The ONLY question you need to ask yourself.

Is all you’re doing right now, all you have going on in your life – making you happy?

In her brilliant book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,‘ Marie Kondo shares the single most important question to ask when de-cluttering your space (and your life!) is this one: DOES IT BRING YOU JOY?’ 

Simple, yet POWERFUL.

And I think we can use this very same idea when looking at all  we want to create in our lives – this year and beyond! Continue reading “The ONLY question you need to ask yourself.”

How to Achieve ALL Your Dreams in 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“New Year, New YOU!”

“Let’s make this your BEST YEAR YET!”

“Achieve ALL your dreams in 2018!”

No doubt you are bombarded with messages like these at this time of year. (and my apologies, as that last one came from ME!)

While it makes sense – as we have a blank slate, a fresh page in front of us – it can also be pretty overwhelming!

And even though I love setting goals and making resolutions, I don’t always stick to them, and there is a scary stat that states 90% of people who set resolutions fall off the bandwagon by February. EEK! Continue reading “How to Achieve ALL Your Dreams in 2018”

The ONLY Message You’ll Ever Need to Hear.

MY WEEK IN PICS: Connecting with friends (and making new ones!) and learning a ton at the CAPS (Canadian Ass. of Professional Speakers) Annual Convention… and honoured to sit on a panel following a talk with the amazing Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Executive Director for UN Women, and the founder of HeForShe movement; Christmas lunching with friends…

There are some pretty important messages out there, however there is only ONE big message you’ll really ever need to hear. 

It may sound like a pretty bold statement, and it’s true.  Continue reading “The ONLY Message You’ll Ever Need to Hear.”

It’s not about buying presents, it’s about being present…

My week in pics: Family wedding, catching up with girlfriends and amazing members of the women living big – Tribe community, attending the CAPS Christmas party, and taking in the magic of this time of year… 

Happy Friday!

If you’re anything like me, you love this time of year. However as exciting as the hustle and the bustle and the lights and the Christmas Carols can be, it can also be a tad stressful!

This week I’m keeping it short and sweet, simply wanting to share some important reminders as to what this time of year is really about.  Continue reading “It’s not about buying presents, it’s about being present…”

Wanna Learn the 3 Pillars of Happiness?

My week in pics: Seeing monkeys and sloths at the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, sneaking in some beach time in Costa Rica, and saying goodbye to all of my Remote Year adventures and coming HOME!

Happy Friday!

(And happy 1st day of Advent!)

And greetings from where I’m back on Canadian soil, in home surf, and in cold weather!

It’s been a bit of an adjustment these past few days I’ve been home, however I must say it also feels good to be back. 

Although it’s been so fun to experience adventures all over the world, ultimately, I’m realizing happiness doesn’t necessarily come from the epic moments in life.  Continue reading “Wanna Learn the 3 Pillars of Happiness?”

Leave Your Ego At Home! Reflections from Costa Rica

My week in pics: Having an incredible experience traveling 7 hours from San Jose, Costa Rica to the remote community of Sabaló, volunteering with UGO Travel For Change, Secret Costa Rica, and the Asamoas Association for women… (and really getting a glimpse into the life of this welcoming community!) 

Greetings from the lovely little remote town of Sabalo, Costa Rica (kinda in the middle of nowhere!) surrounded by nothing but forest and green and so much beauty.

I’m honoured to be a part of a service trip with UGO Travel For Change, where a powerful group of women are working hard building a shed for the Asamoas – an association of women to empower one another and this community at large – another very powerful group of women. 

It’s been an amazing experience so far… and what we’re realizing is that it’s not really about service or building a shed at all. Continue reading “Leave Your Ego At Home! Reflections from Costa Rica”

Thwarted Expectations… 3 Ways To Kick Them to the Curb!

