sponsor post: to be luminous; fresh fall start/giveaway

(post written by Heidi life coach and blogger of To Be Luminous)
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address..”

-Joe Fox from You’ve Got Mail

Each new school year marks a fresh start.  Ever year the week or two before  starting school again I’d day dream about what the new school year would hold.  Which new activities would I try?  Any adventures inherent in the upcoming year?  A new wardrobe or tweaks to my style?  What kind of grades would I get?  What kind of friends would I keep and make?  No matter how wonderful the year before was, I always had big, exciting plans for the next year.  And I guess things never change.

It’s true that I’m a student again (and have been for the past few years).  Fall fresh starts are very real in the scholastic setting, but there is so much more to it than that!  Regardless of our scholastic standing our lazy summers transition back into the daily routines of life which makes it a perfect time to set some goals and get a jump start on the January resolutions!  In my humble professional opinion, the end of August through the first few weeks in November is the best time to create real and lasting change (that often gets set aside over the holidays, but can easily be picked up again in January).

Each of our journeys is unique.  All of us are strong in some areas and weak in others.  I find that my clients fall into one of the following five categories:

  • Serenity Now– seeking an inner calm, personal peace and greater resolve to gracefully navigate the changes and trials that come to each of us
  • Get Up and Going– seeking greater energy, a firm resolve to accomplish goals and stick to them.
  • Personal Discovery– seeking to shed layers of life, discover their unique mission and path and start forging forward.
  • Value Chiropractic– seeking to realign daily activities in life to their core values  for greater daily satisfaction in all aspects of life
  • Bring Sexy Back– seeking to increase confidence overall glow and swagger

Let’s face it, any of us could use a boost in the above categories, but if you mull over them, or even just glance at them I think you’ll see an area that resonates.  This is the first year that I am approaching my Fresh Fall Start in the same way I’d approach a new client, but I love the focus and the light that these areas shed on every aspect of life.

For me this fall I’m really wanting to up my energy levels and goal- setting (Get Up and Going).  My workouts will be changing to incorporate more running and more dance (very upbeat, momentum-based exercises); my diet will be geared at feeding my body healthy foods that allow me to function through my massively busy schedule; my spending will be focused on bringing greater freedom and movement into my life (i.e. less stuff to weigh me down- more opportunities to let me soar); the books I read will gear me towards increased energy, movement and overall life.   And my relationships will be more dynamic, full of energy, give and take and more experiences. See how it works?

It’s incredibly effective to take a theme and apply it to our lives!  In business it’s always suggested that you niche and hone in on doing something really well.  If you apply the same guidance into your own personal goals there is an extraordinary amount of success that can come quickly.  The best part is realizing you’ve got one area under control and migrating to another area.  If you get started now, you just might be ready for something new in January!  How fun is that?

In order to use a niche-like goal setting formula for this fall you’ll want to do 3 things:

  1. Pick a Niche (or create one of your own).  This is the theme for the fall, the year or whatever period of time you are working with.  Make sure that it’s all encompassing and that it’s an attitude or a focus that your goals can work with in.
  2. Think about the tangibles you’d like to accomplish and what they might look like with your Niche.  If you are increasing your fitness and your niche is Personal Discovery, you might want to try out a variety of new sports or ways of staying in shape so you can discover which ones you truly enjoy and want to keep at.  Does this make sense?  You are viewing your goals through a specific lens.  Ideally they all build together so you feel the way you want to feel.
  3. Put your concrete plans onto paper.  Write them down and create the needed routines into the new schedules you are building for the fall.  Now is the time to implement!  The next few weeks are crucial as you carve your autumnal schedules and habits.  If you don’t make something a priority now, it probably won’t happen later.
I love Makeunder My Life readers because we are all working towards a simpler, better life.  We aren’t satisfied with the status quo or wanting to just let life roll over us.  We want to make changes!

To Be Luminous Coaching Giveaway

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I loved, loved, loved working with my last free coaching client from MML and am offering another free series of  6 coaching sessions to a reader who comments!  I’m also opening up a coaching sale to MML readers who set up their initial (free) consultation in the next week.  You’ll get six coaching sessions for only $250.  Just email me at hlslovacek@gmail.com and mention MML in your initial consultation request or with any questions you have.  Of course, if you win the free six sessions, you won’t pay anything.

As you start pulling out your wrap-me-up clothes and start planning your new fall routines, why not take stock and get a jump start on the resolutions you know you’ll be making come January?  Which area do you want to work on?

