the stress of the holiday season is a real thing!

Knowing the holidays are full of triggers, anxious moments, and insecurities, prepping a toolbox full of coping strategies so you are ready for any occasion is a really good idea.

  • The power of a gratitude journal – Focus on the positive by writing daily in a journal, reminding yourself of all that you have and to feel fortunate for.
  • Be of Service to Others – Whether you volunteer to feed the unhoused or volunteer hours at community events, helping others has positive results for both you and those who you help.
  • Resist the urge to compare yourself to others – You have no idea what others are going through unless you have ‘walked a mile in their shoes’.  Social media and advertising push us to compare ourselves or feel less than what is socially visible, however, the social image shared is likely not real, or at least not the entire story.
  • Write your goals down and take inventory at year’s end – Like most of us, we forget about our accomplishments and focus on our shortcomings.  Do it a little differently this year and celebrate all the goals that you either achieved or made great gains toward the achievement.
  • Identify and stay connected to your Support system – Make a point to reach out to your support system, whether that is your family, friends, co-workers, or spiritual community. 

Understanding the correlation between self-care and holiday happiness paves the way for wonderful new experiences, family traditions, and sweet memories. Rachel Graham shares how she recognized her need for self-care, which aids in her ability to stay grateful and positive during the holidays.  To learn more about how self-care relates to the power of staying positive while living in gratitude no matter the time of year, contact Rachel today.

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Do the Japanese have it all figured out? Is their concept of ikigai the secret, with Gratitude being the key to helping you identify your life’s purpose? 

While visiting Japan a couple of years ago. I met “Bob” the taxi driver. He left a lasting imprint on my heart. You never know the power you have on others just by exuding positive vibes and gratitude for that person. Go out today and share your positive mojo! Life is too short to be negative!


Ikigai is a Japanese philosophy referring to something that gives a person a sense of purpose, a reason for living. How do you live in the philosophy of ikigai? Gratitude might just be the key. Ikigai is living out our passions, focusing talents on a certain purpose, or working towards a personal mission. Living with a sense of gratitude is being aware of often overlooked and taken for granted are the gifts and opportunities afforded to us, which is called gratitude. Gratitude is the deep appreciation for something or someone that has helped you. It is the quality of being thankful and producing an innate feeling to somehow return the favor or pay it forward in one way or another. For the most part, you feel gratitude when you perceive a value in something, be it an object, person, or service; It can be something abstract like a relationship, support, and love. Gratitude is understandably an important component of your ikigai.

“Gratitude is the simple, scientifically proven way to increase happiness and encourage greater joy, love, peace, and optimism into our lives.” – Dr. Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis.

Through thankfulness, a sense of well-being grows within and from this inner well-being, everlasting and meaningful relationships can develop. Gratitude reinforces positive perspectives that lead to an overall enjoyable and happy life. Gratitude is optimistic in nature and with that optimism comes better decision-making. What can we do to further the appreciation of life’s little joys? Although there are several techniques you can use to identify the good in life, it all starts with the practice of mindfulness, which is also a familiar practice of ikigai.

Being mindful simply means that you focus your time and energy on the present, and how the moment might be influencing you. With regular practice, you will be more attuned to your feelings and how they are affected by your surroundings. Ways you might practice gaining gratitude and appreciation-

  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Consider and honor your accomplishments 
  • Meet challenges head-on without trying to avoid them
  • Appreciate the differences in the people, places, and things around us
  • Find the positives in everything, even conflict
  • Work on building your communication skills, with empathy instead of judgment
  • Share the positive impact your family and friends have had on your life, use specific examples
  • Say thank you early and often

Living a life in gratitude creates a habitual practice of authentically expressing yourself. Be it your coworkers, customers, or the clerk at the supermarket, showing appreciation can brighten someone’s day. Most important of all is to show gratitude to yourself and enjoy the little things in life. 

Find beauty in each day, being grateful for the little things life has to offer you can make a big difference! My life’s purpose is to help others find theirs. Many times, we lose sight of the importance of life for whatever reason. Discovering you’re meaning and purpose in life is essential for leading your best life.


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Journaling helps to create a safe space to grow and evolve – and writing helps to awaken oneself.

