Saying Goodbye Process

goodbyeOver the past year I’ve said many goodbyes. Some have been easy while others have been more challenging. Saying goodbye to a home and community of 23 years, a business of 18 years, and recently saying goodbye to my son who moved out of state. I’ll label all a normal part of life and add they were all chosen and planned. That said, they were naturally accompanied by feelings of sadness and loss as well as freedom and excitement.

When my son recently moved out of state I learned a few things I’d like to share. Maybe they could be helpful in your saying goodbye process. Whether chosen and planned or not. I became clear on what I wanted and asked for it. For me it was having some family time and one-on-one time with him before he left. I also learned the most effective words to communicate what I wanted. When I offered to help, which was simply my way of feeling a part of the process verses saying I thought he needed help, it was met with I don’t need help. I’ve seen and see him as a very capable and independent person who can take care of what needs to be done. Asking for help and support when needed and being appreciative of it too. I’m very proud of all he’s accomplished, the incredible person he is, and the many exciting life adventures ahead of him! I ended up asking, how can I be part of your day (his last day in town). With those words I was successful in spending priceless time with him which was extremely helpful in my saying goodbye process.Ā 

All goodbyes are a change from the way things were to a new way. Many times a better way. Still change can be challenging and initially met with some degree of resistance. It really is amazing to me how life is filled with daily opportunities for a self care conversation. šŸ™‚

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle Iā€™m focused on self care while creating my best lifestyle. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here.

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Where are you on your life path?

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I found myself on the path of a trail in nature I hadn’t been on for about 6 months. And like before I was reminded how many similarities there are to the path on the trail in nature and the path of life. And how nature automatically provides for me. Connecting me with the universal energy and all that God has created (that makes me so happy!). Bringing my mind to the present moment. And providing movement which takes care of physical fitness, endurance, and strength.

The path can be filled with fun exciting adventures. As well as challenging difficulties leading to exhaustion. Including happiness, triumphs, and successes. As well as adversity, disappointments, and obstacles. There have been many times in my life where I’ve only seen more difficulties and the possibility of obstacles.

Sometimes when I’m on the path of life, like this path on a trail in nature, I have a hard time seeing my next steps and it’s unclear the direction I should take. Whether I’m reaching for a particular goal or attempting to simply accomplish a daily task. As you can see in the featured picture of me it’s difficult to see the path that’s right behind me!

Notice above I used the word successes, but not failures. I don’t like the word failure and think it has too many bad connections. I prefer to say that whatever happened simply didn’t work the way I expected or needed it to. So… I constantly evaluate, tweak, and take action on new ideas on the path of life. Similar to taking steps on the path in nature. I’ve reinvented myself, the way I do business, and the action steps I take in numerous situations countless times in my life creating a lifestyle that works for me.

Where are you on your life path? Are you seeing more fun exciting adventures or challenging difficulties leading to exhaustion? I encourage you to get out on the path of a trail in nature to see what nature provides for you on the path of your life.

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle Iā€™m focused on self care and self love while creating my best lifestyle. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here. šŸ™‚

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Nature Therapy

I’ve enjoyed nature therapy this week. So much that I’ve decided to share some of my pictures with you. In fact my blog is mostly pictures this week because that’s what’s speaking to me.

There have been numerous articles written on the therapeutic aspects of nature and how connecting to it can reduce stress, increase positive energy and happiness, and the obvious benefits of movement. Just to name a few… For me all motion truly does create positive emotion. So, into nature I go as much as possible to hike, walk, or simply hang out and enjoy! I encourage you to try nature therapy. šŸ™‚

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle Iā€™m focused on self care and self love while creating my best lifestyle. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here for a self care conversation.

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Try Living In The Present Moment

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Yes, I do get a bit (more often than not…) ahead of myself (in the future), but in my defense it’s in an effort to feel grounded and safe in the present. At least that’s what I’ve told myself. OR, has it all been me doing what I can to control. Control situations, things, other people, and myself. Control for fear that situations, things, other people, and myself won’t be the way I wanted, desired, or expected. Wanted and desired expectations that can be quite high and mostly not realistically achievable even by me! I guess what I’m saying here is that I believe the present needs my help being created. This controlling can cause a tremendous amount of exhaustion, stress, and discomfort. And, let me add in, I know the need for control (by me) isn’t even needed. But knowing something and living it can be two very different things. OR, is this also something I tell myself?!…WOW! The stories I tell myself, believe, and live by that cause a tremendous amount of exhaustion, stress, and discomfort. Not only for me, but my family, friends, and bigger community that I interact with on a daily basis.

So… When a very wise person, who’s much younger than me by the way, said to me today that I should try living in the present moment, I listened and heard it at a new and different level. Can anyone relate? Who else can benefit from this advise today?!

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle Iā€™m focused on self care and self love while creating my best lifestyle. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here for what will be an ongoing and important self care conversation. šŸ™‚

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Recognizing All The Unique & Beautiful Markings I Have

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It’s NO surprise that I’ve been inspired by nature recently. After about a year and a half of some big life changes including selling and downsizing a house and moving from a community of 23 years to an apartment, making the decision to close a business of 18 years, and having one son start college and the other graduate and relocate out of state. ALL natural and good changes, but still changes! For many years nature has been a place for me to both relax and recharge, connect with the universal God and myself, get out of my head and into the present moment, and keep my physical body in good shape.

What I’ve been particularly fascinated with and inspired by recently is tree stumps. Recognizing all their unique and beautiful markings. I can’t help thinking about each of their stories and how they got their unique and beautiful markings?!

Then thinking about my life and what my tree stump would look like after all the changes I’ve been through. Along with all the adversity and challenges as well as achievements and triumphs. Recognizing all the unique and beautiful markings I have. The visible, the invisible, the ones I like, and the ones I do not like!

Then thinking about the new path I stepped into this year of practicing self love by embracing and loving all of me and my many gifts. Gifts including adversity and challenges as well and achievements and triumphs. And following my purpose and commitment to get vulnerable and authentically share all my gifts as a way to connect, support, encourage, and inspire everyone on my path.Ā 

What are your unique and beautiful markings? Are you embracing and loving all of them? Or attempting to hide some? I encourage you to think about practicing self love by recognizing all your unique and beautiful markings. šŸ™‚

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle Iā€™m focused on self care and self love while creating my best lifestyle. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here!

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What can nature do for you?

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I recently visited a community and the place I called home for 23 years. It’s only been about a year since I moved from there. And in that time, even though I didn’t move far, I’ve only been back a few times. While visiting I made the decision to hike an area I went to countless times during the 23 years and felt right at home.

An area in which over the years I discovered a lot about myself on the path. I had numerous insights of all shapes and sizes. As well as birthing endless ideas of all shapes and sizes. I resolved many small issues and roadblocks in addition to finding solutions for big challenges and difficulties. Creativity flowed freely. There was lots of thinking, rethinking, formulating, tweaking, and reflecting on ideas and plans for the future. Decisions were made to implement structures, design tools, and take the necessary actions to reach goals and dreams. By far and most important was practicing mindfulness and being present while connecting to myself. šŸ™‚

Nature has a way of naturally bringing you to the present moment. And as a person who tends to spend a lot of time in my head, nature truly nourishes me at all levels. Emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. I can easily say that every time I left that area I felt emotionally lighter, mentally recharged and focused, physically accomplished, and fully equipped spiritually. As well as inspired, ready for the day, and prepared to handle all that life had in store for me.

What can nature do for you?

I encourage you to think about what nature can do for you… Can it offer you what it so perfectly offers me? How could it fill you up emotionally? How could it clear you mentally? How could it support you physically? How could it equip you spiritually?…

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle, Iā€™m focused on self care and self love, while creating my best lifestyle. In the process Iā€™m being called to get vulnerable and authentically share to connect, support, and inspire everyone on the path of my life adventure. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here!

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AND, if you live in the Denver area, join me for a Lifestyle Hike or Walk & Nourish in Nature! I’ve listed some tentative dates on the Lifestyle Hike page.

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Do You Know You ARE Enough?!

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How often do you feel like you are not enough? How often do you tell yourself you are not enough? How often do you feel that if you only had more time, energy, or money you could accomplish ______?!…

Do we have too many expectations for ourselves? Do we have too many expectations for others? Does that lead to the feeling of not being or having enough, which then flows into the feeling that others aren’t enough, and then to the bigger feeling of there’s not enough time, energy, and money to…..

This has been a common theme for my life and as I talk with others I realize I’m not alone. I believe this is especially true for women or I simply know more women than men?… It’s no wonder as we set out each day juggling family, kids, kids activities, daycare, school, taking care of others, jobs, cars, transportation, homes, household needs, paying bills, pets, hobbies, spending time with friends, vacationing, many other things, and finally practicing self care if there’s time. Fitting in all the to dos we need to do and want to do can be challenging at times.

Do You Know You ARE Enough?!

I’d like to encourage you to think about and really believe that you are enough. Think about the idea of practicing sacred selfishness and putting self care at the top of your daily to do list. It’s been my experience that when I make self care a priority I have the energy and focus to complete my daily to do list while being my best for me, my family, friends, and bigger community. Leading to a feeling of I am enough, others are enough, and I have enough time, energy, and money to take care of the necessities of life while creating my best lifestyle, accomplishing my many goals, and reaching my bigger dreams. šŸ™‚

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle, Iā€™m focused on self care and self love, while creating my best lifestyle. In the process Iā€™m being called to get vulnerable and authentically share to connect, support, and inspire everyone on the path of my life adventure. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here!

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