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  1. Joni

    I too love Fall & the sense of possibility that it holds! Would love to win!!

  2. I definitely fall into the “Personal Discovery” category in my life right now. The last few months have been so full of big life changes, and I’m trying to find a new (and right) path for myself – all while trying to keep my daily (and sanity) life afloat!

    Love this blog (and To Be Luminous!) – such a great giveaway!

  3. Fall is my absolute favorite season and I can’t wait to pull out all of my cozy sweaters. 🙂 I would love to win this – I could definitely use some direction in my life right now.

  4. Katie

    What a great giveaway! It really touches me that you are reaching out to help another person, despite all the changes you are facing right now. I have been going through a very eventful, confusing time right now, and I tend to draw inward, not wanting to ask for help or be a burden to loved ones by sharing what is troubling me. You have been so open about your recent life changes, and I’m seeing how you are taking what could be an exhausting situation and turning it into positive energy to be shared with the community you are building. So inspiring! I’m already dreaming up ways to apply this to my life.

    I think I am currently in “Serenity now” and desperately wanting to transition to “Get up and get going!”

  5. Ann

    I, too, am in the “Personal Discovery” category. School started for the last child at home a week ago, so I have already begun my Fall “let’s get serious about finding my next purpose” routines! I am intent on finding something to get excited about. This would be a great prize to win!

  6. Kat

    Oooh pick me pick me!! I am somewhere between the Personal Discovery stage and the Value Chiropractic Stage I think. I feel like my personal career has been stagnant and compromised due to my husband’s military career and I am at a point where I need to make a change, but I just don’t know how or what and with the potential to be re-stationed at the drop of a hat, really makes taking the risk and investing my time, finances, and energy into something new hard to justify when I’ll just be picking up at any time and moved to a totally different place with a totally different market.

  7. marissa

    Fall is definitely my favorite time of year! I could use some direction and inspiration right now – would love to win!

  8. Allie

    I would love a refresh on all of these points that always can use some realignment and spark! What a neat idea and concept to share and inspire others with!

  9. Jill

    I just love this post! I read it through twice… I am definitely going to be working on “personal discovery” this fall… I know that needs to be my next step in life right now. But it seems a little daunting to know where to start. This post gives me a good place to start brainstorming though!

  10. Janelle

    I agree with Jill on everything, such a great, inspiring post and a great time to work on Personal Discovery..and I agree that I definitely need to make some big changes in my life but don’t know where to start or which direction to go. I love your blog, Heidi, and have been looking at/considering your consulting for a while now. Am a little tight on disposable income though, so it would be awesome to win! Thank you for the opportunity and the wonderful inspiration!!

  11. saraspunza

    Please! Pick me! Pick me!
    I need a plan. I need a goal. Or rather, I have so many goals I can not seem to focus on any one goal… This is a problem. We only have so many years and there is so much I would love to do!

  12. Melissa

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. My birthday is in the beginning of September and a new year older always reminds me of a fresh start!

  13. lisa

    wow! this is definitely something i could use right now – what a great give away!! thanks for the great post and gentle reminder that it’s a great time to start fresh 🙂

  14. yvonne

    I’m a student/teacher & I always see Fall as the beginning of my year because I’m nice & rested from all the sun & am more easily motivated to dream big. January, on the other hand, is freezing cold in Canada & signifies the beginning of another semester & I’m usually pretty burned out by then, so I’m not very motivated.

    I usually end up celebrating December 31st as the end of the past year — going over things I did right & things that I’d like to learn from, rather than seeing January 1st as a new beginning.

    I love your blog, Heidi, & would love a chance at some personal coaching. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. yvonne

    And because I can’t seem to follow directions, here’s an addition to my post. I need help dreaming big. I’m going through a divorce & I hadn’t realized how very small I’ve made my world in order to be happy with my husband who had very different dreams & goals. The smaller my world got, the more unhappy I became & of course, my husband became unhappy as well. I have slammed the door on so many options in order to try to find happiness with the person I committed to. Now, I see the world opening up & all I want to do is hide.

  16. new mom

    For the first time in years I feel like I finally am starting to create a vision (thanks to the inspiration from MML). As a new mom who is searching for those meaningful things in life, I would absolutely love to win.

