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Lori Girard
I Love life, Live for Christ and help others thrive.
I Love life, Live for Christ and help others thrive.

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Great info... step by step how to access and delete the apps on your Facebook account that you don't use!  Warning... you may have a LOT of them!  

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Great BALANCED reminders about being a successful leader!

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A few tips and insightful lesson on writing down goals.

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Makes me think... and make better decisions with my days when I see it in this perspective!  Enjoy.  

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Good read and great reminder.

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Or better said; "Feel the fear and do it anyway!" Because if we are honest, being fearless - doesn't mean we don't feel fear - we are really pushing through the fear and 'doing it scared'. THAT is awesome! We have all done it. Just gotta do it some more! So join me... erase fear and live successfully in whatever you are meant to do and be!

Fear is such an interesting emotion & often prevents us from being the best we can be. I certainly haven’t mastered the whole 'overcoming fear' thing but have learned a lot about it and more often than not I 'do it scared'. Funny thing is... as I push through the fear and 'do it scared'... after a while it isn't a fearful thing! Gotta LOVE that!

Here are just a few interesting things I have learned about FEAR:
There are 2 core fears that most of us struggle with to some degree or another. 
The Fear of Success & The Fear of Failure.
If you have done any self exploration and identified some things you struggle with - you may recognize some of these;
Fear of rejection
Fear of not measuring up
Fear of confrontation

These are all a form of the Fear of Failure. 

How about these;
Fear of Commitment
Fear of Responsibility
Fear of Change

These are all forms of the Fear of Success. 

The fear of success is a hard one to wrap your head around, but simply put - someone who fears success would HAVE to take responsibility and stay committed in order to actually be successful. Being successful means that you will have to continue to perform at a higher level and that would require change, sticking with your commitments etc. Someone who fears success will often unconsciously self-sabotage their efforts along the way so they don't have to continue to perform at that 'perceived' or 'real' higher level or risk losing it all once they get there. Self-sabotage will often disguise itself as someone else’s fault or something 'out of their control' like circumstances, or sickness or lack of resources or their leader or..... (a multitude of possibilities here)

It's important to identify the fears you struggle with. IF you don't - you will keep sabotaging yourself!

My personal struggle has been with the fear of failure. I would often rather avoid something than risk rejection or not measuring up. I haven't mastered pushing through this 100% of the time - but certainly have overcome this in a huge way (let's say 95% of the time!). 
My secret is 'FAITH' 
YUP - knowing who you are and WHOSE you are. My personal relationship with Christ has enabled me to RISK because I have someone I can TRUST.
My FAITH gives me vision and enables me to move forward towards my goals and what God has called me to.
Persistence is so much easier when you have FAITH. 
FAITH is sometimes 'doing it scared' but trusting God to carry you, guide you, give you direction and wisdom. 
FAITH is allowing failure to be something we learn from not something we fear.

Fear not, take risks - experience freedom, breakthrough and success!

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Breathe -  purposely breathe-in life.  You are alive... that is a huge source of joy!

As I travel throughout my life, the ups and downs... the surprises & challenges, I have found that gratefulness brings joy, it truly does.  

I know that in the middle of a mess, it's hard to see the joy.  In the middle of grief and tears, it's hard to feel joy.  But being grateful for healing and friends and life, brings joy.  Choosing to focus on the positive or even just the good in my life brings me joy.  Connecting with our Creator brings true joy, even in the midst of our deepest pain. I don't know how we can have moments of joy in the midst of grief, but we can, He makes it possible.  It is a gift.  A grace filled gift of LIFE - Joy filled life. 

 I am living 'Plan B' and can relate to deep disapointment and trying to make sense of life.  Consistantly choosing negativity and focusing on what hasn't happened in our favor will eventually take over.  Bitterness, unforgiveness and anger will steal your joy.


Choose to focus on what you have, even if it isn't much.  Start a Gratitude list & keep adding to it.  I did this and at first it was easy, but as I kept having to find new things to be grateful for - it opened up my world to the multitude of things in life we have as gifts.  It made me think.  It made me grateful for the little things like a catapillar being discovered by a 2yr old.  I became even more grateful for big things like my health and my eyesight!  
Consciously choose to think of those who bring you joy.   Surround yourself with those people and limit your time with those who steal your joy.


Choose to forgive, even if you don't know how.  Start by wanting to forgive.  Forgiveness brings healing and joy.   We often can feel like forgiving let's the other person 'off the hook'... My friend Kathy described forgiveness as 'taking the hook out of ourselves'.   That was a huge wake-up call and God exposed another layer of forgiveness for me to process.  Another layer of joy to experience.  Deeper joy.

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You are stronger than you think.  Try something that challenges you!

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Just getting the word out... and would love some referrals!  (and 'likes' for my page on FB ) If you didn't know already, I recently got my Life Coach training and I coach in person or on the phone. (Friends get a discounted  VIP rate)  My website is  
I can also be found on Linked-In   And I just set up a Google+ page for my Life Coach Business.  So wherever you hang-out on social media, please follow, share, like or comment when you can. I hope that I can inspire you, challenge you & together create positive impact on the world.  - Thanks a Million!  Hugs, Lori  

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It’s an awesome thing to give & live a life of giving.  As much as this might require a lot at times and throw a little selfless-ness in there…the reward is JOY. (and we all can use a little more JOY!)  Each one of these is an extension of our love for others.  Transform your little world by giving.   Allow giving to surprise you.  I also challenge you just to give… not expecting reward.  And - oh yes YOU do have something you can give.  

1. Give encouragement – speak into someone’s life.  Encourage them in who they are and who they are capable of becoming.  Write a note, call, text or encourage face to face.  Think about the possibilities!
2. Give your time – for those whose ‘love gift’ is quality time, (  this is vital to maintaining a great relationship.  Ensure it’s ‘quality’ by focusing on the other person and what their needs might be. 
3. Give a hand – identify those who are always helping and serving others… step in and help out.  Small things can be HUGE and easy to do.  People feel validated and loved when you give up your agenda and step up to help them with their agenda.  Take a risk and offer something.
4. Give a gift – a gift says; ‘I was thinking of you when I picked this up’.  ‘you were on my mind.’  ‘You are worth my time to make the effort to make or buy something you would like.’  It can also say ‘I am sorry, forgive me!’  Either one of these messages validates the relationship and is encouraging! 
5. Give space – oh what a great gift for those with full households!  Either share your quiet space with them or take on the entourage they live with so they can get a moment alone!  Listen to those closest to you as to when they need some time alone.  Provide opportunity & follow up with a hug.
6. Give your ear – Give-up your right to speak your mind and just listen.  Ask questions… listen – listen – listen!  Ask more questions.  Remind yourself that you don’t HAVE to tell your story or give your opinion.  Learn compassion by truly listening.
7. Give a hug – oh so simple and so life giving.  I have a young woman in my life who makes sure to give me a HUGE long hug every time she sees me.   Scientifically speaking holding a hug for an extended time lifts our serotonin levels, elevating our mood.  Bring it on!  Or should we say ‘Pass on the joy with a hug!’ (being this is about ‘giving’) 
8. Give Thanks - try it...really.  Every day find something new you are thankful for & live giving thanks.  I did this challenge - wrote it down or posted it & it transformed my thinking & attitude.  Such a simple thing.... yet so complex in transforming us.

Any one of these ‘giving’ challenges will make your world a better place.  Giving brings life & speaks life.  Who has transformed your life with what they gave?  What sacrifices have you made that brought joy to others through giving?  Live well & love life.
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