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My Secret Revealed: I’m Out of the Nest!

15 Jan

It’s time to let you in so that you can share in my joy. Are you ready? OK first, mark your calendars for January 25, 2013. You’ll see why in a minute …

If you’ve been with me since I said I had something so wonderful to tell you but just couldn’t yet, I’m sorry to keep you in suspense for so long. The truth is that everything wasn’t final until yesterday so I didn’t want to count my chickens before …well,  you know. But now, the time has come for the biggest announcement I have ever made on this blog. And you get to be a part of it.

If you’ve been reading my blog for even a week, you know that I like to share encouraging posts on occasion. Posts that are meant to inspire you to DREAM BIG, take chances and live life to the fullest. These posts are straight from my heart and often, they are meant to encourage myself, too.

For example, do you remember when I told you this?

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Gasp.

Or how about this?

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Or this one?

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Well, this birdie just flew the coop.

This morning, I let my boss know that he should start looking for someone to replace me because I’m starting my own business. I’ll stay with them for a month or so to help them get someone to replace me but then I’m done and solely focused on my business. He was excited for me, prayed for me and it was all around a great meeting!

Today my life is forever changed. I’m taking the risk, I’m jumping from the nest …

I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!

… and a little scared. But mostly excited 😉

I know this is my time.

I’ve been thinking about this for sometime and praying a lot, too. Doors have been opening left and right and it’s very clear to me that it is time to fly. And guess what? I am. 

On January 25, 2013 KateFinley.com will launch, offering Integrated Marketing and Public Relations Consulting services. (Public Relations, Media Relations, Social Media and Marketing)

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More to come but thank you for being excited with me and sharing in the joy. I wish you the same!

What’s your BIG dream? Are you pursuing it? Are you about to leap from the nest?

~ Kate

Why Are You Still Standing There?

11 Jan

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Today I am so happy I want to cry for joy. I can’t really tell you why just yet (no, Mom, I’m not pregnant) but I did want to share some words of encouragement with you. I’m filled with so much joy that it just doesn’t seem fair not to share it.

Be brave. Be strong. Life is too short to see the glass half empty. Make your moments count and if you know you should do something but you’re nervous … just go and do it. I mean it. Right now. Decide that you can no longer stand around wondering “What if?” anymore. Change can be scary but the reward is worth the risk.

Did you get that?

The reward is worth the risk.

So, go out there today and be extraordinary.

You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll accomplish until you jump out of the nest.

Spread your wings and fly. Before you know it, you’ll be soaring, wondering why you were ever on the ground in the first place.

~ Kate

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Hit the Ground Running: Tips for Achieving Your Food and Fitness Goals

3 Jan

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Since it’s the new year, many of us have set goals or made resolutions to eat healthier, quit a bad habit, drink less and/or workout more.
Whether you’re starting a workout routine for the first time, running a half marathon, starting the Whole30,  eating clean or Paleo my hope is that these tips will help you get a head-start to be healthier and happier in 2013.
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  1. Make a plan. What are your goals? Make sure that they are realistic for where you are right now and then write them down and put them somewhere you can easily and regularly refer back to them. Add dates to each goal and create smaller, milestone goals with dates to help you know where you are in achieving your goals.
  2. Tell the world. I’ve found it really helps me to achieve my goals (see 30 Day Challenges) to tell as many people as possible.  Announcing your goals can increase the likelihood that you’ll accomplish them. So share it on your Facebook status, tell your friends, family and coworkers.
  3. Eliminate temptation. What is the greatest challenge you face in accomplishing your goals? What could get in the way? This may mean that you skip on some social events to avoid eating out initially. Drinks after work may have to go until you get control. Be relentless. Don’t worry about what others think. This is your body, your mind and your life. Take charge of it!
  4. Team up. As you go around telling others about your goal, notice if others have goals similar to yours and offer to help encourage each other. You can also join a Facebook group and find local support groups or online communities to help strengthen your resolve. I did Weight Watchers years ago and there was tremendous value in the weekly “check-ins” for me.
  5. Keep you eye on the prize. You know that plan you made earlier? Look at it daily or even hourly if you need to. Use sticky notes, markers or iPhone reminders as necessary. Get a little crazy for the sake of accomplishing your goals. Don’t forget the big picture. The temporary pleasure of a cookie or skipping a workout isn’t worth a missed goal. You only have one life and you recognized that change was needed. Stay strong and use your support group. You’re stronger than you give yourself credit.
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Looking for more detailed resources? Read some of my past posts about getting on the right track after the holidays by clicking here.

What are some of your “live better” goals for 2013?

Do you have any tried and true tips you’d add to this list?

~ Kate