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September 9, 2014
So today I had to rewrite my About Paula section at the bottom of the newsletter—you know, that section you never read ;). The sentence that says 'I live in Toronto with my partner and '2' children'—well, I had to change it to '1'. Yes, for those of you following my son's ventures, he began school at NYU—Tisch Drama last week and is now living in Greenwich Village (sigh). It is so easy to go to "Where did the time go?"... or to think back to when he was younger, or forward to when we will see him again, or... The challenge though, of course (because you DID read the title of today's topic) is to stay with today and not let THIS time pass without making the most of it, by being present in it. I think staying in the present is a challenge for many of us—Mindfulness is all the rage right now and there are so many ways we can refocus our attention back to the present moment. Today's article offers some suggestions to help, pick a couple that appeal to you to try out this month!

Wishing you a beautiful September...

Featured Article
Top 10 Ways To Stay With Today

Henry David Thoreau said, "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this".

Staying in today will bring a more peaceful, joy-filled life. Try some of these:

1. Be present in the present. Pay attention to the details: Notice the food you eat, the sun on your back, the quality of the light, literally stop to smell the roses. Notice the colours you pass on the street and the aromas around you. Slow down and take some of it in.

2. Make a list of what you want to accomplish today. List only the portion of a major project that can be completed today. Include pleasures as well as tasks.

3. Concentrate on the task at hand, not the outcome. Give it your best, knowing there is no perfect.

4. Journal first thing every morning, or last thing every night before you sleep, to empty your mind of worry and chatter. Write 2-3 pages without stopping; no need to make sense!

5. Let thoughts and feelings come and go without judging them. Neither cling to nor reject them.

6. Don't hang on to mistakes. Fix what needs fixing, and then move on.

7. Make notes to yourself. When you think of something you don't want to forget, jot it down. Don't try to juggle and remember everything in your mind.

8. Be where you are. When you find yourself drifting off elsewhere, a gentle reminder to "be present" can help.

9. Take a moment to transition yourself from place to place and task to task.

10. Let go of the past. Make amends, forgive, grieve. Ask for help if you're unable to let go.

Author's content used with permission, © Claire Communications

On the Horizon
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Words to Ponder
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon—instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
- Dale Carnegie

"Remember then: there is only one time that is important ~ Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power."
- Leo Tolstoy

"Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift."
- Oprah Winfrey
With a background in education, social work, and psychology, I understand the various ways that people are motivated to change. Throughout my career, I have promoted growth and development, healing, and change. I have worked as an educator and psychotherapist and have provided training, workshops, and professional development programs.

As a Life Coach, I work with professionals, artists, and entrepreneurs who get stuck in the routines and busyness of everyday life. Some have postponed or been derailed from their personal or professional goals, but are motivated to reclaim their lives and live more in accordance with their core values. Others simply value the notion of 'not going it alone' and see the benefits of working with a coach to achieve more than what they could do on their own. I help people envision their future and identify what they most want and need in order to thrive. I help them overcome their obstacles so that they can spend their time and energy more intentionally. By working together, my clients reach beyond what they thought was even possible and actively create more meaningful personal and or work lives.

I live in Toronto with my wonderful partner and our incredible and talented teenage daughter.
Paula Klein
Life Coach and Social Worker (MSW)

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