Learn How Journaling Can Help You Become Calm, Self-aware, Mindful, and Resilient.

How the practice of journaling may benefit you in some, or all of these ways.

  • The act of journaling stimulates and expands your creative output and provides the permission and space to sit in the calm and quiet of your thoughts long enough to place them on paper. With the rush of the world today, as we quickly move from one thing to another, journaling can serve as a time when you allow yourself that mental/mindset break needed to increase awareness and creativity.
  • With the practice of journaling, you create a dedicated time and space. Reflecting on your feelings and emotions is safe. Your journal practice allows you the opportunity to check in and face yourself, honestly and authentically every day. As a result, you’ll find greater self-awareness and self-transformation. The positive benefits of self-awareness and transformation are resilience, joy, gratitude, and positive feelings. Conversely, without awareness, people are stuck in their passionless, and passive life which can create a disconnect from oneself, causing anxiety and depression.
  • Sitting with your feelings and thoughts long enough to put them on paper, allows you to feel the entire range of emotions you might not otherwise have taken the time to process. Really honoring your feelings in this way creates a sense of inner peace and relief.
  • Our brains work overtime trying to create a new norm so that we are adaptable to our environment quickly. Writing down your accomplishments will help you remember how wonderful you are as you look back on your life.
  • By journaling daily, you set time aside for yourself because you matter enough. You take the time to put your intangible thoughts and feelings on paper, making them tangible.

Journaling serves many purposes beyond writing down feelings or what happened in your day. Five purposes that journaling can serve depending on where you are with regard to your energy needs.

  • Journaling is a useful way to track your progress and goals
  • Journaling helps you track and grade your progress
  • Journaling also serves as a way to record one’s life by recording daily happenings and how one felt about them
  • Journaling can serve as a therapeutic tool, helping to process and heal your feelings
  • Journaling can create awareness around your wins, making it easier to identify and celebrate your accomplishments

Do you think about taking up the practice of journaling, but you don’t know where to start? Some people use digital voice recording for their journaling activity, but studies show there is a benefit to the act of journaling with a pen. The act of writing helps one to process feelings and information better. Handwriting your thoughts and feelings is a slower process, allowing your brain to fully feel and process those emotions.

What journaling method works best for you? If you think typing will get you started and stay consistent, then type, and if handwriting feels better because it allows you the time and space to focus on your feelings, then do that. Either way, is easier than you might think, try it, it really can be life-changing. Rachel Graham’s journey has also included journaling, and learn more about her life-changing journey by contacting her for more information on how you can achieve your life’s goals and purpose.

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Your daily yoga practice builds a strong mind, body, and spirit, leading you towards becoming your best self and to the discovery of your life’s purpose

Can your yoga practice help you find yourself? Those who practice yoga faithfully, claim that their practice, not only helps them find themselves, but also helps to identify their life’s purpose.

The practice of yoga is an art of living, and its origins can be traced back to northern India over 5,000 years ago. Yoga is amongst the six schools of philosophy in Hinduism and is also a major part of Buddhism. Within yoga, and its meditation practices, are long, documented records of how yoga provides peace and resolve for many.

The common thread of suffering is the belief that there is a lack of something. Suffering is caused by the lack of a solution to whatever problem is at hand. Some examples of the lack you may be feeling in your life might be:

  • The lack of money
  • The lack of food or water
  • The lack of good health

Yoga trains your mind and body for logical thinking in a variety of critical situations. A trained, conditioned, and prepared mind and body provide the training for most of us to handle whatever challenges life offers. The ability to react to problems, with solutions, will also assist in finding that a problem could be the gateway to a better life. How is that possible?

There are times in life when years fly by, and life feels stable. There are also times of instability when our family life or job might be in jeopardy. It is in times like these that a yoga practice can create a state of self-realization, where you know your worth in all aspects of your life including your family and your job. Knowing your worth allows you to see clearly, each situation and find a logical solution to whatever problem presents itself.

 Through yoga and meditation work, you can tune in and focus on your thoughts, dreams, and desires. Through this practice, you learn that every thought starts with the energy to think it.  You learn to focus your attention on the energy of thought, nurturing that energy into your reality.

