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6 Sure-Fire Tips to Help You Make Friends as a Young Adult

In Friends, Happiness, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Relationships by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

Does anyone else here think it’s a bit nuts-o how it can feel so much harder to make friends as we get older? Making friends as an adult can be super duper tricky! Remember when we were younger and were fearless, cute little chitlins. We didn’t often stress about HOW to make friends. We could just walk up to the girl in the purple dress playing with the leggos and say “Hey! I like leggos too!! Can I play?” BOOM. We never had to deal with feeling awkward, questioning ourselves or fearing rejection. Ah, the simple days. Nonetheless, making friends as an adult is a whole different beast. When we were younger we were surrounded by people that were the same age with relatively similar interests for about 15 years. Then we went to college where EVERYONE is looking for a new BFF, which makes it way easier to connect …

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The Art of Doing Nothing – But Actually

In Happiness, Health, Life Coach, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Positivity, wellness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

Here we are the day after Thanksgiving, more commonly known as Black Friday and I’m doing nothing. I took this morning to wake up slowly. I had a couple client calls. I went for a walk. My husband had to go in to work and so I found myself alone. I called home to catch up with some family and called a couple close friends as well. Basically, the exact opposite day of what someone might picture on Black Friday. While chatting with my brother, he said “Can you teach me how you feel so content doing nothing?” I laughed. I used to despise being bored. When I was a teenager, I’d get SO antsy if I didn’t have plans or an activity to keep me occupied. Now the days when I get to move slowly or the weekends where I don’t have any concrete plans, they’ve become my absolute …

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About the Value of My Voice

In Career, Happiness, Health, Life Coach, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Therapy by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

I started singing when I was about 8 years old. I took private lessons until I was about 15. I was involved in drama club and chorus (..and many other activities). I loved performing and connecting with other people through music. I used my voice to share my thoughts with the world, to meet other peoples and to maybe reach someone who didn’t have the words to describe how they were feeling. I’ve never really been described as shy or quiet. I genuinely enjoy doing presentations/speaking engagements. People have always told me that they love the sound of my voice. I’ve even made a few friends throughout my life because they were intrigued by my voice ..which I guess sounds kind of weird now that I’m typing it, but whatever. I roll with it! I’m also not the loudest one in the room. I like to think of myself as …

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Finding Contentment in Your Life, Today

In Abundance, Career, Happiness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Therapy, wellness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

We’re constantly on the hunt for the next big thing. The next step, the bigger prize, the reward, whatever “thing” we think will bring us happiness. Life can become a constant search for “happy.” Lately I’ve been trying to stay more present. I’ve been meditating multiple times a day (without forcing it). I’ve been craving stillness. I’ve found that even after my normally scheduled morning meditation, I want to do it again at other points throughout my day. It’s really helping me to gain clarity and a kind of understanding I didn’t know existed. That being said, I still find myself worrying a lot, thinking about what would happen if I wasn’t ever “successful.” One thing I’m learning is that happiness is not something gained, it’s a choice. It’s my choice to be happy because my life is a gift. (I also want to acknowledge that I’m coming from a …

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How to Find (or Practice) Courage in Your Life

In Career, Happiness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Positivity, Relationships by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

There’s a lot to be said for finding courage as we face challenges throughout our lives. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” When you think of the word courage, do you think of a specific person in your life who always seems to be brave or bold? Or maybe you think of a super hero like I often do. We talk about courage as though it’s something that must be “found” or that we need to will into existence in our lives. I don’t necessarily think that’s the most helpful way to look at it. I think when we really take a step back and look at our lives, we can practice courage in small ways, every single day. Courage can look different for all of us and that’s the beauty of it. You never know how …

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Ideas for Slowing Down Before a Busy Season

In Happiness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, wellness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

It’s August 8th as I’m writing this blog post. Isn’t it nuts how quickly some months seem to go while others seemingly drag on forever? As mid-August is quickly approaching, I can slowly see the busy-ness of the fall season becoming a reality. Am I alone? ..didn’t think so. One of the best things we can do for ourselves as we anticipate a busy season, a big change or a readjustment is to savor the time we have right now. Our brains are incapable of functioning at full speed 24/7 and the research to support the slow down is astronomical. Just like anything we use in life, our bodies and minds need time to rest, recharge and restore to function at their highest capacity. The more we allow for time to cool off, the better prepared and capable we will feel when it is time to pick up the pace …

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5 Easy Things to Pay Attention to When You’re Super Stressed and Anxious

In Happiness, Mental Health, Relationships, wellness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

So many of us experience ongoing stress and anxiety throughout our days. Some of us experience high stress for months on end. There are certain situations where the cause of our stress or anxiety is seemingly out of our hands like a challenging course load in school, a difficult job or an intense family situation. Under stress, it’s easy to get caught up in habits that are comfortable and feel safe, but probably aren’t the most helpful. Something that can be truly impactful during those times is focusing on things we do have control over, those things we know automatically improve our sense of overall well-being. Learning to sit with our anxieties and stressors can feel less daunting when we improve the things in our day to day that we can. Eating habits – A poor diet can be the start of a snowball effect to poor health – both …

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6 Tips on Dealing with Change and Transition

In Happiness, Health, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Positivity by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

As humans, many of us really struggle with change and transition. We cling to our routines, the people and things that feel familiar, safe and home-y. Whether we like it or not, a time of change and transition will come our way and learning how to deal can be challenging, especially when it’s an unwanted transition. Times of change and transition can look so different; a rough break up, a move to a new city, start of a new school, program or career, a new workout, loss of a close friendship. As a military spouse, change & transitions are part of my norm. To be honest, they used to be something I would dread. I really struggled with letting go and having to start anew. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to love these changes and transitions. ..And even when I don’t, I’ve definitely gained some knowledge in how to better …