6 Weeks to Enjoying and Appreciating Our Life As It Is

There are 5 weeks till Christmas. Six till the New Year. More or less. Eek! This fall has been a challenging and difficult time for so many people. Election, economy, family stuff – it seems to be a time of difficulties for many. In these slump periods, it is hard to keep your energy, to be positive and hopeful.

Yet there must be way. Our happiness, contentment, (dare I say it) our joy – must not be dependent on others or on our circumstances. This must be something we can address. Our mental state depends on it, and so (research indicates) does our physical health and overall well being.

I am going to take these next few weeks, and see if we can turn things around. Each week I’m going to post a technique that I’ve discovered and tried – and we’ll see how it goes. So when we spend time with family, friends, coworkers over this holiday season, maybe, just maybe, we can appreciate it, even enjoy it a little.

Since next week marks the beginning of the holiday get-together season – here’s something to do at EVERY party, dinner, lunch, coffee, brunch you attend.

Choose one thing that you are eating or drinking – and savor that one item. It can be anything you choose, a glass of wine, or cup of coffee.  Grandma’s cookies, or the main course at a restaurnt.  Be sure that for at least 5 bites or sips, you focus on the food or drink. Identify as many flavor or texture elements as you can. Close your eyes for a moment. Relish it. Chew slowly. Savor. Take as long as you can with each bite or sip – don’t swallow until you have extracted every bit of taste and pleasure out of the experience.

This practice will help you be mindful, and be in the present. Its also a way to steal a moment for yourself – in the midst of a crowd. It can be so easy to rush from event to event – or overindulge – and miss out on the pleasure of the experiences. Try it. And let me know how it goes for you.

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA