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Week 1 – A Mighty Fine 2009: New rules for this year


This week marks the official launch of my new book and we have our first online class (1/7/09 at 7pm ET) as part of a year long, Hay House live web event called The Art of Extreme Self Care. The early bird special of $99 for the whole year ends on 1/9/09, when the price goes to $199. For more info visit here. Also, if you’d like to hear more about the book, the web program, or if you have a question, call into this week’s radio show on Monday, January 5th at 5pm ET, 2pm PT. You can listen (and call in) here.

To toss your name into our virtual hat for our monthly self-care, give-away (personal coaching sessions with me, access to the classes, a book, and even a spot in this year’s new retreat), visit here. There’s no obligation, just an opportunity to receive a special monthly gift.

I hope you’ll join me for our in-person book launch on Friday, January 16th at 7pm. This is always a special evening for me, family and friends, and I’d love to see you there. The event is sponsored by Jabberwocky Books in Newburyport, MA and there will be a $5 admission fee for those of you who choose to bring your own book (to help cover the cost of the event), or you can get in free with a purchase directly from Jabberwocky (before or during the event). To get tickets and/or to order your book, call (978) 465-9359.

Happy New Year!


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Topic of the Week

A Mighty Fine 2009!

I can’t believe we’re starting a whole new year of fun in our Life Makeover Community. This year is dedicated to your Extreme Self Care and I’ll be challenging you to raise the bar on how you make choices, how you interact with others, and how you honor your precious time and energy. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth your while – I can promise you that.

To that end, I invite you to look through the following list of rules for those you’d like to adopt in 2009. Think of using these guidelines as a way of putting in place a little “self-care insurance” right at the start.

Rule #1 – Remember who’s in charge of your life. Don’t be seduced by the false belief that you have no choice about how you spend your time or energy. You always have choices. They may be tough choices, like saying no to something you’d really like to do so your schedule isn’t overbooked, or letting a friend down when you need to back out of a commitment, but don’t confuse tough choices with having no choice at all. You’re the boss.

Rule #2 – Be gentle with yourself. When you feel stuck, afraid, confused, or frustrated by what’s happening or not happening in your life, don’t succumb to the outdated belief that a “good kick in the butt” will get you moving in the right direction. Trust me. If butt-kicking worked, we’d all be thin, healthy, and rich :). Instead, choose to be gentle with yourself by asking someone who loves you for help.

Rule #3 – Risk upsetting others to keep peace with yourself.

Rule #4 – Make basic nourishment – sunlight, healthy food, daily movement, and soulful connections with others a top priority. You’d be surprised by how this one rule alone could dramatically alter your whole life in significant ways.

Rule #5 – Be a good steward for your money. Like it or not, the state of your financial health impacts every aspect of your life – either consciously or subconsciously. Everything from where you work, where and how you live, how generous you are with yourself and others, or how well you sleep at night, are just some examples. Think of these tough economic times as an invitation to step up your financial self-care.

Rule #6 – Stop pretending things are okay when they’re not. When you don’t feel right about something in your life, trust yourself and your feelings and face the truth. Then do something about it.

Rule #7 – Honor the people in your life by being honest. Even when it’s hard.

Rule #8 – Follow this simple and wise advice from Louise Hay: “Do what makes you feel good.” Now, what if it were really that simple?

Happy New Year, fellow travelers!

Take Action Challenge

Choose the rules that feel most appropriate for you and print them out. Keep them in a place where you’ll see them everyday and allow them to transform your life.

Life Makeover For The Year 2009 (sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson. If you have any questions or comments, or for reprint permission of this newsletter, please email: © Copyright 1999-2009. Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950. All rights reserved.