My week in pics: Attending my first Spanish wedding (beautiful!), meeting more of my man’s other side of the family for his Grandmother’s 100th birthday (I know… CRAZY!), and enjoying a few days of disconnection exploring the coast and the mountains a little south of Barcelona.

Happy Friday!

And happy final Friday where I’ll be coming to you from Spain! Crazy, but true.

My time here has come to an end, my Remote Year experience will officially be over, and soon I will be back on home turf in Canada (although first a retreat with UGO Tavel For Change to Costa Rica next week – so can’t really complain!)

Because it was my last week here in Spain, and someone’s birthday, we decided to get away for a few days.

It was a surprise, and I did my best to research, read reviews, and ensure it would be lovely.
Alas, it didn’t quite meet my expectations!

Continue reading “Thwarted Expectations… 3 Ways To Kick Them to the Curb!”

Time’s A Ticking! 3 questions to make sure you’re using it wisely.

My week in pics: Enjoying the beautiful Spanish landscape in the south, getting lost in the heart of the forest (still have scratches ALL over to prove it!), and participating in my first Regatta ever… stressful at times but super fun!

Happy Friday!

‘There are 24 usable hours in every day.”
One of my fave lines from Empire Records.

It’s true, there are.

And yet that doesn’t mean we need to maximize every minute of every hour, nor at the same time to watch the minutes of our day pass us by twiddling our thumbs. (Unless, of course, that is part of your meditation practice, calms you down, or gives you great pleasure.)
Continue reading “Time’s A Ticking! 3 questions to make sure you’re using it wisely.”

Are you overdosing on objectives?

Meeting new friends and having fun eating Mexican (in Spain!), exploring the city and taking in moments in nature…

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but I like setting goals. I like having objectives. And I like feeling as though I am working towards something… checking items off the list and getting closer to completion.

However, I’ve noticed recently it’s not only in my professional life that I like to be working towards goals… it’s leaked into my personal life, too.

While on a trail run this past weekend, I had a bit of an epiphany.

Watch this week’s video to find out how I got called out – and my ensuing aha moment – and answer 3 important questions to see whether you’re on your way to a goal-setting overdose!

Again, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Where in your life do you set goals, have objectives on, or are you measuring?
  2. When was the last time you did something just because, or
  3. How would it feel to eliminate any objective or measurement-driven activity just for one day?

 

It may be time for a goal-setting, objective hunting, to-do list checking detox!

 

I encourage you to take this on this week… and I want to hear how it goes.

Let’s keep the conversation going by answering these 3 questions in the comments below.

 

Have a FAB week!

Got triggers? 3 Ways to Learn (and Grow!)

My Week in pics… Visiting my cousins in beautiful Alicante, enjoying the festivities of the famous Ocean Volvo Race, running a 10k in honour of women’s cancer, taking in some glorious sailing sunsets, and finding some new fave cafes as I get more focused into biz re-vamping!

Got triggers? 3 Ways to Deal (and Grow!)

Happy Friday!

And greetings from Plaza de la Virgen, an old little square in the heart of old town, Valencia, that dates back to the Roman Times. With the Cathedral of Santa Maria behind me, the fountain of Neptune (surrounded by eight naked women – fun fact!) to my right, it’s a great spot for eating, drinking, and people watching.

Now I love people watching, but yesterday I found myself people watching in a whole new way. And while the experience normally leaves me feeling inspired, this one left me feeling icky.

In a nutshell, I got triggered.

Watch this week’s video to hear my story and learn 3 ways to learn (and grow!) from your triggers.

So next time you feel as though you’re being triggered, or one of your buttons is being pushed, remember these 3 tips:

  1. Acknowledge your buttons.
  2. Play the role of world’s greatest observer 
  3. Look for the lessons to be learned… 
Please share this video with someone in your life you think could benefit, and let’s keep the conversation going! I want to hear from you in the comments below!

And until next time, I’m Carol Schulte, and keep on dreaming big, playing big, and living BIG. 

Have a FAB week!