Thursday, July 29, 2010

August and New Beginnings...

  • As July comes to a close, the dog days of summer are also ending. August can be a new beginning for so many things...
  • It is the beginning of a new school year, football season, fall soccer, the upcoming holidays, and a fresh start on the final 5 months of 2010.

For some of you August may mean doctors appointments, chemotherapy treatments, surgery, or unexpected hospitalizations. How do you prepare for the next chapter in life? Follow these tips to be able to cope with new beginnings.

1. Review the goals you set for the first six months and make changes to reflect what you need today.

2. Be flexible with expectations but keep your standards high. If you expect good outcomes, you will attract blessings.

3. Look at what you cannot change and learn to accept it without guilt.

4. Look at what you CAN change and make a list of small steps to take towards changing.

5. Take one step at a time. If you are undergoing a series of medical treatments that will take weeks or months, rest in knowing that is all you can do now. Sometimes being in a holding pattern is just exactly where we are supposed to be.

6. Find a moment of joy sometime throughout your day. Recognizing a joyful moment and being grateful are important to keeping a good attitude with new beginnings.

7. Do your best. It doesn't matter if it is a new job, new school year, or new medical treatment, practice doing your best at the task at hand.

8. Encourage others who might be starting out in a new situation. That feeling of encouragement will be returned sometime when you need it most. We reap what we sow as the old saying goes and I have found it to be true.

I encourage all of you to do your best with the start of a new month. A new job, a budget, classes, treatments, a relationship, or simply working on the status quo are all situations each of us can use to encourage someone else.

My new beginning includes more posts here and at for those of you who are dealing with health issues. I also will be writing articles on a regular basis at and continuing to write my ABC books for kids with various illnesses. I have a new job in a wonderful Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and I am blessed to be back in the critical care arena. I have a prayer book coming out in the fall for people going through a cancer diagnosis or treatment and will be writing another book for the same publisher for 2011.

New beginnings... Here is to all of the new beginnings that will start with the new month. Feel free to share what your new beginning or your new goal is for the rest of 2010. Let me encourage you as you make this journey.