Your yoga practice brings an awareness of the immense power and energy of a thought, a plan, and an action.  You will make mistakes along the way and those mistakes can become the foundation of your success.  Practicing the principles of yoga in your daily life creates a better world for you and those around you. In this better world is where you will find yourself and your purpose in life. 

According to the yoga philosophy, the purpose of life is self-realization and unity.  Through yoga practice, you work on being the best person you can be, in all aspects of your life.  Yoga is about looking inside yourself to understand your mind.  One technique you might use to become more aware of your mind and thoughts is to keep a spiritual diary.  A spiritual diary is different from a regular diary in that you focus on the same question each day as a way to fully understand and improve yourself day after day.

These questions might include things like:

  • What form of yoga practice did I do today?
  • How much quiet time did I set aside for personal reflection?
  • How much Karma yoga did you practice during the day and how did that practice make you feel?
  • How do your relationships feel each day?  Did you help those with that you have a relationship without ego or attachment?  Did you feel love for them?

The practice of taking daily inventory trains your mind to focus and be aware of your feelings, your impact on others, and the impact of others on your daily life. Rachel Graham talks about her focus and awareness of her impact on others, which is how she discovered her life’s purpose.  Contact Rachel today to learn more about how to discover your life’s purpose.

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Workplace burnout: How can you recognize and manage the stress and does finding and following your life’s purpose help to combat it?

Burn-out comes from chronic workplace stress that isn’t successfully managed and usually accompanies these elements:

  • Feeling exhausted or depleted of energy
  • Feeling negatively distant from your job
  • Reduced productivity

Burnout is a break between a person’s life’s purpose and what they feel they have to do. Burnout usually presents itself as emotional exhaustion or losing your sense of self which makes a considerable impact in life.

The effect and impact of workplace burnout are widespread. From an increased workload to a perceived lack of control, and job insecurity leads to high turnover, reduced productivity, and poor mental health.

When an employee feels stressed, for an extended period of time, they experience mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. There are many early predictors, indicators, and manifestations of workplace burnout and stress some of which might be:

  • A perceived lack of control based on conflicting role responsibilities resulting in pressure from many, often incompatible and competing demands
  • A lack of work performance recognition results in the worker feeling devalued
  • Lack of management and team support 
  • Feelings of unfair and inequitable work
  • Incongruence between environment and relationship
  • Excessive job demands and feeling that work is unfair
  • Working harder and longer to absorb the company

The early signs of work burnout can be recognized by the following feelings, physical ailments, and thought patterns:

  • Feeling tired, irritable, distracted, inadequate, and incompetent
  • Physical ailments such as muscle aches, body and head pain, reduced appetite, and weight loss or gain
  • Feeling emotionally trapped, hopeless, and depressed
  • Poor concentration, disorganized thinking, and indecisiveness

How does the workplace stress and burnout manifest themselves?

  • Persistent tardiness and absenteeism
  • Diminished output, aspirations, and commitment
  • Increased pessimism and apathy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Substance abuse issues


Satisfaction and work-life balance in the workplace is recognized through these employee sentiments:

  • Work satisfaction
  • Organizational respect
  • Employer care
  • Work-life integration

Balancing all four factors is essential to overall employee wellbeing and satisfaction, reducing the probability of burnout. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of burnout, focus on the following actions which you can do on your own. Actions you for work-life balance include-

  • A workload that is planned and shared
  • Task and workload delegation
  • Healthy boundaries

The following is a list of what is needed for you to manage work stress and burnout-

  • Control of resources can impact your sense of purpose and autonomy
  • Invest time and energy in your work relationships, creating a positive team, and working on common goals
  • Feeling recognized and valued for your work contributions
  • Alignment in personal and employer values
  • The balance between high pressure and less complex tasks
  • Physical and emotional breaks contribute to resetting and regaining focus

There are ways to fight for purpose while you are living your life and taking care of your responsibilities. 

  • Stay focused on what matters to you
  • Focus on facts instead of the fears that float around in your head
  • Experience your feelings instead of pushing them down and ignoring them
  • Failures how you are trying, don’t be too hard on yourself about them

Your sense of purpose is the single most crucial factor in your life’s success. It defines what success means for you and describes your role in making your vision a reality. Read how Rachel Graham turned her life around by leaning into her life’s purpose.

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