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  • March 29, 2011

What does spring break mean to you?

It means just relaxing and not having to worry.

Spring Break is a chance to get away from it all. A chance to catch your breath so you can catch up on rest and gather strength.

This winter our country experienced record freezing temperatures with sustained durations of excessive snow, sleet, and rain.  As the snow is melting and the earth is shedding it’s cold temperatures, are you ready to shed all of your negative thoughts and throw away the worry, guilt, and energy draining activities that have kept you from creating the life that you want and deserve.

Although it doesn’t feel like it here in Chicago, with the high of 32 degrees today, it is SPRING and time for a spring break, whether, you are taking a week or two off and physically going on a vacation or if you need a mental time out and break from the stress of every day life to prepare for the new season and create what you truly desire.

The definition of spring break is “A period of recess, usually lasting one week, during the spring term at school.  Although you may not be in school, this is a great concept to incorporate into your life every year during this season.

Here are the top 10 things to do on a spring break:

  1. Volunteer: Giving back to others can be the biggest reward, and Spring Break is a wonderful time to do that giving.
  2. Movie Marathon: Got a list of movies that you are just dying to see? Have some friends over and watch them one after another.
  3. Read a Book: If you are a reader, Spring Break is a great times to catch up on your reading. You have the free time to immerse yourself in your favorite authors’ books. Head to the library or the bookstore to pick one up.
  4. Try Something New: Got something that you wish you had time to try? Take the time this week to learn a new skill or try a new activity.
  5. Just “Veg”: Life can be pretty non-stop. Take an hour or two during your Spring Break to actually take a break. Spend some time relaxing.
  6. Family Time: Spend some quality time with your family during your Spring Break.
  7. Go Hunting: Is there something you’ve been wanting for a while and you just can’t seem to find it? Or are you a vintage clothing or music lover? Think about something that you really enjoy and then go hunting for it. Spend some time heading out to vintage clothing stores, used booksellers, flea markets, etc. See if you can’t find that ever-elusive thing on your mind.
  8. Get Organized: Spend some time on your Spring Break cleaning up and putting things in order. Take those files on your computer and put them into easy-to-find folders. Hang up your clothes and put things away. It may not sound like the most exciting activity, but you will be pretty proud of your organization when you are done.
  9. Travel in your home town: Learn the history of where you live and partake in touristy things in and around your own neighborhood
  10. Be grateful: Spring Break means that you have down time, meaning you have time to think about all that you are grateful for in your life.   Make your gratitude list and use this as a tool to move you forward in your life this spring.

I am on SPRING BREAK this week!!  Enjoy!!

Posted in Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • March 21, 2011

Are you stuck in a rut?  Spring is a new beginning.  I want to challenge you this spring time to make a strategic plan for your life to create joy, happiness and success.   You might be asking, how exactly do I go about doing this? That is an excellent question.  Below are tips on how to assist you in getting started on your strategic life plan:

Are you a perfectionist? – Progress, not perfection, is the key to creating the life you want and getting unstuck from the life you may be sitting in right now.

Keep a beginner’s mind- The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits, ready to accept, and open to all of the possibilities.

  • Know who you are.
  • Know what you want to accomplish.
  • Be flexible.
  • Meditate.
  • Learn to forgive.
  • Do what you love.
  • Practice continuous reinvention – Life is not a dress rehearsal
  • Take responsibility – Hope is NOT a strategy

The only way to predict the future is to invent it” – Peter Drucker

Enjoy this spring and know that you have the power to create the life you want and desire.

Posted in Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • March 14, 2011

For many people, Saint Patrick’s Day means celebration, partying and parades that surround March 17 each year.  With

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O’Donnell being my maiden name, I am always celebrating St. Patrick’s day with friends, family and of course a few Guinness.   For my blog this week, however, I wanted to reflect on the history of Saint Patrick’s Day, which, as most of us know, is actually a religious holiday.

The holiday is an international celebration on March 17 every year and named after Saint Patrick.  It began as a Catholic holiday and gradually became more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s Culture, which is full of so many great traditions.

There is not a lot to be found in the history books about Patrick’s early life, although it’s been stated that he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th Century to a wealthy Romano-British family.  His family was very rooted in the Church as both his Father and Grandfather were Deacons.

When Patrick was 16 years old, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. According to his Confession, God told him in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain.  When he returned, he immediately joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest. In 432 he became a bishop in Ireland.  Many may wonder how the shamrock came to be the symbol for St. Patrick.  Irish Folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the Shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people.

St. Patrick died on March 17, 461.

The biggest celebration for the holiday is outside Dublin in Downpatrick, County Down. This apparently is where Saint Patrick is rumored to be buried.   Dripsey, Cork has the reputation of The shortest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs.

Posted in Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • March 8, 2011

Spring Time and Change go hand in hand:

Here is how to Thrive on Change this season and always

Have you ever notices how some people seem to thrive on change. Are you constantly asking  yourself, How do they do it? How do some people manage change in a way that they not only survive, but also excel? They seem to make change work for them.  You most likely know someone that does this and we all know some of the famous people in our history that have accomplished this great task:  Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Thatcher, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Mother Teresa —— with resolute courage and determination, these people stood squarely in the center of change and controversy. These great leaders created their own opportunities to fight for what they believed in. This is the challenge and opportunity for you.

5 Steps for Thriving in Change:

  1. Surround yourself with great people: Surrounding yourself with people that can challenge, motivate and empower you will help you to stay positive during any change in your life.
  2. Stay focused: People who can stay focused during changes will have a life that thrives, not one that just survives.
  3. Maintain a sense of control and balance.  Nothing can produce a positive change until you make the choice to make it positive. Yes, there are events that cause change, but you can choose how you react to the change. Take control. Remember that this is your life’s script, and you are the main character. Take positive and healthy action.
  4. Network and do not become isolated: Change can lead you to meet new and inspiring, helpful people, or it can lead you toward isolation. How you handle change can cause you to become afraid and turn inward, not wanting to share your fears, sadness, or anxieties with others. But during life transitions, change is easiest when you let others help.
  5. Focus on the positive benefits of change—watch your attitude: Use the change to help you develop more self confidence. believe that you can handle any situation.  Realize that you can re-align yourself with a plan and create an optimistic view of your future. Consider how you use a GPS when driving. Focusing on your future destination you plug in the answers to the following questions: “Where are you now?” And, “where do you want to go?” You are moving forward. As you handle the change in your life, celebrate your successes, small or large. You are on a journey we call life, and change is part of the process.

ENJOY THIS SPRING SEASON AND EMBRACE CHANGE TODAY AND ALWAYS!

 

Posted in Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.