  17. Lyndsey

    I would love this giveaway!! Love to kick off the new season with a coach to see new possibilities:)

  18. I’d say I’m in personal discovery. I want so many things, but I’m not sure what to leap toward. I don’t like my job, but I’m too scared to make a change. I want to go back to school, but for what. Ultimately, I think it’s about me choosing something and learning myself in the process but I’m just stuck and letting fear make the decision for me. Would love to win!

  19. Lisa

    I’m also in Personal Discovery mode. So much of my life feels stagnant–I don’t want to look back a year (or five or ten) from now and realize that nothing’s changed. And yet it’s all too easy to stay in the same routine because it’s comfortable and non-threatening. I’m contemplating some major changes (namely, moving to a new city, starting a new career, etc.) and it’s exciting but also scary to think about. But I think I’m close to the point where the fear of staying the same outweighs the fear of change.

  20. Margie

    An interesting thought. I’ve been feeling stuck in a rut lately, with the completion of my last version of a five year plan (#1 College/Wedding, #2 Grad School/Running, #3 Backpacking trip/Baby, #4 ??) I get mopey when I don’t have an active goal and I’m not sure what direction I want to go in. Life is good, don’t get me wrong. I am heading into thirty in a very good place in my life. Just needing something new to excite me. A new challenge.

  21. Britta

    thanks for this very generous contest, and the guidance in your post!

  22. Fall is just around the corner! I’m excited for it, yet I don’t want summer to leave! 🙁 I’d love to win a coaching session! I enjoy reading your blog as you always have great points, questions, and things to ponder.

  23. Julie

    This post came on my first day back to school! How timely. It was a day of high highs and low lows. I had a plan going in and much of it collapsed, immediately, and I had to regroup and be flexible, which I do not like. So there were some tears shed in my office with the door closed, but, on the optimistic side of things, it gave me a chance to really reconnect with what I had set as my values for the school year and correct my attitude (at least four times), which I am counting as a success! I practiced gratitude (which I learned from an earlier post) and it put the hurdles in perspective. I’m going to use your niche formula to firm up my plan (which is more a feeling) for approaching the life I want to cultivate as student, instructor, and mother this year. Thanks for another luminous post!

  24. Jillian

    What a great giveaway! I’m looking for my ‘get up and going’, but not quite finding the energy yet. I like the idea of taking the beginning of this season to refocus on a direction and establish goals. A coaching session would really help! I would love to win!

  25. Brooke

    I would love to win! It isn’t so much that I need a goal, but I need something to keep me on the right path- I have been taking the circuitous route to where I think I am going!

  26. What a great giveaway! Mine would definitely be between “Get up and go” and “personal discovery”. This fall is shaking things up, and it would be great to be on the right track and have some direction.

  27. Hannah

    This September I’m starting totally anew. Moving back to America, new town, new job, and working to implement the ‘new’ me that I’ve discovered on my year away. I could use someone to help me keep getting up and going when I get overwhelmed with all the changes! i tend to think big and get excited and then get stuck in the details:)

    Good luck to whomever wins the giveaway. I hope you’ll share some of your experience here on MML.

  28. Love to win this! I was married in September and we will celebrate 23 years. I would love for the next year to really put some direction on a few items to ramp up our life as a couple. We have been so focused on parenting and careering that it would be nice to direct our attention to the love that brought us to one another. Guess we need to light the flame, so to speak. It is a flickering, but I would love a roaring fire of energy in the love dept.

  29. Becky

    I’d love to win! What a fantastic giveaway!

  30. Lana

    I love this post! You really made a great point about picking a theme for a period of time and attaching all your goals to it – I am totally doing this! 🙂

  31. greenbean

    how exciting is this giveway 🙂 i would love to win. i feel like i’m working to get things on track and would love to look into some coaching to gain direction and overcome some ghostly obstacles for good!

  32. Beth

    Wonderful post, fantastic giveaway. There is something about the leaves changing and the weather getting crisper that lends to a feeling of renewal and possibility, love it.

  33. Sarah

    I am definitely looking to boost my energy this fall. It’s seems that summer has sped by in a flash and I definitely want to be able to enjoy all that fall has to offer. What a great giveaway! I think everyone can use some advice to set them on the right path and give them a boost every once in awhile.

  34. Karrie

    I think Fall will always be my new years no matter how long I’ve been out of school. I felt it yesterday with a slight crispness in the air and so I bought some chalkboard paint and started a project I’ve been putting off–I can’t wait to use it! Get up and Going class is definitely the class I would take if chosen the winner.

  35. Megan

    Oh how I’d love to win this! I fall right into the Personal Discovery slot. I’m in such a boring routine and I don’t know how to get out! There must be more I can contribute to the world on a day to day basis, but I simply don’t know where to begin.

  36. I SO need this right now! The “Get Up and Go” is what I have been struggling with for some time now. I just read the “Luminous Acclimation” and thought it was so wonderful…off to check out your site!

  37. Claire

    Although not a student, Fall has the same effect on me working in higher ed with students. (Although there is a level of excitement and dread with their return as it marks the end of summer.) For some reason, the mild temperatures and change in pass always makes for a good time to re-evaluate and think about the coming months.

  38. Sara

    Since I just graduated law school, I am in definite need of reevaluating my direction and goals in life. I’ve never tried a life coach, so it would be an interesting experience!

  39. Monika

    What a great offer! I am in the Value Chiropractic and the Get Up and Go stage. I seem to have completed all of the tasks I was looking forward to and now I need a new active goal to strive for. I think I’ve lost the daily enjoyment in favor of these goals and I need to step back and realign.

  40. Heather

    I would for sure say Personal Discover, though most of those sound good to me.. As soon as I saw the word shedding I knew that was the one I would choose.. I am in a big process of doing that this year, it’s been awesome and exhausting all at once!

  41. Jenny

    Hi! Great giveaway! Three of the themes really resonate with me but I think I would probably pick “Get up and Going” or “Personal Discovery”. I’ve had a lot of major changes in my life so now would be the time to set new goals. I hope I win!! 🙂

  42. Kirsten

    As I read this I started writing resolutions for the second half of 2010. Of course, why must resolutions only be “once a year”. I tried to just let my thoughts flow without editing myself. And it seems “Get up & Going” is the area that I have been pining to really feel I’ve reached a happy space on. And my little jottings showed that I am still keen to iron out a few more crinkles…but that’s life isn’t it? Really, to be the woman I’ve always wanted to be it would be to meet your written manifesto. So, onwards to being that woman! Thanks again Heidi!

  43. Erin

    I have to echo many of the other commenters: what a great giveaway! Cheers to whomever wins!

  44. NTE

    Fall is definitely the time for resolutions, in my mind. I fit into so many of those categories, but I think the one about finding out the true core of what I am and what that means (to me and to the world) is the one that resonates most with me. Thanks for the amazing opportunity (and the fabulous manifesto!)

  45. Jadyn

    Such a great way to look at making a fresh start this Fall. I can’t really decide between Get up and Going, Personal Discovery and Value Chiropractic – I think my focus is on those three areas right now! Love this approach, Heidi! I’m going to take some time to go through the action steps you outlined. xoxo

  46. Kristen

    What an amazing idea. The weather in Chicago this week has given me that “back to school” energy! Talking to a coworker today I was saying how I needed something new to motivate me and something to feel passionate about… Probably why I visited my favorite blog MML! Finding your post and contest was an added bonus!

  47. Jonna

    Love both blogs! I’d love to work with you on my Personal Discovery & Get Up and Going mentality! 🙂

  48. Amelia

    Oh my lord!! I would love this, and benefit from it so. Been looking for a life coach, and the budget does not really allow for it. Crossing my fingers!!!

  49. Wow. I absolutely loved this post. I never thought about making fall goals but it is such a great idea. I’m going to be thinking about this all day.

  50. Cathy

    I totally get what you’re saying. With a new season right around the corner I’m itching for a little change. I think I see a makeunder in my future.

  51. Meghan

    Heidi and Jess –

    I love the idea of choosing a theme or niche for the year. When 2010 started, my co-worker and I joked our theme was 2010 – Year of Zen! While cute, this theme isn’t really supporting me in the goals I want to work on.

    The themes that stick out to me most are:
    Get Up and Going – I work full-time, own a business, freelance and have a long-distance boyfriend. I am committed to focusing on giving up some of my commitments so I can get up and going! My lunch time workouts are helping already.

    Value Chiropractic – Because I have such a tight schedule (see above!), I’m working towards filling my day with the activities that bring me closer to my personal goals and values.

    Bring Sexy Back – I’m really conscious about how I spend my money, but I realize that I have been neglecting my wardrobe to fund my savings. However, the two are not mutually exclusive. I can save and still spend on myself. I want to shine!

    Heidi – I’d love to work with you to help intensify my luminosity.
    MML Readers – Keep up your awesome work! The best investment that you can ever make is in yourself.

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